Starting tomorrow, my family and I are going on vacation to the mountains of North Carolina. I can't wait! This computer will be staying here so that I can spend valuable with my husband and kids. It will be a nice break from blogging. I will be back on June 5th.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
I am watching the "American Idol" finale and all I can say is that whoever came up with the "Randy/Simon" parody of the Paula Abdul scandal was brilliant. What a great way of showing how silly the whole thing is. It was hysterical. Loved it! That made the entire show. Of course, still don't know who the Idol is yet.
Posted by Dana at 8:26 PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Yesterday, my cousin lost her battle with cancer. Please say a prayer for her family that remains behind. Her infectious love of life will be missed. However, I do rejoice in knowing that she was greeted with open arms by our Lord and Saviour, who I'm sure was standing next to her mother that she lost last year.
Posted by Dana at 3:14 PM
Monday, May 23, 2005
I'll bet I know what was really going through McCain's mind when he announced the "compromise."
Aren't I wonderful? People are going to love me. No wait. Did I say people? I meant the media. I will be on every talk show and my day in the sun will continue for a while longer. I love seeing myself on TV and I love hearing myself talk. This will clinch my presidential nomination. How can my presidential bid fail now? I'm a god!
Posted by Dana at 8:15 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2005
This is just too funny.
A 3-year-old boy, upset that his mother wouldn't let him use a vending machine to try to win a stuffed animal, took matters in his own hands. He climbed inside to get the prize himself.
The story also includes a picture. You've got to see it. I would have loved to see the little boy get into the machine.
Posted by Dana at 9:29 PM
Friday, May 20, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
According to The Hill, Rep. Chris Shays wants to remain a Republican despite constantly finding himself siding with the Democrats.
Shays would rather fight than switch.
Shays has a whole list of reasons as to why he wants to stay a Republican, but I suspect that there is a much different reason why he won’t switch parties. It is also the same reason that the “R” will remain behind McCain’s name as well. As long as they stay Republican, the media will continue to fawn over them.
When Shays spoke out against Tom Delay calling for his resignation, the media was there capturing his every word. His opinion was much sought after and he was wooed by every major news service.
When McCain said he agreed with the Democrats in regards to filibusters, he was courted by the MSM like a homecoming queen at prom time.
Why switch? They get so much more attention being a “maverick.“ If they, or any other RINO, switched parties, the MSM would drop them like a hot potato. They would cease to be special. Don’t believe me, ask Jim Jeffords (if you can find him, that is).
Posted by Dana at 3:19 PM
That is what the city of Anchorage is trying to figure out. It seems that their hard-working Senator has managed to get the city 1.5 million dollars to build a new bus stop. Not a terminal. Just a stop.
Tom Wilson is faced with a problem many city administrators would envy: How to spend $1.5 million on a bus stop.
Wilson, Anchorage's director of public transportation, has all that money for a new and improved bus stop outside the Anchorage Museum of History and Art thanks to Republican Sen. Ted Stevens - fondly referred to by Alaskans as "Uncle Ted" for his prodigious ability to secure federal dollars for his home state.
Wilson is prepared to think big.
The bus stop there now is a simple steel-and-glass, three-sided enclosure. Wilson wants better lighting and seating. He also likes the idea of heated sidewalks that would remain free of snow and ice. And he thinks electronic signs would be nice.
"It is going to be a showpiece stop," Wilson said.
It’s so nice to see our hard-earned tax dollars going to towards such a noble cause that will help millions of Americans. What? You say it is a waste of money. Of course it is. This is what frustrates me about the government. This is why I have to pay so much in taxes? This is why we can’t afford to get rid of the death tax? This Senator should be ashamed of himself. And I know that he is not alone. This thinking among our Congressional leaders that the money they are given is theirs to spend freely has to stop.
So, what does Sen. Stevens think about calling this $1.5 million a waste of public money?
"Sen. Stevens does not believe the money that he is able to work diligently to secure at the federal level is pork," she said. "He considers it infrastructure development for a very young state. People seem to forget how young Alaska really is."
How silly of us to not realize that it costs so much more money in new states.
Posted by Dana at 2:17 PM
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In Tangipahoa Parish here in Louisiana, the teachers and adminstrators continue to pray in school. This infuriates the ACLU who has continually taken the School Board to court to stop them from praying.
In addition, the ACLU cites a prayer it says was recently given at Amite High School, over a loudspeaker, at an awards banquet. The prayer ended with the words "In Jesus' name we pray," violating the ban; the principal of the school sat silently by.
So, if they didn't say "In Jesus' name" the ACLU wouldn't have had a problem with prayer? I guess it would have been OK if the prayer ended with "In Allah's name."
The ACLU has a solution to this problem: get rid of the people who pray.
Teachers and administrators in Tangipahoa Parish continue to violate a court-imposed school prayer ban, according to the ACLU, which Wednesday asked a federal judge to send them to jail."
The consent judgment is repeatedly violated by these individuals because they do not believe anything will happen to them," the ACLU said in its Wednesday court filing. "Their refusal to comply with the consent decree should and must result in their removal from society." (emphasis added)
OK, let's replace the praying teachers and administrators in this story with any other group in society who might participate in acts of civil disobedience (Homosexuals, college students, labor unions, etc.). If the ACLU or anyone else used the words "remove from society" to describe sending them to jail, there would be an uproar.
Why? Because words not only have meanings, they have connotations. Removing someone from society IMPLIES sending them to jail for a very long time. We use the words "remove from society" when talking about sending violent criminals, such as child molestors, rapists and murderers, to jail for life not for acts of civil disobedience.
So the question for me becomes: Does the ACLU view these people the same as violent criminals?
Posted by Dana at 10:58 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
May 18, 9:30am Update: Kevin at Crosswalk has graphics showing the actual "Little Black Book."
Warning: Adult content. Not intended for minors.
May 17, 8:46am: All I can say is "Oh my Lord!"
'Little Black Book' teaches kids 'gay' sex
Sponsored by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, the event, said the Article 8 Alliance, featured a "hard-core pornographic homosexual 'how-to' booklet given to hundreds of kids."
Included in the booklet are graphic descriptions of homosexual conduct, including "fisting," along with a photo-spread discussion of condoms and instructions on how to put them on.
Also included is a list of homosexual bars and clubs in the Boston area "for the discerning queerboy." The Article 8 Alliance points out the students attending the event were of middle-school and high-school age.
The booklet mentions abstaining from risky activity, and then states, "But how much fun is that?"
Why is this even given any amount of credibility and discussion in our schools, let alone being distributing to children? How can educators look at this and think this is ok? Believe me, I understand why those who want to further the homosexual agenda are going after our kids, but what I don't understand is this fear to stand up to them and say "No. Leave the kids alone." This is just outrageous. I'm disgusted.
Posted by Dana at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Lately, I have found that my drive to blog is just not there. It seems that everything that needs to be said about the Newsweek affair has been said. I have nothing new to contribute. It just seems that nothing has changed in the past couple of months. Liberals still hate conservatives and view us as evil. Conservatives still think liberals have one brain cell that they all share. So, I'm done surfing the blogosphere for tonight. Maybe even for tomorrow, too. I'm tired and I'm going to bed. Goodnight.
OK, I think that I'm just coming down with something. I'm starting to feel sick. I'm sure that that is the reason for my foul mood. I'm sure that after a good night sleep I will look at this post and think: what was I thinking?
Until last summer, my husband and I lived in the land of Disney. Believe me, it had many benefits, one of which was a great airport. The Orlando International Airport was almost an attraction in and of itself; it was a pleasure to fly in and out of. Contrast that to Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. It has to be one of the worse airports in the country, partly because it is locked into its location by development and wetlands. It has no place to expand. It is difficult to navigate into and out of, confusing to find your way around, small and, well, just plain boring with nothing of interest to do if you are stuck there for any amount of time. I've always felt that the airport was one of the hinderances on New Orleans' tourist industry. Most people from outside of New Orleans hate flying into the airport. For New Orleans' sake, I hope a new airport is in the future.
New Orleans officials are studying the possibility of building a new airport in suburban St. Charles Parish or in eastern New Orleans that would totally replace the current Louis Armstrong International Airport.
The Bonnet Carre concept, developed by Corgan Associates of Dallas, which is drafting the airport's strategic master plan, proposes carving out 2,751 acres from the 7,678-acre spillway and improving the water flow in the remaining acreage so flood protection is not diminished.
Armstrong International sits on 1,600 acres.
Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano said he's glad Armstrong officials seem to have realized that plans to expand the current facility are futile.
"They're landlocked where they are," he said. "In trying to expand, they're trying to put a square peg in a round hole."
With present and future technological advances in aviation, the need for more airport space is inevitable. Airport officials need to act now. A new airport can only help New Orleans and surrounding areas. It would attract industry and business, create more jobs and enhance the tourist industry.
Oh, by the way, did you vote for me, yet? Thanks.
Posted by Dana at 8:57 AM
Monday, May 16, 2005
It seems that Mary Landrieu is one of three Democrats who still have not decided whether to vote for or against Bolton, but she did support him during Bush's first term. If she breaks rank, I will be very impressed. I have to admit, though, from what I have seen of Landrieu, I don't hold out much hope. Time will tell.
Posted by Dana at 6:30 PM
1. a crime that undermines the offender's government
2. disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
3. treachery: an act of deliberate betrayal
Headlines: Newsweek Accused of Spurring Afghan Violence
Muslims Doubt Quran Climbdown
Rice: Quran story hurt U.S.Newsweek report of desecration 'has done a lot of harm'
Four Killed in Afghan Anti-U.S. Riots
White House says Newsweek report damaged U.S. image
Newsweek Buries 'Regret' Over Koran Report
Posted by Dana at 3:55 PM
Newt Gingrich and President Hillary Rodham Clinton Gingrich.
Announce the Arrival of
Harmony, and her twin sister, Amnesia,
Born at St, John Paul, the 2nd Hospital
February 25th, 2009, in the dead of night.
Posted by Dana at 2:13 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Religion is not a political battleground. I'm tired of every political issue boiling down to WWJD. I don't remember this being such an issue before the election. Yes, there were political issues that were fought on religious grounds, but those were individual religious issues (i.e. abortion, gay marriages, death penalty).
So, what has caused this tremendous shift in political thinking? I believe that the MSM is to blame. They were clamoring to find a reason behind Bush's successful reelection campaign, especially since, to them, it seemed all indications were that Kerry would win. They had to find some previously unknown or unrecognized factor. Based on their polls, they immediately latched onto morality and religion. Since then, there has been a race to the religious, moral ground by both sides.
I have news for you guys. Jesus was not a Democrat or a Republican. In fact, he was pretty much apolitical. It is signs like this that really anger me:
Jesus Cares for the Poor, so do we. Democrats Make America Stronger.
-billboard in South Dakota, sponsored by www.grassrootdems.org
And before you accuse me of partisanship, I would be just as disgusted if it was supporting Republicans. I will admit that I am partisan, but enough is enough. Christianity is guiding force in a person's life. It should influence every decision a person makes. And when the Holy Spirit resides in a person's heart the decisions are not hard to make. I do believe that there are some in Washington who are guided by the Holy Spirit in their belief of Jesus Christ; however, there are many, on both sides, who are not. As a Christian, I say stop using Jesus as a political pawn to maneuver yourself and your party into power.
Hat tip: tdaxp and Polipundit
Posted by Dana at 10:08 AM
Friday, May 13, 2005
It's late at night, you're watching TV and it hits you - the undeniable yearning for the taste of flesh. What? That's never happened? Boy, will this guy be really disappointed.
According to Mark Nuckols Tu'06, humans do not taste anything like chicken. The founder and CEO of Hufu, LLC -- the company that produces hufu, a type of tofu that simulates the texture and flavor of human flesh -- claims that his company's product "tastes like beef but a little softer in texture and a little sweeter in taste."
Wait, it gets better.
His product, which contains zero fat and 100 calories per ounce-sized serving, was developed by a Dutch food processor and will be available through his website, eathufu.com, which is set to launch Thursday. The website, which ships internationally, will initially only offer Hufu Classic Strips, which, according to Nuckols, "will basically resemble the choicer flesh, which is upper arms, thighs and buttocks." Nuckols, however, assures customers that plans have been made to develop Hufu Hearts and Dr. Lector's Liver.
For the cannibal gourmand, those are really the best parts," Nuckols said
When you only want the very best human meat. You know, the funniest part is that this guy is actually enrolled in the Tuck School of Business. Here's a lesson from business 101 for Mr. Nuckols - if you want to invent a new food, make it one that doesn't turn people's stomach.
Posted by Dana at 5:40 PM
Renard emailed me with a link to his new blog about St. Tammany Parish politics. Although he only has one post, it does seem like one to watch. According to Renard
I am dedicating this blog to ending the tyranny of Parish President Kevin Davis.
I'll admit, I was intrigued and continue to be so. Good luck, Renard. This should get interesting.
Posted by Dana at 9:57 AM
Thursday, May 12, 2005
If anyone knows anything about Louisiana, you know that it is not known for being the pinnacle of educational standards (unless you want to learn the best way to produce a champion cock fighter). So it should come as no surprise that I have never even considered sending me kids to a public school. But I must admit that regardless of where we would have decided to live, my husband and I are adament that our kids would go to a private school or be homeschooled (but I'm learning that I just don't have the patience or disipline to teach the kids- heck, I don't have the patience or disipline to teach myself). We have many reasons why we feel this way and it seems that everyday I hear more news that further bolsters our decision. Today is no different.
Ten-year-old student Luke Whitson used his regularly scheduled recess time to read the Bible with a few friends on his school’s playground. After receiving a complaint from a parent, the school’s principal reportedly ordered the students to stop their activity, put their Bibles away, and cease from bringing their Bibles to school.
Come on. How can a child reading the Bible be offensive? I'll bet that same parent who filed a complaint would be the first person pitching a fit if another parent dared to ban any other book say "Harry Potter"*. My point is that I know that some Christians (not this one, though) find Harry Potter books to be very offensive. I think banning the Bible is just as narrow-minded as banning "Harry Potter".
Hat tip: Truth Peddler at Freedom of ...
Posted by Dana at 5:11 PM
Thanks to Lorie at Byrd Droppings for bringing this to my attention. As you may or may not know, I am the mother of two wonderful kids that I love more than life itself. My youngest, a very headstrong and active 2 1/2 yr old girl, loves candy of any kind. Until I read this very sad article I never thought there was too much to worry about.
An angel-faced 5-year- old girl choked to death on a peppermint candy in The Bronx as she rushed up a flight of stairs to see her mother, cops said yesterday.
I honestly believe that this was a warning for me. It very well could have saved my daughter's life. Please pray for peace for the parents and family of this little girl. The guilt they must feel, even though it was a freak accident, must be overwhelming. And please, pass this along to any parents you know that have small children. Thank you.
Posted by Dana at 4:58 PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
When I saw this post from Instapundit
The Republican chairman of Seminole County, Florida says his bid to head the state party was sabotaged because a letter accused him of having been married six times.
He says the correct number is five.
I knew it was about Jim Stelling. I knew Jim during my campaign strategy days in Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties in the late 90s bc (before children). He recommended me for a job with the Republican Party (which I decided not to take because I found out that I was pregnant with my first child and I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom). I remember that fight to become head of the Florida Republican Party and I still believe that he deserved to win. He would have made an excellent Chairman. I will have to keep a watch on the outcome of this - just for my own curiousity. Go Jim.
Posted by Dana at 8:26 PM
It's been 101 days (that's 2 years to a French poodle) since John Kerry promised on national TV to sign SF-180 to release his military records.
I guess in his rush to re-establish himself as a legitimate candidate for 2008, it has slipped his mind. We all know how it is when you get busy. Maybe he has misplaced the form and doesn't know where to get another. Whatever the reason, I think we should all let bygones be bygones and help the poor man out. Please fax Senator Kerry the SF-180 form and kindly and politely remind the Senator of his promise to sign it.
Here are his fax numbers:
Washington D.C. - (202) 224-8525
Boston, MA - (617) 248-3870
Springfield, MA - (413) 736-1049
Fall River, MA - (508) 677-0275
Remember, please be polite.
If you don’t have access to a fax machine, you can e-mail the fax by using a service like MaxEmail or eFax. Or just go to the nearest Kinko’s.
Posted by Dana at 10:38 AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
I am continually amused with the way the liberal mind works. It has the ability to distort and warp facts in a way that even a death knell sounds like the melodious singing of a robin redbreast.
We all know that Air America is hardly making a dent in the radio world (except for lack of judgement regarding commercials). Well, Mr. Prairie Home Companion himself, Garrison Keillor, tries his hand at explaining why Air America is getting low ratings in his article "Confessions of a Listener"
The reason you find an army of right-wingers ratcheting on the radio and so few liberals is simple: Republicans are in need of affirmation, they don't feel comfortable in America and they crave listening to people who think like them.
Mr. Keillor is right. We do crave listening to people who think like us and lord knows we don't hear it from the MSM. And there are many that do listen and many more that agree. So many agree and voted that way, in fact, that Republicans now control the House, the Senate and the White House. The truth is that people want facts not liberal spin. Yes, Limbaugh, Hannity, Boortz et. al. are biased and make no attempt to hide it, but they present the other side of a story, which is valuable for people to make informed opinions.
Liberals actually enjoy living in a free society; tuning in to hear an echo is not our idea of a good time.
Oh really? Is that why a lot of liberals support dictators? Oh, I see, you mean a free society only for yourselves, not others. Thanks clearing that up.
Mr. Keillor uses this article to explain what he listens to on the radio. I bet you'll never guess.
drumroll please..... public radio.
The best of what you find on public radio is authentic experience. It has little to do with politics. The US Marine just returned from Sudan with lots of firsthand impressions of the crisis there; the journalist just back from Falluja, where he spent three months; a firsthand documentary about life aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Middle East--that's what Edward R. Murrow did from London in 1940, and it's still golden today. It's the glorious past and it's the beautiful future. (Thanks to the Internet, the stuff doesn't vanish into thin air. You can go to thislife.org and get the story of the Houston woman or the aircraft carrier documentary. You can find the Sudan and Falluja interviews at whyy.org/freshair. More and more people are doing this. Nobody cares what Rush Limbaugh said two days ago; it's gone and forgotten, but the Internet has become an enormous extension of radio.) That's why public radio is growing by leaps and bounds. It is hospitable to scholars of all stripes and to travelers who have returned from the vast, unimaginable world with stories to tell. Out here in the heartland, we live for visitors like those. We will make the demented uncle shut up so we can listen to somebody who actually knows something.
Is public radio growing by leaps and bounds? Since it is not rated by Arbitron, (to quote the tootsie roll owl) "The world may never know." It is all that the liberals have to hang their hats on. It is like he is saying "See, liberal talk shows are not failing because they're bad, it's because we don't WANT to listen. We have better things to listen to on the radio than politics." I have to agree, there are better things to listen to on the radio than Air America and it seems everyone is doing just that.
Posted by Dana at 9:54 AM
Monday, May 09, 2005
Our wonderfully intelligent *ahem* governor Kathleen Blanco has decided to forgo her proposed tax hike on video poker and alcohol and focus on raising taxes on cigarettes to fund the teachers' pay raises.
Louisiana should add $1 per pack to its cigarette tax, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Monday, doubling her original proposal for money to boost teachers' salaries.
Shortly after hearing this, I heard a commercial for The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. And I thought, hmm, I wonder who exactly is part of this campaign? So I decided to investigate. Well, guess who is one of the partners in this - the Louisiana Department of Education. I wonder if they will continue to support this tobacco-free campaign now that teachers' pay raises rely on the revenue created by smoking.
So, what does our illustrious governor think?
"They need a raise. Louisiana needs fewer smokers," the governor told the committee.
Oh my gosh, this makes my head hurt. The sheer lack of foresight is astounding. Why would you raise taxes on an item that you are working to make obsolete? Are the teachers going to all of a sudden be able to live off of less money when there is less revenue from fewer smokers? Noooooooo. Of course, we all know what will happen when the number of smokers declines - the governor will raises taxes on something else.
Listening to the news on the radio today, I heard the report of the recently discovered mass grave in Iraq. What struck me was that the 1500 bodies were mostly women and children.
Most of the victims were women and children who were apparently lined up in front of the pits and shot with AK-47 assault rifles, according to a U.S. investigator.
How is it that liberals can fiercely attack our military and government for fighting in Iraq and killing insurgent and yet turn a complete blind eye to the thousands and thousands of innocent lives that were murdered in cold blood by Saddam and his government? Saddam was doing the very thing that liberals claim to fight against and that is discrimination against one particular group of people - the Kurds. The people who are comparing Bush to Hitler ad nauseam need to study their (unrevised) history and thank God (not goddess as you see on lefty blogs) that there are people in this world with the foresight and the strength of character to stand up to evil.
Posted by Dana at 8:07 PM
Happy 70th Birthday, Bernard Pivot. Who's Bernard Pivot (come on, I know you were dying to ask that question)? He is the creator of the 10 questions that are asked at the end of every episode of Inside the Actor's Studio on Bravo.
In honor of Mr. Pivot, here are my answers to those questions.
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
4. What turns you off?
5. What is your favorite curse word?
6. What sound or noise do you love?
My kids' laughter
7. What sound or noise do you hate?
My kids' whining
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Thanks to Kris over at Dummocrats. This was fun.
Posted by Dana at 2:15 PM
I want to hear the liberal spin on why Michael would so cruelly deny Terri's parents access to their daughter's grave. Come on, someone explain this to me. Oh, because of the media frenzy surrounding them? This is their daughter, for goodness sake! The media frenzy that they invited during Terri's life was to save their daughter's life. I would have done the same for my daughter if I thought that it could save her life.
So why do I think Michael is doing this? To punish her parents. He has already proven to me that he has very little consideration for pain he inflicts on others. I have no doubt that he sees the Shindlers as a source of aggravation while he was trying to do away with his wife, so what better way to punish them than this.
Update: Upon further reading of the article, it seems that Michael hasn't even made funeral arrangement for his "beloved" wife. And he still won't tell her parents where he plans to bury her. What a piece of work.
Hat tip: Jackson's Junction
Posted by Dana at 1:43 PM
I had such a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Saturday, we had the family over for a crawfish boil. And on Sunday, I took the kids over to my cousin's house to go swimming. That was after the kids and my husband served me breakfast in bed. The kids were so cute and so proud of themselves. I'm so blessed.
Needless to say, blogging was the last thing on my mind.
Posted by Dana at 9:19 AM
Friday, May 06, 2005
Despite trying to appear "conservative" and in touch with her religious side (like she has one), Hillary can't truly hide who she is. So, who is she? A typical, tried and true, let's undermine parental influence, kill the innocent liberal.
Clinton — despite preaching moderation in recent speeches — will toe the Democratic line in the Senate in an effort to block a GOP-backed bill that just passed the House and makes it illegal for anyone to help a girl get a secret out-of-state abortion.
So what is the reasoning behind this?
"I don't believe that any young woman should have to make this decision alone. But, tragically, there are sometimes instances in which a young woman simply cannot involve her parents, including rape, violence or incest," Clinton told The Post (emphasis added).
What the h*ll? If anything like rape or incest happened to my daughter, I'd want to know immediately. How dare the government try to keep me from knowing! I want to see actually data that supports Hillary and the Democrats' claims that this happens so often that a law supported by the GOP making it illegal for someone to help a GIRL get a secret out-of-state abortion needs to be blocked. There is none. Liberals want to do everything they can to undermine our parental authority. What other explanation is there? I don't understand how anyone who has kids can read this and agree with the Democrats. My lord, I can't imagine either one of my children having surgery without my knowledge, especially one that has a far reaching psychological impact as well. This angers me beyond belief.
Hat tip: Lifelike Pundits
Posted by Dana at 12:37 PM
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Thanks to Kitty over at Kitty Litter, I was able to recognize that I have spring fever, too. What are the symptoms? For me, it is the overwhelming urge to clean, be outside and avoid serious blog topics.
With all of this wonderful weather of cool days and low humidity (which is the short-lived here in South Louisiana) almost over, Jim and I were dreaming of visiting North Carolina again. Jim's parents used to have a cabin in the Maggie Valley area and Jim went to Western, so he really misses it. Today we decided we are definitely going at the end of the month and we booked a cabin where we will be staying. I can't wait to have the hushpuppies at Granny's Chicken Palace. It's been waaaaaay too long since we've been and I can't wait to see the kids' reaction to the mountains. It will be a nice way to spend my birthday.
Thanks for reading my ramblings. Maybe the spring fever will pass soon, especially since the weathermen say that the humidity is coming back by the weekend. When it does pass, I'll get back to blogging about serious things again.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Reality TV has been weeding its way through just about every single aspect of life. Most of these programs show pathetic people desperate for their 15 minutes of
shame fame. I also believe that network honchos love these shows not just because they are cheaper than "regular" shows, but also they can highlight the lowest of our society. I'm sure it bolsters their own feelings of superiority.
That being said, there is a new reality show:
Five men, ranging from an atheist in the pornography trade to a former Protestant paramilitary, have found their lives unexpectedly transformed in the latest incarnation of reality television - the monastery.
I can just see the pitch for this show. Probably what sold them on the concept was the opportunity to ridicule and make a mockery out of religious life. They were probably plotting and crafting situations like crazy. Well, you can make plans all you want, but God is always in charge. And reality shows don't seem to be any different.
Although participants were not required to vote each other out, they faced the challenge of living together in a community and following a disciplined regime of work and prayer. By the end, the atheist, Tony Burke, 29, became a believer and gave up his job producing trailers for a sex chat line after having what he described as a “religious experience”.
Even though this is being aired on BBC 2, I hope that we will be able to see it here in America, too. It is so amazing to see God's hand at work.
Hat tip: Jackson's Junction
Posted by Dana at 8:30 PM
What exactly did these left-wing nuts want to accomplish?
THE HAGUE (AFP) - A court in the Hague turned down a demand by a dozen plaintiffs who wanted to force the Dutch government to arrest US President George W. Bush when he visits the Netherlands Saturday, the judgement made public said.
The plaintiffs, mostly left-wing organisations and activists, accused Bush of "numerous grave violations of the Geneva Conventions". They also said the president is responsible for the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and Washington's refusal to recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first permanent war crimes court.
These people don't have the least bit of a clue. Where were these people when the Taliban and Saddam were in power? Do they have any idea of the ramifications that an action like this could cause, not just in the United States, but in the entire world. They are so short-sighted and idiotic and self-absorbed that they border on manically insane. Thank God the Dutch government understands just how silly this would be.
Hat tip: Blogs for Bush
Posted by Dana at 5:08 PM
As you can see, I have be blogging very lightly the last couple of days. I have been doing some research for a group that I am involved in here in Louisiana. We are preparing to offically go public in the next few days and we need to be prepared. If you live here in St. Tammany Parish, no doubt you will be hearing about us soon. Unfortunately, I can't go into too much detail. So for now, this will have to do.
Posted by Dana at 4:51 PM
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
If this ever catches on, I will be able to cut down on my energy bills thanks to my yellow lab.
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking to become the first zoo in the nation to be powered by its own animal waste - particularly the prodigious piles produced by its pachyderms.
Posted by Dana at 2:56 PM
You know the old adage. Does the same go for gunshots?
After a brief standoff, police yesterday afternoon arrested a 46-year-old man who cannot hear or speak in the shooting deaths of his sister and brother-in-law at the family's home in Freedom.
The parents, who were in the house at the time of the shooting and who also cannot hear or speak, fled the home after the shots were fired and were not injured.
The victims were identified as Marilyn Bergman, 43, and her husband, Steven, 46. Like Simich and his parents, they could not hear or speak.
Posted by Dana at 2:50 PM
Drudge (and everyone else) is reporting on a new study by Canadian researchers that was released recently about parents and their children. It seems that parents tend to treat their "pretty" children better than their ugly ones.
I have one question. Why, why, why would anyone study this? Why is this a valid subject? Is this the result of some geeky scientist wanting to finally prove to his siblings what he has suspected all along. I can see him at home at Christmas with his sister saying, "See, I told you Mom loves you more! Now I have the research to back it up!"
This is just ridiculous.
Posted by Dana at 2:42 PM
This is an amazing story of a firefighter, Donald Herbert, who spent the last 10 years brain damaged makes a miraculous recovery.
Mr. Herbert's is a wonderful story (good thing his wife didn't give up hope on him and starve him) and it goes to prove one thing - for all the research and advancement the medical profession has seen over the last several years, we still lack full understanding of how the brain works. We can make educated guesses and presumptions all we want, but the brain is still a mystery.
Hat tip: Lifelike Pundits
Posted by Dana at 1:45 PM
I decided to start another blog - one dedicated to local politics in St. Tammany Parish. I originally started Northshore Politics to discuss national and local politics, but I found that on a day to day basis, I was more interested in national politics. Also, since I have more readers from outside of the Louisiana area, they wouldn't be interested in the local stuff. Now things are starting to happen here that I want to blog about but I don't want to bore the rest of you. Check it out if you like. I won't be blogging there daily until things start to heat up (which probably won't be long based on information that I can't share yet - soon though).
Posted by Dana at 9:23 AM
Monday, May 02, 2005
The world according to Val Kilmer.
VAL Kilmer — in London to star onstage in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" — has been trashing Americans, saying they are ignorant and illiterate. Asked how British audiences compared to American ones, Kilmer told London's the Sun, "They're smarter. They read books." Kilmer berates Broadway for becoming too "Vegas-like." (Page Six - New York Post Online)
I wonder if we were less "illiterate" in the 1980s when his movie career wasn't in the toilet.
Hat tip: Lifelike Pundits
Posted by Dana at 1:19 PM
As you may or may not know, I am still a new blogger. I started Northshore Politics just one month ago. Even though I was a regular blog reader, there was A LOT that I was absolutely clueless about until I started this site. Most of it I learned by doing my own research and by trial and error. Of course, there is still much that I don't know, but I'm learning quickly.
Today, I discovered this post on Mudville Gazette thanks to Instapundit. It's everything you need to know about starting your own blog. I wish that I could have read this a month ago. It's great information. But since I'm still learning, it was great for me to read. It helped clear up a few questions that I have had. Not only that, but Greyhawk gives encouragement to all of us newbies.
I know who I'm going to ask if I have questions now.
Posted by Dana at 8:18 AM
Sunday, May 01, 2005
A couple of months ago, my husband decided to let our 5-year-old have his first "taste" of video games. He let Jacob play Zelda on his old Super Nintendo. Well, Jacob lost interest playing, but he did like to watch me and Jim play. Needless to say, guess who got addicted. Not Jacob, not Jim, but me.
It got me thinking about playing the original Zelda that my brother used to have when we were in high school. After telling me that the no longer had his old Nintendo, he went on a quest to find a replacement along with the original Zelda "for Jacob".
I had no idea that he did this until a big box was delivered yesterday and inside was, you guessed it, the old Ninetendo and Zelda plus 24 other games.
Maybe I should lock it up. Of course, I know it will call to me in the middle of the night.
aahhhhhh, I can still hear it!
Dana, come play me. You know you want to win level 6. You can do it this time.
Make it stop!!! Thanks, Chris
Posted by Dana at 7:54 PM