Sunday, January 30, 2011
If you ever want to feel really fortunate just sit down and watch a couple of movies about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. We did and realized just how fortunate we really are.
They traveled by covered wagon from one state to another, hoping for a better life. What took them 6 weeks to do in some pretty devastating conditions would take us maybe 2 days by car. They never complained and whined about the long journey, yet we get angry because our flight is delayed or we have to stand in a long line to have our belongings checked.
She and her husband lost their second child because they had no doctor close by and had to bury him themselves on their land. We complain when we have to pay a copay to our doctor or sit in the waiting room for too long. We complain about how much we have to pay for the antibiotics to help our children get better. She had to weep helplessly while her baby laid in its little casket on the table until they were able to take him outside to bury him.
During one of the movies their little home and all they had, which was not much caught on fire. There was only a few neighbors around and trying to put the fire out with buckets of water was futile. We complain because some of us have to pay a yearly charge for fire services. Some take advantage of the Red Cross and Shelters who are there immediately to lend a hand. You can bet the Wilders had no one to help them start over.
Compared to the way our ancestors had it we are so spoiled. We get furious when our microwave stops working or the cable goes out. We complain about traffic and trees being cut down. We whine and moan about canals and sewer costs. We think the world is coming to an end because the city wants to put in grassy medians or God forbid a new River stage. Yes, these are our devastating times.
I realize that times do change and what may have been hard for families before us can seem just as difficult for us. But if you really think about it we have so many more choices and programs now then people back in those times could have ever imagined. I believe that is why they appreciated things so much more then any of us do today. I think hard times brought them closer together and more determined to overcome their obstacles.
We are all guilty of being impatient and teaching our children that they should not have to work hard for what they want. We all live with the do it now and worry about it later mentality. The "if it feels good do it" generation. Maybe if we all had to struggle for just the basics in life, most of us wouldn't be in the predicaments we are in now. But sadly we will go on complaining about the most ridiculous things and forgetting just how blessed we really are.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I don't know what is sicker, this pathetic excuse for a human being, abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell or Philadelphia and Tom Ridge for allowing these atrocities to go on for so long.
Yes, thanks to Tom Ridge and his Pro-choice stance, he signed a law to end regular inspections of Abortion clinics. So this chamber of death was allowed to operate for 17 years without an inspection.
Not only did he perform thousands of abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy, he and others murdered innocent little babies after they were born alive by stabbing them with scissors or cutting their spinal cord in half. What kind of monsters could do this and look at themselves in the mirror.
I will never understand how any woman could ever allow someone to end her pregnancy. Every single baby is a gift from God, no matter how it was conceived. I know there are all kinds of excuses why women still think Abortion is "their right", but I will never agree that anyone has a right to end the life of an innocent baby.
They talk about abortion being a woman's choice. There are other choices. Raising the baby, giving the baby up for adoption, leaving it at a church, many other, more humane choices.
I cannot comprehend how anyone, especially a mother can justify in her mind that it is acceptable to terminate this living growing child inside of her. I have tried hard to understand how some girls and women feel desperate and alone at this time, but enough to allow someone to take your baby and stab it with scissors.
The only solace I have is the assurance that all of those little babies are in the Arms of God. I am not the judge of these murderers, but He is.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I knew it was going to be a great day when I wake up to the news that Keith Obermeister is GONE!!! My only question is why did it take so long?
I tried to give him a chance, more than what my democratic friends give Fox News. Whenever I turned his show on he was never talking about legitimate news stories, he only focused on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and anyone who was conservative. That is why he was never taken seriously as a commentator.
His spoof "World's Worse Person" should have focused on him. He was the epitome of the worst of the worst that I have ever witnessed. He had this obsession with Bill O'Reilly because he wanted so bad to be him. MSNBC has never even come close to having the ratings that Fox has and it is no wonder.
Something tells me that we won't be seeing ole Keith on any other show in the near future. Maybe there is a special place for the likes of him in Nancy Pelosi's world, who knows.
Well, one down and two to go. If MSNBC will stay on this positive trend and get rid of Rachael Madcow and Chris (tingle up my leg) Matthews, they might just have a chance to be considered fair and balanced and the number one American Newsroom like Fox....nah!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Even the terrible weather conditions did not keep the crowd of over 100 from showing up to support our Mayor. We had a great time tonight meeting new people and seeing old friends. We were quite impressed when Galligan addressed the audience, he was very forthright and sincere in his pledge to continue making Jeffersonville a place we can all be proud of. For all of you reading this blog, please help his endeavors by getting out there in May and Vote Galligan!!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Is it ever going to stop! I am starting to think that this Vissing Park ordeal is the only thing Kelley Curran has to think about. Does she not know there are hundreds of other things going on in this town, things with a little more substance then a bunch of stupid trees.
Just how much is Mike Hutt paying you to keep this topic alive. He talks about wanting to help the citizens of our great town but he doesn't care how much this vendetta he has against Galligan is going to cost us taxpayers.
I don 't care how many (two to be exact) people tell you there was no crime in Vissing Park and try and convince people that this was a wonderful little family sanctuary. We lived at Autumn Ridge for quite a while and I am telling you for a fact that the only people that ever headed back there were hoodlums and deviants. We drove back there a couple of times to see what was going on and didn't stay long because it was just creepy.
NO one had any real interest in this so called park until Galligan had the audacity to make something productive of it. It seems the only time you and your chatterer friends want progress is when Galligan has nothing to do with it. How are you going to feel if Mike Moore becomes Mayor and people start criticizing every move he makes.
And speaking of Mike Moore, I hope my readers will take a look at the following Blog:
Some may reconsider having this man as our next Mayor. Official reports don't lie. Just the little bit I have read appalls me as a mother and grandmother that someone can still fool so many people into thinking he is as pure as the driven snow. Lie detectors don't lie either.
Anyway, back to the "save the trees" obsession that Kelley has. If you really want to be taken seriously as a columnist Kelley, find something worthwhile to write about. How about the welfare of children, the homeless or loss of Jobs. This tree stuff is for the birds.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I just wonder how many of us have said those exact words. I would bet many if not all reading this blog have said them hundreds, possibly even thousands of times throughout our lifetime.
I would also bet that many of us have had to eat some of those words. I know I have. Just to name a few; I will never get fat again, I will never have kids, I will never eat chinese food, I could never vote for a Democrat, and the list goes on and on.
I have even had those words used against me. I have had people say I would never hurt my friends intentionally, I would never write those kinds of things, I would never make fun of people's family, I would never put my child through that.
Perhaps you have even heard people say, I could never shoot a gun. I could NEVER kill anyone. Maybe you couldn't. But then again, maybe if you walked in on someone hurting your loved one and you knew where the nearest weapon was, you would use it.
Maybe if you got so wrapped up in your own holiday with friends and family, you would hurt (maybe not intentionally) that friend or relative who was sitting home alone.
Maybe you caught yourself staring at a person in the Mall who was dressed funny, or was extremely large or had many piercings and said or thought negative things about them.
Maybe if someone you knew and trusted hurt your child you would do whatever it took to bring justice for your child. Maybe if the Courts or family members let you down you would do whatever you could because that was your child.
I guess the point I am trying to make is, you NEVER really know what you are capable of until something directly affects you or the ones you love. Maybe your mind intellectually tells you that you could NEVER do certain things, but when something affects you directly or someone you love, then it becomes a whole different story.
When you are judging that person because they are doing something you cannot imagine yourself doing, stop and really put yourself in their place, or thank God you have never been in their predicament and maybe you will not be so quick to say...I would NEVER!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
For personal reasons I have decided to not only close down "The National Chatter" but also "All Counties Chatter".
I am sure many of you will offer all kinds of opinions as to why I shut them down. I will bet you a gallon of Jaegermeister that no one except my husband will know the real reason.
I have decided to keep my Blog though and the only change to that will be, all comments will go back to being moderated. (Just feels safer that way)
Good luck to the other local forums and thanks to all (even all my made up friends..lol) who took the time to register and participate on my forum and paper. :)
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We have all done it more than once in our life. It starts out when we are young. We do something we know we should not have done, and instead of confessing and apologizing, we blame our siblings, or our friends.
It carries over into adulthood too. When we get in trouble on our jobs our first instinct is to blame one of our co-workers or the supervisor. When we have an accident, it is never "our" fault but naturally the fault of the other driver, or the roads, or the planets were not aligned, etc.
I suppose it is just a natural instinct to immediately deny responsibility for a mistake or wrong doing. Perhaps we should look at this a little closer.
When we grow up and have children of our own we naturally become very protective. We see this little child as vulnerable and innocent and we cannot imagine that something so beautiful that we created could ever do anything to hurt another human being. When someone questions our ability as a parent we do not hesitate to bite their head off, how dare they assume we don't know what we are doing.
The other day on the news I was watching the story of that little girl who was accusing her teacher of twisting her arm "for no reason". Then comes Mom. She was outraged that a teacher would lay their hands on "MY" child. What was it she said, "a teacher is only there to teach". They have no right to yell at my child, get in my child's face, belittle my child! As Dr. Phil says, I don't care how flat you make a pancake, it still has two sides.
I was trying to keep an open mind and not be a typical mom and berate this teacher. I wanted to consider other possibilities. Was this child being disrespectful to this teacher? The child said they were having an argument. Did this child possibly go to swing at this teacher, maybe that's why the teacher grabbed the child's arm to keep from getting their face punched. I would do the same thing.
My point being, instead of the mother considering that maybe her sweet innocent child had some serious disciplinary problems, she wanted to portray this teacher as a child beater and had no problem showing her child that it was someone else's fault.
Another example, although more serious is this latest shooting in Arizona. Television and Radio personalities could not even wait for the first victim to be buried that they were blaming others for what this maniac did. They said this man must have been persuaded by the likes of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. There was simply no other explanation for this rampage.
Perhaps this maniac had mental issues his whole life. Maybe he had a mom and dad who didn't want to admit that their innocent little boy had some serious anger problems. Maybe they blamed his teachers or his friends. Maybe, just maybe the College was in the wrong for kicking him out. Maybe the military was being unfair to him when they would not let him join.
How about this, maybe he was just a mentally disturbed human being who never got the help he needed because he was brushed aside and ignored. Maybe if Sheriff whats-his-name would have taken this mans crimes more serious several years ago...maybe...maybe...maybe.
In the end does it REALLY matter who is to blame. When the deed is done shouldn't it make us all aware that teaching our children from the get go that we are responsible for our own ACTIONS. Stop blaming others for everything that goes wrong in your life and take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself, what can I do to change things for the better in my life.
It is so easy to blame others for our downfalls. But even when we blame others does it really make us feel better about ourselves? I think the biggest accomplishment I made in my life was to teach my children they are responsible for their own actions. You can't blame your friends, you can't blame your teachers and you can't blame your parents, because when it comes time for us to stand before the Lord and answer for our life, we will be standing there ALONE.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I wanted to pay tribute to this beautiful little girl who was taken from her family in such a horrible tragedy. I cannot even imagine what it would feel like to lose a child. My little Jacob is almost the same age as Christina and I know my life would never be the same if I were to lose him.
Please say a special prayer tonight for Christina's mom, dad and brother and all of those who loved her. If you have children or grandchildren, give them an extra special hug tonight before they go to bed.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
When I watched the tragedy in Arizona unfold on TV this past week I was so saddened for all of the innocent victims. My heart broke when I heard about the little 9 year old girl. Her life cut short so violently all because of a sick monster who wanted to be famous.'
Of course the Sheriff has to get on National TV and pour salt in all the wounds by his insane rhetoric of how this gunman was motivated by all the "hate" talk by Rush Limbaugh and the likes of talk television. Really?
Is everyone in America now going to have to be careful about every single word that comes out of their mouths. When a teenager is angry at his or her parents and screams "I hate them and I wish they were dead" is overheard by another teenager and that teen goes and kills the parents, are we to then blame the angry teenager for spouting off as many teenagers have done for centuries.
None of us can deny that both the left and right wing media spews ugly rhetoric on a daily basis, but that is their freedom of speech. I have never taken anything I have heard on tv as a push to violence. Just because someone is more easily influenced does not mean that they wouldn't have eventually committed the violence sometime in their life anyway.
Every time some idiot gets on TV or on the internet and tries to point the finger at others for someone else's crime, I just want to scream. NO ONE forced that nutcase to take that gun to that rally and shoot those people in the head. His friends said he NEVER watched the news, never listened to or read political statements and was not conservative or liberal but some, like that nut sheriff would have you believe this was Sarah Palin's little brother.
Accountability, that is what people are forgetting. This messed up in the head man wanted to be a somebody. He thought this was one way to make a name for himself. No one will really knows what his true reasons were, heck, he probably don't even know.
Monday, January 10, 2011
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Friday, January 7, 2011
Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship or limitation. Obviously the local paper, The Evening News only adheres to this right when it is something or someone they agree with.
As soon as they announce that Mayor Galligan is running for re-election on Facebook the negative comments started flowing in from posters. But, when I post that I would rather see Galligan as Mayor then a Child Molester (naming no name in particular), it was removed and I was told that making allegations about someone who was never convicted was irresponsible? I did not name anyone but I assume they had someone in particular in mind.
How many times have we all seen articles in the Evening News, be it from opinions, columns or stories where they have allowed some to name call, criticize and mock others and because it was something our bias paper agreed with they allowed it. I thought newspapers were suppose to be unbiased? Not our paper.
Just try to write a negative opinion about the Clark County Chatter and find out they conveniently lose it or deny they ever saw it. This happened to me both times I wrote about the CCC and then when I saw the editor and most of his employees on the CCC it was obvious why my comments were not allowed. The Evening News has worked out a deal with the CCC to post Links to articles in the paper so that the Evening News can collect the revenue they get whenever someone clicks on their articles. In otherwards, you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. I would not be surprised if Mike Hutt didn't get some kind of a kickback on that deal also.
If you want to submit a positive article and it is about Galligan, the canal, Vissing Park, etc., don't expect to ever actually read it in The Evening News or on the CCC. If your name is not Lindon Dodd or Mike Hutt or even Kelley Curran for that matter you will not have "free speech". The Evening News folks will be the first to scream "Free Speech" but that is only if they agree with you.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Rights. This is a word we practically hear on a daily basis. You hear it on the television, radio, in the shopping centers and even at school. We hear about the Bill of Rights, Human Rights, Right to life, the Left, the Right, and the list goes on and on.
Let's take Smokers. They say they have the RIGHT to choose to smoke. They do not believe they should have to go outside of an establishment to smoke. If they want to pollute their lungs, that is their Right. What about the Rights of non-smokers. While you are sitting in that Restaurant exercising your right to smoke a cigarette, are you not infringing upon the rights of the non-smoker who doesn't want to see you smoking, smell your smoke or breathe in your smoke.
Another Right to discuss, Gay Rights. The Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal has made headlines in the last few days. Gays now have a right to join the military and express their sexual orientation. Fair enough. They have the right to shower with non-gays of their same gender. But what about the rights of the non-gays to not have to shower with a Gay person. Who has the most rights here. Would it be wrong for a straight man to refuse to share a bunk with a Gay man. Or is the Gay man's rights more important and his rights should trump the non-gay man's rights.
Another right, a touchy subject to say the least. Pro choice. This is a woman's Right to have an abortion. They say it is her body, her baby, her choice. What about the father to the baby? Where do his rights come in at. What if he wants his baby and the woman doesn't. Should he lose his right to be a Father just because she doesn't want to be a mother. Does her rights trump his only because she is carrying the child. What about the babies choice, or is the choice the baby? If babies could holler out of their mother's stomach, do you suppose they would express their right to live instead of being killed?
A discussion of the homeless on my forum. The homeless, I was told have rights to be at the public library and if they want they can wash their bodies in the sinks. What about another person's rights to not have to watch someone bathing in the sinks when they go to the bathroom. Should parents be worried that if their 10 year old son has to go to the bathroom that he may have to witness a homeless person washing his underarms or whatever because he has a right. What about the homeless or anyone who is filthy and/or sick. Do they have a right to be at the public library because it is public and they are, after all, humans. Or does the elderly couple who may get sick easily have the right to not have to endure those germs, in the right.
Animal rights. We are not allowed to kill dogs or cats for food but Deers, Cows and Squirrels are fair game (no pun intended). Is it because those dogs and cats have more Animal Rights then those other animals. It can't be because they are not edible because some countries consider them a delicacy.
Where does it end. Who really has the Right to say who is more Right. I know we have certain inalienable rights but who had the Right to write such a document. Who wrote the Bill of Rights. Is there a Bill of Wrongs. What I might consider Right you will most likely think I am wrong. If I do something that you don't believe in, you may say I was wrong. But others might say I had the Right.
Everyone in this world will all have their own definitions of what is Right and what is Wrong. The only Right we all really have is the right to make the decision to do what we feel in our heart is right. If you believe otherwise, then you are just WRONG...or are you?