31 January 2006

Superbowl XL


It is no secret I am now a Pittsburgh Steelers fan who is definitely looking forward to Superbowl XL. I was just at http://msn.foxsports.com when I noticed they are comparing the Seahawks with the Steelers. They broke the teams up and graded the different parts of the team. So far, from what I have seen, they seem pretty accurate about the Steelers, so I am guessing the have the Seahawks rated pretty well also. Here is how they are rated:







REPORT CARD PLAYOFF OVERVIEW - Steelers

PASSING OFFENSE:
A

-- How much better could Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers be? Roethlisberger has completed 68.1 percent of his passes, thrown seven touchdowns and just one interception and has a 124.8 passer rating. He has spread the ball around among eight receivers in three playoff games. He even made the saving tackle in Indianapolis.

RUSHING OFFENSE:
C+

-- The running game has not been as dynamic as it was during the regular season, but one reason is defenses have stacked to stop the run and force them to go to the air, and they did. Still, their average of 3.2 yards per carry is low. They have 346 yards rushing in three games, not bad but not up to their 138.9-yard average per game in the regular season.

PASS DEFENSE:
B+

-- Except for a few lapses in which they allowed big plays on several drives, it's hard to argue how the Steelers have defended the pass. They've held quarterbacks to 59.6 percent completions with three touchdowns, four interceptions, 12 sacks and a 75.3 rating. Plus, those weren't all ordinary Joes they faced in the playoffs, including Peyton Manning in the second game and Jake Plummer in the AFC title game.

RUSH DEFENSE:
B+

-- They've allowed only 239 rushing yards and three touchdowns in three games, but offenses also had to abandon the running game as they fell behind early. Yet when they did run, they were reasonably successful, averaging 4.3 yards against Pittsburgh. With league MVP Shaun Alexander coming up, the Steelers will need better play than that against the run.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
B+

-- Nary a mistake on special teams except for the odd kickoff out of bounds. Half of Chris Gardocki's dozen punts landed inside the 20 and there has been only 13 yards on four returns against him. Antwaan Randle El averaged 10.5 yards on eight punt returns for the Steelers. Their kickoff coverage also has done a decent job, holding opponents to 21.4 yards on average. Jeff Reed is 3-for-3 on field goal tries and, while the Steelers may have had nothing to do with it, opponents missed one very big field goal - Mike Vanderjagt's 46-yard try that went awry and would have tied it for the Colts.

COACHING:
A

-- Bill Cowher has the reputation of not winning the big one, for good reason. But he's refashioned his image after his team won three straight on the road in the playoffs, only the second team in history to do that. If they beat the Seahawks, his legacy will have changed overnight. The Steelers have played brilliantly through the playoffs, a testament to Cowher. Coordinators Ken Whisenhunt on offense and Dick LeBeau on defense have called near faultless games, been unpredictable and highly effective.





REPORT CARD PLAYOFF OVERVIEW - Seahawks

PASSING OFFENSE:
A

-- QB Matt Hasselbeck has completed 67 percent of his passes in two playoff games with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 109.6 rating. Hasselbeck makes the offense work. He has checked off effectively at the line when appropriate. He has scrambled for key first downs when unable to find open receivers. He has avoided turnovers. WR Darrell Jackson has caught 15 passes in the playoffs, giving him 27 catches in his last three playoff games. TE Jerramy Stevens is beating mismatches. The key against Pittsburgh will be protection, but so far the passing game has shown no signs of slowing.

RUSHING OFFENSE:
C

-- RB Shaun Alexander gained some redemption with his 132-yard game against Carolina in the NFC title game. Alexander needed a big game after missing most of the divisional game against Washington with a concussion. FB Mack Strong picked up some of the slack in that game, putting away the Redskins with a 32-yard run on third-and-6 in the fourth quarter. Despite that run, Seattle is averaging only 3.7 yards per attempt in the playoffs.

PASS DEFENSE:
A

-- Opposing quarterbacks have two touchdowns, three interceptions, four sacks and a 61.3 rating. Redskins QB Mark Brunell emerged with a decent rating, but he was mostly ineffective. Seattle dominated against Panthers QB Jake Delhomme, picking him off three times while holding WR Steve Smith to five catches for 33 yards. The Seahawks have been able to get pressure with their front four, something that had been a problem late in the regular season.

RUSH DEFENSE:
A

-- Washington and Carolina combined to average 2.6 yards per carry with a long run of 15 yards. Seattle relies on a swarming style to overcome a lack of size in the front seven. MLB Lofa Tatupu and OLB Leroy Hill have done a great job getting to opposing runners.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
C

-- P Tom Rouen has had five punts downed inside the 20. His lone bad punt in the playoffs resulted in a touchdown return for the Panthers. The NFL admitted that officials erred on the play, which should have been negated by a Carolina penalty. Seattle had some serious problems in the punt-return game against Washington. Coaches addressed the issue by putting WR Peter Warrick on punt returns against Carolina. He secured the ball effectively but didn't break any returns.

COACHING:
A

-- The performance against Carolina featured the near-flawless execution of a solid game plan. The defensive staff showed some imagination by sending linebackers to jam Panthers WR Steve Smith at the line of scrimmage. The offensive staff dusted off a 28-yard pass to backup QB Seneca Wallace. Coach Mike Holmgren is getting the most out of his players when it really matters.

Good morning world


When I was in Greece from June 1997 to February 1998, I witnessed U.S. Senator William Frist (picture is shown of him), who is also Senate Majority leader, tell the Greek people. while President Clinton at that time was trying to negotiate peace between Greece and Turkey, that the President of the United States did not have any power, and that all the power belonged to Congress and the Senate. So any agreement he made between Turkey and Greece meant nothing without Senate approval. It is so interesting how his attitude has changed with President Bush in office, and that now the Senate is letting the White House get away with illegal monitoring of our phone conversations and email. I understand some people believe that if we do not have anything to hide, then what is the big deal? O.K....then if that is the case, why bother having curtains, fences, or even doors? Do you really believe that during an election year, that the only reason to listen in on a phone conversation is to find suspected terrorists? If that was the case, the FBI would have never helped Bin Laden's family leave Texas (which happens to be our president's home state where he was vacationing at the time) in the middle of "closed air space" on 9/11? Think about it.

Since it seems many people have forgotten what the roles of the 3 branches of government are, here is a reminder that I got from
http://usinfor.state.gov which is an United States government website:

THE PRESIDENCY

"The chief magistrate derives all his authority from the people..."

Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 1861

Term of Office: Elected by the people, through the electoral college, to a four-year term; limited to two terms.
Salary: $400,000 per year as of January 20, 2001.

Inauguration: January 20, following the November general election.

Qualifications: Native-born American citizen, at least 35 years old, and at least 14 years a resident of the United States.

Chief Duty: To protect the Constitution and enforce the laws made by the Congress.

Other Powers: To recommend legislation to the Congress; to call special sessions of the Congress; to deliver messages to the Congress; to sign or veto legislation; to appoint federal judges; to appoint heads of federal departments and agencies and other principal federal officials; to appoint representatives to foreign countries; to carry on official business with foreign nations; to exercise the function of commander-in-chief of the armed forces; to grant pardons for offenses against the United States.



THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

"Government implies the power of making laws."

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, 1787-1788

POWERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE

Each house of Congress has the power to introduce legislation on any subject except raising revenue, which must originate in the House of Representatives. The large states may thus appear to have more influence over the public purse than the small states. In practice, however, each house can vote against legislation passed by the other house. The Senate may disapprove a House revenue bill — or any bill, for that matter — or add amendments that change its nature. In that event, a conference committee made up of members from both houses must work out a compromise acceptable to both sides before the bill becomes law.

The Senate also has certain powers especially reserved to that body, including the authority to confirm presidential appointments of high officials and ambassadors of the federal government, as well as authority to ratify all treaties by a two-thirds vote. In either instance, a negative vote in the Senate nullifies executive action.

In the case of impeachment of federal officials, the House has the sole right to bring charges of misconduct that can lead to an impeachment trial. The Senate has the sole power to try impeachment cases and to find officials guilty or not guilty. A finding of guilt results in the removal of the federal official from public office.

The broad powers of the whole Congress are spelled out in Article I of the Constitution:

— To levy and collect taxes;
— To borrow money for the public treasury;
— To make rules and regulations governing commerce among the states and with foreign countries;
— To make uniform rules for the naturalization of foreign citizens;
— To coin money, state its value, and provide for the punishment of counterfeiters;
— To set the standards for weights and measures;
— To establish bankruptcy laws for the country as a whole;
— To establish post offices and post roads;
— To issue patents and copyrights;
— To set up a system of federal courts;
— To punish piracy;
— To declare war;
— To raise and support armies;
— To provide for a navy;
— To call out the militia to enforce federal laws, suppress lawlessness, or repel invasions;
— To make all laws for the seat of government (Washington, D.C.);
— To make all laws necessary to enforce the Constitution.

A few of these powers are now outdated, but they remain in effect. The Tenth Amendment sets definite limits on congressional authority, by providing that powers not delegated to the national government are reserved to the states or to the people. In addition, the Constitution specifically forbids certain acts by Congress. It may not:

— Suspend the writ of habeas corpus — a requirement that those accused of crimes be brought before a judge or court before being imprisoned — unless necessary in time of rebellion or invasion;
— Pass laws that condemn persons for crimes or unlawful acts without a trial;
— Pass any law that retroactively makes a specific act a crime;
— Levy direct taxes on citizens, except on the basis of a census already taken;
— Tax exports from any one state;
— Give specially favorable treatment in commerce or taxation to the seaports of any state or to the vessels using them;
— Authorize any titles of nobility.


THE JUDICIAL BRANCH

"... the judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution."

— Charles Evans Hughes, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Speech at Elmira, New York, 1907

The third branch of the federal government, the judiciary, consists of a system of courts spread throughout the country, headed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
A system of state courts existed before the Constitution was drafted. There was considerable controversy among the delegates to the Constitutional Convention as to whether a federal court system was needed, and whether it should supplant the state courts. As in other matters under debate, the delegates reached a compromise in which the state courts continued their jurisdiction while the Constitution mandated a federal judiciary with limited power. Article III of the Constitution states the basis for the federal court system: "The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."




Speaking of the judiciary system, it am sad to announce that Judge Alito has been confirmed into the Supreme Court. I do not believe he will be good for America, but more of a "yes" man to President Bush and a hard line party (as in Republican party) man. I hope Judge Alito proves me wrong. I hope he will work for the American people and not just the Republican party. I do not see that happening unfortunately.
Like I said earlier though, I hope he proves me wrong.



My condolences to the King family as word spread this morning that Coretta Scott King, best known as the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., has passed over to be with her assassinated husband. Mrs. King, it was reported on morning news, died peacefully in her sleep. Thank you so very much Mr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. for all you have done in the name of peace & love. Thank you.

30 January 2006

Ever wonder why we heard so much about Amy Carter when her father was in office, but not the twins from the current administration?


Could it be because the twins are so well behaved? Or could it be that our current administration writes his own rules?

Amazing how a man who controls all of our armed forces and our country...well...let's just say when I was growing up, there was a saying in the military "How can a man expect to control his men if he cannot control his own family?"


Bush kids doing dirty dancing

Asian News International
New York, January 28, 2006

Considered as 'wild and crazy,' gals Barbara and Jenna Bush, the Bush twins who are no stranger to scandal, have once again raised eyebrows, after being spotted doing an alchohol driven table dance at a D.C. Night club.

The First Twins have been reportedly seen dancing on tables at a boozy "Broken Resolutions"-themed soiree at D.C. hot spot Play on Thursday (26Jan06) night.

According to The New York Post quoting the Hill newspaper, the Grey Goose vodka-sponsored blowout featured "cigarette girls passing out smokes, chocolates and even condoms".

"There were fishnet-clad dancers, sporting handcuffs and police hats, gyrating on a pole," the paper further reports.

If you live in Pennsylvania, make sure you have full torte insurance

When I came to Pennsylvania and changed my insurance over, I let the insurance agent talk me into half torte. She basically said only people who like to sue get full torte. I learned the hard way that insurance companies do not like for people to get full torte so they do not have to cover as much. So today, I called my car insurance company and changed my car insurance to full torte. She was not happy about it. It will not do anything for getting rear ended at a stop light on June 30th, but it will protect us in the future.

I still have to decide if I am getting my neck operated on. I am getting a second opinion from the same neuro surgeon who treated the survivor of the mine in Morgantown, West Virginia at the end of February.

And then to top everything off, a woman from the doctor's office told me that she talked to my health insurance company, and there is a $400 deductible for each visit that comes from my own pocket + the 30% I have to pay until I reach a maximum of paying $3000 in deductibles. Then I just pay the percentage.

It makes it really hard to look for work.

I am tired of hurting. Fortunately, I have a really wonderful husband who has been really patient with me. I know it is not easy for him either.

29 January 2006

YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH




This is pretty neat. I got this in the email from a friend and tried it. I stated 10 chocolate though, so I had 4 digits instead of three. Still it worked:

DON'T CHEAT BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!
It takes less than a minute.
Work this out as you read ...
Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that! you would like to have chocolate
(more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756 ....
If you haven't, add 1755.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number.

The first digit of this was your original number
(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are
YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)


THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2006) IT WILL EVER WORK

Children's Science Exam Answers

If you need a laugh, read through these Children's Science Exam Answers. These are real answers given by children.


Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.


Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.

A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.


Q: How is dew formed?

A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.


Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?

A: Keep it in the cow.


Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?

A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.


Q: What are steroids?

A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.


Q: What happens to your body as you age?

A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get inter-continental.


Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?

A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.


Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.

A: Premature death.


Q: What is artificial insemination?

A: When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.


Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (e.go., abdomen.)

A: The body is consisted into three parts--- the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.


Q: What is the fibula?

A: A small lie.


Q: What does "varicose" mean?

A: Nearby.


Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section"

A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome.


Q: What does the word "benign" mean?'
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.



I saw this on a blog at http://www.care2.com and laughed until I remembered that these were actual answers from a science exam. These kids were being serious when giving these answers. So to the kids, there is nothing funny about it. When I go back and look at it, I see that our education system needs help. President Jimmy Carter, the only president I can think of who actually received the Nobel Peace Prize, started the Department of Education, just to have President Ronald Reagan, soon after beating President Jimmy Carter in the presidental election, decide that education was a state issue instead of a federal issue. Personally, I think President Ronald Reagan was wrong, and our (as in American) children are suffering for it. And since the children are literally our future, then as a result, all of America is suffering for it. As in health care, it seems that education is relevant as to how much money a person has.

The scenerio in the country is starting to remind me of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. For anyone who has not read the book, this website may help you understand what I am referring to: http://www.huxley.net/

Has anyone else notice President Bush has been on television a LOT lately trying to improve his image?


I just saw him doing an interview on CBS Sunday morning news where he was comparing himself to President Clinton saying how much they had in common and calling former president Clinton his new brother. What a crock!!!

And then the president had the audacity to say that he is proud of our health care, and that our health care is really good. I imagine it is if you are in the 1% of the wealthiest individuals, or if you work in the White House or the Congress & Senate. For the rest of us, health care SUCKS in this country, plus, it is very expensive. Please let me explain why I used the term "sucks". First of all, deductibles have skyrocketed. Health care insurance is paying less. Then it takes forever to get in to see a doctor. And then when I get a referral to a doctor, I have to hope that doctor is taking new patients, or that doctor will accept my health insurance. I have to see an ENT which my insurance does not cover. I am expecting a huge bill from a hearing test that my insurance did not cover. Plus, there are 2 doctors I got referred to that does not take my health insurance. This does not even include the PCPs and Gynocologists I have been referred to that are not even taking new patients. I need to have back surgery, but I am afraid, not because of the surgery itself, but because of the cost and our health insurance. I was suppose to make an appointment with Dr. Hertle who operated on my lazy eyes. It took me half a year to pay him off when we had much better insurance. So I have not resceduled an appointment which I was suppose to do. And I was suppose to see a doctor over a year ago about my eyesight, but to be honest, I do not want to deal with the cost right now. Having another mammogram knowing there is at least one lump there is also being put off because I need to pay off the medical bills I am expecting first.

We are not poor by any stretch of the imagination. We are middle class people. Yet the way our health care is, how well our health care is depends on how much money we have. If we were poor, we could get medicare to pay for free health care, but we are not poor enough. If we were rich, money would not be an issue so we could pay for the best health care, but we are not rich enough. As middle class, we have neither advantage. The politicians do not care because they get the best health care in the country and they get it for free. So I guess for politicians, which the president is, health care is really good. Too bad he is too self absorbed to realize it is not that way for the entire country.

28 January 2006

Bush Lawyers drafter bill in 2003 on surveillance Plan


I just saw this story and find if very disturbing, so I want to share it with everyone. It is from the Washington Post which is a very legitimate newspaper. Our lawmakers need to do something about this slap in the face to the Constitution of the United States. And as a registered American citizen, I plan on doing something in November by voting out any politician who condones the criminal acts of our current White House:

Bush lawyers drafted bill in 2003 on surveillance
Plan would have given legal backing to spying
- Dan Eggen, Washington Post
Saturday, January 28, 2006


Washington -- Legislation drafted by Justice Department lawyers in 2003 to strengthen the USA Patriot Act would have provided legal backing for several aspects of the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program. But officials said Friday that was not the intent.

Most lawmakers and the public were not aware at the time that President Bush had already issued a secret order allowing the National Security Agency to intercept international calls involving U.S. citizens and legal residents.

Some critics of the surveillance program said the draft legislation raises questions about recent administration claims that Bush had clear legal authority to order warrantless domestic spying in late 2001 and had no need to go to Congress for explicit approval.

"It's rather damning to their current view that they didn't need legislation," said Timothy Edgar, a national security lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union. "Clearly, the lawyers at the Justice Department, or some of them, felt that legislation was needed to allow the government to do what it was doing."

The Justice Department said the measures were not drafted to help the National Security Agency program.

"These proposals were drafted by junior staffers and never formally presented to the attorney general or the White House," department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said. "They were not drafted with the NSA program in mind."

The Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 -- dubbed "Patriot II" by critics -- was leaked to the media in February 2003 and soon abandoned by Justice Department officials, who characterized it at the time as an "early draft" written by staff lawyers. The proposal included several provisions that, in retrospect, would have affected the National Security Agency's program of monitoring telephone calls and e-mails, which was disclosed last month in press reports:

-- One provision would have made it clear that a president could order wiretapping without court supervision for 15 days after Congress approved the use of military force, as it did against al Qaeda. Current law allows such spying for 15 days without a judge's approval only when Congress issues a declaration of war.

Justice officials have argued more recently that the two types of declarations are legally equivalent.

-- Another section of the 2003 proposal would have made it easier for the National Security Agency to obtain lists of telephone calls placed or received by U.S. citizens and residents.

-- A third provision would have created a "statutory defense" for agents who conducted surveillance under "lawful authorization" from the president or attorney general, meaning they could not be prosecuted for violating federal law, according to the draft. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which governs domestic spying, provides such a defense only if the surveillance is approved by a secret intelligence court established by that law.

Some legal experts who question the president's authority to order warrantless eavesdropping said the latter proposal could be used to justify the legality of the entire National Security Agency program, because it refers to surveillance activity ordered by the president or attorney general and not overseen by either the foreign intelligence or criminal courts.

"It would have done it through the back door and in such a way that it would have been unlikely that Congress would have picked up on what was meant," said Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, a civil liberties advocacy group in Washington.

Many legal scholars and lawmakers have said Bush's order may violate either the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the Constitution.

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Good morning world

I have been playing around with the design of my blog and "lost" the tagboard. I am very sorry about that. There are now comment sections for you though under each post.

Rusty is here playing with me and now checking out my green tea. Moocher is sleeping in the living room while Ashley is in the bedroom. Rusty absolutely loves his ears rubbed. He is such a sweetheart. Now, he got John to rub his ears. I am very fortunate to have John and the cats in my life.:-)

The main news here is the Steelers going to Detroit to play in Superbowl XL. I have seen the Seahawks play, and they are a good team. It will be a really tough match. The Seahawks have a great offense, and now their defense has really stepped up also. The are not as predictable as the Steelers. The Steelers are known for throwing in the first half and running in the second half. 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
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Back to my opinion about this matchup while Rusty bites my arm. The little guy wants to play. I think he is part herding dog. As a matter of fact, I am almost convinced of it. He likes to "fetch". He likes to sniff our food and if he likes it, he will steel it from us. He likes to kick a ball around. He likes to make sure he knows where everyone is. He likes to bite when we are not doing what he wants us to do. Now Rusty is with John.

Back to the Superbowl game...Steelers really need to shake things up and not defeat themselves. The Steelers are an emotional team, and I think Cowler will have his hands full keeping the emotions in check.

Still, I will be cheering for the Steelers on Superbowl Sunday.

27 January 2006

Audio blog

this is an audio post - click to play

Please support the Filibuster

I admit, I had reservations about Kerry as President, but as a Senator, I believe he is taking the best action for this country. I think we should support him.

Here is a mass email I received, and I believe we all should support for the good of this country:


Yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy and I told our colleagues that we supported a filibuster of Judge Alito's nomination for the Supreme Court. And we weren't alone. But the bottom line is that it takes more than two or three people to filibuster successfully. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." If you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, use your own email list and organize. We can't just preach to our own choir. We need to prove to everyone - from our friends and neighbors to our fellow Senators - that the American people know Judge Alito will take our country in the wrong direction, and they expect something to be done about it.

So I'm asking you to join Senator Kennedy, me, and concerned citizens across America who are signing this petition to support a filibuster. If there was ever a time to forward an email on to friends and family, this is it. One way or another, we're going to find out in the next few days if Judge Alito is going to become Justice Alito. You know where I stand. The time to make your voice heard is now. So please sign this filibuster petition and get as many friends as you can to do the same.

If Judge Alito gets on the Supreme Court, it will be an incredible mistake for America. And remember, this is one mistake that we can never take back.

I voted against Justice Roberts, but I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he has consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power no matter how much government abuses that power. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.

There isn't a shred of doubt in my opposition to Judge Alito's nomination. I spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking about what kind of person deserves to sit on the highest court in the land, so I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Judge Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backward. People can say all they want that "elections have consequences." Trust me, I understand. But that doesn't mean we have to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.

President Bush had the opportunity to nominate someone who would unite the country in a time of extreme division. He chose not to do this, and that is his right. But we have every right -- in fact, we have a responsibility -- to fight against a radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court. This nomination was a sellout to the demands of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. The president gave no thought to what the American people really wanted - or needed. So now that the president and Judge Alito have proven they won't stand up for the majority of Americans, we have to stand up. We have to speak out. That's the true meaning of "advice and consent."

Sincerely,

John Kerry

Good morning world

This morning, I watched CNN Morning Show. I am registered "no party" and am what is labeled a "moderate". I believe in Education & Health care which I agree with the Democrats about, while also believing in the 2nd Amendment, which I agree with the Republicans about. Yet, I am sure you have seen from this blog, I have really been turned off by the Republicans and so called "moderate" Democrats. I was impartial when first listening to Judge Alito's testimony, but when his wife left crying and the Republicans played on that, I was seriously turned off. If she could not handle it, she should not have been there. The more I saw and listened, the more turned off by him I was and by the Republican party.

And to think I almost joined the NRA. But since the NRA funds the Republican party, and seeing how the Republican party is destroying this country and covering for Presidental crimes, I am seriously siding with John Kerry right now and pray his fillibuster goes through.

26 January 2006

Daddy's Poem

When I read this poem, tears came to my eyes thinking about all the times I went without my dad because he was serving our country. And I thought about my own dad at age 7 dealing with the death of his own father. So this poem is dedicated to my dad though I did not write it:



Her hair was up in a pony tail,
her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
and she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,
that she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;
she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
of why he wasn't there today.

But still her mother worried,
for her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
she tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school
eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
a dad who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in back,
for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called
a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
as seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,
every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
a man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?"
she heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back,
she heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
too busy to waste his day."

The words did not offend her,
as she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
came words incredibly unique.

"My Daddy couldn't be here,
because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
and how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories
he taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
and taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
and ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him.
I'm not standing here alone.

"Cause my daddy's always with me,
even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
he'll forever be in my heart"

With that, her little hand reached up,
and lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
beneath her favorite dress.

And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads,
her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love
of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down,
staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
but its message clear and loud.

"I love my daddy very much,
he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
but heaven's just too far
You see he was a policeman
and died just this past year
When airplanes hit the towers
and taught Americans to fear.

But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes,
and saw him there that day.
And to her mothers amazement,
she witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
all starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,
who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
they saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy,"
to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,
for each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
by the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,
that heaven is never too far.

They say it takes a minute to find a special
person, an hour to appreciate them,
a day to love them, but then an entire
life to forget them.

What Color Are You?

Usually I cannot stand that question, yet it seemed to be the theme of Monday's episode of 7th Heaven on the WB station, which by the way, I heard is merging with UPN. The picture on the left is of the current main cast of 7th Heaven.

Now back to Monday's episode...

The twins asked "What color are we?" The mother replied, "you are white." The boys looked at each other and decided they were going to find out what color they were. They went to their crayon box and pulled out a white crayon and put it up to their face. The colors did not match. The voiced this observation, to which they were told, being white didn't mean you were exactly "white". So the boys kept up the quest. While in church, to the embarrassment of their mother, the boys asked one of the elderly women of the church what color she was. She wonderfully smiled and told the mother that it was alright. Then she answered the boys with the best answer to that question I have ever heard...

"I am red when I am angry, blue when I am sad, green when I am jealous, and as I am getting older, I have some gray." The boys seemed very happy with that answer as was I. I am so tired of some people trying to turn this world into a "black" & "white" divisive world instead of one where we realize that we are not "white" or "black" but all wonderfully adaptive Homo sapiens. Some developed pigment to shield from the sun. Some have coarse straight hair to protect from the cold. Some have very curly hair to release heat away from the head.

There was a boy who was raised by antelope. When found, he had very thick ankles so he could run with the antelope. We adapt. It is one of our best, in my opinion, survival mechanisms. Differences in humans should be met with acceptance and love instead of suspicion and fear.

Just my opinion of course.

Talking about suspicion and fear, why are people allowing our president to use suspicion and fear to destroy our country? It was George Washington who said, "If we sacrifice Liberty for Security, we shall have neither." He also stated, "Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty." and "Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." So why is it that our president seems to follow Presidents like Nixon, who resigned before he was kicked out of office, instead of our 1st president and one of our founding fathers?

The election is in November. We need to win back liberty for our country and let the world know we are not paranoid cowards. It is time we increased our education and health care instead of giving most of our taxes to Halliburton knowing Vice President Cheney has a direct link and vested interest with them.

President Bush needs to be put on trial for his crimes against the American People. At the very least, investigated. None of this will happen as long as politics remains like it is.

The Republicans boasted that with a Republican as President and a Republican Senate, that we can hold them accountable. So it is time we started holding them accountable.

We have lived here about 2 years now, and I still have not found a church to attend. To be honest, I am upset that there are Christian churches which are suppose to be non-political to retain tax-exempt status has publicly supported President Bush, which is very political. Yet they retain their tax-exempt status. This bothers me, and for this reason, I refuse to join any church.

23 January 2006

013days 05hrs 33min 53sec left until Superbowl XL

Congratulations Pittsburgh Steelers for winning AFC Championship!!!

John bought a new teeshirt yesterday and a terrible towel before the game yesterday. He was ready for the game against Denver in his Troymanian Devil tee while I wore the No Plummer Can Handle This Load tee. To be fair, this game was no wear near as heart pounding as the game against Indianapolis. It got so I was actually feeling sorry for Plummer. The Steelers started out scoring and continued the pace all the way through.

We got so far ahead that John actually fell asleep during the game, but he woke up in time for the 4th quarter.

John made chicken strips made with egg beaters instead of real eggs, and he used a grain instead of flour. Plus, he made one pan without oil. It was really sweet of him.:-)

Next stop for Pittsburgh Steelers is Detroit, Michigan. The news is already stating that hotels in Detroit and its suburbs are all ready booked, so finding a vacant room during the superbowl will be an extreme challenge.



ok...lets change subjects here...

I am getting really irritated hearing prejudice people like Oprah Winfrey state that everyone is prejudice. If they are prejudice, that is something they need to deal with. Fact is, humans are not born prejudice. Prejudice comes from being closed minded and closed hearted. It is easier for some people to generalize than to realize we are all wonderfully unique individuals.

No one woman is "every woman". No other woman can represent me, but me!!!

The sooner some people realize this, the sooner some people can stop encouraging prejudice.

Thank you.

17 January 2006

A prayer for Sunday


Our Father who are in Pittsburgh

football be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, 4 Super Bowls won,

on earth as it is in Heinz Field.

Give us this day a playoff victory,

and forgive us our penalties,

as we defeat those who play against us

and lead us into a victory, and

deliver us to Detroit.

Amen

16 January 2006

Seasons

Lessons on Life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge
things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look
at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in
summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe
what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so
sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping
with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.


The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they
had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season,
and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come

from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring,
the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.


Moral lessons:


Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.


Don't judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later

07 January 2006

1981 & 2005

Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament.
4. Pope Died

Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the Ashes tournament
4. Pope Died

In the future, if Prince Charles decides to remarry ... please warn the pope.