Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Edited to add: Try this link and go to October 14 at 8:00pm.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Years of bad decisions and stupid mistakes have created an
economic nightmare in this country, but $700 billion in
new debt is not the answer. As a tax-paying American
citizen, I will not support any congressperson who votes
to implement such a policy. Instead, I submit the
following three steps:
Common Sense Plan.
A. Insure the subprime bonds/mortgages with an underlying
FHA-type insurance. Government-insured and backed loans
would have an instant market all over the world,creating
immediate and needed liquidity.
B. In order for a company to accept the government-backed
insurance, they must do two things:
1. Rewrite any mortgage that is more than three months
delinquent to a 6% fixed-rate mortgage.
a. Roll all back payments with no late fees or legal
costs into the balance. This brings homeowners
current and allows them a chance to keep their homes.
b. Cancel all prepayment penalties to encourage
refinancing or the sale of the property to pay off
the bad loan. In the event of foreclosure or short
sale, the borrower will not be held liable for any
deficit balance. FHA does this now, and that
encourages mortgage companies to go the extra mile
while working with the borrower—again limiting
foreclosures and ruined lives.
2. Cancel ALL golden parachutes of EXISTING and FUTURE
CEOs and executive team members as long as the company
holds these government-insured bonds/mortgages. This
keeps underperforming executives from being paid when
they don’t do their jobs.
C. This backstop will cost less than $50 billion—a small
fraction of the current proposal.
II. MARK TO MARKET
A. Remove mark to market accounting rules for two years
on only subprime Tier III bonds/mortgages. This keeps
companies from being forced to artificially mark down
bonds/mortgages below the value of the underlying
mortgages and real estate.
B. This move creates patience in the market and has an
immediate stabilizing effect on failing and ailing
banks—and it costs the taxpayer nothing.
III. CAPITAL GAINS TAX
A. Remove the capital gains tax completely. Investors
will flood the real estate and stock market in search
of tax-free profits, creating tremendous—and immediate—
liquidity in the markets. Again, this costs the
B. This move will be seen as a lightning rod politically
because many will say it is helping the rich. The truth
is the rich will benefit, but it will be their money
that stimulates the economy. This will enable all
Americans to have more stable jobs and retirement
investments that go up instead of down. This is
not a time for envy, and it’s not a time for politics.
It’s time for all of us, as Americans, to stand up,
speak out, and fix this mess.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The schedule is as follows:
We are featured in episode 13, Family Crucibles. Please try to watch this show and please pray that families will find the support and information they need to be successful in this crazy world. Here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU4MTl4FN84is the promotional video.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Here is the letter I got.
To all Families and Scholars who participated in the Real Families, Real Answers documentary series;
Thank you so very much! I’m sorry for the impersonal nature of this letter, but I want to get the word out quickly. Here’s an update on the progress of the series.
We completed principal photography on the Series in December of 2007, and we’ve been busy in the edit rooms ever since. You’re effort and patience with us in this process is about to pay off.
Promotional advertisements for the Series are now playing several times a day on both BYUTV and KBYUTV. If you tune in, you may see yourself or members of your family! If you don’t see yourself, don’t worry, the promo is only 5 minutes long and there was no way to represent all families that participated in all 13 episodes. Tune in beginning September 23 at 7:pm, as we begin to air Real Families, Real Answers in its entirety, and keep an eye out for your family (see table below). Please check local listings or www.byutv.org for more accurate updated information as the broadcast dates draw near. (Scholars, I’m sorry you are not listed in the table below, but I believe most of you are aware of the shows in which you were involved, so just check the shows by topic)
RFRA Series Show Order Air Dates Guest Families
1. Strengthening Families Pt. 1 September 23, 2008 Wiginton/Bennett/Cousin
2. Strengthening Families Pt. 2 September 30, 2008 Wiginton/Bennett/Cousin
3. Protecting Family Time
4. Managing Our Emotions
5. Keeping a Marriage Strong Pt. 1 October 21, 2008 Skolaski/Jackson
6. Keeping a Marriage Strong Pt. 2 October 28, 2008 Chase/Frandsen
7. Effective Parenting
8. Parenting Teens
9. Family Finances
10. Strengthening Blended Families
11. Successful Single Parenting
12. Family Crucibles
Additional Air Dates (General Conference)
Protecting Family Time
Managing Our Emotions
There are additional broadcast dates for KBYUTV, BYUTV-HD, through this same time period. BYUTV International airings will start world wide in January 09. The series will also be available on other PBS affiliated stations across the
You can watch byutv online at their webiste here.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
We saw 2 geneticist and a GI dr at the conference who offered some great suggestions for Katy's care and will contact Katy's drs about recommendations. We did not get a definitive diagnosis though and will have to wait longer for answers. The geneticists said that she definitely has some features of CdLS, but also has some features that are inconsistent with CdLS, so they can't say for sure until we rule out some other syndromes with similar features. The other syndromes suggested are Rubenstein-Taybi, Floating Harbor, and Seckel Syndrome.
Rubenstein-Taybi is very rare and I really do not feel that Katy has this. There are many characteristics that just don't fit Katy. Floating Harbor does have some familiar characteristics, but also some that just don't fit. Seckel Syndrome is a type of primordial dwarfism and is also very rare. She does look a little like these kids, but they have thin, fine hair and she has lots of thick hair. They are also much smaller than Katy. These syndromes will be suggested to Katy's geneticist and we will test for them. If we get negative test results they suggested that CdLS should be a good diagnosis for her. We are scheduled to see Katy's geneticist in September, but after the Foundation contacts her she might want to see Katy sooner.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
We are the Bussey family from Anniston. WDJC has made such a difference
in our lives. My daughter was born in November of 2003 with multiple
birth defects that are part of an undiagnosed genetic syndrome. She was
transferred from our local hospital to Children's hospital when she was
just a few hours old. That very long drive to Children's after spending
a whole night with her so far away was made bearable by listening to the
familiar, uplifting music we had grown to love over the years. To our
pleasant surprise the NICU nurses had WDJC on in the unit all the time
so we could get the message we needed and be comforted by the familiar
music we loved amongst the unfamiliar chaos of the unit. They were also
playing WDJC on the radio at the Ronald McDonald House in the common
areas and other families were just as blessed as we were to constantly
hear the message that no matter how bad things got, God was there and He
loved them. The blessings we have been granted by the Lord have been
transmitted through your station for years. Through all of the follow
up appts and long drives to Birmingham you have granted us strength and
brought our spirits up through your message of hope and love in Christ.
We are stronger because of the ministry of your station many times over.
Another thing I would like to mention is that Mark Harris is also very
important to our family and has given us hope for the future with our
children. We have 2 special needs children as well as one child that is
typically developing. The song, "Find Your Wings" that he performed has
really touched us and changed the way we view parenting these very
special children and raising them "in the way they should go". I have
for a long time wanted to tell him how important that song has been to
our family and we pray that we will have the opportunity to tell him
face to face at the WDJC Birthday party.
William and Jennifer Bussey and children
The party was awesome and I could listen to Mark Harris all day long!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
"We had a great day! Sean has been talking all day. He said mama, daddy, Katy, pop and verbalized for a lot of other words, but couldn't quite get the right word out. We wrote that another child had lost a tooth for news time today. Sean got up and opened his mouth and put my hand where he had lost a tooth We wrote that in the news too!"
How's that for exciting! He is now up to over 10 words! Woohoo! I have dreamed of this for years and now I am just so proud of him.