Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Did I miss something?

Hillary stated in a recent speech:

Let’s make the Bush Administration take the blame for its mistakes, and let’s put together a plan to enable the Iraqis to really create a government that will permit American troops to come home.

Let’s make decisions based on reality, not ideology;Facts - not politics; Real solutions are needed.

That's strange that Hillary would accuse the President of not dealing in facts now because back in October 2002, Congress adopted joint resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq. The House (controlled by Republicans) voted 296 to 133 to allow the president to use the military "against the continuing threat" posed by the Iraqi regime. The Senate (controlled by the Dems) also voted in favor of the measure.

People in the House and Senate, who voted for the resolutions were on committees that oversee intelligence. You can't sit there and convince me that NONE of those who voted in favor of the measure didn't have some idea that all the facts weren't being presented.

Give me a break!

Congress supported the President, they had every access to the information, they could have verified it. What the heck do we pay them for? The American people sat there wondering the truth and Congress, our elected representatives have direct access to it 24/7. If they can't do their job and represent us what the hell do we pay them to do?

The President's not the only one responsible for the mess in Iraq. The former head of the CIA George Tenant who received an "atta boy" for a job well done, a free pass and a hefty retirement, and every Congressman who voted in favor of the joint resolution also share blame.

Monday, May 29, 2006

One Life to Live sucked me in...

Ok I'll admit that when I take a day off and hang out at home cleaning or working on my class assignments, I watch One Life to Live and General Hospital on ABC. Been watching them on and off for years. In fact, long stretches of time would pass when I didn't watch these two soaps but the thing is that certain characters remain year after year and so it's neat to turn it on after not having watched in years and it's just like being at home with friends. The plots differ though not by much. It's usually the same old thing. Take your pick of a plot involving murder, betrayal, someone coming back from the dead, adultery, corporate takeover, or a gazillion year long family feud.

I was off today, can you tell what I watched?

Now in regards to OLTL, I don't have to go into the Todd-Margaret-Blair-Spencer thing, we all knew Todd didn't kill Margaret. What gets me is that I really really don't know if Todd is really dead. Now I like this Todd better than the old one. And I'll admit, that at first I didnt' think the whole "new face" thing would work but damn I really liked Trevor St. John (My God I actually know his name?)

Now there's two things I'll say about soaps, sometimes they are just hokey, oh big time hokey, but every now and then there's a bit of good acting, real good acting. While the execution on OLTL was just acting, I will admit that the acting that took place was what should be taking place DAILY. What happened to real drama? When I watched the scene Friday when they hooked Todd up to the needles in the execution chamber, I felt like it was real. And today when I watched them execute him I was just amazed, astonished, speechless. The acting was breathtaking, the whole scene moving. I mean really what could be more powerful? There was Blair standing at the glass window watching her husband die for a crime he didn't commit, and I was on the edge of my seat as the button was pressed for the third and final injection. And all the sudden, John breaks into the witness room hauling in Margaret, the woman Todd was accused of murdering. And it is at that moment, everyone realizes Todd was innocent. And now he's dead and it can't be undone. I know that sounds silly to say about a soap, but it really was an incredible scene.

I just hope that somehow, Todd isn't dead and that Clint and Bo and some other higher powers were involved in faking the execution to nail Spencer. That execution was a pretty brutal scene even for a soap, it went a bit beyond what I had expected.

One thing is for sure, Todd will be back. I just know it.

Happy Birthday Grams!

Happy Birthday Grams.

Today is the 89th birthday of a truly wonderful woman, our grandmother. She's mom's mother, she's a tough, very smart, gracious, loving, warm and endearing woman. She has been the heart and soul that binds us together. She has no wants or needs for material possessions, they mean nothing to her. What matters most are the people she loves, her family, and her few close friends. How many of us can say that all that matters to us in life is our family? Shame on we the younger generation for putting stock in anything material. We can't take it with us, why don't we learn from the elders in our family and start really putting stock into what matters---each other and not mere "things".

There isn't anyone who doesn't like grams. It's not hard to like her, the little kids at the elementary school she volunteered at would cling to her leg and call her "Miss May", the parents adored her, the school was lost without her. Truth be told, we would be lost without her. A day without her would be a day without sunshine.

Grams has gotten older, her body a little slower but she is strong in mind, body and soul. And with every trouble in life she seems to overcome it. When gramps died in 1984, grams was devastated, yet she never gave up, instead she went on and lived her life and showed us all that life does go on. Every year she gets older reminds me it's one more year we won't have her around someday. I try not to think about it but it's hard. All my life, all my 37 years, she has been an intricate part of my life. Grams has always been in our lives and so we yearn to keep her around forever, long into our golden years. I know it won't happen, I just hope I can someday be half the decent and respectable and loving person to others that she has been to all of us.

I don't know what my would be like without her. She is in my heart, she is in all our hearts, she is more a part of each one of us than she could ever know.

Happy Birthday Grams, here's to many, many more happy days together!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

John Murtha...

I've heard and read all the negative things (and there are many) that Rep John Murtha has said about our troops but you know I've never heard him thank them for their service.

Interesting isn't it?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Reading up on the immigration reform bill...

In case you have some free time on your hands, you might be interested in reading the Senate's version of Immigration Reform which you can find if you click on his link: SB2611

This bill is so long and drawn out, I think it was intentional to deter you and I from actually reading it. I read parts of it, and all I can say is "holy cow" you wouldn't believe (or maybe you would) the money that the feds are providing to local and state governments. Did you know that the feds have allocated $950 MILLION dollars to reimburse state and local governments for criminal prosecution of illegals, autopsies, court costs, indigent defense, and other costs?

And that's just for the years 2010 through 2012.

Both of Florida's Senators, Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson, voted in favor of this bill and sadly neither will get my vote. I promised myself that anyone who voted in favor of amnesty will not get my vote for re-election. Charging a hefty fine and putting these folks at the end of the line in the quest for citizenship is still amnesty, I can't go along with it.

What many folks don't realize is that allowing these twelve or so million people to become legalized will allow them to bring their immediate family members over as well. Instead of an influx of twelve million, you're looking at a number closer to say--thirty million or more in the end.

Vicente Fox's recent visit to the US recently was the biggest load of crap I've seen in quite some time. He actually PRAISED the US senate for passing an immigration bill which offers employment and citizenship and he CREDITED Mexican immigrants.

He said:

"Nobody deserved more credit than the ... paisanos here," he said, using the Spanish colloquial word for "countrymen" during a speech to the California
Chamber of Commerce and Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "They have fought for it."

He acts as if illegals have rights here, a right to push for legislation. Vicente Fox never once has ever mentioned that these people are breaking our laws. Perhaps during the course of his trip in the US he should have been asked how come Mexico has such strict penalties enforced against people who enter Mexico illegally.


The whole thing is a big fat disgrace. Our government tries to sell us on the "we need them" bullshit and we in America are being FORCED to go along with this whole travesty because we are such a free and prosperous country that we should share with the rest of the world.

I don't mind sharing, but let it be done legally, let the people of this country, who are legal citizens decide if they want further immigration or not. I for one, think most Mexican folks are probably hardworking, law abiding people, but I also know that America cannot be saviour to the world. It is obvious Mexico needs to be saved, their government is corrupt, the people do not enjoy the same social and economic freedom as they do in the US. If Vicente wants to do something for his paisanos, he should be encouraging them to stay there and fight for a better system. If George Bush wants to help his buddy Vicente, he should be laying down the law and demanding reform in Mexico.

If your country doesn't work, do what it takes to fix it, don't just leave and invade another country.

Well as far as Vicente goes, he'll continue to push for immigration reform in America. He loves his "paisanos" so much he wants them all to come to America. Why? So they can become our problem but continue to send billions (yes, billions) back to Mexico each year.

I can't even believe Fox was welcomed here. What a sham. What a travesty and an insult the law abiding hardworking folks who live in America legally. Iam just so pissed off, I have one more thing to say:

President George W. Bush:

I voted for you TWICE, but right now you're really pissing me off. You refuse to acknowledge the sovereignty of this country, you continue encourage government spending, and you continue to patronize the American people as if we're stupid. Well we're not stupid, at least most of us are not. You have a responsibility to the American people, you have a responsibility to the sovereignty of this nation. You have failed and you have attempted to discredit patriotic Americans who try to do it for you. That was evident when you referred to the patriotic, law-abiding, non-confrontational Minutemen as vigilantes because they seek to uphold the rule of law and secure our borders, something I might remind you that is the job of the US government.

And to Congress, I voted for many of you, but you're pissing me off too. You talk a tough game but you're a bunch of spineless cowards. Most of you are afraid to stand up for what you truly believe in because it might not get you re-elected. You are afraid to stand behind your principles, instead compromising for the sake of re-election. You have a job, to represent the people's best interests and you refuse to do that. Time after time, you show you cannot work together, you cannot put the interests of the American people before your own and you are not fit to uphold the sovereignty and security of this great nation.

I will tell you this. For every member of the US Congress, you better be worried because come election time, the American people are going to remember how you sold them out.

Friday, May 26, 2006

My Friday"Oy vey" moment...

Jim Nicholson, head of the Dept of Veterans affairs says the government needs to hire a "security czar" and that they will need millions of dollars to fix the security issues related to the theft of the veteran's data.

"It's highly probable that they do not know what they have," Nicholson said of the unidentified burglars.

Oh that's a doozy.

Let's see how many burglars broke in and stole either a laptop or data in the Maryland area in the month of May?

Probably a few, but I bet you the perp knows now what he's got.

I don't think Nicholson should resign, but I also don't think we need a "security czar" as he mentioned, and we don't need to spend "millions" to get this problem under control. There are ways to safeguard information that don't include wasting taxpayer dollars on consultants and another high-level government position. Every single the government screws something up, the first thing out of the bureaucrats mouth is that we need a person to head something and more money for them to do it.

And while we're at it, some Congresswoman said we needed more identity protection for veterans. Uh, hello, what about more identity protection for everyone? If the government is storing our information, they have a responsibility to protect it period, shouldn't matter if we're veterans or not.

And by the way what bothers me most about this isn't that someone in this country will steal some of those identities, but that the information will be sold to someone in a foreign country. Once a perp in a foreign country gets a hold of our social security numbers and birthdates, we are so screwed.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I want to push for this legislation...

To my knowledge, there is no law mandating that companies doing business in the US divulge the geographical location of their customer service call centers.

I'd like to push for that law.

In this day and age I think it's extremely important that Americans know who is dealing with their personal information, and whether or not they are doing business in America. Imagine my surprise when I called Dish Network to get setup for service and I was talking to someone in India? When I asked "where are you located?" and she said "we are not allowed to disclose that information"

Companies will not come right out and tell you who you are giving your personal information to, and they might assure you it's safe but what kind of safeguards are there really?

I have a right to decide if 1) I want to give my personal information to someone overseas and 2) if I want to do business with an American company who employs foreign workers instead of american workers. I have a right to know so that I can decide whether or not I want to give my hard-earned dollars to that company.

Ok, here I go....about to find out if this law exists and if not, how I can make it happen.

Oh and one more thing, before you say "it's no big deal", the IRS outsources millions of tax returns (containing all your personal information) to India. Thought you might like to know that. Of course you won't find that information anywhere on their website and if you're busy watching those dumb reality TV shows, you probably missed the episode of 60 Minutes a few years ago that exposed it.

Dear Congress...the people are speaking...

.....and you aren't going to like what they're saying.

They're saying "It's time for a change in our tax system because we're tired of the federal government penalizing us for our hard work and success"

Sometime last year I purchased and read "The Fair Tax Book" and enjoyed it very much. I came away from the book with many questions, but for the most part, I think with some changes and some clarifications, it could be implemented. Some people though may not think that abolishing the IRS and federal income tax and replacing with a 23% consumption tax is a good idea. But anything is better than what we have now, and what could be more fair than taxing people for what they consume, not what they earn. There are so many positives to this plan, if you want to know what they are, get the book. You don't have to buy it, check it out from the library, just READ about it. Get your mind busy thinking about the issue.

One of the main reasons I love the idea of a consumption tax is that it gives the American people more control over Congressional spending, it puts the reigns of government spending back in the hands of the people. They're spending our money up there in Washington, don't we care?

Yes, we do!

Look at what we pay in taxes, surcharges, and service fees--on damn near everything. We've got federal income tax, state income tax, property tax, gas tax, motor vehicle tax, state and local sales tax, service fees, and surcharges on phone, electric, cable, and other bills. Everywhere we turn, you are being taxed for something. I for one, am just tired of it. I'm tired of being taxed to death. The Fair Tax is simply an alternate plan, and maybe, just maybe, a way of ridding us of the cumbersome IRS and federal income tax burden for good.

I sure wish I had been able to attend the Fair Tax Rally in Atlanta last night. Nearly 5,000 people came together to show their support for the growing grass roots movement. I just want to say way to go Neal Boortz, Congressman Linder, and all the people who worked hard to put the rally together and THANK YOU to all the people who have purchased the book (whose profits have gone to charity) and who attended the rally last night, and who have shown their support in other ways.

You care and that's a good start!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

In honor of Dustin...

Dustin Davenport Carter Inman of Woodstock, Georgia, would have been 22 years old today. He had a wonderful life ahead of him when he was suddenly taken from us on the night of June 16, 2000.

He was a beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

Dustin, we will never forget you.

Kudos to the FBI...

Man, Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson is in big trouble!

"There are two sides to every story," said William Jefferson. "There are certainly two sides to this story. There will be an appropriate time and forum when that can be explained and explicated, but this is not the time, this is not the forum and operating on the advice of counsel I will not get into facts."

Oh I am definitely looking forward to hearing both sides of this. I am sure the words "racist" and "setup" will come up in the course of Jefferson's defense.

I love this part of the story:

The search of Jefferson's Capitol Hill office is the first time that has ever happened on Capitol Hill, and has provoked controversy, with some lawmakers asking questions about the authority of the FBI to carry out such a search.

Congressman Jefferson Monday questioned the authority with which the FBI searched his Capitol Hill office, calling it in his words, "an outrageous intrusion in the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government."

If there is anything outrageous here besides the alleged crime itself, it's the nerve of the politicians who believe their position in an elected office exempts them from the rule of law.

Personally, I think the FBI deserves a pat on the back every time they nail a politician for corruption. It's time to remind ALL of the elected officials of this country who exactly it is they serve.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Another government screw-up...

Way to go to the nameless son of a bitch employee at the Dept of Veterans Affairs who took home data that contained 26.5 million names, social security numbers, and birthdates of veterans who left the service from 1975 to the present!

That includes ME and many of the folks who visit my journal here on a daily basis.

That pisses me off. Apparently the employee downloaded the info onto disks so he could work on something at home. The VA's official statement on their website states that they will take steps to ensure it never happens again. Too little, too late. How the hell does someone just download and walk out with this kind of information? Is this stuff just laying around on desks at these federal agencies?

You know I have the mind to sue the federal government for not taking better precautions to secure my personal information. It's about time they learn that we're serious about this issue.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Photos that conjure up memories...

My dad's uncle Harold gave my sister some photos to bring back with her to show us, they were from the family gathering that took place in July 1981 after my dad's brother Raymond died. Everyone liked Raymond, no wait, they loved him, and not just family, but friends and coworkers. People knew Raymond to be a decent, hardworking and honest fellow true to his word. His death was hard on all those who loved him.

The photos Harold sent back are great, there's one with about fifty of us family members who were at the house the day the photo was taken and there's another of my grandmother and her siblings and her dad we called "granddaddy". I bet they hardly ever sat down for a photo like that in their lives, in the photo were 13 of the original 14 children, so that was a historic moment for us.

At the time those photos were taken it was July 1981 and mamaw and papaw lived at the blue house in Kennesaw, this big blue house with hardwood floors, two porches, and a big piece of property with a big barn. I loved that house, we all did. There was a small old clock that went tick-tock all the time and I really loved that clock. That was the room Uncle Raymond would sit in laid back in his big black leather recliner.

I remember my dad sitting around the table in the kitchen with his uncles bullshittin' about everything under the sun. Considering the fact his uncles used to spend so much time at their house, and several were close in age to dad, it's no surprise hey had a lot to reminisce about. They were funny guys, we kids loved sitting there listening to their stories.

We kids played red-rover. tag and whatever else we could think of.

Funny how a sad moment in our lives brought us so much joy in being together. Why is it that we have to wait till someone dies to appreciate one another?

I have so many fond memories of those days when I was young that it sometimes makes me wish I didn't have to grow up. Maybe because when we're a kid it's all so simple and when we grow up it all becomes so complicated!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

My old school newspaper...

ST and RT will love this!

I found the final edition of our high school newspaper in the stuff I kept over the years. It's a mint condition edition of the Banner. It was the last one we did before we graduated some 20 years ago! I was managing editor for the paper and wrote the editorials as well as other stories. This was the final edition with our photos in it, the senior poem I wrote, the editorial on teachers and other things like senior superlatives, grad nite, etc.

What I think is funny is the senior superlatives, I mean come hair? eyes? Frankly I should have had eyes because my eyes are so dark they are nearly black, my hair was naturally curly unlike most everyone else's. Personality? I was one of the nicest people in the class although I didn't rate because I wasn't popular. Fortunately the gal who did get personality was my pal Susan although I had always thought of her as very quiet.

There was this section in the paper listing what we'd all be doing in the future. Why did they say I'd take over Rona Barrett's gossip column? I'd love to know which yahoos in the class came up with that. First of all, I didnt' gossip, I talked a lot, big difference. Believe me, I had no one to gossip about, I didn't have many friends there, most of them were too busy gossiping about each other.

The papers were always filled with tidbits about the most popular folks, Miss Christmas, Miss this, Miss that, Homecoming Queen blah blah blah. Our homecoming queen had the personality of a popsickle stick, that's all I'm going to say about that. It was a small school, it was a popularity thing, who wore what designer clothes, who was a cheerleader, who dated which football player, blah blah blah.

Oh there was one more thing about this school apper. There was some special little baby's birth announcement with a PHOTO. This handsome young man is now a college student. I can't believe it's been that long!!

I think I was meant to hold onto this edition of the school paper. It reminds me of who I was back then, how I was treated by my peers and how far I've come since those days. Looking at that paper humbles me and makes me realize that regardless of what other people thought of me back then or think of me now, the only person I have to be true to is myself. If I can do that, everything else falls into place.

Back in those days I thought I was nobody. I based my self-worth on what a bunch of yahoos thought of me. That's what's so nice about being an adult, we finally grow up and realize that the only opinion that matters is the one we have of ourselves.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The best mom anyone could ever wish for...

I didn't get to do this Sunday because we received word that papaw had died and none of us were in the mood to celebrate anything.

There's a lot I could say about mom, but words can't describe just what an incredible person she is. I am a lot like her in so many ways and I am proud of that. A great mom isn't definded by a college education, money, a nice home, or how much she buys for her kids. A great mom is defined by how much she loves and cares about her kids, no matter what stupid things they do.

When we're kids we don't put much into what it takes for our parents to raise us. We don't really think about the issues they face and all the ups and downs that come with marriage and children. When we're kids we're just having fun, and our parents have to do all the work. Parents worry for their kids--all they want is for them to be safe and happy and have a good life. That is all mom and dad wanted for us, just to be happy.

In our younger days mom and I clashed quite often. I think maybe mom might have been tougher on me because I was so much like her. The thing is I am so glad I am just like her. Even if we did have the gift of going back and changing the past, I wouldn't change anything about my relationship with her because I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe that everything we went through helped build the relationship we have now. And there's no way I'd do anything to change that.

Thanks mom for being you! We love you!!

Mom at age 23 with me and David.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

How a simple man changed so many lives...

For the first time in a long time I'm having difficulty putting my feelings into words. My head hurts and I feel sad and depressed. The truth is I am having a hard time dealing with papaw's death. My dad, mom, bro, DH and I couldn't attend the funeral, but sis and grams are there in our place and oh the stories being passed around about papaw! I am told we are all going to get an earful of some funny things when sis and grams get back home. That is the funny thing about funerals, is they bring out some of the craziest stuff we never knew about the people we love so much!

Papaw was a simple man. He was born into a poor but proud farming family. He never really knew his father, his mother died when he was seven, and he was raised by his mother's parents and so took their last name. Papaw married mamaw in 1937 when he was 22 and she was 16. Times were hard back then and they had to work very hard to have just the basics. Despite being poor and living in a small house, papaw and mamaw raised five children to be good and decent, honest, hardworking people. They proved that money has nothing to with raising good kids.

Papaw worked hard and awoke before the crack of dawn every day of his life. He always wore old workboots, a hat and overalls with a pocketwatch tucked neatly in the breast pocket, except on special occasions when he'd wear a suit. He worked many jobs during his 91 years of life and when he finally retired from his city job, he wasn't ready to sit home and do nothing so he went back to work in the private sector. Papaw always had to be doing something and so he worked long into his late 80's, stopping only when he was just physically unable to keep up.

Tonight my sister told me that she and our cousin went through papaw's drawers looking for something and they found a drawer full of old baby shoes, probably belonging to my cousins who were raised up there, and some probably belonging to his own children. They also found various photographs....of his children and grandchildren. In that same drawer were all of the cards and letters that my mom and dad sent him over the years. It does not surprise me that sweet man kept all of those mementos, as he truly cherished his family more than anything else.

I feel a tremendous loss in our family, a great hole in my heart and I know all those who loved him feel the same way. I console myself by thinking about the ways he affected all our lives. I believe you can tell a lot about the kind of life someone led by the impact on those they leave behind. Papaw's impact is indescribable. For two days, the funeral home in Kennesaw has been packed to capacity with hundreds of family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances who loved and respected papaw. And all of these people all have stories about papaw and they rejoice in their fond remembrances of him. And talk of papaw has no doubt led to other crazy family stories, where relatives and friends sit around the table or on the front lawn just gabbing for hours about all the things that have happened not just to papaw but to the family, over the course of many decades. It's so strange how the death of a loved one can bring so many people together to share not just tears but joy too.

Papaw was a humble man and I doubt he ever really knew the impact he had on our lives. But I am so grateful to have known him, to have been a part of his life. I am so proud of the kind of man he was, I am proud of the the family he raised, and I am proud of the values and traits he passed down to us. Papaw wasn't perfect and he would have been the first person to tell you that straight up, but papaw didn't have to be perfect and without faults for us to love him. It was so easy to love him and he loved us, all of us, especially his children and grandchildren. I consider myself blessed that for the 36 years I have been on this earth, he was part of my life.

Today at the official service, hundreds of people will say goodbye to papaw and he will be laid to rest in the family plot at Kennesaw City Cemetery next to his beloved son Raymond. And at that moment, we will be forced to move on with our lives, whether we want to or not, it's what papaw would want us to do.

What comforts me and makes me smile is knowing that as long as we remember him in our hearts, he will always be here with us, always.

Mamaw, dad, papaw, Uncle Raymond and Aunts Annette, Martha, and Judy in this favorite family photo taken during a big family gathering at the old house in Kennesaw in 1978.

Monday, May 15, 2006

If it smells like amnesty, looks like amnesty, tastes like amnesty, it's most likely amnesty...

I thought of blogging about the President's speech beforehand, after all, I could have predicted what he'd say. Yet something inside me thought maybe, just maybe he'd surprise me. Unfortunately that didn't happen and it was more of the same old rhetoric. It's a shame too because I had other plans for that twenty minutes of my valuable time that he stole under false pretenses.

I could sit here and analyze the speech line by line and give you my take on it, but really the folks who read my blog are pretty smart, you can read the speech and understand the underlying meaning.

What's that underlying meaning? It's simple. The President opposes amnesty but he believes that those illegals who have been here some time should be allowed to apply for citizenship.

And that's the bottom line folks. None of the other stuff he talked about like placing 6,000 National Guardesmen at the border, increasing border patrol agents, creating tamper-proof ID cards, building fences, installing motion censors, unmanned air surveillance, none of that really matters.

What matters is that we are offering amnesty to millions of people who broke our laws to get here under the guise that "we are a nation of immigrants"

No, Mr. President, we are not a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of American citizens, or at least we were at one time.

Can't get it together today...

I didn't sleep well last night, kept thinking about papaw and getting upset. I finally got to sleep but it wasn't a restful sleep.

Sis and grams (that'd be mom's mother) drove up to Kennesaw to see the family today. I am sure mamaw (that's dad's mother) and the family will be happy to see grams, they haven't seen her in over 20 years. The funeral service is Wednesday at 11 a.m. I have been going back and forth about whether I can go for several reasons. One is because I let sadness overwhelm me and I tend to fall into a deep funk that I can't get out of. The second thing is that I am taking two classes this term, and one of them is Algebra in summer A. Anyone who has ever taken a summer A course knows it's the short term--only 6 weeks. My class was 530-845 p.m. twice a week. Missing one class in summer A term is equivalent of missing five regular class periods in the regular term! I'd be too far behind. I hate algebra anyway, I might just say to heck that course and stick with the Art History which I am taking in Summer C. It's an online course and so I don't have to drive to class.

It's strange...I hate funerals and I love them. I hate them because they make me sad, I love them because in my Georgia family, the only time the entire family comes out of the woodwork is at funerals. The last funeral I was at up there was in 2000. It was an amazing experience. With all that sorrow, we actually did have some laughs and fond remembrances of days gone by. There were family members I hadn't seen in over 20 years who last saw me when I was just a kid. We all ate, we laughed, we cried, and we laughed some more. Sometimes we showed no emotion at all. Funerals can be weird like that, ya know? They bring out all sorts of emotions in people.

Now papaw would probably laugh at this but I have nothing to wear to a funeral. My really nice expensive long black dress with long sleeved white shirt which was unoficially dubbed my official funeral attire awhile back after I wore it to a few services and it just is too small for me. It's another wardrobe casualty - courtesy of that wonderful weight one gains after getting married. I dont' understand how my friend Susan stays as thin as she was in high school. Me? I had to always work out all the time to look good. I had to keep at it and then when DH came along I stopped. Anyway that black dress stays packed away because someday I know I will fit into it, I just hope it's not in time for another funeral.

Here we are all worried about classes and trips to Georgia and missing college classes and I think papaw would be laughing at the fuss being made over him. He never liked being made a fuss of rather he liked doing things for other people and making a fuss over them. He'd do that every time I visited the family up there. You know what he'd do for me? Every time I was up there visiting the family and was preparing to head home which was usually on a Sunday morning, he'd check the fluids in my car to make sure it was ready to go for the 4 1/2 hour trip back home. He'd also windex the windshields. And oh yeah, papaw would call me over to him in that quiet raspy voice of his and he'd hand me a perfectly folded $20 bill for gas for the trip home. Now I never asked him for any money, I always had plenty for my trips but papaw wasn't the kind of man you turned down when he wanted to do something nice for you. And so I'd take it and smile, say thanks and give him a great big hug. That's the kind of thing he lived for, just seeing his kids and grandkids happy.

There's something funny too I have to add here because I just happened to think about it. My youngest cousin and I were talking about it yesterday. When she was just a little girl, she'd sit on papaw's lap and play with his pocketwatch, which he wore faithfully every day tucked inside his overalls. That was nearly 25 years ago.

Not too long ago that same cousin's baby girl was sitting in papaw's lap and what did she do?

She reached for papaw's pocket watch.

Oh what a joy that must have been for him!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

In memory of Papaw...

Papaw died today, he was 91 years old. At least now he's no longer in pain. Now he's with his beloved sons Charles and Raymond, grandson Dustin, mother Mattie, father George, grandparents Wesley and Josie, who raised him, half-brother Grady, and all those who went before him whom he loved dearly.

The hardest part is remembering all the good times and wishing there'd been just one more.

Thank you papaw for all the good memories. We will cherish them always. I can close my eyes and hear your laugh, that silly laugh you had that put a grin on your face from ear to ear.

Friday, May 12, 2006

This mother should be bitch-slapped!

I can't even believe this...

This woman's 16 year-old daughter broke up with her boyfriend and since the breakup the ex-boyfriend has been verbally abusive and controlling. The ex-boyfriend spreads rumors about her, curses at her and sends text messages to her cell phone with abusive language. Throughout this the mother has taken no action towards resolving this conflict. The mother told the daughter to get the situation under control.

So..what does the daughter do?

She makes copies of a flyer with a photo on it of her ex-boyfriend dressed like a girl which was taken one Halloween, and she puts his name on it and posts it all over the school.

The daughter is facing a two-day suspension from school. Her mother says that she "prepared" her daughter to understand that retribution is inevitable and the daughter is prepared so long as her car isn't vandalized. The mother says that vandalizing the daughter's car is exactly what is planned. The mother thinks the flyer thing was funny and said that teachers, students, and staff (including the boy's mother who works there) all thought it was funny.

I don't think it's funny, in fact I think her daughter could be in grave danger. A boy like this who is abusive and controlling is likely to snap and lose control any moment. And when that happens, a vandalized car will be the least of that mother's worries.

The mother says that some of the flyers were pulled off the walls before school stated and some of the ones students found were being copied and people were asking the ex-boyfriend to sign them. When the principal asked the daughter if she made them she said she didn't recall.

When the principal informed her suspension was imminent she said it was worth it. And when she was told she would not be suspended if the prank ended immediately she told the principal it's not going to stop. The principal was informed of what the boy had done but warned that if the pranks continue both will be suspended.

So what was the ex-boyfriend doing in all this? Following the daughter around the hallways calling her filthy names. And in response, the daughter printed yet more photos to post. And sadly one teacher even told the girl the photo was great and the principal hung it on his wall---so says the mother.

The mother claims she did not support her daughter in this but after seeing the humor it caused, it's ok and that she is glad her daughter "had the guts to do it" and hopes the retribution isn't too bad.

Oh my God is anyone else horrified by this mother's actions (as well as the teacher and principal?)

I am so disappointed that this mother did not come to her daughter's aid in this situation. The daughter is 16 years old, she is still a child and she is not equipped to understand the dangers that can come along with an abusive personality. The mother had a responsibility to nip this in the bud and take action right away, with the boy and with his parents (yes, where are his parents in all this?) . Maybe because she's trying to help her daughter become a mature responsible young adult the mother decided to leave this situation in the daughter's hands. But mature responsible young adults don't do what the daughter did.

And because of this mother's irresponsibility, her daughter might wind up suffering severe, even tragic consequences.

It just pisses me off.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

This just isn't justice...

Where is the justice for the family of eighteen year-old Jacob Langworthy?

Four teenagers broke into Jacob's home in January 2005 and and stole some items while a fifth teenager shot him in the back of the head. The four were given 10-year prison sentences for manslaughter and home invasion and the fifth is still awaiting trial for first-degree murder.

I believe the four perps should have received much longer and tougher sentences. Sure, it is possible they didn't intend for anyone to die and they are sorry for what happened but we must be tough on crimes that result in the deaths of innocent people. When these individuals conspired to commit this home invasion, they automatically assumed responsibility for every act that occurred as a result of it.

It's time to set an example and show these young perps what's in store for them if they engage in illegal and irresponsible behavior. It's time to send the message that we will no longer tolerate it, for we have tolerated it far too long already.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The age-old question...

There comes a time in every married woman's life when she asks the age-old question, the one that wives have been asking husbands since the beginning of time, the question simply known as:


Yes, that's it. That's the usual response at the moment the husband says or does something for which the meaning is understood only by said husband and possibly other married men, or just men in general. It's what the wife asks her husband when he begins twisting her words and the meaning of those words to make it look like she's the one at fault.

For example:

Husband: I'd like to go to SAMS Club sometime to pick up supplies we need to prepare for Hurricane Season.

Wife: Ok no problem, we need to save up the money though because it will cost us (wife knows that shopping at SAMS club causes men to have uncontrollable urges to buy large packages of items not on the list)

Husband: Ok when can I go?

Wife: How about the end of May? That should do it.

Husband: Ok

Two months later, when May has arrived.

Husband: Here's my list of supplies I want to get this weekend.

Wife: Ok, the list looks great. Now I have an idea, why not get toiletries and little things at the Dollar General Store and save SAMS club for the water and food items. And oh yeah, why not buy these things a bit at a time instead of one trip? Instead of taking $250-300 out of savings at once, why not prioritize the items and buy them in a few trips? (wife knows that prioritizing the most urgent items first will ensure they are purchased first and doing the shopping in increments assures that the husband won't get out of control in his spending. This of course is explained to the husband in detail via email back and forth at work)

Husband: Screw it, we don't need to prepare, we'll just wait till something happens. You always do this, you tell me I can do something and then you take it back. You said you were putting away the $$ to do this and now you didn't.

Wife: Uh yes we need to prepare, and yes I did put the money away but why take it all out when you can do it in increments and do it right.

Husband bitches that wife is always changing her mind, wife bitches to husband that every time she has an idea or opinion different from his, he just decides to say "screw it". Wife tells husband he's an "all or nothing" guy meaning that either it has to be his way and all at once or not at all.

Husband finally tells wife she can start making all the household and life decisions, he's not going to even bother anymore.

Wife says---- WTF?

Now many women would love making all the decisions but really that's just not for this wife. It's too much responsibility. Why should she be stuck with the burden of making all the decisions? Oh hell no! The husband is going to suffer along with his wife or else.

Now the wife isn't entirely guilt-free here, yes she does change her mind at times but you know what? It's just the way it is. Women have changed their minds since the beginning of time, much longer than men have been shopping at wholesale clubs. Other than changing her mind every now and then I think the wife is pretty damn easygoing, don't ya think? Hmm...

The conversation between the husband and wife of course doesn't end there. It leads to another hour's worth of WTF moments........many, many, many of them.

Frankly I'm all WTF'd out, all I can manage now is just a simple little "Oy vey" and we won't even get started on that one!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Today's rather lengthy rant session aka BOSGOT

That stands for "Bunch of shit going on today"

Ok, here goes...

Scooter Libby's attorney says he's got five witnesses who can prove that Joe Wilson outed his wife long before Robert Novak did. Of course Wilson deflected attention by saying that it no longer mattered who first outed his wife.

Oh yes Joe, it does matter. If this is true, you owe the nation an explanation. Of course you'll need time to think about it because I don't know that "My wife needed a reason to secure a multi-million dollar book deal" is going to cut it. Your lies cost the American people a lot of money and time and you do owe us. If you outed her first, I want to know.

A kid earns a bad grade on a test so to get revenge, her mother helps her bake cookies laced with an entire box of ex-lax. Four children in the class were sick after eating the cookies. The mother has been charged and is pleading innocent but the girls have not been charged.

Oh My!

In my day if your teacher pissed you off, you just called her a "red-headed witch" and moved on. Well uh.....ok if the son of your sister's fourth grade teacher pissed you off and you called her a "red-headed witch" then you got your mouth washed out with Irish Spring and then your mother fed you spaghetti and then you moved on.

At least I thought I moved on... LOL!

Britney Spears is procreating - again.

Lucky for David Letterman it's not his. Phew, I bet he is so relieved.

Ok now let's see, who should be bitch-slapped here? Lynne Spears for raising her daughter to be such a moron or Britney for getting hooked up with a mooching LOSER like Kevin Federline. I mean hello? When Britney married the moocher, he had just dumped his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Oh hell I say slap both of them.

Kevin's not the only one mooching. Mama Lynne Spears is making a fortune on Britney's empire while Britney turns into just another former teen queen overnight sensation turned white trash. Maybe Lynne can get Britney out of the way so she can groom the up and coming little sister --15 year old Jamie Lynn, who incidentally has her own web site now. And God only knows what's next.

Whatever happened to letting kids be kids? Isn't Britney really a perfect example of what can happen when you force adulthood on your teenage daughter?

A Kentucky high school teacher was fired for making a porn movie eleven years ago.

Let's see, eleven years ago she was 23, homeless, desperate to make ends meet, suffering from what she claims was an undiagnosed bipolar disorder. She never even used her real name when she made the movie. Oh by the way as if this matters, she later joined the Army, got herself a college education, and became a schoolteacher and from what I understand she's a damn good schoolteacher.

The School Superintendent fired her because he said her presence in the classroom would become a distraction. You just have to be kidding? No, I'm not.

Here we have a schoolteacher, someone who did one stupid thing in her past, which harmed no one, and she moved on with her life, served her country, went to college, became a role model, and she's fired for one past indiscretion.

In the meantime, we have what--ten million people living here illegally and nobody in a position of authority will do a damn thing about it, not to mention the number of Congressional folks at the state and national level who have participated in all sorts of debauchery, illegal and immoral activities and people still elect them into office.

Go figure!

Imagine my surprise when I heard a story that the US Border Patrol has been instructed to alert Mexican officials as to when civilian border patrol groups "detain or allegedly mistreat suspected illegal immigrants"

Mario Martinez of the US Customs and Border Protection said the policy was to assure the Mexican governemnt that the migrants rights are being observed


What rights? They are illegal for crying out loud. I can't believe that Border Patrol and the Mexican government officials are conspiring against American laws. They say they are doing this to ensure the safety of people who crossed the border, but still this sucks

DHS is backtracking stating there is no policy which US government organizations give information to the Mexican government, they say that in accordance with the Vienna convention, illegals are given access to the consulate.

The thing is that there's some evidence proving that somebody spilled to the beans to Mexico because the whereabouts of these civilian border patrol organizations were known only to the border patrol, how did the Mexican government get their hands on that information?

Now who do you 'spose gave out that info?

Imagine the enormity of the situation for a moment. The US government conspiring to help break our own laws? The US government conspiring with a foreign government against our own people?

And finally (drum roll please)

At least once a year we hear of some crackpot politician (usually the same ones) calling for slavery reparations. Michigan Congressman John Conyers is at it again with another bill which:

--acknowledges the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery.

--establishes a commission to study slavery, its subsequent racial and economic discrimination against freed slaves.

--studies the impact of those forces on today's living African Americans.

--The commission would then make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies to redress the harm inflicted on living African Americans."

Ok someone point out to me anyone living in this country today who owned slaves or participated in the slave trade. And while you're at it, find me anyone who was actually a slave in this country.

(Chirp, Chirp)

Yeah silence, that's what I thought.

The bottom line is this is a ridiculous bill. First off, we all know the inhumanity and injustice of slavery, at least most of us do. It isn't necessary to form a commission and spend federal dollars to study something that happened over two hundred years ago. Most African Americans living in America today were not descended from slaves. And by the way, most Americans did not own slaves when there was slavery in America. What happens to African Americans whose ancestors participated in the slave trade?

Hell, who of us didn't have ancestors who suffered some sort of oppression? My heritage is Irish, Romanian, Scotch, English, Native American, Italian, Sicilian and German and oh yeah I have Jewish ancestry, but you don't hear me whining and bitching that I can't make it in society because my ancestors were oppressed.

Yes slavery was a terrible thing but we are past it and it is time to move ON! Your heritage doesn't determine how successful a person you can be. It's up to YOU. The choices each of us make put us where we are today. That's the great thing about America is that every person has an equal opportunity to make it. So I don't buy this need for the federal government to step in and take my hard-earned tax dollars and give them to someone else because their ancestors might have been oppressed.

As to John Conyers, he's been in office forty years. That's about 36 years too long in my opinion.

Rant over, you may move on :)

Monday, May 08, 2006

Cardinal backs Catholics suing movie producers...

Cardinal Francis Arinze is encouraing Catholics to file suit against those making the movie "The DaVinci Code"

He states:

"This is one of the fundamental human rights - that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected. Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. "
Oy vey.

Is the Cardinal afraid of people leaving the church? If one is a true Catholic and all-believing, then it doesn't matter. Is the Cardinal afraid of the Church getting a bad name? Please! Their coverup of of priests molesting children pretty much took care of that.

You have to ask yourself this:

Is it possible Jesus had a relationship with Mary Magdalene?

Is it possible she had a child?

Yes. I say that not because I'm anti-Christian (which by the way, I'm not). I say that because we have no scientific proof either way and so this makes it possible. Now This is where faith comes into play. Your faith will dictate that you cannot believe that and that's fine. But people have the right to ask these questions and explore these issues. And neither Christians, Catholics or anyone else has the right to stop them.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Considering the possibility that Iran has had WMD technology since 1991...

I made the mistake of listening to "Coast to Coast AM" tonight.

Consider these possibilities:

Iran hasn't just developed nuclear technology, it's been there since 1991, they are only now releasing the info bit by bit. In 1991 Saddam Hussein's son in law, knowing that he would eventually be killed, spirited WMD's which included yellow cake uranium over to Iran. What was given to Iran included thirty years of technology and information compiled by Iraq, Afghanistan, the US, and the Soviet Union. And the Secretary of Defense at that time knew. And that person was Dick Cheney.

Also, our government has been using mind-control in the form of radiation and other waves in the Middle East to control insurgents and parts of America, to control protesters.

No, I can't personally prove either statement but to be honest, the guests on George Noory's show last night seemed really convincing. No, I don't buy what others try to sell me, but honestly I am doing my part to investigate it and I hate to say it but I actually believe it's possible. Oh hell yeah I believe that there are those in our government who would do this.


Thoughts, anyone?

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Reliving the nightmare...

I can't believe this.

Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez pled "not guilty" at his arraignment yesterday and now the trial is set for August 7, 2006. I can't believe this man and his attorney are going to put Kathy and Billy through an agonizing trial in which they will have to relive the events of June 16, 2000 when their son was killed. How in the world can he not be guilty? There were witnesses present, he confessed, he fled the scene for nearly five years.


No jury will let him off but the fact that he's attempting to get off, that Kathy and Billy and the entire family have to go through this, is such a travesty.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Peace and Justice for Kathy & Billy Inman...

On Friday June 16, 2000, my cousin Kathy Inman, her husband Billy, their son Dustin and beloved family dog Lucky were traveling from their home in Woodstock, Georgia to their weekend retreat in the North Georgia mountains. They had planned to spend Father's Day together and relax. The family arrived in Ellijay, Georgia and was stopped behind another vehicle at a redlight at an intersection, when out of the blue, an vehicle came barreling from behind and crashed into them at what authorities later documented was 62 MPH. The force of the crash wedged Kathy's Grand Am into the car in front of them, and it completely crushed the backseat, killing Dustin and Lucky instantly. Kathy and Billy were both wearing their seat belts but the force of the crash threw them from the vehicle. They were airlifted to the trauma center in Atlanta where Kathy went into a coma as did Billy.

In the meantime, Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzales, the man who hit them and took responsibility for the accident saying he fell asleep at the wheel, had complained of stomach pains after the accident. He was taken to a local hospital in Gilmer County where he later escaped and went on the run for five years. It was also discovered he was an illegal alien who had used a Mexican birth certificate and Matricula Consular Card to obtain a North Carolina drivers license. That was in fact a "license to kill" according to columnist Terence Jeffrey. While the Gilmer County grand jury indicted Harrell-Gonzales for vehicular homicide and his face was broadcast on America's Most Wanted, it took five years to track him down, mostly due to the efforts of Billy Inman.

Billy came out of his coma first and he suffered some memory loss and had a terrible time coping with the death of his beloved son. Kathy eventually came out of her coma after several days, and because she suffered a stroke on both sides,as a result of damage to her carotid arteries, she faced a very long, painful rehabilitation. Today, nearly six years after the accident, Billy works full-time and on the side he lobbies for immigration reform and Kathy is for the most part fully functional and able to take care of herself and Billy, including cooking, cleaning and anything else that needs to be done in and out of the house. Her only limitation is that she remains in a wheelchair, but she is determined to walk again and she will.

Several months ago, Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez was caught. He was in a Birmingham jail claiming to be his brother. Authorities eventually used medical evidence to prove he was who they thought he was. He is now facing arraignment this Friday, and after nearly six years of waiting, Kathy and Billy Inman, and their families can now face the man who killed their son and changed their lives forever.

This tragedy has had a profound effect on the family. That first week was hell, pure hell. While their daughter and son-in-law lie in comas in the hospital, Kathy's parents had to make arrangements to bury their beloved grandchild. The grief suffered by all those who loved Dustin was incomprehensible. It all seemed so strange, just a few weeks before the accident, Dustin had turned sixteen, he had his whole life ahead of him, and in one moment it was over. It's still hard to believe.

Tomorrow will be a hard day for Kathy and Billy, for they finally face the man who took their son from them and altered the course of their lives. Dustin would have been 22 years old this month and every birthday and holiday they are reminded he will never celebrate with them. Every day they are reminded that their son will never grow up, attend college, get married, have children of his own, and grow old and gray. For Dustin and his parents, all the hopes and dreams of a wonderful life ended in just a split second. But Kathy and Billy are very strong, courageous and wonderful people and they have come a long way since that terrible night and they continue to make strides every day. Their marriage is stronger than ever and they have the unwavering love and support from family and friends to see them through it. Many people might have given up in the face of such adversity, but not them, it only made them stronger.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

My papaw..

Papaw on one of his visits to see us in Miami. With Dave, me, & Kim in Miami in '73.

My grandfather "papaw" Clifford was born November 22, 1914 in Marietta, Georgia, to George Wallace and Mattie Lou Clackum. His mother died from Typhoid Fever when he was 8 years old and he was raised by her family. He's been married to mamaw for 68 years and they had six children together, one of them being my dad.

My dad joined the Air Force in the 1960's and at one time was stationed at Homestead AFB where he met my mom. And that's how we wound up in Florida and all of dad's family up in Georgia. Oh sure, we would visit mamaw, papaw and the family up there as kids, and boy did we have FUN!! I also traveled up there more often as we got older, but looking back it wasn't enough. I got spoiled living near my mom's folks all our lives, and having the other side of my family in another state was just something we got used to. I sure wish I could turn back the clock but I can't. Everything happens for a reason.

Papaw isn't doing so well right now, he has cancer and it won't be long now. I could pray for a miracle but Papaw is 91, he's lived a full life and all I want is for him to not be in any pain and to be ok...whatever ok is. I think I will be ok knowing papaw is looking out for us.

I remember before I met DH I'd go to Georgia regularly to see the family. Well whenever I'd get ready to drive home on Sunday mornings, the family wouldn't go to church so we could hang out together. And papaw and I would sit outside and he'd clean the windshield on my 1991 Pontiac Grand Am, check the fluids, and make sure it was ready to roll. OF course I knew he didn't want me to go, he never did want his grandkids to leave, but we always had to go home. Well at times he would slip me some $$ for gas. He'd have it tucked away neatly folded in the pocket of his overalls and he just couldn't wait to give it to me. Even though I didn't need it, I'd take it because it made him feel good. And well it made me feel good too. He was always like that, looking out for us.

That's just the kind of man he is.

Papaw worked long past retirement, and he was still driving long past most folks. Every Saturday morning since time began, he'd take Mamaw to get her hair done and take my aunt to the grocery store so she could do the shopping for them. As he got older, he got slower, but he always loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. That's just what he loved to do. We'd all sit outside and he'd have a mouth full of snuff, laughing that silly laugh of his, and his hands would be neatly tucked into his trademark overalls. I can close my eyes and picture those moments now.

What fun they were...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A reason for concern...

Thanks to my pal over at one of my favorite blogs "Tales of a Wandering Mind" because as soon as I saw this photo I nearly spewed my yogurt all over my computer screen. Well that could have been because I was reading it so quick and not paying attention that I thought it read "America is incontinent" which may not be altogether that untrue given the number of old folks in this country but I digress...

A picture is worth a thousand words. I can't believe I am living in a country which allows millions of illegal aliens to redesign our Constitution, our borders and our way of life. Our forefathers are ROLLIN' baby, they are ROLLIN'

Now can you guess--who is one of the forces in this country supporting the takeover of the Southwestern states?

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What is Aztlan?

Why it's the great state of California! The capital of "Aztlan" is Los Angeles.

Make no mistake, under the guise of Freedom of Speech, these people spew a lot of anti-Jew, anti-American rhetoric.

La Voz de Aztlan is extremely anti-semitic. They have a swastika on their site leading to a story which is anti-Israel and they have many stories on their site portraying Jews in a very negative light. There's even a story about the alleged "Kosher Nostra" scandal involving kosher foods, rabbis and major food manufacturers in America. I knew it wasn't true and of course when I checked's investigation they proved it was false too.

I found this editorial in one of the site's news articles about Iran's leader calling for the eradication of Israel:

Under these circumstances, it is no wonder that the president of Iran wants Zionist Israel eradicated. What would happen to all the Jews in Israel if the state was one day dismantled? Perhaps the solution would be to establish a colony of Jews on the moon. Instead of sending 5 billion dollars in military aid to Israel every year, this money could be funded to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a project to send them there where they could live in peace and which would allow us to live in peace here on Earth.

La Voz de Aztlan is also anti-American featuring many stories alleging American soldiers are murdering innocent Iraqi families. Their entire site promotes hate against Americans and Jews while propagating support for terrorists and a reconquering of the Southwest and regaining those states back as part of Mexico.

You folks better damn well fear any organization in this country who hates the US and Israel, fully supports the dictator of Iran, and actively promotes a Mexican takeover of part of our country.

Sure as hell sounds like sedition to me and didn't I post something about that the other day?

Something told me Bush never said this...

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." ...George W. Bush, March 13, 2002

Makes you just loathe that scoundrel doesn't it?

Something bothered me about this quote. It was just too "good" to be true. I kept thinking it just wasn't something Bush would say so I researched it for myself. And while dozens of people use the quote on their sites to bash the President, here's the real story behind it and it's nothing even close...


Q Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you tell the American people if you have any more information, if you know if he is dead or alive? Final part -- deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really eliminate the threat of --

THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is -- really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission.

Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is --as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if, in fact, he's hiding at all.

So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did.

And there will be other battles in Afghanistan. There's going to be other struggles like Shahikot, and I'm just as confident about the outcome of those future battles as I was about Shahikot, where our soldiers are performing brilliantly. We're tough, we're strong, they're well-equipped. We have a good strategy. We are showing the world we know how to fight a guerrilla war with conventional means.


Monday, May 01, 2006

They know nothing...

“We have respect for everybody. We’re here because we have families, kids like you. We have eyes like you. We are like you. You’re immigrants, too!” shouted Maria Torres, who organized the march.

“I was born here!” yelled one Latina girl. A young Latina woman shouted bitterly about how Mexicans are treated here. “It’s 'Maria, go get my coffee; Maria, scrub my toilet!’ You people are lazy!”

To these people I would say:

"You have no respect for the rights of Americans or for the sovereignty of this country. You fled an oppressed country with a corrupt government to make a better life for yourself and your family and I can sympathize with that. But do not come to my country and tell me that you have a right to live here. Do not come to my country and protest my government, a government to which I pay taxes, whose officials I elect. Do not come here illegally and dare to make demands of my government.

America is the only country in the world which tolerates illegal aliens protesting, marching, and making demands of the government. In any other country, especially your home country of Mexico, you would be jailed, shot, or deported. Many Americans tolerate you because they feel for your plight, but you are pushing even them away with your demands, with your threats. You threaten us by saying we need you. No, we don't need you, you need us.

If you want a better life, if you want fair wages, rights, freedom, and independence, you should rebel against the government of Mexico, much like the American colonists did against England over 200 years ago. That is how you make change, that is how you obtain freedom and a better life. You fight to regain control of your homeland. You do not illegally cross the borders of another country and begin making demands of that country."

They justify it all by telling us we're immigrants too because our ancestors emigrated here, but that's wrong. Many of us are citizens who were born here, whose parents and grandparents were born here and whose great-grandparents may have emigrated here at the turn of the century, some earlier.

So I take great offense at these people saying that I am an immigrant when I am not. I am an American, I was born and raised here.

As to the woman who calls us lazy, please! There are lazy people in EVERY culture. Does she think Vincente Fox cleans his own toilets?


Boycott? What boycott?

Yeah I'm still waiting. Let's see...not eating out today, not buying produce, hell nothing I'm doing today will be affected by this boycott/protest/walkout..whatever you want to call it. And the funny part of this is that all of the goods and services the protesters buy, sell or produce will be bought, sold or produced tomorrow. If they're expecting to impact the economy they ought to protest/walkout/boycott for three months--an entire quarter.

Yeah right!! This reminds me of that stupid idea about boycotting gas stations for a day. Yeah ok fine, we'll boycott today and then we'll all just head back there for gas tomorrow.

"As the demands of illegal aliens and their supporters become ever more shrilled and outrageous, the silent majority of Americans are remaining silent no longer. We are proud and delighted that will give a voice to the millions of hard-working, law-abiding Hispanic Americans whose views are too often misrepresented," said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which organized the coalition.

"These people have been telling us for a long time they hate to be treated like criminals. What they're doing today, throughout the whole country, is behaving just like that," Claudia Spencer, a member of You Don't Speak for Me, told FOX News. "We feel really really offended ... they are hurting everything in the United States, including us, the legal Latinos."

Way to go, finally some of our legal Latinos are speaking up. I knew there was no way in hell that these radical pro-amnesty for illegal groups could be speaking for all the hispanic population in America! By the way, the FAIR is an awesome website with some real solid immigration related info you might want to check out. It's at

Jeff Salsbery told The Associated Press that he was losing thousands of dollars because 25 Latino workers hadn't shown up at his Carmel, Indiana, landscaping company.

"I'm not very happy this morning," Salsbery told the AP. "We're basically shut down in our busiest month of the year."

I'd be summing up their future in two words: "You're fired"

I am sure Mr. Salsbery will be able to find 25 ready and willing workers, legal of course, who would be willing to earn decent wages. I'm tellin' ya this thing is going to backfire. If I was a business owner and my people walked out in support of this quest for illegal amnesty, I'd fire every one of them and replace them the next day, paying higher wages if need be. These folks aren't the only ones with "economic power".

President Bush says the boycott is not helpful to the immigrants' cause.

"I'm not a supporter of boycotts," he said. "I think it's very important when they do express themselves they continue to do so in a peaceful way and a respectful way."
Uhh....Mr. President, how about saying something, anything about the fact that millions of people who are here illegally will be protesting in the streets today?

No of course not. It's expecting too much.

"We're not officially coordinating a work stoppage. We are leaving it up to every individual. We don't want people to lose a job, but we want to encourage people to stand up for their rights," said Maria Rodriguez, head of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Huh? Did I miss something? What rights? How can you expect to enter a country illegally and then on top of that be entitled to anything but deportation?

Denver-area contractor Chuck Saxton, who hires temporary workers, is sympathetic to the movement. "I'm going to go to support them. These guys come here, they work hard and they're honest," he said. "They provide a vibrancy to our economy and our country that is fading."
Oh now that is classic. If this country's economy is fading it isn't because of our alleged "need" for illegal aliens. It is because we have a spineless Congress who refuses to sacrifice their precious power to do what's right. It's because we have people who are apathetic and don't give a damn. It's because we have lost control over the direction in which our country is heading. It's because something called "the law" suddenly means nothing. I talk often of disobedience to authority and how disobedience in the past has made this country a better place. For me it stops here. Our country is suffering from the invasion of illegal aliens from many countries and most of our Congress sits there with their thumbs up their asses trying to figure out how best to pander to the average American voter AND their illegal voter base.

The idea behind the controversial boycott is to make America notice how important immigrants are to the fabric of the nation.

"They're workers," said Juan Jose Gutierrez of Latino Movement USA. "They create wealth, they pay taxes, and they deserve recognition for their contributions to the American economy."
Good Grief! America's "entitlement mentality" has finally gone too far. Everyone in the world thinks that America owes them something. Gotta love it. Hell I was born here, I create wealth, I pay taxes and I've never been recognized for my contribution to the American economy.

By the way, how does one pay income tax, social security tax, medicare tax, when one is hired illegally using fraudulent paperwork or better yet, no paperwork at all.