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Friday, June 29, 2007

eNews from Senator Larry Craig

I get email from our State Senator and in today's "enews" letter he spoke of Immigration Reform. Here is the link: Imigration Reform Update

What it says:

"One thing is certain in this hungry world: no regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters." None other than Ronald Reagan uttered these words.

We can all agree that people must not be allowed to enter the United States illegally, and those who have done so must be held accountable. Our laws must be enforced vigorously. The 1986 immigration law brought us to where we are today because it had no teeth.

Although not perfect, the White House/Senate proposal just debated did have teeth, and it contained elements I will continue to favor in any immigration reform. I continue to believe those here illegally should not get "amnesty,"—there is no free pass for transgressions. They should pay fines, learn English and meet many other stiff requirements to qualify for temporary legal status. To apply for a green card, they should be forced to wait until the current backlog is cleared—no jumping ahead of those who followed the rules. But none of these reforms should commence until certain border and internal security standards are met—security remains our first priority.

One thing we can all agree on in this debate—the status quo does not work. I am working to solve this problem, because I believe that's what the people of Idaho elected me to do—to solve problems instead of ignore them.

I like what he had to say. I wonder if this response was due to all of the emails and phone calls he must be receiving. Hell... even I sent one. Bug Drivel: Letter to Larry Craig, US Senator

An interesting page from his site is called Fact or Fiction. Here he addresses rumors to let us know how true or untrue they are. For instance, he speaks of Illegal Immigrants and Social Security... E-Mail Tax... Contressional Retirements... NAFTA Superhighway... Law of the Sea Treaty... and Security and Prosperity Partnership. These were just the ones added in the last two days. I haven't found an archive as of yet.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ellie's Two States

State #1

Faaaaaaaaaast asleeeeeeeeeep


State #2

Wide eyed ready to goooooooooo!!!


Vote Smart: A warning to all women about H.C.

How could she not know what her husband was doing when her back was turned? In the type of relationship they had at that time and with all the possible ways to know things (ie media, employees, etc) how could she not know?

There are times when a person doesn't know their husband/wife is cheating... but it seems obvious to me that they had an arranged marriage... a marriage where you do what you want so long as the other doesn't get hurt. He broke that rule. You can't do these types of things when you're in the spot light and expect everyone else to say "that's okay... they agreed on it". Did they agree upon rape? Did they agree upon him ruining his career and hers along with it?

This arranged marriage is white trash and embarrassing to us as a nation. Why don't they go back to being ordinary, boring citizens so they can do these types of things? Oh yeah... they're too well known for that, huh.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Z-Mail : Volume 2; Issue 2


Volume 2, Issue 2


Love him or loathe him, he nailed this one right on the head.
By Rush Limbaugh:

I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and par cel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.

If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

"When do we finally do something about this?"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Glenn Beck's Interview with Toby Keith

This interview goes along with the posting of Toby Keith's song "Love me if you can" shown in the post below.

Some of the interview is hard to follow because I think Toby was just going with his gut and didn't have a transcript or anything. I found it interesting so thought I would link it.

LINK: Toby Keith Interview

A sampling:

KEITH: The reason -- Afghanistan, by the way, I just returned from over there two weeks ago, but Afghanistan's doing great. Afghanistan is a country. They still have the Taliban crossing the border because Pakistan won't -- won't rule their side of it, but as they regroup across, our guys are set up so well over there they just take care of them with very few casualties and the country is doing well, they don't have all that tribal fighting that was (unintelligible).

Now, in Iraq, the biggest problem they have is insurgency and keeping the tribal wars, the civil war going on. In my opinion -- and I'm just a songwriter, I'm not a celebrity, nobody should listen to me, but in my opinion, going over there and doing a hundred shows it seems to me at some point the Iraqi government, they need to establish their --

GLENN: Sure.

KEITH: -- some kind of a -- even if it's all Shi'a or even if it's all Sunni or whatever they do, their -- their military and their police force are going to have to quit fighting amongst themselves tribal-wise and they're going to have to stand up and take control of their country, or we're going to have to stand back -- we can't leave, I think we could stand back and let them have their civil war and play king of the mountain or whatever because our guys are on every corner over there we're living under Congress' ultimatum, and to me, I don't see how it can be won.

GLENN: People talk to me all the time, they call in and say Glenn, give me some good news, tell me -- tell me something that is good that you see in America, give me some hope. And I see it all across America, but you travel, and you perform and you speak to so many Americans. What is the voice of the American people saying that Washington is just not hearing right now? Who are we?

KEITH: Well, I think -- I think overall this is -- you know, I think overall everybody's proud to be Americans, and I think they support the troops. Now, you gotta keep in mind that I'm -- you know, I'm poster boy for going over there and playing, so they're not -- not too many people are going to come up and say something bad to me about the troops, you know. So I -- I hear a lot of positive things about it. As a whole, I think that -- I think that we're -- our identity is that we're compassionate. You know, we don't -- Saddam Hussein ran his country by -- by slaughtering neighborhoods and then --

The Ellie Time Line

Famous pictures of our famous puppy, Ellie Bellie.
More to come!
4 weeks - still with her mother.
8 weeks & in her toy basket...
she won't fit for long!
9 weeks - getting a little bigger.
At 10 1/2 weeks - outgrowing her basket!
12 weeks and counting!

13 weeks... precious!!

This toy cost $4.00 and lasted five
days. Gee... that's less than $1.00
a day. What a bargain! Sigh...

Here she is at 15 weeks.

17 weeks... and very tired!

18-19 weeks... she loves her pool.

Time sure flys... 4 1/2 months.

5 months young!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Love Me if You Can

I found these lyrics off the web so I'm not sure if they're exactly right. I heard this song today and thought it was very close to how so many people I know and have heard talk actually feel about what's happening in our country and with our dealings with other countries.

Love me if you can by Toby Keith

Sometimes I think that war is necessary.
Every night I pray for peace on Earth.
I hand out my dollars to the homeless.
But believe that every able soul should work.

My father gave me my shotgun
that I'll hand down to my son,
try to teach him everything it means.

I'm a man of my convictions.
Call me wrong, call me right.
But I bring my better angels to every fight.
You may not like where I'm going,
but you sure know where I stand.
Hate me if you want to, love me if you can.

I stand by my right to speak freely.
But I worry 'bout what kids learn from TV.
And before all of debatin' turns to angry words and hate,
sometimes we should just agree to disagree.

And I believe that Jesus looks down here and sees us,
and if you ask him he would say

I'm a man of my convictions.
Call me wrong, call me right.
But I bring my better angels to every fight.
You may not like where I'm going,
but you sure know where I stand.
Hate me if you want to, love me if you can.

Here's a Poll

I participated in a poll... mind you it was from a conservative website (Hannity)... but it's still a poll. I wonder if anyone will take it seriously?

I didn't look at the results until after I voted... but while I was viewing the options I thought to myself that it was a close call for me between Illegal Immigration, the War on Terror and Homeland Security.

So I voted... for the War on Terror and then looked at the results.

1. Illegal Immigration got 48.29%
2. War on Terror got 30.39%
3. Homeland Security got 13.33%

Everything else was below 2 % at the time I participated.


Seems to me that all three of these issues are closely related. To me it just proves that conservatives are mostly worried about the same things... keeping our country safe!!

Note: But since I don't believe in polls, I suppose I shouldn't bother, right? That seems to be what's happening. So many polls seem false... even this one could be false if their website allows you to vote more than once. But because I've been jaded to them I end up with two feelings when I read a poll like this 1) Whoooo - hoooo .... finally there's something out there that reads true to my feelings or 2) It's just another stupid poll and since I don't like any polls, I can't be a hypocrite and just go with the one that agrees with me.

It's a conspiracy I tell ya!

Full results as of the afternoon of 6-19-07

Results: What issue do you think is the most important in the '08 presidential election?
1. Illegal Immigration 48.29%
2. Free Trade 0.42%
3. War on Terror 30.39%
4. UN 0.13%
5. Education 0.65%
6. Abortion 1.87%
7. Gun Rights 1.35%
8. International Relations 0.93%
9. Social Security 1.13%
10. Free Speech 1.51%
11. Homeland Security 13.33%

Monday, June 18, 2007

I have a vote - Yoda for President

LINK: Yoda - Ain't got nobody

Yoda seems lonely and doesn't have "nobody"... lets give him all of the United States and see if he can encourage the force to be with us!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Nothing better to do - 100 vs 1

With nothing better to do with your day, why not call upon 99 of your closest friends to run down the street scaring the crap out of everyone.

This really got me giggling. The sad thing is... if we did this in America, we would probably get sued for causing unnecessary stress, back injury and future nightmares.

Funny stuff.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Pictures of Ellie - by request

Per a request from David (thanks for stopping by again!) I am adding a few of the newest pictures of Ellie. Here are some shots I took JUST today... in and around our HUGE back yard pool. Ellie is beginning to hold true to the stereo type bestowed upon labs... she likes the water. She doesn't really like it in her ears... which is good because the vet warns about ear infections. I sprayed her back a few times to see how she would react... she runs and then comes back for more!

This is the second post for today... please scroll for the first.

Ellie enjoying a cool drink from the fancy water fountain I installed myself. Notice how it gently sprays our HUGE backyard pool... also installed by me.

Ellie is now 3 1/2 months old and she has no clue she's getting bigger. All of the pictures prove that she is and she just keeps growing!

Here's she's telling the fountain who's boss.

Ellie likes the water but per the look on her face in this shot, she really doesn't like it when the fountain suddenly comes to life and splashes her in the face. Uuuugh... it got me!

Polls - How I hate them

Drake: Bush Approval Rating Drops, Congress Approval Rating Drop Even Lower

Who DOES get asked these "poll" questions and HOW are they worded. That's something I would be very much interested in... the actual questions!!

My comment to David's post.

I think I've given up on polls. I like them when they're in agreement with me... of course... and it bothers me when they go against what I think.

But that's how I FEEL and it's how many people FEEL. We hate it when polls tell us we're "wrong" or on the wrong side.

The thing is... I've pretty much given up on them outright because I don't know when it's truth or fiction. The polls tell me how much America doesn't like Bush or how much we want to abandon the war effort, etc.

No one asks me!

And quite frankly, I think the polls are very deceiving because of the way the questions are worded. They could say "do you think we should end the war" and if a person says "yes", then it's deemed that they really said "Bush is a moron and we need to get out of Iraq and flee to our own soil and never again help another country". So... the polls say Bush is bad.

I don't believe them. I think Bush is getting bad reviews from all sides but the questions are still deceiving and it looks like all of America is against him and blames him for everything. It's easy to blame any president in power... very easy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

No we won't be better off!

I was listening to the radio today and a very quick interview occured where an illegal alien from Mexico stated that he felt it was unfair that they (those who are illegal) can't go to college. His take was that if they are allowed to go to college, then America will be better off for it.


It won't be a better place because you are allowed to go to college in America when you're not an American citizen. It won't be a better place because you are able to get money from the government (if you don't pay for it yourself and more than likely you won't) to go to college because you can't afford to "pay your way". It won't be a better place because you can get a higher paying job than me due to the fact I wasn't able to go to college because I had other responsibilities. It won't be a better place because you go to college and push out the real American citizens by claiming you're a minority and therefore get to take away jobs.

NO... it won't be a better place if illegals go to college. It may indeed be a better place if they first gain citizenship - let them do that first. Let them prove they love America as much as I do and that they don't just want to use it until it runs dry.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Letter to Larry Craig, US Senator

My letter to Larry Craig...

I do not support the bipartisan immigration reform bill. I feel the issues of border enforcement and legalization should not be in one bill. We need to enforce our borders first and keep them enforced for years to come. Once this is accomplished we can then focus on those illegal people who have been here for years.

I am concerned about terrorist coming into our country and strongly feel that this will lessen if we control our borders from those coming into America without the legal right to do so. I am not against Mexican citizens visiting our country or gaining legal citizenship here... I am against anyone from any country coming to America and terrorising us or using our system against us. Please consider these things while you are in office.

Thank you

Immediate form generated response:

Thank you for sending me an electronic message, a copy of which is provided below. This automated message is provided to let you know that your message was sent.

As one of Idaho's United States Senators, my first responsibility is to represent and address the concerns of Idahoans. I appreciate the time you have taken to contact me and will respond to your message as quickly as possible. Please understand that sometimes additional research is required to address your concerns and a response to your message may take a little longer. When the Senate is debating controversial issues, I see an increase in mail volume which also delays my ability to respond rapidly.

If your message requested my assistance in dealing with a federal agency, you may want to save time by contacting one of my offices directly. The addresses and telephone numbers of each of my offices are provided on my website.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Larry E. Craig
United States Senator

Question: Do they actually read every email and letter that comes to them? Do they hire people to do it for them and then my message "might" get to the Senator? I'm just wondering what my chances are for it reaching the person I actually wrote it for, you know!

... and I really don't know all the issues or the right words to use... I just know that we must secure our borders in order to remain a free America. If we don't, we will fall with disgrace.

Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma

I just had to put this in my blog because I never know when I'll want to hear Nessun Dorma.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Unite with Hilary and Her Minions

Just a little something I found on Fark.com. It's amazing the things I find on other blogs that end up leading to other things that end up on my blog.

Is this where our country is headed?

By the way, the original picture is scary enough without photoshop.

Friday, June 8, 2007

If I were the devil

If I were the devil I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world {America}.

I would fill people's minds with doubts about the biblical account of Creation.

I would promote an attitude of loving "things" instead of people {pools, cars, etc}.

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenues.

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership {see Bill Clinton}.

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies.

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient.

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals is valued more than the life of human beings.

I would take God out of the schools, and I would make the mere mention of His name grounds for a lawsuit.

I would take a religion of love, and pervert its' followers into hating those that are "different" from them {911 attack}.

I would make mind altering drugs easily obtainable and I would especially target the young, and I would get famous rock stars to defend their use.

I would gain control of the television media so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda.

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation. I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation.

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and see to it that same sex marriage is considered perfectly normal and acceptable.

I would encourage people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it "art".

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as "politically correct" {ACLU}.

I would persuade people that the Church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is only for the naive.

I would dull the minds of people of Faith and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional, to be left up to each individual.

.......Hmmm, come to think of it I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are today.

~~ Paul Harvey in 1999 ~

I am guilty of some of these things and I find them acceptable to me... right or wrong. I guess one of the keys is that if you are guilty of some then you have to accept when others are guilty of those things you don't do. Interesting, huh.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Hitler's Ultimate Downfall

You know... maybe Microsoft is the answer to ending the war with Iraq and her allies.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A view from behind the veil

Some interesting reading here....

In Saudi Arabia, a view from behind the veil

Here's a little of it...

The rules are different here. The same U.S. government that heightened public outrage against the Taliban by decrying the mistreatment of Afghan women prizes the oil-slicked Saudi friendship and even offers wan praise for Saudi elections in which women are banned from voting. All U.S. fast-food franchises operating here, not just Starbucks, make women stand in separate lines. U.S.-owned hotels don't let women check in without a letter from a company vouching for her ability to pay; women checking into hotels alone have long been regarded as prostitutes.

As I roamed in and out of Saudi Arabia, the abaya, or Islamic robe, eventually became the symbol of those shifting rules.

I always delayed until the last minute. When I felt the plane dip low over Riyadh, I'd reach furtively into my computer bag to fish out the black robe and scarf crumpled inside. I'd slip my arms into the sleeves without standing up. If I caught the eyes of any male passengers as my fingers fumbled with the snaps, I'd glare. Was I imagining the smug looks on their faces?

The sleeves, the length of it, always felt foreign, at first. But it never took long to work its alchemy, to plant the insecurity. After a day or two, the notion of appearing without the robe felt shocking. Stripped of the layers of curve-smothering cloth, my ordinary clothes suddenly felt revealing, even garish. To me, the abaya implied that a woman's body is a distraction and an interruption, a thing that must be hidden from view lest it haul the society into vice and disarray. The simple act of wearing the robe implanted that self-consciousness by osmosis.

In the depths of the robe, my posture suffered. I'd draw myself in and bumble along like those adolescent girls who seem to think they can roll their breasts back into their bodies if they curve their spines far enough. That was why, it hit me one day, I always seemed to come back from Saudi Arabia with a backache.

The kingdom made me slouch.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Bath Time for Ellie

Ellie's first official bath. She liked it... pretty much. We didn't have much water in the tub since it was her first time and didn't want to freak her out for future baths.

Please note M's T-shirt. A complete lie... men are more emotional than any rational woman. Now... how many rational women are there... besides myself, of course.

She was more interested in the bathroom floor mats than getting dried off. And she loves chewing on towels, which is my fault. She has her own towel in the back yard that I've tied into a knot and she runs around killing it... ripping it back and forth with her jaws and slamming it on the ground.

Good times!

I love this one... she's resting her head on M's hand while he's attempting to dry her. Okay... so she was actually trying to devour the towel just moments before, but it's still cute!!

Alas... the final product.

Doesn't she almost look proud of her new look? Or maybe she looks like she's waiting for the treat in my outstretched hand trying to get a good picture?

Nah... she looks proud!!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Remember Me

I think this video is wonderful... too bad so many people had to turn it into a comment battleground.

ATTENTION! I apologize for any inconvenience, but I have been receiving way too many negative comments and people arguing with and insulting each other in comments on this video. After a lot of hard thought, I have decided to disable comments on my video. I may or may not turn them back on again, we'll have to see. Again, I'm sorry, but you can thank the people who decided to turn this into a debate forum. Thank you for your time, and I apologize again to those of you who didn't do anything wrong.

Lizzie Palmer

I thought it was beautiful. That being said, I could also feel the pain of not wanting my son to go to war as I watched the pain on the faces of those who had lost someone. If my son goes, I so much want to be the one with the smiling face and arms thrown around him when he returns.

My comments to Lizzie

I loved your "remember me" video and would have said so in the comments... too bad you had to turn them off, but I understand. It's alright because I can still let you know here how much it moved me and gave me feelings of pride while still tearing me up inside.

My son is now 16 and wants to join the military. He is currently in JROTC and feels very strongly about his reasons for wanting to join. For me, a mother of this wonderful 16 year old young man, I have such mixed emotions. I want him to do what is right for him and for our country... but I am scared.

I do not want to be one of those with just memories of what was or what could have been. I want to be one of the lucky moms who gets to welcome her son home with open arms for a job well done.

So I cry periodically for what may happen... almost as if to prepare myself. Between you and me... no one can prepare themselves for pain like that... I pray it never happens.

But don't think of this as a protest... I am a strong believer in freedom, personal and as a whole country. If we back down from those who hate us, we will no longer be what we are... we will be dead, literally or spiritually... just dead.

Thank you again!! I have linked your video to my personal blog if you would like to see it there at bugdrivel.blogspot.com where I am also posting my comments to you so everyone knows how I feel about this. It is not much of a blog... but it's my way of showing how I feel about these types of things.

May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~