Thursday, September 25, 2008

Scam abuse

We've all received the emails. Someone in Nigeria or Timbuktu or Salt Lake City wants us to claim our lottery winnings or help them get money out of the country or buy a $15,000 BMW for $4000 so their child can have surgery. 

My new favorite website is Oh my God, these people are just brilliant! They turn the scam around on the scammers in various, highly amusing ways. Be prepared to laugh loudly. If you don't I probably don't want to hang out with you! =) Oh, and there is much material that is not appropriate. Which is even more fun.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I'm officially a senior citizen now! woohoo!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

This day

I'll remember this day for the rest of my life. I'll remember waking up and emailing a friend and telling them I felt a great disturbance in my spirit that I didn't understand then turning on the television and seeing the second plane hit the WTC. I'll remember waking up my husband crying, almost hysterical, afraid in a way I've never been before or since. I'll remember watching the news all day and still being unable to really comprehend what was happening. I'll remember waiting with friends in my home town as they waited to hear from friends and loved ones in the northeast. I'll remember those who put their lives on hold so they could go to NYC and help.

I'll remember the heroes. I'll pray for those who still mourn. I'll pray for the country I love that has been abused and exploited first with this tragedy and then with political reaction to this tragedy. I'll remember this day.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I would say, "you've got to be kidding me" but I know they aren't.


My friend Els wrote me and said, "

I am looking at Sarah Palin and cannot help but wonder about her priorities.

Why would you intentionally want to embarrass your teenage daughter by publicly flaunting her in the media and proclaiming her as proof of your own convictions? How sad that Palin’s priorities are so ego’d she cannot see the damage she is causing to one who should be one of her top priorities.

My heart goes out to her child and I cannot but wonder how we as a country could ever consider one whose priorities are so screwed.

"In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents , the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once more, and each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life.~James Agee~

My response to her:

I have to say priorities must be a huge issue for all families where both parents have to work. Then again, why is it both parents have to work? For some, for many I think, it is because the cost of living is just so high. Then again there are many who just have to get more and more and more stuff because they think that will make them happy. Have we as a nation lost sight of what makes us happy? It isn't things, no matter how hard the sellers of things want us to believe it is.

I don't have the answers for this. I always get to the point where I believe all our problems are really spiritual in nature.

Gary and I have certainly learned to do more with less. We drive a $200 car, we don't eat out or go to movies, we use the library instead of the bookstore. It can be done. I'll also be the first to admit that getting the disability will give us the breathing room we need. I won't say no to the money!

I question so much about Sarah Palin. I don't want to say she is a bad mother, I don't know that. I do think she put herself before her children and family by thrusting them onto the national stage and the harsh glare of the media. Your question about her priorities is another reason to not want her as VP.

All along I felt John Edwards shouldn't have been running for President. His wife has a terminal illness and he should be spending all his time with her and with their small children who will have to live without their mother. His having an affair showed me his ego is just way, way too out of control for him to be an effective leader.

Where is that balance. A strong leader must have a healthy ego, an ability to ride out the making of tough decisions. At the same time a strong leader must realize they are indeed servants. I have met a few people like that in my life. Unfortunately, ego seems to be what I encounter most. really pissed me off

I find it demeaning that my political point of view is described as a "silly paradigm." I understand what it means to be liberal and I embrace it.

The definition of liberal includes:
favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression

free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.

open-minded or tolerant

characterized by generosity and willingness to give.

I ask what is "silly" about any of that? I understand that it is important to conservatives to [i]preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.[/i] I can understand that idea while rejecting its POV. I'm fairly certain conservatives don't consider themselves silly.

I think the last 8 years have damned near destroyed the country I love, the country I want back. I don't want to be embarrassed or ashamed to be an American. I want our legacy and reputation on a global level restored and renewed. I don't think a damn thing about that is "silly."

Lies and lying liars

We checked the accuracy of McCain’s speech accepting the Republican nomination and noted the following:
  • McCain claimed that Obama’s health care plan would "force small businesses to cut jobs" and would put "a bureaucrat ... between you and your doctor." In fact, the plan exempts small businesses, and those who have insurance now could keep the coverage they have.

  • McCain attacked Obama for voting for "corporate welfare" for oil companies. In fact, the bill Obama voted for raised taxes on oil companies by $300 million over 11 years while providing $5.8 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.

  • McCain said oil imports send "$700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much." But the U.S. is on track to import a total of only $536 billion worth of oil at current prices, and close to a third of that comes from Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

  • He promised to increase use of "wind, tide [and] solar" energy, though his actual energy plan contains no new money for renewable energy. He has said elsewhere that renewable sources won’t produce as much as people think.

  • He called for "reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs," but as in the past failed to cite a single program that he would eliminate or reduce.

  • He said Obama would "close" markets to trade. In fact, Obama, though he once said he wanted to "renegotiate" the North American Free Trade Agreement, now says he simply wants to try to strengthen environmental and labor provisions in it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

I heart Dennis

I'm stealing lots of stuff from Of Course I Could Be On Vacation. Dennis posts the most hilarious things!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Truth about the Bridge to Nowhere

During her first speech after being named as McCain's surprise pick as a running mate, Palin said she had told Congress "'thanks but no thanks' on that bridge to nowhere."

In the city Ketchikan, the planned site of the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere," political leaders of both parties said the claim was false and a betrayal of their community, because she had supported the bridge and the earmark for it secured by Alaska's Congressional delegation during her run for governor.

The bridge, a span from the city to Gravina Island, home to only a few dozen people, secured a $223 million earmark in 2005. The pricey designation raised a furor and critics, including McCain, used the bridge as an example of wasteful federal spending on politicians' pet projects.

When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she was insulted by the term "bridge to nowhere," according to Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, a Democrat, and Mike Elerding, a Republican who was Palin's campaign coordinator in the southeast Alaska city.

"People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I'm for this' ... and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting," Weinstein said.

Palin's spokeswoman in Alaska was not immediately available to comment.

National fury over the bridge caused Congress to remove the earmark designation, but Alaska was still granted an equivalent amount of transportation money to be used at its own discretion.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Protect and defend the constitution of the United States

"Governor Palin was likely a member of the right wing militia infested Alaskan Independence Party and recorded a message for their last convention, while serving as the Republican Governor of Alaska!"

This is just too good. Now she supports a group who wants to secede from the USA.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Abstinence Only

Both Sarah Palin and John McCain back abstinence-only education. No surprises there.

What's galling is this: When the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, minority teenage mother growing up in some (presumably Democratic) urban area, that pregnancy becomes fodder for lectures from conservatives about bad parenting, the perils of welfare spending and so on. But when the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, white teenager from some small town in a Republican state, that pregnancy is...a celebration of the wonders of God's magnificence--and choosing life!