Odds and Ends…

What really happened on the Hudson:

Hudson

Steve and I went shopping this afternoon. I had to go pick up W-2’s and W-3’s, so our pastor and secretary (my mother) can file their income taxes. Guess I better get those filled out.

Then we went to Lifeway Christian Bookstore. It’s a place we can really go nuts in, and spend a lot of money. I don’t go down there much anymore, because it’s about a half hour trip from our house, but we needed to look for some things for Steve to use for teaching. Beth went down there earlier in the week.

We made a couple more stops and then went to eat at Casa Ole  There’s just something wrong with you if you don’t like Casa Ole. Tonight it was busy, and we got one of the worst waiters we have ever had. He came back I think 3 times because he couldn’t remember our order. I thought maybe he was new. I didn’t remember seeing him before. When we  finished and he brought our check, he said, “Thanks for being patient with me…it’s my first night.” I said, “Ohh..I’m sorry!” He replied, “Yeah, me, too. But in a couple of weeks, I’m going to be a police officer.” I told him that was good. After he walked off, I said, “Too bad he’s not tall.”  Beth will get that. Steve thought it was funny. I failed to ask what police force he will be on.

I got this in an email from my sister (as well as the picture at the top):

What Love Means to a 4-8 Year Old

Slow  down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?  The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined See what you think:

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’  ~Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ ~Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ ~Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ ~Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ ~Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’ ~Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.  My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’ ~Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’ ~Bobby – age 7

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’ ~Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’ ~Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ ~Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ ~Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ ~Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ ~Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ ~Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ ~Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ ~Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image) ~Karen – age 7
   
‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’ ~Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’  ~Jessica – age 8

And the final one….The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’


From World Net Daily:

Obama ‘friend’: End of Israel ‘within reach’


Pot… Meet Kettle 

Wall Street executives are doing an admirable job of proving those who opposed their bailout were right. Yesterday, news surfaced that the same businesses who begged for taxpayer funds are back to their old ways, celebrating the government’s $700 billion investment with new corporate jets and office makeovers for their financial fat cats. President Obama, one of many who insisted that Washington right the Wall Street ship, seems to be experiencing buyers’ remorse. In a press conference, he lashed out at the banking district. Some of the largest companies approved $18.4 billion in employee bonuses, while Citigroup tried to buy a new $50 million company plane, and one Merrill Lynch executive spent over $100,000 on a new rug and toilet for his office. “That is the height of irresponsibility,” Obama said. “It is shameful. And part of what we’re going to need is for folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some responsibility.”

Unfortunately, this is what comes of Washington meddling in a market where government has no place. Now President Obama is asking Wall Street to live up to standards that even Congress does not. Take a look at the latest stimulus plan. Where is the “restraint” and “discipline” there? This morning, Americans awoke to the news that their hard-earned tax dollars–in addition to padding the wallets of Hollywood, porn-abusing science foundations, congressional family members, and voting frauds–will also include a $198 million payment to Filipino veterans of World War II, two-thirds of whom don’t even live in America! Obama’s tirade against Wall Street could just as easily been directed at himself. The President and Democratic leadership have a pattern of rewarding America’s biggest ethical offenders with federal money. Since 1987, his party has helped Planned Parenthood rake in more than $3.2 billion taxpayer dollars. Now, the President’s reversal of the Mexico City policy and his promotion of “family planning” programs will ensure that they get millions more.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, much like Wall Street, has been implicated in its share of taxpayer abuses, which include in 2008 alone: at least $180 million of alleged fraud in California and Florida; statutory rape cover-ups in Indiana, North Carolina, and Illinois; documented racism in at least seven state branches; and medical deficiencies that led to the closing of California and New Jersey clinics. The federal government not only ignores these exploits but is complicit in funding them. Obama called for Wall Street to “start acting in a more responsible fashion if we are to get this economy rolling again.” Mr. President, why not start by showing them how?

Additional Resources
  New York Times: Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses ‘Shameful’

Super Bowl Cries Foul at Pro-Life Ad 

The Washington Times is reporting today that NBC, in a disturbing show of censorship, has nixed a powerful pro-life ad slated to air on Super Bowl Sunday. The commercial, called “Imagine Spot 1,” was created by a Catholic group called Fidelis to drive home the potential of human life. After its run on Black Entertainment Television (BET), the spot is approaching a million YouTube hits. NBC justified the slight by saying that the ad was too political in nature. In reality, these 41 seconds do more to inspire than the hundreds of other Super Bowl ads that use sex and alcohol to wow viewers. It’s ironic that producers pull out the rule book when they want to police traditional values, but when their stars do something really out-of-bounds the networks swallow their whistle. If you’d like to complain about the double standard, contact NBC’s comment line directly at 212-664-2333. In the meantime, please watch the video for yourself and pass it on to your family and friends. You can find it on YouTube.

Additional Resources
YouTube: Fidelis Super Bowl Ad

Big Girls Do Cry 

We’re pleased to announce that a seven-page expose by Dr. Martha Shuping and FRC’s own Chris Gacek has just been published in the new edition of Townhall magazine. The article, “Big Girls Do Cry: The Hidden Truth about Abortion,” discusses the painful psychological effects of life after abortion. Please stop by the FRC website to read this powerful piece on what the women victimized by the abortion industry can do to find healing for their hearts.

Additional Resources 
FRC: Big Girls Do Cry: The Hidden Truth of Abortion

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