...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
It’s Witch-Hunt Season
If I were President Obama, I’d be doing all I could to head off this prospect, offering some major new initiatives on the economic front in particular, if only to shake up the political dynamic. But my guess is that the president will continue to play it safe, all the way into catastrophe.
Monday, August 30, 2010
When I got the toys for Bailey I got Miles a big worm like thing. He likes it and tosses it and we won't tug it. He pulled up the carpet hole that Jon had "fixed" today. Guess he will have to fix it again. Sometimes living with animals is not all it is cracked up to be.
Here is a movie I made. It is really two clips that I joined together so it is my first attempt at editing.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The corn leaves are now turning from green to gold as the plant dries out and prepares the ears of corn for harvest. The tassles still remain which make for interesting lines as the rows curve or to up hills. Soon the grain bin will be holding the corn in this field.
The south east part of Hamilton county has many marshlands that are beautiful all seasons of the year and today I observed three unique flowers and some colorful turtles. The Swamp Smartweed likes to grow in very wet places and is a beautiful hot pink color. The Broad Leafed Arrowhead, has arrowhead shaped leaves and delicate white flowers with yellow centers, and loves to grow in wet, boggy, or swampy areas, keeping its feet wet, all the time. The beautiful blue flower is a Great Lobelia, and likewise is at home in the swamp areas and this time of year it puts on a good show.
Cassie is missing please help us to know that she will come back. She has always tried to escape and finally did it.
Cassie is a declawed female cat who escaped from 1309 Glendale sometime Friday evening. She was wearing a collar and tag but it may have come off. If you see, find her or know of her fate please callJay 515-441-9580 or Jon 515-451-1293
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Here is American's United's "take" on Beck's "Event"
Friday, August 27, 2010
After just a few years of marriage filled with constant arguments, a young man and his wife decided the only way to save their marriage was to try counseling. They had been at each other's throats for some time and felt that this was their last straw.
When they arrived at the counselor's office, the counselor jumped right in and opened the floor for discussion. "What seems to be the problem?" Immediately, the husband held his long face down without anything to say.
In contrast, the wife began talking 90 miles an hour, describing all the wrongs within their marriage. After 15 minutes of listening to the wife, the counselor went over to her, picked her up by her shoulders, kissed her passionately and sat her back down.
Afterwards, the wife sat speechless.
The marriage counselor looked over at the husband, who stared in disbelief. The counselor said to the husband, "Your wife NEEDS that at least twice a week!" The husband scratched his head and replied:
"I can have her here on Tuesdays and Thursdays."
A man who reeked of alcohol flopped on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of rum was sticking out of his ripped jacket pocket. He opened his newspaper and started reading. After a few minutes, the disheveled guy turned to the priest and asked, "Say, Father, do you know what causes arthritis?"
The priest, disgusted by the man's appearance and behavior snapped, "It's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man!"
"Well, I'll be," the man muttered and returned to his newspaper.
The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized, "I'm sorry to have come on so strong - I didn't mean it. How long have you been suffering from arthritis?"
The doctors operated and advised him that all was well. However, the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs in his crotch.
Worried that it might be a second surgery and the doctors hadn't told him about it, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.
Taped firmly across his pubic hair and private parts were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn't come off easily --- if at all.
Written in large black letters was the sentence:
'Get well soon.....from the nurse in the Jeep you pulled over last week.'
Kind of brings tears to your eyes doesn't it?
Thanks to everyone who sent me jokes and pictures this week. Some great ones. Have a wonderful Week-end - Hugs,, j
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today is Women's Equality Day celebrating the event in August 26, 1920 when the last certification (that of Tennessee) for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed. It is quite simple:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Giving the right to vote to Women did not solve the problems. Women still struggle for equality in our society. I grew up in a single parent household (helped by grandparents) without much child support from my male parental unit. I watched as my mother used her secretarial skills to cover her bosses mistakes for years and yet her wages were not enough to support our family. If it had not been for my grandparents allowing us to live with them we would not have had much of a place to live.
- "[N]o man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities."
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Fifteen years ago in January my mother died. It was not unexpected and while I was able to be glad for her my life became very lonely. As the year progressed I decided it was time to get a dog. I had had several in the past but always wanted a Yorkie. Some friends of mine had one and I really liked their dog.
Jon reminded me that today was also the anniversary of the day he found out from Iowa State Vet Med Center that Max wasn't going to make it. Thus followed a period of saying good-bye to him. It was hard but at least he was no longer suffering. Then followed Miles and you can see that he and Bailey were about the same size. Followers of the Blog know that has changed.
There was a time when he slept here and leaned against my leg. I think the arthritis makes this uncomfortable for him as he will no longer do this. I miss it. He also stopped sleeping on the bed with me.
But he is still my beauty and is a lot of company. He does not let Miles bully him although Miles does try to steal his treats...
He used to play with the large soccer ball. He pushed it with both feet but he always had to have something in his mouth. One time he had an old (empty) can while he was pushing it. He stopped playing with it about a year ago and Miles has sort of trashed the ball also.