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Friday, March 30, 2007

Time Off

I have not been feeling well and am not going to blog for a short while. Thank you to all who read my entries. I will be back asap.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Blither

I cannot tell you all the things that have been going on in my life but I can tell you that there will be and are gaps in my posts.

It is a beautiful day, nice and warm, sunny. And it's MARCH!!! I am originally from Iowa where it's cold or chilly for another few weeks, at least. Arkansas weather is much like a few other places in this country. If you don't like the weather, wait a few moments and something else will show up! HA!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Who Is Watching The Watchers?

Today on GMA, as I stated in the last post, I object to the report on the ministries-as stated. There is a watcher out there that is targeting ministries. My first question is who appointed him to do this job? How accurate is this report? How accurate is the watcher? I do not know who this guy is. I have no idea what his purpose is. He claims to be watching the ministries and their spending but I question that. How does he know this? Where are his stats coming from?

Over the years, there have been a number of self proclaimed watchers who are willing to put down and trash ministries and preachers. Yes, a small group of ministries and preachers have not been honest or in the public eye negatively. However, the vast majority of them are honest, honorable. Such a word is not well know to those who do this watching.

It is about time we watch the watchers. Who are they? Who do they answer to? Who gave them the job? Are their stats right? Why are we simply believing what they say instead of proving them out as we must do with the scriptures as a Christian? Time to WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!!!

John Stossel-Enough IS Enough

I tried to post this on the message boards of the ABC news site, 20/20. I will continue to try to post it. According to the note I received, it said that the site was too busy to post it at that time. However, I believe that this message should be on here too. The particular story that I am referring to will air tonight at 9PM Central time on ABC 20/20. Here is the post I will continue to try to post on the message boards:

John, I agree enough IS enough. However, I am telling you that and the guy who is supposedly honestly watching the ministries. I saw the report you had on GMA about the televangelists that have "too much" to suit you and others. I am sorry here but when did it become a problem for people of the United States to have "too much" for our good?

I realize that the person who is supposedly watching the ministries is trying to "do the right thing" at least in your eyes. However, he admits that he has a problem with the theology of those ministries. I have a problem with someone who is a watchdog who has that. They tend to slant things to suit themselves.

Have you investigated all people who have such wealth? Or even more wealth? Yes, I know. We aren't contributing to them. The implication in the report is that the ministries you mentioned are stealing the ministry funds in order to have these items such as big homes, fancy expensive cars, etc. I, for one, know that sometimes people who are patrons of the ministries will give such things to the preachers to help them have nice things. Sometimes the ministries need things like jets to get to where they need to be in short time because of the schedule they have.

Did it occur to you that most of those preachers that you have targeted have incredible schedules and do not take a lot of time off? Do you honestly think that they are simply grabbing in all they can get and are not working at all for those things that you targeted? Has it occurred to you or the watch guy that they might just be receiving things through their ministry because they honor GOD? Or is that too crazy to think?

I have had enough of the flaming stories about preachers. There are some that do wrong, yes. However, there are many, many more that are above board, doing what God has called them to do and YOU are not taking the time to see exactly what their message is.

This is the time of the last days according to the Bible. It is a very dangerous time for all of us. Our country is heading in a direction that you might want to track. The Bible is extremely clear in what is about to occur. We are already getting to a place where almost all of the prophecies are fullfilled. Please try to see it from the point of view of a Christian! Please try to see that you are only working on bringing down the very people that will possibly give you the answers you seek if only you will look, truly look.

Yes, I have had enough.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sex Ed In School--Going Too Far or Just Right?

Today, there was a story on ABC/GMA about sex ed in schools. But now there is a twist. A few states are advocating the teaching of sexual orientation. They will teach about bisexuals, gays and homophobia, among other things. The general idea is that children are inundated with sex everywhere...on TV, magazines, radio, the internet, music, signs. Everywhere you go, there is some reference to sex in some way. The children are now seeing this as "normal", whatever that means. But somebody thinks they are getting the wrong message. Ya think?

Now, parents and guardians are giving up their rights to teach their children about sex. Why? Because it's an uncomfortable topic? Or they don't care where the kid learns it? Or there just isn't anyone knowledgeable enough to teach the right things on this subject? Many kids are adrift because of that. So, the schools, due to larger numbers of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, are fighting back by giving sex education themselves. All those wrong messages are compounded by more wrong messages.

What is wrong with this picture??? First, parents and guardians should tell the child about sex in the privacy of the home where the kid gets more information given in the proper way. At school, what they get is a clinical version of the sex act. Is it any wonder that children grow up or don't grow up....having sex without understanding what the beauty of it really is? Is it any wonder that the kid gets such a skewered view of it that they question what sex they ought to be? Where are the children getting the idea that sex is so commonplace that they cannot leave high school or even middle school/Jr. high school without having the sex act? Peer pressure, of course. But there is also the clinical teaching from the school because they don't want to be accused of having porn in class. Therefore, they must teach this watered down, impersonal, it's only sex view of what it's all about. If it feels good, do it type of attitude. Is it any wonder the kids come away learning that sex and love have nothing at all in common?

Second, the kid gets sex ed..101, the watered show. After that, he/she gets the new and improved version that teaches about sexual orientation. Please. Some of these kids didn't know they HAD an orientation until the school made them aware of it. So now the child understands that he/she MAY be really quite normal if he liked the dolly instead of the GI Joe or she liked the cars and trucks instead of the beautiful Barbie. Now they understand that the very normal feelings that they thought were all weird are explained away as being something that used to be in a closet but now is okay to bring out, name and flaunt, if necessary.

What is happening to our children? They are being taught wrong things and actually, it appears that they are being indoctrinated into a different society than what I grew up with. Is that good or bad? In my opinion, it is extremely bad for the child. These people at the schools are throwing out information that the child might be too young to hear and/or understand. How on earth would they know? These people really do not know the kids they teach. The kid is one way at school among the classmates and another way at home. The parents and guardians possibly will know the young person better than the school could ever know them. Unfortunately, some or maybe most of the parents and guardians would rather have the schools teach what they find to be either offensive or embarrassing or might be a time waster.

Our children are learning that sex is okay and rather common. How many kids in their class have already had sex because it was made to sound just like another lesson in school. For goodness sake, they hand out condoms in school and expect them not to use them!! That rates are a rather large, king sized DUH!! What are these officials thinking here? What are the politicians thinking? Politicians? Getting reelected, what else? Do they care about your kid? Absolutely not. They could care less. You must take up the fight to bring sanity back to this country before it's too late!

I say Sex Ed in school is going too far. What do you say? I say that kids do not need to hear about sexual orientation. What do you say? If you allow the school to teach your child things that ought to be taught at home, then you cannot be surprised when the girl comes home pregnant and wanting your help and love. Or the girl is forced by the boy to head for an abortion clinic to "get rid or it" because the boy can't TELL HIS PARENTS what he has been doing. Why not? Because he has college to think of. What about the girl? He could care less about her. The girl is now at the mercy of the boy, the parents, the system. She is caught in a trap that no one taught her was WRONG in the first place. She got the information from the sex ed class and thought it would be different. Why? Because they taught her that it was sanitary, fun and all you have to do is "be careful", use the condom. Don't get a disease!! HELLO??? If you didn't DO the sex, the disease wouldn't be there, the pregnancy wouldn't be there, the future would be bright for all concerned.

It is time for the sane people of this country and world to stand up and take responsibility. Yes, RESPONSIBILITY. It's a word most people would rather not hear because it would be too inconvenient, wouldn't it. Too much time to teach the child the RIGHT WAY to think about sex. Teach them to understand that there is a time and a place but only if you are 1) in love, 2) understand something about love (not the teen version where the girl is gaga over the boy and the boy is showing off to all his friends), and most important of all, 3) be married. Ouch! That last one hurt didn't it? Too many people believe that extramarital or living together arrangements are a good thing. Try it out first. If it works, think about marriage. This is why marriage is becoming almost an obsolete idea. This is why children today do not see what the fuss is about. This is why the parents MUST take control of what the kid learns in school before it's too late.

What's wrong with this picture? Everything!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Review-Just Say Hi!

Review-JustSayHi . Once in a while you can find a website that has all the fun, all the good looks. JustSayHi has that and more. What IS it anyway, you ask? It's a dating site. Dating site? They are all so expensive! Do you like the word FREE? I do. Frankly, that word has gotten me in trouble a time or two. But this site has that word... 100% FREE. No tricks or gimmicks. They say that you don't need a credit card because it's FREE! The place has a lot of folks looking for the special someone to date, thousands of people looking just like you. JustSayHi.

JustSayHi, says that it is better than eHarmony. How? It's FREE! You can find friends or something more. That's up to you. It really isn't one of those drudgy sites that you can't find anything on, have to spend boatloads of bucks....100% Free. JustSayHi is open. All you have to do is sign up and you can find that special person. JustSayHi has a picture and a brief line or two from the person. There is no qualifying. You simply sign up. Can it get any easier than that?

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Friday, March 16, 2007

SCAM ALERT!!

This is an Off The Cuff scam alert. Have you noticed those ads that promote the free Xbox, free Rachel Ray items, free computers (laptop, desktop), free anything that you do not have to pay for if only you will accept one of these offers? I have seen them on Iwon and several other pages. Also, I have received emails on these same things. The whole idea is that you are going to get something expensive for free if only you will qualify by accepting small offers of items you will not really want in the first place.

As you accept or deny each page of offers, there are more to choose from. You go through pages and pages of offers. At some point in each category, you must select one offer from this page, two offers from that page. Some pages have only offers for signing up for credit cards. Others have equally stupid offers that, if you sign up for them, you will be finding too many things in your mailbox that you had no idea where it came from.

By this time, you begin wondering if this will ever end. They tell you that you have ALMOST qualified and that you only have this much more to do. Each time it says that, you are expected to accept one or more offers. From what I have seen, there may be an end and people might be satisfied to do all that to get the FREE item, which, if you are paying attention, really isn't free at all. At the point I stopped and had accepted three offers, more than they told me I had to in the first place, I was still apparently 2 offers short of my FREE item. Can you see how much more money this is going to cost?? I, frankly, do not know how I got wrapped up in this stuff. But I have learned. I hope that you do before it costs you anything.

Frankly, I have no idea how far this goes since I could never get farther than the offers you have to take. I will not accept a credit card so I didn't get any farther. At one point, I did take a couple of offers that only cost a couple of bucks each. Some offers say they are free and all you have to pay is shipping which will be a small sum considering the item they are sending you.

Now comes the rub. If you pay by credit card or debit card, which is the only way they take these small payments, then the card number is open for them to use it as they will. People have learned this when the so-called company tells you something is a trial period and that you have X number of days to respond. Likely, the time is too short to do anything about it. In none of the pages you read about the product does it say that you will be billed a larger amount.

People are now learning that when they sign up for the smaller amount, as their bank statements come in, they find themselves being billed for much, much larger sums of money. For example, these items we have researched so far are:

Online Supplier-this place is listed in the frauds page. They send you a CD or book about "how to sell on Ebay". You are charged a very small fee for shipping...$1.95-$1.99. Remember, you were trying to qualify for a much larger, FREE item. At that point, it is likely that you believe you are finished especially if you do nothing more. However, on the bank statement you will find a $49.95 charge. It will have a long number such as 8009309932ONLINESU01 of 800-9309932 CA. You have no idea what the notation is. You will have no idea what the charge is for. We looked this up on one of the frauds pages and discovered that people try to call the 800 number only to find out that there will be a one hour "on hold" and they never get to talk to a human. Others have tried to email them and receive no response. BEWARE!! THIS IS A SCAM!!

Triclear-This is under beauty products. It is supposedly a FREE trial offer. It costs only the shipping according to the information page. The shipping charge is about $5.95-$6.95. You are told to try it out and if you are not satisfied you can cancel. Regardless of your actions, on your statement you will find a charge for the shipping the original package and then a charge of anywhere from $49.95-$69.95, which is supposed to be your next monthly installment since they are supposedly sending out another box of product for the second month. It is vital that you cancel this item before it reaches that stage. Unfortunately, most people who have signed up for this did not cancel the first part. Possibly they forgot about it since it was a FREE TRIAL OFFER and nothing else was sent out to the consumer. BEWARE. This is A SCAM!!!

Video Professor-This one requires only the $6.95 shipping charge. You can check out the item when you receive it and order others like it for a fee. At no time, are you told that it IS a trial period until you get the item in the mail. Items are CDs for learning how to write html or something else that you might not know about on a computer. The page looks like an online school of some sort. These are all learning CDs of one kind or another.

However, when you receive the item, you find in TINY print, that they are going to charge you $79.95 after the TRIAL period is over. This one we were involved in ourselves. I called the company. They were nice but wanting me to keep the item. I told them I did not want it and expected them to allow my returning it. It required a " return authorization number". If you do not get that, they will still charge you for $79.95. We returned the package with delivery confirmation. We received the card back and have not been charged the $79.95 to date. BUT, others have not received the item and have been charged $79.95 as well as a couple of charges for $5.95 (unknown) and a couple for $1.00 (unknown). What we have received though is a couple of $1.00 charges that are unknown since we cancelled all business with these people. That puts them into a fraud category unless they are willing to credit these charges back to us. We are still waiting on that. BEWARE!

In each of these cases, the people at the other end are hoping that you do not act on cancelling within a time period, whether you know what that is or not. They expect INACTION . Do not ignore these so-called FREE offers if you should get them. They will lead to unnecessary and unknown charges on your statement.

These and all others that you find must be reported to your local bank and authorities. Hopefully, they will be able to help you. If not, then take it to your attorney general in your state. If you do not do this, others will be scammed too and those who are doing this will reap much money. Then, they will switch to another product or sales pitch. In any case, these are scams and must be reported.

If you have others that you would like to include, please go to my comments section and send them to me. People will be able to access the comments section and be warned like I am warning you.

Posted by From Arkansas at 2:19 PM
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Edited on: Sunday, March 18, 2007 3:03 PM
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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Witch Hunt Continues

One of the things that really makes me mad is the way those "in the know" in Washington, DC, like to get in there and try to pick at certain people until they crack. If not, they at least succeed in running people out of town whether it was warranted or not. Today, the witch hunt is on Karl Rove again. All I can say there is, if the person or persons who are throwing all these critical statements, aka Dems mostly, are seeking dirt, then I certainly hope that their little political and personal closets are squeaky clean, which I doubt.

I have had it with this process. Yes, we supposedly live in a free country. Well, it's free as long as you play by the rules of those in power. I have no idea whatsoever whether Karl Rove is innocent or guilty. However, he is being torn apart in the MEDIA again...and again. What strikes me as interesting is that there are few dems getting this treatment. Is someone actually going to lead the American public to believe that there are NO dems that have skeletons in their closets? Oh please. Yet, the sheep follow the largest, supposedly the most reasonable voice, whether it's right, wrong, destructive or honest and helpful.

At this point, we are talking about attorneys being fired for apparently not doing their jobs. My take on this whole process is that this President is a lame duck, meaning he is not allowed to run again for this office. Therefore, he is doing what he must to preserve his role in history. During his watch, our country had the worst nightmare happen. Not his fault. At that time, the country came together in unity because we had a common foe. How soon we forget. Now, the ankle biters and the backside biters are out in full. After all, it's almost an election year. The dems want back in power in the White House and they think they can get it by bringing up or manufacturing all the dirt they can find. It would be amusing if it weren't so immoral and cold.

For those who really like the front running candidates, please check them out carefully. Not everything is as it seems. It never is in Washington. The thought for the day in that town is "cover your backside". These people are good at it. If not, they don't get to keep their jobs. Hey, these are the same people who are writing bills and making law!!! Are we sure that we want that type of person in Washington? Uh, good luck, if you believe in such things which I don't. Frankly, I suspect that we, as voters, would have to clean the town out almost in order to get honesty and integrity. It appears to be mostly missing. A recent exception is General Peter Pace. (See my other posts on him)

I recall reading in the Bible that there would come a time when men's hearts would grow cold. I think we have arrived. The dems are out for blood. The sad part is that they are taking too many of the rest of us with them. I do not endorse the republicans or the democrats. I have found good people in both parties. But I can see a blood fest when it's in front of our noses. Unfortunately, much of the American public may not....until it is too late. WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! This is your Shame!! I believe that there are still things about the front runners that will shock you. DO NOT SIMPLY TAKE SOMEONE'S WORD FOR WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE. Seek the information on them for yourself. Quit letting the MEDIA and the politicians be the only ones to tell you what is going on. Find out!! Make informed decisions. When you do, go to the polls and VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT!!!!!

Posted by From Arkansas at 11:57 PM
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Update On The Pace Post

As usual, the media gets in there and the story goes off on it's own path...again. See, I read the story about General Pace. I read the remarks he made. In the article, he said that he was giving a personal opinion about homosexual and adultery type acts. That they were immoral. I congratulated him for his honesty!! But now, the MEDIA.....yes, those wonderful souls that can't even read their own copy.......has left out, conveniently, the reference to adultery so that they can sensationalize the piece.

The latest article talks about Sam Brownback, Senator from Kansas, getting in line with the General about the remarks. He agrees with him. Unfortunately, in the translation of that first article, in the second article the part about adultery is missing. They focus on the "gays shouldn't serve openly" part. Yes, he said that. However, read the first article. It is out of context. Nevertheless, the Senator is in General Pace's corner on this. He believes that all the criticism is wrong and unfortunate. The critics believe that a guy like the General has no right to state his views. I say that he does. Is this still America or not?

Of course, our front running Dems are all scrambling to stay away from the remarks made by General Pace. Now isn't that interesting. They seem to want to be removed from the limelight on this subject. At first I laughed about that but then it occurred to me that they are only interested in being critical when it is easy to be a critic. When the oven gets hot, they want no part of it. BAH!!! If that isn't reason enough to seek a candidate elsewhere, I don't know what is.

Update On The Pace Post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback is backing the Pentagon's top general over his remarks that homosexual acts are immoral. The Kansas senator planned to send a letter on Thursday to President Bush supporting Marine Gen. Peter Pace, who earlier this week likened homosexuality to adultery and said the military should not condone it by allowing gay personnel to serve openly.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs also said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune: "I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well-served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."

New Blog Looks Great!

Had a comment from a person who read my blog. Thank you! I'm just a gal from Arkansas that has seen a few things that don't seem right. We need to comment on that sort of thing as much as possible.

Anyway, I took a peek at her blog which has a great look. I love that flash movie. Some posts are very informative as well. So, if you want to check out what looks like a relatively new blog, Forward Thinking is the one! This is a blog that deserves the category of What's Right With The World!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Grats To General Pace

My hat is off to General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who gave his stance on adultery and gay sexual acts which he called immoral. Thank you, General! America needs to hear this. It is not about spotlighting gays or the people caught in acts of adultery. This is about the moral values of the people of the armed services. This is about the idea that this country was brought together in the name of God. This is about honor. Too many people these days do not care about honor, morality or values.

It was rather classy of him to say that it was a personal opinion which someone asked of him. It was not a bashing of those who practice these things. There are so many who say to those of us who are against openly gay acts that we are homophobic or haters. I am NOT homophobic. I am NOT adultery-phobic either. I simply think that this is something that should be a private matter, not out there openly flaunted. In my opinion, it is up to the adult individual what they do with their lives but it is also up to them to be concerned about other people and their beliefs too. It is called RESPECT, something a lot of people do not have for others in this day and age.

So, do not bash General Pace for his open stance against these acts. Applaud him. He is exercising his right to speak out just as those who oppose him do and are still doing. This is still the United States of America and last I looked still free to voice an opinion, no matter how the other person sees it. Way to go!!

Grats To General Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon's top general said Tuesday he should not have voiced his personal view that homosexuality is immoral and should have just stated his support for the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in an interview that has drawn criticism from lawmakers and gay-rights groups.

The written statement by Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not apologize for his stance on homosexuality. In a newspaper interview Monday, Pace likened homosexual acts to adultery and said the military should not condone it by allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces.

After a flurry of condemnation Tuesday, Pace issued a statement acknowledging that the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays is a sensitive subject and said: "I should have focused more on my support of the policy and less on my personal moral views."

Site Review-Insurance

I just saw a site for insurance called " Insurance Portal Online". The page is a little busy and involved but they have loads of information for you. They have many types of insurance including Life Insurance, Auto or Homeowners insurance. There is a quote form on the site. Just click and your quote will be available to you right away.

Insurance Portal Online has Term Life Insurance from 140 sources. The quote is based on a variety of things best suited to you and your situation. Included are term and return of premium policies. So, for Term Life, simply click on the Get A Quote button on the picture of the lady and man.

For those who need Auto Insurance, Insurance Portal Online can guide you through the tough choices that have to be made. Who knows if you need collision, comprehensive, liability, no fault, personal injury. These folks can help you with all of that. Just click on Get A Quote in the auto picture.

Homeowners Insurance is a big one. There are so many things that have to be decided there. The folks at Insurance Portal Online can help you through the process so that you can make the best informed decision for your coverage. Whether you own your home or rent, have a condo or townhouse, the agents at Insurance Portal Online can show you how. Just click on the Get A Quote on the house picture.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

More Heads Roll Over Walter Reed Debacle

More heads are rolling due to the loud cry from the soldiers that have been wounded in war, serving their country, and are being cared for in the top medical facilities in this country. At least that is what we were led to believe. Walter Reed is just the tip of the iceberg. Our country is miles ahead of many countries technologically. BUT, somewhere along the line, we gave up on good topnotch medical care for our wounded soldiers. It is a Shame of America that we cannot take better care of our soldiers and their families.
So, more heads are rolling. More people are either resigning, retiring or being fired. And that is as it should be. However, who are the scapegoats? Certainly, they are there. How many of these people are simply falling on their swords for the "good of the nation"? How many are truly the incompetent leaders they look like? Just a thought to chew on, if you are even a tiny bit curious.
More Heads Roll Over Walter Reed Debacle
WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley abruptly stepped down under pressure from military superiors, the third top Army official forced out in the fallout from revelations of shabby treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Army said Monday that Lt. Gen. Kiley had submitted a request to retire over the weekend. Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren had asked Kiley for his retirement, said a senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the events. Kiley's removal underscored how the controversy, which began with reports of dilapidated outpatient housing and a nightmarish bureaucracy at the Army's flagship hospital, has snowballed into a far broader problem for the Bush administration.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Gas Prices On The Rise Again

Today, this is a gripe post. I am really having a problem with rising gas prices. It simply does not make a whole lot of sense, if you really think about it. What makes the price rise and fall? Supply. Demand. Refining. Product availability...ah, there is the rub, isn't it? At this particular time, the supply is coming from our own country partly and from the middle east where those guys who actually do not like us in the least have control over the supply. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the real problem here.

Isn't it time for us to develop more of our own resources and let the other guys fight it out? We certainly are a big consumer of gasoline. However, there is a fantastically large fly in the ointment. China. The sleeping giant is waking up and using a whole lot of the same kind of stuff we use. The question then becomes...who is the larger customer and what happens if we get one of them mad? Which one? Want a guess? And I am not educated in all of this but, really, it...again...doesn't take rocket science to get the picture here.

We are becoming a real problem for the world. We are a big country but we have some pretty arrogant ideas of how things should be.......some say it's our way or the highway. Just a guess but I'm betting the guys in the middle east that have the purse strings will choose China. There are more consumers, for one thing. For another, they are not having a war in the middle east right now. They are actually OPEC friendly. I am not saying that is a good thing. Frankly, I think it's a problem when they call the shots like they are with the US. Our problem is and has been that our leaders, both past and present, seem to have incredibly short sight when it comes to these things. Did NO ONE learn anything from the so-called fuel shortages in the 70s? I remember them very well. I sat in one of those lines at the pumps waiting my turn to get enough gas to make it until the manufactured crisis was over. Really, it didn't take long. A few days. But it was a miserable few days and a complete pain in the backside. Did no one learn from that?

Guess not. How do I know? Well, you seem to be living in the after effects. What do you think? Higher gas prices. Capped wells in our country. OPEC ruling the prices. No real new construction on oil refineries here. No big push to have new explorations of oil fields. (That SHOULD have happened years ago. So should the new refineries have been built. We should be practically hip deep in exploration and refineries now.)

So, what's the verdict? Short sighted politicians and oil companies. Any bets on what's next? Higher gas prices, what else?

Posted by From Arkansas at 11:46 PM
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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Pizza Hut Order - Year 2010

Operator: "Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your national ID number?"

Customer: "Hi, I'd like to place an order."

Operator: "May I have your NIDN first, sir?"

Customer: "My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's 6102049998-45-54610."

Operator: "Thank you, Mr. Sheehan. I see you live at 1742 Meadowland Drive, and the phone number's 494-2366. Your office number over at Lincoln Insurance is 745-2302 and your cell number's 266-2566. Which number are you calling from, sir?"

Customer: "Huh? I'm at home. Where d'ya get all this information?"

Operator: "We're wired into the system, sir."

Customer: (Sighs) "Oh, well, I'd like to order a couple of your All-Meat Special pizzas."

Operator: "I don't think that's a good idea, sir."

Customer: "Whaddya mean?"

Operator: "Sir, your medical records indicate that you've got very high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. Your National Health Care provider won't allow such an unhealthy choice."

Customer: "Damn. What do you recommend, then?"

Operator: "You might try our low-fat Soybean Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it."

Customer: "What makes you think I'd like something ! like that?"

Operator: "Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion."

Customer: "All right, all right. Give me two family-sized ones,then."

Operator: "That should be plenty for you, your wife and your your kids, sir. Your total is $49.99."

Customer: "Lemme give you my credit card number."

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay in cash. Your credit card balance is over its limit."

Customer: "I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash before your driver gets here."

Operator: "That won't work either, sir. Your checking account's overdrawn."

Customer: "Never mind. Just send the pizzas. I'll have the cash ready. How long will it take?"

Operator: "We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be about 45 minutes, sir. If you're in a hurry you might want to pick 'em up while you're out getting the cash, but carrying pizzas on a motorcycle can be a little awkward."

Customer: "How the hell do you know I'm riding a bike?"

Operator: "It says here you're in arrears on your car payments, so your car got repo'ed. But your Harley's paid up.

Customer: "@#%/$@&?#!"

Operator: "I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already got a July 2006 conviction for cussing out a cop."

Customer: (Speechless)

Operator: "Will there be anything else, sir?"

Customer: "Yes, I have a coupon for a free 2 liter of Coke".

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but our ad's exclusionary clause prevents us from offering free soda to diabetics."

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A few years ago, I read this and thought it was sort of funny. Today I believe that we are all too close to this and now it horrifies me. The Real ID Act is about to come upon us in May of 2008. When it happens, you will be recycled into an ID card that carries all of the necessary info for your driver's license, credit card, atm card, debit card and all other reasons for an ID.

Not many seem to be hollering about it. So, I will holler about it until people wake up. AMERICA!! WAKE UP!!! This is a liberty buster. This is going to result in something far more terrible than it looks. Where is your interest in privacy? In Fairness? In the liberty we once actually knew in this country? Frankly, I am certain that the reason this is happening is because you do not know what real liberty is if you were born less than 40 years ago, possibly longer. WAKE UP!!! YOUR LIBERTY, YOUR PEACE, YOUR RIGHTS ARE GOING DOWN THE TUBES AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT!!!! WAKE UP!!!

Posted by From Arkansas at 12:39 PM
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Thursday, March 08, 2007

FBI Oversteps With Patriot Act?

This is another Shame of America post, like it or not. It seems that the FBI has been underreporting it's use of the Patriot Act in order to force businesses to turn over records of their customers in a terrorist investigation. While the Patriot Act does appear to give such agencies broad scope in what they can do, it was obviously not enough for the FBI. Why not? They can practically do what they want now. Yet, that didn't do it for them. They had to go beyond that, allegedly.

The article states that a report from the Justice Dept., due out Friday, is blistering in it's assessment of the FBI's actions. In addition to forcing businesses to work with them, they were telling telecommunications companies that they would follow-up on this but never did.

Apparently, the FBI is allowed to send out national security letters in terrorism cases that do not have to have approval by a judge. These letters require businesses, telephone companies, credit bureaus, banks, internet service providers to provide very personal information about subscribers and customers.

I don't know about you but I do not feel that they should have the right to do this without approval of some judge somewhere. Of course, having seen what judges do, it is likely irrelevant anyway but it would be nice if they simply did not have all that power without some type of checks and balances.

FBI Oversteps With Patriot Act?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A blistering Justice Department report accuses the FBI of underreporting its use of the Patriot Act to force businesses to turn over customer information in terrorism cases, according to officials familiar with its findings.

The report, to be released Friday, also says the FBI failed to send follow-up subpoenas to telecommunications firms that were told to expect them, according to several government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report by the Justice Department's inspector general had not yet been released.

Overall, the FBI underreported the number of national security letters it issued by about 20 percent between 2003 and 2005, the officials said. In 2005 alone, the FBI delivered a total of 9,254 letters relating to 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Walter Reed Debacle Fueling Dems

As is highly predictable, the democrats are using the Walter Reed debacle to slam the President again on his Iraq policies. With more and more people turning against our involvement in the war, criticism from the very people who approved of it in the first place is gaining tremendous strength. And of course, the dems are crying "failure, failure, failure" at the Bush administration.

Tuesday, President Bush told the American Legion that he was appointing a bipartisan committee to look into the mistreatment of wounded troops. He also directed the Veteran Affairs head to set up a task force to probe into the treatment of American troops in medical facilities. To cap the day, President Bush is inviting the press to a naturalization ceremony for 5 wounded soldiers.

The underlying problem here is that those who knew about this outrage should have acted on it. Sending troops to war is necessary. Taking care of them after they are wounded is essential and an obligation that we cannot shirk as Americans. How our troops are treated is vitally important to them, their families and to the US as a whole. How can we, in good conscience, call ourselves Christian, humane and compassionate if we are not that to our own troops??? What is it going to take in this country to wake America UP!!!!!

Make no mistake, it would be WRONG, WRONG, WRONG to bring home the troops right now. We are in this war. We are committed. If we do NOT win this thing, we are history as a respected country. The world opinion of us is deep in the hole now. How can we turn our backs on those we have committed to defend? It is our own fault that we are not respected now. This did NOT come with this particular President. It came way back when we turned tail and ran from the Vietnam war. We GAVE UP!! After all of those precious boys, men and women lost their lives, we snuck out of town. There are other places where we did the same. Do you honestly think that if we do this again, we will be respected, honored or treated as heroes?? No way. We will be second class. We call them third world countries. Some day, we will be that to them. Unless we change the tide NOW, RIGHT NOW!!!

How can we change our standing in the world? Get a grip, finish what we started in Iraq. You may not agree with the administration but we MUST finish what we have started. We were giving these people hope. You, who want to take the troops out, want to rip hope out from under them. You want to take their lifeline and cut it. Where is the humanity in that? I saw it today in a survey. The question was:

Do you think Congress should pass legislation requiring U.S. troops to come home from Iraq within six months if Iraqi leaders fail to meet promises to reduce violence?

And how many of the voters said yes? TOO MANY. You are believing the MEDIA hype. You are listening to the rhetoric of politicians who have agendas. These people are seeking office. Of course, they are going to tell you what you want to hear!! Get a clue, America!!!! When are you going to see the real enemy? Probably when it's already too late. That is not that far off.

Walter Reed Debacle Fueling Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are using the uproar over Walter Reed Army Medical Center as their latest cudgel to batter President Bush for his Iraq war policies as the administration shows signs it fears political damage from the revelations.

Reports of patient neglect and shoddy outpatient rooms at the hospital have brought Army brass to Capitol Hill to explain and apologize. Bush's handling of the war has been widely unpopular with voters, and reports about Walter Reed come on the heels of his decision to send more troops to Iraq - which has also met a negative response from the public.

Democrats are stepping up their anti-war rhetoric and casting Walter Reed as the latest Bush administration failure in planning for the war and other contingencies.

Perhaps it is time to get on our collective knees and pray to God that our country is still standing in a few months. It doesn't look too good from here.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Invasion-But It's Okay. Happened Before

Hey guys, let's invade our neighbor. Well, we can't actually do that but we can sorta do it. EEEEK! Mistake! We didn't mean to. We're sorry. Next time I'm bringing a compass!

170 Swiss soldiers (Didn't know Switzerland had soldiers) were on some type of training mission and trekked into their neighbor's yard....well, the road into Liechtenstein. Guess they didn't know they were in foreign territory for a while. When they figured it out, somebody must have yelled the Swiss version of "OOPS!" Anyway, I should tell you that the guys were in the rain. It was really hard to see and they were inside the borders before they knew it. Of course, Liechtenstein is about the size of Washington, DC, so it was just as likely that, if they had kept going, they would have invaded another country, while they were at it.

But, the neighbors are okay with this. Nobody thinks that the Swiss army is a danger to them in that region anyway. Now, that is a great day. By the way, there was an official apology given. All is well.

Invasion-But It's Okay. Happened Before

March 3, 2007 — Talk about a surprise invasion.

Switzerland's army marched into neighboring Liechtenstein this week. But easy-going Liechtenstein seemed to take it in stride. "It has happened before," Liechtenstein government spokeswoman Gerlinde Manz-Christ told ABC News. "Nobody really realized it."

Early Thursday, 170 Swiss soldiers on a training mission got lost in the rain and wandered over the unmarked border. They were a mile into Liechtenstein before they realized their mistake.

Posted by From Arkansas at 9:54 PM
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Secrets Secrets Secrets-Uncovered

There's this website called Seasoned Trade Lines, Inc. that tells us about credit scores and how you can fix up your credit. Say, is it broken? Maybe it could use some superglue? Ah well, they say that they will tell you about THE secret that the credit bureaus really do not want you to know. I could use a secret buster or two myself. It also promises to turn your credit cards into some type of cash machine. Their words. They mention that it is free. Does that appeal?

I am usually pretty sceptical about these promises. However, if you are interested in this, you can go to their website, put your first name, email address and phone and there ya go. It's as easy as signing up for all kinds of stuff on the net. This one just promises to fix your really messed up credit. Hey, they said it was free. If you are totally knocked out by this, hit the FIND OUT NOW button on the site. There ya go.

Posted by From Arkansas at 9:33 PM
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Man Jailed For Surveilance

A landlord in Oneida, N.Y., has taken things a bit too far this time. Believe me, I have had landlords almost like this guy. Anyway, the landlord was in court Thursday for having hidden cameras in his tenants' apartments so he could watch as they had sex. His sentence was 2-6 years in state prison for four felony counts of unlawful surveillance. I think he got off pretty lightly. He said he was sorry. Uh huh. Oh, and there was one more little thing about the guy. He was a retired Fire Chief. Nice.

Man Jailed For Surveilance

ONEIDA, N.Y. - A central New York man was sentenced Thursday for installing hidden cameras in his tenants' apartments so he could spy on them while they had sex.

Patrick Kaiser, 49, of Oneida, was sentenced to two to six years in state prison. He was convicted in December of four felony counts of unlawful surveillance.

He was sentenced in Madison County Court, Kaiser told the judge he was sorry for installing cameras in an apartment so he could spy on his tenants while they had sex.

Here's the thing. If we do any surveilance, we are as likely to get into hot water as not. Yes, there are circumstances where we are able to lawfully do surveilance but we run the risk of being sued or being in trouble with the law one way or another. However, the government is allowed by law to do this and it is perfectly legal. Why? Because they are doing so in the name of national security!

Is America going to wake up? We must!!! If we do not, SHAME ON AMERICA!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Atheists Battle Christians

This country was founded on Christian beliefs and Christian values. I do admit that it has gone considerably downhill from that awesome beginning. Today, you have so many laws against the very things that the founding fathers had claimed when the country began so many years ago.

A disclaimer: I am not "homophobic". I am not pro-abortion. I am not an atheist. I am a Christian. I am pro-life. I am a firm believer in truth and honor.

At this time, atheists are trying, at the Supreme Court level, to claim that faith based initiatives violate separation of church and state. The trouble here is there is NO SUCH THING as separation of church and state. The constitution is clear in that it talks about the government not having a right to start or run a church. It does not say anything about separating the state FROM the church. In fact, the founding fathers were quite interested in making sure that the government stay in line WITH the Christian values they had at the time.

The reason I had the disclaimer is because at this time I think that the atheists are going to get a small foothold just like the gays did with gay liberation. It was a small group but they made a lot of noise. Now, though I do not agree with the gay movement, they are a voice in our country. If you do not believe that, simply check out how many shows on TV talk about that very thing, even in sitcoms.

Atheists are a small group but they choose to have a large voice and, due to the MEDIA yet again, they are heard with a seemingly louder voice than should be. Yes, they have a right to a voice too. Yet, my voice in only heard here, online on my website and in this blog. Perhaps someday, I will be heard round the world but, today, the atheists are heard. I would not mind except that they are trying to break down the very reasons that this country was formed.

Atheists Battle Christians (the media says "people of faith". Guess it's not politically correct to be Christian anymore. And it has begun.)

March 4, 2007 — This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by a group of atheists who claim the Bush administration's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives violates the separation of church and state. It's just one example of how atheists are becoming increasingly assertive — arguing not only that religion is false, but also a threat to civilization.

Outside the court, atheists and people of faith squared off. Inside, the Freedom From Religion Foundation made its case against the president's pet program.

We are going to fall from within. The United States cannot take too many more hits before it cracks. Soon, we will see our freedoms go completely. Those of us born and raised here do not know or most likely understand what it is like to be enslaved and suppressed. Even those people who come from slave backgrounds do not totally understand this because those in their family who went through this are no longer here.

Isn't it time for the Christians (people of faith) to rise up and be counted? Time for us to get a voice, one that we have silenced for too many years. Time for us to show who we are, children of the King! If you have been doing something, do more. If you haven't done anything yet, find a way and do it. If you are unsure if God wants this, grab a Bible. God wants us to believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. He wants us to be the authority on this earth. It was His plan in the beginning for us to own it!!! Now we must take it back.

If you have questions or would like more info on Christianity, please come to my website,

Lura's Bookcase . Thank you.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

General At Walter Reed Fired From Job

From the Shame of America column, Walter Reed top administrator has been fired for the incredibly poor conditions at that hospital that houses our wounded Vets. In a place where the medical care should be topnotch there were roaches, mold, mice, rot and incredible red tape that would do an IRS agent proud. Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, the top man at the medical facility, got canned for not being on top of the multitude of problems that had cropped up. He had only been at the facility for about six months. (You thinking what I'm thinking here? The problems at Walter Reed more than likely did not start with the General. He simply could not deal with the overwhelming difficulties that arose. I am sure that the problems were there to start with.)

At this point, the hospital is about to face new allegations that it has had troubles for a long time and knew about them and did nothing. While they are awaiting news of a Pentagon review of the facility, soldiers housed there are expected to wake at 6am and be prepared for "unusual daily inspections" at 7am. Some believe that this is a form of punishment due to trouble caused by bringing in the media.

General At Walter Reed Fired From Job

March 1, 2007 — The Army today fired the top administrator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, following embarrassing news reports that prompted a Defense Department probe of an outpatient center for roach and mice infestation, mold, rot and nightmarish red tape.

Although a 45-day Pentagon review has only started, Army officials informed Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman this morning that the nation's oldest military service had "lost trust and confidence in the commander's leadership abilities to address needed solutions for soldier-outpatient care" at the hospital. Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey made the decision yesterday, Army officials said.

Once again, there is a difference in what the soldiers that are right there are saying and what the "official" take on the problem is. Personally, I believe that the soldiers are getting crappy care and that the government is trying to minimize the impact of what we are doing to our wounded vets. This is truly a Shame Of America. Our vets should be taken care of so well that they can't do anything but praise the hospital for it's care and concern. But that is not how this works.

This is Shame of America in action again.

Woman Drives Into DMV Office To Take Driving Test

An elderly woman, who applied too much pressure to her accelerator, drove into the middle of the DMV office today, slightly injuring several people in the process. This report states that she got a ticket for careless driving, which I definitely agree with. However, in the TV report we saw on our news channel, they stated that she was able to keep her license because she was not able to take the driving test. Uh, something wrong with that? I would say. Perhaps it was just uninformed reporting, which does not surprise me in the least. Unfortunately, I believe it was also possible that she actually did get to keep the license because she didn't get to take the test. Sounds about right for some type of government office, don't you think? Here's the story from Florida.

Woman Drives Into DMV Office To Take Driving Test

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- Eleven people suffered minor injuries Wednesday when an 80-year-old woman drove her 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis into a Department of Motor Vehicles office at 100 S. Military Trail.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Therese M. Smith accidentally drove her car into the building when she stepped on the gas pedal too hard.

The car went over a concrete parking block, onto the sidewalk, through a metal parking sign and into the windows of the office.

Hey lady, if you needed a parking spot, I'm sure one would be open shortly. That was too close even for the DMV.

Posted by From Arkansas at 10:46 PM
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Former NFL Vet Lives In Shelter

Once in a while, you find what is good with this country. Sometimes, you find that there are still decent people in the world. NFL veteran player, Donnie Green, fell on hard times. Green who played for the Buffalo Bills for six years, now 57 years old, has been living in a homeless shelter. A number of injures have made it impossible for him to work. Now, NFL greats are coming to his aid as part of their campaign to for those older, retired players. There's a great big thumbs up for these guys!!!!

Former NFL Vet Lives In Shelter

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Some NFL veterans are teaming up to help one of their own who now lives in a homeless shelter.

The Gridiron Greats are coming to the aid of Donnie Green, a former Buffalo Bill. It's part of the group's campaign to improve pensions for pro football's older, retired players.

Green, now 57, played for the Bills for six years before retiring and falling on hard times. Knee and back injuries have left him unable to do any strenuous work, and for the past four years he's made his home in a shelter in Maryland.