April 30, 2005

Baby Charlotte

Please, go and read about Charlotte, a baby girl in England who's parents may have to go to court to bring her home. You should read her biography.

If you can donate a bit to help her parents purchase the medical equipment she needs, click here.

It becomes more obvious every day that any handicapped person is at risk of not being allowed to get treatment - because they might suffer (according to the 'do-gooders' who think they can determine your quality of life and if it is worth living).

Posted by Beth at 07:22 PM

February 03, 2005

Can't please everyone

Gerry, a commenter seems to think that I am being rather chauvinistic in my 100 Things About Me list:

It's a nice list, and enjoyable to read, but I must make a criticism. You are on the internet, a.k.a. the WorldWideWeb. People in other countries can read what you say.

When I read that line, I thought, oh, gee, I've insulted someone because I mentioned that my husband is hung like a horse or because I divulged the fact that I lost my virginity at age 19. But no, that was not his beef.

The last line of #100 is complete BS. You may be happy to be a US American, and that is fine. The USA is a fine country. But there are a LOT of other places in this world where "someone can work hard and get what he/she wants".

Just for reference's sake, this was #100:

100. My life is incredibly wonderful. I look at other people and I think about how fortunate I have been - how God has watched over me through thick and thin. I've been poor and now I'm rich (well, I'm rich to me, anyway - don't belong to a country club or anything, but I am richer than probably 99.9% of the rest of the people on earth). I have everything I ever dreamed of (except for a clean house on 100 acres!). Only in the United States of America can someone work hard and get what he/she wants.

I respectfully disagree with Gerry's comment. No other country allows individual citizens to have the freedom and opportunity that this country does. Nowhere else on Earth is there such an entrepreneurial spirit as there is here. Think about it - I have done many things - cleaned houses, managed a convenience store, been a social worker, sold jewelry, sold waterbeds, did retail management, been in a call center, help desk and now I am technical consultant. I stayed home with my son until he was seven, and I was still able to make a brand new career for myself when I had to go back to work because I was divorced. I have done more than I ever dreamed I could.

If Gerry is right, then why do people desperately want to come to the United States? Our economy is strong, our opportunities are nearly endless.

Gerry, show me another country where the poorest citezens still have television sets, stereos, automobiles and an obesity problem. Show me another country where people can decide to create a business and just do it without all kinds of government interference. Show me another country where home ownership is as common as in the United States. Show me another country where the freedom to worship as one chooses is as free as it is here.

There is no other country with the freedoms we have, with the opportunities we have - where an individual can grow up and do what he or she wants and succeed.

And by the way, I'm well aware of the fact that people from many other countries read my blog and my husband's blog. I may live in Kansas, but I am no rube.

Okay, okay, okay - UPDATE!!

Australia is pretty damn close - but we get to keep more of what we earn here in the USA and we get to have our guns here. I really want to visit Australia some day.

I do NOT want to lose Amanda as a reader - I love her blog!

And I'll have to send her some Ranch dressing.

Posted by Beth at 06:29 AM

January 24, 2005

Aborted Babie's Ashes Buried!

Church Plans to Bury the Ashes of Fetuses From Abortion Clinic

BOULDER, Colo. — A Catholic church plans to bury the ashes of as many as 1,000 aborted fetuses Sunday, raising a storm of protest from those who accuse it of exploiting the pain and grief of women for political purposes.

Anyone who thinks that Catholics are burying babies for political purposes has absolutely no understanding of the Catholic Church. These remains deserve a respectful burial. The Church doesn't even know who the mothers are, so how could they be upset - if those mothers feel guilty, well, they should - they decided to end the life of their babies.

Posted by Beth at 06:32 AM

December 21, 2004

It's Chrismas, silly!

All over the USA, people who claim to be defending our freedom (i.e. the ACLU and many newspapers) are doing their damndest to make Christmas an ex-word. Grumpy people complain to newspapers about calling Christmas Cookies Christmas Cookies. Some businesses ban the words "Merry Christmas" in fear of offending someone.

Well, phooey on all of them! I will say Merry Christmas to the poor schmucks working retail who are forced to say Happy Holidays. I will say Merry Christmas to my coworkers and risk getting written up. I will say Merry Christmas to the UPS guy, the mailman, the guy at the Commissary and the lady at the gas station. I will say Merry Christmas to my friends, my loved ones, my neighbors.

I will bake Christmas Cookies and wrap Christmas presents. I'll put a Yuletide Log on the fire and a Christmas wreath on the door.

My Christmas Tree (not a gifting tree - that is so wrong) has Santas next to Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus.

No anti-Christmas Grinch is going to steel my Christmas!

Most of the folks I know feel pretty much the same way - so in reality, instead of oppressing non-Christians, I think most of us are truly just sharing the joy of the season - it is not a slur against non-Christians if we wish them a Merry Christmas, if anything, it is an act of inclusion by wishing them the Joys of Christmas.

Apparently non-Christians feel 'excluded' from Christmas. Well ... d'uh! They don't believe in Jesus Christ, so they exclude themselves. As a Catholic, I suppose I could say I'm excluded from Ramadan and Kwanza and Hannuka or the Winter Solstice. But that's okay - it is a free fricking country, and we are not all alike. In fact, I think it would be grand if people wished everyone Happy Kwanza, Happy Hannuka or Merry Winter Solstice if that is what they are celebrating. I promise not to be offended. I suspect that Ramadan is not considered a 'happy' holiday, but if someone wished me a Holy Ramadan, I would not be offended either.

I have no objection to public schools banning Christmas songs from programs as long as songs from all other faiths are also banned. So no Kwanza or Eid or Wiccan celebrations in public schools.

And all those town squares? Well, if it's okay to put up a Menorrah, then it ought to okay to put up a Creche. Or perhaps town squares should just stay town squares year round and not put up any decorations at all. I'd prefer they fix the streets, myself.

Anyway, I'm sure you get my point. My readers are smart. And this is no art!

Posted by Beth at 06:30 AM

August 01, 2004

At least one Canadian likes the USA

Here is much of the column that Michael Coren of the Toronto Sun had in yesterday's paper.

God bless America. For leaving half a million men on the battlefields of Africa, Asia and Europe during the Second World War, a conflict the United States could easily have sat out. For effectively forcing Japan to declare war and thus joining the alliance of light against the gang of darkness. God bless America.

For that farm boy from Nebraska who had never even heard of Normandy or Sicily, who wanted so much to walk back from the hill but continued on, the bullets flying over and around him. For his not turning back. For his determination to do his duty and for his dedication to freedom. God bless America.

For being prepared to rip the country apart in a bloody spasm of civil war because, however delayed and reluctant in some quarters, the leaders and people knew that slavery was wrong. For seeing the future dawn when others could only see the enveloping night. God Bless America.

For Lincoln and Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Truman, Kennedy and Franklin, Jefferson and Adams. For Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, Henry James and Scott Fitzgerald, Melville and Whitman. God bless America.

For the legion of Nobel Prizes won with grace, for the medical breakthroughs celebrated with decorum, for the sporting records, the intellectual triumphs, the moral victories, the glory. For embracing "yes" rather than hiding behind "no." God bless America.

For the vibrant pastures and forests, for the mountains and valleys that startle, for the cities and the towns, the highways and back roads. God bless America.

For jazz and pluralism, baseball and religious tolerance, burgers and equality. For inventing and pursuing an ideal that, though not always achieved, is still glorious in the making and pristine in the chasing. God bless America.

For the billions in foreign aid, greater per capita than any other country in the world. For the food, clean water, medicine, machinery given to every continent on Earth. For the Marshall Plan and Marshall Dillon, for Tom Sawyer and Tom Hanks, for New York and for the New Deal. God bless America.

Melting pot

For inviting Irish, Jew, Italian, Pole, German, Hispanic, black, Asian, man and woman, all and every into the highest levels of government. For being the first nation in the world to treat the outsider as a guest rather than a problem. For being a melting pot rather than a melting society. God bless America.

For allowing God and prayer and faith to enter public life and for not running scared of gratitude to the Almighty for all that He has given us. For not lauding the religion of secularism whilst lambasting the religions of the church and synagogue. God bless America.

For being right more often than being wrong. For being the nation that still leads the way in so many ways, still lights the path on so many days. For being you. For being. God bless America.

Thanks ever so much to LGF for the link.

Thank you, Mr. Coren, for your faith in the USA.

Posted by Beth at 08:18 PM

January 04, 2004

Musical tastes

Baldilocks knows what she likes. Baldilocks explains why she likes what she likes. I like several of the artists she mentions, too.

My taste in music is perhaps a little odd. When I was in grade school and early high school (keep in mind I'm 50), I loved the Beatles, The Monkeys, The Turtles, The Temptations, The Supremes, the Mamas and the Papas, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, The Beach Boys and almost anything with good lyrics, good melody and cool harmonizing.

Oddly, in the 60's, I could hear all of these artists on the same AM radio station in St. Louis, KXOK. (I think they are all news now, or all sports). The Top 40 could have what we called 'Soul', Rock and Pop as the 1, 2 and 3 selections.

About the time I was a sophomore or junior in high school, FM radio came into being, and I discovered KSHE (St. Louis, again). But KSHE saw itself as kind of an underground, hippy station, and never played any Motown or Pop at all. It was Album Rock. So, I then got into Led Zeppelin (I don't think you can 'love' Led Zeppelin", you just 'get into them'), Moody Blues (all the groups that used orchestras got a lot of play), Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, Jimi Hendrix (my, I loved Hendrix - I bought every one of his albums), Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Foghat, Iron Butterfly (who could not air-drum Inagodadavita?) The Who, and any other artists worthy of being played on FM.

Looking back, I see a trend in radio - way back when I was a kid, I heard a much more varied selection of music on one station - Pop, Rock, R&B than I can listen to now.

My tastes became more and more narrow as I got older - in college, I listened to our pitiful college station and probably only heard 30 different songs in 4 years (small Jesuit college in Kansas City).

Then, some years later, MTV was invented, and Video did indeed kill the Radio Star. I bet not more than 30 videos were played in a week's time, but at least MTV actually played videos , none of the stupid non-video stuff they produce now.

These days, Radio station formats have become pretty damned narrow. There are Pop, RAP, R&B, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Alternative Rock, Adult Alternative Rock, 80's Rock, 90's Rock, Rock of the Ages (that's a joke), Christian Rock, and so on, ad nauseum. I fully expect that some station somewhere is playing a Beatles only format.

So now, I listen to AM radio in the car - talk stations. While working, I tune into Launchcast. com - I pay for the upgraded version. I can pick the types of music I like, and if it starts to play something I hate, I can ban it forever from my station. Too bad I can't listen to it in the car.

I blame the big radio conglomerates for this lack of musical diversity. They aim for such narrow marketing targets that they have narrowed all of us in our musical tastes.

Posted by Beth at 07:03 AM

December 29, 2003

This is the best week at work!

It's Blue Jeans week! I love being able to get up in the morning and not have to think about what to wear to work. I love it! I love it, I love it! (kicking right leg in air now).

I sang my 'I'm so happy it's blue jeans week' song this morning in the house - you can ask John.

The rest of the year we are nice business casual or sometimes just business.

I love Blue Jeans week!

Posted by Beth at 09:00 AM

November 25, 2003

Take this, Ted Kennedy!

U.S. 3rd-Qtr GDP Grew at 8.2% Rate, Fastest Since '84

"The first wave of the tax cuts President George W. Bush won from Congress hit during the quarter. "

So much for the Democrats denying that a tax cut would help the economy!

Didn't any of them take macro economics in college?

Posted by Beth at 03:01 PM

more on gay marriage

In my earlier post, I said that I was raised completely unaware of homosexuality. I don't want you all to think I had prejudiced parents or anything, you just didn't think much about homosexuality back in the 50s and 60s. I'm 50 years old. Most gay people were well hidden in their closets back then.
It ended up I had several gay cousins (one died of AIDs back in the 80s) and a gay and unfortunately pedophile uncle.
My mom, sister to said uncle, was totally shocked when he came out of the closet - she never had an inkling that Uncle Bud was gay.

Jack of Random Fate seems to think this means that I believe something along the lines of: "I don't think the federal government should be involved, I don't care as long as they don't do it on the street and frighten the horses and children."

I think that is a rather unfair statement, sex is something that people should be doing behind closed doors, no matter what your sexual preference is.

It was not until I went to college, way back in 1971, that I became aware of different sexual preferences.

Just thought I should point this out - I'm older than a lot of you folks, and my upbringing was much more sheltered than kids are today.

Posted by Beth at 06:16 AM

November 23, 2003

gays and marriage

This is such a hard subject to discuss. I was raised totally unaware of homosexuality. I never knew what it was until I was in college. Now, of course, I know quite a few homosexual men and women. Being a libertarian at heart, I don't care what people do behind closed doors, as long as no one is hurt (this knocks out all pedophilia, to my mind).

I had honestly never even considered that homosexual people would want to marry each other - how dumb can I be? The media has always described gay and lesbian people as being rather promiscuous. Obviously wrong.

Now, with one State Supreme Court deciding that the Constitution upholds the idea of gay marriage, I am forced to consider it.

And now, this silly Constitutional Ammendment that people are trying to get going to be sure to ban it forever forces me to speak my mind.

I don't think the federal government should get involved in this - let them worry about war and peace and toting the mail and keeping terrorists off the street.

I think that it's okay for gay/lesbian people to marry each other. For one, they would then be subject to the same tax laws as we hetero-married folks are - and I think that would be a good thing - it might change the politics of those who are far on the left when they find out so much more of their hard-earned money goes to the IRS.

I think that encouraging monogamy is a very good thing, and that universal marriage laws would do that.

I also think that wonderful people like AndrewSullivan should have the same opportunity to legally bind themselves to those they love, as I have.

I have heard too many stories of gay partners now being allowed into hospitals when a dear partner was sick or dying. This would give them those rights.

I know there are a lot of religious arguments against gay marriage, but heck, this is not a religious state. So there.

Posted by Beth at 05:32 PM

November 15, 2003

Ann Coulter has this one right

I don't always like her style, but this article is a keeper: Remove Dennis Kucinich's Feeding Tube!
It is about Terri Schiavo's situation. I agree with Ann completely - even to her last line.

Please note world, I do not ever want my feeding tube removed!

Posted by Beth at 09:00 AM

November 07, 2003

Misha speaks the truth

The Great Emperor Misha demonstrates his genius here:The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: The Baby Killers Are At It Already.
Go read it. He is exactly correct. All hail Misha.

Posted by Beth at 06:34 AM

October 19, 2003

On Supporting President Bush

Mrs. du Toit has a fine essay on why it is better to vote for Bush in the 2004 elections than to vote for a third party candidate or not vote for president at all.

I have to agree. There are some things that Bush has done or has not done that drive me bonkers, but on the whole, he has done better than any Democrat would have with foreign policy.

I think Bush should fire those in the Cabinet who are dragging their feet when it comes to Homeland Security. I think he ought to fire Rummy, personally, though John of Argghhh! will disagree with me. (and he is way to smart for me to attempt to argue with him, I like cuddling at night!).

Anyway, I will vote for President Bush, and I may very well even give the campaign money.
Mrs. du Toit says it all so much better than I could.

Posted by Beth at 08:23 PM

October 14, 2003

Just when I think it is the most boring day ever

along comes LeeAnn and makes me laugh so hard that margarita juice comes out of my nose! The Cheese Stands Alone: Won't You Be My Neighbor?.

I am so totally awed by those who blog - LeeAnn make me laugh so hard I have to go pee.

DaGoddess can make me cry - especially, her recent Memory Lane.

I can get oh so easily pissed off at AcidMan (because I really like Sam and I think that Rob is unreasonable in his judgements of her childhood - but at the same time I can just as easily think he is the funniest guy on earth with the most interesting sex tips.

Then there is Beth Mauldin, who has so many things in common with me it's scary - both our moms named us Beth after the Beth in Little Women, for example, and there is more.

It is a thrill for me when Kim Du Toit replies to a comment with a personal email, and my day is not complete until I read Lileks, Joanne Jacobs, Andrew Sullivan and others each morning.

And then, there are my other personal favorites - Jennifer Martinez's blog, A collection of thoughts, DC at Brainstorming, who I also read daily.

Oh, and A Small Victory - who has the coolest looking blog ever...
and Boots and Sabers, who helped get John and I onto MT - damn, you are awesome.

and I could go on, and I'll make those I have not mentioned pissed off at me - but the whole point is this - you all have a lot to say, and you say it well, and you touch people, and I love being a part of it all. Even though I don't have the time to be as prolific as most of you.

And - to those of you who read and comment, but don't write - heck, go start a blog on blogspot, if you care enough to make comments, then write what you want for all to see.

ok, the end.

Posted by Beth at 09:00 PM

October 13, 2003

Why I love Lileks

(naturally, not in the same way I love John of Argghhh!)
If you missed The Bleat today, go read it.
Naturally, read about Gnat, his day, the weather, but more importantly, read the screed below.

He says exactly what I would say if I had anything near his talent.

Posted by Beth at 09:59 PM

October 12, 2003

Life, the Universe and Everything ...


The United Nations created Israel. Here are people who have been terrorized for centuries, and finally, they had a chance to live in peace. And now, this population of 'Palestinians', who are not welcome to live in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, etc., are suddenly due some kind of homeland?

I'm sorry, but the Muslim countries have been little more than tribal entities for centuries.

The boundaries of their countries were determined by the Brits, the French and the Italians. They are all completely artificial boundaries. They are completely artificial countries.

Don't forget, Islamic States, (Islam being 'a religion of peace'(I'm sorry, President Bush - get real - they are evil incarnate)) attacked Israel in '48, '56, '67 and '73.

The so-called 'occupied lands' were taken by Israel in 1967 - after 5, yes, 5 Arab countries attacked them. Syria and Iraq led the invasion, followed by Lebanon, 'Transjordan' and Egypt.

Israel beat them in 6 days. And they took land from those countries -
as all conquering countries have taken land since the dawn of man.

To my mind, Israel earned that land. They need that land as some kind of buffer between them and the incredibly evil, stupid, arrogant Muslim tribesmen who want to obliterate Israel.

The so-called Palestinian people, are not Palestinian at all but Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanians, etc.

Israel gives their Muslim citizens rights that -
funny - the Islamic countries would never give to Jews or Christians.

In Israel, Muslims can be citizens, they can practive thier religion, they can work, they don't have to obey Jewish law.

As I am sure everyone knows, the Islamic 'countries' force Islamic law on anyone living there or even visiting there. Sharia, they call it - I call it the work of the devil.

Women are stoned to death if they 'commit adultery' - mind you - adultery includes being raped.

I believe that the entire mess is due to the arrogant, misoginist Islamic mind - they want to take over the world and force everyone to worship as they do.

I'm not sure when and why the US decided to recognize the 'palestinians' as a people - they aren't. Our allegiance should be always with Israel. (mind you, I'm Catholic! )

World War II uncovered the European hatred for Jews. These people were persecuted more than any other people for hundreds of years - sadly, first by Christians, and now by Muslems.

At least Christianity has grown up. Well, mostly anyway.

The Jews deserve peace and a homeland - Europe didn't want them. Israel does not deserve car bombs and people bombs and invasions by artificial countries.

The Muslim 'countries' are all artificial constructs. Personally, if they all want to live in the fricking dark ages, let us help them.

Without Western civilization, these idiots would have no electricity, no highways, no buildings - they would still all be living in tents.

They hate Western Civilization - I say, fine, let's take away from them all they got from us.

Let them go back to desert tent living.

And their oil - heck, they never discovered it, they don't know how to get it out, they don't know how to refine it - if it was not for Western Civilization, they would have no wealth whatsoever.

Oh, I could go on for days
Thanks to Jennifer at A Collection of Thoughts for inspiring my ire - keep up the great work, Jen!

Posted by Beth at 08:16 PM