Thursday, July 19, 2012

Whittle: reasons to vote for Obama, huh?

Another good video from Bill Whittle - as he describes reasons to vote "for" Obamalama-ding-dong... I mean McFake Potus:

And here's a few of the 1001 Reasons to Vote Against Obama from Conservative Daily News:
  1. The man started his presidency off with a bang by botching his oath of office. 
  2. For good measure, he set the tone for his administration for allowing Chief Justice John Roberts to take the blame for the error. 
  3. Obama promises on the campaign trail to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay. The detention facility is open three years later and counting. 
  4. In the same breath, he promises to restore habeas corpus. Three years into his term, he signs the National Defense Authorization Act, which leaves open the possibility of indefinite detention of American citizens. 
  5. President Obama ordered the assassination of an American citizen. 
  6. As Senator, Obama spoke out against but voted for the Patriot Act. 
  7. As President, he extended it, with an auto-pen, while he was in France. 
  8. Obama continues the “Bush practice” of extraordinary rendition. 
  9. As a candidate, Obama promises to end the War in Iraq and bring all troops home within 16 months. He even says in 2007 that it would be the first thing he would do in office, and that “you can take that to the bank.” As president, he announces all troops would be withdrawn by the end of 2011 (34 months later). 
  10. Obama states the Afghan War would conclude in June 2011, but projections now have us running into 2014.
Read the rest here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

RIP Betty 13-July-2012

My mom Betty passed away last night after 1 week at hospital, 2 weeks at home.  We, her 3 daughters, were by her side. 

mom made us 3 black velvet gowns for this photo - 1970-ish family Christmas card

She never really gained full consciousness or alertness after her stroke 3 weeks ago. We made her as comfortable as possible.  She didn't want extra measures to keep her alive.  She was probably only uncomfortable the last few hours because it was becoming very hard to breathe even though she was on oxygen.

I'm happy I was able to take a month of work in NZ to travel to Chicago to be with my mom and help take care of her in her paralyzed state.  It is hard to lose a parent, but I got to say goodbye and I have lots of happy memories of my mom.  She was a very classy lady who loved classic, preppy clothes.

She was an avid outdoor sports woman who downhill skiied her whole life - into her 70s.  She won some downhill ski races in Colorado for the over 70s competition she was in.

She was an equestrian.

When she was younger, she skated pairs with her brother - and skated with all 9 kids in her tight knit Dutch-Irish family.

My parents married in 1959, traveled to Europe several times until I came along in 1963. My sisters and I are all adopted - my mom really wanted kids but couldn't get pregnant.

My mom loved Julia Child recipes and threw many festive dinner parties.  I often helped her in the kitchen (see me in the door way?!)... Below is at our house in Wilmette where we lived 30 years.  Mom decorated the dining room in silver - silver patterned wall paper, walnut dining room table, chandelier and mirrors... even the ceiling had squares of mirrored wall paper.  It was a shiny room... 

I choose to celebrate the wonderful life mom had. Rest in peace mom - now go have a libation; have a scotch with your friends "the Bardo" (Margarite Bard) and Catholic priest Father Bill.  Have a dinner party, laugh, kid around and tell funny stories.  Go ride horses, ski to your hearts content and hang out with your brothers and parents...  We'll miss having you on earth, but we know you are at peace.


your eldest daughter ... xxxxxx " Zazzy "

Saturday, July 14, 2012

is America worth fighting for and WILL you fight?

from Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - America EXISTS because the constitution... too many on the RIGHT are compromising as well... I'm with the 2 ladies in this video.

America is an IDEA worth fighting for - if the people who SWEAR to protect and defend the USA constitution, abdicate their duties, they remove their OWN power!

Listen and learn ... and remember in November - ALL must go in EVERY office in the land if they will not support the supreme LAW of the land:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

freedom is bound to prevail... a message from Bibi

Israel PM wishes America a Happy Independence Day!  :)  I love Bibi... he is GREAT!  Listen:

Chicago 4th of July Party


I have a few minutes before I leave for my mom's house today to tell you about an authentic 4th of July party I went to last night for a couple hours.

It was fantastic.

My sister knows various people and has many friends who are parents of kids at their schools.  Sis has a 12 year old, 16 and 18 year old.  We drove over to one such friend's house last night about 8:30pm.  The house is brand new - a "tear down" as Chicago suburban folk call 'em.  A tear down is where you have a regular size lot with a small ranch house, tear down the small house and build a big honkin' new mansion-ish size house on the same lot.  You don't have a huge yard any more, but a huge house instead.  This is very popular in nice, semi-affluent suburbs where many homes change hands and new young couples with kids move in. 

This house was huge!  They had a full, finished basement decorated with Chicago sport team memorabilia.  Cubs, Bears player jerseys in frames.  A huge full restaurant sized bar with signed baseballs and pictures of the home owners with famous people - like Patrick Swayze and team players, coaches - like Mike Ditka.  This basement was a Chicago sports fan dreamland.  Kids were playing Xbox in one room, table hockey in another and there was a gym room down on one side. 

Upstairs had a huge kitchen with dark wood and granite tiles - all the rage these days.  The living room had high ceilings - up to the second story.  The backyard had a large new patio, a small but regulation height basketball court, an outside bar and fountain area with lots of seating areas.

They had a large America flag as a wall hanging in the yard and I saw a few fireflies flying around.  The fireworks, at the nearby school, started about 9:30pm or so.  I could see them from the side of the house so I watched for a few minutes.  Various kids with necklace light strings all piled out to walk to the school to watch the fireworks close up.  Most of the adults stayed in the back yard chatting it up near the outside bar where the homeowner was passing out very strong margaritas and such. 

The weather was clear and hot as blazes - about 90F with around 50% humidity.  We were sweating standing still.  There was all kind of food in the kitchen for the taking but I was too hot to eat anything.  I knew a couple of my sisters friends but otherwise noone else.  My nieces all came over with their groups of friends because they know the homeowner's kids.  There was a group of 20 or so 12-13 year olds and maybe 20 or so 15-18 year olds and perhaps 50 adults. 

We left around 11pm to walk several blocks to our car.  The weather at 11pm was the same, hot and humid.  We walked passed many tear downs and many ranch houses ripe for the picking in this up and coming transitioning neighborhood. 

Capitalism is alive and well in the Chicago suburbs.  The suburban middle class seems to be doing OK.  There were thousands of suburb residents who walked to the school to see the fireworks so the 4th of July spirit is alive and well. 

I had the full fledged, full on, festive, hot, fireworked fourth...  and I did enjoy myself.  My favorite part was the fireflies twinkling on a hot summer night... I think I heard a few ramparts even...

... Now?  Back to mom's...