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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Put My God, My Flag and My Holidays Back In My Country!

January 29, 2012

Imagine!  Only a couple more days left in January!  I have so many things to do, but the days are running out fast.  This past week, I haven't done much for designing.  This  cold has pretty much closed up my creative side.  I do have a freebie for you though, which I will post towards the end of the post. 

I read in the paper recently that there seems to be a possible move to require picture ID's in order to vote, at least in some states.  To be honest, I don't feel that goes quite far enough.  I don't see why anyone would object to needing a photo ID, at least if they were legal, and a citizen.  I think that to be eligible for this ID, you should have to show proof that you are a citizen of this country.  This would go a long way to keeping the polls honest.

My last experience at the polls during the last presidential election was one that left me not wanting to go back.  So many rules were broken.  When I asked why there were so many people in the little booth next to me, I was told "Everyone is allowed to take in all the help they need to make sure they are voting for the person they wanted to vote for." 

Folks, if you're a citizen you've at least learned how to read and write enough English to be able to vote.  After all, English in the international language.  If you cannot do these two things, then I don't believe that you belong in the voting booth. 

I also don't believe in "mail in" votes except for service men and women who are out of this country and invalids.  Again, these votes should also require the photo ID.  When I signed in to vote that last time, I noticed other names by my address.  A couple of them were people who had lived here in years past and were doing "mail in" votes.  Now, how wrong is that????  These were neither invalids, service people, or residents of our town! 

Short of sounding like an old fart, I want my God, my Christmas, my Easter, my Halloween and my Flag back in my community, it's schools and it's public places.  This country grew up on these things and we did a pretty good job until a few disgruntled nit wits came along and decided to take them all away from us. 

After listening to the Florida debates last night (only part of it), I see that I am not the only person in this great country of ours that feels this way.  That man just may get my vote for his beliefs alone.  We have put a few miserable examples of leaders in the Oval Office, so why not a man who believes in God and our values?

That's it for my ranting this morning.  I do believe this cold brings out the cranky side of me!  For my portrait photography class assignment, I also did a couple of portraits of my son in law, Eddie.  He has so many sides to his personality (like most of us do).  I took this first photo while he was chatting and laughing with us.

My favorite portrait is this next shot that shows the softer side of Eddie.  This photo tells me so much about who Eddie is.  I think I will frame this one.

So, how about that freebie?  I made three sets of 2012 calendar book marks quite a while ago for a store that I was thinking of joining, but changed my mind.  Instead, I will post them here for you one set a week.  I hope you can use them.  Here is Set One.

And here is your download link:


That about wraps it up for this morning.  I am going to have my coffee, feed Miss Tootsie, and see about getting dressed.  There are some food items that we are needing, so I'm gearing up the courage to go shopping.  Till tomorrow, Y'all have a fabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.


Nani said...

Thank you for the gift, Edna! While I do most of my fun reading on my Kindle, I'm always using scraps of paper in my text books. And if I get frustrated on assignments, it'll make me think of you and smile! :)

I agree you should get the second portrait of Eddie framed! It's wonderful; how could it not make anyone who sees it just want to give him a hug?

As for the political stuff, I don't think there's anyone who wants any of the jobs in Washington who is qualified to do them. I'm not going to get on a soap box about it, but I worry that the candidates who are promising to do so much for the church are saying it because they have no idea what they'll do for (or to) the country.

All we can do is listen, think, vote, pray and hope we made the right choices!

And I TOTALLY agree that there is nothing wrong with a voter ID! The first requirement for voting is US citizenship. HOW does anyone who's not a citizen get anywhere near a voting machine? That's a soap box I find hard to resist, so I'm going to go back to my shelf-building now! :)

Have a great Sunday!
Hugs, Nani

smiekeltje said...

Yeah, definately the second close-up of Eddie should be frames. Great one!
And for the politics: in their campaines the candidates for the BIG job always promise a lot, but most of them have no idea how to change things for the better. We do see on tv some of it, and to be honest, I am not in favour of any of the candidates. I think that in spite of a lot of things, Obama is trying hard to make changes, perhaps not to the likes of everyone, but he tries but gets so much opposition. And I somethimes think tthe NO voters in the Senat are just voting against it,because it's an Obama idea. Perhaps all should look deeper into his ideas and suggestions and then decide if it may help to make a good change for all. He doesn't have it easy. But..... we just see it from the outside, I suppose, and that's a difference.
I should make my post now, so till tomorrow, have a wonderful day.

Linda said...

Hello and Thank you so much for these useful bookmarks...

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jan. 30, 2012. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely bookmarks!
I make lots of bookmarks as little gifts/card enclosures for family and friends so I've very happy to have another set to use.

The Queen Jester said...

the second portrait is my favorite. I love the way you captured his smile and the way it's composed. You are such a good photographer!