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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Nice and Warm

Nice and Warm--Tab Benoit

Have a nice and warm Thanksgiving America....Happy Birthday Senator Landrieu....

Thursday, November 16, 2006

God does Speak

God does speak but we need to stop and listen sometimes.....As much as God has been saying to me that my companion will come along, I have been in high anxiety the past few weeks.....The one thing that stresses me out the most is my ex-husband....Last night was not a good night for me or him when he showed up at my doorstep....I don't hate the man but I still have resentment for him.....I don't know why we even ended up together....We don't even have the same interests and he knows nothing about Black culture except black bodies.....The man couldn't name one blues or jazz singer that is black at all....He grew up on rock, country and red-neckism for Mexicans..I was just part of the women of Louisiana that resent him and my friends feel the same way about him because if you talk to him for longer than 30 minutes he can be pretty arrogant but that comes from being the majority population in San Antonio....Hispanics outnumber Blacks and Whites in San Antonio.....

Me, I come from the dirty South were train tracks still separate races....We grew up standing on the sidelines while the White folks made all the key plays....We didn't really mingle like the people in the town do nowdays but still in all the race relations are still very much strained even today....Whites still watch you and follow you around the store like you are trying to steal something....Whites cruise black neighborhoods looking for drugs....White women hit the Black neighborhoods looking to be with Black men as a form of rebellion because the majority of them choose the wrong ones to be with....You don't see Black women in my town on the arms of White men....It just doesn't happen...Except but for me but I never dated anyone in my hometown....There are no movie theaters or malls for social outlets....Nothing worth doing or going to is within walking distance....I really didn't enjoy growing up in my hometown at all....There are very few black owned businesses....Some of you reading this probably wonder why I even date White men after living a life of such underprivilege....

I feel connected to them in many ways....I'm a pretty broad minded person...We listen to all types of music in my house....Last night I was introducing my brother to some Waylon Thibodeaux as he tried to figure out how to play my pink fiddle....It's pink and it's a fiddle damn it!!! But he couldn't get it to make a sound....He has pretty much settled into the life of a future professional percussionist....There's an awesome website that he showed me called Tapspace and they have some dope beats for drummers and drum lovers.....Of course we had some Tab Benoit on....I so love the man's music.....Tonight I took time to listen to God's still small voice...I read some of the articles that I receive in the e-mail and this was definitely God speaking to me....."Oh what needless pain we bare....."
Especially when we don't listen to God or take everything to him in prayer....Now I am off to bed for some much needed rest....It's been high anxiety for the last few weeks...Governor Blanco, you get some rest too....

November 16, 2006

Encouragement for Today

Principle 2

“When to say, ‘I Do’”

Van Walton, Proverbs 31 Speaker, Director of Hispanic Ministries

Key Verse:

Proverbs 4:25-27, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (NLT)


I recently decided I needed a pair of earrings to match a dress I would wear to a wedding. Determined to find pink earrings to set off my special-occasion attire, I drove to the mall. I did not need another pair of earrings. I had some classic jewelry to wear, but I wanted to make a fashion statement. The latest fads dictated that eye-catching, fun-loving, color-coordinated accessories were necessary. While at the mall, I found some earrings that ”would do” or so I thought. Days later, I put on my new jewelry. Just the right color, they dangled correctly and made an appropriate fashion statement, but they just were not me. I was no longer satisfied with what had once charmed me. I wanted to return them, but they were now used goods.

This was not the first time I had made a choice I regretted. Many times I have thought a new “accessory” would truly improve me or change my life. Later I’d learn that what I thought was essential was only a romanticized notion.

Sometimes, to a woman, a man is that romanticized “accessory.” If you are a typical single woman, your future dreams probably include a man with whom to share your life. This is not unusual. God created us with that desire.

Thirty-five years ago, I married my man after a college courtship of two-and-a-half years. We met on the phone, sort of. He overheard his roommate talking with me and decided we should meet. After many phone conversations we agreed to get together between classes. That was the beginning of a life-long friendship.

I use the word “friendship” rather than “romance” purposely. Over time I grew to enjoy the company of this young man. Over the months we increasingly chose to spend time together. As we became more and more acquainted I knew we had a lot in common. I came to admire him. His intelligence, calm spirit, love-of-family, and clear respect for me made an impression. Eventually I realized I was no longer content in his absence.

I’ve seen so many relationships fall apart after the wedding. Like the earring purchase at the mall, women sometimes make passionate, impulsive, or desperate “purchases” at the altar without truly considering the long-term reality of marriage. Like rushing to buy a pair of earrings that are socially in fashion but just not really you, a lovely wedding is planned with a dazzling color scheme and an impressive dress but not long after regret sets in.

Each time I look at those earrings I ask myself why I bought them. Unfortunately I have friends who feel the same about the men they married. They wonder why they settled for someone who “would do.”

I believe it was God’s grace and many prayers that allowed me to date my husband for a long time before we married. I like to think I made a wise decision, but I can’t take all the credit. The Holy Spirit guided me in my choice for a life-long partner. Let me share three consistent thoughts I had as I dated:

n Marry for friendship, not romance. Romance is nice but like a pair of earrings, it can lose its luster. A friend is someone you connect with, appreciate, and respect. Save physical intimacy for marriage

n Marry someone you know well. Allow the attraction that unites the two of you to be rooted in your minds, hearts, and souls - where true intimacy develops. The development of a deep relationship takes time. Don ’t rush into a decision that can’t be “returned.”

n Marry for honest reasons. Marriage is God’s design. It is a union between two people who promise before God to take care of each other, to encourage one another, and to help each other grow towards Christ. Marry a man who loves his Lord more than he loves you! Marry a man who has learned from God how to love his wife. Don ’t marry for status or money. Also, don’t fall prey to the notion that you can “fix” him once you are married.

My Prayer for Today:

Heavenly Father, I long for a relationship with a man who will love me and cherish me. I know You have a perfect plan for me and I pray for patience and trust to wait for that husband. Give me the wisdom and strength to accept only Your best for my life, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Application Steps:

Describe your notion of perfect husband. Ask God to show you what His notion of a perfect husband is. Do the two lists match up?

As you wait for Mr. Perfect to come along, remember there is only one perfect Man. Allow your relationship with Jesus to grow and develop to the point that know Jesus alone satisfies.

Prepare yourself to offer the purest gift of all to your future husband, a treasure no other has encountered.

Reflection Points:

Why would I allow the world to dictate my values and dreams?

Why would I settle for a man who doesn’t fulfill my dreams?

Since I believe marriage is God’s perfect plan for man and woman, am I willing to wait for the right man of God to come along?

What is the best that can happen if I wait for Mr. Right? What is the worst that can happen if I settle for a man who might not fit my needs?

Power Verses:
Song of Solomon 5:16, “His mouth is altogether sweet; he is lovely in every way. Such, O women of Jerusalem , is my lover, my friend.” (NLT)

1 Corinthians 6:18-20, “There's more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, "The two become one." Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never "become one." There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for "becoming one" with another. Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don 't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.” (MSG)

Philippians 4:6-9, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. … whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (NKJV)

Additional Resources:
Dreams of a Woman by Sharon Jaynes

Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes

Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I'm feeling the weight of the water baby....I so love you Tab...

When A Cajun Man Gets the Blues--Tab Benoit's tribute to Raful Neal

"And all I wanted was to hear ol' Rayful Neal sing my song 'When a Cajun man gets the blues'.....'"

I heard you Tab....

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Welcome Home Governor!!!!!


Governor back after global economic trip

Advocate Capitol News Bureau
Published: Nov 14, 2006

Gov. Kathleen Blanco returned Monday from an economic development mission that took her around the world.

“There’s a lot of affinity for Louisiana around the world,” Blanco said after stepping off an airplane at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Monday night.

The governor visited business and government officials in Japan, China and Kuwait. She left Louisiana on Oct. 30.

So far, the most touted news to emerge from her trip is a state-owned Kuwaiti company’s agreement to explore the feasibility of building an oil refinery in Louisiana.

It would be the first new crude-oil refinery in the United States in 30 years.

The project is far from a done deal. The memorandum explicitly states that it does not “create any legally binding obligations.”

In the document, Louisiana agrees to support the efforts of Kuwait Petroleum Corp. and its strategic partners. One possible partner is Louisiana-based construction giant The Shaw Group.

Shaw Group Chief Executive Officer Jim Bernhard was on hand during the state’s talks in Kuwait, the governor said. Bernhard is the former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. He also gave his financial support to Blanco when she ran for governor.

Blanco downplayed the possible boon for Shaw in a new refinery, saying companies across the state stand to profit from the project.

“Every contractor in Louisiana is going to have business,” she said.

During the trip, Blanco also talked to Toyota Motor Corp. officials about what the state is calling a “mega site” for industry in Richland Parish east of Monroe.

The Blanco administration has talked about landing an automotive plant for the site.

Blanco said the purpose of her trip was to talk up Louisiana and to paint the state as a place for investment and expansion.

Other highlights of the trip included:

A meeting in Shanghai with the company behind a $5 billion synthetic fuel plant proposed for Ascension Parish.
A visit in Taiwan with Formosa Plastics Corp., which has a facility in Baton Rouge.
An investment roundtable in Hong Kong with bankers, insurance industry representatives and real estate investors.
Planting a magnolia tree at a semiconductor silicon crystal plant in Japan.
A meeting with Kuwait’s minister of energy.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Happy Cajun Day (errr...."Cajun Month")

I sooooo love you Tab Benoit!!! Tab holla at Waylon (Thibodeaux).....I so love me some Waylon Thibodeaux!!!! Governor!!!! Waylon's got dimples!!!
When a Cajun Man Gets the Blues--Tab Benoit

Thank You Governor for proclaiming this day to be the day--THE DAY TO BE PROUD TO BE A CAJUN!!!!! We love you Louisiana!!!!


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Say what?!!!

11/09/06 10:10 pmMsg: 143 of 223 2 recommendations
that is why he is leaving...http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/11/08/censored-by-cnn-bill-mah_n_33701.html

Oh my!!!! Things are going downhill for the Republican party really, really fast!!!!

And I heard 'em say

Katrina a factor in GOP defeats
Strategist: Response highlights ineptitude
Thursday, November 09, 2006
By Bruce Alpert
WASHINGTON -- The official who directed the Democrats' successful campaign to win back a majority in the House of Representatives says that the Bush administration's botched early response to Hurricane Katrina played a "very big role" in his party's victory.

I Heard 'Em Say--Kanye West

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that Katrina was on the minds of voters, even though few candidates used the hurricane as an issue in ads.

It came up, he said, in individual conversations on the campaign trail because "in many ways it revealed a White House that was both out of touch on the issue of competence that was a selling point for this White House."

Emanuel said the nation watched the suffering in New Orleans, with people waiting for days on rooftops or stuck in the Superdome and the Convention Center, without functioning bathrooms or adequate supplies of food and water and thought to themselves "that's just not how we treat fellow Americans."

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said many people "internalized" what they saw on their TV screens when Katrina hit and that the "shock factor" of seeing their government perform so poorly carried over to the election more than 14 months after Katrina made landfall.

Election experts agreed with Landrieu and Emanuel, although they suggested that it wasn't Katrina alone, but the combination with the continuing difficulties in Iraq that led some voters to question the competency of the Bush administration and to a lesser degree the GOP-led Congress.

"The public perception of incompetence by the Bush team in Iraq and New Orleans was an important factor in the election," said Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution.

Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, said that government's slow response in the hours and days after Katrina hit the coast, along with its failure to control costs for everything from blue tarps to trailers, no doubt played a role, but wasn't decisive. He said much of the blame for the GOP defeat, much like the Democrats' ouster in 1994, resulted from voters believing that the majority had lost its way with scandals and excessive partisanship.

Candidates that prominently raised Katrina as an issue found mixed results Tuesday.

Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who said her volunteer experience in Texas helping Katrina evacuees was a major factor in her decision to run for an Arizona House seat, defeated Republican Randy Graf. But three other Katrina volunteers, two Republicans and a Democrat, lost their House races to incumbents. All three were considered underdogs against their better-known opponents.

Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who ran as an independent after losing his state's Democratic primary, used their prominent roles in congressional investigations of the federal government's Katrina response to counter claims by opponents that they were too loyal to the Bush administration. Both won re-election.

Although the hurricane hit more than a year ago, an eternity in terms of political attention spans, the slow pace of the recovery in the New Orleans area helped keep the issue fresh in voters' minds, Emanuel said.

Jindal, who easily won re-election Tuesday, expressed hope that Democrats, who credit Katrina with contributing to their victory, will be responsive as the Louisiana delegation continues to seek federal assistance for what no doubt will be a very lengthy recovery period.

I heard 'em say--"We want change!!!"

Friday, November 03, 2006

Keep Talking Smack!!!

Oil and Gas Revenue MMS Press Conference

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Why are People Like That???

I don't understand Governor.... (Yes, I know that is Senator Landrieu , me and my son in the picture and not the Governor...)

Why are people like that Governor?? We're gonna ask Tab Benoit (fainting...sigh....), Governor, I think he might know the answer....