Archive for September, 2008

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WOW, reading today’s news is so very depressing. The failure of the bailout of the country’s financial situation.

WASHINGTON – The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation’s financial system, ignoring urgent warnings from President Bush and congressional leaders of both parties that the economy could nosedive into recession without it.

Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was announced on the House floor.

Bush and a host of leading congressional figures had implored the lawmakers to pass the legislation despite howls of protest from their constituents back home. Despite pressure from supporters, not enough members were willing to take the political risk just five weeks before an election.

Ample no votes came from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. More than two-thirds of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats opposed the bill.

The overriding question for congressional leaders was what to do next. Congress has been trying to adjourn so that its members can go out and campaign. And with only five weeks left until Election Day, there was no clear indication of whether the leadership would keep them in Washington. Leaders were huddling after the vote to figure out their next steps.

A White House spokesman said that President Bush was “very disappointed.”

“There’s no question that the country is facing a difficult crisis that needs to be addressed,” Tony Fratto told reporters. He said the president will be meeting with members of his team later in the day “to determine next steps.”

“Obviously we are very disappointed in this outcome,” Fratto said. “. There’s no question that the country is facing a difficult crisis that needs to be addressed. The president will be meeting with his team this afternoon to determine the next steps and will also be in touch with congressional leaders.”

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Monday he believed Congress would ultimately pass a proposed $700 billion Wall Street financial bailout, despite an initial rejection by the House of Representatives.

“I’m confident that we’re going to get there. It’s going to be a little rocky,” said Obama, who added that “things are never smooth in Congress.”

Monday’s mind-numbing vote had been preceded by unusually aggressive White House lobbying, and spokesman Tony Fratto said that Bush had used a “call list” of people he wanted to persuade to vote yes as late as just a short time before the vote.

Lawmakers shouted news of the plummeting Dow Jones average as lawmakers crowded on the House floor during the drawn-out and tense call of the roll, which dragged on for roughly 40 minutes as leaders on both sides scrambled to corral enough of their rank-and-file members to support the deeply unpopular measure.

They found only two.

Bush and his economic advisers, as well as congressional leaders in both parties had argued the plan was vital to insulating ordinary Americans from the effects of Wall Street’s bad bets. The version that was up for vote Monday was the product of marathon closed-door negotiations on Capitol Hill over the weekend.

“We’re all worried about losing our jobs,” Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declared in an impassioned speech in support of the bill before the vote. “Most of us say, ‘I want this thing to pass, but I want you to vote for it — not me.’ ” msn.com

What is happening to our country and the world?


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The changing seasons

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Another week is past already. Autumn is here as well. My favorite time of the year. I sadly hate to admit, that I had to break down and purchase some new smaller clothing. I have altered everything I had, to no more avail. Shirts 3 sizes smaller, pants three sizes smaller…I am truly amazed by this transformation. 12 weeks out and 66 pounds down. I can’t wait till I hit the 100 pound loss. My nephew told me “you’re getting skinny” last night. I was happy. 🙂

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(1) “Press 1 for English” is immediately banned. English is the official
language; speak it or wait at the border until you can.

(2) We will immediately go into a two year isolationist posture to
straighten out the country’s attitude. NO imports, no exports. We will use the ‘Wal-Mart ‘s policy, ‘If we ain’t got it, you don’t need it.’

(3) When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it.

(4) All retired military personnel will be required to man one of our many observation towers on the southern border. (six month tour) They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens.

(5) Social security will immediately return to its original state. If you
didn’t put nuttin in, you ain’t gettin nuttin out. The president nor any
other politician will not be able to touch it.

(6) Welfare – Checks will be handed out on Fridays at the end of the 40 hour school week and the successful completion of urinalysis and a passing grade.

(7) Professional Athletes –Steroids – The FIRST time you check positive you’re banned for life.

(8) Crime – We will adopt the Turkish method, the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more life sentences. If convicted, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for your victim; gun, knife, strangulation, etc.

(9) One export will be allowed; Wheat, The world needs to eat. A bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10) All foreign aid using American taxpayer money will immediately cease, and the saved money will pay off the national debt and ultimately lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we’ll ask the American people if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision whether it’s a worthy cause.

(11) The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.

(12) The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

Sorry if I stepped on anyone’s toes but a vote for me will get you better
than what you have, and better than what you’re gonna get.

Thanks for listening, and remember to write in my name on the ballot in November.

God Bless America !!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Cosby!!!!!!!!

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Well it is over. The day we have been waiting for. Months of planning came to cumulation yesterday! Yes Nichole is now a married woman! My youngest niece Nichole married William yesterday in a beautiful black and white themed outdoor wedding here in Maine. The day could not have been more beautiful. Congratulations Mr and Mrs B! I wish you both all the happiness in the world.

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Farewell Buddy….

Yesterday was a vary sad day in my friend, Pat’s life. She is horse lover and owned two beautiful boys until yesterday when grief struck. The is coy the American Quarter Horse and Buddy the Hackamore Pony. Buddy had fallen ill over the last few months with laminitis and foundering of his foot. He was under the extreme care of his vet and and been being being treated everyday for the last two months. Yesterday when she went see Buddy he had taken a turn for the worst and had to be euthanized late yesterday. Buddy was such a gentle creature and he loved people. he loved to munch on grass and wander in the pasture.

The loss of a pet is very difficult to face. Another friend of mine Cyndi, just lost her beloved Roscoe a week ago. The pain is terrible. Somehow I know that Buddy has joined Roscoe, and all the other animals we have ever loved, on the other side. Rest in peace Buddy….we will never forget you.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…


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Learning to live again.

Well it’s been 11 weeks on Monday since my surgery, and I’m down 61 pounds so far. I can’t believe it has actually been that long. My recovery has taken many cures and I am pleased with the result thus far. I am working out with cardiovascular and weight training 5-6 days per week for an hour and a half each time. I can honestly say that I am enjoying these workouts.

After watching last night’s “The Biggest Loser” new season episode, I can no longer sit back and say “I should do something like that”. I have made a life changing decision and each day brings new things to me. Like buying new pants three sizes smaller this week! I was amazed. I can’t say that this has been easy by far, but what I can say it is truly rewarding to watch these changes in myself. I can no longer think that “I am on a diet”, but I am living a new life. My new choices and new decisions. I don’t know what the future will bring, however I can say that today is a good day and I’m feeling like this was the right choice for me.

In the meantime, I’m packing up all of my old clothes that no longer fit and will be recycling them by donating them to the needy. I have recently purchased some new fall clothing, but I can no longer alter my current clothing into fitting me. I like this! 🙂

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So today is Tuesday. I’m worn out. A three year old can do that? I guess so. Emma, my great niece has been here since Saturday. I love this child, she brings sunshine to the rainiest of days. She puts a smile on my face every time she speaks. She is staying with us for the week, as her day care is closed for a vacation. Last night we had to go to the playground to swing. All I can say, she is a monkey. Climbing up the highest on poles at the playground and then telling me I can’t reach her. But I fooled her and climbed after her!!!! She never saw that coming…..

After playing for about an hour last night, skies grew darker and darker, then rain drops began to appear. We had to stay though, because Emma was not finished. My back was turned toward the sky when she yelled “look Aunt Deedee a rainbow”, I tuned to see not only one rainbow, but two! She proceeded to ask me where a rainbow comes from. After explaining the process, she told me the rain would stop, because the “sun always shines at the playground.”

Wisdom from a three year old!

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