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Ain’t Technology Great?

28 October 2008, 11:25 pm. 1 Comment. Filed under Travel.

Well, sometimes it is.  We’re all checked in, and got our boarding passes printed out.  I’ve never done an online check-in.  That is so cool!  :D

I’m pretty much packed, with the exception of my night time essentials, and a few morning essentials.  The Mr, on the other hand, has not even gotten his suitcase out of the closet.  :?

We’re going to be heading out to Memphis around noon.  Since it takes about 3 hours, and I have NO idea where I’m going  to drop the car off, I figure it would be a good idea to have an extra hour or two.  Who knows, I might have no problem.  Wouldn’t that be a hoot.

The first leg of our trip leaves at 6:35pm, going to Atlanta.  The next leg takes off around 10:30pm.

Now, the reason I bring this up, I’ll probably not be posting for the next 48 hours or so.  However, silent E, of silent E speaks fame, may be popping in to inform and amuse.

Since this in a serious vacation, with the exception of updates of our adventures, odds are I won’t be doing any of my regular postings, like Morning Coffee, or the regular ‘toon features and such.  Now, this doesn’t mean I won’t post things of particular interest….to me at least….but not a whole lot.

Tomorrow is going to be a really busy morning around here.  Depending on what time I wake up, and how much coffee I need to get both eyes open…….well, I’m sure I’ll post something, but not much.

My Kind Of Halloween!

28 October 2008, 7:30 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Just Cuz.

Shared by Sharon.

LA Times Problem

28 October 2008, 6:17 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels, video.

Well, Isn’t That Interesting!

28 October 2008, 5:55 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Economy.

Total copy and paste from MickWright:

The Census Bureau has released the poverty rate for 2007, which edged up 0.2%. The 2007 rate of 12.5 is slightly higher than the Bush 43 average of 12.34.

Poverty Average By Presidency (1959-2007):
Ford: 11.77
Carter: 11.93
Nixon: 12.04
GWB: 12.34*
Clinton: 13.29
GHWB: 13.83
Reagan: 14.08
Johnson: 15.60
Kennedy: 20.80
Ike: 22.30**

*(2001-2007)
**(1959-1960)

But It’s Not Socialism, Right?

28 October 2008, 4:22 pm. Comments Off. Filed under 2008.

The Second Bill of Rights [Mark Steyn]

Re Sunstein, Obama and Euro-style rights, they may be here sooner than you think:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D. Toledo) whipped the crowd up before Mr. Obama took the stage yesterday telling them that America needed a Second Bill of Rights guaranteeing all Americans a job, health care, homes, an education, and a fair playing field for business and farmers.

[UPDATE: A reader writes:

I think adding "The right to an attractive and compatible mate who satisfies one's physical desires" to the list would generate a lot of enthusiasm for socialism among unattractive people. If Paul is entitled to some or all of Peter's earnings, why shouldn't he be entitled to some or all of Paula's assets as well?

Almost right. To be truly "redistributive", it should read "the right to attractive and compatible mate(s)." Another reader felt the US Second Bill of Rights rang a vague bell:

Article 40. Citizens of the USSR have the right to work (that is, to guaranteed employment and pay in accordance wit the quantity and quality of their work, and not below the state-established minimum), including the right to choose their trade or profession, type of job and work in accordance with their inclinations, abilities, training and education, with due account of the needs of society...
Article 41. Citizens of the USSR have the right to rest and leisure...
The length of collective farmers' working and leisure time is established by their collective farms.
Article 42. Citizens of the USSR have the right to health protection.

Etc.]

H/T: Michelle Malkin

Hmm….

28 October 2008, 2:55 pm. 8 Comments. Filed under Just Cuz.

I’m really curious.  What is it about this post that brought the U.S. Dept of Justice to my little, obscure, site 3 times within just a few minutes?  Seriously. :?

Biden Makes It Too Easy…..

28 October 2008, 1:40 pm. Comments Off. Filed under 2008, Cartoon, Feckless Weasels.

…..to mock him!

Another great one from Delta Bravo Sierra!

I Am Sarah Palin

28 October 2008, 1:19 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under 2008, Opinion.

Like you, I’ve seen so much negative crap from the media, MSM and alternative, left and right, condemning, bad mouthing and generally being rude to Gov Sarah Palin.  Now, what strikes me as very, VERY odd, is the fact that most of those doing the bashing are women.  Is this what we have sunk to?  Condemning a woman who has done the very things that women DEMANDED 30 years ago?  I’d seriously like to know who the hell gave THOSE particular women the right to speak for me!

Some 30 odd years ago, I actually considered joining NOW.  What I heard and read was what I thought women needed.  Thankfully, I got over it, and did NOT join.  My opinion now is quite different from what it was then, and I’ll refrain from sharing those four and five lettered words here.

What we are seeing is a woman who really has done it all.  Yet those who stood on the front lines of the so called ‘women’s movement’ trash her because of her deeply held beliefs.  Because you, as a woman, don’t have a problem with murdering babies, are you obligated to scorn a woman who sees life as precious?  Disagree if you must, but looking down your nose is totally unbecoming.

Women of my mother’s generation had very few opportunities in the business world.  They were teachers, secretaries or maids, and not much else.  Well, at least the ‘good girls’.  Yes, there were some doctors, a few lawyers, but they didn’t have the respect that women in those professions have now, and likely weren’t married either.  My generation could do a lot more, but still not to the extent that women are able now.

Geraldine Farraro was the first modern woman to run as a VP on a major political party ticket.  Were women slamming her?  Not that I remember.  Actually, I was rather proud that a women had been chosen.  I didn’t vote for her, or whoever her running mate was…. (yeah yeah….Mondale….what a memorable guy he was!  /snark), but the fact that she was actually THERE meant that women had definitely “come a long way, baby”!

Now, we have this quite pretty, relatively young, intelligent woman who is running as a Vice Presidential candidate.  She’s a mother, has run a business, been a mayor and the governor of a rather large, and spread out state.  Does she get the respect that she deserves from the women of this country?  Not just no, but HELL no!  Why?  Well, because she is pro life mainly, quite conservative.  Is she admired for her accomplishments?  Of course not!  And therein is where the difference lies with me and a whole slew of women.

Example:  I did not support Hillary Clinton, BUT I was quite impressed with her as she came up against the ‘big boys’.  Obviously, I disagreed with her policies, and didn’t much care for her personality either.  Does that diminish her accomplishments?  Absolutely not.  I was none too thrilled how she got into the Senate, but hey…she’s a politician, and a Clinton, right?  ‘Nuff said.

So someone, please explain to me why there is such derision for this lady?  Is it because she IS a lady, who just happens to hunt and fish?  I hear she lacks experience.  Wrong on that front.  She’s had quite a bit of executive experience, and she’s only the second on the ticket.  There’s a guy, who has also come a long way, who has NO executive experience at all, yet we are suppose to believe he is more qualified.

Needless to say, I’m totally baffled by the response to Gov Palin.  Because of her, and women like her, perhaps one day, my granddaughter, Short Person, will grow up to be President.

Feckless Weasels

28 October 2008, 11:48 am. Comments Off. Filed under Cartoon, Feckless Weasels.

I, Too, Am At A Loss

28 October 2008, 11:37 am. 3 Comments. Filed under 2008, Opinion.

Sometimes, you come across a post that nothing less than a copy and past will do. This is one of those posts. I can’t add anything to it, other than I fear our children will never know the truth and freedoms that we once enjoyed.

From Musings from the Elephant Man:

At a loss…

Ever since I began this blog, I have had plenty to say on a whole host of issues. I addressed the state of our nation, the current economic crisis, the biased media, the humorous side of politics, Ronald Reagan, conservatism vs. liberalism, and so on and so forth.

But, as many of you know, the most frequent subject that this blog has dealt with is that of Barack Obama. I have done my very best to relay why I do not believe that he is qualified nor fit to be our next president. I have discussed his past relationships, his socialistic philosophies, his racist remarks and stereotypical views, his weak and naive military strategies, his utter disregard for human life, his numerous lies, and the list goes on.

Within the last 48 hours, new audio tapes have surfaced further demonstrating that Obama is a truly dangerous man. If Obama had it his way, he would completely change the entire makeup of this country. Everything that has made the United States what it is today; the Constitution, personal responsibility, capitalism, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; somehow repulses Obama. He, and people like him, don’t see America as a shining city on a hill; rather, they see her as a country that is in need of radical change; a country that no man can love; a country that is the scorn of the world. This is why Obama refused (or did until it was politically expedient) to salute our flag or wear it on his chest. This is why Obama disparages our troops and downplays their heroic actions.
Read on…

Obamarama

28 October 2008, 11:02 am. Comments Off. Filed under 2008, Cartoon.

Morning Coffee 10/28/08

28 October 2008, 10:36 am. Comments Off. Filed under General News.

Convicted Sen. Stevens won’t drop out of race

For most politicians, a guilty verdict on seven felony counts — eight days before an election — would guarantee the end of a political career. But Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is not like most politicians. After his conviction Monday on charges that he lied about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor, the 84-year-old Stevens refused to drop out of his re-election race against Democrat Mark Begich.

And while he faces long odds in a contest where polls showed a close race even before the verdict, few in Alaska were willing to count Stevens out. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate.

“It’s very possible that (Stevens) is going to win the election,” said Carl Shepro, a professor of political science at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Unbelievable. This is what happens when you leave people in office for WAY too long. Their arrogance is mind boggling. On the other hand, IF he actually wins, perhaps he can resign, and the Gov can appoint a strong conservative for that seat. Just a positive thought on a negative situation.  Personally, I’d like to see a few more ‘law makers’ convicted of corruption, if for nothing more than running this country into the ground!

Patriot Guard on duty: Riders escort Tennessee National Guardsmen leaving for Iraq

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, joined at times by local police and county sheriff’s cars, accompanied the caravan about 90 miles south down U.S. 51 to a Memphis airport.

But the Patriot Guard were the escorts on a mission. They led with American flags flying.

Roger Laird, 59, of Dresden, Tenn., was one of about eight volunteer motorcyclists who began the ride in Dyersburg. Others would join later.

“Because I’m military, I’m going to make sure these people are supported,” Laird said. “And I lost my nephew over there.”

Laird estimated that 150 members of the Patriot Guard attended the funeral in Martin, Tenn., after his nephew, Army National Guard Sgt. Dustin D. Laird, was killed in Iraq in August 2006.

It warms my heart to know there are still people who show the proper respect to our troops, coming and going. Our soldiers deserve nothing less than the very best from our nation, and it’s citizens. (I’m saying…..STFU to the Code Pinkos, etc.!)

Obama’s hoops buddy could get new job

Whitaker, 43, of Chicago, often travels with the presidential hopeful on the campaign trail and has vacationed with him in Hawaii. There’s talk Whitaker could be in line for a federal appointment if Obama becomes president.

Five years ago, Obama, then an Illinois state senator, gave a “glowing” reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko, the now-convicted political fixer who helped Gov. Blagojevich find people to run state agencies. Blagojevich hired Whitaker to be the state’s public health director.

I don’t know if I’d trust anyone with any kind of association with those two….Rezko and Blagojevich. But hey….Bubba Hussein must have a few pals that aren’t corrupt…..maybe.  I sincerly hope people in this country will come to their senses in the next few days, and we won’t have to find out!

McCain camp irks GOP leaders in key states

Republican Party leaders from several states – including tightly contested, must-win battlegrounds – have begun privately voicing reservations about McCain strategies and the campaign’s failure to return phone calls or respond to suggestions and offers of volunteer support.

“They ignore you. They don’t keep their commitments. And word is that the party has a clock counting down the days till it can throw the McCain people out of state party’s headquarters,” said one state party leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

One thing you do NOT want to do……piss off the state folks. They know their state, they know their people. NOT a real smart move on the campaign’s part, that’s for sure! Honestly, I don’t think it’s McCain himself that is failing so much as his support staff, although I may be wrong. Not a real good sign.

Druze Council blasts allegations of extremism in media

“It is as if it this an attempt to dent efforts aimed at purifying the internal row; as if partition is all we want instead of consensus and unity,” the council added.

Lamenting the low professional levels to which some journalists sank, the council said: “If provocation comes from some politicians and is being reflected in media, then the latter should prevent political interference from infiltrating media posts to disfigure such an Arab sect.”

I get the impression that media bias is a world wide problem. I don’t think any of ‘em should ever be referred to as “reporters” anymore. They are now opinion writers, cuz all anyone gets is THEIR opinion. Facts be damned.  On the other hand, there are many politicians who don’t like facts, and would prefer that none were ever exposed.  (more infoDruze)

Mississippi Has More Voters than Adults

More than a third of Mississippi counties have more registered voters than residents old enough to cast a ballot, according to an Associated Press analysis.

In addition to providing ammunition for people who say the voting system is vulnerable to fraud, the flabby voting rolls may make it difficult to accurately determine turnout for the Nov. 4 presidential election.

“There is no reason in the world why some of these counties should have more registered voters than they have living, breathing people,” Mississippi Senate Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton said.

Despite the inflated voter rolls, “it’s important not to leap to the conclusion that this means there have been many illegitimate voters,” said Adam Skaggs, an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

Well, I reckon when they count the votes, and find that there are still more votes than there are people, someone is STILL going to say there’s no problem. Jiminy crickets!

Rice Praises ‘Cooperation’ with Mexico, No Mention of Americans Murdered

At a press conference last week in Puerto Vallarta with the Mexican minister of foreign affairs, Secretary of State of Condoleezza Rice spoke of her “wonderful visit” and of the “cooperation” between the United States and Mexico in fighting drug cartels.

But there is no evidence that Rice spoke with Mexican officials about the hundreds of unsolved cases of Americans murdered in Mexico over the last six years. Also, her visit occurred at a time when the State Department had issued another travel advisory warning Americans of “small-unit combat,” automatic weapons, and “grenades” being used in shootouts in towns that border the United States.

Rice has become a SERIOUS disappointment. I really thought she was a lot tougher than she turned out. This is a serious issue, and needs to be addressed!  Sucking up to a government so corrupt, that this is the norm, speaks volumes.

S.S. D.D.

Verse of the Day

28 October 2008, 9:22 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.