We Said Goodbye to Part of Our Family Today

One of our kitties passed away today. Below you will see what my husband has written. I’m still weeping and probably will for a couple of days. This month has been hard for us with the loss of a dear friend, my father-in-law and now Scamp, who was more human than cat and part of our family. I will miss her very much and saying goodbye to her will haunt me the rest of my days.

Goodbye Scampie. We love you…

Scamp is in the upper right corner with the poodle cut… She was our attack cat.

By: Garry L. Hamilton

Lost a cat today.

Congestive heart failure.

Not really a surprise. Knew it would happen within the next several months at best.

Took her in as a stray when we were in Goodyear, nearly ten years ago.

Strange cat. Scars and missing fur from some encounter with a dog or wildlife, well before we took her in. Walked in a way that indicated some level of permanent damage from that incident, whatever it was.

She moved in and made herself at home along with the two cats we already had. After a couple of months, one of the other cats said goodbye (which is a separate story, but you had to be there to believe it) and changed homes. That left us with a very young Fluffy and a (probably) two-year-old damaged-goods, scruffy cat that we dubbed Scamp.

Several months later, on returning to Las Vegas, we got her fixed at the local vet clinic, but they screwed up the sutures and she got a secondary infection that nearly killed her. We spent the next couple of weeks and over a grand boarding her with a reputable vet and having emergency measures taken to keep her alive. We nicknamed her our “thousand dollar kitty.”

She did recover, but the endocrine damage was done, and her weight returned to normal, and just kept on building. She gradually doubled her normal weight, and nothing we did would stop or reverse it. We resigned ourselves to keeping her alive for as long as we could.

We got another nine years and change.

A few days ago, she “went off her feed” and began to avoid exertion. Two days ago, she started sleeping away from us, and we noticed what seemed to be shallow labored breathing. She would sit up occasionally, but mostly just lie flat and pant. She stopped eating. Stopped drinking.

Wife called me at work this afternoon and told me Scamp seemed to be struggling and distressed. She made an emergency appointment at the vet. I took off early, fetched the cat and the weeping wife, and headed over to our usual animal clinic.

Their diagnosis matched mine. She was turning blue in places which, on cats, should only be pink (tongue, lips, etc.) and she had the classic “can’t catch my breath” signs.

And so, with eyes redder than usual, I signed the form and reclaimed the cat carrier. Wife’s a bit of a mess. Me, I’m all staunch and stalwart and stoic and stuff.

Right. Tough Guy.


Cannon Falls, MN Obama’s First Stop

By: TE
From: Knowledge Creates Power

Obama’s Big Job’s Bus Tour… 3-days ending in Chicago and then back to Washington D.C. and off to Martha’s Vineyard…

Under green trees in a peaceful setting with a river flowing in the background, President Obama made his first address to rural America on Monday, August 15, in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The event appeared to be perfectly staged as he chastised the “other side” for “political problems”, not “government problems” in Congress. After his address, ten questions asked by loyal Obama supporters fed the fuel for the man in the white shirt with kaki colored pants taking credit for everything good and accepting none of the blame for anything bad.

All of this was, of course, done under the pretext of not campaigning for the 2012 election. This may have seemed somewhat believable, until toward the end of the questioning one man praised Obama and said: “I don’t think we should solve this debt crisis on the backs of the middle class and poor. We should have the millionaires and billionaires to do this. I campaigned and voted for you in 2008 and I will do the same in 2012.”

Many rural listeners of RFD TV tuning in to hear the special televised program that had preempted the regular programming of the Julie Goodnight, Aaron Raslton, and Craig Cameron horse shows may have been disappointed because the president did not directly speak about Executive Order 13575 that he signed on June 9 designed to begin taking control of over almost all aspects of the lives of the 16% of our population that live in rural areas.

Around 200 people were in attendance sitting around picnic tables and folding chairs. President Obama began his speech by recognizing the attendance of Governor Mark Dayton (Democrat); Senator Al Franken (D); Senior Senator Amy Klobuchar (member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party.); Representative Tim Wallace ; Congressman Keith Ellison ( member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party; Agriculture Secretary Vilsack; and Major Robby Robinson

The address mainly consisted of praise from Obama by the hand selected questioners and a rehash of how $5 Billion in assistance to small and medium size farmers had been used to continue programs for: expanding broadband service, biofuels, green energy, and job creation.

He began his speech by offering excuses for a bad economy. Blaming the Arab Spring and Japanese Tsunami, he said these things are not in our control, but the political climate is. He urged people to contact their representatives. He said “We now have a political culture that doesn’t want to move America forward, but want to place the burden on future generations… The debt ceiling is a self-inflicted wound and had his plan been put forth to fix the situation, the other side would rather see their opponents lose than have America win.” He warned: “We cannot have patience with that kind of behavior anymore.”

His five-step plan that he is hoping Congress will implement includes:

1. Renewing the payroll tax credit which, according to Obama, “would put $1000 in your pocket”.

2. Rebuild America by passing the Infrastructure Bill

3. Corporations would be given tax credits for hiring veterans

4. Expanded trade deals to ship “Made in America” goods such as cars to other countries

5. Encourage entrepreneurs by investing in their ideas

Pushing the philosophy for “Taxing the Rich”, he said that Warren Buffet had told him, “We got to stop coddling billionaires like me” (…after which Buffet admitted he had cheated on his taxes). Obama wants more spending for investments in education, research, and infrastructure, but also believes we need to cut back on programs that don’t work. He compared the answer to our deficit problem as “much like running his own household, where if he told Michelle that she had to cut back on her spending, but he would keep his golf clubs… wouldn’t work.”

By the way, if an average were taken, Michelle Obama has taken one out of every nine days since they’ve been in the White House for vacation and Obama has golfed nearly every weekend.

Following the Cannon Falls event, the President will host a town hall event in Decorah, Iowa at Seed Savers Exchange. Tuesday, August 16th, he will travel to Peosta, IA for a Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College. The economic bus tour will also feature events in Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois on Wednesday, August 17 before the President returns to Washington.

Maybe at one of these events he will begin to clue us in on his Executive Order for Rural America which has undertones of a UN take over of our nation’s Heartland.


Obama Begins Bus Tour in Minnesota (Fueled by Big Oil… Flies In On His Private Jet)

Donald Trump Demands that the Obama Campaign Pay for Bus Tour, “It’s a Fundraising (Campaign) Tour”

Obama Conversation With Tea Partier Gets Heated


Robert Gibbs the Perfect Reverse Barometer

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

There’s a short AP article which has advice from Robert Gibbs, one of Obama’s re-election campaign strategists (“strategerists” for Rush listeners). Immediately the thought occurred, General Custer supposedly asked an Indian scout which way to go at the battle of Little Big Horn. In the movie, Little Big Man, Custer explained, “whatever this scout says will be exactly the opposite of what he wants me to do.” So it is with Robert Gibbs, anything he says will be a reverse barometer.

“Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says Republicans must decide whether they’re going to “swear allegiance to the tea party” or work with Democrats to create jobs.”

Let’s take that statement apart and find out what Gibbs is actually saying. Republicans must decide whether they’re going to “swear allegiance to the tea party;” isn’t that the same as reminding folks “tea party” is code for main stream America? The Tea Party movement represents a broad swath of middle American values which are easily identifiable; government should follow the rule of law and stay within Constitutional limits, enforce immigration laws, stop spending money we don’t have and sharply curtail entitlement programs to name a few.

Gibbs made it sound like an “either/or” proposition, “work with Democrats to create jobs” or abandon all hope; as in Hope and Change. He meant to say Union jobs; but in either case government cannot create jobs. They can only hinder the free market where real jobs are born of necessity. Gibbs thinks Republicans should abandon American values and join with Democrats; swell, just swell!

“He also suggested that some Republicans “do not want to see this economy get better” because they know continuing misery will likely improve their election prospects.”

The Democrat’s agenda leads to destruction. Pardon me if I associate them with Progressives, or should I simply call them Marxists, intent on destroying our Constitutional Republic? Isn’t that what redistribution of wealth is all about?

Printing money at record rates will eventually make the Dollar worthless and inflationary prices on basic commodities which follows will make it extremely difficult (extreme is a trigger word used by the left when labeling conservatives; turn about is fair play). At the same time our ability to run industry will no longer exist since Obama’s directives to the EPA have handcuffed the coal and oil industries and the jobless rate will be near twenty percent before it’s all over. Which party doesn’t want to see the economy get better?

We are nearing that point in time when the American people will do like other desperate people have done across the earth; they will grab hold of anything which looks like it might keep them afloat, even if that means living in bondage under socialism. When we as individuals forget to be self-sufficient and permit ourselves to take government handouts a little piece of liberty is sacrificed. Is this what Obama meant when he asked every one to sacrifice a little more in order to bring about the Transformation of America?

The end game of the Democrat Party is totalitarian socialism. This is not a hidden agenda, only now have all the stars been aligned in such a way as to make it possible to complete. Don’t believe me? Go down the list!

One last quote from Gibbs and it’s time to give it a rest… I had to put brown shoes on prior to including this last quote.

“Gibbs says Obama favors a number of moves to help businesses step up hiring. He says “the president is not focused on keeping his job, most of all. He’s focused on creating jobs for the American people.”’

Gibbs would have us believe; speaking as one of Obama’s re-election campaign strategists, Obama’s current bus tour isn’t a re-elect Obama campaign tour on wheels. Obama has never stopped running for office; that’s the only reason he steps in front of a teleprompter. He certainly can’t run on his accomplishments, only on the promise of better things to come while continuing to blame the previous administration for all our ills. You want jobs, you’re family has lost its house, you’re unemployment check is about to run out, “Here I am to save the day…Mighty Mouse will save the day!” I mean “Obama and government handouts will save the day.”

Obama’s focused on doing a number on the American public, not on creating jobs for the American people. Obama and those in his close knit circle of advisers despise main stream America and what we stand for. Is it any wonder their attacks on the tea party movement are so vicious? When they tell us our only hope is to join with them, shouldn’t we first ask, “Why would we want to join with you in destroying the greatest nation ever?” No thank you; instead let’s restore that which was great to begin with!

Thank you Robert Gibbs for reminding everyone of what really is going on. Your advice is priceless.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”