Friday, December 30, 2005
1. Disasters: The tsunami a year ago, Hurricane Katrina and the Kashmir Earthquake. These disasters showed how generous Americans are. We've been accused of being a uncaring, rich, capitalistic country. But the outpouring of money and help has shown the world who we actually are. It has even changed some people's attitudes towards us. In Kashmir, a miniature Chinook helicopter, has become a favorite toy among Kashmiri children because it's associated with relief.
2. Deaths: Pope John Paul II. Although I'm not Catholic, John Paul has been the only Pope I remember. I've not always agreed with him, but I have admired him. Chief Justice Rehnquist. His death is going to allow President Bush to change the current liberal Supreme Court to a conservative, constitutional Court.
3. Iraq: The successful elections in Iraq makes the steps the U.S. made to get rid of Saddam worthwhile. While WMD's were not found, the birth of democracy in the Middle East if allowed to flourish, will in the long run make us safer.
4. The Economy: This has got to be the most unreported or mis-reported story. In spite of rising gas prices and the losses from Katrina the economy has been doing well. If you watched the news you'd think everything was going badly. It's too bad that President Bush doesn't get out more often and brag about the economy. Great article here!
5. Democrats and MSM. These people have gone so far left that they've disappear into la, la land. Their mantra, "the military is broken, a bunch of failures destined to lose, and going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, and women" is going to haunt them. Then there's the MSM's effort to topple the U.S. by handing out our intelligence secrets. I'm sure glad that the Justice department is going to investigate this.
Eli is waiting for me to sit in the chair. He also looking for the stack of magazines or books that are suppose to be on the table. How is he going to play his favorite game of "push the books off the table" if there's nothing there? Eli has been disappointed all week. I haven't felt good and have been going to bed as soon as I can. Fortunately I am feeling better, just in time for the New Year's weekend.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
The real scandal is the stupidity of the MSM and the Democratic Party. The fact that the government listens in the phones and e-mails is not new. Remember, after 9/11, the stories about Al-Qaida "chatter"? Just search the internet and you will find tons of stories. Newsmax, 11/15/02 Al-Qaida 'chatter' hit an all-time high. CNN, 8/7/04 Slowdown in 'chatter' worries officials. SPIKED, 1/5/04, nicely defines it : Unlike human intelligence -which collects information through human contact with a terror group or enemy state, usually through infiltration - 'chatter', or signal intelligence, is collected by technical means, by using satellites to eavesdrop on phone conversations and email correspondence between suspected terrorists. At the same time SPIKED chides Britain and the U.S. for scaring us poor citizens about it.
How did it get from "stop worrying us about all the chatter that may or may not be a threat" to "Bush is a evil dictator that the MSM and the Democratic Party must stop"? We are promised a full congressional investigation next month. Well, go ahead Democrats! Show us the full glory of your stupidity and your willingness to jeopardize us for your own conceit and power. We'll learn who's serious about protecting us, President Bush and the Republican Party.
Monday, December 26, 2005
I did make a special treat for Christmas morning. Saturday night I made potato dumplings. My mom made these when I was kid and it was one of my favorite dishes. She didn't make them very often because they took a lot of time to make and with eight in the family she had to cook a lot of them. The very best part we all loved was the fried dumplings that were made the next morning from the leftovers. Mmmmm!
Casey is enjoying one of his Christmas presents a friend gave him.
The weekend was cold and wet, but today was beautiful. So I went to see the geese that are wintering at the WRMC's pond. I get to see these every day going to and from work.
This is Sam the duck. All he's after is the food you're suppose to bring him.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Since I was feeling good I ,along with Trixie, went to see the Lights of the Ozarks on the Square. The atmosphere was festive. There were pony rides for the kids and horse carriages for the adults. I managed to get Trixie in one of the carriages and we rode around the Square. The kids were delighted to see a dog riding in a carriage. I tried to get pictures but my camera doesn't like night shots. This is a picture using the auto feature.
This is a picture using the night feature. Trixie is sniffing out something in the bed. I have to figure out how to get good night pictures.
New York has the New Year's Eve Count Down with an apple. We here in Arkansas have a Count Down with a Razorback.
Wooooooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
Wooooooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
Wooooooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
**The average salary of a unionized New York City Transit employee is $48,000. The salary of a New York City police officer with five years experience is $44,100.
Average salary $48,00? What are the top earners making? For driving a bus or train? And they're earning more than the NY police?
**Transit workers pay exactly zero out of their paychecks for health care benefits. This would not change for existing workers — only new hires would, under the MTA's current offer, pay (an apparently unconscionable) 1% of their wages for health insurance.
Earth to TWU, most people with health insurance are footing part of the bill from their salary. That cost keep going up every year too.
**Unlike the rest of the country, which is awakening (albeit slowly) to the realization that retirement should be pushed back to reflect both economic and life expectancy realities, the transit workers, who are already able to retire with full pension at age 55, now think that's somehow unfair and want to be able to retire at 50.
Good Lord, I'm thinking that I'm going to be retiring at age 70. Heck, I'll probably be a Wal-Mart door greeter at age 75.
Now you know why Wal-Mart is so anxious not to have unions in their stores. The unions will have those door greeters earning $48,000 a year.
Monday, December 19, 2005
A boy who has always set goals and timelines for
those goals, Mankin isn't stressed or disconcerted
when asked about his plans for the future. Instead,
his face is full of obvious wonder as he talks about
the fact that he can walk. Despite a future of
as-yet-uncounted surgeries to rebuild his nose, mouth
and ears and to repair damage to his hands and arms,
Mankin talks of his amazement that he didn't suffer
any broken bones or lose a leg that could affect that
"From the start, I knew I'd get better," he said Friday.
"I always knew that it was a part of God's plan. God's
been very faithful to me even though I don't deserve it."
This is said over and over by those whose faith is in God. No matter how difficult or terrible the circumstances may appear, we always know that God is near, God love us, God is always good, God is always faithful, God will take care of us. This give us courage to go forward.
Aaron Mankin supports the effort in Iraq and is proud of the freedom that the United States has helped bring to the Iraqi people, despite his severe injuries and his fear for the safety of his fianc/e.
"It's not that I know more, but I understand more than what the major media kicks out," Mankin said.
He understands the difference between an Iraqi village where family life is still apparent and one where insurgents are likely hid away. He understands the joy a child feels when his village is safe and he again can play outside and con candy from the Americans.
He also understands a deep commitment that lets him say "in a heartbeat" he would go back.
Mankin plans to ask the military medical review board to allow him to return to duty after his recovery, although he knows that if he returns, it will likely be a different type of position. If that doesn't work out, he wants to finish his education and become a teacher. He was a substitute teacher in Bentonville prior to his military service.
I love hearing stories like this. It always encourages me to not to give up. Lance Cpl. Mankin, Thank you for your service! You are what American is all about. What we hope our children grow up to be. What ever you do, I know that God will richly bless you!
Blue for bravery. White for honor. Red for sacrifice.
Friday, December 16, 2005
AH, SH**! &*(^!! CRAP!!
Got back to my office, griped to my co-workers and calmed down. Actually, it was a good thing that I didn't get my blood drawn. While I was waiting I observed the tech. She didn't wear any gloves while she was pulling blood from tubes or while she ran tests. She never washed her hands after she completed her tests and called me in. When my doctor returns I'm giving her an earful and letting her know that I won't have my blood done there. If the tech is not doing something basic as wearing gloves, who knows what else is going on in the lab.
The Christmas tree is just another toy for the cats. I think they believe I put it up just for them. Tigger and Eli mostly poke around the presents on the floor. It's a great place for them to hide and sneak attack one another.
Bows, on the other hand, is fascinated by the ornaments. I keep catching her pawing at them. To date she had broken two ornaments. Fortunately they're cheap and easily replaced.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
I will be voting NO on this proposal. One reason: there is no limit on how many years the Commission would have the authority to issue bonds. I think there should be a limit of something like 5-10 years. At the end of bond issuing term they can bring it back to the people of Arkansas to renew their authority if they feel the need. I think a suggestion like this would eliminate the biggest issue about Question #1.
Blogger DunnerMeister preserved the web page
that the Democratic Party of Washington state last week was offering for sale car magnets showing the familiar Christian fish symbol--only inside the fish appears the word HYPOCRITE and a cross against a background of red-orange flames.I knew that Democrats didn't like Christians very much (although they adore their money). They've been hiding their dislike of the Christians. They've mostly spewed scorn at the Conservative Christian Right. The Democrats have finally come out of the closet and shown their true colors.
via JAMES TARANTO
Sunday, December 11, 2005
I've been busy this weekend. Baking cookies and bread, cleaning the house, shopping, picking up the dogs' little gifts in the backyard and filling up the bird feeders. This morning I sneaked in a little hike in Devil's Den. Hiking in winter is not only really cold, but with the leaves gone, you see a different side of the woods. This section of the woods has a little waterfall. When it freezes, it looks beautiful.
This year, however, we haven't had a lot of rain so there isn't a lot of water running over the rocks. The icicles aren't as spectacular.
We did catch this little surprise. A white possum crossing frozen Lee Creek. It allowed me to get fairly close to it. I wonder how rare white possums are?
Saturday, December 10, 2005
A Madrigal Dinner is a feast with four or five courses tied together with music, pageantry and humor.
Friday evening began with me being escorted to my seat by a page and my name herald to the other diners. The church's parish was decorated in candles, garland, wreaths and a Christmas tree. The menu:
Wassaile Bowele, Florentine Salade, Ham, Baked Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Bread, Flaming Plumme Pudding
Each course was herald in by the Lords and Ladies (choir) singing one or two songs. Ah, yes, all the singing by choir was done a cappella.
As for the humor portion of the evening. Well, you decide. One of the knights rode around the room on his horse(stick) yelling "December 24th." He was the "Knight before Christmas." Another knight rode around the room on his horse(stick) with two people behind him holding signs that said "Quiet" and telling everyone to "Ssshush". Yeah, that's right, "Silent Knight." Then, someone screams. Someone has stabbed the "Silent Knight." At which point the jester quips "he's a Holy Knight now!" >>Groans!<<<
The gem of the evening was the Carol Concert at the end. A truly wonderful performance by the Fayetteville HS Choir.
I have been trying to get a picture of Casey for a long time. It's difficult because he just doesn't cooperate. Serves him right that I have to use this embarrassing one of him. I don't know why he's licking that window. This isn't the first time he's done it. I just don't see the attraction and I don't exactly appreciated him smearing up the window. I think I'll spread some soap on it. Heh, Heh!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
I've gotten some updates on a few items.
"Winning Iraq: The Untold Story." If you want to see it in it's entirety, we're re-running it on Sunday December 11, at 9p and midnight, eastern time.
Then there's the Christmas Card to the ACLU. People at work got a kick out of the idea.
We are excited to be able to announce the creation of our "Merry Christmas ACLU E-Card" You can now send several E-cards a day to the ACLU as well as send your actual phyiscal Christmas card to their national offices.
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Monday, December 05, 2005
I've manage to finished reading a book. Michael Crichton's State of Fear. It's a good adventure story. He has put in a lot of good data on the myth of global warming. I found the most intriguing part to be a discussion between one of the main characters, Peter Evens, and a professor.
The professor states:
The requirement of every sovereign state is to exert control over the behavior of its citizens, to keep them orderly and reasonable docile. Social control is best managed through fear. Pgs 454-455
The professor said we use to have the fear of nuclear war, the Communist Menace, the Iron Curtain. With the fall of the Berlin Wall we no longer have that fear. It needed to be replaced. Enter the environmental crisis. We had the Kyoto Agreement and Al Gore screaming about a deepening global climate crisis. That all changed with 9/11. We now fear terrorism.
As a Christian why should I fear anything? God is sovereign and God is good. I trust God with the control of the universe. I believe that God controls all things for my good. If God is working everything for my good why should I be afraid. So, I don't have to fear the future, the unknown.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
If you've been paying any attention you've notice that Christmas has been disappearing. Christmas is becoming a forbidden word. A legal assault by the ACLU combined with the MSM that blatantly promotes secularism has succeeded in convincing some Americans that the words Merry Christmas are inappropriate while celebrating the national holiday of Christmas! So, those of us who still believe in Merry Christmas are fighting back.
Kevin McCullough is organizing a very special Christmas card campaign. Between now and Christmas he is asking you to send the ACLU direct "Merry Christmas" cards. Heh, heh, heh, hah, hah!
And we aren't talking about these generic "happy holiday" (meaning nothing) type of cards...
Go get as "Christmas" a Christmas card as you can find... something that says.. "Joy To The World", "For Unto Us A Child Is Born", but at least "Merry Christmas", put some of your own thoughts into it, sign it respectfully and zip it off in the mail to
"Wishing You Merry Christmas"
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
via Michelle Malkin
MERRY CHRISTMAS ACLU - FOX NEWS TONIGHT: We're thrilled to get the news that the "Merry Christmas ACLU" campaign was picked up by Fox News Channel's BIG STORY Weekend Edition. It airs at 10:00pm EST and we're slated to debate a member of the ACLU/law professor from Nebraska.
We will also be given the chance to explain the campaign to flood the National Offices of the ACLU with "Merry Christmas Cards". Please make plans to join us. Tonight on the Fox News Channel, 10:30pm.
I'm also scheduled to appear on the RightMarch.com radio show at roughly 5:20pm tonight as well.
This is the first war where we've had unprecedented first hand coverage of the war. We've have embedded journalists and blogs from soldiers fighting the war. So why is it that Fox's program is a rare thing? What the soldiers are doing in Iraq should be covered more by the MSM. But, nooo! The MSM get upset with the U.S. military's practice of paying Iraqi papers to run articles emphasizing positive developments in the country. Heck, why should the military be paying newspapers to run positive stories. The MSM should have been doing it all this time. Another reason why I watch Fox and not those other news channels.
Friday, December 02, 2005
On top of that I've been nauseated again. Actually I typing with a bowl in front of me, just in cause. Yeah, I know, thanks for sharing. Only 6 more weeks of radiation to go!
Eli was playing in the grass last week while I was hanging up the lights last week. Bows is finally eating the "special" food. My basic plan was "you'll eat it when you get hungry enough".
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Yes, an Arkansas doctor says, he destroys life. But he believes the thousands of women who have relied on him have been 'born again.'
The LA Times had a long article on Dr. Harrison's abortion practice. I could barely read the article, it disgusted me so much. Read what some of the patient's were saying.
"It's an everyday occurrence," she says as she waits for her 2:30 p.m. abortion. "It's not like this is a rare thing.
She keeps forgetting to take her birth control pills. Abortion "is a bummer," she says, "but no big stress
was in the midst of planning her wedding. "I don't think my dress would have fit with a baby in there," she says.How about Harrison's attitude toward ending a baby's life?
Harrison glances at an ultrasound screen frozen with an image of the fetus taken moments before. Against the fuzzy black-and-white screen, he sees the curve of a head, the bend of an elbow, the ball of a fist
It's not a baby to me until the mother tells me it's a baby," he says
I am so mad that he is allowed to kill babies. I also pity such a man who is proud to be killing babies. He's leading such a miserable life. He must be filled with so much hatred to be killing babies and destroying women's lives. I also don't want to be in his shoes when he stands before God, the Creator, and tries to explain to Him what he has done.
Tim Conklin, director of planning and development management, presented the proposed annexation plan for Fayetteville. Development is rapidly taking place on the outskirts of Fayetteville and annexing these areas now would allow the city to make sure they were developed within the city's codes. If the city waited they would be annexing neighborhoods that violated codes. Annexation would also help with city planning. They would be able to make sure that commercial developments didn't conflict with residential areas.
Tuesday night was a really fun night. I went to the Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Washington County Republican Committee. The featured speaker was Newt Gingrich. I had an absolutely wonderful time. Most of Newt's speech came from points from his book Winning the Future My favorite part was the question and answer portion after his speech. He was more animated, relaxed and funny. Newt teaches history and you notice it when he speaks. He brings in a lot of American history when he discusses an issue. As a dedicated teacher he gave us a test which you can take too.
Monday, November 28, 2005
But let's say we accept Dube's calculation that retail workers take home $4.7 billion less per year because Wal-Mart has busted unions and generally been ruthless. That loss to workers would still be dwarfed by the $50 billion-plus that Wal-Mart consumers save on food, never mind the much larger sums that they save altogether. Indeed, Furman points out that the wage suppression is so small that even its "victims" may be better off. Retail workers may take home less pay, but their purchasing power probably still grows thanks to Wal-Mart's low prices.
Americans have a lot more "stuff" in their houses because of how Wal-Mart operates. How many people rushed to Wal-Mart on Friday to pick up those TV's which were on sale.
Companies like Wal-Mart are not run by saints. They can treat workers and competitors roughly. They may be poor stewards of the environment. When they break the law they must be punished.
Wal-Mart is a business. It is not a charitable organization. All business' operate to make a profit. Why single out Wal-Mart just because they do it very well. If Wal-Mart breaks the law then it must face the courts like every one else.
If critics prevent the firm from opening new branches, they will prevent ordinary families from sharing in those gains. Poor Americans will be chief among the casualties.
It seems to me that Wal-Mart isn't the bad dude here. It's those who wish to see a business go bankrupt and a community lose out on benefits the company would bring.
Friday, November 25, 2005
I dump the stuff I bought at home and took the dogs out for a walk at Lake Fayetteville. There were a fair number of people on the trail. Can you explain to me why any one would take a baby stroller out on a rocky and root exposed trail? Sheesh, I have trouble just trying not trip over anything myself.
After that hike I worked on getting the lights up on the house. Last night I check the lights, replacing any that were burnt out. So, I got the lights on the house, turned them on and *%@*&!! Two strands were out. Bloody Hell! OK, calm down! I'll just deal with it tomorrow.
I'll round out the night bathing the dogs. I let them in the lake and so they stink. Fortunately they both like baths so I won't have any problems.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Proclamation of National Thanksgiving
City of New York, October 3, 1789
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
But the Bible Belt and Utah are, with generally low incomes, giving so much (as tithing evangelical Protestants), that in effect they set a high example, which suggests that the wealthiest taxpayers in the wealthy states can afford to give significantly more.
Generous hands are blessed hands because they give bread to the poor. (Proverbs 22:9)
Library Director Louise Schaper said the strategic plan and comments generated in public meetings will help decide the need for additional property tax.
"We need to do the public meetings and we need to hear from the public and then we need to think of a time line," she said. "We need to base our actions on what we hear."
Library officials are going to be asking the public what they think about increasing the property tax to fund additional personnel at the library. I don't think they will be happy at what they will hear. Earlier this year residents voted down a tax increase for teacher's salaries so I don't think they will go for a tax increase for the library. The city council has just passed a property tax increase to balance the city budget and I know that a sales tax might be in the works to fund streets. During the winter and early spring people will be paying big time for gas and they won't be willing to pay for additional taxes. I think the library should be asking for volunteers to work in the library and reduce the hours the library is opened.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Thank you God, that we have a leadership in the White House that understands. Thank you for a Military that knows what they are doing and are willing to pay the cost. God has richly blessed us with men and women who value freedom, are willing to make sure we keep it and fight so others may have it.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Ware's family celebrated his life, even in death. Family members said they are very proud of him and that he made the ultimate sacrifice.
"You can never take back. He ain't never going to be with us again. But I know that he died for my freedom. He died for my son and daughter's freedom," said Jericho Ware, Joshua's cousin.
Ware was living his dream, according to his family, after years of playing basketball and lifting weights in Roland. Ware's family described him as fun-loving, kind of a family clown but driven -- driven to finish the mission he was sent to complete in Iraq.
They said he excelled while in the Armed Forces, and had the ultimate goal of making the military a long-term career and gaining rank in the Marine Corps, where Ware had already earned five awards
I would like to thank the Ware family for giving us their son. His death saddens me, however, I am sooo proud of him. Thank you, Lance Cpl. Joshua Ware, for your precious gift in the service of the people of the United States of America. Story
Friday, November 18, 2005
Tigger is the only cat in the house that isn't mad at me. Doesn't he just look soooo cute! Bows is still taking antibiotics and runs away from me. She doesn't want to take that nasty medicine. The antibiotics make her sick so she hasn't been eating. Just a few more days! Eli is on a diet. He needs to lose a couple of pounds. He's been haunting the kitchen looking for more food.
As for me, I think the radiation is affecting my stomach. I've been throwing up almost every meal. The stuff more likely to stay down is really bland stuff. I'm more likely to toss up fried stuff. Oh well, on a bright note, I may lose a few needed pounds. OK, OK, more than a few pounds. All right! How about a whole lot of pounds!
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Yesterday when I went in they showed me the dressing and locker area. They showed me my cubby hole which will hold my gowns. It had my name on it. Do you know that I stood there and looked at it. I don't know why but it kinda got to me. I will be there getting treatments often enough to get my own personal space. Odd, the things that reach out and grab you.
The organization that keeps the directory of domain names is called ICANN, and is regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. The UN wanted to take control of this. Syria, Libya, China, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia were leading the charge. And why not? This would give them an opportunity to censor web sites they don't agree with.
Handing control over to the UN would afford them the ability not only to censor, but also to tax things like e-mail.
Kofi Annan said the aim was to ensure that poor countries get the full benefits that the internet can bring. Yeah, right! This is from the guy that still hasn't repaid or even apologized to the people of Iraq for stealing billions from them. Are we going to be so stupid to give control of the Internet to an organization that can even audit its own accounts or even police its own peacekeeper? And I love this one. Libya chairs the Human Rights commission. If there ever was an organization we don't want controlling the Internet, it's the U.N.
Hopefully, in years to come, the U.S. government realizes how absolutely vital it is that we keep control the Internet.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
It shouldn't be a surprise. NW Arkansas is exploding and the residents are feeling its effect. People often complain about the congested streets and roads, most of which were not built to take a large volume of traffic. The explosive expansion is particularly dangerous to the newly developed areas. They do not have adequate fire and police coverage. The city is not building fire stations fast enough nor are they hiring enough police and fireman to cover the new developments. I was discussing this with a developer and I asked him why couldn't growth be slowed until the city's infrastructure caught up. The answer, money. Developers are in it for the money. They aren't particular concerned about traffic, police or fireman.
There might be one thing that might slow growth in Fayetteville. Water. It appears that growth has outpaced the ability to upgrade water lines and Washington County faces a water shortage in 10-15 years. Read
The leadership of Fayetteville are going to have to be creative about solving this problem. Not only do they have to resolve our current problems but start anticipating what's going to be needed within the next 25 to 50 years.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
The case has brought to the surface growing police resentment at the failure by politicians to resolve the crisis, the most serious and protracted outbreak of violence in France since 1968.
Makes you feel grateful for what we have in the USA. Pray for the safety of those French police and remember your local police.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Tigger is the cat I photograph the most. He does all the cute things cats do. He reminds me of Nermal in the Garfield cartoon. Bows is having a hard time this week. The vet diagnosed her with cystitis and is now on antibiotics. She also needs to have a special low pH food. She is better now. She's currently trying to help me type this. You know, it's kinda hard to work when a cat is rubbing your face.
Gohere for a great video tribute.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
The socialistic idea destroys a person sense of purpose and self-worth. Handouts and charity degrade people and rob them of their self esteem. Lack of employment makes the problem worse. Where we work and what we do compose a good part of our identity. France's economy with its heavy taxes and regulations has put unemployment around 10%. Within its immigrants of Arab and African Muslims unemployment ranges from 20% to 30%.
To make matters worse, France has segregated the Muslim immigrants into public housing that bars them from French society. Since they are not integrated, these immigrants do not consider themselves French. They do not even speak French. They have recreated their old country within France, with its own social and cultural life in accordance with Islam. Within this isolated community they are taught that Islam is the only religion to be tolerated and that the world must be dominated by it.
So, now France is dealing with an outrage Muslim community. A community which pledges allegiance to Islam and to heroes such as Osama bin Laden. A community who youths riot through the city crying Allahu Akubar (God is great).
Monday, November 07, 2005
Hey! At least I admit it!
25 ways to tell if you're a Redneck
1. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.
2. You let your twelve-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.
3. You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
4. You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night.
5. Jack Daniel's makes your list of "most admired people."
6. You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.
7. Anyone in your family ever died right after saying, "Hey y'all watch this."
8. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
9. Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
10. Your junior prom had a daycare.
11. You think the last words of the Star Spangled Banner are, "Gentlemen start your engines."
12. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
13. The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down, depending on how much gas is in it.
14. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
15. One of your kids was born on a pool table.
16. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
17. You can't get married to your sweetheart because there's a law against it.
18. You think loading a dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.
19. Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.
20. Somebody hollers "Hoe Down" and your girlfriend hits the floor.
21. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say "Cool Whip" on the side.
22. The biggest city you've ever been to is Wal-Mart.
23. Your working T.V. sits on top of your non-working T.V.
24. Your neighbors think you're a detective because a cop always brings you home.
25. You missed 5th grade graduation because you had jury duty.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
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I mentioned that I had surgery in the last post. It was the reason why I started blogging. In August I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I had a hysterectomy in September. There was good news and bad news. The good news was that my cancer is a low grade tumor and my lymph nodes were clear. Bad news was that I had a micro metastases to one of my ovaries. My survival chances are very good, but there is a good chance for local re-occurrence which can be dealt with by radiation.
I was a bit upset upon learning the extent of my cancer. Yes, I did cry a bit. That was my first reaction. But, I am a Christian. I had a good talk with God. He let me know that He loved me and that I had nothing to worry about because He would always be with me. He reminded me of other difficult situations I've been in and how He was there during those times.
Now I have an attitude of gratefulness. I've recovered from the surgery remarkedly well. I had enough time saved up to spend a month recovering. Because of the generosity of my bosses the insurance has paid off a good portion of the costs. A lot friends and neighbors have offered me help if I needed it. I have found that I have a very rich life.
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What a gorgeous day! I took the dogs and went hiking in Devil's Den. The colors were spectacular! Lots of rust and yellows with an occasional red. I hiked to Yellow Rock. That way I would be able to walk along the ridge and really see the colors. It was my first real hike since my surgery. I thought that I'd be out of shape, but I had no problems. I'll probably be a little sore tomorrow morning but some ibuprofen will take care of that.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
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I had a fun time last night. I forgot it's Arkansas' Homecoming this week. I was able to watch the Homecoming parade down Dickson street before the start of the play. Even snagged me a couple of beaded necklaces thrown by the cheerleaders.
Trixie (pictured) and I went to the last Farmers' Market for the year this morning. No more flowers and fresh vegtables until next year. Sigh!
This weekend will be the best time for seeing the fall folage in NW Arkansas. It's a bit windy today so a lot of trees are losing their leaves. I'll be making a trip to Devil's Den tomorrow.
Friday, November 04, 2005
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Friday night! Going out to have some dinner, browse some shops and see Oklahoma at the Walton Arts Center.
This is Eli. He was found by the neighborhood children as a kitten. His mother probably was a wild cat living in the area. Yep, he's a big boy, tipping the scales at 13 lbs. He is fond of sleeping on anything I happen to be working on, books, papers or computer. This is one of his favorite places to sleep while I'm on the computer. I don't know how he does it.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
France is facing a problem and it's too cowardly to name it. Frances' permissive immigration policy and liberal social agendas has created subsidized low-income housing developments. These are riddled with crime and social troubles fueled by high unemployment. Most of the unemployed are Muslim youths under 25 years who have nothing to do but take over the streets and routinely attack French citizens. Angry, poor and underprivileged they are prime targets for terrorist's recruiting. Looting and stealing from your enemy are acceptable under Islam law and Paradise is offered to those who are killed fighting their enemy.
If France does not take steps to curb the clerics preaching extremist Islam, create tougher immigration policies and stop the liberal social programs the riots will get worse and more frequent. The USA should pay attention to what is happening in France. We need to do something about our illegal immigration and stop the liberal programs which foster poverty and unemployment (i.e. New Orleans)
Stories here, here and here.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by elementary school parents who were outraged that the Palmdale School District had surveyed students about sex.
While the surveys asked students how often they thought about sex, among other questions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said parents of public school children have no "fundamental right" to be the exclusive provider of sexual information to their children. The parents maintained they had the sole right "to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex." Story
Can you image what the socialist, loony Left would teach your child?
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Muhammad was a murderous thug. He developed Islamic principles to justify his violence and lust. Islam has no moral code similar to the Ten Commandments. The Koran(Qur'an) is unique around the world in counseling it followers to make war against unbelievers. Muslims are to treat non-Muslims three ways. 1) Convert them to Islam, 2)Enslave them if they surrender or 3) destroy them.
Strict adherents to Islam have marked the Civilized World (Europe & USA) for slavery or death under it's rulership. Is this something we are going to allow or are we going to fight?
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
American Red Cross - Heaton Pavilion 3rd Floor Rm 3E05
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307-5000
Monday, October 31, 2005
tough resolution; unspecified "further action"; major diplomatic blow; passed under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which empowers the council to impose punitive measures; including the use of military force; to compel a country's cooperation; Syria's failure to cooperate with Mehlis would lead to "serious consequences
Somehow I get the feeling that Syria isn't exactly scared about the U.N.'s resolution. They're probably tossing back drinks and laughing. The U.N. doesn't have the balls to back up their resolutions.
Listening to the President, talk radio and pundits I was struck by the difference in how Miers and Alito were introduced to the public.
Harriet Miers: Elected Dallas City Council; served in high levels of state and federal government; leader in ABA; first women to..(4 times); Lottery commission and Meals on Wheels.
Judge Samuel Alito: Clerked in federal court; federal prosecutor; US Attorney, District of New Jersey; argued cases before Supreme Court, participated and authored hundreds of appeals, expert on constitutional law and 15 years as Judge on the Court of Appeals.
OK, I'm not the smartest banana in the bunch, but even I can tell who is the better qualified.
Friday, October 28, 2005
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This is the first cat who has owned me. I got her as a kitten 9 years ago from the local animal shelter. She is every bit the Queen she looks. She rules the house with claws of steel, which she regularly sharpens on the sofa or the desk legs. She fiercely protects her property. I have seen her chase dogs across the lawn. Funniest thing I have ever seen. Although she is one tough lady, she is extremely lavish with her cat kisses. There's nothing like being waken up with her rubbing her face in mine.
I'd like to know why are they supporting the public library's pursuit of a 2.5 mills property tax increase? What makes them think people will support it after they've just increased it? People are already hurting from the increase of gas and are expecting a really big hit from heating costs this winter. We are already cutting our spending. Less eating out, no movies, cutting down on our traveling, reduced our cable bill and planning to spend less for Christmas.
Time for a lesson: The more you tax people, the less money they have to spend. The less money they spend, the less tax revenue you collect.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
It's important that today's children be taught basic skills so that they can fill these positions. But, wait! What are the teachers of Arkansas doing. Grade inflation -- giving students grades that don't reflect their achievement. Story Here What is going on in the teaching profession? Are the teachers themselves so poorly educated that they have to inflate grades to make themselves look good? What's going to happen to these teachers? Is something going to be seriously done about them or will they just get a slap on the wrist? Parents, get off your tushes and get your children an education that will enable them to fill the next generation of laboratory professionals.
See additional story Here
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
If they truly wanted to honor these courageous soldiers they should have highlighted what they have accomplished. Iraqis have voted overwhelmingly to back a new constitution. With a 63% turnout, 79% supported the constitution. Check This out! This is what our soldiers are doing over there. They are fighting to give the Iraqis the choice to choose their future. In addition, they are protecting us. They are fighting terrorists in Iraq rather than here in the USA.
I am so proud of our soldiers. I pray that God continues to protect them and brings them home safely.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
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Saturday! Oh, what a georgeous fall day! Yep, fall has come to NW Arkansas. The weather is cool and the leaves are starting to turn. The next couple of weeks are a good time to drive through the Ozarks.
Saturday morning's I start the day by going to the farmer's market with Trixie. Trixie is my oldest golden retreiver. This is her time. She loves to greet people and dogs. She is especially loved by the children. It's their chance to pet a dog that's willing to take their pulling and tugging. This is also a good time to socialize with friends. Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry. In the background there is music. Several musicians play for money, promote their music and try to sell their CD's.
At this time of the year the market features pumkins, gourds, cool weather vegtables, fall flowers and the last of the summer vegtables. In a few more weeks they will be closing it down until spring. I will miss it!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
I haven't heard why the library is asking for more money. I consider libraries in the community as luxuries. They are nice to have but you can do without them. Gas is expected to be up 50-70% this winter and I'm looking at ways to cut expenses. Luxury items are one of the first things I get rid of. Unless the library had a very pressing reason for the money I will be voting NO! for the millage increase.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
There is so much to see and buy! Pottery, woodcrafting, quilting, soaps, perfume, jewelry, clothes, toys, painting, and FoooD! I went looking for Christmas presents and ornaments. I've been decorating my tree in the primitive sytle, mostly wood and tin shapes.
One does a lot of walking so I make sure I wear something very comfortable and have a light jacket for the cold morning. Other people, however, dress a bit differently. Festive, aren't they?
Dressing up for the Fair.
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War Eagle Mill & Bridge
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I've finally done it! I have been thinking about creating this for months. I have been reading some really great blogs so I've been timid about writing my own. An event occurred in my life (more on that later) which pushed me to finally write.
This weekend is craft fair weekend in NW Arkansas. This is greeted will joy from those who like to shop and the businesses who love the thousands of visitors. There are also the moans of pain from those who have to endure the traffic thousands of visitors make.
The most well know fair is the War Eagle Craft Fair. It is held on the grounds of a working mill and is spread out on either side of the War Eagle River. Cars and pedestrians cross to either side via a one-lane iron bridge. You just need to sqeeze real tight and try not to fall off the bridge or step in front of a car.