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The Eyes of Texas Will Be Upon You!

Earlier this week, Edd Hendee, intrepid leader of CLOUT, restauranteur extraordinaire, and morning talk show host on KSEV/KVCE “The Voice of Texas,” announced a plan to purchase and provide an observer airplane to the sheriffs in 2 Texas border counties where the terrain and lack of manpower have created a veritable river of drugs moving across the Texas/Mexico border. The ingenious plan includes raising money to propagate the program by increasing the amount of contraband seized by putting “eyes in the sky” to find drug smugglers. For those of you old hippies out there – NO – they don’t raise money by selling the drugs; but, rather by the sale of vehicles confiscated from the smugglers, cash, and other valuables which are already being seized in a great enough quantity to fund the vehicles used by the border sheriffs and their deputies. Rather than reinventing the wheel, or re-writing the story, I’d like to challenge you to follow the links, read the stories, watch the video, and help any way you can. That help could include donating to this worthy cause, or it could consist of just telling everyone you can think of. As was proven in the recent elections, if we are to take back our country, we must do it ourselves – one person at a time. And, this seems like a great place to draw a line in the sand, and say we won’t continue to allow criminals from another country to continue to reek havoc on our country, our society, and our families. Please help spread the news about “Eyes on the Border” and check out the rest of the story at Remember, the Boston Tea Party started with just a few folks who decided they’d stood all they could stand, and they wouldn’t stand any more!

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November 17, 2006 Posted by | Life and Ramblings | 1 Comment

What Color Green Are You?

While perusing another quilter’s blog, my interest was piqued by an entry which said “I’m grass-green – what color green are you?” and had to click the link to see what this “test” was all about. Here are the results:

You Are Olive Green

You are the most real of all the green shades. You’re always true to yourself.
For you, authenticity and honesty are very important… both in others and yourself.
You are grounded and secure. It takes a lot to shake you.
People see you as dependable, probably the most dependable person they know.
What Color Green Are You?

Strangely enough, green is my favorite color. I don’t have a whole lot of olive green in my quilting “stash” but it actually is one of my personal favorite shades of green. Wayyyyyyy back in the 70’s (the first time around – for those of you who seem to be addicted to “That 70’s Show”), my home economics “Home Project” was to redecorate my bedroom. The walls…… Avocado green…. That’s pretty close to olive green. And those walls are STILL avocado green. As we were working to clean out Mama’s house after she passed away, I kept looking at those walls and wondering what in the world I was thinking when I painted them THAT color. Less than 5 years later came the current craze of painting walls deep rich colors. I never expected to be “a trend setter” – maybe I was just so far ahead of the trend that it came around, and was “new” all over again.

Even more strangely, these are characteristics I would REALLY like to find in the politicians I support. Grounded, secure, dependable, always true to themselves, authentic and honest. What concepts. Maybe we should rename the Republican party the “Olive Green Party!”

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November 16, 2006 Posted by | Life and Ramblings | 2 Comments

I’ll not let Aljazeera speak for ME!

I have reconsidered my vacation from blogging, and decided that I refuse to let Aljazeera and other Middle Eastern “news” sources speak for me. The only thing I wish to do with knitting needles at this time is skewer some of those on the news, so I’d imagine I had better pack them away, for fear of making inadvertent terroristic threats involving knitting needles. So I will have to comment on some of the more inane/insane things I’m reading about the results of the midterm elections and their effects on the world, and on MY country. Let me address the more insane things I’ve read/heard in no particular order – more likely, the order in which I found some of them this morning. Perhaps I will address them in separate posts – it depends on how long this gets to be.

First: John Bolton – Evidently, President Bush irritated some on the Left (I can’t bring myself to say in the Leadership just yet) by re-nominating John Bolton as envoy to the United Nations. Here is the reaction from the Left, according to Aljazeera:

Democrats and rebel-Republicans said on Friday that they would oppose Bolton’s second nomination as UN ambassador, which was submitted by Bush on Thursday.

Bush’s move, a day after he parted company with Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, sparked immediate claims by Democrats that his promises of bipartisanship following Tuesday’s midterm elections were hollow.

Pardon my bluntness, but it always seemed to me that President Bush has promised bipartisanship ever since he was first elected back in 2000. It has always seemed to me that his lack of success has been due, in large part, to the refusal of those on the Left to accept any middle ground, or any hint of a conservative idea and call that the great vaunted “Bipartisanship.” It has always seemed, instead, the only time the Lefties are willing to say something is bipartisan is when those on the right, or the President, or those across the aisle in the Congress go running all the way across the aisle, arms outstretched, to embrace some Left/Dem idea or suggestion – anything that dared stop at the center of the aisle has always been criticized as a “lack of bipartisanship!” I suppose a more succinct manner of phrasing it is that, if the Republicans dare disagree with the Democrats, they are called partisan, as is any attempt at compromise. Only when a wild-eyed Lib/Democrat ideal is firmly & fully embraced (with full credit given to the Dems) are the Republicans “attempting bipartisanship.”

I would agree with the first paragraph of the next section of that same Aljazeera article, but the second part makes my blood boil:

Sean McCormack, a state department spokesperson, said: “We believe that he deserves an up-or-down vote; that if he gets such a vote that he would win it in the senate. He has been extraordinarily effective up there at the UN.”

But Chris Dodd, a Democratic senator and a fierce Bolton opponent, hit out at Bush for lodging the new nomination, on a day he promised to work with Democrats, following the rejection of congressional Republicans at the ballot box.

Dodd said: “Trying to jam this nomination through during a lame duck session may indicate that the president didn’t fully hear the voice of the American public and that is troubling.

“The president should immediately rethink this nomination.”

Yep – that’s real bipartisanship on the part of the Democrats. It’s more of the usual – “It wasn’t our idea, so it can’t be good for us. If we can’t play the game by OUR rules, we won’t play at all. And we’ll call YOU partisan for making us mad by not letting us have our way.”

Second: Iranian reaction to the elections. I am not picking on the Iranians, just using this as an example of what I have been reading, with which I totally disagree, about the election results. I suppose I will need, at some point, to say what I think the results reflect about the mood, and desires of the American people. Whatever that is, this report at sure as heck ain’t it:

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Republicans’ defeat in this week’s midterm legislative elections show public opposition to the US’ war mongering policies. “That can not be considered a mere domestic event, rather it marks failure of the war mongering policies of (the US President George W.) Bush worldwide,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to a group of locals on the third day of his tour of Semnan.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Republicans’ elections defeat can also mean victory of the Iranian nation in this juncture.[…]

On his part, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that outcome of the US elections reflected the citizens’ opposition to government policies. Addressing a group of elites, Ahmadinejad said, according to IRNA, only 40 percent of the eligible voters took part in the elections, which cost the government more than US$ 40 billion.

Ahmadinejad said the vote results show that majority of Americans are fed up with their government’s policies.

No offense meant, Ayatollah. No offense meant, President Unpronouncable. You obviously don’t get it – just as bad as the Repubs who were defeated didn’t get it! My feeling is that, rather than being a statement about the war, the election results were a statement of dissatisfaction with the tax and spend, liberal-imitating policies many Republicans seemed to espouse, in an effort to win approval of being “bipartisan.” We didn’t elect these people to be “bipartisan.” Those Republicans were elected because the majority of the people voting believed them when they said they had, deeply engrained in the fabric of their being, strong beliefs in, and support for the core principles of conservatism. When, time after time, they proved that “going along to attempt to get along” with those on the other side was more important to them than representing the conservative base by whom they were elected, they lost. I honestly believe it is as simple as that. And, thank you for trying to tell the world what I think and how I feel, but I’d rather do it myself.

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November 11, 2006 Posted by | Life and Ramblings | Leave a comment

Gosh, I may have to subscribe to the knitting channel

If these are a representative sample of what the news channels and websites are going to have to offer for the next two years, I may just have to swear off the internet and TV, and take up knitting.

DEBKAfile Exclusive: The White House intimates to Israeli PM that his scheduled visit to Washington next Monday, Nov. 13, would be untimely

Then there’s this from Aljazeera:

Rumsfeld departs after US poll blow

Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary of defence, is to resign from his post, the US president has announced, after the Democratic party wins huge gains in midterm elections influenced by voter anger over Iraq.

I guess it’s time for one of those little blogging vacations. At least until something else that I feel compelled to post comes along.

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November 8, 2006 Posted by | Life and Ramblings | Leave a comment

Be sure to vote!

I voted on the first day of


early voting here in Texas.


Before any of the


usual suspects opened their


collective mouths and stuck


army boots in them.



Make sure you let your voice


be heard – early,


 or on Tuesday,


November 7!

November 1, 2006 Posted by | Life and Ramblings | 3 Comments