Friday, April 10, 2009

Socialism Explained

A friend of mine had posted this on his Facebook page and I thought it was a simple, but excellent example of how socialism works. Just something to think about...

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that....

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Is America subject to Saudi Arabia now?

Did anyone see President Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia last week at the G20 summit? I had not seen or heard anything about that until today and I try to read various news outlets daily. I think it was just not publicized much.

What's the problem with this, you ask? For starters, it is not a very presidential thing to do. Obama and the Saudi king are equals. Obama is not his subject. The protocol is for subjects to show respect for their monarchs by bowing and the last time I checked, Obama and America in general, are not a subjects of the Saudi King. I don't know if this was a deliberate thing on the President's part or just an act of ignorance or ill-advised protocol. Either way, it's mildly disturbing to see the President of the United States of America taking a deep bow to the Muslim King of Saudi Arabia. You can see it on this short youtube video.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3-year-old style

Just in case you were wondering if it was in vogue to wear 2 hats at once, Landon has given it his seal of approval! According to him "it cool!"

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring has arrived...

Every year I think spring is my favorite time of the year. At least until summer gets here and then I know summer is my favorite. At least until fall gets here and then I know that fall is my favorite. At least until winter gets here and then I know that I'd rather have spring, summer or fall, but NO winter!

It has been wondrously warm here the last several days and Bryan and I noticed yesterday evening on the way to church that the Bradford Pear trees had just bloomed seemingly that afternoon! Today after dropping Logan off at school, I took the long way home and snapped pictures of various things in bloom. I don't know what every plant or tree is, but they sure are pretty and a very welcomed sight. Sometimes I think spring must be God's favorite season too when I see all the beautiful colors!

So if you're in a part of the country that has yet to experience the first blooms of spring, hang in there! Spring is comin'!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Classic Coulter

OK, I realize not all of you are as big a fan of Ann Coulter as I, but this was pretty funny...and (mostly) true.

The Cal Ripkin President, by Ann Coulter

As Obama prepared to deliver his address to Congress on Tuesday, the Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner, Fox News' Bret Baier and Charles Krauthammer all gushed that history was being made as the first African-American president appeared before Congress.

Even Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom I suppose I should note was the first Indian-American to give the Republican response to a president's speech, began with an encomium to the first black president. (Wasn't Bobby great in "Slumdog Millionaire"?)

Are we going to have to hear about this for the next four years? Obama is becoming the Cal Ripken Jr. of presidents, making history every time he suits up for a game. Recently, Obama also became the first African-American president to order a ham sandwich late at night from the White House kitchen! That's going to get old pretty quick.

But as long as the nation is obsessed with historic milestones, is no one going to remark on what a great country it is where a mentally retarded woman can become speaker of the house?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Walking With Dinosaurs

The big production "Walking With Dinosaurs" came to Tulsa last week and we debated about buying tickets. Logan has loved dinosaurs for a few years now, but his interests are beginning to vary, as they should. Thus we couldn't decided about spending the money to go see it. One evening Logan came racing into the room where Bryan and I were and started telling us breathlessly about the dinosaurs coming to town and then he exclaimed "And they're real!". He had just seen an ad on tv and was so excited we decided we should go. It was hard to get good pictures from our seats, but the dinosaurs really did look real. They were life size and they had some pretty incredible sounding roars! Logan was thrilled and we all had a good time.

I think this is the mom and baby bracchiosauras.

The flying variety. Logan could tell me the names of all these, but he's otherwise engaged at the moment.

The one with a club on his tail! Anklyosauras or something like that.
T-Rex! This one I know because this is Logan's favorite! The roar from this thing was pretty cool!

Logan wanted me to take his picture with the souvenir he picked out.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Iced In!

Yes, I'm still alive and well. It's a mite chilly for Oklahoma right now. We have over an inch of ice on the ground and we're on our second snow day from school (yes, I started this post a couple days ago, but am just now getting around to finishing it). Wish we could get some snow with that ice! The boys wanted to go play outside yesterday so we got the sled out and tried out the little hill in our backyard. You can go pretty fast on ice, but because the hill is so small, the thrill is short-lived. After a few minutes of sliding and crunching around they came in because they weren't able to make snowballs.

The grass reminded me of sauerkraut.

The ice looked really cool shimmering on the grass the first night. Now I just want it to go away!

Trying out the hill in the backyard. Poor Landon who was on the front, smacked his head on the fence post at the bottom of the hill.

Logan trying the driveway. No luck there either!
Warming up with hot chocolate.
I think Landon was trying to show me his tiny marshmellow!

In other news, I might as well admit that I have joined Facebook and become addicted, thus the neglect of my blog. I do intend to get back on a somewhat regular routine of posting so don't despair! I keep thinking the "new" will wear off of Facebook, but alas it has not. And now, thanks to a friend, I have become a huge fan of WordTwist on Facebook. Talk about a time waster!

This morning as I was working in the office my dear son Landon climbed up on the stepstool in the kitchen and began feeding Fred the Fish. Fred is Logan's betta fish that we've had for over 2 years now. He wasn't looking well the other night so I brought him into the kitchen so I could keep an eye on him over the next few days. He had seemed to be doing better, but I had just not moved the bowl back to Logan's room. As soon as I discovered all the food in Fred's bowl, I began scooping it out as fast as I could. It was then that I noticed that my bottle of Dawn dishsoap was sitting close to the bowl and was nearly empty. Yikes! I quickly ran to get the supplies to change Fred's water, but alas, I fear it may have been too much for him. He is now in a soap free, food free bowl, but he is not moving. I think he has passed on to fish heaven. Now the question becomes, do we find another fish to replace him with and not tell Logan or do we 'fess up and let him have his first experience with death?

Other than Fred, we are all doing well. Landon had pneumonia a couple weeks ago and the little stinker would NOT take his antibiotic so I hauled him into the pediatrician's office for 3 days in a row to get very painful shots in lieu of the medicine. I would have thought after the first round of shots he would have been glad for the medicine, but he was not. Back we went the second and third times. Thankfully he has recovered and the memory of the shots has faded.

I hope all you dear friends have had a wonderful January and that you continue to have a fantastic year. If you don't see me posting here, look for me on Facebook! :-)