Weekend Wound Up: Open thread



Well, we've made it through another week with at least one major almost accomplishment. Christianity is safe.

I will be missing-in-action for most of next week, starting Sunday. Jane and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary (whodathunkit?) and will be traveling without laptops for the first time in a very long while. I'm already having withdrawal symptoms. Thanks to all for holding down the fort.

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and stay away from the news, too!

People don't spend nearly enough time appreciating their marriages, nowadays. Personally, we never get a night alone - our little emperor son thinks our anniversary is another chance for him to get a fancy restaurant meal!

Take some time to recharge before the primaries. I am sure it will come in handy.

And, congratulations, again!

Little emperor

Funny.

He's a sweetie pie!

you are too kind. seriously.

I am known at all the online booksellers as the person who buys "Help! My son is an angry smart-mouthed brat!" books. He was on really good behavior at your home - the lake had a peaceful effect on him.

He passed his black belt test yesterday, and this weekend we celebrate that plus his "Gotcha Day" - the day we adopted him in China. I have a "different" kind of Christmas story too - spent it in China in 99. I will try to write that up.

Where is Liddy on Big Oil?

Elizabeth Dole cast the deciding vote this week against an energy reform bill that would roll back tax breaks for Big Oil to fund clean, alternative energy and increase our energy independence.

Dole, who has taken over $216,000 from the oil and gas industries, opposed the bill that would raise vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, mandate the production of more energy efficient appliances, and institute incentives for the development, production and purchase of hybrid vehicles.

Last week, Dole was part of a coalition of senators who blocked consideration of the bill, and while many reconsidered and voted for the bill today, Dole remained stubbornly opposed. The bill failed by just one vote, a ballot that could have been cast by Elizabeth Dole.

“The legislation that Dole fought against would have lowered prices for consumers, protected our environment, created jobs and strengthened our national security,” said NCDP Chair Jerry Meek.

“Dole should be less concerned about the future profits of Big Oil and more concerned with the future of the world our children will inherit,” Meek said.

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Thomas Jefferson said you always get the rulers you deserve.

She should be ashamed.

But I don't think "shame" is in her lexicon.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

how to earn a thumbs down from St. Peter

If vetoing health care for children wasn't bad enough, Bush is threatening to veto a bill that prohibits forcing detainees to be naked, perform sexual acts, or pose in a sexual manner; placing hoods or sacks over detainees' heads or duct tape over their eyes; and beating, shocking, or burning detainees.

I know I shouldn't be shocked by this, but doesn't Bush claim to believe in an afterlife? WTFWJD?

Here's the piece on Huffington Post.

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Thomas Jefferson said you always get the rulers you deserve.

enjoy yourselves!

Jane and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary (whodathunkit?) and will be traveling without laptops for the first time in a very long while.

That's great -- have a good time; the keyboard withdrawal will eventually wear off. :)

I'll get a chance to know what it's like to be offline for a while, but not for such wonderful reasons. I'm going under the knife on 12/27, and I'll be away from the laptop:

Upcoming holiday slicing and dicing of the blogmistress

I'm sure I'll find some way to blog as soon as I am awake and have 'Net access. :-)

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend
www.pamshouseblend.com

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Pam Spaulding
Durham, NC USA

Pam's House Blend
www.pamshouseblend.com

Aw Pam....

will be thinking good thoughts, sending out prayers and am happy to know you can get rid of the durned thing causing you pain.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Ditto

Here's wishing you a safe surgery and a speedy recovery!

get well wishes!

I had mine out in 97 and was able to go home the same day. I recovered okay but missed the days when I had to be careful about the amount of potato chips I ate! No gallbladder made grease good again, too good!

Everyone prepares for the hospital in a unique way, but I had my mom come from Texas and bake two pecan pies for the recovery room staff. I got great treatment! (I would have anyway - I was a surgical waiting room volunteer then, and knew the staff. The pies were to keep them from teasing me about anything I said under anesthesia!)

Get well quickly!

sounds like your family has that baking thing down.

Between your mom's pecan pies and your son's banana nut bread, you've had my mouth watering for a week.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

thanks!

Maybe I should organize a bake sale for one of my favorite candidates or political blogs?

I haven't even brought out my Aunt Janie's Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist cookies. Those come with a health warning.
I love the way all these relatives lived on lard, for 90 years.

Congrats to A, Get well soon to P

I know a little about the first having celebrated our 38th this September. I know less about the second. The only knife I've been under was when I cut my finger peeling an apple. Pam, at least you'll have anesthesia. Best wishes.

I was so proud to see Robert's Christmas tree diary up as number one today at the orange place. I am a professional Elf after all so it was a delight.

Hey, what a fun job!

Best of luck to Pam, happy vacation to Anglico, and the rest of you....back to work!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

health care for all

Hope you both are well. that your anniversary is happy, and that your surgery goes well.

TurnNCBlue

Plan B

You aren't going to believe this. Here I am doing online check in for a flight to Jamaica tomorrow and I discover that Jane's passport is expired by one month.

*sigh*

We're now looking for a place to getaway to in the mountains. How's that for a change of scenery?

Oh, man oh man oh man

There's always key west or Puerto Rico. I love Puerto Rico.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Oh no...that's not fun

I think mountains, Puerto Rico or Key West all sound fine.

You could always go to Mexico. That fence can't be too hard to climb. :)



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Happy 216th Birthday

to the Bill of Rights! I know you're on life support but please know there are many of us out here working for a cure to the cancer that has ravaged you for the past seven years.

Thank you George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison for attending the delivery.

Thank you North Carolina for being the guarantor for the birth by refusing to ratify a constitution that did not include a bill of rights. A special salute to Willie Jones of Halifax, Timothy Bloodworth of New Hanover, and Samuel Spencer of Anson for providing the leadership at the Hillsborough convention in 1788.

There is no declaration of rights, to secure to every member of the society those unalienable rights which ought not to be given up to any government. I know it is said that what is not given up to the United States will be retained by the individual states. I know it ought to be so, and should be so understood; but, Sir, it is not declared to be so.

There ought to be a bill of rights, in order that those in power may not step over the boundary between the the powers of government and the rights of the people, which they may do, when there is nothing to prevent them.

Judge Samuel Spencer