From the "Things than make you go Hmmm…" file: wattsupwiththat.com/2008/07/20/shifting-of-the-pac…cades
November 22, 2011
Our Governor; making his name known in D.C.
Otter: D.C. Could Learn About Governing From Idaho : Roll Call Opinion: www.rollcall.com/issues/57_62/butch_otter_washingt…oopih
November 15, 2011
The Media’s latest smear on Herman Cain has me a little angry. I should not expect them to be fair, they have an agenda and a pony. Their pony is clearly Mitt Romney, who can do no wrong in their eyes, he’s almost a tingly sensation causing Obama to them. False, and transparently fabricated sexual harassment accusations couldn’t take him down, so lets make a big deal about him pausing to collect his thoughts. He was working on 4 hours sleep, and he paused. Give him a break. The Bible says in James 1, verses 18 and 19: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." It tells us to collect our thoughts before speaking. He did exactly that. I respect the man. I’m still not a supporter because of his connections to the Federal Reserve, but I find the media’s treatment of him to be abhorrent.
November 9, 2011
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, and thoughts turn to things we are thankful for, instead of writing about things political today I turn to a charitable organization that is very near and dear to my heart.
Imagine for a moment that you take your child to the doctor; the doctor finds something not quite right and wants to call in a specialist. The specialist says things do not look good, and if treatment is not received soon, your child will die. The treatment your child needs to save their life is not available here and you have to travel far away to get the treatment. Your life has just been turned upside down. You drop all of your normal activities and plans, and go with a hastily packed suitcase across the country to a city you’re not familiar with to meet with doctors who make your head spin with terms you are unfamiliar with as they try to explain how they will attempt to save your child. You are overwhelmed, shocked, and utterly alone. Despite meeting other sets of parents at the hospital with children being treated for the same condition, you feel as if you are the only person in the whole world experiencing this right now. Your life is frozen at the moment, but the rest of life goes on… How are you going to make your mortgage and car payment? You left them at home in your rush to get to the treatment center. Will your job still be available when you get back? How long will you be gone? All things you must try to consider while at the same time being concerned with none of that but rather getting your child healed and well again. You have never felt more lonely or alone.
It’s painful, but try to imagine this. Can you feel the dread? Can you see the darkness? I don’t have to imagine it. I lived it.
When my son was born 12 years ago, Tina and I lived in Bloomington, Illinois, and were preparing to move to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I was taking a new management job with a new company. My son was diagnosed with not one, but two life threatening heart defects… A Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and a Truncated Aortic Arch. The first is serious, a hole at the valves between the chambers, the second is deadly as it meant that his Aorta, the main artery that feeds the whole body, was incomplete. Think of it as an overpass on an interstate that is missing a section.
His treatment, and the surgeon who would perform it were in St. Louis at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. For this particular heart condition, St. Louis Children’s is one of, if not THE best in the country. St. Louis is 200 miles from Bloomington. The doctors said that he would have a lengthy surgery, and would be in recovery for at a minimum of 45 days after the surgery. We spoke with other parents whose babies with the same condition were still at the hospital 60 days later and no word on when they would go home and life could return to normal.
When we checked in to the hospital, the admissions social worker saw we were from out of town and took it on her own initiative to book us a room at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing for parents who have sick children and are seeking treatment far from home. They provide comfortable home-like settings with a kitchen to cook meals in and not the sterile isolated feel of a hotel. They provide a tiny slice of normal for families whose lives have been turned upside down. And they do it free of charge if the family can’t afford the modest $25 a night fee. These parents have enough on their plate to deal with without figuring out how to pay for housing while getting the care their child needs.
Tina and I did not have to stay at the Ronald Mc Donald House, as my family lives in St. Louis, so housing was not an issue. For many families who go through the life changing experience of a gravely sick child though, it’s so nice to know that the Ronald McDonald House is there.
When I ran the television station in Pocatello, I became friends with Mary Johnson and her husband Mike. The two own the McDonalds Restaurants in Pocatello. Mary has a passion for helping others and is a staunch supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities. I think she would support RMHC even if she did not own the restaurants. She is genuine and has a heart as big as a house. The national agency that placed the McDonalds ads wanted what in the industry is know as”Value Added,” which usually amounts to the television station partnering with the restaurant on special promotions or special mentions to get the name out there more, but Mary and I agreed that my stations’ Value added would be to promote the RMHC. She was more than happy to partner with me to promote a good cause. She could have easily directed that the Value added all push to her store to increase her own bottom line, but as I said earlier, she has a heart as big as a house. Together we were able to do some good and promote a vital service and charity. There are two Ronald McDonald Houses that serve the Pocatello area. One is in Salt Lake, the other in Boise. Both have people from the Pocatello area staying there as their children are cared for in the hospitals there.
So as we approach Thanksgiving, and you take time to reflect on the blessings you have, try to imagine what it would be like to have to need the services provided by the Ronald McDonald house. The next time you’re at the counter take the time to slip some change in the box at the front of the register, or if you are abundantly blessed and feel like sharing, send RMHC a check to help them out as they help out families going through things no one should ever have to… They even have online donations available at this website: rmhc.org/how-you-can-help/donate
November 7, 2011
Alex Wagner doesn’t understand the constitution at all if he thinks we can get by without the second amendment. He probably thinks the 10th is a bad thing as well.
MSNBC Analyst: We Should Get Rid of the Second Amendment – Katie Pavlich: townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/11/07/msnb…dment
November 5, 2011
It has happened before, it is happening now in Europe and here. The problem with socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.
Don’t Cry For Me, America: directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/11/dont-cry-for-me-….html
November 1, 2011
Think indoctrination and propaganda only happen in grade schools? Think again. Quote taken from my wife’s college biology textbook: "What Is Life A Guide To Biology" by Jay Phelan (Instructor Edition, First Printing). "Consider for example, that although human babies quickly and easily develop a fear of snakes, they don’t easily develop a fear of guns. Given that more than 30,000 people are killed by guns in the United States each year, while fewer than three dozen people are killed by snakes, it would seem that we ought to be very afraid of guns and relatively unconcerned about snakes."
Phelan does not cite his source for the statistic, and also fails to account that snakes have a sentience, self-preservation instinct, and mobility, while guns are tools made of metal with no inherent intelligence, no mobility and no need to feed or protect themselves. He also fails to mention that many more are killed by automobiles than by guns, yet doesn’t editorialize that we should be afraid of cars. There are many ways to kill people, many of them involve tools (of which, a gun is a tool) but the killing is not done by the tool, but rather the wielder of that tool.
We are paying universities to lie to us and feed us propaganda advancing a liberal agenda. Fortunately an un-indoctrinated mind can easily spot this for what it is, retain it for the test, tell the professor what they want to hear in order to receive a passing grade and then quickly disregard the un-truths provided by the text.
October 31, 2011
October 26, 2011
The only ones that win here are the fish, but if you can’t afford the gas for your car because all your money is now taken by steeply increased electric bills, how are you going to afford to go see them in the stream? This is idiotic. Any use of energy has some sort of trade off, but hydro is the absolute cleanest available generating source.
October 26, 2011
I love thermal imaging. Disproving libs and catching terrorists since its invention. I hear there are other really useful purposes for it too…
Breitbart.tv » Thermal Camera Shows #OccupyLondon Tents Mostly Empty: www.breitbart.tv/thermal-camera-shows-occupylondon…empty