>Not how I wanted to start 2010!

>Dittos, Rush…

>Oh yeah….

>Via Pam, cause when it’s good, it’s good….

Keeping in mind we can’t “take back” the Senate in 2010 – it will take two cycles to do that – but we can sure take away their precious 60 vote majority. And the House? yeah, that one we can and must take back.

>Boomboom Britches and other rowdy young men…

>Well, Mr Dodd, how’s that cut in Aviation Security for installation of explosive detection systems worken for ya?

Mark Hemingway, Washington Examiner, has noted what would seem to be a bit of a problem for Chris Dodd (AHD-Conn) –

“Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million….In fact, the money was specifically “for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems.

(b) The total amount of appropriations under the heading “Aviation Security” under the heading “Transportation Security Administration” under title II, the amount for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems under the first proviso under that heading, and the amount for the purchase and installation of explosives detection systems under the second proviso under that heading are reduced by $4,500,000.

It is interesting to note, this was not the only place these Senators saw fit to cut.

(c) From the unobligated balances of amounts appropriated before the date of enactment of this Act for the appropriations account under the heading “state and local programs” under the heading “Federal Emergency Management Agency” for “Trucking Industry Security Grants”, $5,500,000 are rescinded

How long before we see the results of cutting Trucking Industry Security? Haven’t we been a bit concerned about the threat posed by terrorist use of trucks since 9/11? I know I have been…

It should be noted good ol’ sell out Joe Lieberman (FI- Conn) and Senator Carpenter (AHD-Del) were also sponsors of this bill – but if you read the column will will find that Dodd used this money cut from security to pay off his special supporters, “friends of Dodd”. Politics of you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours and security for the American public be damned.

Hey, main stream media – where is the coverage? Hey House of Representatives – when are you scheduling hearings on this? Hmmm?????

source Washington Examiner

>Wow, just wow

>Irony thy name is Baucus…

>Random thoughts from a meandering mind…

>Mr. Singed His Naughty Bits’ father told the US embassy weeks ago that he was concerned about his son’s religious beliefs, yet our bureaucrats didn’t think Boomboom Britches needed closer scrutiny? What is that about? Can you hear him NOW?!

So, when the shoe bomber tried to use this same stuff in his Nikes we all had to start taking off our shoes before getting on a plane. Does this mean now we’ll all have to take off our underwear in the security line?

Did you know this stuff can’t be detected by a magnetometer? I would have thought explosives would be magnetic, right? Cheeze, go figure. Maybe now they will install those machines that puff at you to detect explosives – maybe? Oh wait, no, they will install the machines where TSA yayas can look at you naked instead – and of course not let us read or go potty for the last hour of a flight. Like the eegit couldn’t have tried the same maneuver while still over the ocean. I mean, someone would only do this sort of thing in the last hour of a flight right? duh…

And then today the poor Nigerian with tummy trouble gets the full treatment when he will not let the flight attendant in with him as his guts are trying to turn him inside out. Would YOU open the lav door on a jet full of people if you were in the throws of intestinal distress? just sayin. Poor guy. Nothing like shutting the barn door after the cow is out. Of course I have a certain empathy for the man due to the extreme pain I experienced on our return flight last month, no way I could have remained seated that last hour of the flight, in fact the last 3 or 4 hours I debated whether or not I might be having a heart attack, I’m talking PAIN.

Ah well, the monkeys continue to be in charge and we just have to suck it up and deal.

>Let the insanity commence…

>I think everyone in the world has seen this – but hey, it’s one of my favorites so watch again if you are so inclined. I myself am smiling 🙂 and my feet are jumping.

Merry merry Happy happy Joyous joyous Christmas to you!

>fa, la, la, la, la…..la, la, la, la

>We are nearly three weeks into Rose’s 30 day confinement. She finally got her stitches out yesterday. The weather kept us from getting her to the vet last Friday as scheduled, in fact the icy conditions made us give up on taking her back to the surgeon and we just had the local vet come take them out while Rose stood in her stall. Vet was amazed at how calmly Rose stood for her. The incisions look amazing, no swelling, no redness – she’s doing great now. Rose is handleing her lack of outside time very well – thank goodness – most horses would be going nuts by now. Horses are meant to wander about. The two biggest threats to her health right now are colic (can be fatal in horses, but we are doing everything we can to prevent it) and neuroma, which is a painful growth of scar tissue on the ends of the nerves that were cut. Again we are taking steps to avoid that problem.

Here are a few shots of miss Rose in her stall – one includes me cleaning house.

The front yard still looks nice. This morning we had freezing fog so all the trees and plants looked as though they had been sprayed with glitter and, being a whoping 21 degrees, all the snow was hard frozen and glittery as well. It was lovely.

Meanwhile, back in the house…

D1 has been baking, with a little help from the boy. This is an almond pound cake they baked and decorated with marzipan. Yummy! Now they are baking and decorating sugar cookies.

When she’s not baking, D1 is working on her family gifts. She’s making pot holders, totes, and little pouches that she will fill with chocolate and party poppers for the neices and nephews.

D2 is beading gifts like crazy – these are necklaces, earings, and key rings for cousins, aunts, and rumor is perhaps there is something for sisters and mother somewhere.

D3 has done nothing yet, as far as I am aware – though there has been talk of gingersnaps decorated with white icing.

We keep a box full of little wooden “ready to paint” ornaments from the craft store sitting on the table, the ones on top here are in process. When anyone has a little down time, they sit – color – paint – glitter – and otherwise embellish…

Until we end up with things like this –

and this –

I always stock up on these after Christmas, when they are marked waaaay down, so that nothing we use costs more than a dollar, most are fifty cents or less.

Another standard is buying several boxes of plain glass balls after Christmas every year. Whatever is left by the time they are being marked down 75% (I’m a tight wad)

Then we glitter them up and give them as gifts.

D1 did these…

and I did these…

Of course all the while there are corgis underfoot

So we torture them by making them hold cookies on their heads while we take photos 🙂

All this Christmas fun and frolic is coming to a close far too quickly. But we’ll continue to wallow in it as long as we can 🙂

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