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Burning Bums In Washington

Published May 31, 2009 by glaumland

One of the best parts of being a parent is watching your kids learn the things that you did as a child, then getting to relive your childhood all over again. Little Boy has recently learned the phrase, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” It is too funny, and a really good opportunity to talk about truthfulness.

I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this phrase floating around Washinton, DC alot lately. It seems we are daily assaulted with government lies: who knew (or didn’t know) what & when, who did (or didn’t do) something, who promised something and then did the opposite. What does a citizen do to get at the truth? Moreover, what does a parent do to teach their kids that this isn’t acceptable? Where do you draw the line?

The Stupid Lie

I haven’t been able to see a full clip of Pelosi’s now famous newsconference, you know, the one where she accused the CIA of lying (it’s the dial-up/no cable thingy). I definitely understand the part of government that involves secrecy, subterfuge, and keeping your cards close to your chest; that’s all about national security. I may not like it in all of its parts, but I do know that I like feeling safe in my own home and community. It’s definitely a trade-off I can live with.

So to me it really doesn’t matter what Pelosi knew and when, and I think alot of people originally felt that way. The problem as I see it came when she tried to make this into a  political magic trick – trying to saw the previous administration into pieces without getting into the box as well. And so the desire for punishment of, and revenge for, supposed wrongs usurped her sense of decency and honesty.

It is almost funny to see a liar get so caught up in their own lies. The more they open their mouths and try to justify their words, the more entangled they become, until they are twisting uselessly, not knowing which way to turn. Kind of reminds me of seeing gar wrapped on a trotline – so wrapped up in fishing line that they eventually can’t get free. To bad they didn’t just open their mouths and let go. For a woman who has a reputation at being “over-prepared” on nearly every subject she has touched, I find it hard to believe that something like this just slipped through the cracks. More likely, her facts didn’t hold up the fantasy she wanted to believe. 

Silly fish, I mean Pelosi – too bad she didn’t just open her mouth and tell the truth. Would she have taken a hit from some of the Lefties? Probably. But it seems more reasonable to explain to them that you, like everyone else, was terribly afraid of allowing any more terrorist attacks on American soil. People get fear; most have the images of 9-11 burned into their memories. Those that can’t understand that and look to punish the last administration aren’t worth having on your team.

OK, so Pelosi has tarnished her reputation, big deal. Politicians do it all of the time. But the problem is that now she has accused the CIA of lying. Could the CIA lie? Probably. Did they? I don’t know. But I do know that if Pelosi seriously thought she was being misled half a decade ago, she has had plenty of time to privately approach the CIA and call them on it. And there doesn’t seem to be any paper trail of that. Instead, all of the memos, brief, minutes, etc., seem to show that Pelosi did know about the waterboarding and made no objection at the time. Again, the fact that she didn’t object at the time doesn’t outrage anyone except some of the Lefties, and certainly not the average American, by the polls I have seen.

The real problem with Pelosi’s Dagwood Sandwich of Lies is that the CIA, one of the most important institutions for our national safety, is second-guessing themselves on how they should proceed. They are the ultimate fall guys: if they don’t get the information and America gets attacked, they’ll take the blame. If they do what they must to get the information to keep us safe, they’ll get hung out to dry or prosecuted by our courts. Who would want a job like that? It’s a sad day when playing political games is more important than assuring our national safety – one of the foremost reasons for a national government.

Should Pelosi lose her seat for lying? No, because as you’ll see, she’s in fine company. But should she lose her speaker-ship? Definitely, because even Democrats deserve leadership they can believe in.

The Grandiose Lie

The poor schmucks. I can almost feel for them, because we all like to look important in front of our family, friends, and co-workers. But how far will we go to do that? Embellish? Exagerate a little bit? What does it matter when it’s only a story and nobody will know the truth anyway? I think this is one place where we all have been.

Poor Joe Biden. Now this guy is a real schmuck. He failed in his attempt to become President #44, then got picked to be VP to a guy who really doesn’t want anyone’s advice anyway. So Joe is left to making public appearances and trying to seem important.

He wants to impress us: that’s why the world now knows about the SECRET bunker at the VP’s residence. I’m sure that little tidbit impressed some people at the White House Correspondant’s Dinner.

He wants to astonish us: that’s why he told the world that he spent so much time with POTUS43 and was on-hand to give Bush a dressing-down. I’m sure that made the anti-Bush crowd chuckle with glee. Too bad that there are witnesses who say, “Not so, Joe!”

He wants to astound us: that’s why Joe tells the most egregious lies of all – those about his family. He wants us to think that he’s the first one in his family to go to college; he wants us to think he grew up as a coal miner’s son (  http://www.cdobs.com/archive/our-columns/joe-biden-is-definitely-a-characterbut-does-he-have-character,1583  ); and worst of all, he vilifies a man who was in the accident that killed his first wife and daughter ( http://stevemaloneygop.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html ).

What is even worse is that news ‘hacks’ like Katie Couric pick up on these lies and report them as truth, never thinking about the honest people who are hurt in the process. (And speaking of KC, I haven’t seen her lately…is she doing the news with pants on yet? Or are they still showing the side shots of her short skirts and long legs?)

Poor schmucky Joe. But by now almost everyone knows he is a serial liar: http://goatsbarnyard.blogspot.com/2008/10/documenting-joe-bidens-lies-during.html (I found this site while I was researching goats! – No offense to the goats intended!)

Ooo…I almost forgot one of my favorites! Thank You, Al Gore, for inventing the internet! And for authoring the Earned Income Credit bill (even though it passed 2 years before you even got to congress.) And for showing us the evils of global warming even though NOAA proves it has gotten colder.

The Omission Lie

I don’t buy newspapers anymore. Not only do I not have time to sit down and read them, it seems they just end up filling up the trash bin. I can’t watch cable to see the latest happenings so I get most of my news from the Internet. Which is just as well, because that way I can go to my favorite sources and those I deem most reliable and get both sides of any story.

Too many news resources, from newspapers to radio to television to WWW, have gotten just too weird.  You’ve got the mainstream news, who spend alot of time tingling over their favorite candidates or showing off their gorgeous gams. Looks to me like they want to be part of the news rather than just report it. And you’ve got the TV “newsmagazines” that like to tell you who in Hollywood is sleeping with whom, or who got arrested, or wore what dress. Like I really care. Hello! I’ve got a real life. I do like watching some PBS news, but it generally isn’t aired at a slot when I have time to watch.

I don’t listen to radio – it doesn’t work in my car. Ha Ha Ha! This is so funny – it’s like I’m really living under a rock! Besides, it is never as entertaining or noisy as a couple of kids in the back seat.

And the newspapers that we’ve depended on during the last century have seemed to be more interested in being a part of the news rather than reporting on it. Now it seems as even one of the oldest and most respected (?) newspapers in our nation has been caught in another lie: http://hotair.com/archives/2009/03/31/did-the-nyt-spike-an-acorn-story-to-benefit-obama/ . The New York Times has had some problems in the last few years with reporters making up stories, and now it looks like they’ve got problems reporting on real stories.

The Misdirected Lie

I’ve got to hand it to the Obama administration: when it comes to sneakiness, they are aces! Somebody figured out (and my bet is on Rahm Emanuel) that if do something controversial on Friday afternoon, it sits all weekend in the dark before any MSM starts reporting on it. And if you are really lucky, something really big happens over the weekend, and all of the big reports are on it. Now that is subterfuge! So much for the promise of transparency!

You must have the Obamascription Rose-Colored Glasses if you’re not watching these numbers: unemployment is already much higher than Obama’s fuzzy figures showed it going , the deficit is growing by leaps and bounds, and the GDP is shrinking: http://conservativemeanderings.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/the-obama-disaster-by-the-numbers/ .

Hmmm…I may now be penalized for being responsible with my money and paying my credit cards on time. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/20/obama-signing-friday-breaks-transparency-pledge/  Hey, what about the ginormous stimulus bill that had to be passed so fast because the sky would fall if it wasn’t. The Democrats formulated and passed the bill before Republicans had time to read it.

To top it all off – who tells us all of the bad news? That would be Gibbs – the smarmiest guy I have ever seen as the White House Press Dude. He seems to take particular interest in be-littling, smart-ass responses to anyone who dares ask a serious question. That way, all of the Obamabots begin laughing at the ‘joke’ and forget the question. I hope the MSM starts to catch on soon; the “we inherited it” and “I don’t know” answers are starting to get a little lame.

The Outright Lie

Wow! If you haven’t figured it out already, it’s really easy to make promises while you’re on the campaign trail. Mr. Obama promised transparency and a new way of doing government, but obviously he didn’t mean that he would be changing in any way. What I don’t get is that this seems to be such an easy promise to keep – the transparency of giving America 5 days to comment on non-emergency legislation before signing it. Now we hear explanations about “when the clock starts ticking”. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/26/obama-vow-to-delay-signing-is-subject-to-interpret/ When you look at the number of bills stacking up, Obama’s commitment to his inauguration day pledge looks pretty dismal. http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/04/27/obamas-transparency-average-drops/ 

And even before Obama took the oath of office, he was on the liar’s road. When it first became known that Illinois Governor Blago was auctioning the Senator’s seat, both Obama and Emanuel denied having any contact with the gov. Does that even make any sense? Why wouldn’t a governor and a senator have conversations about politics? Hello? Are we really that stupid? Finally, after there was proof, Emanuel admitted he did have contact with Blago. More info will probably come out as the proceedings against Blago continue; we’ll just have to wait and see.

And of course, two of my favorite lies: Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” (or was that John Edwards?) and “It depends upon what the definition of ‘is’ is.” But let’s face it, guys have been lying about sex for years; some just don’t lose the knack after they get out of college. Of course, it could just be that Bill & John were doing research into women’s rights and female empowerment.

There are lots more examples, but this topic is driving me nuts. I hope you get the idea, though, that there are alot of bums (slang for bottoms) on fire in Washington these days.

Until next time…

Sweet Dreams & Best Wishes

Published May 27, 2009 by glaumland

Life is good! It’s nice to be a Mommie & a “mom.”

Little Boy had some bad dreams last night & came in asking to sleep with me. I love the fact that he trusts & loves me so much. He even wanted to say his bedtime prayers again. And as fast as he is growing, I won’t be able to “spoon” with him much more. So I’ll treasure these moments, even though I’m the one now not getting any sleep.

One of my “girls” is all grown up & newly married. As a former employee and daughter of a dear friend, she has always held a special place in my heart. She & New Hubby are super cool kids with very big hearts, and they will always be dear to me. Best Wishes J & J!

How wonderful it is to live in a garden sewn with seeds of love. And speaking of gardens, I’ll start posting about how our garden is growing.

Until next time…

Livin’ In Redneck Holler

Published May 25, 2009 by glaumland

Hoo-wee! Wow, life can sometimes get so strange (and yet so familiar – which is even more strange) that you can hardly recognize yourself in it. But life is more fun when you’re livin’ it…

I had to laugh today. I had the new experience of trying to wax my legs (the pain isn’t actually so bad, it was trying to work on the back of my legs that was difficult – I’m not a cat!). I decided to do it outside since it is sticky work – I’m using honey/wax. I think I’ve got it figured out finally, so maybe soon I’ll get the other leg done.

Anyway, I decided to do it outside, like I said. So picture this…I was sitting outside, on the goat-milking stand, while Dear Hubby was changing the oil, and “Here In Topeka” by Loretta Lynn is playing on the radio. Cats all around me trying to see what I’m doing, and the horse tethered next to the driveway watching me and the cats. Ha ha ha!

Other than waxing one leg, the weekend was nice. Got to go to the “concrete pond” to do some swimming, had some smoked ribs, plant our garden and do shrinky-dinks.

Not many people could live the fast, fun life we do!

Until next time…

Classic Comedy: Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink

Published May 11, 2009 by glaumland

I hadn’t meant to add another blog today, but comedy and comedians have been on my mind since yesterday. And I find it interesting how ‘un-funny’ alot of comedy today really is.

Dear Hubby and I happened to be watching PBS last night (no cable, remember) and we watched an episode about comedians. Some of the comedians I liked, and some I didn’t, but all of them I respected for their ability to take on big issues or institutions and make it funny. Not always easy to hear, but funny. Like Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilco making fun of the Army after WWII. In no way was he trying to deride the Army, but to poke fun at the little idiosyncrasies that many of the men and women of the Armed Forces had dealt with. Things that you could nudge your spouse or your buddy and say, “Ain’t that the truth!”

They also highlighted the comedy of Eddie Murphy, Paul Lynde, Redd Foxx, Joan Rivers, and others. Although the scenes shown on PBS were pretty clean, I know that wasn’t always the case. These comedians however dealt with issues of race, gender, poverty, sexuality: some pretty powerful topics. Their targets weren’t individuals, but the accepted norms of the day. Nudge, nudge: “Ain’t that the truth!”

Boy have times changed. As I was catching up on on-line news today, I came across this Newsmax.com headline:  ” Golf Analyst Apologizes for Pelosi/Reid Joke.” I do think David Feherty was out-of-line to publish the now infamous joke. Public people have a responsibility about what they say and do in public. And, at the risk of being called a hypocrite,  I will admit that I chuckled about that joke privately. But as much as I dislike Pelosi and Reid, I do think think that it was in poor taste to use it publicly, either in written or oral communication. This joke doesn’t really have any merit except to abuse two public officials and make light of one terrorist. No nudges here.

But what intrigued me more about this topic was the number of people, very angrily I might add, calling for an apology from CBS Sports and Mr. Feherty. And they got one. Fair enough. But not enough for most of the folks over at Huffington Post (and other Lefty sites). I didn’t get through the 18 pages of posts, but enough to know why I don’t spend much time there. There were people calling for CBS to fire Feherty, other people accusing him of falling off of the wagon, saying he should check into a mental institution, be hung by body parts and other disrespectful things.

And it wasn’t enough to just go after Feherty, but they talked a great deal about Mr. Limbaugh (more on this down the page). Also lots of chatter about right-wing conservatives:  hanging on to their guns (the gun-rights people, not the lefties – obviously!), skinning cats, depraved humor about death, pain & suffering, hate-filled rants, golf is a stupid sport, drinking the kool-aid…you see the trend. Very offensive and disgusting.

Now, the other comedy headliner over the weekend was the annual White House Correspondant’s Dinner in DC. It has been billed as a Roast, where reporters and politicians have an opportunity to poke fun at each other. I know what a Roast is…I grew up in the era of the famous Dean Martin Roasts from Vegas. What happened over the weekend was not even worthy of being termed a ‘Roast.’ Those present were the Washington DC ‘elite’ along with some favored Hollywood folks. Here are some of the things that they thought were funny…

Wanda Sykes: “…You know you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight…Rush Limbaugh — I hope the country fails. I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? “He needs a waterboarding, that’s what he needs.” Obviously, Sykes has never seen anyone suffering from kidney failure – there isn’t anything funny about that. Nor about torture. But she did get uproars from the anti-Limbaugh lefties, and we do know that Mr. Limbaugh is a favorite target of Obama’s, even though RL is a talk-show entertainer and not a politician. t only makes me wonder how insecure these people are. No nudges here.

More from Sykes: “Gov. Palin, she’s not here tonight, she pulled out at the last minute. Somebody should tell her, that’s not really how you practice abstinence.” I don’t know about you, but I think that politician’s kids should be out-of-bounds. No nudges here.

Here are some highlights from Obama’s jokes:

His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, Obama observed, always has a hard time on Mother’s Day. “He’s not used to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.'” I have never found Emanuel’s potty mouth to be funny. No nudge.

“… joked that his children were not present because they were grounded. Obama said, “You can’t just take Air Force One on a joyride to Manhattan, I don’t care who’s kids you are.”” I don’t think poking fun at his own children is very funny either. And it just goes to show that despite the report that Obama was ‘furious’ when the event occured, he and the rest of his administration just don’t get it and feel it is OK to joke about it now. That photo-op stunt was stupid and scary. You can’t tell me that only one lackey knew about it, but he is the one that had to pay with his job. What a bunch of MORONs. This definitely goes in the DUMBASS category! This isn’t a nudge, it’s a mugging..

[Oh, by the way, I guess this morning the WH decided that maybe it wasn’t funny at all. What is funny is that it took a big mouth, a bigger foot, and alot of bad press for them to figure this out!]

The funniest part of the whole evening, in my opinion, was the bragging I saw at Newsmax.com by the dinner officials about the $98K they raised in donations for journalism scholarships and other entities. Think about it…$98K would probably about cover the cost of a couple outfits +/- some jewelry for the Hollywood set. It just shows that they can talk about solving all of the world’s ills, as long as it doesn’t cost them any money. Now, that’s a nudge, nudge, wink, wink: “Ain’t it the truth!”

For She’s A Jolly Good Mother

Published May 11, 2009 by glaumland

OK, I know I’m a day late in getting this post written, but Mom will understand; just ask her how long it took me to get into this world! But I couldn’t let Mother’s Day go by without telling the world just how great my mom is.

One of the best gifts I have received from God in the past decade (since my own children were born) was a deep understanding and appreciation of what a wonderful mother I have. You know the old addage about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes to understand them…well, it should be more like walking a mile in high heels, with a purse on your shoulder that is packed to have anything and everything that anyone may need, a bag of groceries spilling over (not the plastic kind with holes for handles, but the paper kind that can rip!), a small child held by the hand because they want to dart out in traffic or jump in every puddle, and a bigger child lagging behind because this domestic scene is just too uncool! Ah ha – now I’m getting a picture of what motherhood is really like.

Mom worked full time outside of the home. Would I have liked her to be home when we got off the bus? Sure, I would. But I always knew that because she worked we got extras – like weeks at summer camp, to go to a parochial school, and to have family vacations. We were in school every day and church every Sunday. We had clean, nice clothes, even if they weren’t ‘fashionable’. We always had a pair of church shoes and play shoes. We had healthy meals (main dish, salad and veggies) even though we ate lots of casseroles or crock-pot dinners. (Funny, Dear Hubby didn’t even know about casseroles until he met me!) Mom took us to the family doctor, eye doctor, and dentist as often as we were supposed to go. She made it to nearly every activity we had, whether it be ball games, or choir, or drama. (I can only remember two that she ever missed.) And she only forgot me twice at the babysitter!

And for all of that work Mom got to enjoy me as a baby (remember how long she was in labor?), a toddler (how many times was I sick and needed doctor’s care?), as a child (I think I might have been kinda easy at this age), as a tweenie (not listening to my elders, and getting a nail in my foot – but that’s another post), and as a teenager (and the many trips to school for all of my activities). That’s not just a mile in high heels, that’s a marathon.

Even to this day, Mom is a life-saver. She’s been around to help me out with my children, and to take care of me with all of my health problems. She picks up the kids when I can’t, and regularly attends their activities. Because I watched her work ethic and commitment to customer service, I know how things should be done on the job. And because of her commitment to God and her family, I know what should be prioritized in my life. Even my friends are jealous about how wonderful and thoughtful my mom is.

Yes, I’ve got my share of all of the scary “Oh no! I’ve become my mother!” moments. But most of the time, I can only wish I was as good a mother as she was and is.

So Mom, I love you and appreciate everything you have taught me and done for me. You have been one of the greatest blessings God has given me. Please remember this even if I forget to say it often enough. Happy Mother’s Day!

Until next time…

LOL – My ‘Little Old Ladies’

Published May 9, 2009 by glaumland

For a number of years I have been the president of our ladies’ guild at church. I got elected because I wasn’t at that meeting. LOLs play dirty! Actually, the ladies who were left had gotten older and weren’t up to the demands. So I gladly took over, and began calling them my ‘Little Old Ladies.’ Actually, I joking call myself the youngest old lady in the group.

Well, this past week I lost one of my LOLs. She was a delight and definitely a very strong woman of faith. She had a hard life growing up during the Depression, then marrying a dairy farmer who treated her poorly. She finally divorced this man and married an old friend, himself a widower, and finally had a wonderful marriage. Between the two of them they have so many children, grands, and great-grands – what a blessing.

But the blessing that she brought most to my life was her friendship and her witness, in word and deeds, of her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ. She is one of my great women of faith. I thank God daily for bring her into my life. I pray that all women can have the same.

Until next time…

Finally Feeling Alot Better, For Now

Published May 9, 2009 by glaumland

Well, I haven’t been feeling very well lately. It actually crept up so slowly this spring I didn’t realize it until in was full blown yucky. Just another aspect of fibromyalgia that I’ll have to note.

The problem started (I guess) when my sleep aid quite working and I was spending all night in an active dream mode. And so I would wake up so tired and sore in the morning. My tender points (areas that tend to get sore and stay that way for a long time) were painful. I wasn’t getting any relief from acetominophen and tramadol, so I cheated and added in ibuprofen and naproxen. And that wasn’t good for my intestines – thanks to the Crohns. GRRR.

Finally my doctor (who is about at his wit’s end) prescribed another sleeping aid – trazodone. Unfortunately, this didn’t work either. I was getting so frustrated and cranky. And it wasn’t just the muscle and joint pain that was back, but the irritated bladder, intestinal pain, stress headaches, and visual problems. Not only didn’t I feel at all good, I was missing out on so much stuff.

So late one night I did some research and found that some FM’ers were using trazodone with Lunesta (which I had used successfully for about 2 years until last summer). So the next night I tried the combo, and got some good sleep, but still some active dreaming. The Flexeril just wasn’t cutting the mustard. So I did some more research…

Luckily, I had some Skelaxin on hand from last fall. It didn’t do a darn thing for me then, but with the Lunesta/trazodone combo it has worked really well. Thank goodness. I was actually able to go work-out one day this week. I’m still not as well as late last fall, but I’m grateful for having better days.

So I’ll keep up with this regimen, but also keep my eye on the internet, because I have a feeling that I’ll be playing with meds again.

Until next time…