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Friday, September 26, 2008

The Crash Explained

The Anchoress is again on a roll. Revisit or refresh often to catch the updates. Watch the video first, you will learn much. (The original video was taken down, this is the replacement one that doesn't violate Warner Music copyright, or sense of justice ... heh)

I need to first opine that the Democrats yesterday blew my mind with their last-minute addition of 56 billion to the bail-out, their sneaky, slippery attempt to play political games with some of this money - directing it to ACORN (!) - and their subsequent attempt to lie and to blame the GOP - the president - anyone but themselves for not passing a bill which the GOP CANNOT BLOCK. We already know that Nancy Pelosi has no leadership skills except in spite and obstruction - we see she is completely out of her depths here, but Barney Frank’s behavior last night, and his disrespect toward the GOP and the President was particularly egregious in a time of crisis. He behaved like a trapped animal trying to distract the hunters toward anyone but him. Meanwhile Chuck Schumer is unusually, uncharacteristically silent; Barack Obama - except when mentioned by a press pretending he is leading - seems irrelevant to the process and to have no genuine ideas or input, or a desire to lead. All he seems capable of doing is whining about the debate while Rome falls about his ankles. McCain is quite right that the debates would be less urgent if Obama had done the Town Halls McCain had asked for - debates Obama said he’d have “anytime, anywhere” before refusing all of them. I say at this point SCREW the moderated debates that tell us nothing and insist that these candidates town-hall it and speak DIRECTLY to the people who will be most affected by all of this - that would be the ordinary folk.

Read the rest ... follow the links. Learn what your elected representatives have done to this country. In November, cast your vote wisely and pray for the survival of this country.

Posted by LissaKay on 09/26/08 at 06:23 PM in ~ Politics
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Counting my Blessings

A little over a year ago my job came to an end. It was a contract job, intended to last only a year, but it was extended an additional 3 months in the hope that the situation changed so that I could be hired on as a direct employee. That never happened and they had to let me go. So began my year of unemployment.

At first, I frantically searched job listings and boards, networked with others in my profession, sent out resumes, filled out applications ... and even though I had several that seemed very interesting, the offers just didn't come through. It took a lot of prayer, and a lot of faith, and a lot of listening for God's voice for me to relax and be willing to wait. He was telling me it was time to rest, and in the meantime, I had other things to attend to. My children were getting ready to leave the nest, and I had to prepare for that, and find the faith that they could succeed and that I could let them go. My personal life went through some upheavals and epiphanies, finally bringing me to my knees before God so that I would get back up and on the path He wants me on. I needed this time to prepare my life for its next chapter.

Still, the job thing was not happening. I waited, with as much patience as I could muster. It was a truly a test of my faith that whatever was coming was His Will and it would be done. From that faith, my blessings have come in abundance. My children done very well, and my son has even begun to turn to Christ. My daughter is realizing how much she is really capable of, and is enjoying having her own home to take care of, as well as a job and a pretty nice fellow to hang out with. Not the least of these blessings has been joining my life with that of my best friend and soul mate. We are already wedded before God, with our "God family" as witnesses, and we are looking forward to professing our bond and commitment before man in a ceremony next spring, to make it all legal and stuff. Hanging on to that faith, and that God has a plan that would be revealed eventually, I still longed for the security that a job would bring.

A few weeks ago, I was notified that I would be getting a formal job offer soon. Three weeks, a ton of paperwork, two more interviews, and a pee test later, I now have a formal written offer for the most awesome job ever! I first sent my resume in back in May and shortly after that, I had my first phone interview with them. That's how long this has taken. But it is well worth the wait, with a salary more than double what I was making before, an excellent benefits package and opportunity for advancement. I had been stuck in entry level positions with one company going out of business after another, so that I could never advance far enough, long enough to be able to vie for better positions with experience. But for whatever reason, these folks chose me for one of three positions out of a field of 15 candidates to start. Well, I know the reason, and that would be that this is part of His plan, His will.

Isn't God awesome?!

Posted by LissaKay on 09/25/08 at 12:44 AM in ~ Personal
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Casualties of this Campaign

I can hardly wait until this stupid presidential campaign is over. Yet at the same time, I fear its outcome. More than anything, I hate the effect it has on friendships. I previously mentioned this developing situation a few posts ago, and it has further deteriorated.

A friend of mine, someone I have known well for many years, is a declared Republican. She says she is a Christian and holds many conservative views, but for one thing ... she is pro-choice. It's not a subject that we have discussed much in the past, it never really came up. She is aware of my views ... that abortion for birth control purposes is always wrong, but my libertarian side makes me wary of any legislation aimed at restricting the number of abortions performed. It's not something I get all riled up over, it's something other people do, that I abhor as I believe it is murder of a human being, but I try not to be judgmental of individuals because of their opinions. She, on the other hand, is apparently very invested in this pro-choice thing, something I did not realize until Sarah Palin, who holds pro-life views, was chosen to be McCain's running mate.

She went nuts! She just cannot stand Palin, she clings to each and every rumor and smear that comes down the pike and conflates the meaning of the rumor so that Palin becomes the very devil herself. Having any sort of a conversation with her is next to impossible because it always comes around to the election and how, if McCain and Palin win, every woman will come under the direct and total control of the government, all because abortion will become illegal immediately upon their taking office. Patient explanations of the facts are waved off, and if I persist, she becomes hysterical. I remain confounded.

She is now angry at me, having accused me of being among those that would "enslave women" using their uterus as the ball and chain, tying them down to raising child after child against their will. After blinking hard a few times, I asked if these hypothetical enslaved women wouldn't have some say so in the matter, as in at the moment they decided to have sex or not. Obviously, if they chose to not have sex, then they wouldn't risk getting pregnant, now would they? Of course, she replied that it is unreasonable to expect women to do without sex, that's an old patriarchal view that is also intended to keep women down and in their place. In my view, if a woman isn't willing to take the responsibility for the possible outcome of having sex - having a baby with the man she is sleeping with, then she probably should not be having sex with him.

I then went on to propose that if women wanted to have abortion as a birth control option, then men should too. If a couple gets pregnant unexpectedly, if the man doesn't want the burden or inconvenience of raising a child, or even just being financially responsible for it for 18 years or more, then he should be able to force the woman to have an abortion. Equal rights and all, you know. Her reply to that was so very predictable ... if a man doesn't want to be making babies, he shouldn't be sleeping around.

Right. Exactly. Neither should a woman. With equal rights comes equal responsibility, and it goes both ways.

Bless her heart, she just didn't know how to respond from there, and hasn't spoken to me since.

Posted by LissaKay on 09/24/08 at 11:02 PM in ~ Personal
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Blogfest time again!

I's that time again ... Blogfest!

When: Sept 27, 2008 6:00pm until ?
Where: Calhoun's on Kingston Pike near Pellissipi Pkwy
Who: Bloggers, blog readers, Twitterers, and their significant others, family and friends

Come have a great time getting to know the people you read every day, and put a face to the words.

RSVP: In the comments here, or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We are going try to get the upstairs banquet area reserved for this Blogfest. There is a fee for this, we believe it is $40 and will check to be sure tomorrow and make the reservation. If you would be willing to contribute a few dollars towards this, please email us and let us know by Wednesday. At that time, we will figure out the exact amount it will be, but it will not be more than $10. The more people volunteer, the less it will be!

UPDATE: The private banquet room is not available. However, we do have reserved a large party space that will give us extra room and the ability to wander (both kids and adults!) without being in the way of wait staff and other restaurant guest. No fee is needed for this, so we won't be passing the hat after all.

Please, feel free to tell other bloggers or anyone that might be interested about Blogfest, also please blog and Twitter about it too!

(We also have an email list for Blogfest announcements, go HERE to sign up)

Posted by LissaKay on 09/22/08 at 12:06 AM in ~ Blogging
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Oh, my wacky sense of humor

If you have ever wondered what sort of nonsense really tickles my funny bone ... here it is:

Anything that features kitties being silly is top-grade humor in my book.

A couple posts down gives some more examples of the kind of humor that will have me laughing endlessly, tears streaming down my face, can't catch my breath, ohmigosh my tummy hurts and I can't stop laughing ... and someone usually gets concerned that I might actually hurt myself (just ask Rich what happened when we watched Jeff Dunham's "Spark of Insanity" DVD ... you know, the one with Achmed the Dead Terrorist? Yeah ... his wife has this little Chihuahua dog, and ... well, you just have to see it).

Anyway, this is what I do when I stay up too late playing on the intarwebs ... I find this stuff, so you don't have to!

Posted by LissaKay on 09/12/08 at 02:46 AM in
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Totally Half-Baked

If you enjoy the razor sharp wit and snark of the gals at Go Fug Yourself, and laugh hysterically at the LOLCatz and LOLDogz, then you are in for a real treat (heh!) ...

Cake Wrecks ... When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong ... is a relatively new (first posts in May 2008) blog that collects and displays pictures of cakes that are just ... not quite right.

A bride gets punk'd? Could be ... she ordered a cake that looks like this, only in all white with green accents:


But what she really got was not exactly a replica ... or even close. It is barely recognizable as a cake:


There are lots more ... keep scrolling, and laughing.

I know that I will be very, very careful of where I get my wedding cake!

Posted by LissaKay on 09/10/08 at 06:13 PM in ~ Humor
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Friday, September 05, 2008

Chicks and Guns, Indeed

Want to increase your blog site traffic 2000%? It's easy ...

Just post pictures of yourself and some gal pals at the firing range, and get a couple of gun bloggers to link to it.

Thanks Uncle, Robb, Dustin, Dr. Woodbo ... I appreciate the links, but I gotta tell you, you guys got your butts kicked by a chick ... the link from Tam, all by itself, is generating over half of the traffic spike. 😊

Posted by LissaKay on 09/05/08 at 02:47 AM in ~ Blogging
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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Skirts in the White House

Seen at Tam's ...

When the GOP announced Palin, I decided to vote Republican for the first time since '88, in the hope of getting Reagan in a skirt in '12.

I voted to re-elect Bush in '04 ... actually, I was more voting AGAINST John Kerry, but prior to that, until Reagan's re-election, I voted either Democrat or third-party. Al Gore can take the credit for my abandonment of the Democrat party with his tantrum following the 2000 election. Just about everything they have done in the 8 years since then has only confirmed that decision,

The day after Sarah Palin was announced as McCain's pick for VP, the hate-fest already in full swing, I remarked, via Twitter, "Wondering why supposedly empowered, "feminist" women are so threatened by a truly empowered, true feminist such as Sarah Palin .. go figure" and it was like hitting a hornet's nest with a bat. I had several direct messages basically saying I was stupid or crazy for thinking Palin is a feminist (what, she has to abort a baby to get her feminist cred?) and a couple of truly hateful anonymous emails first slandering Palin, then slandering me and my family. Keep it classy there! I guess liberal feminists just cannot conceive of a woman that truly has it all, is the walking, talking example of what true empowerment really is, and is also a conservative Christian.

Then came the vicious slime fest via DailyKos, in which Palin was accused of covering up for her daughter's pregnancy. The frenzy of the smear was even picked up and forwarded by mainstream media. Then, finally, to put to rest the crazy rumors and inuendo, Sarah Palin was forced to come forward with the fact that her daughter is now 5 months pregnant, and therefore could not possibly be the baby's mother. It is highly likely that they had intended to wait to make this private family business public knowledge, I don't think it's anyone's business but their's at all. So what happens next? Palin is then denigrated for putting the spotlight on her family. One Twitter commenter snarked that she was "whoring out" her family during her speech at the RNC. As if Obama and Biden didn't talk about theirs. Don't you lefties see how stupid that is? (Or are you just that blinded by hate and fear that you can't see it?)

I also find it interesting that the Kos site is held up as the flagship site of the "Netroots" community, where Obama himself has a blog, where many Democrat politicians participate, blog and even attend the yearly KosKidz hate-fest, err ... I mean conference. Until they post something like this, and then it is considered a "fringe element" or a "radical, extremist leftist" site. Seems they can't own up to their own vile and hateful nature, so they delete the post and try to pretend it never happened! DailyKos lost all relevance, as far as I am concerned, when they danced in the blood of murdered Blackwater contractors and said, "Screw 'em" ... another post which conveniently got disappeared.

So, the Democrats continue their frenzy of fear in which they flail helplessly and fling all sorts of hate at Sarah Palin ... some of which is true, but is spun up with false information. Most of which is either made up out of the thin air or is twisted and exaggerated half-truths that have no basis in reality. But then, this kind of behavior is sadly nothing new, nor is it unexpected anymore.

Posted by LissaKay on 09/04/08 at 04:08 PM in ~ Politics
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Boom Chicka Boom!

Tonight, we went to the shooting range with several folks from our Bible study group. Yep, we cling to our Bibles and guns, but you can bet your last dollar that we are not bitter! (Especially not after that fabulous speech by Sarah Palin at the RNC! She was simply fabulous. She looked fabulous. She has a fabulous family - and her hubby! Hubba hubba! And fabulous kids. She gave a fabulous speech and has a fabulous message, one that all the lies and smears and inuendo and retarded cartoons cannot diminish. Did I mention that she's fabulous? I think I have a bit of a girl-crush on the fabulous Ms Palin ... Sarah 2012! But I digress ... )

So we clingy folk all went down to the shooting range at Coal Creek Armory. We studied the rules very carefully, made the appropriate marks, donned our hearing and eye protection and proceeded to kill the crap out of some paper. I managed to wing some cardboard and maybe the ceiling once or twice. This was my first time shooting a gun, and it showed. I did a little better with the .40 than the .22, but it almost put me on my ass. I know my shoulder is going to be sore in the morning. It was quite the experience. There were three other ladies there with us, and two were also first-timers. I bet a certain Uncle is just mad-envious that he was not able to be there ... chicks and guns, 4 for 1!

Maybe some pics will help make up for it ...



Or how about some video?

We're going to be going for some Ladies' Night shooting soon ... free range time, pay only for rental guns and ammo, or bring your own.

Posted by LissaKay on 09/04/08 at 04:02 AM in ~ Happy Crap
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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Oh goody. Another Presidential Campaign.

Every four years, during the election season, I really should just take a long vacation in a cave somewhere. It would surely help save my sanity, and preserve my ability to love my neighbor. I tend to be quite pragmatic, usually arriving at my opinions of political issues using logic, rather than emotion. It grates on the nerves to see so much knee-jerking emotional reactions to issues that really do bear careful scrutiny ... it just sets my teeth on edge. I got up today, logged into my RSS reader, and was aghast at the level of idiocy being played out on blogs and by pundits from both sides of the aisle. Then it started on Twitter. I made one statement, to the effect that I wondered why supposedly empowered "feminists" were so threatened by a truly empowered, true feminist like Sarah Palin. The hate email was flowing within minutes! (thank goodness for Gmail filters ... it's all automatically deleted). I had no time for debate today, a new semester of college started this week, and I am already scrambling for time to get everything done. So, I tuned out, turned off and focused on my books. I already have Twitter and GReader trimmed down to only posts from people I know, and a few news outlets ... I don't have time now to participate in the discussion, even if I really wanted to. So, this post will stand as my statement on this election. It may, or may not change over time. I may, or may not have anything further to say at a later date. It is what it is ....

For the last few months, I have watched with a jaundiced eye the rise of Obama as the savior of America, or so his adherents would have us believe. I have been somewhat reluctant to simply buy into the fever of adoration without some plausible reason to do so. The more I read and researched, however, the more convinced I have become that he will be anything but a savior of anything ... save his own ego and political aspirations. The few policies he proposes, when not an outright pipe dream, smack heavily of socialism. The rest of his platform is vague and noncommittal at best. His nomination acceptance speech put to rest any notion that I might in any way support his candidacy at all. It was bitter, angry and divisive, blaming Bush for all the ills of the world, parroting every anti-Bush talking point we have been hearing from the left for the last 8 years, even when they have been firmly refuted. But the beat goes on. Obama then outlined his "plan" for renewable energy ... I supposed he is Hoping that his constituents are so blinded by their adulation of him that they won't bother to run the numbers and see for themselves what an insane plan it is. Or maybe he thinks we are just that stupid. Or maybe he is, and he thinks we won't notice?

And I haven't even gotten to the part where his associations with less than savory characters (domestic terrorists, racists, embezzlers), to include his wife, give me indigestion just to think those people would have the ear of the President. We'd have the fine Chicago Political Machine Goes to Washington ... and it would not be pretty at all.

So then we get Joe Biden as his running mate. Oh boy. So much for all that Hopey Changefulness we had been promised. But at least Biden makes up for Obama's complete lack of foreign policy and diplomatic exchange experience. I suppose the Obamaniacs are able to overlook the fact that Biden is an abject failure at it, at least he has the experience, right? Oh, and he totally supports Obama, too.

If there were any glimmer of hope that I might have positive thoughts regarding Mr. Obama, they came to an abrupt and final halt when I learned that he is in favor of letting unwanted newborn babies die. These are newly born, breathing (barely), living babies outside of the womb, with a chance at living. Obama voted against requiring medical or even palliative care to be given to survivors of abortion ... they could be simply left on a table, alone, uncovered, cold, gasping for breath ... until they die. It's bad enough to consider killing an unborn baby as a way of avoiding an inconvenience, an imperfect child, or as a back up to failed birth control, but this is way over the top. Normally, I give little credence to a presidential candidates views on abortion ... for one, there are much greater considerations on the table - the economy, national defense, etc. Secondly, the issue of abortion, as it stands now, is legislated at the state level. But this was an active policy decision made by Obama while he was a senator ... a completely abhorrent one at that. When considered with all the other less than savory facts about the man, it paints a very ugly picture of a human being indeed.

McCain, on the other hand, he has a similarly checkered past. Most notable is his sponsorship of the McCain-Feingold Bill, which could be extrapolated to abrogating our right to free speech. In some other ways, McCain seems totally out of touch with American life and values. The questionable manner in which he went from one wife to the next is a major creep factor. However, his determination to see the Iraq War through to a victorious conclusion, and to maintain the strong vigilance of our national security are hot button topics for me. It will be a tough decision come November 5th if I could allow this one factor, albeit a huge one for me, to allow me to hold my nose and pull the lever for McCain.

But his choice of running mate just made that a teensy bit easier. Actually, I wish we could switch it around and make it the Palin - McCain ticket. Or the Palin - Rice ticket ...that would be most awesome. With Fred Thompson as Secretary of State. Or Defense. But I digress.

Sarah Palin is one of those rarest of creatures, a politician with integrity, courage and vision. She took on a corrupt political machine (like the one that created The Obama), and put it firmly out of business, reaching across the party divide and laying the smack down on both sides. She won her office against incredible odds, battling the same political machine that she later dismantled. She supports the big oil companies when they deserve it, and smacks them down when they need it too. She is mindful of the environment, but not to the point of tree-hugging ridiculousness. She knows that drilling in the ANWR will endanger nothing (taking up less than one-tenth of 1% of the total area, and affecting no wildlife, forest or fauna). She just does what is right, regardless of who the players are.

But in less than 24 hours of McCain's announcement that Palin was to be his running mate, the left cranked up the hate machine ... keeping it classy as usual. First up, we have accusations that her baby really isn't her baby ... that it is the child of her oldest daughter. I spent about 15 minutes with Google and came up with a number of hits that lay that bit of idiocy to rest, including statements made last April in the news when she went into labor at a governor's meeting in Texas, and pictures of her with her newborn, sporting that puffy face that is so often seen on new mommies. So she wasn't hugely and obviously pregnant ... the baby was a month early, and was small. And if she was trying to cover for a pregnant teen daughter, wouldn't she have tried to make it really obvious that it was she that was pregnant? Finally, isn't it her (and her daughter's) choice to deal with this pregnancy however they see fit? Isn't it no one else's business, only their private affair? Or is "choice" only something women can have if the choice is whether to kill their baby or not, and the only privacy she is afforded is when she does so?

UPDATE: Game over on this stupid, vicious rumor. Here she is, very pregnant, and here she is,just after giving birth ... with that puffy, swollen face that just about every new mommy has. And a news article about the newborn: Palins' child diagnosed with Down Syndrome that quotes two doctors, including her personal OB-Gyn who stated that after a consultation by phone, gave her OK to continue traveling home from Texas just before giving birth a month early.

This, I can see, is just the beginning of a very long and ugly hate-fest that will be part of this campaign. It may be somewhat amusing, as everything that can be thrown at Palin can rightly be turned back around at the haters ... especially the feminists. Sarah Palin is the epitome of an empowered woman, she typifies true feminism, and she does so while raising a large family, in a loving marriage to a down-to-earth husband, running a state government, fighting political corruption and upholding conservative values ... and that really pisses off the already angry, man-hating, woman-victimizing feminist left, because they have nothing to argue against!

She just almost might make it possible for me to pull the lever for McCain. Almost.

Now, it time to get back to the books ... joy.

Posted by LissaKay on 08/31/08 at 12:30 AM in ~ Politics
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