December 2005

24 Dec 2005 07:51 am

Our little shell tree in front of a photo of my late mother-in-law, Martha Ann. We really miss her.

Merry Christmas to all who visit Wide Awake Cafe. May your day be filled with the peace that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give.

23 Dec 2005 07:20 am

My husband just recovered from a really rough stomach bug. Less than a day after he came down with it my niece (who had spent a few days with us) came down with the bug. It really knocked her out. She’s better now and so is my husband.

My brother and his wife got sick with the stomach flu right after each other this week.

Then we heard this morning that my daughter-in-law and son who have traveled down to Louisiana to be with her family fell ill with the stomach bug. My daughter-in-law had to be taken to the hospital because she got dehydrated very quickly. Now we are worried about our grandson who is only two and seems to catch everything.

I have a bad cold and hoping not to get the stomach part too.

Anyway, Merry Christmas.

22 Dec 2005 10:11 pm

I went up north this morning to go shopping with my oldest daughter. Part of the time my nephew, Matt was along with us but I think we tired him out. Matt is living (and working) in our state after having graduated from Florida State. It was fun catching up with him and his life. He told us that last spring or summer when he was still in Florida he met Susan Lucci.

He has a friend who works for US Weekly and she took him along to an interview/photo shoot of a wedding on All My Children (the soap opera) which was being staged on location in a fancy hotel in Boca Raton. Having never watched a soap opera Matt didn’t know who Susan Lucci was but he was kind of appalled that she had never been to Boca before……. only to Palm Beach. I bet that she was shocked to meet someone who had never heard of her.

We shopped all day long and into the night. It was fun and productive but I am worn out. Now I have a lot of wrapping to do. But I will do that tomorrow.

21 Dec 2005 05:23 pm

Tom Bevin of Real Clear Politics has a post up about John McCain and his possible casting in the 2008 presidential election as the Arthur Fonzarelli of Politics.

Nope. It’s not going to happen. Just one glance at the above picture tells me that. If Harry Reid can out-fonz John McCain in this silly photo then McCain can only hope to be Potsie.

And there is something quite odd about the man, not only in the above photo but in many of his public appearances. There’s a slightly creepy, pall-bearish look to him, or maybe it’s just that he reminds me of one of the kooks in The Blair Witch Project.

He’s definitely done all he can to drive a stake into heart of the conservative movement. He’s like the crazy aunt who is always present at every family gathering and everyone is afraid she will erupt at any moment.

21 Dec 2005 04:22 pm

My sister is an elementary art teacher in a city in northwest Arkansas and brought the beautiful door scene that she did for her classroom over to our house today. It’s so beautiful.

21 Dec 2005 04:15 pm

I like wakefulness in the White House. So does David White. May Howard Dean and company continue in their comatose state. (courtesy of Instapundit)

21 Dec 2005 09:12 am

I’ve been checking out Matt Lagrone’s blog to see if he has updated his blog or seen all the comments made to his great Christmas tree post and this morning I see he is back. Merry Christmas Matt.

21 Dec 2005 08:49 am

Kick his butt on down the road. What a panty-waist. What kind of statement is he trying to make by quitting?

I question why this judge was ever appointed to the spy court. When I heard Judge James Robertson’s name I knew immediately that he was the liberal judge (toady) who worked so hard to protect the Clintons throughout his term in the mid to late nineties. Why Rehnquist ever appointed him to the FISA court……..a position which truly calls for wise judgment I will never know.

I wonder if any leaks have come from Robertson or his clerks……….

A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush’s secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation.

James Robertson sent his resignation to the chief justice.

Gateway Pundit has much more on this “Bush hating” judge.

Welcome Basil’s Blog visitors. Take a look around. Set a spell. Have a bite to eat before you go.

20 Dec 2005 03:40 pm

President Bush gave better than he got at the press conference yesterday.

Lorie Byrd had a similar reaction to seeing President Bush majorly piss off the press even more yesterday. It was so good to see him energetically push back against the David Gregorys and the John Roberts…… other words, the silly men of the media.

Bob Schieffer worked really hard to provide more shabby media moments last night on the CBS evening news.

Kathryn J. Lopez had this little sample of the President’s wit yesterday at the press conference.

This is the commander in chief commanding a room of the press corp, from the press conference today:

QUESTION: Sir, the other…

BUSH: You asked a multiple-part question.

QUESTION: Yes, I did.

BUSH: Thank you for violating the multiple-part question rule. I didn’t know there was a law on that.


BUSH: There’s not a law.


It’s an executive order.


In this case, not monitored by the Congress.


Nor is there any administrative oversight.


QUESTION: Well, without breaking any laws, back on domestic spying. Making the case for that, can you give us some example…

BUSH: Oh, I got you. Yes, sorry. No, I’m not going to talk about that, because it would help give the enemy notification and/or perhaps signal to them methods and uses and sources. And we’re not going to do that.

And Jonathan Alter thinks Bush is reallly realllly worried. Yeah right.

20 Dec 2005 08:20 am

A brilliant post by Rick Moran at Right Wing Nut House on Jonathan Alter’s latest lunacy. (courtesy of Hugh Hewitt) I will never forget Alter’s behavior on the night of the presidential election in 2000. He was so furious that Bush was beating Gore that he was sputtering. And he seemed to be crying. (or was it just snowflakes?)

I do remember this

On NBC Alter told Tim Russert that Bush should concede the election.

Tim Russert asked him if he meant Gore, and he said no, that he meant Bush, because, whether or not he had won the electoral vote, Gore had clearly won the popular vote, so he should be President.

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