Monday, October 3, 2011

Star Wars PSA From Dads

This video is from last year but somehow I missed it...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Show Them Our Jazz Hands

Sebastian Abbot from the Associated Press says that the United States is trying to use jazz music to improve Pakistan relations. I'm a wee bit skeptical that a dose of music we are forced to endure in elevators will make relations with Pakistan any better. The United States should send Jon Hamm to Pakistan as "Sergio." A sexy jazz set from him and we will finally achieve peace in the Middle East.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Last Night's Conan O'Brien

It's been a looOooong time since I've watched Conan but both of these sketches had me laughing. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Remembrance of Lance Richard Tumulty

On September 11, 2001, at age 32, Lance Richard Tumulty was one of the victims lost in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Lance was a tender, loving husband, doting father and friend to many. He left behind his wife, Cynthia, and his two little girls, Sara and Caroline. Lynne Devlin wrote about Lance, "Lance loved life more than most people I know. He lived life to the absolute fullest, doing everything from hunting, to motorcross, fishing and skiing. I think Shawn said it best at the funeral though, it was more than that - Lance got into your soul. His enthusiasm was more than I've ever encountered." Kate Hamm wrote, "I always knew when Lance was around because the first words out of his mouth were 'Hey Baby!'" Susan Barricella wrote, "...Lance was a fun and outgoing person, who made everyone around him feel at ease." Lin Miller said, "Lance had the biggest heart of anyone I knew. He had a tough exterior, but when you needed anything, you didn't even have to call. He would help."

He was deeply in love with his wife Cynthia. Lynne Devlin wrote, "I used to love the way Lance looked at you, like no one else in the world existed." Lance's mother-in-law said, "He was a great dad, a great, great dad." From the moment they came from the hospital, Lance adored and cared for his children. Jim Michaels wrote, "We remember the love we saw in Lance's eyes for you and your daughters, but most of all we remember Lance's humor and his ever present smile." Lance's daughter Sara was talking about her father and said, "I was hoping the angels would have brought him back to me, but the angels brought him straight up to heaven instead."

A letter from Lance's college friend:

March 31, 2004
Dear Cynthia & girls,

I knew your dad a very long time ago....actually he was my Mom's savior many years ago....

My name is Kristy Brennan (then Rodgers) and I knew your Dad when he drove a black Mustang and played football when he was in college! I can't believe 3 years have gone by and I am just finding this out tonight. I don't know how I didn't know sooner. There is sooo much I want to say - so many of the things are so true...Lance had a way of getting into your heart right away - he would have done anything for anyone ... at anytime - at any point.

See - if it wasn't for Lance I would have never graduated from College. At that point - my Mom was dying from Cancer and Lance would drive me back and forth from Glassboro to Perth Amboy & back again for our games.....If it wasn't for Lance - I would have never graduated (I hated Stats - Economics & Finance) - Lances favorites!!

See - I have so many "not important" memories but things that have changed my life forever - Thanks to Lance & I wanted you to know.

MY mom too is in heaven & I am sure she met Lance at the gates - she loved how big he was & she loved his hugs more than anything.

Cynthia - I remember I spoke to Lance once after you were married (he LOVED you more than anything !) when he called me to see if I wanted a job working with him....we lost touch somehow after that - not sure how ... but we did!

I just wanted you to know how much Lance meant to sooo many people & like you I have a daughter - Emmy is only 6 - and I am sure the girls have his smile!

I wish you the best always & if there is anything I could ever do for you or your daughters - please let me know ....

All my Love - Kristy
Kristy Rodgers (Brennan),
Pottstown, Pennsylvania


Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Birthday California!

On September 9, 1850, California entered Union as the 31st state.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cry Fest For Airlines

A PSA for the ones who weep easily:

Virgin Atlantic Airlines will now have a "weep warning" for emotional films. "The first films to get the emotional alerts will be “Water for Elephants” with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson and “Just Go With It” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston." I get why "Water for Elephants" received a weep warning, but "Just Go With It"? It's a silly Adam Sandler comedy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

There's Just Something About Harry

Yes, I know, he's a ginger. But, there is just something about Prince Harry. Something very endearing about a royal Prince choosing to be on the front lines in Afghanistan. California girls, such as myself, will be happy to know that his ruddy cheeks will soon be on the California coast. Oh YES.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mmmm... Hmmm... Mmmm... Clothing

Banana Republic clothing has gone mad! I really adore this time period and if you just so happen to get an inheritance of some kind... might as well spend it on manly clothing! I kid. Undeniably, though, the Mad Men clothing line is sexy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Art of Manliness

The website was established in 2008, but I just found out about it recently. Dedicated to "reviving the lost art of manliness" the website has a lot of interesting articles:

100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library

100 Must See Movies: The Essential Men’s Movie Library

Stop Hanging Out With Women and Start Dating Them

How to Throw a Tomahawk Like a Mountain Man

Romantic Love Can Last

I was trying to find a website dedicated to reviving the lost art of being feminine but didn't find one. Just curious, is there any?

Monday, August 8, 2011

What Does The Left Do With A Problem Like Michele...

...put an ugly picture!

H/T: Hot Air

You know who else pulls crap like this? Besides Time, Newsweek, USA Today, etc. Wikipedia put up this picture of Christopher Walter Monckton, a global warming skeptic (heaven forbid!) You can't trust those conservatives because they all have crazy eyes, sip on slurpees and talk policy.

Wikipedia Picture:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mick Jagger: "I Can't Get No... Satisfaction..." As A Democrat

Could this be true? Mick Jagger a Conservative? I nearly fainted when I read about Robert Downey Jr. possibly being one. I'm crossing my fingers on somehow finding out Pit Bull is a Conservative and the circle will be complete. YES... yes. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mila Kunis & The Marine

LOVE this! Mila Kunis is making the right decision to go to the Marine Corps Ball with Sgt. Scott Moore.

Read more here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Supreme Court ruling on Flag Burning

On this day, in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the U.S. flag in protest was protected by the First Amendment. Fortunately, for us, we also have the right to counter protest. :O)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

"...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
President Abraham Lincoln

Friday, May 27, 2011

Just Because...

I... can't... resist... posting... this. Enjoy kitty sweetness:

Cat Hugs Baby Kitten Having Nightmare - Watch more Funny Videos

Monday, May 23, 2011

For The Ladies - Monday Morning Eye Candy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his IDF days...

Oh yes.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Reason #4876 Why More Parents Are Choosing To Homeschool

I would be livid if this book was in my school district. The ultimate irony was when the school board member asked the woman to watch her language because of the little ears that were in the room when she was directly quoting from the book. Dude, don't feign concern over a small group of children when he should have been concerned when this book was approved for a larger student audience.

H/T: Emily on Twitter

Cross Posted at Pundit League

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Odds Are Beyond Statistical Impossibility...

...yet Jesus did it. Jesus fulfilled the hundreds of Old Testament prophecies concerning “Messiah”. Mathematician and scientist Peter W. Stoner concluded that the probability of one person fulfilling just 48 of the over 300 prophecies was one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion (Science Speaks: Scientific Proof of the Accuracy of Prophecy and the Bible). Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the Old Testament foretold signs of the coming Messiah. These prophecies created a fingerprint only the true Messiah could fit. Against astronomical odds, Jesus – and only Jesus throughout all history – matched this prophetic fingerprint.

The following are a small sample of Old Testament Scriptures of Messianic prophecies fulfilled in Jesus (the Old Testament reference is noted first; with Jesus’ fulfillment of the prophecy in the New Testament written next):

The Messiah will be born of a virgin – Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-35

The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-7

The Messiah will enter Jerusalem riding a donkey – Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-11

The Messiah’s first spiritual work will be in Galilee - Isaiah 9:1-7; Matthew 4:12-16

The Messiah will make the blind see, the deaf hear – Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 11:3-6, John 11:47

The Messiah will be betrayed by a friend – Psalm 41:9; John 13:18-21

The Messiah will be sold for 30 pieces of silver – Zechariah 11:12-13; Matthew 26:15, Matthew 27:3-10

The Messiah will be hated without a cause – Psalm 35:19, 69:4; John 15:23-25

The Messiah will be beaten, mocked, and spat upon -Isaiah 50:6; Matthew 26:67, 27:26-31

The Messiah will be crucified with criminals – Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27, Luke 23:32-33

The Messiah will be pierced through hands and feet – Psalm 22:16; Luke 23:33, 24:36-39, John 19:18, 20:19-27

The Messiah’s bones will not be broken (a person’s legs were usually broken after being crucified to speed up their death) – Psalm 22:17, 34:20; John 19:31-33,36

The Messiah will be raised from the dead (resurrected) – Psalm 16:10-11, 49:15; Matthew 28:5-9, Mark 16:6, Luke 24:4-, John 20:11-16, Acts 1:3, 2:32

The Messiah will ascend to heaven – Psalm 68:18; Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9, 2:33-35, 3:20-21, 5:31-32, 7:55-56, Romans 8:34, Ephesians 1:20-21, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Pet 3:22

The Messiah will come before the destruction of Jerusalem (which occurred in 70AD) – Daniel 9:26; Jesus and His apostles spoke of this event in prophecy: Matthew 24:1-2, Luke 21:24, Deuteronomy 28:49-52

The Messiah will be rejected – Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:20-25, Mark 15:8-14, Luke 23:18-23, John 19:14-15

PEOPLE WILL HEAR AND NOT BELIEVE - Isaiah 53; John 12:37-40

Written by Drew

Cross Posted at Pundit League

Steven Crowder Defends Trig

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

April is Autism Awareness Month and Ellen Notbohm wrote a great list of things every child with autism wishes you knew:

1. I am a child with autism. I am not "autistic." My autism is one aspect of my total character. It does not define me as a person. Are you a person with thoughts, feelings and many talents, or are you just fat (overweight), myopic (wear glasses) or klutzy (uncoordinated, not good at sports)?

2. My sensory perceptions are disordered. This means the ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of everyday life that you may not even notice can be downright painful for me. The very environment in which I have to live often seems hostile. I may appear withdrawn or belligerent to you, but I am really just trying to defend myself. A "simple" trip to the grocery store may be hell for me. My hearing may be hyper-acute. Dozens of people are talking at once. The loudspeaker booms today's special. Music whines from the sound system. Cash registers beep and cough. A coffee grinder is chugging. The meat cutter screeches, babies wail, carts creak, the fluorescent lighting hums. My brain can't filter all the input, and I'm in overload! My sense of smell may be highly sensitive. The fish at the meat counter isn't quite fresh, the guy standing next to us hasn't showered today, the deli is handing out sausage samples, the baby in line ahead of us has a poopy diaper, they're mopping up pickles on Aisle 3 with ammonia. ... I can't sort it all out, I'm too nauseous.

Because I am visually oriented, this may be my first sense to become overstimulated. The fluorescent light is too bright. It makes the room pulsate and hurts my eyes. Sometimes the pulsating light bounces off everything and distorts what I am seeing. The space seems to be constantly changing. There's glare from windows, moving fans on the ceiling, so many bodies in constant motion, too many items for me to be able to focus - and I may compensate with tunnel vision. All this affects my vestibular sense, and now I can't even tell where my body is in space. I may stumble, bump into things, or simply lay down to try and regroup.

3. Please remember to distinguish between won't (I choose not to) and can't (I'm not able to). Receptive and expressive language are both difficult for me. It isn't that I don't listen to instructions. It's that I can't understand you. When you call to me from across the room, this is what I hear: "*&^%$#@, Billy. #$%^*&^%$&*" Instead, come speak directly to me in plain words: "Please put your book in your desk, Billy. It's time to go to lunch." This tells me what you want me to do and what is going to happen next. Now it's much easier for me to comply.

4. I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally. It's very confusing for me when you say, "Hold your horses, cowboy!" when what you really mean is "Please stop running." Don't tell me something is a "piece of cake" when there is no dessert in sight and what you really mean is, "This will be easy for you to do." When you say, "It's pouring cats and dogs," I see pets coming out of a pitcher. Please just tell me, "It's raining very hard." Idioms, puns, nuances, double entendres and sarcasm are lost on me.

5. Be patient with my limited vocabulary. It's hard for me to tell you what I need when I don't know the words to describe my feelings. I may be hungry, frustrated, frightened or confused, but right now those words are beyond my ability to express. Be alert for body language, withdrawal, agitation, or other signs that something is wrong.

There's a flip side to this: I may sound like a little professor or a movie star, rattling off words or whole scripts well beyond my developmental age. These are messages I have memorized from the world around me to compensate for my language deficits, because I know I am expected to respond when spoken to. They may come from books, television or the speech of other people. It's called echolalia. I don't necessarily understand the context or the terminology I'm using, I just know it gets me off the hook for coming up with a reply.

6. Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented. Show me how to do something rather than just telling me. And please be prepared to show me many times. Lots of patient repetition helps me learn.

A visual schedule is extremely helpful as I move through my day. Like your day planner, it relieves me of the stress of having to remember what comes next, makes for smooth transitions between activities, and helps me manage my time and meet your expectations. Here's a great web site for learning more about visual schedules

7. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can't do. Like any other human, I can't learn in an environment where I'm constantly made to feel that I'm not good enough or that I need fixing. Trying anything new when I am almost sure to be met with criticism, however constructive, becomes something to be avoided. Look for my strengths and you'll find them. There's more than one right way to do most things.

8. Help me with social interactions. It may look like I don't want to play with the other kids on the playground, but sometimes it's just that I simply don't know how to start a conversation or enter a play situation. If you can encourage other children to invite me to join them at kickball or shooting baskets, I may be delighted to be included.

9. Try to identify what triggers my meltdowns. This is termed "the antecedent." Meltdowns, blowups, tantrums or whatever you want to call them are even more horrid for me than they are for you. They occur because one or more of my senses has gone into overload. If you can figure out why my meltdowns occur, they can be prevented.

10. If you are a family member, please love me unconditionally. Banish thoughts such as, "If he would just ..." and "Why can't she ... ?" You didn't fulfill every last expectation your parents had for you, and you wouldn't like being constantly reminded of it. I didn't choose to have autism. Remember that it's happening to me, not you. Without your support, my chances of successful, self-reliant adulthood are slim. With your support and guidance, the possibilities are broader than you might think. I promise you I'm worth it.

It all comes down to three words: Patience. Patience. Patience.

Work to view my autism as a different ability rather than a disability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts autism has given me. I may not be good at eye contact or conversation, but have you noticed I don't lie, cheat at games, tattle on my classmates, or pass judgment on other people?

You are my foundation. Think through some of those societal rules, and if they don't make sense for me, let them go. Be my advocate, be my friend, and we'll see just how far I can go.

I probably won't be the next Michael Jordan, but with my attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus, I might be the next Einstein. Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh.

They had autism too.

All that I might become won’t happen without you as my foundation. Think through some of those societal ‘rules’ and if they don’t make sense for me, let them go. Be my advocate, be my friend, and we’ll see just how far I can go.

Cross Posted at Pundit League

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just Because...

First Lady Michelle Obama's prom picture courtesy of The Frisky.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Feminists At Work

This is what feminists have created. Behold... the sensitive man:

If you make it past one minute, you are emotionally stronger than I am. Much more. It feels like a scene straight out of this movie.

Why do I have a feeling that this will be mandatory viewing for elementary school children across the nation? We may be dumb as rocks in math and science, but gosh darn it, our spirits are nurtured by mother earth and we are in tune with the feminine spirits! Synergy!

H/T: Caleb Howe
Cross Posted at Pundit League

Friday, February 25, 2011

When Parker Left Spitzer

Kathleen Parker has decided to leave CNN's "Parker Spitzer." Yes, I know... we'll all miss the creepy glances from Spitzer, the awkward laughter from Parker, and the Palin jokes. Because we all know nothing is as funny as an easy Palin joke! Ratings galore! Or not. I really thought those two crazy kids were going to make it.

Cross Posted at Pundit League

Friday, February 11, 2011

Guys' Guide To Valentine's Day

Yeah, yeah, I know guys… you’ve got this. Or so you think. But, just in case you are “curious” as Valentine’s Day gift etiquette for the ladies, have no fear. This is a simple guide to help you. Let’s start with what not to do.

1. Do Not Buy A Present For Yourself Under The Guise Of A Present For Her - I call this the “Homer Simpson Complex.” There is a classic episode of The Simpsons where Homer buys Marge a bowling ball as a present. The problem was that Marge didn’t bowl and Homer was selfishly buying a present for himself and acting like it was for her. Although the episode was hilarious, the real life situation of it is… not so much. I know of a husband who bought the wife a present of a DVD of the show Two and a Half Men. The husband was a fan of the show but he bought it under the guise of a present for the wife but it was really for him (and Charlie Sheen’s coke habit.) Basically, this is a cad move. It’s a short term reward for the guy but ultimately he’s messing with his marital sex life. This is both foolish and detrimental to any happy ending.

2. Do Not Buy A Sexist Present - I have to admit, I would dig it but I think I’m an exception. I get giddy about steam mops, irons, ironing boards, etc. But, as a general rule, do not buy something for her to clean with. Unless, you are offering to clean forevermore. That changes the whole ballgame.

3. Do Not Buy A Stuffed Animal - Seriously? A stuffed animal? Just give me cash at this point because clearly the guy has given up on trying. If I wanted a stuffed animal, there are plenty of them at garage sales. Stuffed animals that reek of forsaken love from men who have given them to their beloveds. Trust me, just don’t do it.

So, that leaves us here. What do you give your goddess divine? I think these gifts are fail proof.

1. Chocolate - I know what you are thinking… this is generic, not original, etc. Who cares?!?! The old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Chocolate is this. Chocolate is to women what bacon is to men. It is our soul song, it is our release, it is our love. By the way, if your beloved is of the alcoholic nature, you might want to check out Godiva’s new chocolate infused vodka. I received an email from Godiva and am giddy to try it.

2. Something Sexy - Yes. Victoria’s Secret (because they are out for my destruction) is offering *free* Godiva chocolate with a $75 purchase. They just whacked two birds with one delicious chocolate-y stone. So get her something soft, silky, and sexy. She’ll love it.

3. Offer To Do Something - Whether it’s watching the kids for the night so she can go out or cleaning or a foot massage. This means more to a woman than any stuffed animal, or chocolate, or lingerie. If you are giving your time for her and her needs, it sends her that la-la-la message of love.

4. Write Her A Love Note - Write what you love about her or reminisce about how the two of you met. My Dad, who has been married for 40 years, does this all the time with my Mom. He doesn’t like to spend money but he is really into sentimental things. My Mom digs it and they have four children so I know he’s scored at least four times with her. Chicks are suckers for love, so it means more to them to have you express it than to just spend money. However a love note combined *with* a gift doesn’t hurt. ;)

Hope that helps and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Cross Posted at Pundit League.

Friday, January 21, 2011

God's Gift of Free Will

I’m not a theologian, not by any means. I’m only a huge receiver of God’s love, mercy, and grace. That all comes together in a nicely wrapped package because of God giving me the gift of free will. I recently saw the movie When In Rome, and for whatever reason, it reminded me of free will, salvation, and God. (Movie Spoiler Ahead.) In the movie, the main character grabs coins from a "magical" water fountain and the men who threw the coins in the fountain previously fell madly in love with her. She ends up falling in love with one of the men. She is then conflicted with the option of having him against his will and under the spell. Or she can give him back the coin and see if he sincerely loves her back. She decides to give him the coin back. This is the heart of God. There is no way to know if the love is sincere unless the person really falls in love freely with his/her mind, body, and soul. A beloved analogy from Kierkegaard goes like this:

“Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden...

The king was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him, for he had the strength to crush all opponents. And yet this mighty king was melted by love for a humble maiden. How could he declare his love for her? In an odd sort of way, his kingliness tied his hands. If he brought her to the palace and crowned her head with jewels and clothed her body in royal robes, she would surely not resist – no one dared resist him. But would she love him?

She would say she loved him, or course, but would she truly? Or would she live with him in fear, nursing a private grief for the life she had left behind? Would she be happy at his side? How could he know? If he rode to her forest cottage in his royal carriage, with an armed escort waving bright banners, that too would overwhelm her. He did not want a cringing subject. He wanted a lover, an equal. He wanted her to forget that he was a king and she a humble maiden and to let shared love cross the gulf between them. For its only in love that the unequal can be made equal.

He had to find a way to win the maiden’s love without overwhelming her and without destroying her free will to choose. The king realized that to win the maiden’s love, he had only one choice. He had to become like her, without power or riches and without the title of king. Only then would she be able to see him simply for who he was and not for what his position made him. He had to become her equal, and to do this he must leave all that he had."

This is exactly what God did. He left heaven. He came down to earth, was born in hay like an animal, lived as a poor carpenter's son, and did not do one miracle for Himself. He wooed the world. Not by might, not by force, but by love and grace. God demands justice for all the evil in the world and the payment is paid through the death of His Son. God sacrificed Himself so that I may live and my soul will never die.

James Emery White wrote about the Kierkegaard analogy: "Yes, this is the heart of God, and He is on just such a mission. But the deeper truth lies in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. We are not a beautiful maiden. There is nothing becoming in us whatsoever. Instead, we are desperately criminal, and the only rescue grace would bring would demand storming the Bastille in which we are rightfully held. This is precisely what He did. “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possible dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8-9, NIV) And that’s an even better story. And it’s the one story that the world does not already have, and most needs to hear."

Cross Posted at Pundit League

Friday, January 7, 2011

Required American Viewing

This video should be viewed by every American. As a public education student of California, I was taught by my teachers many things to the contrary of this video. In school, I was taught to believe that we are a Democracy and not a Republic. I was also taught that the Republicans of the past, such as Abraham Lincoln, were more like the Democrats of today. This video sums up in approximately 29 minutes what I should have learned in my government class. I know the length is long, but it’s worth it.

Cross posted at Pundit League.