...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



Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rush to elevate John Paul ignores victims - The Boston Globe

"There is no doubt John Paul was a great man. He was also a flawed man who presided over a church that was guilty of one of the biggest institutional coverups of criminal activity in history. The pope being rushed to sainthood failed thousands of children and in doing so failed his church and his God
...in all their pomp and circumstance, the people who run the Vatican are revictimizing the survivors.’’


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Rush to elevate John Paul ignores victims - The Boston Globe

The "Church" is guilty of so many things. This is one of the most egregious. I cannot honor this man.

Quote of the Day

In response to: Cal Beisner: Tornadoes Are A Taste of God's Judgement (Which I will NOT link to but if you want to you can find it on YouTube.)  The Beisner's voice (defines smarmy for me)  just filled me with creepiness.  I felt dirty after listening to it.  I really like being reminded of the Still Small Voice.


Remember Elijah's experience in the cave, storm, fire, earthquake and all, and God was not in any of it. Instead, God was in the Still Small Voice. These apocalyptic preachers usually try to quiet that Still Small Voice in the back of their consciences with power and money, ...
Doug Blanchard

Growing Apace

 Link on the right to view.

I Recommend that You Read

"I am an English teacher who wakes up in the middle of the night, puzzling over how to engage 37 students in my third-period in an upcoming lesson. I am a teacher who gives up part of almost every evening and weekend to grade the never-ending deluge of papers. I am a teacher whose job performance is judged on scores from a test that counts for nothing for the students and their parents. I am a teacher of children who have been coldly molested, beaten, ignored, neglected, left hungry, and might not know where they are going to sleep that night. I am a teacher who cries at the end of every school year because, as they leave me, I am reminded of the basic goodness of the students I teach."

Angela Beesley writing in Education Week - For the entire article click here.

Barbie at the Royal Wedding


My friend Bob sent me this picture.  His wife has a hobby of making doll clothing.  Her Barbies are dressed for the Royal Wedding.  Bob writes -

Suzanne designed and created wowie dresses for 20 Barbie dolls who looked as if they were going to the Royal Wedding, complete with far out hats!  She worked on the project for over two weeks, and got the twentieth one done Thursday evening. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

I watched

I am now "Royal Weddinged Out."  I woke up at 3:00 AM and turned on the TV.  Watched it.  After all I watched his parents get married 30 or 31 years ago. This was a better show. I now feel like the little girl in the foreground. And I am ready for a nap.  I actually switched around from channel to channel and I enjoyed the MSNBC coverage the best.  The others seemed to have to fill the airwaves with chatter.  ABC was especially egregious with Barbar Walters and Dianne Sawyer taking it almost to the level of gossip. One of the guest commentators had to go on about her connection to the Royal Family. So what if Prince Phillip is her godfather - I mean , who cares? I just wanted to watch the show,

 Favorite moments"

  •  When William and Harry arrived and walked to the front of the church.  They seem to be very close and Harry looks like he would be a fun person to know,   
  • Catherine's look when William whispered to her that she was beautiful.  They genuinely look as if they care for each other deeply. 
  • The Iconic moment when they paused in the archway before going out to the carriage.  My favorite moment of the day.
  • And driving the Austin Martin over to Clarence House to spend some time together before the evening party. (It was nice of Mr. Bond to loan the auto.)
  • Oh and I loved the trees in the Abby and to know that they will be planted to thrive and grow.  I love Maples anyway.
The impromptu walkabout last evening was a nice touch also.  William may not like the press very much but it is obvious that he connects with people.

Oh yes and the Queen looked lovely in yellow.  She and her husband are remarkable. 85 and 90 and still working.  I am only 69 and I couldn't keep up with them.  Nap time.

Found For Friday



A LADY WALKS INTO TIFFANY'S .. SHE LOOKS AROUND, SPOTS A BEAUTIFUL DIAMOND BRACELET AND WALKS OVER TO INSPECT IT...

AS SHE BENDS OVER TO LOOK MORE CLOSELY, SHE UNEXPECTEDLY FARTS...

VERY EMBARRASSED, SHE LOOKS AROUND NERVOUSLY TO SEE IF ANYONE NOTICED HER LITTLE WOOPS AND PRAYS THAT A SALESPERSON WAS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR...

AS SHE TURNS AROUND, HER WORST NIGHTMARE MATERIALIZES IN THE FORM OF A SALESMAN STANDING RIGHT BEHIND HER...

GOOD LOOKING AS WELL .. COOL AS A CUCUMBER, HE DISPLAYS ALL OF THE QUALITIES ONE WOULD EXPECT OF A PROFESSIONAL IN A STORE LIKE TIFFANY'S...

HE POLITELY GREETS THE LADY WITH, 'GOOD DAY, MADAM .. HOW MAY WE HELP YOU TODAY???

BLUSHING AND UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT STILL HOPING THAT THE SALESMAN SOMEHOW MISSED HER LITTLE 'INCIDENT', SHE ASKS, 'SIR, WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THIS LOVELY BRACELET ??'

HE ANSWERS, "MADAM .. IF YOU FARTED JUST LOOKING AT IT - YOU'RE GOING TO CRAP WHEN I TELL YOU THE PRICE..."
 The Facelift 

A woman decided to have a face lift for her birthday. She spent $5000 and felt really good about the result. On her way home she stopped at a dress shop to look around. As she was leaving, she said to the sales clerk, "I hope you don't mind me asking, but how old do you think I am?" "About 35," was the reply.
"I'm actually 47," the woman said, feeling really happy.

After that she went into McDonalds for lunch, and asked the order taker the same question, to which the reply was, "Oh you look about 29?"
"I am actually 47." That made her feel really good.

While standing at the bus stop she asked an old man the same question.
He replied, "I am 85 years old and my eyesight is going. But when I was young there was a sure way of telling a woman's age. If I put my hand up your skirt I will be able to tell your exact age."

As there was no one around, the woman thought, "What the hell", and let him slip his hand up her skirt. After feeling around for a while, the old man said, "Ok, You are 47."

Stunned the woman said, "That was brilliant! How did you do that?"

The old man replied, "I was behind you in line at McDonalds!
 How To Handle A Husband  

A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on the beaches in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town.

People would say, "What a peaceful & loving couple".

The local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage.

The Husband replied: "Well, it dates back to our honeymoon in
America," explained the man. "We visited the Grand Canyon, in Arizona, and took a trip, down to the bottom of the canyon, by horse. We hadn't gone too far when my wife's horse stumbled and she almost fell off. My wife looked down at the horse and quietly said, "That's once."

"We proceeded a little further and horse stumbled again. Once
more my wife quietly said, "That's twice."

"We hadn't gone a half-mile when the horse stumbled for the
third time.

My wife quietly removed a revolver from her purse and shot the
horse dead.

I SHOUTED at her, "What's wrong with you, Woman! Why did you
shoot the poor animal like that... Are you crazy? She looked at ME, and quietly said,

"That's once." 
"And from that moment.....We have lived happily every after."
 Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with that expensive double-pane energy efficient kind, and today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them. He was complaining that the work had been completed a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them.

Hellloooo,............ just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year...that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves! Helllooooo? It's been a year! I told him.

There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung up. He never called back. I bet he felt like an idiot



 A popular motivational speaker was entertaining his audience.

He said : "The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who wasn't my wife!"

The audience was in silence and shock.

The speaker added: "And that woman was my mother!"

Laughter and applause.

A week later, a top manager trained by the motivational speaker tried to crack this very effective joke at home during a small party. He was a bit foggy after having a drink or two.

He said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman who was not my wife!"

The wife went red with shock and rage.

Standing there for 20 seconds trying to recall the second half of the joke, with the guests not saying a word, the manager finally blurted out

"... and I can't remember who she was!"
 A man is sitting at home on the veranda with his wife and he says, "I love you."

She asks, "Is that you or the beer talking?"

He replies, "It's me . . . talking to the beer."
 Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code). 

If you qualify for Senior Discounts this is the code for you.

ATD:    At The Doctor's
BFF:    Best Friend Farted
BTW:   Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM:  Covered By Medicare
CUATSC:  See You At The Senior Center
DWI:    Driving While Incontinent
FWB:   Friend With Beta Blockers
FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
FYI:      Found Your Insulin
GGPBL:  Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA:    Got Heartburn Again
HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement
IMHO:   Is My Hearing Aid On?
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL:     Living On Lipitor
LWO:    Lawrence Welk's On
OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
OMSG: Oh My - Sorry, Gas.



ROTFL:  CGGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up
SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
TTYL:    Talk To You Louder
WAITT:  Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA:   Wet The Furniture Again
WTP:     Where's The Prunes?
WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil
WMDP:  Where's My Da
rn Phone?
GLKI:  Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mini Road Trip

Bailey has a perfectly nice bed but sometimes he finds other places to nap. I guess you could say he "sleeps around"
I went to the OES Home in Boone for a meeting and found this little flowering tree by the parking lot.



Then it was out to the Ledges State Park.  The road down to the Canyon was closed because of high water so I wasn't able to get to the area I wanted to get to so just had to make do with the top part and the camping grounds.


May Apples are coming up but they have a ways to go.

I liked the texture of the bark of this tree

Flooded area of the camp grounds

Reflections

I like to see the outline of the trees.  These two could be either dancing or dueling.

Almost an Abstract Art Piece

Ravine

I love old barns.


Horses wondered what I was doing

Waiting for the Apocalypse.
It was a nice day and I enjoyed getting out of town.

Late Night on The Buddy



h/t Firedoglake

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Don't blame Me Blame John


Click on picture to make it easier to read.
I am off to the Eastern Star Home Board meeting this morning. It will be good to get out of town. I have not been out of town since March 24.  I have not been out of the house much either. I am really sick of not being able to go anywhere.  

Also have a York Rite meeting tonight.  I wonder if we will have enough people there to hold a meeting.  It doesn't make much sense to even have a York Rite if no one comes to the meetings or if there is no activity.  But I will maintain my membership and will go to the meetings (If I don't forget) - 

There are some people who are complaining that there is too much coverage of the Royal Wedding.  I don't think that being "Royal" is any big thing. Just because they have "royal" blood does not mean a thing. We are all descended from the same stock.  That being said I do like a good show.  And they do put on a good show.  I love the pageantry and the horses and I think the Queen is pretty amazing. Not as amazing as her mother was but they are both pretty classy and I wish the young couple well. I bought them a coffee maker.  My old one was leaking so I got a new coffee maker and I am saying it is for Kate and her husband to be.  I will set the alarm and watch - I watched his parents after all.  Took a TV to the lake as we were on vacation  

Have a good Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs,  jcs

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Found on the Internets

Found this on Child of Illusion.

Link

I have been asked to link to the Iowa Independent News Network to help them with a problem they are having with Google.  Check them out to see News from an Iowa Perspective.  Just click on the picture on the right to see their news.

The Ballad of Johnny Sands

I was reading "Rules by the Meanest Mommy" the other day and came across this entry.

Part A – Do not tie your hands behind your back and tell your cousin to push you off the porch.

Part B – If your cousin ties her hands behind her back and tells you to push her off the porch, don’t.

Part C – If you hit your head because your hands were tied behind your back while your cousin pushed you off the porch (per your request), do not blame your cousin.


It reminded me of an old song which I learned as a child.  Not sure whether my grandfather or his brother taught it to me but I found the words on line. I changed a few of them to the way I remembered them

Johnny Sands


Johnny Sands

There was a man named Johnny Sands.
Who married a Betsy Hague.
Although she brought him gold and lands,
She proved a terrible plague.

The old man vowed he would drown himself;
In the river that ran below."
"Pray do," said she you silly old fool.
I wished it long ago."

"For fear that I might courage lack,
And try to save my life,
You tie my hands behind my back."
"I will," replied his wife.

She tied his hands behind his back,
And when securely done,
He said now I'll stand on the brink,
And you prepare to run."

So down the hill this lovin' wife
Came running with all her force
The old man stepped a little one side,
And in she tumbled in, of course.

Now Dashing splashing like a fish,
"Oh Save me, Johnny Sands!"
"I can't, my dear, though much I wish,
For you have tied my hands."

(Traditional Appalachian)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

Why are we the Tea Party's Hostages? - OtherWords

Government has to be about more than making rich people richer. They're rich enough now. It's time we started worrying about the rest of the people and about the future of generations yet unborn. Donald Kaul

Heres Jaybird

 Here are the ones I made using my picture (It was hard to find pictures of me.) You can make your own at this site.  Click here.



This is my new Facebook profile.

Miles on Monday



 Miles is featured in a new line by Paris Hilton.  I think he looks good.  He also is doing some commercial work and is portrait was hung at the Institute of Art.

Not really .. You can do this with any picture.  My friend Bob sent me the site which is here.


I will put some up I did with my pictures later.

In the meantime his little (half) brothers are growing apace.  Peg sent pictures so I thought I would share.  Also a movie.



I just wanted to send you some pictures of the Boys from tonight.    Elle I think is enjoying this smaller litter.   She will lay with them under the heat lamp and just cuddle with the boys or she is laying near by just watching.   I guess she knows you've got to keep a close on boys...lol..
   The boys will be 4 weeks old on Saturday.  They have made the move to their new crib.  Enjoying the new space they have to play and wrestle. 































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