May 2009


21 May 2009 10:31 am

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Kris Allen, American Idol


Kris Allen "Falling Slowly" (TOP7 - MOVIE WEEK) - Funny videos are here

Kris Allen won American Idol last night. It’s my opinion that he actually began to win back in week 7 (April 14th) when he sang the Irish song, Falling Slowly.

That’s really the first week I began to watch this season’s Idol. I’ve always been a fan but this year I was just too busy to commit but my niece, Maine urged our family to please watch and support Kris Allen, of Conway, Arkansas. Kris’ wife, Katy is a good friend of Maine’s, in fact, before Idol, Katy was the star of the family. At the University of Arkansas, Katy was homecoming queen.

I was actually in the hospital when I first saw Kris performing Falling Slowly. I was recovering from two surgeries in one week. I won’t go into the details because I am now back on the road to health and everything turned out well (and benign) but it was a good choice for me to start watching American Idol again. Music is truly good for one’s soul. I know it’s been good for me. When I saw the above video of Kris, I saw a winner.

Kris Allen won American Idol without once assaulting American ears with screeching, something both Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey cannot claim. Kris didn’t have to cloak himself in the stylings of Aerosmith or Queen or raid his mother’s makeup bag for her tube of extra-strength mascara.

Kris Allen took every song he was presented with, sang them and made them into his own. With Kris Allen, American Idol viewers discovered a new and unique, and unaffected talent. I predict that Kris will be big. America bypassed the obvious preferences of Simon Cowell and the rest of the AI judges and made the right choice.

10 May 2009 08:56 am

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Oh, motherhood. Here I am in the midst of it, holding my youngest daughter, Charlotte while my oldest daughter, Kate holds my cousin’s baby, Molly and I try to assist her. It’s obvious from the photo that Charlotte did not appreciate the idea of my giving any attention to the new baby. She wanted to be the baby.

Motherhood is the most wonderful role in the world but it is not for the faint-hearted. When you step on the rollercoaster, put on the seatbelt. The ride will be wild and it never will end as long as you live. But it’s the best ride in the Park of Life.

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Happy Mothers Day to my own, Mom who continues to be the dearest and most wonderful mother in the world.

Thank you Professor Reynolds for the Instalanche! A very nice Mothers Day gift that I highly recommend!

08 May 2009 01:59 pm

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For the past forty years feminists have urged women to run for office because “Women are more honest, have more common sense, and empathy.” Another unspoken but obvious implication was that the softer side of women’s personalities, the emotions, would eventually bring a kinder - softer national life. Men in political office had to learn very quickly how to achieve success in the world of weepy women.

President George H. W. Bush successfully campaigned for president in 1988 by using the slogan, “A kinder, and gentler nation,” which was coined by former speechwriter, Peggy Noonan. (who has proven to be a disappointment to all who used to read her work for its common sense)

It’s been an interesting but also a discouraging sociological experience watching the nation take on the extra flotsam and jetsam that adding women into the political mix required. Sure, equal pay and all that jazz has been a great thing for women.

But how has it really worked out with women dominating political life for the past twenty or so years? I’ve watched some female Republicans go to Washington D.C. and after serving for a while, soften their policies and turn into moderates, like their fellow male Republican representatives. Others have remained tough but they are few and far between. Congresswoman, Michelle Bachman had a tough time of it during her recent re-election but she seems to be sticking to her guns.

How has it worked out for the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi? What has she accomplished in her days as Speaker besides pushing through her extreme liberal agenda. Has she exhibited any of the qualities of the mythic, honest, common sensical female politician which supposedly makes them automatically superior to men, and would cause them to stand up and object to anything done on our nations’ behalf that is wrong?

Although Nancy Pelosi continues to deny that she was briefed by the Bush White House on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques as early 2002, evidence mounts that she is simply lying.

That she was briefed and did not object to waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques back in 2002 makes life uncomfortable for Pelosi today because she has to stick to the Obama Make Bush Pay script.

She didn’t make any objection back when she was playing an important oversight role on a congressional committee, so in essence Pelosi approved of the CIA Protocols.

Watching her deny the obvious is just more evidence that Nancy Pelosi is simply a hack who should be hounded out of office. If truth had any value in Pelosi’s universe she would simply have told it. That she hasn’t makes her a total shill.

06 May 2009 03:25 pm

So Obama’s dropping The National Day of Prayer observance. Am I surprised? Hardly.

Obama’s Whitehouse spokesman, Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama will sign a proclamation to recognize the day but would not be hosting the traditional service in the East Room.

Here is a CNN article in which the very title of the article attempts to whitewash Obama’s dropping of the White House ceremony. The title reads: Obama tones down National Day of Prayer observance

(CNN) — For the past eight years, the White House recognized the National Day of Prayer with a service in the East Room, but this year, President Obama decided against holding a public ceremony.

President Bush marked the National Day of Prayer with a service at the White House.

“Prayer is something that the president does everyday,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, noting that Obama will sign a proclamation to recognize the day, as many administrations in the past have done.

Asked if Obama thought his predecessor’s ceremonies were politicized, Gibbs said, “No, I’m not going to get into that again.

“I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family’s life, the role that prayer plays.”

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance for people of all faiths.

Under the Bush administration, the White House hosted an interfaith service each year, inviting protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders for an event at the East Room.

President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush also marked the day with a White House observance.

President Harry Truman first established the day as a national event in 1952. Reagan signed a resolution in 1988 to observe the National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May, and each president since has recognized this day with a proclamation.

I recall seeing Obama speak at a prayer service after his inauguration. The guy seemed stiff and uncomfortable. Whether or not Obama is a believer, an agnostic, or an athiest is really not my business. I am free to observe though, that at this time in our country with the nation in perilous economic woes, it would be nice to see the first black president in such a historic time, showing a little humility and bowing his head to someone higher than himself. Obama’s supposed moral guide, Abraham Lincoln in his time, sought help from above.

I suppose the man thinks there is no one higher than himself.

UPDATE: Here is The Anchoress’ take.

02 May 2009 12:13 pm

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Today is the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby. Lots of tradition, fancy hats and beautiful horses.

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Scout

Growing up with a horse made my sister and I naturally interested in horse racing. Lucy and I loved watching movies about horses, reading books about horses and sometimes we even pretended we were racehorses. We both wanted to be Velvet Brown in National Velvet. (starring Elizabeth Taylor) We loved the movie so much we learned every word of dialogue.

We learned to canter, trot, sprint (the only kind of dancing I ever did) and mimic the reining in of a well trained horse.

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We learned to make mint juleps, we wore fancy hats, we had our own footraces and then we would venture in the back pasture to ride Scout. Scout was a pinto, not a thoroughbred but he had the heart of a race horse. When I took him out alone he had fleet feet. He would run like the wind for me. He was always a little more careful with Lucy riding on back. I wasn’t exactly what you would call a “Horse Whisperer,” but Scout and I had a real kinship. I never had to raise a spur or switch to get him to respond. Just a little pressure with my legs and he knew I was ready to rumble. What a horse!

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Every year we rode Scout in the rodeo parade. Our grandmother always made us riding outfits for the rodeo. Our grandfather bought us new boots every year. In the photo above, Lucy and I are wearing our rodeo outfits while singing with our cousins, Jeanne, Vicky and Gaye. I believe we were singing, “Going to the Chapel.”

One year our outfits looked just like Velvet’s when she rode Pie in the Grand National Steeplechase. We wore hot pink cowboy hats.

Andrew Beyer of the Washington Post has a take on the race. I’m not a better. The race is about horses and running for me so I wouldn’t venture a guess on the winning horse.


Here are some interesting race links.

Shaking off Long Odds at the Derby

Roses are just a soft part of the Day

‘The Walk’ Longer than the Run for the Roses

Groundswell builds for ‘America’s horse’


This one will bring tears to your eyes.

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UPDATE: The results of the always exciting Kentucky Derby this past Saturday were delightful. I watched as Mine That Bird came from behind and won the race! It was heartwarming to watch Calvin Borel’s “rose to the heavens” tribute to his late parents after he rode the great horse to victory.