Saturday, September 29, 2012

Garden Review

This year's garden was pretty good! We harvested:

cucumbers (probably about 30 or so?)

watermelon (just one, I don't plan on growing those again)

scallions (about 20)

radishes (more than I can to count, I won't grow so many next year)

beets (about 20, I juiced all of them)

Swiss chard (it came in, but it was too bitter. I won't grow it again.)

broccoli (three heads)

bell peppers (about 3 gallons after they were seeded and sliced into freezer bags)

tomatoes (oh, I am sooooo tired of tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, etc....at least until winter sets in and I miss fresh ones.)

asparagus (heavenly!)

yellow squash and zucchini (probably about 8 yellow squash, and more zucchini than I could count. I would have had a lot more if the dreaded squash vine borer hadn't got to them.)

spaghetti squash (3 total, I would have had more if I didn't have to pull up the vines because of the squash vine borer)

carrots (maybe 20 or so)

green beans (too many to count...we ate them all fresh, so I didn't have any to freeze)

eggplant (about 5 from one plant, which was more than enough)

okra (enough for 3 meals of fried okra to feed a family of five)

figs (probably 15, the tree is only about 3 years old)

blueberries (maybe a pint, the bushes are only about 3 years old as well)

collard greens (3 large plants)

sweet potatoes (just a few baby ones. I think I planted them too late, or I didn't water them enough. Either way, I won't grow them again.)

I also planted cantalope and corn, and neither of those produced anything at all. I don't plan to grow those again either.

I think that's all. Honey asked me not to plant a garden next year, because we might (maybe, don't know for sure yet) sell or rent out our house. If we do, we need to make our back yard more "generic" and re-plant grass in the area where the garden used to be.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Funnies From the Boys

My two year old boy thinks any food from the garden is a "bean bean." I've been trying to teach him what okra is, as it's about the last thing to be harvested from this year. I showed him an okra pod and explained, "This is okra." He wasn't too interested.

But later, I held out the same pod and asked him, "What's this?"

He answered, "Okey Okey."

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My three year old was getting kind of rowdy shortly after noon today. I told him, "Come settle down and snuggle me for a while."

He looked up at a clock and asked, "What time is it?"

I answered, "It's 12:01."

He said, "12:01 is not snuggle time."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Update on Daughter's Chemistry Lab

I wrote that my daughter skipped one of her Chemistry labs to go out of state and help to set up a new youth group. She got home safe and sound in the wee early hours Tuesday morning. She said she had a lot of fun, and all the kids in the new group were really excited to be a part of this particular ministry.

I was worried for her that her chemistry grade would suffer because the labs cannot be made up. She is attending school on an academic scholarship (assessed each semester by her grades and GPA), and she plans to apply for either nursing school or pharmacy school later. Both of the programs she is praying about are very competitive, so a bad grade in even one of her classes will hurt her chances of being accepted.

But...good news! Her Chemistry grade might be okay after all. Her professor told her that he drops the lowest grade. So as long as she get great grades on her remaining labs, her "zero" grade will be deleted and no damage will be done.

Yes...I know I am a helicopter mom...No, I am not ashamed to admit it...


Monday, September 24, 2012

Things I've Said to My Kids

My daughter showed me a funny list of crazy things a dad has said to his kids. They were hilarious, but I have said some pretty "out there" things too. I decided to keep a running list of actual, true things I've said to my kids:


Get your tongue off of the dishwasher.

I don't know how to make a billion crazy hairs.

No, you may not chop down the Christmas tree with your chainsaw.

Don't even think of dropping that monkey into the air conditioner.

The horse can't go in there, either.

Eew, did you just wipe your nose on the bottom of your brother's foot?

Didn't I just tell you not to wipe your nose on the bottom of your brother's foot?

Take your fingers out of your mouth; that's how you got sick.

Take your fingers out of my mouth; that's how I got sick.

Please don't poke the American flag into your sandwich.

Sorry Buddy, you can't go to bed with your chainsaw.

Who put the blue bouncy ball in the fridge?

Probably the same kid who put the letter 'S' in there too!

Take that dog food out of the VCR!

Which one of you filled the garden hose with acorns?

Why did you throw the fish out the window?

Sweetheart, you don't have to raise your hand during bath time.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

So What Did You Learn Today?

My older boy graduated out of church nursery today. He's actually in the preschool class now! When we got home from church, I asked him:

"How was Sunday School today?"
He answered, "It was good."
"What did you learn?"
He said, "We learned about missions."
I asked him, "What's missions?"
His answer: "Send me!"

My heart was filled beyond words! What a simple, yet profound answer.

My family has a heart for missionaries. We did our spiritual "growing up" in Germany, in a church run by missionaries to the American military living overseas. There we saw the love, sacrifice, and dedication it takes to give up your life in answer to the Lord's call to serve others. But the blessings are beyond description!

Our pastor in Germany once said, "Not everyone is called to be a missionary. But everyone ought to struggle with the possibility."

I don't know what the Lord has in store for my children's future. But today, my older boy has a heart willing to do whatever He wants. "Send me!"

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Don't Ask Me, I Don't Know!

My almost 19 year old daughter, sweet as can be, meek, gentle, kind, and quick to seek the wisdom of her elders, has been asking me incessantly about two things in particular:

1. She wanted to do her own Ombre Hair. First off, I didn't even know what that was, I'm soooooo out of the beauty loop. Apparently it's a hair coloring technique that makes your ends lighter than your roots, so it looks like you've got "sun kissed" hair. After she explained it to me, I told her that hair coloring like that should be left to the professionals. She asked how much it would cost. I estimated that in our area, with her long hair, she'd pay about $100 for it. I also explained to her that if she messed up her own hair trying to do it herself, she'd have to pay even more money to get it fixed.

Now you need to know my daughter is even more cheap frugal than me. On her cross country team in high school, she was known as "the girl who won't pay for water." Seriously, she'd find a water fountain to get a drink for free rather than spending money for bottled water. Yep, that's my girl! So shelling out $100, especially when she's supposed to be saving up for a new car transmission, is out of the question for her. So she did some online searching to find out how to do it on her own.

Remember, I didn't even know what "ombre hair" was, so I really didn't know how to answer her nonstop questions. "What brand hair color should I get? Should I get hair dye, or hair bleach? How long should I leave the dye in? Do you think I should try to blend it in so it looks like highlights?"

My answers to all her questions was, "I don't know. I think you should get it done professionally so you can learn the technique firsthand." She got more and more frustrated with me, it was almost comical. She'd huff and roll her eyes and stomp out of the room. I didn't get angry with her, though, I was very proud of the cool, calm Mama I was being. (Sometimes that girl acts just like a normal teenager, what's up with that?!)

Finally, after a few days of the same questions, she broke down and made her own decision to try it herself. She followed the directions of a YouTube video, and waited. Then, after all the time putting in the hair color and waiting, she rinsed it out and--NOTHING LOOKED DIFFERENT. Seriously y'all, it didn't look like she had done anything to her hair. She came out of the bathroom, visibly angry. "I TOLD you I should have used hair bleach!" To which I calmly replied, "Like I said many times before...I think this is something you need to get done professionally." No more mention of ombre hair since then.

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2. My daughter has been invited to go up to another state this weekend to help establish a youth group dedicated to abstinence, remaining drug and alcohol free, and encouraging others to make good life decisions. Although this group does not mandate that you must be a Christian, there are definite religious themes. She was active in our city's group, and the founder's daughter is putting one together up where she lives. This group is for high schoolers, and now that my daughter is in college, she is on "grad staff." I am extremely proud of my daughter for choosing to remain in this group to help mentor younger people.

The founder has asked her and a few other grad staff to travel up for the weekend to help get the new group up and running. Unfortunately, it means my daughter must miss a day's worth of college class--more importantly, a chemistry lab that can't be made up.

When she asked Honey specifically said, "I think you should skip the trip and go to class." I guess that wasn't the answer she wanted to hear. So she came to me. When she asked me, I answered "This is your decision. Just remember that there are downsides to either choice. If you go on the trip, don't blame me when you get a bad Chemistry grade. If you stay home and go to your Chemistry class, don'tl blame me for not letting you go on a fun trip. Either way, I don't want to be the meanie Mama. So I'm going to let you decide this one for yourself. And since you specifically decided to ignore your Daddy's advice, why should I give you mine?"

Well, she's on the trip. She might get home in time on Monday to attend her Chemistry lab. I'll post again when the dust settles.

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I realize these things are pretty trivial in light of what other major problems I could be facing. Seriously, hair dye and road trips are not that important in the grand scheme of things. But still, I think it's exponentially more difficult to be the Mama to a teenager/young adult than it is to toddlers. I have to tread a fine line between offering advice but not "meddling." I have to bite my tongue when she makes different choices than I would. And then allowing her to clean up her own life mess afterward.

Really though, she is such a fine, upstanding young lady. I was honored that she came to me recently for boy advice. Apparently one of her co-workers likes her and wants to date her. My daughter doesn't really want to, and she actually came to me (yes, ME!) to ask the best way to decline a date with him. I told her to say, "No thanks. I really just want to be friends right now." Short and to the point, but not mean and hurtful.

To my older, wiser readers: How did you handle letting your kids grow up gradually? What advice could you give to parents who are just now on the cusp of sending their kids into adulthood? How do you set them free, but keep them rooted? How do you "push them out of the nest" while helping them to remember "where home is?"


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Language of Moms

My older boy was having a hard day recently. He's in the process of giving up his naps, but he's extremely testy in the afternoons.

He pushed my buttons once too many times. Then, he did the ultimate naughty thing he could do that day...He threw a toy at his brother.

I gave him the sternest, meanest Mom "look" (you know, the "look" that says cut it out or else...) and I warned him, "Do that again and see what happens."

My Honey interjected with a panicked voice and pleaded with our son, "No, no! Don't do it! It's a trap!"

(Trying not to laugh, I turned and gave Honey "the look" instead.)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fire Poles and Girlfriends

No, that title is not what you think...this isn't that type of blog!

Honey, the boys, and I walked to the park yesterday evening. The mornings and evenings are starting to cool off to a lovely autumn temperature here, and we wanted to soak up as much of it as we could.

Normally at the park,  my boys climb, slide, swing, and run. That's about all they want to do. But last night, my 3 year old caught sight of the fire pole. I thought it was out of his reach, but he did it!



Then that was ALL he wanted to do! Nonstop, over and over. He loved it! On the walk back home, he said, "It's lucky I was able to do the fire pole. I can't wait to do it again!"

And on a completely unrelated note, my younger boy has a girlfriend at church. It's a love/hate kind of relationship. She is all over my son, and sometimes he loves it. Sometimes he hates it. But she's got it bad for my boy! (What can I say, my sons are chick magnets!) Here they are on a good day, holding hands in the parking lot.


Awwww, young sweet love!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Cooties Strike Again!

I shared my strep throat with Honey. I know it's nice to share and all, but I don't think he wanted a piece of THAT. Even after he refused to kiss me for two whole weeks, he still caught it. (Honey, I am SO SORRY!!!)

Getting on a soapbox now...

Honey got sick on Saturday night. On Sunday, he was pretty much out of it, but he managed to work for 4 hours. Yesterday (Monday), he was looking pretty rough. I called the doctor, and the clerk informed me that there were absolutely no appointments available. There were no available appointments for today, either. They can't make appointments for three days beyond the actual date, because then it's a "routine" appointment and not a "same day appointment." Before I totally lost my cool though, she gave me the option of leaving a message for the doctor and asking him to put in a lab order for a throat swab. I agreed, and waited for the doc to return my call.

Honey slept all morning and didn't go to any of his morning classes. I mean he literally slept, only getting up to go to the bathroom and ask for more water.

Around 2:00 the phone rang. I saw the caller ID was from an on-post number, so I knew it was the doctor's office. However, the phone rang twice, we answered it, and nothing on the other end. Whoever it was hung up! No message, nothing. We waited for them to call back, but they NEVER DID. (Let me explain some background info real quick--at our clinic, if you leave a message for the doctor before noon, they MUST return the phone call that day. If you leave a message after noon, they MUST return the call the next day. It's policy. Even if it's not a doc that calls you back, it's a nurse that can help.) And I couldn't call them back myself, because the actual return phone number is not what shows up on Caller ID. So my cynical self thinks the person who called and hung up was just "technically" answering our call. So she could mark it off her to-do list and move on.

At 3:00, Honey showered and got himself ready to take a mid-term that couldn't be postponed. I had to drive him to school, he was soooooo sick. The boys and I waited for him to take his test, then I took Honey to the ER.

The ER was very efficient. He was triaged within 30 minutes, he was put in a room within 30 minutes after that, and he was actually being treated within 30 minutes of waiting in a room. The throat culture came back positive within 20 minutes, and he was given steroids and an antibiotic injection immediately afterward. We were out of there within 3 hours.

(Flashback to my strep throat adventure...it was a week from the time I got sick until I got a prescription. My first culture came back negative. I was told to "just take some Motrin" and let it run its course.)

I totally understand why people use the ER as their primary care now. Yes, you have to wait, but you actually get treated!

There is something wrong with our government-run healthcare. It is so full of bureaucracy and mismanagement that it has become a bloated, ineffective joke. There is absolutely no reason why I have to wait three days for an appointment to get an infectious disease treated. Lab results shouldn't take three days to come in when it COULD take only 20 minutes. There is something wrong when an ER visit is more streamlined than a family practice clinic. Especially since I supposedly have access to a whole "team" of doctors instead of one.

The difference between our experiences with civilian doctors and military doctors is shameful. I'm not saying that military doctors are bad, we've actually gotten some good care from them (usually). What I'm saying is that the red tape associated with military medicine is disgusting.

Okay, off the soapbox now. Thank you for your patience.

Red vs. Blue (Part 7)

Happy Patriot Day, everyone! The events that unfolded in our country 11 years ago are a big reason why we should be vigilant, prayerful, and wise about electing leaders who we feel do the best job of keeping America a country we would want our future generations to grow up being proud of.

Today I'll focus on Dr. Jill Stein, the candidate for the Green Party.

Dr. Stein is very pro-choice, believing women should have free birth control and easy access to the morning-after pill.

She believes in gay marriage, she calls the death penalty "barbaric", and she supports the legalization of marijuana.

She believes evolution and sex education should be taught in schools. She believes college should be free. She opposes charter schools.

Dr. Stein thinks fracking for natural gas should be banned. She feels nuclear energy is expensive and dangerous. She thinks GMOs should be banned as well.

She believes in universal healthcare, but ObamaCare was a step backward in the goal of "single payer" system.

She feels the Patriot Act is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. She believes illegal immigrants are a crucial part of the American economy, but criminals should have no pathway to citizenship.

Dr. Stein felt the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were illegal, and that we should leave those countries immediately.

She believes in church-based welfare, but it is not a substitute for government-run programs. She believes housing assistance for poor citizens should be expanded.

According to On the Issues, Dr. Stein is more liberal than President Obama.

So that's all of our presidential candidates for this November's election. I learned a lot about different platforms and how various politicians' words stack against their actual voting record.

I still don't know who I'll vote for. I'm leaning toward a candidate or two. It will be interesting to see what happens during the presidential debates. I usually make up my mind during debates.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Red vs. Blue (Part 6)

Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, is the Justice Party's candidate for President.

Given the fact that he was the head of Salt Lake City has really surprised me, because his beliefs seem to run quite contrary to what I've always believed about Utahns' political leanings.

He is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro domestic partner benefits, he opposes the death penalty, opposes teacher-led prayer in school, believes drug use should be a health (not criminal) matter, opposes school vouchers, opposes absolute right to gun ownership, believes the US needs universal health care, believes we should have impeached Bush and Cheney, believes most illegal immigrants should be allowed to remain here, and he opposes churches providing welfare services.

According to On the Issues, Mr. Anderson is more left-leaning than President Obama. You can search for more of Mr. Anderson's quotes and political career at the website.

Tomorrow: Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Red vs. Blue (Part 5)

Americans Elect was formed in 2010 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization which planned to hold the first Internet-based presidential primary in our country's history. It's really a unique idea, given the amount of online "screen time" we spend each day. However, in order to get a candidate on the ballot, many states have required them to register as an actual political party.

Their leading contender is Buddy Roemer. He is a former Republican Governor of Louisiana. He was also a Congressman from 1981 to 1988. He is the founder and CEO of Business First Bank. He describes himself as a "church-going Methodist boy."

Back in the 1980s, he seemed to be very pro-life, wanting to grant civil rights to the pre-born and restricting federal funds for abortions. However, in 2011, he stated that limits on abortions are unconstitutional.

He believes that Obama's stimulus plan did indeed create jobs; however, those jobs were all in China.

He believes gay marriage is an issue for states to decide. He endorses medical marijuana.

He is against ethanol subsidies. He believes the wars in the Middle East are about oil.

He believes we need to seal off our borders completely, with no amnesty for undocumented aliens.

As usual, this info came from On the Issues. There is more info about Mr. Roemer on the site.

On a personal note, I never knew about the Americans Elect party before today. They're actually a quasi-party, because according to Wikipedia, " Americans Elect cannot accept funds from candidates or candidate committees, nor donate funds to them, nor can the organization advocate for or against any issue. The organization's sole purpose was to obtain signatures to get on the ballot throughout the United States and to build the technology to process an online nomination."

I suppose this fact is why I can't seem to find a party platform for them. It will be interesting to see how this idea develops.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Red vs. Blue (Part 4)

Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, is the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. In a nutshell, Libertarians believe that less government is best. And it would seem (at least to me) that Mr. Johnson believes in a small government.

He is pro-choice on abortion only until the baby is viable. He does not believe that insurance companies should be required to offer birth control. He believes stem cell research should be banned.

In February 2012, Mr. Johnson said we need to slash government spending by 43% to balance our federal budget. He would like our budget to be balanced by 2013. He does not believe in bank bailouts, the GM and Chrysler bailouts, or a stimulus plan. He believes we should end the Federal Reserve because they have printed too much money, which devalues the American dollar.

He supports legalized (but regulated) prostitution, and he believes the government should stay out of traditional marriage and gay unions.

Mr. Johnson believes ending corporate taxes would stimulate our economy and job growth.

Because half of all American crime is drug-related, Mr. Johnson feels we should legalize drugs to cut crime. in 1994, he supported the death penalty; but in 2012, he said that the death penalty program we have in place is flawed.

He believes marijuana is safer than alcohol, and it should be legalized. He also believes that heroin and methadone prescriptions should be available at pharmacies.

Mr. Johnson believes student loans should be abolished because they actually raise tuition prices. He believes we should end the Department of Education. He supports evolution being taught in schools, but that it isn't the place of the federal government to decide.

He believes ethanol subsidies are bad. He thinks every country should participate in the Kyoto Treaty.

In 2011, Mr. Johnson said that opening up the border with Mexico would result in a flood of new Mexican taxpayers. However, he believes in a "one strike and you're out" rule to deport non-citizens who break our laws.

He is a Lutheran by faith. He believes most Americans call themselves "social liberals and fiscal conservatives."

He believes in abolishing the IRS in favor of a 23% national sales tax. He believes in eliminating income taxes and capital gains taxes.

He believes we should end all support for Israel. He does not believe Iran is a military threat.

As before, I took this info from On the Issues.

Tomorrow I'll highlight Buddy Roemer, the front runner for the AmericansElect political party.

And as I've stated before, PLEASE make an educated decision about who you want to be your next President. I won't discuss who I'll vote for, mostly because I think political squabbles quickly devolve in pure nastiness. But also, I just haven't decided yet who I'll vote for.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Red vs. Blue (Part 3)

Even though the United States has (at this time) two major political parties, we actually have several smaller parties that also have their own presidential candidates.

Today I'll talk about Virgil Goode, the candidate for the Constitution Party.

Mr. Goode is a former Republican Representative from Virginia. He is strongly pro-life, and he believes that Planned Parenthood should receive no federal funds. He believes the pre-born should be granted equal rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.

He wanted a balanced budget amendment, and voted no on the GM bailout.

He believes in amending the Constitution to state that marriage is only between one man and one woman.

He supports the death penalty and the three strikes law.

He would like to end the federal Department of Education. He supports voluntary prayer in public schools. He likes school vouchers, but doesn't know how to fund them.

Mr. Goode has received a grade of 100% by the Christian Coalition. He is Baptist in faith.

As of April 2012, he was the co-chair for the Second Amendment Caucus. He voted against requiring gun trigger locks in Washington DC.

He believes we should cut defense spending, except in veterans' benefits. He wants to end "anchor babies." He believes that we should control immigration or we'll have "more Muslims in Congress."

Mr. Goode believes we should end the marriage tax penalty, the estate tax, and reducing capital gains taxes. He also believes federal welfare should be abolished; that welfare programs should be controlled by individual states.

As usual, this info came from On the Issues. I like how the site matches up candidates' quotes with how they actually voted on various issues. The site is laid out by topic, so if you are interested in a certain area, for instance, taxes and the economy, you can scroll down easily to see how a candidate feels about that particular subject. (I have absolutely no affiliation with the On the Issues site. I just feel very strongly that we have a privilege and duty to make our votes after careful research and consideration.)

Next up, the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.




Thursday, September 6, 2012

Red vs. Blue (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted about Mitt Romney's belief and voting record. Today I will focus on President Obama.

He is strongly pro-choice and voted against banning partial-birth abortions. He does not believe we should limit a minor's right to cross state borders to obtain an abortion, and they should be able to do so without parental consent. He also believes in expanded contraception to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

On affirmative action, he believes class-based and race-based should be equally important.

He believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, but each state should choose that for themselves. He believes that humans do not have an inherent right to marry, but we do have a right not to be discriminated against.

He believes in the death penalty for heinous crimes, but gang membership should have no bearing on administration of the death penalty. He voted to increase police funding, and that retired police officers should be able to have a concealed weapons permit. He supports the Second Amendment, but also believes in banning assault weapons and that local weapon bans are legal.

President Obama does not believe that Social Security should be privatized, because it would place future retirees at the "whims of the stock market."

He believes in charter schools, but not school vouchers. He sends his daughters to private school.

He wants to engage more faith-based welfare programs.

He voted no on extending capital gains tax cuts and death tax exemptions. He believes that millionaires should pay taxes at a 30% rate.

He voted to provide social services to undocumented workers. He voted yes to provide federal funds to illegal alien "sanctuary cities."

He believes in tax cuts for companies to provide US jobs, and ending tax incentives for companies that send jobs overseas.

He believes in expanding our military so that deployment schedules can be guaranteed a maximum of 12 months.

He voted yes to extend the Patriot Act, but to also end its wiretap provision.

As in yesterday's post, I got this info from On the Issues website. There is far more information on the website than I was able to post here. If you are interested in more info, I thoroughly recommend that site.

The site also has a Presidential Vote Match Quiz, which allows you to answer questions about issues that are important to you, and then the site "matches you up" to a candidate that believes the same things about those issues. (I took the quiz and got matched up to a candidate I never thought I'd agree with, but apparently my outlook on those issues were pretty closely related!)

Whoever you vote for this election, I hope that you have done your research and made an educated decision. As Honey's grandmother told me many years ago, "I've seen Democrats and Republicans in the White House, and God has taken care of me throughout all of them." What she meant was not that we should just float happily in the wind, never taking an interest in our government. But rather, we should cast a wise and prayerful vote, and trust that God still has everything under control.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Red vs. Blue (Part 1)

I'm going to be honest. I don't know who I'll vote for in our upcoming Presidential election. The more I research our candidates, the more I dislike both of them.

Neither of our candidates hold tight to their party's traditionally held platforms, which makes it difficult to decipher what their true beliefs are.

I often refer to the website On the Issues , because they seem to be very objective and dedicated to checking the facts and voting records of various candidates.

I had originally intended to do a quick side-by-side comparison of Mitt Romney to Barack Obama in just one post. But the more I delved into the info, I decided that I'd devote a whole post into each particular candidate.

The info I typed out below is just a small smidgen of what's available. If you are interested in a particular subject I don't touch on here, or if you want more in-depth analysis, you'll find lots more info at the On the Issues website.

First up is Republican Mitt Romney:

Mitt Romney, who claims to be pro-life, voted to legalize the RU-486 pill (aka the "morning after" pill) in 2002. In 2006 he said that he wouldn't tamper with Roe v. Wade, but later said in 2007 that he'd be "delighted" to sign a federal ban on all abortions.

In September 2011, Romney said that he thinks the Feds should manage currency rather than Congress. (The Fed Reserve chairman is appointed for life, but Congressmen must be re-elected every two years. Decide for yourself if that's relevant.) In January 2012, Romney said that we should reduce the top tax bracket from 35% to 25%. As Massachusetts governor, Romney kept his promise of not raising taxes; however he did raise fees by $7 million, which was effectively a 5% raise in taxes.

Romney says that he opposes gay marriage, but he supports domestic partner benefits and gays in the Boy Scouts.

Romney supports a program called "One Strike and You're Ours", which mandates lifetime GPS tracking for criminals after one offense. He believes in the death penalty for heinous crimes.

Romney believes that school choice should be a right for all parents. He believes No Child Left Behind is a good program. He supports abolishing the Department of Education (at the federal level). He believes in abstinence-only sex ed for children ages 12 to 14.

Romney believes that his RomneyCare health plan for Massachusetts was right for that state, but not the whole country. (FactCheck has determined that RomneyCare and ObamaCare are pretty much identical to each other.)

In September 2007, he said that he believes that we should wiretap mosques to monitor for potential terrorist activity.

Romney believes that God created the universe, but humans evolved.

He supports abolishing all capital gains taxes for people who earn less than $200K.

That's the info that I thought was interesting about Mitt Romney. Next up is President Obama's stance on similar issues.

I'm trying to maintain as non-partisan a stance in these blog posts as I can. Really and truly, I don't know who I'll vote for in November. I'm just trying to glean through gobs of info to make an educated vote. I don't believe that campaign commercials and sound-bites can give an accurate picture of our candidates, and I want to use my vote as wisely and prayerfully as I can.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Funny From My Son

My three year old was chatting with his big sister. The conversation went like this:

Sister: Do you remember where your cousins live?
Brother: Yes, they live in California.
Sister: That's right. Where do we live?
Brother: In a house!