Sunny - Hi 104 Lo 83 for Baghdad, Iraq
Sunny - Hi 101 Lo 68 for Qandahar, Afghanistan
Rainy - Hi 88 Lo 62 for Northern KY, USA
Song of the week: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, Jack Johnson
I hit a lot of different blogs this past week. Mostly, it was reading tributes for those souls lost on September 11, 2001. But I also ran a bunch of searches on Sarah Palin, John McCain... you know to get a gauge on where everyone is. I particularly hit some of the Mommy Blogs---
It's a real mixed bag out there... What I don't get is the cattiness and vulgarity of the women that hate and I mean HATE Sarah Palin...
For the record I am voting for the McCain/Palin ticket because their ideology is more in sync with mine-- Smaller government, strong defense and all the other conservative bullets- Pro-Life, Second Amendment, tax cuts for everyone...
When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs. - Maxwell Anderson
I disagree emphatically with Barack Obama. I am opposed to all the handouts he wants to offer. That money has to come from somewhere and at some point it will come out of my pocket. I am absolutely against handouts... A hand up is quite different from a handout... A moment during the Democrat National Convention that caught my attention was during Michelle Obama's speech-- she eloquently spoke about her father and mother:
"He and my mom poured everything they had into me and Craig. It was the greatest gift a child could receive: never doubting for a single minute that you're loved, and cherished, and have a place in this world. And thanks to their faith and their hard work, we both were able to go on to college. So I know firsthand from their lives -- and mine -- that the American Dream endures."
The fascinating part of this speech is that Michelle does not see the poetry of her words. Her parents worked so that she and her brother could go to college. Michelle and her brother appreciated and understood how hard her parents worked so that they could go to college... This is the American Dream personified. And yes, the American Dream does endure, but it will not if our government takes away the satisfaction of earning that dream... I speak for myself as I was taught by my Mother--- a naturalized citizen of this great nation-- work hard- save for the things you want- don't live beyond your means- depend on no one except yourself- don't covet what others have- you can accomplish anything you choose to do once you set your mind to it.
Everything that Scooter Trash Hubby and I have is ours--- we have worked for every bit of it. We live comfortably, but not beyond our means. We have a plan for unexpected issues that may come up.. like the fridge deciding to go kaput or the car behaving badly... We didn't buy a house beyond our means and we don't expect anyone to bail us out if we get into trouble. We both have talked off and on about taking second jobs to try and get ahead so we can pay off our mortgage a little bit faster.
When a hand out is given--- it doesn't solve the problem. Ever. If there are hand outs and free giveaways--- you will never run out of customers.... just go to a trade show where choxkie is handed out--- free pens, stress balls, paper tablets, etc. or to a grocery store where they are cooking up samples for you to try... always... always customers for the freebie... It's human nature... But when you work for something... when you have used your mind or your hands to build something... the satisfaction is incredible. The sense of accomplishment endures.
Our nation is suffering through more hurricanes. Gustav had the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines evacuated. Folks were even evacuated to Louisville-- free of charge--- in fact they have been getting all kinds of freebies while here... So, how is the city of Louisville paid back? The last count was 22 arrested... and these evacuees were upset because they could not go back home when they wanted... The best part? Local tax payers won't be covering the bill... FEMA is picking up the tab for all the expenditures for about 1500 people... I'm sorry... where does FEMA get it's money? ...ahem... uhhh.... that would be me...that would be you.
They've been here nearly a week, and during that time they've enjoyed the sights of Louisville, including a trip to Zoo and a Bats game. The library has provided books to read, and Korrect Optical even provided eye exams and a free pair of glasses for those who left theirs behind in the rush to evacuate.
While they are waiting to get back on their feet, the city continues to spend money to make their stay comfortable.
"We have around-the-clock police presence there at KFEC to make sure everyone stays safe," said Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's office. "We've had fire departments out to help set up cots and prepare the medical wing. We've had the Department of Health out there."
And the arrests?
Lt. Col. Phil Turner said that on Wednesday night, 16 of the evacuees were taken to jail on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct and other alcohol-related charges. They were mainly arrested on Preston Street after drinking and causing a disturbance at a gas station and liquor store near the exposition center, Turner said.
On Tuesday, there were six arrests, Turner said. Five of those were on alcohol and disorderly conduct charges.
The other was on a felony sexual abuse charge after a man attempted to grab a teenage boy at the center, Turner said. The teen was not injured, he said. That was the most serious of the charges and the only one that occurred inside the facility, he said.
Sadly, Ike is wreaking havoc on Houston and Galveston. The complaint as it came up with Katrina is that poor people can not afford to evacuate. Bullshit. All one had to do was watch the news or the radio and a free ride out of town could be had... Mike McConnell made the comment on his radio program--- if it were a fire and not a flood... people would have figured out a way to get out... He's right.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. -Samuel Adams
Wave 3, Louisville, KY news
Harriet's Daughter - You have to read this post... According to this account, the police were harassing the evacuees...
I came across a couple of great blogs.
Mommy Notes - Read her post about Sarah Palin--- more so, the debate in the comments.
Dr. Caligari's Cabinet - This is a quirky "Today in History" blog. Be sure to watch the Craig Ferguson YouTube clip.
McCain Blogette - This is Meghan McCain's blog... picture above courtesy of her.
Have a great week everyone!