Thursday, September 30, 2010
"Ma'am, we are about to murder your child in utero, at your request. We want you to know that it will cause this child immense pain, but if you still want to go through with this procedure, we can administer pain medication to the child before murdering it in cold blood."
God help us.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Are alive and well in
Anyone out there who might be curious to know how this one ends, just crack a Book of Mormon…
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
…and he’s right on! This is a must listen!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This in the aftermath of the TN floods.
You can read the entire article here: http://ldsmag.com/churchupdate/100519floods.html
"OTM" Other than Mexican: If it looks like a Mexican, and talks like a Mexican, it may not be a Mexican...
One serious issue regarding security of our border with
According to a news station in
You can find the videos here: http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This according to Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37081.html
All I can say is: Duh!
And this is, of course, just the first ten years. The Obama administration argues that Obama’s declared discretionary spending freeze will keep that extra 115 billion dollar potential discretionary spending in check – based on the promise of a veto. And we should believe a promise from Obama because???????
I personally love this line from the CBO: "The Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit by more than $100 billion in the first decade, and that will not change unless Congress acts to change it," said Kenneth Baer, an OMB spokesman. "If these authorizations are funded, they must be offset somewhere else in the discretionary budget. The president has called for a non-security discretionary spending freeze, and he will enforce that with his veto pen."
That’s right folks. Congress won’t spend the extra money unless Congress decides to spend it, and even if they do, the President will veto that additional spending, even though that additional “discretionary” spending is already called for in the bill that the President signed.
In a related story, I drew an extra $50 in discretionary spending funds from the bank today that I am absolutely not going to spend, unless I decide to spend it, but even if I decide to spend it, my wife might forbid me to spend it, unless I am spending it on something she wants to buy, but that’s ok, because even if I spend that $50 on one thing, I won’t be able to spend it on another, so in no case will I ever actually spend $50 more than I plan to spend.
They must think we’re stupid. Then again, we did vote for this guy. (Well, at least I didn’t).
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Good thing I know how to sew!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
But do read this article:
Written by former Joint Chief of Staff, Merrill A. McPeak, this article dismantles current arguments for repealing the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and sets forth a strong reason to maintain the current policy.
I’ll give one more reason: The day the federal government on any level begins to openly recognize those who engage in homosexual behavior as a federally protected class is the day that the foundations of our society, already crumbling in essential areas, will begin to unravel at warp speed. As a country, we can only thumb our nose in the air at God for so long before he leaves us to our own devices. Openly advocating homosexuality in the very units designed to protect our country is a very quick way to produce just such results.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
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100% of your donation goes to help those in need.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
That said by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post. You can read the very well written article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/01/AR2010020102067.html
Saturday, January 30, 2010
A couple of years ago, our family began trying to cut High Fructose Corn Syrup (“HFCS”) out of our lives. Doing so has been pretty difficult, as we have found the stuff even in crackers, but we feel that doing so is important to our long term health.
The other day, I received the below email from a close friend who has had a pretty interesting experience regarding HFCS. Although the experience below is only a single, individual experience, I think it is nonetheless a telling experience. Enjoy…
Thought you might find this interesting. Last August my doctor told me that I'm diabetic. My A1c was 8.7% and it should be at 6.5 or lower. In the morning before eating my blood sugar should be between 80-130 and 2 hours after eating between 140-160. These numbers are not absolute, that is, the lower the better. According to my doctor back when I was in the corps by blood sugar reading was probably around 80 -90 all the time. He put me on a satin drug since then my A1c has dropped to 6.5, by blood sugar readings in the morning are in the 1teens or 120's and at night often in the 90's.
Now for my story. 4 weeks ago on a Monday morning my blood sugar reading was 145. I'm thinking all I had to eat yesterday evening was 2 cheeseburgers, salsa and chips, what the *&^^%$. Next day it's back down. The following Monday by blood sugar is 147. Once again I'm thinking all I had last night was steak, mashed potatoes and vegetables, what the(&*^%$ is going on? Then I get to thinking about this talk I heard where the guy giving it said that eating high fructose corn syrup is like swallowing straight fat. He had a bunch of charts showing how much more fatting that sugar it is. He went so far as to call it poison. He also said the only reason that there is a big campaign going on telling people that it's no different than sugar is because it's cheaper to manufacture. So I get to thinking. On the cheeseburgers and steak I drowned the meat in a discount barbecue sauce that was loaded with high fructose corn syrup. come Sunday evening I again have 2 cheeseburgers with chips, no barbecue sauce and on Monday morning my blood sugar was 118. Next Sunday I have the steak, potatoes, vegetable routine no barbecue sauce next morning my blood sugar was 128. I thought you were alittle off the wall about HFCS, but the blood sugar meter doesn't lie. One other thing I found interesting in this guys speech was he said that if you ever wonder why on a hot day if you drink a Coke or Pepsi your thirst never seems to be satisfied it's because in regular Coke and Pepsi they load it up with salt so you'll drink more trying to quench your thirst and they hide the taste of the salt with high amounts of HFCS. I took a look at a Coke and Pepsi can and the guy was telling the truth. More and more large corporations don't care what they do as long as it puts money in their pockets. Just goes to show you how much you have to stay on top of things these days.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For just one more year.
Yes, this is a cheesy post about Brett Favre. More like an open letter, not that he will ever read it.
Due to my religious conversion, I haven’t watched football on Sundays in 14 years, but living in
All this time, I, like many other Favre fans have watched throughout the year just hoping to see Brett and his team make one more Superbowl (hey, I wouldn’t watch it on Sunday, but I would sure tape it and get up early to see it before anyone could tell me what happened). Every year we have been disappointed. Almost every year we come away with the feeling that a Superbowl was “this” close, but it hasn’t been since 1996. (I don’t count the 1997 Superbowl because, even though the Pack was there, they couldn’t close the deal). The sad thing is that I think the Vikings defense would have shut Manning down this year, and for the offense to put up 28 points in spite of all their mistakes, well…once again, it was “this” close. I’m actually glad I wasn’t watching this last Sunday. I was sick enough just hearing about it Monday morning.
Regardless of what Brett says, if he goes out now he will not be going out “on top.” He will be going out having been once again almost to the top, and he knows it.
But here’s the thing: I truly believe that Brett and the Vikings can pull it off next near. As deflating as the end of this season was, this Vikings team is still primed for at least one more run, and they have a committed owner who is willing to add whatever pieces are necessary to round out this championship team. An offense that essentially endured training camp during the beginning of the regular season will be even scarier with a year of work behind them. Who knows, maybe Zygi will bring Aaron Kampman over to start opposite Jared Allen, pick up a free agent or two in the secondary, AP might learn how to hang on to the football, and this Viking team will be unstoppable with Brett Favre at the helm.
Even if they stand pat, on any other day but last Sunday, the Vikings have the firepower to beat any team in the NFL. The Saints go into this Superbowl knowing that they didn’t beat the Vikings. The Vikings (and a few lousy refs) beat the Vikings. The Saints will go on to lose to the Colts in a blowout in a couple of weeks, but if Favre comes back next year, it will be the Vikings who march through to the Superbowl and win it all.
Brett, you have one more year left on your contract with the Vikings. Please come back. For one more run. We know you can do it. We know you can. Besides, wouldn’t it be great to stick to ol’ Ted, just one more time? (Well, actually twice, and maybe once again in the playoffs, but who’s counting?) And just once I would love to have all the Favre haters and naysayers actually have to shut up instead of just staying quiet long enough to have something else to talk about. Just once I’d like to have Homer here at ESPN in
Friday, January 22, 2010
As I mentioned previously, I recently contacted my senators regarding the lack of transparency in the Health “Reform” negotiating process.
Senator Feingold’s initial reply mentioned in passing that he was “disappointed” with the lack of transparency.
I replied urging Senator Feingold to can the “disappointment” nonsense and actually DO something about it. (You can see my reply in an earlier post, below).
Today, I received an email from Senator Feingold (below), with an attached report generally discussing the constitutionality of the pending health care “reform” bill.
Is it that hard to get good help these days, or do they really just not care?
From: Message from Senator Russ Feingold - DO NOT REPLY [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 11:33 AM
Subject: Responding to your message
Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform and the Constitution. I appreciate hearing from you.
Knowing of your specific concerns about the bill, I have enclosed a report from the Congressional Research Service titled "Health Care: Constitutional Rights and Legislative Powers." I hope you find this information useful.
Thank you again for contacting me. For more information about my work on behalf of
Thursday, January 21, 2010
…but not much of a difference.
The other day I emailed Senator Kohl expressing my concern over the lack of transparency in the negotiation process for Obamacare.
Maybe I’m a bit slow, but nowhere in the Senator’s canned reply do I even see an inference to the substance of my letter.
This leaves me to wonder whether the intern in charge of responding to constituents’ letters mistakenly selected the wrong canned message as the reply, or if Senator Kohl only has one canned message to reply to such emails as mine, and really could give a rip about my concern.
I’m guessing the later…
You can red Senator Kohl’s “response” below…
Somehow I get the impression that Senator Kohl is NOT keeping my thoughts and concerns in mind…
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding health reform. I appreciate your interest in this very important issue.
Congress has made great strides towards reforming
Debate on the Senate health reform bill has been passionate and at some points daunting; passage was the result of long negotiations and the culmination of more than a decade of work. This bill takes major steps in the process of cutting health care costs, while maintaining quality and expanding coverage. This bill will cover 94 percent of Americans under 65 and provide coverage for more than 31 million of the uninsured, cut the deficit by $132 billion in the first ten years and roughly $1.3 trillion over the second ten years.
I am pleased with the direction we are moving with this bill. Many of the important insurance reforms will begin as soon as the President signs the final health reform bill; insurers will be prohibited from putting a cap on lifetime benefits and will no longer be able to rescind coverage when you become sick, children will be allowed to stay on their parents plan until age 26, and small businesses will receive tax credits to make covering their employees more affordable. These are just a few of the provisions that will begin to immediately help improve our health system.
I was pleased that a number of my bills were included in the bill passed by the Senate. These include the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, Medicare Payment Improvement Act of 2009, as well as provisions from the Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act. My hope is that these are included in the final health reform bill passed by Congress.
Work remains to be done before we pass a final health reform bill. Now that both the House and Senate have passed their respective bills, we will be tasked with merging the two versions of health reform. There are a number of differences between the two bills, but I am confident we will soon send a bill to the President to sign. I look forward to improving upon the bill with my colleagues in Congress until final passage.
Again, thank you for your comments. I will be sure to keep your thoughts and concerns in mind as legislation progresses through Congress.
United States Senator
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I recently contacted Senator Feingold about the utter lack of transparency in the current health care “reform” process. In his reply, Senator Feingold expressed his “disappointment” that the negotiations were occurring behind closed doors. I am always skeptical when someone in a position of power expresses concern, yet offers no resolve in the face of that concern. Below is my reply to Senator Feingold:
Dear Senator Feingold,
“I am disappointed that the final bill will not be negotiated by a formal conference committee in public.”
Yeah? So what are you going to DO about it?
Like the majority of your constituents, I didn’t want you to support this bill in the first place. I don’t want a public option (which you maintain support for), and I certainly don’t want to open the back door to a single payer system, as this final bill will be designed to do. This entire process has been a farce and an indignity to
I am also increasingly convinced of this one thing: After witnessing Obama's campaign and the first year of his presidency, anyone who ever again takes a politician's word at face value is a blithering idiot.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Speaking, of course, about the current health “reform” “efforts” of our Congress, er, Democrats in Congress.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…
You can read the story here.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I recently received the below email from the International Cesarean Awareness Network. If you or someone you know has had a cesarean, this webinar would be well worth your time.
Dear friend of ICAN,