Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How I Spent My Spring Break, Vol. 4

I want you to imagine the best neighbor you ever had.

No, wait. I want you to imagine the best neighbor your imagination could possibly conjure.

Now I want you to weep as you realize how much that person could never measure up to my neighbor, Doug:

Happy Birthday Doug!!!

(click to enlarge, that's Doug's kids who make the points in the exclamations points)

Happy Birthday Doug.

Time to celebrate.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How I Spent My Spring Break, Vol. 3

"One man with liquid courage makes a majority"

One man with liquid courage makes a majority

--stuff Andrew Jackson (almost said).

Click image to enlarge (I'm gonna need shorter quotes!)

And have one on me.

Monday, March 29, 2010

How I Spent My Spring Break, Vol. 2

"We shall write on the beaches..."


We shall write on the beaches...

--stuff Churchill (almost) said.

Click to enlarge, should you be so moved.

(hat tip, Elliott at JOM)

CONTEXT:

Though, really, to be honest, I was introduced to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill courtesy of . . . Iron Maiden:

There's more history taught in 80s heavy metal music than in a large portion of our public schools today. But that's a debate for another day.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

(You) Wish You Were Here

It's spring break. We're all about spring break. My wife's sister and her husband have come in from Texas, and the bestest neighbors in the world EVAH have joined us for a beach adventure.

SHURVILLEOBBS 2010

SHURVILLEOBBS 2010

My plan is to write a message a day in the sand. Unless I don't.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

An Insatiable Appetite for Pie

Remember when Michelle Obama said this?

Most Americans, she said, don't want much.

"They don't want the whole pie," she told the women. "There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach."...

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care … then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."

Now that ObamaCare has passed, should we be worried about our pie? I mean, hey, according to Michelle, it’s just a piece we'd be giving up, right?

Uh huh, the government looks at pie much like I do.

I love pumpkin pie. My mom’s pumpkin pie. Everyone in the family knows how much I love my mom’s pumpkin pie.

Years ago, as the holiday season was coming to a close, and most of the leftovers were being finished, frozen or thrown out, I headed to the fridge to get some pumpkin pie. My mom, who it should be noted also loves pumpkin pie, asked me from across the kitchen – “Is there any pumpkin pie left?” To which I replied, “Well, there’s only one piece left.” Being the saint that she is, my mom graciously allowed that I could have the last piece.

I took the pie pan out of the fridge, set it on the counter to get a plate out of the cabinet, and my dad walked by.

“One piece?” he exclaimed.

“Yes.”

“That’s half the pie!” he said, incredulously.

“Of course,” I responded as I lifted half of a pumpkin pie out of the pan and onto my plate. “That’s the size of one of my pieces of pie.”

We all laughed.

Except for Mom.

I was a teenager at the time. My dad worked hard to make the money that my mom used to go to the store to buy the ingredients she used during hours of preparing and baking the pumpkin pies.

All I had to do was roll out of bed, head to the fridge and take my piece of the pie.

Now, just like Michelle told us, with ObamaCare having been signed into law, the government is coming for a piece of your pie which you have worked hard to earn and make.

The government’s love of pie is as great as mine.

And its appetite insatiable.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Of Blank Screens

This is what health care reform looks like when done by the professionals.

Poor little kids:

Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.

Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.

Poor, uh, big kids:

At the White House, Obama repeated the promise he made to a cheering crowd at Arcadia University in Glenside two weeks ago. "This year," Obama said yesterday, "young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policies until they're 26 years old."

Good news to Quick, but at least for the moment, the president's promise may be premature.

The bill Obama signed leaves a giant loophole, one that will be fixed if the reconciliation bill now being debated in the Senate passes.

The law exempts current insurance policies from having to include coverage for the young adults.

What do Obama and the Democrats have against kids anyway? It's like they were just props to be used to push health care reform.

With what has transpired so far, we can have complete confidence that they'll get it right this time. Uh huh. Yes We Can!

Well. Obama has described himself this way:

"I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views..."

As it turns out, so does his health care bill.

Bet you didn't see this photo of Obama signing his signature legislation:

Obama Signs His Health Care Bill

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Citizens for the Protection Against Abusive Democratic Politicians, Ad Two

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Click the video to watch:

Full Transcript:

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Louise Slaughter is Right

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) achieved a level of infamy with her proposal of "Deem and Pass" as an attempt to keep Democrats from having to make a politically difficult vote on an unpopular Democratic health care reform bill. That strategy was scrapped due to the aforementioned infamy.

Today, Slaughter spoke on the House floor about the bill (click image to watch):




Can't argue with that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

RIP Susie Ann Donovan

We’ve lost another member of the Just One Minute family.

Susie Ann Donovan was “Bad” at JOM. After a long bout with cancer she passed away this Monday. Here is a link to her obituary.

Because of her initials, she used to be "Sad" on JOM, but was convinced to change that name because it in no way reflected her attitude and spirit.

Jane recounts that story here, as well as supplying a very beautiful tribute to our friend.

When I first learned of Sue’s battle with cancer, and the fact that she had teenage children, I took the opportunity to email her with whatever feeble words of encouragement I could muster.

Instead of relying just on my own words to convey what an incredibly beautiful person Sue was, I would like to share some of the response she sent to me in our first email exchange. It helps paint the picture of just who she was.

Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 10:32 AM

My children are 18, 15 and 13. My goal is to be sure that their faith increases and the family unit is strengthened by the time I pass away if that is what must be. To blow the parenting gig now would be silly and pointless since I've spent nearly 19 years devoted to my family and volunteer work. Our wonderful children have salvation and are part of an incredible church family. Our neighborhood is loving and nurturing as well. Frank and I have the rare opportunity to demonstrate our faith and the power of God's love in the time we have left together. We have always told our children that they were equipped to deal with anything life handed them and it seems we were actually right! They are awesome.

I would like to take credit for having a great attitude but there are many factors allowing me great hope and peace.

We aren't suffering income deprivation because I haven't worked in nearly 19 years and my husband provides very well for our family. The kids have college funds and Frank's insurance is allowing me the best, most advanced treatment for this very rare and lethal cancer. I am only 47 and very healthy with no underlying health conditions other than the cancer.

I'm so grateful that it is me with the cancer and not my husband or children. I can bear many burdens for myself that would be too difficult to watch my family carrying.

My children are no longer babies and toddlers. Our household runs smoothly and efficiently because they are so self sufficient. I already have glimpses of the awesome men and woman they will be because of their humor and grace now.

Frank is a very strong, solid man. He will be a rock in their life for as long as he lives.

I have a wonderful life and everything in the world to live for because God has blessed us in every way possible. I will not waste the brain chemistry on negativity and fear. Everyday is a gift and one more day to love and be loved by my family.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and especially your humor. I don't know anyone who has cancer of the funny bone, yet it seems to be my most effective organ and those who feed it saints. I hope all is well with you and yours and God blesses you with untold posterity and happiness.

I had the privilege of meeting Sue in person last summer. I was in town and we arranged to meet for lunch. She invited me into her home and also arranged for all of her kids to stop by and meet me (yes, the kids questioned her sanity in inviting a stranger she met on the internet into their home – and they probably only showed up for lunch to help ensure her safety against the likely wacko who would arrive). She was not lying above about her kids being awesome.

It was a wonderful lunch, and Sue was as engaging and joyous in person as she always was online. There simply is no way to spend time with Sue and not be encouraged. There simply is no way to spend time with Sue and not laugh out loud. Constantly. She wrung the humor out of anything and everything in life with an infectious laugh that seemed never to stop. And you never wanted it to stop.

Sue’s signature line in a number of our emails went like this:

We are kicking cancer’s butt and choosing happiness everyday.

She kicked the hell out of a cancer that was supposed to have taken her life years ago. She not only chose happiness in how she approached life – but she delivered it to others in quantities most people can only dream of doing.

Even while cancer was slowly eating away at her body, she was busy breathing life into everyone with whom she came in contact.

There will never again be anyone like Sue. I was immeasurably blessed to have known her.

My prayers turn now to husband Frank and children Clay, Patrick and Katie.

May God wrap each of you in His love and comfort.




UPDATE:
I should have thought of this before, here is a word from her husband about what her friends online can do in her memory:

PS: If any of her online friends would like to do something for her, she has specifically asked that contributions be made to any of four special causes that mean so much to her.

Sue has always had a green thumb and loved to work in her flower beds. She also loves her church and in particular wants to support the “ Oak Tree Park ” project that is part of a beautification effort on the church property.

Sue has always loved kids and had made it her mission to reach out to them and nurture them anytime she had the opportunity. Delana was one of the kids at our church that Sue loved and she has grown up, gotten married and is doing mission work in Peru and Sue wants to continue to support Delana and her work.

Anyone that knows Sue will know how she leveraged her love of kids to become the ultimate Band Booster for two local High School Bands. Our oldest son Clay attended Summit where he was a Drum Major. Our daughter Katie started at Summit but she was re-zoned to Legacy when that new school opened and was the Color Guard Captain. Through all of these years Sue was the ultimate Band Booster, volunteer coordinator and Band Mom to so many of the kids, many of whom have visited her over the last few days to let her know how much of a difference she made in their lives. Sue loves both programs and wants to encourage support for both.

Donations can be made as follows:


South Oaks Baptist Church
The “ Oak Tree Park ” Project
5925 Hwy 287
Arlington, TX 76017


Delana and Bryan Davis, Missionaries - Peru
Global Ministries
c/o South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 Hwy 287
Arlington, TX 76017


Summit Band Boosters
c/o Brad Bonebrake
Summit High School
1071 W. Turner Warnell Rd
Arlington, TX 76001


Legacy Band Boosters
Sue Donovan Memorial Fund at Frost Bank
You can donate at any Frost Bank location or mail donation to:
Legacy Bronco Band Boosters
P.O. Box 450
Mansfield, TX 76063


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

He Deems, She Deems, They All Deem so He Can Redeem

I really don't get all this fuss about the House "deeming" the health care bill passed, rather than, you know, actually voting on it.

I mean, the Democrats deem stuff all the time. Let's take a look at some of the more memorable ones...

  • Tim Geithner was “deemed” to have paid his taxes.

  • Charlie Rangel was “deemed” to have satisfactorily complied with House ethics rules.

  • Chris Dodd was “deemed” to have complied with all Senate ethics rules.

  • Barack Obama was “deemed” to have complied with all campaign finance laws.

  • Harry Reid “deemed” the Iraq War lost in 2006.

  • Al Franken was “deemed” to have won the Minnesota Senate election in 2008.

  • Valerie Plame was “deemed” to have been super-covert.

  • A penumbra was “deemed” to have been found in the Constitution in Roe v Wade.

  • And even more, Obama has really been on the forefront of "deeming" things since becoming President...

  • Obama “deemed” Guantanamo be closed within his first 30 seconds in office (or thereabouts).

  • Obama “deemed” 139 billion jobs had been created or saved with the stimulus (or thereabouts).

  • Obama “deemed” that unemployment would not go over 8% if the stimulus passed.

  • Obama “deemed” that not one penny of stimulus money would be wasted.

  • Corollary: Obama “deemed” that nobody messes with Joe.

  • Obama “deemed” that Caterpillar would rehire laid off workers if the stimulus passed.

  • Obama “deemed” he would oversee the most open, honest, transparent government EVAH!

  • Obama “deemed” that Sergeant James Crowley of the Cambridge police department had acted stupidly.

  • Obama “deemed” that we shouldn't meddle in Iran by supporting its citizens protesting a rigged vote and oppressive regime.

  • Obama “deemed” that even during the midst of the brutal crackdown in Iran, Fourth of July hot dog party invitations to Iranian diplomats should not be rescinded.

  • Obama “deemed” that Honduran President Manuel Zelaya's removal was an unconstitutional coup, even though it wasn't a coup and it adhered to Honduras's constitution.

  • Obama “deemed” that Israel should not build any more settlements.

  • Obama “deemed” that the US should get rid of all its nukes.

  • Obama “deemed” that missile defense in Poland should be scuttled.

  • Obama “deemed” that bringing a copy of the proposed health care bill that was being debated in his health care summit constituted using a prop.

  • Obama “deemed” that the time for talk is over and that we aren't campaigning any more, but was unavailable for comment at the time of this post due to being at a health care rally talking about health care reform.

  • See? Really, what's one more "deem" going to mean on top of all that?

    No, but seriously, I firmly oppose ObamaCare in every respect.

    And actually, once we get beyond all this current "deeming", we know there's plenty more where that came from.

    Obama, at his core, firmly believes that it is his purpose ... that this is his time, this is his moment,to redeem us all into "real" Americans, cleansing us of our sin of believing in American Exceptionalism.

    Well.

    I "deem" both ObamaCare and Obama as president as worthy of failure.

    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    Sometimes the Props Just Don't Cooperate

    I believe that children are our future.....

    Sometimes the Props Don't Cooperate


    I know exactly how you feel, kids.

    What Is She Pointing At ... With The Left Hand?

    Pointing is rude and all, but what she's doing with the left hand is particularly frightening.

    What is she pointing at ... with the left hand?

    Especially for whoever is on the receiving end of the right hand point.


    Obama and Lincoln

    One was known as the Great Emancipator.

    Obama and Lincoln

    The other, not so much.

    Sunday, March 7, 2010

    Citizens for the Protection Against Abusive Democratic Politicians

    The ad below begins:

    Are you the wife of a Democratic politician up for re-election this year? Or do you currently work with or for such a man, or know one socially? Have you been paying attention to the polls? To the elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts? Have you noticed this man acting nervously, seeming distracted, behaving erratically?

    If you are honest with yourself, are you worried he will lose his job?

    You should be.

    Click the video to watch:

    For those who might have gone looking for CPAADP.org: I know that might get a little confusing, and that it is certainly unorthodox: an ad for an organization that predates the formation of that organization.

    OK fine, let's not pretend that CPAADP is anything more than a pretend organization. Because it isn't.

    But that's not a concession that there isn't a dire need for such an organization. Because there is.

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    Remarks by the President on Health Care Reform

    Highlights of President Obama's remarks on health care reform from the East Room of the White House, delivered March 3, 2010: