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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of blogging and I bid you adieu!
I will change UtR's Intro Page on the 13th of every month. (**except for holidays**)

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I've a wagon load of opinions on nearly every subject and I seem to gather enough steam occasionally to instigate a debate if the subject stirs me.

I have super-low tolerance for stupidity, child, senior and animal abusers, smelly old men who come on to any female and last but certainly not least, Criminal Politicians. *Smirk*

I am a Christian, NOT perfected by any stretch.

Come on in, read, agree, disagree or just shake your head, I welcome your thoughts, all peoples, all nations, always. *Bigsmile*

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December 2, 2009 at 12:26pm
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“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” -- Mark Twain

November 27, 2009 at 5:10pm
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Subject: Fwd: FW: Grim Reaper (from Nevada)
To: VOTE:ObamaDramaOverIn2012:D
Date: Monday, November 23, 2009, 7:10 PM

Subject: Grim Reaper

Dear Mr. Grim Reaper,

So far this year you have taken away my personal favorite dancer and entertainer Michael Jackson, a favorite actor Patrick Swayze, and favorite actress Farrah Fawcett, and my favorite singer Stephen Gatelly Boyzone.(***Question***)

Just so you know, my favorite politician is Barack Obama.

Thank you,

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I'm afraid what started out so much fun Wednesday night, with my ex-husband playin' '60s music while we prepared some TG dishes, turned into an intestinal attack that lasted 24+ agonizing hours *Exclaim*

I was dancing around acting' silly, singing with my air mike. The prepping is less
boring when music is playing and you're in a silly mood. I had been working
since 10:00am/ish, not drinking water or anything for that matter, had not eaten either
and at 11:00 pm ish my back revolted along with my disorder which I tried to keep in the confines of excessive gas, but NO, after three solid hours of no sleep, trying to
will away the inevitable attack, I started the violent vomiting. It was downhill from
there. *Frown*

Tom was so GOOD. Thursday he answered all phone calls and knocks at the door. He fixed and took Tam's plate to her and I had to hear about how good it all was. The smell nauseated me so he finished all the stuff I started Wed. nite.

It's all over but the soreness now and the promise to myself that I have to lose
this weight or realistically reap the consequences, which ain't good in my case.

Casey's friend Chase came today and visited with us for a coupla hours, brought in his new 12-string guitar and played for us. He's renting a studio downtown with 3 other guys and he's found the world of recording now and is deeply fascinated with it. I sent him home with a food pack for him and his girl.

Patrick called TG Day, neighbors all called and offered prayers for my speedy recovery. I never realized how my neighbors care about my state-of-being, it WAS warm and fuzzy. *Delight* A gay couple we've known for years, Frank and Ray called to wish their TG sentiments, received a TG Day card from my pen-pal in Del Valle, Texas, so all in all, it was a GOOD holiday in spite of my stupidity. *Thumbsup*

I plan to eat the fruit of our labor tonight for the first time. We've been dishing it out, so I want to get a plate before it totally disappears. *Laugh*

Another compliment-laden, quick, non-cook, salad/dessert.

My Mom called it 5-cup salad so she could remember all the ingredients. I have since seen it in print and called Honeymoon Salad. I always double it so there's enough, cause once your guests get a taste of it, they'll be going back and showing no shame as they scrape down the sides of the bowl. *Bigsmile*

Doubled: Fruit drained

2 c. /pint sour cream
2 c. crushed pineapple or tidbits
2 c. mandarin oranges
2 c. miniature marshmallows cut in half (I know, but it's worth it *Laugh*)
2 c. sweetened coconut

Throw all ingredients in bowl, mix well, cover and refrigerate. Stir well before serving. The halved marshmallows and the coconut absorb the fruit moisture and sweeten it beautifully.

You'll be glad you served this winner! *Delight*

Think I've talked myself into some rite now. *Wink*

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November 22, 2009 at 1:43pm
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Subject: Truth . . . from a man the media has never been able to throw dirt on . . amazing!!
Date: 11/19/09 - A Nevada email forward:


Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation


"Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics . . . we have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"

<<< <<< < *Reading* > >>> >>>

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program. "The Rest of the Story," before he died and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God . . ."

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It's worth a try!)

"One Nation Under God . . . " *Delight*

Subject: FW: My New Truck (Email forward from Nevada)

I bought a new Ford Ranger and returned to the dealer yesterday because I couldn't get the radio to work.
The salesman explained that the radio was voice activated.

'Nelson,' the salesman said to the radio.

The radio replied, 'Ricky or Willie?'

'Willie!' he continued and 'On The Road Again' came from the speakers.

Then he said, 'Ray Charles!', and in an instant 'Georgia On My Mind' replaced Willie Nelson. I drove away happy, and for the next few days, every time I'd say, 'Beethoven,' I'd get beautiful classical music, and if I said, 'Beatles,' I'd get one of their awesome songs.

Yesterday, some guy ran a red light and nearly creamed my new truck, but I swerved in time to avoid him.

I yelled, 'Ass Hole!'

Immediately the radio responded with;
"Ladies and Gentlemen, The President of The United States"

Damn, I love this truck . . .

*Laugh* AND *Laugh* AND *Laugh*

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November 17, 2009 at 3:26pm
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Nancy Pelosi was touring the countryside in a chauffeur-driven car.

Suddenly, a cow jumps out into the road, they hit it full on, and the car comes to a stop. Nancy, in her usual charming manner, says to the chauffeur: 'You get out and check - you were driving.'

The chauffeur gets out, checks and reports that the animal is dead but it was old.

'You were driving; go and tell the farmer,' ordered Nancy.

Two hours later the chauffeur returns totally plastered, hair ruffled with a big grin on his face.

'My goodness, what happened to you?' asks confused Nancy.

The chauffeur replies: 'When I got there, the farmer opened his best bottle of Scotch whiskey, the wife cooked me a great meal and the daughter made love to me.'

'What on earth did you say?' asks the bewildered Nancy.

'I just knocked on the door and when answered, I said to them: 'I'm Nancy Pelosi's chauffeur and I've just killed the old cow.'

I'd despise being as popular as she is! *Smile*

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From a Nevada email forward:

They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

>>> >>> >>> > *Reading* < <<< <<< <<<

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.


The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.'
The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'


Ladies, don't forget the Rummage Sale. . .
It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.
Bring your husbands. (**you KNOW this was a HIT *Laugh***)


Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. IN our community, D.A. not OF *Rolleyes*
Smile at someone who is hard to love.
Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.


Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help . . . Naw, this didn't pass the proofreaders, did it? *Laugh*


Miss Charlene Mason sang, 'I will not pass this way again,'
giving obvious pleasure to all in the congregation. Oh yeah! *Delight*


For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
This is TOO funny - *Laugh**Laugh*


Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.


Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.


A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. I KNOW that's right *Wink*


The evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice. A lesson on how to slip a comment into the text


Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.


Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. I think this is referred to as "dark humor".


Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered. All together now, "Tee hee hee".


The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. Church office ladies must have other things on their mind.


Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow. Think I'll go with the meditation group. *Wink*


The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.


This evening at 7 PM there will be a Hymn Worship in the park across from the Church; Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin. Awww yes, more of the good stuff. *Bigsmile*


Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B S. is done. Can't make this stuff up! *Laugh*


Pastor would appreciate the Ladies of the congregation lending him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday. . . . and charge admission! *Cool*


Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.
Please use the back door. Okey-dokey then.


Our eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.


Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
How could they? *Confused* Fire the proofreader! *Shock*


The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday:

"I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours."

Hmmm . . . wait for it, . . .

WAIT, just a sec *Exclaim*

I suppose that's why he's the Ass. Minister . . .

I could NOT resist *Smirk*, it was a ripe *chair-reeeeeee! *Laugh*ING without breathing.

*cherry, Southern Style!

Pass these around your office, neighborhood or family reunions. You'll provoke a bunch of giggles and guffaws.

November 16, 2009 at 12:33am
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What's the difference between the Houston Zoo and the White House?

The Zoo has an African Lion. . .

The White House has a Lyin' African . . . you can laugh, I won't tell.
November 15, 2009 at 7:20pm
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I pray that someone on Obama's Foreign Protocol Committee would give him a head's up that bowing is not done by;

The President of the United States of America

Why is he doing that? Think someone told him to bow to the Emperor of Japan? If he's on his own bowing, where does he believe that will get him? Does the thought ever cross his mind that Americans abhor this act?

Is this an Islamic behavior? Showing submission by bowing? *Smirk* Irks me good. So yes, it does bother me that I don't understand the purpose/reason for praying for our elected leaders. I guess others, on a different Christian level than myself, will have to approach His throne, I just can't.

I like my President patriotic, strong and fair-minded, intelligent, educated, empathetic, morally upright (**no murders, prostitutes or ill-gotten gains**), physically tall, robust with an appealing music-box. That's it. *Bigsmile*

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November 12, 2009 at 1:48pm
November 12, 2009 at 1:48pm
CRAP --- I keep doing that! *Blush* So sorry Readers. Funny how even when I miss a day's entry, my stats tell me, people are still *Reading*. Kewl.

*Balloon* * *Balloon* * *Balloon* * *Cool* T H A N K *Delight* Y O U *Cool* * *Balloon* * *Balloon* * *Balloon*

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Hope this works; 4.5 blog lines tall. *Worry*


Comes out to just one line when transformed on the page entry. Strange?

Wish someone would comment on the question posed regarding "Invalid Entry

#13 / 4th *Bullet*. I remain *Confused* by the language.

I don't believe this could be Googled. *Pthb*

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Yesterday afternoon was GB's first day back from emergency surgery. He brought up a topic that I had noticed a week ago, when the massacre happened, but no one and I mean NO ONE had mentioned it until Glenn did. I was surprised he did, but glad he did, because it validated my thoughts on this President that I do not like at all. Rephrase: I don't believe he's qualified plus he's too radical for most Americans now *Rolleyes*,
(**perfect time for "I told ya' so" but I'll refrain *Smirk***) and we're all, across the political spectrum, seeing and hearing what this man really thinks.

Hip-hop Barack had to give a coupla' shout outs and a monologue on Native American reparations before he ever mentioned the massacre at Ft. Hood. Even then, as Glenn said, the mention of it came on the tail end of another sentence.

What? *Shock**Angry**Shock* Where's the Commander-in-Chief's slick, smooth-oratory reassurances that even though this happened on his watch that all order would be, or has been restored?

His response was very revealing to me - the longer he spoke I kept thinking WHEN is he going to address Ft. Hood? He kept talking, I kept wondering. He kept ON talking, yeah, just like Glenn said, there was a gut feeling to his lack of response that bothered me the most. True colors are emerging. *Smirk* I KNEW they would, like Nanny used to say, "your sins will find you out girlie! Sure 'nuff they will."

That old lady scared the sheet out of me during my childhood, but I've discovered that she was right about a lot of stuff. *Thumbsup* Shame she was so witchy.

Projects covering my bed-top, always prioritizing and reducing the stack.

Tonight is Esther Night and I haven't done my homework again.

Hallelujah for His Mercy! *Delight*

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November 11, 2009 at 10:38am
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Check out my "Invalid Item Veterans Day Prompt for The Writer's Cramp contest.

Came home from Bible Study and found this in my mailbox - "Invalid Post"  

Ask me if I was surprised. *Delight* Sure made me happy *Wink*
I reeled it in with five other contestants competing.

Oh Happy Day! *Bigsmile*
November 10, 2009 at 3:32pm
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Here it is: I finally got it all in one place; came in a GB newsletter;

August 21, 2009 - 5:26 ET

As of July 20, 2009:

List of Obama's Czars

• The Brainroom counts 32 czars in the Obama administration, based on media reports from reputable sources that have identified the official in question as a czar.
• In addition, President Obama has said that he will create the position of cyber czar, and there have been media reports that there could be a health insurance czar and a copyright czar. When and if those positions are filled, that would bring the total to 35.
• Since czar isn't an official job title, the number is somewhat in the eye of the beholder.

NOTE: positions that also existed under previous administrations are indicated with an *.

1. Afghanistan Czar - Richard Holbrooke

Title: Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Appointed: January 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: State

• Will work with CENTCOM head Gen. David Petraeus to integrate U.S. civilian and military efforts in the region.
• 45 years of experience have made him a fixture of the Democrats' foreign policy establishment.
• Was U.S. ambassador to U.N., 1999-2001
• Brokered the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia
• Also served as Assistant secretary of state, East Asia and the Pacific (1976 to 1980); worked in foreign service (1962 to 1976)
• From 1972 through 1976, was the editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

2. AIDS Czar * - Jeffrey Crowley

Title: Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
Salary: $102,000
Reports to: President Obama (as part of the Executive Office of the President’s Domestic Policy Council)
Appointed: February 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Health and Human Services

• Coordinates HIV/AIDS policy domestically and internationally.
• Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center. Wow, sounds impressive.
• Was Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of People with AIDS Sounds noble as well.
• Has Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
How did this guy get in? Sounds good and solid. What happened? Fall thru a crack?

3. Auto Recovery Czar - Ed Montgomery

Title: Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Larry Summers, the president's top economic adviser, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
Appointed: March 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Labor

• Will work to leverage government resources to support the workers, communities and regions that rely on the American auto industry.
• Was Deputy Secretary and Chief Economist at the Labor Department (1997 to 1998)
• Is Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland (2003 to present) Wants to totally automate mankind into manufacturing automatons.
• Has PhD in economics from Harvard
• In 2008, made $1,200 in political donations, all of which went to Obama’s presidential campaign.
Wife is the granddaughter of a General Motors worker from Portland, Mich. That must mean something in Michigan, don't here in Texas.
• Drives a 2000 Lincoln now that does appeal to me somewhat.

4. Border Czar * - Alan Bersin

Title: Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Appointed: April 2009
Agencies that might have handled similar issues: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

• Will coordinate all of the department's border security and law-enforcement efforts.
• Essentially had the same job under President Clinton; served as Attorney General Janet Reno's special representative on border issues, a job that he held while retaining the position of U.S. attorney for San Diego.
• This time, boss will be Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who will expect him to handle illegal immigration and drug violence issues along the Mexican-American border Get ready boys and girls, border states in particular, duh! There's coming a flood of not just Mexicans but Central Americans in general!
• Previous experience: Chairman of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority (2006 to 2009); Secretary of Education for California (2005 to 2006); Superintendent of San Diego Public Schools (1998 to 2005); U.S. Attorney for San Diego (1993 to 1998)
• Graduate of Harvard and Yale Law School
• Talking about border security shortly before he was named Clinton border czar in 1995, said he wanted to focus on suspected smugglers of both drugs and people and was not interested in prosecuting “economic migrants.” Makes those who did it legally, . . . *Angry*.
• Often tied to the 1994 border policy called “Operation Gatekeeper.” The policy shifted the U.S. focus from the arresting of immigrants who actually crossed the border to an increased border presence designed to stop border crossing in the first place. When Bersin left the position in 1998, border arrests were on pace for an 18-year low of just more than 200,000. Latino groups complained that Operation Gatekeeper was immoral, saying the program monitored the border near San Diego but simply forced illegal immigrants to other, more dangerous areas.
• Has given more than $50,000 to political campaigns since 1999, almost all of it to Democrats.

5. California Water Czar - David J. Hayes Other states need a water czar? I dunno', just askin'.

Title: Deputy Interior Secretary
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Appointed: June 2009
Confirmed by Senate (as Deputy Interior Security): May 20, 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Interior

• Charged with coordinating federal agencies to ease California's water shortage
• Graduate of Stanford Law School; clerked for U.S. District Court for the D.C., has been a partner at two big D.C. law firms
• Was deputy interior secretary under Bruce Babbitt during Clinton administration
• From 1993 to 1995, was chairman of the board at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit research center.
• As a lobbyist, represented the Southern California Metropolitan Water District in 2001
• In August 2008, wrote a policy report while working at the Progressive Policy Institute accusing the Bush administration of leaving a “damaging legacy” in their natural resource management policies
• Donated $2,300 to Clinton during 2008 campaign; after she withdrew, donated $2,300 to Obama

6. Car Czar - Ron Bloom Wasn't he a porno star/king???

NOTE: on July 13, 2009, Bloom took over as head of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, replacing Steven Rattner Didn't know this, can't keep up with all the czars bizness.

Title: Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council head Larry Summers
Appointed: July 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Treasury

• A leader of the White House task force overseeing auto company bailouts; worked on restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler LLC.
• Was special assistant to president of the United Steelworkers union from 1996-Feb 2009
• Has negotiated restructuring deals for more than 50 companies, getting major concessions from unions and companies.He's a bonusbigot.
• Was raised in New York in a pro-union family, which included a schoolteacher mother and unionized relatives.
• After working for the Service Employees International Union, got an MBA from Harvard University because he thought unions lacked business smarts, he said in a 1996 interview in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
• From 1985 to 1990, he worked as an investment banker with Lazard Freres & Co., which specializes in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, before co-founding the investment-banking firm Keilin and Bloom.

7. Central Region Czar - Dennis Ross

Title: Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region (encompasses the Middle East, the Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Asia)
Salary: unknown
Reports to: National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones
Appointed: June 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: State

• Spent 12 years in the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations trying to create a permanent agreement between the governments of Israel and the Palestinian territories Read your Bibles men! That conflict shall not be resolved until the Lord returns, just gum-bumpin' and carbon footprints galore!
• In 1981, was named to President Ronald Reagan’s national security staff as the director of Near East and South Asian Affairs.
• Was director of the State Department’s Policy Planning office during President George H. W. Bush’s term.
• 1993: appointed to the position of Middle East coordinator, making him the top negotiator for peace between Israel and Palestinian territories Seems no one does well in that position, and why is that boys and girls? *Wink* We need Jesus to return in all His Glory!
• After he left government in 2000, headed up Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a hawkish think tank with a pro-Israeli bent Wellhh, (** SM has sudden intake of breath **) there IS a redeeming quality about him. *Delight*

8. Climate Czar - Todd Stern

Title: Special Envoy for Climate Change
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Appointed: January 2009
Agency or department that might have handled similar issues: Environmental Protection Agency; State

• Responsible for developing international approaches to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
• Served in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1999; Was Head of the Initiative on Global Climate Change (1997 to 1999) and Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury (1999 to 2001)
• As a top aide to President Clinton, helped negotiate the Kyoto and Buenos Aires climate pacts, both of which fell apart partially because of a lack of U.S. support during Bush administration.
• After Bush was elected to office, went to the Wilmer Hale law firm, where he is a partner in the regulatory and government affairs division.
• Was most recently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on climate change and environmental issues.
• Has written extensively on climate change, and has called on the American government and the international community to take a series of steps to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
• Supports a national cap-and-trade system that would limit carbon emissions and reduce U.S. dependency on foreign oil
• Has law degree from Harvard

9. Domestic Violence Czar - Lynn Rosenthal

Title: White House adviser on Violence Against Women
Salary: unknown
Reports to: President Obama and Vice President Biden
Appointed: June 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Health and Human Services

• Will advise the President and Vice President on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
• 2000-2006: served as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence
• Was an advocate for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2000 and 2005 and has assisted states and local communities with implementation of this federal legislation
• Was director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

10. Drug Czar * - Gil Kerlikowske

Title: Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Salary: unknown
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: March 2009
Confirmed by Senate: May 7, 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Justice

• Directs drug-control policy in the U.S.; is expected to shift drug policy to intervention, treatment and a reduction of problem drug use.
• Was police chief for the city of Seattle from 2000-2009
• Was Deputy Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (1998 to 2000); Police Chief for the city of Buffalo (1994 to 1998); Police chief of Fort Pierce, Fla. (N/A to 1994)
• A strong gun-control advocate, urged both the Washington legislature and the U.S. Congress to pass an assault-weapons ban and has worked to close the loophole that doesn't require background checks at gun shows
• 2003: admitted that busting people for personal marijuana possession was not a top priority of the Seattle police department. I hear that!
• As Seattle police chief, assigned an officer full-time to the drug court, which commuted sentences of drug users who complete medical treatment in lieu of going to jail.

11. Economic Czar * - Paul Volcker

Title: Chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Salary: Volcker reportedly isn't paid for his advice.
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: January 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Treasury

• Charged with offering independent, nonpartisan information, analysis, and advice to the President as he formulates and implements his plans for economic recovery.
• Some reports say he's been marginalized by Larry Summers.
• Former Federal Reserve chairman (1979-1987)
• Was Undersecretary for Monetary Affairs, Department of the Treasury (1969 to 1974); Deputy Undersecretary for Monetary Affairs, Department of the Treasury (1963 to 1965)
• Gave Obama campaign $2,300 in 2008.

12. Energy and Environment Czar - Carol Browner

Title: Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
Salary: $172,200
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: January 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: EPA

• Coordinates energy and climate policy, emphasizing regulation and conservation.
• Was Environmental Protection Agency administrator in the Clinton administration (1993-2000)
• Was Florida Secretary of the Environment (1991 to 1993)
• Founded and continues to serve as a principal of The Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Also a principal of Albright Capital Management, an investment advisory firm that concentrates on emerging markets.
• Worked on the Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which argues that the global community must work collectively to address environmental policies
• Described Bush administration as the "worst environmental administration ever"
• While orchestrating private discussions between the White House and auto industry officials on vehicle fuel efficiency standards, kept the talks as quiet as possible. Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board, said, "We put nothing in writing, ever."
• 2003: A federal judge held the Environmental Protection Agency in contempt for destroying computer files during the Clinton administration that had been sought by a conservative legal foundation. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth also ordered the EPA to pay the Landmark Legal Foundation's legal fees and costs because the agency disobeyed his order to preserve the electronic records of Browner, the former EPA chief.

13. Faith-Based Czar * - Joshua DuBois

Title: Director of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Salary: $98,000
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: February 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Health and Human Services

• Acts as a liaison between faith and secular community groups and the White House, often partnering with them to tackle social issues. Helps these groups apply for federal grants available to them.
• Is 26 years old
• Has master’s in public affairs from Princeton University; served as associate pastor
• Worked for Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) as an intern and then as a fellow (?) for Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.). know what the above means?
• Hired as a legislative correspondent in Obama’s Senate office in May 2005
• In 2008, at the age of 25, was appointed director of religious affairs for the Obama campaign.

14. Government Performance Czar - Jeffrey Zients

Title: Chief Performance Officer
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag
Appointed: April 2009
Confirmed by the Senate (as deputy director for management for the OMB): June 19, 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: OMB

• Charged with cutting costs and finding best practices throughout government.
• Has never worked in government before How did they find this plum?
• Was a chief executive and former management consultant x the above
• Was founder of Portfolio Logic (2004 to present); Partner of the Washington Baseball Club (2004 to 2006); CEO of the Advisory Board (1998 to 2004)
• Has donated just over $90,000 to political campaigns since 1999, almost all of which went to Democratic candidates okay, I'm gettin' the hang of this, now, I think *Smirk*

15. Great Lakes Czar - Cameron Davis

Title: Special advisor to the U.S. EPA overseeing its Great Lakes restoration plan
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson
Appointed: June 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: Environmental Protection Agency

• Oversees the administration's initiative to restore the Great Lakes' environment.
• President of the Chicago-based environmentalist group Alliance for the Great Lakes
• Was a litigating attorney and served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School.
• Served with the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, where he worked on the Montreal Protocol to protect the Earth’s ozone layer, and U.S. EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago.

16. Green Jobs Czar - Van Jones

Title: Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Head of Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley
Appointed: March 2009
Agency or department that might have handled similar issues: Environmental Protection Agency; Labor

• Will focus on environmentally-friendly employment within the administration and boost support for the idea nationwide
Rose from near obscurity in the Oakland, Calif., grassroots organizing scene to the leader of a national movement to spur the green economy.
• Founded Green For All, an organization focused on creating green jobs in impoverished areas
• Also co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change, which includes Bay Area PoliceWatch, a group devoted to "protect[ing] the community from police misconduct"
• Published New York Times best-seller The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, in October 2008
• Started career as a prison-reform advocate in Oakland, Calif., lobbying for reform of the juvenile justice system and youth-violence prevention programs
• Has law degree from Yale
• 2007: worked on the Green Jobs Act with then-Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), who co-sponsored the bill in the House
• 1993: was arrested at the Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of cops in the Rodney King beating. "I was arrested simply for being a police observer," says Jones, who had just graduated from Yale Law School and was working with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.
• 1999: was arrested in the 1999 Seattle protests against the World Trade Organization
• Excerpt from a Nov. 2005 interview in the East Bay Express:
Jones had planned to move to Washington, DC, and had already landed a job and an apartment there. But in jail, he said, "I met all these young radical people of color -- I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.'" Although he already had a plane ticket, he decided to stay in San Francisco. "I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary." In the months that followed, he let go of any lingering thoughts that he might fit in with the status quo. "I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist." In 1994, the young activists formed a socialist collective, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, which held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia. They protested police brutality and got arrested for crashing through police barricades. In 1996, Jones decided to launch his own operation, which he named the Ella Baker Center after an unsung hero of the civil-rights movement.

17. Guantanamo Closure Czar - Daniel Fried You believe this? *Rolleyes*

Title: Special envoy to oversee the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Hmmm . . . what's funny about this one?
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Hmmm . . .
Appointed: March 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Justice; State Hillary's pinkies mustn't be tainted *Smirk* She has aspirations for the WH. Been burning that jet fuel in her current position, notice that?

• Works to get help of foreign governments in moving toward closure of Guantanamo Bay, in fulfillment of Obama's promise to close the prison within a year of taking office. Closing in on 'im fast too. 70 days is all that's left.
• Was Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, State Department (2005 to 2009); Director for European and Eurasian Affairs, State Department (2001 to 2005); U.S. Ambassador to Poland (1997 to 2001)

18. Health Czar * - Nancy-Ann DeParle

Title: Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform
Salary: $158,500
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: March 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Health and Human Services (HHS)

• Coordinates the development of the Administration's health care policy agenda.
• Experience: Managing Director, CCMP Capital (since 2001); Adjunct professor (focusing on health care policy), Wharton School of Business (since 2001); Commissioner, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (since 2001); Fellow, Harvard Institute of Politics (2000 to 2001); Director, Health care Financing Administration (1997 to 2000)
• Has law degree from Harvard
• Served as the OMB’s representative on health-care reform during Bill Clinton’s first term
• As head of the HHS Health Care Financing Administration under Clinton, ran the largest health insurance provider in America, overseeing $600 billion in payments annually to 74 million recipients of Medicare and Medicaid
• 2001: left government to take a year-long fellowship at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, where she was part of Harvard’s Health Care Policy Forum and led a weekly study group on reforming Medicare.Wonder how that went over.
• During Bush administration, sat on the boards of many health companies, from medical treatment producers to hospital systems
• In September 2008, donated $2,300 each to Clinton and Barack Obama.

19. Information Czar - Vivek Kundra

Title: Federal Chief Information Officer
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag
Appointed: March 2009
Agencies that might have handled similar issues: other federal agency CIOs

• Basically in charge of overseeing other federal agency CIOs and for setting technology policy across the government.
• Head of a federal technology budget that amounts to $71 billion annually
• Operation is housed in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and will likely have authority to question how money in departmental technology budgets is used
• Formerly head of the District of Columbia's technology operations
• Shortly after he joined the OMB, federal authorities raided his old District government office. They arrested two technology office managers and a subcontractor, charging them with a bribery scheme that allegedly defrauded the city out of at least $500,000. Kundra was not a suspect in the case, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
• Has a masters from Maryland in information technology.
• Experience: Washington, D.C. Chief Technology Officer (2007 to 2009); State of Virginia's Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade (2006 to 2007); CEO of computer security firm Creostar

20. Intelligence Czar * - Dennis Blair

Title: Director of National Intelligence
Salary: $197,700
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: January 2009
Confirmed by Senate: January 28, 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: CIA

• Nation’s top intelligence official. How does one apply for this position?
• Retired four-star admiral.
• Graduate of the United States Naval Academy, 1968; sixth-generation naval officer Oh, I see better now *Blush*
• Lacks professional roots in the world of intelligence
• Held a number of prestigious Washington posts, including the Pentagon’s top liaison to the CIA and director of the Joint Staff.
• Ran the non-profit Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), which focuses primarily on issues related to national security, and does a lot of work for the Defense Department. Left IDA under a cloud of controversy in mid-2006. Atta' boy, Barack, you do pick 'em man!

21. Mideast Peace Czar - George Mitchell

Title: Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Appointed: January 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: State

• Works to maintain the shaky peace between Israel and Hamas after recent hostilities
• Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1994
• Was special envoy to Northern Ireland during the Clinton administration and lead investigator into steroid use in Major League Baseball.
• 2000: led a fact-finding committee to study violence in the Middle East; 2001's Mitchell Report formed the basis for the road map for Middle East peace

22. Pay Czar - Kenneth R. Feinberg

Title: Special Master on executive pay
Salary: reportedly receiving no compensation for his work.
Reports to: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Appointed: June 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Treasury

• Named to examine compensation practices at companies that have been bailed out more than once by the federal governmentOnce should have been enough *Smirk*
• Oversaw the payouts to the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
• Was the chief administrator to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, which commemorates the students who died in the April 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech
• Founder and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen LLP (1992 to present), law firm specializing in mediation
• Was Chief of Staff for Sen. Edward Kennedy (1978 to 1980)
• While working with the Feinberg Group, donated over $150,000, nearly all of which has gone to Democratic candidates and political action committees. In 2007, donated $2,300 to 2008 presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani (R). Oh boo hoo, he liked the Dems more than he liked the Repubs. *Cry* *Smirk*

23. Regulatory Czar - Cass R. Sunstein *

Title: Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Office of Management and Budget head Peter Orszag
Appointed: January 2009
Nomination was sent to Senate on April 20, 2009 - no action yet taken *Question*
Agency that might have handled similar issues: OMB

• Will be responsible for reviewing draft regulations and assessing their costs and benefits
• Is a Harvard Law School professor; prior to that, was a professor at the Univ. of Chicago Law School (1981-2008)
• Academic specialties: constitutional law, administrative law, and regulatory policy
• Obama: "Cass is not only a valued advisor, he is a dear friend" Hmmm . . .
• Known for advancing a field called "law and behavioral economics" that seeks to shape law and policy around the way research shows people actually behave; though embraced by conservatives, critics say it fails to account for the sometimes less-than-rational aspects of human behavior.
• In his 2002 book, Republic.com, discussed the drawbacks of limitless choices on the Internet that allow people to seek out only like-minded people and opinions that merely fortify their own views; he talked about the idea of the government requiring sites to link to opposing views. He later came to realize it was a "bad idea." People can just about make you cry from their lack of __________.
• In his 2004 book, Animal Rights, suggested that animals ought to be able to bring suit, with private citizens acting as their representatives, to ensure that animals are not treated in a way that violates current law. What does he think the SPCA does all day, every day, 24/7? Idiots! Those people are dedicated to rescuing animals who are at the hands of hoarders or just the emotionally needy and unable to provide for their pets.
• In a 2007 speech at Harvard he called for banning hunting in the U.S. Bet that went over big. *Rolleyes*
• The American Conservative Union started a website, Stop Sunstein, in an effort to keep him out of the White House. I guess! *Rolleyes*

24. Science Czar - John Holdren

Title: Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology
Salary: unknown
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: December 2008
Confirmed by Senate: March 19, 2009
Agency or department that might have handled similar issues: Energy

• Top adviser to Obama on science and technology, issues that are increasingly relevant to other issues such as homeland security, energy and environmentalism
• Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1996-2009); Harvard University Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy (1996-2009); University of California, Berkeley Professor of Energy and Resources Emeritus (1996 to present)
• Studied aerospace engineering and plasma physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — where he earned his BS and MS — and Stanford University, where he received his doctorate in 1970
• Is an outspoken advocate of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and believes the United States should sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.
• In a 2008 New York Times op-ed, Holdren called climate change skeptics “dangerous” members of a “denier fringe.”
• In 1971, co-authored a paper in Global Ecology suggesting "some form of eco-catastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century."
• Some conservative media outlets have called attention to a book Holdren co-authored in 1977 titled Eco-science: Population, Resources, and Environment. The book reportedly includes this statement: "population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution." I'm really hoping this is what I suspect it is, bullsheet. Holdren's office says he "does not now and never has been an advocate of compulsory abortions or other repressive measures to limit fertility." See, readers, I told you that it was B.S. and his office confirmed that, I'm sooooooo relieved, aren't you?

25. Stimulus Accountability Czar - Earl Devaney

Title: Chair of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Vice President Biden, Joey gets to be boss over a czar. Yay!
Appointed: February 2009
Agency that might have handled similar issues: OMB jes' hit me, think of the paper products that are required for all these czars offices and their letterhead stationery. Printers are clicking away, generatin' jobs man! Besides, Biden says it's our duty to pay taxes. *Smirk*

• Leads oversight board that monitors money spent by the stimulus package
• Experience: Inspector General at the Interior Department (1999 to present); Director of criminal enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency (1991 to 1999); Special Agent at the Secret Service (1970 to 1991)
• During his tenure at Interior, uncovered the shady dealings of disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, an investigation that eventually led to Abramoff's imprisonment and the resignation of Interior's no. 2, J. Steven Griles, for lying under oath about his own role in the scandal.
• On July 8, 2009, the U.S. General Services Administration issued a press release announcing an $18 million contract for a new recovery.gov web site, which quoted Devaney as saying, “We are pleased that another major milestone has been achieved."

26. Sudan Czar - J. Scott Gration

Title: Special Envoy to Sudan
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Appointed: March 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: State

• Will coordinate U.S. role in the aftermath of the genocide in Darfur
• Experience: Supreme Allied Command, NATO (2004 to 2005); Air Force assistant deputy undersecretary for international affairs (2003 to 2004)
• Commanded all air operations during the Iraq war in 2003 Hmmm . . .
• 2006: left Air Force position to join Obama’s staff after traveling to Africa with the then-Senator from Illinois, even though he was a Republican
• Has won a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Defense Superior Service Medal and 16 other awards
• Is a fluent Swahili speaker who grew up in the Congo boy, that could come in handy *Wink*
• Has called on the Obama administration to incentivize participation by the Sudanese government in peace talks by lifting sanctions, a position that is controversial. Also worked to position himself as the principal negotiator between the Sudanese government and its adversaries in Darfur, and is planning an international conference for September 2009
• Has M.A. in security studies from Georgetown

27. TARP Czar - Herb Allison

Title: Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
Appointed: June 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Treasury

• Leads the government's $700 billion financial rescue program in the office of financial stability
• Veteran Wall Street banker and interim head of the mortgage-finance company Fannie Mae Enough already . . .
• Worked at Merrill Lynch for 28 years,I said, S T O P! reaching position of president and COO
• Was CEO of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund (2002 to 2008); CEO of the Alliance for Lifelong Learning (2000 to 2002)
• Has undergraduate degree from Yale and MBA from Stanford
• 2000: was John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign finance chairman
• In 2008, donated $2,300 to Obama's presidential campaign

28. Technology Czar - Aneesh Chopra

Title: Chief Technology Officer
Salary: unknown
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: April 2009
Confirmed by Senate: May 21, 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Commerce

• Will lead in the effort to eliminate wasteful government programs Effort, my derriere, DO IT!
• Will probably let's be precise here, probably? work to increase broadband access nationwide and computerize medical records
• Was Virginia’s secretary of technology (2005-2009)
• Has degree in public health from Johns Hopkins, Master's from Harvard in public policy
• Worked at Morgan Stanley as investment banker; also worked at Advisory Board, a health-care research and consultancy firm
• Has donated more than $24,000 since 1997 to various campaigns. With the exception of a $1,000 donation to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) in 2004, all of Chopra’s contributions have gone to Democrats. From 2007 to 2008, Chopra donated $2,750 to Obama’s presidential campaign.

29. Terrorism Czar - John Brennan

Title: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism
Salary: $172,200
Reports to: National Security Adviser (NSA) James L. Jones
Appointed: January 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Homeland Security

• Under Obama's plan the homeland security adviser’s office would be eliminated, Know why, right? Bush implemented Homeland Security, so that must be eliminated, expunged, eradicated from further national security swagger/superiority. He's in office ten months and BOOM - 13 of our military is chopped down and his response was lukewarm and then only AFTER speaking to other issues FIRST *Smirk* and the National Security Council would take over those duties. Brennan would be responsible for guarding against natural disasters ? and terrorism.
• Has called for increased integration between the Departments of Commerce, State and Defense
• Graduated from Fordham University in 1977 after a year of intensive Arabic and Middle Eastern studies in Cairo. Earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin before joining the CIA as an intelligence director in 1980.
• Is a CIA veteran and fluent Arabic speaker
• Was CIA deputy executive director (2001 to 2003) and National Counter-Terrorism Center, Chair (2004 to 2005)
• Worked at Analysis Corp, (2005 to 2008);
• Staunch supporter of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Program; defended the use of extraordinary rendition, saying it is “an absolutely vital tool.”

30. Urban Affairs Czar - Adolfo Carrion Jr.

Title: White House Director of Urban Affairs
Salary: $158,500
Reports to: President Obama
Appointed: February 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Housing and Urban Development

• Job entails coordinating transportation and housing initiatives, as well as serving as a conduit for federal aid to economically hard-hit cities.
• Has undergraduate degree in world religions from Kings College; became an associate pastor at a Bronx church; earned his master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College
• Was Bronx Borough President (2001-2009); President of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (since 2007); City Council member (1998 to 2000)
• Many reporters say he has higher ambitions and will probably run for New York City mayor in the next ten years.
• Was an active campaigner for Obama, traveling across the country to speak on his behalf. He focused particularly on states with large Hispanic populations.
• The NY Daily News reported numerous developers made tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations to Carrión around the same time he was considering approving their projects in the Bronx.

31. Weapons Czar - Ashton Carter

Title: Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Salary: unknown
Reports to: Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Appointed: April 2009
Confirmed by Senate: April 23, 2009
Department that might have handled similar issues: Defense

• Will coordinate the Pentagon's acquisitions, technology and logistics for weapons.
• Will oversee a weapons-buying system that Obama has placed at the top of his list of federal programs he wants to fix and will be asked to quickly weigh in on difficult decisions concerning at least 10 major defense programs, while also instantly dissecting the procurement system’s ailments so he can advise the administration on its Pentagon acquisition reform agenda
• Is a physicist and Harvard academic whose only previous Pentagon stint was in a mid-level policy post from 1993 until 1996 under the Clinton administration
• Graduated from Yale summa cum laude; studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar and earned a doctorate in theoretical physics.
• Chair of Harvard’s International Relations, Science & Security Area International Security Program within the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy (1993 to 1996); Director of the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School (early 1990s)
• Has donated primarily to Democratic politicians since 2000. He donated $6,900 to then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in 2007 and 2008. He gave the same amount to then Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) during that same span.

32. WMD Policy Czar - Gary Samore

Title: White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security and Arms Control
Salary: unknown
Reports to: National Security Adviser Gen. James L. Jones
Appointed: January 2009
Department or agency that might have handled similar issues: NSC; Defense; State

• Will coordinate issues related to weapons of mass destruction across the government. His portfolio includes proliferation, nuclear and conventional arms control, threat reduction, and terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction.
• Position sits within the National Security Council.
• Is a veteran arms control negotiator.
• B.A. in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his PhD in government from Harvard University in 1984.
• After brief stints with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the RAND Corporation, joined the State Department during the Reagan administration in 1987. Held several positions there, including director of the Office of Regional Non-proliferation Affairs; special assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large for Non-proliferation and Nuclear Energy Policy; and deputy to Ambassador-at-Large for Korean Affairs Robert Gallucci. Helped to negotiate the 1994 U.S.-North Korea Framework Treaty
• Joined the Clinton administration’s National Security Council in 1995 as an adviser on nonproliferation. Coordinated U.S. policy on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
• Was Director, Council on Foreign Relations (2006 to 2009); Vice President for Global Security and Sustainability, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2005); Researcher, International Institute of Strategic Studies (2001 to 2005)

Well, there yall have it. *Bigsmile*

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Tidbit: Samuel the prophet told King Saul that obedience is better than sacrifice.

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Hey guys ..

Check out slammin' Sammies' skin in 12 short months . . . looks like some nose narrowing was done as well. Hmmm . . .


New man. Didn't recognize the guy-w/the-girl pic of him. Amazing what we will do to ourselves. Like Michael Jackson's nose. Sad.

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Israel scored a big hit with this seizure, look what their Navy hauled in, en route to Hezbollah. *Shock*


Tam and I now watch Creflo Dollar's half hour segment on TBN, at 8 every morning. She seems to have some "Aha!" moments when she listens to him. I know I sure do. I learn something EVERY time I hear him.

Her assault case comes up 12/03/09 - We really have given this all to the Lord. We know He can get Mr. Bad-man better than any of us. So we have peace. *Delight*

I really wonder if the step-mother and adopted dad can be prosecuted? Tamra requires heavy-duty psychiatric care, maybe as often as 2 to 3 times a week initially.
I know her Medicare or Medicaid covers psyche meds but I don't think they cover psychiatric care. I think this profession has out-priced its usefulness.

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I feel some poetic rumblings beginning to stir and rummage 'round within my spirit, it's been five years since I had a flow period; of 7 weeks, 7 days a week, 16-18 hours per! *Delight* I drove Tom and Cody nutz! *Laugh* I couldn't cook, could barely get to the bathroom in time *Blush*, but I was brimming verse.

Started October 8th, 2004, same year I had major surgery (Feb) and I let it rip and tear through my fingertips. What a year that was for me.

Now it seems the big year is 2012. I fear not. How about you? Are you fearful, excited or non-committal about it all?

This Friday the 13th the new movie gangbuster called simply

2 0 1 2

will premiere. I'm sure they have their audience all figured out. *Laugh*

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Quote for the Day ~

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart"

Jeremiah 29:13

The problem with most of us is we are unwilling to seek God for the answers. Seeking God requires an intentional focus that may require prayer and fasting.

Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ said,

"I believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic bomb that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world.

The longer I fasted, the more I sensed the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit refreshed my soul and spirit, and I experienced the joy of the Lord as seldom before. Biblical truths leaped at me from the pages of God's Word. My faith soared as I humbled myself and cried out to God and rejoiced in His presence."*

Do you need a breakthrough? Consider committing to a time of fasting and prayer.

I just did a 24-hour fast* from, before nine am on Saturday to ten on Sunday. (** had to have some chips and dip while I screamed for the Texans' defense to dump Manning *Wink* **) at least they did NOT run up on us.)) We gave Peyton all he could handle for a while.)))

Anyway . . . the fast was not as hard as I was geared up for handling. We are such food lovers. Myself included of course . . . I finished Esther, the Bible text, but blew off the Beth Moore homework. *Confused* I dunno' why but I was drawn to the book of Job again. Big, BIG SIGH.

The first time I read it was 20 plus years ago and I remember getting angry at God FOR JOB! *Bigsmile* I failed to see the bigger picture and could not come to terms with the long, agonizing read. *Confused* I cried for Job, as I read the torment that spilled over verse after brutal verse. (**good thing the Book of Psalms follows Job ~ reader needs that exaltation and praise**)

I fought that Book and simply denied its existence, because the God I knew would never be so cruel to His most devoted servant. I asked my neighbor what could it mean? How could He? Then, to send Job's so-called friends to accuse him, instead of soothe him (**reminds me of a friend of mine**) *Question* She said that Job had become self-righteous. Was that it? *Confused*

No way, ladies and gentlemen, no way. My God is a God of Love, been taught that all my life and I'm not believing any different just because that Book of Job says God was in league with Satan. *Shock*

During my fast I was led to (**cue the organ in a minor key - dum da dum dum . . . dummm**) return to that Book of Confusion, Calamity and Catastrophe, sooooooo it's time to bite that denial bullet and discover what Job really means to mankind. I'll get it, because I want to get it. Instead of allowing my legalism to interfere with my digestion of the text, I will pray for His clarity and receive the favor of understanding.

Hopefully I will get a good *Laugh* at my former review of the Book of Job and come to the real purpose for this epic battle between Jehovah God & Satan/Lucifer.

Good man, the Best God had, Satan's attack, poor guy; it came to pass, and Job was restored, beyond his former family and finances. *Heart*

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24-hour fast* my fast was prompted by the frustration I am experiencing from my son and Tamra.

She's in need of that psychiatrist that she failed to get correct directions for. Now she's booked until 2010.

She's bucking and refusing every suggestion that I make and I just had to finally tell her, with budget in hand, that she cannot afford to smoke, hell, even groceries are NOT in the budget. She's applied for food assistance but I can see the handwriting on the wall, it's fallen through the government crack, and she'll have to apply again or give up.

I told her that she must hit the food pantries, she's not motivated to do anything but complain and smoke like a demon. She can't breathe now, and is lackadaisical about the breathing treatments. She raised hell with her insurance company about the nebulizer, then when she received it she did not use it.

She's lying to me and I'm catching her. More than once! I really hate that! It's many steps backwards.

Friday night, she allowed a man, who we all know here, (likable but illegal in his recreational druggin') to drive her car, with her in it and my son's friend Kurt, to a crack house at, are you ready . . . ?

M I D N I G H T *Exclaim* I asked her, "had you taken your night meds? She said she had not. "What did you get out of it?" I asked her. She said, "Willie put 2 bucks in my gas tank."

I said, "That's not even ONE gallon of gas, PLUSSS, he has a car and so does Kurt, so why are they using your car? Well, I KNOW why, if there is a police stop, Tamra goes downtown and her car will be impounded, cause it's illegal. Inspection sticker and tags and no insurance. Then the shakedown would result in discovery of illicit drugs, then what do you think will happen?

I called Kurt yesterday and asked him to come over and he answered some questions I had about last Friday night. I told him to think twice before taking advantage of Tamra and he promised he would.

My son does not believe the edict my ex has laid down. He's supposed to be OUT by December 16th. He's supposed to be saving money to move, but the druggin' continues. He was supposed to be out long before his 21st birthday. I was on my own at 18 and so was his Dad.

He and I are barely speaking.

He was given to my Lord a long time ago so I can rest with all this ugliness. I refuse to allow my son to rob me of my peace, took me too long to get it. Naturally I care and love him. We are doing him no favors by allowing him to stay and drug and take and take and take.

I told Cody that these years, NOW, are his Dad's golden years
and I was going to make certain that what's left are better than the last five or six have been. *Smirk*

I could tell from his face that he, indeed, believed me.

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November 8, 2009 at 9:18am
November 8, 2009 at 9:18am
This entry was actually composed 11/05/09 before the tragedy at Ft. Hood. As is my habit, I will keep an entry on Private or "locked" until I have entered everything I intend to write or Copy & Paste for that day.

Within the hour of one piece of entry - the news came across the TV. I was sick to my stomach. I had to fight the nausea. It gripped and truly surprised me; the extent was overwhelming. *Frown*

They (the media) have tried to downplay the ramifications of this Army Major's religion. They cannot white-wash this Islamic jihadism anymore. He shouted, "Allah Akbar," as he shot those guns.

Prior to his rampage he was distributing Q'rans, giving away his furniture and frozen food. He was NOT going to be deployed where he, a Muslim, would be involved in hurting or killing another Muslim. He was born in Virginia, a life-long Muslim, recently deployed about four months ago to Ft. Hood, Texas.

He was a 39-year old bachelor and talked about looking for a wife that wore the hijibe (?) and prayed five times a day. He was a social outcast, quiet, to himself and had recently been outspoken against what he considered some American military occupations.

and WE paid for this guy's mental health training *Question* *Exclaim* *Confused*

I believe I'm quoting correctly; approximately 15K Muslims in our military. I question every one of their allegiance to this country. Wherever Muslims are in this world, they adhere to the Supreme Ruler who is an Ayatollah, iman, mullah, in Australia the are called (** crap, I forget now. **).

So when those rigged elections went on in Iran earlier this year, Muslims globally protested the dishonesty of it albeit they remain a Islamic nation, with its inherent human rights violations. *Rolleyes* Creepers man, . . . I'd surely go ballistic under Sha'ria law. Wonderful how there does seem to be Scripture for anything that's brought up even today.

Galatians 3:28-29 tells me; in Paul's letter to the Galatians:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,
there is neither male nor female;
for you all all one in Christ Jesus.
And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed,
and heirs according to the promise.

A M E N *Exclaim* I AM likin' that *Exclaim* *Delight*

Never knowing that Our God is love . . . heard Creflo Dollar speak on that a few mornings ago. We must love Him to have faith in Him, how else could we accomplish that? Good things come from learning lessons, whether they be easy/obvious or hard/bitter ones . . . it's all geared for His Glory! If we could just *Rolleyes* "trust and obey" His commandments.

He also spoke on the spiritual health of our confidence. We seem confident on Sunday morning, noon and night and then it's out the window? Uh, until Wednesday night, then we're rebooted til Sunday morning? Not me, yall. I want the peace and blessings that can be had every day. *Delight*

You do too, whether you say it out loud or not! *Heart*

1st John 3:21:
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us

we have confidence toward God.

and finally Hebrew 13:5-6:
Let your conduct be without covetousness;

be content with such things as you have.

For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

So WE may boldly say:

The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?

AMEN *Delight* * H A L L E L U J A H *Exclaim*

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From a Nevada email forward:

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery door and knocks. He states, "my car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?"

The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound; a sound like no other that he has ever heard. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, "we can't tell you. You're not a monk."

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way. Some years later the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery.

The monks again accept him, feed him, and even fix his car.

That night, he hears the same strange mesmerizing sound that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning he asks what the sound was, but the monks reply,

"We can't tell you. You're not a monk."

The man says, "all right, all right! I'm dying to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was, is to become a monk, then how do I become a monk?" The monks reply, you must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk.

The man sets about his task. Some forty-five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, "I have traveled the earth and devoted my life to the task demanded and have found what you had asked for. There are 371,145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth."

The monks reply, "Congratulations! You are correct and now you are a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound."

The monks lead the man to a wooden door where the head monk said, "the sound is behind that door." The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He asks, "may I have the key?"

The monks give him the key and he opens the door. Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone. The man requests the key to the stone door.

The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demands another key from the monks, who provide it. Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire. And so it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, . . . silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, "This is the key to the last door."

The man is relieved to no end. He unlocks the door, turns the knob and behind that door he is astonished to find the source of that strange sound. It is truly an amazing and unbelievable sight . . .

. . . but I can't tell you what it is because you're not a monk.


I know you bit on this one HARD! *Laugh* and *Laugh* and *Laugh*!

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This came to me from a Marine's wife. It says it all:

I sat, as did millions of other Americans, and watched as the government underwent a peaceful transition of power a few months ago.

At first, I sensed a swell of pride and patriotism while Barack Obama took his Oath of Office.

However, all that pride quickly vanished as I later watched 21 Marines, in full dress uniform with rifles fire a 21-gun salute to the President..

It was then that I realized how far America's military had deteriorated.

Every last one of them missed!

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I just cannot help it! *Smirk* I see this man as having mislead all Americans during the Presidential campaign AND now that he's actually occupying the White House with an agenda of CHANGE for sure. Change that a handful inside the beltway are in lock-step with. But not the change that Jane and John Smith/Americans were expecting or wanting.

1. He's surrounded himself with Americans by birth that are not patriotic Americans. *Shock*

2. He's surrounded by Americans that are tax cheats (not all are but trust me, there IS anti-American sentiments of some kind in their closet)

3. He's surrounded by Americans that are professed Marxists, by their own admission; I've seen the footage and heard the words fall right out of their own mouths *Exclaim* What do we voters need? What more can these candidates do to TELL US who they are? And what their objectives are? One problem, the main one in my opinion, is the bleeping media, oh man, . . . that's an entry of its own.

4. He's surrounded by people that have set aside (** and that's describing it blandly! *Smirk* **) the Constitution and are presently indoctrinating the general population with their great aspirations to create and implement a new objective; like spreading the wealth around for starters. *Smirk* A highly progressive world where its peoples are all the same. What sounds daffy with that?
E V E R Y T H I N G *Exclaim*

5. He's surrounded by people who live here and talk down to her citizens! Not to mention talking down the United States to our enemies and allies. He's the best I've EVER heard on apologetic s and yet keeps intact an almost indeterminable smidgen of national respect. There are those who are just short of worshiping the man!

He sickens me! He lies to me (and YOU) and expects me to understand the complexities of his delicate position. He's expects your respect.

He continues to resort to the former administration's mistakes, goofs and recklessness as the catapult for all the quick-fix, non-American supported solutions that he and his co-con* men are determined to cram down our collective throat. He's in waaaaaaay over his head. *Smirk*

But I must pray for his total safety. If BHO is fatally wounded that means (** cue the organ and leash the monkey **), a circus would begin, hardly befitting the First Bi-Racial President of the United States of America.

6. He's surrounded by anti-Constitutionalists who brand any opposition to his ideas, projects, and ideology as unAmerican, unpatriotic, and a possible enemy of the state.

7. He's surrounded by booty-lickers and suckers that have convinced him that his excrement doesn't stink and he was indeed the Best Choice for the Nobel Prize.

He's surrounded by manipulators, con-men, liars, distorted dissidents and men and women who have jeopardized our military's objective AND safety.

*Right* S H A M E ON Y O U,*Left* you

spineless, voted-in-&-can-be-voted-out, lying, deep

pocket-lined thieves and reprobates.

So sorry, I shan't be praying for you today.

I can't won't go to God with a prayer that I have no sincerity about. He would know, anyway, before I got out da' gate. *Wink*

Actually, quite the reverse is true and that's NOT Christian. Told ya' I wasn't perfected by any stretch, so I AM bolder by the truth. He did say it would set you free. And what a roller-coaster ride it is!!! *Laugh*

and He can't LIE - Politicians and media monsters DO. Hell, our so-called loved ones do as well, and those have the deepest personal impact.

They, the DCGang, are responsible for the national impact and are failing across the board daily. Tsk, tsk. It IS a shame and China has us in the palm of their mighty, Godless, communistic hand . . .

I'm just sayin' . . . (** a GB favorite line **) *Wink*

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Yeah, I guess I'm done for now . . . and Y E S, I DO feel better. *Smirk*

Thanks for your *Rolleyes* concern.

A thousand *Pthb*SESS and I pray you get

blessed today. Yeah, you bit again! *Laugh*

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November 5, 2009 at 10:02am
November 5, 2009 at 10:02am
A woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove seemed to be far too qualified for the job.

The foreman frowned and said, "I have to ask you this: have you had any actual experience in picking lemons?"

She replied: "I've been divorced three times and I voted for Obama."

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Old Cowboy

Ya think you have lived to be 71 and know who you are . . . then along comes someone and blows it all to the dickens . . .

An old cowboy sat down at the Starbucks and ordered a cup of coffee.

As he sat sipping his coffee, a young woman sat down next to him.

She turned to the cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, 'Well, I've spent my whole life breaking colts, working cows, going to rodeos, fixing fences, pulling calves, bailing hay, doctoring calves, cleaning my barn, fixing flats, working on tractors, and feeding my dogs, so I guess I am a real cowboy.'

She said, "I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about women. When I shower, I think about women. When I watch TV, I think about women. I even think about women when I eat. It seems that everything makes me think of women."

The two sat sipping in silence.

A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the old cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, "I always thought I was, but I just found out that I'm a lesbian."

(** yucka, *Laugh* yucka *Laugh*; cymbal crash! **)

Subject: Cell Phones for the monetary challenged *Smirk*
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 18:02:41 -0400

I just tried the link and it does work. There go more of your tax dollars.

I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number. I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes this was his “Obama phone.”

I asked him what an “Obama phone” was and he went on to say that welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a FREE new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of FREE minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and low and behold he was telling the truth. TAX PAYER MONEY IS BEING REDISTRIBUTED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS FOR FREE CELL PHONES.

This program was started earlier this year. Enough is enough, the ship is sinking and it’s sinking fast. The very foundations that this country was built on are being shaken. The age old concepts of God, family, and hard work have flown out the window and are being replaced with “Hope and Change” and “Change we can believe in.”

You can click on the link below to read more about the “Obama phone”…just have a barf bag ready. End of email forward.


See where your state is on the free cell phone list. *Smirk*

Have a most excellent day readers!
November 3, 2009 at 3:40pm
November 3, 2009 at 3:40pm
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 06:31:46 -0700
Subject: FW: New 42 cent Muslim Stamp!

USPS New 42-Cent Stamp!!! Celebrates Muslim holiday.

If there is only ONE thing you forward today... let it be this!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of Pan Am Flight 103!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military Barracks in Saudi Arabia!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001!

REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!

Now President Obama has directed the United States Postal Service to REMEMBER and HONOR the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a new commemorative 42 cent First Class Holiday Postage Stamp.

REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, when you are purchasing your stamps at the post office.

All you have to say is "No thank you, I do not want that Muslim stamp on my letters!"

To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors. *Smirk*

Pass this along to every Patriotic AMERICAN that you know and let's get the word out !!!

Here is something to chew on . . .
They (MUSLIMS) don't even believe in Christ, BUT they're getting their own Christmas stamp! BUT, don't dare to dream of posting the Ten Commandments on federal property! This is truly UNBELIEVABLE !!!

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Preface: I personally believe that God made companion animals for His own good purpose and that He is not insulted when or if we pray for them. I have many times placed my hands on a frightened animal or sick pet. The results are as amazing as Our Lord God is! *Heart* So it goes without saying that I will indeed say a prayer for Jaz's restoration and comfort. Michelle has been her faithful human for 17 years!

From Michelle M :
I LOVE the Pet's Ten Commandments. I'm copying it and sending it to my family and friends. Thank you so much. It helps now since my cat had a seizure few days ago. It helps to laugh with humor. She's okay now, my sweet little pet. If anyone would be so kind I'd love it if you would pray for her. Her name is Jaz and she's a 17 year old calico.

Consider it done my friend - Jaz will be lifted up to her Creator and I hope your co-members here will mention her in their prayers tonight. *Delight*

I prayed that Max's hand-shyness would disappear and now he looks for my hand and everyone else who visits! *Laugh*

G O D * I S * G O O D *Exclaim*

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Posted to Craig's List Personals:

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.
Date: 2009-03-23, 3:43AM EST

I was the guy with the black Burberry jacket that you demanded I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I hope you somehow come across this message. I'd like to apologize. I didn't expect you to crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.

Truth is, I was wearing the jacket for a reason that evening and it wasn't that cold outside. You see, my girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for Christmas, and we had just picked up a shoulder holster for it that evening.

Beautiful pistol, eh? It's a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head, isn't it? I know it probably wasn't a great deal of fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with that brown sludge flopping about in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse since you also ended up leaving your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. I couldn't have you calling up any of your buddies to come help you try to mug us again.

I took the liberty of calling your mother, or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, and explained to her your situation. I also bought myself and four other people in the gas station this morning a tank full of gas on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful! I gave your shoes to one of the homeless guys over by Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all of the cash in your wallet.

I threw the wallet in a fancy pink "pimp mobile" parked at the curb after I broke the windshield and side window out and keyed the drivers side. I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. They'll be on your bill in case you'd like to know which ones. Ma Bell just shut down the line, and I've only had the phone for a little over a day now, so I don't know what's going on with that. I hope they haven't permanently cut off your service.

I could only get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI with it. The FBI guy was really pissed and we had a long chat (I guess while he traced the number). I'd also like to apologize for not killing you and instead making you walk back home humiliated. I'm hoping that you'll reconsider your choice of path in life. Next time you might not be so lucky.


P.S. Remember this motto...... An armed society is a polite society!
October 30, 2009 at 12:11pm
October 30, 2009 at 12:11pm
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While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid to be our president.

The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle''. Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was. The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. 'You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, and he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with'.

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Subject: Fw: Dog Hero. . . A Must Read

I thought everyone should know about this dog and his story.
Especially like the ending ......
A Pet'sTen Commandments...........
Be sure to read them too.

My kind of dog!

The K9 above is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord.
He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs..
His handler took the picture. Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away!

I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.

Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq .

His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents. Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'.

The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus.
He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door. He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse ) until it opened.

He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor. If he knows you're okay, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.

K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner
Thought you'd find this interesting.

Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!
Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves
and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.
Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment,
but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.
Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.
Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller,
less joyful experience without God's critters.

~Now please pass this on to other pet owners.
We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded
by hope, love, and joyfulness.
It is here on earth and has four legs!
October 29, 2009 at 7:13pm
October 29, 2009 at 7:13pm
Little Johnny is at it again. . . .

President Obama was visiting a primary school and he visited one of the classes. They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asked the president if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy'? So our illustrious president asked the class for an example of a 'tragedy'.

One little boy stood up and offered: 'If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, would that be a tragedy?'

"No," said Obama, "that would be an accident."

A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, would that be a tragedy?"

"I'm afraid not,' explained Obama. 'That's what we would call great loss."

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Obama searched the room. 'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?'

Finally at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said:

"If the plane carrying you and Mrs. Obama was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy?"

'Fantastic!' exclaimed Obama.. 'That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?'

'Well,' says the boy, 'It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss . . . And it probably wouldn't be an accident either.

October 24, 2009 at 12:21am
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From an email forward/Nevada; *Bigsmile*

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, 'I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him.

I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker,
the 'Choose Life' license plate holder,
the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker and
the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; naturally. . . I assumed you had stolen the car.'

Priceless. *Laugh*

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October 20, 2009 at 11:15am
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ATTENTION: I forgot something *Blush* on the Banana Pudding recipe - cover the dish when you're through building it, THEN refrigerate!

I forget where I read it first here at WdC, but something big is supposed to happen in Blogville, when I'm not clear about, but that if you have a blog, you'll be glad you did.

October 19, 2009 at 2:27pm
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R C S V B *Note4* I M *Note4* A C *Note4* C N *Note4*

ACRO*BATICS [Round Over]  (13+)
I supply an acronym; you make up what it stands for. My favorite entries win gift points!
#921363 by Rubikraken
is a fun acronym contest that's been running a long time.

The above is the 15-letter teaser for this Round 57. Why not give it a try?

While you are there, check out my "Invalid Post"   *Delight*
October 18, 2009 at 9:52pm
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Sunday morning, up early, coffee brewing. Son is at work and Tom is still sleeping with his door shut. MY TIME! *Bigsmile*

No TV, no noise of any kind, 'cept Max and Mollie chasing each other, running like two elephants that smell water. *Wink*

Tamra has instructions not to contact me on the weekends until noon so I had some sweet time to myself.

I filed and filed and sorted through paperwork that needs attention. Made sub-piles and emergency "to do" piles and had a pile to file in #13. That's my favorite, *Smile*, reducing my paper load. Dang, it does grow as if it were alive, doncha' know?

Friday, I met with Tamra's Registered Nurse, Priscilla, a black South African who is married and has children. She was so pleasant and patient. She estimated that I could work up to 30 hours a week, or six hours a day for five days a week or however Tamra wants to engage me.

Tamra called and told me that I start Monday (tomorrow), I told her that I will start after I sign some document and complete the tax forms, not before then. So I'm sure I'll see Miss Priscilla tomorrow.

I believe that within a relatively short time, I can pay cash for a vehicle and that sends me into orbit! *Laugh* Our own transportation. It's been 2.5 years already and I can't wait to take myself to appointments, the grocery store, church activities and what-not. *Bigsmile*

I know going in the door that I will be biting my tongue a bit. Tom said he wouldn't last long if it were him, so I remind him every time he starts about it that, you are right, it isn't about you, it's about US getting and having at our disposal a vehicle. So how about showing a microscopic sample of support? Huh?

Shelley, (the daughter of the elderly abused woman who lives next door to Tam) managed to be involved in the deaths of two men, about two weeks ago. There was a write-up in the Houston Chronicle about it.

She was fighting with her illegal Honduran boyfriend over cocaine, when he pulled a knife and attempted to stab her. She fled to a neighbor's home and he came to her aide. While still at his front door, her lover stabbed her in the back, (literally) then he killed her neighbor. When HPD appeared on the scene, the boyfriend was poised to stab her yet again when the police shot him in the head and killed him.

I told Tam she better be looking out that peephole before opening the door and if THAT woman comes to her door screaming for help, tell her that she would call 911, but not to open the door. Tamra might be in danger like the neighbor was and is no more! *Frown*

Saturday night Tam & I watched Schindler's List. I had seen it before, but it was a long time ago and there were parts that I didn't remember. I thought it was very well done. I think Liam Neeson is an A-1 actor and he surely didn't disappoint in this film.

Tamra had never seen it so it was a 3-hour+ treat for her. Whenever the scenes were a bit graphic she'd grab a cigarette and stand in the open doorway to her apartment and smoke furiously like she was in a big hurry!

We went through a bag of cheap chips and put a big dent in a tub of Dean's Ranch dip during that movie. Better than forking out cinema prices and concession bucks! *Thumbsup*

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So what do you think our Secretary of State is building a foundation for *Question* She's definitely caching her political ammo and reserves for what's coming before the end of this year. I think there will be a re-institution of the draft, that will transpire around the Christmas holidays. You best believe that she's up to something.

Chavez talks like he wants a piece of the USA along with Iran and all of Israel's other
enemies. The world and its leaders are murmuring and complaining - it all has a specific meaning that I don't pretend to know, just that;

It's all in Motion *Exclaim*

XXX the word "pieces" and think blahhhg *Cool*
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