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Emperor Obama’s Racist Clothes

Posted by Nancy on December 30, 2009

It’s about time we put vitiation for white guilt behind us and worry about the safety of our country.  Shelby Steele has an opinion column in today’s Wall Street Journal that illuminates the matter precisely:

America still has a race problem, though not the one that conventional wisdom would suggest: the racism of whites toward blacks. Old fashioned white racism has lost its legitimacy in the world and become an almost universal disgrace.

The essence of our new “post-modern” race problem can be seen in the parable of the emperor’s new clothes. The emperor was told by his swindling tailors that people who could not see his new clothes were stupid and incompetent. So when his new clothes arrived and he could not see them, he put them on anyway so that no one would think him stupid and incompetent. And when he appeared before his people in these new clothes, they too—not wanting to appear stupid and incompetent—exclaimed the beauty of his wardrobe. It was finally a mere child who said, “The emperor has no clothes.”

Our President has no clothes.

Barack Obama, elegant and professorially articulate, was an invitation to sophistication that America simply could not bring itself to turn down. If “hope and change” was an empty political slogan, it was also beautiful clothing that people could passionately describe without ever having seen.  [snip]

Mr. Obama won the presidency by achieving a symbiotic bond with the American people: He would labor not to show himself, and Americans would labor not to see him.

It is not only the Emperor’s New Clothes that cannot be seen, though.  According to Steele, Obama has no clothes at all.

I think that Mr. Obama is not just inexperienced; he is also hampered by a distinct inner emptiness—not an emptiness that comes from stupidity or a lack of ability but an emptiness that has been actually nurtured and developed as an adaptation to the political world.  [snip]

But then Mr. Obama always knew that his greatest appeal was not as a leader but as a cultural symbol. He always wore the bargainer’s mask—winning the loyalty and gratitude of whites by flattering them with his racial trust: I will presume that you are not a racist if you will not hold my race against me.

A leader is developed by years of testing the world and personal convictions.  A leader finds out through trial and error what he or she truly believes in, then is an advocate of that belief to others.  A person cannot be a leader if they have emptied themselves of convictions and refused to take principled stands – as witnessed by Obama’s voting “Present” 130 times while serving in the Illinois state senate.

[W]e have a president whose benign—and therefore desirable—blackness exempted him from the political individuation process that makes for strong, clear-headed leaders. He has not had to gamble his popularity on his principles, and it is impossible to know one’s true beliefs without this. In the future he may stumble now and then into a right action, but there is no hard-earned center to the man out of which he might truly lead.

It is a well developed article and deserves reading in its entirety.

With no segue, on an entirely different subject, am I the only one who finds it interesting that Obama is vacationing on Oahu while Nancy Pelosi is on the island of Hawaii?  And the media has with no suspicion that they are working on Obamacare?  Really???

If  I’m wrong it certainly won’t be the first time, but that might explain why he doesn’t seem much interested in the Eunuch Bomber and isn’t returning to the White House to tend to national security.

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Survey Results? What Survey Results?

Posted by Nancy on July 7, 2008

What happens if you have a party and no one comes? How about if you ask for thoughtful insight and no one responds (except Katie, who was disqualifired because she didn’t follow the rules)? Do you assume that everyone really has no opinion, or that they are hesitant to tell you what they really think?

Maybe it just means we each need to prayerfully consider what strengthens our own faith and family and go with that.

I have walked the tightrope of raising my family to be active in the Church while also respecting my husband’s choice not to be a part of it for many years now. Everyone has been married in the temple (except me, of course, but I was already married and expecting our third child when I joined the Church); everyone is raising their children in the Church; everyone is successful in their lives and careers.  I guess I will continue to prayerfully follow the guidance of the Spirit to keep us close as a family.

Meanwhile, life goes on. This is brush pickup week in the township, and after all the storms from the past few weeks the guys have about 100 stops to make. This is the most we have ever had, it will keep the whole road crew busy at least all week, and the calls are still coming in.

The temperature has been in the 80s for three days now and suddenly the petunias are looking good and the vegetable garden is perking up. Let’s hope the weather holds and we end up with something to harvest. All I have to do now is spend several evenings weeding and pruning to get everything in shape.

I attended today’s monthly luncheon held by a local property owners association and learned about several concerns they want the township to address. It is a lovely community with a series of small lakes. They brought several drainage issues to my attention, mentioned a couple vacant houses that need some serious attention, talked about an open house/garden tour they are planning for next year, and in general caught me up on some of their activities. I told them about plans for park improvements that will happen in September, discussed the infestation of invasive purple loosestrife I noticed in one lake, and visited one of the problem drainage areas. It was time well spent.

Bud and I were planning to go to into Amish country later this week to celebrate our anniversay but found all the lodging in the area is already booked. I wonder what is going on there this week? Anyway, now we are trying to decide what Plan B will be. We may just take a map and throw a dart at it and go from there.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GsfVw9xxoNY 

The above link has had “embedding removed by request” according to YouTube.  It is Weird Al’s Amish Paradise, and it is a humorous, disrespectful, and in some ways sort of accurate view of Amish life.  We enjoy being among the Amish people and are sorry we are having to change our plans.

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I’ve Been To Zion

Posted by Nancy on June 18, 2008

 

Zion

Of all the interesting and beautiful things we saw on our trip to Utah, Zion National Park stands out as the most spectacular.  We were fortunate enough to see it from ground level as well as from the top of te mesa on the day of the funeral.

Speaking of the funeral, you know the guy had a life-long reputation for being a serious pain when his brother said at his funeral, “Everyone has to be good at something, and Wally was one of the finest troublemakers Hurricane has ever seen.”  That was encored by the mortuary director naming all the pall bearers, then adding, “The honorary pall bearers will be the Washington County SWAT team.” 

But I digress from the topic at hand – the park. 

I can’t remember all the particulars of the geology, but Lolly’s dad explained how this section of Utah is where the Hurricane Fault (bigger than the San Andreas), the Colorado Plateau, and the Great Basin (I think I have this right) all meet, and the topography is wildly different just by looking off in different directions.  He said the locals have an explanation of why there is desert, mesas, sheer cliffs, etc. so close together, and that is:  when God was finished creating the world he had lots of left over stuff stuck to his hands, so He just shook it all off in this area.  Sounds as good as anything to me.

Geology students come from far and wide to study the area.  I learned a lot while I was there, like how rivers create big gorges by eroding outwards through soft underlayment rock and then the rock above shears off vertically due to lack of support.  This would explain the Grand Canyon, which is only a few hour drive from Hurricane, as well as parts of Zion National Park that have been carved out by the Virgin River.

I brought books home for some grandkids explaining some of the forces that created the park area, and maybe I will read them before I pass them on. 

 

About 1930 a local boy and a visiting Methodist minister decided the formations should have names, so they went through the park naming them.  The photo above is the back of one called “The Great White Throne.”  Unfortunately, my batteries died when I tried to get the other side of it. 

I also didn’t get “Angels’ Landing,” which may be the one you see on commercials with people standing on top of a narrow mountain precipice.  The guide said the walk out the last part of it, a horizontal path with sheer drops on both sides, is only about four feet wide.

No way.  We saw people walking back and forth up there though – teeny, tiny people about 1,000 feet up.  Teeny, tiny crazy people.

Below is “Brigham’s Wives.”  It is called that because it looks like women standing there with their long dresses, or so they say.  It is outside the park.  Lolly’s dad commented that poor Brigham did have some mighty homely wives.  Yeah, but he also had those others…

The last evening there we rode about eight miles out into the desert to see the dinosaur tracks.  They were discovered about 1980, and there are over a dozen of them from two kinds of dinosaurs.  I included feet in the photo to give some idea of size.

 

We flew in and out of Las Vegas and didn’t even drive down the strip to see what it looked like.  Neither of us cared – we had better things to look at.

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The Wally-Lolly-Palooza

Posted by Nancy on June 14, 2008

Or as Doug suggested, Wally-Lolly-Doodle all the day.

Yesterday was Uncly Wally’s funeral and today is Doug and Lolly’s wedding. There is never a dull moment here, with innumerable people in and out and all about. When you run out of beds, there is still plenty of space in the yard. In fact, some of Doug’s kids have been sleeping there since we got there – because it’s different and fun.

The video of dune hopping is going to have to wait for later, as Doug hasn’t gotten it done yet and I’m guessing he won’t be caring about it today.

Meanwhile, here is a view from the mesa where the funeral was held with the Zion Mountains and Zion National Park in the background.  The picture on the right is a view of the mountain right behind the family farm.  It is called Molly’s Nipple, and I~ says he thinks that is just wrong to call it that.  The locals don’t know who Molly was, but I bet there aren’t many girls in this town with that name.

I took pictures at the funeral, but somehow it seems inappropriate to post them.  Let’s just say it was definitely another Napoleon Dynamite moment though.  It was held on the mesa on top of the mountain, and the trip up and back was quite the ride.  The road is a series of switchbacks on a one lane road with no guard rail.  It didn’t help that halfway up Lolly told us, “This is where my uncle Elliott was killed when he was 16, when the car he was in rolled off the edge and down the mountain.  He wasn’t driving, but he was thrown from the car and killed.”

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Napoleon Dynamite Makes SOOO Much More Sense Now

Posted by Nancy on June 13, 2008

It started out innocently enough, with Lolly asking Bud and me if we would like to ride out and see the lake on the four wheelers.

Sister Shelley said, “You can’t go out to the lake on the four wheelers anymore because they changed the law and you’re not allowed to ride them on the highway now.”

“I can get you out to the lake,” long-time-friend Matt chimed in.  “We can go on my sand rail.  It’s licensed”

My first warning should have been seeing the sand rail – a homemade dune buggy powered by a Corvair engine, equipped with roll bars and seatbelts for five.  No muffler or windshield, though.

My second warning should have been the harnesses he strapped us all in with, tightening them securely to make sure they fit properly.   Everyone was saying not to worry, that Matt was taking Jamie, his wife, with us and she would keep his driving controlled.  Besides, she was the sixth passenger and didn’t have a harness so he would have to be careful.

I now know what the windshield of a car feels like – wind, sand, rocks, bugs and all.  Four words of advice – keep your mouth closed. 

I also know why the grandmother in Napoleon Dynamite was out jumping sand dunes when she broke her leg, and it totally makes sense.  I am now a dune-jumping grandma and I loved it.

We had a wild ride out to the dunes and drove around and over them for a little while, with Jamie pointing to all the biggest ones for Matt to climb.  Then Matt had us all get out to lighten the buggy and took us on some serious dune hopping one at a time.  What a rush!  He told me I can tell people I caught about fifty feet of air jumping one of them.  (Check back for video – when Doug gets back later I will download it from his camera and post it.)

We all came back sandpapered faces, covered with fine red sand. 

Sadly, I somehow messed up my pedicure from earlier in the day during the two hours of jostling around out there.  The pedicure itself was awesome, with an hour of foot pampering which only included a few minutes of actually painting nails.  I had hoped to keep it nice for as long as possible, but I guess four hours was as long as possible under the circumstances.  Besides, it’s only one toe.

Doug and Lolly got their marriage license earlier today, Doug picked up his tux and left his ring to be sized, they got massages, I got the pedicure, Bud acted as chauffeur, and we all went out to lunch.  I am now pretty familiar with St. George, and it is a very pretty city.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (literally), Lolly’s mom lined the coffin, handmade by an acquaintance at church, for Uncle Wally’s funeral tomorrow; her father and brother went up on the mountain with the backhoe and dug the grave.  There isn’t actually a cemetery up there, but Wally wanted to be buried on his land and he sent away for the paperwork to dedicate part of it as a cemetery once upon a time, and, well, they’re just going to go ahead and do it and worry about the niceties later.

Wally died unexpectedly on Monday and seems to have been the family trouble maker.  His obituary mentions how in his youth he was well known for the trunk full of dynamite that was usually in his car and the “community services” he provided with that dynamite.  According to the family those services included annoying everyone and evading the police.  It also mentioned his love for fishing, where he “developed his talent for exaggeration.”

We’re going to a funeral Friday and a burial up in the mountains.  I wouldn’t miss it.  But first we are going to Zion National Park to see some sights.

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The Waltons, Writ Large

Posted by Nancy on June 12, 2008

That’s what Lolly’s family and Doug’s new in-laws are like.  Wow, am I impressed.

Our flight to Vegas was uneventful, but we didn’t have a chance to see the sights because we had to leave immediately for Hurricane.  I saw enough slots in the airport terminal, let alone go to a casino.  We drove by the city on the interstate and saw a lot of the casinos and cranes building more, and all I could think of was how it is all financed on the backs of people who lose their money by gambling.

Breakfast today included bacon and eggs from their own chickens and hogs, along with whole wheat pancakes.  There are so many relatives and kids in and out that I can’t begin to keep count.

The day looks full, with all sorts of activities on tap.

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All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go

Posted by Nancy on June 10, 2008

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Doug and the kids are on their way to Las Vegas, and Bud and I leave early in the morning.  I am packed – and ready to go.

I took the dog to the kennel this afternoon, and he was very excited with all the new sounds and smells.  He kept dancing around on his hind legs trying to see over the counter, which was very cute.  He didn’t even mind going with the kennel personnel, but I suspect he wasn’t happy when he got put into a cage.  I hope he does well in there – it’s his first time in prison and I feel sorry for him.

Bud checked the weather and it is supposed to be 103 in Vegas tomorrow.  He is such an Eskimo – he loves cold weather and doesn’t tolerate the heat well, and I am just the opposite.  I keep telling him it will be a dry heat, but he spent over two years at Nellis Air Force Base just outside Vegas and knows that when it is that hot it doesn’t matter that it is dry – it is hot.  They used to have contests to see how long it took to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

We’ll be leaving Vegas as soon as we get there though and it lookes more promising in Hurricane, with highs forecast in the 80’s.  Up in the mountains and more than tolerable. 

I got some results from my annual physical today, and my cholesterol is 222.  It’s supposed to be below 200 and the doctor talked about maybe putting me on medication for it, but I don’t know.  Is it that serious if your blood pressure is low?  This time it was 114/68, but it’s often lower.  I’m going to try eating healthier for a few months and have the cholesterol checked again to see if I can bring it down naturally.  I hate taking medicine.

Now is the opportunity for Elaine to say, “I told you so.”  He said to cut out white rice and pasta, and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  Lots of salads, chicken and fish, not much beef, pork, or shrimp.  Maybe I will finally take your advice, since that is what you have been promoting for how long now?  That thing about the shrimp hurts, though.  I thought it was a better alternative for the red meat – and such a tasty one.  Oh well, it was tuna steaks tonight and they were mighty fine.

Tonight’s township meeting was actually collegial.  We had a lot of residents with complaints, many of them from one short street with a speeding problem, but even with all the concerns everyone seemed to be in good humor and trying to work together to solve the problems.  The meeting didn’t take quite as long as normal – perhaps because we were down one trustee. 

At the end of the meeting when people asked if I had to drive up to Doug’s tonight I grinned and said no.  It felt oh, so good.  After three years I don’t have to drive up after late meetings any more.  The next time I see his kids I will just be Grandma and not a pseudo-mom.  I will still love them and visit them, but it will be different.  They will be a complete family without me.

I have my camera and will take lots of pictures of the bride and groom, the scenery, extended family, Vegas, and everything.  Life is good..

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Tadpoles, Bullfrogs, and Cows

Posted by Nancy on June 8, 2008

We spent the afternoon in Radiator Springs and had supper with Elaine and her family.  Katie, et al, were also there.

The kids spent the afternoon swimming in the pond and cultivating their sunburn (it was the second day in a row in the sun for all of them).  It looked like fun but I had better things to do.

I checked on Elaine’s tadpole collection, which is now buckets with leopard frog tadpoles, toad tadpoles, and bullfrog tadpoles.  Some of the toads have completed their transformaiton and are the tiniest little amphibians I have ever seen – maybe 1/2″ in length.  The leopard frogs are just beginning to develop little legs, and they will also be tiny frogs.  One bullfrog is already a frog, and he is a respectable size although not nearly as large as he will be when he finishes growing up.  Later we saw clusters of eggs and even tinier tadpoles swimming in the pond – probably younger leopard frog tadpoles.

Late in the afternoon we heard two big bullfrogs talking back and forth from the south end of the pond and went over to check them out.  The one hopped in quickly, but the other just sat there while we studied him thoroughly.  They are good sized, but not that big considering the size of the noise they make. Their heads are very green, which I guess camouflages them better among the algae and water plants against predation from birds and other animals. 

Elaine said she asked G~, age 5, if she heard the bullfrog when one was vocalizing a couple days ago.  G~ said, “Oh, is that what that is?”  Elaine asked her what she thought it was and she said, “I just thought it was a drowning cow.”

The crazy thing is, I can hear it – not that I have ever heard a cow drowning.  It’s what a child might imagine one would sound like, though.

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Viva Las Vegas

Posted by Nancy on June 6, 2008

We decided we can’t fly into Vegas without spending a night there, to see the lights, so we have rented a car and are looking at hotels. 

Neither of us gambles or cares to spend time in casinos, so we really are comparing rooms and their amenities for the price.  I am amazed at how inexpensive rooms are – well, some of them anyway – and assume they expect to make their money off guests dropping money into the slots on the way in and out. 

Maybe a quarter, just to say I did it, but probably not.  Or do they even make slots that take quarters?

I want to see the fountains outside the Bellagio and the lights on the strip in general, and that is about it.  Maybe check out some of the marriage chapels, to see where someone would go if she wanted to marry her girlfriend – with one of them dressed as a pimp and the other dressed as Elvis.  Just saying.

The photos are displayed in her living room for the world to see, including the children.  Wow, doesn’t that engender pride?

Bud was stationed at Nellis just outside Vegas for over two years before we got married, but of course everything is totally different now.  He got the good assignments before we married, with four years in Berlin and two in Las Vegas.  It was all downhill after that and I never did get to go overseas or anywhere exciting.

The kids and I cleaned off and on the last three days trying to get the laundry caught up, their clothes packed for the trip, their rooms straightened up and the common rooms cleaned, etc. so everything will go smoothly next week.  Doug has them this weekend, then they will spend Sunday evening through Tuesday morning with their mother.  They fly out on the redeye Tuesday night.

It looks like I am being drafted to help paint/babysit at Drew and Kelli’s new house three days after we get back from Vegas.  I don’t mind painting, but Bud is definitely the better painter between the two of us.  Kelli and her mom want to get it done by the 22nd, when Drew should show up with the van and their belongings. 

I will give them Thursday and Friday, but my Saturday is already claimed for the township’s cleanup day. I will spend three hours at the collection site helping direct residents to the appropriate dumpsters so we can help them unload their trash. 

Actually “we” refers mostly to inmates from the county jail, out on work assignments.  The sheriff has always sent men who are respectful and helpful, and they enjoy getting out in the sunshine and doing some physical labor.  It’s sort of a win-win situation where they get the opportunity to work and we get a lot of trash disposed of from around the township.

My life is never boring.

 

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She’s Got a Ticket To Ride

Posted by Nancy on May 16, 2008

This morning I booked our airline tickets to Las Vegas for Doug’s wedding through kayak.com.  They check all the other sites and give you everyone’s prices.  It’s a good way to find the lowest priced tickets.

I didn’t buy the lowest priced tickets.

Call me a spendthrift, but I paid extra so we won’t have to fly the red-eye home, leaving around midnight and getting in at 7:00 in the morning.  I guess I’m getting old, but some things are worth a little extra money, and flying in the daytime is one of them.  Night is for sleeping.  I had enough night flying between here and Vietnam to last me years.

I have never seen Las Vegas so I’m looking forward to flying into there, even if we will immediately drive up to Utah.  At leat I will see the city. 

Hmmm.  Maybe flying in the daytime isn’t the greatest idea after all – we won’t get to see all the lights.

 

 

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