28 November 2010



Mailboxes and Old Barns is a collection of stories by our very own emmajeri1010.

This word picture was written to tell my sons how their mother felt about her life when she was 8 years old.

By 1952, I knew that I was actually the luckiest kid alive because I had wheat fields, peonies, kittens, tiger lilies, rainbows, crocuses, stars, west winds, thunderstorms, privacy, a huge pasture to roam in, endless country roads to ride my bike on and a barn to play in during the winter.

Come look at my bedroom: take the long staircase that turns 2/3 of the way up for the last four steps to the second story of the big farmhouse sitting on 1200 acres of Montana dryland. Second door on the left. A big walk in closet. A double bed which used to hold older sisters, now gone from home. A dresser with a big round mirror and a wastebasket. One window that faces east just over the peak of the kitchen roof which extends about 16-18 feet further out.

The view is pure Big Sky Montana. I can see to the curve of the earth over rolling prairie pasture and fields that are so soil poor they can only be sowed every other year and must rest fallow on alternate years. One of the best times at the window is when a thunder and lightning storm rolls through at night: the lightning repeatedly photographs the white-trimmed outbuildings~~the barn, the granaries, the windmill shack .

Like strobe lighting—flash! Flash! Flash! It’s like looking at negatives of farmyard photos.

And after the storm passes, I can literally lay my pillow and my head in the windowsill area and fall asleep watching the stars and the moon. But sleep seems like a terrible waste of time.

What are the “sleep seemed like a terrible waste” times you might tell your adult children about? You can tell your younger children, of course…but I phrase it that way because I’m observing a hunger in our 40′s-something sons to know “who Dad and Mom are…”

175 Responses to MAILBOXES AND OLD BARNS – Sunday Open Forum

  1. AFinch says:


    Thank you for sharing part of your beautiful writings with us. I look forward to more Sunday installments from Mailboxes and Old Barns.

    I can’t recall ever thinking of sleep as a “terrible waste” at the end of the day. I was one of those rare kids that never had to be told to go to bed and could fall asleep almost anywhere. On the other hand, I was always up at the crack of dawn–still am–and enjoyed the feeling of having the place to myself for a few hours each morning. I was what you might have called a town girl (it wasn’t big enough to be called a city) and delivered papers on my bike before school so that I could take part in after-school activities with all my friends. I liked riding through the quiet streets and seeing the world wake up around me.

  2. AFinch says:

    This question is for JRD (and anyone else who has dual citizenship). Have US citizens always been able to hold dual citizenship or has that changed in the last decade or two? Are there certain countries for which you cannot hold dual citizenship with the US? I ask because I remember making an acquaintance when I was seventeen with another seventeen-year old who held citizenship in Ireland (her dad’s country), S. Africa (her mother’s–this would have been around the time Aparteid was ending) and the US (where she was born). She said that upon her 18th b-day she would have to choose b/c she couldn’t hold citizenship in either of the other countries and maintain her US citizenship. That stuck with me for some reason and I find the issue of dual citizenship interesting.

    • JRD says:

      AFinch, I don’t know about other countries I only know about Italy. I know that when my grandparents came to America they had to renounce their Italian citizenship.

      About 20 years ago the Italians made a deal with the US. Why, because in Italy the citizens constantly vote to increase taxes yet no one ever pays them. When citizens are asked why they don’t pay their taxes their told yes I voted for that new bill but I thought someone else would pay for it. The Italian government doesn’t sincerely prosecute it’s citizens for non payment of taxes . The Italian government decided that since a large number of their citizenry fled to America if they allowed their children and grandchildren Italian citizenship maybe these new dopes would pay the taxes and makeup for the shortfall in revenue. Plenty of Americans took advantage of the situation as they wished to purchase a second home in Tuscany. There is a substantial savings on utility bills, garbage removal, etc. if you are an Italian citizen. However, if you pay income taxes in America you don’t have to pay them in Italy so it didn’t alleviate their problem. It also allows me to stay in Italy for longer periods of time. Since Italy joined the European Union if I was not a citizen I would have to leave the country and the entire European Union after a certain amount of time and would not be able to return for a substantial amount of time.

      • JRD says:

        One thing that really ticks me off is this big lie that the Europeans just love Dumb-0. Correction: the European elites like Dumb-0 the citizenry, not so much. The leftist media are leftists all over the world. They are united in the spreading of their propaganda. The Europeans get their information about America from the American leftist media.
        This autumn when I arrived in Tuscany for the wine harvest everybody, and I mean everybody, jumped on my case saying “Who does this Michelle Obama think she is?” They were appalled at her behavior on her trip to Spain. They admire America that we have no kings and queens here. The Italians thought that she was a “brutta figura” (showing and ugly face) for taking over the entire hotel and bringing such a large entourage. The Italians always dress properly. Fashion is important to them. They think Michelle Obama is a national disgrace with the costumes she chooses to wear. And they really couldn’t believe the way she dressed her little daughter. The Italians also love beautiful women. They think Sarah Palin is drop dead gorgeous. The Italian women are crazy for Todd. Any woman that has a large family qualifies for sainthood in Italy. The Italians have told me on many occasions that the Palins would be the epitome of the perfect presidential couple. When the Italians refer to the “ugly American” they are talking about the spoiled brat progressives who come to their country and don’t know how to behave. They constantly tell me, “In Italy if our children misbehave at a young age we don’t send them to their room for a time out. We turn them on their bottom, give them a good smack and they learn their lesson. Don’t do that again.”
        I’m not saying that the Italian way of doing things is the proper way. What I am saying is that when you go to a foreign country whether you like it or not you are viewed as an ambassador of your native country. The progressives give us this BS that the country class are a bunch of rubes and that they are just so damned sophisticated. You would think that sophisticated people would know the customs of a foreign country and the way to behave so as to not offend.
        When Italians find out that I am American they often tell me, “You’re not American.” And then they proceed to tell me that the reason why I’m not is because I am not a spoiled brat progressive and that I am polite and observant to the customs of their country. They all tell me, “Brava, complimenti!”

        • AFinch says:

          That was so much fun to read. Thank you, thank you.

          Now about this Italian citzenship thing. Do I have to be of Italian heritage to actually become an Italian citizen? Does a current citizen have to sponsor me? Don’t worry, the “Finches” aren’t going to invade your beloved Italy. Just curious.

          • JRD says:

            Yes, you have to be of Italian heritage and your Italian ancestors had to have arrived in America in the early 1900′s. You have to submit brand new birth, marriage, and American citizen certificates with an apostile ( a raised seal that signifies legalization of documents for international use) seal on it. If you are sincerely interested I can get you all the particulars. However it is a long and lengthy process. It took me a good 5 years and I had to be persistent as the Italians who work for the government along with their American co-conspirators think that they should get paid just for showing up at their place of employment. They feel that they are not obliged to do anything once they get there. For instance, the first thing an Italian does when they arrive at their office in the morning is place their coat over the back of their seat to show that they are there. Then one goes outside to have a cappuchino and walk around for awhile window shopping. Oh, the joys of socialism! You will find that the country class is also the country class all around the world.

            • AFinch says:

              No, don’t trouble yourself with more details. It’s really just curiosity. Thank you for indulging me to this degree.
              I really don’t have a stong ethnic heritage of any sort (I call myself a Western European mutt) and I always enjoy hearing from others who do. (Yet another thing that I found odd about that other place.)

            • “If you are sincerely interested I can get you all the particulars. ”
              I am! I also have two girlfriends who are very interested.
              Thanks JRD, it’s difficult to find the paperwork and/or information that is reliable.
              You can give me more info through my email. Thanks!

      • phillycon4 says:


        Thank you for sharing your story. Everything you described about Italy, I can also confirm.

        My husband and I visited his “homeland” in ’04, during the “hate Bush” mania. We were incessantly told by the LSM, that Europe and the rest of the world “hates” Americans b/c of our “cowboy” actions.

        Well, we found the opposite to be true. It could have been b/c they were trying to be respectful, but no one launched on any anti-Bush tirades; instead, they wanted to hear the other viewpoint. Many of the Italians understood the terrorism problem much better than are own here in the US.

        We were also told Americans are the most generous tippers, and that the other Euros are cheap. (For example, on the Amalfi coast, many Italians depend on tourism for their income.)

        You are also right about the bratty progressives, many of these spoiled brat “rich kids” spend time in Europe “finding themselves” so this is the sample size they are exposed to.

        We were cognizant of our “ambassadorship” at all times, saying “thank you” etc., and complimenting them on their beautiful country, the usual manners that are so lacking today.

        Anyway, I suspect the situation in Europe is much like the situation here, the Leftist press defining the debate. I am not surprised at all by your commentary, and am heartened by it.

        It means the propaganda machines don’t work.

        • JRD says:

          phillycon4, I know that this is also true in France as my sister has been married to a Frenchman for years now. They reside on the Atlantic Ocean on the Spanish-French border in the Basque region. They are the country class.

          I also have very good friends that reside in the England in Wiltshire. They operate a very well known small country hotel. She has a cooking show and constantly invites me to cook on her show. I get to talk to plenty of her guests, even people who come down from London. They all say the same thing. “Socialism stinks on ice, what is wrong with America, the whole world is rejecting socialism, how could Americans elect this know nothing thug?” Yada yada, yada.

        • phillycon4 says:


          You are right about France. My aunt and uncle lived in Valence for 10+ years, on the way to the US. They still have friends there, and all those people are very country class.

          They would be classified as “religious nuts” here. Ironic, isn’t it, we get such a “one size fits all” view of Europe. In some ways, they are much more conservative than we are here.

          • JRD says:

            phillycon4, Thank you for confirming this. It is very important for us to get this information out there. The communist leftists are a bunch of liars.

    • ytz4mee says:

      I have dual British/Canadian citizenship.

      If any of my children wanted to become officers in either service (Canadian or US), they would have to revoke/renounce the other citizenship.
      That’s the only reason I know of.

    • Pat P says:

      My nephew is currently working on obtaining his dual US/Italy citizenship. He was born in the US, his mother was born in the US (1927?), but his maternal grandparents were born in Italy. He explained to me that because his grandfather had not renounced his Italian citizenship before his mother was born, he is able to apply for dual citizenship. His grandfather did renounce his citizenship later.

      I work for an Italian company (based in Bologna). I work with a number of people with dual citizenship. One woman’s parents are from San Marino, and she has passports from both countries, even though she was born and raised in the US. Her sister married in San Marino, and lives there. She says she uses her San Marino passport traveling there, and the US passport traveling back. She also can use her San Marino passport when traveling to countries that are not ‘USA friendly’. Her son also has dual citizenship (he is about 12).

    • davesmom1 says:

      My brother and I want to have a dual Irish citizenship. More out of family pride than anything else. Its fairly easy to do.
      My father is Irish. He came over in the 60′s.
      Since our dad was born in Ireland, we qualify.

  3. Shalini says:

    This is so beautiful. Kind of like the descriptions of my mom’s childhood. She was a 40′s kid and she tells me that though she didn’t have all that I have now (There was no electricity in the little hamlet she lived at that time!! I am sure she won’t be able to live without electricity now, though.), she still had a happier life back then.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • FranklytheNut says:

      Shalini, we don’t have to get into a dialogue about this, but I did want you to know that I responded to your post yesterday. I don’t want you to think that your rose blushed, unseen, or wasted its sweetness on the desert air (credit to Thomas Gray).

  4. AFinch says:

    To all you Sino-scholars/watchers, what do you make of China’s emergency call for discussions among “six party” delegates? Who/what is the “Xinhua” referenced in the story? I can’t find a full citation.


    • YTZ4Me says:

      Xinhua is one of their big news agencies, like AP or Reuters.

      xinhua.net has websites in Mandarin and English, but the English site often carries different stories/interpetation from the Mandarin one.

    • ytz4mee says:

      The Korean news agency site in English.

    • ytz4mee says:

      To answer your question,

      China has no intention of “really” working to cool tensions. N Korea is their front man.
      NK is heavily dependent on China economically, and there is very little NK would do without the tacit approval of China.

      The “emergency call” to six party talks, along with moving up Surface to air missiles to the Northern limit line is nothing more than China playing rope-a-dope with Teh Won. China is going to keep increasing the pressure until Teh Won is perceived to have made a miscalculation/mistake.

      The more parties you have at the table, the less chance anything gets accomplished, and it is almost impossible to achieve consensus. The more parties at the table also diminishes the role of the US — the US is simply just another country among many.

      China is playing him like a fiddle. Reading their viewpoint in Chinese language sources, they have no respect for him at all. They are going to exploit his perceived weaknesses and aptitude for appeasement against him.

      • AFinch says:

        Thanks YATZ–knew we could count on you.

        • ytz4mee says:

          This morning it was announced that there will be “no live firing” during the joint US-SKorea military exercises.

          He’s doing all of China’s heavy lifting for them. Nice of him to put his own nuts in the cracker and squeeze.

          Elections have consequences, people. We can not afford to make the same mistake in 2012. Choose wisely.

          • AFinch says:

            I’m trying to remember whether you have spoken in favor of a 2012 candidate and I cannot remember you doing so. Care to tell us who you’re supporting? (I completely understand if you can’t or would rather not.)

      • sundancecracker says:

        Damn YTZ, that was a stupendously enlightened comment. You just solidified and encapsulated everything I have read, experienced, and researched. I couldn’t agree more. Well said.

  5. AFinch says:

    The Weekend Interview in this week’s WSJ is with Dr. James Watson–the guy who discovered the double helix. I don’t know much about him as a scientist, but what he says about leadership–that “to be a good leader you generally have to ruffle feathers,”–I agree with completely. So many of our representatives in Congress today think that leadership means bringing both sides together and not making anyone mad. That’s not leadership–it’s babysitting.

  6. Menagerie says:

    Emma that was a wonderful piece of history to wake up to. you have a gift for writing and storytelling. It reminds me of my grandparent’s farmhouse on the plains in Kansas. Being raised in Tenneessee, I thought Kansas flat and boring as a child. About ten years ago, our extended family started having what we called the fall walk. it was from the old farmhouse to the one room schoolhouse where my dad and his brothers and sister walked to school. My grandmother taught there before marrying. Anyhow, I fell in love with the haunting beauty of the prarie. And that walk kicked our butt. We crossed the creek three times.

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      Last spring DH and I spent part of a day at a wonderful museum in Aurora, NB, about 5 miles from where my father was born. His parents emigrated from Denmark, and many of the Danes made Nebraska and Iowa a stopping place on their way to find land~~and by the late 1990′s, the only land left was eastern MT and western ND for the most part. NB prairie is utterly amazing as well. Absolutely love it.

  7. AFinch says:

    Any Aaron Lewis/Staind fans out there who can tell me when “Country Boy” will be officially released? I’ve been looking all over for an official version, but have had to content myself with youtube clips like this. If you only know of Staind as a post-grunge band, you might be pleasantly surprised by the country feel of this song. I see it becoming a TEA party anthem.

  8. phillycon4 says:

    You can’t make this stuff up, this is just too good …… how would you describe this? Irony?

    “In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. On Friday, that task force helped prevent what could have been a horrific terrorist attack in Portland. Now city officials say they might re-think their participation in the task force — because Barack Obama is in the White House.”

    “What is ironic is that the operation that found and stopped Mohamud is precisely the kind of law enforcement work that Portland’s leaders, working with the American Civil Liberties Union, rejected during the Bush years. In April 2005, the Portland city council voted 4 to 1 to withdraw Portland city police officers from participating in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Mayor Tom Potter said the FBI refused to give him a top-secret security clearance so he could make sure the officers weren’t violating state anti-discrimination laws that bar law enforcement from targeting suspects on the basis of their religious or political beliefs.”

    Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/11/politically-correct-portland-rejected-feds-who-saved-city-terrori#ixzz16aLqKd6t

    • JRD says:

      Progressives are pathetic poor excuses for human beings. A pox on all of them!

    • Auntie Lib says:

      Having been exiled to the Portland area for a number of years and having worked closely with city and county officials, I can personally testify to the inherent progressive (read stupid) nature of the city’s political leaders. The article failed to mention that one of the Islamist members of the “Portland Seven” was an employee of former mayor Vera Katz.

    • AFinch says:

      I cannot believe he actually admitted that they’re re-thinking policy based on who is in the White House. So much for being a nation of laws, not men I wonder if they’ll still be in favor of Obamacare when Republicans are sitting on the death panels.

  9. GracieD says:

    I’m in Baton Rouge waiting to get my bracelet for Sarah’s booksigning.

    • AFinch says:

      Sooo jealous! I was pleasantly surprised to find my special edition signed copies in the mail yesterday. (I forgot I preordered.) I’m planning to see her on Thurs in Carmel, IN. I ordered C4P T-shirts for my sister, BIL and myself yesterday. Hope they get here in time.

    • JRD says:

      Gracie, I’m so happy for you. Hey, I got a tingle up my leg!

    • phillycon4 says:

      This east coaster is definitely jealous ….

      • GracieD says:

        There’s an extra place in line with me…sister is sick a d could not make it.

        • ytz4mee says:

          Enjoy! At least you’re not standing in sub-zero weather like many people had to do with the release of her first book. Looking forward to you filing a report !

          • GracieD says:

            Here is my Ground Report from the Sarah Palin book signing line: I tried to post around 12:10 that I have bracelet #29 after arriving at 6 a.m. I got back home around 12:35, hung out with hubby and pups for a while, then finished some chores around the house.
            I had one of those “it is a small world” moments this morning with the ladies immediately in front of me in the line. They were a mother and daughter in their mid-70s and mid 50s. We started talking about Edwin Edwards, and I said something about “Uncle Eddie”, the mom (older lady) asked how I knew Edwin, and I told her that he was a family friend. We then got specific as to who my family was, and she not only knew my Uncle, her daughter’s late FIL was a friend of my Uncle’s and I knew him too. We got caught up on “family gossip” and local politics (an interesting topic around the Swamps of South Louisiana), then the conversation turned to Sarah. The mom thinks Sarah will be the next POTUS, and the daughter is not sure if the Country is ready for a Female POTUS. Upon further discussion, the daughter conceded that many did not think that the Country would be ready for a “black” POTUS. Then the conversation turned to Zippy, and NO ONE there was pleased with his job performance. There were quite a few former Dems there; some had switched to Repub, some to Indie. One thing that those who are not from Louisiana may not realize is that Louisianans are a mostly Conservative lot. Many of the former Dems, especially older ones, registered as Dems initially, because back in the day you were told that you could not vote unless you registered Dem. Several of the older folks opined that it likely went back to the early post Civil War days.
            Moving on up the line, there was a teacher from a neighboring parish. Let’s just say that while the Unions may be happy with Zippy, the rank and file members are nowhere near happy with him. She is a strong Palin supporter, who is concerned that the Establishment Repubs may be out to destroy Sarah before she can get things off the ground.
            Ahead of the Teacher, were several college age young ladies. They are ALL IN for Sarah. Several people asked how college students ended up Conservative. They replied that they were quite capable of thinking for themselves, and tended to disregard the opinions of the Professor if it was not directly related to the course in question. Smart girls!

            There were five ladies ahead of the college students who were going to see Beck and O’Reilly Friday in New Orleans. Hubby and I talked about going, but could not afford the tickets. The good tickets at Lakefront are expensive. They are all in for Sarah as well. The conversation got around to where we get our news, and everyone that I spoke to agreed that we get our local news on Network affiliates, but we get out National TV News mostly from FOX with 2 CNNs thrown in. Even the older folks there said they also got their news from the Internet.
            Someone brought up Joyless Behar, and said they quit watching the ABC show because of the way that the Left leaning ladies treat Elisabeth. The same young lady said she would not watch Joyless’ night time show “even if you paid me”.
            There was one man who got there at 10:30 last night. He was first in line. Next were two gentlemen who were there for their wives…getting signed books as Christmas gifts, who got there at 5:30 this morning. We told them that they had scored major husband points.
            Every single person that I talked to today, when asked why they liked Sarah, said “she’s just like us”. The hunting and fishing made an impression on many in Louisiana. We love the outdoors (though I would be happier if they could air-condition the outdoors from May to October), we love to hunt, fish, and spend time with family. Like most Americans, we go out of our way to help people whenever we can. If today is any indication, Louisiana is gonna love Sarah if she chooses to run in 2012.

  10. JRD says:

    A ray of hope in San Francisco


    Bad news for the CCCP (Congressional Communist Caucus of Pelosi)

  11. JRD says:

    A lesson about class by Sarah Palin


    Hey, phillycon4, I noticed you commented here.

    I wrote a smack down to someone over at the Weekly Standard for a hit piece they wrote on Palin. He answered me and we are corresponding back and forth. I think that I might have actually convinced him that they should stop the Palin bashing until she actually declares herself as a candidate. That it was bad manners to cut her off at the knees. If she doesn’t have any substance as they say it will all come out in the debates. What are they afraid of?

    • phillycon4 says:

      Oh yes, I did comment there. So funny.

      Actually, I do like that blogger alot. She’s always so level headed, argues so clearly, and defends Palin from a point of logic. Somehow, the Leftist mode of operandi (re: argumentation) has infected our discourse on the right as well.

      To your point, why is Palin told she shouldn’t run? How about Gingrich, Pawlenty, or anyone else? Its so strange, like she needs permission from bloggers (Jazz Shaw, AP), Rove, and Babs Bush.

      If she’s so dumb and polarizing then conventional thinking will kick in and she’ll loose. Right?

      RE: Weekly Standard, Rush took the whole “conservative blogosphere” and intelligentsia to task over COD. He kind of exposed them during the brouhaha.

      Honestly, the condescending attitudes (in “conservative” circles) have turned me off to anyone or anything with “influence” since we were told Toomey could not win in PA. They are now viewed with a jaundiced eye in my book.

      • JRD says:

        Hey phillycon4,

        Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection has more on this today.


      • phillycon4 says:


        That was a great post. His conclusion is what I have been preaching all along.

        Some on the right are of the notion, that if we nominate someone “electable” and not as contraversial, then maybe the fight will go away, and everyone will be happy.

        I argue it will only embolden the Left (and John Ziegler argued against allowing the Left to pick our leaders for us through character asassination in his documentary analyzing media bias of the 08 election). If you study history, you will observe what they did to Reagan, Bush, and Gingrich. You will see a method to the Left’s madness. Getting rid of Palin, doesn’t get rid of the disease. And, Prof. Jacobson finally sees it.

        (I don’t mean to be a “post hog” guys, sorry. I guess I feel strongly this morning :) )

        • Wraith says:

          More on our next President from Dr. Loudon at Breitbart.

        • emmajeri1010 says:

          I don’t know where this fits in your thoughts…what you said is right on….and what has bugged me for years is the foolishing of the political/election-cycle buying into the marketing and packaging philosophy of electioneering: wrap it pretty, hide its flaws and see how many people we can get to buy it. I wish they would return to free market electioneering, which from my POV view is this: they put their candidates out there (in the primaries); show us who you are and WE WILL CHOOSE the one we believe is best for the job. Of course, this approach would require honesty, a genuinely solid reputation, a verifiable record of accomplishments and an ability to present ideas DURING THE PRIMARY…..instead of using the primary as a beauty pageant at the state level to try to get to the national pageant. Sickening.

          People stuck on buying “the perfect product” can’t tolerate any imperfections. People who want the most effective product for the job they have in mind will care less about the color and sheen of the paint.

          • phillycon4 says:


            You are right on and articulated a concept which many people do not understand. There is no perfect candidate, its a myth straight out of “hope and change.”

            Palin, herself would acknowledge she is far from perfect and so is the rest of the field. As you said, this is what primaries are for, not a coronation of a “favored” son or “next in line” nonsense.

            “You go with the army you have.”

        • sundancecracker says:

      • sundancecracker says:

        Wraith has included a link to a terrific piece on Palin. Great read. http://biggovernment.com/gloudon/2010/11/27/fear-factor-sarah-palin-and-2012/#more-200845

  12. FranklytheNut says:

    I would like to tell a personal story about the price of blind loyalty, but my Hawaii driving skills are going to be spending 8-10 hours on North Dakota roads, in the snow, trying to return a granddaughter to boarding academy in Bismarck. Since the last 2 times I drove, I managed to wipe out 2 vehicles in less than 24 hrs. (one collision with a suicidal deer whose antlers punctured the transmission reservoir, and one blown radiator), and had to be towed, in a blizzard, by the same unfortunate relative, I am not looking forward to this trip. The first trip he only had to come 10 miles. The 2nd trip, the next evening, I was 80 miles away when I had to stop. Today, I’ll be on the road for 660 miles, give or take a few. Should I warn him?

    At any rate, I guess my story will have to just percolate for a bit longer, but I want to tell it because it shows (to me) that supporting someone no-matter-what does no favor to anyone at all.

    • ytz4mee says:

      No joke — hope your trip goes safely.

    • JRD says:

      Vaya con Dios, amiga.

    • Auntie Lib says:

      You be careful out there!!! I’m a native – and driving around here in winter absolutely terrifies me still. (But I do it – ’cause it’s too far and too cold to walk!)

      Come home safely so you can share your story. We’re waiting.

    • Wraith says:

      Bring supplies in case the worst happens: Extra clothing, blankets, a gallon or two of water, high-protein food and a way to start and keep a fire going. Be safe out there!

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      Susan is learning, under tough conditions, the realities of those prairies that some of the rest of us have fond memories of as well. Pray-ers, pray for her peace and safety and skill on the road today. And for those of you from non-threatening environs, be aware that just because she may “get to drive on the freeway” for awhile, that is not an improvement over local roads when bad weather is happening.

    • Shalini says:

      Praying for your safe journey.

    • wendy ann says:


    • Well, that turned nasty for about the last 150 miles of my 600+ trip. Driving snow, drifts across the road, disappearing road lines, and then big drifts that took up 1/2 the lane so that my left tires were on pavement and my right tires sliding in the snow. We don’t DO that in Waikiki, people! 8-O And I think I tried to freeze one ear because it was too much trouble to crawl back in the van and get my orange bank-robber mask. Part of it still hurts. Now I just have one last dog to walk, and I’m going to bed. Phooey on home leave. A pox on grandchildren. Toto is not in California any more!

      Thanks for everyone’s interest and prayers. I’m sure they were necessary, since there were a number of times when the road unexpectedly disappeared in a swirl of wind-driven snow and I was just driving blind. I LIKE being a pedestrian.

      • AFinch says:

        So happy to hear you made it back safely.

      • JRD says:

        Thank God your home safe. It sounds like a nightmare especially if your from Hawaii. Thanks for checking in. We were all concerned.

      • Bijou says:

        FTN, thanks for checking in and SO glad you made it back in one piece!
        Winter driving stinks on ice. LOL!

        (FWIW, if dear granddaughter wants to come for Christmas, let her make other arrangements for the return trip.)

      • yomotley says:

        You know, your granddaughter will always remember how you put yourself in peril to take her back to school. In her later years it will bring tears to her eyes. I bet she even mentions it at your funeral. That girl knows you love her, that is for sure.

      • Shalini says:

        I am so glad you reached safely, Susan. My mom always says Psalm 121 when we travel and that’s what I read y’day as well. :)

        • yomotley says:

          As a child, we always started a trip, before pulling out of the driveway, the Our Father. I just became saddened as I realize I did not carry on this with my own family. We did when the older ones were small; don’t know where along the way we ceased. (Of course, we have not taken many trips of late, either.)

  13. ytz4mee says:

    h/t the People’s Cube.

    “Prog Texting – Use Liberally”


  14. NotAMolly says:

    Happy Sunday. It is amazing to hear the level of delusion out of the mouths of liberals. On CSPAN Washington week, there was a blogger from Daily Kos who actually said 0bozo wanted bipartisanship. Um I won does not sound bipartisan to me. Oh and we are all racist tools of big corporations because we do not support 0bozo. gag.

    • sundancecracker says:

      Obama wanted bipartisanship. That must have been his intention when he said:
      “The right is clinging to their bibles, and fearmongering”

      or perhaps when he said:
      “Just to set the record straight ‘I won’ the election”

      or it coulda’ been:
      “…I say NO.. they can sit in the back of the vehicle”

      but probably most evident when he said:
      “.. we have a similarity in purpose, the political opposition in this country is strong and indeed they have become our enemy”…..

      O.B.A.M.A. (spinner, manipulator, fibber, and master of bipartisanship) :)

      • Integrity1st says:

        You left out many other descriptions Obama should go down for, (not as ‘in history’, but DOWN), most notably, he is the biggest divider of this UNITED States.

        Yea, I know, so many more not yet mentioned, but imagine that we have a President who thinks nothing of pitting us against each other, with all that is going on in the world around us. Enough. I will now focus on his redeeming qualities:

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      And how sickening is it that the yahoos that apparently actually believe that also vote?

  15. Wonderful “word picture”, it brought back lots of memories of my own childhood spending summers in Alabama on the family farm.
    Susan, be careful…you are in my prayers.
    One of my FB friends posted this link to a list of the 19 traitors who voted to close down the internet.


  16. TXMom says:

    Power to the people! The repeal amendment gaining strength. “The Amendment is straightforward and simple:
    Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed.
    This Repeal Amendment was inspired by Barnett’s April 2009 groundbreaking article in the Wall Street Journal, which described Constitutional remedies for taking our country back. The Amendment was publicly proposed for the first time on September 15 of this year, and a mere two months later has garnered the support of prominent legislators in nine states: Virginia, Utah, New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Indiana, and South Carolina. Virginia has led the way with support from Governor McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell, Lieutenant Governor/Senate President Bill Bolling, in addition to Representative Cantor.”

    • Integrity1st says:

      Hey TXMom, thanks for the simple and straight forward, but can you alleviate my confusion of concern? I read this as it will only be repealed if they replace within the state, something of the same they wish to appeal on the Federal level. IF that’s the case, I’m not happy = (

      “such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures … approve resolutions …. that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed.”

      • TXMom says:

        The author thinks it “simple and straightforward”, but it certainly makes me contemplate a little harder! lol No, I don’t believe it is mentioning replacement at all. It is only saying the repeal must specifically describe the provision or provisions to be repealed. It is merely reinforcing the tenth amendment powers of the states. Now, of course, I would freak at the proposal of a Constitutional Convention. No way should we do that. However, the article explains how it can and has been done without a convention. This is only one of several flanks of attack against this atrocious bill, and I do find Randy Barnett’s Repeal Amendment intriguing.

  17. JRD says:

    The new progressive talking point is that the Republican Party is the party of the White Man.

    There will be more Republican minorities holding governorships, Senate seats and representing Majority-White house districts than Democrats.


    • sundancecracker says:

      Sunday Top Ten Suggestions for TSA catch phrase:

      #10. TSA – “You can’t see London, You can’t see France, unless we grope your underpants”
      #9. TSA- “If we did our job any better we’d have to buy you dinner first”

      #8. TSA- “Only we know if ‘Lady Ga Ga” is a real lady”
      #7. TSA- “Wanna Fly?…. Drop your fly”
      #6. TSA- “We’ve handled more balls than Barney Fwank”
      #5. TSA- “We are now free to move about your pants”
      #4. TSA- “Its not a grope…. It’s a freedom pat”
      #3. TSA- “We handle more packages than the U.S. postal service”

      #2. TSA- “When we’re in doubt… you’d better whip it out”

      And the #1 item on my Sunday Top Ten TSA …….Countdown……..

      #1. TSA- “You WERE a virgin” …….. doh’… :D

  18. sundancecracker says:

  19. Good Sunday afternoon all!

    Emma, what a way you have with words. You painted a lovely picture of your childhood surroundings…I am a city girl (grew up in the City of Pittsburgh–with a glorius ‘view’ of J&L Steel’s Hazelwood Works). A local dj (Jack Bogut) came to the Burgh from ‘the Big Sky Country’ and he used to read (this was years ago) his writings about Montana. You picture made me think of those stories (I think he actually wrote a book on the topic)…anywho…thank you, and share some more!!!

    Susan, be careful driving on those icy rural roads…and watch out for the deer!!! I once made my insurance agent laugh (and no doubt book a cruise off of the bonus on selling our multi-multi family plan) when I told him the deer that I hit was ‘depressed, with suicidal tendencies.’ Bambi had run out in front of me (we missed each other) then he zigged back out in front of me (I hit him at about 3 miles per hour)…and a total Pittsburgh yinzer story. A guy in a pick up truck, coming the opppsite way stops…I thought he was going to help me…but he asked instead ‘you gonna use that, lady?’. I said no, and he proceeded to load the ‘remains’ into the bed of his truck.

    • AFinch says:

      Oh MQC (you’ll always be MQC to me) you are a hoot and a half. I was driving home from work a few weeks ago and saw a car stopped and a dead deer in front of it. The car wasn’t damaged so I wondered what had happened. I stopped and asked if everything was ok. The driver said the dear had literally committed suicide–ran head on into an old concrete fence post. He was waiting for his brother to come pick it up in his truck. Hey, venison is venison no matter how you come by it.

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      Thx…and you’re right about deer with death wishes. We have many macabre jokes here in MN about the ones that got away. However, there are just as many horror stories involving details of deer through windshields that you don’t want to hear around dinner time.

  20. Sundance…one more: “TSA, you don’t get on til we get off!”

  21. sundancecracker says:

    More Sunday Funnies: (Funny only because they are real….)

    SMITHFIELD, N.C., Nov. 25 (UPI) — Parents of students at a North Carolina school district are questioning a policy banning lip balm without a note from a parent or doctor.

    Stephanie Boyd, a parent at West View Elementary School, said she and other parents received a letter Nov. 9 from Johnston County Schools saying lip balm and cough drops would not be allowed in schools without a note from a parent or doctor, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Thursday.

    “I just don’t see how Chapstick can even remotely be perceived as medicine,” Boyd said. “Is it me or has common sense just gone out the window lately? They seem to ban something new every single year.”

    Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said the policy was the result of a county Health Department edict. “By requiring written permission from the parents, parents would be aware that their children had Chapstick and would be able to remind them not to share it with other children. This would also be a way for teachers to be aware so that they could deter students from sharing it with others.”

    Ohhhhkay…. Lemme follow this progressive logic…..

    Swapping chapstick, that’s disgusting. But teaching sexual identity-ed in elementary school, including felatio methods, and passing out condoms, – now that’s progressive.

    ok. Got it !

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      and after you’ve the sexual identity options explained in disgusting detail, then you can take a flight somewhere, get groped at several airports by various genders, and think about which one you thought was most fun.

      Unfortunately all the TSA one-liners are hilarious, because we’re all so ticked off and are about to lose it anyway, so we may as laugh. The authorities currently in power have no idea of the depth of anger, disgust, fear and sheer fury is building in this nation.

      • Integrity1st says:

        and so we pray that : “no idea of the depth of anger, disgust, fear and sheer fury is building in this nation.” might someday reach Massachusetts.

  22. Library Countess says:

    The Wikileaks scumbag is striking again: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/28/wikileaks.attack/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1

    The leftie posters over at HuffPo are over the moon w/ this sorry excuse for a human being. Me… I’m over the moon annoyed! :D Seriously, where does he get this stuff and why can’t we shut him down?

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      Color me asking the same question: how is that they:
      1) know this is classified information
      2) they know who has it
      3) they know it is going to be released
      4) they know when it is going to be released
      5) and they don’t stop him

      What’s the point of having a Department of Defense, Homeland Security or “Intelligence” Departments???? All the information in the world doesn’t seem to be of any use.

      And yet they have time to go after copyright violators (in the name of Homeland Security) on the inner tubes.

      Heads should roll. (Of course, once the Muslims completely take over in Washington, that will happen with increasing frequency.) Shoot. I must be a raaaaacist yet.

      • GracieD says:

        Emma, I think it may be that they are trying to manipulate the public into accepting net neutrality. The FCC will be voting on imposing net neutrality in the next couple of weeks. This has my “spidey senses” going all tingly. Am I just sleep-deprived, or has this occurred to anyone else? Thoughts?

        • emmajeri1010 says:

          If it became apparent that is the case, I guess my logic gene would cause me to blow my top, and my response to them would be, “There ya go again~~burning down the house just because the front porch needs a little paint.” Such drastic steps, made to look like necessary responses to “emergencies” only thrive in an atmosphere where gross negligence has made amputation look like a reasonable solution to a sprained ankle.

          It well be what they have in mind; but if it is, it just illustrates again that they assume that we are amazingly stupid. Of course, it’s already been illustrated that a good % of this country is amazingly stupid (hence the leftist progressives and the election of obama). Grrrrr.

          • Integrity1st says:

            Capital GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and then tripled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            HLS and ICE going after intellectually property theft on the internes, but not illegals and borders, TSA groping and xraying nuns, but not terrorists, and now this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Love your analogies Emma. Wish more people thunk like that.

        • YTZ4Me says:

          Personally, I amused that leaking information that allowed CNN to greet Marines landing ashore in Somalia, as well as publish information about current troop movements and location, as long as they embarrassed a Republican administration, were “good and noble”, while dessiminating private cables that will reveal impressions of our allies by Obama’s chosen Ambassadors and staff, which could possibly embarrass a sitting Progressive/Marxist is now “bad”.

          Much like Code Pink, was against the war in Afghanistan, labeling our Marines as “killers”, but now that Teh Won is installed, Code Pink reps visited Afghanistan and gushed about the humanitarian work being done by Marines to improve the lives of women and children in rural Afghanistan, in addition to providing much needed security, and is now advocating that the Marines stay.

          Color me cynical.
          /rant over/.

          • Integrity1st says:

            Very productive rant. Carry on!

          • emmajeri1010 says:

            Oh! I will NEVER forget the floodlights, cameras and “action!” that the poor Marines waded into through the surf in Somalia!! That was so utterly ridiculous! Talk about having an invasion recorded for posterity. Those fool production crews are lucky the Marines didn’t just take ‘em out.

        • Gracie, this is my thinking as well. If THEY ‘show’ the ‘damage’ the net can do, why of course, shut er down…right? I mean Amazon, and eBay and the ten gazillion funny kitty photo sites will ‘up’ and running, right? The great unwashed (but e purchasing) masses won’t even notice…

          Like an evil genius, flipping the switches and turning all the knobs for the ‘outcome’ he wants…yes I fear Net Neutrality like I do Cap and Trade…but, remember, in as Lord Monckton said, the 23rd hour, 59th minute, the East Anglia ‘leak’ happened, I think the ‘basis’ of NN will also be outted as a fake and a falacy…when the flood gates of all Obama/Soros abuses come out.

  23. Bijou says:

    Hi, everybody! Just came back from walking the puppy. We finally got snow up here in the Great White Nord, and does she ever LOVE it. (That makes ONE of us.)
    It’s not enough that she sticks her face in it over and over, but she has to roll around until she’s covered. Yesterday, I finally ‘broke down’ and took her to the pet store to be fitted for snow boots.
    Yikes…$35.99, plus tax (13%). She’s more than worth every penny, but OUCH!

    Anyway, I see many interesting links posted, so will look into those a bit later.
    Thanks, everybody. The collective bank of knowledge around here never ceases to amaze me. Thanks, Philly and JRD, for the fascinating look into what the Italians REALLY think. I find that quite encouraging.

    FTN, I don’t know how you got ‘elected’ to drive you granddaughter back to school, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. You’re no doubt well on your way by now, so I won’t bother to advise you to find her alternate transportation.
    I’ve been driving in winter weather since I got my license at 16, but I’m still very cautious.
    About 14 years ago, I was in a multi-car crash that totalled my vehicle. Thanks to my seatbelt, I walked out without a scratch. It was caused by black ice, which of course, nobody saw.

    Since then, I don’t drive in bad weather. Period. There’s nowhere I need to get to that is worth risking my life and/or scaring the carp out of me.

    Enjoy your Sunday, everybody. I simply MUST catch up on a few things that I’ve ‘let slide’ all week. These intertubes are so addictive. It’s all you guys’ fault, and I just want to say ‘Thank You’!
    See ya later. :)

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      I grew up in the area where FtN is driving today. There is no alternative transportation. Really.

      • Bijou says:

        Thanks, Emma. Wow…really?! My goodness.

        BTW, I just read your story and it’s wonderful!! You painted such a picture, and I LOVE the view from your windowseat!
        Please share some more with us, Emma.
        I think many of us can relate to a lot of these memories of a much simpler time.

      • emmajeri1010 says:

        and I should clarify…..if she was going east-west, then there might be a bus. But going north-south as she has to, nada. The major east-west highways through Montana and ND (and SD and WY for that matter) are hundreds of miles apart…..and north-south is all 2 lane state highways for the most part, with no public transportation north-south of any kind.

        • Bijou says:

          Thanks again, Emma. Yes, I meant maybe there was a train or bus the granddaughter could take, so FTN didn’t have to drive.
          I didn’t realize they were in such a remote location. Hope she checks in as soon as she gets back.

        • Well, that explains why I couldn’t find any bus service, even if it started 3 hrs. away. And the train goes through Minot, only 100+ miles from the school. I did it because that’s how the labor divided up. There are other children to be cared for. My dad would ordinarily be a consideration, but he’s in hospice respite for a few days so that I can “rest”. HA!

          Tina, the adoptive mother of the girl I drove today (and her 2 brothers) started caring for the oldest when she was 17 and he was 2. By the time she was 25, she was their (need-I-say-”single”?) legal adoptive mother, their biological parents having had their parental rights permanently severed. Now she is 32. Those intervening 15 years were spent caring for another woman’s children, until they were declared “hers.” From then on out, her entire life revolved around trying to see that they got the help they needed to overcome their early childhood traumas. Whether or not it will be ultimately successful is still not written in stone, but she gave them a chance that they would never have had otherwise.

          So she has her first “real” job. Being a cashier at Wal-Mart, even for crabby people sometimes, is a picnic in the park compared to what she’s been doing for a decade and a half. She’s doing now what most people get to start when they hit 18. She has adult conversations with other adults. She enjoys the camaraderie; the job is very special to her. I would do more than drive in a snowstorm to help her protect this little piece of separateness that she’s finally been able to carve out for herself.

          If she weren’t my daughter, I would still admire her life achievements, and be proud to have her for a friend.

  24. emmajeri1010 says:

    Thank you all for your encouragement about Mailboxes and Old Barns. In 1952, we had just gotten electricity and wouldn’t have running water for another 2 years. Phone was to be another 8 years. The memories prove that the same peace and safety and good daily life can be ours today, even with all the stuff available….because the peace and good living was not dependent on stuff, present or absent. Our challenge today is to not let the stuff interfere with the peace and good living. I’ve never bought into the meme (sometimes coming from Christians) that “modern is bad and it’s better to not have the good stuff.” That’s silly. If our peace and joy and good living didn’t come from the stuff in the first place, the presence of the stuff can’t automatically take it away~~no more than the absence of the stuff can prevent us from having it.

    Had to work hard for 45 minutes today to bring bunches of firewood in from the woodshed. But it’s 41 above here in MN, so that was just sort of a fun thing as it turned out! Thanksgiving morning, it was sitting at zero. I like 41 above better.

    • Pat P says:

      Good to hear that warmer weather is on its way here (Detroit area)!

      In 1952, our family was living in a small house that was converted from a garage by my dad and uncle. We did have electricity, but a small oil heater, and a tiny (though functional) bathroom.

      But we lived outside the city, with room to roam, and neighbors who still had small farms, with chickens, pigs, and cows. Always had fresh eggs, milk and butter.

      I guess we were poor by today’s standards, but I never knew it!

      • yomotley says:

        Being a kid and not knowing you are poor is foreign to a lot of children today. For many, not knowing it means they get their free lunch on a swipe card at school unbeknown to them it is free. These same kids have a cell phone like 98% of the other students, drive themselves to school, and are on sports but do not have to pay for anything since they qualify for “help”. Thus, they never know they are poor…………

        The ones that know they are poor are the “rich” kids. who take the bus or walk or drive a real beater car, can’t be on more than one sport because their parents are “rich” and have to pay for involvement. They know they are poor because rarely can have both parents and sibling go to their sports game because they don’t have the money. The “poor” kid gets the whole extended family in free and everyone marvels at how supportive they all are, and are disgusted the “rich” kid’s parents can’t both put the effort forth to support. The rich” kid knows he is poor; he is the 2% without a cell phone also. Oh, I could go on.

        Kids know they are poor today because they have the poor flaunting everything they have.

        • Pat P says:

          In those days, my dad worked, and my mom worked until I was about six years old (I wasn’t born until she was 41 – child of a second marriage). We always had whatever we needed, and some things that were luxuries, like a tv, but we didn’t live beyond our means.

          We never owned our own home – my dad lost the only home he ever owned during the depression. My mom grew up on a farm and would have loved to have a home of her own. We did travel quite a lot – long car trips in the summer to California, and Florida, and Washington DC, and in between times, trips ‘up north’ to the cottage that my dad helped my uncle build – no electricity or running water, wood stove, but a lake to swim in!

          • Integrity1st says:

            Don’t you love it Pat? Having been poor and never having been the wiser. That is rich!

            And Motley, how very well said!!!

            Emma. LOVE the writing, LOVE the title. LOVE that it came out on a lazy Sunday morning. Excellent.

          • YTZ4Me says:

            Many, many, MANY years ago, we spent a great deal of $$$ renovating our home. There was some faulty wiring, and while we were away for the weekend visiting the farm, our house burned to the ground. We lost everything. Literally.

            Best thing that happened to us, ever.
            Not kidding.
            Stuff is just that …… stuff.
            My childhood friend, who was on the FF force, almost lost his life on the call to our house. Thankfully, he survived and is okay.
            It put a lot of things into perspective.

  25. WeeWeed says:

    Good afternoon, Honeys! Wow – y’all have been busy today…me, not so much. Lot of catch up reading and doing of laundry. All of your childhood stories are great, and it’s good just to read about normal hardworking folks like I consider myself to be. I am currently planning a nastygram to my illustrious senator (Cornyn) over this innertube censure thing. He and I are on a first name basis, nearly! He will get to know me better, too, as I was pretty wee-weed up when I read about that….grrrr.

    • sundancecracker says:

      WeeWeed, you bring up a great point. Here is the list of Senators supporting the internet censorship bill…. aka. The “Nah-You-don’t-need-no-stinkin-freedoms-crew”……

      Please calculate the appropriate amount of Tar-n-Feathers needed to cover these foul usurpers:

      •Patrick J. Leahy — Vermont
      •Herb Kohl — Wisconsin
      •Jeff Sessions — Alabama
      •Dianne Feinstein — California
      •Orrin G. Hatch — Utah
      •Russ Feingold — Wisconsin

      •Chuck Grassley — Iowa
      •Arlen Specter — Pennsylvania
      •Jon Kyl — Arizona
      •Chuck Schumer — New York
      •Lindsey Graham — South Carolina
      •Dick Durbin — Illinois
      •John Cornyn — Texas
      •Benjamin L. Cardin — Maryland
      •Tom Coburn — Oklahoma

      •Sheldon Whitehouse — Rhode Island
      •Amy Klobuchar — Minnesota
      •Al Franken — Minnesota
      •Chris Coons — Delaware

      This should be a list of shame. You would think that our own elected officials would understand the First Amendment but, apparently, they have no problem turning the US into one of the small list of authoritarian countries that censors internet content it does not like (in this case, content some of its largest campaign contributors do not like). We already have laws in place to deal with infringing content, so don’t buy the excuse that this law is about stopping infringement. This law takes down entire websites based on the government’s say-so. First Amendment protections make clear that if you are going to stop any specific speech, it has to be extremely specific speech. This law has no such restrictions. It’s really quite unfortunate that these 19 US Senators are the first American politicians to publicly vote in favor of censoring speech in America.

  26. sundancecracker says:

    More “frilliance” and “Awesomism” from Chris Christie…..


    How can you be a conservative and not swoon Christie…. LOVE. THIS. GUY!!

    • ytz4mee says:

      Umm, I do love me some Chris Christie ….

      but you realize he’s all-in for illegal alien (aka “criminal entrant” (TM) :) )
      amnesty, right?
      I have some probs whit dat.

    • AFinch says:

      Meh– could have done without him making fun of Gov. Palin on Fallon’s show the other night. Add that to amnesty, cap ‘n tax and Islamophilia as another mark against him. Great for NJ. I prefer he stay there.

    • phillycon4 says:

      Hey, just checking in after the Eagles took a beating ….. my reason for not being a “rah, rah” Christie fan, is his obvious comfort for Obamacare. He has no intention of challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate, and the cost shifting to the states. Whatever cost savings Christie achieves with the public sector unions, the Medicaid costs will more than offset that.

      Sorry, that’s my line in the sand.

    • sundancecracker says:

      Errrr, maybe I shoulda clarified…. “As a Gov”. Not looking for, or cheering for, or desiring of, the portly fellow to migrate beyond the boundaries of NJ. I was/am a fan of his “as a Gov”.

      Never once spoke of, advocated for, or expressed interest in, Christie stepping one foot outta NJ. NYET. For all the reasons you mentioned, and more of my own. However, the chubby rascal has fiscal street cred with me and his assault upon, and smackdowns of, the bastions of all things ‘big labor’ is quite delicious.

      So long as he continues to wage war far above the Mason Dixon in the heart of “entitlement” blue country… I’ll be cheering for him. ;)

  27. g8rmom7 says:

    Sorry if this is a repeat as I have had a headache the last two days and really can’t read all that much. And then there are the crappy new LED Christmas lighs that have made it all that much worse for me. I am cursed when it comes to Christmas lights…even when I spend more money for an upgrade! Argh.

    But I digress…here is something I could never post at Hillbuzz but I think is pretty frightening about what Hillary and Obama have planned for the world. Lovely huh?


    • sundancecracker says:

      Gatormom, no it is not a repeat. Indeed it is a well written concise explanation of the ultimate intent in Liberal Global Defense bull-crap. Eugenics. Population control has been openly discussed ever since the progressives came out of the closet in the last several years feeling safe to advocate for their ultimate control of human freedom.

      “Sadly enough, there are people who are actually convinced that they will save the environment by reducing the population. They think that while promoting abortion and sterilization may not be the most pleasant thing to do, it must be done for the good of the planet.

      Of course they are dead wrong, but the “true believers” do not understand this. All they know is that they have to keep all of the brown and black women in other countries from having babies so that we can save the planet.

      We live in a world that is becoming more evil all the time. Every person on this planet has a fundamental right to have as many children as they want, but the truth is that this right is being stripped away from an increasing number of people.

      We live at a time when even our most fundamental liberties as human beings are under attack. Let us hope that America wakes up and starts saying “no” to these kinds of policies.”

      • emmajeri1010 says:

        Sometimes I think we just get overloaded with information that makes us feel helpless…..but then I remember that this is exactly what I began to “decide to invest in” when we went to our first Tea Party event in September of 2009. If we care (and we obviously do) we also are accepting that the reading, thinking, talking and using information like this is a given….including the time and occasional stress it takes to understand it and process it. I think BO was right about his quote and wrong about who it referred to. I think we are the ones we have been waiting for. We are their worst dream come to life. I doubt they even realize any more that there are actually millions of articulate (and clean) Americans who really believe that God creates life, that life is good and worth defending and that those millions aren’t just having a momentary temper tantrum: they are lining up and speaking up and showing up. It is a fight to the death in more ways than one. Thanks for linking this.

      • Eugenics, abortion 6 and 1/2 doz…………………

      • Integrity1st says:

        Sundance, have you noticed how rarely we get to say no to any of this? We’re screaming it, and it just gets worse . . . by the hour it seems.

    • Integrity1st says:

      Sorry to hear about the headaches. I’m a migrainer so you have my complete compassion. And, I so share the Christmas light curse, and am about to give it up entirely – – – but be grateful you’re fighting in in warm weather whereas I’m fighting it in bitter winds and cold.

      As for the link, it should be entitled: And You Didn’t Want Your Taxdollars to Fund Abortions. (nice pic of her, heh?)

      • emmajeri1010 says:

        Isn’t it interesting how so many of the leftists’ schemes come back to the devaluing of human life?

        On the issue of headaches and LED lights. Have you guys seen a connection? I used to have endless migraines. That stopped some years ago, but I’m still vulnerable to certain things so am always careful. I had noticed that the LED lights (one string we have) just “bugs me” and I wasn’t sure why.

  28. Kristi says:

    Anyone catch Sarah Palin’s Alaska?

    • AFinch says:

      Just did, while on the treadmill. I LOVE that family. It’s so refreshing to see teenagers and young adults depicted on TV not obsessing over material things or trying to be “cool,” but getting dirty, working hard and spending time with their families