Archive for July, 2013

RIP Billy Thrift

Long-time family friend in Folkston, Georgia, passed away from cancer yesterday. I’ll be involved in funeral activities for the next few days.

He was a force for good that will be greatly missed.

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I HATE Vomit.

I made dinner for the kids tonight, homemade pizza. The kids usually LOVE pizza. Not so much tonight.

“I feel sick, MeeMaw!” Dylan complained. “My tummy hurts!”

“Well, maybe you’re hungry! Eat some pizza!”

He started crying, tears falling down his cheeks. “No, MeeMaw, I feel like I’m going to throw up! I just want some plain milk and to lay down.”

Jacob, meanwhile, was just sitting there staring at his pizza.

“Jacob, what’s wrong?”

“I think I’m going to throw up.”

“Well, go to the bathroom to throw up! Do NOT throw up on the table!” I ordered. As he went into the hallway, I yelled “AND BE SURE TO LIFT THE TOILET…. (loud retching noises) *sigh*….seat.”

I went into the bathroom. The toilet seat was covered with chunks. Jacob closed the lid onto the chunky toilet seat. “I’m going to go lay down, now, Meemaw!” he told me.

“Not so fast, slick. You gots some cleanin’ to do first. Here’s the Lysol and some paper towels. Clean that seat and that lid.” Cleaning sounds from bathroom. “And when you finish, put the paper towels in the trash. Do NOT flush… *sounds of flushing, along with an ‘oops’* *sigh* the paper towels down the toilet.”

“Ummmmm…” said Jacob. “Yeah, I know, you accidentally flushed the towels, right?”

“Yeah.” We both stared at the toilet for awhile. Jacob was all pale greenish under his tan.

“Do you need to lie down?”

“Yes. I still don’t feel good.”

After another massive vomiting episode, I called their Mommy at work.

“Hey, uh, what did they have for lunch today?”

“Oh, man, I’ve been chewing ice chips to keep from throwing up all evening. I thought it was just me since you hadn’t called yet.”

It’s nearly 1 a.m., and I’m watching them sleep. I’m afraid if I go to sleep, there will be episodes of projectile vomiting all over, but I’m afraid I’m just going to have to chance it.

Update: Yep. It’s 1:10 a.m., and I’ve just had to change the sheets because Jacob vomited in his sleep.

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Wireless Problems…

We’re experiencing some technical difficulties in that our wireless router is on its last leg. It still tries to hop around, but has to take frequent rest breaks to gasp and wheeze. We’re going to try to replace it with a router whose warranty and technical assistance has expired (we bought it and put it on a shelf because those things seem to decide to go out at the worst possible times).

My technical skills ain’t all that, and I have a tendency to dash electronic equipment to death out of frustration. Hopefully SwampMan, being of a more phlegmatic temperment, will do the install. If said router does not work, the site will probably be down for @ four to six weeks until we go about replacing it because everything electronic decided to crap out at once around here!

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Happy Fourth of July

I’m spending the fourth thinking about how badly the present government has violated many portions of the bill of rights. Seems to me that that should make it (Federal government) invalid.

The Bill of Rights – Full Text

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

I am shocked and outraged at the separate ‘governments’ being run in America from which there is no protection under the law: The IRS, the EPA, the FDA, the HHS, the DOE, the NSA, the Do”J”, et al. These are being used to financially crush citizens who question how these agencies are operating, who have the temerity to believe that they have individual rights under the constitution, and who are protesting the seizure of their assets under false premises.

If you’ve had your assets wrongfully seized by the IRS , if you’ve lost your job, your property or your business due to environmental bullshit from the EPA, if you’ve been downsized due to ObamaCare, if you can no longer stay in business due to the onerous costs of following regulation or been fined out of business because you can’t afford to stay on top of same, where’s the outrage?

You cannot type an email without government agencies reading it before the recipient. Where’s the outrage? You can’t make a phone call without it being listened to by government-employed dweebs. *sigh* And, most importantly, how do you know that your elected or appointed representatives aren’t being blackmailed due to (illegal) gathering of material? WHY have elected officials made some inexplicable calls on obviously unconstitutional items? Can any representative be trusted? Even if they’re squeaky clean, what about their spouses, parents, siblings, or children?

We have it on record that the IRS and various other government agencies working in tandem illegally interfered with conservative group. People’s ‘private’ information was made public in an effort to deter people from being politically active. Then there’s the issue of punitive audits that cost people tens of thousands of dollars to defend. Outrage? Anybody?

The Department of Justice is too busy gun running to the drug cartels and spying on Foxnews journalists to investigate voting fraud and wrongdoing by administration members. Outrage?

Hell, there are so many more egregious examples of state and individual rights being trampled by the government that, were I to enumerate them all, I’d easily be here the rest of the year. It is a long and sickening list.

This July 4, I’d like to ask all of you to ponder on whether you are a subject of the government, or whether the government should be subject to you.

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I Must Be Psychic For I Can Foresee a Nap in Zoe’s Future

Zoe told me her monkey was hungry. Her bear was hungry. Her mommy duck was hungry. I think you get the drift. She presented every single stuffed animal in the house to me individually and proclaimed their hunger. She put chairs around the kid table in the kitchen to accomodate said stuffed animals. She cried because the stuffed animals had to share chairs, for MeeMaw’s house is not large enough to accomodate 30 chairs in the kitchen. My bad.

Okay, what do all these babies want for lunch? They want butter sandwiches. Not peanut butter. Just plain old butter. There is no reasoning with 2-year-old children about vegetables, protein, and a balanced diet. *sigh* It was either butter sandwiches or a hissy fit. I checked the bread supply. There was one piece left. I cut it in half and made a butter sandwich.

“Mommy duck hungy. Monkey hungy!” she declared angrily.

“Fine. They can eat pretend sandwiches.”

“NO! Monkey want butter!”

“MeeMaw is NOT making 30 butter sandwiches.”

Zoe threw herself on the floor and sobbed angrily declaring “I sad!”

“Zoe is sleepy. Zoe needs a nap.”

“NO! Zoe DEAD!” and Zoe laid silently on the floor.

“Well, if Zoe is dead, I’ll throw the butter sandwich in the trash.”

“NO!” Angry stomp into kitchen. I get the Angry Glare. Then the sandwich is eaten, she drinks her chocolate milk, and her disposition improves.

“MeeMaw, I want Fwug!” she whispers, smiling sweetly.

“Say that again, sweetie?”

“MeeMaw, I want Fwug, pwease.”

“You want frog?”

“Yes! Fwug!” She is quite excited that this MeeMaw adult can understand simple words.

“You want your toy frog?” She has several at home, none at MeeMaw’s.

“NO! I want FWUG!” she threw herself on the carpet sobbing in frustration, no doubt due to the reflection that she was related to somebody so stupid.

The light dawns. “You want LEAPfrog?”

“YES fwug!”

“Okay, let me search Netflix.”

“L”, I say out loud as I type it in.

“E” she says to me before I finish typing in the “L”.

“Yes, ‘E’ comes next!” I tell her.

“A”, she prompts me.

“Right, A!” I confirm, looking at her uneasily. Kid is starting to worry me.

Maybe I’m the one that needs a nap.

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