Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Eddie, Kathi & Katie's Trip To New York

Eddie and Kathi took Katie to New York to show her around and to pick out her wedding dress. Here are the scrapbook pages I did of their trip.

NO Right To Choose...Ever

I've done a few posts about the seemingly borderline retarded Alvin Greene winning the Democratic nomination to run for the Senate seat in South Carolina. He won the primary almost three weeks ago and still no one can figure out why anyone voted for him. Over in Nevada, there's a Republican candidate running for that Senate seat and I can't figure out why in the world anyone, especially any woman, would have ever voted for her either.

From the Nevada State Democratic Party website we learn of an interview that a one Sharron Angle did with a one Bill Manders back in January of 2010. Why this interview is coming out now is not quite clear to me. What is clear to me is that Ms. Angle should not be elected to anything. It's questionable if she should be allowed to roam about freely as she wishes. Medication might need to be involved. If no such medication is available, I'm all for a good malleting over the noggin.

Now, Manders brought up the topic of abortion. Abortion, if you're asking me, is a silly thing for people to state an opinion on. You know why? Because one side is never going to convince the other side to change their mind. They're just not. People might change their mind on their own over time, but they're not going to be simply convinced because someone presents them with a "reasonable" argument. It's a pointless discussion to have. But it sure does get some people riled up, that's for sure. And it's also a good way to identify some of the morons by listening to people's opinions.

Here's the way the exchange between Manders and Angle went. See if you have a problem with her logic/reasoning/rationale.

Manders: I, too, am pro life but I'm also pro choice, do you understand what I mean when I say that.

Angle: I'm pro responsible choice. There is choice to abstain choice to do contraception. There are all kind of good choices.

Manders: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?

Angle: Not in my book.

Manders: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?

Angle: You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.

You have got to be effing kidding me.

Where to begin? Hard to say, really. I guess I can start with her being "pro responsible choice". I didn't know that we were differentiating between "responsible choice" and "irresponsible choice." And I really don't see how there can even be that distinction when referring to abortion. Pro-life means what it means and pro-choice means what it means. She can't just go around assigning her own definition to the sides that have already been defined.

She says that there is no reason at all for an abortion "in her book"? I'm glad we're not going by her book. Mainly because she doesn't seem to think that there should be the option of an abortion in the case of incest or rape. Listen, lady...I believe that God has a plan too, but I don't think that His plan involves some teenage girl getting raped by her uncle and then being forced to carry that baby to term. For instance! You put yourself in that sort of a position, Ms. Angle, and then you tell me how your "faith" is going to work in that situation. What a moron.

People with that sort of thinking pattern cannot be in government. They sure as heck cannot be in the Senate. (I'd sort of prefer that they not be on the planet.) Lawmaking requires logic and reason and facts. It requires very little reliance on faith. Ms. Angle doesn't seem to have enough cranial capacity to do anything other than rely on her "faith". Thus, vote for whoever is running against her. I don't know who that is and I'm not going to look it up. Anyone would be better than her and her "no choice" stance. And if you care to, you can listen to her stance over there at The Huffington Post.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Katie Chooses Her Bridesmaid's Dresses

This is the scrapbook layout I made of Katie when she chose her bridesmaid dresses. I made the black background paper using some Victorian, 1920's, 1930's fashion model brushes. I like the effect!

4th of July

The Fourth of July is this weekend! In my husband's family, we really celebrate the 4th of July. We go to my sister-in-law's home because they have a pool. Her husband grills hot dogs and hamburgers. My husband usually makes hash the night before (our own little party because it's a late night). Everybody brings salads, desserts, vegetable dishes, etc. We swim, talk, laugh, play games outside and then top it off with fireworks. So our Independence Day party is a big deal.

If you also have a party or family over for a get together, then you can make it as simple or as big as you want. Don't set yourself up for unrealistic expectations. But here are some things I found on the Internet to give you ideas for your party. Take the ideas that you think would be fun to do and incorporate them in your plans. And let others help you. Your kids might be old enough and might love to be included in the decorating or cake decorating. Except what they do and have fun together!

colored sand in vases

You can make some fun cakes and these are just some of the ideas that I found. If you like decorating cakes, then these should give you some ideas. Or just order one from the grocery store.

You can grill, picnic, cook out, etc. Here are some ideas for the food.

Fruit bowls or just sliced watermelon, cantalope, honey dew melons. Or how about some ambrosia?

BBQ ribs, coleslaw, squash casserole

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans

Outfit a taco bar with flour tortillas, crushed chips (for taco salad) and taco shells, seasoned hamburger, shredded lettuce, chopped onion, chopped tomato, chopped avocado, shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream!

Hash sandwiches, vegetable tray, 3 bean salad

Grilled steaks, a baked potato bar, salad

Fish fry with french fries, fried Vidalia onions, steamed fresh asparagus

I hope this gives you some ideas and hope YOU HAVE A HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!