Thursday, November 6, 2008

Echo!

I'm back - not that you probably noticed that I was gone, but I was. I apologize for not giving you all some sort of indication of how long I would be away from the blogging world; frankly, I had rather intended, because of certain circumstances, to take a 2 month blog hiatus. Circumstances changed, however, and I've decided to continue; yes, yes, I know how extremely grateful you are. :P

I'm not going to spend too much time on this, as probably virtually every US blog in existence has already covered it; but I do have to say a few things about the election. I am not ashamed to say that I voted for McCain and Palin - not because I support them in and of themselves, but because the alternative was so utterly awful. Is it possible that America just voted a Socialist into office?! God help us. I heard something that almost frightened me a little this morning - today Obama is going to get his first US Intelligence briefing. That man is going to know the country's top secrets; I guess I knew that before, but it just jumped out at me. I told my mom that, and she said that we needed to pray for him. My first reaction was Pray for him?! For what? Horrible, I know - forgive me. I think that was the first time ever that I simply didn't want to pray for someone. I didn't want to pray for Obama. A man who wants my dad (who is in a bracket well above Obama's definition of "middle class" in the economy) to give more of his well-earned money (nearly half of which already goes to the government) to Obama to distribute as he chooses...The man who wants to legalize abortion completely, who wants to treat with terrorists, who wants our brave American troops to surrender when on the verge of complete victory. The man who's pastor of 20 years said unrepeatable things in church, and allowed that man to baptize his children. The man who's wife said that she was proud of her country for the first time while on the campaign trail. I could go on and on. No, I did not want to pray for that man. Almost immediately after, however, I knew my mother was right. Like it or not, he will probably be the President for the next four years - and, as President of the United States, he will be the leader of the free world. I'm not trying to sound America-centric, because I'm not; I know the reputation America has in other places, and I know America has its major faults. But America is arguably the most powerful country on earth. We should be praying for Obama - that he would make wise decisions (as impossible as that seems - with God all things are possible). Hard, I know; but I think it's very important for us Christians to realize that by God's hand kings and rulers rise and fall - I'm not happy about the election results at all (upset, frustrated, disappointed, and disgusted - but not worried), but I do need to keep in mind that God works all things for His plan, and for the good of those who love Him. And I just happened to read this in my Bible reading today:

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." - 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Coincidence? I don't think so.

On a lighter note, perhaps I should do as a friend of mine did and join a 'group' on Facebook that said, "If Obama becomes president, we're moving to New Zealand."

Here's a political cartoon that I found quite humorous:



And here are some quizzes that I took recently "just for fun"...



What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Inland North

The Northeast

Philadelphia

The South

The West

Boston

North Central

What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz



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Which American accent do you have?

Neutral

You're not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

Personality Test Results

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I knew that I had a plain ol' American accent - despite living in Texas for my entire life thus far. ;) Now I have to show these quizzes to my Michigander cousin to prove it to her.


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Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test...

English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 93% Expert!


You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!


Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

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I should have gotten 100% percent on that one - being such a grammar freak. :-/




God bless. :)

9 comments:

The Editrix said...

My result for the American accent quiz:

Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

Not surprising, I guess. . . I suppose my Aus. accent is more "British" than American, hence it's closest to a north/west New England accent. . . actually, in real life, I don't think I'd be able to muster any remotely convincing American accent! ;)

Mada said...

I received the title of "English Genius" on the word test. :-D

Still, I pretty much expected that.

NotMyOwn said...

To The Editrix:
Haha - No, the Australian accent really doesn't sound much at all like a Northern or New York accent. :P

The Australian accent is neat, though! You have interesting ways of saying even small words like "no" - we spent about a week with some Aussie friends last summer, and ended up teasing each other about things like that, the differences in the pronunciations of the word "tubing," and how they said "bathers" and "sunnies" versus "bathing suits" and "sunglasses," etc. It's fun - I love listening to different accents. :)


To Mada:
Of course; I wouldn't expect anything less. :P

And though I did receive the "English Genius" title...I think (in my extreme grammar-freak pride) I expected to get complete 100% accuracy on that quiz. Thus the ":-/" there. ;)

WildWeazel said...

I feel much the same way about Obama. I have been hoping and praying that he would fail for almost 2 years, and now I must face the fact that he will be the one to lead this country, for better or worse. It's difficult for me to pray that he will make good decisions because part of me still wants him to fail- but where would that leave America?

I'm a proud speaker of the neutral Midwestern American dialect myself. :)

guitargirl said...

Cool! I've always wanted to go to New Zealand. LOL! I love that little cartoon ;)

NotMyOwn said...

To Wildweazel:
Yes, it's definitely a learning experience and an opportunity to trust God...Praying for Obama.

Do you actually hail from the Midwest, or do you live elsewhere? ;)


To Guitargirl:
Glad you enjoyed it. ;) I saw that cartoon on Facebook and thought it was just too hilarious not to post it.

WildWeazel said...

I'm from southern Ohio, but currently going to college in Florida.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

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NotMyOwn said...

I'm from southern Ohio, but currently going to college in Florida.

Aah, ok - your 'accent' makes sense, then. ;)


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