kimana517: (family : mandy / puppy dog eyes)
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Got paid to model (including a spread in a magazine!), went to Europe, took a backpacking trip, rode on a real train, had to put a dog to sleep, started the process of adopting a child, went a year without seeing one of my brothers...  =o(

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Not really, and no. I know C25K is some people's resolution, but we started that on November 30th!

3. Did anyone close to you have kids?

My friends Forrest & Shannon adopted twins.  =o)

4. Did anyone close to you get married?
Not that I can think of at the moment.

5. Did anyone close to you die?
Mandy.  =o(

6. Did you travel?
To North Carolina, Tennessee, England, France, Italy, Greece, El Salvador, Georgia, and Connecticut.

7. Did you move anywhere?
Nope! Which is a very good thing since I love it here.

8. What was the best month?
No contest - May! In May we went to four European countries, including Italy, which had been at the top of my Travel Wish List for years. Plus, my birthday is in May.  =o)

9. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A closer relationship with God, and a kid or kids!  =oD  And no house problems for once. That would be nice.

10. What date(s) from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 15 - My first paid modeling gig! May 12-June 3 - our Europe trip! July 2 - when we applied to our adoption agency! September 24 - When we said goodbye to Mandy.

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kimana517: (tv : supernatural : grr)
I have been rather silent about politics here on LJ ever since the election. That's because there's just way too much I could talk about, and I know y'all don't want to be inundated with my political rantings. That said, there is a lot of misinformation about government-run health care and also about what conservatives actually think about health care reform. One person I know actually said that conservatives want to let the poor die and the rich get richer. So, in this post, I'm going to try to clear some things up.

Myth #1: Conservatives don't care about poor people. In fact, a lot of conservatives are or have been poor at one time. "What?" you gasp. "There are poor conservatives? Nuh-uh! I know that's not true! Everyone knows the GOP is made up rich white guys." Well, I'm a conservative and I am neither rich nor a guy, and I have never been either of those things. I am white, but I know you won't hold my ethnicity against me because that would be racist. In fact I know quite a few people who are now considered middle class but were politically conservative even when they could barely afford to pay the mortgage and buy food to eat at home (or they got WIC or food stamps from their state). Why? Because they paid their mortgage and ate food at home instead of expecting other people to do it for them. They used the little money they had to buy necessities instead of luxuries. If you are truly poor, you buy what you NEED, not what you WANT. And those I know realized this and thus didn't rely on taxpayers from other states to pay for their desires since they were already meeting their own needs. When Isaac and I worked for WOL, our salaries combined put us just above FL's poverty line for two people, and yet we still were able to afford health insurance. Obama and the media would have you believe that's impossible, but it's not. We didn't have cable TV, internet, cell phones, eat out, go to the movies, or drive new cars. We lived in a tiny apartment. But you know what? All our needs were met, we were happy, and not only could we afford to buy our own health insurance, but we also saved up a pretty decent down payment for when we bought our house. Meanwhile, the people who used to live next to Aaron & Angela got foreclosed on because they did not pay their mortgage. Never mind that they have two practically brand new, expensive pickup trucks and smoke several packs a day combined. If they sold those pickups and got used, older cars, the money saved from their car payments would likely be enough for their mortgage, and if they stopped smoking they could absolutely afford health insurance. What about those who truly cannot afford their healthcare or food? That is where charities and the state (NOT the federal government) come in. A state-run healthcare program would be far more efficient and accurate than one run by DC. If you really want to help the truly poor get health care, give money/supplies to free clinics, and shelters that teach life training, but don't lend your voice to Obamacare or anything like it. Oh - also, numerous studies have shown that, in general, conservatives give proportionately more to charity than liberals. Huh. I guess conservatives do care after all.

Myth #2: It's a bad thing when the rich get richer. Anyone who believes that has bought into propaganda and has apparently never actually studied economics. Who employs the most people? Rich people. They may not even own a business, but by putting their money into stocks for other businesses, they are allowing that company to hire people. They also give the most to charity, even when you look at it proportionately, and those charities then use that money to help people and/or to hire people. On an older episode of Bones, we learned that the character Hodgins is very, very rich, and is the biggest giver to the Jeffersonian Institution, the place most of the main characters work for. In that same episode he says that the government doesn't tax him enough. So he'd rather give his money to the government than to the Jeffersonian? If his taxes increased, would he just eat that loss? Doubtful. Rather, he would have less to give to the Jeffersonian so they would have to either decrease the work they do (no more crazy experiments for him, no more archaeological excavations across the world for Brennan, and no holographic machines for Angela) or decrease the number of people who work there (so long, lab assistants). That may be a fictional show, but the truth is all too real. It's economics 101. Also, did you know that the richest 1% of people in the USA pay 40% of all the US's income taxes? And the richest 50% pay 97%? How is that fair? When did being rich become something to be penalized? Why is it only health insurance companies that are villainized for making a profit? People need to eat, but we don't demand grocery store or restaurant reform. Publix and Stop 'n' Shop make profits too, you know. What about auto insurance? You're not allowed to drive a car without auto insurance. I'm pretty sure Allstate is making a profit. Those jerks! How could they? Time to have the government take over all the grocery stores, restaurants, and auto insurance companies!

Myth #3: Health care is a right. Well, actually, no, it's not. Show me where it says that in the Constitution. Show me where it says that food, shelter, health care, anything like that should be "free" from the government. It's not there. Should we allow people to die because they truly can't afford that? No. As Christians or just good people, we should give money to organizations that help the poor and we should even consider volunteering our time to help the poor. But it is NOT the federal government's job to provide those things. Most conservatives are FOR state-run programs to help the poor in their own state. The federal government cannot oversee a program well enough to know who actually needs help, but a state-run program very well could. They would certainly do a better job than the federal government has done with Medicare and Medicaid. (Which, BTW, are just miniature versions of Obamacare. Why does anyone think the government could do better on a much larger scale?!) Plus, it's not fair to make the health-conscious people of the pacific northwest pay for the fried-food-loving obesity of a southern state. Nor is it fair to take any fiscally responsible state's money to pay for anything in a financial wasteland caused by liberal policies like Michigan or California.

Myth #4: Government-run health care is free.
It boggles my mind that people actually believe this. The government would pay for Obamacare by raising taxes, and not just on the rich, though the rich certainly would continue to pay the most. (Considering Obama's definition of rich used to be $250,000/year and is now at, what, $100,000/year, pretty soon we'll all be "rich" anyway.) And if they can't get enough money from raising taxes, they will be forced to ration treatments. That's just the logical conclusion. If you have only 1,000 rounds of chemo in your budget for the year, who is going to get them? Probably not the woman in her 70s or the 35-year-old who smokes three packs a day. (That is just an example. Please don't get on me about how the government of Canada does 1,000,000 rounds of chemo each year or whatever.) Not to mention that we will lose a lot of doctors because they won't be making enough to pay off their school loans. Oh - and when the federal government takes from the rich and gives to the poor, they have to pay every government employee who processes that money. Compare how much of each dollar goes to the poor from your tax money to how much of each dollar given to charity makes its way to the poor.

Myth #5: Those who oppose Obamacare are racist/fear-mongerers/an angry mob paid by health insurance companies/fill-in-other-insult-here. There probably are some people like that who oppose Obamacare (well, except the paid by health insurance companies thing). There probably are some people like that who support Obamacare too. There are loonies on every side of every fence. The vast majority of people (on both sides of the aisle, I might add) who do not want Obamacare just realize that this is not a good option and that there are far better ways to care for the poor of our country. As for the angry mob thing, the only yelling during Town Hall meetings has been when the congressperson would not answer the question, and the only violence has been when LIBERAL union thugs beat up a conservative man who was handing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags. Where was Jesse Jackson decrying this? (Oh yes - the man who was beat up is black.) Where was Obama having him to the White House for a beer? Why didn't the specifics of this make any news network? And the picture of Obama with a Hitler mustache that made the news as evidence of conservative nut jobs? That was made and held by a DEMOCRAT who wanted to make conservatives look bad. Once that was proven, the news stopped mentioning it. As to being paid by health insurance companies to take down Obamacare, I would love to get a piece of that action! Too bad there isn't any action to be had there. However, if you want to work for the government and try to convince people FOR Obamacare, check your local Craig's List. That's yet another case of liberal hypocrisy.

So what do conservatives propose to reform health care? Isaac has some good ideas. I wonder if anyone in Washington would listen to him?

kimana517: (politics : nut job)
From Isaac's blog.

For a nation in a recession with record deficits, our government sure has some interesting priorities. As Obama gave an inspiring speech on how he is going to cut our deficit over four years back to the level he inherited last month, he made the same tired old promises of fiscal responsibility. But what is his idea of fiscal responsibility?

One of Obama's first acts was to repeal the Mexico City Policy. The result is that we are now printing money for abortion overseas. While we argue about whether or not a train from Disneyland to Las Vegas will stimulate the economy, our children's tax dollars are buying today's abortions in other countries. What deficit?

Now, in addition to the millions going overseas for abortion and subsidizing Planned Parenthood here in the states, Obama is now asking for $50 million to help fund the UNFPA (UN Population Control Fund).

Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute writes in the Huffington Post:

"The UNFPA spends a huge chunk of its budget on soporific propaganda -- the agency continues to be fixated on the numbers. We have documented its involvement in coercive population control policies in countries like China, Vietnam, Peru, and North Korea, as well as in refugee camps around the world.

Its intimate connection to China's brutal one-child policy merits special attention. For three long decades, the Chinese government has aborted and sterilized millions of women each year. For three long decades, the UNFPA has provided financial aid, ideological encouragement, and international sanction to these abuses through its offices in Beijing and around the Chinese countryside. This shameless pattern of complicity in some of the worst human rights abuses on the planet is the chief reason why the Bush administration, for seven years running, has refused to fund the UN agency."

The US state department has confirmed the Population Research Institute's research. So how about that? In our supposed worse economy since the Great Depression, we are going to send $50 million dollars overseas to fund abortion and the sterilization of women in the name of "population control". And I thought Obama was a pro-choice president? Turns out he is a Nancy Pelosi-style pro-choice president. You are free to make the choice as long as our collective choices result in a reduction in our population.

Here is my question: how is this not the ultimate hypocrisy? While crying that we must do "something" to fix the economy, we are sending tax dollars and printed money overseas for forced abortions. While claiming fiscal responsibility we are spending money we don't have on the UN's agenda. The party who protested our troops killing terrorists, calling our generals traitors for winning in Iraq, is now fine with sending millions overseas to kill the most innocent among us. The party of choice is choosing to take my dollars and fund oppressive regimes in their quest to rob women of choice, but it's OK because it results in more abortions. God forbid we do anything to restrict abortion, no matter who is actually making the choice.

Does it scare anyone else that the pro-abortion fanatics running our country are living vicariously through dictators and regimes that are not held back by a pesky constitution? Does it scare anyone else that we are borrowing money from China so that we can fund oppressive Chinese social policy? Does it scare anyone else that the only people who can stop UNFPA from coming to the US are the very ones who have advocated population control as a form of stimulus? It scares me to death.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2009 09:57
kimana517: (politics : obama / change)
If we weren't both already married, I would so marry this guy.

Oh, there's some crude humor in this one... which, I will admit, had me laughing and then feeling bad about it. Hehe.
kimana517: (politics : obama / change)
+ Well, it's official. Obama is now my president. It's a sad, sad day, no matter what the reporters who pee themselves whenever they speak his name tell you. I have already been praying for Obama, but I have decided to pray that that he lives up to his promises of change, and changes his own mind on all his policies. It can happen - look at Mitt Romney, who, years ago, was a liberal, and is now a staunch Republican. Obama has already talked of changing his timeline for withdrawal from Iraq so it's basically identical to Bush's. That's good. One thing down (assuming he sticks with that idea), a zillion to go. But God can change anyone. If He doesn't, it's okay. Just gives me cause for lots of sarcasm in the future.

+ I signed up for a Spanish class at the local community college. It starts tonight. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, eh? I had been waiting because Mom had said she wanted to take it too, but just told me yesterday that she decided she'd better not add anything else to her already overloaded schedule. So it'll be just me, attending my first college class in 5 years. (Holy cow. Has it really been that long?!) It's actually a non-credit class, which makes it only $95. I can deal with that! And it has a great schedule - 5:00-7:00pm on just Tuesday nights until March 17th. I'll get home just half an hour after Isaac does. So yay! I hope it's good. I hope we progress through the basics pretty quickly since I already know those. And I really hope I make a friend or two!

+ So, those skinny jeans it took me years to buy? The ones I vowed never to wear? I got them Thursday, so it's been 5 days... and I've worn them 3 of those 5 days. They are without a doubt the comfiest pair of jeans I own. It has nothing to do with being the skinny style, of course, but dang, they are awesomely comfy! I love when I can be comfy and stylish without even trying. Hehe. Next time I go back to the outlet I plan to buy another pair or two for use in the future.

+ Here are two random product endorsements for ya:
Benefiber Drink Mix. I thought it was going to be nasty, but I got some for free from CVS. Turns out they taste awesome - like really good Kool-Aid, or Tropicana Twister, or something - and they only have 15 calories, and 3g of fiber! They have gone in my regular rotation of Things that Make Water Taste Good - right next to my old standby, Propel.
Smart Balance Fat-Free Milk. The commercials claim it tastes like 2%, but of course it doesn't. Right? Wrong. My MIL got some when they were here in December and didn't finish it before they left. Our "real" milk expired, so all we had was the Smart Balance. To my surprise, it actually tastes like 2%! And it's fat-free and has all these Omega-3s and tons of other good stuff for you in it. I was seriously shocked to find out that it was good. Isaac has even used it to make Ovaltine, which means he approves. Anyway, supposedly right now you can just get it in the southeast, but be on the lookout for it at your grocery store, because it rocks, and Smart Balance often puts out $1 off coupons for it.
These two things are really helping me to stop drinking so many calories. I only have pop and juice a few times a week now, and I'm no longer drinking fatty milk.

+ Chloe just called me to tell me she went poop in the potty. LOL! Angela said she told her she could call anyone she wanted to, because Ange wants her to get praised like crazy so that using the toilet will be a regular occurrence. (Chloe is 2½, but has not shown any desire to be toilet-trained. That's unusual for a girl, isn't it?) When Chloe was finished talking to me, AJ grabbed the phone. I asked him if he went poop in the potty too, and he cracked up. Hehehe. I love my niece and nephews.

+ So far in January I've done 4 CVS transactions. I've spent only $1.41 total, and have already saved $137.65! That's a savings of almost 99%. You can tell I'm a lot better at this now than when I started. Hehe. It also helps that I have 70 ECBs to play with. The other day I got 3 hair gels, 2 3 oz. hand lotions, 5 Revlon lip glosses, and a pack of gum for 77¢. I gotta say, Revlon's Super Lustrous Lip Gloss is my favorite of any I've ever tried - and I've tried a LOT of lip gloss!

+ The best thing about making lasagna is having leftovers the next day. Yum.
kimana517: (me : sigh)
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Went to Oregon, went sightseeing in Seattle, got put in charge of a business's financial stuff, got a modeling contract, voted in a presidential primary, met a presidential candidate, was in a nationally-released TV movie (sure, I filmed it in '07, but it aired this year), bought a new roof, started CVSing, Project 365, and more that I can't remember at the moment.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I always make the same one (though it's not really a resolution), and always fail. PLEASE pray that this year I will actually do devotions consistently!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth or get pregnant?

Carol. =o) And I'm not really close to Melanie or Amy, but they are definitely my friends and I'm very happy for them about Amelia (already born) and Barrett (soon to be born). E.T.A.: Holy cow, I forgot my SIL Joy! Well. She's pregnant, and I'm happy to have another niece or nephew!

4. Did anyone close to you get married?
No one I'm really close to, but a lot of good friends did. Mandy, Amy, Erica, Laura, and probably more I'm forgetting (sorry!), as well as several friends from WOL. E.T.A.: As if forgetting Joy above wasn't enough, I forgot my brother Nathan's wedding. Heh.

5. Did anyone close to you die?
No - for which I am grateful. My mom's dad died in April, but we were never close.

6. Did you travel?
To Washington state, Oregon, Connecticut, northern NY, Washington D.C. (for all of an hour, hehe), Indiana (returning from there is how I started the year), El Salvador, Atlanta, and Charleston.

7. Did you move anywhere?

8. What was the best month?
Oh, that's hard. Hmm. It was either May, June, July or November. May because we got to surprise Isaac's grandpa who had previously pretty much disowned us and have him greet us with open arms, as well as meet lots of his extended family who I had never met, including his awesome cousins, and we got to hang out with the regular CT family too. June because of my brother Nathan's wedding, which meant we got to spend more time with him, my new SIL Nicole, and my nephew James than ever before. Plus, I got to be their main photographer. July because of El Salvador. I absolutely love going there. November because that's when the whole modeling process started. I'm still so thrilled about it all. I can't choose. =o)

9. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
The usual - a consistent quiet time. Also? A child. Wow, that feels weird to say.

10. What date(s) from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 7 - Nathan's wedding. November 4 - when Obama got elected; otherwise known as the Day of Suck. Heh. November 20 - when I heard from the modeling agency. December 29 - our 5-year wedding anniversary.

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kimana517: (politics : nut job)

Qualifications for Public Office

Sarah Palin
: A self made woman, with no name recognition rose to the governorship of a state. She had no famous father and did not ride the coat tails of a powerful husband. She was elected mayor and later ran for governor. She ran in the primary against an incumbent sitting governor and beat him. She then ran against a Democratic challenger and beat him. As governor she enjoyed the highest approval rating of any governor in the nation. She was chosen by major presidential candidate as running mate.

Liberal Consensus: Palin is not qualified to run for high government office.

Caroline Kennedy: Enjoys name recognition as daughter of former president and member of powerful, elite political family. Has never held office. Has never ran for office. Was never elected to any position. No government experience of any kind. Does not intend to run for open Senate seat, intends to be appointed by governor.

Liberal Consensus: Kennedy is qualified to hold high government office.


How on earth can anyone not see the media bias?!

kimana517: (politics : don't blame me - I voted for)
"'Worst Economic Crisis Since The Great Depression'

How many times are they going to tell us this? Over and over and over. It is like a mantra from the “Office of the President-Elect”. Since the economy is a beast that is easily frightened, Obama isn’t helping by repeating this over and over. He is creating a self-fulfilling economic outlook.

Beyond that, I don’t even believe it is true. I am old enough to remember the 70s. I remember double-digit inflation, interest rates at almost 20%, unemployment at 10% and gasoline sales on odd and even days based on your license plate number. It was far more ugly than anything we are seeing today.

In fact, were it not for two things - the stock market and the MSM (mainstream media) - I wouldn’t even know there was a crisis. I see no evidence of it in my daily life. Nevertheless, Obama and the media keep hammering home that this is the “worst economic crisis since the Great Depression” which leads consumers to put off spending, business owners to put off hiring and investors to put off investing. The more Obama and media tell us that we are doomed, the more likely it becomes that we are.

I don’t know what the future will bring and neither does anybody else. This thing may yet get much worse and then again it might not. I suspect that Team Obama is keeping expectations low so, that if things do get worse, they can say, “See, I told you how bad it was before I even took office.” If, on the other hand, things improve, Obama can take credit for his Messianic ability to heal the world economy.

Either way it is crap and he is just fanning the flames of fear and economic panic."
kimana517: (politics : don't blame me - I voted for)
The intensity of my dislike for 50% of the American people has lessened a bit this morning. I think it's more denial kicking in.

I have a lot of really anti-Obama friends who are already praying for him. I'll get to that stage eventually (I believe that's the "acceptance" stage), but right now I'm just praying for ME that I will get over it quickly, and praying that people will not have to learn that, as Thomas Jefferson said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have."

I actually think, though, that if he decides to buck his party a few times, he will have an easy presidency. The economy is cyclical and THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR ECONOMY ARE STRONG - no matter how many times Obama mocks that, it's still true - and it will probably come back either next year or the one after. Which sucks, because people will give him credit for it, when it will be despite him. The only things that *really* worry me are health care, being attacked by one of the terrorist groups who were praying to Allah that Obama would be elected, and that he will appoint Supreme Court justices who will not strictly interpret the Constitution.

My one consolation in last night's mess was that Jacksonville went for McCain. America and Florida as a whole may have betrayed me, but at least Jacksonville stayed sane. Barely.

For the record, I did know that Obama was going to win. I tried to resign myself to that fact, but I guess I failed in that attempt. Ah, well.

I did have a good day yesterday despite the sense of foreboding that hovered everywhere. (It was even extremely gloomy weather-wise all day yesterday.) I had fun honking and thumbs-upping at the people standing on street corners with McCain signs, and just barely resisted sticking my tongue out and thumbs-downing those with Obama signs. Hehe. Voting was fun as usual, and I didn't have to wait in line at all. Last night we went to AAAC's to watch the election returns, and that was fun and involved mucho junk food, as well as a few rounds of Rock Band. So except for the results, I had a good election day.

I think I'll leave comments on for this one, but as I'm not feeling very tolerant right now, I'll be deleting any "YAY OBAMA!!" comments. As of right now, I don't have to give equal time to liberals, so I'm allowed to do that.
kimana517: (movies : princess bride : wesley / to th)
Seriously. I can't even put into words the absolute disgust I feel right now at the stupidity of the majority of Americans. I cannot believe they (absolutely not we, as I had nothing at all to do with this idiocy) elected a first-term, most-liberal, Marxist, baby-murdering senator to be the president of America, especially while we have a liberal majority in the other gov't branches.

I'm either in the grief stage of denial or the stage of anger. Maybe depression. Possibly all three, with an emphasis on anger.

Is God still good? Yes. But I wish we didn't have to go through tough times to re-learn that. I guess we will be re-learning it a lot in the coming years.

Comments are disabled because this is harsh and I know some of you voted for Obama and you're wonderful people and I love you, but I can't take your defending him/the country right now. I haven't been this disgusted in I don't know how long, and I don't want anyone trying to convince me to get over it.
kimana517: (movies : nemo / dude)
This is the first YouTube person I've ever subscribed to. I wish he had his own TV show!

kimana517: (movies : potc / savvy?)
I know you guys are probably sick of my political posts talking about Obama's Marxist/Socialist tendencies, but as you know, this is a huge issue for me. Socialism is SCARY. (To the socialist(s) on my friends list: I love you as people, but socialism does scare me. I can't help that, and I won't hide it. I don't expect you to hide your opinions either. I'm just sharing mine.)

What the founding fathers said about socialism:

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

“A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison in a letter to James Robertson

In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying:

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794

“[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” — James Madison

Two more good quotes:

“The inherent virtue of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” - Winston S. Churchill

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” - Ben Franklin

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kimana517: (christian : this is a child)
This is a letter from Huntley Brown - an award-winning Christian jazz pianist who also happens to be black - about why he will not be voting for Obama. The reasons in this email alone are enough not to vote for him, and Brown didn't even mention Obama's Marxist/Socialist ideas. This is an email forward that has been verified by

Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown

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E.T.A.: I just saw this on [ profile] pansyprincess's LJ, and it made me LOL. What happens when a Democrat celebrates Halloween?
kimana517: (isaac&me : marriage is fun)
+ Isaac and I have been emailing each other in haiku all morning. No particular reason.

+ Speaking of Isaac (or should I say Isaaic?), he is an extremely intelligent person. I've always known this, but I'm reminded of it a lot when he is explaining things to people. He will be such a good Bible teacher.

+ Bill O'Reilly was on The View today. Oh, that was entertaining. It is so obvious that Joy and Barbara can't stand the sight of him. I don't think Joy has ever fidgeted with her hair that much during one segment before. Yesterday Elizabeth wore an awesome McCain shirt, which got her booed by the audience. (Dude, someday I will be a part of that audience and I will give that girl a standing ovation and boo Joy.) Y'all know McCain was like my 5th favorite of the Republican candidates, but that shirt rocks. If the election wasn't 2 weeks away, I'd buy it.

+ I finished watching The Lake House again this morning. I was right - I cried a lot. Such a great movie though. And at least I didn't cry as much as I did when we went to see it in the theater. Not like that's an attainable goal.

+ It's been about a year since Sarah and Andrew moved to Washington. It seems absolutely insane that it's been that long (where has this year gone?), and even more insane that I've been Sarah-less that long. =o/

+ We need to go buy our pumpkins tonight for the carving party tomorrow. I'm so excited!

+ I had more to say, but Mom just called about going to lunch with her and Grams, so I need to get ready. Adios!
kimana517: (politics : nut job)

It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
Barack Obama

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
Karl Marx

Same thing, just different words.


Did you know?
The top 1% of wage earners pay 40% of all income taxes. The top 5% pay 60%. The top 50% pay 97%. That means that 50% of the taxpayers pay 3% of the taxes. The poorest people not only do not pay any taxes, they also receive a tax credit on April 15th.
You tell me who needs a tax cut.


Quote from someone in a LiveJournal community:
"People will fight socialism if it's pushed by mobs and led under a red banner -- but if it's sold as universal health care, they'll eat it up."


ABC Finds FDR Partly to Blame for 10-Year Great Depression

On Saturday’s Good Morning America, ABC ran an unusual report that placed some of the blame for the Great Depression’s length on government intervention by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as well as Herbert Hoover, and concluded by questioning whether the current plans could do harm. After an unidentified economist contended that "the government from Hoover to Roosevelt made it worse by intervening too much and too arbitrarily," correspondent Bill Blakemore concluded: "And now, is the Bush government intervening too much arbitrarily with its $700 billion bailout? That’s a million dollar question, so to speak, for those trying to guess when this crisis will end."

Blakemore’s attention to this often ignored take on government intervention came at the end of a report that looked back at the Great Depression. After giving Roosevelt credit for injecting America with a "can do" spirit, Blakemore noted that the Great Depression ended its 10-year run as a result of World War II. He then asked the question of why the Stock Market Crash of 1929 resulted in the Great Depression:

BLAKEMORE: So what made the crash of ‘29 lengthen into a depression?
WOMAN: Because the government from Hoover to Roosevelt made it worse by intervening too much and too arbitrarily.
BLAKEMORE: And now, is the Bush government intervening too much arbitrarily with its $700 billion bailout? That’s a million dollar question, so to speak, for those trying to guess when this crisis will end.

Anchors Bill Weir and Kate Snow then tried to provide context by cautioning viewers that the current economic situation is not near the scale of the Great Depression:

WEIR: If you do look back, 90 percent drop in the stock market, 25 percent unemployment, the Dust Bowl, huge drought.
SNOW: We’re nothing like that.
WEIR: We're nowhere near a Great Depression. Some context is good.

Below is a complete transcript of the story from the Saturday, October 11, Good Morning American on ABC:

BILL WEIR: Well, as we wind down this week, you know, we’ve heard the words "Great Depression" thrown around quite a bit.
KATE SNOW: Scary, yes, scary words. So we thought we’d take a look back. What led to the actual crash in 1929 and the terrible times that followed that? And what lessons can we maybe learn from it? ABC’s Bill Blakemore has that for us.
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT: -that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
BILL BLAKEMORE: 1933: four years after the Crash of '29. The Depression was still going, but new President FDR calmed the country asking everyone to think about their own fear, their own psychologies, and get a grip. Irving Kahn, 102, remembers. He became a trader on Wall Street just before that crash came.
IRVING KAHN, FORMER WALL STREET TRADER: And I didn't like the business after one week. I’d get off the floor on the exchange. It was like being in a casino. Yelling, make a lot, lose a lot, not a real business.
BLAKEMORE: And then, as the story goes, FDR arrived, and Americans started pulling together, reflected in those 1930s Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movies where the "can do" spirit takes over with a vengeance.


BLAKEMORE: But it wasn't just enthusiasm that ended the Depression after 10 years – World War II did. The hard question, say scholars, is why did the crash of '29 become a depression in the first place?
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Markets do crash. We've had credit crises, many crises, many, many times without depressions.
BLAKEMORE: For example, the market crash of 1987.
WOMAN: ‘87 was more like one of those events. If you woke up a year later, you wouldn’t even remember it.
BLAKEMORE: So what made the crash of ‘29 lengthen into a depression?
WOMAN: Because the government from Hoover to Roosevelt made it worse by intervening too much and too arbitrarily.
BLAKEMORE: And now, is the Bush government intervening too much arbitrarily with its $700 billion bailout? That’s a million dollar question, so to speak, for those trying to guess when this crisis will end. For Good Morning America, Bill Blakemore, ABC News.
WEIR: If you do look back, 90 percent drop in the stock market, 25 percent unemployment, the Dust Bowl, huge drought.
SNOW: We’re nothing like that.
WEIR: We're nowhere near a Great Depression. Some context is good.
We'll be back.

This is why I *hate* the bailout, and why I hate Obama's (and every liberal's) plans to increase gov't spending.


And finally, some humor:
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kimana517: (politics : nut job)
Apologies to my liberal friends. To the rest, you will probably find this funny.

Today at the gym I was watching TV, and listening, too, since my phone has an FM tuner. The Obama smear ad on McCain that I've seen about 3 million times in the past month came on. (I've heard McCain has some negative ads too, but they aren't running in Florida.) It starts by stating that John McCain opposed finding alternative energy, blah, blah, blah. Then it goes on about Obama's brilliant plan to... well, no one really knows, because, as always, he just says what he's going to do, and not how he's going to do it.

Anyway. The 30 seconds of smearing + Obama's plan ended - or, really, 28 or 29 seconds, because the next commercial cut off Obama's. Interestingly, because of that, I heard the first thing I agreed with:

"I'm Barack Obama, and I approved this mess."
kimana517: (movies : peanuts : woodstock / dear LJ..)
Yep, I'm back. It was an exhausting and wonderful trip, and very different from last year (though last year was also exhausting and wonderful). I intend to write a real trip report later, but for now, here's a taste.

Our first morning in El Salvador.

Things I miss when I'm in El Salvador:
- air conditioning
- my family
- pizza
- air conditioning
- speaking the same language as 99% of the people around me
- normal cars (in E. S. we pile into the backs of pickup trucks. It's actually pretty fun, but takes some getting used to.)
- seeing healthy, loved dogs (it was so good to see Mandy yesterday - shiny coat, loved, no patches of fur missing, and you can't see her ribs)
- french fries
- air conditioning
- food variety - i.e., not rice, beans, rice, potatoes, rice, chicken, and rice
- my soft, padded bed
- air conditioning
- chocolate
- tank tops
- sleeping/cuddling with Isaac (they don't have enough rooms for married couples to sleep together)
- sleeping in
- my LJ friends
- air conditioning

Things I miss when I'm home:
- fresh fruit at every meal
- being with friends all the time
- sweet El Salvadoran people
- adorable kids everywhere
- gorgeous scenery (Y'all know I love Florida, but E.S. is pretty much perfect in the scenery department -- it has gorgeous mountains, but also beautiful white sand beaches with palm trees, and it's warm enough to enjoy them both year-round!)
- being immersed in ministry most of each day
- not forgetting my devos, 'cause we do them as a group each morning.
- plantain chips
- cooked plantains for breakfast - yum!
- brightening someone's day just by saying hi and smiling at them (and not having them think you're weird for doing so when you don't know them)
- rain pounding on a tin roof, putting me to sleep
- a visible reminder of why Isaac and I are going to adopt all our kids
- spending 90% of my waking hours with Isaac

Things that both have in common:
- both are democratic countries with a socialist/communist likely to be elected this year. Most of America will likely survive intact despite a socialist president, but it will wreak total havoc in a country like El Salvador.
- fire ants (I got 8 bites, 4 of them spread between two toes. Apparently Repel does not repel fire ants.)
- a great church to be a part of
- the people need a Savior. Here, material things and other beliefs get in the way, and there the pre-Reformation-like Catholic church has a cult vice grip on people, keeping them living in fear. That country desperately needs a Martin Luther to open its eyes.
- they feel like home to me.
kimana517: (music : rockin' out by the ocean)
I have enjoyed and benefited from Christian music for as long as I've been alive. It started with my parents' cassettes by Larnelle Harris and A Capella. An obsession with Michael W. Smith, dc Talk, and Carman followed for many years, thanks to our local CCM station. Now I listen to a lot of secular music, but my CD collection is still overwhelmingly full of Christian artists. Most of those artists I discovered by listening to Christian radio.

Taken from
The FCC is considering rule changes that could force Christian radio stations to either modify their messages or be forced from the air.

Although not directed specifically at those using the airwaves to disseminate the Good News of the Gospel, potential rule changes could put Christian Broadcasters in an untenable position. If enacted, the proposals could force Christian radio programmers to either compromise their messages by including input from those who don’t share the same values, or to run the risk of costly, long and potentially ruinous government inquiries.

If you would like to read more about the proposed changes or tell the FCC that you think free speech should keep applying to Christian radio, please visit

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 12:08
kimana517: (tv : ncis : abby/skull)
+ I caught the tail end of the "Idol Gives Back" show last night, and at the end they sang "Shout to the Lord"... without the word "Jesus" in it. They sang, "My shepherd, my savior" instead. Now, what exactly is the point to that? Why not just sing, "My perception, my unnamed deity"? I realize that not everyone of the Idol final 8 is a Christian (in fact, are any this year?) -- which, if you ask me, is reason not to sing a Christian song at all, instead of changing the lyrics. Dorks.

+ I've had frozen individual-sized pizza for lunch every day this week. Nothing else at home is quick and appealing. *sigh*

+ This blog is awesome, even when I don't agree with the author. My favorite is the entry on Chick-Fil-A.

+ I caught John McCain on The View this morning. I thought he did a good job, although his position on global warming makes me groan. At least, since he's not a spender, he probably won't waste our tax money on trying to fix something that's not a problem. He was quite funny, though, which I was not expecting. And I thought Joy Behar behaved herself quite well. I laughed out loud when Elisabeth asked about a McCain/Hasselbeck ticket. Hehe.

+ I'm wearing my hooker hoops today. Bwaha.

+ Simply Ballroom was really cool. (We attended Saturday night.) It started out pretty cheesy -- like something you'd see in Vegas -- but it got better quickly. There were some gorgeous costumes (and some ridiculous ones), and lots of fantastic dances. I swear all the boy dancers were cute, too, and all the dancers were from all over the world. There were some from the UK, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Brasil, etc. Anthony Fedorov had a decent voice, but he is really just not cool enough to be on that show. Hehe. He's like a young Tom Bergeron, only dorkier and not as funny. Vonzell Solomon, though, was excellent. I think the Viennese Waltz and the Jive were my favorite dances there, although the Tango is beautiful too. (Always makes me think of True Lies, though.) Someday, we WILL take dance lessons. Anyway, it was a fun evening with some people we hadn't hung out with much before. We went out to eat afterward at a good local restaurant, and had a great time talking and eating while listening to live jazz music.

+ AJ turned 5 on Tuesday. CRAZY.

+ I loooove having new TV shows back! There was a new NCIS Tuesday, new Criminal Minds yesterday, and tonight is a new episode of The Office! All that's missing are The Unit and Supernatural. (The latter of which has new episodes starting in a few weeks, I believe.) Oh -- and Journeyman. But one of the stars of the sadly dead JM was on the new NCIS, so I suppose it really is over. *sigh* Anyway, rumor has it that one star of NCIS will be leaving this season. Honestly, as long as it's not Tony or Abby, I don't really care who it is.

+ Well, I've figured out how to end the cycle of frozen pizza for lunch: I'm going to get some Subway and bring it to Isaac's office. I hardly got to see him yesterday, and that sucks. So, off I go!


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