I Think She’s Cuckoo, Not for Cocoa Puffs

Where, oh where do I begin? Let’s start with this: My neighbor might be cuckoo.

‘Might” is relative. To tell such a cuckoo story, one must begin, well…at the beginning.

I won’t lie, I’m a bit of a recluse. I have friends of course but when it comes to my wee castle, I stay in. I watch t.v., I play with my son, I cook dinner and I play on the internet. I like my time and hey, I don’t really like being bothered. Time is precious and though I’m young as everyone likes to point out, Life is short…no if’s and’s or buts about it!

So, let’s say September time frame, I start chatting with my neighbor. I’m in the backyard and she’s talking to the nice lady who lives behind us and it turns out, someone broke into her house. This is astonishing. Why? Because we live in what you’d call a gated community with armed men in uniform at all gates. Not something that typically happens on a…government installation. Her husband is away, for awhile, so it’s her and her kid. We start to talk, and after a few days we talk more. To cut this part slightly shorter…the house keeps getting broken into and no one is taking it seriously. I’m a little freaked and try to watch when I can. Now as a side-note and a very important part in all this, it turns out we have a few things in common. We both read Tarot cards and hence, our spiritual side is similar. I’m Wiccan, I guess. I’m baptized Catholic which means I potentially could drink a lot and love bread…with a side of butter please. But, I was jaded in high school and found Wicca. I’m what you would call a solitaire witch and think Covens are full of crazies who claim to be eclectic, or are full of dungeons and dragons players that took the game a little too far. Just my opinion but my luck with covens has been like a severe nerd-fest and I was worried it would rub off. Anywho, it’s good to note that against popular beliefs, Wicca is a very pleasant religion. It’s Earth based and goes by the seasons. And one more important fact that I would ask you to remember through this reading because it will come back…witch’s cast spells. Spells are like prayers and the number one rule is, you don’t cast spells against others or it comes back three-fold. I have enough bad luck as it is….so this is one rule I stick to.

Now, let’s jump forward a little. My neighbor, seemed to be paranoid. Some of this was a given considering the situation but some things were just ridiculous. In the heat of the moment I dared not say anything because as we ladies know, you don’t want to tell another lady she’s wrong or…cuckoo. But, she would swear to things that were just impossible or take one little thing and turn it into the Alps. I could have skied down her fears and paranoia. In the end, they are pretty sure they figured out who it was. This was after she had her locks changed twice, put her own security camera’s up, put in flood lights, had the cops driving by every night and had her friend and neighbor…me, watching her house like a hawk. I can’t tell you the numerous things we did for her. She even called the cops on my husband once because she thought he was the burglar. If she would of just looked through her peep-hole, she would have seen it was him.

So now it’s Thanksgiving, her husband is back and we ask them if they want to combine food and eat together. We did and it was great! They had delicious southern dishes and I had my mama’s recipes from the west. MMM MMM good. Then the boys watched football and we read Tarot. My reading for her was pretty right on. She couldn’t stop dwelling on the “person’s” in question and really, was driving herself crazy. The reading she did for me was astounding and it is because of her and that reading, that my marriage went from not so good to grand. And though she may be cuckoo…as a side-note, I will always be grateful for what she told me.

I’m going to backtrack slightly. She is into psychics, Feng-Shui, has had her house “cleansed” and constantly gets readings and help from many in the spiritual profession.  I’m not the opposite but it’s rare that I seek these things.

January, I saw her outside the house as I was going back to work. I hadn’t chatted with her and pulled up to see her. She asked me if I was mad at her because somebody spilled colored dye all over her driveway. I told her that no I wasn’t, in fact I wanted to thank her again because Hubby and I were doing fantastic. I mentioned that I hadn’t seen anything nor did I see the dye. She said she had cleaned it. Apparently I’m not very observant cause I still don’t know where it spilled or what color it was. I left and went to work.

3 weeks ago I’m chillin’ on the couch, minding my business when I get a phone call. It’s her and she sounds stressed. She just left a new psychic she was trying out and apparently this “psychic” told her I was…and I QUOTE..”Burning candles” on her. Now, I consider myself pretty damn smart…in fact, I may be a genius in small circles but I’ll be damned if I’d ever heard this phrase. Confused, I asked her what the hell that meant? She told me her psychic was positive, POSITIVE,l that I was casting spells on her and that I was not to be trusted. Well! First I laughed because..I didn’t know what else to do. This was the stupidest thing I’d ever heard. I told her:

1. I haven’t burned a candle in 6 months for spells and that the last candle I lit was 2 days before that. The candle I burned was one I made and totally screwed up and thought I would test it to see if it collapsed on itself.

2. The golden rule, I don’t cast spells on people and if I do a spell for someone, I always get permission cause it takes that nasty 3-fold rule out of the picture 🙂

3. I have nothing against her…at all. In fact, I like her so why would I do something so ridiculous.

Then she goes on to tell me that this loon of a lady told her I know the chick that was breaking in to her house. Another impossibility! I still don’t know who she is. I know she works at the grocery store here on base but I don’t shop there…I’m a Whole Foods girl.

I told her that I don’t know why this woman would say such a thing but that it was out in left field and completely untrue. Our conversation changed to what’s been going on personally and I ended it with telling her to call me and let me know if she found out anything.

I didn’t hear from her.

Two days ago, I check my mail and get my utility bill. It’s not pretty and I notice some major issues. I’m in a panic and tell my husband that I’m going to  my neighbor to see if she’s got the same problem.

The door was open, I knock, her husband tells me to come in. I ask if he got his bill and he said yes and that it was huge. I asked when wifey would be home, he said he was leaving and that she’d be home soon. I say I’ll come back when she gets home and off I go. I watched for her but it started getting late and I had to make dinner. So I figured I’d leave it for the next day.

Yesterday, I go to work and am waiting on hubby so he can take me to the property management office. I plan on letting loose and getting all this years frustration out on whoever the poor girl is working at the desk that day. I’m pissed! I look down and realize I missed a call from an “Unknown” number. And I think, probably a bill collector but…turns out they left a message and guess who it’s from? Oh yeah…Mrs. Cuckoo. The message was short and to the point, ‘hubby told her I stopped by and that he was uncomfortable with me there without cuckoo and frankly so was she. She didn’t want me over and thought “We had discussed this last time we talked”. And she hung up.

What the Fu…aaack? First, I was shaking. I was so pissed/upset and offended that I couldn’t think straight. Second, I wanted retaliation..I wanted confrontation. But then I thought…why? She obviously believes the loon and constantly needs direction from people she doesn’t know. If she can’t go with her own gut then she’s  missing a big piece of what life is about. No one has all the answers and most psychics are full of shit. I actually felt more grounded and in tune with myself realizing how out of tune my neighbor is.

But this brings on other issues. She is paranoid which means anything that happens in that house..will be directed towards me. I know this because I saw her do it to others and now I’m thinking that a lot of what happened was imagined and that all the issues she thinks she has in that house (ghosts, bad juju) are caused by her and nothing else. As I write this, they have their music banging through my walls…yes, the house is connected, YAY me!

I talked to God last night. I do this often. It’s funny cause I always do it in bed when I’m about to fall asleep. It goes something like this:

“Dear God, I need some help. I do not want to dwell on this stupid bitch. How could she think such a thing and now I’ve got a utility bill I can’t pay. How am I going to pay it? I need a second job. I wish Erik would turn over and stop snoring. Don’t forget Elias has no school on Friday. Oh shit, Dear God I need…shit, Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. AMEN.”

Sometimes I’m Catholic….

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Bush Anonymous and the Battered Woman Syndrome

The other day, I came across Peggy Noonan’s editorial via opinionjournal.com.

It was titled:

Too Bad
President Bush has torn the conservative coalition asunder.

I took a deep breath and the little voice inside my head said…”Oh no, not Peggy!”.

And then I read.

As always, Peggy Noonan has a way with words beyond reproach.

Elegantly, like a Mother to her children, Peggy grounded me. She sent me to my room and told me when I wake up, I can come out.

I was hurt, pouty and stubborn as all hell. I snuck out of the room and decided I’d wake up later.

Two days later, still sneaking around, I caught a peak of Chris Wallace and Newt Gingrich on Sunday Fox News.

The first thing Chris Wallace said is , “Well, joining us now, someone who’s always interesting and often controversial. But these days, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is directing his fire not at Democrats but at problems within his own Republican Party.”

I took a deep breath and the little voice inside my head said, “Oh no, not Newt!”

And then I watched as Newt tore the Republican Party a new…..ahhhh…. well let’s just say a lot of ‘Pubs’ had some cushin’ on the tooshin’ after that interview.

Not to mention….Newt gave Peggy a shout out.

I felt lost, confused. Momma and Dadda Republican were going against the grain.

I went back to Peggy’s column.

This is where the little voice started to change it’s tune :

The White House doesn’t need its traditional supporters anymore, because its problems are way beyond being solved by the base. And the people in the administration don’t even much like the base. Desperate straits have left them liberated, and they are acting out their disdain. Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.

For almost three years, arguably longer, conservative Bush supporters have felt like sufferers of battered wife syndrome. You don’t like endless gushing spending, the kind that assumes a high and unstoppable affluence will always exist, and the tax receipts will always flow in? Too bad! You don’t like expanding governmental authority and power? Too bad. You think the war was wrong or is wrong? Too bad.

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh She’s RIGHT!

Listen, I love Bush. I love the cowboy attitude, the let’s kick ass attitude and yet…He’s messed up. I’ve acknowledged these mess-ups outloud but still defended him. And on a few things I still do, the Iraq War being number 1. As a Republican, I can also acknowledge that we were not prepared for Iraq and something’s gotta give. But Terrorism is a real thing and I’d rather it be over there then on U.S. Soil.

But then we have the Immigration issue which seems to be head to head with the Iraq War and what Americans are concerned with most.

A majority of Americans (48% via Rasmussen) do not apporve of the Immigration Bill. 26% aren’t sure, 26% favor it. WOW, that’s a big difference. But instead of the Governement listening to our cries….

via Peggy:

The president has taken to suggesting that opponents of his immigration bill are unpatriotic–they “don’t want to do what’s right for America.” His ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has said, “We’re gonna tell the bigots to shut up.” On Fox last weekend he vowed to “push back.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested opponents would prefer illegal immigrants be killed; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said those who oppose the bill want “mass deportation.” Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said those who oppose the bill are “anti-immigrant” and suggested they suffer from “rage” and “national chauvinism.”

Excuse me? Unpatriotic? I have stood by this President thru thick and thin, but when over 60% do not like or are unsure of this Bill, we get a big fat slap in the face? I thought we voted you in Mr. President and you were voted in based on OUR views and what WE want and support, Not yours.

Newt Gingrich believes our Governement is Dysfunctional or not functioning at all. He is right, but it’s not just him, this whole Country is Dysfunctional. First we’re Martyr’s, then we’re Scrooge. I’m offended by this, you’re offended by that…let’s sue each other. Let’s change laws based on Minority views not Majority. 

How did we stray? Are we so offended by this governement that we’ve decided to go rogue on each other? I mean… really!

We have an election coming up. Some of the Lefties are Extreme to the point of ridiculous, as are some of the Republicans.

I need someone in the middle….we all do.

Some things just HAVE to be compromised. We need to acknowledge Terrorism and realize a little chat over tea won’t solve that problem. At the same time, we need to look at our diversity and celebrate it instead of pointing out all our faults. We all have them, get over it. We’ve become a bunch of pussy cats. “Oh, you called me fat, I’m taking you to court!”, “I’m not the best worker in the world but I should of got that promotion because I’m me and a woman, To Court!”, “Did I just hear the word ‘God’ come from that guys mouth, walking down the sidewalk minding his own business? I’m suing the city for allowing preaching on our sidewalks!”.

Get the BLANK over it.

The only way to get anything done is compromise…..dare I say, share? We were taught these values since the day we came into this world. We teach our children to take turns, listen to each other.  Do as I say, not as I do?

My fellow Republicans, it’s time we did a little bit of waking up. I am and will always be a Conservative, but it doesn’t mean I have to support every Republican in office. I back Bush on Terrorism, I’m not sure I back him on much else these days. I find myself turning the volume down when he speaks.

 I’ve said it many times but I will say it again..America is the Greatest Country in the World! But we make it that, no one else. You can’t preach Peace at your rally’s when you won’t shake the hand of your fellow neighbor nor can you be blind to the differences between Bible Times and 21st Century Times.

We all have some waking up to do. We’ve taken a beating for too long and it’s time for a 12 step Program.

The first step?

Hi, My name is CWonder, and I’m a Bushaholic.

Al-Qaida, U.S., Flagpole, After School.

An American Al-Qaida member is the star of a new video tape threatening the United States with attacks far worse then 9/11.

Article:

Wearing a white robe and a turban, Adam Yehiye Gadahn, who also goes by the name Azzam al-Amriki, said al-Qaida would not negotiate on its demands.

“Your failure to heed our demands … means that you and your people will … experience things which will make you forget all about the horrors of September 11th, Afghanistan and Iraq and Virginia Tech,” he said in the seven-minute video.

Ben Venzke from IntelCenter says:

‘the group likely did not believe any of its demands would be met.’

Obviously this is the point. Al-Qaida knows we don’t and won’t negotiate with terrorists. Therefore, this is just an excuse to justify attacks on the U.S. A way to say, ‘hey, we told you, now you will pay.’

So should we be worried? I’ll tell you what, this is all eerily familiar.

The fact that I live in Germany right now and we are under a “Heightened Alert” and the tapes. Well…if anything, keep your eyes open.

As you may or may not recall, around July 23rd of 2001 warnings came out about an attack overseas. I remember the night I read the article (which, by the way, I have searched the Internet far and wide for such an article..nothing seems to go back far enough). I was working at our Command Post, a graveyard shift and was reading the news on MSNBC.com. I read the article, found it so interesting I forwarded it to my Parents, Sister and friends. And we know what happened after that.

Remember, it only takes one guy to cause harm. One. One Psycho, One Terrorist.

It doesn’t matter how smart or stupid these cells are, it doesn’t take brains to pull a trigger or push a detonator. 

Whenever someone threatens you, you should take it seriously. No matter what. If your family or children were threatened, you would take it seriously. So take this seriously. It’s the same exact thing on a much bigger scale. Don’t be afraid, just be vigilant, observant.

Also recognize that these terrorists know exactly how to get to us..mentally. Before Iraq, they were telling us we needed to convert, drop our support for Israel. Using Iraq as leverage and knowing how torn our Country is, they tell us we must leave the Middle East or face devastation.

All our lefties out there will use this as an excuse for why we shouldn’t be involved in Iraq. And that’s called waiving a white flag.

The fact of the matter is, no matter what we do, they will hate us. If we pulled out of Iraq, then we would have to stop supporting Israel or face attacks. If we stopped supporting Israel then we would all have to convert to Islam. If we did that we’d have to give up or Western ways.

 Their demands are ENDLESS.

 If it looks suspicious, feels suspicious, it probably is suspicious. Let’s take care of each other out there. This is our Country, Defend it anyway you can, even if it’s just with your eyes and voice.

Muslims in America

The Pew Research Center  did a poll on Muslims living in America, the results are all over the news this morning.

Via Washingtonpost.com

The survey by the Pew Research Center found that 78 percent of U.S. Muslims said the use of suicide bombings against civilian targets to defend Islam is never justified. But 5 percent said it is justified “rarely,” 7 percent said “sometimes,” and 1 percent said “often”; the remaining 9 percent said they did not know or declined to answer.

Quite different from Muslims living in Britain, France and Spain, which are twice as likely to defend suicide bombings.

I’m not sure if that’s supposed to make me feel better? It doesn’t really.

There’s a lot of positives in this survey but their are some negative’s that are concerning.

Still, the poll found “pockets of sympathy for extremism” particularly among African Americans and young Muslims, said Andrew Kohut, head of the Pew Research Center

Surprising…..

Native-born African American Muslims, who represent about 20 percent of the total Muslim population, are its most disillusioned segment, the report shows. They are more skeptical than foreign-born Muslims of the idea that hard work pays off. About 13 percent are satisfied with the way things are going, compared with 29 percent of other native-born Muslims and 45 percent of Muslim immigrants.

9% have a favorable attitude towards Osama Bin laden.

Another interesting fact, A majority of muslims are flocking to the Democrat Party, 6 to 1. This is because a large majority don’t support the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sigh…I support the war, but sometimes I think, “What the hell are we doing there? If they don’t give a shit, why do we?”

Alright, sidetracking this discussion…

Dr.Sanity had a rant the other day on what is wrong with Islam, men in paticular.

First let me say, I completely agree with her!

A piece from her fantastic and informative post.

I have said it before and I will say it again here: the treatment of women under Islam is not only the key to understanding the pathology of the culture, but also the key to developing an antidote to its most poisonous and toxic elements.

Unveiling the women of Islam and eliminating their second-class status; empowering them in the oppressive Islamic countries where their individuality and self-expression has been crushed– may cause a ripple effect that could eventually alter a family structure that currently encourages the development of generation after generation of dysfunctional and pathological men and women.What seems most characteristic about the type of Islam practiced in the Middle East today (and being exported around the world) is that its attitude toward women most certainly has no relationship to reality. Reality is indeed a “mistake” in their eyes, and they fully intend to rectify it–no matter how many deaths and lives are sacrificed to their perverted religious ideology.

Psychiatrists generally refers to this state as “psychotic” and “delusional”.

It has been argued (and there is a great deal of merit in the argument, in my opinion) that Islamist terror can be thought of in part, at least, as a response to sexual rage, frustration, and the humiliation of being connected to a “degraded mother.” Thus the men in the culture must constantly assert their masculinity, defend their masculine “honor”, and strike out in rage against any who “shame” them.

I wrote of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book, Infidel here; Dr. Sanity’s post reminds me of the book. So maybe it would be educational to read both.

INFIDEL!!!! Death to Ayaan Hirsi Ali!

I just got done reading “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

This is the Autobiography of a woman who has climbed up thru a well of Darkness and bathed herself with the sweet rays of sunshine and Freedom.

Her story is fascinating, horrifying, depressing, educational and most definitely..worthy of a read. There were parts in her book that made me cry, other’s where it was hard to keep reading. I couldn’t put it down.

The very very very short version:

Ms. Hirsi Ali was born in 1969 in Mogadishu–into, as she puts it, “the Islamic civilization, as far as you can call it a civilization.” In 1992, at age 22, her family gave her hand to a distant relative; had the marriage ensued, she says, it would have been “an arranged rape.” But as she was shipped to the appointment via Europe, she fled, obtaining asylum in Holland. There, “through observation, through experience, through reading,” she acquainted herself with a different world. “The culture that I came to and I live in now is not perfect,” Ms. Hirsi Ali says. “But this culture, the West, the product of the Enlightenment, is the best humanity has ever achieved.”

 (You can read the rest of the article here)

She is heavily guarded due to her statements about the Islamic Religion and specifically her remarks about the prophet being a tyrant and pervert. 

“Radical” (though she believes there is nothing “radical” about them) Islamists want her head on a plate. It all started when Theo Van Gogh helped her film the Documentary “Submission” which  “investigated passages from the Quran that Ms. Hirsi Ali contends authorize violence against women, and did so by projecting those passages onto naked female bodies.

Theo Van Gogh was murdered two months later. Shot more than once, his neck sliced and a letter stabbed to his chest written to Ayaan. A Warning. She’s been surrounded by security ever since.

 In retrospect, she deeply regrets the outcome: “I don’t think the film was worth the human life.”

She resides in the U.S. now, working for a Neo-Conservative think-tank in D.C.

Bill Steigerwald, via Human Events.com did a great interview with Ms. Ali.

A Piece:

Steigerwald: What is the significance of the title “Infidel”?

Ali:That as someone who was born into Islam and brought up with Islam, every call for for change meets with the accusation “You are an infidel.” After the 11th of September, Western leaders started to persuade Muslims all over the world to stand up and say, “This is not done in my religion.” I started to download what bin Laden had said. Pretty much the message of bin Laden is that every Muslim should stand up and fight the enemies of Islam. I started to download his speeches and he quotes abundantly from the Koran and the Hadith (written traditions of the Prophet Muhammad). Bin Laden’s message is consistent. What he says, is in the Koran. What he says that the prophet did, it is true the prophet did. My reaction to that was, let’s not turn away from that but let’s acknowledge that our religion has very violent principles and by acknowledging those deviances, we can correct it. And that’s when I was met with the accusation “You’ve become an infidel.” Then in Holland, I started to point out the position of Muslim women in Holland and in Muslim countries. I said it is inferior and that inferiority and the violence against women and the subjugation against them is justified in the name of Islam. I said “Let’s acknowledge that this deformity is within the religion and reform it.” And the answer to that was always, “Oh, but you are an infidel if you say that.” I said “Let’s correct what the prophet Muhammad said” — “No. The prophet was perfect, he was infallible. You don’t correct what he said. If you do that you are an infidel.”

I did a little digging myself into the Qu’ran.

I only read Chapter Four, An-nisa (Women). Because it caught my eye. There are 176 Verses.

I decided to write down all the verses I questioned, found a bit scary or Cruel.

I decided to do this after reading the first 33 verses.

004.034, 004.037-038, 004.044-046, 004.050-051, 004.056-058, 004.069, 004.074-076, 004.079, 004.084, 004.089-092, 004.094, 004.101-102, 004.105, 004.116-117, 004.125, 004.128-129, 004.139-140, 004.144, 004.168-169, 004.171.

Don’t read too much into this…I claim only interest in what Islam really means and these are things that caught my eye. This is obviously a very small portion of the Qu’ran. But I think like many of us, I just want to understand Why?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book is an eye opener.

I would normally say…every woman should read it. But that doesn’t make much sense. Our Western life is so drastically different from what this woman went through. Trying to appreciate life more after reading this book is difficult.

If anything, this book has me asking more questions. Good questions and I  have to wonder how right she really is. I’m leaning with her.

Judge for yourself. $15.60.