Sunday, January 25, 2009

Botfly = gross. If I did get one though, I'd be glad I'm not a mouse.

Tetrodotoxin = scary stuff in the hands evil voodoo witch doctors. Voodoo scares me.

Typing with one hand because a baby is occupying the other = tedious = brief entries.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"Without them, we are 'subjects'. "

Those who hammer their guns into plows ....
will plow for those who do not."

~ Thomas Jefferson~


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953,
about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
In the first 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are:
List of 7 items:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300
percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the
criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in
armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian
experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians
disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens'.

Without them, we are 'subjects'.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew
most Americans were ARMED!

remember this thing? note number 2

Bill of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

easily distracted

So many topics running through my mind, each of which I could type a long blog about. However, it is late, I am tired, and even if I wasn't there are so many more productive things I should be doing. Last night I said that today I was going to sort through the mountain of stuff on the table. That didn't happen. Changing plans, I set out to organize my bedroom, but in putting away laundry I discovered I needed more space for towels in the bathroom, and ended up rearranging/cleaning shelves in there, which led to cleaning the counter around the sink. None of this was done to any degree of real satisfaction, half assed at best, since the whole time I was doing any one thing I was distracted by all the other things I ought to be doing.
If only I didn't have such a knack for acquiring stuff, and such a problem getting rid of it.
I have started a garage sale pile, currently stashed under the basement stairs. It's starting to creep out though, there's just so much to get rid of. I don't think I've bothered to get rid of anything since we moved in here.
Not that I was ever a great house keeper, but it's definitely been worse since having daughter. First because moving hurt, so I didn't. And now because everything has gotten so out of hand it's difficult get it back under control.

Monday, January 19, 2009

sometimes children are exhausting.

3 braids and zebra stripes

Her hair is finally long enough to put in braids, and sometimes she even asks me to. She brought me these hair bands and told me, "want three braids mom. Just three." You know, 'cus I was likely to give her more than three?

"Look at my stripes. I gots lots of stripes. I am like a zebra." Maeve got out of her room one morning, a few days ago, without waking me, resulting in orange sharpie 'zebra' stripes covering her arms and legs, among other mischief.

I do realize that it's after midnight and technically I didn't post anything yesterday. But I haven't been to bed yet, so I'm counting this as yesterdays post, and I'll do another one for today, and still say I've posted something everyday since I started this endeavor. I just spent roughly half an hour waiting for pictures to post, then accidentally backspaced over one of them, deleting it. That sucks. I'm taking my baby and going to bed.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I made these little dolls for Maeve. The first one was an accident. I started out to make a very different doll and ended up with Jodi (the 'boy' doll in pants), then we added his sister Meg to the family.
Since making these two I've had three orders for 2-5 dolls.
These are 100% cotton yarn bodies with polyfil stuffing and acrylic blends for hair and clothing. I've got organic yarn and organic stuffing for bodies and clothes, but I need to find some I like for hair. Their hair is really their best feature, it's so soft and fun.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A fairy is born

Whimsy in a cocoon I made. For some reason she thought it was really funny and actually laughed her first real laugh while I was taking these pictures. Up until now she's smiled a lot and sort of half chortled a few times, but these were the first true giggles.