Thursday, August 31, 2006

LMC's Crazy Insanity Smorgasbord-Part 1

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

My life is insanely busy right now and I should be cutting back on blogging but here I am. There is definitely something to the theory that blogging can be addictive ;)!! This is my last week before starting school w/my kids next week. I started out with 26 things on my list that had to be done by week's end and I'm down to 14. That sounds good but I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed. But reality dictates that my life won't slow down until after the November 7th elections.

One of the reasons I can't tear myself away from blogging is there are a lot of hot topics going on right now that I can't resist talking about. When Wyatt links people up he calls it pimpin'. I obviously can't use that word here on my mostly family friendly blog ;-) but that word did come to mind for this post and my part 2 since I'm going to be linking to 4 of Mike's posts. It just happens that he's good at writing comprehensive posts on the hot topics and he covered a bunch of the bases that I wanted to talk about.

My 1st topic is about the bizarre story of John Mark Karr. Kudos to Don, BZ, Shane and others that said they thought he was just some sicko looking for attention. It appears that they were right. While working out last night I saw some show talking about how insane the prosecutor was to arrest him without any evidence. And then how ridiculous the media was to jump on the story before having any proof.

I will admit that years ago I used to have a pretty blind faith in prosecutors. I figured that 95% of the time they had to be right otherwise they wouldn't have taken the case. Over time my confidence in prosecutors being infallible is definitely going by the wayside. After seeing the prosecutors go after Rush, Delay and Libby for purely political reasons my eyes started to open. And now with this case I am incredulous. I just assumed that a prosecutor would not humiliate herself by bringing someone all the way from Thailand unless she had irrefutable evidence. But to be honest even though I am no fan of the MSM I don't blame them for jumping on this case. Everyone thought a 10 yr. old case was about to be solved and the Media knew the public would be interested. I blame the prosecutor and I apologize for jumping the gun in my first post about this case. I will be more cautious the next time.

Toon Credit: Michael Ramirez

And speaking of prosecutors I am furious over the developments in the Plame leak case. In my original post on this topic I said this:
"The thing that bothers me the most about all of this is a man's reputation has been ruined. It won't matter now if Libby is exonerated, he has already been convicted in the court of public opinion. This criminalization of politics needs to stop."
And this is exactly what I'm steaming about today. It turns out it was Richard Armitage who leaked this information--someone who was not a part of the White House inner circle and not even someone who was favorable to the administration's policies in Iraq. Christopher Hitchens lays it all out in his article entitled: Plamegate's Ridiculous Conclusion. Mike points out in his post on the subject that a poll was done and 72% of Americans believed that the White House was involved with this leak. He included these quotes which I think are right on the money:
"I'm reminded of Ray Donovan, Secretary of Labor in the Bush Administration who was acquitted of charges of corruption. But the damage was done. Donovan famously asked "Where do I go to get my reputation back?"

Just as Secretary Donovan asked in 1987: Where do all those falsely accused in the Wilson/Plame fraud go to get their reputations back? And what about the American people? Where do we go to recover the damage done to our national security and political process by people out to undermine our democratically elected leaders?"

The media and the liberal Democrats owe the White House and Scooter Libby a HUGE apology. But I'm not going to hold my breath for one. Linda Chavez points out in her recent column that the real crime in this whole debacle has been malicious prosecution.


Rumsfeld is a man who is very high on my heroes' list. I absolutely love this man. I know that makes liberals cringe but I don't care. The man is awesome as I pointed out in my profile of him. He gave a speech this past tuesday that had I been lucky enough to be there I would have stood up and cheered. Mike posted the whole speech. It is worth your time to read it all. Here is a great quote from it:
"I believe the question is not whether we can win. It is whether we have the will to persevere.

I believe that Americans do have that steel. And that we have learned the lessons of history, the folly of turning a blind eye to danger, and of ignoring our responsibilities. These are lessons you know well -- lessons that your heroism has taught to generations of Americans."


Part 2 will have my takes on Jimmy Carter's latest rantings and Katrina and any breaking news that I think may need to be included :-).

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Importance of Remembering 9/11


Mike recommended a show that was on the National Geographic channel last night. Inside 9/11 is by far one of the best comprehensive documentaries on 9/11. It is a four hour program and the first 2 hours are dedicated to what lead up to 9/11 and the last two hours detail the day of 9/11 and the aftermath. My 10 yr. old son watched it with me and learned a lot. I realized he was only 5 when it happened and probably wasn't aware of much during that time except that it was a big deal and his mom cried a lot.


I think it is so important to remember 9/11 and it seems like so many liberals have forgotten already. Darryl Worley's song, Have You Forgotten? has never been more true than it is today. Why do you think the liberals are screaming about the patriot act? They have already forgotten that if we had had that in place pre-9/11 the terror of that day may very well have been prevented. The main cause of 9/11 was lack of communication between agencies that weren't allowed to share information with each other. Which is exactly what the patriot act allows. The patriot act tears down that wall that kept the agencies from communicating with each other. It would be a tragedy if the liberals ever got their way and got rid of the patriot act. A man on the documentary said that FBI officials realized that not enough people died during the 93 bombing and so people wouldn't take terrorism seriously until more died. Now people are saying that we might need another 9/11 for people to realize how serious the threat is that we face. It saddens me that people don't understand the seriousness of the threat.


My friend that went to see World Trade Center with me mentioned that she thought the movie's timing might have been part of what helped Bush's poll numbers going back up. I thought about that and I thought the movie and the recent thwarted attack probably both helped a lot. When the American people remember what we're facing they realize what an awesome job W is doing by protecting our country from terror. Michael Barone makes that exact point with his recent column entitled: As election looms, GOP seeing ‘terrorist factor’ bounce in polls

Here are some excerpts:
"When asked what would affect the future, the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously said: "Events, dear boy. Events." The event this month that I think has done most to shape opinion was the arrest in London on Aug. 9 of 23 Muslims suspected of plotting to blow up American airliners over the Atlantic.

The arrests were a reminder that there still are lots of people in the world — and quite possibly in this country, too — who are trying to kill as many of us as they can and to destroy our way of life.

The political acrimony of 2004 and 2005 and this year made it seem remote. The London arrests reminded us it's still there.

We've had other reminders, too. For four years, Hollywood has seemed mostly uninterested in the war on terrorism — in vivid contrast to its enlistment in World War II.

But this year, we've seen the release of "United 93," and, in "World Trade Center," Oliver Stone presents us not with one of his conspiracy theories but, instead, a story of heroism. On Sept. 10 and 11, ABC will devote six hours of prime time to "The Path to 9-11," a fast-paced, bracing docudrama that tells the story of the terrorists and the people who tried to stop them, from the first WTC bombing in 1993 to 9-11 itself. And this will be only one of many commemorations of the fifth anniversary.

Earlier this summer, I thought that voters had decided that the Republicans deserved to lose but were not sure that the Democrats deserved to win, and that they were going to wait, as they did in the 1980 presidential and the 1994 congressional elections, to see if the opposition was an acceptable alternative. Events seem to have made that a harder sell for Democrats. A change in the winds."


And believe it or not I waited so long to sign up for the 2,996 9/11 blogger tribute that they have over 2,996 people assigned already. But thankfully they are now assigning people twice so I got my name and will blog about her on 9/11. I encourage all of you that haven't signed up already to go here to sign up.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Emmy's, Speeding Tickets, Bullies & Liberal Relatives

CAUTION: Whining and venting in excess in this post :0)!!

THE EMMY'S

So I'm hearing all the chattering about the Emmy's and the only good name that is coming up is Kiefer Sutherland for best actor in 24. So I take the time to look at some of the nominees and it is ridiculous. It is just like the academy awards. If it is a good movie it doesn't get nominated. It seems to be the same with the Emmy's, if its a good show it doesn't get nominated. The only decent show IMHO to get nominated was 24. I guess I was shocked that Prison Break didn't get any nominations with how extremely well done the show is and how popular it is. I also can't believe Alias & Lost didn't get nominated for anything.


So who were the nominees? The West Wing, which is probably the most politically correct show on TV. Who watches that show????? And then I saw that The Closer is up for a bunch of nominations. I like Kyra Sedgewick and I tried watching the show but I totally just lost interest. Then there is a bunch of nominations for the people on Law & Order: SVU. Even when I used to watch Law & Order I didn't like the SVU one because you felt like you got drug through the gutter watching it and it was the first one to be extremely politically correct.

So in conclusion I really hope 24 & Kiefer Sutherland come away with some awards but otherwise the Emmy's are worthless.
UPDATE: Kiefer and 24 both came away with emmys so at least they weren't a complete waste of time.

SPEEDING TICKETS

Two out of the three times I've gotten a speeding ticket it is because I'm being a space cadet. Thats what happened the other night when I was on my way to the gym. I wasn't in a hurry, I wasn't even late, I just wasn't paying attention to how fast I was going. The officer pulls me over and asks me if there is a justifiable reason for why I'm going so fast. And ofcourse I have to say no!!! And I hate it because I'm not one of these women that can cry and put on a show and I don't have a big chest so I have gotten a ticket every single time. No warnings for me. Sigh... I totally felt like Goose on Top Gun when he said, "The Defense Department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid."

BULLIES:

After being bummed about my ticket I headed to the gym. As I came in I saw a guy who looked like he was on steroids arguing with the lady at the front desk. She looked very upset. I went to the locker room to change and I heard someone in there crying. I found the front desk lady. The steroid guy and his friend had been bullying her and she was alone at the gym with no one to back her up. As she told the story it made absolutely no sense on why these guys were giving her such a hard time. The one guy refused to show his id, etc... And I hadn't really thought about it before but what is a 5'3 lady going to do if a steroid guy refuses to listen to her or follow the rules? And the bullies' actions made no sense except for they must've had big egos and knew they would be able to get away with a certain amount of bad behavior without consequences.

Again it reminded me of terrorists and appeasement. Appeasement only emboldens terrorists. Just like weakness only emboldens a bully. I asked the lady later if she had made sure she had his information so hopefully her boss could enforce some consequences. Otherwise these guys would think they could do this anytime they wanted too and their behavior would only get worse. It was also funny because the justice part of me wanted to do something. I'm only 5'4 myself and little bitty compared to these guys but there was a part of me that just wanted to go over there and give them a piece of my mind. What they did was just not right. A wrong had been committed and I wanted to make it right!!

LIBERAL RELATIVES:

I have some liberal relatives that I love to death. They are very giving and kind people but they are left-wing conspiracy kooks. I purposely avoid discussing politics with them but the one relative always opens the door and I can't not walk through it. They were over last night telling me how we need to have a socialist democracy like Europe. I wanted to put my head on the table and just sigh. First of all Socialist and Democracy are extreme opposites so I don't know how you ever mix those 2 words together. I rebut everything they say but they are over 60 and I don't have any illusions that I will ever change their minds. They both have worked for unions since they were about 18 yrs. old and have been completely indoctrinated.

They were also trying to convince me that the reason we don't have more refineries in the U.S. isn't because of extreme environmentalist restrictions but because the evil oil companies purposely don't want anymore so they can gouge the American people. I basically at one point said that isn't even remotely logical. According to them Big corporations are so evil that socialism would be better. Where is the logic in that? But what can I say? It is time to change the course of the conversation.

Credit: The little BS fox was stolen with permission from Little Orange Fox.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

World Trade Center


A friend and I went to see World Trade Center last night. When I first heard that Oliver Stone was going to be making a movie on 9/11 I sarcastically thought, "Yah, I'm going to watch his version of 9/11, I think not!!". Besides being a left-wing Conspiracy theorist he has never made a movie that was worth seeing IMHO.

Then the movie actually came out and I started to hear some good reviews from conservatives. That made me curious so I went to see Focus on the Family's review to see what they would say. Shockingly here is some of what the reviewer had to say:
I (like many others) questioned whether controversial director Oliver Stone (who helmed both Natural Born Killers and JFK) could possibly be trusted to honorably recapitulate the events at the epicenter of that dreadful September morning. Thankfully, Stone checked his revisionist-history and political impulses at the door. In their place, he's given us a deeply moving story of hope and fortitude. If anything, World Trade Center projects light across this black canvas in a way United 93 didn't. Voice-over remarks made by John remind us of our nation's ability to unify and of our awakened desire to help others "because it's the right thing to do."



Once I read that I knew I had to see it. My friend said she would take me for my birthday and so we went last night. I was not disappointed. I thought United 93 was extremely well done and I thought the same about this movie. It started out a little slow and I found myself thinking this is okay but not as good as United 93. But then it really took off and never lost momentum. When it comes to a topic like 9/11 I consider a movie well done if it can recapture the event enough to make me cry. I cried a lot through the last half of the movie and there were several scenes that really jumped out to me.

I am almost done with the book "102 Minutes" where it chronicles all the events between when the first plane hit the tower and when the North Tower collapsed. I am almost to the end but hadn't gotten to the part where they talk about this rescue of these Port Authority policemen. I was glad because there were things that I wasn't sure how they turned out. I have seen lots of 9/11 documentaries but none done on this particular rescue. So much of it I didn't remember and it felt like I was learning it for the first time.

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT THE MOVIE:

It was interesting how I felt as they went from one scene to another as events played out. Hearing a TV airing Bush's words really brought the tears in full force and his voice was extremely comforting. It was the same with Giuliani. I still remember how safe I felt on that day knowing that these 2 men were in charge. The thought that we could've been going through this tragedy with Gore at the helm really made me even more thankful than ever that Bush had won the election. And on the other hand throughout the movie you heard Tom Brokaw's voice telling the news and that just had an unsettling feeling for me.

One light hearted part of the movie was when the 2 policemen were trapped beneath the rubble they were telling stories. Twice the one guy was recounting things from movies to give them hope in their situation. My friend and I just smiled and we both agreed that would be something I would do.

SPOILER ALERT:
And probably the most striking part of the movie is when the 2 policemen finally get rescued. A former marine traveled from another state after praying about it. He knew he needed to go to see what he could do to help. He and another marine started going through the massive wreckage looking for survivors. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack. When he found the policemen he said "We're the U.S. Marines and we're here to get you out." I have tears in my eyes as I write this because I can't think of any more comforting words to hear after you've been trapped for hours. You know you're dying if someone doesn't come soon you'll be out of luck and then to hear those words. After an angel or God himself I don't think I would rather hear any other words. The thought that a U.S. Marine was there to rescue me would be the ultimate thing to hear. It was a very striking and moving moment!!

The movie had you re-live some of the events of that day but it also had heart, faith and inspiration on how God can bring good out of tragedy. Many men risked their lives to rescue these 2 policemen. We saw our country come together for a time after this tragedy and we saw the good in many.

I highly recommend this movie and give it two thumbs up!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

LMC's Smorgasbord


Happy Birthday to my brother Matthew!! We are 3 yrs. and 1 day apart in age and we celebrated many of our birthdays together. If I had a scanner and knew how to upload photos to my computer I would post a picture of us when we were cute and young (we're still cute, just not so young :-)). He also loves Calvin & Hobbes so I tried to find the right one for him. He is studying to be a counselor right now so this one was as close as I could get.

My brother is my kids' favorite Uncle and my youngest son is named after him. So he is very special to all of us and I hope he had an awesome birthday.


My friend Kelli sent me this great pic. Bush on a Harley--it doesn't get any better than this :-)!! His poll ratings are going back up by the way. It's amazing how thwarting a significant terrorist attack brings people back to reality on what we are facing and how awesome of a job he is doing. In doing phones again tonight I had a guy lecture me on how Bush should be impeached. Yah, someone who has liberated millions of people in Afghanistan & Iraq and has kept this country safe from a terrorist attack in the U.S. for the past 5 yrs. deserves to be impeached.
Wake up people and quit swallowing the BS the MSM is feeding you!!


Season 2 of Lost comes out on DVD on September 5th. Kelli and I totally got hooked watching Season 1 on DVD and then found out Season 2 wouldn't come out for months. But the current Season 3 doesn't start until October so I should be able to make it thru Season 2 before the new season starts.


The Blogs 4 Bauer guys have launched a fun Jack Bauer for senate campaign for this fall. Jack Bauer is running for the senate in Connecticut & New York. I think New York would be a lot better off with Bauer in the senate instead of Hillary. Some of his campaign promises are: he will man the border fence, he will reinstate the death penalty, he will cut taxes and he won't cut & run!!


Neo-con Tastic has started an awesome new blogroll entitled Bloggers Against Red China. Jump on the bandwagon and join!!


Little Orange Fox outdid herself in her recent post entitled: Top Ten Reasons it's Cool to be A Republican. Take the time to check it out. I enjoyed it immensely and it reminded me I should've listed her on my list of people who make me laugh. Here is an excerpt:
10. You control the weather (and can make hurricanes skip white people entirely.)

9. You can warm the entire globe single-handedly.

8. Your car is the reason the environment is bad. Go you!

7. You started all the wars yourself. Even the ones before you were born.

6. You get cool nicknames like NeoCon.


Many bloggers linked to this list but I thought it was worth my mentioning also. It is a list of actors and others in Hollywood who all signed a statement supporting the fight against terrorism. I like to give praise when it is due. Here is an excerpt from the statement:
"If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die. We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs."
Bruce Willis was on the list and he continues to impress me more and more with his recent actions.

TWO SHOCKING RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

1) A quote about the upcoming documentary (uh-hem) by Michael Moore: "We expect it will be one-sided and biased, just like his other documentaries." Ya think????

2) McCain stabs Republicans in the back yet again for something like the 101st time.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Prison Break & a Meme on my Birthday


Season 1 of Prison Break came out on DVD earlier this month. My husband bought it for me the day it came out and my friend and I both re-watched the whole season. Although we had missed the first 7 episodes so those were new for us. So I'm pretty excited that Season 2 starts tonight on my birthday of all days. It's a very cool birthday present. Wyatt is a fellow Prison Break fan as well and posted on his excitement about the show returning.

The MEME of Three
(I found this at Shoprat's)

1. Things that scare me...
a. Having my kids taken away from me by some monster
B. Hillary becoming President
C. Liberal Judges

2. People who make me laugh...
a. My friend Joia
B. My friend Kelli
C. Jerry Seinfeld

3. Things I hate the most...
a. Pedophiles
B. Traitors
C. Liars

4. Things I don't understand...
a. How someone can believe in appeasement
B. How anyone can stand to harm another for their own pesonal gain
C. How anyone can intentionally hurt a child

5. Things I'm doing right now...
a. Writing on my blog
B. Making lunch for my kids
C. Listening to Rush Limbaugh

6. Things I want to do before I die...
a. Travel the world
B. Make an appearance on Fox News :-)
C. Write a book

7. Things I can do...
a. Talk about politics
B. Teach kids about God
C. Care about people

8. Ways to describe my personality...
a. Loud
B. Talkative
c. Fun

9. Things I can't do...
a. Plant flowers
B. Sew
C. Change a car tire

10.Things I think you should listen to...
a. The Bible
B. Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity
C. Inspirational Music

11.Things you should never listen to...
a. Air America
B. The Network News
C. Michael Savage

12.Things I'd like to learn...
a. Horseback riding
B. How to play the guitar
C. How to talk on the radio with confidence and ease

13.Favorite foods...
a. Hot wings from Wingstop
B. Rare and juicy steak
C. Vanilla ice cream with fresh blueberries/strawberries

14.Beverages I drink regularly...
a. Caffeine free Coke
B. Water
C. Milk

15.Shows I watched as a kid...
a. The Muppet Show
B. Happy Days
C. The Jetsons

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Carrie Underwood & the Missouri State Fair


Last night was an awesome night. My oldest daughter and I along with a bunch of friends went to hear Carrie Underwood in concert at the Missouri State Fair. I can't tell you how much I love State Fairs. There is just something about summer, carnival rides, caramel apples, animals and great music. Last week the kids and I and some friends went on the first day of the fair. Every year they have $1 day on the first day where you only have to pay a $1 to get in and then they have special deals on food and rides for a $1.

Tonight we drove the 2 hours back out there again for the concert. The rain quit just in time for the concert and the weather was perfect. Warm (not hot) with a perfect breeze and not one drop of rain during the concert.

I didn't know much about Carrie before last night. But I must say I came away very impressed with her. She is beautiful, talented and still humble at this stage of the game. There were several songs that were awesome and ofcourse all the moms cried when she sang "Jesus Take the Wheel". Here is a great excerpt from that wonderful song:
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel

Another song that she sang that really spoke to me was "Wasted". It talks about not wasting your life by wishing for things and yet missing out on them. That has been the theme of my life for the past 5 yrs. I don't want to sit back and miss out on life because I was too afraid to risk something or wasn't brave enough to try something. I want to grab the bull by the horns and embrace life.

She also amazingly sang 2 Guns N' Roses songs and totally pulled them off :-). I was extremely impressed and would've never thought it possible. A great night was had by all!!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Do You Think I'm Stupid?


I've done political phonecalls 3 nights this week so I have all kinds of stories. I'm still laughing about the conversation I had with an 80 yr. old woman last night. First of all not to be agist but I wish there was a way to screen out any people 80 yrs. old or older. Most of them can't hear anything and so its pure torture trying to talk to them. This 80 yr. old woman was no different but not only could she not hear but she was extremely difficult and belligerent. After I spent an eternity getting her to answer my questions she starts rambling about other issues. Normally the main purpose of our calls is to ID where people are at not necessarily to engage them in debate or try to persuade them. But I couldn't take it anymore last night after hearing several callers spout about things they had obviously been indoctrinated with from the MSM. Here is how the conversation went:

Old Lady (OL):She started talking about how she was against the war in Iraq.

Me: Do you realize if we don't fight the terrorists there we are going to have more 9/ll's?

OL: 9/ll???

Me: The terrorist attack on 9/ll.

OL: You know, I've heard that they were warned about that beforehand.

Me: Thats called a conspiracy theory.

OL: (Very hatefully) Are you a Republican?

Me: Yes

OL: Okay, well let me ask you some questions. Are you against abortion?

Me: Yes

OL: Are you for making sure old people have $ for Healthcare?

Me: Yes

OL: Well, I've heard that there are people who can't pay for their healthcare and I just think thats terrible.

Me: Do you actually know these people?

OL: Do you think I'm stupid? I know what I'm talking about, I'm well educated, etc., etc...

I totally found the stupid question so funny. I was being very careful not to sound demeaning. I wasn't being hateful or combative and she was so defensive that she lept to that conclusion. It was hilarious.

I am used to people being hostile to me on the phone but its frustrating because we are very nice and if they say they don't want to do the survey we thank them for their time and we immediately end the call. We aren't pushy salesmen at all but you wouldn't believe some of the things people say to me before they even know who I am or why I'm calling. Although last night things evened out because I had an unusual guy who was very nice to me and said I sounded very sweet.


This past tuesday night I made phonecalls for Talent. Recently I've become convinced that the common belief that men are more logical than women is a complete myth. I have had several men tell me that they are voting for Claire McCaskill instead of Talent. I ask them why and they say they just like her better. Sigh...

So anyway on tuesday I talked to another illogical man. I asked him 4 questions and he was conservative on all the questions and yet he was going to vote for McCaskill who is an extreme liberal. He then goes on to question me on why I didn't ask him about the embryonic stem cell issue. I said, "Well, now that you brought it up, what do you think about the stem cell issue?" He says, "I'm strongly pro-life so I'm against it." I asked him if he was aware that McCaskill was for it. He said, "Oh, well I guess we all have our weaknesses." Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! All his beliefs that he talked about were the opposite of McCaskill's positions and the stem cell issue was important enough for him to bring up and yet he still didn't seem to care that all her views were the opposite of his. I didn't ask him why he was voting for her but what do you want to bet his response would've been, "I don't know, I just like her better."

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Justice For Jon Benet Ramsey


I tell ya I think I was just as shocked about the arrest in the Jon Benet Ramsey case as I was when I first heard that they had found Elizabeth Smart alive. It had been so long that I had given up on them ever solving the case. And to be honest I had studied this case and concluded that the parents were probably somehow involved. So my first reaction today was a little bit of guilt in realizing that here they had been innocent this entire time.

I am very happy for the family though. They will finally have some justice and closure. And for the father even though it is 10 years late he will finally have some vindication about his innocence. It saddens me though that the mother died without being able to see this day. At least the reports are that she knew they finally had a suspect before she died.

It also sounds pretty convincing to me that they indeed have the right man. He is reported to have known details about the crime that no one besides the police knew. I know it doesn't bring her back but I'm a big believer in justice and closure for parents who lose their children. So I'm thank-ful that the Ramsey family will finally have at least that.


UPDATE: John Mark Karr makes my skin crawl but it is hard to tell whether he is just a nutjob wanting attention or the real perpetrator. I would hope the prosecution had some hard evidence before they decided to arrest him and have him transported all the way here from Thailand. DNA looks like it may be the key to all of this. I hope they do have DNA evidence otherwise they may have gotten everyone's hopes up for nothing.

Wyatt brings up some good points about all of us feeling guilt about this case.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Greenfield Village & The Henry Ford Museum


While I was in Michigan my mom and I and my two boys joined up with some friends for a weekend trip. Linda picked out Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum near Detroit which was only about a 3 hr. trip from my parents' house. It was a very fun history place to visit and I loved it. Linda posted on the trip and all of my pics are ones I snagged from her since she has the digital camera :-). The above pic was of me standing in front of the presidential car that Reagan took cover in when he was shot by John Hinckley.


Since I am a huge history buff I was very excited about all the authentic things Henry Ford had moved to this one location. This picture is of The Wright Brother's actual house that was moved here from Dayton, Ohio. Henry Ford was also good friends with Thomas Edison and had his actual workshop moved here from Menlo Park, New Jersey. The man in the Edison workshop told a neat story. He said that Ford asked Edison if they had re-created the materials inside the shop to look exactly the way Edison had had them 50 years ago. Edison said 98% and so Ford asked what 2% of it was wrong. Edison said that he had never kept his workshop that clean. I loved it.


This is a picture of my boys inside a hat shop. Some other highlights that we saw at Greenfield Village were George Washington Carver's cabin, the Logan County Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln had practiced as a lawyer, Noah Webster's home and many other sites. We also got to ride in an authentic Model T, an Omnibus Shuttle pulled by horses, an old bus, a 1913 Herschell-Spillman Carousel and a train.


My other friend, Kelli that came brought her 2 daughters. Her oldest daughter is the same age as Matthew, in fact they are only 4 days apart. This is a pic of them waiting for their food at a restaurant.



At the Henry Ford Museum there were a bunch of highlights also. Besides the Reagan presidential car and the JFK presidential car that he was shot in there was the actual bus that Rosa Parks took her stand in. There was also the actual chair that Lincoln sat in at Ford's theater when he was shot.

There was also an Imax theater there and the boys, my mom and I all watched Superman Returns with some of it in 3D. All in all it was a great history weekend and I was glad to see that especially Calvin seemed to have learned a lot from it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

A Fun TV Meme


I found this over at Juanita's blog and it looked like fun!! I don't usually tag specific people so anyone who wants to do this consider yourself tagged. I used the pic of Prison Break since I spent the day recouping from my trip by watching some of the episodes of season 1 that I had missed.

Instructions: Bold all of the following TV shows which you’ve ever seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime. Bold and italicize a show if you’re positive you’ve seen every episode of it. If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

24
3rd Rock from the Sun
7th Heaven
Adam-12
ALF
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alias
Allo Allo
Amazing Race
American Idol /Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol
America’s Next Top Model/Germany’s Next Top Model
Angel
Arrested Development
Babylon 5
Babylon 5: Crusade
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch
The Ben Stiller Show
Beverly Hills 90210
Bewitched

The Bob Newhart Show
Bonanza
Bones
Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal
Boy Meets World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Chappelle’s Show
Charlie’s Angels
Charmed
Cheers
China Beach
Columbo
Commander in Chief
Coupling
Crossing Jordan
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dancing with the Stars
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Davinci’s Inquest
Dawson’s Creek
Dead Like Me
Deadliest Catch
Deadwood
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
Different Strokes
Doctor Who (new Who)
Doctor Who (series 1-26)
Dragnet
Due South
Earth 2
Eight is Enough
Emergency!
Entourage
ER
Everwood
Everybody Loves Raymond
Facts of Life
Falcon Beach
Family Ties
Fantasy Island

Farscape
Fawlty Towers
Fear Factor
Felicity
Firefly
Frasier
Friends
Get Smart
Gilligan’s Island
Gilmore Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green Acres
Green Wing
Grey’s Anatomy
Grounded for Life
Growing Pains
Gunsmoke
Happy Days
Head of the Class
Highlander
Hill Street Blues
Hogan’s Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
House
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Invasion
Iron Chef (Japan)
Iron Chef (USA)
Hell’s Kitchen
JAG
Jackass
Jeopardy
Joey
John Doe
Kath and Kim
LA Law
Laugh-In
Laverne and Shirley
Law and Order
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Leave it to Beaver

Little House on the Prairie
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
M*A*S*H
MacGyver
Magnum P.I.
Malcolm in the Middle
Married… With Children
Mary Tyler Moore
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission Impossible
Monk
Moonlighting
Mork & Mindy
Murphy Brown
My Family
My Favorite Martian
My Life as a Dog
My Mother the Car
My So-Called Life
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
Mysterious Cities of Gold
NCIS
Newhart
Night Court
Nip/Tuck
Northern Exposure
Numb3rs
One Tree Hill
Oz
Perry Mason
Picket Fences
Prison Break
Profiler
Project Runway
Psyche
Quantum Leap
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (British)
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
ReGenesis
Remington Steele
Rescue Me
Road Rules
ROME
Roseanne
Roswell
Samurai Jack
Saved by the Bell
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
Scrubs
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
Slings and Arrows
Smallville
So Weird
Spaced
Sports Night
Square Pegs
St. Elsewhere
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis — New season
Stargate SG-1 — New season
Superman
Supernatural
Surface
Survivor
Taxi
Teletubbies
That Girl
That 70’s Show
That’s So Raven
The 4400
The Addams
Family
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Bionic Woman
The Brady Bunch

The Colbert Report
The Cosby Show
The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Flying Nun
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Golden Girls

The L Word
The Love Boat
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mighty Boosh
The Monkees
The Munsters
The Mythbusters
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
The Pretender
The Prisoner
The Real World
ROAR
The Shield
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Third Watch
thirtysomething
Three’s Company
Top Gear
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Upstairs, Downstairs
Veronica Mars
Wildfire
Wings
What Not To Wear (US)
What Not To Wear (UK)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)
Witchblade
Will and Grace
Wonderfalls
Xena: Warrior Princess
Young Hercules

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I am Back!!


The kids and I made it safely back from Michigan. I have lots of things to post on but will just do a short one tonight on the highlights and share about the Abraham Lincoln Museum we visited on the way home. Mapquest had me take a different way this time and the route took me right past Lincoln's Museum in Springfield, Illinois. My goal is to eventually visit all the presidential museums and homes so I visit one every chance I get.

I have been to the museums/historic sites and/or homes of Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover and Ulysses S. Grant. I've only been to these 4 but the Lincoln one is definitely the best one I've been to yet. The kids and I had an hour to make it thru. We didn't get to watch any of the movies but otherwise we got to see everything else. One of the most striking things to me was all the political cartoons slamming Lincoln as an idiot and an awful president. When you consider how Lincoln was hated by many during his time in office and is now often considered the greatest of all presidents you see how doing the right thing pays off. I think history is going to view George W. Bush in a much more favorable light than many view him now. And it was a big encouragement to me to see those cartoons today.


We spent most of the week at my parents' house in a small town in Michigan. I got caught up on sleep, ate fresh blueberries, peaches and sweet corn. My dad grows the best sweet corn ever!! We went to the sand dunes at Lake Michigan, had a water balloon fight, made ice cream popsicles with a Baskin Robbins kit and played many games of dominoes and phase 10.

Some of us went with friends to Greenfield Village over the weekend but I will post on that later.

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

I love Mel Gibson for standing up to Hollywood with The Passion, his faith and his acting and directing. I was disappointed by his recent behavior but was proud of how he handled it. Patrick Kennedy never did take responsiblity for his drunk driving and had it covered up initially. In contrast Mel Gibson immediately took responsibility and apologized. It obviously doesn't erase what he's done but he's human like all of us. I also think people say things that aren't true when they are drunk. For me this doesn't erase all the good things he's done and it reminds me that even admirable people are human. And hopefully he will finally be able to have victory over alcoholism after rehab.

I also think that the MSM had a field day with this story because they were reveling in a "Christian" faltering. Many wanted his head because they didn't like the truth in "The Passion".

Joe Lieberman losing the Democrat primary shows how looney the left-wing Democrats have become. Except for the war Lieberman was a loyal democrat and yet that wasn't enough for the Michael Moorites. I predict that either Lieberman will win as an independent or the Republican will win because the democrat votes will be split in half.

I am reading this awesome book "102 Minutes" that a friend lent to me. Even though I was making progress on Ann Coulter's book once I picked up "102 Minutes" I haven't been able to put it down and I'm almost done. I will do a full review on it later but it is a breathtaking account of things that happened to 365 people that were in the twin towers on 9/11. Some of the people they talk about survived and some didn't. I have been brought to tears and have learned a lot. Amazingly it is pretty objective even though it is written by 2 men who have written for the NY Times.

Prison Break was released on DVD today and my wonderful husband bought it for me so it was waiting for me when I got home. If you haven't gotten addicted to this show yet, check it out. Season 2 starts early this year on August 21st (my birthday). How cool is that??