A 3rd Star For The ObamaCrat.Com

By Jueseppi B.


Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpeg



We here at The ObamaCrat.Com  have been given a third star as we get another Blog Of The Year Award.

Thank you so much Ms. Carolyn Page at the blog ABC Spirit Of Talk for this special award! I am honored that Carolyn Page thought of me for this great award.  I am so very grateful – so thank you!! I have admired Carolyn Page’s talent with her spirit, her love & warmth for humanity and her inspirational post since first meeting her.


Please if you are not familiar with ABC Spirit Of Talk, please take some time to visit her amazing place. You too will be appreciative of her sparkling personality and her words of love & inspiration.



The blog of the year award is slightly different as you can collect stars each time you receive the award. There are six stars to collect.


Here are the ‘rules’


Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award


2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.


3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)


4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them


5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience


6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…


Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!


Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!


When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!


There are a total of 6 stars to collect.


Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!



For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.


There are so many wonderful blogs that I follow and that support my political thoughts and feelings. There are those who continue to follow and read my writing faithfully even when my views might go against their own. Those are the ones I am most grateful for and try to remain loyal to.  I am thankful for their encouraging words and inspiration spiritually and creatively.


There are those who I follow faithfully for their continued inspiration and enlightenment.  I may have over looked a few of you and for that I apologize sincerely. I’ve listed the following blogs to be recipients of this Blog of 2012 Award in no particular order. Thank you all for making my blogging experience enlightening, inspiring and pleasurable.



My 2012 Blog Of The Year Award winners are as follows:


If you are a blog owner who does not believe in nor participate in the blog award experience then just ignore this post and if your blog appears on this award list, ignore that as well.


I however believe in awarding excellence and showing appreciation for great blog writing.


MY 2012 Blog Of The Year Awards go to……


Tracie Louise Photography


The Iris and the Lily


The Light Bearing Series Emily Guido


Light Touch


90 Degrees 2 The Left



This Is An Ending I Dreaded

By Jueseppi B.




This combo made from undated photos provided by the FBI shows cousins Lyric Cook, 10, right, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, who have been missing since Friday, July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/FBI)




Hunters find bodies thought to be missing Iowa girls


Posted on: 4:32 pm, December 5, 2012, by updated on: 10:38pm, December 5, 2012


From WQAD 8 Quad Cities


Nearly five months after they vanished, authorities said hunters found bodies believed to be those of two Iowa girls missing since July.


The discovery was made during the noon hour Wednesday, December 5, 2012.


The bodies were still to be examined by the state medical examiner for positive identification.


The announcement was made at a news conference held just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, December 5, 2012 at the Evansdale Police Department.


Black Hawk County Chief Deputy Rick Abben said law enforcement is still interested in any tips from the public concerning the girls’ disappearance.


Abben thanked volunteers, media and law enforcement agencies who assisted in circulating information and in helping with the search for the girls.


He did not disclose where the bodies were found, and declined to answer questions about whether the location had been previously searched.


“Right now it’s looking that the outcome was not the one that we want,” Abben said.


Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook were last seen by their grandmother July 13, 2012 when the girls went on a bike ride in Evansdale, Iowa.


When they didn’t return home, the girls were reported missing.  Their bikes and a purse were found near Meyers Lake that same day.


The lake was drained during the search for the girls.  When no bodies were found there, investigators said they believed the girls were abducted.


Lyric and Elizabeth have each had a birthday pass since they disappeared.  Elizabeth turned 9 and Lyric turned 11.


Shawn Gant, 40, reportedly told the U.S. Attorney’s office he knew where the girls were.   He later denied making the claim.


When they marked four months since the girls’ disappearance, supporters traveled statewide to remind people the girls were still missing.  Elizabeth’s mother, Heather Collins, was in Davenport, Iowa that day to hang flyers on downtown businesses.


An email address and telephone hotline number were set up for tips concerning the missing girls.


Almost immediately after the discovery was announced to media, a Facebook page “Rest in Peace Lyric Cook Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins” was started in remembrance of the girls.


Another news conference was planned for Thursday, December 6 at 4 p.m.




A sign is posted in Waterloo, Iowa, on July 19, 2012, for missing cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, then 10, and Elizabeth Collins, then 8.(Photo: Matthew Putney, AP)



2 Bodies found believed to be Iowa girls who went missing in July


Published on Dec 5, 2012


Bodies found believed to be Iowa girls who went missing in July


Two bodies found Wednesday appear to be the remains of cousins who disappeared last July in Evansdale, Iowa, police said Wednesday.


Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook disappeared on July 13 shortly after they left their grandmother’s house. Collins was 8 years old and Cook was 10 at the time of their disappearance.


Hunters found the bodies in a wooded area, Capt. Rick Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s office said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.


The girls’ families had been notified, he said, but positive identification of the bodies will be determined by the state medical examiner.


“It’s definitely not the outcome that we wanted, obviously,” Abben told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “This is a difficult thing for us to go through. It’s a difficult thing for the community.”


Abben did not say if police had a suspect in the case, but said another news conference would be held Thursday.


The girls’ bikes and a purse were initially found near Lake Meyer, prompting investigators to send in divers with sonar.


When no signs of the girls were found at the lake, officials reclassified the case as an abduction.


“Now that it’s an abduction, everyone’s a suspect,” Abben said at the time, adding that investigators had recovered some evidence and sent it to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for analysis. He declined to say what the evidence was or where it was found.

Police had offered a $50,000 reward for information to help find the girls. Last week, an anonymous donor also pledged a $100,000 reward for information, the AP reported.










Tip line


Authorities are asking anyone who saw the girls to call the Tip Line,(319) 232-6682. It’s manned 24 hours.


A reward of $50,000 has also been offered to the person or persons who can help find the girls.


Other tip lines:

- Crime Stoppers Hotline at (855) 300-8477
– FBI tipline at (402) 493-8688
– DCI tipline at (515) 725-6010




For information on donations, contact the First Security Bank in Evansdale at (319) 235-6731.



The Tale Of Two Political Parties

By Jueseppi B.








Democratic House Committee  Chair-people:








TeaTardedRepubliCANT House Committee  Chair-people:











Who did YOU vote for on November 6th, 2012? More importantly, whom will YOU vote for on November 4, 2014….the Mid Term election day?





Gun Violence In America: “It’s A Black, Hip Hop & NBA Problem”….Says the Ignorant

By Jueseppi B.







Hat Tip/Shout Out to Media Matters For America


Townhall’s Katie Pavlich Falsely Paints Gun Violence As Only An Urban Problem




Townhall news editor Katie Pavlich makes a facile comparison between “two gun cultures” in America and claims that gun violence is largely limited to urban areas. However, high levels of gun death exist throughout America, and many of the states with the highest rates of gun death are rural states with weak gun laws.





In one gun culture, Pavlich claims firearms are used “to celebrate American history, for collection, personal protection, hunting and sport” while the other gun culture “can be found in the inner city of Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and others.”



In publishing today’s column, Pavlich joined a growing chorus of conservatives in media scrambling to deny the link between firearm availability and gun violence in the wake of the murder-suicide involving NFL player Jovan Belcher. From her column:


“Historically in America we’ve had a deep respect for firearms. The vast majority of people have used them to celebrate American history, for collection, personal protection, hunting and sport. We see American gun culture celebrated each year when dads take their kids elk hunting for the first time. We see it when women head to the range to safely practice shooting their new pink pistols. We see it when a mother shoots an intruder while she is home alone in order to protect her children. We see it practiced when thousands of people sign up for concealed carry permit and hunters’ safety classes each year. Not to mention, the multi-billion-dollar firearms industry employs millions of people and provides the government with billions in tax revenue every year.

The other gun culture in America can be found in the inner city of Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and others. Ironically, violent gun culture is found within gangs in cities with the strictest gun laws. It is the same culture promoted in Hollywood films made by liberals, glorified by rappers whose music is worshiped in violent gang plagued neighborhoods and disrespectfully joked about at NBA parties.”



Now for some facts and truths that say Ms. Pavlich is a moron:


According to Centers for Disease Control data analyzed by the Violence Policy Center, the five states with the highest rates of gun death are Alaska (20.64 per 100,000), Mississippi (19.32 per 100,000), Louisiana (18.47 per 100,000), Alabama (17.53 per 100,000) and Wyoming (17.45 per 100,000). The states with the lowest rate gun death are Hawaii (3.18 per 100,000), Massachusetts (3.42 per 100,000), Rhode Island (4.18 per 100,000), New York (4.95 per 100,000) and New Jersey (4.95 per 100,000). The VPC did not rank the District of Columbia which had a rate of 21.7 per 100,000.


Pavlich seems satisfied with simply marginalizing the problem of gun violence to big cities. Gun violence is tragic wherever it may occur. But beyond that, an insidious falsehood lurks beneath Pavlich’s comparison; an idea that in non-urban America there are no negative outcomes involving firearms. In reality, the rate of firearm death in the United States is shockingly high in both urban and rural areas, especially when compared to other high-income nations.



Pavlich’s claim that “violent gun culture is found within gangs in cities with the strictest gun laws” ignores that higher levels of gun violence are found wherever gun ownership is most prevalent. Research conducted at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that “states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide.”



Using survey data on rates of household gun ownership, we examined the association between gun availability and homicide across states, 2001-2003. We found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide.  This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, after accounting for rates of aggravated assault, robbery, unemployment, urbanization, alcohol consumption, and resource deprivation (e.g., poverty). There was no association between gun prevalence and non-firearm homicide.


Read the entire article here at Media Matters For America.



Now for some simple solutions for America’s gun problem:


Abolish the second amendment.


Ban ALL handguns and assault weapons.


Empty prisons of all minor marijuana offenses and replace those empty cells with gun violators.


Over a short period of adjustment, I guarantee you will see a drop in gun violence in America.


Common sense says it’s well worth a try since doing it the old fashioned second amendment way has not worked for the lives and well being of Americans.


Wake The “Samuel L. Jackson” Up America.








Jueseppi B.:

These are absolutely amazingly clear and vivid photos….I swear I can smell the wind and the scent of fresh produce. Thank you The Iris and the Lily.

Originally posted on The Iris and the Lily:

Austin Farmer’s Market Sunset Valley – December 1st

Organic produce

 My first morning in Austin I was treated to a trip to the Sustainable Food Cooperative’s Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market

Some like them hot! Peppers!

A warm wind was blowing

Farmer's Market shopper

Aromas filled the air 

Beets and Radishes

In every direction a kaleidoscope of colors could be seen 


Color color everywhere!

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