Monday, October 13, 2008

Palin and Biden

October 8, 2008

If Sarah Palin had made just one of the wildly inaccurate statements smugly uttered by Sen. Joe Biden in last week's vice presidential debate, there would have been 3-inch headlines in newspapers across America. (I can almost hear Katie Couric asking me, "Which newspapers?")

These weren't insignificant errors, such as when Biden said, "Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie's restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time, and you ask anybody in there whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years."

It turns out that Katie's restaurant, where Biden gets his feel for the average American, closed 20 years ago. The only evidence that he spends any time in Home Depot is that it appears that a pipe wrench fell on his head one too many times.

Palin would surely have been forced to withdraw from the ticket had she said something like that, but most of Biden's errors were not trifling mistakes like these. They were lengthy Lyndon LaRouche-like disquisitions that were pure fantasy from beginning to end.

For example, Biden said about Hezbollah: "When we kicked -- along with France -- we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon." Hezbollah was never kicked out of Lebanon.

He continued: "I said and Barack said, 'Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't, Hezbollah will control it.'" This is madness -- Lebanon is not a NATO country, nor had any NATO country been attacked by Lebanon.

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his knowledge of foreign policy.

Biden also stoutly denied that Obama ever said he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Liberals find it hilarious that McCain can't use a computer keyboard on account of his war injuries, but Biden is apparently unaware of the Internet, because there are clips all over the Internet of Obama saying exactly that during the CNN/YouTube debate last year.

Biden might have remembered that debate since: (1) He was there, and (2) he later attacked Obama's answer, telling the National Press Club in August 2007: "Would I make a blanket commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of each of those countries within the first year I was elected president? Absolutely, positively, no."

And that's still not all! Obama's own Web site says: "Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions."

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his ability to remember well-known facts.

Biden also gave a long speech at the debate on vice president Dick Cheney's "dangerous" belief that "he's part of the legislative branch." The great constitutional scholar Biden cited Article I of the Constitution as proof that Cheney "works in the executive branch" and has "no authority relative to the Congress." Biden huffily added: "He should understand that. Everyone should understand that."

Palin would have had to deny that Alaska is a state in the union in order to say something comparably stupid.

Article II, not I, describes the executive branch. Someone tell Biden, who is supposed to be a lawyer. Apart from getting the Articles of the Constitution mixed up, what on earth does Biden mean when he says that the vice president "has no authority relative to Congress," apart from breaking ties?

The Constitution makes him president of the senate every day of the week. I realize that Biden may not be able to count to two, but Article I says the vice president is president of one of the two houses of Congress -- the one Biden is in, for crying out loud -- which is what you might call "authority relative to Congress."

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his knowledge of the Constitution.

In one especially hallucinatory answer, Biden authoritatively stated: "With Afghanistan, facts matter, Gwen. ... We spend more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country."

According to the Congressional Research Service, since 9/11, we've spent $172 billion in Afghanistan and $653 billion in Iraq. The most money spent in Iraq came in 2008, when we have been spending less than $3 billion a week. So by Biden's calculations, we've spent only about $9 billion "on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country." There isn't even a "9" in $172 billion.

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his knowledge of math.

In the same answer, Biden went on to claim that "John McCain voted against a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty that every Republican has supported."

The last nuclear test ban treaty the Senate voted on was the one Clinton signed in the '90s. As The New York Times editorialized on the Senate vote a few years later: "Last week, Senate Republicans thundered 'no' to the nuclear test ban treaty, handing the White House its biggest defeat since health care in 1994." Forty-nine Republicans voted against the treaty; only four liberal Republicans voted for it. That's the treaty Biden says "every Republican has supported."

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his ability to function as vice president.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Geeze AIG

Can I get a bailout too?

Not a resident? It's ok vote in Ohio

A convicted Felon? That's ok too but just for this democracy???

CLEVELAND - Volunteers supporting Barack Obama picked up hundreds of people at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and drug-rehab centers and drove them to a polling place yesterday on the last day that Ohioans could register and vote on the same day, almost no questions asked.

The huge effort by a pro-Obama group, Vote Today Ohio, takes advantage of a quirk in the state's elections laws that allows people to register and cast ballots at the same time without having to prove residency.

Republicans have argued that the window could lead to widespread voter fraud because officials wouldn't have an opportunity to verify registration information before ballots were cast.

Among the volunteers were Yori Stadlin and Vivian Lehrer of the Upper West Side, who got married last week and decided to spend their honeymoon shepherding voters to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Early yesterday, Stadlin's van picked up William Woods, 59, at the soup kitchen of the Bishop Cosgrove Center.

"I never voted before," Woods said, because of a felony conviction that previously barred him from the polls. "Without this service, I would have had no way to get here."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My new favorite song...

Love is not a place
To come and go as we please
It's a house we enter in
And then commit to never leave
So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
We'll work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may Gos send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it's something worth fighting for

To some, love is a word that they can fall into
But then they're falling out
Keeping that word is hard to do
Love will come to save us, if we'll aonly call
He will ask nothing from us, but demand we give our all

Love is a shelter in a raging storm
Love is peace in the middle of a war
If we try to leave may Gos send angels to guard the door
No, love is not a fight but it's something worth fighting for

I would fight for you, would you fight for me?
It's worth fighting for.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Hey Michelle....
"They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America."

Experience and a Servant's heart...
"Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco. As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man.

I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment.And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.Politics isn't just a game of clashing para, authties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.No one expects us to agree on everything.But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.

Obama, author? Ficton writer?
I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.Maybe you have, too.We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers. And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

Fight for the country??
There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country. It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.


Friday, August 29, 2008

What a blessing...

Some people are put in your lives to enrich and embolden you. That was definitely my grandmother. She taught me many little things- some of them trivial in nature but always with a moral. Whether it was playing cards and not cheating, even if you are playing solitaire and no one will know, or doing your chores right the first time not the fastest time.

She was an amazing woman who raised 6 amazing children. She was hard headed- I think that is where I get it from that and my ability to grow long nails in a week! She was a loving person and I love her very much. I am proud to have some of her amazing characteristics.

I think about her from time to time and see how many lives she affected just by raising 6 children- how many families have started from there and how much good she is still doing through the values she taught her children that were passed to her grand and great-grandchildren. I hope one day my life can be looked at as having such a great influence on others through my family. That is probably the best testament of a life.

So for now, I will look at the lives living on in her memory and watch children grow up and flourish all because of my grandparents and how they raised a family.

I miss you and I love you Grandmama B

Monday, August 18, 2008

Oh China....

Why does this not surprise me at all?,2933,405187,00.html

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Kim for President....

This morning I heard the Tyson story on the radio and heard many callers defending both sides. I was disappointed with a local radio station's responses to the callers and composed an email with my opinions on the subject.

Below is the email:

I agree that what makes this country great is the freedom of religion. You are not required to be a Muslim, Buddhist, Christian or Taoist. In countries like China, you are not allowed to express your religion especially if you are Christian. One of the things that makes America so great is the ability to express your religion publicly.

That being said, I agree with some of your callers' points. The man who wants to boycott Tyson has every right to do this. Just as a vegan has the right to 'boycott' Tyson for selling meat products. Why he boycotts is no one's business but his own and he has that right. By calling him intolerant because he does not want to support a company that has adopted a Muslim holiday, which he disagrees with, is intolerance at its core.

To truly be tolerant, you must tolerate other's behavior regardless of how you feel about their actions or even inactions. Being tolerant does not imply or suggest acceptance or approval of a behavior. It simply means recognizing a difference in behavior or attitude and respecting it. I find it hypocritical when someone calls another intolerant. To truly be tolerant, you must tolerate intolerance. This morning, it was proven that the morning show is not tolerant of intolerance. I respect your right to be intolerant and hypocritical; however I feel the need to point out that your intolerance negates any valid point you may have because you have proven yourselves hypocritical.

America was founded on Christian ideals. The pilgrims came to this “new” land to express their religion (Christianity) in the manner in which they chose. They were oppressed in England by the Roman Catholic Church. In the Bill of Rights, Amendment one states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This is one of the most misquoted Amendments. It is not freedom from religion. This Amendment was meant to protect the English Christians from being forced to worship in the manner the Roman Catholic Church did. It was not meant to be used as it is today- touted around as ‘get out of jail free card’.

The point of the female caller who was trying to explain assimilation is just this (I believe): by adopting a Muslim holiday and subsequently removing an American holiday, the American culture is being disintegrated. We are assimilating to others’ culture and there by losing our own. Yes, we are the melting pot and we do say “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” But we need to preserve the American culture, our identity and our heritage.

Immigrants can come to this land with their culture, their heritage and their language. But to choose to live in a different land is to choose to adopt their culture. I am not suggesting they lose their cultural identity but I am suggesting they adopt the American culture. Much as I would if I moved to France. I would speak their language, use their currency and respect their culture. I would not attempt to make France an extension of America. Assimilation is not a dirty word. It is a sign of respect for the new cultural environment you, as an immigrant, live in.

It isn’t about Christianity and Islam. Tyson is removing an American holiday which was established to recognize the hard work of Americans- be it a Jewish American, Christian American or Muslim American. It is said by the U.S. Department of Labor that the American holiday “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Tyson is replacing an American holiday with a religious holiday. This does disintegrate our culture. I fully agree with the idea of giving employees a certain number of holidays and allowing them to choose which days they will take off. It does not establish a religion nor does it promote any religion. Tyson is not the government therefore they could very well support any religion they deem worthy. However, I feel that removing an American holiday to make room for a religious holiday is a poor call.

Additionally, Jesus was not tolerant of sin. Jesus loves everyone regardless of whether they love Him. He went to the prostitutes; He reached out to the lepers. Did He go to them and tell them to stay as they were or did He go to them out of love and require a change in their life? No, we are not to be judgmental. No, we are not to cast stones. However, God hates sin. He does NOT hate the sinner. If you are a Christian, you believe that God cannot stand sin because He is perfect and cannot be around sin but He is anxious to forgive and willing to come to you. Jesus was not tolerant of the money changers in His temple. He overturned their tables and made them leave. He died for the sins of the world. No one wants to say something is right or wrong because it isn’t tolerant to take a stand in this world. Jesus did take a stand for right and wrong so essentially He was not tolerant- not by today’s standards. He does not tolerate sin. I am therefore proud of being “intolerant” in this world. I am far from perfect and try my best to not cast judgment but to be reasonable and come to people out of love the way Christ would require. I fail; I falter but I try.

One last comment on some of the callers’ views... The man who called and stated his wife is Muslim and he is Christian yet they worship the same God: The God of Abraham is not Allah. If you research the origins of Islam, you can see Allah is not the God of Abraham. Islam says Jesus was a prophet and nothing more. Yet, Christianity says Jesus was God who came and redeemed the world. How is this the same God?

There is a quote from C.S. Lewis that I love that is summed up by saying Jesus was either a lunatic, liar or Lord. Jesus said “I am that I am”. In that time, the Jewish people referred to God as the great “I am”. Jesus said He was God. He did not claim to be a great moral teacher nor did He claim to be just a good man. He told everyone that He was God. Therefore, the idea that Islam and Christianity worship the same God is false. He was either God, a lair claiming to be God or crazy. One thing He could not be is just a great moral teacher if He knew He was preaching a false doctrine.

This is much longer than I intended and I am not sure you have even read up to this point as I am sure it deviates from your views extensively. It is likely that it has already been deleted and these words only exist to be read by me. But if you have made it to this point, I appreciate your time.



I dont really have many words for this. I am concerned about our world is all I can really say.,2933,397645,00.html

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nothing new

Nothing new really happening....

I had Christian chicken last night before seeing The Dark Knight. That was yummy- got me a 4 count kiddos meal. The cow came over and we "talked". I asked him why he wasnt on all fours and assured him I was eating chicken and not cow. He came back with those yummy buttermints. yum yum!!

Work is busy. School is busy. Life is busy. But really nothing new to report. Had a great time with the kiddos this past weekend. Everyone got along well so that is good.

Until next time..........

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Christian Chicken

Just a little post about some of the greatest food in the world- the Christian Chicken. I love Chick-Fil-A. They have great food. And a great mission; Chick-fil-A's mission statement is "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."

I love the batter this yummy, Christian Chicken is rolled in. It's just delicious!! The little yummy pickles at the bottom- which I take out and eat first- are a staple. To top it off, I can get this delicious chicken in the morning on a perfectly cooked biscuit! Umm hello?!?! Does it get any better? I think not.

If I get the little nuggets of gold, I always look forward to the "crunchies" at the bottom of the box. The dipping sauces vary- honey or ranch and buffalo sauce. Either way, it is the greatest.

Then, there are the waffle fries. Yes, I love waffle fries. The kind of fries you push down into your ketchup or ranch and watch it bubble up from the openings. Yummm! Perfect, golden and lightly salted potatoes of perfection.

Have I mentioned their awesome sweet tea? I could be hooked up to an IV of that- woo hoo! Right now, I am enjoying a gallon of their tea. Ok, well probably a half gallon but who cares? I decided that breakfast was so good, I had to share....admit made you hungry didnt it?

Well, tomorrow if you dress like a cow you get free food! I am seriously considering it....mooo!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Here today, gone tomorrow

Anyone who knows me knows I dont deal with death well, at all. I don't grieve like 'normal' people and I certainly don't "get over it" like most.

My paternal grandmother passed away almost 3 years ago and while I dont cry every night thinking about her, it is hard to think of her and not cry. I had the opportunity to visit with her the week before she died. However, work got in the way. My boss was pretty much insane and I knew she would give me crap about leaving so I waited until the next weekend- a 3 day weekend. One week too late. I hated myself. I didnt understand why or how it happened and why I wasnt able to say goodbye.

To say I love her is to barely scratch the surface. I saw so much of myself in her and admired her traits. She was hard working- she got on to me for half cleaning my bathroom when she visited one and as a 12 year old I was upset with her for that.

She taught me to play solitare. When I was losing, to myself (!!!!), I would only turn over 1 card instead of three and instead of letting me just play, she called me out. "That's cheating!" My first thought, 'I am losing to myself...and who am I cheating on? Me?' As simple as those two things are, it taught me a lot about self. Honor isnt necessarily a badge one wears but it is what you do in secret. That reveals the most about who you are on the inside.

Unfortunately my paternal grandfather passed away before I was able to make any strong memories with him but if he was anything like my father, he must have been a wonderful man: a generous, intelligent and loving man. He produced 6 wonderful children- children are reflections of their upbringings. My grandfather was no doubt a great man...after all my Grandmama B loved him!

This past weekend, my maternal grandfather passed away. I still cannot deal with death. How was he here last month and not today? I played board games with him and my parents for almost 2 hours. The only health issue he really had was a bum knee! Why did God choose to take him from us? Yes, it is selfish to want him wish him back from the very presence of God but still I want to be selfish. I want my grandfather. I want to hear his voice, his laugh and see his smile. It isnt fair. I know life isnt fair but why cant it be? He touched so many lives with his warmth and smile. God, he was a good man. I dont understand suffering and I dont understand this pain nor how it could be part of God's plan. What kind of plan is this? He was my granddaddy and I miss him.

I am not angry with God. It is one thing I purpose myself to remember. However, I am mystified and want some sort of answer, some big pointy arrow to show me why. So I like to tell God, I am struggling. I am upset and confused but not angry at Him. I am angry at the situation but not Him. It's hard because I dont understand. Again, I dont deal with death well and I dont ever really want to deal with it "well", better sure.

I never read C.S. Lewis' books 'The Problem of Pain' or "A Grief Observed" but I think it might be time. I need something. This weekend reminded me of my own mortality and my parents'. That thought makes my heart stop. I cant bury my parents. I cant bury my father. I just cant. So I guess he is going to have to take better care of himself :-)

Keep me in your prayers.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Please be praying for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family today

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hope and Peace

It's all I can say...such a beautiful story

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Survey of me

What was I doing 10 years ago?

Going to Karns...wanting a car desperately but getting a DVD player instead :-)

5 things on my to-do list for today?
1. Work
2. Homework- I went back to school
3. Figure out plans for August
4. Start buying stock and setting up retirement accounts
5. Sleep

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Popcorn
2. Pretzels
3. Peanut butter and crackers
4. Kashi protein bars
5. peanuts/almonds

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire:(this is in no particular order)
1. Buy a home
2. Pay off any debt I have
3. Donate to my church
4. Vacation
5. Save some money for children/grandchildren....then donate $ to a local organization

5 bad habits
1. Procrastination
2. Perfectionist
3. Picking at my cuticles
4. Checking everyone's grammar
5. Overreacting

5 places I've lived:
1. Gloverville, SC
2. Biloxi, MS
3. Knoxville, TN The Colonies
4. Knoxville, TN Spring Ridge
5. Knoxville, TN Halls/Fountain City

5 jobs I've had:
1. Papa John's
2. Fragrance Selling Specialist haha
3. Edfinancial Call Center
4. Edfinancial Reporting & Statistics Analyst
5. Business Office South College

Monday, April 07, 2008

Free Association

Free association--a psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content--is what this post is all about...

1. You've got a friend :: In Jesus
2. Immigration :: Press 1 for English!
3. Waitress :: Diner
4. Snickers :: Candy Bar
5. Recognize :: Know
6. Concept :: Idea
7. Birthday :: Happy
8. Told you so :: Brag
9. Unlikely :: Hopeful
10. Extension :: Family

Friday, March 28, 2008


Me at Biltmore after Christmas... Me in the winery at Biltmore
Jeff and I at the Kevin Mahogony Jazz concert
Us at one of the UT men's basketball games....Awesome arena!
Us at Greekfest!