Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Remember how those Tea Parties are supposed to "incite violence"? Did you hear about the refried bean-swastika-smear on the windows at the Immigration rally? Or the pinata with the face of the Arizona governor being beaten by children? Hmmmm....
This article appeared a few months back on the Times Online website. I meant to blog on it then, but it slipped off the radar (gotta fix that radar system of mine....this happens way too much!). Here is the part of the article, titled "Children reaching age 3 without being able to say a word, survey finds", that struck me:
The survey of more than 1,000 parents found that a child’s background was not a factor in how quickly they learnt to talk. Working parents who put their babies in day care are just as likely to have a child whose speech develops late as those who leave their baby in front of the television.
Okay, so there are two kinds of parents: those who put their kids in daycare, and those who put their kids in front of a TV. A "child's background was not a factor"!!! Really??? Did that survey of 1,000 parents find any parent who DIDN'T put their kids in daycare and DIDN'T put them in front of the TV? I volunteer for the next such "survey".
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
On the way to the potty, she says to me: "Is this a James Herriot book? Is this book about James Herriot? There is cow story about James Herriot. We will pretend to be James Herriot. We like James Herriot, don't we? Is this about James Herriot?" I think I got a few yes's in but that was my entire contribution.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I know there was a bit of a controversy over the pro-abortion agenda of the groups that Idol supports. I guess I was not surprised by this. I assumed it. It is a sad fact of the celebrity culture (which Idol uses to make this night work) that they are almost uniform in their support of abortion and contraception, especially for the poor.
Of course, what we really wanted to see on American Idol last night was who was going to be eliminated. Sadly, one of my favorites went home--Tim Urban. He is the guy with the smile, always upbeat. If I remember correctly, he came from a large family. And, I have been waiting since the first live show to see if anyone would make the obvious connection to Peter Brady. But no one did! So I am....don't you think he looks like Peter Brady? The hair, the goofy good natured way, the cracking in his changing voice (not really, but you can imagine him singing the song!). Of course the Brady-like moves in the group sing segments each week might be what caused the connection in my mind.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
But....we did sit in his car!! And we found out his real name!! And we got very, very close to some sheep!! And we drove on winding, rock wall lined, narrow roads....just like he did!! So, it was a bit like a pilgrimage. Seriously though, as new (except for the husband who watched it as a kid) fans of the old TV show and books, it was a real treat to see the actual location. And.... check out the new hat The Ringmaster is sporting:
Monday, April 12, 2010
Why is it common to find basic grocery items have been sold out?
Why are there fewer choices in terms of brands (except in the case of tea kettles....there are THOUSANDS of choices for electric tea kettles!)?
Why would a business choose to stop selling an item "because people kept buying it all up"?
Why do Christmas decorations sell out weeks before Christmas?
Why do certain grocery stores (ASDA) sell certain flavors of ice cream (chocolate strawberry Magnum Mini ice cream bars) and not others (other stores sell other flavors, but not that one!!!)?
Why is every grocery store very, VERY crowded all the time? Can't they build more?
What sort of government regulations/economic conditions make doing business here so much different?
I wish I knew. My hypothesis is that a nanny state sort of government like this one must regulate everything to make it "fair"....which leads to less competition, fewer choices, less urgency to do business exceptionally well (whether that means quality of service, or product).
Thursday, April 8, 2010
It occurred to me today that I need to do this. That my prayer, rather than rattling on about my worries, fears, concerns, or hurts, needs to be a repeated "Yes, Jesus".....just for practice. It is my chance to remind myself that His Will is my goal, that He has my best interest in mind, and that whatever cross He allows (no matter how much I fear it), He will be there to help me carry it.
"Yes, Jesus. Yes, Jesus. Yes, Jesus. Yes, Jesus. Yes, Jesus." I can feel His smile.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I think the whole Stupak thing is a distraction. He was never going to let this health care bill go down, he said as much in the past. He was trying to solidify his position as a "pro-life democrat" (a term that is unrealistic at best, IMHO, but that is a discussion for another day). The REAL issue here is that this bill is such an assault on liberty, on our constitution, on our American way of life, that with or without abortion provisions it is an abomination!! It must be repealed whole and entire (not just pieces of it), and the only way to do that is to elect conservatives at all levels, but especially in the House and Senate come November. And in 2012. There is NOTHING GOOD in this bill. There are things that SEEM good to some, but are really designed to bring down private insurance companies and take your choices away. For example:eliminating pre-existing conditions--really, how can an insurance company survive if it is forced to take on even the riskiest of clients---this is how insurance premiums go UP!!! Not down!!! And what is going to happen when this practice begins? People will not buy health insurance (they will pay the fines, which are cheaper than a good health insurance plan at this point in time) and then when they have the accident or get the cancer diagnosis THEN they will get the insurance and the company will have to take them on----and raise your premiums as a result. And FORCING people to purchase something (ie Health insurance), since when can the government dictate what you must buy...this is nothing like auto insurance since you can choose whether or not to buy a car (and therefore whether or not you are obligated to buy car insurance) AND the car insurance company is free to drop you if you are too high risk (ie lots of tickets or accidents). We can argue all we want about "abortion language" and "safeguards" but the unborn cannot be protected by ANY government run health care program...name one European style government health care system that does not pay for abortion!!!