June 08, 2009 - Msg 73167:
BTW, boo, I hear ya on the speeches.
Even his Normandy sppech was "reserved."
These men went straight into the gates of h-ll,
and he barely gives it a mention.
OK, my soapbox is away for today!
MDC

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73168:
Wow, i swept with that?
OK, I better give Mayberry a howdy.
Maybe Gentleman Dan Cauldwell will drop by,
andBbarn can change the picture to make him
feel more at home! ha
MDC

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73169: Yes Possum, I would be more than happy to cart you and SPOT to the shrink.

Yep, Auh2o, you said it.

Ok, Ok, I get it this time, ASA. hehe...you are such a character. Gosh, the weather there sounds heavenly! It is H-O-T here, as usual. Sorry about your stunted corn (that is the first time I have ever said that).

Romeena, it's just not fair, I agree. Be assured God sees all in will be the final judge...and many say it won't be long until justice is served.

Boo

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73170: Hey MDC..thanks for sweeping.

Boo

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73171: Yep,MDC, Sharia law terrifies me as well. And it will come. Probably not in my generation, maybe not in yours, but when they become a large enough percentage of our population, and get enough of their own in positions of responsibility, it will come. Not in one sweeping move, of course. It will come a little at a time, but it will come. Our own birth rate has already dropped below the "sustainable" level, which is generally held to be an average of 2.1 children per family. This can be made up with immigration, but we'd better be darned careful who those immigrants are. Frankly, I think if we will work out a decent plan for immigrants from south of the border (i.e., affordable for them, efficient screening processes on our part) we would be very wise. The main thing those immigrants are seeking is a decent life, a chance to work and feed their families. For the most part, they're not seeking to change our religion or our legal lsystem. I'd prefer to share my neighborhood with a hard-working Mexican immigrant any day, rather than a militant Muslim whose "holy" book commands him to convert me or kill me.

The fact is, through a couple of personal associations, I've learned more than I ever wanted to know. I confess, I wish I could just go back to that time of thinking that everything is fine and will always be so. Unfortunately, that's not possible now. Equally unfortunate is the fact that in the next ten or fifteen years, unless America changes her course drastically, many people are going to look up and say, "Why on earth didn't I see this coming?"

We had better pray, like we have never prayed before. --Romeena

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73172: Hey to my porch pals...hope y'all are having a great day. This weekend my oldest goober graduated...made me proud!

We're hitting the road tomorrow...going to florida and the land of Mickey...hope to have a few relaxing days before all the stuff really churns up.

Be blessed...I'll for sure check in when I can...but you know how that mouse house can be!

Blessings,

Goober...
YO!!!

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73173:
RO- several people have told me, and i may have shared it here before,
that the mid-fifties was the peak, if you will, of society in the U.S. of A. 1953-1954 to be even
more precise. Korean war was over, no established "cold war" as yet, employment was very high, modern appliances very good, "made in USA" was the norm, we were a lender nation, morals strong, faith strong, economy strong etc.
I was just a youngster then, but i recall so well those idyllic days when mom was at home after school and she really enjoyed "homemaking",
Phoenix was only about 200,000 instead of 3+million as now, air was cleaner etc. Life was GOOD for young and old. Sure, there were still world problems, but compared to today...
Just something to ponder. And in this microchip,
cameras-everywhere age, it would be very hard to
try to recapture all that again. Yes, pray hard.
God bless,
MDC
Andy: Did you finish your homework Opie?
Opie: Yes pa, on my word as a gentleman.


June 08, 2009 - Msg 73174: MDC, those people were right. I know whereof I speak. I graduated with the class of 1956, at the age of 16. I wore penny loafers and bobbysocks, and angora sweaters with full skirts, crinoline petticoats and an elastic waist-cincher belt. We went rollerskating at least once a week, went to $1-a-carload night at the drive-in theaters, and a date usually meant one of those activities with a stop at the burger joint at some point in the evening. Ladies were expected to behave as such, and gentlemen were definitely expected to treat them with respect. No decent man would use bad language in the presence of a woman. Children could, and did, play outdoors safely in their neighborhood. Religion was taken seriously, was respected, and as far as we knew, included Christians and Jews, and not much else. My parents absolutely would not believe what we are facing today. I find it very difficult myself. So - that's where I'm coming from. Is it any wonder I'm defensive? --Romeena

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73175: Hey goober,Boo sometimes I think some of us need a shrink trip ;)..ha ha..hey possum,MDC,Tom,Rev,Hazel,Auh20,Romeena you been on the night shift?..well its double today for me and double tomorrow and then its OFF to the Lake and Camping till next Monday...my kids are gona come up for a day and Mr Cayden (sherrys grandson) is gona stay 2 night with us..he is SO excited...he and I will do some fishing..she is gona get him a new rod and tackle box...well let me get something done here at work...supper Menu:grilled boneless chicken breast,red roasted taters with garlic butter.corn on the cob,green beans,fried okra,maude slaw,apple cobbler with ice cream,Boo tea....ready around 7:30 (kinda a late supper)....SPOT

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73176:
RCA, Zenith, Curtis Mathis, Sylvania, Philco,
Magnavox, Emerson, GE, Motorola, Westinghouse etc..
TVs made in the USA circa 1960, the year that the
Andy Griffith Show premiered on Prime time
television.
This post has been sponsored by Post Toasties.
Mmmmm, Gooood. I appreciate it and good night!
MDC

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73177:

Unlike ole dan tucker, I will NOT be late for supper! ha thanks spot. Also I will NOT sing!
(:
MDC

June 08, 2009 - Msg 73178: Whos washing dishes or we just gona stack them?...SPOT

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73179: MDC, Bruce and I went to look at washers/dryers a few days ago and I saw a washer that was huge! It might be one like you have. Boy, the price of appliances these days, though...wow. I think I am going to go with a front-loading, large capacity. I found the stove/oven I wanted but almost choked at the price. I think building this house is going to make me very nervous. I'm really not one who likes to spend money, but I guess I better toughen up because we still have alot to buy. Things are really rolling along, though, and we should be starting soon.

Speaking of being a "homemaker", I did something yesterday that I have never done before...I made homemade brownies. Not the kind from a box but from scratch. The kids flipped! They really were very good and easy to make. I remember my mom making them that way when I was a kid but I always just used a mix from the store until now.

Romeena, the times you described sound so wonderful. By the time I came on the scene in the 60's things were really starting to change and here we are today. I think you grew up during the best years America ever had. You know, if I came into a large sum of money, I would open a drive-In. Wouldn't that be fun? Just like the old days...with the speakers you have to hook on your car window, a concession stand, swings for the kids, the works. I would only show family movies and have special events on weekends, like concerts before dark, while waiting on the movie to begin. I would have special nights like, "people in the trunk get in free night", or 50's night and award prizes for the best costumes. Doesn't that sound like fun? Oh well, I guess you can't go back but i sure miss the days of going to the drive-in on weekends.

Your camping trip sounds like fun, SPOT!

I'm a real motor mouth this morning so I should finish up. Got chores to do...

Boo

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73180: I think stacking will be fine - we will leave them for M-T!

Please keep my husband's uncle in your prayers. He is not doing very well - many medical complications. Congestive heart failure, kidney failure, infection around his knee caps, pnuemonia - he is 80 years old. He is a good Christian man. He and his wife are set to celebrate their 50th on July 4. It has really been hard on my in-laws because they have been going back and forth to Ky to care for them (it is a 4 hour drive). Thanks ya'll!!

hm

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73181: Hey Boo - we posted at the same time! Homemade brownies - yum!

hm

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73182: Hi HM, prayers for your husband's uncle.

I was just looking at some pictures from our recent family reunion and I cannot believe how OLD (and fat) I have gotten~!...of course, so had most everyone else. ;-) The years have not been kind to my family. Haha...

Better check on the clothes...

Boo

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73183: Good morning everyone! I'm officially "back." We had a great tie in Chincoteague. The weather was a little iffy the last couple of days and the Mrs. was pretty uncomfortable much of the time, but the kids had fun. We got to the beach (just once), rode bikes, swam in the pool (there is one at the house we rented), and ate homemade ice cream every night at the Island Creamery. And everyone played nice together (the adults, I mean). It's nice to be back, though.

Man! You guys really burned up the virtual memory space while I was gone! It took me about hald an hour just to scan the archives since I was gone. Continued prayers for Kai, ASA's mother-in-law, and others.

It's great to see so many on the porch, especially awol people HAZEL, AUH2O, RAFE, FLOYD, and GOOBER. Let's keep it up people! Or was my being away have something to do with so many coming back...

I have a big ole bone to pick with you people! What's the big deal having so many moulage-worthy conversations while I'm away? When I'm here it's "nice weather we're having." Soon as I get out of earshot y'all are discussing politics, guns, socialism, and other great stuff. There's some thick moulages there to be sure. I gotta climb off this pile on my desk today, but you can bet I'm gonna chime in soon!

BOO: Thanks for relaying my hey. Now, I'm running low on shorts...

Me-They

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73184: AS you can see, my typing skills have not improved.

M-T

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73185: HOMEMAKER: I do dishes twice a day, every day at my house. We have only one dishwasher--me. A few nmore ain't gonna scare me.

M-T

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73186: Is it short washing day?...hey all...got to hit the shower and head back to work..Lunch?...will someone make me something and put it in a brown paper sack?...SPOT

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73187: Spot,I'll take care of your lunch.How about a big hunk of bologna,an RC cola,and a Moon pie? Southern lunch! Ha!
Welcome back,Me-They!

Prayer's for your hubby's uncle,homemaker.

Well,I have to catch up on my laundry & other things today,as I wasn't home at the rock yesterday.I had some business dealings with a man who makes Ben Weaver look like an angel! Talk about somebody gonna "nasty away when his time comes"! I even told the feller that I would pray for him as I walked out. Makes no sense to be that nasty. Everything will be ok,though-just got my blood boiling with that uncalled for nastiness!
Let me get Spot's paper sack lunch over to him and get to these chores. Y'all have a good day!
*******************
possum under a rock

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73188:
Welcome back Me-They!!
Yup, we're just holdin' on to our guns and religion! (reserved ha!) Just hop back in anywheres ya like. Glad you had a good trip.
Possum, man, worse than ben Weaver? I cant even imagine. Some folks just never quite get the
whole idea of what "bein' a people" is! ha
HM- prayers for your relative.
Boo- just enjoy getting new stuff. Don't fret too much about the money, it will all just become
part of the mortgage payment...ha
I been praying for Sean. Maybe he can pick out the vacuum.
I love your thoughts for a drive-in revival!
But i gotta tell ya, the day that GM filed for
bankrupcy, my heart dropped, because the
America I knew was done with IMHO.
Yo to Goober and all the goobettes.
MDC

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73189: Homemaker, i was praying for your husband's uncle this morning and I just had this feeling that the Lord is really longing to take him home to heaven before too long. I guess that's true for all of His children, though. He must long for the day that when he has us with him.

Welcome home, Me-They. Sounds like a successful vacation. Ice cream every night?? Did you gain a few pounds around the middle? You know, talking about washing dishes...when we lived at my parent's I hand washed all the dishes for 6 people and I was doing it throughout the day. My hands have never been the same. They aged about 10 years from all the dish washing! I am happy to have a dishwasher now.

Sorry you had that experience, Possum. I used to get my belly so full of that kind of nonsense when I was a young nurse...we have talked about that before, though. It is such a pain dealing with people like that.

Boo

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73190:
Madge: Your hand are soaking in Pamolive right now. (:

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73191: Yep, BOO, every night. And nope, it turns right to muscle ;-).

Okay, since I have lots of great topics to open my big yap about, let's start with...

Guns. I don't own one, and probably never will, but I respect the right of others to do so. I also understand their anxiety about protecting their families. However, I figure the odds of me needing it are pretty slim to start with, and if you start figuring things like it being loaded and handy when I need it, me being aware of the danger in time, etc., it just doesn't balance with the danger of having it around with four kids. (One thing I've never really understood: if you lock up your unloaded gun for safety reasons, how's that gonna do you much good in a pinch?) Even for kids who grow up around guns, are taught to respect them, are reasonable bright, and have diligent parents, tragic accidents can happen. Kids make stupid mistakes for stupid reasons like peer pressure and just plain immaturity. I'm a living testament to that.

Like I said, I respect citizens right to own a gun, but I don't I don't agree that that means any gun, any time. Sorry! Like, 99% of illegal guns start out legal and end up in the wrong hands because they are stolen or resold. (Guns aren't being sold out the back door of manufacturers or being welded together in kitchens.) It stands to reason: fewer guns being owned equals fewer (eventually, at least) on the street. It's simple math.

In the incident you described ROMEENA, I can't help but think what people would be saying today if the good samaritan had accidently shot another bystander. Or if he'd been mistakenly shot by a police officer arriving on the scene.

It is interesting that so many people today feel the need to carry or at least own a gun for protection because of the crime rate. The "average" American is less likely to be the victim of a violent crime now than they were 30 years ago. And even then the likelihood was very small. In fact, the crime rate in some cities like New York is way less (by percent) then 100 years ago. One of the things I've read about along the way is that in many towns in the "Old West," the way lawlessness was stamped out was not to arm all the good citizens, but to pass laws prohibiting guns in towns, on city streets, or in certain businesses. Even though a few varmits no doubt used that to their advantage, I bet it was a lot easier to tell who the bad guys were. Kinda ironic, isn't it?

I have at least 18 years of having a child/teen living with me. If I owned a gun, that's over 6,550 days of being anxiously vigilant. Since my chances of being home-invaded or something are a fraction of a percent of that, I'd rather live with that. With four kids who will one day be teens, I've got plenty of other things to lay awake at night worrying about!

Me-They

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73192: Okay, who's glad to see me back now???

M-T

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73193: Thanks for Lunch possum..add a little texas pete hot sauce and I was set...Romeena any night work?..prayers to all in need..hey MDC..apb TOM,hazel,jenni,hm....Boo you want to take this bunch to Olive Garden tonight?...Asa you drive the Church bus to tote us all...well let me get some paper work and time sheets filled out...SPOT

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73194:
Boy, Me-they, you jumped right in with all SIX strings, didn't ya! ha
MDC

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73195: Welcome home, Me-They! I agree with most of what you said - my main reservation being primarily with "It stands to reason: fewer guns being owned equals fewer (eventually, at least) on the street. It's simple math." It may be simple math if all factors remain unchanged, but I don't think they would. Take away today's most common source, (which you believe would be the guns held by private citizens), and the criminal element will just turn to another source. Did you ever hear of a zipgun? They were quite popular among young Latino men in San Antonio when I was growing up there. A zipgun is a deadly little weapon that isn't even a firearm. It's a wooden carving that resembles a gun, is powered by extremely strong rubber bands, shoots metal projectiles filed to a point, and it kills. Criminals will ALWAYS have weapons, whether private citizens have them or not.

Now, as to your personal reasons for not having a firearm in your home, I absolutely and totally agree with you, on all counts. That's why my pistol is the first firearm to be in my home, ever. When my husband was living, and our children were at home, we never saw the need for one and could see a lot of dangers. Now, things are different. I promise you, a 70 year old woman alone sees the world much differently than you do. It's inevitable.

I was verbally chastised by a woman from church who knows I wouldn't kill the squirrels who raid my bird feeder, yet she heard me say I could and would fire at an intruder in my home. She said, "You mean you wouldn't kill a stupid squirrel, but you would shoot a human being?" I said, "Yep. However, if the intruder wants to go rob seed from my bird feeder, he's welcome and I'll do him no harm, and if the squirrel comes in the house and tries to kick in my bedroom door, I'll blow his little tail off." Everyone else in the room roared, LOL, and she just looked at me like a duck looking at thunder. Well, she asked for it!!

Oh, just got this email from REV - "PS...The tour is going really good and God continues to bless. I haven't been able to get to the porch too much so tell everyone hello for me and miss them and remind them that Jesus loves them!."

Now I'm going to make a big glass of tea and settle down in my chair with a fluffy puppy in my lap. Be blessed, friends. --Romeena

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73196: I don't know, Me-They. From what I have read, about 1 in 20 women will be a victim of a violent crime...that is way too many to feel safe and Romeena has stated that her neighborhood has a rising crime rate. Now, granted, most of those victims are probably assaulted by boyfriends and husbands, and if they shot one in self-defense, they would go to jail (like so many women have). I feel like you do about guns in the home with children and I would never have one in my home, but in Romeena's case, I think if it gives her peace of mind and she is sure that she would shoot to kill, it is a good idea. My worry would be that she might pull a gun on an intruder and not be able to kill, and that could be a very tragic situation for her. I also have some concern about her grandchildren visiting. Once, years ago, I had a loaded gun in my bedroom and a child that my sister was babysitting wandered into my bedroom and was there a few minutes before I remembered the gun was there. It scared me so badly that it made a big impression on me and I decided I would never have a gun in the house with children again, and I haven't. Bruce owns some guns that were his father's and he has rifles for hunting and they are actually kept in a large bank safe in someone else's garage. When Sean started taking the Paxil years ago, we were told he could never be around guns, too, so we try to be very vigilant about that.

Very funny about the squirrel, Ro!!

I am very happy to have you back, Me-They. A moulage is never as much fun without you.

Boo

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73197: Well, let me take part of that back...I might possibly have a gun in my home later, so I shouldn't say never. It would have to be in a very safe place, though. My husband feels differently than i do and heck, he might have one hidden around here somewhere that I don't know about....hmmmm.

Boo

June 09, 2009 - Msg 73198: Hey gang the web has been acting up here but they have it fixed now I hope ...and as far as guns are concerned again I have concealed weapon permit and carry one in my truck,camper ..ALL in a safe place..I really never carry a pistol on my side except when metal detecting...(never know what ya might run into)..but as far is being a gun wheeling careless dog NO..very responsible with a firearm...well there is my porch view on that..but dont get me wrong everyone has their opinion on guns..that why on the porch its so great;)...Romeena mail Brother Rev and say hey from SPOT and make sure he is getting his meals...well yall I will try to holler in the morning if I can before the camping trip..we will most likely be back Sunday..but if the weather is nice Monday..prayers for us a safe trip...Possum you and Maude feed this bunch!..will have porch withdrawals before I get back!...Asa I dont want to here any stories about you when I get back!..auh20,TOM,M-t,MDC yall all be cool now..Salty check in.....SPOT

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73199: Well it was a quite night on the porch!..hopw everyone slept good..well its camp day for us!..gona go home and snooze till about noon and get up and load up..will try to holler before we go but if I dont get a chance yall hold down the porch!I will be back Sunday or Monday..eat good and Asa you and auh20 behave..calling all cooks while im gone to help out!..but in the mean time breakfast menu: 3 eggs your way,country fried ham,hashbrowns,grits,bisquits and gravy,toast and grape jelly,flap jacks with maple syurp and blueberrys,oj,milk,coffee and a tear from my roll of paper towels!..ready at 7:30..will kep the coffee simmering...prayers to all and have a mayberry day.....your camping dog SPOT

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73200: Have fun at Allatoona, Spot - it is a beautiful lake. It was actually not raining when we passed it!

And so it is raining here again. . .Friday and Saturday are supposed to be clear so maybe I can have my yard sale on those days. Got to round up some sawhorses to make some makeshift tables. Lots of stuff to get rid of.

Does anyone out there have a Cricut (the fancy little die cut machine they advertise on TV and sell at Walmart)? If it works as good as they say - I want one to help with poster projects.

hm

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73201: Boo - thanks for praying for my husband's uncle. He was pretty with it yesterday but the doctors have told him that he has about 6 months to live. He has a heart valve that needs to be replaced but because of his age and the condition of his lungs, he would never survive the surgery. So, I am hoping that he and Aunt Ri will get things in order for her in case he passes sooner. Hopefully - they will get to celebrate their 50th on July 4.
Thanks everyone for the prayers.

hm

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73202: I believe I'll sleep a little longer, Spot. Keep my breakfast warm and my coffee simmering.
- Hazel

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73203: Good morning everyone. WAKE UP HAZEL! Have fun, SPOT.

Oh, you know me, MDC.

BOO: That's also why I hedged by saying, "I don't own a gun, and probably never will." I've learned to never say never!

ROMEENA: Situations are different. In yours, I am inclined to agree with your reasoning. If you were my mom, I certainly wouldn't be arguing with your decision, only insisting that you hit the gun range from time to time. Something tells me you're a crack shot ;-). Seriously, it sounds like you and I track pretty close in reasoning. Shame on that woman for chastising you. Like you would ever shoot at someone except under the most dire circumstances! And I'm sure you never hope to have cause to.

BOO: You probably are correct about your statistics. However, I would bet that that the vast majority of those are crimes committed by people close to teh woman. And that's another thing, I heard a while back that when statistics like this are thrown out, "woman" should more accurately be stated as "female" since many of these crimes are committed on children and teens. I think that makes it even more disturbing but less a justification for owning a gun.

HOMEMAKER: Continued prayers for your uncle, and you family.

Next up in the moukage maker: taxes!

Me-They

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73204: LOL at Hazel! Boy,what a breakfast! Thanks,spot! Hope you enjoy yourself on the trip-we'll miss you!
I'll do my best to keep Asa in line while you're away,but it won't be easy! I'll pitch in and help Maude with the meals while you're gone,too.

Ha- funny comment about the squirrel,Ro!

Homemaker,praying for your relatives.

Well,guess I'll get going around here. Y'all have a great day-love to all!
*******************
possum under a rock

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73205: BOO: I also want to mention something about what you said. I firmly believe in the Biblical structural roles for men and women. I believe that men are leaders in their homes, but, as Christ models, should be servant>-leaders. Unfortunately, that part gets skipped over a lot. Part of that responsibility is that a husband, or boyfriend, is to protect and defend his significant other. When a man does her harm, he is committing a grievous sin by perverting what is commanded of him. There's not much lower than that.

Me-They

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73206:
Looks like I had too much to drink this morning!

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73207: hey M-T, what is a "moukage"?...is it worse than a moulage?...it sure sounds gross. ;-)

You have a point about the crime stats and many of them being children and teens. I read not too long ago that 1 in 5 women/female children, will be a victim of s#xual abuse of some kind. Since I have been going to the drug rehab, I see that for those girls, it is probably 4 out of 5. They have fathers, boyfriends and husbands that abuse them on a regular basis, instead of protecting them, as you mentioned above. It just makes me sick. What kind of man does something like that to a child?

I am very blessed and thankful to have a husband who can protect the kids and me. I have no doubt he would kill an intruder in a heartbeat, never thinking twice. Besides Christ, his family is his life. I only wish it were so for every family and child in this world. You are so right, that it is a man's God-given duty to protect and defend his family.

Almost forgot...send over those shorts and I'll wash 'em.

"Wake up, Hazel!!"

Boo

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73208: Moukage: (pronounced moo-kaj-ee) Japanese form of moulage.

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73209: BOO: Sadly, most of those girls were not harmed by strangers, but by those they trust and love. I'd like to think that I know my family and friends and they'd never do anything like that, but I bet people close to any abuser felt the same. The reality is that statistically you have a better chance of avoiding child abuse by dropping your 10 year-old off at the mall unchaperoned than you do droping them off at the home of a good friend or family member. You're right, it is sick, and makes my heart ache. I have family and friends I trust with my life, but when it comes to my kids I trust no one blindly. But I do let them play in the front yard.

Me-They

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73210: Well all the day has come,all loaded up and waiting on Miss Sherry to get here...yall take care and eat good..possum you and Boo look after Asa..M-T you and auh2o behave...well its lake bound...prayers for us a safe trip...love ya porch....Boo I will have plenty of dirty shorts for you when I return ;)...SPOT

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73211: M-T, my husband would throw a fit if I left our kids (12 and 11) unchaperoned anywhere. I feel comfortable in some places but for the most part, they are where mom or dad can see them.
This last weekend at the goat show, there was a registered se* offender there. We obviously didn't know the circumstances surrounding his labeling but we made sure that both of the boys were aware and on-guard for themselves. Dad and mom were present all of the time too! They showed the man's goats and helped him unload them but as I said, we were there too in close proximity.

Got choco chip cookies in the oven - come over later, got moo juice to go with them.

hm


June 10, 2009 - Msg 73212:

Welcome back, M-T. You were walking crooked. Been moving appliances?

We had guns in the house when I was growing up. I never even considered touching one of them, either - in fact, they scared me to death. The reason why was, my dad held my hands and let me shoot a couple times when I was little. Put some real respect (read: fear) into me and drove home just how powerful and deadly they were. In later years, I witnessed first-hand a snub-nosed .38 warding off what would have been an absolutely awful situation involving two strange men and my mom and me. I'm a firm believer in owning guns - with the usual caveats involving kids, of course. Besides, most of the time, all you have to do is show the thing.

~Dež~



June 10, 2009 - Msg 73213: Sorry, SPOT. I can't help myself.

HOMEMAKER: I was just making a point. I'd never leave my kids at their ages anywhere unattended, either. Sounds like you've got it covered: act like a Christian and keep a very watchful eye. I bet many people wouldn't have given the man the time of day, much less let their kids show his goats. However, by doing what you did you may have planted a seed that could result in a real change. Longshot, for sure, but better to concentrate on our job and let the good Lord take care of the stats of success.

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73214: Hey, DES. Just a reminder to you gun owners to keep the screws in your gun and make darn sure your bullets don't turn green.

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73215: Oh, thanks SPOT...just what i wanted, more dirty shorts. Have a good, safe time at the lake...think of us.

Yes, M-T, it pays to be very wise and follow your instincts when it comes to your children.

Well, HM, for every "registered s#x offender", you can be sure there are even more non-registered ones at any gathering of people. I think the best thing we can do, especially with older kids, is to educate them on what to do if approached by a stranger or even someone they know and trust, because we can't always be watching them and like Me-They said, they are more likely to be abused by someone they/we know. There are some good websites to help you educate your kids without scaring them to death in the process. Also, boys and girls who are being raised without a dad in the home are more likely to be abused by s#xual predators. So, if you are a single mom, you
have to be especially wise about who you trust with your kids.

Boo

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73216: Hi DES! I appreciate your input concerning guns in the home. My husband is that way. He said his dad taught them to respect firearms and taught them alot about safety. They were scared to death to go against what their dad told them.

I grew up in a gun-free home, so I guess I am more concerned about kids getting ahold of them. Growing up in Texas, though, I think most people had/have guns in their home and think nothing of it.



June 10, 2009 - Msg 73217: That was Boo..

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73218: People in Texas have guns?!?

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73219:
Whew, for a minute there i thought Me-They
was one of those right-leaning fanatics! LOL!
MDC

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73220:
Or is he just a drunk on a cryin' jag!

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73221: How I vote is my business, brother! And I only take a nip on special ocassions, like Sir Walter Raleigh Landin' Day.

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73222: Yeah, Me-They. Ain't that a shocker? (heehee) Seriously, during the years we lived in the country, we had a .22/.410 rifle/shotgun, and a .22 pistol. My dad taught me to use them, and allowed me to do so, under supervision. That took the mystery out of them, and I quickly lost interest in them. I'll never forget my introduction to the .410 shotgun, though. I had fired the .22 part several times, and found that I had a pretty good eye. Then Daddy sat me on the top rail of the fence, put some tin cans on the ground about 40 yards away, and told me to shoot them with the .410 shotgun. He did warn me to hold the gun tight to my shoulder, but I thought it would be about like the .22, so wasn't really ready when I pulled that trigger. Ka-boom! That thing kicked like a mule, knocked me clean off the fence, and instead of hitting a can on the ground, I shot a cluster of little limbs off a mesquite tree, about fifteen feet up. The "kick" from that gun raises the barrel considerably! After that, Daddy let me practice until I was comfortable and competent with the gun. Then he put it away, told me never to touch it without permission, and that was that. I knew what the gun could do, I knew I could handle it, and it became a non-issue. I don't recall ever even thinking about touching that gun, except when Daddy would bring it out now and then for a little refresher practice.

Daddy also taught me to never point the gun at any living thing unless I planned to kill it. It is not in my soul to "plan" to kill any living creature, so birds and squirrels are safe around me. However, that doesn't mean I wouldn't fire at an intruder. I would, I most definitely would. My police officer friend (a very wise man) put it in perspective for me. When he recommended the weapon that I finally bought, he said this - "Remember, if someone invades your home, you want a weapon that will accomplish your goal. Do you know what that is?" I replied, "Kill him." He quickly corrected me. "No, your goal is to STOP him. The best way to do that is to hit him in the middle of the chest with the four slugs this pistol will fire at one time. That will stop him." The point was made. He didn't want me struggling with any misplaced guilt - just STOP the person. I can do that.

As for danger to my grandkids - I may have said this before, but here's the plan. The loaded gun resides in my bedside table drawer. My grandchildren never arrive unannounced or unplanned. I know they're coming. The pistol will be unloaded and put away. My children have been instructed to ALWAYS ask me if that has been done, when they arrive with the grandkids. The kids do go into my bedroom at times, because my movies are kept in a cabinet in there. I am acutely aware of the need to remove the gun when they're here, and their parents are also charged with the responsibility of making sure I've done it. That's about as safe as I can make it.

Be blessed, all. --Romeena

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73223: You mean that guard dog of yours wouldn't make short work of an intruder? ;-)

M-T

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73224:
Here's a bummer for ya. Because of the economy the
sponsors of a local fireworks show pulled out,
so that show, which had been around for 40 years,
will not happen this year! Hummer is to be sold
to a chinese company, Chrysler going to go to Fiat, Fiat of all companies!, etc. etc. It seems like things are slipping away. And get this, true story, google it,(pastor jail ringing bells) a pastor here got a 10 day sentence beause of church bells! Unbelieveable! He worked with the neighbors and the (actually electronic) bells,
which are no louder than other city sounds,
sounded once an hour from 8 am to 8 pm.
But the neighbors didnt like the ringing. Did the aclu come to his aid, NO. BUT, a mosque here wants to do their prayer tower call 5 TIMES a DAY, and the aclu is right there assisting their cause! Friends, Romeena is right, we need to start being heard again, and not be meely mouth weenies. America needs some CPR and if we
apply it now, she can be saved! I have written the President 4 times now, and I will continue to do so. It is as easy to write him as it is to make a post here.
God bless, prayers for all.
MDC


June 10, 2009 - Msg 73225: Good grief, MDC. I ran that link, and to say I'm appalled is an understatement. Church bells, rung softly for a moment or two every hour during the day is a nuisance??? My church has an electronic carillon, and it makes beautiful, soft, soothing music. I'll bet the same people who complained will sit in a Chili's restaurant and shout at their dinner companions over the din of the "music" that blares constantly, and they don't mind that at all. What about lawn mowers at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning? What about boomboxes and car radios pounding out a racket that sets your teeth on edge? And they're worried about church bells? Signs of the times, indeed. And yes, you can bet the ACLU, that "watchdog of liberty" will be there to smack them down with one hand, while lifting up the rights of the Muslims to broadcast their calls with the other. Shameful.

It is time for Christians and our ancestors, the Jews, to rise up and demand the same respect and consideration that everyone else seems to think they deserve. We are being pushed into a position of second-class citizen in our own country, and I for one have about had it. We had better wake up. --Romeena

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73226: Ha! Me-They, you're a hoot! About the worst thing my "guard dog" would do is unravel the tops of their socks. She's one small dog who doesn't have a "big dog" self-image. She's little and she knows it, bless her little sweet heart. --Romeena

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73227:
Hello porch family......Boy I sure have missed you folks. Been really busy and have a concert tonight so can't stay long. Just wanted to let you all know that you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Spot....thanks for all the UPS meals brother.

Jesus love you!
-REV.

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73228:
That should have been "loves" you. Been away so long I can't post:)
-REV.

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73229: "Judy, Judy, Judy"

June 10, 2009 - Msg 73230: Good to hear from you, REV! We miss you, too.

MDC, today at church I heard someone call General Motors "Obama Motors"! Oh, boy.

I love the sound of church bells. Sometimes when i am in the backyard I hear the church bells from the catholic church about 2 miles from me. It gives me an amazing, peaceful feeling and reminds me of the simpler days of my youth. Hard to believe anyone would have a problem with church bells, unless they were terribly loud or something.

Speaking of firearms, I guess you all saw the news today and how a shooter entered the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and shot a couple of security guards before the brought him down. Makes me sick. I wonder if he got his gun legally?

I am ticked off at the neighbors tonight. Remember I told you about the barking dog and that his owner had moved out and taken him with her? Well, from what I can determine, there are still 2 young people living in the house and they are gone most of the time. Well, one of them got a puppy and guess what? It is at my door most of the time, whining and wanting companionship. No sign of the neighbors or of any water for the dog. Tomorrow I am calling animal control and reporting a stray at my door. I feel fairly sure that if animal control takes it away, the owner won't bail it out and maybe it will find a home through the animal rescue. Some people make me so mad!

Think I will relax and do some reading to lower my blood pressure and keep my head from exploding!

Boo

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73231: Hey Ro - Andy's new movie, Play the Game, opens in Dallas in August.
Website for the movie - www.playthegamemovie.com
You need to check out the dancing grandpa - which is Andy.

hm

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73232: Mornin' Y'all- guess I'll spring for breakfast this morning,since our cooking dog is on vacation. Let's go over to the Waffle House- sa,dress yerself properly!
Boo,I feel your pain,girl. I had the neighbor's beagle barking at my door one morning at 2am,remember? Not too bothered anymore,thankfully. Hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying that-surely don't need those pups on the loose again! Keep your cool, & don't go doing that with with your head,Boo! Good luck with things.

Hey to Rev!

A dancing grandpa? And it's Andy Griffith? I think that's just what we need in these crazy times! Thanks for the info,homemaker-can't wait to check it out!
Well,I'd better scoot. Y'all take care!
*******************
possum under a rock

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73233: sa? Who the heck is that?? I meant Asa!
I think I need a cup of coffee!

possum again

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73234: Morning Dears.
Possum, just what is appropriate dress for Waffle House? PJ's? I hope so cause that's my attire for this morning.
Hope your head didn't explode Boo. That'd be awrful.
Have a safe and fun trip Spot.
Yep Ro, them little 4-10 shotguns have got a bit of kick to them. I remember the first year I was old enough to go duck hunting. My Dad had allowed me to use one of his 12 guage shotguns and even supplied me with the shells. Well I had shot before, but the kick off of the thing was killing my shoulder. After complaining to my Dad several times, he realised he had accidentley given me the wrong shells. They were 3 inch magnums, that just kick like a mule on steroids. My shoulder was bruised for a month.

Well better get. Raining here again.

Asa

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73235: Good morning everyone. Appropriate dress? I hope boxer shorts and a bathrobe is okay, cause that's what I'm wearing. I'll warn you, if it gets warm I'm opening my belt.

I love the sound of church bells, too. I also have a church a few miles away that plays them. I can hear them at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays, when I'm typically working out in the yard before dinner. So relaxing. I can understand the frustration, too, though. I had a friend who lived next door to my church (his church, too). While he likes church bells in theory, he did say that hearing the same handful of songs ringing out each day at 12:00 noon (the loop plays three, evidently from a group of dozen songs) did start to grate after a few months and years. Too much of a good thing I guess.

Well, staff meeting. I'll be back later. After all, I did promise a tax moulage, didn't I?

Me-They

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73236: Speaking of that tragic shooting yesterday, I was flipping around on tv last night and Rachel Maddow almost caused me to kick the tv in. Talking about the incident, she said that this is the second shooting in teh past week involving "far right extremists." Since when is being a Jew-hating racist a far-right qualification and not a just plain crazy one?

M-T

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73237: Appropriate clothes for the Waffle House...uh, boxers and Birkenstocks, maybe? M-They, you be sure and wear a t-shirt under that robe, ya hear?...I don't want any chest hair finding it's way into my waffles.

No ASA, my head didn't explode...it just wanted to.

"..kick like a mule on steroids."...very clever description, ASA.

Oh Me-They, Maddow's comment is outrageous. We should email someone.

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73238: What is with me and forgetting to sign my posts? I guess I will blame on lowering estrogen levels, like I usually do (my ovaries are shrinking as i speak).

Boo

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73239:
Hey Folks

Put me down for loving church bells also. Our home is in the hills above the village and I don't get to hear the often up here but on still days the sound of those bells off in the distance is just beautiful. Ya know, I love the sound of a train off in the distance also. At 3:10 am ya can hear it go by, I just love that sound also. I'm not so sure I'd feel the same way next to the tracks but I guess you know the deal when you buy the house.

Good to see Rev and M-T back home.

Ronald Reagan: "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

auh2o

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73240:
oh ya, Maddow's fool. Couldn't imagine watching her show.

auh2o

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73241: Morning porch friends. I haven't been on the porch for a while so I thought I would stop by.

It is good to see everyone. I have about 3 weeks of reading the archives to catch up.

Looks like things have been moving right along.
Been busy since school ended, took the kids to the beach last week, came home on Saturday and then back to work on Monday. Been busy this week as my associate is off for a few days.

Lunch menu will be: turkey sandwhiches, chips, SLAW. brownies for dessert. tea, lemonade to drink.
see everyone later, prayers and blessings to all.

Big Maude

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73242: POSSUM: Just a few sprigs on my chest. Can't grow much of a mustache, either. I'm still waiting for puberty.

BOO: Sounds like a 50s B-movie: "Boo's Incredible Shrinking Ovaries."

AUH2O: I'll sometimes stop on it for a minute when whatever I am watching goes to commercial. Funny thing is, people like her complain when conservative pundits lump liberals with the likes of Chavez. Then they do it themselves. A criminal is a criminial, a crazy is a crazy, no matter what their incidental political views. I'd never hold up a shooter as a rep for either political camp. That's just out of bounds, and reality.

Regarding the man who committed the very sin he was claiming to prevent (cold-blooded murder) and shot the abortionist the other week, Ann Coulter's column last week was pretty good.

Me-They

June 11, 2009 - Msg 73243: Believe me, Me-They, it feels like a B-movie, too. You remember that old cheezy movie from the 50's about the woman who was a head without a body (being kept alive in the laboratory)? Well, sometimes I feel like a body without a head.

Oh, and Me-They, as you age you will probably get more hair, except most of it will be on your back and in your ears. ;-)

"Hey" to Maude!

Boo