Sunday, December 20, 2009

Gloves for Christmas





One day this summer at work during lunch I was perusing my Vogue Knitting magazine. Being summer they had lots of projects that did not require you melting while knitting. There was a pair of fabulous fingerless gloves. One of the guys said could you knit me a pair of those for my girlfriend for Christmas, sure no problem, what color of yarn and what do you want it made of and what size. Well here are the gloves. I had Enchanted Hues on Etsy spin the yarn for me, and it is so sofy and yummy. Thanks Leann for the yarn and I hope the girlfriend loves the gloves. BTW the pattern is easy once you get going.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Turtle Sweaters






Ok so the turtle sweaters are done and the hats are to match. They were a lot of work but a lot of fun. The hardest part was the colorwork involved in the making the turtles, 17 rows of oh crap the foot does not belong under the neck, but... they are finally done.

My own Bucky Cat




Here is my very own Bucky Cat, she is every bit as onery as Bucky in the Get Fuzzy cartoons, and will get into any kind of trouble, in fact trouble finds her.

Christmas Swap















My online knitting group had yet another swap well this was the last one of the year. Send yarn and a pattern, one skein, something to eat and drink, and a Christmas gift to be opened on Christmas Day. Well my box came today and as you can tell I was beyond spoiled. I LOVE IT ALL. ONe more week and I can open the big blue box, hmmmm wonder what it is.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Meadow Muffins

Two days in a row there are questionable front page stories. What are meadow muffins, you ask? Cow Patties.

I suppose Meadow Muffins is the PC term for cow patties cos that just conjures up big ole steaming piles you don't want to step in. Now they think meadow muffins can produce electricity, yep there is a use for them other than throwing contests.

Southwest Kansas has tons of feedlots, just drive through, roll down the window and breathe in, that is the smell of money so they say. Early next year equipment at a cattle feedlot will begin turning manure into fuel that could make electricity for 30 homes. If the demo project is successful larger units could be placed at feedlots to take advantage of the state's abundant supplies.

Kansas has two cows/human in the state. One cow can produce enough muffins that are equal to 140 gallons of gasoline. 50,000 cows could provide enough muffins to power 24,000 homes.

Missouri chicken farmers have approached KCP&L about adding manure as fuel to coal fired power plants. Minnesota uses turkey manure for a 55 megawatt plant.

Makes me wonder with 4 cats what I can do and make some money.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Recycled Toilet Paper

Here I am eating breakfast and on the front page of the local liberal rag is an article on recycled toilet paper. My first thought is oh gross is there a little elf sitting at the end of the sewer pipes collecting my toilet paper and taking it to some factory somewhere to recycle it. Of course not but what a thing to put on the front page. Well I guess it is better than another picture of the Imposter spewing lies.

Greenpeace is pushing TP manufacturers to stop using wood from virgin forests to make tissue products. They want them to take the paper we set out at the curb every week and make TP out of it. So if each family bought just one roll of recycled TP it would save 400K trees. The problem is each time paper gets shredded the fibers get shorter and therefore the TP gets rougher.

I don't know about you but I want a little soft on those parts of my body. So next time you go to the store bypass that green stuff unless you want a little chafing.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Christmas Ornament Swap






We are crazy swappers in an online knitting group I belong to. Seems like we no more than get one done and off we go to another one. This one consisted of sending a handmade ornament, another ornament and some goodies. Well I love my little knitting basket, so much so I need another xmas tree, so after xmas, off I go to buy a cheap tree and begin to decorate for next year. I have that pattern for the basket so now I have a whole year to decorate. Look at those needles, aren't they cute.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

70 million pies are sold in grocery stores every year at Thanksgiving, at 300 million people here that is 1 pie for every 4 people. I like them odds, that means we all get 1/4 of a pie, bring on the whip cream.

Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Hey if we eat 70 million pecan pies with whip cream (our Vitamin D) just think how healthy we will be.

5 million gallons of cranberry sauce is eaten by Americans every year. Hey more healthy stuff, fruit that helps flush out our kidneys.

And that green bean casserole costs an average of $4.50 for all the ingredients, hey here is our serving of veggies.

Just think how healthy we will be the day after.

Cash for Cars and Houses

So now we know the cash for clunkers actually cost $24K per vehicle. This was so successful that we now have cash for new home buyers, but wait there is no reliable way to tell whether someone is buying a home for the first time and worse, the law did not give the IRS the authority to demand documentation that a home had been purchased at all. When the Treasury Department investigated the checks being passed out they found out 19,300 claims had not purchases homes yet; 74,000 clains were not first time buyers, and more than 580 claims were made by taxpayers younger than 18 (one as young as 4). This amounted to about $504 million in stolen taxpayer money.

So what is next, cash for ? How about cash for knitters, you know how expensive yarn is these days, I want some quiviut at $90/ounce, so how about divvying up that leftover porkulous money for us knitters, I promise it will be put to good use and yo can be assured we will spend the money for yarn.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Dishcloth Swap


Knit a dishcloth, send the pattern, and a skein of yarn. The Darrel Waltrip stitch makes a beautiful dishcloth in variegated yarn.

Staycation Swap


Many of us can not afford to take a vacation nor do we have taxpayer dollars to fly our jets across the country, so we did a staycation. I went to Michigan, some place I have always wanted to go, so Mackinac Island and Stitches n Things go on my bucket list. My wonderful box, btw the caramel corn was very yummy, you could feel your arteries slam shut for the butter and the chocolate cherry sauce made vanilla ice cream go down even better.

Warm Coaster and Mug Cozy Swap




Another swap I was involved in you had to make either a mug cozy or coaster and send it along with yummy eats and something to drink. My wonderful box I received.

Kinnearing









I went to my brothers this summer for a long weekend. Some pictures just need to be taken and shared.

If you have back boobies no one wants to see them. Please hide them. Also the pocket on the seat in front of you is not for your dirty smelly feet, people put things in there that they don't want feet on.
Just because you drive a Mercedes and it is raining does not mean you can drive on the sidewalk so you don't get wet.

Harvest Swap



I belong to an online knitting group and every so often we do a swap. This particular swap was the harvest swap. H-Halloween, A-aroma, R-Thanksgiving recipe of your family tradition, V-Veteran's Day, E-Eats, S-something squishy, and T for tacky.

I got a diy pumpkin kit where you paint it green and then decorate, I have some fake pumpkins, dark hot chocolate, 3 recipes, flags, peeps, some gorgeous yarn, and tacky halloween items. Thanks for my great box.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pre Order Sarah's Book

To preorder from Barnes &Noble:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Going-Rogue/Sarah-Palin/e/9780061939891/?r=1&cds2Pid=29205&inframe=y

To preorder from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Going-Rogue-American-Sarah-Palin/dp/0061939897/ref=pd_ts_zgc_b_books_3/188-1942019-2130560?_encoding=UTF8&s=books&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-3&pf_rd_r=1N35E9Q416GFG8GBJG4X&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=475709271&pf_rd_i=283155

Olympics 2016 and the Red/Yellow Empire State Building

So the angry one is on her way to Denmark today to hawk the 2016 Olympics to be held in Chicago. Why Chicago because someone in the current administration owns the property and stands to make more than the second stimulus package. And the imposter flies out on Friday to join her. ANother vacation on our taxpayers dime. So what is more important the 2016 Olympics or betting people back to work with healthcare they can afford. How much money is this costing and who is watching the girls?

AND in case you have not heard today the Empire State Building is lit up in red and yellow to honor China, yes folks the country who holds our debt.

NEW YORK — New York's iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.

The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People's Republic until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.

The upper sections of the building are regularly illuminated to mark special occasions, ranging from all blue to mark "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra's death in 1998 to green for the annual Saint Patrick's Day.

Just last week the tower turned bright red.

However, that was not to mark some other communist achievement, but the 70th anniversary of the film "The Wizard of Oz" in which Dorothy wears ruby slippers rather than the silver of the original L. Frank Baum novel.

Stuck on Gum

Joanne Brunet always carries a pack of Wrigley's spearmint in her purse for chewing, but she has 4,000 packs of gum that she has saved for the last 68 years. She lives in Quartzsite, Arizona and has been collecting gum since she was 5.

Her husband built her a 600 square foot gallery in the backyard for her packs of gum. She has 112 glass covered cases to display her collection. She started collecting in the 40's and used tax tokens, five red plastic tokens (mom you h ve some of these) bought a penny pack of Wrigley's gum. She split the pack with her sister and saved one stick for her collection.

The oldest piece of gum is a stick of 1932 Wrigley's Doublemint from a woman in Grand Junction Colorado. She also has antique gumball machines, advertisements, and gum packages from 30 countires. She has a set of 1960 bubblegum trading cards featuring the TV Show McHale's Navy and Man on the Moon cards commemorating the 1969 Apollo 11 landing. She has cards featuring Kiss, Star Wars, and professional skateboarders.

If you want a tour of the Gum Gallery call 928-927-7566.

Martha's New Apron is Orange

Just how much money does Martha Stewart need? How greedy can she be? She has her stuff at Macy's, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Michaels and now Home Depot. Starting January the outdoor furnishings will be availabe from $399-$1,999. In February home organization systems will be added to the lineup including closet gear and a nine-cube unit.

Martha's paint line ends with Lowe's earlier this month so maybe a paint line at Home Depot to follow? Really Martha how much money do you need?

I know she started a craft line at Michael's because she wanted to provide affordable crafts to crafters, HOWEVER you can't use coupons and she sets the clearance prices with her own stickers. I dont buy her stuff until I see it marked so ridiculously low I know she can't make any money from it. I also see some craft at Wal-Mart and it is all marked down now.

Hey, Martha no one pays full price for stuff when they can get other stuff with coupons, if you really want to help out, lower the prices, come down off your high horse and let us use the coupons. Most of the country barely gets by these days, so either help out or expect your stuff not to get bought. But then you are a liberal so what can we expect? Talked to Michael Moore lately?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September 25 - Muslims Pray At Capital Building

"Washington, D.C. - On September 25th there will be a national prayer gathering of Muslims on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. They are expecting at least 50,000 to attend from mosques all across America. They will gather to pray from 4:00 AM until 7:00 PM. The gathering will take place by the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. The organizers say that it was Obama's inauguration speech in January and his speech broadcast from Egypt in June that gave them the idea for this prayer gathering on Capitol Hill. "

They have a website set up for this event. If you never look at another website look at this one, especially the final words: islamoncapitolhill.com

Can't Cry With All That Botox Nance

Pelosi's Crocodile Tears
Date: 9/18/2009 1:15:24 PM

by Jeremy Wiggins

Nancy Pelosi has yet again managed to ruin an opportunity to provide some healing during this difficult times, and turned it into prejudiced rhetoric once again. Instead of saying something like, "We can all learn a lesson about democracy in what I think everyone will agree is a crucial topic to America," Pelosi needs to get a GPS, because she is constantly on the moral low road.


In a speech she gave on September 17, the Speaker of the House used her open mic time to compare today's town hall protests and tea parties to, and I really don't see the comparison, the violence in the late 70's against homosexuals in San Francisco. She said, "this kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it gave--it created a climate in which we--violence took place." And then she said we should all, "curb our enthusiasm."


What I want to know is this: Where, and I mean anywhere, in this country has there been the same type of violence as there was during the time period she is comparing it to? Where are the threats against democratic store keepers and people throwing bricks through windows protesting health care reform? Now I'm not saying that there aren't crazy people out there, they live on both the right and left sides of the fence. But to compare it to violence against homosexuals??? Why do we give this lady airtime? She was practically in tears and shaking, working herself up during this moment. A moment that has actually harmed America. That's right, it harmed the country.


The more we keep with this whole criticism equals racism gig, the more damage it is doing to the overall health of the nation. What's next? Are we going to compare town hall protests to Tianamen Square? We live in a country where it is normal for protests to occur, and a majority of the time it occurs with no violence at all. I think Speaker Pelosi must have us confused with some other country.

How Much is That Produce?

When the First Lady shops
Date: 9/21/2009 8:52:55 AM

by Bryan Fischer, AFA Director of Issue Analysis

According to the Washington Post, When the First Lady shops, the planet dies. Excerpts from Dana Milbank’s piece, on Michelle Obama’s trip to a farmer’s market just down the street from the White House:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens...

The first lady had encouraged Freshfarm Markets, the group that runs popular farmers markets in Dupont Circle and elsewhere, to set up near the White House, and she helped get the approvals to shut down Vermont Avenue during rush hour on Thursdays. But the result was quite the opposite of a quaint farmers market. Considering all the logistics, each tomato she purchased had a carbon footprint of several tons...

And she spoke of her own culinary efforts: "There are times when putting together a healthy meal is harder than you might imagine."

Particularly when it involves a soundstage, an interpreter for the deaf, three TV satellite trucks and the closing of part of downtown Washington.

More from the “Do As I Say As I Do” department.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Frontier Airlines Just Say No

Frontier Airlines is my favorite airline of all time. I love their staff, so friendly and helpful, I love the animals on the tails, I love the commercials, the only thing I don't like is they don't fly back East like I would love them to do, 15K miles will get your a free ticket and 25K will get you one to Mexico.

In today's business section it appears Southwest would like to purchase Frontier. May I just say how much I dislike Southwest, they are my least favorite airline. I prefer to get a seat assignment not some section to stand in line and stand in line and stand in line. I am not a cow, don't treat me like one. I never wanted to pass toilet paper over my head so my half of the plane could get a free beer, it is not your business how many tubes of lipstick or credit cards are on my possession or any of the other annoying things you did to passengers, I have no idea what you do now as I will go out of my way to not fly Southwest. I do know they still make you stand in line after line without a seat assignment.

Frontier Airlines I beg of you just say to Southwest or I will no longer fly you.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gitmo

What do we do with the prisoners there? Leave them there or better yet send them home. I don't feel we owe them a nice warm facility with satellite TV. I don't even have satellite TV.

One of the places being strongly looked at is Fort Leavenworth. Pat Roberys had 10 very good reasons why this is not a good idea:

1. Gitmo is an island facility which inherently limits external threats, Leavenworth is 30 minutes from KCI.

2. Security experts estimate Ft Leavenworth would need to acquire 2,000 privately owned acres of land by eminent domain to establish a stand-0ff zone around the barracks. How much time and money would that take?

3. A railway runs through the fort and a major river flows adjacent to it. KCI and local transportation would be restricted to military use when detainees need to be transported.

4. The barracks would have to be modified to hold prisoners it was not designed to secure. Support facilities such as hospitals, court rooms, etc would have to be built.

5. By law, military prisoners cannot be held with terrorists they fight on the battlefield. All 450 military offenders would have to be transferred, most likely to the Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities.

6. Since not all of the military offenders at the barracks have been discharged from the military, we could expect costly and lenghthy legal tactics to fight such a transfer.

7. Relocating military prisoners to a Fed Bureau Prison removes the ability of the military to fully carry out the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

8. Military inmates are more disciplined and have a higher rehabilitation rate when serving time at Ft Leavenworth in comparison to general population prisoners.

9. Security in Leavenworth is beyond the protection of the Army, which forbids the military from taking on police roles outside the post. It would become impossible to fully secure the citizens of Leavenworth from outside threats.

10. The cost to the taxpayers to achieve the kind of security at Gitmo will cost millions. What happens when you have to take them off post for medical treatment, what kind of transport will be needed?

Just leave them at Gitmo, it is working sort of.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

We Pay for Yet Another Excursion

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/07/obamas-taxpayer-funded-summer-getaway.html

So the imposter and his entourage are off on yet another vacation to a plush resort. Are you going on vacation this year or are you having a staycation?

The getaway is $50K a week. Read the article, see if that doesn't make your jaws clench in rage once again at the utter arrogance of the imposter throwing around money like there is no tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Save the Bumblebees

I was reading a magazine over the weekend and there was a one page ad to save the bumblebees. I had no idea they were having a shortage, you would never know by my yard. They swarm my bee balm, spearmint, catnip, and various other flowers, as many as two dozen at a time along with the blue wasps (very allergic to them).

Anyway it does not take much and I need to follow my large bees to see where their hive is cos I am sure there is some honey that needs to be harvested. Bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our natural foods, including many of the ingredients used in the 100% all natural haagen-Dazs ice cream. (Yes it is an HD ad). They are disappearing at an alarming rate, the bees, not the ice cream, (although I expect the HD is disappearing at an alarming rate when on sale, but I digress.)

Bee-friendly flowers provide food (nectar) that keeps honey bees alive and pollen that helps fruits and vegetables to grow. So create a honey bee spa in a pot on your window sill, a honey bee garden in your backyard, or honey bee sanctuaty in a neighborhood park.

Choose flowers that produce nectar and pollen, such as sunflowers, daisies, cosmos, zinnias, dahlias, asters, marigolds, hyacinths, hollyhocks, crocuses, foxglove, and geraniums.

Select an assortment of flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall in order to provide food through the seasons.

Pick blue, purple, orange and yellow flowers-these are most attractive to honey bees.

Plant patches of like flowers in close proximity to one another.

Plants seeds or flowers that will successively bloom over the spring, summer, and fall, providing food for all seasons.

Do not use pesticides!

For more information on starting your own honey bee garden visit helphoneybees.com to learn more about planting your honey bee garden and see other ways to save the honey bees.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The 912 Project

http://www.the912project.us

Have you heard? There is sort of a new kid on the block. I had heard of this before but never really investigated until Team Sarah sent me an email asking me to join forces. I checked it out and decided "Yes I Can" join this group and support what it believes in.

There are 9 Principles:
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

The 12 Values are:
1. Honesty
2. Reverence
3. Hope
4. Thrift
5. Humility
6. Charity
7. Sincerity
8. Moderation
9. Hard Work
10. Courage
11. Personal Responsibility
12. Gratitude

These are basic but something we should all agree to. Check them out if you want to take back America.

Gidget Dies at 15

Ok as Americans how can we be so concerned with Healthscare when the Taco Bell dog died yesterday? She had a stroke and will be cremated. Are we going to celebrate her life for the next few weeks. Personally I feel we should, she was cute, entertaining and had a positive impact on the world.

Rest in Peace Gidget.

More Lies From The Imposter

O'S BROKEN PROMISES
HEALTH BILLS V. PREZ'S WORDS
By BETSY MCCAUGHEY

Obama: His reform drive has led to bills that hurt everyone who has insurance now.

PRESIDENT Obama promises that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it," even after he reforms our health-care system. That's untrue. The bills now before Congress would force you to switch to a managed-care plan with limits on your access to specialists and tests.

Two main bills are being rushed through Congress with the goal of combining them into a finished product by August. Under either, a new government bureaucracy will select health plans that it considers in your best interest, and you will have to enroll in one of these "qualified plans." If you now get your plan through work, your employer has a five-year "grace period" to switch you into a qualified plan. If you buy your own insurance, you'll have less time.

And as soon as anything changes in your contract -- such as a change in copays or deductibles, which many insurers change every year -- you'll have to move into a qualified plan instead (House bill, p. 16-17).

When you file your taxes, if you can't prove to the IRS that you are in a qualified plan, you'll be fined thousands of dollars -- as much as the average cost of a health plan for your family size -- and then automatically enrolled in a randomly selected plan (House bill, p. 167-168).

It's one thing to require that people getting government assistance tolerate managed care, but the legislation limits you to a managed-care plan even if you and your employer are footing the bill (Senate bill, p. 57-58). The goal is to reduce everyone's consumption of health care and to ensure that people have the same health-care experience, regardless of ability to pay.

Nowhere does the legislation say how much health plans will cost, but a family of four is eligible for some government assistance until their household income reaches $88,000 (House bill, p. 137). If you earn more than that, you'll have to pay the cost no matter how high it goes.

The price tag for this legislation is a whopping $1.04 trillion to $1.6 trillion (Congressional Budget Office estimates). Half of the tab comes from tax increases on individuals earning $280,000 or more, and these new taxes will double in 2012 unless savings exceed predicted costs (House bill, p. 199). The rest of the cost is paid for by cutting seniors' health benefits under Medicare.

There's plenty of waste in Medicare, but the Congressional Budget Office estimates only 1 percent of the savings under the legislation will be from curbing waste, fraud and abuse. That means the rest will likely come from reducing what patients get.

One troubling provision of the House bill compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care (House bill, p. 425-430). The sessions cover highly sensitive matters such as whether to receive antibiotics and "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration."

This mandate invites abuse, and seniors could easily be pushed to refuse care. Do we really want government involved in such deeply personal issues?

Shockingly, only a portion of the money accumulated from slashing senior benefits and raising taxes goes to pay for covering the uninsured. The Senate bill allocates huge sums to "community transformation grants," home visits for expectant families, services for migrant workers -- and the creation of dozens of new government councils, programs and advisory boards slipped into the last 500 pages.

The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll (June 21) finds that 83 percent of Americans are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the quality of their health care, and 81 percent are similarly satisfied with their health insurance.

They have good reason to be. If you're diagnosed with cancer, you have a better chance of surviving it in the United States than anywhere else, according to the Concord Five Continent Study. And the World Health Organization ranked the United States No. 1 out of 191 countries for being responsive to patients' needs, including providing timely treatments and a choice of doctors.

Congress should pursue less radical ways to cover the uninsured. We have too much to lose with this legislation.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Angry One and Her Attendants

First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

Recession, Depression, What, Michelle Worry?

July 7, 2009

Dr. Paul L. Williams

“In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much,” she said. “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, “ Michelle Obama

No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.

How things have changed! If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:

1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)

4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)

5. Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

6. $90,000 - Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)

10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

11. Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

14.. Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

18. Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

21. Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

22. Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Copyright 2009 Canada Free Press.Com

canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/12652

There has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life. One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President's own pocket.

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom travelled aboard Air Force One to Europe .

CZARs

When I hear the word "CZAR" it makes me think of Russia, so what is the US doing with 32 of them? Who are they and where did they come from? Was there a bid that went out asking who wants to be a czar? They are federal employees, aren't they? Does anyone know anything about them? ONe stepped down already for being in trouble, should surprise no one as the current administration is full of crooks, and one admits to being a Communist. Why do we need them? Does anyone know when they appeared, who found them, hmmmmmm.

The definition of a czar is:

also tsar or tzar (zär, tsär) A male monarch or emperor, especially one of the emperors who ruled Russia until the revolution of 1917.
A person having great power; an autocrat: “the square-jawed, ruddy complacency of Jack Farrell, the czar of the Fifteenth Street police station” (Ernest Hemingway).
Informal. An appointed official having special powers to regulate or supervise an activity: a racetrack czar; an energy czar.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/07/not_obamas_czars_but_his_commi.html is a good article to read regarding these czars.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What Were You Doing 40 Years Ago Today?

So if you are old enough to be alive 40 years ago what were you doing? We lived in Des Moines, Iowa and went next door because we did not have color TV to watch the men walk on the moon. I don't really remember it but I suppose at the time it was a big deal. Personally I think going out in space is a HUGE waste of money when this country is so broke. Really what has it done for us and what will it do for us. Anyway where were you?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Aunt Jessie




My fav aunt is 75 today. You would never know it by looking at her, she just got home from a two week trip and I can only imagine she never stopped for a minute to rest while she was gone. I read her daily email and honestly she wears me out.

So Aunt Jessie, here is to you and many more. Hope your day is filled with cake and family.

Bank CLosures and Retail Sales are UP

So today the WH claims retail sales are up, but you know what they are basing it on? Energy consumption. How does using more electricity for my a/c make Wal-Mart sales go up? I don't know what they are smoking in the WH but I don't see what they do.


http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/07/06/daily39.html?ana=from_rss

Economist: FDIC gearing up for bank closures


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is gearing up to handle a large number of bank failures expected as a result of bad mortgages, both in residential and commercial real estate, an economist said Tuesday.

“They know they’re going to take down a large number of banks and they can’t do it until they’re staffed up,” said Mark Dotzour, chief economist and director of research for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

Dotzour expects federal regulators to establish an agency, similar to the Resolution Trust Corp. that disposed of assets belonging to insolvent S&Ls in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“Once they start to sell [foreclosed real estate], we’ll find out what the market really is,” Dotzour told attendees at an economic summit hosted by a handful of real estate groups in Tampa, Fla.

Dotzour blamed federal intervention for the lack of commercial real estate investment activity in recent months, as well as the failure of businesses to make major decisions.

“Nobody knows what to do so they’re doing nothing,” Dotzour said at the luncheon meeting at the Intercontinental Tampa.

Government, in its quest to help the economy, is causing harm by propping up failing companies and regularly changing rules, he said.

“No one can predict what the government will do,” Dotzour said.

“People are frozen. It’s not that they don’t want to invest in the future, the rules are unclear,” he said.

He jokingly called the Federal Reserve “inksters” for routinely printing money to bail out big business, including banks that are still not making many loans.

The government’s role in a capitalistic society, he said, “is to make the rules and get off the dance floor.”

Businesses and individuals that can’t pay their bills should resolve their problems in bankruptcy court, not with money from the government, he said. It’s a process that has worked for decades, for generations.

“Everyone has a lesson to learn here, including you and me,” he said. “We have to live within our means.”

Dotzour expects foreclosure rates to continue to climb, real estate prices to fall more and cap rates to rise to at least 9 percent before leveling off.

In 2010 and 2011, interest rates will begin to rise, as will inflation. Once investors realize the market is at bottom, deals will begin to flow again, he said.

In the meantime, he compared the bad loans that remain on banks’ books to a smelly cat litter box and the feds keep throwing more litter on top to mask the smell. But they’ll eventually have to remove the organic material to fix the problem.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Statue of Liberty



Photograph by Dean Conger

On July 4, 1884 France presented the United States with an incredible birthday gift: the Statue of Liberty! Without its pedestal it’s as tall as a 15-story building. She represents the United States. But the world-famous Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor was built in France. The statue was presented to the U.S., taken apart, shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in crates, and rebuilt in the U.S. It was France’s gift to the American people.

It all started at dinner one night near Paris in 1865. A group of Frenchmen were discussing their dictator-like emperor and the democratic government of the U.S. They decided to build a monument to American freedom—and perhaps even strengthen French demands for democracy in their own country. At that dinner was the sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (bar-TOLE-dee). He imagined a statue of a woman holding a torch burning with the light of freedom.

Turning Bartholdi’s idea into reality took 21 years. French supporters raised money to build the statue, and Americans paid for the pedestal it would stand on. Finally, in 1886, the statue was dedicated.

Fast Facts

* Engineer Gustave Eiffel, who would later design the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed Liberty’s “spine.” Inside the statue four huge iron columns support a metal framework that holds the thin copper skin.
* Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi knew he wanted to build a giant copper goddess; he used his mother as the model.
* The statue—151 feet, 1 inch (46 meters, 2.5 centimeters) tall—was the tallest structure in the U.S. at that time.
* The arm holding the torch measures 46 feet (14 meters); the index finger, 8 feet (2.4 meters); the nose, nearly 5 feet (1.5 meters).
* The statue is covered in 300 sheets of coin-thin copper. They were hammered into different shapes and riveted together.
* The statue sways 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) in the wind; the torch sways 5 inches (12.7 centimeters).
* Visitors climb 354 steps (22 stories) to look out from 25 windows in the crown.
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* Seven rays in the crown represent the Earth’s seven seas.

Il Divo

Love Simon Cowell or hate him but you got to love him for creating Il Divo. I saw them Saturday night. Their voices are truly a gift from God and boy do they know how to use them. Most of the songs were not in English but who cares? You could recognize the songs even though I had no idea what language they were singing in. Each one has a unique beautiful voice on their own but when they power up and sing together well the goosebumps and tears don't do their talent justice. The place was packed and the cougars were out, but what a great time. If you ever get a chance to see them, do so, you won't be sorry.

All Star Game

So why does numnuts have to ruin the All Star Game. He was off in Europe on his latest apology tour, ogling 16 year old girls (http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-leer-heard-round-the-world)while his family sported $6K clutches and his oldest sported severe bad taste in peace sign Tees and now he comes back to the US and has to throw out the first pitch and emcee the game.

Leave baseball alone, you have destroyed all that I love in this country, leave my sport alone. Baseball is the only sport I love, and now he has to come along and ruin the All Star game. You have work to do, go back to the White House and do your job; you know the job you stole.

Monday, July 13, 2009

School Supplies

Wal-Mart has begun to get their school supplies out. I love school supplies,there is nothing better than newly sharpened pencils, a pad of paper, a box of 64 crayons, and don't forget the Elmers. They had the spiral 70 page notebooks for $.15 and I bought one in each color. Did I need them, no but they are school supplies and how can you resist not buying something for school. I know I will peruse the aisles cos when they put the pencil boxes for $.25, they make great craft boxes. There is a line in the movie "You've Got Mail" where Meg Ryan is talking a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, I know how she feels.

Go get yourself some school supplies, you will feel better.

Stay-Cation Swap

So many people are deciding to stay in their own city and do day trips instead of take a real vacation complete with airfare, hotel, restaurants and whatever else people do on vacation.

This swap has you treating your swappee to: postcards from your city, a handmade item of whatever you like, yarn in the color of the sports teams, an edible or drinkable item from somewhere in your state, and local or state items and brochures of places that are a must see.

I have participated in quite a few swaps this year and I think I have more fun putting my box together than in getting one.

So do you know what your city has to offer? I was surprised as what mine had.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Death By Chocolate

In the paper today is an article about a guy who died while working in a chocolate factory. Camden, NJ, a man died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant. He was 29 and a temp worker at the Cocoa Services, Inc. plant. He was loading chocolate into a vat where it's melted and mixed before being shipped off to be made into candy. A co-worker tried to shut off the machine and two others tried to pull him out of the 8' deep vat. He had been hit and fatally injured by the agitator that mixes the chocolate.

What a way to go!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Guns are Safer than Doctors

From my friend Bob:

This is logic you have to love. I rest my case.

Doctors
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year = 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.


Now think about this:
Guns
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (YES, Million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000188.

Statistics courtesy of FBI.


So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.


Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'



FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT

ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.



Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!

Out of concern for the public at large, I withheld the statistics on lawyers
for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention!

Liberty Swap




So I belong to an online group of Conservative Knitters. We had a Liberty Swap for the 4th of July.

You were to send your swappee the following:

L-something to make her laugh
I-something to inspire her
B-something beautiful
E-something expressive of her
R-something rebellious
T-something tacky for the 4th
Y-some red/white/blue yarn.

Here is my package I received.

Obamagenda

A short list of the troubling changes coming from the newly formed Obama administration:

* Within days of taking office, signed an executive order overturning a policy that kept the federal government from paying for abortions overseas.

* He supports the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would overturn any law that restricts abortion in any manner anywhere in the nation.

* Appointed Ks Gov to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, a Catholic, was recently rebuked by the Archbishop of KC for being so pro-abortion.

* Supports open homosexuality in the US military.

* Wants to expand hate crime statutes to include sexual orientation.

* Committed to passing ENDA (Employee Non-Discrimination Act) to include protection for sexual orientation or gender identity.

* Demonstrated a deep antipathy toward any serious efforts to protect tradiotional marriage against homosexual encroachment. He says he is against gay marriage but opposes a constitutional ban. He fully supports civil unions.

* He wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

* Wants to expand adoption rights to include homosexuals.

* Lifted the ban on embryonic stem cell research.

* Opposes President Bush's abstinence-only education policy.

* Wants to reduce the amount of tax credit some Americans receive for donating to charities or churches.

In GOD We Trust

So Hobby Lobby (one of my fav stores) always has a full page ad at certain holidays of the year. This 4th of July they had an ad addressing America and it's faith. Some of the excepts are as follows:

George Washington said "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to impore His protection and favor."

Patrick Henry said "An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!..."

John Jay (First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court) said "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."

Congress 1853 said "We are a Christian people..."

Throughout the history of the US we are a nation of Christians no matter what numnuts says.

Voter Registration

Here's how voter registration should work: You move, your registration moves with you. You turn 18, you're added to the voters logs. You pay taxes, get a license, sign up for state or federal benefits, and registration is automatic.

The US registers 68% of the voting age population. All but three nations studied register 91% or better. The US puts a burden of registration on the voter.

Kit Bond had a role in passing the Help Americans Vote Act of 2002. One facet of that act was the creation of statewide databases, which were set up to accommodate data sharing with other agencies and states. The system is already ready; Congress just needs to turn it on.

So after 7 years why has Congress refused to turn this system on? How many more issues could be resolved by this data being shared?

Declaration of Independence

The liberal rag printed a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Interesting parts of it are as follows:

"...All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness-That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute a new government..."

We the people succeeded from Great Britain because the King was not following the rules, hence our current need for the Tea Parties and fighting agains the current administration.

"HE has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people, and eat out their substance."

"HE has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:...FOR imposing taxes on us without our consent;..."

"In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may deifne a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

Read the Declaration of Independence and see if you don't think this is 1776 all over again.

Missouri Goes Blue

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is getting the last laugh in Missouri - and $450K in state taxpayer money, thanks to a settlement with the Department of Social Services. ACORN had accused Missouri of not following state law in registering residents who receive food stamps and Medicaid. Now, ACORN, says, the state is doing a bang-up job of getting new people onto the voter's roll - up to 11,000 a month.

Missouri was the last state to declare who got their electoral votes in the Potus election, but barely went red. With the nutjobs at ACORN Missouri is sure to be a smurf now.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Many Uses of Salt

1. If you drop a whole egg on the floor, pour salt all over the egg, let it sit for a while, then use dustpan, the egg will come right up, without all that mess.

2. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

3. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

4. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; The scales will come off easier.

5. Put a few grains of rice in your saltshaker for easier pouring.

6. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

7. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.

8. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

9. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

10. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

11. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.

12. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

13. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

14. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

15. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

16. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

17. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour

18. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.

19. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.

20. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.

21. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

22. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

23. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make stiff putty.

24. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.

25. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.

26. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

27. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.

28. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

29. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.

30. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for a while.

31. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.

32, Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.

33. Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.

34. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.

35. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.

36. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

37. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.

38. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.

39. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.

40. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.

41. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.

42. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.

43. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.

44. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

45. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.

46. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

47. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.

48. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

49. Sprinkle salt in milk scorched pans to remove odor.

50. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.

51. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

52. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.

53. Cover wine stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

54. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.

55. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.

56. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

57. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.

58. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.

59. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look.

60. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

61. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

From Germany

A German Lady Remembers and Speaks
Lori Kalner

In Germany, when Hitler came to power, it was a time of terrible financial depression. Money was worth nothing. In Germany people lost homes and jobs, just like in the American Depression in the 1930s, which we have read about in Thoene's Shiloh books. In those days, in my homeland, Adolph Hitler was elected to power by promising "Change."

He blamed the "Zionists" around the world for all our problems. He told everyone it was greedy Zionist Bankers who had caused every problem we had. He promised when he was leader, the greedy Zionist bankers would be punished. The Zionists, he promised, would be wiped off the face of the earth. So Hitler was elected to power by only 1/3 the popular vote.

A coalition of other political parties in parliament made him supreme leader. Then, when he was leader, he disgraced and expelled everyone in parliament who did not go along with him.

Yes. Change came to my homeland as the new leader promised it would. The teachers in German schools began to teach the children to sing songs in praise of Hitler.

This was the beginning of the Hitler Youth movement. It began with praise of the Fuhrer's programs on the lips of innocent children.
Hymns in praise of Hitler and his programs were being sung in the schoolrooms and in the playyard.

Little girls and boys joined hands and sang these songs as they walked home from school.

My brother came home and told Papa what was happening at school. The political hymns of children proclaimed Change was coming to our homeland and the Fuhrer was a leader we could trust.

I will never forget my father's face. Grief and fear. He knew that the best propaganda of the Nazis was song on the lips of little children.

That evening before he said grace at the dinner table, he placed his hands upon the heads of my brothers and me and prayed the Living Word upon us from Jeremiah 1:4-5.

'Now the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to The nations."

Soon the children's songs praising the Fuhrer were heard everywhere on the streets and over the radio. "With our Fuhrer to lead us, we can do it! We can change the world!"

Soon after that Papa, a pastor, was turned away from visiting elderly parishioners in hospitals. The people he had come to bring comfort of God's Word, were "no longer there." Where had they vanished to while under nationalized health care? It became an open secret.

The elderly and sick began to disappear from hospitals feet first as "mercy killing" became the policy.

Children with disabilities and those who had Down syndrome were euthanized.

People whispered, "Maybe it is better for them now. Put them out of misery. They are no longer suffering.And, of course, their death is better for the treasury of our nation. Our taxes no longer must be spent to care for such a burden." And so murder was called mercy.

The government took over private business. Industry and health care were "nationalized." (NA-ZI means National Socialist Party) The businesses of all Jews were seized. (Perhaps you remember our story in Berlin on Krystalnacht in the book Munich Signature)

The world and God's word were turned upside down. Hitler promised the people economic Change? Not change. It was, rather, Lucifer's very ancient Delusion leading to Destruction.

What began with the propaganda of children singing a catchy tune ended in the deaths of millions of children. The reality of what came upon us is so horrible that you in this present generation cannot imagine it. Our suffering is too great to ever tell in a book or show in a black and white newsreel.

When I spoke to Bodie about some of these things, she wept and said she could not bear to write them.

Perhaps one day she will, but I asked her, "who could bear to read our suffering?" Yet with my last breaths I warn every Christian and Jew now in the name of the Lord, Unless your course of the church in America is spiritually changed now, returning to the Lord, there are new horrors yet to come.

I trembled last night when I heard the voices of American children raised in song, praising the name of Obama, the charismatic fellow who claims he is the American Messiah. Yet I have heard what this man Obama says about abortion and the "mercy killing" of tiny babies who are not wanted.

There are so few of us left to warn you.

I have heard that there are 69 million Catholics in America and 70 million Evangelical Christians.

Where are your voices? Where is your outrage? Where is passion and your vote? Do you vote based on an abortionist's empty promises and economics? Or do you vote according to the Bible?

Thus says the Lord about every living child still in the womb.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you."

I have experienced the signs of the politics of Death in my youth. I see them again now. Christians! Unless you stand up now, you will lose your freedom of religion.

In America priests and preachers have already lost their freedom to speak openly from their pulpits of moral danger in political candidates.

They cannot legally instruct you of which candidate holds fast to the precepts of scripture! American law forbids this freedom of speech to conservative pastors or they will lose their "tax exempt" status. And yet I have heard the words of Obama's pastor Damning America!

I have heard the words of Obama damning and mocking all of you in small towns because you "Cling to your religion."

But I am a woman whose name is unknown. My life is recorded as a work of fiction. I have no fear of reprisal when I speak truth to you from the pages of a book. I am an old woman and will soon go to be with my Lord. I have no fear for myself, but for all of you and for your children, I tremble. I tremble at the hymns to a political leaders which your children will sing at school. (Though even now a hymn or a prayer to God and our Lord Jesus is against the law in public school!) I pray you will personally heed this warning for the sake of your children and your grandchildren. Do not be deceived.

The Lord in Jeremiah 1:7-8 commands every believer to speak up!

"Do not say, 'I am only a youth,' for to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you, declares the Lord!"

I am in Prayer for you, and for the Church! Spoken to you in the authority of Jesus the Christ, the Name Above All Names,
Lori Kalner

Every Real American

Subject: A teacher's bold letter

This letter you are about to read was written by a 4th grade teacher
this past week. She even gave the world her telephone and fax numbers.
We are in dire need of more true American citizens who are proud of
OUR United States of America. WAKE UP AMERICA . . . please . .
before it is too late!

April 27, 2009

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500

Mr. Obama:

I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on
your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an
adequate representative of the United States of America collectively
or of me personally.
You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world
that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the
United States of America. You are responsible to the citizens of the
United States.

You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.
I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the
United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care
about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First
World War and the Second World War were all about if not the
consideration of the peoples of Europe? Are you brain dead ? What do
you think the Marshall Plan was all about?

Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century? Where
do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does
not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the
Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States?
This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles
governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly
from this heritage. Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all
Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the
king of Saudi Arabia. You don't show Great Britain, our best and one
of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the
king of Saudi Arabia . How dare you, sir! How dare you!

You can't find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation
because you don't want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a
mosque in Turkey . You offended our dead and every veteran when you
give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German
people from themselves. What's the matter with you?

I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have
the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be
ashamed of yourselves, all of you. You are so self-righteously
offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers
yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr.
Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the
Freddie Mac bonuses. What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I
seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses
to their staff members - on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay
raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the average House
aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my
employer.

You haven't said anything about that. Who authorized that? I surely
didn't! Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving
$210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that's $45
million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie
executives have already been awarded $51 million - not a bad take. Who
authorized that and why haven't you expressed your outrage at this
group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right
now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not
caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are doing
and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you. I also want
you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and
say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I promise you
that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to
spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.

Sincerely,

Every Real American


Ms Kathleen Lyday
Fourth Grade Teacher
Grandview Elementary School
11470 Hwy. C
Hillsboro, MO 63050
(636) 944-3291 Phone
(636) 944-3870 Fax

From the Yarn Harlot 2009 Calendar

SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expentancy, which is acquiring more yarn than you can possibly use up in your lifetime.

My mom will tell you I have serious SABLE.



A Malaysian friend told me about a myth he heard when he was little: All snakes i the Garden of Eden were plain white until Eve took up her needles and knit the pattern onto them, from the tail right up to the head.

Now I know why you don't knit mom, you are afraid you will to cover snakes.

Soap Box

This is a letter that was sent in by a pastor's wife to Moby in the Morning's Small Town Soap Box.

Pastor's Wife Letter:

How's this for apocalyptic literature. This was written by a
pastor's wife in biblical prose as a commentary of current
events. It is Brilliant.

And it came to pass in the Age of Insanity that the people of the land called America , having lost their morals, their initiative, and their will to defend their liberties, chose as their Supreme Leader that person known as "The One".He emerged from the vapors with a message that had no meaning; but He hypnotized the people telling them, "I am sent to save you. My lack of experience, my questionable ethics, my monstrous ego, and my association with evil doers are of no consequence. For I shall save you with Hope and Change. Go, therefore, and proclaim throughout the land that he who preceded me is evil, that he has defiled the nation, and that all he has built must be destroyed." And the people rejoiced, for even though they knew not what "The One" would do, he had promised that it was good; and they believed. And "The One" said "We live in the greatest country in the world. Help me change everything about it!"

And the people said, "Hallelujah! Change is good!" Then He said, "We are going to tax the rich fat-cats." And the people said "Sock it to them!" "And redistribute their wealth." And the people said, "Show us the money!" And then He said, "Redistribution of wealth is good for everybody" And Joe the plumber asked, "Are you kidding me? You're going to steal my money and give it to the deadbeats??" And "The One" ridiculed and taunted him, and Joe's personal records were hacked and publicized. One lone reporter asked, "Isn't that Marxist policy?"
And she was banished from the kingdom! Then a citizen asked, "With no foreign relations experience and having zero military experience or knowledge, how will you deal with radical terrorists?" And "The One" said, "Simple. I shall sit with them and talk with them and show them how nice we really are; and they will forget that they ever wanted to kill us all!" And the people said, "Hallelujah!! We are safe at last, and we can beat our weapons into free cars for the people!"Then "The One" said, "I shall give 95% of you lower taxes." And one, lone voice said, "But 40% of us don't pay ANY taxes." So "The One" said, "Then I shall give you some of the taxes the fat-cats pay!" And the people said, "Hallelujah!! Show us the money!"


Then "The One" said, "I shall tax your Capital Gains when you sell your homes!" And the people yawned and the slumping housing market collapsed. And He said, "I shall mandate employer- funded health care for EVERY worker and raise the minimum wage. And I shall give every person unlimited healthcare and medicine and transportation to the clinics." And the people said, "Give me some of that!" Then he said, "I shall penalize employers who ship jobs overseas." And the people said, "Where's my rebate check?" Then "The One" said, "I shall bankrupt the coal industry and
electricity rates will skyrocket!" And the people said, "Coal is dirty, coal is evil, no more coal! But we don't care for that part about higher electric rates." So "The One" said, "Not to worry. If your rebate isn't enough to cover your expenses, we shall bail you out. Just sign up with ACORN and your troubles are over!"

Then He said, "Illegal immigrants feel scorned and slighted. Let's grant them amnesty, Social Security, free education, free lunches, free medical care, bi-lingual signs and guaranteed housing..." And the people said, "Hallelujah!!" And they made him King! And so it came to pass that employers, facing spiraling costs and ever-higher taxes, raised their prices and laid off workers.
Others simply gave up and went out of business and the economy sank like unto a rock dropped from a cliff. The banking industry was destroyed. Manufacturing slowed to a crawl. And more of the people were without a means of support.

Then "The One" said, "I am the "The One" - The Messiah - and I'm here to save you! We shall just print more money so everyone will have enough!" But our foreign trading partners said unto Him, "Wait a minute. Your dollar is not worth a pile of camel dung! You will have to pay more..." And the people said, "Wait a minute. That is unfair!!" And the world said, "Neither are these other idiotic programs you have embraced. Lo, you have become a Socialist state and a second-rate power. Now you shall play by our rules!"

And the people cried out, "Alas, alas!! What have we done?" But yea verily, it was too late. The people set upon "The One" and spat upon him and stoned him, and his name was dung. And the once mighty nation was no more; and the once proud people were without sustenance or shelter or hope. And the Change "The One" had given them was as like unto a poison that had destroyed them and like a whirlwind that consumed all that they had built. And the people beat their chests in despair and cried out in anguish, "Give us back our nation and our pride and our hope!!" But it was too late, and their homeland was no more.

You may think this is a fairy tale, but it's not. It's happening RIGHT NOW !!!

Stamp Malfunction

The Postal Service created a stamp with a picture of the new POTUS. The stamp was not sticking to envelopes. This enraged the POTUS, who demanded a full investigation.

After a month of testing and $1.73 million in congressional spending, a special POTUS commission presented the following findings:

The stamp is in perfect order. There is nothing wrong with the adhesive. People are spitting on the wrong side.

You Scare Me

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

By Lou Pritchett



Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

Note: Lou Pritchett is a former vice president of Procter & Gamble whose career at that company spanned 36 years before his retirement in 1989, and he is the author of the 1995 business book, Stop Paddling & Start Rocking the Boat.

Military Pay

This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece in the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America .
On Nov. 12, Ms Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show) wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article. He ought to get a bonus for this.

"Ms Williams:
I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GIs earn enough" and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account.

Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10 ,490.40, after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment .. A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington , D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum...

I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions. Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN ;

I leave the choice of service branch up to you. Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience."

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone obviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this:

Trade whatever MRE (meal-ready- to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opened piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL , I will defend to the death your right to say it .

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.

And you, Ms.. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve?

Rubbish!

A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC

Captain Kangaroo, Lee Marvin, Mr Rogers

I loved watching the Captain, Mr Green Jeans and the bunny rabbit.

Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 at age 76.

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3- and 4-star generals at Arlington National Cemetery . His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected. Only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions. Lee Marvin was a genuine hero.. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor!

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog from 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson': His guest was Lee Marvin Johnny said, 'Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ...and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded.'

'Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But, Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew.... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red Beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by , with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.

That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?' 'Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!'

Johnny, I'm not lying, he was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo.'

On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth.. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.

After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.


America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Rogers.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Square Knitting Needles

http://www.kollageyarns.com/needles.html

At one of my LYS they had square knitting circular needles. I decided to try a pair as I had heard they were for people who had carpal tunnel, arthritis, etc. While I don't have any of those knitting all day can make one's hands and wrists hurt. I got a size 4, came home and cast on a little lace scarf pattern. I knit about 4" and noticed how much I did not hurt. While the connection catches on the yarn, it may be that I only have 52 stitches of sock yarn I am not happy with that. I am going to finish my scarf and try something with more stitches and see how that goes. I have to say I will buy these again in different sizes.

Movies

I saw the Night at the Musuem movie a couple weeks ago. I liked the first one and I think this one is better. I am not a Ben Stiller fan but the movie is good despite him being in it. Amy Adams plays a very quirky Amelia Earheart, a part she is good at in many of her movies, I think she is a little off plumb, but she is good nevertheless. Not much of Robin Williams in it. The story actually reminds us all we should do what makes us happy, no matter what it is.

The new Sandra Bullock movie is hilarious but take a kleenex for the end. How can not you not like her? Of course nothing will ever compare to Miss Congeniality but... the movie starts out a little like Devil Wore Prada and they trick you into thinking you are looking at Alaska when you are looking at a modified Massachusetts. The scenery is very pretty and Betty White is a scream even though I have never cared for her. The scene of Sandra and Betty in the woods chanting and dancing is hilarious. That is all I am saying. If you need an escape for a couple of hours go see both of these.

Preview for a movie coming out at Thanksgiving. The producers of Wild Hog bring John Travolta and Robin Williams in a movie together. I hope the previews are not the best of the movie cos the preview had me laughing so hard I almost pee'd my pants.

President Pantywaste

This article is from Gerald Warner of the Telegraph in the UK. How is it the rest of the world realizes numnuts hates America but our own liberal citizens don't get it. Stop the worshipping and get your head out of your arse and look at how he is destroying this country.



If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter.

Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.

That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.

"Don't be discouraged by what's happened the last few weeks," he told intelligence officers. Is he kidding? Thanks to him, al-Qaeda knows the private interrogation techniques available to the US intelligence agencies and can train its operatives to withstand them - or would do so, if they had not already been outlawed.

So, next time a senior al-Qaeda hood is captured, all the CIA can do is ask him nicely if he would care to reveal when a major population centre is due to be hit by a terror spectacular, or which American city is about to be irradiated by a dirty bomb. Your view of this situation will be dictated by one simple criterion: whether or not you watched the people jumping from the twin towers . . .

President Pantywaist's recent world tour, cosying up to all the bad guys, excited the ambitions of America's enemies. Here, they realised, is a sucker they can really take to the cleaners. His only enemies are fellow Americans. Which prompts the question: why does President Pantywaist hate America so badly?