Wow. Just Wow.

Just watch the video.

We’ve heard of out-of-body experiences for years. But for a child to recall such things? Praise God in heaven above! I echo Hot Air’s sentiment:

Now while I know this story is quite uncommon, I must say that I have no reason to disbelieve what they are saying, and in fact it seems to corroborate what I already believe to be true as a Christian. I’m sure there are some of you who will be naysayers, but to me this is pretty amazing and rather difficult to simply reject out of hand.

Just Outrageous

Long time readers know my history of dealing with my daughter’s seizures. She is on an excellent medicine, and as long as she remembers to take it, she’s golden.

But in California, unions used children with seizure disorders as human shields for their bid to get more nurses into schools. Maneuvering for jobs that would benefit their union members, but not on-site medication that could help children avoid brain damage caused by a severe seizure. The union label.

Outrageous!

Prayers for Jessica

Read THIS. Now.

And thank you, Gerard, for finding these lovely paths in the overgrown garden of the internet. Only you can do it.

Angels Say The Darnedest Things

Art Linkletter died yesterday at the ripe age of 97.

What a life. A poor orphan, he became one of America’s most beloved personalities. He was married to his wife, Lois, for 75 years. He is survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A daughter and two sons preceded him in death.

He believed humor was best when unscripted.

His greatest legacy was the concept of allowing children to provide the spontaneous humor for a show, instead of professional entertainers with memorized lines.

On his daytime TV variety program “House Party,” which aired from 1952 to 1970, Mr. Linkletter asked children simple questions. He asked one boy: “What do your parents do for fun?”

“I don’t know,” the boy replied. “They always lock the door.”

In all, Mr. Linkletter interviewed more than 27,000 children, and the segment was later reprised in 1998 as a full-length show on CBS hosted by Bill Cosby called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Looking back, Mr. Linkletter said he wanted kids to just be kids but in doing so unintentionally “invented reality TV.”

We had a copy of his book, Kids Say The Darnedest Things, in my childhood home. I’d practice my reading with him. And laugh.

A classic:

He asked one girl: “What do you think would make a perfect husband, Karen?”

“A man that provides a lot of money, loves horses, and will let you have 22 kids and doesn’t put up a fight,” Karen said.

“And what do you think you’ll be when you grow up?”

“A nun.”

After a long, full life, he went to this reward.

Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey, the husband of Sharon Linkletter.

“He lived a long, full, pure life, and the Lord had need for him,” Hershey said.

Indeed. There is a special place in heaven for those who love the laughter of children. Rest well, old friend.

UPDATE: A sweet tribute from Deacon Greg (h/t The Anchoress).

UPDATE II: Linked by The Anchoress!

Monster Gets Deserved Death Sentence

Lemaricus Davidson, the kidnapper/torturer/raper/murderer of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in January 2007 gets the death sentence.

The jury of five women and seven men deliberated about four hours before returning its decision this afternoon to a packed courtroom.

“The punishment is death,” the jury foreman said.

The victims’ families gasped at the verdict, but Davidson showed no reaction. Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner admonished those in the courtroom to control any outburst.

“The murder was especially heinous, atrocious and cruel,” the foreman said, reading from the verdict form.

Kudos to Michelle Malkin, who has covered from the beginning what the Downstream Media has ignored.

Claude Michael Gann – 2996 Tribute

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Mike Gann was 41 and recently happily remarried when he went to the Risk Waters conference at Windows on the World. He and his wife, Robin, had taken an “elopement” with their kids to the beach and then DisneyWorld just a few months before, but were still waiting to take their real honeymoon.

C. Michael Gann, IM 85, of Roswell, was Atlanta’s first reported casualty. He was at a conference on the 106th floor of the first tower struck. He called his wife, Robin, twice — to tell her what had happened and then to say goodbye; smoke was everywhere and he didn’t think he would make it.

He volunteered to attend the conference, because other Algorithmics employees could not attend. The conference was scheduled to end that day and Mike would have headed home.

Mike grew up in Smyrna, Georgia and attended Wills High School. After graduating from Georgia Tech, IM ’85, he pursued a master’s degree in finance and marketing from Mercer University. He loved his family, his church and his Lord.

Ed Bolduc, director of music ministry for St. Ann’s Life Teen program:

“He was one of the most humble and sincere guys I have ever met in my life,” he said. “As a music minister I truly believe that you don’t just play music, but you pray music. He was a shining example of that. It was really inspiring.”

A former worship leader himself, Mike loved to share his gift:

In the 80s at Atlanta Vineyard I was spoiled to feeling this almost every Sunday when the late Mike Gann led us in worshiping the Lord. He was definitely someone cut in David’s mold. But since that time I’ve found it very rare to be in the presence of a worship leader who knows how to lead people into the “presence of God.”

The city of Roswell has dedicated a plaque in memory of Mike and the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

His memory lives on.

See Project 2996 for more tributes to those we will never forget.

Many thanks to JustKeith.com, the New York Times 1, the New York Times 2, GTAlumni.org 1, GTAlumni.org 2, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Endy9Blog.LifeWithChrist.org.

Michelle remembers John Chada.
Fausta remembers Joe Angelini, Jr.
Jimmie remembers Kui Fai “Raymond” Kwok.
Ed remembers Cesar Garcia.
Risa remembers Ronald John Hemenway.
Alicia remembers Christopher Paul Slattery.
Smitty remembers LCDR Robert Randolph Elseth.
Carol remembers Margaret L. Benson, Emerita “Emy” de la Pena, Harry Glenn, Jonathan Lee Ielpi, Howard Lee Kane, Debbie Mannetta, Amy O’Doherty, Michael A. Parkes, Ricardo Quinn, Faina Rapoport, Timothy E. Reilly, Jacquelyn P. Sanchez, Keiichiro Takahashi, Tyler Ugolyn, Celeste Torres Victoria, Mary Alice Wahlstrom, Elkin Yuen, Abraham J. “Abe” Zelmanowitz, and Arthur Joseph Jones III.
Jesse remembers Ann Nicole Nelson.
Melissa remembers Angela Susan Perez.

Elizabeth, Jim, Jane, Pam, Laurie, Carol, Melissa, Allahpundit, Dan, Sarah, Donald, Lorie; we all remember.

Like My Senior Needs ANOTHER Reason to Skip – Updated

September 8, the day of Obama’s National Super-De-Duper Indoctrination Speech to our school children, has just been dubbed National Skip Day. Like kids need another reason to ditch. Cool kids, get your hall pass here.

I guess Allahpundit doesn’t have kids of his own (I don’t know, I’m only guessing) – if he did, why would he even allow those precious little ears to hear O’Suavey’s dulcet tones of socialism while he attempts the grandest overreach of all time? He’s sooooo cool; he multi-tasks like that.

Ace:

Here’s a secondary harm in Obama’s address — even if he himself keeps his speech nonpartisan, he’s giving the signal to thousands of leftist teachers that it’s time for full-on indoctrination.

Children are the future of our great country, not the targets of leftist propaganda.

Americans now feel their kids are being unfairly targeted, thanks to Obama’s stupid move here. He’ll get his speech done, lots and lots of teachers and faculty will use the opportunity to get a little indoctrination in, a few pro-Democrat, pro-Obama warm and fuzzies implanted into the innocent and gullible hearts of our young. But this little stunt will have gained him little, and cost him much.

But he has awakened the Ents. School boards are close to all-powerful, but they are elected on a local level. Most parents and citizens have been asleep at the wheel, especially in Republican territory. Because of this event, we are going to see MASSES of people show up at school board meetings and PTA meetings who never did before, just like the townhalls of August.

They’re going to be asking some questions:

* Why did you let this happen here?
* Why did we elect you anyway if you’re just gonna be a sop to the left?
* You know what? We’re gonna vote you out and get some people who actually CARE about our kids running our school boards.

I should point out one thing that’s true about the upcoming school board meetings that was not true about the townhalls. There will be enough angry citizens attending in those meetings to vote out incumbents in the next election. They won’t require the media, they won’t require the Republican Party. They have kids, their neighbors and friends have kids, and no amount of teacher endorsements, union intimidation, or smooth talking will keep them from turning out ineffective or leftist school board members, the very next election.

I am telling you now, and as far as I know, I am the first to say it. Obama’s circus-stunt flyby of our nation’s public schools on September 8 will end up dealing a fatal blow to the left’s decades-long ownership of the schools in conservative territory. It won’t happen right away, and it will in fact be a long and bloody war. The left is dug in and fortified, and they’ve been playing dirty for as long as anyone can remember. But it will happen. [E Pluribus Unum at RedState]

Who put these people in charge, anyway? Hippy vegans? Cannibals? Oh yeah, them.

Protect your babies, while you still can.

UPDATE: Extreme BAD MANNERS reported by Maggie’s Notebook:

Did you know that President Obama went directly to School Principals to announce his plans to speak to our school age children? And did you know this is a “major breach of protocol?” Did you know that, at least, he should have only contacted School Superintendents?

More from American Daughter:

Ignoring school superintendents, Obama wrote to school principals announcing his forthcoming speech to school children. This is a serious breach of protocol. All communications should be routed through the Superintendent of Schools for each district.

Not only was this bad manners bigtime, it has implications for states’ rights and local rights that go far beyond the one event. School districts are overseen by a School Board, usually elected by the citizens of the district. Voters expect that board to ensure an education that reflects their values and goals for their children.

By deliberately cutting the local school boards and the superintendents out of the loop, Obama is essentially bypassing the voters, including parents. He is establishing a precedent for federal control of the children, for making them wards of the federal authority. This is totally a page out of the Marxist playbook that Obama and his office mate terrorist Bill Ayers used in Chicago.

Read it all.

Independence Day T-minus 2

The long weekend beckons. Considering how under the weather I’ve been for so many weeks, I think I’ll just sleep alot. One friend said my malaise might be caused by the air quality here in ATL. For me, the ozone alerts parallel the idiocy exhibited in our nation’s capital, which also suffers from poor air quality. Could the tsunami of stupidity we’ve witnessed since January 20 be the result of oxygen deprivation? Surely it can’t get any worst than it already is….

Check out the Democratic Bullies…(sorry no link, message via Facebook)

As many of you know, Gwinnett Place Mall (Simon Properties) forced us to cancel the Atlanta Independence Day Tea Party, based on “reciprocal property easement agreements” – even thought it was held on private property NOT owned by the Mall/Simon. We have since found out the covenants and restrictions expired in 2004, and there were no current restrictions that would have allowed them to make us cancel. We were bluffed and bullied.

Check out Democratic pettiness….

We all know the seething hatred liberals still harbor for Reagan, twenty years after he left the White House and five years after his death. This, despite the fact that he rebuilt our nation’s military, gave Americans reason to feel good about their country’s future again and helped to help free millions of Eastern Europeans from communist oppression, all after the misery of the Carter years.

Can they be so partisan and petty to want to rewrite history after an airport had already been renamed in our 40th president’s honor?

I know, I know. Rhetorical question.

Check out Obama’s policies in action

It turns out that Hav-a-Tampa cigars, a Florida-based unit of Altadis USA, is going out of business. Demand for cigars has declined amid the economic downturn, but aggressive regulations and taxes drove the final decision to close the business

Check out these RINOs practicing self-correcting career suicide….

Blaming Sarah Palin for John McCain’s problems? How weak can you get? Continuing to talk about a lost election from months ago? What could possibly be gained by this? Oh wait, doing so will endear the consultant to the other Republican candidates, say Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee and the rest of the 2012 Republican hopefuls. Or are one of these guys paying the anonymous leaker to give Vanity Fair Palin-hating fodder. It’s a win-win-win! Destroy Sarah Palin for her 2012 rivals. Thin the field and put up those who have no chance of winning thus ensuring an Obama victory. Best of all, Vanity Fair can sell magazines using the image of the woman they hate.

Check out “10 years of gains lost” and “How Obama blew it”

Check out the Beltway Libs dancing in the streets over numbers, which they don’t understand…

Check out Obama’s new leeetle friend

Check out pimps and bomb-daddies

Off to contemplate….ribs or chicken? Ribs or chicken? Ribs or chicken? Need to eat meat while it’s still affordable and I’m still employed. Ohmmmmmmm Ribs or chicken? Ribs or chicken? Need to eat meat while it’s still affordable and I’m still employed. Ohmmmmmmm Ribs or chicken? Ribs or chicken? Need to eat meat while it’s still affordable and I’m still employed. Ohmmmmmmm

Pray for the O’Hannigans

From The Anchoress: Patrick O’Hannigan and his daughter Jane were in a serious car accident Tuesday morning. Dad is healing but Jane is still unconscious in PICU with head trauma.

We are no strangers to the frightened, dreadful helplessness that engulfs when a child has a brain injury/illness. Our heartfelt prayers are with them for a speedy and complete recovery.

Cupcakes for Thursday

And no, I’m not inviting POTUS over for dinner. I’m not in the mood to count the silverware.

cupcakes

Don’t these lovely morsels conjure the happiest of thoughts? The colors, the sprinkles; you just feel like a little kid again. Cupcakes are all the rage these days. Beside being adorably cute, they satisfy your sweet tooth without risking the bloat endangerment of eating a giant piece of cake. Or half the cake. Oh blazes, the whole cake. I’ve never done it (ahem), but I’ve watched my boy do it. Growing boys, they say. And having the metabolism of a cheetah helps. But back to the cupcakes.

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Even brides are using them in inventive ways as a stylish replacement for wedding and groom’s cakes. Here’s a website with tons of cupcake recipes. Yum Yum.

Enter MeMe Roth (I’ll let you make the ironic observation of her name, I mean really, I try to rise above that sort of stuff), self-appointed culinary police at Public School 9 in NYC (h/t Free-Range Kids). Ms. Roth has gone ballistic on her kids school, yet again, for serving cupcakes, etc. for special events. Her kids even have a special Tupperware container in which they are instructed to place all junk-foods from their school (for further inspection? Midnight consumption? Oops, sorry). School administrators have suggested she request a transfer for her kids since she believed they were “threatened” by the exposure to junk food. Described as “hostile” and “abrasive” by school personnel and PTA members…

Her extreme methods have earned her attention before: The police were called to a Y.M.C.A. in 2007 when she absconded with the sprinkles and syrups on a table where members were being served ice cream. That was Ms. Roth who called Santa Claus fat on television that Christmas, and she has a continuing campaign against the humble Girl Scout cookies, on the premise that no community activity should promote unhealthy eating.

After the constant barrage of complaints to staff, teachers and other parents, you’d get tired of seeing them walk through the door, too. Elementary school is quickly losing it’s reputation as the last refuge of any semblance of childhood.

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Both parents left feeling they were being pushed out of P.S. 9, which they perceive as exhausted by Ms. Roth’s intense lobbying for, among other things, permission slips for any food not on the official lunch menu. It would not be the first time: The Roths previously lived in Millburn, N.J., where, after Ms. Roth waged war on the bagels and Pringles meal served to kids at lunch, received e-mail from one member of the P.T.A. that said, “Please, consider moving.” That was in 2006, and P.S. 9 has been hearing about its transgressions against healthy eating pretty much ever since.

This reminds me of a little story when my kids were very young. I was firm in my commitment that my younglings would not be exposed to weapons of any kind. Then my darling baby boy, chewed off his toast in such a way that it was shaped like a gun. He’d point all around and say “Bang Bang Bang” while giggling his little baby head off. So much for that.

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Every parent is entitled to raise their children as they wish; I understand that and rejoice in the fact there are parents out there willing to raise their own children instead of turning them over to the state for mindless indoctrinaiton. So I have a suggestion, Ms. Roth. If you REALLY want to control every bite that goes into your children’s mouths and save them from death by dreaded cupcakes, quit your job and home school. That is the only way you can ensure absolute iron-clad control of their diet. Besides, they would end up better educated. Then you can take your own arugula to the neighborhood birthday parties – you’re on your own there, honey.

UPDATE: Donald Douglas of AmericanPower has more on ME!ME!.

Your Assignment Today, Should You Choose to Accept It

…is to get David Letterman fired. Yep, folks, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. Useful Idiot Day at the praxeum. Surprisingly, the shy and retiring President Cupcake has been dethroned this week by the world’s dirtiest old man. Mama is mad, really mad, at this fella for joking about raping young girls, so watch out! Sir, is this the way you want to raise your son? Good thing you don’t have any daughters.

Cynthia Yockey is on a one-woman mission to deliver his pink slip. Join her (and me) in contacting CBS and their sponsors imploring to rid the airwaves of this pestilence – (info from firedavidletterman.com):

CBS Television / Main number: 212-975-4321
Les Moonves, President and CEO, CBS, 212-975-4545, lmoonves@cbs.com
Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, 323-575-2747, nina.tassler@cbs.com
Mike Nelson, VP Communications, 818-655-2156, mjnelson@cbs.com

CBS Television Studios
Lauri Metrose, VP Communications, 818-655-7223, lauri.metrose@cbs.com Jennifer Solari, Executive Director Communications, 818-655-7222, jennifer.solari@cbs.com
Kim Sartori, Director Communications, 818-655-7221, kim.sartori@cbs.com

Major Advertisers:
Johnson & Johnson (Listerine and KY Brand)
Main Number: 1-888-222-0182 (Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products)
Kristina Chang, Public Relations, 973-385-4370, kchang12@conus.jnj.com
Steve Schonberg, Edelman PR, 212-704-4494, stephen.schonberg@edelman.com

Old Navy (Parent company is Gap Inc)
Main Number: 650-952-4400
Nicole Bender, Public Relations, 415-832-2889, nicole_bender@gap.com

Kellogg’s (Mini-Wheats)
Main Number: 1-800-962-1413 (Consumer Affairs)
Allison Costello, Ketchum PR, 412-456-3741, allison.costello@ketchum.com

Southwest Airlines
Main Number: 214-792-4847 (Public Relations)
Gary Kelly, CEO, 214-792-4000, gary.kelly@wnco.com
Ginger Hardage, SVP Culture & Communications, 214-792-6924, ginger.hardage@wnco.com
Linda Rutherford, VP Communications, 214-792-4625, linda.rutherford@wnco.com

Olive Garden
Main Number: 1-800-331-2729 (Guest Relations)
John Caron, Executive VP Marketing, jcaron@olivegarden.com
Grey Advertising (their ad agency), 212-546-2083

Other National Advertisers:
June 11 –Touchstone Pictures (Disney), Samsung, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Chase Bank, Pfizer (Zyrtec), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Ford, Lexus, Mazda and Saturn (in addition to several of the above)

June 10 – DirecTV, MetLife, Amica, AT&T, Samsung, Verizon, Chase Bank, Aventis (Actonel), Merck (Pepcid), Pfizer (Zyrtec), Wyeth (Centrum Vitamins), Honda, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota (in addition to several of the above)

His flip attitude about the whole affair is indicative of American’s general decline in values. Anything is permissible, especially if it’s cloaked in raunchy locker-room humor and denigrates an opponent. Even better if the opponent is female. Just look at the example in the White House.

Previously: Letterman the Lecher, Shouldn’t Letterman’s Head be on a Platter by Now?

UPDATE: Cynthia’s Handy-Dandy Fire David Letterman Kit #1 and Handy-Dandy Fire David Letterman Kit #2. Now get on it!

Brahms as The Finale

Sorry so quiet. Had a quick out-of-town trip to see College Girl in her final orchestra performance. And what better way to cap a college performance career than sounding the horn calls in Brahms Symphony No. 1? Brahms and horns are just like peas and carrots.

My personal favorite of Brahms’ work is A German Requiem, but hornists everywhere jump up and down when they see Brahms on the excerpt list. That means the auditioners are looking for CHOPS as well as finesse. And a bit of attitude:

Brahms venerated Beethoven: in the composer’s home, a marble bust of Beethoven looked down on the spot where he composed, and some passages in his works are reminiscent of Beethoven’s style. The main theme of the finale of Brahms’s First Symphony is reminiscent of the main theme of the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth, and when this resemblance was pointed out to Brahms he replied that any ass – jeder Esel – could see that.

Brahms lived his life in Beethoven’s long shadow. Hopefully as she finishes up her last credits and launches into a professional career, she’ll be remembered for the long shadow she left behind.

Sad Saturday Georgia Round-up

Today we said good-bye to hubby’s best friend’s dad. A fine man, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always one of those old fellas who had the ‘twinkly eyes’ – always up to something. The Greatest Generation is shrinking exponentially now. After we, the children and grandchildren of that generation, are gone, who will remember their courage and sacrifice?

Georgia Quote of the Day goes to the Paul Westerdawg of Georgia Sports Blog on Matt Stafford going as the #1 draft pick to the Detroit Lions:

Personally, I’m hoping they use their 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks on offensive linemen. It’s extremely hard to be a good quarterback when you’re in the hospital.

Knowshon Moreno went 12th to Denver. To those who don’t bleed Red & Black, Knowshon is the closest thing in years to the immortal Bulldawg Herschel Walker. Blutarsky gets all misty.

Buzz at PeachPundit lists the Georgia candidates in the next election who tweet. Is it just me, or is it just too soon? We’re still suffering from the last election’s hangover.

Georgia nemesis meets Moron-in-Chief. Captions please.

The CDC, based in Atlanta, is very busy these days. Maybe those clowns in Congress will get serious about closing the border now.

The Barnes stealth campaign continues.

Those little Trade School nanos sure stay busy…

Federal aid for flooded Georgians in South Georgia. Hope its real aid, with no strings attached like that TARP crap.

The Athens Banner-Herald wins the Georgia AP Story of the Year for “Zach’s Life.” Kleenex required.

Milestones and Hailstones

But no gallstones. Or kidney stones. Or the subject of thrown stones. At least, not yet.

The thunderstorms have been lining up like jets in approach. Wham. Bam. Crash. Wonder how much more this little house can take. At least last night’s fireworks didn’t crush my newly planted tomatoes.

A few milestones to recognize today:

The Sundries Shack is almost five years old and proprietor Jimmie is a birthday boy! Stop by and celebrate.

Fausta continues her campaign for Queen of Male Rule 5 Domination.

Parents lose more ground
in the fight to raise their own children.

Another reason to save some energy and turn off the Tube. And park the jet for the day.

Who would have thought that a great American tradition would be brought down by the likes of this little weasel. Or that a new star would be born from the wreckage?

The Anchoress is movin’ on up in the religious writing world. Congrats!

Charles Johnson is beginning to need his own Terror Alert Status. Pammy? Really? Who’s next, my grandma?

Prayers All Around

It just seems like the world is falling apart, doesn’t it?

Pray for our country, especially that it is strong enough to survive the moron in the big chair (hint: you may have won, but I’m not the only one who believes that you cheated.)

Pray for our leaders, in that they remember who they serve (hint: it’s not yourselves).

Pray for our churches, that they survive the members inside their walls (hint: staff members are not dart-boards – try reading the instruction book).

Pray for our colleges, in that professors can keep their petty political feuds behind closed doors (hint: putting students in the cross-fire is not good karma for your tenure).

Pray for our students, from pre-K to post-grad, that they can grow in knowledge and stature (hint: not all of life’s answers are on standardized tests).

Pray for our families, that they survive and thrive in an environment that sneers at mutual respect and commitment (hint: Perez Hilton is not a marriage counselor).

Pray for friends, yourself, the car next to you in traffic, the homeless boy on the corner, the girl in the drive-thru, the living, the unborn, the saved, the not. Just pray.

Especially pray for Deb and her family, that her remaining days be filled with light and love and happiness. Zoe is a lucky girl to have a mom who loved her so well.

Previously: Prayers for Debutaunt

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