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Sunday Afternoon Shopping

22 June 2008, 9:53 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

After church this afternoon, the Mr and I went out for lunch, as is our normal Sunday afternoon ritual. Today, we stopped into a little place in Selmer called ….the Elms, I think. Well, whatever the name of it is, if you are ever in that area, stop by, if for nothing else than than a REAL chocolate shake! You know, the old fashioned kind that does NOT come out of those fast food type places. Oh, and the food is pretty good too! :)  I got a big kick out a little boy sitting across from us that had a toy gun.  I don’t think I ever saw that in Wisconsin.  Heh.

Sometimes, after lunch, we’ll go to Lowe’s and buy plants that I’ll stick in a pot, and feel like a grown up gardener. Today, we bought a new piece of furniture. It’s not like we need anymore furniture, we just need some place to put the stuff that’s still in the boxes. You know, those doodads that accumulate. Stuff you don’t need, but just can’t get rid of.

We’ve taken a few pretty cool trips to some really cool places, and of course, being of the female persuasion, there was ALWAYS something I’d spy that I just couldn’t live without!

When the brat and I went to Europe, I had to get some dust catchers, and that’s what got me started. There was that Lalique cat in Paris, the Celtic Cross in Ireland, and a number of other little items from Scotland and England too.

When the Mr and I got married, we went to Chitzen Itza for our honeymoon. Do you think I was going to come back without a few Mayan remakes? Seriously now! I’ve got a little bitty El Castillo, and that reclining looking guy of course. So, with the success of that trip, we went to Ireland together, and found a few more Celtic Crosses, and a Galway cross too. Don’t forget the Waterford stuff! Then…. well, you get the picture.

We were in desperate need of another BIGGER curio cabinet. We have a little one in the bedroom that is absolutely jam packed. Gotta spread the dust catchers out a bit y’know.

I had been to this particular furniture store (Henco) a few times, and absolutely love it. If you want it, they’ve got it, from bath fixtures and flooring, to any kind of furniture you can imagine, indoor…outdoor, fancy, practical, you name it, they’ve got it. This was the Mr’s first time. I question whether or not he’ll go back with me again. :) If you start at the front door, and walk all the way through the place, I’d have to say it’s a good mile. Ok, maybe not, but you COULD do a mile at the minimum, if you snooped every nook and cranny.

We are now the proud owners of a new curio cabinet that will go in the entry way. Wonder if I have enough stuff to fill it? Hmmm….


22 June 2008, 9:13 am. 3 Comments. Filed under 2008, Cartoon.

Morning Coffee 06/22/08

22 June 2008, 8:49 am. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

Mugabe rival is to pull out of election: MDC

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was preparing to announce he was pulling out of a run-off presidential election, a source in his party said on Sunday, after President Robert Mugabe’s supporters attacked his rally.

The source in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said Tsvangirai would cite violence and strong-arm tactics by Mugabe’s pro-security forces and militia for his decision to withdraw from the June 27 vote.

“A decision has been taken that it is not worth our while to go into the election because of the violence and because (the ruling) ZANU-PF has decided on the outcome already,” the MDC source said on condition of anonymity.

Excuse me, but aren’t the Useless Numnuts suppose to PREVENT crap like this? I guess they get more money from Mugabe to line their pockets. I can’t think of any other reason an organization that was created to monitor just such situation would be sitting on their collective thumbs.

With next president may come new Supreme Court justices

The winner of the McCain-Obama showdown in November may have the task of replacing two or three of the five justices who rendered that decision.

Justices John Paul Stevens, 88, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, are considered likely to retire from the court within the next four years. Justice David Souter, 68, is reported to be eager to return to his New Hampshire home.

Even the left should be praying, or whatever they do, for a McFeingold win. With B. Hussein, more of their freedoms will be eroded too.

Police are forced to cut frontline jobs to save on fuel cost

Frontline emergency services are being cut to cover the soaring cost of fuel.

Rising prices have already driven one police force to reduce recruitment, and last night there were warnings that the problem will escalate across Britain in the coming weeks.

A senior official at the Police Federation, which represents 140,000 rank-and-file officers, said: ‘All the fat has already been trimmed off police budgets.

Well, here’s a thought. Perhaps the Brits might want to consider removing all those taxpayer perks they offer to anyone and every one who steps through the door, and keep their cops. They’re going to NEED them.

French Jew beaten in attack in Paris

A Jewish teenager in Paris was beaten into a coma and hospitalized in intensive care, and Jewish groups on Sunday denounced the assault as an anti-Semitic attack.

Police said they detained five people for questioning, but were still investigating the reasons for the assault.

Reasons? Well, how ’bout the fact that he is Jewish, and he was wearing a skullcap. I would say odds are, that would be a number one reason. Brought to you by your friendly, neighborhood Muslims? This is France after all, known for their pleasant Muslim youth. (insert massive sarcasm here)

Veto threat hangs over housing bill

Mr. Bush has threatened a veto. But lawmakers in both parties say the housing legislation is a political imperative, and negotiators see the makings of a summertime bargain.

For one, the measure contains elements that Mr. Bush long has demanded. They include modernizing the Depression-era Federal Housing Administration and creating a new regulator for the government-sponsored mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

A political imperative. Yeah, ok. Well, as far as I’m concerned, the only imperative that should be in D.C. is national security. Yet, they don’t do jack about that! And just why is the government in the housing business anyway? Just more bureaucratic male bovine manure!

The Odd Man Out: John Ford heading into another legal battle

Richard Rice lives in a $4 million house in an exclusive neighborhood and seems worlds apart from John Ford, the flamboyant ex-lawmaker from inner-city Memphis.

Yet, Rice is a businessman who can afford the best, and when he needed help in 2002 with his health care firm he readily turned to Ford, then a powerful state senator with a side career as a much-in-demand business consultant.

“(A colleague) said, ‘I know John and he’s pretty powerful with the health care companies,’” recalled Rice, whose then-firm, Hospice USA, paid Ford $52,000, hoping to persuade health insurers to cover its services.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t know everything (Ford) was doing was not above board.”

Is this guy just stupid, or feeding folks a line? When you pay a “public servant” for influence in the state senate, just what do you think he was doing? Holding tea parties with your money? Jiminy Crickets!

McCain could have a conflict brewing

Hensley & Co., one of the nation’s major beer wholesalers, has brought the family of Cindy McCain wealth, prestige and influence in Phoenix, but it could also create conflicts for her husband, Sen. John McCain, if he is elected president in November.

Hensley, founded by Cindy McCain’s late father, holds federal and state licenses to distribute beer and lobbies regulatory agencies on alcohol issues that involve public health and safety.

Yeah? So? Does McFeingold have anything to do with said business? Other than he’s married to Cindy? Is he in there testing the product? Come people, with all the crap that flies, this is the best you can come up with? How ’bout focusing on REAL problems in the campaign.

Groups plan protest over Obama’s pro-abortion views

Barack ObamaRev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition says Obama would be “the most radical president ever when it comes to abortion.”

Also planning to protest is a group called Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, which consists of people born after the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Personal opinion aside, I’d say that anyone who supports killing children that could survive outside the mother’s womb, or letting them die after they are born, is more than just “radical”.

India asks for rise in global oil output

India asked the oil producing countries to increase supply to the control prices as the present global inflation could not be tolerated.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram who is here to talk to Saudi Arabia authorities for finding a solution to the ongoing oil crisis said, “My presence in Jeddah emphasises the global nature of inflation. We cannot operate under these prices and oil producing countries need to calm oil markets.”

Hmm…the Saudis say they are producing plenty of oil to supply the world’s demand. Everyone else seems to think they should produce more. Welp, if we drilled in our own back yard, so to speak, we could help ease the problem by PROVIDING FOR OUR OWN. Just a thought. Honestly, I’d like to know why speculators insist there won’t be enough. Oh yeah….cuz our very own Dhimmi run Congress REFUSES to look at the big picture.

Group Wields Racketeering Law Against Landlords to Combat Illegal Immigration

A group opposed to illegal immigration filed suit against a Plainfield property management company this month, seeking to set a legal precedent by using a federal law normally employed against racketeers to punish landlords who rent to illegal immigrants.

The lawsuit accuses the company, Connolly Properties, of allowing so many undocumented tenants to live in its buildings that it amounted to unlawful harboring and should be considered a criminal enterprise that encouraged illegal immigration.

A rather iunusual tactic. I’ll be VERY interested to see how this plays out.

Freedom of Speech For Me, But NOT For Thee

22 June 2008, 7:52 am. Comments Off. Filed under Iran.

News Agency: Iran Shuts Down Newspaper Critical of Ahmadinejad

Authorities have shut down a Tehran newspaper ,the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday, after the paper published a story critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s stance on Israel.

The Press Supervisory Board, which is controlled by hard-liners, banned Tehran Today on Saturday after the paper’s editor was summoned to court for publishing material deemed as insulting Ahmadinejad, IRNA said.

The news agency did not provide more details. But the announcement comes after the paper published a story Saturday that said Ahmadinejad’s comments on Israel “seems to have led to a different result — more pressure on Iran and more support to Israel.”

Gee, I thought the Iranian people had such freedoms? Yes, I AM being sarcastic. Because according to this story Fox is referencing:

The daily subject to a ban admitted in a statement that it overstepped limits of freedom of expression.

The statement said that the daily has failed to observe moderate approach in dealing with the country’s political affairs.

The Press Supervisory Board has banned ‘Tehran Emrouz’ newspaper for and revoked its license for lack of legal conditions.

Tehran’s Public Prosecutor Office has summoned the banned daily’s director for “publishing articles and images insulting to president”.

How is it possible to overstep freedom of expression? Oh, yeah…Iran doesn’t really have freedom of speech. Their freedom consists of only saying good things about the evil folks in charge. And this is what they call freedom.

We, in this country, honestly have NO idea how good we have it!  The sufferers of BDS can say anything they damn well please, whether on the idjit box, in the fish wrap, or around the internet.  They have freedoms that others can only dream about, but not verbalize.  The far left AND far right can demonize our military, yet have to consequences.  And yet, there are those who want to stop free speech for others.  Sounds kind of like the “handlers” in Iran, doesn’t it.

This poor guy has apologized.  For what?  Speaking the truth.  Odds are, he’ll end up rotting in some Iranian jail, or swinging from the gallows for some trumped up charge.  Pray for him, and all those like him who would dare to speak up against tyranny.

Verse of the Day

22 June 2008, 7:27 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

1 Timothy 4:1-2

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;