Published on December 30 2006

Watching President Ford's arrival at the Capitol over the internet tonight--thank god for CSpan, since I don't get to watch much tv.... so strange to see all of those people from the 70's again. Kissinger, and all the rest. All of those people who were were around when I first began to notice politics and the news. My eyes kept going to Betty Ford throughout all the reverent ceremonies. So tiny. So strong. Such a beautiful woman. Watching tonight only increased my years-long admiration for this woman. Tears coming to my eyes as I watch her. Of course, hearing "America" ( and that one hymn which I've never known the name of ) does it to me almost every time, too. And "Amazing Grace" always finishes me off. I'm such a wuss. The commentators describe him as being "her best friend". I wonder what it's like to be married to your best friend for almost 60 years...

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Published on December 30 2006

The video of the hanging is all over the internet, and was all over CNN this morning. All of the TV stations were of course careful to end the video before the actual hanging, thankfully. It's not exactly an image I want to have anyway. But it did make me wonder....how is it that Hussein's hanging is deemed too graphic for our delicate tastes, yet CNN and some of the other news channels had absolutely no problem airing the video a few weeks back of an Iraqi sniper killing an American soldier? Just sayin'.

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Published on December 29 2006

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Published on December 29 2006

Midterm in progress. Wish me luck, lol. [Update two hours later] My head is spinning. Three essays and a bunch of multiple choice questions....and I got one MC question wrong, so no perfect score for me! :-(( And the essays? Not a clue how I did. I can't even remember what I wrote, to tell you the truth.

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Published on December 28 2006

I have just read an "essay" that leaves my mouth hanging open. And my stomach trying not to heave. How the H-E-double-hockey-sticks does this woman keep getting another minute or two of fame? Banana Republics: In Search of Peace with Cindy Sheehan
First of all, I would like to extend my condolences to Mr. Ford's family. Even though he was an ex-President, he was also a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was a human being who had private relationships in a very public life and I am sure his loved ones will miss him deeply. However, Mr. Ford was 93 years old. He lived a full and long life. He spent a very lengthy retirement from public life: golfing and doing whatever else former presidents do. Usually, burying a 93 year old loved one is sorrowful but, I believe his pardon of Richard Nixon is one of the factors that have led to the untimely deaths of over 3000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle East. Just this month alone, 91 of our young people have met early, avoidable, unnecessary and tragic deaths in Bloody George's horrific war. In a month when most people picked out Christmas trees and had joy-filled celebrations in the season of lights, 91 of our nation's families went shopping for burial plots or urns and their holidays will never be the same again.
And then we have this little gem in the comments section (not written by Cindy, but....geez....):
I believe that Gerald Ford replaced fellow Maryander Spiro Agnew because Ford had helped cover up the JFK Assassination.
What was Karl Rove doing back in 1974, I wonder?

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Published on December 28 2006

and as usual, he's hilarious. I loved his take on the next Pres election. Bolding mine. James Lileks
American politics were in that blessed period between elections, but jockeying continued for the presidential spot in both parties. Hillary Clinton made a masterful move to the center by coming out against gay marriage for stem cells; Barack Obama continued to run on a platform of being Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney continued to remind people of his impressive chin. Rudy Guiliani rolled out a new campaign slogan: "Why? Because I'll Nuke Them Old-School Style if I Have To, and You Know It," while John McCain's team came up with a GOP base-tested slogan, "Suck It Up, Haters! It's Him or the Witch."
Only bad part about it is that it's probably exactly what's going to happen.

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Published on December 27 2006

I wrote about this the other day. I spent a little while checking out the company I had ordered from last night--and I was just horrified at the things I read. People who ordered from this company getting cameras with Japanese menus (I don't read that language too well, lol). People who found huge charges on their credit cards, much larger than their original invoices. Huge restocking fees for returned Japanese-menu'ed cameras. Refused returns. Cameras arriving with no batteries or battery chargers. Credit cards being charged even after orders were canceled. There were literally hundreds of these complaints...and I chickened out, called my credit card to let them know I was going to cancel the order and to watch out for a charge from this company. And then I called and canceled my order--AND got the confirmation number that my credit card company requested. I just had a baaaaaaad feeling about the whole deal. So now I'm back to camera-hunting. Think I'll check out the Nikons after all.

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Published on December 26 2006

 

threexmas2006Me and my gangsta daughters on Christmas Day..... One day, sometime in the future, I will get a photo of the three of us in which we all look good. No gangsta signs, no crossed eyes, no CLOSED eyes, no drool.... I swear, if I have to pay for it I will get one eventually, lol!

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laurieandschulzSchulzie, the world's meanest nastiest guard dachshund, trapped me on the steps. He wouldn't let anyone pass until they had shared their Christmas Cookies. (Fat chance of THAT!)civilwarsaber

 

One of the things we did was show the new family historian (Hi Paul!) some of our family "primary sources"--the saber and diaries belonging to Edward Bruce Crofoot, my great-great-grandfather.  The diary is a record of his time with the Wisconsin 32nd, who spent a little time in Georgia on a trip across the state during the Civil War.

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The writing is pretty tough to read, although my Dad "translated" most of it several years ago. Lieutenant Crofoot had beautiful handwriting with swirls and flourishes-- and in a century and a half, we have lost the ability to read "real handwriting".shannondiary

 

 

 

Hope all of you had a wonderful warm Christmas.....

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Published on December 24 2006

 

Kidbrudder forwarded a letter from daughter-in-law Brooke (Hi Brooke and Mark!!); who included a couple of pictures from her recent musical evening with Darryl Worley and Mark Wills (although both of these pics are of Worley, I think--not being a country fan myself, I had to go googling!)

 

 

Here are some pics from the other night. They had a concert and Mark Wills and Darryl Worely were here. I got autographs and got to meet them. Mark Wills made me come behind the table (where I wan't supposed to be) and gave me the biggest hug and kissed me on my cheek! I'm so special! :) Anyways... I had a great time and just wanted to share a couple of the pictures with ya'll! I love ya'll! Merry Christmas....
Well, almost!

All my Love,
Brooke

Merry Christmas, Brooke--we'll be thinking of you and of all the others so far away from home this holiday.

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Published on December 23 2006

That kiss on the cheek I gave Santa while sitting on his knee must have been what did it..... Xmas present for ME!! I forsee people running in terror at my approach--not because of the usual reasons, but because I TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING. Canon Digital Rebel XTi Oh dear.... 10, count 'em, TEN megapixels.....this is going to be great to finally get some resolution. We could all use a little resolution. The info display on the back is just awesome, and I have found an adapter so that I can use my collection of prehistoric and pre-autofocus FD lenses. Being able to use those lenses tipped me to the Canon, 'cause the Nikon D's were awfully tempting. And at waaaaaaay less than half retail price (grin, grin) -- only caveat, gotta wait two weeks for delivery. (grumble, grumble) TOLD ya all the shopping was done!!

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