Friday, December 30, 2005

The Stories of 2005

I'm joining in with everyone else in picking the stories of 2005 that I thought were most important.

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's Waiting

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

Bush - Protecting America

Newsweek has been calling it Bush's Snoopgate. It says "Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power." Story
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

Merry Restful Christmas

My only goal this Christmas weekend was to relax and to catch up on my sleep. I can honestly say that I accomplished it. I didn't make it to church. I still need to be able to get to the bathroom real quick. There'll be next year.

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

Ozarks Lights

Tonight I am feeling really good. For the past two weeks I have been careful not to stray too far from a bathroom. The radiation has affected my stomach and bowels, so I've either been hugging the toilet or sitting on it. Once in a while I was sitting with a bowl in my hand. Yeah, I know, really disgusting and you really didn't want to know that.
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

Bring in the Violins

I'm trying real hard to be sympathetic to those poor abused NY Transit workers. It's just not real easy when you learn this:

**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

An Arkansas Christmas

Arkansas version of The Night Before Christmas

A Hero Comes Home

Lance Cpl. Aaron Mankin was seriously wounded by an IED in Iraq on May 11. Lance Cpl. Mankin suffered second- and third-degree burns to his hands, arms, upper neck and face. He was riding in an amphibious assault vehicle when the bomb went off. After multiple surgeries and daily rehabilitation Mankin has come home for a holiday visit with his family.

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.
Semper Fidelis

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch!

This morning I was suppose to get some blood drawn. I was really good and didn't eat anything past midnight. I showed up to the doctor's office hungry and really wanting my coffee. So now I'm waiting, waiting, waiting, a half hour while the **^&&* tech gossips around. Finally she calls me in and looks through my chart. The doctors orders, my doctor forgot to leave orders of what she wanted and she's out of town. O.K. Fine! How about another doctor submitting the orders. Well, they haven't seen you.
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.

Christmas Cats

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

Was it a Promise?

There is a question about whether or not Tom Terminella, developer of Mountain Ranch Development on the west side of Fayetteville, had actually promised to build and pay for the widening of Rupple Road and Persimmon Street. I have been to several Ward 4 meetings where this development was presented and discussed by Mr. Terminella. I, like the council members, came away with the impression that Mr Terminella was going to paying for some of the cost of improving those streets. I hope that City Council really looks into this. I'd like to know if Mr. Terminella said he'd pay for those roads just so that the council would approve his development. The Council also needs to make sure that the next time they hear a developer say they will pay for a street they get it in writing. Story

Election Results

Question #1 failed 40 percent in favor and 60 percent opposed. I'm not surprised that it failed. People weren't about to give a government agency that much power. Question #2 also failed, but only by 600 votes. I actually thought this one might pass. People usually pass bonds that affect education. I wonder why people voted it down? Are people feeling the pain in their wallets and aren't going to be passing bonds?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Question #1

Tomorrow Arkansans go to the polls to vote on two bond proposals. The proposal that has been generating controversy is Question #1. This proposal would give the Highway Commission power to issue bonds up to $575 million without the vote of Arkansans. The bonds would be paid from a 4 cent diesel tax that is currently collected.
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.

Anti-Christian Democrats

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.


Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Weekend

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

Fayetteville HS Choir's Madrigal Feast

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.

Will do Windows

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


Boy, is it cold! I mean really freezing! It's suppose to be 6 degrees tomorrow morning. I definitely am going to be wearing my thermals tomorrow. The snow this morning was nice. Too bad it didn't last long. I've been finishing up my family Christmas letter. It's a bit longer than previous years. This year wasn't quite the "same old same old".
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.

Brian Gaffney
Executive Producer

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.

You can now see the E-card and send it from!

What I need you to do is forward this information to as many people as is possible. All of the details, address, and instructions are found at this link:

Please send it to as many people as you can think of who may help us, and encourage them to check it out once a day every day between now and Christmas - there will be additional ways that everyone can be involved!

Kevin McCullough
Host/Executive Producer
"The MuscleHead Revolution"
AM 570 WMCA - New York City * Connecticut * Rhode Island
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Monday, December 05, 2005


I reviewed my Friday post and was amazed at all the errors. I must have been really tired. Which is probably why I spent most of Saturday sleeping. I didn't really intend to, it was such a nice day. My body protested and forced me to sleep. I felt much better on Sunday. Although I still had problems eating.
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

Fun Time!

In case you have nothing better to do, try this.

My score was: 96% , Ave error 3 miles, Time: 246 secs

via Grouchy Old Cripple

Merry Christmas!

Yes! I proudly say Merry Christmas! So There, ACLU!

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
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

via Michelle Malkin

4:36pm EST
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 radio show at roughly 5:20pm tonight as well.


Last night I watched a program on Fox "Winning Iraq: The Untold Story". Unfortunately, I tune in at the last part of it. What I saw was really good. I e-mailed a request to the network to re-air it. I hope they do. It's rare to see what's really happening in Iraq on T.V. I mostly get the "real news" from bloggers.
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

I'm Tired!

I've been feeling ill the last couple of days. I haven't been sleeping well since I had my surgery. Once I recovered from the surgery I started getting hot flashes. I really don't mind them during the day. They aren't severe and don't last long. Heck, since the days have been getting colder a hot flash has been a good way to get warmed up. The flashes keep waking me up several times during the night. I really want a night of uninterrupted sleep. I've an appointment with my doctor in a week. I'm going to beg for some sleeping pills.
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

Becoming Famous

One of our local doctors has hit the national news. He even got listed on the Drudge Report. Unfortunately it wasn't for doing anything life-saving or heroic. This was the lead sentence:
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.

Reporting In

Monday night I attend Fayetteville's Ward 4 meeting. Steve Davis, director of finance and internal service, said that the 2006 budget will be balanced after a few more adjustments. He handed out the 2006-2010 Capital Improvements Program. The city currently had 96 million dollars for improvements, however, the projects cost is 172 million dollars. The improvements needing the most money is Water & Sewer (84 million) and Street improvements (58 million). It's going to be a challenge to get that money.
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


Found an article today that doesn't bash Wal-Mart. I thought it portrayed Wal-Mart fairly.

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.

Full Article

Friday, November 25, 2005

Bows Update

Bows is all better. She's eating and running around. She's not too happy with the food the vet said she should be eating. Eli and Tigger ,however, love the stuff. I just can't win.

Black Friday

Yep! I went out shopping this morning. I had some things I needed to pick up (cold medicine) and Wal-mart had a DVD player on sale. Wal-Mart wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. Best Buy and Circuit City looked really crowded. I picked up some toys for Toys for Tots, some stuff to send to soldiers oversea Any Soldier and the DVD player plus a bread making machine (Mmmmmmmmm warm bread).

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

Giving Thanks

I give thanks to God for everything I have! He has blessed me beyond measure!

Proclamation of National Thanksgiving

George Washington

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.

Go: Washington

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Arkansas' Generosity

Kudos for the people of Arkansas! The Catalogue For Philanthropy has again list Arkansas among the top givers of the country. As you look at the list you note that the biggest givers have the lowest income.
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)

Generosity Index

Library Tax

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

The Letter

You rarely hear what the men and women feel about what they are doing in Iraq. You certainly don't hear it from the MSM. However, they are getting out their views. You'd better get out the tissues. You're really going to need it.

Democrats - No Vision

I don't understand the Democrats. Why do they want to pull out of Iraq? Why don't they see the danger posed by Al-Qaida? Why don't they understand the importance of setting up a democracy in Iraq? What is preventing them from visualizing what would happen if we left? Al-Qaida declaring victory and embolden to purse their plans of destruction. Al-Qaida having chased off the USA would begin a murderous campaign in all the Arab states and would be pushing the destruction of Israel. The Democrats complain about the bombings and killings now, just wait until they see the massacres and annihilation that would happen if we left.

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

One of Our Own

Lance Cpl. Joshua Ware: Our Hero

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

Cat Blogging

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

Radiation - Day 2

Second day of radiation. The actual radiation doesn't take that long, about 20 secs. Most of the time is spend getting me in the correct position. The radiation technologists must has written on walls as children. They've been having fun making marks on my body. The people at the center have been really nice. They've made the waiting area very comfortable and they have snacks and drinks on hand.

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.

U.S. Keeps Control of Internet

Boy, what a relief! The Internet is safe for now from the U.N.
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

Animal Cruelty

This makes me so mad! People who abuse animals like that should incur some bodily damage. OK, maybe that's a bit harsh, but I view animals like children. They depend on us to care for them and in return they give us love and devotion. I hope the Humane Society keeps watch on Van Banks. He appears to think he did nothing wrong and intends to do business as usual. (I am writing this with a cat sleeping in my arms. It does make typing a bit difficult.)

Monday, November 14, 2005


Planned and managed growth of Fayetteville was the No. 1 goal in a citizen survey conducted by the city. Read Story

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.

America's Best

Kudos to our Governor Mike Huckabee for being selected one of America's best governors by Time Magazine He really deserves the honor! Congratulations Governor Huckabee!

Grim Milestone

The number of torched cars is nearing 10,000. Where's the U.N.? Where are the U.N. peace keepers? How much longer will this quagmire go on? This is all Bush's fault! Him and that evil genius Karl Rove. They started this war because of the wine companies. We must put our foot down! No more wine for oil!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Health Update

Thursday I had an appointment with the radiation oncologist. I'll be having 8 weeks of radiation. The first 5 weeks I'll be getting zapped every day. Wonder if I start glowing?

Fall Hike

I took the dogs out hiking today. We went to Lake Fayetteville. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! Most of the trees have lost their leaves. As I walked along I was rustling through leaves. Oooh, the smell too. You know that smell of the forest after the rain. On the lake were ducks and geese. I have to remember to bring the binoculars next time. I saw three herons on the bank, but with two dogs it was hard to get a closer look. I found out that my new dog Casey likes water. I'll be adding water sports to his training.

Poor French Police

You can't help feel sorry for the French police. They've been dealing with 16 nights of rioting and can't expect any help from the government. Story

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

It's Another Cat

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.

Thank you!

Thank you to all who have served and are serving. I have a wonderful life in the USA because of you. Thank you for the heart willing to serve, the time you're willing to sacrifice and the life you're willing to give up. You have made the USA what it is. You make us proud!

Gohere for a great video tribute.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


Start emptying out your trash! There are some twits out there that will buy it.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

No Taxes!

Well, I was surprised at this. Considering how everyone complains about traffic I assumed that they'd be glad to pony up for this tax. The sales tax is already too high and people's pocket are already hurting from rising gas prices. Fayetteville, you had better sit up and notice. People are in no mood to take on more taxes.

Wasting Time

Have fun here!


We should feel compassion for the French people. We shouldn't take pleasure in their misfortune no matter how much you think they had it coming. However, it gets a bit difficult when you remember they said this.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

French Toast

The French riots demonstrate why socialistic economic policies don't work. The assumption that people given basic housing, health care, food and minimal provisions are going to be content is wrong. People need more than their basic needs satisfied to be happy. People must also satisfy their self-esteem (ego) and self fulfillment needs.

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

Redneck Humor

Stolen from Neal Boortz
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.

Tax Update

Kudos to Alderman Don Marr for insisting that the data supporting a 2 mill property tax provide by city staff be reviewed. (Story) The revised data allowed the City Council to lower the tax to 1.3 mills. I noted Mayor Coody's comment "Anyone who tries to budget exactly what they need, they’re always going to be negatively surprised at the end of the year." Translation: I want to have an excess of money in the budget. I always need more money because I like spending your money.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Boston Mnts.
Originally uploaded by vnbien.

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.

Yellow Rock

Yellow Rock
Originally uploaded by vnbien.

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

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market
Originally uploaded by vnbien.

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

Hanging out!

Originally uploaded by vnbien.

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.

Paris Still Burning

See this article for the history and analysis of what is happening in Paris. One of the best pieces I've read so far.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Muslim Uprising in Paris

Two Muslim boys were electrocuted after they climbed the wall of an electrical relay station and touched a transformer. Their deaths set off riots becaused it was reported they had been chased by police, who deny this.

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.

Who Says We Don't Need Judicial Reform?

This is why it's so important to have conservative judges on the bench!

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."

Can you image what the socialist, loony Left would teach your child?

Another View

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Islam - A Deadly Religion

The Twin Towers, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, Iraq, Iran, bombings in Spain and Britain. I finally got around to discovering the religion that is involved in these events. I've heard that "The Politically Incorrect Quide to Islam (and the Crusades") by Robert Spencer was a good place to start. I am only half way through it and I am mortified at what I am learning.

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

Sending Cards to Soldiers

FReepers, are organizing to send wounded soldiers cards for the upcoming holidays. (Veterans', Thanksgiving and Christmas Days) If you're interested send cards to the address below. They will make sure it gets to a soldier. Perhaps an anonymous soldier who receives a card will write back and become a new penpal. Even if no one ever writes back, you will know that you gave a soldier something that let him/her know someone is grateful. It will make them feel good.

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


U.N. Security Council Passes Syria Resolution

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.

Harriet Miers & Judge Samuel Alito

I didn't jumped in and make any comment on Harriet Miers because I was willing to wait and see what she said at her confirmation hearing. It was her 1993 speech that turned me. It was a speech of a liberal. She resigned before I had a chance to make any comments. Rats!

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.

Property Tax Reconsidered?

Probably not. There appears to be some confusion between the presentations of Kevin Springer, City Budget Manager, and Karen Minkel, long range planner. Story here and here It looks like they were using different numbers, you know, talking apples and oranges. It appears the city staff didn't realize it. There should have been a little more communication between the staff. The City Council meets tomorrow night. Hopefully they have got together and will present a more coherent picture.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Desperately Seeking Slogan

New Jersey is looking for a new state slogan. Gov. Richard Codey is asking for the public's help. (Story) Mister Snitch has a few thoughts!

Friday Cat Blogging

Originally uploaded by vnbien.

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.

Tax Hike Passed

The Fayetteville City Council approved a 2 mills property tax hike. Story Here. It comes as no surprise. Any time a city can raise taxes it will. They are also discussing a 1 cent sales tax. I expect that too will pass.

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.

New Blogger

Guess who had started his own blog? Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert! I really like the behind the scenes look at some of his strips.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Inflating Grades?

Employers are always looking for skilled employees. What they are finding is a shortage of such employees. Currently, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are seeing a critical shortage of qualified laboratory personnel. The situation is anticipated to get worse because a lot of people will start retiring within the next 5 years. It will then get worse over the next 10 - 15 years when America's aging Baby Boomers start needing health care. This is going to affect patient care.

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

Honoring our Soldiers

I wonder how many production meetings the MSM had in order to create their reports on the 2,000 U.S. soldiers that died in Iraq. Such phony compassion! Where were they when Saddam was murdering hundreds of thousands of Iraqis?

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

Political Correctness Run Amok

Found This via Michelle Malkin. Boy, I'd like to see some official try do this here in HOG COUNTRY!

The Madness Continues

Here and
(via NRO)

But, there is a flicker of sanity Here (via Res Ipsa Loquitur)

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market
Originally uploaded by vnbien.

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

Meeting Tonight

I have a meeting to attend tonight but you can enjoy This while I'm out.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Proposed Millage Increased

Fayetteville's City Council is proposing to levy a 2 or 2.5 mill increase. Story Here I was watching the meeting and I was confused about which increase they wanted to levy. It also appeared that some on the Council were also. The tax collected is to go to a projected 2.2 million deficit in 2006. This sounds reasonable. The estimated increase in my property tax is not going to bother me. However, the city library is going to ask voters for a 2 mill increase too. Ouch! Those two increases will definitely hurt my budget.

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

Creating a blog.

Well! Getting this started is taking a little time, especially if you want to add some bells and whistles. I think it will take me several weeks to make this blog what I want it to be. My admiration has really gone up to all of those who've created one.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Dressing up for the Fair.

War Eagle Part II

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.
Originally uploaded by vnbien.

War Eagle Mill & Bridge

War Eagle Mill & Bridge
Originally uploaded by vnbien.


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.