Thursday, April 30, 2009

More from the dems

I am telling you, if you don't already know it, it's way past time to be doing something about our run-away government!!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

WorldNetDaily Exclusive
Poll: No Net shutdown – even in emergency
82% say they oppose 'cyberspace security' bill in Senate

Posted: April 28, 2009
12:30 am Eastern


WASHINGTON – A Zogby poll released today shows overwhelming opposition to a Senate bill that would give the president authority to shut down the Internet in times of national emergency.

Commissioned by the O'Leary Report, the poll of 3,937 voters in the last election shows 81.8 percent oppose the idea, with only 5 percent supporting it. The margin of error is +/-1.6 percent, according to Zogby.

The bill in question is the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. It would give to the U.S. government authority over all networks considered part of the nation's critical infrastructure. Under the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2009, the president would have the authority to shut down Internet traffic to protect national security.

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The government also would have access to digital data from a vast array of industries including banking, telecommunications and energy. A second bill, meanwhile, would create a national cybersecurity adviser – commonly referred to as the cybersecurity czar – within the White House to coordinate strategy with a wide range of federal agencies involved.

"I know the threats we face." Rockefeller said in a prepared statement when the legislation was introduced. "Our enemies are real. They are sophisticated, they are determined and they will not rest."

The bill would allow the government to create a detailed set of standards for cybersecurity, as well as take over the process of certifying IT technicians.

A spokeswoman from Rockefeller's office told Fox News neither he nor the two senators who co-sponsored the bill, Snowe and Nelson, will answer questions on cybersecurity until a later date.

The O'Leary Report is published by Brad O'Leary, author of a new book, "Shut Up, America! The End of Free Speech," a WND Books release.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One more

This one was hard because of all the tree branches that sort of go everywhere.

I've been thinking I'd like to blog more often, but I just don't have much to say...although I've got enough soap-box issues I could probably come up with something. ;)

Speaking of which, someday I want to write something about modesty. I just haven't got all my thoughts sorted out. Mostly I just want to scream from the mountain tops that women need to put on more clothes, especially Christian women who really ought to know better (or so it seems to me). More on that later, maybe.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Puzzles & movies

I've been using Flickr instead of uploading pictures directly to my blog. They are too small and I haven't figured out how to resize them in Flickr. But here are the latest puzzles. My favorite one to do was the pumpkin one.
The above puzzle is a Jane Wooster Scott. Most of the ones I do are Charles Wysocki, but hers are fun also. I read on-line that Hasbro has no plans to continue making Wysocki puzzles. This makes me sad and also explains why the prices for them on ebay are rising.

With dh traveling Amy & I have watched a couple movies. The first was Flywheel (since it was a library DVD and had to go back, dh didn't get to see it). Tonight we watched The Inn of the Sixth Happiness the story of Gladys Aylward.

I've been reading For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn. The first chapter, "Your Love is Not Enough" is about how men need to feel respected more than they need to feel loved. Two quotes stood out to me.

"Always assume the best and you will find it easier to show respect."

"She has to make me feel respected so that can command respect out in the world. If she defeats me emotionally, I can't win the race and bring home the prize for her."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Government Health Care

By June Congress Will Own Your Health Care
By Mr. David Zanotti

You will be left with no choices, no recourse, no one to sue, no place for recovery. At the end of all the pages of laws that Congress will not read before they pass, you will be a number in a federal bureaucracy. You cannot vote the bureaucracy out of existence. You cannot sue the bureaucracy because they killed your grandmother or your spouse. You cannot go outside the bureaucracy and get care because they control the whole system and no doctor can treat you without being liable to federal penalty, even prosecution.

This is the plan Congress has for you. They will deny this plan in the next five weeks but they will pass all the pieces and parts to bring it all to fruition. They will mock anyone who connects the dots and shows you the end game but there is an end game. The Congress wants to establish a new federal bureaucracy that will totally control the delivery of all health care in America. They will decide who gets care, how much care, when they get care and who is left to die. It is already decided that you will pay for all of it including the very special care members of Congress will continue to get that you pay for as well.

If we the people fall for this lie, it will cost us our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honors, and the Republic. Congress plans to hand a bill to the President by June. Are you going to do anything about it?

Now is the time you must call and email your members of Congress. Now is the time to hold tea parties at their local offices all over the country. Now is the time to immediately find people who will run for Congress in 2010 and defend the Constitution and return America to sanity. If the government controls your healthcare the government controls your life. They will have their plan in place by June -- unless you do something about it.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring flowers

I really didn't like this picture because the focus isn't on the centered flower where I intended it to be. But it's kind of growing on me since I looked more closely and found the focus at the top.

The sun was shining today. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

10th Amendment video

Many states are getting on board with this.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ayden's quilt

The blocks are all laid out and ready to sew. I could use some divine help in making sure they all line up well.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Our latest news

I finished two more puzzles.

I've also been working on a quilt for my nephew. My sister sent me all the pieces, so all I've had to do is construct the blocks. I think I've got them all finished, now it's time to put them together. I've not taken any pictures of the process, but I'll try to remember to take a few.
DH hurt his back on Saturday while working on our bathroom. The chiropractor says it's a bulging disc and did an ultrasound treatment on it this afternoon. Hubby says it already feels better, although he's still in pain. We go back to the chiropractor on Saturday.
Amy was sick last week with a cold. She's still getting over it. Now it's my turn. I hope it's short-lived.
Assuming we're well enough, Amy & I are going to atttend the Tea Party in our town on Wed. It ought to be interesting.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Seven things I love

I was here goes...the seven things I love.

I love that God has saved me. I need Him.
I love my husband. He's just what I need.
I love my daughter. She's constantly challenging me.
I love quiet.
I love to sew, read, scrapbook & knit. (I discovered that the real love here is the shopping part.)
I love to worship.
I love good quality food.

As you can see I'm not a very wordy person. :)

I'll tag Amy, Christine, and Hope.

Next two puzzles

This first one took me longer than most, having been out of town and the fact that clouds are hard.

The second one only took a little bit.

Friday, April 3, 2009


The name of the fabric store is Always in Stitches.

Charlotte Mason quote

"We are courteous to the words of others. We listen and do not contradict. We try to understand; and, when other persons express their opinions, however much they may differ from ours, we keep ourselves from violence in thought and word, and listen with deference where we cannot agree. Then, when we state our own notions with gentleness and modesty, we shall find that they are gently received."

This quote struck me as something I could work on.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

IEW trip

On Monday morning Amy & I left for Indiana to attend an Institute for Excellence in Writing workshop. Andrew Pudewa, the president of IEW was presenting several classes and one session for everyone. Monday night, after checking in to our hotel and eating dinner, we arrived for the first session. It was entitled "Nurturing Excellent Writers and Speakers: The Power of Linguistic Patterns."

There are four sources of language in our country. The first is television, the second is peers, the third, parents and the fourth, books. Because of these, children and probably adults do not know how to write well.

Most likely, problems with the first two are obvious. But the second two need a little explanation. Busyness is the downfall of parents modeling good communication. Most are just not available to talk with their children very long.

One would think reading books is a great way to learn good writing. While this is true in some cases, it seems that those who read a lot actually skip a lot while reading. They read so fast that they miss the language.
One solution to instilling good communication is reading aloud to children at least two hours a day. By doing this words are not skipped. Other ways to aid in building good skills are to include memorization, copywork and dictation in the school day. (Sounds a lot like Charlotte Mason to me.)

Mr. Pudewa recommends books written between 1840-1930. Books during this time period were written in language familiar to us as well as appropriate for the whole family.

A couple points about memorization:
1. Grows brain cells, the more you learn the more neuron connections. 2. Expands vocabulary and a linguistic data base.

On Tuesday Amy went to two advanced student workshops. The first was Research with multiple sourcs, the second was creative writing. She enjoyed both sessions, although the creative writing was a little more difficult.

On Wednesday morning we got everything packed up and checked out. We then headed to a fabric store a couple minutes from the hotel. Stitches in Time had an abundance of fabric to choose from. They had a small room with clearance items at 40% off. The items in the remnant bins were also 40% off. Each remnant was a good sized one as well. Most were more than a yard.

I'm glad we're home, but I'm also glad we were able to go. If you ever get a chance to go to an IEW seminar it's worth the time and money.

Amy won a photo contest

Amy entered this photo in Our Dolls Cooking Photo Contest. There were 12 entries, among which were several good pictures, even one other one I thought would win. Much to our surprise, Amy's won. To say she was thrilled would be an understatement. Here's a partial copy of the email she received from Greta at Our Dolls.

A lot of people voted for your picture. I thought you might like to read a few of their comments from the finalists round:

It looks so real. One of the cooks has flour on her face!

The picture is so clean and clear- it's an awesome photograph, and the dolls look so cute!

They are all pretty good, but Amy's is very clever the way the angle of the shot makes it appear like the full size cabinets in the background are doll size. It feels like the photographer caught the characters in mid action.

It has good detail and looks believable

The lighting is very natural the focus is interesting and the dolls look super cute!!!

It's so CUTE, They look like real girl baking cookies :).

It looks so realistic!!!! And its soooo adorable:)!!!!!

I like how the dolly baking items are incorporated into a real kitchen...and the flour on the dolls' faces helps, too. ;)

I love how it was done in a kitchen! So cute!

Great perspective, makes me feel like I'm in the room; looks realistic.

This picture just looks real to me. Because of it's angle, even the big people sized things in the background could be doll sized in relation to the dolls, who look life-like because the picture is up close to them and their faces. I also like the dough all clumped up on the rolling pin! Go Amy!

The simple little touches are so cute! I love the aprons and the flour on their faces is just too cute!

Thanks! :-)

Congratulations! I'm proud of Amy for entering and doing a great job.