Saturday, February 28, 2009

Destroyers and Usurpers

"There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of men for this treachery."

Why am I suddenly thinking Tolkien when watching the nightly news.....hmmmmmm....how many trillion dollars spent (and counting)?

I think I need to pick up some of this...




"Destroyers and usurpers, curse them."

Friday, February 27, 2009

Well Said

From Dick Morris at The Hill.com:

Ultimately, all recessions and depressions resolve themselves into crises of confidence. The instant, global, 24/7 communications of today make them ever more so. President Obama, in his pursuit of liberal big-government spending, has totally neglected the role of the president of the United States in reversing global panic. To the contrary, his every remark and the constant preoccupation of his Cabinet is to heighten the sense of crisis and to escalate the predictions of doom if we do not do as they tell us and raise spending now and taxes later.

Instead of being a firewall, reassuring Main Street even as Wall Street crashed, he has become a conduit of panic, spreading the mood of desperation from the stock exchange floor to kitchen tables across the world.


This is not leadership or change we can believe in. This is fearmongering to promote an agenda that would otherwise be completely unacceptable to the majority of the American public.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Innovation isn't dead, but it is struggling

From the New York Times:
The report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that the United States ranked sixth among 40 countries and regions, based on 16 indicators of innovation and competitiveness. They included venture capital investment, scientific researchers, spending on research and educational achievement.

But the American economy placed last in terms of progress made over the last decade. “The trend is very troubling,” said Robert D. Atkinson, president of the foundation.

This is troublesome news, but not unexpected. If you look around in society, so much focus is put on sports and other extra-curriculars like arts, music and "culteral diversity" that very little time/effort is left for activities like math and science. (BTW, I haven't seen any cries to put caps on the salaries of athletes and movie stars....hmmmm...) History is reduced to names and dates and "feel good" sound clips. Little mention is made of the struggles, the time frames, the sheer hard work, perseverance and faith in God and in themselves that it took to accomplish these goals.

I want to celebrate the achievements of great scientists. Let's have a Da Vinci, an Einstein or a Feynman day. Let's inundate the schools with stories of the glory days of the space program, when men wielding slide rules put a man on the moon. What stunning achievements wait for us with the tools we have available today?

My husband has been learning about the Six Sigma management style. The basic framework is great for streamlining business processes, but companies have found that too much perfection actually reduces innovation. How's that for irony? His first thought was that you need to change the framework to actually allow for "innovation time". Sure enough, upon further research, he found a few companies moving in exactly that direction (generally not in the US, I'm sorry to say). I am hoping that he and others like him have opportunities in the coming years to put these ideas into practice and revive American innovation. Maybe this economic downturn is the motivation that's needed for business to take a hard look at the status quo and start moving in a better direction. Maybe...

I can dream, can't I?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

And Now for Some Good News...

Innovation is not dead. A better concentrating solar collector has been developed. I like this one - good physics and more affordable price tag. Purely "pie in the sky" solar is a fine place to start, but we need more solutions that can be implemented in the real world. This looks promising.

From Technology Review:

Morgan Solar’s high-precision optic--part acrylic and part glass--is molded so that light is trapped and bounces toward its center. A secondary glass optic concentrates the light to 1,000 suns and directs it to a tiny, high-efficiency solar cell. The low-profile design promises to reduce the cost of manufacturing and transportation.

The acrylic component--called a Light-Guide Solar Optic (LSO)--is a new type of solar concentrator that could significantly lower the cost of generating electricity from the sun. Unlike existing designs, there's no need for mirrors, complex optics, or chemicals to trap and manipulate the light. "It's pure geometric optics," says Morgan, director of business development at Toronto-based Morgan Solar.

Solar concentrators have emerged in recent years as a way to intensify the amount of sunlight hitting solar cells, which are the most expensive part of solar panels. To make solar power more affordable, engineers have sought to use less solar-cell material by concentrating sunlight onto much smaller spaces.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

We're going down, down, down...

From Newsmax.com:

So far in his month-old presidency:

Congress passed and Obama signed into law a record $787 billion mix of tax cuts, job-creating projects and aid to struggling states.

The president pledged up to $275 billion in federal aid to help stem a tidal wave of home foreclosures.

The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve announced financial-rescue steps that could send up to $2 trillion coursing through the economy.

In all, the plans would raise the federal portion of the U.S. economy to some 31 percent, more than twice the level after eight years of FDR's historic New Deal spending.
...

Joblessness keeps rising. Consumers and businesses are cutting back. Bank lending remains down. And auto demand keeps falling, with two Detroit automakers saying this week that they may need up to $21.6 billion more in U.S. loans beyond what they received in January.

We may be going down, but I won't go without a fight. I will keep sending letters to my representatives in Congress, urging them to stop this lunacy. I will keep looking for new leadership, for innovation, for real understanding. I will do what I can to support my community and my friends and family, because in the end all we can really count on is each other. I will continue to share my views (at least, until/unless I am stifled by the Obama gestapo). I will applaud achievements in science and technology, and celebrate hard work well done.

The Anchoress recently blogged about giving more in hard times. Good show! Helping others takes your mind off your own troubles, and even a little can go a long way. Buy local when you can - that money helps to keep your community alive.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Taxation without representation

In the grand American tradition of protesting taxation without representation, I offer the Chicago Tea Party. Love this!

Monday, February 16, 2009

New math - hold onto your wallets

Since when did the federal government become an effective solution for the redistribution of wealth?

In this new world, math has become relative. I always knew that 5
minus 2 is 3… except today if we subtract $7 from $5 (taking money FROM the economy) that somehow it will ADD money to the economy. Let’s go over this. Explain exactly how taking everyones money (money each of us WORKED to get); money that hasn’t even been collected yet; THEN wasting at least 30% of it in bureaucracy, and then spending what’s left on projects that don’t work is a good plan?

The government can’t handle money, properly, PERIOD.

Bill Gates privately gives $10bil to needy causes.

If you are Bill Gates and give away $10billion, you have to hire someone to do it and let’s say that’s a team of 20 people each paid $50k on average (or $1million per year). Let’s say we want 5 years to disperse it all. Now assuming 4% market return. The group would give away about $2.245bil per year and have overhead of $1mil and over the entire period it would cost $5mil to give away about $11.2bil. That means it would cost Bill Gates .00891% to give away the money.

Bill Gates gets taxed and the government gives it to needy causes.

The federal government does it at a rate of about 20% to 40% cost (give or take) and in many cases accepts an additional 30% fraud on that redistribution. So applying the same situation they take $2bil from bill per year for 5 years, using up the $10bil. Bill doesn’t have to hire anyone to give the money away. Instead the federal government overhead uses up at best only 20%. So the IRS and handling drops the $2bil to $1.6 to be distributed. Now distribution actually eats more, but let’s say that cost is only 10% in oversight (which is impossibly low based on Government Accounting Office numbers). But for arguments sake let’s say it’s only 10%, now we are down from $1.6B to $1.44B to distribute. The ever efficient fed government distributes it now and has a record low 15% fraud. So now the money that actually is given to those SAME needy organizations is $1.224Bil.

So let’s compare. In one case its $2.2bil distributed to needy causes in the other is $1.2bil in funds. Work that out. It means that at BEST the federal government will deliver 45% of what it takes in back to the needy people. You might argue 35% even but that is still 35% LOSS.

The government was not founded to provide healthcare, tennis courts, and art endowments. Art, healthcare and other welfare programs were NEVER discussed during the ratification of the constitution. There were discussions about the federal government getting too much money, and in fact there was NO means created for the feds to get money except through the states, intentionally to keep the federal government from getting too much power. Don’t trust me - look at the debates, look at the writings.

Also look at the facts. When the government gets involved generally it screws up. Not intentionally but with the bureaucratic morass it has ALWAYS been, it only makes this more messed up.

Take gasoline, the government is here to help. To control the markets
and clean up the air there are now over 38 “blends” of gasoline - all regulated. That means I can’t sell gasoline from blend x in a county that uses blend y - Does anyone understand the simple rules of supply and demand!? That automatically creates 38 mini economies that CANNOT TRADE. If you run out of blend x you must wait for MORE blend x - you cannot use blend y.

Again, it’s just gasoline - ANY of the 38 blends will run a car, but oh no, the government can’t let the market solve shortages it must create
shortages of its own.

Or take the EPA, it gets $7.14billion in 2009 (plus anything buried in the $790Bil porkulus package). That’s right annually over $5Billion.

If you had $5bil to clean things up what would you do? You would do more and have a LOT less overhead. The government is simply NOT efficient or effective in 99% of things we as a society want done. The feds would be much more effective in contracting that out or simply setting rules that reward good behavior and tax bad behavior.

Bureaucracies have no incentive to do anything but exist and GROW.

Or take schools. More money is spent per student in the USA than in ANY other nation on the planet so we are #1 right? Nope. So maybe #2 or
#3? Nope. We must be in the top 10? Nope. We are #18 (or worse).
We spent over $8000 per student in 2003 . In 2006 we spent $9138 per student based on US Census Bureau numbers . I don’t know about you. But I am SURE I could spend $9k
per year on schooling better than the federal government is. I could send my kids to a good private school and actually get them to have better outcomes than we are getting, and if the school sucked I could spend my money at ANOTHER school that did NOT suck. #18 does not cut it, and doing the same old thing is NOT going to fix it. Double the amount schools get and it would NOT fix the problem.

Or take religion. The constitution says”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. This doesn’t say rip down any religious symbol, it doesn’t say a kid saying a prayer is “BAD”. In fact, where does it say I must create public footbaths for Muslims? Where does it say that I must have representative religions? It doesn’t say any of that, but your recent leaders have been helping out with that, and the courts have been weighing in on what is simply NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS. This is simple common sense. A cross or a star of David or other religious symbol is simply that - a symbol. I really wish they had pushed religion a bit more – EVERY one of the founders were afraid of state sponsored religion. Look at Iran, Syria, and Malaysia… oddly these governments are not black listed by the left when nearly EVERY one of the people on the left would be outright KILLED by the fundamentalists in this three countries. So back to the point: Religion is NOT supposed to be part of the congressional rules yet here we are “DENYING” the free exercise thereof.

Everyone compares the big spending going on in Washington DC to the “new
deal”. Which were effectively useless, even UCLA analysts (a quite
liberal institution) has proven that the policies of spending most likely prolonged the Great Depression.

I feel we are at a crossroads. I am absolutely positive at least some of the people setting up the gasoline programs, or the schooling legislation or the EPA were operating with good intentions. But clearly intentions and reality don’t match up. I understand the urge to help others, I volunteer and donate $. I understand the need for an even playing field for employment. But all I see is the private sector,
which is where ALL value is – demonized, taxed and squashed. Continuing with this silliness will end up in 5yr plans and socialism/communism and eventually to the collapse of the USA just like the USSR collapsed.

Oh, and give me a break, what’s being done in DC is communism. If you take money in through the government and give it to someone else based on their needs that’s the tenant of Karl Marx. If the government controls WHO gets to make money in free markets and who doesn’t that’s Communism with a capital C. It’s the idea that one guy is smarter than everyone else and should decide what EVERYONE else is doing (that NEVER works for long). I am told it’s NOT ok for CEO’s to make $millions.
But apparently it is OK for actors, artists, football players and former presidents to make $15million for speaking engagements. This is pure nonsense, a slippery slope to economic collapse, a recipe for disaster.

All I can hope and pray is the entire left wing silliness gets knocked out in the next elections and that common sense starts to take hold again.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fear or reality?

I don’t think that acknowledging negative facts necessarily makes a perception wrong. Take, for instance, the religion of Islam.

FACT:

Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light. Mr. Hassan is charged with beheading his wife.

FACT:

Mansa Musa Muhummed, who beat, tortured and starved his children for decades, was sentenced to seven life terms in prison today by a judge in Murrieta who said the man’s "reign of terror" against his family merited the harsh sentence. Mr. Muhummed is a muslim.

FACT:

In November (2008), an extremist Web site called on Muslims to launch a "forest jihad" in Australia, Europe, Russia and the United States. The posting, which quoted imprisoned Al Qaeda terrorist Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, said setting forest fires was legal under "eye-for-an-eye" Islamic law.

FACT:

(Osama) Bin Laden has been implicated in a string of deadly attacks on the United States and its allies: the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; the 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200; and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. Bin Laden also claims responsibility for a 1993 gunfight that killed 18 U.S. troops in Somalia and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar military complex in Saudi Arabia that left 19 U.S. soldiers dead. He is a Muslim extremist.

FACT:

An Egyptian Muslim cleric has instructed that husbands should not beat their wives to the point that their beauty is scarred or bones are broken, but that it should be clear that: "A word would be enough for any wife with lofty morals, but with you, words do not help."

FACT:

(2001) Arab and Muslim states can be broadly grouped under three categories, according to their degree of democratization and respect for human rights:
1. one-party dictatorships: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, Afghanistan.
2. multi-party regimes: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait, Palestinian Authority.
3. traditional Islamic regimes: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, UAE and (non-Arab) Iran as well as Pakistan.

The first group is characterized by severe limitations on personal freedoms, a strict control of the media, and strong repression of all dissidence.

The second group allows a limited degree of parliamentarianism, some freedom of speech and organization, but with clear, and often harsh, limits set to criticism through the use of strong police and security services.

The third group is based on traditional Islamic values and concepts of government with some tokenism designed to present a more modern face. There ensue different approaches to the rights of women and minorities that do not always meet with globally-accepted norms.


I could go on and on, but the point is that Islam is the only major world religion that clings so strongly to violence. This is not to say that every Muslim is violent. One of my favorite college professors was a devout Muslim and was a very kind and gentle man. My husband and I were discussing this, and he pointed out that the other major religions have all under gone “renaissances”, if you will, changing them to a less militant focus. Some started there in the first place. To ignore the Muslim tradition of violence and approach the leaders of Muslim led countries from a position of weakness is to invite their ridicule and disrespect. We might as well put on a big red sign that says, “Please, shoot us now.” I would like to believe in the innate goodness of my fellow man, but history is a harsh teacher and has shown me otherwise. I will believe in the good faith of my protagonists after they demonstrate it long term – not merely for the “no longer than 10 years” indicated in the Quran. (For those who don’t know, the Quran indicates that you should make peace with your enemies for a period of no longer than 10 years – however long you need to build up your forces to crush them unequivocally.)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

How Times Have Changed...

... and not for the better. Ronald Reagan has got to be rolling over in his grave. The neo-Marxist porkulus package is on its way.



From ABC News:
Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., who withdrew his nomination to be Obama's secretary of commerce yesterday, also criticized the plan.

"What was initially advertised as a well-intended effort to boost economic growth has become sidetracked by misplaced spending and lack of attention to the true problems facing the nation, especially housing. Massive amounts of money will be spent years after this bill is signed into law, thereby undermining claims that it is stimulative," Gregg said in a written statement. "This bill, therefore, is not timely, targeted, and temporary, which is what a stimulus bill should be."


How are these projects, listed by the Wall Street Journal, going to stimulate the economy?
Title VI, Financial Services and General Government, says that "not less than $6,000,000,000 shall be used for construction, repair, and alteration of Federal buildings." There's enough money there to name a building after every Member of Congress.

The Bureau of Land Management gets $325,000,000 to spend fixing federal land, including "trail repair" and "remediation of abandoned mines or well sites," no doubt left over from the 19th-century land rush.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are getting $462,000,000 for "equipment, construction, and renovation of facilities, including necessary repairs and improvements to leased laboratories."

The National Institute of Standards gets $357,000,000 for the "construction of research facilities." The Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gets $427,000,000 for that. The country is in an economic meltdown and the federal government is redecorating.

The FBI gets $75,000,000 for "salaries and expenses." Inside the $6,200,000,000 Weatherization Assistance Program one finds "expenses" of $500,000,000. How many bureaucrats does it take to "expense" a half-billion dollars?

The current, Senate-amended version now lists "an additional amount to be deposited in the Federal Buildings Fund, $9,048,000,000." Of this, "not less than $6,000,000,000 shall be available for measures necessary to convert GSA facilities to High-Performance Green Buildings." High performance?


Arrrrgh!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Roaming thoughts...

I turned on the news this morning to find that a commercial airliner had gone down in New York – 50 people dead confirmed so far. My condolences to their family and friends. It’s another hard shake reminding us all that we never know when our time on this earth is over.

I used to think I knew what I wanted in life, but now there’s a lot more grey area. Some big things are still the same – I want to take care/be there for my loved ones and be a good caretaker of my corner of the planet. I still think a lot about how to save the world, but I’m less sure of what that means or if it’s even possible. I know I want to provide as much of what my family and I need as possible either personally or locally, and it’s a pretty rare thing now that I make a purchase without thinking about where a thing came from and what impact it’s had on its way to me. Purchases used to be based on need and price (and still are), but I never really thought about much beyond those things.

We dreamed of our place in the country, and now we have it, but we are faced with giving it all up and starting over again. It hurts, because we already have so many memories here and friends and family, but you do what you have to. Certainly we’re not the only ones in this boat. I’m not overly religious, but at this point it’s all in other hands besides mine, and I hope that they place us where we need to be and it’s not too painful to get there. Frankly, it’s a little scary. I like things to be orderly, am slow to make big changes (other than haircuts – it’ll grow back eventually), can’t stand crowds – and yet here I am, standing on the precipice of being thrown back into a bigger city. UUGH!

Our country is on the precipice, too. Odds are that the “stimulus” will be passed, which to my mind will likely go down as one of the biggest debacles of our time. I don’t see how we could ever get out from that huge mountain of debt. The Anchoress was much more eloquent than I, but even small town me can see that this lumbering behemoth of a spending spree is ludicrous. Add that to the increasing threat from around the world of those who would like to see us all dead, and we’ve got real issues. Here's one crisis that's unfolding:

AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for "forest jihad" by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.

US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to "start forest fires", claiming "scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands".

The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the "eye for an eye" doctrine.

The posting - which instructs jihadis to remember "forest jihad" in summer months - says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that "this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time".

"Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires," the website says. "You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia."


Plus, ours apparently isn't the only bone-headed government on the planet. Check out this guy in Australia who bulldozed trees to make a fire break (which saved his house) and was fined and treated like a pariah for doing so. God protect us from stupidity...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bacon covered donuts, anyone?

Welcome to the land of strangely repulsive yet alluring food - This Is Why You're Fat.com.

Honestly, if people are really eating this stuff on a regular basis, it's amazing they're alive to post. You've got to know I'm a fan of a good calorie bomb once in a while, but this is out of my league. Individual food items on this site could feed a family of ten in China for a week.

With sweets like "Deep Fried Peanut Butter-Covered Brownie Wrapped In Cookie Dough" and main dishes like "Turbaconucken" - A chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, all wrapped in bacon, the calorie count on these monsters is outrageous.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The FDA Can't Track Down Contaminated Peanut Butter

...but it can prosecute humble American citizens just trying to get by and take care of their families.

My husband and I have been talking about this one...

This is REAL not made up.

Ok I believe in laws. I believe in rules to protect the greater good.
This is neither lawful, or in protection of the “greater good”.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=84445 < longer detailed article

“The Buckeye Institute's 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today took legal action against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County Health Department for violating the constitutional rights of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio.... ODA and Lorain County Health Department agents forcefully raided their home and unlawfully seized the family's personal food supply, cell phones and personal computers. ... The Buckeye Institute argues the right to buy food directly from local farmers; distribute locally-grown food to neighbors; and pool resources to purchase food in bulk are rights that do not require a license. In addition, the right of peaceful citizens to be free from paramilitary police raids, searches and seizures is guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Section 14, Article 1 of the Ohio Constitution.

'"The Stowers' constitutional rights were violated over grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens and pesticide-free produce.... Ohioans do not need a government permission slip to run a family farm and co-op, and should not be subjected to raids when they do not have one. This legal action will ensure the ODA understands and respects Ohioans' rights.'...

"On the morning of December 1, 2008, law enforcement officers forcefully entered the Stowers' residence, without first announcing they were police or stating the purpose of the visit. With guns drawn, officers swiftly and immediately moved to the upstairs of the home, finding ten children in the middle of a home-schooling lesson. Officers then moved Jacqueline Stowers and her children to their living room where they were held for more than six hours."

Complaint Filing with OHIO State courts (on behalf of the Stowers)

Worse yet their son is serving in Iraq – serving to protect people from unreasonable search and seizure.

The Irony of Chad Stowers

That’s a lot of food, but it’s a big family and there are a many mouths to feed. It would normally be even larger, but the Stowers’ oldest son, Chad, 27, Katie’s husband, who helps with the co-op, is currently stationed in Iraq where he is a Seabee with the U.S. Navy.

The irony of Chad Stowers serving his country overseas while government agents raid the family farmstead was not lost on author and Business Week columnist David Gumpert, who has a blog where he discusses food and health care issues and cases like the raid on Manna Storehouse.

“[Chad]’s been there [in Iraq], separated from his family, for the last five months, supposedly protecting our rights from abuse—the sort of abuse that appears to be taking place on an ever-more-frequent basis at farms and food outlets around the country,” Gumpert observed in an online piece he titled: Seems U.S. Forgot to Tell Navy Seabee Chad Stowers the Real War is being Fought Here …and He’s the Enemy.
Gumpert says that he asked Katie if she was aware of “the irony of her husband putting his life on the line in Iraq, while she was being held at gunpoint in her home by American law enforcement officials, and she said, ‘It occurred to me.’”

Please keep the Stowers in your thoughts prayers AND pray for the people in office, local state and federal, who can’t seem to act in good faith.

The Stepford Cloggers

Okay - this is just creepy. Here's this group of nice young people who can really move their feet, dressed up like Britney Spears whanabees. Does anyone else find this disturbing?



Unfortunately, YouTube pulled the original video, but you can still get a look at the ensembles in this one.

Chair dancing plus clogging = bad idea.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

From the Common Room:

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. - George Santayana

The question is - How can most people learn from history when it's not being taught in the public schools?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nancy Pelosi Shares Her Great Wisdom



Population of the US = approximately 303 million. One doesn't have to have a degree in mathematics to figure this one out, yet Speaker Pelosi has repeated these claims (more then 500 million will be out of work for every month the stimulus bill is not passed) on more than one occasion. Couple this with President Obama's fearmongering:

"This recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse," Obama wrote in the newspaper piece titled, "The Action Americans Need."

Good grief!

Apparently, not everyone is buying into this rubbish, as support for this pork laden, neo-Marxist spending spree is waning day by day. I just wrote my charming left-wing congressmen and told them to "Just Say No". I doubt that it will do any good, but I figure I have to try. I encourage you to do the same.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Octuplets Scandle - Children are a Privilege, Not a Right

I was watching the news this morning and I saw a story about the woman in California who recently gave birth to octuplets. Apparently, she’s being contacted about book deals and TV shows and has hired herself a publicist. I find this all rather disturbing. She is a single mom and hasn’t worked for years. She has six children already. How did she pay for the fertility treatments? How is she planning to pay for all the medical bills and childcare? I don’t care what kind of supermom you think you are, one person cannot properly care for 14 children when eight of them are newborns. As more details come out, this whole situation just looks more and more wrong.

From yahoo! News:

While her daughter recovers, Angela Suleman is taking care of the other six children, ages 2 through 7, at the family home in Whittier, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

She said she warned her daughter that when she gets home from the hospital, "I'm going to be gone."

Angela Suleman said her daughter always had trouble conceiving and underwent in vitro fertilization treatments because her fallopian tubes are "plugged up."


Yolanda Garcia, 49, of Whittier, said she helped care for Nadya Suleman's autistic son three years ago.

"From what I could tell back then, she was pretty happy with herself, saying she liked having kids and she wanted 12 kids in all," Garcia told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

"She told me that all of her kids were through in vitro, and I said 'Gosh, how can you afford that and go to school at the same time?"' she added. "And she said it's because she got paid for it."

Garcia said she did not ask for details.

I don’t know this woman, but I do know how challenging it is to raise children, and how expensive it is. It’s trying enough with two loving parents. This…this is playing God or playing the devil, I’m not sure which, but it’s certainly nothing that nature intended. I have a sick feeling that this will be uncovered as some perverted publicity stunt.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Feels Just Like the Whitehouse

I was feeling very presidential the last couple of days as outside temperatures in the 20’s and abundant sunshine boosted the temperature above 70F throughout the entire house. Now, while this is not hot enough to grow orchids, it is significantly warmer than we’ve kept the house for the last couple of months (67 during the day, 64 at night, sometimes colder). With utility rates continuing to climb up, up, up and temperatures dropping down, down, down, it only makes sense to keep the house a little cooler and bundle up. At least, I guess this makes sense, unless you’re the president and can use my tax dollars to heat the Whitehouse up nice and steamy so you can hang out in your shirtsleeves. Don’t get me wrong, I think they should be comfortable enough to get work done, but it strikes me as very wrong when veterans who have served our country are freezing to death because they’ve had their power cut off while our country’s leadership squanders heat.

The Anchoress has a good rant on this on her site: Turn up the heat: Yes we can! - UPDATED

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The 1930's Housewife

Just for fun...

95

As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!



Take a trip down memory lane and visit Grandpa's Victory Garden.