Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"I have three children and no money. Why can't I have no children and three money?" ~ Homer Simpson. (More quotes from him)

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Done!

Praise God!!!! I finished summer clinical!!! God is good!! All that's left is the Final... then on to my final semester (technically two since I'm in the part time program). Wow. I've been attending MCC for four years working on this goal. When I was in the pre-req. classes I really looked up to the nursing students. Once I got into the program I continued to idolize the "seniors". Now, I'm one of them!! (Said in high pitched squeal).

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Friday, July 25, 2008

An actual plan to cut poverty in America in half in ten years

I am really impressed with the plan that John Edwards is touting: "Half In Ten". It has some excellent initiatives that, if implemented, really could cut poverty in America. I like how it has specific proposals, not just happy-love-joy-peace-warm-fuzzy talk. Here are the twelve proposals (for more details click on the link above):


1. Raise and index the minimum wage to half the average hourly wage.
2. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
3. Promote unionization by enacting the Employee Free Choice Act.

4. Guarantee child care assistance to low-income families and promote early education for all.

5. Create 2 million new “opportunity” housing vouchers, and promote equitable development in and around central cities.

6. Connect disadvantaged and disconnected youth with school and work.

7. Simplify and expand Pell Grants and make higher education accessible to residents of each state.

8. Help former prisoners find stable employment and reintegrate into their communities.

9. Ensure equity for low-wage workers in the Unemployment Insurance system.

10. Modernize means-tested benefits programs to develop a coordinated system that helps workers and families.

11. Reduce the high costs of being poor and increase access to financial services.

12. Expand and simplify the Saver’s Credit to encourage saving for education, homeownership, and retirement.




Some of these used to be controversial to me. (I roll my eyes at my previous naivete). Maybe someday I'll get in the mood and blog in defense of some or all of them.

A part of me is so excited that someone is focusing on poverty in America. Another part of me thinks that we should be focusing on global poverty. Another part of me thinks we can do both.

A part of me hopes that Obama picks Edwards to be his running mate. Another part of me hopes he doesn't so he can continue to focus on "Half in Ten".

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

In the news

Ack! Have you seen the high heel races in the news? My jaw hangs in amazement. That has got to win some sort of prize for stupidity. Can you say broken ankle?

One of the things that really gets to me is when the police use excessive force. This time, it seems, the suspect was not seriously injured so I just found it to be amusing. She was in a police chase and when they got to her they knocked out all of her windows. I just laughed and laughed when I saw that.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Probably wasting my time but

I got this in my email today:


Dear Friend,

Just last month, the first "homosexual marriage" licenses were handed out here in California following a 4-3 California Supreme Court decision declaring an open-ended right to marriage under the state Constitution.

This arrogant act of judicial tyranny could create a ripple effect that threatens marriage from sea to shining sea.

If this decision is allowed to stand, the liberal Congress would feel emboldened to legalize "homosexual marriage" nationally. Liberal activist judges would be given cover to overturn the will of the people defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Already, homosexual groups estimate that over 68,000 people from across the country will travel to California to take advantage of "homosexual marriage." The result? A legal crisis over whether many states -- maybe even yours -- will be forced to accept California "marriages" as legitimate.

The outcome of this fight in California may determine the fate of traditional marriage in America.

Fortunately, you and I have a chance to put a stop to this assault on traditional marriage. Thanks to a groundswell of public support from 1.1 million Californians who signed our petition, ProtectMarriage.com has placed the California Marriage Amendment on the November ballot. The Amendment would restore the traditional definition of marriage, overturning this activist court decision for good.

This is a fight we must win -- and winning won't be easy. Passing the California Marriage Amendment in the most expensive state in the country will require at least $15 million for TV, radio, and Internet advertisements, against a ruthless, determined opposition.

Will you join in this historic fight with your contribution of $250, $100, $50, or even $35?

If this radical agenda is allowed to prevail here in California, there's no telling how far and how fast the assault on traditional marriage would spread. The threat is no longer hypothetical. It is happening right here and right now, and this is our moment to act.

Just think of the impact on our children if this decision is allowed to stand. Under California law, schoolchildren as young as kindergarten would be taught that ?homosexual marriage? is the same as traditional marriage. This means that marriage -- the cornerstone of our society for thousands of years -- would be rendered effectively meaningless.

This is why we need you to join in this fight.

Unfortunately, we can't count on the same virtually unlimited resources available to the homosexual groups and their Hollywood friends. They will say and do anything to stop the California Marriage Amendment.

The reality is that to win, we must overcome left-wing billionaires, Hollywood money, and a liberal media which holds our traditional values in contempt.

Victory in California will take nothing short of a groundswell of support from concerned citizens like you, who rise up and say "Enough!" to this brazen attack on marriage.

Will you give what you can now, and send this email to 10 family and friends alerting them to this nationwide emergency?

This truly is a battle of historic proportions -- the first campaign of its kind to reverse an outrageous act of judicial overreach against marriage.

We can't afford to have you stay on the sidelines. Please join the ProtectMarriage.com campaign to preserve traditional marriage today.

Very urgently yours,


Ron Prentice
Chairman
ProtectMarriage.com

P.S. Unfortunately, there are other organizations that may try to use this crisis for their own fundraising purposes. Please rest assured that the legal sponsors of the California Marriage Amendment have designated ProtectMarriage.com as the official campaign committee for all donations in support of the Amendment.



I probably wasted my time but I wrote them back. tee hee. This is what I said:

I am a Christian who disagrees with you. I don't appreciate the fear mongering. I believe that the government should stay out of defining marriage. Civil unions for all! Leave the marrying up to the church! And you are completely wrong about the supreme court overstepping it's bounds. It is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Read my blog on the subject here.


Thank you for reading this
Deena




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Saturday, July 12, 2008

"mother symbolized Nazi-ism with a drawing; CPS is acting it out"

My friend, Leah, absolutely nailed it when she said that. Recently, two children were removed from their mother because she drew Swastika's on her daughter's arm. When did Child Protective Services get the right to take children away because they disagree with your belief system? (And for the online-readers who may not know me, let me be clear that white supremacy is abhorrent) Granted this did take place in Canada, but we can't turn a blind eye to this injustice, because our country is not far behind this practice. It was only a few weeks ago that the polygamist kids were returned to their parents because the court determined that CPS took them illegally.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

furry friends




My online friend shared this with me. Soooooo cute!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Read my 1 star review

I'm always surprised at the number of books that look really good when I'm putting them on my wish list and then turn out to be not-so-good when I actually read them. I just got "Life at the Bottom: the worldview that makes the underclass" from paperbook swap. It was awful. I gave it a one star review at Amazon. Check it out here. And while I was at it, I just added a one star review of Shepherding a Child's Heart. Now I'll have to think of a book that I love, to review- I don't want to seem like a Debby Downer.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Win an essential babywearing stash!

Wow! You can win five different kinds of slings here by entering their contest. Just email them your baby wearing advice and the winner will be chosen randomly. I hope I win. But if not me, maybe you!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Better than finding a typo

One of my most "white" traits is my adoration for grammar. In fact, if you read this post, it's totally me. I take great pleasure in finding errors in print. Sometimes I'm able to restrain myself but I have been know to write an occasional letter to the editor. Well, yesterday I partook in an even more satisfying pleasure than finding a grammar mistake. I found a factual mistake (rather, lie) on Wikipedia and I edited it. (If you listen carefully you can hear angels sing: "hallelujah") The article was on hyperkalemia and the first treatment listed was "urine therapy, full body message and lots of laughter". Um no. So I removed it. Go me. Go me. Someday I'd like to write an article for it too. And add to other articles.

And while I'm on the subject of Wikipedia, I'd like to vent about the lack of respect it gets. People automatically discount it because it is editable by anyone. But, in my opinion, that's what makes it better than any other source. It is held to the standards of EVERY expert out there. And yes, occasional crap, like I found, slips into it. But you can verify everything questionable by going to the footnotes and using them as a source.

A few pictures from Saphira's dedication last month




 
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