Friday, February 27, 2009


Court: Va. man owns 1776 copy of Declaration

RICHMOND, Va. – A rare 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence belongs to a Virginia technology entrepreneur, not the state of Maine, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Richard Adams Jr. of Fairfax County purchased the document from a London book dealer in 2001 for $475,000. But the state of Maine claimed it belongs to the town of Wiscasset, where it was kept by the town clerk in 1776.

Virginia's high court said that a lower court did not err in its ruling in Adams' favor because Maine didn't prove the document was ever an official town record and that Adams had superior title to the print.

I'm thinking that maybe Mr. Adams should make a nice batch of copies (537 to be exact: 1 for each member of the legislative branch and one each for POTUS and VPOTUS) of that historical document and provide them to some people who are clearly and daily demonstrating their ignorance of what it says. While he's at it, could Mr. Adams provide those blithering idiots a complete copy of the U.S. Constitution?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Courtesy of The Piano Girl, the following:
Israeli Sense of Humor
at UN

An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly and made the world community smile.

A representative from Israel began: 'Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses.

When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, 'What a good opportunity to have a bath!'

He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water.

When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Palestinian had stolen them.'

The Palestinian representative jumped up furiously and shouted,
'What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren't there then.'

The Israeli representative smiled and said, 'And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech.

Monday, February 23, 2009


No I didn't stay up until all hours to watch this festival of self-congratulatory self-indulgence! I did, however, record the entire show (including the overage). Watched it this morning while drinking coffee - 47 minutes, start to finish and saw all the important awards, the In Memoriam section and a bit of Hugh Jackman's antics. He is far too classy to involve himself with that bunch of moronic halfwits in Hollywood!

Queen Latifah, aka Dana Owens, sang beautifully and that portion of the show was lovely. I'm glad that Penelope Cruz won; I'm equally sorry that the rat-faced dimbulb named Sean Penn won again, thus giving him yet another platform from which to trash the country that has given him so much. In no other country would someone of his limited intelligence and volatile (not to say violent) temperament receive the amount of recognition and fame that he has achieved. Sean, I don't give a rat's ass what the Academy says - you just aren't that good!

Anyone with a minimum IQ knew that Heath Ledger was going to win. It was heavily predicted that the beautiful, enormously talented and unassuming Kate Winslet was going to win and I'm delighted those predictions were true.

As to the rest of the show, who gives a flip? A family could live for at least a year on the cost of 1 or 2 of the gowns being sported on the red carpet. And some of them, though clearly expensive, were so f-ugly that it would have been a better use of the money. Seriously Beyonce - what were you thinking? And Miley Cyrus - what the hell were you doing there in the first place, and who dresses you so inappropriately in the second place? Is your stylist aware of the fact that you are 16 years old? And Goldie Hawn - you're over 60 years old! Get a dress that FITS, instead of displaying your hardly significant tatas for all to see. Everyone at the ceremony last night should have taken a lesson from the luminous and ever gorgeous Sophia Loren who still exudes glamor and beauty, despite being a woman "of a certain age". I've never been a fan of Meryl Streep, but she was elegant, dignified and dressed in an age-appropriate yet not dowdy manner.

For me, the best surprise of the evening was that Anne Hathaway can SING? Beautifully.

Now sits in the Oval Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I figured that out this weekend. Our President throws out outrageous notions - such as the mileage meter on all cars so that annually we could be charged out the a** for an extra tax on our gas consumption. A furor erupts throughout the blogsphere and on the Internet and while we're busy excoriating the latest foolishness being promulgated in D.C., he slips some other (frequently less egregious but still offensive) notion out there, then withdraws the original, asinine proposal saying "Nothing to see here. Move along!"

This is not governance. This is immature and arrogant behavior. It is disdain and disrespect for the poor deluded fools who voted for you (not that they don't deserve some of that calumny) and for the people who voted for the other dude! In other words, the people who are your constituents (NOT your employees, Mr. President - bear in mind YOU work for US).

Unless we can get a grip and get our President to get a grip, we are in serious, serious, serious trouble as a nation. Despite naysayers who have valid points, I still think our best hope is to get enough of the lunatics out of office that we can restore sanity to the affairs of our government. And if we can mount sufficient opposition, perhaps we can refresh the President's memory as to his total constituents, not just the feckless malingerers who think he's going to be making their car payments and paying their mortgages.

Friday, February 20, 2009


President Obama has been in office for precisely one month today. Of course for 11 of those days, he has managed to stay "on the road" rather than stay put in Washington, D.C. doing the business he was elected to do! Meanwhile, through surrogates, a new transportation infrastructure plan is being proposed that will lay a heavy burden on middle income taxpayers. Who else? After all, we're the responsible ones who go to work every day and swallow all manner of stress and difficulty so that our paychecks can be taxed to provide for the shiftless and worthless among us!

The new scheme is to create a tax that will be calculated based on the miles you drive, thereby putting people such as myself behind the 8-ball in a serious fashion. I carpool daily and, at the moment, I am already paying more than my fair share of the costs since one of the people in the carpool is without a car (it's been in the shop for 6 months) and seldom kicks in to put gas in my car which is used 3 days per week, while the other car pool member drives 2 days per week. And now that sack of merde we call our President wants to tax me more because I contribute more? Stick it in your ear you malevolent lying cretin!

Keep this up and the 2010 mid-term elections will be an unprecedented repudiation of the Democratic Party and your so-called leadership (which isn't leadership at all). And when all your pals are replaced by honest Republican legislators, their first order of business, which will be mandated by their constiuents, will be to impeach you and throw your useless ass out of office. And not a moment too soon.

P.S. How's that puppy search turning out? Or, as seems to be your pattern, were you lying about that too!

Go here to vote on how you feel about the "porkulous" bill!

This idiotic female actually says out loud that President Obama is going to pay for her gas AND her mortgage! Yeah, right! You keep on believing that Ms. Joseph!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


H/t my sister for the appropriate word above!

Free speech is rapidly heading for "the ropes" in America when someone is pulled over because a trooper doesn't like your perfectly legal bumper sticker or back window sign and decides, from his or her own judgment, that you pose a threat to the President of the United States.

Mind you, up until 1/20/09, the Left openly advocated the murder of a sitting U.S. President, George W. Bush, with well received plays that detailed the nuts and bolts of how to go about it, and that was actually among the milder things that we saw and heard. As I also recall, President George W. Bush was also called "Chimpy" Bush by a lot of those clever, oh so satirical pundits of the Left. But apparently that was okay with Al Sharpton, the most flagrant hypocrite extant today!

But if you drive in Oklahoma City with a sign saying "Abort Obama, Not the Unborn" you can be pulled over and put through serious inconvenience and threat, even investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. How thoroughly asinine.

Is this still the country into which I was born? Is this the country that defeated Adolph Hitler and Tojo? Is this the country that put men on the moon and defeated polio? Or is this just another lockstep, politically correct travesty of the former country that was Ronald W. Reagan's "shining city on a hill"?

Or is this just another socialist backwater with a miasma of defeat hanging over its once beautiful landscape?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


La Pelosi apparently was under the impression that she and Pope Benedict were going to be muy simpatico during their audience today at noon Vatican time. Not so much! According to this statement from the Vatican:

Following the General Audience the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage.

His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.

Guess ole Nancy's foray into moral theology was a big fat bust, eh? Thank you God for the excellent Benedict, a Pope who doesn't equivocate, nor is he cowed by someone of enormous self-importance such as the (as described in a UK newspaper) "ghastly" Nancy Pelosi.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Over at Wizbang, DJ Drummond has presented us with a brilliant "imagination" of a lunch with President Abraham Lincoln. Do not, under any circumstances, skip this one!

DJ Drummond, I bow to your great writing!

"I did not vote for Obama but he is remarkable. In less than three weeks in office he has collected more than $150,000 in back taxes."

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Sonia Robinson, a longtime friend of my sister's, is very ill due to cellulitis and she is currently on oxygen. Please offer a prayer for her safe recovery.



Read about it here. I'm ordering one! Are there any attorneys out there who can tell us whether this is in any way illegal?

If you can believe it, his surgery was on Tuesday late afternoon and yesterday (Wednesday) he came home from the hospital! There wasn't a room for him and he really detested being trapped in ICU and after the doctors checked him out thoroughly, they didn't see any real reason to keep him in the hospital so he was released to go home! Of course, it helps that he has an enormous extended family, including his beloved granddaughter Jillian and his wife and daughter who all live in the same house, so last night at about 6:45 p.m., he was snoozing in his easy chair whilst pretending to watch "Hogan's Heroes" on TV.

As a result of the first surgery, he basically lost his sense of taste, which eventually returned. No such side effect this time, another bonus! Of course, please do keep praying for him but for right now, things are looking pretty good at his house!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


First, thanks to all of you for your continuing prayers. Mark came through the neurosurgery beautifully yesterday. As it turns out, the cancer they discovered when they went into his head was a different kind of cancer than his primary site disease. It was small and, best of all, it was completely removed. Whew!

Second, sadly, Andi died on Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. PST. This was what she has wanted since the death of her beloved son. I hope that now she is with him and that she now realizes that God was always looking after her, no matter how much she fought His love.

I cannot help but consider that love plays strongly in both these events. God's love in particular is always with us; all we need to do is be willing to accept His grace. I don't do that enough. I doubt that most of us do that enough. Something for me to work on for sure.

Thank you God for my life; it's up to me what I do with Your gift!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Just a reminder, Sir, with all due respect: We don't work for you! Au contraire, you and your pals in the House and Senate work for us! And the sooner you remember that, the more successful your presidency will be. If you continue in your arrogant and condescending ways, the chances of reelection diminish steadily. Surely your falling poll numbers are giving you a clue? At the moment, your 61% approval rating is lower than that of George W. Bush, POTUS 43, at the same point in his administration.

Continue as you have begun and in 2010 most of the current House members will be unemployed, as will a large number of Senators (including Harry Reid) and then what will you do? Actually figure out what your job is all about? Because it's clear to me and many other Americans that currently you haven't got a clue!

I will grant you that the Jimmy Carter comparisons must get tedious for you. But they are so appropriate. And he was a one-term president, one of the worst presidents of the 20th century and subsequently he has been an embarrassment to the entire nation with his endlessly ignorant flapping lips! Care to be remembered with the contempt President Carter so justly deserves? You're well on your way to a spectacularly failed administration - just like Jimmy!

A firm closely associated with that senile old "porker" Rep. John Murtha was raided by the FBI. We know why the people of his district keep reelecting him - because he quite literally brings home the bacon at the expense of the rest of us.

When asked about this raid, the following:
Asked if Murtha had been contacted by the FBI or if he believed he was the target of an investigation, spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said "no and no," adding, "I'm not going to waste my time with sensationalized journalism."
Of course, if a spokesman for a Republican lawmaker who had been - however remotely - connected to someone whose offices were raided had answered a query in this way, there would have been a variety of shrieking that even a stuck pig could not equal!

So it's sensationalized journalism if the target (however closely or distantly removed) is a Democrat and it's apparently responsible journalism should the equally distant target be a Republican.

Do these cretins ever actually listen to themselves?! Do they even begin to hear their own hypocrisy?

Why am I even asking?

Monday, February 09, 2009


Betsy McCaughy of Bloomberg has the details.
Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama's stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy.

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

The bill's health rules will affect "every individual in the United States" (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and "guide" your doctor's decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis." According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and "learn to operate less like solo practitioners."

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

Trying to lob one past us when we aren't looking? No wonder President Obama was in such a flaming hot hurry to get this "stimulus" pork-laden package on the books. He didn't want ANYONE including the people who have to foot the bill (us) a chance to realize just how much nasty shit was included in this package.

I was under the impression that my health care information was confidential - totally between me and my physician. Does this legislation remove that protection from me as yet another incursion into my privacy rights? Doesn't sound real American in its intent to me!

One can only hope that our Republican legislators - a weak kneed bunch all too frequently, can find their cojones and get this rape of the U.S. taxpayer and economy stopped before it's too late.


In addition to Sarah Fyock and Andi, please offer your prayers tomorrow morning for my dear friend Joyce's husband Mark who will be undergoing his second neurosurgery due to the brain tumor that cannot be entirely removed. What we're wanting at this point is quality of life, as well as extension of life. Unlike Andi, Mark WANTS to live and my deepest wish is that what he wants, he gets. He's a wonderful man and his family still needs him.

As to Andi, she is in a medically induced coma, has refused any surgery that apparently could restore her to fairly good health, has insisted that the breathing tube be removed (she briefly regained consciousness on Saturday) and will be on "comfort care" until the inevitable comes to pass. While I recognize that the woman I loved so dearly effectively died on the day that David died, still I mourn deeply the woman who was my friend for nearly 40 years and the horrendous waste both she and her son represent to the world. Both of them were kind-hearted, deeply funny, bright and productive in many, many ways. He has been missed since his death, as has she.

Sarah Fyock is awaiting a heart transplant. She is a toddler and her parents are moving heaven and earth to restore her to good health. I pray that somehow, some way this will come to pass.

Friday, February 06, 2009


We need to trust in the complete incompetence of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory so many times in the past two years. And yes, I am STILL harboring a big grudge against those pathetic twerps who decided to "teach the Republicans a lesson" and refused to vote. Thanks a lot! You helped get us into this mess!

A toddler named Sarah Fyock is hospitalized in dire need of a heart transplant. Please pray for her and her parents that they may have strength and healing, both spiritual and physical. She's a beautiful little thing. Her father works with my sister.

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Longtime readers of this blog know that I used to have a very dear friend named Andrea whose son David died 5 years ago of a drug overdose. Since that time, Andrea has wanted nothing so much as to join her son in death and it appeared that no amount of consolation could stay her drive to destroy her own life due to the loss of her son. She stopped taking her diabetes medication, as well as all other heart and blood pressure medications. Wednesday night it appears that she finally got her wish - she suffered a Category 5 stroke and she is not expected to live. For her sake and in memory of a friendship that lasted nearly 40 years, I pray that she finds the peace and consolation she has so desperately needed for so long. I further pray that she receives the resounding answer to her denials of God's grace or even existence when she comes before Him and finds her beloved son waiting for her, along with all her other cherished family who have gone before.

Not a good day, folks! Too much illness and loss compounded by a bonehead in The White House.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


When I moved to Virginia, I had (far in the back of my mind) the notion that I was moving to a Southern state with the mild weather than implies. In fact, it was one of the few impediments to my proposed move because, being ever so slightly slug-nutty, I adore cold weather. The karmic force governing this part of the world is having a big old horse guffaw pretty much nonstop right now - and a wave of my middle finger toward so-called "global warming" - because it's frudging COLD outside right now. I awakened to 18 degrees with - wind chill factor considered - 0 degrees. Brrrrrrr! I like cold weather (I'm an ice skater after all), but even I am distressed by this deep freeze!

The thing that's fairly amusing is that by tomorrow the highs are predicted for the low 40s, and by Sunday we're expecting temperatures of 60 degrees or so. Just so things aren't boring, don't you know.

Think I'll pile into bed under the covers as soon as I get home tonight, grab my fur-bearing critter for a serious cuddle and go to sleep early, early, early! Thank goodness for the wonders of DVRs. I won't miss a thing!

Every so often I kind of take a minute and ponder all that I have seen in my life and it occurs to me that, when I was born, there were television sets but ordinary folk didn't have them. I was about 3 when we got our first set - and we got one that quickly because my Dad sold them. We had a coal furnace, water from a well, milk from our cows, eggs and chicken that we raised ourselves, produce that we grew ourselves and enjoyed in the summer and then canned for winter use in the autumn. My earliest memories are of sitting snuggled up on the couch with my mother and father and our cocker spaniel and my cat, in front of the fireplace, while my father read to us from Shakespeare or the Bible. He had a resonant and very pleasing voice and I think in those earliest days of my childhood it was the sound of his voice that soothed and gave pleasure, much more than the words.

Telephones you could plug in yourself never really came into general use until I was close to 30 and I remember a family friend who happened to work for the phone company and who also was possessed of a black lab of voracious appetite that routinely ATE Sadie's telephone receivers. Highly embarrassing since Sadie was an executive with the phone company and she was constantly having to call repairpersons out to replace her instruments! Of course the dog would eat anything that didn't eat him first, including the concrete floor of Sadie's basement, baseboards, wicker baskets, rolls of paper towels and, on one memorable occasion a Playtex girdle! MacGinnis was the most lovable dog on earth - but a chewer of monumental proportions!

In the mid-70s I remember getting my first cable channel - I think it was called "On" - I thought I was hot stuff. In the 80s I got a VCR and in 1988 I bought an RCA 19" color TV so I could watch the winter Olympics! I just replaced that set at the end of last year! Way to go RCA! When DVD players came into wide use I swore I'd never purchase one. I didn't. I bought two! I saw absolutely no reason to have a cell phone. I have one. There was no reason to own a computer, and yet I'm on my 4th or 5th one. And when I was entering high school, I was so excited to receive a Remington portable typewriter on which it was expected I would do my homework. My clock radio has a CD player in it and I have 4 other CD players scattered throughout my life along with countless and varied CDs. And I have digital cable with 200 or more channels - and often it seems there's little to watch!

I think that with all the technological gadgets at our command, the best and most valued things we can possess are good friends and loving pets and a secure home. And I had that way before there was such a thing as a cell phone!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Times executive editor hints at online access fees
By ANICK JESDANUN,AP Business Writer AP - Wednesday, February 4

NEW YORK - The editor of The New York Times has hinted that the newspaper might charge again for access to some of its online offerings, less than two years after abandoning fees to boost advertising revenue.

Executive Editor Bill Keller gave no specifics or timetable, and company officials characterized the internal discussions as general and ongoing.

Editor Keller - nobody wants to read the NYT for FREE - what makes you think they'd be willing to PAY?


The bloviating gasbag Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives actually said that 500 million Americans lose their jobs every month! How stupid is she, really! As of July 2008 the ENTIRE population of the United States was 303,824,640!

Is it the excessive use of Botox? Or was she born this dumb?

It's going to be a very, very lonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggg 2 years - by which time the Republicans must have sufficient qualified candidates in place to knock a very healthy percentage of the current House out of work! Now that is a stimulus package I could really get behind!

Until then we have to watch Nancy Dumbkoff run her uninformed and unintelligent mouth!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


When trying to assess the qualifications or actions of a Democratic Cabinet nominee, here's an absolutely foolproof vetting criteria for President Obama: "If this person were a Republican, would I be willing to overlook this behavior?" Remarkably clarifying, don't you think?

Tom Daschle has had to withdraw,just as Bill Richardson was forced to withdraw earlier and one other of President Obama's Cabinet choices has removed herself from consideration because of D.C. payroll tax problems. Why some of the President's- nominees were even confirmed is in the realm of deep mystery. But I will say this as clearly as I can: Whether or not we agree with the President's choices, POTUS deserves to have the Cabinet HE wants, people with whom HE is comfortable working, barring people obviously unfit or so tainted by scandal it cannot be overlooked.


On another subject, did you see Newt on O'Reilly last night? I only tuned in to the pompous gasbag's show because Newt was on. At one point, O'Reilly said something about "Well Mrs. Pelosi is smart enough to know better, isn't she?" He was dead damned serious! Seeing Newt trying to keep a straight face is one of the most entertaining things I've seen in a long time.

Newt is a brilliant person when it comes to grand concepts and strategy; he isn't all that good at the nuts and bolts. Please Newt, don't EVER run for President. You really aren't suited to the job. But you are essential as an eminence grise behind the scenes and I pray that, for our nation's sake, you will answer the call, if and when it is made, to support the candidacy of a day-to-day manager type and return Republicans to the Oval Office and a Republican majority in at least one house of Congress - preferably comprised of Congressmen with actual SPINES.

I have friends from Chicago as well as some fond memories of Chicago. My friends from Chicago will excuse me for saying that, in my view, it's a dreadful place. And I temper this dislike of a potentially fabulous city because of fond memories of trips with my parents to Chicago in the late 40s and early 50s when I would be taken to jazz clubs to hear people like Lionel Hampton and Art Tatum play! As a teenager I was probably the only girl I knew who didn't have a poster of Elvis but DID have a framed, autographed picture of Art Tatum (one of the nicest men I have ever met and a genius at the piano).

All that having been said, and despite the fact that one of my favorite writers hails from Chicago and seems bound and determined to defend the political moraes of this corrupt city (Rev. Andrew Greeley), I have to say that "doing it the Chicago way" is going to ill serve this nation for the next four years. More and more I am convinced that our new president is nothing more nor less than a classic Chicago pol - as corrupt, manipulative and dishonest as any of them. This is a point that has been made by others, far more eloquently than I make it, so I won't belabor the thought.

I have to wonder if President Obama planned the apparently incomplete vetting process that has given us such withdrawn Cabinet post nominations as Bill Richardson and now Tiny Tom Daschle. And if he did, for what purpose? Is this the Janet Reno effect? Two fairly qualified candidates rejected for nanny problems softened us up for that great hulking cretin's 8 years as Attorney General? Based on that criteria, what debacle faces us next in the wake of Daschle's withdrawal? Is Barack Obama performing with snotty incompetence deliberately in order to reduce the impossibly high expectations of his cultlike followers? Or is he genuinely incompetent?

Of one thing I am sure, he's a student and practitioner of the Chicago way and that lesson he has learned well. First he says that there will be no lobbyists in the Obama White House - then he hires three of them!

Monday, February 02, 2009


Apparently the President's half-brother George Obama has been busted - in Kenya - for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest this past Saturday. Doesn't this dude live in a packing crate? Jail is apparently worse than a packing crate!

It seems like every president, regardless of party, has an embarrassing relative. I'm sure y'all remember Billy Carter?

Truman did it right - both he and Bess were only children - and so was THEIR daughter!

The Anchoress has an excellent examination of why 600,000 people in Kentucky are without heat or electricity and, in some cases, without food - while our President is trying to seduce Republicans in Congress with steak strips. More important than that - why is the PRESS ignoring his dilatory behavior? Of course, since he doesn't have an "R" after his name - - - 'nuff said?