October 2008


30 Oct 2008 12:24 pm

Can Obama make that claim?

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Updated infomercial poster discovered at Newsbusters tonight

No, I didn’t bother to watch Obama’s infomercial last night. I was at dinner celebrating the news that my son and daughter-in-law are going to have a baby girl this time! My first little granddaughter. Why would I bother watching the guy who couldn’t even tell the difference between Fred Sanford and George Jefferson try to shine on the American people one more time.

As the daughter and granddaughter of drycleaner and antique shop owners our families loved Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons. That Obama couldn’t even get that little piece of American pop culture right makes one wonder what exactly was he doing back then? Boy, my Dad loved Fred, Lamont and George.

From what I have heard the Obama show was a sort of folksy, Ken Burns-like downer. Definitely not a Morning in America uplifting type of feel good production.

The only infomercial I really like is Sham Wow.

And that only takes three freakin minutes out of our lives.

Besides, it’s fun. I remember the dialogue. I can see the experiment working. And I do like stuff that’s made in Germany. When I was talking about the new art project we are doing in school of which the theme is “Wow” one of my students, said he was going to make his art project all about Sham Wow and he proceeded to do it.

30 Oct 2008 12:44 am

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it is for children. When my kids were little we didn’t have the money to buy Halloween costumes and I was not a talented seamstress but I managed to come up with some kind of fun getups for the kids to wear. They loved Halloween and playing dress up. My mother and grandmothers always provided plenty of old hats, gloves, jewelry, petticoats, capes, and boots for my daughters and my son to wear for that glorious and mostly cold last night of October.

My son loved to put on my husband’s old West Point uniforms and hats. Especially the Tarbucket.

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Last week in my art class we were doing some Halloweenish art. I asked one of my students if he was going to go trick or treating. He hung his head and said his Daddy wouldn’t give his Mom any money to go shopping for a costume so he couldn’t go. I looked at him and said, “that’s going to stop you from going trick or treating? Well, we can fix that!”

We made some cool masks. The look on that young man’s face when he finished his very scary mask made not only my day, but my whole week. While he was working, he had decided what he was going to wear with his mask.

It sort of bothers me when I see adults going to Halloween parties but then again, they may be trying to recapture the magic of Halloween night when they were kids.

I am enjoying the excitement of my children dressing up their own little ones for Halloween and I am going to be there when they go trick or treating this Friday night.

To see some adorable Halloween photos drop by The Anchoress.

29 Oct 2008 12:13 am

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Pennsylvania’s the Keystone State for more reasons than one.

In 1981, as Lady Diana Spencer excitedly prepared for her wedding of the century to Prince Charles there were some warning bells going off in her mind. She’d discovered the secret gift of cuff links Camilla Parker Bowles had given to Charles and when she confided her worries to her sister that practical lady said, “Too late, Dutch (Diana’s family nickname), your face is already on all the tea towels.”

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It’s a crying shame that that lovely woman never found love or even kindly companionship within her marriage and instead, tragically lost her life with playboy, Dodi Al-Fayed in a Paris tunnel.

Warning bells unlistened to. And bad choices made all around.

Now in 2008 on the other side of the pond, 232 years after we declared our Independence from Great Britain because of their egregious policy of taxation without representation the United States of America teeters on the edge of the clift.

The warning bells are ringing. Voices are sounding the alert.

Will a majority of the American electorate vote for Barack Obama a week from today knowing next to nothing about him? Will Americans continue to ignore the warnings many people have given about Obama’s leftist political leanings and his very questionable associations with people who despise this country? Are Americans so naive or so sheepish that they would have the government control their paychecks completely? Do they believe that taking money from the rich to give to the poor will make them any richer? Do they think that is really fair? Do they understand that the term “spreading the wealth around” means taking away money from one group of people to give it to another group, in other words, socialism.

A very important point from Lorie Byrd….

The economy is tied to national security. Anyone who doubts that just needs to be reminded of what the stock market did following the 9/11 attacks. Joe Biden said he believes there will be a generated international crisis in Obama’s first months in office to “test” him and he went on to say that many will question Obama’s response to that crisis. Like them or not, the actions of the Bush administration have resulted in not one terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11/01. No one would have dreamed that was possible on September 12, 2001.

Most people now take that for granted. When I recently attended the state fair not only was my backpack not checked, I didn’t even see a security guard when I entered the gates. I thought back on October 2001 and how thoroughly everything we took into the fairgrounds was searched. At the airport we are at least still checked almost as well as we were immediately following the 9/11 attacks, but I know I don’t really think much about it anymore. I just see it as routine without really giving much thought to it as I did when the new shoe checks and other new rules were first instituted. I no longer think about where the exits are as soon as I enter a public event as I did in the first years following 9/11. I suspect that most are like me in that respect and in many ways are now living in a September 10 state of mind. So far, this has been a September 10 election.

Without security there is no economy as we learned September 11th, 2001, and yet, we came back from it. Americans are better than sheep. We need not follow each other off the cliff.

Do the American people believe it is important to have a man of good character in the Oval Office? Are they aware that Obama and the Democrats are planning to downsize the military as much as 25%? Have Americans forgotten that we are still fighting two wars? Do they think the threats will end if Obama declares the wars over and brings the troops home? Do they really believe America will be respected and trusted by our allies and our enemies if Obama engages in such a naive foreign policy of appeasement?

Many Americans may say, give Obama a chance. After four years, we can vote him out. That may be difficult after four years of a Democrat Senate, House and Executive. As many as three new justices may be appointed to the Supreme court. How can we be sure there will be another election in 2012?

232 years of freedom was a pretty good run.

I would like to see 236 years please.

Warning given.

28 Oct 2008 07:20 am

While Obama campaigns openly all around the swing states the man who introduced him to the Chicago machine has to sneak in and out of the back doors of his speaking engagements and it’s getting to him, I’ll tell ya. It’s getting to him. He’s gonna blow!

Will Bill Ayers make it one more week?

The man the GOP loves to hate tiptoed out of hiding Sunday - if only to blast Fox News and the rest of the media for his predicament.

William Ayers, the ’60s radical who is one of John McCain’s talking points in his criticism of Barack Obama, told a Manhattan panel discussion audience he was tired of being used as cannon fodder in America’s political wars.

Ahh. Poor little guy. What a shame. How misused and misunderstood Mr. William Ayers, former terrorist, and now reformist educator must feel himself to be. All because of his ties to Barack Obama.

Bob Owens of Pajamas Media caught up with Weather insider/FBI informant Larry Grathwohl recently and asked him about the Weathermen, then and now, and the relationship between Bill Ayers and Barack Obama. It’s a pretty eye opening interview.

Ayers deserves every bit of media attention he has gotten. (and it hasn’t been much.)

27 Oct 2008 07:55 pm

All of us on the center right of the blogging world gasped with unbelief when we saw the sad news that Dean Barnett had died this afternoon. I knew that he had been ill, he’d suffered from cystic fibrosis all his life, and recently had taken a turn for the worse but I had been praying and was hoping that no news was good news. Dean wrote about his disease in 2006, when he was blogging at Hugh Hewitt’s blog.

Now this evening we are grieving. I am grieving an individual who wrote like an angel, a man who never failed in his quest to write with enthusiasm, words that persuaded, exhorted and pinned any doubters against their ideological wall. And Dean did it with a smile on his face. I linked him and linked him and linked him. He never failed to respond to an email. And Dean linked to me a few times.

Dean Barnett treated an unimportant blogger from Arkansas like a big time blogger. That was just the way he was.

Dean was a prince and one of the bravest men on this earth. He will be so missed.

He already is.

May God be with his family and all of his friends.

UPDATE:

Roger Simon pens a tribute to Dean Barnett that brings tears to the eyes.

Another UPDATE:

Gateway Pundit has posted a photo of Dean Barnett that he took of him at Blog World Expo last year. Dean had those smiling eyes.

25 Oct 2008 09:36 pm

Very sad news. Anne Pressly has passed away.

Little Rock - KATV Daybreak anchorwoman Anne Pressly, has died at the age of 26, as a result of injuries sustained earlier this week.

The staff of Channel 7 cannot express our grief at the loss of Anne, our dear friend and co-worker.

We thank everyone for their concerns and prayers for Anne and her family over the past week. Please continue to keep her family in your prayers.

The Pressly family released the following statement Saturday evening:

“We are profoundly saddened to tell you that our dear Anne has lost her struggle for life. It was our hope, as was yours, that Anne would overcome the injuries inflicted upon her in the brutal attack at her home. We were with her in her last moments, and although our hearts are broken, we are at the same time comforted by our faith knowing that Anne is now with our Heavenly Father.

There is more at the KATV website.

May God comfort Anne Pressly’s family.

Here’s hoping the police find the murderer of Anne Pressly.

Little Rock, Arkansas, once the home of former President Bill Clinton, is riddled with brutal criminals and is not unlike another city that happens to be the home of another Democrat presidential hopeful.

I look forward to the day when my own daughter graduates from law school and can say good bye for once and for all to Little Rock.

25 Oct 2008 01:02 am

A squirrel attacked the transformer in our neighborhood late this afternoon, thus preventing me from watching Sarah Palin deliver a policy speech on special needs children. The room went black. The computer died. The television went off. My husband left the room.

I felt my way down the stairs to the late afternoon light outside. I stepped off the porch and walked through the yard, crunchy with acorns, down to the street, making my way to our neighbors’ house. I knocked at the door. They weren’t home. I saw no lights inside so I went back into our yard. My husband called the electric company. They told him no one else in our neighborhood had notified them about any power outage. A fleeting thought went through my mind…. this is happening so often. Not as often as Iraq or China obviously, but we used to take for granted that we would have a nice flow of electricity on a beautiful sunny day.

We had a power outage last Spring and it turned out that a squirrel had touched the wrong prong and had been punished with great bolts of electricity for the trouble.

After my husband checked our power supply he walked around to the front yard. “It’s probably another squirrel attack,” he said.

We walked out back to look at the transformer up on the hill. The hill in our back yard is ringed with trees. My husband suspects that the reason why the squirrels keep attacking the transformer is their easy access to it due to the trees and the over population of the squirrels. He thinks we should have a squirrel hunt. Of course that is impossible in city limits. As to the squirrels, well, they can climb trees, so of course they can climb wooden poles.

Some young boys who live in the house behind us were outside near the transformer. They excitedly told us that they had heard what sounded like a gunshot. My husband told them that the transformer had probably blown. We looked around for fried squirrel but couldn’t find any. The boys who ranged from age eight to ten introduced us to their dog, Auggie and told us about their other dog, Frenchie (who is named after their Dad’s french fries) The boys are great public relations for their Dad’s restaurant, George’s, one of the best restaurants in town. They followed us back into our yard, chatting all the way.

One of the boys asked my husband about our McCain-Palin sign. He went on to tell my husband “that Barack Obama is from Iraq, that the Marines are chasing him, that they have chased him all the way from Iraq and that they will get him.”

Ahh. Kids. The things they will say.

So after we checked out the transformer my husband decided to make another phone call to the electric company. He spoke to the representative to let her know about the transformer and that the kids heard it blow and when he finished up the conversation he absent-mindedly ended it by saying, “love you”, which is what he says to me and our children. He immediately, said, “Oh, sorry.” and the lady laughed. I teased him that maybe that personal touch might get us some extra attention. Perhaps it did.

Within twenty minutes the electrical repair truck arrived and the repair guy confirmed that yes, the transformer had blown. He did his repairs quickly and efficiently. Guys like this, who come in storms, snow, and other calamities make citizens lives more comfortable and safe. He’s like Joe the Plumber, just a regular hard working man, out in his yard, throwing a football around with his son, when Obama and his media followers invaded his neighborhood and he innocently decided to ask a question to Obama. Because of Joe, many Americans are being led out of the darkness into the light.

Pretty soon our lights were back on.

My desire to cocoon on a Friday evening had left me after all that time being outside. I wanted to go out to see my children and grandchildren and break bread with them. That is what I did. Now, late at night, reflecting on the silliness of this post and thinking about that miracle we take for granted: electricity, I’m sitting in front of the computer screen while my husband sleeps, and finally catching up on Sarah Palin’s speech about special needs kids.

Now, I am satisfied with the day. I can let go. The squirrel didn’t defeat me. It wouldn’t have. If the electricity hadn’t returned tonight I would have just lit a candle and read a book. We do have our resources.

24 Oct 2008 01:42 am

Barack Obama won’t be calling the Hogs anytime soon.

John McCain will.

Obama can’t get over 36% of support from any kind of voter in Arkansas according to the annual Arkansas Poll by the University of Arkansas released today. Obama stayed at 36% of likely voters, registered, most likely, age seven, kind of dead, sort of dead, newly dead, or otherwise dead voters. Perhaps Acorn supports Obama more than 36%, but they weren’t polled.

Republican John McCain appears to be the favorite among Arkansans in the presidential race over Democrat Barack Obama, a poll released Tuesday shows.

The poll also showed a majority of Arkansans favoring a proposed state-run lottery and opposing a prohibition on unmarried and same-sex couples as adoptive or foster parents.

The annual Arkansas Poll by the University of Arkansas showed that 49 percent of those polled said they would have voted for McCain and 36 percent for Obama if the presidential election had been held on the day they were questioned. Among registered voters polled, McCain had 51 percent support while Obama stayed at 36 percent.

McCain’s lead grew to 53 percent among respondents who identified themselves as “very likely” voters, while Obama stayed at 36 percent, according to poll director Janine Parry.

With a sample of 1,628 completed surveys out of 3,786 people called between Oct. 1 and Oct. 21, the poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Eleven percent of respondents in the poll were surveyed by cell phone.

36% won’t help win in the electoral college or the popular vote for Obama. If the Messiah should win, Arkansas most likely will be among the states that will be punished with taxes and fines.

22 Oct 2008 10:33 pm

After work today my husband and I met up with each other downtown to go vote. The weather was beginning to turn when we met at the court house and went to room G-8 to stand in line. There was quite a line so we stood there for a while until we were called to sit down at desks where we were asked to present our I.D. cards.

The clerks checked our I.D.s and asked us if we still lived at our addresses. (they mentioned our addresses) Next, they asked us whether we prefered paper ballots or the electronic ballot. Independently, my husband and I both asked for paper ballots. I don’t know why. We talked about it on the way home. We both felt the electronic ballots could be tampered with. Paper ballots, we can hold in our hands. They are tactile. They won’t disappear into the ether.

We both went to sit down in little metal chairs in front of desks with three-part screens on top of them. We were next to each other so we whispered a few comments to each other about some of the ballot initiatives.

After we finished voting we placed our ballots into the lips of the machine like ballot box where hopefully they will stay until they are counted.

Afterwards we decided to celebrate our vote and go have an early supper. My daughter called me as we were sitting down to eat. “Geeze, Mom. You two really are eating early, like a bunch of old people. You two used to eat at nine o’clock at night.”

It’s really sad that in the state of Arkansas, Mark Pryor, the Democrat Senator incumbent had no Republican opponent. Thanks, a lot, Mike Huckabee.

Most of the voters in line were older. Early voting in our state has been going on since this past Monday. Today was the first day my husband and I could both make it.

McCain-Palin signs are everywhere around town and if that is any indication of the big turnout McCain-Palin will do very well in our part of the country.

I heard today on the local news that an Oklahoma congressman was embarrassed recently to have received an unasked for endorsement from Barack Obama. Obama is very unpopular in Oklahoma and the Democrat congressman did not ask for and does not want to run under Obama’s seal of approval. Unfortunately I didn’t get the name of the man. When I do I will update.

And, yes, it should go without saying, both my husband and I voted for John McCain!

22 Oct 2008 12:52 am

Barack Obama’s eighty five year old Grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham has been suffering from a broken hip, was released from the hospital a few days ago, and apparently is in grave condition. Obama’s campaign has announced that he is going out to Hawaii to visit her for a few days later on this week.

Later this week???

Why hasn’t Obama high-tailed it out west yesterday or even earlier? I hate to be cynical but could this Little Red Riding Hood visit to Granny be more like a Colin Powell endorsement type of thing?

I was wondering if perhaps Obama might have called in Colin Powell for help on Sunday after his very bad week last week after his spreading the wealth comments to Joe the Plumber. After all, there have been rumors since last summer that Powell was going to endorse Obama. Why the wait? Surely it was a strategic choice, Powell being a general and all. After Joe Biden’s remarks on Sunday at a fundraiser it’s no wonder that Barack would want to gird his loins and get away for a while. Avoid the press. Create a new news cycle.

And of course, polls are tightening.

I remember my dear, great grandmother, “Nanny”. She died of a broken hip when I was twelve years old. My grandfather had moved her to a new nursing home because the previous home had been stealing from her. This nursing home was nice and clean but the air conditioning drove her crazy. She hated it. When she opened the windows the nurses would come in and close them. One afternoon, she discovered that not only did they close the windows but they also had locked them. She climbed up on a chair to unlock them and fell off, breaking her hip. That evening she died from the shock.

She was eighty eight years old. A broken hip is a very serious concern in an older adult.

And see how the legacy media is covering Obama’s visit to see his ailing grandmother. They have never been concerned that his questionable connections to Ayers, Wright and Rezko might tell us something about his character but now that Obama is suspending his campaign for all of forty eight hours to see his sick grandmother the media is consulting historians who are telling us it is nothing less than time stopping!

The Hosannas are starting.

Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, the former director of the Lincoln, Hoover, Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford presidential libraries, said, “Never in the modern era has a candidate done anything like this,” referring to Obama’s decision to stop campaigning during the last stretch.

“For a lot of people, this will be a defining moment,” Smith said

This goes on for four, count em, four pages, with lots of wishing and hoping that Barack Obama’s visit to his grandmother will turn the independent voters to him.

I don’t recall any such article when John McCain suspended his campaign to go back to Washington to see what he could do to help with the financial crisis. Not one word giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Perhaps Barack’s intentions are simply to see his granny, his “Toot”. But that is not the way the MSM is playing it. Not at all.

Did our family wait a couple of days when we found out our great grandmother had fallen and broken her hip?

No.

I am remembering Mrs. Dunham in my prayers.

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