Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Zucchini, zucchini everywhere....way too much to eat

The problem with zucchini is that once it starts coming in, it doesn't stop. I have found myself adding zucchini to everything....pasta, bread, muffins, salsa (thank you Trestin for that idea), waffles, sauteed zucchini, zucchini casserole......

I spent half a Sunday making zucchini bread and muffins.

Since I love y'all, here is the recipe:

Venezuela nationalizing 11 US rigs

And so it begins.... I haven't even finished my first cup of coffee.

Breitbart is reporting that Chavez and his government have voted to nationalize 11 oil rigs owned by the US company Helmerich & Payne.
The rigs, located in Monagas, Anzoategui and Zulia states, will be taken over by state oil giant Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the official news agency AVN said.

PDVSA had asked the legislature controlled by supporters of leftist President Hugo Chavez to take over the rigs after the US firm declined to negotiate a new service contract, unlike 32 other foreign firms.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yale Professor: Obama is a Revolutionary

Yale Professor Dr. Richard L. Rubinstein discusses Barry Hussein Obama, his Muslim background and his desire to destroy Israel.

Internet Kill Switch Bill Moves Forward

On June 17, I mentioned the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (S3480).

This thing is a step closer to being reality. Yesterday, it unanimously passed The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

I keep thinking of that young man from the party who didn't believe Obama really wanted to collapse the system. Are you convinced yet???

Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court supports 2nd Amendment 5-4

In a 5-4 ruling, the SCOTUS upheld 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to keep and bear arms regardless of where they live in the United States.

I think it is frighting that 4 justices actually voted against this!

In related news, the Kagan confirmation hearing are beginning this week. I can only hope that this decision shines a light on just how important these hearings are. Kagan and her Obama-supporting, international law loving, anti-NRA views has no place on the court.

The Wannabe Dictator Speaks

I get totally creeped out every time I hear this man speak. This is from the G20 summit last weekend.

"Somehow people say, why are you doing that, I'm not sure that's good politics. I'm doing it because I said I was going to do it and I think it's the right thing to do. People should learn that lesson about me because next year when I start presenting some very difficult choices to the country, I hope some of these folks who are hollering about deficits and debt step-up because I'm calling their bluff. We'll see how much of that, how much of the political arguments that they're making right now are real and how much of it was just politics."

For God's sake man, STOP! We don't want to see what you have in store!

See the video here:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Visit to Andersonville

This Saturday, I took a day trip to Andersonville. I'd read the book "Andersonville" in high school. It is a must-read; I highly recommend it to everyone. This was my second visit, but the first for my dear friend who joined me for the trip.

Andersonville, known at the time as Camp Sumter, was a Confederate POW prison during the Civil War.

Most of the prison walls are gone, but the park service has marked off where the wall used to be. Parts have been rebuilt so visitors can see what they looked like.

There was a area between the walls and the "dead line". Prisoners who crossed this line would be shot.

Prisoners had to make their own shelters from the items they were able to bring in with them or smuggle in later.

The site is basically just a big field now. It is actually quite beautiful and peaceful. It's hard to imagine that it was the site of so much suffering and death.

My friend and I got a little camera crazy. Read on for the photographic tour.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dodd's Comments on Financial Reform

Sen. Dodd's comments alone should be enough to scare the socks off of Americans.

"This is about as important as it gets, because it deals with every single aspect of our lives."

--Frankly, Chris, I'd like you to stay out of my life.

"It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done."

--That's because like healthcare reform, nobody wants this.

"No one will know until this is actually in place how it works."

--Here he goes channeling Nancy. Why are you passing it if you don't know what it will do? Who actually wrote it? I'd venture to guess it wasn't you or Barnie. Was it the Apollo Alliance again? Center for American Progress?

Friday, June 25, 2010

More Nails in the Coffin

Last night, the Financial Reform Bill passed a joint committee vote. See my May 28 post for more information about the bill.

At the same time, the DISCLOSE act passed the house. John Carey has a great post about it over at The Current.

Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.) on the Financial Reform Bill: "This is about as important as it gets, because it deals with every single aspect of our lives"

What happened to cotton?

I have a pet peeve.

Half of all my shirts get holes in them right here.

And it's not just me, the same thing happens to my mom and my sister. Small holes in the fabric right at the waistband. I'm sure it's the button of our jeans making the holes but a shirt should be able to stand up to a pair of jeans. 

This often happens the very first time I wear a shirt! I blame cheap fabric with short fibers from low quality cotton, but it even happens with expensive shirts! This one is from a well-known designer. 

It happens in summer and winter shirts.

Please tell me it's not some genetic anomaly with the women in my family. 

And why does it just seems to be women's shirts? Are we the only ones?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

1963 Communist Goals

I was at a party last weekend and had the opportunity to talk to a young man who had voted for B. Hussein Obama. I tried hard not to interrogate him, but asked him a lot of questions and then tried to shed some light on his answers. I discovered that he only had half the truth and absolutely refused to believe that BO was a communist (or ever a socialist) or that there were people in the government intentionally trying to collapse this country.

I firmly believe there are. Tonight, Glenn Beck shared a list of goals that the communist party had for America back in 1963. I wonder if that young man would be able to compare those goals to the reality of our country today. Looks to me like the communists are accomplishing them.

I'm highlighting those I think they have achieved.

1963 Communist Goals

The communist goals were entered into the Congressional record by Albert Herlong, Jr. (a Floridian who served in Congress from 1949-69).
1) US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2) US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3) Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the US would be a demonstration of "moral strength."
4) Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5) Extension of long term loans to Russia and Soviet Satellites.
6) Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
7) Grant recognition of Red China, and admission of Red China to the UN.
8) Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the UN.
9) Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
10) Allow all Soviet Satellites individual representation in the UN.
11) Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the UN as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo).
12) Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13) Do away with loyalty oaths.
14) Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office.
15) Capture one or both of the political parties in the US.
16) Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17) Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.
18) Gain control of all student newspapers.
19) Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20) Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
21) Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.
22) Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings," substitute shapeless, awkward, and meaningless forms.
23) Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24) Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
25) Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography, and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
26) Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as "normal, natural, and healthy."
27) Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."
28) Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
29) Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30) Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man".
31) Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of "the big picture": Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
32) Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture - - education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
33) Eliminate all laws or procedures, which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
34) Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
35) Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
36) Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37) Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38) Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.
39) Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
40) Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41) Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
42) Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political, or social problems.
43) Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
44) Internationalize the Panama Canal.
45) Repeal the Connally Reservation so the US can not prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

I ask you, and really wish I could ask that young man, is this really what you want America to be?

Amnesty by Executive Order?

Will our wannabe dictator never stop? First he refuses to seal the border without Immigration Reform, but if that doesn't work, he may have plans to go around congress entirely and issue an Executive Order granting amnesty to millions in this country illegally.

Do I sound a bit alarmist? Eight senators don't think so. Sens. Grassley, Hatch (R-Utah), Vitter (R-La.), Bunning (R-Ky.), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Cochran (R-Miss.) sent a letter to the regime on June 21.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

P90X- oh my!

A couple weeks before our beach vacation a box showed up on the porch. This box said Beach Body all over it. I was curious, but since it was addressed to my husband, I put it aside until he got home.

Then the yoga mat showed up.

I won't lie, I was curious. So ignoring the instruction book (like I normally do) I popped in the yoga video and sweated my way through about 40 minutes. I'm bored easily so the next day I did 20 minutes of the yoga and tried out the chest and back DVD.

I know I'm doing the whole thing wrong and that hyped-up instructor dude would yell at me if he knew how I'm bastardizing his program, but I have been doing 20-40 minutes of this stuff a day for the past 2 weeks.

I'm exhausted.

Every muscle in my body has hurt for two weeks.

Muscles I didn't even know I had hurt.

I've also put on five pounds and am really liking the way I look.

But does it have to hurt this bad? And did I mention I'm tired?

Breaking News: Flies are attracted to crap!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McChrystal mocks the regime

It sounds to me like Gen Stanley McChrystal may have more sense than I had previously given him credit for.

Today, the toddler-in-chief is summoning McChrystal to the White House for a spanking and a time out. White House officials are working to discover McChrystal's age so they know how many minutes the general gets in the naughty chair.

Okay, so I made that last bit up. But according to the Rolling Stone article, McChrystal and his team expressed frustration at Obama's unwillingness to act on a request for more troops, made jokes about Joe Biden (haven't we all?), and recognized our real enemy as the wimps in the White House.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Administration intentionally not sealing the border?

I believe it. Sen. Kyl of AZ says the president told him just that.

Kyl: Obama Won't Secure Border Until Lawmakers Move on Immigration Package

Beck's book and the liberal reaction

Glenn Beck just released his new thriller The Overton Window. I have not read it yet, but will eventually.

When I heard that the poem in the trailer was a Kipling poem, I went out searching for it, interested in reading the entire thing. The first place I found the poem was on some liberal blog site.

Now, occasionally I go over to the Huffington Post or listen to America Left just to see what the other side is saying. 99% of the time, I leave those places with a more solid belief in my own views. The left's arguments defy the laws of common sense and economics. I think that the people (or as Lenin called them, the useful idiots) who actually believe this stuff refuse to or are unable to make a connection between A and B, cause and effect, supply and its source.

A blogger myself, I visit a lot of blogs. When I comment, it is because I am trying to add something to the discussion or occasionally just giving the author kudos and a pat on the back. Rarely in all my surfing have I read such mindless, fact-less and foul comments as I found here:

To all my readers, thank you for having brains, manners and for adding something of substance to the dialog.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

More room for my birds

No sign of the dog this morning. My dear husband made my coffee then went out to work on the coop. Here are pictures from April when were were building it. I still haven't gotten around to painting it. I'll get to it in my other spare time....

Now that the birds are going to have to spend all their time cooped up, they need more outdoor space. The coop is 8x10 and had an attached 8x8 attached run. This morning, we fenced in the space under the coop to more than double the run size. We also reinforced the run with another layer of chicken wire to help keep predators out.

Poor birds will only get to free range for a little while in the evenings before roosting-time and only if I'm out with them. This means our feed bill will go up considerably.

That looks a little redneck doesn't it? Tough, it's a chicken coop.

Friday, June 18, 2010

RIP Martha and Cricket

As if this week hasn't been bad enough with the bats, lack of sleep, and the communist take-over of America, someone's cast-off dog killed my two Easter Eggers Martha and Cricket this afternoon.

I went to feed the others an afternoon snack and noticed that those two were nowhere in sight. I opened the coop door and there was the dog having a nice snooze in the wood shavings. The stiffening corpses of Martha and Cricket lay in the dirt out back.

The dog looks like a rottweiler mix. No tags. He took off before I could lock him in the run.

The canine now has a death warrant out for it. And I need to spend tomorrow morning hunting/ installing higher gauge wire around my run and extending the run under the coop so the remaining birds are safer and have more room.

Border Wars - US gives up

While I have been focused on the oil spill, the US-Mexico border is blowing up.

Thank you Woodsterman for this picture. Please head over to The Right Truth for more information. I couldn't have covered it as well as Debbie has.

Don't miss the bit about the 17 Afghan soldiers who have gone AWOL in the US.

What is the regime doing to help? Hillary Clinton says the Administration will sue AZ over their immigration law and those National Guard troops BO promised are nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, Obama is reaching new lows.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Seize BP: Rosie called it

I have been playing ostrich the past two days thinking maybe if I bury my head in the sand for a while, things won't sound quite so bad. I pulled my head out this afternoon and found that things actually look much worse.

I know I'm being a downer here but the things that have happened just this week are mind-numbing, especially when taken in conjunction with everything that has gone down over the past 18 months. Sorry folks, but I'm not sure America is going to come out of this intact.

Last week I posted an audio of Rosie O'Donnell commanding BO to seize BP's assets. This week, the regime has essentially done just that. Yesterday, the thugs in Washington convinced BP (Chicago style, I'm sure) to create a $20 billion escrow fund to compensate those damaged by the spill. I'm not saying that BP isn't responsible for damages here. I am saying that we have a legal system.

Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PCNAA) bill introduced by Sen. Lieberman would give the federal government the power to shut down the internet.

Check it out.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Confession

Something from Sunday has been weighing on me and I think I have finally got it straight in my head and straight with God. Bear with me.

Church this past Sunday was a little different than usual. A group from our congregation had just returned from a mission trip to Africa and instead of a sermon, they shared their experiences.

Mishmashed thoughts on the oil spill

I haven't written about the oil spill, though I have been following it diligently.

- Where the heck are the enviro-greenie-PITA-wackos? Helllooooooo.....

- I think BO and his minions are intentionally dragging their feet on this. I think they want as big an impact as possible on the environment and the economy. And it hurts me to believe that.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bats, the government and me

I'm hot. In more ways than one. It's going to be 100 degrees here today and I just noticed I have bats living under the overhang of my bay window.

So the bats have to go. Dear husband was not too keen on handling a bat invasion and told me to call someone. I did and Ms. Mildred at the pest control company put me on hold then informed me, "Ma'am, we can't do anything about bats until August 1."

K: Excuse me? What? Why?

Apparently, I started sounding like an irate customer here because Ms. Mildred put Ms. Jenny on the phone.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What's in the works?

Things have been quiet the last few weeks. Too quiet. So I set out to see what kind of surprises our politicians have in the works for us.

Senator/Congressman really should not be a full time job. It makes them feel like they're not doing their "job" if they aren't strapping Americans with one sort of legislation or another. Trust us, guys and gals, we'd rather you do nothing.

Okay, so what did I dig up this morning?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kristin bakes a peach pie...or not

My dear husband brought home a sack full of Georgia peaches last night. There are more than we can possibly eat fresh, so I'm going to bake them into something delectable.

11:20 First thing first, I need to clean up the kitchen. This should take a good 30 minutes. Last night's dinner dishes have been joined by this morning's breakfast and it's a mess!

11:42 My kitchen is no longer a health hazard so I can get to work. Eep! I forgot the water is on in the vegetable garden....brb.

11:47 Water is off. Husband is mowing the lawn. I offered to carry the grass clippings up with me. Dear husband asked that I rake all the leaves the chickens scratched out of the grass. I declined. Leaf blower is roaring outside. I'm sweaty and need a Diet Coke.

11:49 Let's get started. I use the pastry recipe and pie recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Copyright 1968. I bought it in an antique store for $10. My mom has always said that women should know how to make homemade pastry and real mashed potatoes. I'm inclined to agree with her.

The recipe calls for:
  • 2c sifted flour
  • 1t salt
  • 2/3 c shortening (I usually use 1/2 lard 1/2 Crisco, but I don't have any lard today)
  • 5-7T icy cold water
Grr, looks like I don't have any Crisco either. Sooooo......

Kaziah Hancock

This woman is amazing!

Who is Bill Ayers?

What about his wife, Bernadine Dohrn? What is their relationship with Barrack Obama and why should we care?

William Charles "Bill" Ayers was born December 26, 1944 in a suburb of Chicago. in the 1960's he became deeply involved in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The SDS Constitution describes the organization as:

Students for a Democratic Society is an association of young people on the left. It seeks to create a sustained community of educational and political concern: one bringing together liberals and radicals, activists and scholars, students and faculty.

But SDS did not go far enough for Ayers. By 1969, he had become a part of the Weather Underground, a violent offshoot of the SDS with the goal of overthrowing the US government and replacing it with a dictatorship of the proletariat, aka a Marxist regime.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Guard Cat on Duty

Our flea and tick medicine came in the mail. I applied it quickly and I sent Trevor off to work.

He stalked around the corner of the house...

The chickens think they hear something....

I thought Trevor was going to go after one of my little chicks. He doesn't have claws so I don't think he could take down one of the big chickens, nevertheless, I was watching closely. He got Flag in his sights (see sidebar for Flag's picture), hunkered down, got ready to pounce, then changed course and pounced my rooster!!! This picture of Woody is a couple weeks old. He is much bigger now.

Much clucking and fluttering ensued.

But the chickens ended up back where they belong.

Then I learned that fleas in my area have developed a tolerance to Frontline. Back to square one and back to chickens under the deck.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Taliban hang 7-yr old "spy"

This is so sad. My boys are six and I can't imagine anything like this happening to them. But these are the peaceful Muslims the Progressives and Radicals love, doncha know?

Taliban hang 7-year-old boy accused of being a spy, suicide bomber kills 40 at Afghanistan wedding

Rosie O'Donnell: Seize their assets

I just don't understand these people. On her satellite radio program Tuesday, Rosie O'Donnell urged the government to take over BP.

"I say seize their assets. Right now. Seize their assets today. Take over the [company]. I don't care [how]. Issue an executive order...Call it socialism, call it communism, call it anything you want. Let's watch Rush Limbaugh explode on TV...Seize the assets. Take over BP."

What? Besides the obvious problem that BP, British Petroleum, is not a US company, what?!

I wonder if Rosie has thought this through. If an omnipotent federal government can issue an executive order and take over a foreign company what's to stop them from seizing all Rosie's assets? Or does she think that being friends with the dictator will make her safe?

These people plan to take down BP anyway. Their boot on BP's neck, they plan to squeeze every last ounce of lifeblood from the company. The UK is warning that BO's stance on the spill is harming relations between our countries. Kinda like sending back the bust of Churchill.....

This administration has taken over 70% of the US economy in the last 18 months. But that is not enough for the revolutionaries they co-opted to put them in power. They plan to fine and tax BP out of business, but the Rosies of the world want BO to throw down his Progressive mask and take the throne.

On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi was heckled at a Town Hall (click for video). Her radical supporters want more money for their communities and Nancy just hasn't come through enough for them.

BO's revolutionary supporters are turning on him. While Van Jones may "reject the radical pose for the radical ends", these people want blood and they want it now.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Why I'm not Organic

I have a large vegetable garden. Each year I grow tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplants, squash, zucchini, beets, chard and various other things. Without fail, when I tell people about my garden, they ask, "Is it organic?"

Not to sound insensitive, but when I hear this, I wonder if that person has ever tried to grow vegetables in Georgia. We have a wonderfully long growing season here in Georgia and mild winters mean I can grow vegetables year round. But we also have three things that make gardening a challenge. Bugs. Humidity. Red clay.

Our mild winters means the bugs are never killed off by cold weather. Come spring, they are back with a vengeance. I've tried organic concoctions to kill the bugs. I've even had lady bugs shipped in (they were half dead and the rest flew away). When it finally came down to it, it was either, the bugs get to eat or my family does. I'm not working my tail off to feed the bugs.

The high humidity means that fungal diseases can run rampant if not controlled. One year I lost nearly my entire tomato crop because I didn't spray for blight. I love to try heirloom varieties, but the only way I can grow something other than blight resistant hybrids is to spray for fungal diseases. And I've found that even the blight resistant varieties and not blight proof.

My first garden was a failure because the soil was so bad. My husband tilled up a spot in our field. I say tilled up, but the soil was so hard, the tines of the tiller would only penetrate 2 or 3 inches into the soil. With help from my mom, I have spent the last five years working leaves and grass clippings into the clay to make rich, loamy soil. The problem is, those leaves and clippings require a lot of nitrogen to break down. So I fertilize. A lot.

According to the Mayo Clinic, among others, there is "No conclusive evidence shows that organic food is more nutritious than is conventionally grown food. And the USDA — even though it certifies organic food — doesn't claim that these products are safer or more nutritious."

Organic foods may cause greater environmental impact than traditionally grown crops since yields are lower and more land is required to produce the same amount of food.

So no, my garden is not organic. If it were, my family would get very few vegetables fit for consumption. I limit my use of chemicals as much as possible, try not to spray or dust when bees are active and pay close attention to label instructions on how long to wait to harvest after treating, but I am not organic. My chickens are free range, but not organic since I supplement their scratching with non-organic feed. Do you have any idea what the organic stuff costs?!