Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Victicrat

SLAM! Big government causes vicitcrats. Be warned. Obama wants us all on the plantation of the government!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fortunate Son

How have we sunk so low? I am hoping for nothing worse than a Carter presidency. I predict that is overly optimistic.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This Is My Bedtime Setup Everynight

videoI recorded this the other night but it is pretty much the same. I go to bed last mostly. Clementine and Simon are always ready to go to bed. Abigail the big black cat is a new addition to the bedtime routine with sleeping on the bed due to the cooler weather. G is sleeping with me because she has been sick. So where do I sleep? That is the point. I get a very very small space but usually have to move one or more animals/kid out of my way! I wouldn't have it any other way though.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We Gutted One

A pumpkin that is. And it took much concentration as you can see in the first pic.

I am now toasting the seeds but don't know how long to leave them in the oven. I think I was supposed to let them dry first. I don't remember liking them after trying them last year but it was fun to do with G this year.

G drew the face on and I cut it out. I had thought about letting G cut but the thing was a bit thick. We didn't even lose a finger which was a distinct possibility with my clumsiness. And G said, "I didn't think it would turn out great but it did!"

I said, "Me either, G. I was afraid it wouldn't turn out good because of my cutting."






Maybe later this week we will light it outside.

video video

Monday, October 26, 2009

Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio


I honestly can't say that I could have named any songs sung by Diamond Rio, but I am sure that I have heard the songs before reading the book, and I knew who Diamond Rio was, or so I thought. This is a very easy to read book that gives a glimpse into the lives of one of the longest surviving intact country bands around. These guys started out with the 6 guys on the cover and have not had a change in members since the beginning. Each member of the band tells his own story about his coming to be a member of Diamond Rio and the trials and tribulations of the band itself.
In each chapter, the band members share their personal journey in their own words. Diamond Rio has since signed with a Christian label after Arista Records dropped them during the "Mess" part of the band's journey as described in the title. It is an incredible testament to the willingness to work together for a cause beyond the individual and making the band be the most important thing over self promotion.
**I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Weekend In Pictures

Rare Mama Pic Alert!!
























We attended an FCC annual event Saturday afternoon that included cookout, bonfires, s'mores, carriage rides, and a hayride. It is always a fun event in a beautiful setting.
I came down with the whole sinus-sore throat thing on Friday while working the one day temp job that has now messed up my weekly unemployment claim. Oh happy days. Now I know why you never work while on unemployment until you find the one job that will allow you to jump ship. A measly $180 could totally wipe out the $431 weekly I get.
G is still draining and throwing it all back up in the middle of the night. She threw up 5 times last night between 10:30pm and 1:00am. One of which required a pj change.
Then Sunday afternoon she and grandad washed my mom's car and helped a neighbor cut down one of grandad's cherry trees. I didn't take a pic of the whole car washing event but the last two pics are of her on the newly cut down tree.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Way To Help

MonkeyJar is an on line mall that can be set up for personal shopping and will pay you commission on all your purchases. Also, you build a group of friends who set up their own personal mall and will help with your commissions by shopping in their own mall. Now there are really good companies in this particular mall like Target, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Old Navy, Gap and other great stores, not unknown stores.

So this is pretty selfish of me; however, if you want to shop on line or build your own mall please let me know, and I will add your e-mail to my troop so that we can help each other with commissions. Now this isn't a get rich quick scheme because it takes a while to build up a troop and build up the shopping network but it is a def. possibility to make a decent extra income or more.

I am def facing a difficult time with unemployment being cut off soon and no job prospects. The news in our area is NOT good for jobs. The employers are not hiring even though new jobless claims are decreasing. Not laying off but not hiring either. I have had more jobs turn me down than I ever have in my life until now applied for. This is a painfully humbling experience.

If you shop on line, please don't waste an opportunity to make commission on your own purchases. Contact me so I can add you to my invitation list. This is totally free by the way! And this is not a paid for post. I just set up my mall so I thought I would share with my favorite readers-that is all of you!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Than You Wanted To Know About Chickens

This is pretty cool. Just another testament to God's creative power and genius. The link to Creation Moments is in the title of this post. Yes I am a full young Earth creationist and am not ashamed to admit it. God is the Creator, and we didn't just happen. Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all life, yours, mine and everybody.
Justice concludes black voters need Democratic Party

Excerpt: "KINSTON, N.C. Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.
The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black"

Does anyone else see this as odd? I mean, does this confirm that only African Americans vote Democrat or that only African Americans can hold offices as a Democrat? Isn't this the total opposite message that MLK wanted to avoid? And doesn't this smack a little bit like racism?

VAT, Good Thing? You Judge

VAT explained. We need to stop the Democrats tax and spend policy which is exactly what is happening and will continue with Dems in charge. Repubs that are in line with Dems need to go to. 2010, we need a total overhaul and a lame duck pres.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Another Reason to Not Use Home Depot

Excerpt:
"One of the owners vocal against Limbaugh was Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Blank is a billionaire who co-founded Home Depot.
"Blank's family foundation makes contributions to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was founded by eugenicist and racist Margaret Sanger and is the number one killer of unborn black children in the nation. A few years ago Planned Parenthood workers were recorded agreeing to earmark someones contributions for only black abortions."

Interesting to follow the money right into the left's coffers for death and destruction. Link in the title of the post.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Fun Sunday Afternoon


We went to a local pumpkin patch but mostly after all the rain we have had there weren't many choices left. Then I took some pics of G in the cotton field. Then we went to the "blue slides."
G is fighting and so far winning the battle of congestion and the cough. Tomorrow is the zoo re-take since it was cancelled last week. I am a chaperon on this trip. I may need some calming meds so I don't feel the need to feed some of the rough/bratty kids to the lions, heh. Just kidding, the alligators would eat them faster I wouldn't dream of leaving any of the devil sweet children behind.


I like G's hair bounce in this pic and her thoughtful look at the cotton.








She figured out how to slide down the "fire pole" on the equipment on her own. She really does make me proud. There was a time when she wouldn't walk across the equipment because it isn't a solid base. My baby is growing and conquering her fears left and right.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009, Patrick J. Michaels

"Antarctic Ice Melt Lowest Ever Measured.

"Where’s the headline? Where’s the television camera? Anyone out there?

"It’s right there in the September 24 issue of the refereed journal Geophysical Research Letters. The senior author is Marc Tedesco of City College of New York, not exactly off the mainstream media’s beaten path. The work was sponsored by NASA.

"Every summer (our winter), the edges of Antarctica warm up just enough for some snow to melt. Obviously, a little warming will create quite a bit more melting, which is a factor in dreaded sea-level rise from global warming.

"Satellites have been monitoring this activity in both the North and South polar regions since 1980. What Tedesco wrote was this: “A 30-year minimum Antarctic snowmelt record occurred during austral summer 2008-09” (emphasis added).

"Here’s a graph of his snowmelt data. It was obscured in a very busy chart in the original paper, so I’ve taken the liberty of stripping it out to stand alone.

"Summer Melt in Antarctica Appears to be Declining, not Increasing.

"It’s obvious that it’s not just this year that is of interest. The last three years are clearly those with the lowest aggregate melt on record. You might even see a downward trend since the beginning of the record in 1980.

"It’s a reasonable surmise that there was no press coverage because there was no press release. NASA is keeping this thing hushed up. (We wouldn’t expect environmental journalists to occasionally glance at the scientific literature, such as Geophysical Research Letters, right?).
The Agency is also highly selective about the global warming science it chooses to trumpet. For example, Tedesco has also published on melting in Greenland, and NASA wrote press releases on those papers, which were not nearly as newsworthy as the thirty-year decline in Antarctic melt. Examples:

"May 29, 2007: NASA Researcher Finds Days of Snow Melting on the Rise in Greenland. “In 2006, Greenland experienced more days of melting snow and at higher altitudes than average over the past 18 years.” Stop the presses! The last we heard each and every year has a fifty-fifty chance of being above (or below) average.

"September 20, 2007: NASA Researchers Find Snowmelt in Antarctica Creeping Inland. “…Only satellites can fully capture the extent of changes in snow melting…researchers [including Tedesco] …confirmed that Antarctic snow is melting farther inland…melting at higher altitudes than ever, and increasingly melting on Antarctica’s largest ice shelf.” How on earth does this square with the obvious decrease in melt just published by the same researchers? Doesn’t this press release demand another on the newer work?

"Earth to NASA: The 2007 Antarctic paper used twenty years of data, the 2009 paper has the entire record back to 1980. Even looking at the graph through 1998, it’s apparent that there is no net increase in melt.

"September 25, 2007: NASA finds Greenland Snow Melting Hit Record High in High Places. This one is unbelievably misleading. “In fact, the amount of snow that has melted this year over Greenland is the equivalent of more than twice the surface size of the U.S.”. This is patently impossible – as Greenland’s total area is about a quarter of that of the lower 48 states.

"There’s more. In the most recent paper, Tedesco and his co-authors take pains not to step on a highly publicized study of surface temperature trends published by University of Washington’s Eric Steig that was hailed as evidence for human-induced warming. At the time it was published, critics pointed out that there was no trend whatsoever in recent decades and that what warming had occurred took place before the great increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

"Indeed, Tedesco begins his conclusions by stating that his results “do not contradict” the Steig study. Why? According to Tedesco, because Steig’s work begins in the 1950s, long before his 1980 start date. All this did was to confirm that warming pretty much stopped three decades ago. Where’s that press release?

"NASA’s seems to beat the drum only when the news on global warming is bad, and remains mute when it is good. And, for that matter, so is that of the environmental journalism community, apparently incapable of filing an original story about an article from a refereed scientific journal that flies in the face of previous reportage on climate change."

Again, listen to real scientists and not the politically correct environmentalist rich boys, the earth will self correct, THERE IS NO MAN MADE CLIMATE CHANGE OR GLOBAL WARMING.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009, Kevin Glass

"Editors' note: to watch the worldwide premiere of Not Evil Just Wrong, tune in here on Sunday night at 8pm EST.
"'We live in an age of fear.'

"The first line of Not Evil Just Wrong: The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria reverberates throughout the documentary as an indictment of the modern environmental movement. The film delves deep into what the heart of environmentalism is: creating an artificial crisis and devaluing ordinary human worth.

"Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney’s production, being released worldwide on October 18, takes global warming alarmists head-on with a convincing narrative of the methods of environmentalist panic. The movie’s principle action consists of a series of interviews from a wide-ranging group of voices, from scientists to journalists to environmental activists to expose how the environmental left manipulates the media and public opinion to propagate the anthropogenic global warming farce. Along the way, the filmmakers introduce us to leading lights in the environmental movement while highlighting some of the inexcusable fallacies the green leftists have foisted upon the world.

"Over the course of the last fifty years, the modern environmental movement has attempted to turn every minor concern into an imminent crisis. One of the first major successes that they had was the worldwide demonization of the pesticide DDT. Used to great success in the United States in controlling the mosquito population and virtually eliminating malaria, environmentalists engaged in a smear campaign that led to the outlaw of the pesticide’s use in the developing world, where over one million people die every year from malaria. Exploring the DDT slur marks one of the film’s many high points, laying out the blueprint for how environmentalists will engage in an anti-science ideological campaign.

"This system of crisis creation has been endemic to the modern environmentalist left. To them, every crisis needs a centrally-planned and government-administered solution. Every crisis requires a dramatic reorganization of society and the outlaw of new, useful technologies. These leftists see these crises in absolute moral terms. Conservatives take a far more reasonable approach: disagreements stem not from morality, but misunderstandings. Roy Innis, chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality and a major contributor to the film, says
'These people [environmental activists] must be forced to consider the pragmatic consequences of what they hope for or what they believe. I don’t believe that the people… are evil people. But they’re people who are just wrong.'

"Not Evil Just Wrong parallels the anti-DDT campaign with current activities being undertaken by environmentalists. The playbook remains the same: the pseudo-science, the exaggerations, the personal smears and the utter lack of compassion for humanity.

"The filmmakers are in their element using music and stock footage to create a contrast with statements made by their interviewees. Many of the alarmist activists interviewed are wealthy Americans who will have to sacrifice nothing in order to implement their carbon reduction goals. Actor Ed Begley is shown to admire the “happy” way of life of Fiji while footage rolls portraying the poverty of most of the inhabitants of the small island nation. Testimonials urging the Earth to give up carbon clash with images of hardworking middle-Americans that rely on cheap coal energy to power their humble lifestyles. A particularly convincing segment of the film deals with the famous debunkers of the global warming “hockey stick” graph while interviewing an academic mathematician in the middle of a hockey game.

"At its heart, the film extols the virtues of a modern society and the triumph of ordinary humanity over elitist alarmism. The leading advocates of global warming, the film teaches, are its biggest hypocrites. Jet-setting politicos like Al Gore who yearn to destroy cheap energy sources won’t be harmed as a result of the policies they endorse. They never stop to consider the consequences for Americans who may not be able to afford energy that comes from windmills.

"Not Evil Just Wrong is both a lesson on environmentalists’ method of crisis creation and an expose on their disregard for basic humanity. McAleer and McIlhenney are accomplished filmmakers who put an important message into an easily-digestible package. This film is an important step to breaking the false elitist consensus on global warming and arming skeptics with important ammo to ward off the hypocrites. While the film does not break ground with people who have done their homework on the global warming mythos, it’s an indispensable introduction to the real debate that needs to occur."

Seeing that there has been little to no solar activity in a while now you can expect temperatures to drop. God created an earth, although I will agree man at times hasn't necessarily been good at caring for it, that will self correct. Man is not the cause of global warming nor climate change. The world is at man's service not man at the earth's service. When we realize this and stop blaming man for the natural ebb and flow of the climate then we will be able to reach down into humanity and save men from the dangers of the earth, you know like simple things such as malaria from mosquitoes, filthy water, insects that damage crops causing famine, you know simple things that devastate humans.

Though I posted the article in its entirety here, the link is in the title of the post.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Real Health Care Respects All Life at All Stages

Don't be fooled by the Obama-speak, abortion is provided in the Baucus Bill. And though death panels aren't labeled as such they are there too. When doctors refuse to take medicaid or medicare payments then care is rationed! Wake up America! Why are we heading the way of Canada or the UK? Not where the best medical care is nor true health care. I guarantee you that Britains do not relish their medical treatment plans going before the NICE board because that is the place where an individual's life is measured against the cost of treatment. Treatment will be denied if your life is not as valuable as the length of time the treatment will give you. This is a very slippery slope. We need TORT reform not government health care mandates or reform.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lidna's Random Dozen


1. I've always wondered why we were taught both printing and cursive. Do you prefer to print or write cursive? (Keyboard is not a choice.) I mix print and cursive. My daughter is learning to print in such a way to be able to transition to cursive. I suspect she will write more cursive when she is older because of this. I learned the ole stick and ball approach to print and my hand has a jerk motion to it so neither my print nor cursive is pretty.

2. Are you a dreamer or a realist? I am a realist who loves to dream.

3. Billy Joel or Elton John? Billy Joel in concert; Elton John on CD.

4. What is the scariest movie you've ever seen? Not limited to horror flicks but also includes ones where the tension or suspense is killer, for example, Flightplan (2005): A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plan. I hate scary movies. Silence of the Lambs def.

5. Now what is the scariest real-life moment you've had? The day G got lost

6. What word do you misspell without fail? separate or seperate. In a business class in HS the teacher tried really hard to teach me to spell it correctly by either telling me there was "a rat" or not "a rat" in the word and it has confused me ever since. I can't ever get it right.

7. Name something you like to do but are not really talented or good at. oil painting/art

8. Do you get your emotional/mental batteries recharged by being around people or by having alone time? alone time

9. Have you ever been on TV? I don't think so

10. Apple or pumpkin pie? (Don't be greedy.) neither

11. How many magazine subscriptions do you have? none

12. What lesson do you have to keep re-learning? painful financial ones.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just Call Me Sucker

This was the body of the e-mail to give me the info on the screening. I am posting it so I can say how not crazy I am. And I also received an e-mail verifying attendence today too.

"Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 10:54 AM
"Thanks so much for getting back to me. The film opens in Memphis on october 16th. Also, we'd be happy to provide another pair of tickets for you to do a giveaway on your site in advance of the screening. Let me know if you are up for that.
Here are the details for the screening in your area. Let me know if you can make it.
Melissa
Memphis screening- The Boys Are Back
October 13
7:30pm
Malco Paradiso
584 S. Mendenhall
Memphis, TN"

After dithering around about what I was going to wear and literally changing clothes twice for the perfect outfit (I mean an unemployed chick doesn't get the chance to often go to a movie with friends), getting make up on (cause I don't wear it unless I am going somewhere fancy like this), I picked up the one friend who is able to make the movie. I had one back out due to illness which is totally understandable and after this evening's events I wished I was the sick one.

My friend and I show up at the theater to absolutely no one knowing what I was talking about. The manager even gave me the numbers to the other Malco theaters in my area and not one had this screening or knew anything about it. So instead we went and hung out at a bookstore because we both are big time readers. Me more so than she right now due to my employment status or lack there of, heh.

So either it was a very sick joke (and no my house wasn't robbed) or they gave me the wrong date for the wrong city which is sad because I can't reschedule a night like this again. Outings on school nights are def. rare and not to be taken lightly or without much planning. I would like to think that it was the later but because I am a cynical sort of person I feel it was the former.

I am just sure that my friend will one day be a writer based on her work experiences etc and I asked her to make sure she left me out as the scatter-brained, why-does-this-stuff-always-happen-to-me chick. I told her if she chose to leave me in there then make sure some fantastic person plays me in the made for TV movie, ha!

Before the Movie Review


I need to finish a book review. This is the Knockout Entrepreneur by George Foreman. Yes he is a boxer, entrepreneur AND a writer. This book was published by Thomas Nelson publishers. In exchange for the review I get the book for free, yippee. That is how this works, one book, one review.
Now George Foreman does not tell you just how to do business, instead he tells you how to do business WELL. The book is well written and easily understood. There are a lot of boxing references in it which is interesting even for a non-boxing fan like myself. He talks about his comeback and how he trained, one day almost cutting his leg off with an ax. Yes, part of his training was chopping down trees. He talks about his conversion to Christ and how that changed his boxing outlook for his comeback as well as his business dealings.
He talks about his first jump into boxing, and how he wanted people to see him as the toughest boxer around after his loss to Ali. He talks about the tiger and lion he raised from cubs that then turned on his brother later which led to him giving his pets away. He realized that they were quite dangerous to keep around his boys.
He even talks about being in the ring and the voices he focuses on, that being the team in his corner only. He talks about how to pick your team in business so that you do well for yourself and well for your team members. In other words he talks about not picking your friends just because they are friends but that they have wisdom in business dealings.
For me, I won't lie, this book is a bit boring between readings. I enjoy it when I am reading it but between chances to read, I don't miss it. This is not a page turner, gotta finish it now no matter how much sleep I miss type of book for me. Someone else may find it is a really good book to read straight through. If you know someone starting their own business this might be a really good encouragement to them. But all in all I would say it is quite "meh."

Going To See

This with a friend who is having a birthday today as well. I am going despite the piss poor decision of the president of Miramax to support a ped0phile. Only way to describe it, the decision I mean being piss poor. The movie trailer looks like it will be a great movie anyway so here is hoping for the best.

G is spending the night with her grammie and grandad even though grammie tried to pull off her cornea thinking it was a contact (don't ask) then threw up because of the half darvacet she took to control the pain, which hasn't.

There were no takers on the give away probably because folks in my area don't read me, hmmm. Oh and it is a school night so, yea, there you go. I have requested 3 seats though for another friend who may or may not be able to get off work. We shall see if it works.

I thought the third ticket was going to be for G even though it is a school night and the movie is rated PG-13. See what I do for you, my faithful reader? I really thought grammie had the flu, what with the throwing up and all, but it just is her extremely low tolerance for any pain medication stronger than an aspirin or Aleve. So G will be fine spending a school night with her two favorite people and them taking her to school or the bus which ever.

So yea, despite stupid elitist mentality, I am looking forward to the evening. I will be back tomorrow with my and my guest's thoughts on the movie for you, my dear reader, to make a helpful well thought out plan to either see or not see this movie. I will review it on it's own merits not on the president of the production company's faulty judgements. Now I need to decide what to wear!

A bit about the movie:
" The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen and directed by Scott Hicks (Shine). Inspired by a true story, THE BOYS ARE BACK is a moving, wryly confessional tale of fatherhood, that intimately evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life. It follows a witty, wisecracking, action-oriented sportswriter Joe Warr (Academy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner CLIVE OWEN) who, in the wake of his wife’s tragic death, finds himself in a sudden state of single parenthood needing to learn to mother, as well as father his children. With turbulent emotions swirling just below the surface, Joe Warr throws himself into the only child-rearing philosophy he feels comfortable with: “just says yes.” Raising two boys – a curious six year-old and a rebel teen from a previous marriage -- in a household devoid of any female influence, and with an unabashed lack of rules, life becomes exuberant, instinctual, reckless . . . and on the constant verge of disaster. United by unspoken love, conflicted by fierce feelings and in search of the road forward, the boys of the Warr household, father and sons alike, must each find their own way, however tenuous, to grow up. Their story is not just about the transforming power of a family crisis -- but the unavoidable grace of everyday life and love that gets them through."

Sunday, October 11, 2009

You Think Freedom of Speech Is Guaranteed?

Not if Obama has his way:
Obama Declares War on Free Speech
Excerpt: The Obama Administration has now actually co-sponsored an anti-free speech resolution at the United Nations. Approved by the U.N. Human Rights Council last Friday, the resolution, cosponsored by the U.S. and Egypt, calls on states to condemn and criminalize “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.” What could be wrong with that? Plenty. First of all, there’s that little matter of the First Amendment, which preserves Americans’ right to free speech and freedom of the press, which are obviously mutually inclusive. Any law that infringed on speech at all -- far less in such vague and sweeping terms -- would be unconstitutional. “Incitement” and “hatred” are in the eye of the beholder -- or more precisely, in the eye of those who make such determinations. The powerful can decide to silence the powerless by classifying their views as “hate speech.” The Founding Fathers knew that the freedom of speech was an essential safeguard against tyranny: the ability to dissent, freely and publicly and without fear of imprisonment or other reprisal, is a cornerstone of any genuine republic. If some ideas cannot be heard and are proscribed from above, the ones in control are tyrants, however benevolent they may be.

The Old Jarhead posts links of interest that affect our country and freedoms. I found this link there.

Friday, October 09, 2009

G Conversations

While reading to G before bed, the dog licked G's leg to which she was not happy and rightly so 'cause yuck. She grabbed her blanket to wipe it off, and I said, "Now you wiped it with your blankie?"

And she said in all her righteous indignation, "Yes, my blankie can be a blankie or a towel or a fuzzy train."

I said, "A train?" And she said, "Yes, wike dis: (motions with her hands a line in a row) dun, dun, dun."

Yep, a fuzzy train I guess to ward off future dog licks?!!??

This morning G was giving me the nicest of compliments painful truth with attitude and said, "Something stinks." I said, "Yes, probably the cat pooped, but I don't smell anything." (We have a sick cat who has decided the couch is his litter box.) She said, "No, its not that. Its your bweath." Thanks, kid.

On the way to school I was telling her how much I love her long fingers and beautiful hands to which she replies, "Yes and my long toes too because you don't have long toes, yours are all balled up." Oh yes she did. She zinged me twice today.

One night I said, "I am the worst mommy in the world for not getting this laundry done." And she said, "See, I was right." She sure knows how to stop me in my tracks!

Oh and I have to brag on my girl, she is in the top group of the four distar groups. When I was in 1st grade our groups were birds. I was in the top group the blue birds (I think that was it). So for the distar groups it works the like the bird groups of yester year.

G tells me one day that for distar she is with Ms. W (not her teacher). I asked her why but couldn't get a good response from her about why she left for Ms. W's class for distar. I wondered if she wasn't getting it, being taken out as a slow learner (fear from summer), and maybe I could work with her on more of it at home to get her up to speed. So I saw one of the teachers and asked about the program which is like I explained the groups.

In order to keep the kids at their individual learning levels the teachers have gotten together to work with the groups by skill level. Ms. W. teaches the highest level kids meaning that they are picking up the distar sounds so well they should be learning to read more quickly than some of the other groups. That makes since to me, and I appreciate G not being kept back because a few can't catch up.

Finally...

NOW speaks out against Letterman and his obvious sexual harassment exploits. And for those folks who think no harm no foul in the Letterman affairs, remember sexual harassment happens when a boss or someone of authority demands, requests or gets sexual favors from subordinates no matter if the subordinates are willing. I mean if they aren't willing, now they work for someone who has made a pass so promotions etc are now in jeopardy not to mention just the icky-ness of it. If they are willing, other people are def affected as one individual gets special favors or extra attention or rewards for no other reason than sleeping with the boss.

So it doesn't matter if the affairs were consensual since technically with a boss subordinate sexual relation there can't be true consent. The subordinate will always feel obligated.

Gloria Allred also has made a case against Letterman. He should be sued. It would be difficult to prove that all the women were treated fairly in his office with the affairs going on. I was afraid since the feminists held up Bill Clinton as a tower of virtue ::cough,cough:: that they may never speak out against Letterman.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

It's Not My Give-A-Way Give-A-Way

Adoption Is Our Nutshell reached the goal of 10 followers so now there is a give-a-way to celebrate. Head over and try for the $20 starbucks card or $20 gift. What a way to brighten a fellow blogger's day by entering her give-a-way!

And today is Thursday, no reason to mention this except one more day until Friday. And again no reason to mention this except that G will have a weekend and go to a day long basketball camp on Saturday. And no reason to mention that either cause she thinks she already knows how to play basketball, heh. I guess there isn't any reason to mention anything except the give-a-way so head over and play.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Check the Rest of the 15 Banned Political Cartoons Here

How true, how true.


2 of 15 political cartoons out of Australia that would never be allowed in US papers. Amazing how some other countries acknowledge the greatness of the US even while the current president can't do enough to apologize for the US he sees as a terrible country who does nothing but harm.
By the way why the change in policies regarding the war now, CODE PINK? I guess your hatred for Bush was much greater than your dislike for the war, so now that Obama is in you can change your tune about troop withdrawal? So sad the liberal left's hatred for Bush was far greater than even their love for Obama. They are like spoiled children arguing with a parent, opposing everything Bush did with a petty hatred just because he was the authority figure in the country. Now they are in agreement with Bush policies because the policies are also Obama's policies for our country's protection.
And what about ole Charlie Rangel? The dems were all about sanctioning Joe Wilson for the "You lie" statement (which was so true) a mere 6 days after the speech but Rangel who has cheated on his tax forms, gave money to other dems to keep them quiet about it, didn't disclose income as required by congress rules and a myriad of other dirty dealings isn't going to be sanctioned or removed with a down the line party split: dems in favor of keeping the corrupt Rangel and Republicans for removing him. Way to be transparent and ending corruption in congress.

Belmont Abbey College Needs the Help of Protestants and Catholics

I received this in an e-mail from ex-Senator Rick Santorum:
"The Obama Administration is working to erase respect for conscience from health insurance and the law in general……
"Don’t believe me?
"In his address at the University of Notre Dame, Obama talked a good game about respecting conscience on abortion rights. He did the same thing when he met the Pope. But that was all it was -- talk.
"The Obama Administration’s attack on Belmont Abbey College proves that.Belmont Abbey College is a small, private, Catholic college located in North Carolina.
"For 130 years, it and the Benedictine monks who run it have been dedicated to handing on the Catholic faith. But the Obama Administration is now trying to force them to abandon that faith or go out of business.
"You see, the Administration at Belmont Abbey College removed contraception, abortion, and voluntary sterilization from its faculty's health care policy after discovering it had accidentally been a part of existing plans. Employees of the school who objected to this change in policy brought a complaint against the school accusing them of “gender discrimination.”
"This accusation against Belmont Abbey College couldn’t be further from the truth.
"Belmont Abbey College was not discriminating against women. Unlike many “believers in name only” the college was adhering to the principles of its faith.
"At first, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found no evidence of gender discrimination by Belmont Abbey College…..
"After a few weeks, the EEOC mysteriously reversed course and announced, in effect, that the college had better toe the Administration’s line, or else.

"They are now demanding the school go against the very principles it exists to serve.
"Don’t be fooled.
"Killing or funding the killing of unborn children has nothing to do with promoting human health. And including these atrocities in every “health care” plan -- no matter how shrewdly hidden or diplomatically stated – violates the consciences of Catholics everywhere.
"No Catholic college or other religious institution should ever be required by the government to violate its moral beliefs ......
"Which is why I’m asking for your help today. Your immediate support for the defense of Belmont Abbey College is VITAL, not only for Belmont Abbey, but for all religious institutions in America.
"Too many were silent when Obama went to Notre Dame. As a result his Administration has been emboldened to attack all Catholic institutions. Now, they are shamelessly picking on a small Catholic college – Belmont Abbey.
"Tomorrow it could be your local church, the parochial school you send your kids to, it could be the Jesus bumper sticker on your car…
"If Obama is given the opportunity to attack even the oldest and most respected religious establishments across the country, what will be next?
"The President of Belmont Abbey College has bravely stated that he would rather close the school than go against the church’s most fundamental teachings ...I commend him for his moral conviction, but I’m afraid for the future of religious freedom in our country.…
"Think I’m overreacting?
"The impact of even one Catholic college knuckling under or closing would be a catastrophe for all religious institutions.
"Which is why I am asking for your help. Will you stand with me against the Obama Administration’s war on conscience?
"Belmont Abbey College stands for the moral teachings and principles of the Catholic Church -- it stands for life.... You and I simply cannot allow the radical leftists in this country to succeed in demanding Belmont Abbey College turn its back on the most basic and fundamental teachings of the church or else close.
"Belmont Abbey President William Thierfelder recently said, 'All of us need to have moral courage in today's world.' He added. 'We are so resolute in our commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church that there is no possible way we would ever deviate from it, and if it came down to it ... we would close the school rather than give in ...'”

Now is the time to fight Obama and his minions. Click on either link and it will take you to the place to support this college. If Obama wins this then all religious institutions will come under fire.

Job Hunting S*CKS! and Other Ramblings

Okay so I have been asked my dress size, age, about children etc etc etc. And I don't care if it is against the law to ask it because I really think it is only against the law to base decisions on the answers but think realistically, a company doesn't have to hire you for any reason so therefore that doesn't have to be the proven decision. Plus in a craptastic economic market like ours, jobs are not a dime a dozen, employees are therefore employers CAN ask the questions with relative ease without much reprisal. Oh and would you really wish to work for a company who asks questions like that?

So today I had a normal job fair interview but basically since I really do not wish to work (though I didn't say this) 47 to 55 hours a week guaranteed from 7am to 11:30pm at times I probably won't get the job. Oh and I am not in a position to relocate either so there. Thinking about the normal schedule 7am to 6pm 5 days a week (including weekends) or noon to 11:30pm a night at what point do I have time with G? And I can't drop G off for the bus until 7:20am and no I don't have before school care so I would have to hire someone to come to my house, get her ready for school, drop her off so I can drive 30mins or more to a place to work a 9 to 10 hour shift 5 or more days a week?

This is a retail place by the by. And yes I am whining about it, but I won't get it because relocation at this point is a no go and that was a specific question. And no I am not afraid of hard work, and yes I love the store where the job is. And yes I realize it is my problem to deal with daycare, before school care and aftercare because I signed up to be a mom. And no I would rather not work retail even as a manager though as a single with no kids it might be fun and yes I do see the point of all the hours. More and more I am seeing the real need to be home based or self employed which is more flexible but usually requires some money to be paid first on my part.

If by some strange and unrealistic chance I got that job, we would literally have to move in with my parents so they could get G to school 4 days a week at least and get her to bed on late nights and keep her on the weekends I would have to work. A separate household would not work out. And I didn't even bother to find out how much they would pay because I knew I wouldn't get it when the schedule questions came up.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

There Is So Much Insanity Going on I Don't Know Where to Start

So lets just pick a place. Randomly, lets just pick Polanski and his Hollywood protectors, deniers of facts, and holier than thou actors claiming what Polanski did 30 years ago as not actually "rape-rape." Um, lets think this through shall we? About 30 years ago, Roman Polanski drugged a 13 year old, and over and over again, against her verbal dissent ("no"), and I say verbal because quaaludes and champagne sort of stop necessary muscles from actually protecting one's self, repeatedly (can't point this out enough) raped and sodomized her.

Then because he plead down the charge of rape to sexual assault of an underage child or some such trite plea, he was hoping the judge would be lenient in sentencing and give him time served, but when he became suspicious that the judge wouldn't hold to a pre-believed bargain which the judge didn't have to honor, old Roman fled to France.

Then the Swiss arrest him (and aren't going to let him go, yea them), holding him for extradition to the US to face what he has been hiding from for the past 30 years. Lets be real clear about this, the justice system moves very slowly, but it still moves. If it didn't we wouldn't be free. What is the saying, the wheels of justice turn very slowly but grind ever so fine.

Now here is the most unbelievable part of this story, the Hollywood elites like it-wasn't-rape-rape-Whoopi Goldberg, Harrison Ford who divorced his wife to date looks-like-pre-teen-girl-Calista Flockhart, incestuous Woody Allen who married his adopted daughter (for all intents and purposes it was his daughter too) and other idiots in the Hollywood circle signed a "free Roman" petition that was started by the head of Miramax films?!?!?!?!?!??!?! WHAT THE HELK IS GOING ON IN HOLLYWOOD?

Do they really believe they have high moral standards? Do they really believe we, the people, should listen to anything they say EVER? The reason and the only reason they are protecting this filthy pedophile is because he is a great film producer? Because he is "one of them" who shouldn't be held to the standards of mere mortals like the rest of us? Get real Hollywood. Wake up idiots.

Now here is my dilemma. I have agreed (pre-polanski petition) to review the film The Boys Are Back by Miramax, and I have two tickets for my area to give away. I am truly torn by giving my word and then this petition signing breaks and my not really wanting to do any thing for the Hollywood elites. Truly unless there is an apology to the nation and to the victim of Polanski's actions is made, I will not endorse anyone spending money on a Miramax film no matter how good the film. The actors have been paid for their work so the hurt will be in the pocket of Miramax only at this point.

If you happen to be within 30 miles of Memphis and wish to go I will give the tickets to the first person who comments. The show is for October 13 a Tuesday night. If the company reads this and rescinds their offer I will honor their decision. It really makes me ill that people would truly stand up and defend this very sick person who has never been ashamed of his predilection for little girls even claiming every man wishes to do what he did.

Monday, October 05, 2009

What to Do on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon?

Besides take a nap I mean. You can use a recycled can, construction paper, googly eyes (if you have them), glue, and make...















A scary pencil holder for halloween. Didn't take long and was a fun thing to do together.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Beatiful Day for a Pic Nic at the Zoo

Saturday, G and I took my parents to the zoo and had a picnic near the merry-go-round. It was quite fun. The day was absolutely perfect weather-wise. We arrived sort of early to see the new exhibit of grizzly bears but they were all asleep against a door to the bear house. We did see the wolves playing which was fun. The wolves are roughly a year old so still pups too.

The exhibit is really nice and will open to the general public in a week. This week however is members week so we got a sneak peek. Too bad the bears, who are babies right now as they had already worn themselves out playing earlier and were napping when we arrived.

Grandad and G took three turns on the merry-go-round but they wouldn't pose for pics so I didn't take any of them there. The day was really great for the animals and they mostly were active and all outside which was nice. We didn't see everything either though. We stayed mostly on one side of the zoo and still were there over 3 hours.

About the picnic, this was all my idea. I brought peanut butter, jelly, bread, plates, knife for spreading it, three bags of chips (3 servings each), bananas, and dessert. When I got out the bread to my dismay some of it had already started molding. I was quite embarrassed as I had checked it before packing it and didn't see anything around the edges. The rest of it was still good so I just pinched off the mold, like my mama used to do. My parents didn't seem to mind thank goodness and G doesn't eat the edges anyway. It is so hard to keep and use a whole loaf of bread when there is just the two of us!

Baby giraffe, one of three we have.


Playing with the polar bear. Only one of the three was out yesterday.





Posing with the Kimodo dragon.
Playing panda in video.
video

Friday, October 02, 2009

Laundry Soap 1; Mama 0

I decided after finding a very easy recipe for making your own laundry soap that I would give it a try. The recipe I found was on Denise's blog: There's Always Room for One More, and she made it look so easy.

I while back (beginning of summer) in order to save money I thought about making my own detergent but then I found for under $9 a huge bucket o' detergent at the grocery store. I figured I couldn't ever make my own soap for $9 or less so I gave that up.

Anyway, the other day I picked up a dish wash rag that I had washed and it still smelled really badly like, well I dunno what, but it stunk. So then I began to really wonder if the less than $9 was worth the price of having semi clean clothing but not really clean clothing. With the molluscum I am fighting I need to know my clothes are clean.

So back to making the soap, Denise didn't seem to have much problem finding everything locally, but I did. I ended up ordering the fels naptha soap bars on line (googled fels naptha). They happened to be $.99 per bar with $4.95 shipping which equalled less than $2 a bar. Denise's recipe is 1 box washing soda, 1box Borax, 6 cups baking soda and 6 bars of fels naptha. The soap bars have to be shredded then all of it mixed up. Everything else was easily found.

One thing I will do differently is I will buy the fels naptha already shredded (33 oz of shredded soap=6 bars). See the title of this post? Well, in the shredding of the soap I practically lost a knuckle. Yeah, took a while to stop the bleeding. So blood, sweat and tears literally were used in the making. And it is on my thumb. So not a good spot for anyone. Now I have a big bandaid on my thumb, and on the other hand a big band aid on a finger for another injury from last week.

I will reluctantly admit that I may be a bit more clumsy than my peers, so that is good news for you if you wish to make your own soap. I doubt anyone else would cut off their knuckle while shredding soap. Oh and the mixing of the ingredients was sort of a pain as the now shredded soap has the consistency of shredded cheddar cheese (not the already shredded cheese either). I don't recommend shredding while hungry either as you may be tempted by the look of said soap.
Anyhoo, I am eager to try out the new detergent on all my wash cloths in my whole house and the towels that sour too quickly. Denise said only 1/8 of a cup but that just doesn't look like a lot so I will have to try that first and then adjust up a bit or not. Her kids just bragged on the good smell of her clothes so I am hoping to see, feel and smell the difference. Who knows, this may become a way of life.

Total time to prepare the detergent: roughly 45 mins give or take. My hands sure smell good too.