Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Unicorn Appreciation Day

 Today is Unicorn Appreciation Day!  Here are some of What's Her Name's latest unicorn acquisitions- including the small pillow pet on the back of the couch, which she bought at Walgreen's today when she was picking up some baby aspirin for Thai.  St George, the dragon, is helping Ginger (the pink dachsie, Chip the small brown dachsie and Thai the large gray dachsie) protect the unicorns from harm!  He has even allowed them to use his castle!  The large brown dachsie is Baxter!  What's Her Name has all sorts of Lenox and Goebel/Hummel unicorn figurines, as well as three different sets of unicorn plates that have yet to be hung in the house!  She even has a set of Bearington Bears dressed up in dachshund sweaters!

Puddles sighting in Northeast Ohio!

 Next door, our neighbors are having some major renovations- their basement kept flooding and started to collapse!  For the last two weeks, lots of digging and brick laying have been ongoing, and today we found out why_  LOOK at what was found in the basement, where the damage was the worst!  First Puddles was off the blogosphere for "computer problems"  Now, Bud Light containers are discovered buried in our neighbors basement?  Obviously Puddles has a secret hideout right next door!  Why didn't she just come o ver to see us?  We would never have given her away!  (And she could have had Dad's beer all to herself!)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A GREAT New Blog-

The Doggie I Asked For……
I asked for strength that I might rear him perfectly;
I was given weakness that I might feed him more treats.
I asked for good health that I might rest easy; I was given a "special needs" dog that I might know nurturing.
I asked for an obedient dog that I might feel proud; I was given stubbornness that I might feel humble.
I asked for compliance that I might feel masterful; I was given a clown that I might laugh.
I asked for a companion that I might not feel lonely; I was given a best friend that I would feel loved.
I got nothing I asked for, But everything that I needed.

Author Unknown

What's Her Name stole this poem from a great new blog- 

The poem certainly holds true- especially wiht The Thai Master and his Cushings and Princess Snausage (aka Ginger) who, while claiming to be housebroken, certainly leaves a great many lake effect puddles in her wake on a daily basis!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Dennis Prager Show

The Dennis Prager Show

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

If every school principal gave this speech at the beginning of the next school year, America would be a better place.
To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.
I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships.
The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans.
If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, race- and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values -- e pluribus unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America's values.
This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interesting in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English -- but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f-word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky -- to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Le Fleur de Lys too: The 15 Marks#links

Le Fleur de Lys too: The 15 Marks#links

The 15 Marks
We need to remember this stuff from time to time.The 15 Marks of the Catholic Church developed by St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J. 1542-1621, Doctor of the Church and Cardinal:

 <1> The Church's Name, Catholic, universal, and world wide, and not confined to any particular nation or people.

 <2> Antiquity, in tracing her ancestry directly to Jesus Christ. <3> Constant Duration, in lasting substantially unchanged for so many centuries.

<4> Extensiveness, in the number of her loyal members.

<5> Episcopal Succession, of her Bishops from the first Apostles at the Last Supper to the present hierarchy.

<6> Doctrinal Agreement, of her doctrine with the teaching of the ancient Church.

<7> Union, of her members among themselves, and with their visible head, the Roman Pontiff.

<8> Holiness, of doctrine in reflecting the sanctity of GOD.

<9> Efficacy, of doctrine in its power to sanctify believers, and inspire them to great moral achievement.

<10> Holiness of Life, of the Church's representative writers and defenders.

<11> The glory of Miracles, worked in the Church and under the Church's auspices.

<12> The gift of Prophesy found among the Church's saints and spokesmen.

<13> The Opposition that the Church arouses among those who attack her on the very grounds that Christ was opposed by His enemies.

<14> The Unhappy End, of those who fight against her.

<15> The Temporal Peace and Earthly Happiness of those who live by the Church's teaching and defend her interests.

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