March 2006


31 Mar 2006 09:24 am

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Asta’s not for sale.

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He won’t even work for food.

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Asta’s work is simply being Asta.

Go see lots more kitties being themselves at The Modulator’s #80 Friday Ark!

31 Mar 2006 01:22 am

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Two Gulf War Vets, One West Point grad and now Captain in the Arkansas National Guard and One Marine are four examples of the kind of men our nation produces. Two of them are deploying to Iraq.

I’ve been sort of off my feed lately of Peggy Noonan articles but she provides plenty of intellectual nourishment in the following piece…….

We fought a war to free slaves. We sent millions of white men to battle and destroyed a portion of our nation to free millions of black men. What kind of nation does this? We went to Europe, fought, died and won, and then taxed ourselves to save our enemies with the Marshall Plan. What kind of nation does this? Soviet communism stalked the world and we were the ones who steeled ourselves and taxed ourselves to stop it. Again: What kind of nation does this?

Only a very great one. Maybe the greatest of all.

Do we teach our immigrants that this is what they’re joining? That this is the tradition they will now continue, and uphold?

Do we, today, act as if this is such a special place? No, not always, not even often. American exceptionalism is so yesterday. We don’t want to be impolite. We don’t want to offend. We don’t want to seem narrow. In the age of globalism, honest patriotism seems like a faux pas.

And yet what is true of people is probably true of nations: if you don’t have a well-grounded respect for yourself, you won’t long sustain a well-grounded respect for others.

UPDATE: I will be adding more posts today bolstering Peggy’s contention that our nation is exceptional and other posts about why our kids are not learning about our great history in school.

Here’s a post that in its own way explains why our nation is a great one.

Hat tip: Wittingshire

30 Mar 2006 10:11 pm

Our county is under a tornado warning. I just heard the siren. That guarantees we won’t have one. When real tornados strike around here the siren doesn’t go off. We are getting that awful beeping sound on the Weather Channel.

There is an awful lot of thunder going on.

UPDATE: Checking the local channel… The severe storm tracker has a tornado heading right towards us. Very strong. It’s ten miles away.

Making a right turn. May miss us.

UPDATE: Well that was fun. It blew over. All clear for now. I lit all those candles for nothing. But of course, I am glad it was for nothing.

30 Mar 2006 10:06 am

You Belong in Rome


You’re a big city girl with a small town heart
Which is why you’re attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?

That’s alright with me.

Hat tip: Samantha Burns

30 Mar 2006 12:34 am

What to do? We have something on our cable box that allows us to record the shows so I did. I will stay up late to watch Lost with my daughter but already watched the American Idol results show.

I was really sorry to see Lisa Tucker leave. She smiles with her eyes and has a great voice. She really seems unaffected unlike the cloying Paris. Wish it had been Paris who was kicked off the show tonight. She is just too icky sweet for my taste and really not that great a singer. Katharine is okay but something about her irritates me too.

I like Kellie Pickler though. And the glorious Mandisa.

But one of the guys is going to win. Either Chris, Elliot, Bucky or Taylor. I know Simon thinks Bucky is just the opening act but he seems more authentic to me. He reminds me of the late Gentry Douglas, one of my dad’s best friends and the man who taught me how to play the guitar.

I’ll never forget Gentry’s version of White Lightning.

Ace will probably be the next to leave. Last night when he opened his shirt to show his scar it had to be one of the cheesiest moments ever.

This years Idol contestants are really good but it seems to me that there hasn’t been enough focus on the personalities behind the scenes.

Next week is country music week. Here are my song suggestions. I just hope the girls stay away from any and all Faith Hill songs.

Kellie Pickler ought to sing one of Barbara Mandrell’s greatest hits….like I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool, written by the girl who got me through high-school biology, Kye Fleming.

I can really identify with that song because Kye (whose real name is Rhonda Fleming) and I were both into music, both altos and both in Mixed Chorus. We drove our choral director crazy by purposely singing off-key in chorus practice just for the heck of it. Sometimes it was because we didn’t like the music selections. Rhonda’s lyrics are pretty true to her life back when we were young. Even then Rhonda’s chord progressions were amazing. So Kellie should pick something out of Barbara Mandrell’s repertoire.

Mandisa ought to sing a Loretta Lynn song. That would be such a hoot and she could do it. You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man) would be a great choice.

Katharine needs to stop singing anything that makes her sound screechy which is how she sounded last night. She needs something smoother and silkier like a Skeeter Davis song. Maybe The End of the World.

I recommend Patty Loveless and her songs to Paris. Maybe this one…….”To Have You Back Again

This is really off the wall but I think Elliot ought to sing “Detroit City” by Bobby Bare. A long time ago when my sister and I were little and just starting out we shared a stage with Bobby Bare. My sister was so little that she had to stand on a step-stool to reach the microphone and Bobby Bare made us feel better by joking with us about being short himself.

Bucky needs to show his voice range a little more than he has and I would like him to try out something by Randy Travis. Maybe…On the Other Hand.

Taylor should go the Ray Charles country route and sing Born to Lose. I think he could really belt that out.

Chris should go Garth Brooks and sing Friends in Low Places. I would love to hear his rendition of that one. Or maybe White Lightning.

And what about Ace? Maybe a Glenn Campbell classic……I’m thinking ……Galveston.

I’m looking forward to it…if the Hollywood types don’t take over and screw it up.

29 Mar 2006 05:34 pm

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The above photo is on Time’s online site directly next to their daily poll. Unbelievable. At first I thought it was an advertisement but it’s Time’s own image.

There’s also an ugly article about the recently released Christian, Abdul Rahman.

Condoleeza Rice is a very attractive woman and I find it disgusting that Time Magazine would post such a distorted photo of her on their site.

Despicable.

And for jump-ugly news read this. (It’s doubtful that Time will cover it)

Thanks to Lorie Byrd and commenter, Viking at Polipundit for some clarification. The caricature of Condi Rice is just part of an “illustration” of the Who Are the Most Influential People of 2006 Poll. Still, Condi gets a bad look and they make Hillary look better than she really does.

28 Mar 2006 08:44 pm

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What an incredibly beautiful day it was today. Too pretty for blogging.

27 Mar 2006 08:54 pm

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Looking over our wild bushes towards the neighbor’s house.

This tree is on the boundary between our house and our neighbors’. My husband looked at it the other day and said, “That tree is dying.”

I don’t think so. Even though it’s getting more gnarly the tree is still standing. And there are plenty of buds.

I’m not a tree expert so don’t even know what kind of tree it is but I suspect it’s either an oak or an elm.

25 Mar 2006 10:48 am

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But still allowed in my southern yard.

In St. Paul, Minnesota the city’s human rights director banned the display of the Easter Bunny because it might offend non-Christians.

March 25, 2006 — Here’s the opening sentence from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A small Easter display was removed from the City Hall lobby on Wednesday out of concern that it would offend non-Christians.

The story went on to explain that a secretary decorates her area, which is apparently near or in the office lobby, for each holiday. This time it was “a cloth Easter bunny, pastel-colored eggs and a sign which said ‘Happy Easter.’” This, apparently, enraged the city’s human rights director because it negated, damaged or threatened somebody’s human rights. This tower of Midwestern cultural nobility, Tyrone Terrill, said that nobody had complained to him about it, and no city money was used to finance the display, so his actions clearly are signs that we are looking at the man’s character, here.

24 Mar 2006 12:26 pm

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I went looking for Captain this morning and this is where I found him. Captain has always liked to take walks on the piano keys. He’s really not much for listening to music but has always been fascinated with the sound he makes walking across the keyboard. Especially at two A.M.

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After a while Cappy checked out the photos on top of the piano. He’s a visual learner.

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Never to be outdone by Captain, Sabby decided to get some face time on the piano keys and attempted to play Chopsticks. Does Sabby like country music? No. Opera? No. Never. Chopsticks is Sabby’s favorite song.

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