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31 January 2010, 8:29 pm. 6 Comments. Filed under Weather.

Road crews work around the clock

While many people in West Tennessee played in the snow Saturday, road crews and power companies worked throughout the day to repair the damage caused by Friday’s storm.

We’ve been working straight through since 6:30 yesterday morning,” said Buddy Crick, assistant superintendent with the Jackson Street Department. “We are bringing in another crew to work until 3 in the morning.”

Crick said his crews have spread more than 300 tons of salt since Friday morning. So far the crews have focused on keeping main routes open such as Hollywood Drive, Highland Avenue and Dr. F.E. Wright Drive.

Salt does not work as well on iced streets, and it takes longer for plows to clear the streets, Crick said.

Now, I admire these fine folks for doing a tough job which isn’t exactly normal for our neck of the woods. That being said….”Salt does not work as well on iced streets…”? Really. I don’t know….isn’t salt the stuff that actually does a good job on icy streets in Wisconsin? I remember many salt trucks running around, trying to make the streets drivable. Perhaps I have something mixed up in my tiny little brain?  What would you use on icy roads instead?

Jamaica – Day 11

31 January 2010, 8:14 pm. 6 Comments. Filed under Travel.

Just a couple of observations here.

First off:

Why did I take a picture of toilet paper, you are asking?  Well, I’ll tell ya.  See where it says “Ultrasoft”?  I’m not sure who came up with this description, but evidently they actually believe sand paper is soft.  I don’t know, about you, but I’ve never found it to be so.  Actually, the TP around here reminds me, quite a bit, of the toilet paper that’s issued on military bases.  At least back in the 70s.  :?  If that’s West’s Best, they need to go back to the drawing board.

Second, since we’ve been here, I keep noticing this wood carving on the beach side, and I knew something was off about it.  Usually, I’d see it at night, and it wasn’t real clear.  Well, a couple of days ago, I was able to take a good look in the daylight, and I finally figured out what was bugging me.

Can ya see what the problem might be?  Here….take a closer look:

I don’t know…..boobs…..mustache…..??  I’d say someone has some serious hormone issues!  :?


31 January 2010, 10:28 am. 2 Comments. Filed under 1st Amendment, Feckless Weasels, Politics, The ONE.

Axelrod Not Surprised by Alito Gesture at State of the Union

A top White House adviser says it’s gotten to the point where almost any unusual reaction or outburst to a speech by President Barack Obama in the House chamber isn’t really that unusual.

Obama aide David Axelrod was talking about Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s reaction to Obama’s State of the Union address last week.

The justice made a dismissive face, shook his head repeatedly and appeared to mouth the words “not true” or possibly “simply not true” when Obama criticized the high court over a campaign finance ruling.

Axelrod says that “in this weird political season, we have become accustomed to unusual outbursts” in the House during presidential speeches.

Perhaps if we didn’t have a Clown in Chief who was constantly spewing such large piles of male bovine excrement on a regular basis, there wouldn’t be such reactions to his blatherings!

Where Are The Grown Ups?

31 January 2010, 9:34 am. Comments Off. Filed under 2010, Feckless Weasels, Opinion, Politics, The ONE.

While sitting around, waiting for the sun to come back out, I was perusing a variety of news sites. I came across an opinion piece in The Telegraph that peaked my interest, so I read it. One paragraph in particular put my ears back.

But there is an even more significant distinction between the British and American scenes. The great mistake that Mr Obama is now believed to have made in his first year of office was to have ignored the concerns of the American middle-income population. This misjudgment has counted against him in a quite spectacular way, because no mature political leader of any party should have made it. It is engraved on the consciousness of all ambitious politicians in the US that the most basic principles of national life are rooted in the ethic of the confident, demanding, easily provoked middle class. What Mr Obama referred to repeatedly as “American values” in his speech to Congress are really the values of this class: self-reliance, self?improvement, industriousness – and, as the Obama White House has found to its cost, antipathy to being bossed around by Big Government.

Mature?  One thing Barack Hussein Obama is NOT is mature.  He’s more like a kid on Christmas morning who isn’t satisfied with the huge pile of present under the tree, and wants more, throwing a tantrum when told that is IT!  Due to such bad behavior, mom and dad are now removing said presents, packing them up to return to the store.  We are ‘mom and dad’, and are fed up with the little hooligan’s tantrums.

It has always been apparent to those who were actually paying attention that this man was not the right one for the job.  Hell, I would have preferred Hillary Clinton to this toddler.  At least she has a little common sense, and political savvy.

Obama bullied his way into the White House.  Perhaps it’s time for We, THE PEOPLE, to bully his sorry self right back out.  Or, at least, make sure he can’t do much more damage past the 2010 elections, and hopefully, reverse some of the damage already done!

Jamaica – Day 10

30 January 2010, 10:21 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Travel.

Not a whole lot to report today, and no pictures to post. It was an extremely do nothing but lay in the sun type day!  Not sure why I didn’t think to take a few shots tonight, but I guess we were having a good time.

The Mr ran into a lady from London who had planned to travel here with a friend, but at the last minute, the friend was unable to come due to family issues.  So, this lady, being practical, decided to come on her own.  We had dinner with her this evening, and it was a great time.  The topics of conversation ran from places we’ve traveled to ex husbands to U.S. football and European type (soccer) to almost everything in between.  We did manage to steer away from politics after she asked what we thought about the current resident of the Oval Office.  :)  But I just about fell over when this demure little British lady said, “Oh, bugger me!”

I honestly don’t remember what was said prior, or in what context, but I gotta tell ya, that was probably the hardest I’ve laughed the whole time we’ve been here.

Tea Party Nation

30 January 2010, 5:51 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under 1st Amendment, Opinion, Politics.

There have been some ugly rumors going around about the first (and I hope not the last) National Tea Party Convention.  A great many of these rumors have been spread by the lame stream and leftist bloggers.  Unfortunately, a few that claim to be conservatives have also jumped on this band wagon without all the facts.  I know Judson and Sherry Phillips, and I believe them to be honorable people.  I want to share with you Sherry’s email to members of the Tea Party Nation, of which, I am one.

Setting The Record Straight
by Sherry Phillips

Judson and I have stayed silent in the face of intense media scrutiny and attacks by former members. As a wife and a mother, I have stood by my husband and family and stayed strong in the face of many baseless accusations and criticism. We have refrained from responding to many of the attacks that have been thrown at us from other “Tea Party” groups, in the belief we did not want to spread the divisions that are already hurting this movement even though that does not seem to be the consideration of some others involved in this movement. Because of the many TPN members’ requests and encouragement, I have decided to provide comment about Tea Party Nation and the National Tea Party Convention. We will stay silent no longer. I hope my comments and the issues I deal with in this note will provide some clarity.

American Liberty Alliance – Eric Odom’s American Liberty Alliance is a for profit company that takes donations. We agreed to a sponsorship exchange where ALA would be a gold sponsor of the convention and we would be a gold sponsor of the Tax Day Tea Party. Shortly after agreeing to this exchange, Eric emailed Judson and me privately saying he was supportive of us and this convention and did not want to pull out, because he thinks this convention is going to be a huge success; however, some his “influential supporters” were not happy about ALA’s participation in the convention and asked Eric to withdraw.

American Majority – After stating in the beginning they wanted to co-sponsor the convention, they never answered repeated emails sent asking them for confirmation of their attendance. They did not promote the convention and did not put the convention on their calendar. In fact Ned Ryun spent 5 minutes in an interview on Fox News talking about the Tea Party movement and did not mention the convention at all.  Meanwhile, another training organization contacted us asking if they could become a sponsor and if they could do a breakout session. We gladly accepted and gave them American Majority’s spots. On January 6, Ned’s assistant sent an email stating she was making travel arrangements for them to come and participate in the convention and asked when did we have their breakouts scheduled. I told her because of their non-response, we gave American Majority’s slots to this other organization. They then requested that their logo be removed from the Convention website. We complied with their request.

Tea Party Express – This group has been very supportive of us. They intended to do a small tour, culminating in an event Saturday afternoon prior to the banquet. Because of their efforts in the Scott Brown race and their intent to go after Harry Reid in Nevada, they simply cannot make the trip. We received a very nice email from them explaining their actions and restating their invitation to join them when they kick off their next tour in March. We will be there. We fully support their endeavors as they open their next tour in Nevada this spring.

Campaign for Liberty – We actively sought out Campaign for Liberty as a sponsor of this convention. We were contacted several weeks ago by the TN Director for CFL who wanted to co-sponsor the convention and I put him in touch with our Sponsorship Chair. We have not heard anything from them since.

Former Tea Party Nation Members – Several former members were unanimously banned from our site for reasons running the gamut from antagonism to passing on confidential information. These members have been blogging, as well as discussing their association with liberal media outlets and conspiring with each other to, “Take TPN and this convention down”. In one of their more egregious statements a former member wrote that Judson stated, “I want to make a million dollars from this movement.” Judson has never made this statement. He has stated on numerous occasions that he would like TPN to have a million members all fighting for the cause of conservatism!

Bill Hemrick – Mr. Hemrick made a business loan to Tea Party Nation at a commercial interest rate. This loan has been paid back in full. That is the full extent of any relationship we have had with Mr. Hemrick.

Congressmen Bachmann and Blackburn – Both Congresswomen have large targets on their backs and are rightfully concerned about backlash they will receive from the left-leaning Democrat controlled House Ethics
Committee. Because of the complexity of the Ethics Code regarding House Representatives, we have no doubt the Democrats would have found something in that code to cause them problems once the convention was over. We were also informed by Rep. Bachmann that both were being told two different things by the House Ethics Committee in regard to their participation. This of course sent up red flags to everyone involved. We do not blame either Congressman for their decision to withdraw from the convention and maintain a strong relationship with them both.

Tea Party Nation – Last February after Judson held one of the first tea parties in the country in downtown Nashville, he came up with the idea for a social networking site for conservatives. Judson and I created Tea Party Nation. We formed the corporation. We financed the corporation. We bought the domain name, we purchased the servers and we pay for the monthly expenses. We are a C-Corp and do not accept donations. Tea Party Nation charges nothing to be a member and is run entirely by volunteers. Recently, we have been able to start charging for advertising on the site to help defray the costs of running the site.

As TPN has stated since its formation, we are not a non-profit. We prefer to offer free membership to conservative patriots so they may participate in the political process of restoring this nation to its founding principles without financial burdens, hardships or roadblocks to prevent their participation. Members are then able to choose their own way to spend their money without any involvement from TPN.

PayPal Account – We are using a business PayPal account for the convention. An email address is required to notify a contact when payment is received and we are using my TPN email account at as that notification email address. All money in that account is transferred directly into the TPN business bank account.

We fully expect to break even during this event. We may even make a few thousand dollars to cover local operating costs of TPN. We have made the best of a tight budget and scaled back the price of attending this convention as much as we could without putting TPN into bankruptcy. The convention is sold out and we have a waiting list of over five hundred people. We never did this to make us rich or famous. Quite the contrary, we are patriots who love our country, our members and the people who are coming to Nashville to attend this great event.

For all of you who will be attending, we look forward to meeting you this upcoming week and we thank everyone for the support and patriotism in this fight against liberalism. God bless you all and I thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement.

Now, if y’all don’t like what she has shared, quite graciously, I might add, then blow it out yer wazoo!  But if you have any class at all, you will stop spreading your BS, and try to check the facts before spouting crap!  And you know who you are!

Oldie But Goodie

30 January 2010, 4:45 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I couldn’t resist!


A cop stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name.’Fred,’ he replies.’Fred what?’ the officer asks.

‘Just Fred,’ the man responds.

The officer is in a good mood and thinks he might just give the biker a break and, write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name.

The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it.  The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. ‘Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’

The biker replies, ‘It’s a long story, so stay with me.’  I was born Fred Johnson.

I  studied hard and got good grades.When I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor.  I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD.  After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school.Dentistry was my dream!  Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS.

Got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD.

Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS.

Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD.  Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my  DDS  because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD.Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am Just Fred.’The officer walked away in tears, laughing.

Shared by Ken the cop.


30 January 2010, 1:38 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under Travel.

You’d think I’d be a sun dried ‘mater by now, wouldn’t ya!  Nope!  2 1/2 hours yesterday with SPF 8….nada.  Today, a full hour with no sun screen.  Not to mention the other days I was able to lay out.  Pfft!  What is wrong with this picture????  :?

ZoNation – Success of the PEOPLE

30 January 2010, 11:22 am. Comments Off. Filed under video.

The Dotless

30 January 2010, 11:07 am. Comments Off. Filed under Feckless Weasels, The ONE, War on Terror.

Obama won’t connect terror dots

When a man is apprehended with a cache of weapons, body armor, a map of a military installation and jihadist personal effects, the natural response of most Americans is to assume the situation is terrorist-related. The Obama administration says otherwise.

Lloyd R. Woodson was arrested Jan. 25 in rural New Jersey. He had been observed behaving strangely, wearing military-style fatigues and a bulletproof vest. He had a weapon modified to fire .50-caliber rounds from beneath his jacket. He had a hotel room full of weapons and ammunition. Despite all these warning signs, the immediate response from the government was that this was “not a terrorism thing.”

Bureaucratic lack of concern raises a critical question: If this is not the behavior of a terrorist, what is?

Let’s see. The murder at the Arkansas recruiting center wasn’t terrorism. The murders at Ft. Hood wasn’t terrorism. The attempted murder of 300 people by the Crotch Bomber on a plane Christmas Day wasn’t terrorism. But returning vets and pro-life advocates are ‘potential terrorists? Perhaps someone should give the Obama administration one of those ‘connect the dot’ coloring books, and let them practice CONNECTING THE FREAKIN’ DOTS!

Problem Solved…

29 January 2010, 9:03 pm. 6 Comments. Filed under Critters, Just Cuz.

+ =  

Dinner anyone??? :twisted:

(Ick Was Here)

Jamaica – Day 9

29 January 2010, 8:58 pm. 6 Comments. Filed under Travel.

After a really rocky start to the day….called rain (more like a deluge), it cleared up right nicely so I was able to get some serious sun time.  Now, you’d think I would have been char broiled after 2 1/2 hours in the sun, but nooooooooooo.  I suppose this is a good thing, as I really don’t wanna be crisp.  But I did figure I’d be farther along in my colorization by now.  sigh…  Well, we have a few days left, so maybe I’ll get lucky.  :D

Since yesterday was a 10 year anniversary (we met on 28 January) the Mr thought another romantic dinner on the beach was in order.  Works for me.  This time, however, we were on the other end of the beach, and neither one of us sunk 2 feet into the sand when we sat down.  This is a good thing.  We were a lot closer to the water too.

And what better mood setter than a full moon, right?

I don’t get it, but every time I point the camera in the Mr’s direction, he gets the same look on his face. Reckon the “snap happy” wife annoys him? :roll: Yep! Dressed like a tourist. Hey, it’s the only time a person can get away with it! :P

I got another rose too! :D And then there was desert. Ain’t that cute?

Stop Wasting MY Money!

29 January 2010, 10:22 am. Comments Off. Filed under Tennessee.

GOP caucus bumps Tennessee bill honoring Michael Jackson

State Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis is almost as curious as he is disappointed about why one of his House colleagues blocked a vote Thursday on a resolution he filed to honor the late pop star Michael Jackson.

The four-page resolution recites the highlights of Jackson’s musical career and charity work and was one of eight similar “memorializing resolutions” that were to be voted on en masse Thursday on the House floor as part of a routine “consent calendar” of noncontroversial and nonbinding bills.

But just before the vote, House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin “bumped” the resolution off the consent agenda without explanation — which effectively blocked it from a vote Thursday and held it for a separate vote by itself whenever its sponsor reschedules it. The other seven bills on the consent calendar were collectively approved 97-1, with Rep. Donna Rowland, R-Murfreesboro, casting the lone “no” vote.

Hardaway, a Democrat and chairman of the Shelby County legislative delegation, said he sponsored the resolution because of Jackson’s ties to Memphis, including his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, which is cited in the resolution. He had planned on presenting it to Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, whom Hardaway said is scheduled to visit Memphis this weekend.

Thank goodness that someone up there in Nashville has some common sense. Why the blazes to OUR elected officials waste time and money on such meaningless BS? While I will admit that Michael Jackson was quite a talented young man, at one time, I find the idea of honoring him through legislative resolutions more than a bit offensive.  Who gives a happy crap if he was married to Lisa Marie Presley at one time?  Who cares if her daddy lived in Memphis.  Is this a reason for the TN legislators to pass a resolution?

It’s not just the Jackson resolution I find ridiculous. It’s ANY such resolutions wasting time and money that should be stopped. Shouldn’t those elected to office be working on things, like….oh….I dunno….JOBS?????  CRIME????  Little things like that.

Give Me Partisanship!

29 January 2010, 9:28 am. 2 Comments. Filed under History, Opinion.

Partisanship Is 100% American!
by J. D. Longstreet

The ignorance of today’s Americans about the way their country’s government was designed (By The Founders) to work is not only lamentable — it is dangerous!

If you are one of those Americans decrying partisanship in the US Congress and you are educated enough to read this article, then there is NO EXCUSE for your ignorance.

Read on…

Jamaica – Day 8

29 January 2010, 9:16 am. 2 Comments. Filed under Travel.

Which, of course was yesterday.  But to be honest with ya, I didn’t even get close to the computer last night.  I was pooped, and in massive pain, so I didn’t care if the walls fell down around me.  :P  Not to mention the Mr has an addiction to this contraption.  Heh.

I have learned what tour bus drivers do for fun.  They scare the crap out of their passengers!  Normally, when you go on a tour, they use those semi big buses to transport folks from point A to point B.  Yesterday, they had 3 vans to do the job.  Thought it was rather odd until we got on the road to where they’d drop us off to go tubing.  Holy crap!  Two way traffic on a one lane road with a cliff drop off on the right side!  I could see my life flashing before my eyes!  Luckily, we did manage to live without going down the cliff in a fiery crash!  But it was touch and go!

One thing the driver said, that I thought was rather amusing:  All tour bus drivers have a P.H.D.  Pot Hole Dodger!  And believe me, when he says potholes, he means big ditches in the middle of the road.

Yes, I took pictures, but they are on the waterproof camera, which naturally has to be developed.  Considering the cost of things around here, it’s probably a LOT cheaper to wait till we get home to get them developed at Walgreen’s.  Well, that’s what the Mr says.  We shall see.  :roll:

Wendy was right!  I absolutely LOVED tubing!  Wanna do it again!!  The lazy going down river was nice, but I wished there had been a few more rapids.  Yes, I got flipped.  So, did half of our group on the last real rapid area.  It was great!

One odd thing you wouldn’t think would be an issue.  While the water was a smidge chilly, the air was actually chillier.  One of the girls in our group mentioned she wished she had a sweater.  I was in agreement!

Well, I do have one picture from yesterday afternoon.  That stupid chicken was back.  Turns out they are indigenous to Jamaica, called a peeled neck. Gee, I can’t imagine why. Heh.