Friday, October 31, 2008

This and That

 

I appreciate those who took the time to leave a comment in the previous post. Those who haven't yet, you can still leave one just to let me know you've been by for a visit.  I appreciate having a sense of who comes by for a visit... and by the way - NONE of you who left a comment are guilty of the threatening communications! A couple of you seemed concerned I might be speaking of you!  I'm not censoring lively debate/discussion. I'm just sounding off against "over the top" behavior.  You all know what I'm talking about.  Also glad to meet a couple of newbies who commented. Thanks for letting me know who you are.  I have been excited to see a couple of visitors are stopping in from my 'hometown' - you Selma visitors leave me a comment !

It's no secret that I am voting for McCain/Palin this coming Tuesday. I put a lot of stock in who our military support as their commander-in-chief. They are putting it all on the line TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM and their opinions do definitely count, to me. 

Recently polls indicated that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among US troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin. 68 percent of active-duty and retired servicemen and women support McCain, while 23 percent support Barack Obama. The numbers are nearly identical among officers and enlisted troops.

They are positioned around the world, and very well qualified to see the alternative to freedom and democracy.  Their solid endorsement of John McCain is a strong statement.

I read yesterday's post at UNFAIR DOCTRINE, a defender of 1st amendment rights.  It's a short, but very good post concerning our right to freedom of speech and how our current democratic candidate is ALREADY doing a rather good job of "squashing" that right among those who dare to question or disagree with his positions on anything. He's not yet made a single policy but his pre-election behavior is an ominous sign. 

WHAT SAY YOU, democrats?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just a little blog business...

ll3 I'd like to ask all of my regular readers to please take a moment to just click on "Comments" below this post, and say HI. I'd like to know who is stopping by to read on a regular basis.  Even if you have only stopped in here once or twice, I'd like to know of your visit and hope you will come again. 

In this blog, I do express strong political opinions and surely not everyone who visits, shares those opinions. And that's perfectly OK!  What is NOT ok, is to receive threatening/unfriendly communications concerning my opinions.  Recently the blog has received some additional traffic, some "unknown visitors" according to my blog stats.  This increase in traffic has also coincided with a little 'unfriendly' communication.

Friends, old and new who may have differing views are always welcome here. But anonymous, threatening visitors are urged to delete my blog from your memory - and please NEVER return!  I am about this far <--> from pass-wording the blog in order to safeguard myself and my family. So please -friendly visitors, old visitors, new visitors, even visitors who have differing viewpoints - take a moment and identify yourselves in the "Comments" section below, so you may continue to stop in for visits without running up against a password block.

This blog frequently contains personal family references and  I don't mind meeting new folks so please don't be shy - leave a simple "hello" in the comments. If you are meeting me/my family - I'd like to also meet you.

P.S. There are a lot of interesting political links in the left sidebar - check out some of them!

Thanks a lot for the "HELLO'S" I'm sure I'll be seeing in the comments!  Wave

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween...

...my least favorite 'holiday.'  I do not like Halloween at all.  I don't like what is brought out in people at this time of year. It seems to be an occasion for evil, as if any occasion is needed for evil. Yet it is 'justified'... tolerated, even encouraged and overlooked at Halloween.  Did you see the Halloween "decor" at one West Hollywood home? (video) It featured an effigy of Sarah Palin, hanging from a noose strung up on the chimney. It also featured an effigy of a devilish John McCain crawling out of the chimney, surrounded by flames.

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Do any of my readers find this offensive? Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it's within the spirit of Halloween. "It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It's Halloween, it's time to be scary, it's time to be spooky," Morisette said.

ART?????

Sorry, but this is NOT art. And this is NOT appropriate, acceptable behavior. It would be one thing to have the typical generic, spooky characters strung up like this in your yard. I could 'buy' that as Halloween "art." But to depict actual American citizens, public candidates, in this way is NOT cool.  The home owner admitted that if he had 'hung' Barack Obama, it would not have gone over as well because of the history of blacks and lynchings. So it is acceptable to hang women.. but not blacks??

I find this attitude DISGRACEFUL, DISGUSTING.

Right now this home is being swamped with onlookers, even tour buses - gawking, taking pictures, laughing, pointing. I dare say if this was a mannequin of  Barack Obama hanging by a noose, this house would be swamped with FBI, Secret Service, and the local police. This guy would be TOAST!! He would be immediately booked for commission of 'hate crimes' and become very familiar with the inside of a prison cell. His home would be desecrated by angry citizens. His life might even be in danger IF he remained out of prison!

LYNCHING is not acceptable in the United States of America. It is a heinous, murderous crime. And depiction of hanging of an actual known person is not acceptable either.  And as Forrest Gump would say - "That's all I have to say about that."

Thank you all for the very kind comments expressing your love for us, concerning my previous post. It is still a sad thing to think about. Looking back over the years of enjoyment we had with our collie Rebel brings both joy and grief. Gretchen told me that Roscoe was having a difficult time without his buddy. His appetite was off (and he LIVES to eat) and his behavior has been a bit 'out of character' for him. Poor doggie. : ( Hopefully he will grow closer to Belle pup and will regain his love of life... and eating! Some say that animals do not experience emotions such as love and grief. BALONEY!!  They certainly do!

I'm off to do some housecleaning... until next time...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Yesterday The Sun Set...

...on the life of a good dog. I recalled the conversation with a lady on a collie list many years ago. She lived in California - we lived in Alabama. She showed collies and had 19 of them at the time - several were champions. As we communicated back and forth, I learned that she had one who just wasn't liking the show circuit.  He was beautiful and showed well in confirmation, but was a home boy, preferring to be at home with family. Of course being that her work was showing and raising show champions - she had little use for, and no room for a 'family pet' collie in her grand furry menagerie.

His name was "Rebel" and she told me his name fit him! But I was struck by his beauty and having lost my beautiful collie Courtney several years previous - my heart longed for another collie in the home. And so we made a deal - she would give him to us, but I would pay for his airplane ride across the country. That FREE dog cost me nearly 300 dollars to transport... and thus he became a beloved family member. He was 18 months old when he came to be our dog. Yesterday he died, 2 months shy of his 12th birthday... old and very arthritic, in pain, unable to stand to relieve himself... wobbly on his feet... the proud, happy, rambunctious Rebel's life had become very, very difficult.

The first half of his life with us, he was a family pet. He loved to romp and run and play and bark. His tail was always carried high, and wagging continually. He was a mischief maker, a merry boy. He was a thorn in Casey's side as his playful and rambunctious antics did not always sit well with her. Yet let the sky darken and the thunder grow loud with an approaching storm,   and suddenly they became best friends - both scared of bad weather, they huddled together during storms, comforting each other through them. Their love/hate (jealousy, really) relationship and behavior was often a source of humor and entertainment to us.

When Gretchen went off to college she lived in some unsafe neighborhoods. She often spoke of being a little afraid. So in her 3rd year of college (of 7 - she switched majors) when we moved to Florida, she took Rebel back to school with her at the University of Alabama. Thus the last several years of his life were spent at college being her best friend, her roommate, her

bodyguard. She said she always felt safe when Rebel was with her. He was big, and though he was a collie and generally friendly as collies are - he would not tolerate anyone messing with his human family.  So he made a good companion and bodyguard for Gretchen, and though I missed him, I felt better knowing he was with her, taking care of her.   Gretchen graduated in May of 2007 and began a wonderful career as a registered dietician. She got engaged this past summer. And Rebel was right there to observe as his beloved human child became a strong and wonderful woman. But he was slowing down. His body was betraying his wonderful lively spirit. It became more difficult to run and play, though he would try his hardest. He had bursts of playfulness, but pain got the best of him eventually, and he took to observing the fun around him, unable to participate any longer.

He went to live with Joe (Gretchen's fiance) the past couple of years. Joe is a dog lover, and had a longhaired doxie named Roscoe. Roscoe and Rebel formed an immediate bond. They understood one another and became fast friends... best friends. Gretchen lived in a cramped apartment and Rebel was happier in a house with a yard, so it was a good arrangement. Every day after her classes, and eventually after she graduated, after her job she would go over and play with the dogs, feed them, and spend several hours with them  and with Joe.

As Rebel slowed down and then deteriorated due to the severe arthritis afflicting him, Joe and Gretchen worried how it would affect Roscoe when the day came, that he would no longer have his friend. They worried that Roscoe might actually grieve himself to death, without Rebel. So they brought in baby Belle to join the family a couple of months ago. At first the two 'old men' rejected her but eventually Roscoe began to accept her as a playmate. After all, his old friend Rebel could no longer run and play with him. He was now the silent observer, where once he had been the joyful instigator of fun and merriment.  Gretchen's heart grew heavier as the days went on.. and Rebel grew more feeble.

These last weeks have been very rough for Rebel as he became incontinent and unable to even move away from the soiling. Gretchen and Joe exhibited tremendous patience with him as they knew he could not help it. But it was very unpleasant to come in and have to deal with the mess and to clean it out of his coat without subjecting him to a full bath.  This week they talked and made the decision that it was time to let Rebel go, to release him from his suffering. Yesterday was the hardest day for my baby girl as the vet would be coming out to the house in the evening, to put Rebel-man to sleep. My brokenhearted Gretchen said good-bye to her faithful friend and reassured him that he had been a good boy and a good friend. Thanks to their good and compassionate vet, He went easily to sleep in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his human and canine friends. And dear Joe, bless his heart, had the task of digging his grave and burying him. This task has always fallen to Bobby over the years of our children growing up,  and Bobby said he felt for Joe, as it was the hardest thing to bury a good family pet.

And so the landscape of our family changes again.. with the loss of dear Rebel. As much as we know that death is a part of life... we still grieve. His place will always be secure in our hearts.  As I type, Casey is resting at my feet. She is getting up in age as well, though seems to be in good health for an almost 14 yr old doggie. But in my heart I know that we will face another similar dreaded day somewhere ahead in time.

I don't truly know if dogs go to heaven. Some say yes. Some say no, because dogs are animals and have no souls. But I find no evidence in scripture that the lack of a soul would keep one out of heaven, for the angels are welcome there and they have no souls! And we know the scriptures speak of horses being in heaven, for Jesus will one day return, riding a great horse... and lions and lambs are spoken of in heaven. There is a passage in scripture which speaks of the whole creation groaning under the curse of sin, and eagerly awaiting that day when God will redeem His whole creature from the curse of sin, which is death. So who knows?  If they do go to heaven... then there will be several very good doggies there, who will be so glad to see us when we arrive! :")

Rest easy Rebel-man. You blessed our lives with your coming to join our family, and you will always be loved. The afflictions you increasingly endured the last two years of your life will NEVER overshadow the memories we will keep of your love, your exuberance, your mischievousness, your playfulness, your sheer joy of just being alive! Rest, good boy. And I do hope we meet again in heaven. 

"The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of its master."  ~ Ben Hur Lampman

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A SWEET Visit...

The girls and I had a nice visit this week - with big sister Gretchen. She brought her new golden retriever puppy, Belle along with her. It was Belle's first big adventure away from home and she did wonderful! 

You can see who was THRILLED to lay eyes on Belle for the first time! Love Struck Katelyn just adored her! Of course when Hannah saw her, the 'awwwwwwws' went on at length as well! What a SWEET SWEET puppy she is!  She turned 4 months old during her visit.  Gretchen and Joe have been working with her and she is so well behaved and already nicely trained - what a pleasure she is to be around.  GOOD DOGGIE!

It was a short visit, sadly. Gretchen got here after work Thursday night, and Friday we drove down to Seagrove Beach, Florida where the wedding will take place in April. (Sorry Karol.. we were only 3 blocks from you, but didn't even have time to pop in for a visit. LONG story!) Gretchen had an appointment with a florist, to discuss wedding arrangements. We also took a few minutes to check out the beach where the ceremony will take place, and to take a peek at the two beach houses they have rented for the occasion. Gretchen treated us girls to lunch at The Back Porch in Pier Park.  Their original location is just down the road, in Destin.

Isn't it a colorful place!?! We sat out on the patio and they allowed the doggies (we took Casey and Belle with us) in and they were so well behaved! Both of them rested under the table while we ate outside, enjoying the nice fall sea air. You can see the beautiful Gulf of Mexico right across the street and it's a very relaxing atmosphere. Oooh, did it make me miss living there! October was always my favorite month at the beach - warm days, cool nights, minimal crowds - great outdoors weather. I DO miss it!

 

We stopped over at the beach after our floral appointment and took a few pictures right at sunset.  I called Bobby and he met us over there for a quick visit.

It went by way too quick and we were on our way back home. We got in late and I had tuckered out girls - canine and human alike!

Saturday morning we slept in and then had coffee out on the screened in patio while the dogs played in the yard. I wish I had gotten a video of Belle chasing after Casey trying to get her to play! Casey (nearly 14) thought Belle had lost her mind! LOL! But she did give brief chase a time or two, when the pup ragged her hard enough!  They were funny and we laughed and laughed at those two!

Can you tell Katelyn is in LOVE!?!?!  She moped around Saturday afternoon, missing Gretchen and Belle.  It was fun and we'll see them again in a little over a month, God willing. We will all gather at my sister's in Montgomery, Alabama, for Thanksgiving... my most favorite day of every year because all my family is together that day.

Gretchen, thank you for bringing your sunshine to us this week.. even if only for a day or two! We love you and miss you!

One final photo from the beach... and a face no one could resist!  : )

 

P.S. UH OH... A little hanky panky detected on the "Fight the Smears" site concerning the Obama/ACORN relationship.

See ya'll next time...

 

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Politics...

Is this ACORN group getting under your skin? It is mine. I fail to understand why we must go out and encourage those who are NON-interested and UN-informed, to vote anyway?  Why would anyone want people who are uninformed, uneducated, uninterested in what's going on in the world around them - to VOTE for a candidate who's world view, character and wisdom would directly impact the course of our country? 

Yet we have ACORN going out and recruiting the uninformed, uninterested masses by the tens of thousands - to vote! Some of them when interviewed are very honest to say they don't know what's going on and don't care! They go along with it because they "get a gift" for registering to vote. One street thug said he didn't care, but he voted for Obama cos they gave him a nice pen.. the one he filled out the form with.

And we have people like this determining our future!?!?!  ACORN has admitted that one of every two of these registrations are fraudulent!! FRAUDULENT!! This means the election is being rigged, stacked, stolen, and a candidate is illegally attaining to the highest position of leadership and authority in our land. I say illegally because many of these registrations are multiple -some as many as 20 times - SAME PERSON. Multiply this by tens of thousands, and you might just squeeze out a win.

What do you all think about this? My opinion is that democrats do not care about the impoverished, the uneducated, the homeless - but don't think twice about USING them as a stepping block on their greedy quest to attain power.

And how about this article?

On the home front... still holding on to the knot at the end of my rope!