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Happy Thanksgiving! OK, so it's *cough* *cough* a little belated. I had to keep up the cartoon tradition. For cartoons from year's past:
Momma made a dozen soccer ball cupcakes, with some helpful hints from Aunt Donelda, for Drew to take to school to celebrate his birthday. Drew's teacher said the cupcakes were the class's favorite snack this year. It was the only snack that every student ate completely. Afterward, Drew said the cupcakes were dee-licious!
Aunt Donelda's visit for Drew's birthday came to an end today. You can tell from this picture right before bed time that Drew and Will really enjoyed having their Chicago Aunt come visit.
Today, we all went with Aunt Donelda to Chuck E. Cheese's to play games.
Drew was a champion Johnny Apple Speed player while Will offered encouragement.
Both Drew and Will enjoyed playing air hockey. Drew took advantage of Will's easy distractibility to win two games in a row.
Will's favorite game was the space alien trackball race.
Drew celebrated his fifth birthday today.
Drew had no problem blowing out his five candles.
Momma made another great cake, this year chocolate icing on chocolate cake in the shape of a "5."
Will was amazingly well behaved considering everything was all about Drew today. Drew was really sweet and let Will help him open some of his gifts.
Anything and everythign Star Wars is always a big hit...pants not so much.
The best was saved for last when Drew opened up a spring loaded, light up lightsaber with real lightsaber sounds!
Thanks to everyone near and far who helped make Drew's birthday special. (In all the excitement and commotion we, again, failed to get a group picture, so thanks to Ma, Pa, Uncle David and Aunt Donelda who flew in from Chicago to be with Drew today.)
Mary made Drew's birthday cake this week. Will and Drew were, of course, on hand to help with the process. Here they are being rewarded, Will with the spatula and Drew with the mixer beater.
First and foremost, let me take a moment to differentiate myself from the lunacy the far left has demonstrated the last eight years and state clearly and unequivocally that I wish President-Elect Barack Obama all the best. I hope and pray he has a four year term that is successful far beyond anyone's wildest dreams. I wish him and his family good fortune, good health and good luck. Come January 20, 2009, he will be my president and he will have my fullest support. I won't threaten to leave the country or, worse, threaten and then not follow through. I won't call for impeachment when there exist no constitutional grounds. I won't call him a liar for simply being wrong. Let nothing I write in the next four years contradict this statement. May God bless and watch over Barack Obama, his family and his administration.
With that said, Drew voted in pre-school on Tuesday.
Looks like my four year-old has more sense than 64 million Americans.
This is the "state" election results that every media outlet shows...and rightly so, since it determines electoral votes.
The is the "county" election results that no media outlet will show. Sure you can make the argument that it is distorted in favor of land mass at the expense of population centers. But, it is still is very interesting and certainly informative, enough so one might think to make the news. But, I've never seen it on television, only on the internet. Over the years I've spoken to some television only people who don't use the internet and they've never seen it shown on television either. I wonder if it showed an image favoring the Democrats if this would be different?
I heard some BO supporter say that BO won in a landslide. A little wishful thinking combined with a heaping of ignorance of history (which might help explain the support for BO). The above is President Ronald Reagan's 1984 election map (525 electoral votes to 13, nearly 60% of the popular vote to 40%. THAT is a landslide!
Here is Oklahoma's 2008 presidential voting by county. Oklahoma is the only state where every county went for McCain. Alaska has no counties, but all of its boroughs went for McCain/Palin too. But, even Alaska couldn't match Oklahoma's, highest state win for McCain, 64% to 34%. There's a reason I live in Oklahoma. God bless the Sooner State!
More Intemperate Thoughts:
This election really exemplifies the Oprahfication of America. The placing of emotions above logical thought. Never before have so many supporters of a candidate been so unable to articulate any rational reason for their choice. Interview after interview, BO supporters admitted to voting for him based on how he made them feel. That's never a wise thing on which to base a decision, any decision, let alone one as important, far reaching and complicated as choosing the leader of the free world.
Brian Williams led off his new cast tonight saying that BO was elected "despite being black." I really wish we could get away from the whole race thing. But, if it's going to be brought up, don't commit one of the worst sins there is, rewriting history. BO was not elected despite his race, he was elected because of it. Whether that's a good thing or not, this is a fact. Unless you believe a white, radically liberal, first term senator, with absolutely no accomplishments to point to, who attended a radical white racist church for twenty years and had loose ties to radical terrorists, would have beaten Hillary and then McCain...if you honestly believe that, then sure BO was elected "despite" his race.
I saw floating around the internet a photo of a bunch of babies of all different ethnic persuasions with a caption of something to the effect that now, finally, with the election of BO any of them can grow up to be president. This perfectly exemplifies the superficial thinking of the left. BO is 47, he was born in 1961 during the middle of the American civil rights movement the same year the Freedom Rides began. Accordingly, to be accurate, a group of babies from 1961 could have been used in the photo, because as BO has shown, any baby from 1961 could have grown up to be president. But, when does accuracy override feelings for liberals, after all it "feels" like only now can any baby grow up to be president.
I sure hope somebody tracks down Peggy Joseph in four years. She's the one who declared at a BO rally: "I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage. If I help him, he's going to help me." Either BO is going to bankrupt our country or there are going to be a whole lot of disappointed Peggy Josephs. I predict the following phrase will be popular in four years, "He ain't done nothing for us."
Speaking of disappointing supporters, did you hear BO start to explain away his future failures with this line from his victory speech: "We may not get there in one year or even one term." That's got to be some kind of record, going back on your promises in your victory speech. Why didn't he say this the night before the elections that he won't be able to do everything he promised?
Watch for the media's continued attempt to Dan Quayle Sarah Palin. The only reason the right got excited about voting for the Republican ticket was Palin. She is awesome! And, she terrifies the left. Smart, beautiful, a record of fighting corruption in both parties, a staunch conservative, knows how to handle a firearm and isn't afraid to use it and, horrors of horrors, she didn't murder her baby even though she knew it was a special needs child. The left is terrified of Sarah Palin and they will do anything and say anything to knock her down. Look for the continued full onslaught by the left and its lackey the mainstream media.
To anyone who may for the first time in their adult life be proud of our country, I say to you, you are not a patriot. You are nothing but a fair weather fan who doesn't deserve to enjoy the amazing freedoms and opportunities our nation has to offer. The Founding Fathers created a nation far greater and stronger than any one leader. If your pride and patriotism ebbs and flows with the political winds, you are simply ignorant and well deserving of the emotional morass that will come with future elections.
I hope I live to see the day when it is just as vile and disgusting to vote for a black man because of the color of his skin as it is to vote for a white man because of the color of his skin.
Hopefully, this will be the end of race discussions for me...what a stupid topic. But, I reserve the right to respond when others dredge up the subject.
Tomorrow is the big day. Here are some simple irrefutable facts and opinions to ponder (*warning touchy subjects below*):
* If you take race into consideration in making your vote, you are a racist. Here are the exceptions to this rule: none. If you can somehow rationalize why, in some instances, for some people, voting for or against someone partially or wholly because of the color of their skin is acceptable...then you are one screwed up individual.
* There is no limit to the amount of destruction that can be done by people whose lives are governed by their desires and passions rather than by logic and reason.
* If you want other people's money, you are a bad person. It's that simple. I wonder if we as a nation have tipped from a people wanting to be free from government tyranny to a people wanting something free from the government.
* If in response to something you perceive as a problem, your first thought is that the federal government needs to do something about it, you may be beyond help.
* If you want to get rid of the electoral college, then maybe you think you live in the country of America and not the United States of America. Brush up on your history and learn about how our nation was formed and exactly what it means to be the United States. And, if along the way, you somehow get the inkling that states' rights has something to do with racism, then get yourself some other sources because you're being bamboozled.
* If you think that avoiding an itsy, bitsy, imposition on someone such as getting a government issued photo ID and showing it when you vote is more important than the integrity of that vote, then I don't think you are an idiot, I just think you're lying and immoral because you know very well there is voter fraud but you're alright with it because it is helping your party/candidates.
* If both candidates had been in a box since before we knew they were running for office and all we had to go on was typed transcripts of their speeches and typed answers to questions and we knew nothing of their physical characteristics, whether they were male or female, young or old, good looking or ugly...and, if this would cause your vote to change, then you are an idiot and, also, see the first point above.
An observation; there appears to be a significant segment of the white population that "feels good" about voting for a black man simply because he's black, that somehow it relieves them of their collective white guilt and affirms the fact that they are a "good person" since, after all, they voted for a black man. What more proof could you want? Just one problem, you are voting for someone because of the color of their skin and against someone because of the color of their skin...there is a definition for this type of behavior, see the first point above. Not until you vote for a black person, solely because of that person's experience, qualifications and love of this country, can you feel good about voting for a black person. Until such time you are part of the problem, people taking race into consideration when making decisions...and that often leads to very bad and unanticipated (at least by you) results.
Finally, here's how stupid I am. If BO is so great, why don't whites get to claim him as one of our own...he's half white right? Why does he get to be a "black" guy...if he's equally white? Is it not a little bit weird that EVERYONE include BO himself all just agree that he's black simply because he "looks" that way.
It cracks me up, liberals (and any sane person) hate people that "inappropriately" consider race, but liberals also hate people that want to totally ignore race (me). Liberals, because they are smarter, pure of heart and moral to their core, want the sole ability to take race into consideration whenever and however they deem it necessary and appropriate...I just threw up a little in my mouth. I fear that is nothing compared to the stomach wrenching I'll be doing tomorrow night.
Does anybody care that they are about to elect an inexperienced, naive, arrogant, socialist, with absolutely no accomplishment to his name and who every enemy of our nation, enemy of freedom and enemy of democracy wants to be the next president?
I will derive no pleasure in telling you, "I told you so," over the next four years.