Thursday, August 5, 2010

NEW BLOG IS FINALLY HERE!!!!

My new blog is finally here....

I am changing formats from Blogger to Wordpress because WP allows me to do somethings that Blogger just wont.... Mostly add new dimensions to my postings. I have wanted to blog about other stuff for a while, but going from the cute frog I just snapped a pic of, to Zombies was just plain weird.

Now - if you want to discuss the farm - we can do that and if you want to forget I blog about Zombies (my mom) you can do that too :)

So head on over to www.IDriveMyTractorInPearls.com and get our RSS feed and dont miss a beat...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Making good on a Promise....

Way back in 2008, our Country was facing a little crisis....


Thousands of Oklahomans called our Representatives and our Senators...


We told them absolutely NOT to the TARP bill.... and guess what?


Mary Fallin voted FOR it.... I got a nice little form email/letter from her stating that she thought it was best to keep the Country afloat... Thats right, you and Tom Coburn think you know whats best for us... (You will get your own blog post Dr. Coburn....)


And I was hacked.... Amazingly enough, Ms. Fallin started sending out feelers for a run at the Governor's job since our idiot cant be elected to a third consecutive term.... I bet she started to realize that she might not see another term in DC... Or she may be moving herself on up the Political Career Ladder....


And then came her sponsorship of this bill: Puerto Rico Statehood Now, dont email me and tell me that it doesnt give Puerto Rico statehood... I know that - but what it does is open the door for basically PR to decide what it wants to do and if it wants to become a state, there is little we can do about it as previous states (TN and AK) have done it the same way....


So, she signs on to sponsor this crap and then it hits the fan.... Glenn Beck.... Neil Boortz.... Talk Shows galore start talking about this bill and how crappy it is. And guess what - Ms. Fallin has an "dental emergency" and is unable to vote for the crap she sponsored....


And after I called and emailed both OK and DC offices and was hung up on when I maintained my composure and was respectful, I sent Ms. Fallin an email stating that I was going to do anything I could to ensure that she would never hold public office again in Oklahoma.


So this is me not being a liar....


The third straw came recently when Ms. Fallin has REFUSED to debate the other Republican Candidate, Randy Brogdon Yeah, he kind of looks like an elf, but hey - better than a snake or a weasel.... Besides, Will Ferrel did wonders for the public image of elves :)


Now, she doesnt have to debate, but for heaven's sake, Ms. Fallin, dont hold an open forum for Lobbyists. She did just that - Lobbyist Summit - 7/7/2010.... Or are you so arrogant that you think this thing is in the bag?


Mary Fallin is a woman who sees the political system as her JOB - CAREER POLITICIAN - I want someone in office where I ACTUALLY REMEMBER WHAT THEY USED TO DO BEFORE OFFICE....


And yes, this is snide, but I do wonder how smart she actually is.... What does she actually believe? I mean, if you read her website, she does state she doesnt like how TARP has been implemented and the such - but you do not read anywhere - "I made a mistake voting for this bill and wish I had it to do over." Its excuse and justification after another....


I am not telling you who to vote for - Vote for Jeri Askins (gag me) or Drew Edmondson if you want - how much damage can they do with a Republican held Senate/House? But for the love of everything good....


DO NOT VOTE FOR MARY FALLIN.....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Comment to CENSUS - 2010

I typed a response to the first comment on THIS POST.... Google said it was too large to process and to say that I almost had a heart attack is an understatement... But when I went back, amazingly enough it was still there, so here it is.... *** Turns out that it did post, but not according to the error message I got - I have deleted the 3 exact responses (I kept trying even though I got an error message, obviously) and what is below is exactly what was posted on the other post's comments....

1 - I absolutely know this - I also know that this Federal Law has NEVER been enforced because those that wrote this Federal Law know it wouldnt pass Constitutional mustard...its a bluff at best - and at worst a calculated gamble to do something illegal. I also am willing to deal with the consequences of my actions...

2 - How confidential was CW#2 as she went around my small town asking people about me by name and then telling them Federal Marshals were going to show up?

3 - I got nothing... I still own that city house - some of my things are still in it.

4 - On my end - I am done - unless CW#1 or CW#2 shows up while I am home or manages to get my cell phone number. Then its a play it by ear situation.

It wasnt a game - a game would have been to lie - put down 15 white people living in my house in order garner my city more money. Is that done? Heck yes it is - are those numbers double checked or is it taken on faith that the person answering is honest?

There is nothing that they ask that cant be gained with pretty much a quick Internet search or with the Governments already held information. Spending $40 to $60 is a waste - because the Government is stupid. Spending money to mail me a card saying the census is coming..... and then another one saying saying AGAIN the census is coming is stupid.... Making those stupid commercials, was wasteful...

CW#2 should not have had my name on her list - We built the house we moved to and did not have occupancy until way the end of May - there is no reason, except for incompetence on the other end for my name to be on her list. If there is a CW I answer to, it will be CW#1 - and if you read it, there were no derogatory words or anything for her.

What bothers me about this the most is this right here is a PERFECT example of a Government who no longer asks BEFORE they pass a law if its Constitutional, but does what it wants - KNOWING its ILLEGAL - and then because of who they are know many will comply. They do not enforce the law because the Government knows its out of bounds. The Government passes laws, knowing they are wrong and does as it pleases.

And yes, they have all the information already, so why not give it to them... Because they have all that information, I shouldnt have to give it to them.

This is a major fraud committed on the American people - there are large organizations who use the Census to boost numbers, lie, cheat and steal. This is but another way for the Government to redistribute wealth and if you dont think that is what was done in major urban areas around this country - then I have a Black Panther video you need to see....

Look - there are honest, hard working people working for the Census for a little extra cash. I get that - that I believe was what CW#1 was - what Brad K is - but then there are jerks with clip boards like my CW#2 who I believe skate on the edge of illegal, and then there is ACORN and those affiliated who are involved in outright criminal activities....

You want games? There are your games - it isnt a game to pick up your ball and refuse to play....

July 21, 2010 10:35 AM

Monday, July 19, 2010

Census 2010

Here is my Census 2010 story....

We get the form in the mail.... It was the "short" form and not the one that was pages and pages....


It asked how many would be living here on April 1, 2010.... They got a big ole "5" and we mailed it back.... Thankyouverymuch.....


We then moved - to the farm - aka: Heaven.


And then the phone calls started.... They started at my Mother's house on the farm. "Who else lives out there?" "Do you know any of the people that live south of you?" (which are not related to us) "Are you sure you dont know the people that live behind the gate with you?" She called several times.... My mom is a rock - she told them she didnt know - wasnt giving this information out but would pass on this chick's phone number and then told her to quit calling.


At this same time we got a notice on our front door of our town house that a Census worker had been by and wanted to "complete" our census.... NOPE.... You got everything you are going to get....


According to the form left on our door, it was against the law to identify the people that live in the house.... So where did Census Worker #1 who called my mother get her name and phone number?


So, I have CW #1 and CW #2's phone numbers. I dont call....


I dont call CW #1 until I learn that she has been IN THE LOCAL BANK ASKING ABOUT ME... If anyone knows me and the Hubs and if anyone knows how to get a hold of us.... ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME???? She then tells fabulous Bank Employee (whom I know) that I should speak to her ASAP or I will be talking to the Federal Marshals.... Seriously - she said that....


So - dont think that this is anything anonymous.... Dont think that its just about addresses and numbers....


And so I call.... I use my cell phone and *67 - a little immature, but I was not going to give these people my cell phone number via caller ID. Neither picked up - duh - I wouldnt have either if a call showed "BLOCKED".


Left this message for CW#1 - This is Pearls, I understand I am on your list. Well, according to the Census, it asked where I was on April 1, and I answered the form, mailed it in and have done my job. I did not live in this area at the time in question on the form. I lived in XXXX. I do not belong on your list. I will not be contacting you again and you can cease immediately asking around our town about me."


Left this message for CW#2 - This is the occupant from address XXXX. I filled out our census and mailed it in - I put a "5" on it for those that occupied the home on 4/1 and that is all I am going to answer. Thanks.


Also find out that CW#1 is wife of a guy that holds elected office in our small town. Great.... I have to find a picture of this woman, because I dont want to be at the farmer's market and get introduced without knowing. I dont like getting blindsided - but I dont mind doing the blindsiding ;)


And so far, that is my story from the Census 2010 - I would type "THE END" but something tells me there might be a PS about all this in a future post.

Pray - Praise - Prepare

Caught between a rock....and a car bumper....

Im back - been posting for a bit, but havent launched anything as I am waiting to move everything over to the NEW blog.... There will be big unveiling - I know yall are excited ;)

Anyway - I had to post this....


This past weekend - 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS - 2 men were killed riding their bikes in the "Community" (area of several small towns and one good sized one - read rural/suburban). The first was a good man, member of our church and was left where he was hit by a hit and run.... The next day - Sunday, another man was hit and killed, but the pickup driver stayed....


Riding bikes, not the leisure ones with baskets, but the serious people with the mirrors on their helmets, has become a big thing around here. Weekends in my rural area and ON THE HIGHWAY I drive, is almost packed with single riders or little groups of them, along with car clubs, motorcycles, and even a few horses every now and then....


There was a rally at the State Capital this morning to demand bike lanes.... Exercise your rights to assemble people!


Here is the problem - The suburban town that most of the bike riders hail from can flat out afford to pay for bike lanes - in fact, its a great community for bikers, walkers, joggers, park goers, dog walkers, families....


The place the bike riders ride - the gorgeous rural, countryside cannot. And also, they will not.... The areas that are most frequently ridden are hilly, beautiful, peaceful and way out here. I can see why they want to ride their bikes out here - its the reason we live out here. But these communities cannot afford to put in bike lanes. We live with gravel roads, with huge potholes - with gravel thrown in those holes - with a much higher poverty level than the suburban town and people who cannot even afford to feed themselves.


So that leaves the State.... I do not believe that people in Tulsa should pay for anything near me and conversely, I do not want to pay for anything for them.... I know some of my tax dollars do, but I dont have to like it and I can vote it down every chance I get.


But this is a safety issue.... It absolutely is!! Driving is dangerous too.... In fact, I make my daughter take the back roads and not drive Rt. 66. 2 lane highways are the most dangerous and I will absolutely not let my daughter drive them until we are sure of her skill and then only during the day. Sorry, this post isnt about teenage drivers.... Back to topic.... Riding a bicycle on a highway is dangerous - absolutely your right to do so, but dangerous none-the-less....


Bike riding on these back roads is dangerous. It is very hilly and topping a hill going 55 to find myself behind a biker going 20 (maybe) and oncoming traffic with no where to go is dangerous.... We top hills out here all the time and find something - deer, dogs, once a cow and last night a goat (seriously along with a HUGE group of people that had been swimming in a pond and were walking back home). But the difference is, I drive a monster vehicle with a cattle guard just for this purpose - to keep my family safe if I happen to hit something - or if something hits me - There is absolutely NO THOUGHT to not injuring what I hit.... If I hit a biker, I would most likely kill him/her. It isnt a pleasant thought. It makes me sick to my stomach.... And my vehicle isnt alone - we all drive big stuff out here - The Sunday accident was a truck and I bet the hit and run was a truck also..... And if the scumbag happens to read this - I dont care how scared you were - leaving a man where he fell is the most disgusting thing I have almost ever heard... You are sub-human with only the Grace of Jesus to save you which He can do, but do not expect any mercy from your fellow people. May you be left to rot in a hole....


So what to do.... I have no problem with bike lanes - they are great - they keep the flow of traffic moving (which is so much a part of the problem) - it keeps bikers out of the way.... But they dont want to ride in the community that can afford them and where they want to ride cant pay for them.... And for a large part of Hwy 66 coming out of the suburban area, it is 4 lanes which gives people some options.... But it isnt pretty like out here in the country....


Here is my solution.... If bike lanes are the way to go, then bikers need to tag their bikes with the money going for said bike lanes. The Oklahoma Tax Commission collects all state taxes and fees and they are the ones that appropriate where it goes.... It shouldnt be that hard....


And I dont relish another tax and the enforcement thereof.... But this is different - Its kind of like a marriage license - if you dont want to pay the fee (tax) than dont get married ;)


This is not a cheap sport - its expensive.... Bikers take extreme care in picking out their equipment - its nice (and its pretty).... Paying for a bike lane is just an extension of your bike helmet....


And just so you dont think I am totally heartless, I do watch what I do when I drive (especially on the weekends when everyone is out) and if there is a jar for donations, I will do that too..... For non-bikers, it should be a choice.... I license my truck to be on these roads - anyone expecting the same privilege should follow the same laws and put some skin in the game with their own license....


And - if there is a better solution - hit me with it.... Open to any ideas :)


Pray for 2 families that are crushed right now.....1 driver who is racked with guilt....1 driver whose soul is truly in trouble - Praise - Prepare

Friday, May 21, 2010

I thought I was ready....

My munchkins ended their school year yesterday. I thought I was so excited to be free....

We have 1 that is staying, but the boys are here at home from now on....

I am so excited - they are too.... But that doesnt mean yesterday wasnt hard. It was hardest when my littlest whispered the night before "I hope Mrs. XXX will remember me...." My heart just lurched. Baby, she will always remember you. She loves our family, has loved all 3 of my children and we love her....

It was hard to watch my boys say "goodbye" and reassure them we will see their friends again. Some of them we will....and some we will not.... I didnt tell them this - figured if they figure it out, it will be a while down the road and distance will make it easier to accept. Hope the little one doesnt think about it unless he is looking through scrapbooks.

Goodbyes are hard. One thing I have learned moving around so much growing up is that you dont focus on what you left behind - you focus on the adventure ahead. My parents always made the next step something to look forward to.

This is an important skill to teach and it has served me well. It is something I want my kids to learn and how to move past these feelings and focus (a choice) to looking forward....

Scary, but its a skill that may determine who thrives in upcoming days and who doesnt....


Pray - Praise - Prepare

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to get around the Arizona Immigration Law....

I agree with this law - I have read the entire thing.... Its easy to understand - easy to read and takes just about no time at all.... Writing this post will take longer than reading the law and this isnt going to be a long post....

In fact, I have done the search and link for you so HERE IT IS.... And its a link DIRECTLY to the Arizona Senate - its their PDF, so its accurate :) So go read it - I will be here when you get back....

Anyway - If you are illegal and you want to get around this law its a very easy thing to do....

Just 3 things:

1 - Dont get pulled over

2 - Dont commit a crime

3 - Dont pick up people that are loitering to take them someplace else for a job


There - you have it.... Because the AZ law does not allow - READ THAT DOES NOT ALLOW - for random asking of "papers". In fact - it asks for your DRIVERS LICENSE....or AZ ID Card....Or any form of identification where you have to show your birth certificate or immigration papers to obtain.

And on a side note, the United States' Immigration Policy is a joke. Every where else in the world, being in a country ILLEGALLY will get you arrested and imprisoned. Ask those 3 hikers who "accidentally" crossed Iran's border how its going. Are they incensed they were asked to provide proof of citizenship?

Also - when people travel abroad - you carry your passport with you and usually have in it a document that states you are there for business, employment or just for vacation and it states you can only be in that certain country for a specified period of time. THE NERVE!!!!

It astounds me that the USA falls so woefully behind the rest of the world in regards to this....

Cant believe I am going to say this, but lets be like the rest of the world - lets jail those that cross our borders illegally.... And then promptly toss them out!

And no - it has nothing to do with skin color - I dont care if you are white or if you are black or if you are brown.... I dont even care if you are Canadian.... If you are here without proper documentation - if we dont know you are here, you are trespassing - GET OFF OUR LAND....

Pray - Praise - Prepare

.....and please do it soon....time is running out - the stock market is trying to contain itself, but soon and very soon, it will be unable to maintain itself and we will see a drop unlike we have ever seen.... And when it drops, there will be panic.... Be prepared - it will calm you and allow you to be in a position to calm others....

Friday, May 14, 2010

Its Friday.... And theres a Quote....

I hope yours is fabulous - ours is wet. Has been pretty much all week. And we are moving, so this post is just an obligatory post that says that you arent getting anything profound ;)

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

"It is tempting to deny the existence of evil since denying it removes the need to fight it." - Alexis Carrel

There is absolute evil.....there is absolute Truth....

Talk amongst yourselves :)

Pray - Praise - Prepare