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Tunica!

1 June 2008, 9:14 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Travel.

Well, we made it after a mostly uneventful 3 hour drive.  We saw a fairly nasty wreck on U.S. 72, outside of Corinth.  Two ambulances, a fire truck and numerous MS State Patrol folks.  Are they getting younger?  We couldn’t really see what happened because the vehicle was down a fairly deep ditch.  Looked like the driver lost control and crashed through the barrier on the opposite of the highway.

Things got a little exciting, and not in a good way about 20 minutes from our destination.  First, my car started to do it’s shake, rattle, but thankfully, no roll.  I had a dickens of a time hanging on to the steering wheel.  Yes, I’ve had it checked out many times, but they keep telling me nothing is wrong with it.  Yeah….it’s all my imagination!  Well, if it is, then the Mr was sharing my hallucination!

After the ol’ PT stopped doing it’s dance, the temperature dropped from 86 to 68 in a matter of minutes.  The wind was horrible, and the lightening seemed to be non stop.  Then, the rain hit.  Honestly, going into it, it sure looked like a “tornado sky”, but luckily, no twisters! We made it in one piece!  :)

One observation:  I thought people were staying close to home, and not driving anywhere?  Well, I reckon no one told all those people I had to share the highway with on our way down, cuz there sure were a LOT of ‘em!

Oh, and I was under the impression that Muslims didn’t frequent gambling establishments.  If that’s the case, then why did I see a number of Muslim women wandering around the casino?  Odd, don’t you think?

Road Trip!

1 June 2008, 1:21 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Travel.

Since we are now free to move about at will, the Mr decided he wanted to take a run down to Tunica for a few days.  So, that’s what we’re doing.  Ya can’t beat free nights!  Well, they won’t turn out to be so free once we hit the casinos, but it’s the idea of “free”!

So, we’re off.  Naturally, I’ll be taking this contraption with me.  I might go into withdrawals if I don’t.  However, blogging will probably be light while we lose a chunk of change to the evils of gambling!

Teach Your Children Well

1 June 2008, 9:13 am. 2 Comments. Filed under ACLU, Education, Feckless Weasels, Religion of Pieces.

‘Open tent’ at Amherst Middle School

For one night, on May 9, the quaint colonial town of Amherst, New Hampshire, was transformed into a Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent community, with the help of 80 seventh-graders at the Amherst Middle School. The weather cooperated, providing 85 degree temperatures to give an authentic Saudi feel to the evening.

More than 250 guests arrived at the open tent and were welcomed with an Arabic greeting of “Marhaba” by students at a Saudi customs desk.

During the check-in, guests selected a traditional Arabic name for their name badge and completed an actual Saudi customs form, which warned in bold letters “Death for Drug Trafficking ” at the top.

I sure hope no one was carrying a personal Bible, because the Saudis have been known to put them through a shredder. I mean, if you’re trying to be authentic, be sure to be “AUTHENTIC”!

Only the seventh-grade boys were allowed to host the food stations and the Arabic dancing, as the traditions of Saudi Arabia at this time prevent women from participating in these public roles.

Dressed in traditional Arabic wear—long plaid kilts, white shirts and turbans—the boys offered food and entertained guests. The Arabic dancers enthusiastically performed to music and encouraged male visitors to join their dance.

Only the males mind you!

Seventh-grade girls hosted the hijab and veil stations, where other female guests learned how to wear the required head covering and veils. An antique trunk full of black abayas worn by women, and white thobes worn by the men, were available for guests to try on.

Yes, we must teach our young women to hide under a veil, mustn’t we, all the while, watching the males dance, and enjoy themselves.

An Islamic religion station included a Muslim prayer rug with a compass imbedded in it to locate Mecca, readings on the Islamic faith, call to prayer items and prayer beads.

Oh yeah, let’s not forget about the praying to Mecca business, so these young boys and girls will know where their “allegiance” should lie.  And here I thought any kind of religious training was “against the law” in public schools?

Younger visitors gravitated to the Arabic listening station, the Arabic coloring book stations and the mural, while visitors of all ages found the slide shows of Saudi Arabia to be captivating.

“Captivating”? They have NO idea just how captivating a Muslim country can be!

The “open tent” was created to encourage participants to reach out and learn from people around the world, and to promote curiosity and cultural understanding.

Learning about different cultures is just peachy. However, when it goes contrary to everything THIS country stands for, why are children being “indoctrinated” into such a performance? I was able to learn about different cultures around the world without being shoved under a veil. Why are schools shoving this kind of stuff down our kids throats?

And just where is the ACLU on this one?  Pfft!

H/T: Ft. Hard Knox

And A Good Morning To You Too!

1 June 2008, 8:30 am. 13 Comments. Filed under Critters, The Peacock War.

There’s nothing like coming in to sit quietly at the computer, drink your coffee, look up and see……

Yep, Mr Peacock is back! Playing peeking Tom! sigh….

Oddly enough, he’s all by his lonesome. Wonder what happened to the rest of his pals? 

Reckon someone else took out his last girlfriend, cuz she sure isn’t here….behind the shed……a few feet under.

I’ve been up since about 6:30 and he’s been my constant companion. Lucky me. sigh… Then he starts shaking his hind end at me, dancing all around. Tacky bird.  You’re not my type!

The Mr and I have discussed this, and at this point in time, since he’s not doing any damage, well, other than crapping on the deck, we’re going to leave him be. I think there’s something wrong with his left foot too. He seems to be favoring that one a bit.

So, we started out with seven of the evil fowl, and are now down to only one invading our space. Honestly, if we weren’t heading out on a road trip after church this afternoon, he just MIGHT join his brethren in the great Peacock “beyond”. Heh.

Morning Coffee 06/01/08

1 June 2008, 7:59 am. 3 Comments. Filed under General News.

Report: Calif. congresswoman’s homes defaulted six times

Rep. Laura Richardson, whose Sacramento home was recently sold into foreclosure, has two other homes in Southern California that have fallen into default six times, according to a published report.

Five of the defaults totaling nearly $71,000 occurred in the last 13 months for the homes the Democrat still owns in San Pedro and Long Beach, according to county documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

During much of that time, Richardson used $177,500 to finance her campaigns for Congress and the California Assembly, the newspaper said.

She faces two challengers in Tuesday’s primary.

First question: Who needs 3 houses in the same state? My second question: Just how responsible of a legislater is she if she can’t even make her house payment on even one of them? Honestly, I wouldn’t want her representing me!

Clinton’s backers: We won’t ‘roll over’

The Democratic Party risks the defection of many supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unless it settles the Florida and Michigan primary fracas to their satisfaction, said protesters at pro-Clinton rallies in Washington yesterday.

“I refuse to be associated with a party that is stupid, self-destructive and undemocratic, and now, I’m beginning to realize, is misogynistic,” said Norma Broude, an American University professor who was among more than 1,000 Clinton supporters at a “count the vote” rally at Rock Creek Park.

Jeez lady, where have you been for the last umpteen years? You’re just now figuring out the Dhimmis are “stupid, self-destructive and undemocratic”? Welcome to reality!

Bredesen urges Democrats to unite for country

“We need to grow up; we need to get some things done,” he said.

Well, he got the first part right! But please Lord, don’t let ‘em get anything done! They’ve already screwed up enough lives.

Iran Warns it May Limit Cooperation With U.N. Nuclear Watchdog IAEA

Iran warned Sunday it may limit cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, expressing disappointment over the agency’s recent report that was critical of Tehran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, in a report to the U.N. Security Council last week, suggested Iran was stonewalling investigators and possibly withholding information crucial to determining whether it conducted research on nuclear weapons.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Sunday the IAEA “could present a better report,” adding Iran may have to set “new limits” on its cooperation with the agency.

And this is different…….how?

Myanmar defends cyclone response after U.S. rebuke

Myanmar Deputy Defence Minister Aye Myint, in Singapore for a security conference also attended by Gates, insisted the government had acted swiftly and it was open to foreign aid with “no strings attached.”

“Through the prompt and immediate supervision of the supervisory central body headed by the prime minister and member ministers, relief camps and hospitals were opened, debris was cleared, emergency power and water supply restored,” Myint said.

I’m sure there are some folks somewhere in the world who would appreciate the relief supplies. It’s been what….30 days? And how many people have starved because their egos got in the way?

Gordon Brown blows a loophole in ban on cluster bombs

While Brown announced support for “a ban on all cluster bombs, including those currently in service by the UK”, the government quietly excluded new anti-tank cluster shells that are not yet in service.

Britain will now press ahead with an £83m contract to buy a new generation of the munitions, signed last November with GIWS, a German manufacturer.

Well, gee, since they’ve already got a contract and all. I’d like to know just which countries are NOT in on this deal to ban these bombs. You do realize that if only ‘honorable’ countries ban any sort of weaponry, the not so honorable will start getting the upper hand, right?

Hurricane Season Outlooks of Little Use

Each April, weather wizard William Gray emerges from his burrow near the Rocky Mountains to offer his forecast for the six-month hurricane season that starts June 1. And the news media are there, breathlessly awaiting his every word.

It’s a lot like Groundhog Day — and the results are worth just about as much.

There. ABC said it, so you doom and gloom types ought to believe it now. Shoot, they can’t even predict the next seven days all that accurately, and hurricanes don’t watch the weather reports anyway!

Hizbullah Returns IDF Body Parts, Israel Frees Hizbullah Spy

“We today are handing over some of the remains of a number of Israeli soldiers who were killed in the July war and who the Israeli army left in Lebanon,” said the Hizbullah spokesman, upon Nasser’s arrival.

The Hizbullah spy was transferred by Israeli officials to representatives from the Red Cross and UNIFIL at the Rosh Hanikra crossing on the border with Lebanon earlier in the day.

I understand the desire to bury your dead, but at the expense of the future safety of the country? This makes no sense. They are dead. He is not, and is now free to inflict more damage.

John Ford-backed law lets doctor practice

Tennessee regulators wanted nothing to do with Dr. Roger Morgan.

A psychologist raised in Frayser and trained in South America, Morgan had been rejected twice by the state’s psychology licensing board because of his academic record.

But Morgan found a powerful ally in then-state Sen. John Ford, who pushed through legislation that forced regulators to hand Morgan a license to practice, according to an examination by The Commercial Appeal.

That carefully tailored 1998 law has privately troubled psychology professionals for years yet remained unknown to the larger public.

So basically, this guy was practicing shrinking heads, and he had no business doing so, but with the weaseling of a Ford, he was allowed to dispense drugs too? I’m baffled. Didn’t anyone have the cajones to say NO?

Lawmakers back campaign cash crackdown

Without a single dissenting vote, Illinois lawmakers sent Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Saturday a measure aimed at reining in the widespread practice of pay-to-play politics that often allows big campaign contributors to land lucrative state contracts.

The proposal is largely inspired by the Democratic governor, whose campaign fund has collected huge amounts of cash from state contractors.

Despite the criticism, Blagojevich attempted to spin the bill’s passage as a positive, asking “what took them so long?”

Does anyone really believe anything is going to change? I’ll believe it when I see it! (added emphasis mine)

Obama quits church but refuses to denounce it

“I’m not denouncing the church and I’m not interested in people who want me to denounce the church,” he said, adding that the new pastor at Trinity and “the church have been suffering from the attention my campaign has focused on them.”

Obama said he and his wife have been discussing the issue since Wright’s appearance at the National Press Club in Washington last month, which reignited the furor over remarks Wright had made in various sermons at the church.

What a hypocrite! If you aren’t going to denounce, then why bother quitting? Seems to me if what his “spiritual adviser” was saying from the pulpit, you would have walked out nearly 20 years ago!  I know, I’ve done it.  All this tells me is that he pretty much agrees with what that lunatic was spouting, but he wants to get elected, so he can destroy the country.

Verse of the Day

1 June 2008, 6:46 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

Revelation 21:2-4

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.