Friday, August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin wrote of Sarah Palin.
As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Alaska Gov, Sarah Palin didn't let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child this week and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.

On Tuesday, Palin confirmed her baby, named Trig Paxson, has Down syndrome.

"Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," Palin said in a statement obtained.

"We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives," she said.

'We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed," the 44 year-old governor added.

Barack Obama says:
"I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

Brian McLaren, Kirbyjon Caldwell, and Greg Boyd, shame on you.

Random thoughts on "THE SPEECH"

For all the hype and production, I thought the speech was rather dull. Maybe you had to be there to experience it.

My favorite part was when it was over and Brit Hume said something like, "The candidates and their good looking families have now left the stage."

The first question that comes to mind is this. "And, where are you going to get the money to fund your programs?" Please, please don't say by raising taxes on the so-called "wealthy".(See yesterday's post).

Next question, "When did it become illegal for gay people to visit their friends in the hospital?"

Also, what is the deal with all the expense of putting together such a big production with a fancy schmancy Hollywood set. What a waste of $$$. He could have just stood on a simple blue wedding cake, rather than a blue wedding cake with a Grecian temple/Oval Office facade behind him and donated the money saved to Bono for Africa. That would have impressed people while helping the plight of the poor and AIDS afflicted. A win-win situation.

One pet peeve is the wives. Where do they get their "outfits". Obviously, they are all very wealthy. I guess you can't be president unless you have a wife that has a different outfit for every event. My two dresses and three Eddie Bauer skirts pretty much assure that my husband will never be president. Sorry, hun.

Another observation. I don't think he mentioned 9-11. Did he mention 9-11? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

And one parting thought. Did anyone else look at that blue sign that encircled the stadium and see the words "OBAMA BIDEN" and upon seeing them read them as "Osama Bin Laden"? I did that twice!

So, now, when I refer to the ticket, I will call it the "Obama Bi(nla)den" ticket, just to be feisty because he didn't mention September 11th.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Refresher Course

In preparation for Obama's big acceptance speech tonight, I wanted to offer this quote.
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
-Karl Marx
Thank you. Enjoy the speech.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Yesterday was State Fair day for our family.

We always eat in the area by Tejas that used to be the Beer Gardens, but now is just food vendors and nice tables.

Senator Norm Coleman happened to be the guest guacamole maker at Tejas. He arrived just as we were leaving, so I went over to take a photo for my blog. Terry and the rest of the gang were by the door waiting.

I snapped my photo and was approached by a man with a notebook and pencil. He said he was a reporter with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, showed me some ID, said they were doing a piece for the paper and asked me what I thought about seeing candidates stumping at the Fair.

I said, "I think it's interesting and fun." As soon as those words came out of my mouth, I had one of those Chris Farley moments, you know, the thought "STUPID, STUPID" ran through my mind and I said to myself, "Self, you have to be more articulate than that."

Reporter man went on, "Some people think candidates who make appearances at the Fair are pandering. Do you agree?"

My answer? The one he wrote down into his little reporter's notebook. The one he asked me for my name and city in case he wanted to quote me. That answer. I really hope it's not in print, because if it is, you will see this.

On Monday, as she was watching Senator Norm Coleman make guacamole at the Tejas booth at the State Fair, Linda Dugan of Bloomington, MN said, "I enjoy seeing candidates at the State Fair because it's interesting and it's fun." Ms. Dugan went on to say, "It makes you realize that they are just real people and everybody panders."

That's correct. My big moment, and I inform the world that everybody panders. I'd like to think that I was offering a deep spiritual truth on the fallen nature of man, but in reality, I was just babbling. Something I do often. Case in point, this blog and this post.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Duck Dog

It's State Fair time and you know what that means.
Giant turkey legs.

Scary crop art.

And Midway games where you can win wonderful prizes if you play the only winable game which we all know is the "Goblet Toss". You know, the one where you throw large whiffle balls at goblets and if they land in a colored goblet, you win a prize.


The "Goblet Toss" is a family favorite and we treasure a prize won a while back. The Amazing Duck Dog. Yes, some child, Katie, I think was handed this treasure. It's what happens when you put your stuffed animal factory too close to a nuclear power plant.

Terry was sorting through boxes of stuffed treasures that have been taking over the garage and we came across Duck Dog. Here he is. Enjoy, and head out to the Midway, try your luck at the Goblet Toss and you, too, may end up with a Duck Dog of your very own.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Minnehaha Christian Homeschool Co-op now has its very own web page thanks to the iWeb program and the .me (formerly .mac) account one of my brilliant sons sold me. The iWeb program was quite easy to use and aside from a couple of unexplained glitches (like why Mr. Nuckols head covered some type on PC versions of the page) it looks quite fancy, if I do say so myself.

If you know anyone who is looking for the best homeschool co-op meeting at Crosstown Covenant Church, be sure and send them our way. Okay, so we are the ONLY Co-op meeting at CCC...

Oh, and if you don't know what to do with those little "boxtop" things on General Mills and other packages, I will take them off your hands. Our non-profit Co-op gets 10 cents for each one sent in.

Thank you for reading this shameless plug.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sorry, That's Above My Paygrade

Someone named Stephen (who I don't believe I know) found my recent post on the Obama/McCain/Saddleback event.In the spirit of entrepreneurialism (that's probably not a word), he created this bumper sticker and sent me this link to order one. He also sent a file so I could post it on my blog.

This is a great phrase to keep in mind. It has lots of handy applications. Whatever you don't want to do at work or at home, just follow Obama's lead. A simple, "Sorry, that's above my paygrade," is all you need.

Poetry Monday

The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Is this Presidential?

At Saddleback last night, Rick Warren, asked Barack at what point a baby gets “human rights,” Obama said:
“… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity … is above my pay grade.”
What a stupid answer for someone wanting to be the leader of the free world. I can see it now.

"Mr. President, the Russians have invaded Georgia."

"Sorry, that's above my pay grade."

"Terrorists have just flown a plane into the World Trade Center."

"Sorry, that's above my pay grade."

"A hurricane has wiped out New Orleans."

"Sorry, that's above my pay grade."

I hope he is kicking himself this morning for using that "cutesy" little talking point.

And, I have decided after listening to McCain last night, that I actually might put a McCain bumper sticker on the car (if Mr. D allows it, he hates bumper stickers) and possibly do some phone bank calling. (I HATE phone bank calling, but you gotta get people out to the polls, and they do offer free snacks.)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Todd Bentley and the "Florida Outpouring"

For those of you who have followed "Apostle" Todd Bentley and his Florida meetings, you may be aware that things took a sad turn this week when Mr. Bentley and his wife separated.

John Piper has a sobering article about this "movement" and others like it. It's worth the read.

Why is it so easy to get caught up in movements of men? This one, didn't fool me, but I have been tripped up by other movements of men.


The CEO of Exxon Mobile recently told Charlie Gibson,
"I saw someone characterize our profits the other day in terms of $1,400 in profit per second. Well, they also need to understand we paid $4,000 a second in taxes, and we spent $15,000 a second in cost."
$31,536,000,000 in taxes
$11,700,000,000 in profit

Something is wrong with this picture and it's not the profit.

Also, keep in mind, that when you pull up to the pump, 10% of your purchase goes to the government in the form of taxes.

Maybe, Obama needs to propose a rebate to all Americans and fund it through lowering taxes. Oh, yeah, right, like that's gonna happen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Olympic Memories

It makes me sad to watch people blow their Olympic moments. That happened last night to the USA Women's Olympics team. So, in their honor, I present this video classic. Aw, shucks, it's too wide, oh, well, it's the best I can do for now.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Poetry Monday

Poetry Monday is back after a short vacation.

I had a poem all picked out and a photo to accompany it, but my camera is in the trunk of the Accord and the Accord is out with the family, so that poem will have to wait.

Instead, it's fundraising time on Channel 2 and last night they reran a little bio on John Denver. I think during the 70's, I went to more John Denver concerts than any other artist (except for the New Village Singers).

So, I chose a JD "poem" for you that I think is a beautiful, peaceful song to listen to. Easy listening, that's what I'm all about. Enjoy!

Friday, August 08, 2008

First Avenue

Terry and I, along with Katie and Nikki went to First Avenue last night. Katie heard that She and Him were going to be there. Prior to last evening, my affection for Zooey Deschanel's singing talent was limited to the great job she did singing in one of the best movies of all time...Elf, of course. Just to refresh your memory, here she is.

Anywho, she, Zooey, is the "She" in the band "She and Him". They were at First Avenue.

For those of you who might care, First Avenue is on the corner of 7th Street and First Avenue in Minneapolis. It was the original Greyhound Bus Depot. Then, in the late 60's, the bus depot moved and it became a music club called The Depot. The Depot morphed into Uncle Sam's (remember the blue wall and the entry looking like a top hat?), Uncle Sam's morphed into First Avenue. Throughout the years, Prince showed up, so did U2, and last night She and Him were there singing. Great fun.

Last night was a big night for those closely following the music scene in Minneapolis because The Wiggles were just across the street at the Target Center.

Opening for She and Him was Becky Stark. I love kitsch. And, she is the personification if it. Terry, I'm sure loved the piercing soprano. I loved the polyester green vintage 70's formal, the thrift shop guitar, and the fake red roses in her hair. In honor of the venue, she started with her very own rendition of "Purple Rain". A cappella, mind you. Having never heard of her before, it took a minute to figure her out, but after that, I found her hysterical, in spite of her "Save the planet" banter. Really how can you be offended by comments like, "Ours is the best planet in the whole world."

All in all, it was an enjoyable night out with the girls and hubby. Downtown was hoppin' last night and we ended by having a little snack across the street at the Hard Rock, on the outdoor patio.

So, perhaps that concludes the summer tour of clubs that started with Terry, his sister Diane, and me heading over to Lee's Liquor Lounge on Glenwood to hear nephew Jeremy drummin' away with his band. And, let me tell you, Lee's is a classy place...oh, no wait, it's a kitschy place, that's what I meant to say.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Roundabout Post

I knew eventually I would need to do a post about "The Roundabout".

Last summer, the girls and I decided on a day trip to the Medford Outlet Mall. As we exited off of I-35, in the tiny town of Medford, MN we encountered our first Minnesota roundabout. My immediate thought was, "Oh, man, everyone wants to be European. What a stupid waste of taxpayer $$$."

Then, as if that were not enough, they tore up 70th Street between France and York last year and put in three, count 'em, three roundabouts between the Galleria and the shops on the Target side.

We laughed (and cowered in fright) every time we entered one and watched confused Scandinavians try to negotiate these strange road circles.

Some would enter without yielding to the traffic already in the roundabout. Others, would go the wrong way (in the US, we go counterclockwise through roundabouts). What foolishness, I thought.

However, to demonstrate my openmindedness, I would now like to go on record as saying that the roundabout is one of the more ingenious traffic improvements ever.

I say this for a few reasons, not the least of which is the number of idiotic, insane drivers I have observed in the last month or so, who seem to think that a yellow light means "speed up." Almost every time I have driven lately, I have seen at least TWO cars SPEED through red lights. And, I mean red lights. I am not counting the enter on yellow as it turns red, I mean the speed up and enter on red cars.

Yesterday was an especially interesting day as I took Beth to the Oxboro Library for her 3:00 book club. We were sitting at the intersection of 90th and Penn in Bloomington headed east on 90th Street. We were stopped (not sure what color the light was actually) and I looked up to see a black SUV zipping, and I mean zipping, through the intersection headed south on Penn.

I said, "Oh, man, look at that guy Beth, he is obviously speeding."

As soon as those words got out of my mouth, I looked up and saw another speeding car head south through that intersection. This one, however, had red flashing lights, and the words POLICE on the side. This speeding car was followed by another one with the red lights, and another, and another. Over a dozen all told speeding through the intersection after said black SUV. Quite the spectacle, I must say.

When all the commotion was over, we cautiously continued our journey East, looking carefully at each intersection in case the black SUV doubled back.

I told Beth that I had never seen anything like that and that I was pretty sure it was all going to end with the guy flipping the car and getting out and running. (As I learned later, it did!)

In addition to speeding bad drivers and speeding criminals at intersections, the roundabout could have proven very effective if you had ever been sitting innocently at the intersection of France and 106th on a mid-April day in 2005 in your less than a year old Honda Accord and suddenly observed a car making a left turn on red being T-boned by an SUV headed south going through the intersection on red and found the T-boned car spinning in a circle hurling itself at your car as I did. There were 2 severely injured little boys in the T-boned car (they ended up okay), but looking back, it made a great case for the roundabout.

Basically the roundabout is designed to make intersections safer as the traffic flows better. What more could you want in an intersection? Reduce the occurrence and/or severity of accidents and injuries, stop or at least slow down criminals being chased by the FBI, and all the while keep traffic flowing.

So, I say, hip, hip, hooray for the roundabout.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Olympic Tribute

In honor of the summer Olympics, I offer you this masterpiece.

Sorry, I have to link this post since it seems to want to play non-stop if I put it directly here. So, here's the link.