Our PlusPSP challenger this week was Lee1990 and he said: “You must use at least one of the shapes in an Autumn-related image, since this will be the first week of Autumn.”
I received the following in an email from Ed. Looks like we could all learn from this.
Here’s one of the strangest things you’ll ever see.
This is a video of a homeless man in Santa Barbara, Ca. and his pets. They work State Street every week for donations. The animals are pretty well fed and are mellow. They are a family. The man who owns them rigged a harness up for his cat so she wouldn’t have to walk so much (like the dog and himself). At some juncture the rat came along, and as no one wanted to eat anyone else, the rat started riding with the cat and, often, on the cat!
The dog, will stand all day and let you talk to him and admire him for a few chin scratches. The Mayor of Santa Barbara filmed this clip and sent it out as a holiday card.
Well, you all know I am a reality television junkie. Dancing With the Stars started last night and I was back and forth watching it. I professed to my friend today that I was NOT going to think I had to watch every one of those shows this season… BUT… there I sat glued to the tube wondering who was going home tonight. Help! I need a life!
The Challenger for 311 was CarolUK and her instructions were to “Create a trophy. It can be an award for anything you like, but it must show what it was for, either in the form of the trophy or in an inscription on it. Be as off the wall as you like in conjuring up things which might get a trophy.”
I received the following in an email last week and have to admit I agree with most of what the writer has said. It is a long read, but worth your time.
Now that the two primary Presidential candidates are clearly identified, with major differences in their experience, background and platform, it is important to look back to see if history is destined to repeat itself.
Dr. Larry J. Tracy’s message is titled ‘The Frog Theory.’ He explains why we never see danger until it is too late.
THE FROG THEORY
If you drop a frog in boiling water he will leap right out. If you slowly heat the water he will be content until it’s too late to get out. That is exactly how history works. It moves slowly and we never really see any danger until it’s too late.
Remember how suppressed workers were before unions came along? The unions leveled the playing field. Unfortunately, over a long period of time the pendulum swung too far. Slowly, businesses and factories closed and jobs left the country. We were comfortable and didn’t see the change coming. We blamed everyone except ourselves for what happened. We weren’t alert to how slow things change over time.
World War II, and the Korean War, demonstrated how powerful a united nation could be. Our nation, and our families, were united. The father was the head of the family and the President was the head of the nation. Both were highly respected. We were content and happy.
We were good at fighting a hot war but we were unprepared to fight a cold war with the communists in the 50’s. They knew they couldn’t change us but they didn’t care. Their philosophy was to wait it out and capture the minds of our children. They loaded our colleges with many of their professors and waited. It didn’t take long to see the results.
The 60’s ushered in the radicals, drug culture, student protesters, and the Vietnam War. The aim of the cold war was to divide and conquer. They divided our families and the nation. The secret to defeating a polite and respectful people is to scream. The louder and longer you scream the better your chance of winning. Radicals are masters at this form of attack. They know if you constantly scream and repeat a lie it will eventually become the truth.
The media, and Hollywood, hammered us with hate America themes and stories. Our service men, and women, were jeered, cursed, and spit on. Even the people, who later wanted to become their President, thrashed them. We lost our first War in history. There was no hero’s homecoming for our fighting men and women.
The Reverend King, who was raised in the old school, peacefully changed the race issue and united the people. When he died the new breed of leaders like the Jesse Jackson’s, Lewis Farakon’s Al Sharpton’s, and Rev. Wright’s put a lid on his efforts and turned racism into a money making machine.
Corporations were green-mailed by threats of protests, product boycotts, or endless lawsuits. Every issue, large or small, became a race issue. The public recoiled in fear of being called a racist. Their voices were silenced because one word could cost you a career, get you fired, or get you sued.
Even politicians buckled under to the pressure. The Florida legislature issued a formal apology for having slavery 200 years ago. They were thanked by being asked for compensation. There is no end in sight for this kind of nonsense. America didn’t capture slaves and bring them to America . Their own people sold them to slave traders from several nations. This knowledge doesn’t stop the screamers. History is what it is and you can’t change it. There have been many tragic events in history. You acknowledge them and move on.
They divided our nation into two separate Americas. We now have Americans, and African-Americans, although Africa has nothing to do with being an American. You can be one or the other but not both. You are what you were born to be. You do not subordinate our country to any foreign nation. It’s equivalent to flying the African flag above the Stars and Stripes. If you hyphenate two countries America always comes first.
This election year could be the turning point in our history because the frog theory has come into play. It’s time to step back and look at how the country has slowly changed since the cold war started. Don’t get caught up in all the hype.
George McGovern was the first Presidential candidate to test the waters with college students. The Clinton’s played a big role in his campaign. It was the worst campaign ever run. He was crushed in the election.
Step two was to infiltrate all the information vehicles such as radio, newspapers, magazines, TV and movies. They were quite successful at that. Jimmy Carter was the first President to demonstrate the leadership skills of the far left. Weak military, high taxes, runaway inflation, 19% mortgage rates, and plain incompetence ended his career in Washington. Iran, a small country at the time, took American hostages and kicked sand in our face. By negotiating from weakness Carter could not get the hostages released.
The big benefit of the Carter years is that they were followed by the Reagan years. The nation got a clear look at the difference between a weak nation and a strong nation. Every student should know this difference. When Ronald Reagan took over the hostages were quickly released, taxes were lowered, inflation dropped, mortgage rates dropped and the military was strengthened. Russia quickly waved the white flag and waited for another Democrat term.
Clinton took over Carters uncompleted social programs. He weakened the military and tried to pass large government programs. An Intern derailed his Presidency. While he was tied up with his personal problems his lawyers ran the country. He passed up three opportunities to take out Osama Bin Laden. This eventually cost us the loss of our Twin Towers, thousands of American lives, and got us involved in a war with Iraq .
By the end of his term the left had captured a large share of the media and it flexed its muscle in 2000. The hate Bush campaign got off to a roaring start. The brainwashing theory of repeating the same story over and over again was launched. There were endless stories about our evil nation and its President. Top-secret plans were leaked to the press and printed for the entire world to see. Hollywood cranked out documentaries about the evil Bush administration and our evil military. They laid the groundwork for the next election. The ACLU flooded the courts with lawsuits and the Democrat party became a law firm. Almost every incumbent, or his or her spouse, is a lawyer.
They now have the perfect candidate because they can squash criticism by playing the race card. If you don’t like Obama, or criticize him, you are a racist. They can hide his inexperience and background by turning him into a rock star and singing change and hope. They don’t tell us what kind of change, or how it will be done, only that you should hope for the best. By keeping the hype going they don’t have to put anything of substance on the table.
The only thing we really know about Obama is that his wife has never been proud to be an American. They want us to believe that his liberal college professors, Rev. Pfleger, his ties to radicals Bill Ayer and Lewis Farakon, and listening to the Rev. Wright’s hate talks for 20 years, had no influence on his thinking. If they didn’t, then who did? He wasn’t in business and didn’t see fit to serve his country. These people launched his political career and their organizations received earmarks in return for their campaign donations and political help. They must have had some influence. Rev. Wright’s church received over $15 million. That’s only one small local church. Think on a national scale.
The change being promoted is a change back to the Carter years. It started in 2006 when the lawyer party took over. There have been endless lawsuits and investigations in retaliation for the Clinton years. It keeps the lawyers busy but does nothing for the economy. The economy has been in a downward spiral since they took over.
Returning to the Carter years of high taxes, high inflation, and a weak military is not the change we are looking for. We cannot cower to a bunch of crazies whose only goal in life is to kill us.
The old sages (over 50) will have to play a big role in this election. The young people simply don’t know what the aged know. The advantage of aging is the knowledge you accumulated. You know what United States means. You know what the seldom-heard word respect means. You know how wonderful freedom and independence is. You know the difference between a strong and a weak nation; and you know what it takes to keep it strong. You know history because you have lived it.
Although the old guard is dying off, and getting too tired to fight, they have to muster one more charge. If they don’t, our children, and grandchildren, will never know the joy and freedom that is the bedrock of our country. The heat is slowly being turned up and the water is getting hot. The old frogs better start jumping before it’s too late.
I am a certified chocoholic… seriously, I have the certificate hanging on my wall! Nah, just kidding about the certificate, but I really am certifiable, just not sure you couldn’t add nut to the chocoholic!
My friend, Becky, was telling me about this treat a co-worker of hers makes and today, that co-worker told her again how to make them. Becky knew they were easy and she knew the ingredients she needed, she just didn’t know how long to leave them in the oven.
All that is needed is the small square or mini pretzels, Rolo® candy and pecans. You preheat your oven to 300 degrees, line a cookie sheet with foil (to prevent a big mess), lay out the pretzels on the sheet and lay a candy piece on each pretzel. Pop them in the oven for 3 and 1/2 minutes until the candy is soft, but not melting everywhere. Remove from the oven and immediately press a pecan half into the top of each treat. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or so to set the candy and voila! Poor Man’s Turtles!
Let me tell you, these are fantastic and being the certifiable-addicted-to-chocolate-nut that I am, these are right up my alley!
Go! Google it and see the lovely photos and other ideas for pretzels and Rolo® or pretzels and Kisses® and various other things to press into the soft chocolate. You can thank me later. I’ve already thanked Becky!
I received this in an email today and thought it was definitely worth sharing.
“This commercial was done by a local kid. You have to watch the whole thing. When he finishes talking and walks away, you get a sense of how this could be the commercial of the campaign season. Joe returned from Iraq last year .”
We’re still the proud owners of three boy pups. I did not feel well Sunday morning, so did not take the last three pups to the flea market hoping to find owners. This one is Sandy’s biggest pup and he is an adorable little guy although he will someday be a handsome big guy. I need to find him a home soon since I really do like his personality. Please… I’m beggin’ ya, come and get him!
Hurricane Ike’s death toll rises to 21 in nine states
Authorities said Sunday they had rescued nearly 2,000 people on the Texas and Louisiana coasts.
300 National Guardsmen out of food, water in Houston
Gas prices surge | Airports closed | Platforms destroyed
Houston inconvenienced, but not devastated
I am so thankful the sun was shining here at home when I got up this morning and there was no sign of any damage anywhere other than a few small limbs on the ground. Unfortunately, the headlines above are but just a few from the devastation of Ike. Still sending good thoughts and prayers to those affected.
Showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Very windy. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Lows around 70. Northwest winds 30 to 40 mph becoming west 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 55 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Hopefully, tonight’s weather won’t be too severe. I’m looking forward to daylight tomorrow!