Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wake Up America!

"Wake up America," Kucinich declared from the podium of the Democratic National Convention. "In 2001 the oil companies, the war contractors and the neocon-artists seized the economy and added $4 trillion of unproductive spending to the national debt. ... Trillions of dollars for an unnecessary war paid for with borrowed money."

Though he never mentioned GOP nominee John McCain by name, Kucinich's address was in line with Democrats' strategy to take a harsher tone of attack against the Arizona Republican and his party.

"We cannot afford another Republican administration," Kucinich said. "Wake up, America; the insurance companies took over health care. Wake up, America; the pharmaceutical companies took over drug pricing. Wake up, America; the speculators took over Wall Street. ... Wake up, America; we went into Iraq for oil."

Kucinich, a favorite of the party's liberal base who has led a push to impeach President Bush, enumerated some of the administration's most egregious abuses but said they would not dampen Democrats' spirits. As his speech crescendoed to its peak, the audience rose in boisterous applause.

"This administration can tap our phones -- but they can' t tamper our creative spirit," he said. "They can open our mail, but the can' t open economic opportunities. They can track our every move, but they lost track of the economy while the cost of food, gasoline, and electricity skyrockets. Now, they have skillfully played our post 9/11 fears, and they've allowed the few to profit at the expense of the many."

Something Interesting

I just read something interesting. I just learned why President Carter was not invited to speak during the Democratic convention. His views on the Israeli situation are offensive to the Jewish delegates and perhaps the Jewish voters and because of that he opted out of the opportunity to speak. Instead, they showed that video, showing he and Rosalind working to rebuild New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. In protest of even showing the video, Nan Rich left the convention. That shows what kind of person she is.

What a tragedy that he had to do that to appease a group of people whose national policies he has rightfully condemned.

President Carter is considered one of the most decent and respected men in the all but Israel. He criticized Israel in his 2006 book for their apartheid practices against the Palestinians. And because he nailed them on that practice, he has alienated them. Anyone who has read his book realizes that he very carefully documented every word.

And he is one president I respect. I respect him even more after learning of his decision not to participate and damage the chances of Obama to be elected. Obama will have an uphill battle against the racist element as it is.

Friday, August 29, 2008

What On Earth???

What on earth was McCain thinking of in picking an obscure unknown Alaskan woman governor for his VP candidate. This woman is not about to get us Hillary fans to vote for her with McCain. there are so many better qualified women he could have asked. Now I know he is senile. She has two years experience as governor and before that was a mayor. Yes, she's a pretty cheer leader type but that's not good enough credentials to be VP, especially for someone 72 years old in questionable health like McCain. The man has had two melanomas, for gosh sakes. I believe he has just killed his party's chances at the White House.

The editor of the Anchorage Daily News is quoted as saying:

About her strengths and weaknesses: “She is smart, vivacious and energetic; she tends to oversimplify complex issues, has had difficulty delegating authority, and clearly has difficulty distinguishing the line between her public responsibilities and private wishes. She is under legislative investigation on this, the so-called “troopergate” issue, in which she is said to have used improper influence to try to get her sister’s ex-husband fired from the state troopers."

About her approval ratings: “Her approval ratings are high–65 percent, or so–but down from 80 percent earlier in her term. Most Alaskan’s haven’t watched her as closely as most reporters or legislators. If you took a poll of reporters and legislators I expect her approval rating would be down in the teens or twenties."

Just what we need in this country. A Vice President with virtually no experience in Washington. She would die of culture shock there. She has NO foreign affairs experience. In fact, no real experience at all at anything except local government and two years as a governor...a questionable one at that. Her total qualification was that she was pro life, very conservative and a member of the NRA.

This proves McCain knows he is losing. He has failed his first executive decision. He is doing desperate things like this to try to win over the discouraged Hillary fans. I have news for won't work.

And, from Move On:

Yesterday was John McCain's 72nd birthday. If elected, he'd be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for "inexperience," here's who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.


Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:

  • She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
  • She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.
  • She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
  • How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

This is information the American people need to see.

More August Pictures of Home Building

We went to Wal Mart in Independence this afternoon following Bob's nap and bought some groceries and afterward we went out to John and Leslie's home site to see what the builders had accomplished in the past week. They had the second floor up but since it rained this morning they didn't work on it. I did take some new pictures though.

In this picture, you can see the great room with it's high ceiling. And if you look carefully, you can see the staircase in back of that room.

That is the back of the house and faces east. The dining area from the kitchen will be there on the left where the large window is located. Above that is a bedroom

To the right here is the front of the house. The large window is their bedroom. Then you can see the front door and the dining room window. To the right is the back wall to the garage. In this picture you can also see the upstairs front bedrooms. It's coming along albeit slowly.

What A Morning!

We spent the entire morning trying to get the roman blinds hung for the guest room windows. What a mess. Bob is having terrible time seeing following his cataract surgery and could barely get those blinds up. And we had to take down the curtains and valences that were up in there. Then he had to fill in the holes those curtains left. I will have a garage sale next weekend and try to get rid of as much such stuff as possible.

It will be the middle of September before he can get new lenses for his glasses so he can see clearly again. Plus, one window was slightly smaller then the first one and I had to force the blind in place. It worked though.

It seems everything is a struggle anymore. Nothing is easy. But the window shades look pretty good now. I need to use my steamer on them so they will relax a little and not have wrinkles where they were folded.

This is my patriotic room. With the boys both serving in Iraq when we moved into this house, I felt that it was appropriate. You can't see it very well, but just to the right of the window is a picture of Keith when he was 18 and enlisted. He served three years in the active army and then joined the reserves when he got out. Then he spent many years with the national guard and that was where he was serving when they activated him and sent him to Iraq, at the age of 50.

That wall above the quilt rack has pictures of our family. You can also see all my scrap booking equipment just to the right of the window.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

House Cleaning Day

I didn't feel just real good on Monday, my usual house cleaning day and didn't feel much better on Tuesday. I think last week wore me out. Wednesday I was too busy and so today I finally got around to cleaning house. I still need to dust in the morning but all the floors have been dusted and the bathrooms cleaned and scrubbed and all the laundry done. I changed the bed and washed all the towels.

We went over to Sedan at noon to take Leslie, our daughter, to lunch. This afternoon I worked on my computers. They had become very slow so I went into msconfig and eliminated some extra stuff on the system tray and they are working a lot better now. I also ran my Spyware Doctor and AVG to clean up the drive. There was no spyware or virus problem. I ran Microsoft Reg Clean and defrag and got everything ship shape.

I didn't have to fix supper this evening since Bob had a Red Cross board meeting and they serve dinner. I just went out to Sonic and bought a Blast. That filled me up (and probably out too).

I will watch the Obama and Al Gore speeches this evening and have popcorn and fruit juice with it. I still haven't decided whether to watch the Republican Convention. I am so disgusted with them, I may not be able to handle it.

The Convention

The Democratic convention turned out to be really good. It's true some of the speeches were dull but those that weren't were really inspiring. I loved Hillary's and really loved Bills. He had his written speech before him on the podium but never even glanced at it. And, he nailed everything against the Bush administration. I think history will eventually mark the Bush administration as the biggest failure in history and Bush the worst and most stupid president. The Republican party and clueless Bush have undone everything that Clinton was able to accomplish in just eight years. And, believe it or not, and regardless of his moral failures, I think history will finally see Clinton as the best president ever....certainly the most intelligent.

But probably one of the most ineffective people in congress is Nancy Pelosi, the do-nothing chair. I have yet to figure out why she didn't investigate the Bush administration and prosecute Bush and Cheney for their crimes but perhaps history will eventually figure that out for me. I have lost any respect I ever had for her.

I don't know if I can bring myself to watch the Republican convention or not.

I got these pictures of Bush at the Olympics and saved them so I thought I would post them and see if others thought they were authentic. He looks drunk to me.

What a boob!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

This was another of those busy days. I had a hair appointment at 8:15 and then I went to the cleaners to get an alteration done just to find they had closed for the holiday.

So, I came back home to attend a 10:30 meeting of the Coffeyville Ministerial Alliance Executive Committee. I had my records updated (some had changed their e-mail addresses over the summer months) and came home to put out 31 letters of invitation to the meeting on September 4th.

So I spent the rest of the afternoon doing that, going to the post office, and then we visited my sister and brother-in-law for an hour before dinner. It was a full day.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our Grandchildren

We have six grandchildren and most of them have stayed in touch with us all their lives. The eldest is Christina, who belongs to our son, Keith, and who is now 29. She is the mother of Mia, one of our our great grand daughters.

Next came Jeromy, who is now 29 too and son of our daughter, Leslie. He is father of Sage, our eldest great grand daughter.

Next came Sara 26, again a daughter of Keith, shown here at her
wedding. She is the mother of Isabel.

Then Keith had a son, Shawn, 20, whose mother moved away
following a divorce and we lost track of him.

Next came Scott's children, Jerod, 21 and Ashley, 18. Jerod is shown here with my husband, Bob, sitting on a bench at the mall. He is gone now...joined the Coast Guard and is in Alaska, out to sea on a cutter.

Last of all, is Ashley, all grown up now at 18. This is one of her senior pictures. She has gone to Texas to live with her mother and attend college. She has a part time job at the mall at a nice clothing store.

Her mother is a nurse. She informed our son, Scott, that she wanted a divorce while he was deployed in Afghanistan. He had been deployed four times in five years and I guess that took it's toll. The children were left alone when she moved in with her boyfriend. I took Ashley so she could attend summer school and make up her junior year. Then our daughter and son-in-law took her for her senior year. She did well in school with them.

I have a problem understanding divorce. Bob and I struggled with our marriage for many years but we never even tried to divorce. We just worked it out. Sometimes I think young people anymore just don't want to work at marriage. They just get a divorce.

No one ever said it would be a rose garden. It has been the hardest thing I have ever done.

I don't believe I would ever be up to it again.
It takes too much energy. Maybe I am just getting lazy in my old age. But this post is not about me. It's about our grandchildren.

They grew up awfully fast.

We used to take them two youngest ones for a month
every summer. We had Jeromy a lot since he lived
nearby. Christina and Sara spent some time in the summers with their dad and we got them quite a bit that way.

Great Grandchildren

We have three great grandchildren now. We seldom see them because we live aways away from them. But our grand daughter is good about updating our pictures now and then. Yesterday, she sent us this picture among others. This one to the right shows two of our great grand children.

Christina, our grand daughter, says they will be here Thanksgiving. The two year old is Mia and belongs to Christina and and the baby is Isabel, who belongs to Sara, her sister.

The older one at the bottom is Sage who is four. She will be five next month. She belongs to our grandson, who lives closest.He lives fifteen miles away in Independence, Kansas. Unfortunately the child is with her mother who lives in
Manhattan, Kansas. Jeromy, our grandson, gets her one weekend
a month.

We get to see more of Sage then the other two. In fact, Isabel, the baby, lives in Houston and we have never seen her yet. When Sage is here, her father brings her to church. She is very shy and doesn't have a lot to say.


Life is full of compromises. When you get near the end of your life you really should look back and then look at where you are now.

When we were young, we built several very nice homes but we didn't live long in any of them. The grass always looked greener on the other side of the fence so we would sell the home and move into another or build another. Now we are old and have none of them paid for. That, of course, is our fault. We could have had any of those nice homes paid for but every time we moved and bought another house, the value of houses had increased and we owed even more. Again, our fault. We were stupid.

Now the house we have now is fine but it certainly isn't my dream home. But it is a good compromise.

I have a used car but it too is a compromise. But it is a good compromise. It's a 2001 Honda Civic and it gets 39 miles to the gallon. It also has 105,000 miles on the odometer. I hope it lasts as long as we do. My husband, Bob, has a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup. It does fine for everything we need a pickup.

My furniture was mostly bought thirty years ago but it is fine. I was working at a high end furniture store at that time and I bought it all at cost plus 10% for freight. It was such good furniture that I still have it.

But we have great kids! Keith, the oldest is 53, Leslie is 51 and Scott is almost 48. They are all loving, caring, hard working adults....certainly no compromises. And if we make it until April, Bob and I will have been married 55 years. There were good years and bad years but we hung in there and worked it out.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Juanita's Doctor Appointment

Today was my friend Juanita's doctor appointment in Bartlesville. She had a night cough for eight weeks so we got her an appointment with the eye, ear, nose and throat doctor. Unfortunately, by the time her appointment finally rolled around, the cough had been gone for six nights. I took her anyhow. I figured she needed to be checked out by a real caring doctor. He did check her out and could find nothing wrong except a deviated septum and allergies. He did tell her that the stress she had over her daughter's health could have caused the cough.

After the doctor's appointment, we went to the Wal Mart store and then to the mall. There she bought a new top.

She talked all day. She needed someone to hear about her fears. She's 86 and her 60 year old daughter is dying of cancer.

The white haired woman sitting partly with her side to the photo is Juanita.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Great Party

Well, it turned out every bit as good as we had hoped. We had a great dinner and afterward we watched Bishop Spong's video and discussed it. There were eight of us. We have decided next Sunday evening when we meet here that we will perhaps divide the group and start another group. There is a list of folks who want to come and a small group is about eight....maximum and we have grown to 14 already. So, at the end of this set of DVD's we may divide.

Part of the group has never done the Saving Jesus DVDs so I may take that group and start another group. This thing could GROW.

An Even Bigger Day

This is Sunday and it is always a big day around here but today will even be bigger. When I got in last evening I made potato salad for eight so it would sit overnight in the frig and get better. This morning I got up and did my regular stuff...fed the dog and cat and watered them both, fixed the dog a piece of cinnamon toast and fed it to him. Then I took him for a short walk. That's good for both of us.

I read the papers and then got ready for church. I was presiding this morning so that takes a little, I had printed the bulletin and needed to go in early to run it off on the print copier. We came home after church and re-heated our chili from Friday. That's what we had for lunch since we are having the eight for dinner tonight.

Then we put the leaves in the table and the pad on it then I put on a table cloth and set the table and got it ready for tonight.

This afternoon, I made out 11 "We missed you at church" cards and inserted the bulletin in the envelope with them and addressed them on the computer, got them stamped and out on the mailbox.

Now in about an hour, I need to put the ham in the oven and start my baked beans. One of the fellows coming is bringing hot bread and one couple is bringing a salad and another couple is bringing dessert so my part of the dinner is going to be finished. Afterward we will watch a Bishop Spong video and discuss it.

This a great group. Four of them cannot come this evening since this is an "extra" meeting and they had previous plans. But there are two Baptists, three Methodists (with a guest), and two Community of Christ persons. Missing are one of the Community of Christ who works for FEMA and the two Presbyterians. Also missing is our agnostic.

As you can see in the above photo, my table is all ready.