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Chambers’ Final Term Starts In Lincoln

Now THAT’s a title to put homework off for! WOOOOOOT!

Now….back to homework!

Merri Your Wishes Might Come True!!!

Oh please, please, please, let the sources be right. OH PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

OMAHA, Neb. — Sources tell two Nebraska newspapers that Sen. Chuck Hagel does not intend to run for president or re-election to the Senate next year.

The Republican has scheduled a news conference Monday to tell his political future.

It would be gift enough to not have him throw his hat in the ring for president, but to not run for re-election to the Senate? That would be a two-for-one special!!!!!!

UPDATE: Oh my!!! It has most CERTAINLY come true. Merri, there IS a Santa Claus!

Can We All “Coexist?”

My dear readers - I need your input. I saw a bumper sticker on the way home from work and I want your opinions….would you put one of these on your bumper? Why do you feel that way?

This is the one I actually saw:

The symbols on this one are the Muslim Crescent/Star, Peace Sign, Man & Woman, the Jewish Star of David, Baha’i Star, Taoist Yin Yang and a cross representing Christianity.

Then I found this one on the ‘nets at “Stamp and Shout” (I won’t link, but it’s pretty easy to get there if you want to look):

Slightly different symbols: Islam crescent/star ; pentagram for Wicca; relativity formula standing for science; star of David for Judaism; the Karma Wheel on the ‘i’ representing Buddhism; Tao symbol; and the cross for Chrisitianity.

Talk amongst yourselves….topic….”Coexist!”

Phelps in the Backyard

I was going to write about this, but hubby did already, so go here.

I’m Lucky I Wasn’t Paying Attention…

Cindy “Shee-Hag” Sheehan was here in Omaha today. Boy, it’s good I wasn’t paying attention, or I’d have been there, protesting her very presence in my state. BUT…on the contrary, I’m glad I wasn’t there as I may 1) be in jail right now or 2) may be adding fuel to the fire as she doesn’t care what type of attention she gets…just as long as it’s attention, right?

For two years she’s been the most public face of protest to the war in Iraq.

Well, her and about a bazillion Hollywood types.

Among Sheehan’s messages, “one person can make a difference.”

Yes, Shee-Hag, that’s true. Your son made a significant difference in the war on terror by going to fight for our freedom. He lost his life, but you’ve stolen his dignity.

Protestors to Sheehan’s message were visible Sunday. It’s something Sheehan has faced all along, but in the last year she says it’s decreased dramatically.

Let me guess. She’s going to blame Bush’s lower approval ratings for the decrease in protests at her little self-fests.

“And if I would have been here a year ago after my first Camp Casey there would have been a lot more protest and opposition. And it is dwindling as support for George Bush and the war dwindles opposition to our message also dwindles,” says Cindy Sheehan.

Yep, she went there (duh!). Of course she fails to realize that less and less just don’t give a shit what she has to say as it matters so little.

And for those who did protest, they were there for the right reasons…

Other people say they wanted to show the troops they have support on the homefront.

Ian Daharsh of the UNO College Republicans says “Our point is to have a positive rally to try and support our troops to try and counter some of Sheehan’s anti-war, anti-troop message. We just wanted to do something positive today.”

Shee-Hag…don’t let the large foot of this very Red State kick you in the ass on your way out. Wait…go ahead. Let it…and you don’t need to come back!

Love Global Warming linked with Well Known AntiWar Activist Visits Omaha
Squeeze *This* Outta Yer Ketchup Bottle, Kerry!

He’s Not Dead (Yet)!

Colector Muerto: Bring out yer dead.

Val (BabaluBlog): Here’s one!

Colector Muerto: That’ll be ocho pesos!

Castro: I’m not dead.

Colector Muerto: What?

Val (BabaluBlog): Nothing. There’s your pesos!

Castro: I’m not dead.

Colector Muerto: He says he’s not dead.

Val (BabaluBlog): Yes he is.

Castro: I’m not.

Colector Muerto: He isn’t.

Val (BabaluBlog): Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.

Castro: I’m getting better!!

Val (BabaluBlog): No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.

Colector Muerto: Well, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations.

Castro: I don’t want to go on the cart. I’m a DICTATOR for chrissakes!

Val (BabaluBlog): Oh, don’t be such a baby.

Colector Muerto: I can’t take him.

Castro: I feel fine.

Val (BabaluBlog): Oh, do me a favor.

Colector Muerto: I can’t.

Val (BabaluBlog): Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won’t be long.

Colector Muerto: I promised I’d be at the Miami celebration. They have mojitos there!

Val (BabaluBlog): Well, when is the celebration?

Colector Muerto: Thursday.

Castro: I think I’ll go for a walk. Maybe I’ll see Elian Gonzales. Love that kid!

Val (BabaluBlog): You’re not fooling anyone, you know. Isn’t there anything you could do?

Castro: I feel happy. I feel happy. I’m a dictator! I own Cuba!

[Colector Muerto looks up and down the street then hits Castro over the head with his club]

Val (BabaluBlog): Ah, thank you very much.

Colector Muerto: Not at all. See you on Thursday.

Val (BabaluBlog): Right.

Willie Change My Mind? Nope!
NEW YORK — Willie Nelson says the Dixie Chicks “got a raw deal” from a disapproving public following their criticism of President Bush.

Oh puhleeze. The Dixie Chicks, who make money off of said public got what they deserved. If they want to take the risk of alienating their listening audience because of remarks they make, they have to understand there could be consequences, including people speaking out about their words of choice. And Willie, it doesn’t matter whether they are on stage in a foreign country or at the Grand Ole Opry in the U.S. of A. The venue doesn’t matter - it’s their message that the people were reacting to.

The trio caught harsh criticism after lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 that the group was “ashamed” Bush was from their home state of Texas.

Nelson said he was surprised his remarks about Bush a year earlier during an overseas news conference didn’t incite a similar controversy.

“I said ‘He’s not from Texas and he ain’t a cowboy, so let’s stop trashin’ Texans and cowboys.’ It got a little chuckle, but I didn’t get run out of the country,” Nelson told the magazine.

Well, Willie. Context and presentation are everything. Perhaps you didn’t use the same level of hate and disgust many perceived were behind Natalie Maines’ statement…or maybe your sensationalism doesn’t have as much bite, given you’ve been somewhat eccentric for much of your entertainment career.

No worries….eventually no one will listen to the Dixie Chicks, either.

The ACLU Publicity Machine Gets a Tune Up

The ACLU is up to their usual bullshit, this time filing a case on behalf of the religiopolitard Phelps and followers at the Westboro Baptist Church (ain’t the word “church” stretching it a bit?).

A Kansas church group that protests at military funerals across the nation filed suit in federal court on Friday.

The group claims a Missouri law banning such picketing infringes on religious freedom and free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City on behalf of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church. Members of the church show up at soldiers’ funerals with anti-homosexual signs.

As you may recall, these freaks recently tried to interfere with the funeral services of fallen soldier Army Corporal Jeremy Jones. Luckily, many vets showed up and shielded Jones’ family and friends from being subjected to these whackos’ rhetoric.

Look, these people have the same freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression I have. No one is holding their tongues, no one is taking away their picket sign paper and markers. While the ACLU is so freaking worried about standing up for Phelps’ free speech, they lack any element of sheer respect and compassion for a fallen soldier who died to protect those very freedoms.

My Community Place linked with ACLU sues over law on funeral protests.
I Must Be “Spreading a Doctrine of Hate”

This comes by way of Traderrob at Jawa.

Apparently the Indian government feels that Merri Musings (albeit my old url that’s no longer in service at http://www.merrimusings.typepad.com) is worthy of being censored so the people in India are not subjected to the content of my blog.

Officials in the Ministry of Information Technology cite a July 14, 2003 gazette notification that gives the government rights to restrict access to the Internet.

The notification lists five parameters that can allow blocking of websites, which include threats to sovereignty, security of the country, friendly relations with another nation, public order or to prevent a cognizable offense.

I feel very priviledged to (kinda) be in the company of a number of outstanding blogs on the list, The Jawa Report being one of them. I do think it’s guilt by association since that crazy hubby of mine is a contributor at Jawa Editor in Chief of The Jawa Report (heheheh). Well, maybe it’s all the posts I do on Rachael Ray…it’s just gotta be! ;-)

In all honesty I find it quite humerous, and the article is quite interesting. You can find it here.

The Merri Musings typepad site is defunct, following a transition to this site (and after a very ridiculous battle with Typepad to remove the thugs who decided to use my old URL as a pr0n site). But those of you in India who want to read about Rachael Ray, get a few recipes, read about pedophiles and child molesters (oh, and the occasional political rant)…stop over here…it seems you are still welcome to be here courtesy of your government. :-)

UPDATE: Yanno, sometimes it sucks having to go to work…I missed out on so much!

Let me break it down for you: The penny Beth threw in the fountain made her wish come true - she made the “banned” list! She also notes that Malkin has word that the silly little ban may be lifted in a few days. Malkin also posted what is allegedly a document requesting the ban. You can see it here.

Rusty has a great post on the Indian government’s decision to ban our sites. It appears to be related to some posts we did last year about the rioting following a reported incident involving the alleged flushing of the Koran. Read Rusty’s post - it’s awesome!

Teach also got the ban treatment and boasts about it over at his cove. What great company to be in! Now, since they listed my OLD URL, I don’t get the hits from the WSJ, so I will live vicariously through those that do! :D

…and to think this may have been all about Rachael Ray. Rachael, I guess you are off the hook!

I hunted down my Koran post here, if you want to take a peek.

UPDATE REDUX: I love my hubby.

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Army Cpl. Jeremy Jones’ Family Should be Left to Mourn Privately
OMAHA, Neb. — Army Cpl. Jeremy Jones will be buried Saturday with full military honors. It’s a service that will attract dozens of protesters to Omaha along with a contingent that plans to buffer Jones’ family from their message.

A roadside bomb in Iraq killed the Omaha man on June 27. As his family gathers to say goodbye to Jones, members of a Kansas church will protest nearby.

Unfortunately, the story of these protesters has come up more than once here in the Midwest.

The Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church said it plans to share its anti-gay message at Jones’ funeral. Westboro Church leaders feel God is killing U.S. soldiers for defending a nation that tolerates homosexuality.

Growing up Baptist, I am absolutely puzzled about this church group’s behavior and judgments. A man died fighting for the very freedoms they have to protest and speak out and they thank him by subjecting his grieving family and friends to their insulting remarks that don’t even apply to this man’s situation or circumstance. When will they understand that a funeral for a fallen soldier is about the fallen and not about their twisted cause? Never, of course, because to them it *is* about them.

With a new law in Nebraska requiring protests to remain 300 or more feet away from funeral services and a group planning to shield the family and friends from the protesters, my hope is that Jones’ family and friends will be allowed to honor him privately and with the respect and dignity he deserves.

At the same time, a group of bikers called the Patriot Guard said they planned to protect Jones’ family and shield them from the hateful words of protestors. More than 300 guard members plan to stand between the protesters and the church where the funeral will take place.

Guard members traveled to Omaha from Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas. Many of them are military veterans, like Cliff Leach. “Every time I do one of these it’s a Band-Aid on my heart,” Leach said.

Leach said the group’s mission is to support military families and give fallen soldiers the respect they’ve earned.

The Jones family is in my thoughts and prayers. My hope is that Westboro Baptist Church figures out that their prayers would be much more meaningful than their protests.

The Jawa Report linked with Today's Jawa Report Brought To You By The Number 300
She Survived Her Mother’s Choice to Abort Her…

This is an amazing story from Ted Harvey, assistant minority leader, Colorado House. This story is about a woman named Gianna Jessen.

When her biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have an abortion. As God would have it, the abortion failed and a beautiful 2-pound baby girl was brought into the world. Unfortunately, she was born with cerebral palsy and the doctors thought that she would never survive. The doctors were wrong.

They thought she’d never survive, but she has lived a life more “full of life” in her 29 years than most do in 70 or so. You really should read this story and how - together - Ted Harvey and Gianna pulled a great punch on a Planned Parenthood anniversary celebration. As a strong advocate for pro-life, I found it very refreshing!

H/T to Linda!

Hmmmm….a Bit of Fishing Here?

Do you think they are looking for a news story?

OMAHA, Neb. — President George W. Bush’s speech on immigration will be carried live on KETV and KETV.com at 7 p.m. Monday.

As a result, ABC’s “Oprah Winfrey Legend’s Ball” will move to 7 p.m. next Monday, May 22.

Monday’s season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” will not be pre-empted.

Feedback to: programming@ketv.com

Hmmmm…methinks they are stirring the pot a bit.

Tony Snow, NEW Press Secretary

I’m always one to wait until I hear the announcement, but this is a rather exciting development:

WASHINGTON — Tony Snow will be named new White House press secretary on Wednesday morning, FOX News has learned. Snow is expected to be at the White House for the announcement. He has been mulling the offer for the last several days.

I truly like Tony Snow - when Rush had guest hosts, I was always happy to hear it was Tony. This is a gentleman who has won a fight with colon cancer and it will be interesting seeing him behind that podium!

Update: Yep - he’s the new press secretary. AWESOME! He’s gonna put ole Helen “Gertrude” Thomas in her place (or is that Crypkeeper, Diva?). Heh.

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