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28th-Mar-2009 05:54 pm - It's Milkin Time!
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 Ten Things I Wish I Could Say to Ten Different People:
10. You're right Client X..what was i thinking..i've only been doing this for a living for the past 13 years..and while we're at it, let's go ahead and burn my diploma.
9. Jack Black, please stop making movies. You're a talentless hack. How do you keep getting work?
8. Yelling the 10 Commandments at me from a street corner doesn't help me keep the commandments...in fact, it makes me want to break the "thou shalt not kill" one
7. Joel Osteen, you're not fooling anyone. I know you can fill up a stadium with adoring and ignorant followers, but so could Hitler.
6. Teenagers, high school isn't that bad. In fact, when you get older, you'll look back on it and realize just how easy your life was. Get back to me in 10 years when you have actual responsibility.
5. When you're unmarried and pregnant, being famous does not qualify you as a "good mother" 
4. I realize you think you're being ambitious, but if you really knew what you were asking for, you wouldn't be asking for it in the first place.
3. Being a jackhole doesn't make you right..it makes you even more of a jackhole.
2. Please stop whining about how difficult your life is and do something to correct it.
1. Mr. President, you can take off the sheep's clothing now.

Nine things about myself:
9. I wish I could play guitar in real life the way I can in my head.
8. It would be nice if the left side of my brain actually functioned.
7. I'm phobic about public restrooms.
6. I love the anticipation leading up to opening the mailbox, even when i'm not expecting anything
5. I still can't sleep on Christmas Eve
4. I wish I were a better graphic designer
3. I tend to nod my head when i don't know what people are talking about
2. I'm trying to be more proactive about correcting things that aggravate me
1. I would like to have enough money that i would be comfortable spending it without being frivolous

Eight ways to win my heart:
8. Echo knows them all

Seven things that cross my mind a lot:
7. I wish clients would take my word for it
6. "I have to check my email"
5. is the house secure?
4. I really hate my clothes
3. If i could blow up my car, would insurance cover it?
2. I regret not serving a mission
1. Can't wait to get home and see Echo and Ella

Six things I do (or would like to do) before I fall asleep:
6. study scriptures
5. pray
4. get my clothes for the next day
3. try to get freelance work done
2. Check my email
1. Lock the doors

Five people who mean a lot:
My family (immediate and extended..i know it says 5 people, but I'm taking a liberty here)


Four things you're wearing right now:
4. Wedding band
3. shirt
2. jeans
1. comfortable socks

Three songs that you listen to often:
3. "Goodnight, Rose" - Ryan Adams
2. "Mighty Joe Moon" - Grant Lee Buffalo
1. "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley

Two things you want to do before you die:
2. Discover a non-invasive proctology exam before having a mandatory test
1. Serve a church mission with my bride

One confession:
1. I would like to be well known in the design community
31st-Jan-2009 08:13 am - Latest Ella pics
Ryan Adams
 






Ryan Adams
from http://patriotpost.us/ 
Friday Digest - Vol. 09 No. 02

On 20 January, Barack Hussein Obama will be inaugurated as the next president of our United States, according to our Constitution. However, his largest constituencies tend to view this event as either the coronation of the "royal one" or the ordination of the "holy one."


Before we further define those constituencies, here, for the record, is a recap of the survey data concerning the presidential election.

Some 136.6 million Americans voted -- a 64.1 percent turnout and the highest since 1908. Obama is the first Democrat to win a majority of the popular vote (53 percent) since Jimmy Carter. By sex, BHO's support was 49 percent male and 56 percent female. By ethnic group, his support comprised 41 percent of Whites, 61 percent of Asians, 75 percent of Latinos and 95 percent of Blacks. By age, BHO's largest support demographic was 66 percent of voters under the age of 30. By income, 52 percent of voters with more than $200,000 in annual income voted for Obama. By education, his support came from those without a college degree and those with a post-graduate degree.

So, his victory was largely due to support from non-whites, from those under 30, from those with the lowest income and education, and from a small number of voters at the other end of those spectrums, while those of middle age, income and education tended to support John McCain.

By religion, Obama received support from 46 percent of Protestant voters, 56 percent of Catholic voters and 62 percent of voters of other religions. BHO received 76 percent of atheist and agnostic voters.

The Barna Research Group looked at some other interesting characteristics of Obama voters: 57 percent of those who consider themselves "lonely or isolated," 59 percent of those affected by the economic decline in "a major way," and 61 percent of those who claim they are "stressed out" supported BHO.

So, considering the stats, the Democrats' strategy of fomenting dissent and disunity by promoting themes of disparity was vital to Obama's election. Indeed, the Left's political playbook has only one chapter defining their modus operandi -- "Divide-n-Conquer." No wonder their national leadership calls itself the DnC.

Obama's largest constituent groups fall under the general umbrella of "disenfranchised victims," those who feel they are ethnically or economically handicapped. Other significant constituent groups are those who identify with the disenfranchised; this includes two small but highly ideologically influential groups, the economic and academic elite.

The disenfranchised victim groups and those who identify with them have a number of common characteristics. They have a low civic IQ and virtually no understanding of our Constitutional Republic and its heritage and legacy of liberty. They have fully bought into the "Politics of Disparity" or "class warfare."

However, it is Obama's small economic and academic elite constituencies who pose the greatest danger to that heritage of liberty. They neither know nor care any more about liberty than the disenfranchised legions with which they seek to identify. They are the "king makers," those who have funded and charted Obama's course to the coronation.

Some have made a lot of "easy money," which explains why Obama received far more support from Wall Street than McCain. Others are inheritance-welfare liberals, those who value government welfare dependence because they were, themselves, dependent on inheritance throughout their formative years and never developed the character necessary to succeed on their own initiative.

Whether fast money or inheritance, neither group has direct contact with the unwashed masses other than those who keep their homes, offices and imported autos clean and in good repair. This utter dependence upon the low end of the "service sector" is perhaps the source of the insecurities that drive them to identify with the masses.

Obama's academic elite are just as insecure, but they are driven by ideology. They are Leftists, Western apologists for socialist political and economic agendas. Regular readers of this column will recognize them as "Useful Idiots"for their advocacy of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collectivism. Like Obama, they reject constitutional authority and subscribe to the errant notion of a "Living Constitution".

Among Obama's Left elite are such Marxist radicals as Frank Marshall Davis and William Ayers and his religious mentor Jeremiah Wright.

There are some characteristics that are common to many BHO supporters among both the disenfranchised and the elite.

Obama's cult-like following among these constituencies is not the result of deception. In fact, it can be attributed to something much more subtle and, potentially, sinister, with far more ominous implications for the future of liberty.

Most of Obama's supporters identify with some part of his brokenness, his dysfunctional childhood and his search for salvation in the authority of the state. The implications of this distorted mass identity are grave, and itspathology is well defined.

Another common characteristic is that liberals tend to be very emotive. Ask them about some manifestation of their worldview -- for example, why they support candidates such as Obama or Hillary Clinton and they will likely predicate their response with, "Because I feel..."

On the other hand, ask conservatives about what they believe or support, and they invariably predicate their response with, "Because I think..."

So, the once great Democrat Party has now devolved into constituencies who view the inaugural as either a coronation or an ordination.

Of course, all the MSM print and tube outlets are fawning over BHO and calling next Tuesday's inaugural "historic." Well, it's not often that I agree with the paper media and 24-hour news cycle talkingheads, but this is truly a historic inauguration -- historic for several reasons.

First, never before has such an ill-prepared president-elect been sworn in as president. Second, never before has a more liberal president-elect been sworn into office. And third, never before has a candidate had so little regard for the constitutional oath he is taking.

Oh, and some suggest this election is historic because half of the president-elect's genetic heritage is African -- and here I thought Bill Clinton was our first "black president."

It is no small irony that the day before Obama's inauguration, the nation will pause to honor Martin Luther King. In 1963, King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his most famous oration, the most well known line from which is, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

But Obama and his party have divided the nation into constituency groups judged by all manner of ethnicity and special interests rather than the individual character King envisioned.

Perhaps the most famous line from any Democrat presidential inaugural was uttered by John F. Kennedy in 1961. He closed his remarks with these words: "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Barack Obama and his party have turned that clarion call on end, suggesting that their constituents should "ask what your country can do for you."

On Tuesday, Barack Obama will take an oath "to support and defend the Constitution", but he has no history of honoring our Constitution, even pledging that his Supreme Court nominees should comport with Leftist ideology and "break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted."

Some have suggested that since the election is over and Obama is the victor, we should accord him the honor due his office. But if he does not honor his constitutional oath, why would anyone extend him the honor of its highest constitutional office?

29th-Dec-2008 03:47 pm - Ella's 1st Christmas
Ryan Adams
Hope everyone had a great Christmas. It was our first with Ella which was Christmas in and of itself. This time last year the doctors had told us they wanted to hold off for a few more months as it didn't look like there was a chance we'd be expecting. A tough answer to 4 years of questions. But, by January 2008 we had the good news.

Here's Ella in one of her many Christmas outfits

 
7th-Dec-2008 06:50 pm - Remember Pearl Harbor
Ryan Adams
The main headlines today consisted of various new promises by Obama, gas prices hitting a 5 year low, and how the economy "will get worse before it gets better".

But today, December 7th, is the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I hope that we can take a moment to remember those who have paved the way before us.




 
22nd-Nov-2008 08:49 am - Another list...
Ryan Adams
 Bold the things on the list you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band 
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to DisneyWorld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping 
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar 
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square 
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job 
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Seen Mount Rushmore in person
101. Learned to play an instrument
21st-Nov-2008 05:19 pm - 37 Things About Me
Ryan Adams
1. Do you like Blue Cheese? not really..i'll occasionally have some with boneless wings
2. Have you ever smoked? Never
3. Do you own a gun? Yes..plural
4. What flavor kool aid was your favorite as a child? grape and lemonade combo
5. Do you get nervous before doctor's appointments? no
6. What do you think of hotdogs? i love hot dogs..they sustained my life through college
7. Favorite Christmas Movie? Die Hard I
8. What do you prefer to drink in the mountain? On the mountain? Water. 
9. Can you do push ups? Yes
10. What is your favorite piece of jewelry? I don't own any jewelry and even if i did, i wouldn't wear it
11. Favorite Hobby? photography, guitar
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No
13. Do you wear glasses or contacts? contacts
14. What is your middle name? Blaine
15. Name 3 thoughts that at this exact moment that is on your mind: Ella is finally going to sleep, my dog Greta is feeling better, and I'm glad to be home from work
17. Current worry? That it's going to be a long 4 years for the country
18. Current hate right now. Refer to #17
19. Favorite place to be. Home with Echo, Ella, and Greta
20. How did you bring in the New Year? Enjoyed having the day off
22. Name 3 people who will complete this. No idea
23. Do you own slippers? No. I like just going barefoot..you can do that all year in Alabama
24. What are you wearing? khakis and a button-up long sleeve shirt..so much for casual friday
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? don't know
26. Can you whistle? yes but not as good as the guy that sings the theme song to the Andy Griffith Show
27. Favorite color? blue i guess
28. Would you be a pirate? Would i have to storm an Arabian tanker off the coast of Somalia? Then no
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? None
30. Favorite girl's name? Echo and Ella
31. Favorite boy's name? none..do people really think about this? And if so, do they maintain their heterosexuality?
32. What is in your pocket right now? emptied them when i got home
33. What has made you laugh lately? my brother
34. What vehicle do you drive? dodge stratus..missionary car..big mistake but it gets me to work
35. Who is your favorite actor? dont really have one
36. Do you love where you live? Yes but i'd love to have land
37. How many televisions do you have in your house? 2...and why did this specify "in your house"?
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