These poor, delusional, Lions fans...if the government took over, the streak would last until 2050.
I know most of ya couldn't care less, and I can't say that I blame ya, but.....
The streak ends at 19. The Lions beat the Redskins today 19-14. I am not delusional. The Lions still have a loooong way to go before they are good enough to even whisper about playoff chances. Next year? Maybe, but probably more like two or three years down the road. Their last win was in December 2007, so for now one win will do (but please feel free to win some more this year, guys, if you can)!!
Oh, yeah, and I'm really sorry that this guy will not be able to get the 0-16 matching tattoo for this year- NOT!!
Yeah, I know, Detroit has it's problems. There are corrupt politicians (Kwame, anyone?), a sad sack football team that might not be able to beat a junior high squad, a socialized auto industry (except the company run by the owners of the aforementioned football team), budget problems, a failing school system, and a plethora of violent crimes. And as if there needs to be more, Children's Health magazine has an article out now called "The 100 Best (and Worst) Places to Raise a Family." Guess which city ranked 100? But, you know what? I still love the place. Let me count the ways.
1) You can't begin this list without the Detroit Red Wings. Yes, they lost in the Finals to Pittsburgh. But they are a bright spot in this city nonetheless. Detroit can always count on this team to compete year in and year out. Mr. Hockey (Gordie Howe), Captain Cup (Stevie Yzerman), Terrible Ted Lindsey, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Osgood. Great players, great teams, and a winning tradition. They don't call it Hockeytown for nothing!
2) Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Motown. Plenty of great music has made it's way out of Detroit. Chances are you like at least some of these artists, also.
3) Detroit Tigers. Three games up in the AL Central. Their owner Mike Ilitch, also owns the Red Wings. The man treats his players very well, and fosters an environment that lends itself to success. There may not be a lot of good news in Detroit, but the Tigers are a lot of what is good in town right now.
4)Detroit Pistons. Big Ben is back and the Pistons will be a young, hungry team.
5) Detroit Lions. I know they stink right now, but you have to be a fan through thick and thin. Right now it is VERY thin. Is Matthew Stafford the answer? Too early to tell, but he needs A LOT of help around him. "Forward Down the Field".
6) Better Made Potato Chips. If you haven't tried them, go out and get some. If they don't sell them where you live, you can order them online. My personal favorite is the Sweet BBQ! This company was started in Detroit in 1930,and is still the best around.
7) Kowalski Hot dogs. Kowalski means Kowality!
8) Faygo Soda. Their Red Pop is the best. Again, try some if you never have. It can also be ordered online.
9) Your choice of water adventure sites. In Michigan, you are never more than six miles away from water. If you live in Detroit, it is not a far drive to any of the Great Lakes. Take a break from all the bad news and hit the beach. Don't forget to pack the Kowalski's, Better Mades, and Faygo, though.
There are so many other things I could have mentioned. The Great Lakes Invitational is a premier NCAA hockey tournament held at Joe Louis Arena every year between Christmas and New Year. Greektown is always a great place to visit. If history is your thing, try Greenfield Village to learn about Henry Ford.
I do not live in Detroit, but I do hope to end up very near there when hubby and I retire. I do love Detroit. Some of my reasons above may seem superficial or silly maybe, but we need a little laughter now. To those of you that live in Detroit, or anywhere in the Great State of Michigan- keep your heads up! There is plenty to be proud of. Detroit, and all of Michigan, is down right now, but not out.
I was always taught that if you want something , you need to work hard, and then maybe, just maybe, you will attain it. It did not matter what the 'it' was. You want to play basketball? There is the ball, and over there is the hoop. Get going. You want that 'A' on your report card? Do your schoolwork. Ask your teachers for help if you need it.
But even with my effort, I understood that there were no guarantees. I might start varsity basketball, I might get that 'A'....or I might not. Someone else might have worked harder, or maybe was just more talented, and deserved the spot on varsity. Just because I studied for Calculus, that doesn't mean that I mastered the concept enough for an 'A'. No guarantees.
It seems more and more every day that people expect things to be handed to them, just because. If you do not get something that you want, well then it must be the fault of someone else, right? It couldn't be that you weren't deserving, that maybe you didn't earn what you wanted?
This video from PJTV delivers this message much better than I ever could. It is long, but worth it. SILENT NO MORE!!!
As for our children, my husband and I agree that they will be taught that they must work for what they want. Working hard will give them a sense of pride and ownership in what they achieve. It will also teach them that sometimes the outcome is not what you wanted or expected, even though you tried your hardest. You can't always be the best, or always get what you want, but you can't get there by giving less than full effort.
And this is why we need more legislators like Rep. Joe Wilson to hold Obama accountable. Obama, or should I say, Obama's teleprompter, gives a good speech. Slick Willy has nothing on this guy. He can string words together well. Why, just listening to him, you would think we will all end up living in Neverland.
It sounds to me like a lot of the American people get it, though. Estimates are there were anywhere between 1.5 and 2 million Americans making their voices heard on Saturday. Now if we can only reach the Obama koolaid drinkers. I think that might be asking too much, but you never know. Miracles do happen.
I am not surprised that our schools are having problems. Our Beloved Leader, Head Comrade in Charge, whatever you want to call him, truly believes in fuzzy math. His campaign , er, I mean health care speech in front of congress proved that beyond a doubt. The public option that he craves will be self-supporting? He would never sign a health care bill that adds another dime to the deficit? When did he see the light on not adding to the deficit?
The only people that truly believe any of the lies that he handed out left and right in that speech are those that voted for him because he was 'cool', or because he wasn't George Bush. They refuse to inform themselves on the issues. They refuse to learn our history or the histories of other nations.
"Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." - Winston Churchill
The first line from the AP article titled "US Anger at Economy Will Not Derail Obama on Health: WHouse"was, "American anger at the cost of propping up the US economy will not force President Barack Obama to row back on his ambitious health care reform plans, the White House said Sunday."
And another dandy from the same article: "We've had to do some extraordinary things... to rescue the financial system, to ensure that our domestic auto industry didn't go out of business, and to stimulate the economy. That certainly cost a lot of money, but it's something that we had to do," said Gibbs.
Dear, dear Robert. I hate to admit you are right, but I must do so. It is indeed extraordinary that in our society based on capitalism, individualism, and freedom, our leaders would deem it necessary to socialize our auto industry and our financial institutions. But that is what Head Comrade in Charge has done.
We, as the people that he works for, need to keep our voices going loud and strong. We need to let our representatives know that we are informed voters, that we know socialized medicine has not worked in the other countries that have tried it(England, Canada, Cuba, etc.) Let them know that socializing any more of our industries is unacceptable, and dare I say it, Un-American.
Kudos to those that went to D.C. on Saturday. Now we all need to back them up and keep speaking out, because there is a huge disconnect with some of our leaders. They still want to ignore us and what we are telling them.
Obama hears what we are saying, but he just doesn't care. We stand between him and his agenda being realized. Whatever it takes, he will do. We can only hope to get through to his minions in congress. If we can do that, maybe his agenda can be derailed. If not, they will hear a deafening roar on Nov. 2, 2010, and then again in 2012.
After listening to the silver-tongued socialist tonight, I briefly wondered how we regular, everyday Americans are ever going to win back our country- our freedoms- after Obama and his minions are finished trampling both at lightning speed. It seems to me to be an insurmountable, formidable task at times. He is a polished, passionate orator. I, on the other hand, am not a gifted speaker, although I would wager my passion about the issues facing our great nation would rival anyone's. nor do I have the national stage to put forth my views on issues, as he does.
With all of this against us, what possibly could motivate us to still speak up, speak out, and try to maintain the freedoms and the country that we love? I cannot answer for anyone but myself, but I have three motivations..... and they all call me Mom. My motivation is my children. I want them to grow up, be happy, and enjoy the freedoms (and yes, the responsibilities) of living in the United States of America. We live in the greatest nation, and I want it to stay that way. We may not have the bully pulpit of the presidency, but that does not mean we should just stand by quietly. We can still let our representatives that work for for us, know by mail, e-mail, or by phone, what we think about issues. There are tea parties, town halls, even the blogs we write or comment on.
The preamble to the Constitution says it best:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
We the People are the power our government runs on, and we wish to secure Liberty for ourselves and our children. Be polite, be respectful. But by all means, please let your representatives know that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the footings that will keep America great, not handouts, nor bailouts, or socialized medicine, regardless of the name put to it this week.
Just a quick hitter here. And no, unfortunately another one didn't just drink the last bottle dry. News today reveals that we don't have to worry about former Rep. Joe Kennedy trying to fill his late Uncle Ted's swim fins.
He says he can do more good staying right where he is at. And where would that be? He is the president of Citizens Energy Corporation. This is a non-profit that provides free heating oil to the poor. Very heartwarming, isn't it? He really cares about the little people. Yeah, right. His income as the president of this corporation in 2007 was $545,000.
As a newbie senator, he would stand to make somewhere around $165,000. Joey did his adds and takeaways, and noticed there would be $400,000 pay cut if he wanted Uncle Teddy's seat. How exactly do you make $545,000 whilst giving shit away for FREE? I'd like some of that action. It is amazing how these libs can find jobs at nonprofits that pay so well.
A lot of this oil that he has given away has come from his and Cindy Sheehan's best bud, Hugo Chavez. Wonder how it goes around the holiday dinner table when he and brother Robert sit down together? Bobby, Jr. is a green weirdo that wants renewable energy for all, as long as he doesn't have to see the wind turbines around Mecca's Vineyard.
By the way, this is another Kennedy you don't want to get into a vehicle with. It seems young Joe rolled a vehicle in August of 1973, injuring his brother David, and paralyzing Dave's girlfriend, Pam Kelley. Good thing for her there wasn't any water nearby.
With your co-pay, your vaccination is only $25 today, citizen Zek.
. I live in a small town, and heard this on the local country music station's morning talk show. I will admit I was busy enough today that I did not get to listen to much news, but the little I did hear did not deal with this subject. They are so worried about the H1N1 virus in Iowa that they have prepared a "Facility Quarantine Order". And no, this is not a joke. Here is the link to the form on the CDC website.
Are quarantines really going to be necessary with this "epidemic"? Where are the provisions for parents to be with their children during quarantine? Can you request your own doctor for treatment? Lots of questions....
I know that this is a state form, but do you think it is something approved by His Highness? Is it just me, or has this Abomination, I mean administration, begun to eat up our liberties like Clinton went through Big Macs and big interns?
Well, on the bright side, it looks like you get three hots and a cot. I wonder if it will be taxed as income like the handout associated with the 'Cash for Clunkers' program?
J-Summ says it sounds a little like the relocation program a certain segment of Europe's racial and religious population got free one way train tickets for in the 30's.
It doesn't take much imagination to think that things might be starting to play out a little like the plot from Stephen King's novel, 'The Stand.'