Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Rising seniors

I can't do it. I must speak. Even though the photo is self explanatory, I find it next to impossible to post a photo without a description. I guess I'm not very good at Wordless Wednesday.

So here we have four rising seniors, one of which is my daughter.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Getting Featured at EntreCard

Bloggers are great, especially Entrecard bloggers. I have found so much information that is helping my blogging efforts.

Here's one for getting your blog featured at Entrecard from
dreadbob.blogspot.com

"I was wandering on Entrecard to find something to boost my ad sales on Entrecard. Then in the Shop there, I found a lot of things which you can buy at the cost of your Entrecard Credits. I entered the Upgrades Section where I found Featured Status item. It costs you around 750 Ec."



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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Death by Stoning

Iran is still executing those found guilty of adultery and other sex crimes.

Death is by stoning.

Men are buried up to their waists.

Women are buried up to their chests.

Then the stoning begins.


The first stones thrown are not to be large enough to kill immediately.

Torture - that's what is happening here.

Currently, there are eight women and one man who have been sentenced to death.

The women are accused of adultery, prostitution and incest. I can't help but wonder if these charges are true, or if they are twisted to protect the men. The women range in age from 27 to 43.

The man is a 50 year old music teacher who had relations with a student.

Maybe we should sentence our pediphiles to life in Iran.

LINK: Read the full story at the BBC.

LINK: Learn how you can help Iranian women at Amnesty.org.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How to get .gov & .edu backlinks

We all know how important backlinks are. Many bloggers have experienced a higher authority rating at Technorati and other social networking sites by joining groups at the same networking sites and then helping each other out.

Now there's a more legit way to get those backlinks.... it must have been a secret because this is the first time I've seen this information.

Just a SUPER simple way to get some valuable .gov and .edu backlinks for your SEO efforts.Check it out!

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Monday, July 14, 2008

reflections

reflections

So far, today is not just another manic Monday, at least not at my house. Of course, it IS a manic Monday for Obama, McCain, Bush, Schumer, Gramm and The New Yorker. But I'm not worrying over any of that right now.

I just saw this photo my daughter took down by the marina. She's in the middle, snapping their reflections in the river. Pretty cool. She's turning into quite a photographer, but what a muddy river!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

More gas - now

The US has a Strategic Petroleum Reserve known as SPR. It is the world's largest supply of crude oil which is kept in case of an emergency shortage of oil. It was started after the oil embargo of 1973-74.

When needed, as in the aftermath of Katrina, the oil reserves are sold to US markets.

You can learn more about the SPR at http://fossil.energy.gov

Nancy Pelosi has strong feelings on releasing at least some of the SPR to help lower the prices of gas...

LINK: Peloshi to Bush: Free our Oil

“Americans convinced the Bush Administration to not keep filling the SPR a number of weeks ago. We are calling upon them now to free our oil, call the White House, e-mail the White House so that we can increase the supply to reduce the price at the pump. The President’s number is (202) 456-1414, and his e-mail is comments@WhiteHouse.gov.”

Schumer causes run on bank

IndyMac Bank is broke
The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) are the regulators of the IndyMac bank which was seized yesterday following a panic withdrawal of funds by many of their customers.

“It’s the biggest failure in 24 years,” said Chip MacDonald, a banking lawyer at Jones Day in Atlanta. “You haven’t had a lot of failures of that size, yet.”
LINK: NYTimes

The OTS is at least partially blaming the panic on a letter written by Charles Schumer, the democrat senator from New York.

So our question should be, why did Schumer target one particular lender?

Was this really to benefit the American public, or is their some more dastardly reason for his letter? Hopefully, someone who "can" will find the answers for us.

Hopefully, the right reasons were the basis of the letter. Perhaps making the letter public was the mistake. Obviously people will react to such warnings.

The immediate cause of the closing was a deposit run that began and continued after the public release of a June 26 letter to the OTS and the FDIC from Senator Charles Schumer of New York. The letter expressed concerns about IndyMac’s viability. In the following 11 business days, depositors withdrew more than $1.3 billion from their accounts.


LINK: Full story - Feds cite Schumer

Schumer's response:

"If OTS had done its job as regulator and not let IndyMac's poor and loose lending practices continue, we wouldn't be where we are today," Schumer said. "Instead of pointing false fingers of blame, OTS should start doing its job to prevent future IndyMacs."

LINK: Government shuts IndyMac

LINK: FDIC IndyMac page

According to a blog by Jeff Kornfeld, a senior mortgage consultant for WCS Lending, 232 lenders have folded since late in 2006. Please note that I am in no way pointing anyone to a lender, this guy just happens to have the information I was searching for - the watchlist.

There are 17 lenders on the "watchlist" right now.

LINK: 17 Lenders on watchlist

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Republicans launch new site

republican elephant
Today launches not only a new site for the Republican party, but also a new day - one which should have arrived much earlier.

You can now tell the Republican party exactly what you think, and hopefully have some positive dialogue addressing platform issues.

You don't have to be a Republican to participate, but be advised that if you are there to just trash the party, your comments will not be published.

Genuine users can log on and submit their ideas, issues of concern and things that they would like to hear discussed by the Republican party.

All in all, it's a good idea.

Could it be possible that the powers that be, of the Republican party, are indeed clueless as to what our primary concerns are?

  • Gas prices

  • Healthcare

  • jobs and wages

  • the homeless

  • credit card companies and their outrageous practices

  • environment

  • living in a self-sufficient country, dependent on no one for our survival


... in other words, our economy and our future.

And here's another one - who is in charge?

Who dropped the ball and sat back watching the oil crisis develop without doing anything about it?

Why weren't we prepared with alternate fuel sources?

http://www.GOPPlatform2008.com

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

mondegreen

What is mondegreen?
Mondegreen is the word to know...

Merriam Webster has added 100 new words to the most recent update of their collegiate dictionary. The new words are associated with technology, food and science, among other things.

Here are some of the new words:

Webinar (1998): live, online educational presentation during which participating viewers can submit questions and comments.

netroots (2003): grassroots political activists who communicate via the Internet, especially by blogs

Pescatarian (1993): vegetarian whose diet includes fish

A mondegreen most often comes from misunderstood phrases or lyrics. Mondegreen is defined as a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung, according to the update.

Mondegreen was first coined by author Sylvia Wright in 1954 in Atlantic magazine, when she confessed to a childhood misinterpretation of the Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Moray." When she first heard the lyric "they had slain the Earl of Moray and had laid him on the green," she felt terribly sorry for the "poor Lady Mondegreen."


Do you have a favorite mondegreen? Mine is from childhood, before I could read the hymnal at church. One of my favorite songs was "Bringing in the Sheaves." But my version was "bringing in the sheep."

Mirriam-Webster is asking the public to submit their own favorite mondegreen on their website by July 25th. The editors' favorite will be revealed starting the week of July 28.

Click here to see more new words

Click here to submit your own mondegreen.

Feel free to clue me in on your favorite mondegreen in a comment.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Free Money

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Free money, if only it were true.

Thanks to MoneyBites, it's almost free!

Here's what you need to do if you want to be entered into the drawing for 3 paypal cash prizes...

Well this is a simple contest that I’ve cooked up for you guys. All you have to do is write a short post about this contest, and provide at least one link back to Moneybites.com using the anchor text “how to earn online”. You must also have subscribed to the Moneybites.com RSS feed through email to qualify.


How often do we get a chance at winning actual cash? Not often!

So hurry on over to MoneyBites.com and enter to win.

You'll also learn a few things, especially if you're trying to earn online. I especially liked his post on "The Importance of Posting Consistently," an excellent read for bloggers.

Good Luck!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Opera browser

Manic Monday
Just another manic monday...

A song by the Bangles, read the lyrics to Manic Monday here.

OPERA Browser Upgrade

I downloaded the upgrade to my Opera browser and it's running faster than ever!

My computer hates these things...

I stopped using Firefox because it took up too much ram. My computer is old, I've had it since 2002. It was one of the first PCs to have Windows XP, so my ram is minimal compared to today's standards. Other than that, it works just fine.

I joined Social Sparks last week, but apparently their site is based on Java, and again, it's such slow going that I doubt I will remain a member.

Another thing that annoys me and my slow computer is FeedJit. I HATE this widget. Why do we need to have a live feed on where our visitors are coming from? It takes forever to load. You can opt out, but you have to do it on every single site and frankly, that just takes too much time.

Opera saves me from these annoying widgets.

The Opera browser shows how many objects are being loaded in the url address bar. When I see that it appears to be stuck on an object, I can just hit the big red X and voila, the action stops and I can continue scrolling the page.

One last thing that bothers me when browsing blogs is the music. Please, I don't want to hear your favorite song. If you must inform me as to it's title, at least have the courtesy of allowing me to decide if I want to hear it or not. Waiting for the song to buffer takes too long on my slow computer.

Okay, enough ranting for one day.

Have a great week!


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Friday, July 04, 2008

God keep us safe

Betsy Ross

So thankful am I for the freedoms I share without any suffering, thinking or care

I go along living and laughing each day, forgetting the price those before me did pay

but just as my dear Father taught me to pray, he taught me to stop and remember this day

the family would gather to fish, cook and play, ice cream and watermelon, feasts of the day

my Father has passed to the next phase of life and so has my Mother, his partner, his wife

fondly I long for those days of the past and wish that my childhood forever did last

but now I have others that I must inspire to wave the flag proudly and pray for world peace

May God keep us safe from the enemy's fire

May God bless our troops - and bring them home please.


God bless America!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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I found a great and simple recipe for oven roasted shrimp that I hope to try next week after my daughter comes home from vacationing with her Dad.


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Technorati

Must add technorati tags
Memo to myself... Must add technorati tags.

Guess what I discovered today?

While blogger labels are great and do seem to get picked up by Technorati, they are not actually "linked" in the technorati cloud of labels, as seen in my Technorati widget on my right sidebar.

I discovered the cool technorati widget this week. You can choose which features you want in your widget, but unfortunately, you cannot choose the colors, which is why that awful green is clashing with my teal.

Since I use the classic blogger on this blog, I really liked the fact that I could include my label tags in the technorati widget. I randomly chose a tag to click on just to make sure it worked as I thought it would.

Immediately I noticed that there was only one or two posts listed for the label. Then I checked my own label tag and realized that there were more that should have been listed.

I checked another label in the technorati widget, and suprise - no posts were listed. So now, I have to go back and enter technorati tags on all of the posts or either get rid of the technorati label widget.

I used to have technorati embedded into each post template which allowed the post title to be listed as the technorati tag, but obviously, every title wasn't an appropriate tag so I removed it.

If you have found an easy way to use labels or a label cloud on Classic blogger, not the new widget blogger, please let me know.

Meanwhile, I will go back to using this free Technorati Tag Generator.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Jesus for President

Jesus said to love one another
I just read a pastor's blog post on the "Jesus for President" authors who are now on tour. No, they are not advocating a sign-in vote for Jesus.

This goes much deeper than that...

"This whole project is about the political imagination of what it means to follow after Jesus," Claiborne said. "The language of Jesus as Lord and savior is just as radical as it would be to say 'Jesus as our commander in chief' today." (from Cnn, see link below)


Below is my reply (comment) to the pastor's blog post, which you can read here. I have quoted the sections I responded to.

It seems to me you missed the point of the Jesus for President movement. I see it as a way to undo the damage done by those who have tried to hijack Christianity for the Republican party by focusing on 2 emotional issues, which is the real abomination.

Inspiring people to vote with the heart of Jesus is not a mockery - it is truth. They are not advocating one party over the other, which is refreshing.

On the comments...
"To see Jesus as some political leader is to miss the boat entirely. It mocks Christ to say that He would support driving around in vegetable oil-running cars instead of gasoline in order to protect the environment. It embarrasses Christ to say that He would take money from the rich and give it to programs that feed the poor, give medical care to the less fortunate, or to keep the environment clean."


This is certainly radical thinking from a Christian. I wonder if we are reading the same Bible and serving the same Lord. Jesus would not "take" anything, but He would certainly accept the gifts and use them for the very purposes you mentioned.

We are to be good stewards of the planet, and we are instructed by Jesus in His own words to "share" and take care of the poor. You need to read Matthew 25:31-46 again.

The only way we can do this successfully is through our government, because denominations are divided and do not work together on a large scale. Plus, many non-Christians are in favor of helping the poor in this manner. One does not have to be a professing Christian to help mankind or to help the people of God. Remember Rahab in the Old Testament? She was saved by her actions. (Learn more about Rahab here.)

"We don't believe in Jesus because he said help the poor."


True, but IF we believe in Him then we will follow Him and His teachings, which leave no question in this matter.

I leave your blog very sad, very sad indeed. I will not say definitively that YOU have embarassed the Lord, for I will not be so bold as to speak for Him, but it is my belief that you have embarassed and offended Him by ignoring His teachings, claiming that only "churches" can help people.

Read More about the Jesus for President tour at CNN.com

I am glad to see more Christians "taking back" our vote. A vote is a personal thing and should not be overpowered by any Christian leader who is supporting one party over another one based on one or two issues.

ALL issues must be considered when choosing a candidate. This has never been more urgent a mission than it is today.

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