Take the Barack Obama Test

Just received this email, forwarded to my by my husband who got it from the American Family Association website. The AFA is a bit over the top for my personal taste, but they are a Christian activist organization constantly petitioning and lobbying for what they believe to be “traditional family values.”  Go on and visit their website for more on them.  That’s not what this post is about.  It’s about a man named Brad O’Leary, a book he’s written called “The Audacity of Deceit: Barack Obama’s War on American Values,” and an online test he has made available as a voting aid called “The Barack Obama Test.

While the author clearly states he wrote the book and the test for his daughters and granddaughters – all voting age, and all of whom claimed they would vote for Obama because he “is good looking and an eloquent speaker,” and while his position is clearly in opposition to Obama’s, the test seems relatively straight-up.  There are 48 multiple choice questions.  They are written in a way that often belies the personal beliefs of the author, but they are still straight questions that represent the issues.  You get to choose whether you agree or oppose the issue and are free to ignore the rhetoric.  You receive 1 point for every answer that agrees with Obama and lose 1 for every one that opposes.  The instructions are to consider whether or not to vote for Obama based on whether you receive a positive score or a negative one.

When you’re finished with the test, you are taken to a results page that not only reports your score, but shows how your answers compare to Obama’s position as well as how it measures up to “All Americans” (Source: Associated Television News / Zogby America Poll of 1, 005 likely voters conducted 7/9/08 through 7/14/08. Margin of Error +/- 3.2 percentage points).

At the very least, it is an interesting exercise and is an excellent tool to get Americans thinking about the actual issues rather than how they feel about the candidates themselves.  I’ve put a little button in my left column that leads to this test so it will be easy to find between now and election day.  Whatever your position, I urge you to please vote.  Please.

Numbers 24: 5 “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! 6 Like valleys that stretch out, Like gardens by the riverside, Like aloes planted by the Lord, Like cedars beside the waters. 7 He shall pour water from his buckets, And his seed shall be in many waters. “His king shall be higher than Agag, And his kingdom shall be exalted. 8 “God brings him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, his enemies; He shall break their bones And pierce them with his arrows. 9 ‘He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?’ “Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.”


Vote for Me For President!

JardinPrayer for President in 2008

JardinPrayer for President in 2008

Please take a moment to view this little news item about my late-to-the-table presidential campaign.  Then, I hope you will consider voting for me for President of the United States of America!

Or, if you don’t feel I would be a better president than Barack Obama or John McCain, you can launch your own campaign!  To find out how easy it is, click the link, watch my campaign video (less than 2 minutes), and then click the link to make your own.

I got 2 political “humor” emails this morning.  This was one, courtesy of my dear friend Pam (who has supplied me with blogworthy emails before…thanks, sweetie!).  The other said this:

There is now less than a month until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States.

The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans.

To show our solidarity as Americans, let’s all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice.

It’s time that we come together, Democrats and Republicans alike.

If you support the policies and character of John McCain, please drive with your headlights on during the day.
If you support Obama, please drive with your headlights off at night.

Thank you for your participation.

My personal preference is to start my own campaign…how about you?

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Rhett and Link Have a Meltdown!

A new video from Rhett and Link is always instantly blogworthy at this Garden Party!  Last night, after their weekly live chat, the fellas held what they referred to as an “after party.”  Their plans for the evening were to rehearse, record, and video tape a new song, called “The Economic Meltdown Song 08” – an extremely timely endeavor considering President Bush had just addressed us on that issue earlier that morning!  They decided to leave their live video feed up so we could watch the creative process…and even participate in it!  They monitored the chat that accompanies the video feed and even used the live poll feature to ask our preference on the phrasing of a particular line.  I’ll toot my little horn for a second and say they (and the chat community) chose phrasing that I originally suggested.  I’m loving that to pieces, but I’m not going to indulge my ego enough to tell you which line it was.  That would take away from the awesomeness that is Rhett and Link, and that’s what we’re really here to discuss tonight!

It’s a bare-bones video, which is intentional to compliment the subject matter.  There was discussion of making sure to mention both McCain and Obama in the song so as not to appear they were endorsing a particular candidate.  But, when I saw the finished video this afternoon and laughed my butt off at the picture they used to accompany the line, “moving back in with Mama,” (It was a pic of Sarah Palin), I decided to believe it was their tiny, subtle way of making their statement.  Link’s funny expression after that sealed the deal on that one for me.  Maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, I wanted to see this video filmed outside in the dark under a street light with the guys’ guitar case open at their feet for tips.  But, it was after 2:30 a.m. before they even got around to setting up the video camera.  Without further ado…please enjoy!  Oh, and COMMENT!  Comments are my favorite snack food!

Since I am part of the crowd that is showing up for the live broadcasts, I’m privvy to certain privileged information.  I’ll share this with you now:  There is an absolutely awesome interactive video experience being unveiled on YouTube Monday (September 22).  It is the brainchild of Rhett and Link but will involve lots of other YouTube favorites…and you’ll have a chance to participate yourself!  Check back here or at their YouTube channel for more!

Luke 14: 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.

Palin For President…Just Not THAT Palin.

Oh, yes!  While the jokes about the confusion over Sarah Palin vs. Michael Palin are already getting a bit musty and eye-rollingly obvious, this little gem just made my afternoon!  Lovingly and competently produced, it caters both to my need to maintain a sense of humor about the presidential (and vice-presidential) candidates and my undying adoration for all things Python.  Watch.  Laugh.  Comment.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

Bill Cosby for President? I Don’t Think He Wants The Job.

This showed up in my email inbox yesterday:


Please Forward This to Everyone you know no matter which side of the fence they’re on.

Bill Cosby!!!!!!!!

(1) “Press 1 for English” is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait at the border until you can.

(2) We will immediately go into a two year isolationist posture to  straighten out the country’s attitude. NO imports, no exports.
We will use the ‘
Wal-Mart ‘s policy, ‘If we ain’t got it, you don’t need it.’

(3) When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it.

(4) All retired military personnel will be required to man one of our many observation towers on the southern border. (six month tour) They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens.

(5) Social security will immediately return to its original state.  If you didn’t put nuttin in, you ain’t gettin nuttin out. The president nor any other politician will not be able to touch it.

(6) Welfare – Checks will be handed out on Fridays at the end of the 40 hour school week and the successful completion of urinalysis and a passing grade.

(7) Professional Athletes –Steroids – The FIRST time you check positive you’re banned for life.

(8) Crime – We will adopt the Turkish method, the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more life sentences.  If convicted, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for your victim; gun, knife, strangulation, etc.

(9) One export will be allowed; Wheat, The world needs to eat. A bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10) All foreign aid using American taxpayer money will immediately cease, and the saved money will pay off the national debt and ultimately lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we’ll ask the American people if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision whether it’s a worthy cause.

(11) The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.

(12) The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

Sorry if I stepped on anyone’s toes but a vote for me will get you better than what you have, and better than what you’re gonna get.  Thanks for listening, and remember to write in my name on the ballot in November.
God Bless  America !!!!!!!!!!!

Well, first of all, I don’t believe Dr. Cosby is in the habit of using so many exclamation points. I’m already anticipating a view spike for this bog because of the number of people that will google this to see if it is actually true.  For you, here’s what snopes.com has to say, though I hope you’ve already done that before visiting this little blog.

So, how do these things get started?  Well, I don’t know who started sending the email around, but perhaps that person has been sitting in their Iowa basement for the last four years musing on this article which appeared in the Washington Monthly in January of 2005, just after George Bush began his second term.  It lists a number of “alternative” candidates the Democratic party might consider to swing the election in their favor in 2008, Dr. Cosby among them. Their “case” for Cosby is as follows:

Bill Cosby

Bio: Comedian; actor; Ph.D. in education.
Case for Candidacy: America’s favorite dad is also a master of reframing; Cosby consciously structured his top-rated “Cosby Show” to emphasize the importance of education and knock down stereotypes of black families. He has since drawn upon his beloved-icon status and personal fortune to stump for early-reading initiatives and endow college scholarships; now, he’s putting his popularity on the line to criticize the lax parenting and low academic standards he sees in black America today. These recent remarks, that drew defensive fire, proved the former Jello spokesman has guts and thrust Cosby back onto the national stage. A successful, much-loved black man touting education and family-values–what’s not to love?
Surprising Edge: Great one-liners.
Possible Disqualifier: Has admitted cheating on his wife.
Odds of surviving Iowa Caucus: 50-50

But, it seems more than a few people want to believe this could actually work, whether or not Dr. Cosby wants to be president, would accept the job, or represents any of the statements made in the claim above.  I found several message boards and blogs that are floating this story as authentic and urging people to write in Cosby on Election Day.  So, I am here to implore you, don’t take your civic duty…heck, your civic privilege…and throw it away like this!  I’d rather you stay home and not vote at all than enter the booth and be a moron!  And, I would not make a statement like that lightly.   This is not a popularity contest and it is not a joke.  The person that steps up as our Chief Executive Officer next will have perhaps the greatest challenges ahead of any president this country has ever had.   For my part, I don’t ever want to find myself at Home Depot buying duct tape and plastic sheeting and stocking up on bottled water and SPAM ever again.  Think carefully, people.  Your vote counts.

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Time for Some Campaignin’

I love JibJab…especially at campaign time.  It seems so many of us lose our sense of humor when there’s an election on, especially if our candidate is the one being made fun of.  But, the folks at JibJab just throw everything up in the air and make fun of everyone…so there’s no reason not to laugh.  Ya gotta appreciate that!

With that illustrious introduction, here is their very latest as we say goodbye to the Bush administration and hello to God knows what at this stage of the game!  It’s set to the tune of, “The Times They Are A’Changin’.”

Now, if you loved that…I mean, if you really loved it a LOT…you can visit the JibJab website and actually put yourself in the video.  Or, put someone you know (and have a good head shot of) in it and send it to them.  I put my Dad in it.  If you’re not expecting to see yourself show up at the end of the thing, it’s quite a trip!

And, if you like putting your head on other people’s bodies (and I do mean that in the most sociably-acceptable fashion), there are a whole bunch of other JibJab “Sendables,” to keep you amused and on top of your special occasion e-card responsibilities.

A little history on the minds behind the videos can be found on the JibJab YouTube profile:

Brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis founded JibJab in 1999 with a few thousand dollars worth of computer equipment, a dial-up Internet connection and a dream of building a global entertainment brand. In 2004, their election parody “This Land” spark an international sensation and was viewed more than 80 million times online. NASA even contacted the brothers to send a copy to the International Space Station! Since then, JibJab has premiered ten original productions on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and received coverage on every major news outlet. In 2004, Peter Jennings named the brothers “People of the Year.”

Not bad going for a couple of guys from Brooklyn just messing around!

Matthew 16:1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

John McCain and Paris Hilton Sitting in a Tree!

Apparently, the rest of the video world has known about this McCain ad for several days. I’ve been busy forming a nonprofit organization, so forgive me for not watching the news.

So, when I got the link to this response by Paris Hilton this morning (posted as an “exclusive” at Funny or Die) I just responded to Paris herself. And, I’ve got to honestly say, I didn’t think she was capable of delivering lines so articulately. Can it be our favorite jailbird has grown up? I’m guessing not. She’s just taken a few acting lessons, is my theory. But, hey, I’ll give her props for creating outstanding comedy this time.

The video is being removed from YouTube for copyright infringement as quickly as it can be posted by others. I’m a bit frustrated here because WordPress doesn’t allow embedding from Funny or Die and Funny or Die doesn’t have a little “W” icon for me to do a direct post. That, and I’m way new at this blogging stuff. So, you’re just gonna have to click on the link. I hope you do. It will start your day off with a chuckle.

(Just thought something from the “Old” Testament was appropriate here…oh, and something about pools. Forgive the levity today, Lord!)

Nehemiah 3:16 After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, leader of half the district of Beth Zur, made repairs as far as the place in front of the tombs of David, to the man-made pool, and as far as the House of the Mighty.