Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Sorry for the lack of attention

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have assuredly noticed my lack of new entries. For the last week, I have not spent much time online. Honestly, I am tired. Tired of the ignorance that I read every day from the left. Tired of fighting the same fight - day in, day out. And most of all, tired of missing out on fun with my kids because I am spending time preparing to blog.

This self-imposed time out has been nice. I know me, though. I will be back blogging sooner than even I think. Especially now with new news in regards to the SCOTUS.

I also know that once school starts again, I will have much more free time to form thoughts and easily blog. Of course, this does not mean that I won't be blogging until they go back to school; it just means that my entries will be fewer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I was wrong about Clinton

No one ever likes to admit that they were wrong, but I am ready to do just that. Here goes:

I strongly disliked Clinton and everything that he stood for. During his presidency, I criticized his every move and reveled in every misstep he made. I was practically giddy during the impeachment trial and was angry when he wasn't removed from office (although, I guess I wasn't too angry since I knew that if Al Gore went into the 2000 elections as an incumbent, he probably would have won).

Watching all of the blind hatred of Bush coming from the Democrats and the liberals, it made me realize that I was wrong. I should have shown some respect for the man as our President. No one is perfect and, therefore, no one can do the job perfectly.

Does this mean that I agree with his policies or his actions, no. But he did deserve some respect as the President of the country that I love. I never should have hoped for him to make mistakes so that I could gloat. I never should have hoped for his downfall because by doing so, I was hoping for my country's downfall.

I know that it is easy for me to say this now that Clinton is no longer president, but I pray that I will remember this in the future when my choice for president is not elected.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Another thought about Kelo vs. New London

So, I was continuing to think about the ramifications of the SCOTUS's attack on the Constitution and I have a question. What is to stop the government from taking a church? Many churches are on prime real estate and they generate no tax revenue for the local governments. Just something I thought about. If I'm wrong, please let me know. Otherwise, it would seem that it is only a matter of time.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Better than fiction

Every now and then you run into a news story that is funnier than anything you could dream up. This is one:

A Dutch veterinarian was fined 600 guilders (about $240)for causing a fire that destroyed a farm in Lichten Vourde,the Netherlands. The vet had been trying to convince a farmerthat his cow was passing flatulent gas; to demonstrate, thevet ignited the gas, but the cow became a "four-legged flame-thrower" and ran wild, setting fire to bales of hay. Damage to the farm was assessed at $80,000. The cow was unharmed. AP

Need more laughs? Check out this site. Definitely lightens the mood.

Sometimes you've just gotta fight

I was surfing through the blog 4 rows back in the bleacher seats when I found this post. Mark sums it up great as to why sometimes you just have to fight.

Even as a 9th grader, I was still one of the shortest kids in school, and that made me a target for those bigger kids, we sometimes refer to as "bullies". Often they would accost me in the hallways, or in the restroom, and pick me up, I suppose, to demonstrate their physical strength, although picking up a 65 pound kid doesn't require great strength. But it's the only reason I can think of to explain that behavior. I hated that picking up thing. But I suffered it because I was afraid if I resisted I would be "beat up". This fear only served to encourage the bully treatment.

One day, an older boy named James Wilder, who was at least a foot taller than me, approached me in the restroom, with the intention of practicing the most popular humiliation technique upon me that others like me had suffered before, that is, forcing my head into a toilet bowl. Bad idea on his part. My parents had always taught me that fighting was never the preferred option, but sometimes the only one.I was grabbed and dragged kicking and struggling to the nearest stall. I knew what he intended to do. At this point, I had some choices.

1. I could let it happen, and hold my wet head in my hands crying and feeling sorry for myself.
2. I could let it happen and, as soon as I could, run to the principals office and report him.
3. I could fight and maybe spare myself from the ultimate humiliation.

I chose to fight. And I beat the crap out if him. And my head stayed dry. But more importantly, I was never bullied again. By anyone. (emphasis added)

Unfortunately, fighting is the only "language" that some people respond to. Despite all of our lofty notions about how civilized people are, human nature does not change. Sometimes to preserve yourself and peace, you have to fight.

So, you think Bush lied?

I know that you are burning up with your hatred of Bush. How dare he insult your intelligence, right! You think you can see right through all of his lies. Well, before you continue spewing your diatribes against our President you might want to read this.

John Hawkins over at Right Wing News has a great post today clearing up some misconceptions that seem to be very prevalent among our liberal friends. So what myths does he debunk?

1) George Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
2) A study released in March of 2003 by a British medical journal, the Lancet, showed that 100,000 civilians had been killed as a result of the US invasion.
3) The Bush Administration claimed Iraq was responsible for 9/11.
4) The war in Iraq was actually planned by people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz back in 1998 at a think tank called the Project for the New American Century. 5) The war on terror has nothing to do with Iraq.
6) Saddam Hussein had no ties to terrorism.
7) Saddam Hussein had no ties to Al-Qaeda.
8) The Downing Street Memo proves Bush lied to the American people about the war.

Read the article. It gave me a lot of information to get my liberal friends and family to "see the light."

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Paula to make spectacle of herself, again

I really don't have much doubt that Clinton did make some sort of sexual overture towards Paula Jones. I mean, look at his taste in the women that we know about. But, I think, that at this point, Jones really needs to let it go. Her actions since filing a lawsuit against Clinton have only served to work against her claims. She is way beyond just standing up for herself. Now she is just another desperate "celebrity" wanna-be who craves the spotlight.

Paula Jones plans to make her first visit to the Bill Clinton presidential library a profitable one _ she plans to wear a T-shirt emblazoned with a sponsor's name.
"I'm going to make a big show out of it," said her publicist, David Hans Schmidt. "Paula is basically going to go to the Clinton Library and go on a tour like the faithful taxpayer that she is."
The visit is expected to take place sometime later this month, and Schmidt said it would be followed by a news conference.

The only people interested in this are those who want to watch her make a fool out of herself. Absolutely ridiculous.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Three vacancies?

Wow, Bush might be given the chance to really alter the face of the Supreme Court by getting to fill three - yes, you read right, three - vacancies. You already know about Sandra Day O'Connor. You might have guessed about Reinqueist. But have you heard the speculation about John Paul Stevens?

Dirty Harry over at GOP Vixen links to this from Redstate:

Third party sources are now telling me that the John Paul Stevens rumor is true and that the White House is now planning for a third vacancy, but not until the end of the year. Third party sources, who I treat as credible, say that Stevens has begun taking actions in his personal life to make arrangements for personal affairs. It is presumed that Stevens is taking steps to retire. A separate third party source tells me that Ginsberg is not expected to retire, as her health is fine. Stevens has reportedly sent signals that he will retire once replacements for both O'Connor and Rehnquist have been confirmed.

There is so much more at stake here than just changing the face of the SCOTUS. Many political careers are about to be either furthered or destroyed. The entire political landscape heading into the 2006 and 2008 elections could be turned on its ear. It will definitely be interesting to see who survives, who triumphs and who crashes and burns. And I'm not just talking about the SCOTUS nominees.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Hey, Ronnie, you better wear a helmet

My cousin Shannon recently announced that she was pregnant with her second child. She absolutely did not do the natural thing the first time and has no intention to do so this time either. Just like the first time, she plans on backing into the hospital, ready for her epidural. And even though her husband plans on being there through the whole thing, he does not do well with needles. Well, after reading this article, I suggest Ronnie either leave the room when the doctor takes out the epidural needle or wear a helmet. His life may very well depend on it.

Two, two, two for the price of one

Well, it seems that our patience is about to be rewarded. President Bush gets to do something that no president has been able to do in about 34 years: fill two spots on the Supreme Court simultaneously.

Following on the heels of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist is preparing to step down, according to court sources cited by columnist Robert Novak.

Man, and we thought that there was going to be fireworks before. This is either going to be very fun to watch or very painful. Wait, what am I thinking. Like it would be either/or. Of course it's going to be both.

Blogs for Bush noted that Drudge is reporting it, too.

Where is Nash Roberts when you need him?

All of you from the New Orleans area know exactly what I am talking about. For those that don't, let me explain.

For years, Nash Roberts ( scroll down) was the meteorology expert here in New Orleans. When a hurricane threatened our area, we could confidently follow his advice. If Nash said it was time to leave, we would pack up the car and get out of Dodge. If Nash said we needn't worry because the storm would make a last minute turn, we could breath easier knowing we would be safe. Even after his retirement, Nash would return when a big storm entered the Gulf. The best part was that he never relied on fancy computers or high-tech equipment. When Nash gave his prediction, he would be in front of his old-fashioned poster board map of the Gulf Coast. As he talked, he would draw the hurricane's path with his marker. As primative as it appeared, it seemed that he was always right. Unfortunately for us, Nash retired for good in 2001.

Now, as we are all preparing for Hurricane Dennis, I have to say: I miss Nash.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Could this be true?

I found this post from Paul over at Wizbang to be very interesting. I will re-iterate what Paul says: this is still developing. Take it for what it's worth. We don't know the full story yet.

REPORT: One UK Homicide Bomber Was Recent GITMO Release
7 July 2005; 12:54 ET: Preliminary reports from a source inside the Pentagon indicate that one of the operatives involved in this morning's bombings in London was recently released from the prison at Guantanamo. DEVELOPING…

Will post more if and when this develops more fully. Like I said - very interesting and definitely worth watching.

My heart is truly saddened

I still cannot believe the savagery that exists in the heart of many men and women. It is sickening.

Blasts rock London, Blair breaks off G8 meeting

LONDON (Reuters) - Four blasts ripped through London at rush hour early on Thursday, killing people, wounding 150 seriously and disrupting a meeting of Group of Eight leaders in Scotland in attacks Prime Minister Tony Blair called "barbaric."

Witnesses saw the top ripped off a double-decker bus near Russell Square close to King's Cross train terminal, and packed subway trains were hit in three more apparently coordinated blasts.

A previously unknown group, "Secret Group of al Qaeda's Jihad in Europe," claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The response to these acts should not be retreat. To retreat shows fear which is what they want. They want us to cower, to tremble in their presence and to submit to their "authority." I am glad that we have President Bush and Prime Minister Blair who have the courage not to blink in the face of these insurgents, freedom fighters, revolutionaries terrorists.

I pray for the families of those killed and those injured in today's attacks.

See ya, Cindy.

Time to get ready for Dennis.

I can't believe how active this season is turning out already. I hope that Louisiana is not the target this year. I also worry about my family and friends in Florida. Last year, we moved from Florida exactly one month before the first hurricane hit. The ironic thing is that during the eight years I lived there (my husband was raised there), we never had one hit. We used to joke that Florida had a big bumper around it. Even storms that were expected to hit (to the point of closing Disney) would make a last minute detour and brush the coast on the way up the eastern seaboard. I guess last year proved us wrong. A lot of my friends had very significant damage. One of my friends even had her house condemned. I pray that they don't have to experience more.

Well, enough rambling from me. I'm going out to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies while I can.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Summer is hard

I am going to blame my lack of blogging on summer. Now that the kids are home from school, it seems that I have been putting a lot of things on the back burner. My house is a mess, I don't feel like cooking, I don't feel like reading the newspaper and I don't really feel like writing. What do I want to do? Take the kids to the pool, take the kids to go get sno-balls, play video games with the kids, play in the sprinkler with the kids... you get the picture. Well, I am having fun, reconnecting with the kids and I must admit that I have a killer tan (for me anyway). So if I can get your forgiveness for my lack of blogging, then there is hope that I will get my husband's forgiveness for a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches. Oh well, I guess that there will be a ton of time to play catch up once school starts again.

Uhm… I think you mean Condos

It's Tuesday, so that means that it is time for another Cousin M story:

My aunt and uncle were very excited about a recent vacation at a condominium in the French Quarter. They were enthusiastically extolling all of its amenities to their friends during a dinner party one night shortly after returning home. My cousin M couldn't wait to add her two cents to the conversation and proudly proclaims, "It was great. I love condoms!" Her parents are sitting there with their mouths open when M's sister A says, "Uhm…I think you mean condos."

Friday, July 01, 2005

Remember WHY we celebrate

As you light the fireworks, grill your burgers and splash in the pool, remember the brave men who had the vision and foresight, not to mention unbelievable bravery, to fight an unimaginably difficult battle to form this new nation. We should never take for granted all that they sacrificed so that we can live in a free country. No matter you religion or creed or beliefs, say a brief "Thank you" for our founding fathers. We are blessed.

Happy Independence Day!

Let's Get Ready to RUMMMMMBLE!

Grab the popcorn and Coke and get ready for the first full-out Senate showdown. In this corner, the President and his supporters who want a Constitutionalist and in this corner, the liberals who want someone who supports judicial activism. And in the middle, that "compromise." When the bell rings, everyone come out fighting.

What has sparked this power wrestling match? Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her retirement.

Have to try this out

So, good ole observant me just discovered that Blogger has made it easier to post pictures. I just had to try it out. This is a picture of the view outside of my mom's house. It is of Lake Pontchartrain looking towards New Orleans. Thanks, Chad, for the picture oh so long ago.