Category Archives: My 2 Cents

What Rove has to say about President Bush

My hubby forwarded this article to me this morning. For those of you who believe that President Bush was evil incarnate, don’t bother reading it because it won’t change your mind. But for those of you who wonder just how history will treat President Bush, perhaps you would be interested in reading the article as it shows the facts of accomplishments.
And for those of you who are wondering if I am turning this into a political blog, rest assured I am not. It’s just with the changing of the guard, I have been thinking about it a lot this week and what better place to share my thoughts than here?

Inauguration Thoughts

On Tuesday, the kids and I got our school work done in a timely fashion and gathered about the television to watch the Inauguration of our 44th President. I don’t think I have seen an inauguration in years. If I did, it didn’t make a lasting impression on me. But I have a friend who impressed upon me how significant it was that we live in a country where the change of power occurs without a shot fired. And of course, there was the special significance of this being the first African American President.
I am glad we watched. I was just about moved to tears when President Bush walked in for the last time to the tune “Hail to the Chief”. He had a rough presidency with not anywhere near the support he should have had for the tough decisions he had to make. As he walked in, I couldn’t help but imagine that his step was a little bit lighter…his time was done and he could head back to Texas and his ranch and to a life where he was in more in control of his life and din’t have the weight of the world on his shoulders.
I felt sorry for President Obama that his swearing in got botched. At first I thought it was nerves (and heaven knows, I would have been nervous), but then to find out that Chief Justice Roberts goofed…. However, I did not find this misstep to deflect from the importance of the moment (though it did remind me of when I graduated from high school and the principal messed up the reading of my name!)
President Obama gave a good speech and exuded confidence and hope. The music that John Williams wrote was awesome! Aretha Franklin had on quite a hat! And the packed mall was an amazing thing to see.
I found it moving when President and First Lady Obama walked President and Mrs. Bush to the helicopter. The commentators made the remark that it seemed the two had grown close in the preceeding weeks as evidenced by the heartfelt hugs that were being passed around.
All in all, it was an hour and a half well spent. It was an excellent reminder of what living in a free country means.

Welcome President Obama. Thank you, President Bush.

Today at high noon, President Obama steps into history and becomes the 44th President of the United States of America. Not only is this moment historical because of the fact that 1/2 century ago, African Americans were not allowed in ‘white’ establishments, but it is a moment of hope for our country. A reminder of all that is good in America – the democratic process does work, the people’s voice is still heard. It is a testament to the world, that power can change hands, not just from person to person, but from party to party without a shot fired.
I did not vote for Barack Obama. My choice wasn’t influenced by his skin color, but by my concern over his lack of experience, the people he surrounded himself with, the message he was taught in church, and my concern over his naivete on how to handle other world leaders. But as the new President of our country, I will do all I can to support him (as long as it doesn’t conflict with my moral values and that would be true of any President).

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Beware! Political Polls Don’t Show the Whole Truth

I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1988. I learned many useful things while in college. But as a Sociology major, one of the most important and lastingly helpful things I learned was to take every poll with a grain of salt.
As this very difficult election season heads towards its culmination, we are bombarded with poll statistics on every side. They mostly say Obama is in the lead, but the lead ranges from tenths of a point to 15 points. The percent of undecided seems to be between 6% and 10%. The thing that worries me about this bombardment of polls is that people are already believing Obama is the winner. They see he is ahead, and that is what they focus on. Then, should the undecided swing the way of McCain, or the votes don’t go the way the polls are stating, there will be a cry of foul play! The vote has been fixed! Likewise if Obama were to win by a landslide, the same cries will be raised because of doubts already in place due to voter registration irregularities. Polls are really a detriment to the political process.
For those voters who want to say they voted for the winner, they will simply vote for whoever is in the lead. For those voters who don’t want to have to check into the issues, who want someone else to do the hard work for them, they will also vote for whoever is in the lead based on the polls because they believe that person must be the best choice if most of the people are voting for them. I know we don’t like to believe that people are so ‘weak minded’, but there are those that are and polls don’t encourage them to gain information on their own.

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Mark Warner Lost My Vote…

I am not a party voter. I have voted for Democrats, Republicans and even ‘third party’ candidates like Ross Perot. The way I roll is to vote for the person that I think will do the best job.
For instance, I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin. I don’t think Obama has the country’s best interests at heart. I think he is naive and is likely to make some very costly mistakes because of it. I would love to have a national health care plan, but that is not enough to make me vote for a man I just don’t feel comfortable with having as President.
On the other hand, I had decided to vote for Mark Warner. I didn’t want Mark Warner to be governor, but I felt like he did a good job when he was Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He brought a lot of business into the state and helped areas of the state that had been hard hit economically as they tried to move from old standbys (like tobacco) into the new century. The last Saturday of September, I was working with Jack and Katrina at a youth fundraiser booth in Bedford for Centerfest. I looked up at a man who stopped by and was shaking hands with people in our booth, then I realized it was Mark Warner! How cool! He said something to me to the effect of ‘are you trying to get people to stop by from both sides of the fence?’ because I was wearing a McCain sticker and a Warner sticker. I talked with him and the reporters following him and explained that I voted on the person, not the party they were running with. Another gal in my booth said the same thing, though she wasn’t voting for Warner.
Today, a gal sent a link to my homeschool email list regarding a political ad. First, that is a no-no on our list because we don’t discuss politics or religion on our list. We keep things friendly. But, I know why she sent it. It was of importance to homeschoolers. I saw the title of the link and went to check it out. This video is what I found. As a homeschooler, a person of faith, and the daughter of a NRA member, I am appalled to see what Mark Warner really thinks of me.
Mr. Warner, you have lost my vote. I can only hope the word gets round to the other people like me in the Commonwealth as to what you really think. And Mr. Warner, in case you are at all concerned…I believe the very people that you say are threatening what it means to be an American are indeed the ones that are trying to keep America on the track that used to make it a beloved country around the world. And Mr. Warner, I have many homeschool friends that sit on both sides of the political spectrum. I cannot begin to imagine how they will feel that you have lumped them in with people that they are often opposed to.
Big foot in mouth moment, but thanks for your honesty. I would have hated to have voted for you and found out your opinions when it was too late.



Just Call Me John….

I watched the debate last night. Well, sort of. My dad called and talked to me during the beginning and I was listening but also trying to get caught up on some emails. It’s hard to read and listen to something at the same time. But something struck me as I listened…Senator Obama called Senator McCain ‘John’ many times. I never heard Senator McCain call ‘Barack’.
Now maybe I am a bit old school, but a Senator deserves the respect of having his title used. Senator Obama’s frequent use of Senator McCain’s first name seemed condescending to me.
What do you think?

A Game Review: MYST

Well, I tried a new game for my DS this month. I got MYST. I have been toying with it the last couple of months, but let me tell you, I wish I had read some of the reviews out there before getting it. I had the game for PC years ago and never made much headway with it. I was intrigued by it, but had much more success with 7th Guest and 11th Hour.
Since it is on DS, I thought I would give it a whirl. Hey, maybe I am smarter now…maybe becasue the platform is now the DS, it has gotten easier…wrong on both counts.
If anything, the game has gotten harder. I am stuck in the first world I went to visit because even though I have my sounds lined up in proper order, the game refuses to recognize that! I even went online to a cheat site (which I try very hard not to do)…I put the game up last night, feeling more than a little bit disgusted with the whole thing. I will give it a couple of days and try again, but all of the reviews I read, said the same thing…the audio on the game is hard to understand and that is an important component of the game.
Moral of the story…LOOK FOR ONLINE REVIEWS BEFORE purchasing…you can often save yourself a lot of grief and money too:) Also, be sure to share your two cents about games, books, movies, etc. It helps people make better decisions.
I have written a second review of this game after playing around with it some more. Be sure to check it out before you make a decision.

Global Warming – Political Hysteria or Have Are The Skeptics Falling into the Peter and the Wolf Trap?

Whew, that was a long title. Today, I was visiting the Drudge Report. If you have never visited this website, it is a neat place to go to get a variety of headlines from around the world. Anyway, today, Matt Drudge was running these two articles:
Scientists From Around the Globe Join ABC News in a Forum on Surviving the Century
Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas
The first article is about an upcoming ABC 2 hour special designed to show us what the doomsayers are showing our next 100 years are going to be like.
The second article is a scathing attack on the global warming hysteria and the fact that there are way more scientists saying it is bull, than there are that is saying it is the gospel truth. According to the second article, we are causing a lot of our own problems by jumping onto the global warming band wagon.

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ClimateCrisis.net Needs A Better Carbon Calculator

Today I was reading an article in Good Housekeeping about a mom whose son was constantly encouraging her to decrease their families carbon footprint. This mom drives a VW bug and keeps her house at a chilly 62 degrees in the winter time. She recycles. She turns off lights when she leaves the room. But when she went to the carbon calculator it informed her that she was using 12 tons more carbon a year than the average family in the United States.
I wanted to get my own number. I have to say, I was surprised. As you know I was gifted with a SUV this year, not exactly friendly to the environment, but it was a most wonderful gift. My number showed that we are only 6 tons over the national average.
Now, my gripe with this little calculator is this….

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Dear Susan Sarandon

Dear Ms. Sarandon,
I was recently surfing the web and ran across an article that said:
SUSAN SARANDON, who appeared in three films last year and won kudos for her TV movie “Bernard and Doris,” is still not a contented soul. She says if John McCain gets elected, she will move to Italy or Canada. She adds, “It’s a critical time, but I have faith in the American people.”
OK, American people. You don’t want Susan to move out of the country, so it’s up to you to elect Barack Obama. What? You thought Susan of all people would be for Hillary Clinton? Well, no. She told John Hiscock: “I thought the whole point of feminism is that you’re not supposed to be defined by gender. I don’t understand the reasoning behind that, because I wouldn’t vote for Condoleezza Rice, and I hated Margaret Thatcher.”

I would like to respectfully offer my services to help you move from America. And I would respectfully suggest that you move sooner rather than later. I mean…why wait? If you are unhappy with the way things are here and you have no more belief in America than this, just go. Because quite honestly, you aren’t that important and we really don’t need you here spouting off how unpatriotic you are.

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