October 2008


21 Oct 2008 04:27 pm

The Anchoress has a prayer request up. The kind of prayer request that brings immediate tears to the eyes.

The Anchoress writes:

I cannot tell you his name - but if you could storm heaven for “Beloved and his family” at this time - for miracles if God wills them, for peace and consolation if not. The need is great. Please keep these people “in your pockets,” so to speak. Perhaps offer something up for their behalf, keeping this in mind: Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church…(Colossians 1:24)

Go there. Don’t look away please.

20 Oct 2008 09:57 pm

I went on a hayride this weekend to celebrate my oldest grandson’s fifth birthday. We went to Wild Things Farm. The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The sky was blue, the temperature was perfect and my grandson had a ball. Actually, my youngest grandson did too.

On the hayride, which was pulled by a guy on a tractor who reminded me a lot of Mater in Cars we went around a blue pond, up some hills, down some hills, around some bumpy terrain and then we stopped along the way to visit some horses. I really enjoyed petting Patches the Pinto.

After the hayride we walked through a corn maze. We were led by a five year old but we made it out first. It got kind of scary for a while.

Then, we helped the children pick out their favorite pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, watched my grandson open his birthday presents, and then had cake and ice cream.

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photo from the Wild Things Farm

My husband and I walked over to the petting farm. There was a white goat walking up and down on a high ladder up to a bridge to look over his domain. It made me think of my son’s favorite story when he was little, Three Billy Goats Gruff.

I read that story over and over to him. It really has a nice moral to it.

18 Oct 2008 12:00 am

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Look at Sarah Palin, an American Patriot, and Proud of it.

Seven weeks Peggy Noonan’s given Sarah Palin. Seven weeks to express her deepest philosophical yearnings on the campaign stump in order to personally inform HRH Peggy Noonan where Palin comes from. Are her roots Reaganite or Bushian? McCainian or Palinian? Will Palin start a new movement altogether, a Joe Sixpackian Party?, Noonan would sniff. (Or maybe a Joe the Plumber movement?) I can just see this newly declared Democratic elitist growing pale.

In the fullness of time history now appreciates the hard decisions that the late President Harry Truman faced so Ms. Noonan writes appreciatively of his achievements. She doesn’t mention that when Truman left office his approval ratings were extremely low because of his policies.

Noonan switches to her poison pen to write about Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate who has single handedly revived concepts of reality, reform, love of country and duty to the people of the United States. (and really given a boost to the Republican base) Along with President George W. Bush the concept of patriotism becomes again a stirring of the heart and soul, instead of a simple political phrase.

Like President Truman, President Bush has experienced a drop in popularity, but no one can question his patriotism or his success in the defense of his country and the American people. Virtually from the beginning of President Bush’s administration, Noonan was there, writing missives to him in her articles, almost as if she were a stage mother. At first she seemed proud of his performance in the campaign, in the debates, and after the 911 attacks.

As the years wore on Noonan’s articles became more critical of the president, criticizing the pitch of his voice, the missteps in his administrations’ policies; the state of the union addresses that others found stellar. Noonan nit-picked but that was okay. She was involved in the Revolution as she wrote.

But something happened to Noonan. Somewhere around 2005 her writing turned moodier, darker, and she seemed to want more nuance from President Bush, less patriotism, less, shall we say, God.

When did she cross over into such cynicism?

Noonan’s anger is evident throughout this disjointed and emotional article which meanders around in many directions, lightly criticizing Obama, then mugging John McCain, but using the body of the text to attack Sarah Palin for spending the past seven weeks essentially campaigning for John McCain and withstanding an onslaught of attacks that would make any person break down and cry.

One suspects the real target of this article was President Bush and the conservative writers who have stuck with him these past eight years. That seems to really irritate Noonan. She never could lead any of these patriots off the ranch into her land of bitterness and that must frustrate her greatly. The last line in her article betrays her bitterness and deep anger.

But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for? For seven weeks I’ve listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganite—a spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign policy is shaped by a certain emotionalism, or a conservative whose principles are rooted in philosophy, and whose foreign policy leans more toward what might be called romantic realism, and that is speak truth, know America, be America, move diplomatically, respect public opinion, and move within an awareness and appreciation of reality.

But it’s unclear whether she is Bushian or Reaganite. She doesn’t think aloud. She just . . . says things.

Noonan’s bitter and acerbic attitude reveals a contempt which will not allow me to any longer give her articles the benefit of any link.

You have gone many lines too far Ms. Noonan. You have arguably lost the reason that it takes to think through the difficulties of the moment and you have taken the emotional way out. Instead of simply keeping your counsel about things which may have puzzled or hurt you in the past seven weeks (I’m certain Sarah Palin has had many of these thoughts) you made the unfortunate choice, to think out loud.

Thankfully, Sarah Palin is a patriot. She is a happy warrior.

Yes, to red-blooded Americans, Sarah Palin is the Statue of Liberty, holding up the torch, reminding us who we are, an exceptional people whose great deeds were done in this world because we are free and it is not time to let go of that freedom.

And we will not let go of that freedom.

17 Oct 2008 07:26 am

When we moved to Fairfax, Virginia in 1992 our family was looking forward to living close to history in our nation’s capital and my husband was heading to work at the pentagon working for the Joint Staff. One afternoon someone knocked on the door and when I opened it a man standing at the door flashed a badge at me, claiming that he worked for the FBI.

I remember being a little shocked but I pushed right back, asking him to let me see his badge again. He did. He started asking me questions about a family that had just moved into the neighborhood. By the time a few questions had been asked it was obvious that he was asking me questions about my husband and our family.

Whoops!

My husband had to have a new security clearance working in his new position with the Joint Staff and the doofus FBI guy had knocked on the wrong door.

All through the years of my husbands’ military career he had to provide information about our family, friends, and associates for increasingly sensitive and higher level security clearances. We kept a list of every place we ever lived with addresses, phone numbers, or any kind of association we had joined or of any questionable person or persons who had approached us in any place.

That Barack Obama could pass a secret, or top secret security clearance is very questionable.

George H. Whittman lays out all the details here.

To begin, the clearance applicant would have to complete a detailed personal history form that includes, if necessary, government access to all health and education files. This is the starting point of all security investigations. Top Secret clearance involves a field investigation rather than the Secret version that is usually limited to a “name check” that is a basic police and public information file review. For the TS clearance an investigator will visit the home neighborhoods and work place sites of the applicant in search of supportive and/or derogatory references.

You can betcha the arrogant Barack Obama won’t be filling out any security clearances anytime soon.

15 Oct 2008 06:28 pm

I have confidence in Senator McCain’s debate performance tonight so I won’t try to tie him down with unasked for advice. I see enough of that all over the blogosphere. Most are wish lists of questions which will never be asked by Bob Schieffer or others blasting John McCain’s crankiness, or of not being cranky enough or woeful predictions about what they think will happen in the debate tonight, which, after all, is their right as they see it.

Some say McCain should punch Obama three times with the left, once with the right.

These are great times in many ways… despite the economy, these are the days before we elect the 44th president of the United States. A new era will ensue next January, 2009, whoever the American people and Acorn elect.

In these days before November 4th we may be looking out over the abyss. On January 20th, 2009 we may be looking back on these days with longing as the last days of President Bush. The last days of freedom. The last days we had the rights of free citizens. Right now we have the right to express our opinions whatever they may be.

These are the days that in many ways remind me of the September 10th, 2001 era, a happy, aimless, time when the only controversies were the counting of the ballots down in Palm Beach County by the New York Times, resulting in President Bush still winning the 2000 election and Al Gore making a few brave appearances here and there.

That so many Americans can still remain unaware or worse, not care that the Democrat Party has offered up the most radical and dangerous candidate since George McGovern one who wants to redistribute Americans wealth through taxation as he said to the face of a plumber recently,

It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too,” Obama responded. “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

That Obama has never wanted an American victory in Iraq has been apparent for quite a while, in fact, he has meddled in U.S.-Iraq relations for months. This undermines our relations with not only Iraq but with other middle eastern nations. But don’t take my word for it, read what Mohammed Fadhil has written.

Teachers of the country who hate “No Child Left Behind”? Changes are a-coming. It’s not so much educational excellence or stress on better pay. No. Nothing like that.

The abyss awaits. We make a choice. Do we choose the white haired man or the man of hope and change?

The man of illusion is the man of hope and change. I choose not to make that choice. I will go for the old guy with the solid American ideas and the Vice Presidential choice who has a future, Sarah Palin. No matter how the debate goes tonight.

Last, instead of sitting around whining about what McCain-Palin should be doing, Lorie Byrd has some advice about what Republicans can be doing.

14 Oct 2008 09:52 am

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I’m home sick with a bad cold and just checked my email for the first time in a week. I had an email with a photograph included from our neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. V. who live right across the street. They are a retired couple and in their day had the best bakery in town.

Our neighbors witnessed the white male in the above red vehicle in the middle of the day stop in his car and steal our McCain/Palin sign. Mr. V. who is very tech-savvy took the photo from his living room window.

This happened last Thursday and I wrote about it here.

There’s so much of this happening now in our city that there is now a criminal investigation going on. And no one is swiping Obama signs. (not that there are that many of them)

14 Oct 2008 02:35 am

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I hear Barack Obama likes pie. Lots of pie. I make good pies but I only share my pie with family and friends.

I don’t feel kindly towards Obama so I wouldn’t care to offer him any of my pies but maybe his wife, Michelle should make him some pie. Maybe she should make him some Acorn Pie.

He’s sure had his hands in that kind of thing in the past. He is awful skinny so I do find it odd that he claims to be such a big pie eater. Maybe that’s why he’s running for President.

To get some pie.

Does Bernardine Dohrn make a mean Kentucky Derby Pie? Was that the attraction?

So now we know Obama has an Achille’s Heel. John McCain needs to put a piece of sweet potato pie in his pocket on Wednesday night and let the aroma waft over Obama to distract the sucker.

I’m just kidding.

We really shouldn’t stoop to the Democrats’ level.

Maybe McCain could just use a scented candle.

11 Oct 2008 10:44 am

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Lake Fort Smith in the fall of the year

It’s a pleasant weekend here in Arkansas; cool nights and cool mornings that heat up to warm afternoons. By the time evening comes we can sit on the porch and watch the sky go dark and talk about the political outrages of the day. We are optimistic about the direction the McCain campaign is going, thanks mostly to the steadfastness of Sarah Palin who had a Friday night arrow directed her way. The arrow had a rubber tip, however.

As the late Peggy Lee sang, Is that all there is?

Hillary warned her fellow Democrats about Obama’s close connections with Bill Ayres, and Tony Rezko and other scoundrels but they wouldn’t have any, so now, three weeks before the election those chickens are coming home to roost.

And then there’s the voter fraud. If the Democrats really think Obama has it in the bag, why are they working so hard to make sure dead people are voting?

What about Obama and his connections with the group Acorn?

Is it just a coincidence that incidences of massive vote fraud are popping up in the big swing states?

Barrack Obama’s fishy associations are beginning to smell really foul and apparently it extends to the campaign plane. A reporter who spent the past year on the Obama plane and has recently moved to the McCain campaign has apparently been freed to smell the fresh air of the Straight Talk Express. He said the Obama plane stinketh.

The Democrat response to all of these facts and allegations? Call everyone racists.

In fact, Obama and his campaign has attempted to shut down free speech throughout this election cycle. What does that bode for an Obama presidency?

Another October surprise which will not be surprising for us is when we receive our next 401k statements. So we won’t be retiring anytime soon. No surprise for me. After all, I am an artist. Artists never retire. We work until we no longer can. I hope to be painting and drawing and writing and creating until the Lord transfers me up to work on the Pearly Gates. I’m sure there will some work for me to do there.

09 Oct 2008 12:12 pm

Rush Limbaugh is reporting that the media is all out of shape that people are getting rambunctious at McCain-Palin rallies. Mary Mitchell at the Chicago Sun Times is complaining that Sarah Palin is bringing out the worst in her supporters but what about Obama’s friends, Acorn and their outright attempts to steal the election?

And yet, all the time, every day, on national stages and in local places, democrats lie, steal, cheat and do whatever it takes to win.

Something happened today that just totally disgusts me.

I went to the Republican headquarters yesterday to pick up a McCain/Palin sign. I proudly put it out in my yard near our driveway where it could be seen clearly. I came home for lunch today and it was gone.

Typical Democrats.

They can’t stand to see big support for Republicans. I called the Republican headquarters to see about getting another sign and the woman who answered told me that this has been happening a lot. She told me that one neighborhood out in Fianna Hills, (a very affluent area) woke up one morning and all of their McCain/Palin signs were gone. Not only are they taking the signs, they are leaving nails in driveways and doing some damage and malicious mischief at some of the homes.

One large sign on a fence in a neighborhood on the East side of town was torn off and thrown in a ditch. The person seen doing it in broad daylight was driving a Chevy Tahoe. The police were contacted.

Now, I’m not just automatically jumping to conclusions that Democrats were the culprits but there was an Obama sign a couple houses down from us that was untouched. Republicans are more tolerant it seems. We like to see Americans expressing their preferences and it can’t but warm our hearts when we see so much support for our candidate in our own hometowns. Even if that were not true I for one could not imagine taking some one’s sign. That’s not the American way.

I blogged the other day about the proliferation of McCain/Palin signs around town. It must be driving the Democrats crazy.

But they’ve been that way for a long time.

When my husband was a teenager his paternal grandfather was the state Game and Fish Commissioner of Arkansas, appointed by a Democrat. His entire family were Democrats. Once, when he was dismayed by something his uncle had done he was talking to his father about it. His dad said, “Son, we’re Democrats. You can get away with murder if you are a Democrat.”

That chilled his blood. Never did he ever want to become a Democrat.

Thankfully, later, my father-in-law, in his last vote in his last presidential election voted Republican.

UPDATE:

The police are getting involved in these cases because it’s getting worse.

Another UPDATE:

It’s not just happening here. It happened to Ed Morrissey too.

08 Oct 2008 12:08 pm

Obama’s world that is.

Last night’s debate was disappointing. The questions were not what I would have asked. I wanted to know about character. I wanted to learn about Obama’s lost years.

The years he never speaks of. The years he was at Columbia. Tom Brokaw stayed away from that and made sure there was no true debate.

What about Obama’s pronunciation of Pakistan as Pahk-ee-stahn ? Does he play a lot of Pahkémahn?

Would that one pronounce Pacman “Pahk-mahn”?

When Papa Barack tells his daughters to get ready to go to school in the morning does he tell them to “pahk their bookbahgs?”

Why is he so intent on pronouncing Pakistan in such a CNN International friendly way? Is that really what we want in a president?

What was that hovering all over the hall last night?

The ghostly presence of Bill Ayers? Barack Obama seemed to be stiffly awaiting the whisper of Ayer’s name with every poof of the mic.

Who were those questioners at the Town Hall debate? An odd group of people with halos of ponytails on every last one. Only one seemed to be a recognizable American with a lucid question, the veteran. I noticed that he beamed when Senator McCain leaned down to shake his hand. Obama didn’t get within six feet of him. He knew better.

That was telling.

At that very point, Barack Obama lost the debate.

With John McCain’s closing statement, he won.

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