Rita Updates

Seem bad enough, yet still, I am cautiously optimistic. I hope I don’t have cause to repent that optimism. She’s been downgraded to a cat-2 four hours after landfall.

There’s a good list of local news sources here.

The Dailer Advertiser from Beaumont Texas is one of them. Here’s a gem from one of their articles:”We see these storms a little differently after Katrina,” said city administrator Paul Rainwater. “We all realize that no matter how safe you feel … you have to take it seriously, you have to plan.”

Umm, good, good. Of course, it was always part of their job description to plan before a storm.

In Jasper County LA a house holding seven people washed off it’s foundation and floated away. I don’t know how the people fared, the article didn’t say.
It did say that “In a hotel in Beaumont, Texas, near where Rita struck, windows were blown out and shards of glass and pieces of trees were strewn throughout the flooding lobby, KHOU-TV reported.” They didn’t mention this but another article explains that this hotel is where the media is staying.

Before there was a power outage there were a handful of looters and burglars caught and arrested in Houston. Guess they just wanted to touch pretty things.

Michelle Malkin has more- just start at the top and keep on scrolling.

Near as I can tell, there are power outages, rooves missing from buildings, and flooding, but still, not quite the devastation that was Katrina. It’s not over yet, of course, and if your house is in the flooding areas, the distinctions just are not that clear. But still, modestly optimistic.

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Nonsense Alphabet

A was an ant
Who seldom stood still,
And Who made a nice house
In the side of a hill.
Nice little ant!

B was a bat,
Who slept all the day;
And fluttered about
When the sun went away.
Brown little bat!

~Edward Lear

Alphabetic Gems
As little by little the oak trees grow,
So little by little I’ll try to know;
One of these days perhaps we’ll see
The world will be the better for me
~Unknown

Be kind and be gentle to those who are old,
For dearer is kindness
And better than gold.
~Unknown

From the Child’s Calendar Beautiful, first year, September
A collection of poems and prose selections to be memorized by children, arranged by Katharine Beeson, published in 1908

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Did you ever notice…

Quite often the thing somebody jokes about most in public is the
very thing that causes that same person to sob her heart out in private?

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Dear Taxpayer

Here in my state, which is crippled financially thanks to a Democratic spending spree which turned a 2 billion dollar surplus into a deficit nearly as large, the Republican governor (elected in the last election) is trying to find ways to save money. Too often when he does, there are people who complain and say that their pet program didn’t cost very much anyway. Which may be one reason our state spent four billion dollars so quickly. That’s no way to budget.

One such ‘small’ program is one where our state government mails reminders to everybody in the state when their driver’s licenses are about to expire. This costs the state 200,000 dollars a year. The governor would like to end the program. Certain politicians are upset because, you know, some people will not realize their licenses have expired until they try to use them cash a check or they get pulled over or something like that. And wouldn’t that just be awful. It is asking too much of our citizens to notice the dates on our own licenses.

But why stop there? I want a reminder to floss, and a reminder to set the meat out to defrost in time for dinner, and I’m sure I just wouldn’t be late to church anymore if the government would only call me on the phone and tell me to put down what I’m doing and get in the car every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
I’ve also missed my father’s birthday for years (Granny Tea’s birthday is easier to remember because it’s the same month as mine). I think the government should send me reminders about that, too. Better yet, let’s save time and the government can just mail the birthday card to my dad for me.

Granny Tea says that personally, she doesn’t like the government acting as though they think she is an idiot. I think it’s a plot to generate more dependency. The more the government treats us like idiots, the more likely we are to forget how not to behave like dolts.

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Rita Updates

Seem bad enough, yet still, I am cautiously optimistic. I hope I don’t have cause to repent that optimism. She’s been downgraded to a cat-2 four hours after landfall.

There’s a good list of local news sources here.

The Dailer Advertiser from Beaumont Texas is one of them. Here’s a gem from one of their articles:”We see these storms a little differently after Katrina,” said city administrator Paul Rainwater. “We all realize that no matter how safe you feel … you have to take it seriously, you have to plan.”

Umm, good, good. Of course, it was always part of their job description to plan before a storm.

In Jasper County LA a house holding seven people washed off it’s foundation and floated away. I don’t know how the people fared, the article didn’t say.
It did say that “In a hotel in Beaumont, Texas, near where Rita struck, windows were blown out and shards of glass and pieces of trees were strewn throughout the flooding lobby, KHOU-TV reported.” They didn’t mention this but another article explains that this hotel is where the media is staying.

Before there was a power outage there were a handful of looters and burglars caught and arrested in Houston. Guess they just wanted to touch pretty things.

Michelle Malkin has more- just start at the top and keep on scrolling.

Near as I can tell, there are power outages, rooves missing from buildings, and flooding, but still, not quite the devastation that was Katrina. It’s not over yet, of course, and if your house is in the flooding areas, the distinctions just are not that clear. But still, modestly optimistic.

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Nonsense Alphabet

A was an ant
Who seldom stood still,
And Who made a nice house
In the side of a hill.
Nice little ant!

B was a bat,
Who slept all the day;
And fluttered about
When the sun went away.
Brown little bat!

~Edward Lear

Alphabetic Gems
As little by little the oak trees grow,
So little by little I’ll try to know;
One of these days perhaps we’ll see
The world will be the better for me
~Unknown

Be kind and be gentle to those who are old,
For dearer is kindness
And better than gold.
~Unknown

From the Child’s Calendar Beautiful, first year, September
A collection of poems and prose selections to be memorized by children, arranged by Katharine Beeson, published in 1908

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Did you ever notice…

Quite often the thing somebody jokes about most in public is the
very thing that causes that same person to sob her heart out in private?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear Taxpayer

Here in my state, which is crippled financially thanks to a Democratic spending spree which turned a 2 billion dollar surplus into a deficit nearly as large, the Republican governor (elected in the last election) is trying to find ways to save money. Too often when he does, there are people who complain and say that their pet program didn’t cost very much anyway. Which may be one reason our state spent four billion dollars so quickly. That’s no way to budget.

One such ‘small’ program is one where our state government mails reminders to everybody in the state when their driver’s licenses are about to expire. This costs the state 200,000 dollars a year. The governor would like to end the program. Certain politicians are upset because, you know, some people will not realize their licenses have expired until they try to use them cash a check or they get pulled over or something like that. And wouldn’t that just be awful. It is asking too much of our citizens to notice the dates on our own licenses.

But why stop there? I want a reminder to floss, and a reminder to set the meat out to defrost in time for dinner, and I’m sure I just wouldn’t be late to church anymore if the government would only call me on the phone and tell me to put down what I’m doing and get in the car every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
I’ve also missed my father’s birthday for years (Granny Tea’s birthday is easier to remember because it’s the same month as mine). I think the government should send me reminders about that, too. Better yet, let’s save time and the government can just mail the birthday card to my dad for me.

Granny Tea says that personally, she doesn’t like the government acting as though they think she is an idiot. I think it’s a plot to generate more dependency. The more the government treats us like idiots, the more likely we are to forget how not to behave like dolts.

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Article for the Head Girl

Well, not just the HG. I know others will be interested, too. But this post over at the Paragraph Farmer is just plum full of things the HG and I have been talking about recently, things that have come up in her civics class.

It’s a meaty read on the corruptive influence of abortion, the Supreme Court, activist judges (and why they can’t be conservative), and Justice Thesaurus.

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Another Fall Poem

This one written by a homeschooled student. It’s beautiful, and perfect for this time of year…or perfect for those of us who live in regions favored by changing seasons.

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