Nixon's Memoirs: February 2005

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A bright, cheery blog test!

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!

You have escaped damnation and made it to Purgatory, a place where the dew of repentance washes off the stain of sin and girds the spirit with humility. Through contrition, confession, and satisfaction by works of righteousness, you must make your way up the mountain. As the sins are cleansed from your soul, you will be illuminated by the Sun of Divine Grace, and you will join other souls, smiling and happy, upon the summit of this mountain. Before long you will know the joys of Paradise as you ascend to the ethereal realm of Heaven.

Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Extreme
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Low
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low


Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

Not much to report

I know it's been a while since I've blogged, but not much has been going on. Hmm, let's see, my mother ordered me some new clothes from KING SIZE catalog, which is awesome, because I really needed some. I've been working quite a bit, and to be sure I'm not Dooced, I absolutely LOVE everything about my job! (hehe)

We got our order in from Cherrydale Farms, so we have lots of cool things to eat in the house. My wife also got us some Girl Scout cookies, which I have been able to effectively ignore.

This guy just won BOTH showcases on TPIR today, and the other day some guy celebrating his 59th birthday won THREE cars. That's always exciting.

Carrie is still very much alive in the American Idol race, and she just keeps getting more and more beautiful.

My wife has a concert tonight, so I need to get to bed, because I work overnight tonight.

That's about it. Pray for: The Pope, Iran, and our troops. (And everyone, for that matter)

Friday, February 18, 2005

The Next American Idol?


The Next American Idol? Posted by Hello
Photo courtesy of www.carrieunderwoodonline.com

Well, my favorite has made it to the TOP 24!

The "internet chatter" is already getting vicious, as it is obvious some fans of the other contestants view Carrie as a threat and are campaigning against her. They're trying to say she's fake, that her "farm girl" image is all an act, ect.

I'm just really behind this girl. There is a lot of hate and backstabbing in this world, and it would be so nice to see a genuine good soul get the spotlight for a change.

Also, over at www.carriefans.com, I've found a new blog I'll be linking to called "Brockidd". This is a guy who auditioned in St. Louis with Carrie, and traveled to Hollywood with her, but was unfortunately eliminated.

For my readers who don't watch Idol, please indulge me!

GO CARRIE UNDERWOOD!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

A day off!

At last, some free time.

I've worked overnight the past four nights, and worked last Thursday overnight as well. I'm now off until Saturday night!

I have some errands planned today, such as laundry and an oil change. But, I also plan to go see a movie and hang out at my favorite bar.

My darling wife is out of town the next few days, though, as she is participating in the All-State Band activities. So, I get a LOT of ME time. I miss her already though. She took the laptop with her for hope of a Wi-Fi connection somewhere there.

That's all I've got today, rather boring really. I thought my previous post would generate some comments, but its been left alone, hmmm.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Covenant Marriage night.

Yesterday, I brought home to my wife a cloth rose and singin' dog (also fake) that howls to the tune "Only You."

Yes, she loved them.

No, really, she did.

That evening when I woke up, she had bought me a wonderful, and quite aptly descriptive card, some sugar-free dark chocolate (yummy!) and a toasted Subway sub. (Double yummy!)

We went out to Bosco's on Saturday, so the romantic dinner was already taken care of.

Tonight, we went to Alltel Arena to celebrate our marriage, and to witness the covenant marriage of Governor and Mrs. Huckabee. It was great fun, and there was a fantastic crowd.

Also there were some gay activists.

My wife steered me away on the way into the arena, as I do tend to embarass her at times, but she had no idea what I was going to say to them.

What I DID say to them on the way out was this:

"40 years ago, it was illegal for US to get married too." (My wife is black, in case I've never mentioned that.) "Don't give up!"

Needless to say they were both thankful and stunned.

I've mentioned before that I'm more of a "Dick Cheney" Republican when it comes to this issue. I have a feeling that years from now, if not sooner, the Defense of Marriage Act is going to look just as ridiculous then as the "No interracial marriage" laws from the 1960's do now.

Granted, gays and straights aren't drinking out of different fountains or forced to use seperate but equal phone-booths, but this willful exclusion and admonition needs to stop.

I certainly support 'traditional marriage' and Covenant marriage as well, but if two men or two women who are in love pledge to stay commited to one-another, and are faithful, and effective guardians, God bless them! That's more than a lot of 'traditional' marriages are demonstrating these days. BUT, that's what I would want and expect out of a gay marriage as well. Make THOSE 'covenant' marriages as well. Make it just as hard for them to divorce as it is for straight covenant marriages. The whole idea is family stability, and avoiding fornication and infidelity, which is a major health issue.

Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers out there!

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Are we in danger of being "Dooced"?

Call me ignorant, naive, Chester, whatever, but I had never heard of this term before yesterday, when Yahoo featured THIS STORY about a blogger being fired for bad-mouthing her employer on her blog.

You need not scroll down too far to see a small rant about my own employer, and I know of several other blogs I read that frequently complain about where they work.

While I try to keep my comments limited to things I wouldn't mind saying to my boss's face, or slip into the 'suggestion box' at work, some others have gotten a bit more therapeutic than I have in their posts.

This brings up the whole "Free Speech" vs. "Free Enterprise" debate, that'll make any red-blooded American's cowboy hat spin. Quite honestly, I'm on the proverbial fence with this one. I'm an 'at will' employee where I work, which means if they suddenly decide that I'm too fat, too white, too Republican, too much of an OU fan, too ugly, or just really really want to hire someone else to fill my position, they can tell me goodbye at any second. Luckily, I'm in an industry that few people want to work in, and with high turnover, so any happy, loyal employee such as myself has pretty good job security. (Yes, I really do love my job!)

But if I started posting lies and half-truths, or even whole truths that paint my employer in a bad light, would they be justified in firing me? And just who are they firing? "Nixon Casablanca" (not my real name.) Yes, that' s my real picture, but couldn't I just as easily post as someone else? Or use a fake picture? Or post as a pet armadillo?

I don't blog on company time, mainly because we have no internet access at work. If we did, I probably would, but only because I mostly work graveyard during which time we watch the kids sleep (and make sure they don't wake up and try to escape, stab eachother, etc.) We do have a LOT of paperwork to keep us busy, but we still manage to have several hours of idle time a night, which is usually filled with reading or light television watching.

So, I've reached no conclusion, but then again, neither did the news story. Where do YOU stand?

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Homespun Symposium XII

This week, Southern Conservative asks the question:

"During last year's presidential election, some people began talking about reinstating the draft. Most conservatives, such as myself, simply saw it as an effort on the part of liberals to distance young people from Bush. Many conservatives have responded to the issue by insisting that there won't be a draft. Yet, I think another question deserves consideration. Do we have the right to insist and expect that the war against terror will not require a draft? The draft was an important element in the winning of the first two World Wars. The war on terror is another global war. What gives our generation the right to expect to abstain from the same duty our grandfathers and forefathers were called to?"

In the immortal words of Kuni, the martial arts instructor from UHF: "Nothing! Absolutely nothing!"

I signed up for selective service, just as I was supposed to, and I registered to vote on the same day. I not only considered it an obligation, but a privledge. At 33, just shy of 400 lbs, and diabetic, I don't guess Uncle Sam has me too high on their list to sign up, but would I? HELL YES! This is my COUNTRY, not just where I live, and I would fight and die for the right to live here, and I have the utmost respect for those that have, and do.

My Marine Corps recruiter was late for our appointment in High School, and we never made any effort to reschedule. By the time Desert Storm came around, no recruiter was even interested in me. Getting turned down by the Coast Guard in '98 hurt the most, though.

It would be really interesting to see the moonbats response to a full-scale invasion of the U.S. Would they sign up then? Nah, they'd probably just move to Canada and say that we had no right to the place anyway.

Luckily, it appears to me that enough young men and women love this country enough to fight for it on a volunteer basis, so the draft isnt' needed. But, if it ever is, hopefully another "Greatest Generation" will step up and do what needs to be done in order to protect freedom once again.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Confessions of closet American Idol fan


My American "Idol" Posted by Hello

I resisted the temptation for a good three years. I didn't watch one lick of it for Kelly Clarkson, Rueben and Clay, or Fantasia. I was proud of the fact, I wore my American Idol ignorance as a badge of honor.

Dangit, now I'm hooked.

My wife and I had the night off on Day 1 of auditions, and decided to watch and see the hilarious "bad" singers.

My choice is Carrie Underwood, the angelic voice from Checotah, Oklahoma. My second choice, Opera singer Briana Davis has already been eliminated, sadly.

Okay, there it is, I've "outed" myself. It doesn't make me less of a man... I guess.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

I am Sam

I am like Sam. I am Frodo's loyal friend and will help him achieve his quest to Mordor. I never wanted to leave the Shire but my friends come before me.
I'm like Sam. I am strong I am very trust worthy
and true to my word. "I made a promise,
Mr. Frodo, a promise." I stay by my
friend's side until the end ,loyaly and caring.


Which of the four main Hobbits are you most like?
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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Homespun Symposium XI

Do you think that the elections in Iraq vindicated President Bush's decision to invade Iraq?

Personally, I thought the end to the underground torture chambers, the liberation of Iraq, and the arrest of international criminal Saddam Hussein vindicated the invasion of Iraq. The elections just put a nail in the coffin of liberal apologetics.

Before the election, I hear cautious predictions for the turnout, saying that somewhere around 3 million voters would be considered a "success" in this election.

So what do you consider more than twice that figure?

A landslide for freedom and democracy.

The Mullahs in Iran should be shaking in their sandals now. Free Iran now!




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