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Memorial Day Parade

In the pouring rain. I was somewhat surprised at the number of people who stuck with it waiting for the parade in the rain. By the time it got to us at the end of the route, it had stopped raining.

Our float, a three tiered 100th birthday “cake” for Boy Scouts of America. With a rotating 100 on top and smoke coming from the “candles”. And a big “present” too.


Iron Baby Movie Trailer

This is just too funny! Very well made too.

Prepare for Memorial Day

I received an email from Jeanette at J’s Cafe Nette and forwarded it to Hubby who felt he had to post it ! It’s since been linked to by Mr. Fix-it at WGN Radio.

He’s posted it here: Preparation for Memorial Day.

He’s also posted a moving video here: True Meaning of Memorial Day!

Separated At Birth

Elena Kagan and Janet Napolitano

My Drawing

I am posting a portrait, not a cartoon, not in bad taste, just a portrait.

The Mohammed Image Archive has images of Mohammed from throughout history.

My previous posts: [cref i-received-a-take-down-notice-for-mohammed-cartoons I Received a Take Down Notice for Mohammed Cartoons], [cref no-surrender No Surrender], [cref muhammed-cartoons-blogburst-2 Muhammed Cartoons Blogburst]

Over at IMAO, Basil has a great post: Draw Mohammed Day


Sunday was not only Mothers’ Day, it was my 12th Wedding Anniversary. I made cupcakes!

The Mallards Come to Visit

They’re back again this year. They go for the bird seed that the small birds drop from the feeder.

Hot Air's New Look

Hot Air has a a great new look and they’ve moved to Salem’s servers. The site loads super fast and looks great!

Congrats guys!

Four Years Smoke Free! Yay!

I’ve now been smoke free for four years! Yay!

Four years ago I went to get a laser acupuncture treatment to quit smoking. Halfway through the treatment (I would have wanted another cigarette by then….) I tossed the pack with the few remaining cigarettes I had and my lighter into the trash can in the office.  Since then I’ve never looked back.

I’ve been around smokers with absolutely no need or even inclination to have one myself.

I also have not been one of those ex-smokers who continually preach to others to quit. I’ll mention how well the laser acupuncture worked for me and that with cigarette prices today it can pay for itself in a month., but that’s it.

So happy smoke free birthday to me!

A Voice of Reason

Here in Illinois there is a voice of reason in the House. He’s a Democrat from Marengo (which is a bit west from where I live in the northeast corner of the state). His name is Jack D. Franks.

He wrote an Op-Ed in today’s Chicago Tribune:

Why are we in such dire straits? Too much spending.

Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. State revenue this year is at the third-highest level in the history of Illinois. We have more money than we had in 2007.

We have a labyrinth of pork projects. We have more than 1,700 state programs. All those programs make it difficult to run the vital and necessary state services. All those programs cost billions of dollars. We need to take a step back and remember that government is not self-perpetuating.

he ends with:

Illinois can pull itself out of this mess. We have to shrink the size of government through better accounting and restrained spending.

I urge Gov. Quinn and my fellow legislators to be innovative. To show leadership.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

We have to say no.

Read the rest.

via Dr. Wes via Instapundit