Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December 1st - Beginning the Celebration of Christ

Twas’ the First of December
When all through Our land,
Many Christians were praying,
But not taking a Stand.

The PC Police, they had taken away,
the “reason for Christmas”; – and no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds, and Wise Men, and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say,
for December 25th is just another “Holiday”.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit,
Shoving folks to the floor and trying to get it!

CD’s from Madonna, An X BOX, an I-pod,
Something was changing, that something’s quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa,
In hopes to sell books by a: Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down,
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

Inclusive, and sensitive, Di-vers-i-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter,
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they diminished our faith,
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.

The true gift of Christmas dispatched and discarded,
The reason for season, stopped before It started.
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’,
Or sipping your Starbucks, consider with me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say,

Then shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
If the person who hears just stares with a linger,
You can give em’ a wink, but I’ll give em the finger.

Written by Sundancecracker

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

What the Greatest Generation Didn't Teach their Kids

Education is key. President Reagan said "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

Have you passed American Exceptionalism on to your kids?

Liberalist vs. Conservatist

Which are you and more importantly; Why are you?

Here is a very thought provoking conversation on what is at the root of liberalism and conservatism. I think Sundance has it right. Fear is at the root of Liberalism and love/trust is at the core of Conservatism.

As a conservative, I have been called unchristian. As a Memphian, I have seen the consequences of “replacing” the father in the home with a check from the government. That is what I call unchristian. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank You Pleasant Hill Students

This is what it's about; individuals helping those in need. The Memphis Union Mission does a great job w/o government help. Thank you to all those that donate time, $$$, food and other necessities. You are making a difference to “the least of these.”

Get Your Turkey Out!

Don’t forget to get your turkey out of the freezer to unthaw. ~I once worked for a woman who didn't know that you had to take your turkey out to unthaw 48 hours before cooking.~

Tips for a moist turkey:
  • Cook turkey in a cooking bag.
  • Stuff your turkey. Even if you don't like "yankee" stuffing, do it. Just feed it to your dog.
  • Cook your turky upside down. Yes, you heard me. Cook it with the breast down.

    My hubby never liked his mom's turkey. It was too dry. He loves mine.

    Happy ThanksGiving!

    P.S. I promise to add some recipes for Christmas. My hubby's mom has a fantastic roll recipe I'll share.
  • Sunday, November 21, 2010

    I'm Putting My Money on Sarah Palin!

    A friend recently posted an article on FB about Sarah Palin saying that she could beat BO in 2012 and asked if we'd vote for her. This is my reply.

    Palin has my support and I will campaign for her. Why do you think the left keeps going after her? They are scared of her. I don't understand those that think she isn't ready or qualified. She ran a city and state. Look at her record with the budget as governor of Alaska. She cut spending even with a demonrat run state legislature. She took on the corruption in the Republican Party; an example of which is Lisa Murkowski ~whose dad Palin defeated to become governor. ~ She runs a small business. She knows how to meet a payroll. She knows how government regulations strangle a business. She was the first to name the "death panels" in the hellcare bill. She understands that energy independence is a national security issue. She went toe-to-toe with oil execs in Alaska and won. She is a shining example of being pro-life. Even with the left still demonizing her and her family, she is still smiling, enjoying life and living the American dream. She believes in the greatness of America ~as founded~ and in the goodness of the American people. I can see no one else on the national stage that has her experience, love of country and fearlessness to speak the truth and go after the left.

    Another reason I support her is that the cocktail party repubs are afraid of her also. She is not an inside the beltway politician. She is fly-over America. She relates to normal Americans. As we say around here, she is good people. She is us. Isn’t that what we as “Tea Partiers” say we want? Common sense? American values? Hard work, love of God, country and family? What about her doesn’t scream that? She is a modern day patriot.

    Yes, I’m all in for Sarah Palin. She has my vote and support.

    Another commenter posted that while she was nice she didn't have "Presidential leadership qualities and intellectual abilities needed to win." To which I replied;

    Could you please explain why you think that Palin doesn't have "the presidential leadership qualities and intellectual abbilities needed to win." Is it because she doesn't have a degree from some fancy Ivy League school? That's an elitest attitude. How has that worked for us so far? She worked her way thru college. She inspires people to believe in themselves. She is exactly who we need as our next president.

    To which he replied by posting this article by Mona Charen. To which my reply was:

    I don't agree. Charen is an inside-the-beltway cocktail Repub. Look how well that turned out in 2008. Charen's main arguement is that Palin is "cheesy;" if that doesn't cry out elitism, I'm a pumpkin.

    The idea that Palin's endorsement caused the loss of the DE seat is laughable. Exit polls showed Castle wouldn't have won either. COD may have won if the cocktail repubs would have supported her ~like we conservatives are told we MUST do when our candidate loses in the primary.~

    The cocktail party repubs are just as afraid of Palin as the demonrats are. She took on the corruption in the repub party in Alaska. She's not one of them. She is one of us. She believes in limited government, strong national defense, and energy independence. She terrifies the left and coctail repubs. She doesn't cower to the LSM. President Bush was criticized because he didn't defend himself against attacks from the left/media; but now Palin can't? You can't have it both ways.

    BV's next reply was:
    BTW....An "elitist school" and "not saying anything nice about Sarah Palin" are both statements with NO basis. No one (that I know) has brought up "schooling" as an issue.....also, even this article has "nice things to say about Sarah"!! ...I do as well. She is an enthusiastic patriot and a great champion of many conservative issues. She represents a large portion of "everyday Americans" and appears very excited about her passion. BUT, again that does not mean she has the leadership qualities needed for a complex nation and its matters of state.

    The nation made a bad mistake in 2008 by not vetting and "jumping on an emotional ride".... and I believe due diligence should be given to the next before these mistakes become irreversible.

    Although I don't think all of Charen's comments are "spot-on"; but I don't think she represents any so-called "cocktail Repubs" either....that's just name-calling and labelling. I'll stick with most of her valid points though.

    You asked for my opinion as to why I think she lacks the leadership qualities.....Mona listed many of them in her opening paragraphs.
    You are certainly welcome to disagree. That's what makes this is all about.

    My response:
    BV, you are right. We should be able to debate about positions and policies. Thank you for answering.

    I don’t know where you got that I said that Charen and others didn’t have anything “nice to say about Sarah Palin.” I never said that. I said that they are afraid of her. She stands for principle over party ~and not in the McCain sense. ~ I’m sorry you took offense to “cocktail party repubs;” I use the term because it is very descriptive of the inside-the-beltway pols that aren’t real conservatives and aren’t willing to take a stand for conservative principles. They enjoy the “perks” of D.C. and don’t want to make any waves that would get them dis-invited to the cocktail parties.

    I mentioned “elite schools” because that is usually what people mean when they say she isn’t intellectual enough. What exactly did you mean about her not having the “intellectual qualities” to be president? As far as her “leadership qualities,” I notice that you didn’t refute any of my facts about her record as governor of Alaska. A leader is someone that inspires and influences people to action. I would say that she definitely fits that description.

    BV's reply:
    Don't worry, TN WAHM.....I like debates...and take no offense in any of your statements really. I just think I would rather have someone with more of a "statesman/stateslady" quality with a broader knowledge of government and global issues ...with an ability to express oneself (and the issues) in a greater intellectual manner. I listen to Sarah and can not envision her on a real national or world stage, sorry.....Maybe its just me; but I know many independents agree.

    I would more opt for someone like Newt Gingrich for those qualities; but I have grave reservations on problems with his past baggage.
    Don't know as I have settled on any one candidate this early.....but I don't think we should be fooled into another grave mistake as 2008.

    For the record, I didn't vote for Obama or McCain then either.

    Take care.

    I then asked;

    BV, what "broader knowledge of government and global issues" does she need specifically? I'd say she has an excellent grasp of the intrusions of government on We the People and communicates it extremely well. Her FB notes send the WH and the left into conniptions. She speaks so that the "average" American understands what she means. I'll take that over the lofty condescension of “intellectuals” any day.

    I’m curious; you stated you didn’t vote for BO or McCain. What was it about McCain that made you not want to vote for him? Was he not intellectual enough for you? Or maybe he wasn’t the statesman that was up to your standards? Was he not moderate enough for you or was he too moderate? Please explain.

    BF's reply as too why he didn't vote for McCain:
    McCain has been around for too long.....he has changed positions on so many issues I doubt even he knows which way to turn half the time (and much too soft spoken to boot!).
    Yes, he is a true patriot (even, like myself, a former Annapolis gr...ad and former Naval officer) and we owe him alot for his service; but that doesn't earn him my vote for Pres either.
    Back to Sarah....she, too, doesn't earn my vote just because she can relate to the ave. person. Lots of people can do that. Again, doesn't mean that you can lead a complex government and be the leader of a globally influential country such as ours.
    Do yourself a favor and go to Youtube and pull up a speech by Newt Gingrich, then go to one from Sarah. You should see a difference.
    There are other good ones though, too. I like Allen West...he has great principles, but I think he has insufficient governmental experience. I prob prefer a JimDeMint/Marco Rubio ticket at this point.
    But again, we're too far away yet to see.

    To which my reply was:
    I've heard speeches by both Sarah Palin and Newt. While Newt is great on history and brilliant, I prefer Sarah Palin. Maybe I'm not intellectual enough.

    I agree with you on Jim DeMint. I think he’s a great conservative. I think West wo...uld be a great VP for Palin and president later. Rubio isn’t qualified as a NBC to be president. His parents were not citizens when he was born.

    It's interesting that we have someone who didn't vote for McCain in 2008 ~which meant he helped elect BO~ because he was wishy washy; yet he doesn't think that Sarah Palin has "presidential leadership qualities and intellectual abilities to win." Is there a candidate out there that could earn BV's vote? Actually, I think there is: Sarah Palin. The more we defend her and promote her record, the more I believe people like BV will be impressed by her.

    Run Sarah Run!

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Allen West Goes to Washington

    While I am disappointed that TN-9 didn't vote to send Charlotte Bergmann to D.C., I am very excited that the good people of FL-22 are sending Lt. Colonel Allen West to Washington.

    He's joining the Congression Black Caucus. I LOVE this man!

    Friday, November 5, 2010

    MUFA Oatmeal

    1 c old-fashioned oatmeal
    2 c water
    handful of raisins
    pinch of salt
    pinch of Cinnamon-Vanilla seasoning blend by Tupperware
    handful of walnuts or pecans, coarsly chopped

    In a saucepan combine all ingredients except nuts; bring to boil. Turn heat down and cook for 3 minutes.
    Meanwhile, toast nuts in a small fry pan over medium heat. No need to add oil. When oatmeal is ready, add toasted nuts, brown sugar and a little milk.

    I LOVE my Tupperware!

    It has finally cooled off here in Memphis. It actually feels like November should. Since it was cool, I decided to make MUFA Oatmeal for breakfast, so I went to my cabinet and pulled out my oatmeal that is stored in a Tupperware Super Oval Modular Mate. To my surprise, ~and horror~ I had critters flying around in it. I am so glad that it was it was in Tupperware. Otherwise, i would have been cleaning out the entired cupboard instead of just that container.

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    Happy Tennessean!

    I am a happy Tennessean! As a resident of TN-8, I am pleased that we replaced Demonrat Tanner with Republican Stephen Fincher. I was afraid that Independent Donn Janes would split the conservative/republican vote and get Demonrat Herron elected, but I think there were many of his “supporters” that decided not to be purists and risk electing a Demonrat.

    I am disappointed ~but not surprised~ that Pelosi lap dog Cohen wasn’t defeated in TN-9, but he’s definitely been neutered. I knew that Charlotte Bergmann was a long shot, but I was hoping for a miracle. People who live off the taxpayers should not be able to vote themselves a raise.

    Tennessee was one of the governorships that flipped from Demonrat to Republican. I hope that Bill Haslam will do Tennessee proud.

    All in all a great night for Tennessee and the country.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    Charlotte Bergmann Can Win!

    Today is the day! Get out and Vote!

    Here is my favorite of Charlotte Bergmann's ads.

    TN Ground Report - Election Day 2010

    TN Ground Report

    It’s a great day here in Memphis! The Memphis area is represented by 3 different Congressional districts: TN-7,8, and 9. The 7th & 8th districts run east to west in the state while the 9th district is most of Memphis.

    I am in the 8th district and our Congressman, John Tanner, is a “blue dog” Dem who saw the writing on the wall and is retiring, hence it’s an open seat. I think the Republican primary here was one of the most expensive in the country. The Republican candidate is a farmer named Stephen Fincher. The local Tea Party is supporting an Independent named Don Janes. The Demonrat in this race, Roy Herron, isn’t even identifying himself as a Demonrat. I wasn’t sure who I was going to vote for because I hadn’t heard much about the Independent candidate, but after a couple of back and forths on the Tea Party FB page a couple of weeks ago, I decided to vote for Fincher. Normally, I would support the party backed by the TP, but I also don’t want to split the conservative/Repub vote and elect a Demonrat either. Turns out, the TP claims that 5 of the 8 TP in the district were co-opted by the state Repub party to support Fincher and didn’t give their guy a chance. After the discussion about this, I decided to vote for Fincher. I’m fairly certain, he’ll win.

    The race that is really interesting to me is TN9. The majority of the district is AA. It’s considered one of the safest districts for Dems in the country. There was a big primary race in the Dems between the present Demonrat liberal, progressive, oppressive, Steve Cohen and our former mayor “King Willie” Herenton. “King Willie” is all about race. He is the ultimate race baiter and said he ran solely because Memphis needs a black congressman. He’s right, but it just isn't him. He lost to Cohen in the primary, but now Cohen faces a Conservative AA woman named Charlotte Bergmann. Cohen is an arrogant, condescending lap dog for Pelosi. He shut down his campaign headquarters ~he said he moved it to his home ~ in August. See Here He refused to debate Charlotte Bergmann, calling her a minor candidate. It’s a long shot, but I have a feeling Cohen will be singing a different tune this evening.

    The Republicans pulled out an upset in the Shelby County races in August. The Dems here are still whining about it. When Charlotte Bergmann wins tonight, it will indeed be an upset of epic proportions. I can’t wait!