Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Why can't I get on to my blog?

Since Sept. 12th, I have tried everything I can to log onto this blog. I'm on another computer now - and had no trouble getting on. I think it's Obama's Internet Csar and henchmen. And BTW ... I've NOT had any help from blogger either. Thanks allot Blogger! I'll be moving to "Wordpress" soon. Promise.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tea Party march on Washington DC ....

Above pictures says "Estimated 2 million"

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Meet "Petey" and "Luke" .......

While taking a ride I ran into Petey (dog) and Luke. These two have been in the news many times and all over the country. Petey is 14 1/2 years old and with Luke at the helm, they have logged over 1/2 million miles! Petey rides in an old milk crate, very secured to the back of Luke's motorcycle. Luke said they were on their way to visit 'Grandma"! We all love our animals! Petey also wears a harness collar ... Just in case! He has fallen out of the crate twice in his travels and the harness saved him from hitting the ground. Enjoyed these two. ... ..

Tobacco drying and smoking ........

Here is what I see when I take a ride around the neighborhood.

At this time of year the tobacco is being hauled, then dried and smoked.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Enough is enough, Harry" .......

Aug. 30, 2009Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal SHERMAN FREDERICK:
Enough is enough, HarryStop the childish bullying
This newspaper traces its roots to before Las Vegas was Las Vegas.
We've seen cattle ranches give way to railroads. We chronicled the construction of Hoover Dam. We reported on the first day of legalized gambling. The first hospital. The first school. The first church. We survived the mob, Howard Hughes, the Great Depression, several recessions, two world wars, dozens of news competitors and any number of two-bit politicians who couldn't stand scrutiny, much less criticism.
We're still here doing what we do for the people of Las Vegas and Nevada. So, let me assure you, if we weathered all of that, we can damn sure outlast the bully threats of Sen. Harry Reid.
On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber's board members for a meet-'n'-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal's director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.
Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: "I hope you go out of business."
Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.
Such behavior cannot go unchallenged.
You could call Reid's remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.
But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid's remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was -- a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he's shaking them down.
No citizen should expect this kind of behavior from a U.S. senator. It is certainly not becoming of a man who is the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. And it absolutely is not what anyone would expect from a man who now asks Nevadans to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term.
If he thinks he can push the state's largest newspaper around by exacting some kind of economic punishment in retaliation for not seeing eye to eye with him on matters of politics, I can only imagine how he pressures businesses and individuals who don't have the wherewithal of the Review-Journal.
For the sake of all who live and work in Nevada, we can't let this bully behavior pass without calling out Sen. Reid. If he'll try it with the Review-Journal, you can bet that he's tried it with others. So today, we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated.
We won't allow you to bully us. And if you try it with anyone else, count on going through us first.
That's a promise, not a threat.
And it's a promise to our readers, not to you, Sen. Reid.
Sherman Frederick (sfrederick@reviewjournal.com) is publisher of the Review-Journal and president of Stephens Media.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Beck Wins Cable ......

For your entertainment pleasure, here are Thursday's rankings ( TVbytheNumbers.com):
The O’Reilly Factor– 2,896,000 viewers (757,000) (1,281,000)
Glenn Beck– 2,544,000 viewers (762,000) (1,275,000)
Hannity –2,402,000 viewers (691,000) (1,113,000)
On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren—2,330,000 viewers (623,000) (1,011,000)
Special Report with Bret Baier– 1,906,000 viewers (446,000) (860,000)
Fox Report w/Shep Smith–1,697,000 viewers (418,000) (743,000)
Larry King Live—1,464,000 viewers (378,000) (623,000)
Anderson Cooper 360—1,280,000 viewers (343,000) (555,000)
Campbell Brown- 1,243,000 viewers (337,000) (414,000)
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann– 1,199,000 viewers (276,000) (614,000)

Here are the demo rankings:
Glenn Beck -- 762,000
The O’Reilly Factor– 757,000
Hannity –691,000
On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren—623,000
Special Report with Bret Baier– 446,000
Fox Report w/Shep Smith–418,000
Larry King Live—378,000
FOX & Friends- 357,000
Nancy Grace – 347,000
Anderson Cooper 360—343,000
Campbell Brown- 337,000
Rachel Maddow Show—279,000
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann– 276,000

Wow. 10th in total viewers and 13th in the demo.
Time to move those goalposts again, Keith!

Great Pacific Garbage Patch .... very SAD!

This image provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows a patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 11, 2009. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 announced findings from an August expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, about 1,000 miles west of California. The patch is a vortex formed by ocean currents and collects human-produced trash. (AP Photo/ Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Mario Aguilera)
This is disgustingly SAD.

Apathy, the greatest danger to our freedom .....

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the Presidential election:•
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29• Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000• Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million • Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years. Hope everyone realizes just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The 912 Project .............

The 9/12
The 9 Principles
America Is Good.
I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.”
Thomas Jefferson
The 12 Values
* Honesty
* Reverence
* Hope
* Thrift
* Humility
* Charity
* Sincerity
* Moderation
* Hard Work
* Courage
* Personal Responsibility
* Gratitude

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Government Run Heathcare .... Good Enough for Congress?

Good Enough for Congress
Tell Congress to Take a Dose of Their Own Medicine
If They Vote for Government-Run Healthcare, They Enroll in Government-Run Healthcare
A government-sponsored public plan option continues to be the most contentious issue in the current health reform debate. Proponents of the option believe it provides an alternative. It lets Americans choose between a government-run option and private insurers, while at the same time applying competitive pressure to the rest of the insurance industry. Opponents say the introduction of a public plan would lead to the federal takeover of the country’s healthcare system, thereby restricting patient choice, reducing quality and increasing the power of the federal government.
As health legislation continues to be debated, one has to ask whether members of Congress writing such legislation would actually enroll themselves in a new government-run healthcare option. Current draft healthcare legislation exempts members of Congress from the public plan option, allowing them to keep their existing plans.
Congressman John Fleming (LA-04) is asking this very question noting that public servants should be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating. He has created a resolution calling on members of Congress who support a public option to enroll themselves and encourage their colleagues to do the same. We support his resolution and broaden it to include congressional staff as well.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bart Gordon is afraid to meet the people in his district *

I received this today via email. I searched many areas yesterday trying to see where Bart Gordon's town hall meeting was going to take place and when. There was one post on his site that said he had not decided on the dates yet. Two hours later it stated he was not going to do one. So Bart, are you going to tell me (terrorist Great Grandma me) that you are so afraid of any questions from those you have sworn to represent that doing a telephone meeting is as good as it gets? You .... Along with the rest of the turds in DC are on your way out buddy Bart! The American people have had it up to here ~ she says pointing to the top of her heady head head.
Below - the text of Bart Gordon's email .............
Gordon Invites Constituents to Telephone Town Halls
August 7, 2009, MURFREESBORO – U.S. Representative Bart Gordon has scheduled two additional telephone town hall events on August 21 for residents of Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District. The telephone-based public forums will allow residents to communicate directly with Representative Gordon, enabling them to share their concerns and ask questions about health care, veterans’ issues, the economy and other important issues facing Tennessee and the country.
“I have scheduled these events because I want to hear from as many of my constituents as possible, which will allow me to better represent Middle Tennessee,” said Gordon.
On Friday, August 21, Gordon will hold two separate telephone town hall events – one at 11:00 a.m. central time (CDT) and another at 5:30 p.m. CDT. Telephone town halls do not require participants to travel – they only require a telephone.
“There are a number of challenges facing our country right now, and there are no quick fixes,” explained Gordon. “I hope as many folks as possible will sign up for one of the telephone public forums.”
Residents of the Sixth District interested in participating in the telephone town hall events on August 21 can sign up by visiting www.house.gov/bart or by calling Congressman Gordon’s Murfreesboro office at 615-896-1986.
Registered participants will receive a phone call on August 21 shortly before the start of the telephone town hall for which they signed up. Participation is toll free and easy – upon receiving the invitation phone call on August 21, registered participants will hear simple instructions about how to listen, ask questions, and leave messages.
“These call-ins are just part of my efforts to understand the concerns of the more than 700,000 constituents across the 15 counties I represent in the Sixth District,” added Gordon.
Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District includes the following counties: Bedford, Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Marshall, Overton, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, and part of Wilson.

Alen Keys says "Stop Obama" ..........

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Bald and the Beautiful .........

Click on the pictures to see them in a larger format ....
Each year about this time, the famale Cardinals begin
looking like this!
Poor things ....

Monday, August 3, 2009

There She Stands .............

A friend went to the Freedom Concert this weekend. Michael W Smith sang this song, which he wrote for George W Bush, after 9/11. I hadn't heard it before, but after listening ~ I wanted to share it with you.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Farm fresh and yummy ..........

Just went to the local farm and had the camera with me
Could Not help myself
I had to take these pictures because the subjects
were just soooo perfect!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Babies on my porch ....


I meant for this to show the mother bird feeding her babies


Ended up (litterally) showing a bit of housekeeping!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Flowers & stuff .......

Birds do it, bees do it, even tiny little flies do it .....

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Daddy .................

July 5, 2002 ....

The day I lost you.
My heart still aches.
I miss you so much.
I honor you.
Respected you.
Thank you.
I am proud of you.
I love you.
We will continue to be here
waiting ... praying.
That one day we can again
To Have Your Wishes Met.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pretty sick of this weather .........

My backyard shows an example of how the entire neighborhood looks. Shredded limbs and trees everywhere.
We're still picking up ~ and this is the second storm like this in one week. I'd really like to get out of this area. I'm sick of it. You can only take so much of this crap.

One complete mess ..... Oh yeah ~ they're calling for the same storms today! Lovely.

Someone had to hit their brakes hard to avoid hitting the trees that came down. We were only stopped a few moments here.
I saw this picture on the news this AM. I hear these trees that came down were over 200 years old.
My neighbor ....
Another neighbor ......
The storm hit at 4:30PM yesterday (Monday). We had no power for six hours and the temps were high 90* ....
Then the power came on and off
throughout the night until 9AM today.
I'll take the hurricanes anytime, because at the very least you have plenty of time to know they are coming.
Double click the pictures to open them in large format.

Friday, June 19, 2009

An Open Letter to President Obama .........

By Lou Pritchett

Dear President Obama: You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you. You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support. You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American. You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll. You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core. You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others. You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail. You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad. You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector. You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one. You scare me because yo u prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves. You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world. You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations. You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals. You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people. You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient. You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do. You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view. You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing. Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Lou Pritchett Note: Lou Pritchett is a former vice president of Procter & Gamble whose career at that company spanned 36 years before his retirement in 1989, and he is the author of the 1995 business book, Stop Paddling & Start Rocking the Boat. Mr. Pritchett of the much-circulated "open letter." “I did write the 'you scare me' letter. I sent it to the NY Times but they never acknowledged or published it. However, it hit the internet and according to the ‘experts’ has had over 500,000 hits. http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp

Thursday, June 18, 2009

An Open Letter To our Nation's Leadership ......

I am Janet Contreras, a concerned, home-grown American citizen. I am 53, and I have been a registered Democrat all of my adult life. Before the last Presidential election, I registered Republican because I no longer feel the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. I now no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me.
There must be someone, please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me you are there and are willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please do it now.
You might ask yourselves what my views and issues are that I would feel so horribly disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me? These are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:
* Illegal Immigration—I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S. I am not a racist. This not to be confused with legal immigration.
* TARP Bill—I want it repealed and no further funding supplied to it. We told you “NO!” but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze! Repeal!
* Czars—I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the Czars. No more Czars. Government officials answer to the process not the President. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.
* Cap & Trade—the debate on global warming is NOT over, there IS more to say.
* Universal Health Care—I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don’t you dare pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!
* Growing Government Control—I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Please mind your own business; you have enough to do with your REAL obligations. Let’s start there.
* ACORN—I do not want ACORN or its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them on every real estate deal that closes. Stop all funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audit and investigation. I do not trust them with the taking of the census or with taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before the taxpayers get any further involved with them. It walks like a duck and talks like a duck—hello… stop protecting political buddies. You work for the people. Investigate.
* Redistribution of Wealth—No. If I work for it, it is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth I support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do want me to hate my employers? What do you have against shareholders making a profit?
* Charitable Contributions—although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities where we know our needs best and can use local talent and resources. Butt out, please. We want to do this ourselves.
* Corporate Bail Outs—knock it off! Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we will be better off just getting to it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful, like ripping off a band aid. We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us a chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.
* Transparency and Accountability—how about it? No really, let’s have it. Let’s say we give the “buzz” words a rest and have some straight, honest talk. Please stop trying to manipulate and appease me with cleaver wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.
* Unprecedented Quick Spending—stop it, now. Take a breath. Listen to “The People.”
Let’s just slow down and get some more input from some “non-politicians” on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law.
I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant nor a violent person. I am a mother and grandmother. I am a working woman. I am busy, busy, busy and tired, tired, tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawns and wash our cars on weekends, and be responsible, contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same, all the while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.
I entrusted you with upholding our Constitution and believed in the checks and balances to keep you from getting too far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think that I find humor in hiring a speed reader to unintelligibly ramble through a bill you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not! It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face! I am not laughing—the arrogance!
Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it, but you expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children? We did not want that TARP bill. We said “NO!” We would repeal it if we could. I am not sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all the recent spending. From my perspective, it seems that you have all gone insane.
I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back!
You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/8/an-open-letter-to-our-nations-leadership If you'd like to sign a petition agreeing with her letter ~ Please go to the site above. I did.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Man & his dog do 'squats' together ........

This is great! Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hello all SWF viewers!
I feel very lucky with the above picture. I am not
a big fan of storms, so I have never taken a picture of
a rainbow before!
Hope you enjoy.
Have a great weekend ......

Saturday, May 16, 2009