"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In Case

I have written many times about preparing for a crisis.  I have shared tips that may help one as well as how my family has been able to thrive when we were thrust into our very own crisis.  One need not have the devastation that Sandy has scattered to be in a crisis. 

For those of us not dealing with the aftermath of Sandy, now is the time to act.  First and foremost in the measure of assisting our fellow man.  Can you donate to an organization that is helping those on the east coast?  Perhaps your area is putting together a food and clothing drive-and you can donate locally for them.   Can you donate to your local church food pantry or community kitchen?   We have such a national emergency at our front that we may overlook those at home.  Can you donate blood?  Blood is always needed.  

Why begin writing about preparation with the suggestion of donating to help others?  It is by sheer happenstance that the storm, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, flash flood did not impact me, but I could be next.  This is not the time to harp about politics, but the time to act.  Give...

As to preparing, prepare.  Not for the ridiculous zombie apocalypse~but for real situations that will spiral your lives out of control if you are not prepared.  Of course the very nature of a crisis may cause confusion, chaos, and crazy emotions but preparation will help you endure.

I strongly suggest that you prepare your family in case things happen in your neck of the woods.  I suggest you have a plan on where to go if you need to flee with an emergency kit in the car and also at the bare minimum one months worth of food storage.  This post (Prudent Storage) has a list at the bottom to give you an idea of foods to have on hand.  Please have storage of medications that you need, toiletries that include any feminine products needed, as well as enough supplies if you have a baby or small child. It is crazy to think that help can arrive quickly in situations such as Sandy-so prepare to adapt while waiting.  It isn't a crisis if you have enough food, water, and your shelter is intact.

Here are so posts I have written on preparation.
Part 1 Preparation
Part 2 Understanding the Times
Part 3 Food Shelter Clothing
Often Overlooked

Oh and one more thing~if you would like to have a Bible that will give you something to read during a crisis, please click here and one will be sent to you.

Brrr

Woodstove season is almost here.  There are distinct signs marking the arrival of this season...
One sign is finding extra quilts on the beds!
What the quilt lacks in beauty, it makes up for in warmth~


Other signs~
Slippers by the bed
Sweatshirts 
Hot cocoa on the shelf
and shirtjacks hanging once again by the back door.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Praying

Praying, praying, praying for those on the east coast. 

Blast from the Past

In our old lives we were a civilian law enforcement family.  This was graduation day from the police academy for Bill.  He had spent many weeks away from us and when the ceremony was over, I wanted to snap a photo and  Bill wanted to head home, poor Bill!
 The kids ages in the photo: Fourth 3 1/2, Third 5, Second 5 (almost 6), First 8 (almost 9).

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Six

Our temperature must have dipped a bit below freezing last night and my summer garden has come to an end.  I am going to harvest all the green tomatoes today and tomorrow I am going to make a salsa with the green tomatoes.

I am looking forward to this time next month.  I have come to the conclusion that spending nearly two billion dollars to elect a president is absolutely embarrassing.  I should add that the campaigning is shameful too.

Conversation at the table while plucking off the tomato tops, "That cackling is Tim the rooster, he cackles every time the hen clucks.  The hen is saying, Call the Cluck-B-I, I have laid so many eggs and no chicks. It's a chick napping, Major Case Squad for sure!"

 These are called Pumpkin Pie bites!  What a winning recipe that I found here(photo from this site too)*.  Have I ever mentioned that I love all things pumpkin, well maybe I have here, here and here.  I love my Hallmark Mr. Deeds poem on the last link,
Happy Thanksgiving
May your food be delicious
And the pumpkin pie never run out!

My internet provider is from Mexico.  Not sure when this happened aside from noticing it last week. So instead of Clovis, NM, Deming, NM, or even sometimes Alamogordo, NM, I am reading your blogs from Mexico, well your provider is recording that I am from Mexico (give or take an hour or so in distance and I am practically in Mexico-so I guess it is close enough).

And number six~it is about a 95% likelihood of someone taking a nap today on the farm...yAwN!

*edited to add that the photo came from the same site as the recipe~ Bakerella.com

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Life is Filled With Surprises


While prepping the winter garden Bill and I stumbled across a rogue watermelon plant.  With our first freeze coming soon, I am doubtful of its survival, but finding it brought smiles to Bill and I.

On to the goof troop and a blast from the past

The goof troop has been busy~let's see Fourth's schedule was filled every day last week.  Second had class, training, fire calls, EMS calls, and is in El Paso this weekend.  Third has been catching any extra shifts possible and with the medical field~this means he has been busy.  First had several important meetings with some of the upper echelon.  Okay, okay, I didn't say with the the brass, but the upper echelon of McDonald's.  I am willing to bet this would have been a more exciting meeting~say 15 years ago, but First was a good sport!



 This is a photo of my cuties and we took off Fourth's oxygen hose... for the photo. My mother-in-law crocheted her lovely dress and booties.  

The boys l-r Second, First, Third
cutie pie Fourth 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Looking Ahead

 As the election cycle continues on, we on the farm are looking ahead.  Regardless of the winner, our nation will have an uphill battle if we are to realign ourselves.  With the massive debt things aren't going to be perfect on January 20, 2013.

Here on the farm we appreciate that responsibility begins at home.
President Obama cannot care for the needs of my family, and for that matter neither can a President Romney. 

So what will we be doing as the election cycle comes to an end?  We will be looking ahead to what the farm goals are for 2013.  We will be sorting through our seeds to plan the next gardens.  We will be repairing the coops and barns for the animals.  We are anticipating having enough windows to actually have the green house glassed in soon. 

We stretch every dollar that comes to the home and use all the change that jingles in our pockets.  As we come to election day, I will have completed our plans for the menu for Thanksgiving as well as plans for our first ever family reunion. As the kids have been leaving the nest we wish to have an annual get-together and think the time to begin this tradition is before wives, a husband, and children come into the picture.  2012 will be our begin this new tradition for the Double Nickel Farm Family.

With looking ahead-I will share this photo...

A neighbor moved several months ago and gave us many cattle panels and next year we will be incorporating these into our hanging gardens.

Here are some links that will give you an idea of how the hanging gardens will look:
Enchanted Garden: Growing a Hanging Vegetable Arbor

Vertical Garden-be sure to look at the photo on the left hand side!

Ana White-both for veggies and flowers!

Pinterest-This is a pretty neat hanging garden.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Snapshots From Around the Farm


Lovely Eggplant

Incredible Mural
 
Cherry Tomatoes~

Tomatillos~

October Turkey~November Turkey's look different

Ruth the Navajo Churro up close and personal

Did you know you can take the bottom of a store bought green onion (with the roots) and plant it?  Yep, you sure can~and here's the proof!

The Monday Minute

~Bill and I had dinner with our third son last night.  I remember when the kids were small how Bill and I worked hard to have alone time with each child.  As the kids have gotten older coordinating with their work schedules, school schedules, and their activities is a challenge.  Last night, Third came home for dinner, it was just Bill, Third and I!  We made a simple dinner and then played Phase Ten.  When I hugged him goodbye, all I could think of was, wow!!  As the goof troop continues to get older I have discovered that I am enjoying the adults that they have become. The 'dates' we have been having with our kids is something pretty wonderful and I look forward to more and more.




Sunday, October 14, 2012

Farm Definitions

As we have been on the farm for a few years, we have begun to speak the dialect of farm more and more.

Word #1 Coco Pebbles- A round pebble like object found pretty much anywhere on the farm. Not for consumption~please do not ever eat them.  Sheep and goats produce coco pebbles. aka cocoa plops, raisins, and tiny pebbles.

Word #2 Slops- Anything that is or was food in the farm house can become slops. Scrape the dinner plates, peelings, and any old, scary, refrigerator finds into the bucket and toss the slops to the chickens(and dogs, and cats~)

Word #3  Broken-Anything that still has shelf life in spite of its visual or current condition. On a small farm-many items appear far different than their original design~as broken means time for innovation.

Word #4 Morning-an hour or two before the US military begins their day. (it is worth it to check the link!)


This is the end of the Farm Definition Post.
It has been brought to you by Millie and Samson
the adorable, but not always easy to photograph dogs of the farm.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Five

It is time for Friday Five and today I thought I would not use any photos.

  1. I did listen to the debate last night. I watched for a few minutes (online), then could not handle how embarrassed I felt for Vice President Biden, so I left the debate play on one tab and switched to read while listening.  
  2.  I spent some time on Project Gutenberg last night and found this to quote,   "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. (James Allen )  I think it is spot on.
  3. Have you ever visited Shorpy? I love visiting and looking at the old photos. Last night gave me plenty of time to walk through time and enjoy the past thanks to Shorpy!
  4. It rained last night.  Rain is such a lovely change from our normal weather that I listened for a while to the rain on the roof.
  5. I am praying for our nation...I could write a million things about this, but I can't because it makes me so very sad.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Historic Find Continued

 I recently shared  here,  that I had found a letter from my mother written 2 months after my father was killed in Vietnam.  The letter is dated June 8, 1967 and is from a grieving woman writing to her children, all too young to really understand what has happened, explaining why their dad went, why he died, and the dreams they(Mom and Dad)  had had together.  I confess that the letter is quite emotional to me, as I imagine my mother only 29 and pregnant with me having the world she knows crumble. She is exact in her details, specific in her thoughts, and most certainly was one of the strongest people  I have ever known.

I am going to share most of the letter, in several posts,  as I think it is something that should be more than just my family's history.   Many times we can recall famous men of battle, famous battles, and great leaders, and I believe that sometimes we need the rest of the story-thank you Paul Harvey Mom.


My dearest children,                                                                          June 8, 1967

One month from today I am due to have your new baby, just two months from today your dad was killed in combat and it is important that I write this letter to you.  If anything should happen to me, now, it would be so difficult for you to know and remember your mother and dad since you are all so very young and our lives together were shared with very few.


In April my heart was torn out with the fact that you wouldn't have your dad anymore-you will see many father's in your life-but you'll never find one like yours-he loved you so much-his only sad thought in leaving for Vietnam was the fact that he might not see you as grown young men and women-his whole life was a selfless act of love and devotion to you and to me.   He worked so hard-against so many hardships-never having any personal benefit-just for us. Each of you were conceived with our full knowledge and desire-your father was more a Biblical type father-he saw the blessings of God and the fruit of his labors in his fine and healthy offspring.  He spent all of his non-working hours with us, with a few exceptions of golf and basketball-his time was spent reading to you-making up monster stories-rough housing on the floor.  On Saturdays he took turns taking one of you to work with him to his office-and to lunch.  On each of your birthdays-he took you to the toy store so you could choose one special gift yourself.  You never annoyed him-your questions were always answered by him. As each of you was born-when we came home from the hospital, he carried you "over the threshold" -He would let you be with the family for a little while-then he'd take you off to one of the other rooms, look you completely over, and have a talk with you.  The talk went something like this, "Now, I'm your dad and there's a few things we've got to get straight"- then from his heart he would tell you his dreams he had for you and how he would help you out-how much he loved you.


This is the end of page 1


My thoughts~ Mom painted a picture that is so hard to comprehend.  My siblings and I  had never seen this letter and most of us only saw one  photo of Dad(in his uniform) until after Mom passed away.  I sometimes think she could not share about him because of how hard it hurt even years later.  Finding her letter all these years later is truly a gift to my siblings and I.  I am taking the time to share her letter to us, as it has been 45 years and it now is no longer a note to 6 little ones. Mom and Dad's legacy is of 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 7(so far) great grandchildren.*


I am going to close with Mom's words once again, just a snippet of her description of the military funeral. I am not going to mention any names of the personnel that Mom mentions, but aside from that, here are her words:



There was a short blessing at the grave by an army chaplain-then the gun salute by the 58th Infantry-a bugler sounded taps-and the military pall bearers-all in dress blues began the folding of our most precious flag.

Then they presented the flag to the Captain who in turn with warm and stirring words gave it to me. Then I turned and left the cemetery-it was all over-we had been married a little over 6 1/2 years-so short a time-David had been in Vietnam only 41 days-he had totally given of himself the supreme sacrifice. 


~Click on Historic Find to see a photo of my parents as well as my siblings and I in 1967.
*Mom remarried and so we have two more sisters to the mix, 3 more grandchildren, and nearly 5 more great grandchildren-as one is due any day.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

17 years ago today~

I had my daughter.
This is her 'cake' for tonight.   I finished making her cupcake platter and thought I would share seventeen things about my daughter.

  1. I call my daughter Fourth in blogland.  Although my children's names in blogland lack creativity, her name in real life is pretty amazing.  We made her name up and gave her a name that is as unique as she is. 
  2. As I watch the interactions between the children, Fourth seems to connect with everyone as if they are super close.  She is that way, kind, sweet and compassionate.
  3. Fourth is truly an animal person.  Every animal follows her and I call Fourth Mama to the critters that live on the farm.  She has a special place in her heart for her dogs.
  4. Fourth is an avid reader~and at times is up all night with a book.
  5. Fourth is a game player and will play games with me any time.  She is good too, so most times it is a great challenge.  Current game of choice is Phase 10.
  6. Fourth spent a good part of her first year of life in the hospital.
  7. Fourth was just a wee bit over the length of  a ruler at birth.
  8. Bill and I were told Fourth was a boy~and so we had boy names picked out.  If you knew what our Third son's name is, you would understand how much of a dilemma this was.  We did not think that we could have any more children after Third and so we gave him sort of a final name to wrap up the children.  How funny it is to appreciate we are not in control.  I had resigned myself to a very awkward name for Fourth if she was a boy.
  9. Fourth is taller than me.  In fact,  she has been for a few years now~to anyone that knows me in real life, you all are saying big deal, as you know I am limited in the height department!
  10. Fourth loves her dad.  She and Bill have a very close relationship and do many things together.  I smile when I hear them laughing together.  It is a blessing through Fourth to see a father daughter relationship. I am thankful that Bill is here and is her dad.
  11. Fourth is quite sensitive. She takes everyone's worries upon herself.
  12. Fourth is my newest chef without recipes.  For many years she has been cooking, but as of late, she whips up a meal with no recipe.  She is tasting and sampling as she goes, adding spices and the sorts.  I am in awe of how she gets the balance between foods.
  13. My mother-in-law knew what my fourth was to look like before she was born.  No kidding! As I type this, I am still in awe, thinking back to April 1, 1995 when my mother-in-law came to visit us while we were stationed in California.  She came with Bill's youngest sister and she was on a mission. She asked if I was pregnant because she had been dreaming of a blond curly haired baby.  I laughed out loud as we were told no more babies! Boy oh boy was she spot on! Check out the photo on the bottom of this post.  For the record, my sons were dark haired and favored all of their cousins on Bill's side of the family.  A blond baby was almost impossible to consider!
  14. Fourth is very creative.  She will come to the fabric cupboard, grab a few items, head to the table cut, then off to sew.  She has made several skirts and I am amazed at how lovely they look.
  15. Fourth enjoys watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  I love this, as my mom introduced the movie to me, when I was about 13 or 14, and it became an instant favorite with me.  Fourth and I have watched the movie at least once a year for several years.
  16. Fourth loves spicy food.  I confess that I dropped a jalapeno on the floor and when I discovered I dropped it was when I looked at my baby chewing on it. She did not flinch at all. Now she adds NM chili powder to even Top Ramen!
  17. Fourth is filled with life.  Considering how fragile she was at birth coming ten weeks early, I see a determination in her that is inspiring. I am in awe of my cutie and ever so proud of her.  I cannot imagine not having her in my life, and I am truly thankful to God to have been blessed with her as my daughter. 

My blond curly haired Fourth!! 

Happy Birthday Fourth 
We Love You!
Dad  & Mom
First, Second, and Third

Some Dream

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King.
A little under 50 years ago Martin Luther King gave his now infamous I Have a Dream speech.  I have quoted this part of the speech on the blog before, as it is ever so powerful.  Imagine dreaming that one would be judged by their character and not the color of their skin!

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr AKA Snoop Dogg shared why he is voting for President Obama in a comparative list with Mitt Romney. (click here to see uncensored list)



I am pretty fed up with the nonsense. I am pretty fed up with the foul-mouthed language in our public forums.   


I appreciate supporting someone you know, someone that shares your values, beliefs, and aspirations, but give me a break Snoop, your comparative list seems like you are voting for most popular dude in the prison yard. Your list for Mitt could have been taken to a level that would have made some valid points but your surface ratings missed. Many are concerned about a politicians faith and how it may impact his decision making.  You could have expanded this concern using say the 13 Articles of Faith, focusing on say #12 to start.  You could have thoughtfully inquired how this would impact the president.  

Your list could have been in fun too, I am not suggesting that humor is not a factor. You could have listed his name is Mitt, I think it is an unusual name, and the laughed at how your parents began calling you Snoopy.  Our parents give us our names with little thought to how it may impact us in the future...and this would have opened up a discussion say on how the candidate plans to care for our parents, the future and so much more. 


But you didn't.


Your list is offensive.  America seems to be more divided than ever before and you use N**ga in your note, as well as Ni**er.  If someone that was not black used those words every mainstream media outlet would be running the story.  An apology would be expected.  


You reference the First Lady of the United States backside.  Are you 12? This is so disrespectful, so classless, so in poor taste I am speechless.  Mrs. Obama could be mentioned on a comparison list.  You could have either supported her campaign against obesity, or written why you are against it.  You could have referenced the school lunch programs and how athletes are hungry because the lunches are not providing enough calories, because the obesity programs have been put in place.  Mrs. Obama is the First Lady.  Have some dignity. 


Your listing that President Obama smokes Newports could have been expanded too.  You could have said the President is a normal guy battling the same things millions of Americans battle. With listing how he shoots hoops you could have told us that he works to maintain his health in spite of his addiction.  This is critical, we all should maintain our health, even while dealing with say a smoking addiction. You didn't.  Your list implies that smoking is cool.  Let me share something graphic, as I know.  Smoking isn't cool.  I watched my mother die a long, slow, hard death, as she battled the addiction of smoking almost her entire life.  It was not easy to see her slip into a coma.  It was not easy to listen to her wish that she had never began smoking(she began at age 12).  It is not cool to smoke...and it is even more painful to watch a person die from battling their addiction to death.  Have some common sense.  Smoking is not cool. 


Your listing on Mitt about how he reminds you of every boss you hated could have been expanded too.  You could have shared how many jobs you have had, how many you were fired from or quit and what the boss was like.  It is a horrible reason to dislike someone because they remind you of someone, almost reminds me of discriminating against someone because of how they look. I wonder how much work ethic you had in the jobs you had with bosses that reminded you of Mitt. You could have expanded this into how so many of our youth are not employed~even to have a boss to hate.  In fact, you could have expanded this into how many blacks are unemployed verses all others.  If we are going to  make a list, why not share the nitty gritty details of how unemployment is impacting so many.  I think President Obama should be on this list, as unemployment under his presidency has been horrific, and perhaps future voters will be as shallow as you have been when they see a candidate and say, "No, I will not vote for a black man, because he reminds me of  President Obama, and how he failed the people and millions were unemployed."  Shallow~discriminatory~and racist Mr.Snoop.


Sadly, you are in the public spotlight. Young and old seem to follow your actions. With the spotlight comes responsibility.  Kids that follow your example and do not have money end up where?  Have you ever pondered that?  This life of the poor kid from the streets is not your life anymore, but it is millions of kids lives today. Your comparative list gave no real benefits to anyone and instead glamorized things that do not bring forth honorable fathers, honorable mothers, hard working citizens, or even good people.  You mock everything, and you can afford to, but consider this once~those that listen to your every word do not have your bank account.  Adapting the attitude you set as an example will not lead to employment.  


By the way, I really have no problem with one supporting either candidate, if you can articulate why you do.  You could really make a difference for the youth.  Instead you have told them though your words, that Martin Luther King's dream is dead, and it is all about the color, the look, and the surface traits that make a person. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Favorites

I posted in April a remix of one of our annual photos...and it has become one of my favorite posts of all time.




 



Something Interesting

If you are not military you may not know this.  Before movies are shown on base the audience stands as the national anthem is played.  We went to a movie on Fort Bliss, and I was pleased to see this still happening as I remembered this from years before when we were a young Army family.

 No one protested.  It was quiet and respectful and the entire audience stood.  Some were in their fatigues, others in civilian clothing, many holding popcorn, but hats came off, snacks were set down, and hands went over hearts.

 No matter how hard the Left tries to spin that all nations are equal, few nations really are a beacon to the world and offer equality to all.  I am thankful to be part of a family that has worn or is currently wearing the uniform of the United States Army as freedom is not something to take for granted and it must be preserved.  America is an amazing country that can offer hope and change to those around the world that can only dream of freedom in the manner we have.

By the way, we went to the movie as an early birthday celebration for our youngest.  Fourth turns 17 on Tuesday and all she wanted was a family day watching a movie and having pizza. I forgot the camera and had to rely on my oldie cell phone for photos~translation: the photos are few and not so great...but I doubt I could have captured how wonderful it was to see my goof troop having such a great time in a mere photo or two anyhow!
I will share this one, as I do love the large chess set that is outside the movie theater. As you can see, Fourth was planning her first move! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Busy

around the farm.
We are closing in on a birthday~of course the number will be 17...
and every year as my wee one celebrates her birthday,  it is a miracle.
I get emotional this time of year, as she was 10 weeks premature and long term viability was not even hoped for.
Yet~she is here 17 years later.
I am beyond thankful for being allowed the opportunity to raise our little preemie.
 I have grown into a much stronger person because I have seen her strength.
She is the wind beneath my wings...


We also are busy as we have 4 people leaping into the world with their dreams, their hopes, their plans...
and it has been amazing to see the world through their eyes.  I pray each day that they stand in Him and place their feet on the path that God desires for them.



And we have studying about the feasts in the Bible.  They are the feasts of the LORD (Leviticus 23:37 as well as noted other places in the Bible).   We are nearing the end of the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot and it has been a truly inspiring time to learn about the holy days that God established and comparing them to the hol(i)days that man has established.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Garden

is still producing.
The volunteer melons are almost ready.  
By the way, weaving through this area of the garden frightens silly old me. 
I feel as though ten thousand rattlesnakes are awaiting for my ankles.
Next year my squash will be like this-click here.  
Then I suppose I will fear snakes falling, maybe I do need to schedule an appointment with Doctor Phil!

Leaf lettuce continues to grow and I enjoy salads in a jar, like the fifth photo in this post.

And Samson is the garden guard.


As the Election Nears

Life on the farm will continue on. We will prepare for the upcoming cold season with due diligence.  We need not have anyone shout from the rooftops like Chicken Little about winter coming, as every year winter, does indeed come. 
Although the highs have been in the 90's and Accuweather says we will have brilliant sunshine today, we on the farm are preparing for the days when it will be cold.






And boy does it get cold on the farm in the winter.  

It may seem strange to those in true cold zones that our weather has matched their temperatures at times, as this is the desert~but it is true, we do drop below zero.  As this election nears, we will prepare for winter, anticipating or hoping to next spring.  I suppose that should be in our thoughts as the election nears...hope.  Not a campaign motto, but real  hope and that is not from a man, or woman, no matter if they are Republican or Democrat.  Hope comes from our Lord Jesus Christ and in times like we have been having in the United States as well as worldwide, nothing could seem further from our lives, yet is so simple to obtain.  

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Titus 2:13

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Enough Already

 A man in Georgia is upset that a parking officer gave him a ticket because she said this:

 "I overheard her say that, when she saw the sticker on the back of my car, the Mitt Romney sticker, ‘Oh, I'm definitely going to give you a ticket now,'" he said.

He says he will pay the fine but thinks he deserves an an apology.  What?  He thinks he deserves an apology?

The motorist admits that he was illegally parked, but is upset over the ticketing officer's reaction to the bumper sticker.

You see, he admits he was illegally parked, so this is where this entire situation ends.  People are allowed to think, believe, and speak the way they so choose.  If in the line of their job, they make a statement that you take offense to, remember this, you do not have the entire context of the conversation, the thought process, or any other thing.  Put on your big boy shorts and grow up.

Cities have laws about parking.  You parked illegally. Your Mitt Romney sticker was not the fault of your illegal parking.  Pay the fine, YOU apologize to the Mayor,  to the citizens of the community, and to the parking officer that was doing the exact job she is paid to do.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Banned Book Week




Let's celebrate the freedom to read worldwide...with a Bible

Sadly, many cannot celebrate the freedom to read the Bible as it is banned or restricted in approximately 52 nations.


For American's that have the freedom to read, I challenge them to read the Bible, cover to cover and try and uncover the reasoning as to why it is banned.

If you would like a Bible to celebrate the freedom to read,
simply click here.



For the record, I believe reading and books that we expose our children to should be age appropriate.  This is not banning a book, but allowing maturity to occur.  This should cause no issue as we already do this in the case of driving, the age of consent, drinking, and smoking.