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"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." - Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 8

Tuesday, April 8

Three Brazilian Soldiers

Seeing as how he is on his way out, here's some equal blogspace for my Democrat friends.

Friday, April 4

Being Batman

Three women: one engaged, one married, and one a mistress, are chatting about their relationships and decide to amaze their men....that night all three will wear a leather bodice S&M style, stilettos and mask over their eyes.

After a few days they meet again . . . . .

The engaged girlfriend said: "The other night, when my boyfriend came back home, he found me in the leather bodice, 4" stilettos and mask. He said, "You are the woman of my life, I love you . . . then we made love all night long."

The mistress stated: "Oh Yes! The other night we met in his office. I was wearing the leather bodice, mega stilettos, mask over my eyes and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat, he didn't say a word. We just had wild sex all night."

The married one then said: "The other night I sent the kids to stay at my mother's for the night, I got myself ready, leather bodice, super stilettos and mask over my eyes. My husband came in from work, grabbed the TV controller and a beer, and said, "Hey Batman, what's for dinner?"

Friday, March 28

Cost of Iraqi War

My little soapbox is set up at the end of this post - jLow


Friends, this is from an accurate source . . . something worthy of our attention and concern.

Illegal Aliens Cause Massive Cuts For US Seniors
December 4, 2007

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of seeing them. I have included the URL's for verification of the following facts:

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year. http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and most of whom cannot speak English.

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as "anchor babies."

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is paid to illegal aliens for Welfare and Social Services by the American taxpayers.

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's 2 1/2 times that of white non-illegal aliens.

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border along with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana crossed into the U. S from the Southern border. Homeland Security Report.

12. The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."

13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. See number 8 above.

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States."

Total cost is a whooping... $338.3 BILLION A YEAR!!!

Snopes is provided for doubters:

The United States Senate voted to extend Social Security Benefits to Illegal Aliens beginning in 2008.

The following are the senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits. They are grouped by home state.

Alaska: Stevens (R)
Arizona : McCain (R)
Arkansas : Lincoln (D), Pryor (D)
California : Boxer (D), Feinstein (D)
Colorado : Salazar (D)
Connecticut : Dodd (D), Lieberman (D)
Delaware : Biden (D), Carper (D)
Florida : Martinez (R)
Hawaii : Akaka (D), Inouye (D)
Illinois : Durbin (D), Obama (D)
Indiana : Bayh (D), Lugar (R)
Iowa : Harkin (D)
Kansas : Brownback (R)
Louisiana : Landrieu (D)
Maryland : Mikulski (D), Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts : Kennedy (D), Kerry (D)
Montana : Baucus (D)
Nebraska : Hagel (R)
Nevada : Reid (D)
New Jersey : Lautenberg (D), Menendez (D)
New Mexico : Bingaman (D)
New York : Clinton (D), Schumer (D)
North Dakota : Dorgan (D)
Ohio : DeWine (R), Voinovich(R)
Oregon : Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania : Specter (R)
Rhode Island : Chafee (R), Reed (D)
South Carolina : Graham (R)
South Dakota : Johnson (D)
Vermont : Jeffords (I), Leahy (D)
Washington : Cantwell (D), Murray (D)
West Virginia : Rockefeller (D)
Wisconsin : Feingold (D), Kohl (D)

Now for jLow's Soapbox:

Quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of hearing about how much the Iraqi War is costing the U.S. Guess what? I think it's one of the best things we can be spending money on right now. I think it's a whole lot smarter and better spent than the billions used to support Mexico. And you know why we support Mexico, right? Because corrupt leaders in Mexico have created a dog eat dog mentality and dogs don't set up social services. So that leaves us to deal with the influx of people (bottom-of-the-foodchain criminals included) who come to the U.S. for a better life of living on our charity. Meanwhile, our law-abiding senior citizens who more than likely put 50+ years into the American workforce are left to scratch by on poverty level social security checks and still cannot afford the medications they need. But over in the barrio they damn sure get their food stamps, WIC, welfare checks, and free medicine. I SEE SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH THIS, PEOPLE. And you should, too. If you don't then I'm sure won't mind living off your children because there won't be a dime for you if you haven't already set up your own retirement fund along with the taxes you pay with every paycheck.

The Iraqi War is money well spent in comparison to the idiocy of illegal support. The goal, whether you are smart enough to figure it out or not, is to obliterate terrorism and liberate people just like you and me: people who just want to do their jobs and support their families and hopefully by each generation provide better for their children. They just want the terroristic boot off their necks so they can live peacefully with their families and their neighbors. They want to know that they can go to their chosen cultural center and not fear a suicide bomber killing innocent people while they just live their lives. Have you seen pictures from Iraq? Numerous soccer games are being played because the children and their parents feel safe enough to come outside because the America soldiers are on watch now. When's the last time your child played outside and you feared for their safety because of bombs or ricocheting bullets? That's what I thought. If you think that the U.S. forces need to pull out of Iraq and leave that country to try to attain democracy on its own, then you won't have a problem packing your bags and moving over there. I am sick and tired of people crowing about how we need to get out of Iraq but they damn sure wouldn't be there voluntarily themselves. To those people, I say "SHUT THE HELL UP!"

Friday, March 21

Cool Video

Here is a link to an extraordinary event that took place in Grand Central Station in NYC. If I had been there and not known what was going on, I would have totally freaked.


Thursday, March 20

Closed Doors

Wow! It's been almost a month since I last posted. I was really going to try to stick to the "once a week" format, too. Maybe I can now.

My husband lost in the primary by 12 votes. So a door has closed in our lives. We lost several supporters to the Democratic primary due to the Hillary/Obama competition and I am not angry with those folks. I understand the importance of voting in your party's primary, especially one so contested as this one has been. But at the end of the day, my opinion is that important local elections take precedence over national. There are so many other variables to this local election: 1,200 voters; personal relationships of candidates with almost every single voter; family fueds from 100 years ago; which local station you buy gas from; etc. My husband did the very best he could by this community, he ran a clean and gracious campaign, and I am incredibly proud of him. This county will not see another Sheriff that will hold a candle to the man and the Sheriff that my husband is. This county will never see another drug round-up with 22 indictments against dealers like it saw this past September. This county will never see more safety programs for its citizens or schools. And the ones introduced by my husband will more than likely be discontinued simply because he was the one to bring them but not because they are not good resources for our community. The worse part? This county knows it - numerous numerous people (everyone at the courthouse) have expressed concern about the two remaining candidates and their lack of ability or qualifications to do the job well, if at all.

BUT, God closed the door on us. He's done it before. And in hindsight He made such incredible opportunities for us that we can only praise Him and say, "Thank you, Lord, for knowing what was best for us all along." I have complete faith that we will be saying those same words when He finally reveals what it is He has in store for us. Defeat is never easy to take, especially when you have given it your best and your all and in your heart you thought you were going the direction the Lord wanted you to go. But with defeat comes wisdom and, for us, stronger faith in the Lord and His plan for us.

I'll keep posting about developments. Our very last option is to move and the Husband has been offered several positions with surrounding agencies. I have a good job and we could make it in a crunch if we needed to.

So, for now we are just going to wait to see which door opens for us to step through.

Friday, February 29

Candidate N

A friend sent me something interesting yesterday. Apparently someone has put some effort in to gathering information regarding Hillary's and Obama's track records during their public service careers. The author was clear to point out that Hillary's activities were based solely on her accomplishments outside of her role as First Lady to former President Clinton. The author designated the two Democratic party contenders as Candidate N and Candidate 14 (to avoid any subconscious preferences).

To make a long explanation short, once I made my choice based on the voting record and platform issues (cleverly re-written to say the candidates' stances but in such a way that you aren't completely sure if it is Hillary's or Obama's), I was more than satisfied that my chosen candidate was the best person for the Democratic nomination.

Candidate N would be the clear choice for me.

Candidate 14 was Obama.

Monday, February 25

I'm glad I'm not a Democrat . . . seriously.

Okay, I know I have jested in the past about Democrats and Hillary but in all seriousness I am glad I am not a Democrat during this primary season.

I think we can all agree that not everything that is spoken by a politician* is the God's honest truth and if you don't agree then you're delusional and you really should not be allowed to vote. But I don't make the rules so there you go.

Back to the Democratic primary. I can truly see where both Hillary and Obama would not be bad choices for the party candidate. Hillary is right when she says that Obama does not have the experience to be Commander in Chief. If you're not an incumbent, then that point is pretty much a given. Dick Cheney does not have the experience to be President although he DOES have the experience to be Vice President. See where I'm going with this? I know I am picking at words but that is what campaigns are about. Seek and destroy via semantics.

Here's another word to jump on: proven. The only person currently proven to be President is GWB because he IS the President. Goodly or badly he is the proven President. If you have never been President in your life, you ARE NOT proven. Wat a minute, maybe Hillary IS proven?;o]

But back to the Democratic candidates. I love to listen to Obama talk. Man, he is smooth. I listen to him and find myself agreeing with a LOT of what he is saying. But herein lies the rub - what you say you want to do/we need to do is a very different thing from what you will be allowed to do. My husband (elected official) has great ideas for our little community. Ideas that include technology for better information, quicker resolution, etc. Ideas that include expanding the department to offer more jobs, provide better response. etc. Ideas that include protecting our community from a multi-billion dollar lawsuit due to dangerous inmate housing. And he could get these great things done but for one thing: the elected officials who speak on behalf (?) their districts and vote against anything that would be cost effective or pro-active. God forbid that they approve the expenditure of $1,000 to prevent a possible (most likely) future expense of $50,000.

Despite everything that Obama or Hillary say that they WILL do, what they will be allowed to do if elected is completely yet to be determined.

So, back to being glad I'm not a Democrat during this primary because honestly I don't know who would be the lesser of two evils or the better of two good intenders.

I would not be surprised if we are inaugurating a Democratic president come next January.

For those of you who are Democrats and did not get a peek at the Republican primary ballot, there were about 8 different candidates - most of whom I cannot recall nor even heard of. So I went with the candidate that I am most comfortable with even though he is not considered the "favorite." In the end, that's the best I can do as a voter participating the election process of a democracy.

*FYI, my husband is NOT a politician - he is a peace officer of the State of Texas.

Saturday, February 16

Breathing resumed

The Bear came through surgery just fine but mad as a hornet. The anesthesiologist told us to expect it because it was normal for little ones to wake up confused and upset.

Okay, upset is an understatement. It took FOUR of us to keep him from pulling out the IV and the bandage on his leg. Man oh man HE WAS PISSED. They put that little heartbeat monitor clip on his big toe (no pain whatsoever) but it was the one thing he WAS able to pull off so he did and he threw it off as hard as he could.

So far as I can tell the only pain he has experienced was when they pulled the IV needle out of his wrist but I was holding him and he had relaxed quite a bit so he was pretty much coming in and out. The anesthesiologist gave him a little extra bump of sedative to keep him calm as the general anesthestic wore off. He winced a little with the IV but other than that his bad mood was attributed to not liking the leg brace (which kept his leg completely straight).

The hardest part of this ordeal has been trying to keep him down and at a slower rate of speed.

Yeah right.

This is a kid who routinely moves from one room to the next without touching the floor.

He has bounced back tremendously and the best news is that the pathology report came back: benign.

Praising and Thanking God out here.

Tuesday, February 12

Sometimes being a parent sucks . . .

The Bear will be having knee surgery tomorrow. For the past month we have been going to different doctors and going through different tests and a week ago today we were informed of the diagnosis: Baker's cyst. The need for removal is obvious - the cyst is right in the middle of his knee joint and its mere presence threatens healthy normal development of his knee.

So . . . as a parent I have to hand over my baby boy to doctors tomorrow morning at 7:30 so that he can be operated on.

This is where I have let my Mom's pragmaticism kick in: it is what must done despite fear. When I was 18 months old she handed me over to doctors in order to repair an abdominal hernia. Without the surgery I would have grown and the tear in my stomach lining would have enlarged and quite possibly my intestines would have created a more dire and painful condition. But she was strong and did what had to be done, even though that meant putting her child's wellbeing in someone else's hands. And Mom was not one to give control over to anyone except her Lord. Truth be told, I know there were times when she had trouble giving control over to Him, too!

So tomorrow morning I will be patiently and prayerfully waiting for my only child to come through his surgery like the big strong Bear he is.

Oh yeah . . . and Daddy? He's not doing so well. He will be getting a valium at the hospital in the morning.

Thursday, January 31

Just enjoying good service . . .

Here's a joke my Dad sent to me the other day. Having lived with a toddler in the recent past, it struck me as hilarious. My husband? Not so much.

Okay, here is one of the stories my mother used to tell about me when I was just a toddler. (I am the youngest of a large family.) One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me and my brother who is four years older than I am. I was maybe a year and a half old and had just recovered from an accident in which my arm had been broken among other injuries. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news and my brother was playing nearby in the living room when I brought Daddy a little cup of 'tea' - which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was "just the cutest thing!!" My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy.

She watched him drink it up and then said, "Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet??"

Sunday, January 27

Look out for the Looky-Loos

There are several things that remind me that it is once again election time around here but nothing so much as the boneheads who continually drive past our humble abode looking to see what they can see about where we live and what we have.

We live on a dead end road so we always get the two-fer deal. Drive by once, you gotta drive by twice to get out.

You'd think people would have better things to do with their time.


Saturday, January 19

Beware the disgruntled customer letter-writer!!

We are in the process of redecorating our offices at work and, being the person in charge, I took a day off to travel to the city for some furniture shopping. We need a conference room table with several chairs, we need some guest chairs for the individual offices, and we need two really nice chairs for our reception room.

I put together a short list of all the best clearance and outlet locations so that I could use my one day wisely and, hopefully, successfully.

I started out yesterday at about 9am and by 1pm I had everything I was looking for except the two chairs for the reception room. I had seen a couple of nice riveted leather chairs earlier in the day but it was one of those "What if I find something I like better?" situations. But by the time I had visited all the stores on my list, I had not found anything better so I went back to make a deal on the two riveted leather chairs.

Keep in mind that this store is basically the scratch and dent dumpyard for a local furniture chain. And if you get lucky and have a little initiative, you can find great deals on furniture that requires minimal repair. Or can be strategically placed so that no one ever sees the damage.

Okay, so I go back to the store looking to make a deal on the two chairs. They were marked $244 each. One of them had a leg that would need to be removed, repaired, and re-attached. So I asked the salesman if he would take $400 for the pair. He told me that he couldn't make that call but I could speak to the store manager. So I go over to the manager's desk and say, "You have two chairs over there marked $244 each. Would you be willing to take $400 for both of them?"

Here's the part that tee-totally pisses me straight off:

He just looks at me.
Smirks a little.
Shakes his head.

Me: "Sooooooooooo, you're not interested in making a deal?"

Looks at me.
Shakes his head.

WTF?!!?!?!!! HE DIDN"T EVEN SPEAK WORDS TO ME! As if I am so dim that shaking his head is the only form of communication that I will understand.

And you know what? If he had just said to me, "Ma'am, we have this stuff priced as low as we can" or "I wish I could" or "That has been a popular item and it sells really well at that price" (or anything!) I STILL WOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE FLIPPIN CHAIRS! I was willing to take the hit on the $88 if he wasn't.

But you know what I did?

I walked out.

And straight to my computer when I returned to my office to write a letter to the company to inform them that they had lost a good customer forever. I bought my new living room and bedroom furniture there when my first husband and I divorced. I bought several tables and shelving units there when I opened my gift store a few years ago. And we were in there just last month looking at new mattresses and home office furnishings.

So yes, that company just lost a good customer. A good customer who USED TO spread the word about their good quality and great prices.

This time, I hope my letter elicits a termination of employment. Maybe that manager would do better as a telemarketer or something. NOT.


Very interesting.

Thursday, January 10

Getting Cut Off, Literally

Here's the news story.

Now here's my opinion. First, I have no problem with the government listening in on phone conversations of SUSPECTED CRIMINALS. Not just anybody but SUSPECTED CRIMINALS. And I have no problem with it when the authorities have PC (cop talk for PROBABLE CAUSE). Probable cause means that there is evidence of illegal activity. For example, it is ILLEGAL to drive an automobile that has an expired registration. Small potatoes, I know, but it serves the purpose for explanation. That expired registration sticker is PC for a patrol officer to pull you over and slap you with a ticket for not keeping your equipment properly registered.

Secondly, phone taps don't bother me because I have nothing illegal to hide. There are probably some personal issues I would not want to share with everyone but none that are illegal. I know, I know. It sounds as if I am all for "big brother" when that is not the case at all. But if we expect our law enforcement agencies to protect us and our property, why would we want to cut them off at the knees and not give them useful tools to use AGAINST THE CRIMINALS? Would we want to stop search warrants that uncover drug manufacturing labs and child pornography cellars? If you answer yes to that question you should probably click on to the next blog because me and you ain't gonna have anything to talk about civilly, my friend.

I know there are those out there who will start yammering about civil liberties and all the bullhockey that goes with it. I'm white and female and middle-class. The ACLU doesn't give a crap about me or my rights. As far as they're concerned, I have none and I need to shut up.

By the way, where is your ACLU when the drug dealer or kiddie porn perv is casing your kid's school playground?

P.S. FBI, pay yer damn bill!

Sunday, January 6

Let the mudslinging commence!

Well, we're only 6 days in to the official campaign year and the horns are already sprouting.

I won't bore you with the grisly details, or foul language, but apparently one candidate's momma has rolled up her sleeves and is preparing for some bare-knuckled brawling.

Yeah . . . I see that getting him a lot of votes.