Friday, October 31, 2008


How did we get into this mess? How is it that suddenly my country has been undermined by Socialists and Communists? Check this out if you want to know

Jean Zombeck obit

On Wed, Oct. 29,2008, of Robinson Twp., age 69, beloved wife of John S. Zombeck Sr.;
mother of Denise Walker, Andrea & John S. "Jay" Zombeck Jr.;
sister of Betty Gregor, Clara Mae, Harry & Butch Nicholson and the late Margaret Wolfram, Edward, Jack, Ralph, George & James Nicholson;
also 7 grandchildren & 2 great-grandsons.
Friends received Fri. 1-4 & 6-9 p.m. JOSEPH M. SOMMA FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
5405 Steubenville Pike, Moon Run, Robinson Twp.
Mass of Christian burial Holy Trinity Church, Sat, 10:00 a .m.

Dream Spinners

Rats! They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles.
And ate the cheeses out of vats,
And licked the soup from the cooks' own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men's Sunday hats,
And even spoiled the women's chats,
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.

The National Black Republican Association has something they want you to see..


What ever happened to responsibility? I just heard a woman on a talk show who was so thrilled and excited because Obama has promised :
"I'm not going to ever have to worry about putting gas in my car or pay my mortgage!"
WHAT!? What planet do we live on? Or is this a 'trick' from trick or treat?
I have a sense of pride in that which I've earned in my lifetime.
I need someone to "take care of me".. I'll chose my Lord and God - His promises are true and real and have no questionable dark sides. He gives us good advice:
Proverbs 6:6 "Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider his ways and be wise"

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's been a wonderful day. I ended up with 9 patients rather than 10, and every one got only one needle stick to run their infusions. Happy Day!!! Thank you for your prayer support and Thank you Lord for the expertise!

It's been chilly all day.Tonite it's to be about 28 degrees.. and we have one little petunia plant with several blossoms who seem to be unaware that their neighbor petunias have all succumbed to the cold. Who'd'a thought it? Cute little purple flower.!

Well, according to the news, it looks like the students who hung Obama's effigy are now arrested and in jail. Hmmmm.. no, not even a slap on the wrist for the people who hung Mrs Palin in effigy in California. What am I to believe about our judicial system? Either the university has no sense of humor or California police are negligent in arresting the ones responsible for Mrs Palin's effigy. I'm not holding my breath. What justice?! Is this whole situation a race problem and since Mrs Palin has a white color to her skin, she is being persecuted? It' s all getting a little old. Time for our citizens to grow up now. Become responsible, get a job (I noticed a "help wanted" sign in the window of Burger King this week), and get a sense of humor .. but not a SICK sense of humor. That's immature.

I believe we should go back to the ideal of only those who own land should be permitted to vote in any elections. I believe that would solve many problems.. I also think the electoral college is outdated. Sorry.. but the citizens should elect the candidates. And EVERY voter should have to present a photo ID issued by the home state (think driver's license which doubles as a photo ID) . No ID, no vote. AND.. all candidates should HAVE to present a VALID birth certificate to prove they are natural born citizens. By the way, in Ohio, Obama may have his name removed from the ballot because the Secretary of State didn't do her job. So why isn't Pennsylvania following suit? I'm ready. We live in a dangerous age.. as a part of national security if nothing else, we need to protect our nation and it's citizens by being assured that these things are researched before putting just anyone on the ballot. I want someone who loves my country like I do and who won't take any of our freedoms away if he can prohibit it. That goes for Congress too.. We have some nasties in Congress who want our nation to implode.
Maybe I should run for office. I'm very opinionated, eh?
That and about $1.50 should get me a small coffee.. (((smile)))
Hey.. you knew I was a very opinionated person when you started reading my blog.. I won't apologize... it's MY opinion.

Nothing could ruin my day today...I'm still smiling and feeling super.

Blind woman has sight..insight

I appreciated this letter from a blind Mrs. Hayes.. her sight is clear according to this :

Last night as Mr Obama spoke of asking Americans to be accountable by conserving energy and being more responsible I wondered.
Would the lights be turned off and the heat turned down in the private quarters of the White House?
Would his children go without anything?

As he spoke of the money we have spent in Iraq which we know saved a country from the tyranny of a ruthless dictator and insurgent terrorists who tried to fill the vacuum and how it could have been spent on our economy I wondered.
How many homes could have been saved just from the money he has spent on his campaign.

When Joe Biden said Obama will be tested within six months by a crisis to see what he's made of and that he has a spine made of steel I asked myself.
Where was that spine of steel when he sat in Reverend Wrights church for 20 years listening to the hatred of our country and never once stood up and said "I will not listen to or have my children hear this hatred from the pulpit"?

Mr Obama speaks of sitting at Khalidi's kitchen table having many discussions as Khalidi's wife Mona cooked for them.
They babysat the Obama children so they were not just someone in his neighborhood.
He worked on boards with Bill Ayers.
He thought of Reverend Wright as an uncle.
Frank Davis was a close friend of his Grandparents and of his as a young man.
Tony Rezco backed him in his political career.
The more time we spend around someone the more they influence our thinking and shape our ideology.
That leads me to question how much Bill Ayers,Reverend Wright Rashid Khalidi,Tony Rezco and even Louis Ferricon and Frank Davis must have influenced him.
The final analysis is that he had no patriotic Americans as his friends but rather socialist Communist terrorist connected and criminal friends.
Those ideologies are the ones he would bring to the White House.

My husband proudly serves this country as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
I am the leader of a military wives support group.
We support John McCain because he represents the patriotism that made this country great.
He will not bring socialism, communism, or terrorism into the White House.
The ethics of hard work paying off instead of costing more will endure.
How do things look to you today?

The wicked will not rule the godly, for then the godly might be forced to do wrong.
Psalm 125:3 NLT

Seeking what is really there

"Life under Louis XIV was not easy for the French Huguenots.
They loved to sing psalms, but the king made an edict that forbade the singing of the Psalms almost everywhere.
So the Huguenots went out to the fields and forests and continued their singing.
Psalm 125 was a favorite of theirs, maybe because it said that the wicked would not rule the godly.
Or maybe it was because the Huguenots could see something that Louis XIV couldn't see.

Remember the story of Elisha and his servant (2 Kings 6:8-23)?
The servant couldn't understand why Elisha wasn't bothered about the hordes of enemy soldiers surrounding them.
It looked like disaster, but Elisha could see horses and chariots of fire surrounding the enemy soldiers.
The same has been true for many other saints, including Paul and Silas, who sang at midnight in the Philippian jail, and Shadrach, Meshech, and Adednego, who calmly entered the fiery furnace.

When John Woolman, a Quaker missionary to American Indians, was faced with danger, he wrote, "I found my soul filled with comfort as I meditated on the love of God."
John Paton, missionary to South Sea Island natives, was surrounded by men seeking to assassinate him, but he wrote, "I never left without hearing, 'Lo, I am with you always.'"

How does it look for you today? Hopeless? Then take another look.

adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for October 24"
It's office day.. it seems like I've been away a long time for some reason.. perhaps just because I've had my days filled to capacity since last Thursday.
Remember us today.. pray for my skills to be the best and for my patients to have no 'events'.. I expect 10 patients today.

It's 30 degrees.. brrrr! But I'm toasty warm inside.. coffee in hand, breakfast already prepared for me .. and there is a short list of things to do today before I leave for the office. Feeling drowsy but good this morning.

Time to hit the shower..

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I went with Wendell to see his PCP today. Wendell has been having a problem with his glucose bouncing everywhere... so...

He now has an appointment with a local endocrinologist to try to adjust the problem. AND he has another appointment with a local nephrologist, as his labs show his kidneys are developing a problem due to his diabetes.
Please remember him with prayer.. he's having many diabetes related problems.

Also, John's Gramma Z passed away tonite. Remember Pap and the whole family.. John and Mandy too


I'm posting this with 'tongue in cheek', but it could happen.. be careful.. your vote is very important..

As of November 5, 2008, when President Obama officially becomes president-elect, our company will instill a few new policies which are in keeping with his new, inspiring issues of change and fairness:

1. All salespeople will be pooling their sales and bonuses into a common pool that will be divided equally between all of you. This will serve to give those of you who are under-achieving a "fair shake".

2. All low level workers will be pooling their wages, including overtime, into a common pool, dividing it equally amongst you. This will help those who are "too busy for overtime" to reap the rewards from those who have more spare time and can work extra hours.

3. All top management will now be referred to as "the government." We will not participate in this "pooling" experience because the law doesn't apply to us.

4. The "government" will give eloquent speeches to all employees every week, encouraging its workers to continue to work hard "for the good of all".

5. The employees will be thrilled with these new policies because it's "good to spread the wealth around". Those of you who have underachieved will finally get an opportunity; those of you who have worked hard and had success will feel more "patriotic".

6. The last few people who were hired should clean out their desks. Don't feel bad, though, because President Obama will give you free healthcare, free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and he'll let you stay in your home for as long as you want even if you can't pay your mortgage. If you appeal directly to our democratic congress, you might even get a free flat screen TV and a coupon for free haircuts (shouldn't all Americans be entitled to nice looking hair?)!!!

This offends me and is OUTRAGEOUS!!!!

This is totally outrageous! Check out the news story on World Net Daily..

Obama dummy found hanging Effigy of Democrat called 'disgusting,' but Palin's hailed as fun Halloween art

Police are investigating the discovery of an effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama dangling from a tree this morning at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.

"I am personally offended and deeply embarrassed by this disgusting episode," said Lee Todd, president of the university in a campus-wide e-mail. "This is not reasonable political expression; it is just malicious. And it is unacceptable."

Todd plans to apologize to the Obama family on behalf of the school, which immediately removed the life-sized dummy said to be outfitted with an Obama Halloween mask, a suit jacket and sweat pants.

"I feel outraged and hurt. I am outraged because we work very hard, every day, to build bridges across the divides," said Todd. "Diversity and inclusion are among our most precious core values. Episodes like this serve only to erode our confidence in and respect for one another."

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear called the incident "embarrassing" and "deeply offensive." "This was not political speech. It was simply hate," he said, according to the Associated Press.


While some local residents are outraged, others, including display creator Chad Michael Morrissette, are defending it, calling it Halloween-related fun."It should be seen as art, and it should be seen as, within the month of October, it is Halloween. It is time to be scary. It is time to be spooky," he told the CBS-TV affiliate in Los Angeles. Local authorities have said the Palin effigy is not a hate crime. "I'm not defending this; I'm not criticizing it. It doesn't rise to the level of hate crime," Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told the Los Angeles Times. "Now, if there was a crime against bad taste ... . "

(How can the hanging of Mrs Palin be considered FUN and the hanging of Obama, not?)
Did I say we had no snow on the ground? Well.. I was wrong! There is a skiff of snow laying out there.. flakes were huge and fluffy and it's cold out there!


It's official.. we have snow on the ground this morning.. well, not on the ground, but my car is coated with it and it's a small car close to the ground. Wendy said they were expecting 3-7" last night up on the NY/PA border. Ours is substantially less, but it's there just the same. It won't stay around long.. the high is to be 37 today, and it's 34 right now.

Today Wendell sees his PCP. I'll be going with him. His blood sugars have been jumping up and down like a yoyo. The prospect of him joining the YMCA with us is encouraging. He needs exercise to get his BS under control. The other choice is an endocrinologist.

It's just a little after 5am. I've slept well again. It has to be the pool exercises. Feeling good here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Janet Porter has written an article of interest to you all.. You Cannot Be A Christian and Vote For Obama.. A good look at what scripture has to say about him.
Proverbs 6:16-22 states there are some things God hates.

These six things the LORD hates,Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look,

A lying tongue,

Hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans,

Feet that are swift in running to evil,

A false witness who speaks lies,

And one who sows discord among brethren.

Here I am this afternoon.. at the Aquarthritis class at the Y. I have to laugh.. Do I look that goofy? Certainly it doesn't matter as EVERYONE looks this way.. hehehehe
We had a great workout.. I'm still a little sore. Thanks, Jane.. see you tomorrow for the Seniorcize class.. this is fabulous!
From the Rush Limbaugh show today:

Pearl of Wisdom: "You put the word 'justice' next to 'socialism,' and it will fool a bunch of idealistic kids. A lot of people may not really know what socialism is. It's the soft word for communism, for the state running your life, for 'equalizing' society by taking from those at the top and make everybody equally miserable near the bottom."
Explaining socialism to kids: You trick-or-treat; Obama spreads around your candy.
Wendy just called.. a Nor'easter came through last night and dumped some snow on them.. she says the roads are very slushy, but they are calling for 3-7" tonite. Some of their schools closed.
Here we go.................................

RAIN and WIND and SNOW oh my !!!

39 degrees is the high today.. and it's 38 right now. Typical fall blending into winter weather.. Rain, wind, snow.. Ugh! But if we want to see the rainbow, we gotta have the rain.. though today I doubt there will be any rainbows.
As long as I don't have to drive on the ice and snow, I'm a happy camper and content to let nature be... not that I have any control anyway.
More than half of the tree leaves are on the ground now. Sadly, except for a couple oddballs, they are all brown or shades of dirty yellow. It hasn't been a beauteous fall as in other years. The rain and wind this week have done their damage.

We are still enjoying watching the antics of the local squirrels.. 2 are definitely resident, and we've seen another one too. My bag of apples that I kept outside to keep the fruit fly population down in the house has been depleted by raccoons.. or one very health conscious raccoon.. Wendell says he saw it digging in the bag a day or so ago. I really don't care to have a raccoon around here. I prefer the silly squirrels. The raccoon (or perhaps another larger animal) has done damage to the tree and the squirrel feeder we have. The feeder box is shredded on one side- not something even Rocket J Squirrel could have accomplished. And the bark on the tree is ripped up too. Looks like the work of something other than our little squirrely friends.
I took my bag of peanuts outside and sat down to watch them. The feeder box was empty. I wondered if they would come closer to get a treat. I placed 3 peanuts in the shell on the picnic table. One lonely squirrel sat on the box and scolded me furiously, it's tail gracefully snapping in the air. I finally gave in and tossed a handful of the peanuts in the box.
I think our squirrels are liberal Democrats.. they demand what I have worked for and paid for out of my own pocket.. as if they were entitled to it.. HAH! And when the birdseed goes in the feeder, they will be there stealing the bird's feed. Yep! I got their number!
I will also keep feeding the little thieves through the winter. They do give us a degree of entertainment.
It is such a joy to live in the country. One gets a first hand view of God's creation(s).. and can appreciate a little better. When was the last time a herd of 10-14 deer marched by in YOUR front yard? Often I've considered cutting down those crab apple trees, but they feed the deer all winter long. I'm glad John posted the property against hunters.. we supply a refuge for wildlife.
Of course, Charlie would disagree.. they do crop damage too..but then they also go to the other neighbors gardens and fields too. It's not like we have the only food in the neighborhood.. they just don't get shot here indiscriminately.
The groundhogs are another story.. they are despicable little creatures that cause more than just a little damage.. like eating the insulation off the bottoms of cars.. and take one bite out of a piece of fruit and then go to the rest and do the same.. and dig huge holes in the ground trying to get under our house.. (they failed at that thankfully) Moles are another nasty.. they dig their tunnels through the yard, and when I walk outside I trip on them as I sink down into their hidden tunnels.
Rabbits are entertaining in a fashion.. we call them all "Doug's bunny".. (it's a long story)
We don't seem to have as many bunnies this year- a few.
Lots of different birds keep us birdwatching all year long.. the hawks, pheasants, all summer, crows, nuthatches, robins, blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals and hummingbirds.. among the many we identify.. I remember one year we had a Baltimore Oriole build a nest high up in the trees.. the nest looks like a sack. Haven't seen any since. And don't forget Charlie's Angels..'the girls', his chickens.
Have a super day, bloggers..
October 27, 2008
Posted: 02:39 PM ET


One New Mexico paper has declared Obama the next president.

Prime example of why people don't trust newsmedia.. all false news.. I rest my case.

SANTA FE, New Mexico (CNN) – For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later.

“Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector’s edition” in red bold typeface.

The Sun News is a bi-monthly newspaper and its Oct 26-Nov 8 issue had to hit the streets, and the newsstands, before the election. So the editors decided to make a leap of faith and declare Democrat Barack Obama the winner.

In an article explaining their choice, the editors unabashedly wrote, “When it comes to calling the winner of a presidential election, everyone wants to be first. The New Mexico Sun News hereby claims that achievement.”

Please take a moment to take a look at this's a good one for all Christian voters and those who are not Christians but who are moral human beings.

Monday, October 27, 2008


It's that time of year.. John and Mandy have purchased their
favorite pumpkins, and now have carved them.. they have fancy tools
that help them make the lines carefully. Here's Mandy working on hers.

John has gutted his pumpkin (and the chickens got a special treat)..
and he's thinning the wall of the pumpkin so his knife goes all the way through.
Each pumpkin weighs somewhere around 40#

Jane and I went to the YMCA today.. my first visit, she's a member. It was so great!!! We got in the smaller 'arthritis' pool and she went through her aerobic exercises with me.. We walked and then we walked backward, moved ALL our joints and then walked some more..
Before we left, we hopped in the whirlpool.. ahhhhhhhhhhh
So nice. I'm relaxed and will sleep well tonite I'm sure.
Tomorrow we go again, and Wednesday and then Friday too. I can't wait.

You need to take a look at Solomon's Stable.. and see who is supporting Mr. O- get educated and then pray.
Just wanted to note that October 26 was my Mom's birthday. Had she lived, she would have been 94 years old. As you can see, she was very into her family.. all of us. These are just 5 of her great grandchildren.. and one grand daughter.
Does anyone else notice that the elitists in our nation, and in the world are acting like they smell fear? Do they know something that the rest of us don't ? If so, what is it ?
Fear is described as a strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. As the election draws closer, it becomes more evident that there are a lot of things that can bring about this emotion.
As I read the various columnists and their warnings regarding those who candidate for public offices on the internet , I often go to the 'comment' sections to see what the rest of the world thinks of the contribution. I believe it wouldn't be so bad if there wasn't so much to lose.
Those who dare to comment are met with others who would take away the freedom of speech and of one's personal opinions. Name calling , like school children often practice, is rampant everywhere. There is a spirit of fear that seems to hang over all the comments.
The two sides have drawn the battle lines, and the war is on. Indeed, it may end up in a real revolution. Let's pray it doesn't.
Short fuses and short memories are obvious. I believe the populous is opinionated without foundation. My guess is that many make their points without knowing the facts.
Just because you were born in this country doesn't make you a specialist in knowing what is good for it. We need more people of every age doing their home work before they open their mouths.
If you ever wondered what the 'id' is, it is flying all around us.. liberal folks, the poor, the greedy.. all demanding "I want what I want when I want it".. The personification of irresponsibility.
The lack of real news media causes fear. Fallacies abound.. and the bias is no longer hidden. It used to be you could read a newspaper or watch the evening news and get at least an inkling of what was happening in the world. But those media are dead today.. It's become a monster that is erroneous at best and treasonous at the worst. They seem to have an agenda that is growing and one sided. They no longer do their job of reporting news accurately, but they have twisted it and eliminated important issues, till it's no longer even close to what originally was a newsworthy story. It's why we no longer get newspapers in this house, and that only one of us watches on TV news sporadically. I prefer talk radio for information. I believe it is more correct. They may seem biased, but at least they aren't lying.
So I believe the loss of honest journalism has caused fear in many of our citizens. My teachers used to say "don't believe everything you read".. they had no idea that now you can't believe ANYTHING you read. But there are many who do and swear that their paper prints nothing but unbiased truth or their favorite TV station reports the news accurately. Alas- how I wish that were so. But it's no wonder the newspaper subscriptions are going down rapidly. You'd think they would take a clue.
Fear in the hearts of the citizenry could also be caused by the present actions of Congress. They have revealed themselves to be treacherously dishonest. Just remember Ms Pelosi's comments about the 91,000 phone calls she had received just that one day .. citizens telling Congress NOT to approve the bailouts, and she flippantly disreguarded the calls and lead the Congress to approve them anyway, inferring we were too stupid to know what we wanted. Things like this cause the citizenry to mistrust and mistrust leads to fear. Now the threats of losing your pensions.. 401K plans to be lumped into Social Security.. I would guess so the congress can spend it at a whim on new trash cans for their homes at $200,000 each? Or perhaps give the money to the enemies of our nation ? The very thought of this maneuver is Anti American, and Grand Larceny.
As Americans, our Constitution is worth nothing more than a sheet of paper it's printed on, though to patriots, it's still the foundation of our government.
Today everything we learned about patriotism and civics is being trampled by those who feel that since they were born they are entitled.. and this means to whatever you have personally. What happened to 'thou shalt not steal'? Oh, yeah, there are groups all over trying frantically to erase the 10 Commandments anywhere they find them even if it's in your own home town and they are 3000 miles away from it.
Things are topsy turvy. Our youth are being told good is bad and bad is good. It's truly insane. One of the candidates for the highest office in our land is friendly with the enemies of our country.. he wants to increase our taxes, to spread the wealth.. These things should raise little red flags in our heads and strike fear in the hearts of every Red,White, and blue blooded American.. but there is apathy. Heads are in the sand hoping it's all a bad dream.
The Christian community is taking a beating. Have we forgotten that we hold the most powerful weapon ever created? Why are we not using this tool every day over and over? Or are we? God works in mysterious ways for sure. It's no longer 'we should pray', but 'we MUST pray'. I am reminded of Psalm 73:
23 Yet evermore I am with Thee;
Thou holdest me by my right hand.
24 And Thou, ev'n Thou, my guide shalt be;
Thy counsel shall my way command;
And afterward in glory bright
Shalt Thou receive me to Thy sight.

25 For whom have I in heav'n but Thee?
None else on earth I long to know.
26 My flesh may faint and weary be;
My heart may fail and heavy grow;
With strength doth God my heart restore;
He is my portion evermore.

27 They perish that are far from Thee;
Lo, in their lewdness they shall die.
28 But surely it is good for me
That unto God I should draw nigh.
I refuge take in GOD the Lord,
That all Thy works I may record.

Words of comfort in times of anxiety and stress.. and dare I say, fear?
Our focus being restored to the right place.. to Christ who protects and gives us the comfort we need in these troubling times, the fear is removed, and peace fills the void. I joy when I think of what awaits me in Heaven..the new earth fully restored and pristine.
My heart goes out to those without the Savior. No wonder they wander aimlessly and have fear of the future. They have nothing to look forward to and nothing for which to live except the present, and that is crumbling rapidly. Indeed they should fear, for those who do not worship God have a dismal eternity.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Prayer Request..
John's gram was flown to UPMC Presby tonite after suffering cardiac arrest. Please pray for the family as a whole, and add her to your prayer chains.
Pray for those who care for her and her doctors. Pray for a positive outcome, and as always, that God's will would be accomplished.
Thanks everyone.. and thank the Father who loves us and cares for us in troubling times.

It seems as though we should be more than ever thankful to the God of Creation that he has given us so much. If you were blessed enough to be born in America, you are among the wealthiest people in the entire world. I'm not speaking of money, but of a land of opportunity... formed 200 years ago by men with Christian principles.. men who believed in the God of the Bible, and who gave their lives willingly on that standard and who prayed.
Today they would scarcely recognize the government they planned and formed so many years ago. Yet one thing has not changed in the least, that God is still the God of the universe, and He alone controls all things- for this I rejoice and my heart is filled with joy.
The one gift that God gives all believers is the soul..the soul that cannot be touched by another man. Man may take away all the comforts of this life, but God holds his own in the hollow of his hand. It comforts me to know that my soul is safe.
Christians must be praying for God's will to be done.

It is the Sabbath. I'll be in church. I'm thankful for that freedom. How about you? You can still worship God in your home church- will you? There are those in our country who would take that away from you if they could, and they might. They might make it criminal for you to attend your house of worship as a Christian. Pray this might not be so.

It's a beautiful morning.. sunny and 39 , and hopefully we'll get to 55. Remember the Sabbath as you are commanded to keep it Holy.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Philip J. Berg is Appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court as Obama is "NOT" qualified to be President of the United States Lawsuit Against Obama Dismissed from Philadelphia Federal Court

For Immediate Release: - 10/25/08 - Contact Info at end.

(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania – 10/25/08) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States, announced today that he is immediately appealing the dismissal of his case to the United States Supreme Court. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.

Berg said, "I am totally disappointed by Judge Surrick's decision and, for all citizens of the United States, I am immediately appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a question of who has standing to uphold our Constitution. If I don't have standing, if you don't have standing, if your neighbor doesn't have standing to question the eligibility of an individual to be President of the United States - the Commander-in-Chief, the most powerful person in the world - then who does?

So, anyone can just claim to be eligible for congress or the presidency without having their legal status, age or citizenship questioned.

According to Judge Surrick, we the people have no right to police the eligibility requirements under the U.S. Constitution.

What happened to ‘...Government of the people, by the people, for the people,...’ Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address 1863.

We must legally prevent Obama, the unqualified candidate, from taking the Office of the Presidency of the United States,” Berg said.

Our website now has 71.8 + million hits. We are urging all to spread the word of our website – and forward to your local newspapers and radio and TV stations.

Berg again stressed his position regarding the urgency of this case as, “we” the people, are heading to a “Constitutional Crisis” if this case is not resolved forthwith.

* * For copies of all Court Pleadings, go to

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it's time to take pause and reflect.
-Mark Twain

I need to get busy cleaning, but thought I'd mention something here.. I found this ..not sure how I ended up on this site.. it's called The New Scientist.. take a look.. is this the future for the world?
It makes one wonder..
But also remember that God is stronger than anything man can toss at Him.. the wisest plans of men are like the foolishness of God..


We have reached the high for the day, and it's only 9am. 52 degrees and rainy. I'll take the rain any day over snow or ice.
That's the report on the outside.. inside, I'm patting myself on the back and cheering myself to a victory... As I've noted on DOWNSIZING, I couldn't stand the anticipation till weigh in day on Monday- so I hopped on the scales looking for a bit of reinforcement that my diet and exercise plan is actually is. I've lost 3# this week. There is a bonus here.. I FEEL GOOD.

Today I'll be cleaning up around here.. 15 minute blocks of activity with rest in between. Got my timer out. I can do anything for 15 minutes.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Cholesterol 271 (high is >240)
HDL 50 (<55 greater coronary risk)
LDL 165 (high risk 160-189)
Triglycerides 284 (40-200 normal)
Glucose fasting 101 (normal <100)
A1C 6.3 ( normal 4.2-5.8)
BP 140/82..high for me. Weight loss will help
Lungs are clear... HOORAY At least there was good news here.

So I'm pretty borderline across the board, but certainly these things need addressed.
I have a new script for Crestor for the lipids, and Lovasa for the Triglycerides
He says to keep going with the diet, and definitely do the water aerobics.. (thanks, Jane)
I go back in January for more labs and another office visit.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Friday I have an appointment in the morning with my PCP.. a checkup actually. But I'm a bit concerned as my labs didn't turn out too well. My glucose was 101 fasting, and according to the paperwork, that makes me pre-diabetic.. 100 and below is normal... Not only that, but my A1C was high too at 6.3.. anything over 5 is high. Well, I'm going to try to convince him that my new diet plan and exercise plan starting next week will bring it all down.
Cholesterol and triglycerides were slightly elevated too.

By the way, I'm feeling pretty good on this diet program.. it's low carb and normal everything else.. I'm eliminating bread, pasta, sugar, cookies, cake, candy and fruits for the time being. Hopefully I can add them in sparingly later.
Office was okay today.. I tried to keep moving most of the day.

Weather: it's 55 and windy making it feel a lot colder. Tonite it will be 34 degrees. There was a hard frost on my car this morning.
There is still one lonely petunia blooming for all it's worth... deep purple.

Practical Application-redistributing wealth

Here is a creative approach to redistribution of wealth as offered by a reader of the local newspaper, the Eagle Tribune.

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign the read “Vote Obama, I need the money.” I laughed.
Once in the restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08″ tie, again I laughed–just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

It's a prayer request Thursday again.. It's office day. I humbly ask for your prayerful support of my endeavors today.. for me as well as for my patients.

It's going to be a busy day.

When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republic government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty. —Noah Webster

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

graphic and sad site

If you believe that abortion is a viable form of birth control, please see this site.. and know beforehand that it is extremely graphic. But view it and weep for humanity.

I'm reviving my DOWNSIZING blog. I have a lot of weight to lose.. and I'm determined to do so.
You can watch my progress if you wish. I think that my weight issue is two fold.. I'm a carboholic, and I don't get enough exercise. I'll be addressing these things as I attempt to eliminate the pounds over the next year.
As I said, I have a LOT to lose, and I won't be sad when I do.
I'm heading outside for a walk..
It's Wednesday. I slept the night through waking only briefly when Quinn and Rose came on the radio. I feel rested.
It's been so cold around WPA.. and the "S" word keeps coming up.. Maybe the forecasters were right about a long and hard winter coming. Well, we are pretty much overdue for one.
To those of you who drink the koolaid of global warming.. well, you'll have exceptionally low electric/gas bills this winter I suppose, but only in your dreams. As for me, I'll play it by ear with my little heater off and on in the evenings, and otherwise wear my winter clothes till spring.
Ah... spring.. my favorite season of all!!!!
Tonite is my night to make supper.. it's chicken stew, and I have to get some veggies, so I'll be moving along now..
Praying for a good day..

Doing away with Death

"In that day he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken!
Isaiah 25:7-8 NLT

There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.
John 14:2 NLT

Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again."
John 11:25 NLT

"There are two kinds of death—the cessation of life here on earth, and the missed opportunity to live in heaven with God forever.
To die physically is to leave our earthly body and our place in the earthly community.
To die spiritually, eternally, is to miss eternal residence in heaven with God and his people, to be separated from God forever.
When we die physically, we can be even more alive as we take up residence in God's eternal home with him and his people.
It is not pleasant to think of dying physically.
But it is devastating to think of missing heaven forever.

from the Touch Point Bible with commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers (Tyndale) p 1180

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Obama & DNC Admit All Allegations of Federal Court Lawsuit - Obama’s “Not” Qualified to be President

Obama Should Immediately Withdraw his Candidacy for President

For Immediate Release: - 10/21/08 - Complete contact details and pdfs of this press release and motions filed by plaintiff Berg today are at the end of this article

(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania – 10/21/08) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “qualifications” to serve as President of the United States, announced today that Obama and tbe DNC “ADMITTED”, by way of failure to timely respond to Requests for Admissions, all of the numerous specific requests in the Federal lawsuit. Obama is “NOT QUALIFIED” to be President and therefore Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President and the DNC shall substitute a qualified candidate. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.

Berg stated that he filed Requests for Admissions on September 15, 2008 with a response by way of answer or objection had to be served within thirty [30] days. No response to the Requests for Admissions was served by way of response or objection. Thus, all of the Admissions directed to Obama and the DNC are deemed “ADMITTED.” Therefore, Obama must immediately withdraw his candidacy for President.

OBAMA - Admitted:

1. I was born in Kenya.

2. I am a Kenya “natural born” citizen.

3. My foreign birth was registered in the State of Hawaii.

4. My father, Barrack Hussein Obama, Sr. admitted Paternity of me.

5. My mother gave birth to me in Mombosa, Kenya.

6. My mother’s maiden name is Stanley Ann Dunham a/k/a Ann Dunham.

7. The COLB [Certification of Live Birth] posted on the website “” is a forgery.

8. I was adopted by a Foreign Citizen.

9. I was adopted by Lolo Soetoro, M.A. a citizen of Indonesia.

10. I was not born in Hawaii.

11. I was not born at the Queens Medical Center in Hawaii.

12. I was not born at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Hawaii.

13. I was not born in a Hospital in Hawaii.

14. I am a citizen of Indonesia.

15. I never took the “Oath of Allegiance” to regain my U.S. Citizenship status.

16. I am not a “natural born” United States citizen.

17. My date of birth is August 4, 1961.

18. I traveled to Pakistan in 1981 with my Pakistan friends.

19. In 1981, I went to Indonesia on my way to Pakistan.

20. Pakistan was a no travel zone in 1981 for American Citizens.

21. In 1981, Pakistan was not allowing American Citizens to enter their country.

22. I traveled on my Indonesian Passport to Pakistan.

23. I renewed my Indonesian Passport on my way to Pakistan.

24. My senior campaign staff is aware I am not a “natural born” United States Citizen.

25. I am proud of my Kenya Heritage.

26. My relatives have requested changes to the portion of my birth certificate that identifies my first name.

27. My relatives have requested changes to the portion of my birth certificate that identifies my last name.

28. My relatives have requested changes to the portion of my birth certificate that identifies my place of birth.

29. I requested changes to the portion of my birth certificate that identifies my first name.

30. I requested changes to the portion of my birth certificate that identifies my last name.

31. I requested changes to the portion of my birth certificate that identifies my place of birth.

32. The document identified as my Indonesian School record from Fransiskus Assisi School in Jakarta, Indonesia is genuine.

33. I went to a Judge in Hawaii to have my name changed.

34. I went to a Senator and/or Congressman or other public official in Hawaii to have my name changed.

35. I had a passport issued to me from the Government of Indonesia.

36. The United States Constitution does not allow for a Person to hold the office of President of the United States unless that person is a “natural born” United States citizen.

37. I am ineligible pursuant to the United States Constitution to serve as President and/or Vice President of the United States.

38. I never renounced my citizenship as it relates to my citizenship to the country of Indonesia.

39. I never renounced my citizenship as it relates to my citizenship to the country of Kenya.

40. I am an Attorney who specializes in Constitutional Law.

41. Kenya was a part of the British Colonies at the time of my birth.

42. Kenya did not become its own Republic until 1963.

43. I am not a “Naturalized” United States Citizen.

44. I obtained $200 Million dollars in campaign funds by fraudulent means.

45. I cannot produce a “vault” (original) long version of a birth certificate showing my birth in Hawaii.

46. My “vault” (original) long version birth certificate shows my birth in Kenya.

47. The only times I was to a Hospital in Hawaii was for check-ups or medical treatments for illnesses.

48. Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii does not have any record of my mother, Stanley Ann Dunham (Obama) giving birth to me.

49. Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii does not have any record of my mother, Stanley Ann Dunham (Obama) giving birth to me.

50. I was born in the Coast Province Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

51. I represented on my State Bar application in Illinois that I never used any other name other than Barack Hussein Obama.

52. I went by the name Barry Soetoro in Indonesia.

53. My Indonesian school records are under the name of Barry Soetoro.

54. I took an Oath to uphold the United States Constitution when admitted to the State Bar of Illinois to practice Law.

55. I took an Oath to uphold the United States Constitution when I was Sworn into my United States Senate Office.

56. I hold dual citizenship with at least one other Country besides the United States of America.

DNC - Admitted:

1. The DNC nominated Barrack Hussein Obama as the Democratic Nominee for President.

2. The DNC has not vetted Barrack Hussein Obama.

3. The DNC did not have a background check performed on Barrack Hussein Obama.

4.The DNC did not verify Barrack Hussein Obama’s eligibility to serve as President of the United States.

5. The DNC admits Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya.

6. The DNC admits Barrack Hussein Obama is not a “natural born” United States citizen.

7. The DNC admits Barrack Hussein Obama was not born in Hawaii.

8.The DNC admits they have not inquired into Barrack Hussein Obama’s citizenship status.

9. The DNC admits they have a duty to properly vette the Democratic Nominee for President.

10.The DNC admits Lolo Soetoro, M.A., an Indonesian citizen adopted Barrack Hussein Obama.

11. The DNC admits the Credentials Committee has been aware of this lawsuit since August 22, 2008 as the lawsuit was faxed to our Washington D.C. Office on August 22, 2008.

12. The DNC admits their Credentials Committee failed to verify and/or inquire into the credentials of Barack Hussein Obama to serve as the President of the United States.

13. The DNC admits their Credential Committee’s Report failed to address the issues of Barack Hussein Obama’s ineligibility to serve as President of the United States.

14.The DNC admits Howard Dean, Chair Person has and had knowledge Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya and ineligible to serve as the President of the United States.

15. The DNC admits Plaintiff and all Democratic citizens of the United States have been personally injured as a result of not having a qualified Democratic Presidential Nominee to cast their votes upon.

16. The DNC admits Plaintiff and all citizens of the United States have a Constitutional Right to vote for the President of the United States and to have two (2) qualified candidates of which to choose from.

17. The DNC admits Plaintiff and all citizens of the United States have a Constitutional right to have a properly vetted Democratic Presidential Nominee of which to cast their vote.

18. The DNC admits an FBI background check is not performed on the Presidential or Vice Presidential Candidates.

19. The DNC admits the United States Constitution does not allow for a Person to hold the office of President of the United States unless that person is a “natural born” United States citizen.

20. The DNC admits they collected donations on behalf of Barack Hussein Obama for his Presidential campaign.

21. The DNC admits Plaintiff and Democratic citizens donated money based on false representations that Barack Hussein Obama was qualified to serve as the President of the United States.

22. The DNC admits if Barack Hussein Obama is elected as President and allowed to serve as President of the United States in violation of our Constitution, it will create a Constitutional crisis.

23. The DNC admits Barack Hussein Obama took an Oath to uphold the United States Constitution.

24. The DNC admits allowing a person who is not a “natural born” citizen to serve as President of the United States violates Plaintiff’s rights to due process of law in violation of the United States Constitution.

25. The DNC admits allowing a person who is not a “natural born” citizen to serve as President of the United States violates Plaintiff’s rights to Equal Protection of the laws in violation of the United States Constitution.

26. The DNC admits the function of the DNC is to secure a Democratic Presidential Candidate who will protect Democratic citizen’s interests, fight for their equal opportunities and fight for justice for all Americans.

27. The DNC admits the Democratic National Committee has been promoting Barack Hussein Obama’s Presidential election knowing he was ineligible to serve as President of the United States.
Our website now has 50.7 + million hits. We are urging all to spread the word of our website – and forward to your local newspapers, radio and TV stations. Berg again stressed his position regarding the urgency of this case as, “we” the people, are heading to a “Constitutional Crisis” if this case is not resolved forthwith.Philip J. Berg, Esquire
555 Andorra Glen Court, Suite 12
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Exceptionally frank, good article

This morning I want to share yet another email from a friend. It's the article about a man who gives his reasons why he can't vote for Obama, though his skin color is black. It matters not to me, I agree with his arguments.
Huntley Brown is his name, and his website is here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

With all the cold weather, I wanted to look at some of this year's flowers
I haven't posted yet.. pretty, eh? These were taken 2 weeks ago.

Charlie's cats

Meet Gray Squirrel

I have spent too much time today reading news and articles that tend to depress me. I've blogged more than usual.. so I'm taking a break here...and heading for bed.

It's called Erickson Hypnosis

The use of Ericksnian “vagueness” in speech as a linguistic induction tool: “Change” and “Yes we can.” When Obama says “change” is can mean a lot of different things to everyone. He is not specific in what he means because then he would lose his pacing of the audience.
Obama speaks for 40-50 minutes, 20-30 minute longer than most political speeches. Have you ever wondered why Obama gives these long 40-50 minute speeches? Probably not, because most people do not even realize time has gone by. This process of pacing then leading, pacing then leading, again and again, as well as using other hypnotic language patterns is called “stacking language patterns” (as in, one on top of the other)
The hypnotist blends the process with embedded commands, anchors, emotional transfers, and other techniques. What occurs is that the critical factor is bored, worn down, gets tired, and stops being critical because it is too much work – then, the hypnotist’s effects increase.
“a light will shine down from somewhere, it will light upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will say to yourself, “I have to vote for Barack" as he secures this suggestion with hand signals aimed at you. By the way, Obama actually said this in a speech.
Read the full article .. it makes a lot of sense ..

The budget should be balanced,

the Treasury should be refilled,

public debt should be reduced,

the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled,

and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.

People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.

-- Cicero , 55 BC

I'm gettin off the soapbox now..

As Christians, we need to be on our knees and praying without ceasing.

Joe Biden thinks that the Democratic Party should be called the "Party of God". Wonder what god he is in reference to?
Certainly, not the God of the Bible.. let me explain..

He thinks, like the Pharisees, that if they could talk a lot more about God, people would think more of them, people would see how good and pure they are, but their hearts are so far from God, they cannot even be related to Christianity. Scripture says 'by their fruits you will know them'.. For what I can see, it's not painting a good picture for them.

First of all, there is no respect for human life within the so called "party of god". Indeed, they support partial birth abortion, a barbaric method of infanticide. Though any abortion is barbaric, this one is particularly nasty, and I would wonder about the moral standards of anyone who would support it. I suspect the elderly and infirm will be next, followed by those who care to disagree with their agenda. We will become the 'useless' members of society, and need to be eliminated. This agenda comes from the pits of Hell and the god is Satan himself.

And then there is the issue of same sex marriages which the "party of god" supports and relishes. In no place in scripture does it support this lifestyle, and indeed, it condemns it openly.
They say they want to 'help the poor', but everything they suggest only makes the situation worse, and as far as their own contributions to the poor, it's next to nothing. Scripture says we are to take care of our own.. our families, parents, children. There is an issue of Responsibility here.
It comes down to walking the walk and talking the talk.. They talk a lot, but there are no solid results other than the destruction that is left in their wake.
Here's a site you might like to see...National Republican Trust PAC
It's cold.. 29 degrees at 9am. Brrrrrr! We should get to 63 today. Gotta find my long sleeve shirts.

I slept a lot yesterday. Not sure why, but I was very tired all day. I slept all night too and woke up to Quinn and Rose. I enjoy listening to talk radio. I feel a concern that if the liberals take over the government, they will be gone as well as Beck and Rush. Just more of the freedoms that would be taken away under the liberal administration.
They are playing with the internet too. That annoys me also. I've been on the internet since 1997 when I only knew one other person who had an email addy- my cousin Karen. Since then, it's exploded and it's hard to find anyone who DOESN'T have an email addy.
Too much government involvement and we won't have that either.. or the government will find a way to own it too. I've used it for researching family history for years, and educating myself otherwise.. as well as a communication tool for our family and friends.
I love my BLOG and use it as my own personal journal that YOU are welcome to read if you wish. I plan to make a hard copy of it all before the government says I can't have my own opinion about anything.
In the mean time, I will continue to be outspoken about my world around me, my family and friends.
I've changed my Blog Name.. to According to Jemit.. I like that better. My email addy for the blog is the same, just the title has changed.

Things that annoy me:
1. Voter fraud.. too much .. can we not have a legal election? What's with Americans anyway?
OH.. I guess it's not patriotic Americans that are the problem.. illegal aliens, and those anti American groups that figure they can't win one legally. There are places that have more voters on the books than the population of legal voters..
2. Lying politicians.. Just for once during my lifetime, I'd like them to be honest with the people of this great nation. I want to see their agendas.. and then make an intelligent decision. And how about when a valid birth certificate is requested by the public and the courts, and the candidate won't produce one? That makes me think that there is fraud here.. perhaps one doesn't exist? Why not settle the issue and present the REAL one?
3. Taxes.. I remember the slogan of long ago.. "no taxation without representation".. it couldn't be more true today. We the people have no representation in congress. It's a renegade group of non patriots elected. Their promises are worth nothing, and their attitudes are elitist. They were elected to SERVE THE PEOPLE and vote accordingly. But they seem to be interested only in groups that pay them big bucks for their votes. Instead of reflecting the citizen's desires, they have decided that we, the people, don't have any brains.. and only they have enough sense. I hope the public will vote every one of them out of office.. I'd like the slate cleared totally.
I find them all cold and calculating.
4. Too much government.. schools need to get back to basics and be able to teach the important things.. reading, math, actual history (not the re-written one), civics, good literature (you know- the classics?) ..

Well, there are a lot more things that annoy me, but I'll talk about them at another time. Right now, I feel better for having gotten these things off my chest.
Our forefathers had good sense.. we should be remembering true history, the longer I live, the more convinced I am that we need to return to our roots:

"Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

Psalm 127:1 NLT

"Benjamin Franklin is best known for his inventions (lightning rod) and his aphorisms ("early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise"). But he was also a key figure when the thirteen colonies were giving birth to a new nation.

At the age of 81, Franklin was the oldest representative at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Weeks after the convention began, representatives were still haggling about the relative voting power of large states and small states. Then Franklin stood up and said,

"In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.…Have we now forgotten this powerful Friend? Do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.…We have been assured, sir, that 'except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it,' and without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel."

The verse from Psalm 127 had its effect. A compromise was soon worked out, and a Constitution ratified by the states the following year.

adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for October 27"
Curious about Presidential campaign contributions, I checked out a site that reveals what all the candidates have received and spent to date.
There are, of course, 6 candidates..

Constitution Party: Chuck Baldwin
After running as the Constitution Party's vice presidential nominee in 2004, Baldwin has been promoted in 2008 to the top of the ticket. A Baptist pastor, he leads his party in advocating a conservative platform based on a strict reading of the Constitution. Baldwin, a former Republican, has criticized President Bush and the GOP as too liberal. He defeated Alan Keyes for the Constitution Party's '08 nomination – Keyes had also tried for the Republican nomination – and Baldwin has received the endorsement of Ron Paul, another former Republican presidential candidate.
To date, his campaign has raised $96,000 and spent $87,000.

Libertarian: Bob Barr
Former Rep. Bob Barr, once a Republican, announced that he's running for president on the Libertarian ticket, blasting the two major parties for not implementing more fiscal restraint. Barr, who helped successfully push through Bill Clinton's impeachment and who lost his Georgia House seat to redistricting in 2002, has maintained his leadership political action committee since then. He has raised $4.5 million through his PAC since the 2004 election cycle yet has given only 2 percent of that to other politicians -- a sign he was thinking about running for president.
His campaign has raised $855,000 and spent $796,000

Green Party: Cynthia McKinney
An ex-Democrat, McKinney was first elected to the House of Representatives from Georgia in 1992 but was ousted in 2002, and then forced out again in 2006 after having been re-elected in 2004. Consumer activist Ralph Nader, who's running as an independent in 2008, was the Green Party's nominee in 2000, when he raised $13.5 million. With little name recognition, McKinney will have a hard time topping Nader's 2000 fundraising, but she did manage to raise nearly $1 million to unsuccessfully defend her House seat in 2002. However, that was before she made news for physically confronting a police officer in 2006 for failing to recognize her when she entered the Capitol.
Her campaign has raised $0

Independent Party: Ralph Nader
In his third bid for president, Nader is facing some record-breaking fundraisers. In 2000, Nader raised $8.4 million as the Green Party's candidate. In 2004, the consumer advocate collected $4.6 million, with nearly $800,000 from public financing, and won a mere 0.3 percent of the vote as an independent. In both campaigns Nader relied mostly on small donations; his larger contributors tended to be retired individuals, educators, lawyers or in the entertainment industry.
His campaign has raised $3 million and has spent $3 million.

Republican Party: John McCain
McCain's campaign did a 180-degree turn this election cycle, going from nearly broke after last fall to emerging as the Republican nominee. Unlike his opponent, the Arizona senator has opted into the public financing system, limiting what he can spend to $84 million. He can, however, collect contributions to pay for the legal and accounting expenses necessary to comply with the public financing system and his party can spend its money on his behalf.
His campaign has raised $240 million and spent $204 million

Democrat Party: Barack Obama
2008 boosted Obama into the position of the most successful presidential fundraiser ever, in addition to the Democratic nominee. From the start he's had no problem bringing in the money or appealing to new donors, and has relied on small online donors and bigger donors nearly equally. After becoming the nominee, he opted out of the public financing system, making him the first major-party candidate since the system was created to decline taxpayers' money for the general election.
His campaign has raised $454 million and spent $377 million

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gray squirrel adventures

Yesterday I walked outside.. and heard a racket in the trees.. I could hear squirrels chattering again and wondered what was up. As I scanned the trees, I spotted something that at first looked like a birds nest I hadn't seen before.. and then I thought it was a porcupine with it's quills standing up straight. Now, THAT might have made the nutty little squirrels chatter.. but, no, as I walked over to see what it was, it moved and stood straight up with it's fur on end.. it was Gray! That crazy squirrel was scolding something from his perch in the tree.. and his fur was standing on end!
Something gave him an awful fright.. Could have been a chicken or a cat... or something else!
Forensic evidence of birth certificate fraud.


My hot coffee is well appreciated this morning. It was cold last night and since I never turn the heat on in this bedroom, there is a chill in the air now that I'm up and moving. My snugly pink fleece robe that Wendell gave me last Christmas keeps me so warm when it's cold, and then my cozy comforter doesn't let me realize the chill till I'm on my feet.

To be sure, the weather report says it's 27 degrees in Butler. It has been well documented that we run 2-3 degrees less in the winter and several degrees more in the summer.
Our high today is only going to be 57 and the cold will stay with us at least till Wednesday. UGH.

So..... Hello winter. Not real happy that you are here, but we'll deal with it. Thanksgiving day is only 6 weeks away and Christmas is 4 weeks after that. Oh boy.. gotta get pulled together here.

I got my book by Randy Alcorn.. Heaven. It's really a good read. I'm about a third of the way through. When man sinned, the Curse touched all of God's creation. I am wondering if this is why we have such extremely cold weather and hot too? Once all of creation is resurrected, will we have winter as we know it? Scripture says God created seasons.. and I am certain that the leaves of the trees in autumn will be more than spectacular as we think of them today.
That reminds me.. it's not been a pretty fall.. the leaves sort of turned yellowy brown and then when we had the last windy rainy day, they landed in the yard.. and cold weather is upon us.

Folklore says that you can tell how severe a winter is going to be by the common 'woolly bear' caterpillar, though it's accuracy is only about 70% (so say the believers) .
Counting each of the 13 segments as a week of winter, the woolly bear 'reader' correlates the black segments at the front and rear of the caterpillar with the beginning and end of winter. The more black segments, the worse the winter, and vice versa, with the harshest weather occurring during the black-segment weeks. I've been told this winter is going to be severe according to the caterpillar.. we shall see. But don't look for me to pick up a handful of those bristly little buggers, as I did so as a child, but can't bear the thought of it now, let alone counting their black segments!
You'll just have to wait and see how much whining I do from here on to next spring.. aaacckk!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Face-off over converted garage could land woman, 83, in jail

La Quinta, Calif., resident says the space was a bedroom when she bought the house 30 years ago, but the city says it's her responsibility to undo the illegal conversion.
By David Kelly
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

October 18, 2008

Ageda Camargo was sitting in her shady frontyard, wondering aloud if jail is as bad as it sounds.

"I'm thinking of writing Martha Stewart to ask what it's like," said the soft-spoken 83-year-old. "Do they put you in a cell? I wouldn't want to be in a cell."

These weren't idle worries.

Camargo, a grandmother of six, has run afoul of La Quinta's code enforcement in a big way, big enough to put her behind bars.

The city near Palm Springs insists that one of her three bedrooms is really an illegally converted garage. She insists it's just a bedroom.

"What right do they have to call this a garage?" she asked, walking around the room with its cabinets, sink, bathroom and refrigerator. "I never called it a garage. How do they know it's not a bedroom? If this is a garage, then they owe me a bedroom."

For 18 months now, code enforcement officials have been after Camargo to turn the bedroom back into a garage. Insisting that her home is her castle, she has ignored more than a dozen warnings.

Her resistance crumbled last week when a local judge ordered her to comply or face possible jail time.

"It's traumatic. It's like tearing my house down," she said. "I bought this place 30 years ago, and it was always a bedroom. And now they are trying to shove this down my throat."

City building and safety director Tom Hartung said that an illegally converted garage poses health and safety risks but that going to court is a last resort.

"To say we should not enforce the ordinances based on the demographics of the owner of the property is unrealistic," he said. "We can't do that."

Hartung said that in his 25-year career, he's seen only one person jailed over a violation.

"I think we are very fair," he said. "I don't think you will find a more reasonable department."

Camargo grew up on a family farm in nearby Thermal. In 1977, she moved to Avenida Montezuma in La Quinta, attracted by the isolation and soaring views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains.

"I was crazy about those mountains," she said, relaxing under a vine-covered pergola in her frontyard. "There were no neighbors then, nothing but sand dunes. I loved it."

Her troubles began when a code enforcement officer spotted a light shining from her garage into the street, a code violation. He noticed her trash cans in front of the house (another violation) and weeds poking through the concrete (yet another one).

But what really caught his eye were the garage doors. They were firmly fixed in the driveway and didn't open. Windows lined one side wall of the attached structure.

"He began yelling orders at me and said he wanted to bring in inspectors," Camargo said. "He wanted to come in, and I said, 'No way am I going to let you in. Are you telling me this isn't America anymore?' "

Undeterred, code enforcement sent letter after letter warning that continued defiance could mean a fine or jail. The department gave her repeated extensions to undo the conversion. Still she didn't budge.

"I know rules are rules, but this is harassment," said Mike Head, Camargo's son. "She has undergone three surgeries in the last two years. She had breast cancer. She had brain surgery, which took her a year to recover from, and I still think she's a little dingy from that."

On a recent morning, in thick glasses and a long floral dress, she seemed more anxious than "dingy."

"I never had a garage," said Camargo, who parks in the driveway. "I don't need one or want one."

Nevertheless, the city finally took the gloves off. Code enforcement showed up recently with three inspectors, two police officers and a search warrant.

Jarrod Head, Camargo's 29-year-old grandson, who lives with her, was sleeping in the disputed bedroom when they arrived.

"They pushed right in," he said. "I said, 'What's this about?' but they were busy taking pictures. When I asked why they were taking pictures, the police asked me for my ID. I asked why they needed my ID, and they put me in handcuffs."

Camargo was indignant.

"I didn't like to see my grandson handcuffed," she said. "The inspector went into the bedroom and said, 'I can tell this has been added on.' They gave me two weeks to put it into compliance."

Mark Moran, a member of the Riverside County Advisory Council on Aging, called the situation "elder abuse." He filed a complaint with Adult Protective Services, which has opened a case.

"You would think Ageda Camargo was hiding Osama bin Laden in the house, given the way they have come after her," he said.

City prosecutor Noam Duzman denies that La Quinta is targeting the elderly woman. He said that the city has "bent over backward" to resolve the dispute but that Camargo has not been forthcoming and refuses to abide by the law.

"She believes that since she bought the house this way, it isn't her responsibility," Duzman said. "The county and city code says if you build or convert something, you need a permit. I get the feeling she felt if she stuck it out long enough we'd drop this -- but we won't because it's a public safety issue."

Last week Camargo was in court. The judge ordered her to pay a $3,000 fine, which she said she couldn't afford. She asked for the other option -- 30 days in jail.

"She insisted on jail time instead," Duzman said. "I went on record in front of the judge to say that the city did not recommend this."

The estimated cost of fixing the problem is $10,000. Camargo said she lives on Social Security and income from a reverse mortgage.

If the work is done by Jan. 12, the fine and threat of jail will be dropped.

"I don't think she should go to jail. She is an elderly woman," the prosecutor said. "I do believe, however, that she should be subject to the law just like everyone else."