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Fellow Americans, today is the day to decide on the future of our country!! It’s an amazing  privilege to be able to vote and I encourage each of you to get ready and make your final decision.  If you’re still undecided, you better hurry!

I think both candidates have something good to offer, and either way it goes, it’s really not going to be the end of the world. The sun will still come up and spring will return. People make it out to be so black-and-white and it’s just not that…there’s so many shades of gray.

I am very excited for this election and can’t wait for it all to be over. And for the country to move on.

And in other news, dh started jury duty for the month yesterday (he could get called up any day to go into be on the jury, unless he’s able to get out of it). I would laugh, but I’m afraid if I do, next month will be my turn. So I’ll give him my condolences and move on 🙂

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I couldn’t come up with anything creative to say today, so I stole a post my husband wrote on one of his blogs.

What if they were true? Would it really make a difference, or is Obama too much of a savior in people’s eyes to see the truth?

I’m thinking that Obama could produce his birth certificate from Kenya and he would still get elected. People would say, “Why does it matter?” The sheeple in this country that listen to the elitist media are going to vote for him regardless of the truth.

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Have you heard the complaining about Sarah Palin’s expenses on clothes, makeup and hair? $150K on her and her family.

“The clothing purchases have raised questions about the propriety of using party money for such expenses. The Republican National Committee said the clothes belong to the committee, while John McCain’s campaign said the clothing would go to a “charitable purpose” after the campaign. It also sought to deflect the issue by criticizing the media attention.”

To me, it’s such a silly and desperate thing to whine about. Oh, boo-hoo, she tries to look nice. She’s in the public eye! What’s she supposed to do, shop at Goodwill and get her hair done at SuperCuts?? Even if she shopped at moderate places and spent less, there would be people criticizing that and others saying if she had the money, why not.

It’s not the Dems that donated money to the party’s finances, so why are they complaining?

But it’s not just her…”If Palin’s $2,500 Valentino jacket seems expensive, consider that Barack Obama wears Hart Schaffner Marx suits that retail for about $1,500. John McCain consistently wears $520 Salvatore Ferragamo loafers, while Vanity Fair editors estimated that one outfit worn by Cindy McCain cost $313,100, including diamond earrings and pearl necklace.”

I think it’s all just a bunch of nit-picking. It’s really absurd. I don’t give a rat’s rear how much our future president/vp’s shoes cost. If I had their money I’d buy the same stuff!!

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The rumor is Washington Mutual went under because of a run on the bank yesterday. Word on the ‘net is that there have been a few other runs around the country. Sound familiar?

The government is trying not to say the word “depression”…instead they’re saying “recession.” Recession as in bald guy or just receding hair line?

We learned about the Great Depression in the history books and shows on tv…or we heard about it from our grandparents. There are stories of families packing up wagons and cars with their belongings and driving around searching for jobs. There were signs up that told would-be workers, “No jobs here…keep moving.” Whole families would work for mere bread. Hundreds of hollow, hungry faces stare up in pictures in lines at soup kitchens.  Parents gave food to their children and ate nothing themselves. Many put cardboard in their shoes because there were holes in the soles.

But you never think it will happen in your lifetime.

And it probably won’t, to that extreme. But, if there is a depression, how will your life change? Is your job secure? Do you have food for your kids stored up? What about extra blankets and water? A generator with extra gas? Do you know what you could cut to minimize your bills?

I certainly don’t think a rush on the grocery stores would be helpful, so I’m not suggesting we all go out and buy stuff. But it is a good time to think and get ready for recession, whether it is fully bald or just receding.

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We got a letter in the mail from one of the political parties asking for support. The opening line was, “To say this is a critically important election year would surely be an understatement.”

When was the last election that wasn’t important? And this one is really “critical?” Hmmm…I can think of 4 right off the top of my head that were probably more critical to this country than this one.

Let’s start with our first President…Wasn’t putting a strong, well-known, well-loved man critical to the strong foundation of our country?

How about the election between Lincoln and McClellan during the Civil War? McClellan was against emancipation of the slaves.

Great Depression ring a bell? It was Roosevelt against an Alfred Smith. But Hoover wanted to stay in the White House to work through the Depression. He said Roosevelt was an extremist and would ruin the country.

Then there was 1944 during WWII between Dewey and Roosevelt. Once again, an election in the middle of a war.

I’m sure if I did a little research I could come up with a couple more that I would deem more critical than this one. Yeah, I know this one’s big…major companies have just filed bankruptcy. The government bailed out one (another story!) and the stock market is not exactly pretty at the moment. We’ve got troops that need to come home.  But this is a far cry from Civil War, the Great Depression and World War 2!

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So now in the political realm there’s a big stink about Sarah Palin running because she has kids.

Since when did the Democrats think women should stay at home all the time??  They’ve held a strong point of women being able to work and raise a family. It’s typically Repubs that have the conservative view of women staying home with kids.

One example they’re using is with her 17 year old daughter getting pregnant.  (I guess my mom would be a terrible mom, too, since I got pregnant at 18!) They say she can’t be an effective VP with all the troubles of motherhood.

Democrats are worried. They thought they had the edge with a woman running for president, and now it’s obvious that Hillary’s flopped. So they have to go sling some mud at the Republicans. It can’t be both ways, but somehow they (D) want it to be. Talk about flip-flop.  “We can do it, but you can’t!”

She IS married. There’s plenty of stay-at-home dads. I’m sure her husband would take a huge share. How could he not? He’s going to be under the spotlight as much as she is. People (I for one) are curious what he’ll be doing to support his wife and what he thinks about the whole thing.

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Holy smokes! I predicted Leiberman, but I’m glad I’m wrong.

She’s Sarah Palin, 44 years old, the governor of Alaska, a mom of 5…the oldest in the military and the youngest a baby with Down’s. I could go on, but I’m sure you’ll hear about her if you haven’t already. This is huge.

I’m thrilled. I love many of the things she stands for (anti-abortion, anti-big government) and I think it was a great move of McCain. Hillary has pretty much no chance of taking office anymore, so people that would vote for her just because she’s a woman may vote for McCain/Palin. Yeah, not a good reason to vote for someone, but as I say IRL, “People are sheep.”

No, she doesn’t have a lot of experience, but what does Obama have? IMO, Obama’s as popular as he is because he’s incredibly charismatic, young, and half-black. I think having a half-black president would be great for the country as far as racial divide goes, but that’s no reason to vote for someone. Just like the female issue. He doesn’t have experience like McCain does and his head is in the clouds. I don’t think he’d get as many things done as he thinks he could…he’s a little overly optimistic.  Anyway, I digress…

She’s the first female runningmate for the presidency…and if they win, or Obama wins, this is hugely historical. Especially if McCain doesn’t make it full term, which a lot of people are worried about. She could actually be the first female VP and then President.

I’m very excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing her more and hearing more of what she stands for. And I can’t wait to go vote!

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A new acquaintance of ours recently told us he has a friend who’s favorite saying is “I am “they.” Brilliant!…I thought.

“They” are telling us how to raise our kids. “They” are tearing down the rain forests. “They” are causing pollution. “They” are causing our children to grow up faster, with clothes, music, peer pressure. “They” need to clean up the language on tv. “They” need to write to their congressman for change.

WE are “they.” YOU are “they.” Each one of us has the power to make a change; to do something positive in our lives and for those around us. We are responsible for our lives, to not blame something on someone else. If I don’t like the clothes the department store is trying to sell my daughter, I have the power to choose another store and not buy what is there. If I don’t like the shows on tv directed at my son, I have the power to turn it off. “They” don’t make the rules for my kids…I do.

You and I make up “society.” If “society” dictates music for our kids, you and I dictate music for our kids. If we don’t like it, we don’t have to conform, we can drive society!

Some of the most profitable movies that have come out of Hollywood have been family-rated movies..think Shrek, E.T., and Lion King. “They” made these movies profitable.

So, next time you want to blame something on “society” or “they”, remember….I am “they.

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So here’s the update of the top 3 as of Wednesday.

  • US- 26 Gold, 28 Silver, 28 Bronze
  • China- 45 Gold, 14 Silver, 20 Bronze
  • Russia- 13 Gold, 14 Silver, 18 Bronze

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This could really be big to the local communities if drillers find enough natural gas. It is one of the three largest potential onshore resources of natural gas in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Marcellus shale, named after the town in New York where it was found, is mostly in western New York and Pennsylvania and much of West Virginia. The area also dips down into Maryland’s Garrett and Allegany counties, as well as a few others. There’s reports of small towns’ hotels filling with drillers and speculators hoping to dip into this. It was originally found 25 years ago, but set aside as the gas crisis the US had passed.

Even if no very large discoveries are found in this region, drilling activity here could have a great impact on our local economy, as well as to those to the east of us. It would produce many jobs, raise paychecks of workers, tighten labor supplies, and hopefully result in lower energy costs. And since our energy cost has gone up so much in January, I’d love to see drilling. It’s rumored that drillers are paying local farmers $1500-2500 an acre for drilling rights, then royalty on top of that if gas is found.

So we’re really going to keep an eye on this, seeing that it’s our area!

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