Odds and Ends…

Falling leaves

I love having the internet. You can find anything on the internet. I heard a famous EOD tech say that one day  I don’t know what we ever did without it. And it hasn’t been that long, since we were without it during a hurricane

I’ve been having problems with my dryer for a long time now. It’s the Whirlpool Duet. We did not have the service manual to find out what the problem was. Whirlpool apparently does not like plain old ordinary consumers to diagnose problems. However, they are willing to take our money when we want to buy something new.

So I just Googled the problem last night, and found what the service code meant. It’s on a restricted site, where supposedly only appliance repairmen can go. But I found where someone posted a link, so I went there. I found out what the problem is, and ordered the replacement part. It will probably be here Monday. I found the actual repair manual for my Duet washer online, so I just downloaded it.

I got this from my sister today:

Things we learned from Ike…


• No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don’t work without electricity.

• Calories consumed during a hurricane or power outage do not count.

Vienna sausages and Spaghetti-Os only appear on the food pyramid during hurricane season.

• Despite protests, kids can re-live their parents’ youth when there were only 3 TV channels!

Houston without traffic lights resemble Mexico City, Rome, Los Angeles and New York City all rolled into a single snarl.

• There are/were a lot of really big trees around here!

• People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for.

• Gas mileage is recalculated based on miles per fume.

• Telemarketers function no matter what the weather is doing. New Delhi does not check the weather report in  South Texas before calling.

• Most popular text message after September 13: do u hve pwr

• Twenty-seven of your neighbors are fed from a different transformer than you, and they are quick to point that out!

• Crickets and cicadas can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14 generators.

• Dirty clothes in an unsupervised hamper multiply at an exponential rate.

• Coffee, spaghetti and frozen pizzas can be made on a grill.

• He who has the biggest generator wins.

• Tree service companies are under-appreciated, except after hurricanes.

• There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.

• If you owned a store that sold only ice, chain saws, gas and generators, you would be rich.

can't have just one

And I’ve been falling down on posting from CitizenLink and Family Research Council. This one is long, so I’ll just leave you a link. But it’s good reading:

Two Hollywood Men Take a Stand for Values

“Marriage is a sacred institution that is falling apart. It’s been watered down. It’s been redefined. It’s been maligned and attacked. This is a great time to try to turn the statistics around by holding up God’s picture of marriage.”

— Kirk Cameron, lead actor in the new movie Fireproof

Fireproof Cast

And this is a very interesting article. It’s not what you expect:

Protecting Marriage to Protect Children

Bill Clinton, Elder Statesman? 

John McCain’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign and request a postponement of the first presidential debate tomorrow night has gotten empathy from an unlikely source, former President Bill Clinton. In appearances last night and this morning on national TV talk shows, Clinton has characterized McCain as acting in “good faith” regarding the postponement and even praised President Bush for laying out the financial crisis clearly in his national address last night. The remarks are reminiscent of the “third way” Bill Clinton of the 1992 campaign, a man who could radiate a willingness to listen to both sides of an argument and treat them with respect. It is an art form that is constantly put to the test by the need to make decisions as an office-holder, an area where then-President Clinton’s record was decidedly mixed. Meanwhile, the prospects for Friday night’s debate in Oxford, Mississippi, also seem mixed. The debate was to cover foreign policy, a McCain strength. That focus is misplaced now that the nation is riveted on the financial crisis. A majority of Americans seem to want the debate to go forward. The new elder statesman and diplomat, William J. Clinton, suggests the debate be reformatted to include time for the economy. Makes sense to me. If we’re sailing on the Titanic, discussion of the ice fields is in order.

Bad Example of Fiscal Responsibility 

As President Bush was talking to the nation last night about the consequences of uncontrolled spending and speculating and the resultant need for the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, Congress passed a $633 billion Continuing Resolution (CR) that not only funds the Department of Defense; Homeland Security and Military Construction (VA), but also includes over 2,300 earmarks. While pork is nothing new, carving it up in the dark is rare. When the huge spending bill hit the House floor last night the Defense funding portion, which was the carrier of more than 2,000 earmarks, was seeing the light of day for the first time. Most of Congress and the public had not seen the provisions, giving them just minutes to review hundreds of pages of spending. Where’s the transparency in this? Where’s the accountability? And this is the backdrop to the American taxpayer being told Capitol Hill is going to teach Wall Street how to manage its money?

Not So Faithful  

People hoping for a lively discussion on faith and values from Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) campaign were surprised yesterday when Team Obama failed to show for a media-heavy debate. The capacity crowd that gathered at the Capitol Hill Club had expected Obama’s Senior Advisor for Religious Affairs, Rev. Evna Terri La Velle, to square off with Bob Heckman, a representative from Sen. John McCain’s campaign. Just hours before the lunchtime event began, members of the sponsoring organizations, the National Clergy Council and Evangelical Church Alliance, received word that Obama’s delegation of 11 had backed out. Rev. Rob Schenck, who was scheduled to moderate the debate, released a statement questioning the Obama campaign’s genuine commitment to issues of concern to social conservatives. “Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean assured me…that his party would do everything possible to constructively engage Evangelicals, traditional Catholics, and other moral conservatives… Barack Obama has made similar promises. They did a couple of high-profile media events, but it appears they were not serious at a grassroots level.” While the Illinois senator and his campaign never shy away from talking about faith, they have missed opportunities to let that faith be examined up close to determine how it would impact their public policy positions.

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged 

This morning’s Washington Post contained a startling story. Apparently, terrorist suspects who are being tried in military tribunals in Guantanomo Bay, Cuba are permitted to challenge the objectivity of the judge in pre-trial hearings. Since Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, has chosen to defend himself, we watched the spectacle yesterday of this America-hating terrorist cross-examining Col. Ralph Kohlmann, the Marine Corps officer presiding as judge over the tribunal. What was most offensive was the subject matter of this interrogation-namely, the judge’s personal religious views. “We are well-known as extremists and fanatics, and there are also Christians and Jews that are very extremist,” Mohammed said. “If you, for example, were part of Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson’s groups, then you would not at all be impartial towards us.” He also asked if the judge read books by Billy Graham or Pat Buchanan and wanted to know what movies he has watched. Col. Kohlmann rightly declined to answer. But this line of questioning seemed to ring a bell. It is reminiscent of the questioning, now abandoned, of judicial nominees about their religious beliefs by liberal senators during their confirmation hearings. But the Constitution is clear-“no religious test shall ever be required” for public office. The charge that only a radical secularist can be impartial on the bench, or that conservatives and evangelical Christians can never be, must be rejected from any source.

Good News: Senate Passes Bill to Support Babies with Disabilities

In a voice vote Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to provide up-to-date information to families that receive adverse prenatal genetic diagnoses.

Sens. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., co-sponsored the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act (S. 1810), which will supply families — prenatally and up to the baby’s first birthday — with a connection to support services and networks that can offer assistance.

The bill now goes to the House, which is about to recess for the rest of the year.

“I am very pleased that the legislation passed the Senate,” Brownback said. “This bill will greatly benefit expecting parents who receive the sometimes overwhelming news that their unborn child may be born with a disability. This legislation will provide parents with current and reliable information about the many options available for caring for children with disabilities.”

The Value of Spending – Less 

Not surprisingly, a survey released at the end of last week by the University of Akron’s National Survey of Religion and Politics found that pocketbook concerns are at the forefront of social conservative voters’ concerns. As Congress and the White House scramble to put together an unprecedented $700 billion bailout for the banking industry, headlines continue to herald the nation’s worst economic crisis since the crash of 1929 plunged the nation into the Great Depression.

While the nation is focused on the bailout, Congress is working on a several hundred billion dollar Pentagon budget (the details of which are still unknown); on top of this, there are emergency appropriations for disaster relief, loans for automakers, and other subsidies which are getting very little attention. Even the San Francisco Chronicle, a traditionally liberal paper, ran an Associated Press story that said, “The legislation is coming together in a remarkably secretive process in which decisions are concentrated in the hands of just a few lawmakers such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [and] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.” I would caution the pollsters and politicians to pause before they declare values issues of minor concern in this election. Our financial deficit is a reflection of our moral values deficit. Voters are going to be looking for candidates who don’t just promise bigger bailouts that burden families with higher taxes, but statesmen who will given an honest assessment of how we got into this financial mess and what we must do individually and corporately to forestall yet another episode.

I am not suggesting we sit back and let the economy implode. But we must be willing to ask the tough questions and expect answers, just as any loan officer would do when a customer wanders into a bank seeking an unsecured loan. Whatever emerges from Capitol Hill as the “solution” should not forget American families who have seen their buying power erode and, in some cases, have lost jobs. Any moves by Congress should provide long-term economic stability by providing permanent tax cuts for families and greater transparency in government spending.

Minority Report: Disproportionate Abortion Rates Affect Blacks, Hispanics 

While the abortion rate may have dropped over the last 30 years, a new study shows there is still work to be done promoting life in the black and Hispanic communities. Although overall abortions are down, the Guttmacher Institute found that “Hispanic and black women [are still] having the procedure at rates three to five times the rate of white women.” Those of us who have followed the movement shouldn’t be shocked by the disparity. Planned Parenthood has preyed on minorities since its founder advocated negative eugenics! If Congress truly wants across-the-board reductions in abortion, our leaders will have to stop funding its biggest provider.

Good News: Study Shows Parental-Notification Laws Reduce Abortions

Laws requiring parents to be involved in their underage daughter’s decision regarding abortion are effective in reducing abortions among minors, according to a study by the Family Research Council.

Data compiled from nearly all 50 states between 1985 and 1999 show that when a state enacts a parental-involvement law, the abortion rate subsequently falls by close to 14 percent.

Dr. Michael New, study author and assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, said about 36 states have a parental-involvement law on the books. “The overwhelming evidence in support of parental-involvement laws should be a boon to legislators everywhere,” he said.

Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said abortion activists should take note of these statistics.

“We often hear proponents of abortion, like Planned Parenthood, saying that they just want to have fewer abortions in the country,” she said. “Well, if that’s truly the case, they should get behind parental-involvement laws.”

‘If Barack Obama Had His Way, I Wouldn’t Be Here’

Two years ago, the Colorado House of Representatives sat in stunned silence as Gianna Jessen, a young woman with cerebal palsy, sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. When she finished, the legislature exploded in applause, touched by Gianna’s talent and moved by her determination to rise above the odds. Moments later, the ovation ended. Members were shocked and angry to learn that Rep. Ted Harvey had used the opportunity to draw attention to Gianna’s story as the survivor of a botched saline abortion. For weeks afterward, the media characterized Harvey as insensitive and opportunistic. Even the House majority leader said, “I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.”

Today, Gianna is using her voice to astound a new audience-the American voter. In a powerful new ad sponsored by http://www.bornalivetruth.org, she highlights Sen. Barack Obama’s staunch opposition to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act. “Can you imagine not giving babies their basic human rights, no matter how they entered our world?” the commercial begins. “My name is Gianna Jessen, born 31 years ago after a failed abortion. I’m a survivor… but if Barack Obama had his way, I wouldn’t be here.” Since the ad’s release, the mainstream media has done its best to dilute her message, insinuating that Gianna made the story up. Subjecting her to unfair scrutiny, one reporter writes, “[Jessen] claims to have survived the abortion.” That fact seems self-evident. Another attacks her as a “self-proclaimed abortion-survivor.” Yesterday, Jill Stanek released crucial documents, including Gianna’s birth certificate, to verify the story.

Of course, the disbelief of the press is nothing new. Every time I do an interview on the subject, reporters seldom believe me when I explain what the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act is and why it’s necessary. They, like most Americans, are astounded to learn that the denial of medical treatment to babies like Gianna was so commonplace that our leaders had to implement a law to prevent it.

Additional Resources
Jill Stanek: Gianna Jessen’s bonafides           BornAliveTruth.org


14 thoughts on “Odds and Ends…

  1. Those things you learned from Ike were really funny. I remember one time we had an Ice storm(yup we do live in the North) and we were without power for a couple days. We learned how to use our grill and read under candle light lol.

  2. @Simbathe2nd – :laugh: Yep…we read by candlelight, by battery operated camping light, or by propane camping lanterns. I would take the propane lantern out in the front yard and sit in the swing. It was much cooler outside. In TX this time of year, we are still having 90 degree temps. We didn’t really need the grill anyway because I did not buy meat once I knew the storm was coming here. I did not want meat in the freezer to go bad. But our grill had turned over months before, anyway, breaking parts inside. It was a gas grill. :sigh: Have to get another one.

  3. I have never been without power for more than 2 days at a time. I spent more time at work because 1.) there was power there and 2.) because I could while others really couldn’t . I did notice how quiet things are when the power is off.

  4. @lindaintennessee – We had not ever been without power this long either. I was about 8 days for us. The longest before was about 5 days after Alicia in 1983. It gives you a real appreciation for having power. I found myself wondering how our ancestors did certain things. I sure don’t know how they survived without fans, though :what:
    Even what we usually consider quiet is not really quiet.


  6. @DKT1978 – :yes: I think so, too. I was teasing. The old lamps just can’t compare to electric ones. They use to think they were bright, since they had nothing brighter to compare them with. Our electric lights will be nothing compared to what we’ll have in Heaven! :goodjob: 😉

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