A little humor to end the year! Everyone stay safe tonight.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
A little humor to end the year! Everyone stay safe tonight.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I found this little news item most interesting...
Poll: Tea Party Patriots Most Popular
Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 09:32 AM
By: David Patten
The Tea Party Patriots conservative grassroots movement is now more popular than either major party according to a major new poll.
According to the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday, 41 percent of likely voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party Patriots. That compares to a 35 percent favorable rating for Democrats and 28 percent for the GOP.
The stunning conclusion: If the Tea Party Patriots were a political party – it is increasingly shifting its emphasis in a nonpartisan political direction – it would be the most popular party in America.
The results suggest voter antipathy toward both major parties is more profound than initially recognized.
It also indicates that the left-wing bloggers and talk hosts who have consistently derided the Tea Party Patriots throughout the year with an obscene “tea bagger” reference are out of step with the American people.
“This is stunning to me just because it shows how angry Americans are – the Tea Party movement [is] more popular than both major parties,” MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said Thursday. “The parties are dying.”
NBC chief political correspondent Chuck Todd observed: “Candidates that align themselves against Washington and Wall Street are going to have good success right now in 2010.”
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll also reflected the results of other surveys that have shown President Obama’s approval rating dipping below 50 percent. The survey states only 47 percent approve of his job performance. Also, only 39 percent say they have confidence in his goals and policies.
Todd described it as “a bad poll for the president.”
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The left-wing out of step with the American people....?! Nooooo... you don't say! Who'da thunk it!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Had a slight scare the other day. Monday night I noticed a pretty good sized swollen patch on my neck where it meets my shoulder area. Too close to the lymph nodes for my liking... mom was a little concerned also.
I called my cancer doctor and got in to see him Thursday afternoon... well, actually his P.A.. She wasn't to sure about it and called him in to check it out. He wasn't real impressed... he said I'd have to do better than that... *lol* He said he couldn't see my lymphoma jumping to that extent so quickly. It's been on my right arm for 10 years now and hasn't traveled anywhere else.) But he wanted to have an ultrasound done to be on the safe side.
So they sent me over immediately to get that done... the girl doing it finished up and said she wanted her supervisor to look at the pictures before I left. I figured that meant one of two things... she wasn't seeing anything and thought she was doing something wrong, or saw something severe. Thank God it was more the first. She could see the huge lump but the ultrasound was not making out any mass. So it's not a mass! Very good thing.
The P.A. called me later to let me know that whatever this is... it doesn't seem to be cancerous. She said if it doesn't go away or gets worse, it wouldn't hurt to see my family doctor, they would have a better idea of what else might be causing this.
So I wait...
I did crash around 5:30... it was like being in a semi-coma... I kept trying to come out of it every so often but just couldn't do it. I was pretty much out until about 8:30. Then, of course, I was up most of the night. *sigh*
Friday, December 4, 2009
Mom showed this to me and when I got home I was watching "The Bonnie Hunt Show" late night repeat and she showed the video... it was so adorable I had to share.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I came across this video blog called "The MEAN Kitty". It's pretty entertaining. It started out as a daily vlog, but then became a weekly vlog. They also made an appearance on "The Bonnie Hunt Show".
These vlogs are just little daily glimpses into the lives of our cats Sparta and Loki. Posting daily from 7.29.2009 - 9.1.2009 while Stephanie and I prepare for our wedding on 9.6.2009.
The day Sparta met Loki:
This is the beginning of the vlog...
Cats of Autumn - Music Video
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I guess this was posted on July 16th... somehow I missed it at the time. Regardless, I thought it was worth sharing. He made some important points.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I first saw this on one of the news shows... I kept meaning to ask my mom if she had seen it. I made a mental note to search for it, but I just haven't had the time over the last few days. Then *wahlah*... it shows up in my inbox.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I came across this excerpt (below) from a 2008 forum entry that very much applies right now with the debate on whether there should be government-run health care.
"I think it's funny when people talk about Cuba and how wonderful it is because the government controls....uh...I mean....funds everything. And yet Cubans risk their lives by floating on an old door across the ocean to get here. Why would they do that? After all, communist Cuba is just so freakin' awesome! Michael Moore tells us so.
Don't fall for it. The more aspects of our lives controlled by any government, the less freedom we have."
Every government program created to "help us out" turns into a huge, bloated, money-sucking, bureaucratic blackhole with so much red tape it ends up hurting more people than it helps. It becomes out of control and easily abused... which ends up costing us (the taxpayers) even more.
With every addition we become one step closer to complete dependency on the government. This is not the government our founding fathers envisioned. It was not meant to become the surrogate mother and father of every citizen. It was meant to protect us and our freedom. Not to decide how we are to live and provide for our every need. That's control... and when we give over control, we also give over freedom!
Something to think about.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I enjoy a great post-apocalyptic or futuristic movie now and again. I loved "The Postman" and may be one of the few who liked "Waterworld". I also loved "Starship Troopers". Hey, what can I say...?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This is DEFINITELY a 'need to see on the big screen' kind of movie! Awesome special effects!
I like the retro look of the album cover, reminds me of the art covers in the 70's. I don't care for how "feminine" he is portrayed as.
Monday, November 2, 2009
This video made me miss home. I miss having wildlife around my property.
Friday, October 30, 2009
This is bogus... this guy wore this button for over a year and nothing was said. It wasn't until he started bringing his bible in to read on break that the problem started.
Call his firing for what it is... intolerance for Christianity! A violation of religious freedom!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I was reading my friend Beth's blog post this morning... and it was a wake-up call for me. Somehow I let a demon into my house and it's been opening the door for it's buddies.
Usually, when I sense their presence, I cast them out immediately. Many times I have been attacked, although usually in an immediate struggle. A few times it has been a physical attack. The feeling of being held down, like someone is pushing you down or sitting on top of you... for anyone that has gone through this, you know how terrifying and overwhelming it is. The feeling of powerlessness (is that a word?).
This one snuck in slowly and quietly, then took over, almost as if it bound me before I knew it. It's like I didn't even put up a fight... like I didn't know I needed to fight or something. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it, I was blinded to it. Through my friend Beth, the Lord opened my eyes and my heart which allowed me to be freed from these bindings. She named it and brought it out into the light, it was like a slap in the face. Duh! I already feel the sensation of a burden being lifted.
So, please, all my friends and family, say a prayer for me and keep me in your prayers. I believe I will need help with this bunch of deviant demons. Fear, dread, doom, depression, doubt... just to name a few. Causing me to want to retreat and hide from the world, almost isolating myself.
Thank you, Beth, for allowing the Lord to work through you. And thank you, Lord, for being so persistant and continuing to knock, no pound, on this thick head of mine to be heard. *lol*
Love and blessings to all on this beautiful Monday morning!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Huckabee Leads 2012 Poll
Saturday, October 17, 2009 10:49 AM
Twenty-nine percent of Republican voters nationwide say former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 presidential campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 24 percent prefer former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney while 18 percent would cast their vote for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 14 percent of the vote while Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty gets 4 percent. Six percent of GOP voters prefer some other candidate while 7 percent remain undecided.
These numbers reflect an improvement for Huckabee since July when the three candidates were virtually even. Huckabee’s gain appears to be Palin’s loss as Romney’s support has barely changed.
The numbers for Huckabee and Romney look even stronger when GOP voters were asked which candidate they would least like to see get the nomination. Pawlenty came on top in that category with 28 percent. Palin was second at 21 percent while 20 percent named Gingrich. Romney and Huckabee were in the single digits with 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
Huckabee and Romney are viewed favorably by 78 percent of Republican voters, Palin by 75 percent. Gingrich earns favorably reviews from 69 percent while Pawlenty is less well known and gets a positive assessment from 45 percent of Republicans.
Republican voters are very confident their nominee could be the next president of the United States. Eighty-one percent of the GOP faithful say that it’s at least somewhat likely the Republican nominee will defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Fifty percent say it’s very vikely.
Romney leads all prospects among voters who attend church once a month or less. Huckabee leads among more frequent churchgoers. Huckabee holds a huge lead among Evangelical Christians with Palin in second and Romney a distant third. Huckabee and Romney are essentially even among other Protestants while Romney has the edge among Catholics.
Romney leads among Republicans earning more than $75,000 a year while Huckabee leads among those who earn less.
Friday, October 16, 2009
This was forwarded to me by my dad, a Marine that served in Vietnam. The honor and respect shown to this fallen soldier by his community touched him.
Freedom isn't free... it is paid for by the blood and sacrifice of our brave soldiers, the real heroes of this nation! If this doesn't cause you to at least tear up, well then, there's just something wrong with ya.
A Hero's Salute: Staff Sgt. John Beale
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I'm a little late getting this post up... oh well. Been tired lately, by 8:30 PM I can hardly keep my eyes open. This is so not like me. I'm the night owl of the family. Always have been. I keep drifting off while I watch tv, and napping that late left me up most the night afterwards. So I quit letting myself drift off, forced myself to stay awake and went to bed about 11:30 PM (which is usually really early for me). Problem is... I wake up at 6:00 in the morning, then by 10 AM I'm ready for a nap. I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON!
So here I am, 9:30 PM and trying to keep myself from falling asleep.
Okay... the thing I am late blogging about! Sunday night I was laying in bed, half asleep, watching tv when I heard a bit of a commotion by my bedroom door. Simon and Missy were playing or something... well so I thought! Come to realize they were kinda fightin' over something! When I saw it I was hoping to god it was just a big worm... NOPE!
It was a snake! A baby snake, but a snake none-the-less! They finally went and did it! They dragged a snake in through the cat door. I've been dreading this moment! What a wake-up! My blood was pumping now! I grabbed a jar; one of those short squat jars you get minced garlic in, so my hand had to get pretty close and I was waiting for it to jump at me. Slowly I put the jar over it as I fought the cats off. I was trying to keep the cats from knocking the jar over, and at the same time, trying to figure how to get the jar flipped over with the snake on the inside. So I gruffly yelled and stomped at the cats scaring them off temporarily while I ran to the kitchen to get a spatula. Perfect! Mission accomplished.
It was shell pink or soft coral pinkish color on the underbelly. Light brownish/coral pinkish color on the top. Never saw anything like it before as far as snakes go.
Then I made the trek out across the back yard, in the dark, in my nightgown, carrying my jar with the snake in it. I took the top off and dumped the contents into the wooded field... hoping it went into the wild and not in the direction of my house. Lordy, lordy!
Okay, ya'll can stop laughing now!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Rep. Boehner Accuses Obama of Subverting Constitution
Friday, October 2, 2009 10:27 AM
By: Jim Meyers and David A. Patten
House Minority Leader John Boehner is accusing President Obama of subverting and circumventing the Constitution by appointing so-called czars who are not subject to Senate confirmation or scrutiny.
In a wide-ranging interview with Newsmax.TV on Thursday, the Ohio Republican discussed issues ranging from healthcare reform to President Obama’s refusal to engage the GOP leadership in bipartisanship.
But Boehner’s most pointed comments came when Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella asked whether he is concerned that Obama has appointed so many czars – special advisers or envoys who have relatively few restrictions on their authority or salary – most of whom do not have to win confirmation in the Senate, as Cabinet secretaries do.
To see the video of Minority Leader John Boehner's assessment of President Obama's proliferation of czars and the status of the healthcare debate, Click here.
"I think this whole issue has gotten way out of control in terms of the number of czars that he has and advisers around him," Boehner said.
While acknowledging that Obama has a right to domestic and international policy advisers, he contends that the president crossed the line with his czar appointments.
"He clearly is circumventing the Constitution, in my view, and I think the heat continues to build on the administration to deal with this," Boehner told Newsmax. "It's one thing to have domestic policy advisers or international policy advisers, but to have this many people at the White House who have really more control than the Cabinet secretaries, I think is a subversion of the Constitution."
Since taking office, the Obama administration has appointed about 33 of the so-called "czars," although the precise number depends on the definition used. Some czar positions, such as the cyber security czar, have been created but not filled.
Though past administrations have used czars — the most famous being the drug czar — Obama appears to have carved out much wider policy and executive roles for his appointees. So far only two of his czar appointments passed through the Senate's constitutional advice-and-consent confirmation procedure.
Obama’s czars are well compensated with six-figure salaries, and many of their budgets are buried within Cabinet or executive branch budgets. Of major concern to Congress are the unconfirmed czars who operate beyond Congressional oversight and appear to have authority beyond even that of some Cabinet secretaries, at least in their special fields of expertise. Health-reform czar Nancy-Ann DeParle and global-warming czar Carol Browner are two examples.
There is little doubt many of the czars wield enormous power. The czar appointments have raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill, including among some Democrats. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., wrote Obama a letter warning: “The rapid and easy accumulation of power by White House staff can threaten the constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate confirmed officials.”
Senate Democrats Dianne Feinstein of California and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin also have expressed misgivings.
Obama has appointed six special envoys who act as czars internationally. Obama's foreign-policy czars have not been confirmed by the Senate.
Afghanistan-Pakistan Czar Richard Holbrooke and Mideast Peace Czar George Mitchell both technically report to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the State Department. But press reports suggest they can bypass her easily by communicating directly with the White House.
Some Republican members of Congress have gone so far as to suggest that the czars represent establishment of a "parallel government."
The use of such czars has come back to haunt Obama. His choice for the "green jobs" czar post, Van Jones, resigned after a spate of inflammatory remarks, as well as his participation in "9/11 truther" activities that seek to somehow blame former President George W. Bush for the 9/11 attacks. This drew criticism that some czars have not gone through the proper vetting that occurs during Senate confirmation.
Boehner has other major concerns that transcend the czars. The Ohio Republican also took aim at Democratic proposals for healthcare reform and said the United States needs to reform medical malpractice laws to deal with the "healthcare junksuit lottery" prevalent today. He wondered how Democrats could say "with a straight face" that they're protecting Medicare.
Martella asked Boehner about the healthcare reform plan the Democrats are trying to "ram through" Congress. Boehner has referred to the plan as a "garlic milkshake."
"The American people don't want the government to run their healthcare — 83 percent of Americans like the healthcare they have, 80 percent think it's too expensive," Boehner said.
"So what we really need to be doing is working within the current plan to make it work better.
"Having said that, the more the president and Democrat leaders talk about their government-run plan, the less popular it becomes. That's why I think it's as popular as a garlic milkshake."
Martella asked what Boehner thinks will be the final outcome if the Democrats insist on including the public option in their reform plan even though a Senate committee has voted it down twice.
"I don't know how they're going to find the votes, in the House or the Senate, for their so-called government option," Boehner said.
"There's a lot of moving parts here, but they're going to have a very difficult time with this.
"If the American people stay engaged in this fight over what's going to happen with our healthcare, the American people are going to win. At the end of the day, when the American people get engaged with their government, they speak up, Washington listens.
"So it's critically important that the American people not forget what they did in June and July and August. They have to stay involved. They have to keep in touch with their members of Congress and keep the pressure on, and if that happens I do think it will be impossible for them to pass a very unpopular bill."
Martella noted that the Democrats' plan includes $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. Boehner responded:
"Yesterday was rather interesting. I walked by a Democratic press conference where the Speaker of the House and other Democrat leaders [were] talking about how there were going to be no cuts for seniors, how they were protecting Medicare. Now I don't know how they can do this with a straight face.
"They're the ones offering some $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, and yet they say it's not going to affect seniors."
Boehner told Newsmax that the Republicans have countered the Democrats' reform efforts with several plans of their own.
"You can go to healthcare.gop.gov and look at the various Republican plans that are out there," he said.
"All of them are fairly consistent in terms of making our current healthcare system work better. We don't want to rely on the government. We don’t want government officials getting between patients and their doctors. And we do think we need to do something about cost, which is the big issue that the American people care about.
"But there is really nothing done about cost in any of the Democrat proposals that we've seen. . . No tort reform, no junk lawsuits. It's not just the tort reform, it's the defensive medicine that doctors practice as a result of this healthcare junksuit lottery that goes on today.
"We could save over $100 billion a year in less medicine being practiced if in fact we were to have real reform of medical malpractice laws."
When Martella asked Boehner whether he wanted to take any action against Florida Democrat Alan Grayson, who alleged that the GOP health plan is to hope sick people "die quickly," Boehner said simply:
"You have to remember an old political adage: When your opponents are committing suicide, there's no reason to murder them."
Incredibly, even though Boehner is the leading Republican in the House and the president has spoken of his desire for a bipartisan approach to issues, Boehner says he has not been to the White House in five months.
Martella said: "Minority Whip Eric Cantor says Obama has cut off all communication with Republican leaders. Is that so, and if so, how can he possible use the word bipartisan in anything he says?"
Boehner answered: "I don't know, because I've not talked to him. We haven't been to the White House since late April, early May. No discussions about healthcare. No discussions about Afghanistan. No discussions about all their spending and debt.
"And so there's nothing bipartisan coming out of this White House, and there's nothing bipartisan that's come out of the Democrat leadership here in the House. Nothing."
To see the video of Minority Leader John Boehner's assessment of President Obama's proliferation of czars and the status of the healthcare debate, Click here.
Post Office + unions = millions for idleness (OneNewsNow.com)
Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 10/2/2009 10:20:00 AM
Many Americans may be outraged to find out that while the United States Postal Service is facing a $7 billion deficit this year and receiving a $4 billion bailout from Congress, the government agency is spending more than a million dollars each week to pay thousands of employees to sit in empty rooms and do nothing.
The Federal Times reports the Postal Service is paying out 45,000 hours of "standby time" every week -- the equivalent of having 1,125 full-time employees sitting idle, at a cost of more than $50 million a year. Postal union officials estimate that 15,000 employees have spent time this year holed up in so-called "resource rooms" where they read books, do word puzzles, or sleep -- and get paid for it.
Tad DeHaven, a budget analyst at the Cato Institute, says the Postal Service is experiencing serious financial woes in large part because 80 percent of its cost is tied up in labor.
"The Postal Service labor force is heavily unionized," he points out, "and the fact that they can't set aside these people or fire people, or reduce wages or time, or furlough [them] or anything, is all a function of the union contracts that they operate under."
DeHaven says the American Postal Workers Union, with government protection, is extracting excess wages, benefits, and privileges that other people in the country do not get.
"Now in the private sector, businesses have to adapt. They have to change their model; they have to unfortunately get rid of workers sometimes and rebuild their business model and adapt to the times," he explains. "Well, the Post Office is hamstrung -- and I almost feel bad for the management. They know what they need to do, to some degree, but they can't do it because of collective bargaining and unionism."
DeHaven says what is "doubly insulting" is that idle Postal employees are earning a paycheck from hard-working citizens who are struggling through the current recession.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I agree with the serious point being made with this video, but also found it very amusing. Hope you get a chuckle too.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Company Backed by Gore Gets Taxpayer Millions
Sunday, September 27, 2009 2:45 PM
A start-up automotive company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has been loaned more than half a billion dollars by the federal government.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Fisker Automotive Inc. has received $529 million in taxpayer money. The loan was intended to help Fisker produce a hybrid sports car to be sold in Finland.
"This is not for average Americans," Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, told the Journal. "This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It's a status symbol thing."
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
This is just down right creepy and disturbing! If this doesn't make your blood run cold, then there is something wrong with you. This kind of "conditioning" in a public school is dangerous!
Not convinced. Let's just look at the other side for a minute... what if you saw a video from school children praising Bush like this? Yeah... we ALL know what would happen!
The second point is... we can't speak, sing, or pray in school as Christians, but we can teach political praises and idealogical viewpoints of one side.
This is brain-washing, it's indoctrination.
From a Christian standpoint... this is coming extremely close to worshipping a false idol. Obama is becoming the golden calf! God will have something to say about this... and we WILL pay dearly.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Okay, this "gift" was more than expected! *Thank you my sweet baby kitty... which ever one it was.* I found it yesterday behind my bathroom door in front of the shower. I thought I'd share it since I know how you all love that sort of thing. *LOL*
Love the close-up? ;) That is a rat, isn't it? I've never seen a real live wild rat. I think that's what it is.
Monday I was mowing the lawn and hit an ant hill... those red biting ants. I got bit up pretty good all around my ankles. It was pretty nasty, had to break out the witch hazel, now I have all these ugly scabs!
Nathan came walking by shortly after I started mowing and pretty much finished it up... it started getting dark, so there was a section I finished up the next day. Thank you, Nathan... that was a big help and I very much appreciate it. He said he remembered moving me in... that, I believe, was the first time I met him. At that time I really didn't know him... he was just one of my niece's friends that came to help. I didn't get to know him until later.
~ ~ ~ More Cat Pics ~ ~ ~
This is Jack trying to fit his big butt into the casserole dish basket.
He's not that photogenic, he always looks so perturbed and irritated.
Missy in her chair that sits beside mine. She loves it when I twirl the chair in circles.
Here she is on the bathroom floor. I love the way she sprawls. It's pretty funny and so darn cute! That's her "I'm hot!" position. Sometimes she lays right over the vent. (The first pic is a little blurry.)
I don't watch "Dancing With The Stars" but I wanted to see how Tom Delay did and if he had a chance in heck of staying for awhile. So here you go... the second dance was more suited for his age, but I couldn't find it as a stand alone on YouTube.
You can see the second dance here... it's a version that is obviously edited but if you want to wait out the beginning you can see a clip of the second dance.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here is a couple videos I came across... freaky, but funny! I don't know why he just didn't kill the darn things!
They are similar to this huge spider at my mom's house, although this one is curled up and dead.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Having lived with cats my whole life, I have become accustomed to the "gifts" they drag in. The rabbits, mice, chipmunks, and birds... dead and alive. But I have to say... the "new gifts" and the consistancy that I've been dealing with it this past year, I don't know whether to laugh, yell, or cry. There is usually a lot of hmphing, groaning and eye rolling!
Missy Bug (how appropriate that name turned out to be) is the biggest culprit. She is constantly bringing in bugs of all sorts. The worst one... ohhh... was this big bug, I could hear it coming way before I knew she was bringing it. I could hear this noise... and this hissing... I didn't know what it was or where it was coming from. I was like, "What is that?", "What is that?" My head was up, kind of cocked, listening. Was it on tv, was it outside, what the heck is that?
Then she appears and drops it near me... this huge bug with what looked like pinchers at it's mouth. It was fighting back and hissing soooo loud! She tried to get hold of it again but it was biting or pinching her. I had to get a jar and chase it around a bit to capture it and take it outside. Not the highlight of my night!
Since then I have had multitudes of bugs, moths, lizards, and frogs. Specifically these little mini frogs, I thought they were just babies but they never seem to grow up. They are always that same small size. I'm finding them eveywhere, usually dead and dried up. I'm constantly vacuuming them up. Aaauuugh! And now these grasshopper looking things, but they are shorter, stouter, and very bright green with these strong wings.
Yesterday I saw a lump on the floor and thought, "What now?" It was a lump of clay. She had brought in a clay ball from under the deck. Guess that's what she was chasing all over the living room.
Tonight, oh tonight, never expected this... I heard her under the table playing with something. *eyes roll* Missy! I turned the overhead light on and I see something slim and stretched out... moving. Good Lord, she brought in an EARTHWORM! Have you ever known a cat to bring in an earthworm. I don't know what I'm gonna do with her! Thank heavens fall and winter is coming... hopefully I can get a little break from all this. I'm half afraid she's gonna drag a snake in next!
She has the softest, silkiest fur. And her fuzzy little paws... I adore it when she wraps them around my feet or ankles, it's so sweet. I want to hug and sqeeze and cuddle her all the time... but she absolutely HATES to be held. She squirms and fights and growls so loud you think she's gonna turn on you in a flash. But she doesn't... she's just a noise maker. I hug her and kiss her and love her all up, then I make a big production of letting her go. That way she knows she didn't have to struggle to get away, I let her go. She's a stray I took in from the wild when she was about 2 months old, so she has some issues. Before she would take off and put some distance between us. She wouldn't let me near for a little while. Now, I love her up and set her down... she'll look at me for a few then come over and curl up between my feet.
She still has issues with visitors but it's getting better. If someone walked up to the house or God forbid, came inside, she was out the cat door, across the yard, and under the neighbor's fence in a flash. She wouldn't come back for hours, and when she did, she would only come as far as the bush next to the fence. I would have to go out and coax her to me so I could catch her and carry her in (struggling and growling the whole way) to show her that is was now safe. Now she races into the guest room to hide under the bed or into my room under the dresser. If the visitor sits down and remains relatively still and quiet, she'll come out to visit... keeping her distance, of course. Only once did she come out and act relatively normal, sitting in the open and coming close. That was with my friend Pat. I used to work with him and once in awhile he stops in for a visit. She felt comfortable enough with him. He's a cat lover too and understands the situation. He doesn't go flitting about making loud noises or quick movements. My nephew, CJ, has done pretty good also. He sat still while she came in from outside and made her way into my bedroom.
She was so little.
U.S. House of Representatives have voted to stop ALL Federal funds to ACORN!
The House voted 345-75 to strike ACORN funding from a student aid bill with two voting present.
The Defund ACORN Act prohibits any "federal contract grant, cooperative agreement or any other form of agreement (including a memorandum of understanding" from being awarded to or entered into with the group. It also prohibits federal funds "in any other form" from being provided.
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, suggested the vote is essentially symbolic because the student aid bill did not actually provide any funding to ACORN.
However, the language refers to all federal contracts so it applies to any federal money.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who introduced the "motion to recommit" attached to the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, said the decision followed a Senate vote on Monday to strip housing funds for ACORN and the Census Bureau's decision last week to cut ties to the group.
"The battle, however, to deny ACORN federal funding is not over until the president signs the bill into law. ACORN gave significant support to Democrats and Americans must remain vigilant to avoid backtracking or efforts to water down prohibitions denying Federal funds to this corrupt organization," said
At this time, however, I don't trust Obama to do what is right. On one hand, I think, how can he not sign it. If anything else happens, if anything more comes out or gets uncovered... it'll ALL be on him and him alone! Surely he wouldn't risk his presidency over such a corrupt organization? On the other hand, ACORN gave him a lot of support. Obama made ACORN promises of helping to shape his agenda and who knows what else. I do know Obama and his administration were throwing an awful lot of power and money ACORN's way. So, is he prepared to not just turn his back on them but pitch them overboard completely? And I certainly hope he doesn't try to use this situation to bargain through his health care agenda! A little tit-for-tat to garner Republican support! Only time will tell.
This part did not suprise me at all:
The 75 lawmakers who voted "no" and two who voted "present" were all Democrats.
REPS that voted FOR cutting funds to ACORN:
REPS that voted AGAINST cutting funds to ACORN:
REPS that voted PRESENT (neither For or Against) cutting funds to ACORN:
REPS that DID NOT VOTE on cutting funds to ACORN:
Here's the link to the vote results: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll718.xml