Welcome, ST newbies

Just wanted to take a moment to say hello to any newbies who have stumbled on to the ST blog from other sites.   I hope you like what you see here and will bookmark/blogroll this blog and return often.  Make sure to tell your friends, too :)

There used to be a time when I could keep up with the new people who posted here in the comments section but there are so many new people now, that it’s hard for me to keep up like I used to.  So if you’re new here and I haven’t personally said "hello" to you now and apologize for not being able to say hi to everyone individually here.  I enjoy participating in the comments section but things have picked up around here a bit and I’m not getting as much of a chance as I used to … but I do still participate as I love debating and talking to everyone here when I can.

Would also like to say a big thanks to those of you who have made this a regular stop on your blog reading menu.  I sincerely appreciate the fact that you find what I have to say worth reading and sometimes commenting on.  I’m just an average southern gal in North Carolina with an opinion and it humbles me that there are people out there who want to read it.  So from me to you once again: thank you.

Now, with that said, it’s time for me to hit the pillow.  After spending three hours this evening searching high and low for the one lone W2 copy that I need to send to the mortgage broker who is processing my paperwork and not being able to find it (even though I’ve got every *other* tax return/W2 going back 10 years!) I am wiped out.  They really WERE right when they said that the process of buying a home can be exhausting! But no doubt, it will be worth it in the end.

In the meantime this evening, please remember in your thoughts and prayers our friends down in the Gulf Coast area who were hard hit today by Hurricane Katrina.   The AP is reporting that at least 55 are dead in the aftermath of the storm.

Cindy meets the president

Martin SheenWell, not the real one but someone who thinks he is because he plays one on TV.  You just can’t make this stuff up.  First Sharpton, now:

CRAWFORD, Texas – Cindy Sheehan hasn’t achieved a meeting with the president during her three-week war protest, but she met a man who plays one on TV.

Martin Sheen, who portrays the president on NBC’s “The West Wing,” visited Sheehan’s makeshift campsite Sunday.

“At least you’ve got the acting president of the United States,” Sheen said as the crowd of more than 300 people cheered. “I think you know what I do for a living, but this is what I do to stay alive.”

*ST scratches head and has a perplexed look on her face*emoticon

Hurricane Katrina slams the La. and Miss. coasts

PunditGuy has a big link roundup of news, weather reports, images, and blogger commentary (hat tip: Arthur Chrenkoff). 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who live in that area.  The landscape as we know it there now may be drastically different once the full damage from Katrina is done.

More: Check out USA Today’s Hurricane Katrina blog often for the latest developments (hat tip: Bryan Preston).