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Sunday, December 28

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year

Boy, have I dropped out of the loop for a bit :) Thanksgiving & then Christmas sneaked up on me quickly :)

I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas...and here's to hoping 2009 will be a good year. From mine and ours to you and yours...Happy Holidays!

Sparks Republican Women

I've been absent for a while...but still productive. I took on the webmaster duties of my local political club "Sparks Republican Women". We are a part of the National Federation of Republican Women, and also the Nevada Federation of Republican Women.

While it will always be under construction...the new website is up, and if you are looking for links to honest and GOOD conservative media representation, our links page is phenomenal!

Give us a look :)

SPARKS REPUBLICAN WOMEN (Click on title for link)

Wednesday, December 17

Santa Bailout

Wednesday Hero - CWO2 Christian P. Humphreys

This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Malinda

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christian P. Humphreys
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christian P. Humphreys
28 years old from Fallon, Nevada
6th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force 49
November 15, 2008
U.S. Army

A funny, nice guy who loved to fly. That's how Christian P. Humphreys is remembered by his friends. "He was a great guy, always happy and had a joke," said Sean Whitney, a flight medic. "We used to play with our paintball guns in the cornfields behind his house."

Humphreys flew with the Fallon Naval Air Station Search and Rescue Longhorns from June 6, 2004, to May 5, 2006. He left the Navy and joined the Army as part of the "Blue to Green" program to become a helicopter pilot.

Humphreys, along with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Donald V. Clark, 37 years old from Tennessee, was killed when their OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed while on a mission over Mosul, Iraq. As a rescue crew chief, Humphreys was in charge of the operation behind the pilots. He made the decisions when to deploy rescue crews out of the helicopter to assist injured people, and he also took care of the equipment.

"He was a funny guy, a nice guy, a lot of character," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Schmidt. "The guy was always entertaining, always had something to say, but like everyone here, he displayed the professionalism in saving lives."

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christian P. Humphreys leaves behind a wife and parents.

All Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Sunday, December 14

Playboy Virgin Mary

I am really sick and tired of whichever side of the over analyzed side of a fence that is continually shoved up my rear end and attempted to be forged into my psyche!

I do consider myself a Christian. I believe in our Lord and Saviour and everything that goes along with Him. I also understand the secular side of life.

This "so called" offensive Playboy cover shot of a "so called" Virgin Mary, and those coming undone about the photograph are STUPID! It's nothing more or less than any OTHER Playboy cover photo in history. This is merely a beautiful woman wrapped in a white sheet pretending to be some dream gal. Same as any other Playboy cover in history!

This woman in NO WAY resembles to ME a virgin Mary, or any other virgin. HELLOOOOO! If your half naked self is on the cover of Playboy...it has NOTHING to do with Christianity. TRUE Christian girls, or those worried about their purity and reputation DON'T wrap a table cloth around their bare breasts as to CONFUSE the PUBLIC! So... the over doers need to STOP making it seem so as do all the OTHER media SPIN folks with the rest of the news.

Get a GRIP MEDIA! You aren't fooling ANYONE with your nonsense...even though it's ONLY about the BILLIONTH time you've tried to do so.

Hot woman wrapped in an elegant table cloth, or a Wal-Mart sheet DOES NOT A VIRGIN MARY MAKE! WE THE PEOPLE know better...so should YOU! And...since Playboy has made their trillions portraying half naked women willing for money to pose in such a manner...should cue YOU "other" folk into knowing that it is what it is...and if you are offended...DON'T BUY THE FREAKING MAGAZINE!

The "rest of us" wouldn't HAVE EVEN KNOWN she... "she...the offensive"virgin" Mary" even existed but for YOU THE MEDIA pushing it in our faces! Smart people are capable and even willing to NOT LOOK and NOT BUY such magazines.

HOW DARE YOU THE MEDIA try to tell "US" that a paid hussy is any more than she is! I doubt Playboy Magazine has EVER had a virgin on the cover! Only gold-diggers! AND...if you ask me...Playboy KNOWING what kind of business they are in are pussies (pun INTENDED) for publishing and speaking an apology!

If you are in the business of photographing hussies on book covers...then admit it, own it , and be proud of it since that's YOUR business.

If WE THE PEOPLE might be "offended"...then so be it. WE HAVE THE CHOICE (at least today) to NOT LOOK, NOT PARTICIPATE!

Wednesday, December 10

Wednesday Hero - Jonnie L. Stiles

Spc. Jonnie L. Stiles
Spc. Jonnie L Stiles
38 years old from Highlands Ranch, Colorado
769th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard
November 13, 2008
U.S. Army

Louisiana National Guard spokesman Maj. Michael Kazmierzak said Spc. Jonnie L. Stiles had been serving as a gunner on a Humvee doing route clearance when and IED detonated near his vehicle in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He said the job typically involves checking roads for bombs and insurgents.

Stiles' wife, Launa, said that he was nearly killed last month when a suicide bomber blew up a military vehicle in front of his. She said he was still able to rescue three other soldiers and returned to duty before his 30-day recovery period was finished.

"He was strong and really cared for his men," she said.

Stiles was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and graduated from Littleton High School in Colorado. He served in the military for 17 years, first joining the Marines and then switching to the Army in 1999. He served three years at Fort Carson, left the Army and then returned as a member of the Colorado Air National Guard in the Summer of 2007.

All Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Wednesday, December 3

Wednesday Hero - Spc. Matthew T. Morris

Spc. Matthew T. Morris
Spc. Matthew T. Morris
23 years old from Cedar Park, Texas
2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
April 06, 2008
U.S. Army

"He was a very creative kid, and when he wasn't in a challenging environment, he tried to make life interesting," Glenn Morris, father of Spc. Morris, said. "He excelled in a military school structure and in a team environment."

Before enlisting in the Army in 2005, Morris attended the Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia where he met a history teacher who inspired him to want to become an educator. "After his service, he wanted to go back to school and get a four-year degree to become a teacher," said his mother, Lisa. "He wanted to make a difference and give back to the community."

Spc. Morris was killed when his vehicle encountered an IED in Balad, Iraq. Also killed in the attack was Cpt. Ulises Burgos-Cruz.

All Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Tuesday, December 2

Fred Thompson On The Economy - GREAT SARCASM!

This man was my first choice to be President of the USA. Then four or five choices later down the list...we got stuck with John McCain. Sadly, had it not been for Sarah Palin he wouldn't have gotten NEAR the 47% of the vote he received.

Republicans HAVE to get back to the basics and CONSERVATISM. I'm glad to see that Fred Thompson isn't worried about being politically correct, and still maintains the stamina and sense of humor to give us this jewel below. Watch, laugh, and then weep my friends...Ole' Fred speaks great truth!

Source: Net Right Nation

Old Glory - Robin Williams As The Flag 1982

Can WE just get BACK HERE PLEASE???

Slow Hand - I Was Mistaken...Wrong

Nobody needs to know what old folks do in their private time; but I happened to make a misplaced comment while we were chatting over TV about such things and how Hubby should do it like Eric Clapton said he should...you know...the man with the slow hand.

I was immediately faced with laughter and my dear KC told me that Eric Clapton knew NOTHING about the Slow Hand excepting he had an album named that. I laughed too and promised him that FOR SURE it was Clapton that sang it.

ME...being the "know it all" obnoxious chick I can be, set out to PROVE him wrong.

He was RIGHT, and I have videos to prove it. You have NO IDEA how much it pains a woman to admit failure...but when you have a blonde moment you should admit it.

Eric Clapton DID have this album, but the Pointer Sisters sang the song...and in public and on the World Wide Web...I admit I was WRONG :)

That's why I love ya baby...you are a "stuff knower" and in this case I'm proud to admit "failure".

THANKS JC from A Time & Place for the comment:) Conway Twitty did a FINE job too :)

Monday, December 1

GM No Bailout

I'm not one to fall for SPAM e-mail, but I got an e-mail tonight that Lord hope would be SPAM, but who knows anymore! But for ANYONE to EVEN pretend they worked for GM and send out this crap deserves my rant, and folks...the country's changing! Keep your eye on the ball!

My rant follows below (my answer)...but BELOW that is the original e-mail I supposedly received from GM, GMC, Chevrolet, whatever you wish to call them...but some media somewhere is SENDING this kind of garbage to US...WE THE PEOPLE! DON'T FALL FOR IT! If we don't STAND for SOMETHING...we'll FALL for ANYTHING!

Dear Ms. Betts: GM TALKING POINTS! ARE YOU SERIOUS? IS THIS WHERE ONE OF THE BIG THREE HAS GONE? Don't you dare send me an e-mail as a business owner suggesting that I don't know "widgets" or what the ????? If you need to say what the ????? at least have the brass ovaries (I'm assuming you are female since your "name" is Yvonne)...to come on out and say what the fuck? Same 5 keystrokes, but the REAL message!

I'm a VERY small business owner yes, but as an owner of two full service garages (both successful so far), one for big rigs and trailers and the other one for pickups...we are talking about "widgets"...the kind that haul BIG LOADS, run on either diesel or gasoline, but nonetheless provide a service to their owners to allow them to make their living, or have their fun...
The doom and gloom that the media portrays to us all is NO WHERE NEAR quite true just yet.

In the great depression the folks were standing in bread lines just HOPING for a bite to eat. We just went through Black Friday, and even today on Cyber Monday...the lines are LONG, but it's LONG lines for responsible folk to SPEND their money on the INCREDIBLE SAVINGS OUT THERE from desperate companies like GMC.
Preach all the GREEN you like, but your GREEN is government mandated, you (GM) for years have provided substantial campaign donations to whichever candidate is likely to win, and NOW...YOUR GOVERNMENT has taken money from others too and pushed you into the GREEN market. Your hybrids are shit, your technology is WAY BEHIND mom & pop aftermarket products, and ALL BECAUSE you guys are "so cool" and "in a union" while the rest of us out here in REAL AMERICA are just pushing along and REALLY making a living and making a difference!

Oh GEE...your GREEN vehicles can go a "whole 40 FORTY miles on a single charge?" What widget class did your designers FAIL at the community college? Most folks actually travel close to 40 miles per day going to and from work! GIVE US A BREAK! You are preaching to the WRONG choir! Models "smaller than we're used to", fuel improvements of 25% (are you freaking kidding me!)...25% is like saving $2.50 on $10.00. EVERYBODY still has $2.50. Try a hydrogen assist cell aftermarket part that will save over 50% on fuel mileage AND you get to keep your OWN CAR/TRUCK! PLUS, a 1989 Chevy (One of YOUR GM products...the HEAVY ONE...NOT GREEN ONE...now gets 27 miles per gallon after a year!) Get OVER the GREEN...

Green has become the hated color of any upstanding American! You're GREEN at GM because all the "other" subsidies you've ALREADY been given by our government MANDATED you to be. You guys don't spend money responsibly and you DON'T have great ideas! Yep, you sell good vehicles. The Chevy Duramax is one of the BEST...but hey...it's not GREEN...and you sold yourselves to the Devil, and now you are paying and NOW NOW NOW...YOU WANT ME TO PAY YOU WITH MY TAX DOLLAR BAILOUT!

I'm not picking on you, Ford & Dodge are all in the same boat...they just didn't send me the FIRST STUPID AND RUDE E-MAIL on the subject! You guys ALL could have done on your own better than your government regulated you to do...you just CHOSE NOT TO! Don't cry to me now that you HAVE TO...better stuff is out there, but you owe your soul to the government! You should have kept your soul and voted for a Conservative government that would have ENCOURAGED you rather than MANDATED you! Too bad, so sad, SUCKS to be YOU!

Did I get an "A" in that marketing class at the local community college? HELL NO! I got not only an "A" but a PHD to boot in the college or school of hard knocks! And...at THAT SCHOOL...they didn't have a pretty little class on "widgets"...they had a class on P&L's (That would be a Profit & Loss Statement for the educated that send these kinds of e-mails). That school teaches you and GRADES you on a simple rule...no A, B, C, D, or F (FAIL)...but simple math. I do thank God (which YOU by the way didn't even bother to capitalize) that I'm not a math teacher! For teachers today DON'T teach the KIND of math that mediates survival!

2+2=4 and it will always be true; 4-4=0 which will also always be true. When + = profit, life is good and business goes on...when - = ZERO, goodbye...no more money, no more company! There's NOBODY to bail US OUT! We continue to try to derive new technology that will make us independent of foreign oil, and Ms. Yvonne, it's happening all over the country. Sorry GM missed those memos. YOU GUYS have some sort of "convoluted math" that teaches "formulas" that you preach to people in hypothetic situations that make the unknowing or Ivy League educated believe that hypothetically if we do "this", then "this other" GREAT thing will happen and we'll all make millions. Sorry YOU didn't go to community college, because at least at that level they teach you that "it ain't so baby!"

"Don't believe everything you read in the local papers" YOU SAY! Don't worry Ms. Betts, Lady Yvonne...I DON'T! If I believed everything that was in the papers or on TV, I'd have stuck my head in the sand years ago or put a bullet in my own head...the same goes for the way I feel about this STUPID e-mail you sent to me! "Anyone who spends that much time giving their opinion, when the point could have been made in 2-3 sentences, has way too much free time on their hands." ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? YOU OBVIOUSLY BELIEVE IN THE SOCIALIST TENDING WAY OUR NATION IS GOING!!!

Am I to believe that one of the BIG FREAKING THREE has employees that are expected to send out these kinds of e-mails? Was this notification in ANY WAY PROFESSIONAL? NO WONDER YOU need a bail-out! You're all high! At which point I only have the opportunity to debate in 2-3 sentences, I'm screwed as one of WE THE PEOPLE! GM AND YOU WANT me to bow at 2 sentences, for then I'm a sheep just following exactly what's in the newspaper or on TV! Then, I'm no threat, and your ideas and formulas sound rational!

"Get a life and a clue"...Oh honey! If the REST of your e-mail wasn't abhorrent enough...straw broke the camel's back here! You sit at a desk and send out offensive e-mails for a living. I actually have people that work on cars/trucks/SUV's, etc. and run two companies. DON'T sit up there at GM and tell ME to get a clue. I think YOU and your BOSSES FOR SURE...SEND THIS TO THE CE-FREAKING-O (CEO) and tell his rich ass to get a clue! Get your own life and leave responsible Americans ALONE! By the way Ms. "All Up In GM Technology!" If you are hired to do this job...at least use spell check or paragraph check before you send out garble like this to dumb ass small business owners that don't have a life or a clue! Thank God that not ONLY am I NOT a math teacher...I DON'T WORK FOR GM! (NOTE: Their original e-mail was FULL of crazy errors...but when I copied & pasted it...it still has errors, it's just all ONE big paragraph...I have neither the time nor the desire to reconstruct bad work)...it's bad enough literally!

If I were you and if you have a backbone left after drawing that paycheck from GM you so love...I'd quit! I COULD NOT WORK FOR A COMPANY that required me to send out mass e-mails so offensive as this!

Signed: Truck Shop Owner

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 7:23 PM, wrote:

MY widget, your widget, what the????? No Malinda, you're not a math teacher(thank god)! Did you get an "A" in that marketing class at the local community college? The one where they told you all about widgets. Don't believe everything you read in the local papers.

Anyone who spends that much time giving their opinion, when the point could have been made in 2-3 sentences, has way too much free time on their hands. Get a life and a clue.

----- Forwarded by Yvonne M Betts/US/GM/GMC on 12/01/2008 10:13 PM -----
12/01/2008 10:12 PM To Yvonne M Betts/US/GM/GMC@GM cc Subject Fw: GM Talking Points ----- ---- 11/23/2008 03:28 PM To cc Subject Fw: GM Talking Points

Product The domestic industry is oftentimes criticized for building vehicles out of step with today’s need for fuel efficiency. The facts are these: - At GM, we offer the most fuel efficient cars and trucks in 7 of the 20 Wards Automotive segments in which we compete (35%) -- more segments than any other manufacturer in 2009. - We offer 20 vehicles achieving 30 miles per gallon, or more, on the highway, more than any other manufacturer. Popular high volume models include the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G6, and Saturn Aura. - We are the world leader in bio-fuel vehicles, with over 5 million vehicles on the road today, including over 3 million vehicles in the United States. We are committed to having over 50% of the vehicles we sell in 2012 being bio- fuel capable - We offer 6 hybrid vehicle models today, with 2 more to be introduced by year end, more models than any other manufacturer, and this number will grow to 19 over the next few years. - In 2008, GM has won 6 World Green Car titles, includi ng Green Vehicle of the Year for the Tahoe Hybrid. . . .a vehicle that gets the same city fuel economy as the base 4 cylinder Toyota Camry, but can tow 6000 lbs, and comfortably carry 8 passengers with cargo. - Over the next two years, GM will introduce 15 new models in the United States, 14 of which are fuel efficient cars and crossovers. Throughout our product line up, our new and more fuel efficient 4- and 6-cylinder engines will rapidly displace 6- and 8-cylinder engines previously preferred by our customers. Between 2007 and 2012, our 4- c ylinder-equipped vehicle volume will more than double, and fuel-saving 6-speed automatic transmissions will grow by 800%. We are clearly among the leaders in fuel efficiency, but we have more in the pipeline: - Since moving to a ‘global’ product development process in March 2005, GM has under development all-new mini, small, compact and intermediate size passenger cars, which provide fuel economy improvements of up to 25% compared to the models they replace. We also have a new class of pickups under development, somewhat smaller than what this country has grown up with, but with payload and towing capability that will cover most customers’ needs and provide up to 38% better fuel economy (with L4 gas engines). - Included in this tally is the revolutionary Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle providing up to 40 miles range on a single charge. . .enough to meet the daily driving needs of 70% of Americans. For those needing to go farther, a small range-extending gasoline engine kicks in to maintain the battery charge, and extends the range of the vehicle to 300 miles. Setting fuel economy aside, there are those who contend we don’t make vehicles that people want. Here are the facts: - We still sell more cars, trucks and crossovers in this, our home market, than any other manufacturer. . .despite carrying cost burdens not shared with our Japanese, Korean and German counterparts. And where the playing field is arguably more level, like the emerging markets around the globe, we are the market leader, outselling Toyota by half. - Since 2005, GM has won more than 270 awards in China, Europe, and North America - over two thirds of them right here in the United States. . . including the Saturn Aura, the Chevrolet Silverado, and the Chevrolet Malibu that were selected as Car and Truck of the Year recipients. And, just this week, the first vehicle from our new, global mid-size architectur e, the Opel Insignia, we won the European Car of the Year. - Many ask about the more fuel efficient fleet of vehicles that GM makes and sells in Europe. These vehicles are typically one class smaller than those preferred by U.S. customers, in part due to European taxes on gasoline making fuel about three times more expensive than in this country. - Apart from fuel price and vehicle size differences, Europeans also equip their vehicles with manual transmissions and diesel engines to a greater degree (85% and 60%, respectively), with customer preference for diesels oftentimes encouraged by European government incentives, and by diesel emissions standards that are less stringent in Europe than in the U.S. Productivity The domestic industry, including our union-represented partners, are sometimes viewed as uncompetitive when it comes to productivity and, in turn, our manufacturing costs. - Fact is, GM leads in manufacturing productivity in 11 of 20 vehicle North America Assembly Plant segments in which we com pete, according to the 2008 Harbour Report. - GM is the only manufacturer to have improved year-over-year overall for the entire history of the annual report (15yrs.) - Also, GM has five of the top 10 engine plants in North America (all located in the U.S.) and the #1 transmission plant (Toledo, Ohio). Safety GM has become the World Leader in Occupational Safety. Toyota's 'recordable injury' rate is more than 3 times higher and their 'lost work day' rate is more than 4 times higher than that of GM. GM's 'recordable' and 'lost work da y' r ates are less than one-third that of any other plants operated by foreign manufacturers in the US. Environment 2.60% of GM's US energy consumption comes from renewable resources (photo-voltaic, landfill gas) <0.001%> GM is aggressively eliminating landfill waste, and currently has 12 US sites that are 100% landfill free. 7 of these sites achieved this goal in 2008, and plan is to make 50% of all manufacturing operations landfill free by year-end 2010, this is along our overall goal to zero landfill. In the area of renewable energy, GM --in the US-- has 5 sites that are using landfill gas; Toyota has none. GM has the first and only LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified automotive manufacturing plant (LDT); Toyota has none.

President Elect Barack Obama: (I Dedicate To YOU): "I'm Tired of Their Asses - I Could Be Wrong" - ADULT LANGUAGE

As I'm gearing UP on this December 1st to begin to give my best effort to support our new President Elect...I must leave off my final campaign and election comments to something usually beneath me on this blog...and that's to leave you with some funny song that contains some STRONG LANGUAGE.

Tim Wilson wrote it, so blame him if you are beneath thinking for yourselves. Otherwise, pretend you didn't ride in on the planet virgin and laugh with me with all that is and NOT at what's real. Tim...kudos to you in your different way of sayin' thangs'.

I never promised to always have couth at my forefront...heck...I'm a cracker from Texas. Venting like this helps me help myself gear up to attempt my support for Mr. Barrack Obama in his upcoming term.

I won't pretend to usually have sympathy for the devil, but I must admit...seeing his face on TV lately leads me to my compassionate side which also lives within my evil side.

Barrack Obama has now been given a seat at the "secret table"...meaning he's now privy to ALL that is ALL when you sit in the BIG chair. The look on his face lately gives me a slight moment's pause to feel sorry for him, in that at my age and my long years of study of our nation's goings on and plights make me realize that he JUST REALIZED "What the F&%# did I get myself into?"

President Elect Obama is JUST now realizing that he stepped into a huge pile of soft and smelly stuff that WE ALL TRIED to warn him of, and WE ALL TRIED to tell him how to fix. NOW, he's got to do it for himself and US...WE THE PEOPLE if we still exist, and good luck to him. Good luck to us...and for the next four years like it or hate it...it is what it is...and I...