Archives for May 2011

Jenny Erikson Radio Show – Episode 0017

In which I rant about the need to discuss Wiener’s wiener and about why and what we’re sacrificing to afford high gas prices.

Hero Day: A Memorial Day Post by Leif

The following post is by my husband Leif. He’s sorta awesome.

I woke up today thoughtful of the brave men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice – their lives – to protect what they had left behind.

Today we celebrate Memorial Day, but it should be called Hero Day.

It’s not just that our soldiers have given their lives in the line of duty, but what they gave them for. Wars of history mostly have been wars of conquest. Wars have generally been fought for two reasons: Land or religion.

With little exception, the United States has fought other nations for an entirely different reason. The U.S. doesn’t fight to gain land, or to spread a particular religion; we fight for an idea.

We fight for freedom.

In the Civil War, we fought for the freedom of all men.

In WWI, we fought to protect our allies (and therefore ourselves) against Imperialism.

Korea. Vietnam. Kosovo. Afghanistan. Iraq. Freedom.

Today I lift a glass and toast the sailor, the soldier, the airman, and the marine. I say thank you to them, even though it doesn’t adequately convey my gratitude. They are my heroes. Their sacrifices were not in vain, but bravely faced so that I may enjoy and share the freedoms that my creator gave me.

According To Thing 1

When Thing 1 was five, I asked her a series of questions about her mom. That’s me. Apparently I was obsessed with Rachel Ray in 2009.
1. What is something mom always says to you?
“to brush my teeth.”

2. What makes mom happy?
“Rachael Ray.”

3. What makes mom sad?
“Missing me.”

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
“by being silly.”

5. What was your mom like as a child?
“A little goo-goo head.”

6. How old is your mom?

7. How tall is your mom?
“10 feet tall.”

8. What is Mom’s favorite thing to do?
“Watch Rachael Ray.”

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
“Go shopping with little goo-goo head. Goo-goo head is my sister!”

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
“For being the best cashier. I remember she said that she used to be a cashier.”

11. What is your mom really good at?
“Asking me lots of questions.”

12. What is your mom not very good at?
“She’s not very good at playing.”

13. What does your mom do for her job?
“Take care of me and my sister.”

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
“She can drive. Because on Wednesdays and sometimes Fridays or Saturdays, she takes me to Gramma’s house.”

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
“A mermaid in SpongeBob.”

17. What do you and your mom do together?
“Go to Target.”

18. How are you and your mom the same?
“We’re girls and we both sit down to pee.”

19. How are you and your mom different?
“I can’t drive and she can.”

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
“I don’t know…. stop asking me, I really, really, just don’t know.”

21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
“To Vons.”

Teachers or iPads: Which Does Your Child’s Classroom Need More?

Remember the good ol’ days, when kindergartners learned to read and write and add numbers together without the aid of an iPad? It seems like only yesterday …

A public school proposal in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, to purchase 150 iPads for 5-year-olds to use in class is causing some parents to question if this is the best use of already limited funds.

Catherine Adair has children in school at Briggs Elementary. She tells FOX 25, “We have no Vice Principal. We have a very bare bones staff. I don’t think kindergartners having iPads is the best expenditure of taxpayer money.”

iPads are an awesome bit of technology. I love mine. My kids love it too, and I’ve stocked it with a number of fun learning apps for them. But it is a perk, not a necessity, and I didn’t ask taxpayers to fund it, and no teachers lost their jobs at its expense.

It would be wonderful to live in a world where educational funding knew no limits, and we could have a realistic discussion about the benefits of providing iPads to short people who include ‘nose-picking’ on their list of favorite activities. But there is a finite amount of money to be spent on the future of our country, and iPads shouldn’t be in the budget.

Read the rest at The Stir

Scare Tactics in Politics: Prisoners Released

California is releasing tens of thousands of inmates after a ruling by theSupreme Court on Monday. No, they haven’t been wrongfully imprisoned and suddenly found innocent due to some new DNA technology.

It’s just that the prisons are overcrowded.

A sane solution would be to build more prisons. Unfortunately, there’s apparently not enough money to build more steel bars. So, we should totally tax the rich, because even though they pay the vast, vast majority of our taxes, they still aren’t paying enough, because new prisons aren’t getting built!

Another logical option would be to spend less money per prisoner, so that the savings could go toward building new facilities. The average prisoner in the State of California costs over $48,000 annually, with about $16,000 of that going to health care, mental health, and dental costs.

Prisoners, convicted felons, probably have better health care than you do.

Seriously, does your health insurance cover free hormone replacement therapy for you if you happen to be transgendered? California prisons do. And soon, they may even provide gender reassignment surgery as well.

Read the rest at The Stir

Right Online is Less Than a Month Away!

Here’s some info for yah!

This summer Americans for Prosperity Foundation will host the fourth annual RightOnline conference in Minneapolis, MN on June 17-18th.

This year’s conference will feature leaders in government, new media, and grassroots mobilization such as Governor Tim Pawlenty, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Fox News Contributor and best selling author Michelle Malkin, conservative commentator and author Andrew Breitbart, Fox News Contributor S.E. Cupp,’s Erick Erickson,’s Ed Morrissey,’s Guy Benson, the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund, and many more. Click here to learn more about RightOnline.

I’ll be there at RightOnline and AFP Foundation has give me the below discount code for my readers.

Click here to register with the discount code “fightback” to receive 25% off.

For the fourth straight year RightOnline will be at the same time and place as NetRoots Nation, the largest annual gathering of liberal bloggers and activists. The national media will converge on Minneapolis to report on the latest news from both events. If we don’t keep up the pressure at RightOnline it won’t be long before the liberals get to go back to their tax and spend ways.

RightOnline will also feature workshops and panels hosted by experts in their respective fields. The areas of focus will include Online Activism 101, Advanced Online Activism, Tools and Resources, Investigative Reporting/Citizen Journalism, Public Policy Issues, and Grassroots Activism.

This will be a great opportunity to network and meet with grassroots activists, influential bloggers, and other representatives of conservative organizations.

I hope you will join us in Minneapolis for this important event. Remember to use the code “fightback” for 25% off.

I Don’t Know Why Bad Things Happen: A Tornado Post

I just got off the phone with a friend discussing the horrific tornado that blew through Joplin, MO Sunday night. It only took minutes to flatten a six-mile stretch of land, destroying homes, businesses, a high school, and human beings.

The tornado also destroyed a patient wing of the St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Survivors are being transferred to other area hospitals.

Kelley Fritz, 45, of Joplin, rummaged through the remains of a storage building with her husband, Jimmy. They quickly realized they would never find the belongings they stored there. They had lost much of what was in their home after the tornado ripped away the roof. Their sons, ages 20 and 17, both Eagle Scouts, went outside after the storm.

“My sons had deceased children in their arms when they came back,” Fritz said. “My husband and I went out and saw two or three dead bodies on the ground.”

After learning of so much death and destruction, my friend asked me, “Why does this happen? I know everything happens for a reason, but I can’t understand how this is part of God’s plan.”

I don’t know why bad things happen.

I do know that God doesn’t exist to make our lives worry and hassle-free. He doesn’t exist to make us happy (whatever that means), keep us healthy, give us money, or prevent us from suffering.

God exists simply because He does. He’s the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the creator of all things. We exist because God created us.

When Job cried out to God asking him why, God gives him this answer:

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Roughly translated: “Who are you to question my motives?”

When tragedy strikes, when loved ones are lost and innocence is shattered, our hearts break and we silently (or loudly) scream, “WHY?

Asking why is fruitless, because our limited knowledge of God’s universe can’t begin to comprehend His reasons. God did not let this happen or make this happen in the way that we think of things happening. Just as God does not exist to make us happy, He doesn’t exist to torment us either.

Disasters happen. Life on Earth ends. This life is a blink, and right now at this very second, God knows exactly when and how your time here will end. That doesn’t make Him mean or vengeful; it just makes Him God.

We can’t possibly understand the plans God has for us. Why would He strike a little girl blind and deaf? Because He knew how many lives Helen Keller would touch (get it? Sorry, couldn’t help myself). Why would He allow a boy’s brothers to sell him into slavery? Because without Joseph in Egypt, God’s promise to Abraham couldn’t be fulfilled, as his descendants would’ve starved to death.

He knows what He’s doing, even if we don’t. I don’t know why bad things happen, but I trust that the Lord has a plan, that he will bring triumph from tragedy, and that ultimately, I know that no matter what happens on this planet, He holds me in His hand, because I am His.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t cry or rage with grief.

I am only human.

Dirty Dishes? Clean ‘em Up with Phosphates!

I don’t get some people. Take progressives, for example. Their very moniker indicates their penchant for progress. Yet for some reason, they seem bound and determined for us to make our way back to the days when we lived in mud huts and life expectancy was 37, but gosh darn it, smog levels were nonexistent.

One of the latest developments in the fight to save the planet has been to ban phosphates in dishwashing detergents. Because phosphates make algae grow in rivers and lakes, and that could, like, totally starve the fishies of oxygen.

Side note: Aren’t these the same people that supposedly believe in evolution? Why don’t the fish evolve to need less oxygen? Food for thought…

I’ve been going crazy for the better part of year now, wondering why the heck my dishwasher stopped working. Leif has taken the thing apart and cleaned it. We’ve fiddled with this and that. The dishes were still dirty. If we didn’t wash the dishes before they went into the machine, they came out with the food gunk still stuck on them. Even if we prewashed everything, there was this white filmy stuff coating everything. The dishwasher couldn’t even get rid of lip marks on glasses.

It’s enough to make a busy work-at-home-mom that hates doing dishes lose her mind.

It turns out my broken dishwasher isn’t broken at all. My Cascade is — the phosphates are missing. Phosphates used to be the part of the detergent that cut through grease and other food particles, and left nothing but sparkly clean behind. Thank goodness for Google, without which I might have never discovered the cause of filmy, groddy plight.

Luckily, people (especially moms, in my ever-so-humble opinion!) are smarter than the government. Thanks to the Internet, I figured out that I could add phosphates back into my detergent and enjoy shiny clean dishes again (no elbow grease required!), and thanks to a friend, I found out that I could buy phosphates at my local Home Depot. A teaspoon added to each cycle should do the trick.

So now I sit, in eager anticipation, listening to the dishwasher run and imagining all sorts of little phosphorus scrubby guys running around in there making everything all clean and sparkly.

I’ll let you know how it goes…


Dishes are clean and sparkly. No hand washing required. Mega win!

Adult ‘Baby’ Doesn’t Need a Disability Check — He Needs to Grow Up

While I try not to judge others, occasionally I come across something that makes me stop and say to myself, “Wow. That’s disturbing.” Such a moment happened this week when I stumbled upon a story about Adult Babies. Fully grown humans that like to wear diapers, sleep in giant cribs, and suck on pacifiers.

If I can’t say this is weird, then I might as well not be able to call the sky blue, because that stuff is messed up.

Thanks to the Internet and prime-time network television (hello CSI and the “Furries” episode!), I’ve become aware of some of the stranger oddities that people sometimes choose to indulge in. Being someone that doesn’t understand the appeal of defecating in a giant diaper or putting on a bunny suit to get it on, I’m always strangely fascinated by these people.

Read the rest at The Stir

Obamacare Waivers for All the President’s Friends

Another week, another round of Obamacare waivers. One has to wonder at this point if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act applies to anyone anymore. It certainly doesn’t seem to apply to friends of President Obama.

They’re all getting waivers.

The Obama administration granted 204 new waivers nationwide in April, and almost 20 percent of them went to fancy restaurants and hotels in San Francisco. It’s probably a coincidence that San Francisco is former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s district. Ms. Pelosi, along with her Senatorial counterpart Harry Reid, was one of the biggest pushers of Obamacare when the president was trying to get it passed.

The other 80 percent of the waivers went to the usual recipients:labor unions, large corporations, financial firms, and local governments. How nice it must be to be in bed with big government. Sarah Palin had a succinct response to the Pelosi waiver revelation:

“Unflippingbelievable! No, wait, it is believable,” Palin said in an email to TheDC (The Daily Caller). “Seriously, this is corrupt. And anyone who still supports the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda of centralized government takeovers of the free market and the corresponding crony capitalism is, in my book, complicit.”

Read the rest at The Stir