"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

HELP (no exclamation point)

I was reviewing my blog headers, and I used way too many exclamation points. I think I use too many exclamation points in general, so I'm trying to quit. Hopefully, I'll be able to do it and you won't have to feel like your reading the long lost blog of Richard Simmons. <-- It took all my effort not to use a ball and bat right there...

Ok, so I been trying unsuccessfully to dress up my blog a little bit, but it hasn't been working very well. I was able to get one template to work, but then the comments didn't work with that template.

So I want to ask you guys? Where do you get your templates and how do you do it?

Thomas Sowell - God Bless Him!

We all know that Barack Obama terrifies me! Not because he's black and I'm a racist but because he seems to respect and hang out with people who hate the United States like Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. He bows before the King of Saudi Arabia, makes nice with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, and refuses to bring up Human Rights in his visits to other countries. There's also the little aid to Born Alive Infants bill that he squelched two or three times in the Illinois senate. I think he's a bad, bad, immoral man with no priciples. And what else would you expect from a man with no faith in God? Oh, I know that he claimed to be a devout Christian all through the campaign... and yet Easter service was the first church service he attended since taking office. If he walks like an athiest, talks like an athiest...

If you think conservative people don't like him because he's black, let's consider Thomas Sowell. I love Thomas Sowell, I read his column religously, he is one of best at articulating conservative principles, moral and economic. He is greatly opposed to Barack Obama, and he happens to be black.

Please take a minute to read this article - it lays out a few of my biggest fears about Barack Obama. I honestly think he has big dreams of turning the US into a fascist state. He is already working to devalue the currency, he continues to scapegoat Bush and conservatives as the problem (we weren't the problem... but that's another story), and is already working to roll out a health program that will help get rid of the undesirables - the elderly, the terminally ill, the mentally ill and handicapped.

But the release last week to look out for the "right wing extremists" just blew me away! The Tea Party I attended was filled with people who LOVED America. We prayed before the rally started, we sang God Bless America, and stated the Pledge of Allegiance. We weren't Republicans or Democrats, we were just tired of the constant drifting of both parties away from what our brilliant Founding Fathers intended. A nation built on Judeo-Christian values with small government and individual rights held sovereign above all other things.

And that makes us "extremists" who need to be watched. Where are the priorities of this Administration? Why are they targeting our Veterans? Is it just another extension of Obama's need to demonize groups that don't agree with him? We already know that roughly 75% of the military voted for McCain in the last election. Currently, the FBI and the Department of Defense are investigating our boys and girls who are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. That's just crazy! They are the new terrorists, and the real terrorists are just "enemy combatants" that cause "man-made disasters."

Read this and see what you think... but first let me ask you, can I hide in your attic when Obama's Federal Police Force comes knocking at my door?

Monday, April 20, 2009

2 Gadgets Every Girl Needs!

I have a confession to make...

I am an engineer and I hate gadgets. For years it bothered me that I didn't care about fancy computers, iPods, TVs, iPhones, BlueTooth, Voice Over IP, Routers, Modems, Servers, you name it, I was totally indifferent to them. I don't know about how they work, I don't want to know, and I don't care about how to fix them. That's actually why I avoid them, they're expensive, and they seem complicated.
Until I discovered what I like to call "Girlie Gadgets", you know, the kind of things that you get at Williams-Sonoma that make cooking and organizing so much easier. They are so much fun! They made me realize that I am a geek afterall, I'm just the feminine version... a chic geek :). Now, I can't get enough of them! There are two in particular that I just starting using recently, and they are coolness itself.

The first one, a vacuum sealer, has been around for a while. My Uncle Ty bought it for me for my wedding (yes 4 years ago!). I tried to use it several times, and I could never get it to work. I gave it up for broken, and I was a little bit lazy about getting it for repairs before the warranty expired. My mom came to visit a few weeks ago, and she asked why I never used my vacuum sealer. "Uh like beca-use," I replied (for some reason I always channel my inner-baby-of-the-family-valley-girl when talking to my mom, I can't believe she still loves me) "Its broken!" "No, its not, come here and let me show you!" Well sure enough, it was not broken, and I have been using it ever since.
When it comes to cooking, I have this thing that is an opposite of a super power, whatever that is called. Its my kryptonite - I am incapable of cooking for two. I just can't adjust recipes to make fewer servings. I've tried, I've tried; I've checked the sites where you can tell how many servings of something I want. It doesn't matter, I always make waaayyyy more than two people can eat in one, two, three, four, five or even six sittings. So I usually end up making huge meals, and we have to eat it for over a week until it is done. Afterwards, we are so sick of it, that I can't make it for months, and that's rough because I don't have much in my recipe repertoire.

So thanks to my mom, I no longer have this problem. I can now save half of what I make for later! This is the best gadget, especially if you work and don't always have time to cook.

The second gadget... oh I just get chills thinking about it... my Label Maker! I bought it at the Container Store with my mom a few weeks ago, and its a-maz-ing! That's right ladies (and gentlemen), this isn't your ordinary, run-of-the-mill, Seinfeld Label Maker. It's just so awesome because, well it just is. I admit that I have been labeling a lot of things that don't need to be labeled just to use it, but it can be very helpful. The best thing that I have been using it for is to label my frozen, vacuum sealed food; that way I don't forget when it was cooked so that I can eat it before it goes bad. I get excited just thinking using it! Chic geek much... or really, maybe just geek :).

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Meme about Nick and Me!

I was tagged by my friend Adrienne... I now tag Jessica and Krista! Please fill this out when you get done reading it, ok?

1. What are your middle names?
James and Layne, I decided to drop the Thistlethwaite and keep the Layne. I always thought Thistlethwaite was kind of awesome, but it would just feel weird if my name wasn't Stori Layne anymore...

2. How long have you been together?
Together since April 5, 2003, and married since May 28, 2005. 6 and almost 4 years.

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating?
One year, we hung out in the same group of friends.

4. Who asked whom out?
Nick definitely made the first move. We were at Chilifest, Gary Allen threw his hat out into the audience, Nick caught it, swooped me up, held me while we listened to Willie Nelson, we had our first kiss 4 days later, our first date 1 week later, and the rest was history...

5. How old are each of you?
I'm 25; Nick is 26.

6. Whose siblings do you see the most?
We actively see his sister and brother-in-law more than my siblings. I say actively because we'll travel to Houston just to see them and them us. I see my siblings a lot but usually through visits to my parents. We've been staying with my sister more though, and its been a lot of fun!

7. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Not quite ready to say yet...

8. Did you go to the same school?
We went to the same college, Texas A&M University (A-WHOOP!!!). I went to three different high schools in Venezuela and Tomball, TX. Nick went to Calallen HS, near Corpus Christi.

9. Are you from the same home town?
I consider Tomball/Magnolia, TX to my hometown area, but I grew up in a lot of places. Nick was born in Bay City, TX and moved to Calallen when he turned 4.

10. Who is smarter?
Nick, he's the only boy I know that's smarter than me :).

11. Who is the most sensitive?
Me, I have never seen Nick cry in 6 years together!

12. Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Chic-fil-a, I'm obsessed with it and Nick indulges me. He likes it too though, and at least once I week I see a charge from Chic-fil-a on our card from Nick eating out with his coworkers, and I'm always so mad that he went without me! Real restaurants, I try to get to the Broken Egg whenever I can.

13. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Our honeymoon to St. Lucia. It was wonderful!

14. Who has the craziest exes?
I'd say neither, we really don't talk about it.

15. Who has the worst temper?
Oh me, me! For sure. Nick is really even-keeled, thank the Lord!

16. Who does the cooking?
Me, although I haven't been cooking as much lately. Nick does the grilling.

17. Who is the neat-freak?
I'd say neither, but now that we have a house, I'm care a little bit more about things being picked up.

18. Who is more stubborn?
Nick, definitely. A nicer word might be steadfast.

19. Who hogs the bed?
Me :).

20. Who wakes up earlier?
Arg, ME. At 4:15 AM, but Nick has been getting up early with me for moral support, he's the most precious man.

21. Where was your first date?
The Aquarium in Houston. It was very special because we drove in from College Station. We were supposed to go to a comedy club, but that fell through.

22. Who is more jealous?
Neither, well, ok... ME. Well, maybe neither. Its a tough call. Arg, I'm so afflicted with indecision on some of these answers!

23. How long did it take to get serious?
No time at all, we had already been friends for a while. All of our friends were super excited for us!

24. Who eats more?
Nick, he eats his meal, and whatever I don't want. I always try to make sure I eat less than him though, except when we go to the Broken Egg cafe, then all bets are off!

25. Who does the laundry?
Let me answer this question by telling you a little story. The other day Nick was looking for Frodo's leash, and I told him to look on the dryer. A few minutes later, Nick comes in and tells me its not there. I knew I had left the leash on the dryer, so I made him follow me into the utility room, and sure enough, the leash was right where I said it was. Nick looked at me sheepishly and said,"I thought that was the washing machine..."

He does redeem himself by sorting and putting away our socks though. I can never tell which are his and which are mine, even though I wear a Ladies 4 1/2 and Nick wears a Male 10!

26. Who's better with the computer?
Me, maybe him. He's a bit more tenacious about fixing it when its broken. Nick hates spending money so if he can figure out a way to fix something without paying for a specialist or buying a new part or computer, he will find a way! He's really good actually. Just this past week he fixed our refrigerator and replaced the break lights in my Trailblazer.

27. Who drives when you are together?
Oh my gosh, NICK! He's a little weird about it. One time we took a 12 hour road trip, and I forced him to let me drive like 7 hours into it. He proceeded to sit in the passenger seat and get all cranky and fussy (yes, like a 2 year old!) because he was bored and had nothing to do. I drove for 30 minutes, and then I just gave it back to him because he was getting on my nerves. I'd rather read anyway, and I read out loud to him which he likes.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Unions - the Real Public School Menaces

I'm throwing down the gauntlet, I guess.

I've been stewing on this a while, but this article was the last straw: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123985052084823887.html.

Once upon a time, I never thought I would say this, but... I HATE Unions, HATE, HATE, HATE them.Especially Teachers Unions.

The loss of merit based pay coupled with increasingly centralized management under the US Department of Education has resulted in a generation of ignorant children, who like most ignorant people will probably grow up expecting things handed to them and whining about how they don't get what they deserve... much like the public school teacher. Since unionized Public schools can't compete with Charter schools or Private schools via voucher programs, they use their money to buy political favors to kill the competition instead of reflecting on their failure and trying to do a better job. Who suffers? The children and Society at large. Who profits? Unions and the Democratic party.

People complain that teachers don't make enough. They make plenty for people that get summers off, are done at 3:00PM every day, receive liberal vacation breaks throughout the school year and deliver substandard educations all the while. No one wants to pay them higher salaries because they are dissatisfied with the results that they are seeing as our children's test scores get lower and lower and lower and lower... Not to mention that part of the money gets handed to a union, and then funneled directly into the Democratic party! They're crafty people, those Democrats, if there's a way to take money from people that would never support them otherwise, they'll figure out how to do it.

Part 1 of my solution - get rid of the Unions; Part 2 of my solution - get rid of the US Department of Education

Why should a teacher who does a terrible job receive the same salary as a teacher that is effective just because they have both taught for the same amount of time? Ability should get rewarded, and those without ability, should be fired. I would definitely support an excellent teacher being payed the same as an engineer or a nurse or a lawyer, and the few long suffering teachers who actually deserve more money should get it. I also predict that if that were made the case, teaching would once again become a respected profession.

Recently Michelle Rhee, the new Superintendent of the DC school district offered the Teachers Union a choice - teachers could earn up to $120,000, but they would have to give up tenure. The Unions balked! Can you believe it? Balked at $120,000! The big Union bosses balked at giving up tenure because in case you haven't caught on, this has nothing to do with providing schools with effective teachers and everything to do with maintaining their power. Could you imagine the kind of teaching talent DC would attract if they offered those kinds of salaries? Smart people would actually want to become teachers, but would be unlikely to suffer fools lightly and so they would probably figure out how to get rid of the Union bosses.

Private schools somehow manage to maintain a lean organization with 80% of the staff that actually teaches. Want to take a guess at public schools? Only 50% of staff at public schools actually teach, the rest are in useless bureaucratic positions, like "Diversity Coordinator." Maybe if we had a few more of these talented individuals in the classroom, the student to teacher ratio wouldn't be so high?

And this is little mean, but I have to say it. Recently, like most Democratic lackeys, teachers have started playing the victims... "But its not our fault! Education begins at home. What can we do if a child's parents won't read to them?" It's not their fault, as teachers that children aren't being taught! No, there are just enough parents that have started to realize that they will have to fill in the gap for what their kids have stopped receiving at school. Using typical liberal logic, teachers now expect parents to squeeze into a few evening hours, what they have had an entire day to teach.

A little more on Michelle Rhee: she supports school vouchers because she cares about student education above all other things. She knows that if kids aren't being taught in her schools, then they deserve a decent education elsewhere. “Part of my job is to make sure that all kids get a great education, and it doesn't’t matter whether it’s charter, parochial or public schools. I don’t think vouchers are going to solve all the ills of public education, but parents who are zoned to schools that are failing kids should have options to do better by their kids.”

Currently the Opportunity Scholarships Program in DC offers students in poor quality schools $7,500 to attend a private school of their choice, roughly half of what it would cost the DC school district to educate that same child. The program beneficiaries are 90% Black, 9% Hispanic, and less than 1% White or Asian, and poor parents and students are overwhelmingly happy that they can now attend functioning schools. In other cities where vouchers have been around longer, students that utilized the voucher programs graduated at higher rates with higher math and reading scores that their counterparts. The DC voucher program should be given time, and I'm sure it will utlimately work just as well.

Guess what though? Brain dead Democrats are trying to kill the DC voucher program, no doubt under pressure from another Teachers Unions that bought their support. Actually, why am I surprised? I don't think Democrats are capable of making decisions that save the Tax Payer money and that actually helps people! Its ironic that Democratic politicians, Barack Obama included, would never dream of sending their precious children to DC public schools. Now they want to kill that dream for all of the poor children suffering in the atrocious conditions of the DC school district. Don't ever, ever tell me again that the Democratic party is the party of the compassionate and that the Republicans are the party of the greedy.

In the recently passed stimulus bill, the US Department of Education's budget was almost doubled and $142 BILLION was put into education spending. Do you think this money went towards voucher programs that have actually been proven very effective? NOPE. Language was specifically inserted into the bill that would prohibit the money from going to any private schools. Here's one example of what the money was allowed to be used for, $88 Million given to the Milwaukee Public School system for new construction. That would make sense if the schools were bursting at their seams with students, however the MPS system currently has 15 vacant buildings and enrollment is in decline. In other words, the money can't be used for a program that actually works, but it can be used to build buildings that no one even needs. So much for Barack Obama supporting good ideas no matter where they came from.

It isn't that I don't think we should spend money on education. I am just opposed to centrally managing a system that should stay managed at the state and local levels. As I've mentioned before, people need to take ownership of what is happening in their towns and their states; they don't need to wring their hands and look to Washington to save them. More management of education at the Federal level can only lead to greater inefficiencies. The US Deparment of Education just adds another bloated layer to the educational beurocracy, and all of the obstacles that come with it before anything is finally able to be done locally.

The only way we will ever improve our Public schools, is to make them compete with Charter and Private schools, we need to get rid of the Unions and their unfair wage policies, and we need to work to get the power to make decisions about education back to the state and local levels. This is a bit more of a rant than I usually like to do, but that doesn't mean I'm not onto something.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Silly Poem for AMC Owen

Ok, I was shooting for a Petrarchan sonnet, but my rusty poetry skills have deteriorated and what came out, was something quite different. Maybe next time I'll stick to prose, but at least I hope it makes you smile!

I love the internet too,
Because this amazing device lets me keep in touch with you!

Its been a joy to find out the woman you grew to be,
Still so funny and charming, an even better AMC!

Your stories a loud make me laugh,
Especially the one where you went to Spanish mass!

Cómo se dice “wonderful girl” in Español?
For your next vacation, come down to NOLA to sample la comida Creole!

Cuz its cold and dreary in your snowed in Denver apartment cave,
And the food lacks the spice and flavor every Southern girl craves.

I may beat you to it, and visit you in DC,
Although a visit to Obamaland, might be difficult for me!

For you I would go, and enjoy every hour,
Perhaps we could plan for when the cherry trees flower?

Either way, thank-you so much for the sweet note,
I can’t wait to talk more as our responsibilities grow!

It’s crazy to think that we are now so mature,
But I’m glad we’re still friends, and will be so in the future :).

Monday, April 13, 2009

Blast from my Past!

Does anyone even remember Xanga? I sure don't, and I was slightly flabbergasted to find this post circa 2004! http://aggiestori05.xanga.com/ I apparently started a Xanga blog and then promptly forgot about it. I found it tonight when I googled myself. Nick and I laughed our bums off reading it.

Its kind of made me miss the days when I shunned carbs, weighed 102 pounds, worked out regularly, had no work ethic and took classes like... microprocessors, what the heck? It's sad how little I remember from my college classes.

Its also from a time before I was "married at the tender age of 21" to quote one of my Pat Green faves. Back then I had no idea what my life would be like!

I had no idea I would still be madly in love with my husband 5 years later, and every day marvel that I actually got him to propose to me!

I had no idea that I would learn to work hard, be successful, and grow to love earning the respect of my coworkers. Working in the real world and finding a job was always kind of fuzzy.

I had no idea that to work hard, I would have to get up before 4:30 every morning, make an hour and a half commute, sit in front of a desk all day, commute back, and get home and have to squeeze food preparation/work outs/housecleaning/quality time with my husband into the 3 hours before bedtime. I always imagined myself effortlessly being the beautiful, model wife that Nick deserved.

I had no idea that purchasing 300 acres in the country before I turned 25 was an unrealistic goal. Even purchasing and paying off early a modest home with two very high oil and gas salaries has been more difficult that I ever imagined.

I had no idea we would move 5 times in the first 2 and a half years of marriage. I always thought we would move to Tyler, TX and stay put in our dream house!

I always assumed that I would live within walking distance of a Bikram yoga studio and get to go every single day. I had no idea that membership is extremely expensive, no working person has 1 and a half hours to devote to BY daily and not let their millions of other responsibilities slide, and that I would move to a state that doesn't have a SINGLE Bikram Yoga studio.

I still love needlepointing, video games, texas country and yoga, but sadly, I don't seem to have time for any of those things.

I'm still a Republican, although now I identify myself more as a Conservative whose a member of the Republican party because its the best option available for Conservatives.

Somone reminded me of this verse this weekend, from Matthew 7:

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"

Its timely because in spite of the fact that things are not exactly the way I planned or would have wanted, I never forget the good gifts that God has given me.

I have my husband, my home, a good job in a down economy, wonderful friends and family, and I can't wait until the day that God gives us the greatest gift I can imagine. In the meantime, I'll continue to serve him faithfully, with great joy in the tasks he has appointed me, and praise him all the while.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Christ has risen!

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise." ~Phillips Brooks


Friday, April 10, 2009

It's Your Country Too, Mr. President

Charles Krauthammer is spot on as usual!

WASHINGTON -- In his major foreign policy address in Prague committing the United States to a world without nuclear weapons, President Obama took note of North Korea's missile launch just hours earlier and then grandiloquently proclaimed:

"Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. Now is the time for a strong international response."

A more fatuous presidential call to arms is hard to conceive. What "strong international response" did Obama muster to North Korea's brazen defiance of a Chapter 7 --"binding," as it were -- U.N. resolution prohibiting such a launch?

The obligatory emergency Security Council session produced nothing. No sanctions. No resolution. Not even a statement. China and Russia professed to find no violation whatsoever. They would not even permit a U.N. statement that dared express "concern," let alone condemnation.

Having thus bravely rallied the international community and summoned the U.N. -- a fiction and a farce, respectively -- what was Obama's further response? The very next day, his defense secretary announced drastic cuts in missile defense, including halting further deployment of Alaska-based interceptors designed precisely to shoot down North Korean ICBMs. Such is the "realism" Obama promised to restore to U.S. foreign policy.

He certainly has a vision. Rather than relying on America's unique technological edge in missile defenses to provide a measure of nuclear safety, Obama will instead boldly deploy the force of example. How? By committing his country to disarmament gestures -- such as, he promised his cheering acolytes in Prague, ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Really, now. How does U.S. ratification of that treaty -- which America has, in any case, voluntarily abided by for 17 years -- cause North Korea to cease and desist, and cause Iran to turn nukes into plowshares?

Obama's other great enthusiasm is renewing disarmament talks with Russia. Good grief. Of all the useless sideshows. Cut each of our arsenals in half and both countries could still, in Churchill's immortal phrase, "make the rubble bounce."

There's little harm in engaging in talks about redundant nukes because there is nothing of consequence at stake. But Obama seems not even to understand that these talks are a gift to the Russians for whom a return to anachronistic Reagan-era START talks is a return to the glory of U.S.-Soviet summitry.

I'm not against gift-giving in international relations. But it would be nice to see some reciprocity. Obama was in a giving mood throughout Europe. While Gordon Brown was trying to make his American DVDs work and the queen was rocking to her new iPod, the rest of Europe was enjoying a more fulsome Obama gift.

Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas. With varying degrees of directness or obliqueness, Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.

And what did he get for this obsessive denigration of his own country? He wanted more NATO combat troops in Afghanistan to match the surge of 17,000 Americans. He was rudely rebuffed.
He wanted more stimulus spending from Europe. He got nothing.
From Russia, he got no help on Iran. From China, he got the blocking of any action on North Korea.

And what did he get for Guantanamo? France, pop. 64 million, will take one prisoner. One! (Sadly, he'll have to leave his swim buddy behind.) The Austrians said they would take none. As Interior Minister Maria Fekter explained with impeccable Germanic logic, if they're not dangerous, why not just keep them in America?

When Austria is mocking you, you're having a bad week. Yet who can blame Frau Fekter, considering the disdain Obama showed his own country while on foreign soil, acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray mediating between his renegade homeland and an otherwise warm and welcoming world?

After all, it was Obama, not some envious anti-American leader, who noted with satisfaction that a new financial order is being created today by 20 countries, rather than by "just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy." And then added: "But that's not the world we live in, and it shouldn't be the world that we live in."

It is passing strange for a world leader to celebrate his own country's decline. A few more such overseas tours, and Obama will have a lot more decline to celebrate.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Lesson in Capitalism #3

I could also call these... why socialism is stupid. :)

Steelers to lose Super Bowl Trophies

Pittsburgh, PA.

The Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win six titles, will soon be losing half of those trophies. After a meeting between NFL Commissioner Rodger Gadel and President Barack Obama, Obama decided to redistribute half of the Steeler Super Bowl victories and trophies to less fortunate teams in the league.

"We live everyday in the country that invented the Super Bowl." said Obama "We are not about to lose this Great American tradition in the wake of these difficult times." Obama’s plan calls for the Steelers, who are a successful NFL team, to give half of their Super Bowl trophies to teams that are not successful or have not been as successful as the Steelers. "The Detroit Loins are just as much a part of the same fiber of the NFL as the Steelers and they should, no rather will, be entitled to a Super Bowl Trophy as well." Obama explains in his plan that he has imposed on Roger Goodell and the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who by virtue of hard work, excellent team play, stellar draft choices, responsible investing in free agents, careful hiring of coaches and excellent community service and commitment to their fans, has prospered greatly during the past 30 years and have won six Super Bowl Trophies. But President Barack Obama’s plan calls for the Pittsburgh Steelers to carry the larger burden of the NFL’s less successful teams. Obama went on to further proclaim, "In these difficult times we are all in this to work together. We must reclaim the NFL Championship Dream for every team, for every city and for every fan."

"My plan will not affect 31 of the 32 teams in the league." Obama assures. That’s over 95 percent of the teams in the NFL that will not have to worry about losing any Super Bowl Trophies. "The worst teams in the NFL and the teams that can’t seem to get a break and win a championship will no longer have to worry about going without a title." Obama promises. "We are a country and league of hope. We all need to make a change. It does not matter the color of the teams uniforms, the personal decisions that the teams make or their performance but rather if they are a member of this great American league."

The Super Bowl XLIII trophy will be redistributed to the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Through no fault of their own incompetence, the Lions could not manage a victory all season and this trophy will help ease the pain of their lack of performance and give them hope once again. The redistribution of Super Bowl XL trophy will go directly to the Steeler’s division rival the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals who also have fallen on hard times have never won a Super Bowl. This victory will bring a smile to hundreds of Bengalfans all over the world as they can now celebrate. Finally, one of the Steeler’s two Super Bowl victories over the Dallas Cowboys will go back to the Cowboys since the league needs to provide hope in the face of difficulty and provide hope in the face of uncertainty. This is a heavy burden for the Steelers but together we can all prosper.

All hope is not lost for Pittsburghfans, Barack Obama has another plan in place. Obama has meet with MLB and commissioner Bud Selig on a similar plan. The New York Yankees will redistribute two of their world series trophies to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a supplement to their losing 16 straight seasons and counting. This plan will help stimulate the Pirates and enable them to regain the American Dream. Barack Obama will be meeting with the NHL and Michael Phelps in the upcoming weeks as this issue is high on his agenda for "Hope and Change.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Lesson in Capitalism #2

A very good example of where we may be headed!

An economics professor at Texas A&M said he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class. The class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said okay, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset, and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too, so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the third test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise. And the professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail too because those who try harder to succeed, reap the greater reward, but when a government takes all the reward away, no one will try or succeed.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Lesson in Capitalism

When I went to New England earlier this year, my interest in early American history was rekindled, and so I bought a book called Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick as a starting point. It tells the history of Plymouth colony from its inception in England until King Philip's war.

I was delighted to find this little nugget on page 165, which chronicles perhaps the earliest instance of capitalism in the Americas. Makes you begin to think that Rush Limbaugh was onto something when he said that he hoped Obama failed in rewriting the contract between the American public and the government... I personally have no desire to go hungry or to have the warranty on my Trailblazer backed by a Whitehouse guarantee in King Obama's socialist paradise!

From Mayflower:

"The fall of 1623 marked the end of Plymouth's debilitating food shortages. For the last two planting seasons, the Pilgrims had grown crops communally - the approach first used at Jamestown and other English settlements. But as the disastrous harvest of the previous fall had shown, something drastic needed to be done to increase the annual yield.

In April, Bradford had decided that each household should be assigned its own plot to cultivate, with the understanding that each family kept whatever it grew. The change in attitude was stunning. Families were now willing to work much harder than they had ever worked before. In previous years, the men had tended the fields while the women tended the children at home. "The women now went willingly into the field," Bradford wrote, "and took their little ones with them to set corn." The Pilgrims had stumbled on the power of capitalism. Although the fortunes of the colony still teeter precariously in the years ahead, the inhabitants never again starved."

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