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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Are you a Democrat, Republican or Texan

Subject: Are you a Democrat, a Republican or a Texsan?

Are you a Democrat, a Republican or a Texsan?

Here is a little test that will help you decide.

The answer can be found by posing the following question:
You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small

Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner,
locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the
knife, and charges at you.

You are carrying a Colt 1911 cal. 45 semiautomatic pistol, and you are
an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.
What do you do?

Democrat's Answer :
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor or oppressed?
Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
Could we run away?
What does my wife think?
What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of
his hand?
What does the law say about this situation?
Does the Colt have appropriate safety built into it?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does
this send to society and to my children?
Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely
want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while
he was stabbing me?
Should I call 9-1-1?
Why is this street so deserted?
We need to raise taxes, have paint and weed day and make this happier,
healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for
few days and try to come to a consensus.

Republican's Answer:

Texan's Answer:
BANG! Click..... (Sounds of reloading)
BANG! Click
Daughter: 'Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips
or Hollow Points?'
Son: 'Can I shoot the next one!'
Wife: 'You ain't taking that to the Taxidermist!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Here is a picture of the "old" Measles Clan:

The oldest Measles is James on the far left; next is Mary Lu the middle girl and Bobby the "baby boy" is on the far right. This was taken in James' home in Lehi, Utah last week when Bob and Mary Lu were out visiting James and Shari and their kids Shaila and Dirk.
James met with the Drs. yesterday regarding his test and what treatment they recommend. He has not decided yet if he wants to do all of their treatment if it will just give him 18 or so months with not much quality of life. I will keep you posted but today we just don't know. Please continue to pray for them that they will make the best decision. God knows each hair on our head and I pray that God will give James the peace to make the right decision. Dirk says his color is better and he is feeling better. He has been on a lot of natural supplements and that may be his best option. Again, I ask you to pray that God direct their path, their thoughts and decisions.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

First Haircut

My youngest daughter and her family came for a weekend visit. We were expecting Jana, Bruce, Carley (17) Hogan (3) and the youngest 21 month old Ella but Spencer our 19 year old grandson who is a Sophomore at East Texas Baptist College in Marshal surprised us. We had a great time, eating, playing joker and going to the Dairy Queen which is Bud's special duty. It is really a compliment to grandparents when 17 and 19 year old grandchildren actually want to come for a visit. Thanks guys for making us old folks feel special. I'm sorry that I didn't get pictures of the joker game which Spencer seem to have down to an art because he won the most games. I guess College is really teaching him something.

Bruce, Carley and Spencer had to leave on Sunday because of prior commitments at church but Jana and the two little ones spent another couple of days. One of the things that I get to do when there are grandchildren around probably guessed it. Haircuts. Here is little "Miss Ella" getting her first haircut. Of course I'm prejudice but isn't she just darling? Of course Hogan had to have a haircut also
so here he is getting his haircut. Here they are after the cuts
looking so cute, We sure enjoyed their visit. They grow up way to fast and we don't get to see any of our family as often as we'd like.
Children are definitely a blessing from the Lord. They all left on Tuesday and it brought back memories of our going to see mother and daddy and staying a few days and when we left mother would always say, "It is sure going to be quiet when everyone goes home." It sure was quiet when everyone went home on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Change....but what change?????

I got this from my sister in law and got a laugh...hope you do to. Words do take on different meanings.

subject: old Marine tale

Years ago, there was an old tale in the Marine Corps about a lieutenant who

inspected his Marines and told the Gunny that they all smelled bad.

The lieutenant suggested that they change their underwear.

The Gunny responded, 'Aye, aye, sir, I'll see to it

He went into the barracks and barked, 'The lieutenant thinks
you guys smell bad, and wants you to change your underwear.
Smith, you change with Jones, McCarthy, you change with Witkowski,

Brown, you change with Schultz. Get to it'!

The moral: A candidate may promise change in Washington, but

don't count on things smelling any better.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Last Chance For Life

Thanks to my cousin Ron for sending this article from Realclearpolitics:

Last Chance -- For Life
By Patrick Buchanan

Near the end of a town hall meeting in Johnstown, Pa., a woman arose to offer a passionate plea to Barack Obama to "stop these abortions."

Obama's response was cool, direct, unequivocal.

"Look, I got two daughters -- 9 years old and 6 years old. ... I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

"Punished with a baby."

Obama sees an unwanted pregnancy as a cruel and punitive sanction for a teenager who has made a mistake, and abortion as the way out, the road to absolution and redemption.

The contrast with Sarah Palin could not be more stark. At the birth of her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, Gov. Palin said: "We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives.

"We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

Between the convictions and values of Palin and those of Barack, then, there is a world of difference. In the culture war that is rooted in religious faith, they are on opposite sides of the dividing line.

But more crucial than their conflicting beliefs is the political reality. This election is America's last hope to reverse Roe v. Wade. Upon its outcome will rest the life, or death, of millions of unborn children. The great social cause of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, of the Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, of the entire right-to-life movement, hangs today in the balance.

Why? It is not just that Obama is a pro-choice absolutist who defends the grisly procedure known as partial-birth abortion, who backs a Freedom of Choice Act to abolish every restriction in every state, who even opposed a born-alive infant protection act.

Nor is it because Joe Biden is a NARAL Catholic who has been admonished by bishops not to take communion because he has, through his career, supported a women's "right" to abortion, the exercise of which right has ended the lives of 45 million unborn.

Nor is it even because McCain professes to be pro-life, or Gov. Palin is a woman who not only talks the talk but walks the walk of life.

No. The reason this election is the last chance for life is the Supreme Court. For it alone -- given the cowardice of a Congress that refuses to restrict its authority -- has the power to reverse Roe, and because that court may be within a single vote of doing so.

Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts appear steeled to overturn Roe and return this most divisive issue since slavery to the states, where it resided until January 1973.

And John Paul Stevens, the oldest and perhaps most pro-choice justice at 88, is a likely retiree in the next four years. And there is a possibility Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 75, a survivor of cancer, could depart as did Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Thus, in the first term of the next president, there is a strong probability that one or two of the most pro-Roe justices will leave the bench. Replacement of even one of these two liberal activists with a jurist who has a Scalia-Roberts-Alito-Thomas record on the U.S. appellate court could initiate a challenge to Roe, and its rapid reversal.

Not only would that decision be a stunning perhaps irreversible victory for the pro-life cause, it would return the issue of abortion to Congress and the states, where numerous legislators are prepared to curtail if not outlaw abortion on demand in America.

Overturning Roe would re-energize the right-to-life movement in every state. In some, like California and New York, where it could not wholly prevail, some restrictions -- i.e., no abortions after viability -- might be imposed. Requirements such as for parental notification before a teenager has an abortion and that pregnant women be informed of what the procedure means and the trauma that often follows could be written into law.

If Roe goes, all things are possible. If Roe remains, all is lost.

Is there any certainty that John McCain, who set up the Gang of 14 to give Democrats veto over the most conservative of Bush judges, would nominate an Alito or a Roberts? No.

But there is a certainty that a President Obama would move swiftly to replace a Stevens or Ginsberg, or any other justice who steps downs or dies, with a pro-choice jurist. For support for Roe v. Wade is a litmus test in today's Democratic Party, where the right to an abortion has been elevated to the highest rank in the Constitution.

Bottom line. If Obama-Biden wins, Roe is forever. If McCain-Palin wins, Roe could be gone by the decade's end.

As Catholics are the swing voters who likely will decide this election, one awaits the moral counsel of the Catholic hierarchy.

I am not a single issue voter...but Supreme Court Justices are the # 1 reason to vote for McCain-Palin. If you are on the fence just think about that.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Update on James

We got this email from my nephew Dirk today. I wasn't sure if I should post it but Shaila, James's daughter who lives in California posted it to her blog so I thought I would also. I know many of you have been watching my blog for an update. Mary Lu and Bobby (my sister and brother) will leave Sat. to go to Salt Lake. I was just there in July and had a wonderful time with all of them. Please continue to pray for all of us. Wilma

Hello All,
We went to our appointment this afternoon with the oncologist. Dad was feeling pretty good and had more energy today than he has had since this ordeal began and he was looking better, not quite as yellow.

The report came back from the biopsy as positive as the carcinoma we had been talking about and his blood work showed it also as a positive, it was a blood work called a tumor marker which typically reads from 0-35, his was 440, which was off the charts showing a positive for this carcinoma.

The oncologist said that she still felt that from the tumors location that surgery was still not an option, however the oncologist had spoke to the surgeon that Dad has seen and he was consulting with another surgeon on the probability of surgery and they would contact us tomorrow if they felt that it was a possibility. The oncologist said even if it is a possibility, keep in mind that this is a very difficult surgery, difficult for the surgeon, and difficult for the patient. It would be very hard on Dad, and may not have a positive outcome.

Next the oncologist said that the tumor might respond to chemotherapy and radiation, the reaction would be a shrinking of the tumor to give Dad some relief and and possibly some longevity. It would comprise of daily radiation treatment, Monday - Friday, and chemotherapy every Monday. It would be heavy dosage of radiation, with light chemotherapy. It is a type of chemotherapy that is a dose that enhances the radiation. The radiation being the key to shrinking the tumor. She said the radiation could be difficult and make Dad pretty sick, and would be very hard on his liver, which is already struggling from the backed up bile. I asked how long of a period doing these therapy's and she said possibly up to seven weeks and they would reevaluate and see how the tumor was reacting.

The oncologist did order a PET scan for next Tuesday which is a total body scan, just to verify that there is no other traces any where else, so they know that they need to focus on this target area. Also the CT scan from last Thursday of his chest, showed that there was no spreading of this in his chest, so that is good thing!

Dad told the oncologist that he would like to get a second opinion, she supported him on that. There is another doctor have I been in contact with at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer center. I will call tomorrow to set this appointment up.

I think Dad is processing all this and trying to decide what he wants to do, I told him we would support him in any direction, that this is not the news we wanted but we will do all we can and all he wants to do.

He asked the oncologist what the prognosis is if he does the chemotherapy and radiation, she said the aggregate for patients with this carcinoma with this treatment is 18 months, he asked what if I don't do anything, she said maybe 3 months, but keep in mind all patients are different and everyone reacts differently.

We came home and he had a relaxing afternoon, Dad ate well, Mom cooked him a hamburger and he watched Fox news for awhile, and was getting ready to head to bed when I came home around 9:00.

Thank you all for your love support and prayers!

Love you all,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Vision of the Left

The Vision of the Left
By Thomas Sowell

Conservatives, as well as liberals, would undoubtedly be happier living in the kind of world envisioned by the left.

Very few people have either a vested interest or an ideological preference for a world in which there are many inequalities.

Even fewer would prefer a world in which vast sums of money have to be devoted to military defense, when so much benefit could be produced if those resources were directed into medical research instead.

It is hardly surprising that young people prefer the political left. The only reason for rejecting the left's vision is that the real world in which we live is very different from the world that the left perceives today or envisions for tomorrow.

Most of us learn that from experience-- but experience is precisely what the young are lacking.

"Experience" is often just a fancy word for the mistakes that we belatedly realized we were making, only after the realities of the world made us pay a painful price for being wrong."
Read the entire article at Real Clear Politics here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Estrogen is what we need

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders & says...
'Oh crap....she's awake!!'
(I got this in an email didn't say who said it but it made me think of Sarah Palin...)

Important Women Isues

Pregnancy, Estrogen, and Women

PREGNANCY Q & A & more!

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q : I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?

Q : My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you're pregnant.

Q : Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word 'alimony' means anything to you.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q : Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.

Q : Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.


1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You're adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. You 're using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: 'How's my driving-call 1- 800-'.
6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here from 'outer space.'
9. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
0. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.

10. Cats' facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4. Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.

AND, the Number One thing only women understand:


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Update on James

I had this report from James' son Dirk: This was on Wednesday, Sept. 3th (a later update of Thursday, Sept. 4th at the bottom of this report)

Dad is home resting this afternoon, but of course before going home, had a Beto's breakfast burrito and a pain pill.

He is pretty fatigued, but said he felt better than he thought he would after being up and out for several hours. His voice is weak and he is pretty weak, but still tough, and of course he said he looks pretty since he combed his hair and got dressed today!

We went this morning at 9:00 to his surgeons office, he just checked Dad over, made sure the bag and tube were looking good and working good and clear of any infection. It was fine and working the way it should. He did not give much direction other than to go to the oncologist.

We had an appointment at 11:00 with the oncologist. She talked to us about the type of cancer it is and possible therapy's. She told us that the biopsy they did last week came back with A-Typical cells which means they were normal. However she said that is somewhat common to not always get a good sample particularly in the way that this sample was taken. (A brush method, which is a small brush, sweeping up some cells off the tumor) Her words were; "It walks like a duck, it talks like a duck, so it must be a duck." In other words it has all the characteristics of Colangiocarcinoma; symptoms, growth pattern, growth location, the way it looks from a CT and ultrasound, and the way it appears to a surgeon looking at it. She said with its location, it is not an option for surgery, they would have to remove the bile duct, and a potion of the liver, and those are vital organs for us to live. She said it could be shrunk to a smaller size with chemotherapy and radiation and give him some comfort and relief and possibly stay small, but this type is a very aggressive cancer and can grow back very rapidly. She is concerned that it could and may have spread, so she wants a CT scan of his chest to make sure it is localized where we are working on it now.

Dad told her he does not want to do chemotherapy or radiation. He wants to see this Dr. Whitaker that he has been reading about.

I encouraged him to get another biopsy, and have this CT scan as the oncologist suggested; so tomorrow we go in at 11:00 to have another biopsy and a CT. They will go in where his tube currently is and this time they will do a needle biopsy in hope to capture more cells to make a more definite diagnosis. The CT scan will be to make sure that it has not spread. I told Dad I would contact Dr. Whitaker's office for him, tell him what we are dealing with and see what type of work he can do for him. We will meet with his oncologist again in a few days as these reuslts return and see what Dad thinks from there.

Dad told us that 40 years ago, he told the Lord, just let me raise my kids, then you can take me. He said he is going back on that deal, he is not ready. So I continue to encourage him and Mom, I told them we will do all we can do, and I will find out more as he wishes about other options; right now, this Dr. Whitaker that he is fond of in California. We will continue to take each day as it comes, see what option are available and put our faith in the Lord, and his Doctors, and determine what is best.

This is the update for the next day Thursday, Sept. 4th when they did the needle biospy:

I had meetings today, so my good wife Ellen took Dad and Mom to the Hospital here near our home where the oncologist scheduled for the CT scan and the Biopsy.

All seemed to go well, they did remove the tube to get the biopsy and replaced the tube with a new tube and bag.
The surgeon said his tube was clogged and there was no flow, but the new tube seems to have increased the flow again.
It was a long day for all of them, and Dad took it like a trooper.

He came home and slept the rest of the afternoon, he woke up early evening, ate some chicken and cantaloupe and took another pain pill, he listened to part of the McCain speech. My boys and I went over and spent some time with him tonight and he was real tired but said he was not hurting too bad.

He has an appointment with the oncologist on Tuesday to review the biopsy lab work and CT scan.

I (Wilma) am holding onto the report the oncologist gave saying, "that the biopsy they did last week came back with A-Typical cells which means they were normal". I am praying the biopsy they did on Thursday will come back as normal also. Doctors don't know everything....they guess a lot and just because it looks like a may not be a duck.
I will keep you all posted on his progress and what we hear next. We all appreciate your prayers and support.
This came in my email box....and is credited to David Letterman. I doubt that he said or wrote it but I wish I had written it because it is what I believe. Let me know if you agree.

' As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.

'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the
direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?
B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?
C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?
D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more
food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?
F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?
G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.
H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide
services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.
I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.
J.. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.
K.. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.
L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
M.. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever
seen. No wonder the world loves the U..S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it.

The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go.. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a''dishonorable' ' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way o r a nother Just ask
why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on
Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

Like I said, "I don't think David Letterman wrote this or said this. I WISH I HAD!"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the Barracuda’s kitchen.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Update on James

Just a note to let you know that my brother James is eating a little better...he is still in some pain...and weak. They have an appointment with the onocologist on Wednesday to determine the next step. They really don't know much more until they meet with that Dr. so I will try to update after that Dr. appointment. Please pray for wisdom for that Dr. They have not seen him and we are praying that he will say they can take the tumor out. Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers.