Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, April 30, 2004

The ratings for the Virginia-based Al Hurra television station are in for February, and it looks good, according to Fox news. The station broadcasts on the same satellite as Al Jazeerah, and reaches several countries in the Middle East. Apparently the survey showed 20 percent of the homes contacted tuned in to the station during the ratings period. There was also good news for the area radio station, Radio Sawa, which has been on the air for only two years. The managers of the station are ecstatic that the listening audience has grown far beyond their hopes in such a short time.

Between these stations, and the work that's going on through Spirit of America to raise money for more television stations in Iraq, it looks hopeful that we can get the message of freedom through all the junk spewed forth by Al-Jazeerah. Be sure to check out the Spirit of America website and make a donation if you possibly can.

Have you heard about the upcoming TV movie about an earthquake so severe that the entire West Coast separates from the continent and floats away? Personally I think it's gonna be great fun, the way all the Irwin Allen disaster movies were in the 70s. But a lot of scientists and other critics are warning people that this type of earthquake could never happen. Well, here's my take on that:
1. If God wants it to happen, it will happen.
2. Lighten up, it's just a movie, for crying out loud!

You know, it's disgraceful the way Christians and Christianity are being treated in this country today. You have Florida state senators apologizing for the session opening prayer, because the Baptist minister invoked the name of Jesus Christ. Then you have Kroger grocery store in Louisville, Kentucky, removing a newspaper from their free publications rack because it is produced by a Christian organization, all the while allowing a paper which recently featured on the front page a picture of Jesus holding a basketball, with the headline, "The Real Passion". When are we Christians going to stop letting the world treat us as doormats? We have the same rights in this country as everybody else; it's time we started acting like it.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Congressman Jim McDermott of Washington took his turn to lead the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday, with a twist. Contrary to law, the Congressman refused to put his hand over his heart, and left out the words "Under God" in the pledge. In my opinion, this is disgraceful. He is supposed to be representing the people of Washington, and I don't believe they would do the same thing in his position. He should be censured by his peers for this travesty.

I was reading our local newspaper, and discovered that the little town I live near (populaton approx. 350) is having a runoff election for Mayor. Of course, not living "in" town, I cannot vote, but I think it is pretty pathetic that so few people are deciding the leadership of a town. The runoff election is being held because in the regular election, both candidates received 22 votes. That's right. 22 votes. That's just wrong. People have to wake up and realize they are only going to get the type of government they deserve. And if they don't care any more than this, they deserve what they get.

On Monday, Jordan announced that the al-Qaeda terrorists they arrested admitted to having chemical weapons (WMDs) that they brought into Jordan from Syria. Hmmm. I seem to recall speculation that Iraq's WMDs had been smuggled into Syria, and that's why we were as yet unable to find them. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to add two and two.

And now, since that announcement, John Kerry is admitting there "might" be WMDs out there, and we may yet find them. Check out the transcript of his interview on Hardball (MSNBC). I tell you, he has waffled so many times, we could feed the entire Armed Forces breakfast.

Yea, the Royals won last night! I shouldn't get excited I guess, they are still way off the mark this year. Southern Missouri is really more "Cardinal Country", but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Royals. After all, they waited until the year we moved down here to win the World Series.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Well, I just learned that John Kerry has cancrelled his visit to Springfield, MO this week, in order to make a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. This is the same campus where Dick Cheney trashed him a couple of days ago. Considering Missouri is supposed to be an important state to win, Kerry is not doing a very good job of communicating with us. I've yet to see him come to southern Missouri. When he's in state, he's in Kansas City or St. Louis. I guess that's okay, though, all us southerners tend to vote more conservatively than he would like anyway.

You should all check out this webpage. This is a quilt, created by Lois Jarvis of Madison, Wisconsin, and it is extremely beautiful. As a person who has made a quilt, I know just how much work there is in even a simple one. This one is so work intensive, it had to be a labor of love. See for yourself:


This is so great! The Marines are using Nascar pit crews to increase their efficiency in working the helicopter refuelings. I was already a HUGE Nascar fan... this just increases my appreciation for them, and for the Marines. It's just such a logical thing to do. Somehow, I wonder who came up with the idea. The upper echelon of the military doesn't usually do things this logically.

Where are the feminists now? They want equal treatment for women, right? I don't think it's right that the two sisters of the female soldier who died in Iraq should be allowed to decide if they want to go back or not. They don't give that option to men. You don't see Pat Tillman's brother being given that option. Either women will be treated equally in the service or they won't. This is just wrong. Of course, I feel for the parents of the deceased girl. I wouldn't want to be in their situation. But these two soldiers should be sent back to their unit, just like anyone else would.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I learned today that my baby sister is up against a possible serious illness. She is a single mother who's had a very difficult time. Please pray for her and her children, that she be restored to health and that life will start running in her favor for a change.

This is absolutely outrageous! In today's Washington Times Insider section:

Terry McAuliffe: "When John Kerry was risking his life for his country in Viet Nam, Dick Cheney was getting deferments because, in his words, he had 'other priorities than military service'

But that wasn't enough of a smear. The story continues:

Democratic-leaning political organizations took up the charges yesterday, with one group suggesting that Mr. Cheney's wife, Lynne, became pregnant to help her husband avoid serving in Viet Nam.

And then we have the money quote:

"The facts are out there, and we're just presenting them. It looks as if a little bit more went into the Cheney family-planning decision, but who knows," said Sarah Leonard, a spokeswoman for the Thunder Road Group.

And there you have it. Every woman who got pregnant during the Viet Nam War was plotting to keep her husband at home. Or does that only apply to the Republican women?

They're going to inaugurate the World War II Memorial on Memorial Day this year. I wish my father had lived to see it. He was a tank commander, serving in France, Germany, and Czechoslavakia. He was awarded a bronze star, although I didn't learn that until he had passed away. He would never talk about the war, except to say that it was very ugly and he didn't want to discuss it. I wish he had. I wish I could contact some of the men who served with him. I'm in the process now of determining what the medal was for. I have his discharge papers (that's how I learned about the award), but they don't say why. Anyway, I know he would have loved the memorial. So would my father-in-law, rest his soul. He served on the back of a jeep, firing a .50 caliber gun. Just like the guys in "The Rat Patrol", but he was in France. He landed the day after D-Day.

Monday, April 26, 2004

I was disappointed with the interview with John Kerry this morning on GMA. Charles Gibson did a very good job pinning him down on the medal vs ribbon nonsense, but didn't ask him the key question: "Mr. Kerry, you say you threw the ribbons because you didn't have the medals with you. If you had had the time to get the medals, would you have thrown them over the fence?" I waited for that question, but it never came.

I've read several stories about that ignorant protest in Washington today. I can't stand feminists. They've wrecked the world for the rest of us. Don't get me wrong. I feel a woman and a man doing the exact same job should get the exact same pay. I feel a woman and a man should have an equal shot at a promotion, or an education. What feminists have done is try to make women superior to men. That's not why we were created. We were created to be a help meet, or helper, to men. I am so totally against abortion, but I am not against women who have had them. I think it was a mistake, and God forgives mistakes. But I will save my opinions on abortion for another post. Let me just say that every time they have one of these protests, they give women around the world another black eye. I wish they would quit trying to liberate me. I like it when my husband opens the door, or treats me like a lady used to be treated. He holds my coat for me when I'm putting it on. I like that. Women today don't want to be equal, they want to be better, and that just isn't gonna happen. They should settle for equal.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

I was watching the Nascar race today, and I got soooo frustrated! I just hate it when they end a race under yellow. There was no debris on the track and they wasted 6 laps running around in slow motion. They should have let them race it out. On the other hand, the fans really showed their butts by throwing trash on the track. I've never seen that happen before. It was disgraceful.

I've been thinking a lot about that young man who turned down the multi-million dollar NFL position to serve his country, and died for it. I am so proud of him, and I know his parents are proud as well. My only problem is that every single one of the young men and women who have died in this war should be so honored. I know it's logistically a nighmare to think of publishing a special obituary for each and every one of them. However, I do think we should all pray for every one of them every day. I know God has a special place in Heaven for them, because "no greater love has man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend." I know that's not an exact quote, but it's 5 in the morning, I know it's close enough.

Well, a blog is born! Seriously, I am very new to this so I'll start simply by introducing myself. I'm a 47 year old Christian grandmother of ten who has very definite ideas about life, politics, religion, world events, raising children, and just about anything else. I welcome anyone to visit my world each day. I can't guarantee a good time, but I will try to keep it interesting for everybody.

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