This blog has been on indefinite hiatus for about six months now. I think I will make it official and close LilacRose because I think it has run its course.
However, I am not going away...no you're stuck with me. You can find me on Twitter as LilacSusan. Some days I "tweet" a lot, other days I'm quiet. But that's where you will find me.
I'm not going to rule out starting another blog in the future. If I do, I may call it something else or I may just call it LilacRose 2.0. If I do blog again, I will probably do a fresh design or an update of a previous design. And I think I will use another platform. Movable Type seems too cumbersome anymore. It may be just this blog because it has many years of entries. But posting to and maintaining this blog has become too sluggish and a pain in the butt.
I will leave the archives up indefinitely and I may even open them up to search engines again. The comments are closed, so I don't have to worry about trolls and spammers anymore. If I start another blog, I'll post a link here, of course. Until then, you can find me on Twitter or in the comments on other blogs. I also have a neglected Live 365 station you can listen to and a neglected Tumblr as well. You can find the links on the sidebar.
In addition to Twitter, I will be lurking around The People's Cube. Unfortunately, it's banned at work, but I do like to lurk around there when home. It's a perfect satire site for Obama's America. Also, I would like to add that Little Green Footballs sucks. Any site that bans a long-time, mostly lurking member simply because she down-dings a post is a petty little cult.
That is all for now. I'll see you when I see you...
I guess I need to post at least once before the month is out...sorry for the long silence.
At the beginning of the month I was sick with a really bad viral infection in my throat. I think I picked it up at the hospital when I went to visit my uncle because he had the same thing, except it affected him much more severely since he was sick to begin with. They let him out on New Year's Eve, but then he went back in (to another hospital) last week. He was supposed to be released yesterday afternoon and as far as I know he was. However, his kidneys still aren't functioning properly and he has to have dialysis regularly. Your continued prayers are most appreciated.
I took a break from this blog and even reading blogs for a week or two earlier this month. I'm still catching up.
What do I think of the new President? Even though I didn't vote for him, I respect the office and I respect that he is the President. While I will criticize his administration when I think it is in the wrong (and it already has been, particularly with national security issues and life issues), I will not succumb to ODS -- Obama Derangement Syndrome. I'm not going to be hateful like the left was during Bush's Presidency.
Finally, I'm trying out this new Twitter thing. My username on Twitter is LilacSusan if you wish to follow me.
Of course, his atheist readers are reacting with ridicule, outrage and incredulity. Jesus Himself has the appropriate response to that (Matthew 5:10-12):
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
I just wanted to drop by and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to request a few prayers.
Without getting into a lot of details, the past few weeks have been difficult. First I would like to ask you to pray for my uncle who is in the hospital with kidney failure. (This uncle is my Mom's younger sister's husband.) He had dialysis yesterday and seems to be doing better, but the doctors do not understand what exactly caused his kidneys to stop functioning or how to get them started again.
My sister has been under a lot of stress and can use some prayers. My mother is also sick with a bad cold. This is probably my fault since I just got over a bout of bronchitis myself.
Without going into a long boring story about my clumsiness, I will just say I had a really bad fall the weekend before last and banged up my left leg pretty badly from the knee down. I had my doctor check it out since I'm diabetic. For that reason, the injuries are slow to heal. So I could use some prayers, too.
Maybe, if time permits, I will post some actual content in the next few days. We'll see. Meanwhile, my mother and I went together and bought my sister a new laptop for Christmas, since her current one is on its last legs. I'm setting things up for her -- I think she will really love it. It has Vista on it, so I have to learn my way around since Vista is pretty different from XP. I got it working on my wireless network pretty easily, so that's a good sign.
I just wanted to wish everyone a happy turkey day. May your turkey be juicy, your yams sweet and your cranberry sauce tart.
I am thankful for the many blessings that God has given me that sometimes I take for granted or refuse to see when I'm down in the dumps.
BTW, I hope I will get the inspiration to start posting again soon. I've got some thoughts swimming around in my head, but I can't seem to get them into words just yet. But, believe me, they're there! ;-)
I haven't been following the election results very much tonight. However, I thought I'd check on things before baking a cake for a birthday party at work tomorrow. They have already called it for Obama. I hope that later this will turn out to be wrong, but I won't count on it.
America has chosen as its leader an unaccomplished, spoiled, cowardly, shallow narcissist who wouldn't last five minutes under torture, let alone five years, and who associates with radical freaks and weirdos. He supports partial birth abortion, and wants to make you pay for it, too.
But since that's an excellent description of millions of other Americans, too, I suppose we shouldn't be shocked.
America has chosen a false "peace" over principle. Well over half the country is clearly shallow and superficial, too, ready to sell their birthright for "free" "health" "care" and other socialist treats. They want a slick, symbolic President, not a real leader, because a real leader, a real hero, clearly makes them feel inadequate.[...]
The patriots have been defeated by the parasites.
As Mark Steyn just said on Hewitt: America is now a country where Barack Obama live in the same neighborhood as Louis Farakhan and Bill Ayers and be considered perfectly respectable -- but Sarah Palin?! She's that crazy weirdo!!
Like I said before, I feel like I'm now living in the bearded Spock universe. Or in another country. All I can say is I tried to do my part to prevent this. I voted for McCain/Palin today.
I'm sorry for not posting further thoughts on this popular post sooner. It was my first "Instalanche" via Ed Driscoll and, to be honest, all the attention sort of made me withdraw a little bit. Then I got the headache from Hell that lasted several days, then I was really busy. I posted a few comments on other blogs, but haven't felt up to posting here again until now. I think it was good for me to wait this long to post again because several notable things have been happening on the political scene that I would like to work into this post.
I've witnessed more of the absurdity that has been this election. I had a McCain/Palin yard sign in my front yard for about a month. It was not right by the road...it was well on my property, halfway between the road and the house. A couple of weekends ago, on a Sunday, someone had the nerve to trespass on my property and steal my sign. Another house down the street also had their McCain sign stolen. So much for free speech on your own property.
Like I said in the "Cold Civil War" post, the country seems hopelessly divided right now. There was a very good discussion in the comments due to the link from Ed Driscoll. I really hope I'm wrong about the hopelessness of the divisions in this country. Whatever the results of the election, I pray that this country can reunite and find peace. I pray that McCain will win, but if he doesn't, I assure you Obama supporters that your schadenfreude will be wasted if directed at me. I will be disappointed and concerned, but I will not despair. I will be vigilant about his policies, though.
For example, his wanting to bankrupt the coal industry is certainly alarming. It's idiotic and frightening -- half this country's energy comes from coal-run power plants. My electricity comes from such a plant...a clean coal plant. How would something this extreme affect half of this nation? What would this cost us? Obama voters should really pay attention to this.
Then there are life issues and the Supreme Court to consider. I encourage my fellow social conservatives to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. McCain may not be your ideal, but now is not the time to be quixotic. There is just too much at stake...both the life issues and other important issues.
If Obama is elected, I will pray that he will not do the damage that I think he will do. But, as I said, I will be vigilant.
Whatever happens today, I fear that there will be a lot of trouble no matter what the results. I want to be wrong about this and I pray I am. But I fear that this election is a fast-moving crazy train that's about to crash.
Whatever happens, stay safe, and may God be with us.
Update: I just had to link the following considering I have been the victim of sign-stealing: Confessions of a Lawn Sign Stealer - Huffington Post. This asshat is a college professor. He acknowledges that he is silencing free speech (although he seems dismissive of property rights -- no big surprise there), but he just doesn't care. He did it for the lulz. (Via.)
I apologize for not yet posting an update to the "Cold Civil War" post. It's been a combination of ADD, being busy and not feeling well. Every time I get some thoughts together, a new absurdity or outrage emerges as this whole election enters the homestretch. The craziness and WTFness of this election is making me feel like I'm living in the bearded Spock universe.
Anyway, until I get my you-know-what together, how about some humor and then some music.
Even Peggy Noonan -- the Grand Dame of Gipperism -- has succumbed to Obama's undeniable conservative charms. Just last month I listened to her wax poetic about the Adonis of Chicago between chukkers at the Newport Club polo tournament final. "Why Peggy, you old dowager," I quipped, "I believe you just had an orgasm."
Next, a cool song from my childhood. I was really surprised when I watched this video because I always thought a woman sang this song:
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - "Jackie Blue"
I think this song is just pure fun. I also like that the video makes fun of American Idol:
The Dollyrots - "Because I'm Awesome"
Finally, the fantastic Sugarplastic with an appropriate song for the season: