As I type I can hear the continued sounds of helicopters and small aircraft continuing to survey the path of last night's tornado and storms that ripped through Warren County passing on to neighboring McDuffie and on from there.
I followed the weather reports all day yesterday and knew it would be a long, long night. I simply can not grasp what the families in southern Alabama are going through as they continue to search for the missing. Storms moved on into Georgia and made their way east.
My husband, (who I lovingly refer to as "the Gladiator") once all dark-headed and now mostly gray, has his blonde moments - including this morning's.
Bless his heart.
You see, his job requires that he travel a great deal in order to cover his sales territory.
Well, one would think that after the habit and consistency of traveling nearly every week, one would, you know, remember what one is supposed to pack when traveling.
One would only hope so.
Here lately, though, I've been worrying about the Glad-man.
Would ten days really make or break a school year's quality of academia? If so, we have much bigger problems than we thought.
South of the Gnat Line
"We've just learned that an amendment to S.1 has been approved that doubles the fines to $200,000 and adds prison sentences up to 10 years for each infraction of these egregious provisions.
S. 1 is expected to be voted on by the Senate this week, so it's imperative that you forward this message to your family and friends so they can sign the petition as well.
Did you get a good night's sleep last night?
I hope so, because it may be the last one any of us get in a while.
"Why?" you ask.
Because things in America are headed down an uncertain path.
No. I am not debating the issues regarding the war in Iraq although they are extremely worthy issues and concerns.
I am, however, sharing an unsettling attempt by the United States Senate to prevent American citizens from knowing what they are doing in Washington, D.C.
It's hard to believe that Christmas has wooshed in and now has moved on with the New Year now bearing down on us ~ where in the world have the last 365 days flown?
No matter; time waits for no one and it's time to soak those peas and ring in the New Year!
You're kidding me, right?
Suffice to say that black-eyed peas are attached to New Year's Day in the South like candy and Halloween; are you with me, now?
So let me give you the inside scoop on the Southâ€™s traditional (and sacred) New Yearâ€™s Day meal:
"ATTENTION ALL TEXANS, WE HAVE YOUR CHICK SURROUNDED!"
Forrest Gump said it best, "Stupid is as stupid does."
Question: Are we still "We, the People"?
Harriette K. Jacobs
one of the little, We, the Peoples
South of the Gnat Line
In a January 27th report by Lou Dobbs of CNN:
"And the U.S. Agriculture Department now wants to import poultry that's been processed in China. That's despite the fact that thousands of Chinese birds have died from bird flu. Critics say this plan would raise safety concerns.
The USDA is attempting to strip American citizens of their freedom from government tyranny. It's that simple. For more information on NAIS (National Animal Identification System), go to http://www.NoNAIS.org and read for yourself.
It doesn't just impact farmers (both large and small), it will also impact horse owners.
What if you are an American citizen?
What if you are just any American citizen wanting to live independently and responsibly raising and growing food for your family?
What if you own, say, a flock of 12 chickens?
What if the government mandated you report to them about your chickens?
What if you had to tell them:
Your name, your address, your Global Positioning System Coordinate as well as the latitude and longitude for your address?
How many chickens you own, where and how you acquired them and your purpose for owning them?
How they are housed?
How they are managed?