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Archive for 18 May 2008
Jr has had quite a weekend. Friday, she heard some great speakers, and John McFeingold. Saturday, she was floating around because she “shook Glen Beck’s hand”, and had no problem telling anyone she came into contact with afterwards, not to mention I was about ready to deck her if she said it one more time. Today was an even bigger one for her.
Naturally, we did some serious wandering around, ate some more great Kentucky BBQ, wandered around a bit more, and while the Mr was off doing something else, she decided she wanted Col. North’s new book, “Heroes”. She just had to come face to face with him and shake his hand too.
Naturally, she had to chirp, repeatedly, “I shook Ollie North’s hand!” to anyone who would glance her way. sigh….
We made our way upstairs to where Ted Nugent was speaking. Now, HE is quite a speaker! The man minces NO words! This is a good thing!
After hearing him speak, Jr decided she now had to shake HIS hand. Okie dokie. After the speech, she joined the line. The Mr and I did some wandering, smoked, wandered, spent a few bucks, smoked, wandered, got separated, he spent money, I smoked, I tried to spend money while he smoked. Finally, I went up to check on Jr’s progress. Well, she was at least 15 minutes out, so I decided to just wait, and get the shot.
One of her “line mates” was named Prince, probably one of the more unique NRA members.
When she got a little closer to the “big event”, I thought I’d pull out the media card, and go stand over where Mr. Nugent was signing all the paraphernalia, which included an 8 point buck (mounted obviously) and small automatic (unloaded). While I was waiting, I chatted with one of the security guards and a cop or two. Hey, I could have just stood there like a bump on a broad, but that would have been rather boring, wouldn’t it!
Finally, it was Jr’s turn!
He signed a limited edition cap (pink camo? sigh…), a cd that can’t be bought (at least that what she said), and her wallet! I have no idea why she wanted him to sign her wallet with Happy Bunny on the other side, but then, I’m not 15, and my mind doesn’t work the same way I guess.
He seemed to be a really nice guy. I wonder if he has camps for novice teenagers? Hmmmm…. HEH!
Needless to say, that kid’s feet hasn’t touched the ground since!
Me? I’m SO ready to go home and sleep in my own bed. It’s been a great experience, and odds are, we’ll do it again, but like Dorothy said, “There’s no lace like home! There’s no place like home!”
And won’t she be surprised when she finds out that Jr is a LIFE member of the NRA, and wants her very own gun….not a revolver, an automatic.
Perhaps this Breast Cancer Awareness one?
Is anybody else getting inundated with spam in Chinese? 30 and 40 at a pop. It’s driving me bugsh*t!
Nowhere is the opinion divide on gay marriage sharper than in the nation’s religious communities. And last week’s same-sex marriage ruling will do little to bring agreement on the definition of marriage, a social and religious touchstone that has torn apart families, congregations and entire dioceses.
I guess those being “torn apart” aren’t basing their sermons on the Book that gave them the job in the first place.
Bush Presses Arab Leaders on Reform (Slimes version)
After a showy celebration of America’s close ties with Israel, President Bush presented Arab leaders with a lengthy to-do list on Sunday, telling them that if Middle East peace is to become a reality, they must expand their economies, offer equal opportunity to women and embrace democracy.
“Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail,” Mr. Bush said in an address to the World Economic Forum here, adding, “The time has come for nations across the Middle East to abandon these practices, and treat their people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Bush Urges Mideast Leaders to Advance Democracy (Fox version)
Israel got glowing praise from U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this week, while on Sunday, the Arab world got a stern lecture on the need to spread freedoms and isolate state sponsors of terror that he said are holding the region back.
“Too often in the Middle East, politics has consisted of one leader in power and the opposition in jail,” Bush said in remarks prepared for delivery before the World Economic Forum on the Middle East. “The time has come for nations across the Middle East to abandon these practices, and treat their people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Interesting how that same story gets reported in two different publications. The very first paragraph speaks volumes. How ’bout I Just hold my breath till I turn blue?
Although the lowered standards have wide support from lawmakers, the students who kept the HOPE scholarship say lowering the GPA requirement would be a mistake — even if it might benefit their former classmates.
“Oh, no, they don’t need to do that,” said Courtney Helton, who graduated this month with a degree in mass communication from Trevecca Nazarene University with a 3.7 GPA. “I don’t think it’s very difficult to get a 3.0 unless you totally disregard everything.”
Another REALLY dumb (literally) idea comes out of Nashville! Why do they think kids are graduating from high school and they can’t read, or do simple math? Lowering standards has been the bain of our education system (that and unions). Lowering expectations gets lowered standards, and less than desirable results!
Although the discouraging pace of peace talks has led many to doubt the feasibility of US President George W. Bush’s goal that a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians could be realized by 2009, Palestinian Authority officials seemed optimistic on Sunday, telling the London-based newspaper, Al-Hayat that an agreement of principles between the two sides would likely be signed by August, 2008.
Someone needs a serious dose of reality. It didn’t happen in the 70s. It didn’t happen in the 80s. I damn sure didn’t happen in th 90s. So what makes anyone think it’ll happen in the 00s? As long as Israel exists and is doing well, there won’t be any peace with people who want to destroy her.
As an African American politician is set to assume for the first time in the country’s history the leadership of a major political party, a Geneva-based United Nations human rights investigator plans to come here next week to investigate whether racism plays a role in the presidential campaign, according to a statement released yesterday.
The most bigoted organization, next to the KKK, is going to investigate us?
The Rev. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, said during services Saturday that the church accepted Joe Barron’s resignation, effective immediately.
Barron was charged Friday with online solicitation of a minor. Undercover officers posing as a 13-year-old girl communicated with the 52-year-old minister for about two weeks. The online conversations were sexual in nature, police said.
What the hell is the matter with these people?????
Iraqi police found the bullet-riddled Quran with graffiti inside the cover on a small-arms range near a police station in Radwaniyah, a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, U.S. military spokesman Col. Bill Buckner said.
American commanders then launched an inquiry that led to disciplinary action against the soldier, who has been removed from Iraq, Buckner said.
I realize we should have respect for other people faith, and holy books, but after what those followers of Islam have done in recent years, I can’t say I blame the soldier. Frustration can lead to stupid acts. They’d get a “Gee, sorry ’bout that” and that’s it. Maybe I’ve become a bit…ummm….jaded?
I came across this headline last night while looking for something else. I gotta tell ya, it was quite a shock!
Woos? I wasn’t wooed. Were you wooed? I haven’t come across anyone there that was wooed. Best I could find, was an “Ok, he’s what we’ve got. Reckon we’ll have to deal with him.” Does that sound wooed to you? sigh…
To be honest, even those who had tried to work him into their speeches, seemed to have a tough time. About the only wooin’ I am aware of is when McFeingold did a well deserved smack down on Hussein over Bush’s appeaser remarks in Israel. As Glen Beck said last night, what we’ve got is Moe, Larry and Curly as our presidential candidates this year. Pretty sad.
You can find a few videos from the NRA shindig posted here. Just in case you’re curious.
10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.