Sunday, February 27, 2005
Michael's New Threads
has a new site design over at Gay Orbit
. He wants to know what you think of it. I said it doesn't look gay enough but I was just kidding.
It is much easier on the eyes and that is a big thing. I couldn't care less what Michael's site looked like as long as he keeps blogging. I love his style and I love reading his stuff.
Have I mentioned lately that I have a huge and very secret crush on
a gay man?
Gerber, Eat Your Heart Out!
Isn't he just an angel? Damn, I'm good!
[Yeah, Dean too, whatever]
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Another Moment of Zen
Yes, 'Lil Sis and I like to dress them alike. I know what you are thinking but we promise to pay for the therapy later.
Pants On Fire
Ted Rall is a lying sack of shit
. Not like we didn't all know it, but how shameless can you get?
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Democrats or Saviors
My buddy Ara explained why some of us bumpkins are supporting Bush's plan to rescue Social Security:
Because after all, it's perfectly self-evident: Democrats will ban the Bible and force you to marry homos if you don't support the President's plan to give the Social Security Trust Fund to Wall Street.
I'm still trying to figure out how this works: If we resist change (i.e. act like reactionary conservatives/the current Democratic Party) we can defeat Bush's plan. If we defeat Bush's plan, magically, the Democrats will gain seats in the House and Senate instead of continuing to lose them like Mr. Magoo did his glasses.
Did you know that Mr. Magoo couldn't see things that were right in front of his face?
Hmmmmmm, Mr. Magoo = Democratic Party
The New Democratic Party Logo
FYI - Republicans (or Sane People)
Arguing with a Democrat is like arguing with a woman. You are at a distinct disadvantage because you (Republicans/sane people) have a need to MAKE SENSE. Democrats don't have that problem. They are in it for distance and irritation. [Props to Chris Rock]
BTW, I don't find this insulting to myself or sexist because I recognize that it is true. When I argue with my man, my goal is to win by any means necessary. Consistency be damned, I will wear you out. ;-)
Social Security Solution?
Michael says that he has the solution to the SS problem
Get rid of it altogether and make every single person in this nation responsible for their own retirement. Just do it. Wean people off of it. Give old people who are in retirement their full benefit, then make it progressively smaller for those who've been paying in but have not yet retired.
Not sure what I think about that. I like the idea of personal accounts but if the government stopped hijacking our paychecks to pay for SS then we'd be able to use that money to do it ourselves. I guess the main problem is that the government thinks that we are too stupid to provide for our own future and we agree.
Or do we?
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
What Did FDR Intend For Social Security?
Ara thinks that I may be misinformed
about FDR's intentions. I think that I can safely assure Ara that I wasn't using any newscaster or talking head as a source for my comment that Democrats "can't remember what FDR intended for Social Security."
Nope. I sure wasn't. I was using FDR's own words to make that assertion. I also wasn't saying that FDR intended what Bush is proposing. Why? Because until Bush actually proposes SOMETHING
concrete I have no idea if it will mesh with FDR's calls for "voluntary contributory annuities". I know that the system, as it is now, isn't what FDR hoped for because much of what his speech stated isn't happening. Here is the speech [edited for brevity]:
January 17, 1935
In addressing you on June 8, 1934, I summarized the main objectives of our American program. Among these was, and is, the security of the men, women, and children of the Nation against certain hazards and vicissitudes of life. This purpose is an essential part of our task. In my annual message to you I promised to submit a definite program of action. This I do in the form of a report to me by a Committee on Economic Security, appointed by me for the purpose of surveying the field and of recommending the basis of legislation.
It is overwhelmingly important to avoid any danger of permanently discrediting the sound and necessary policy of Federal legislation for economic security by attempting to apply it on too ambitious a scale before actual experience has provided guidance for the permanently safe direction of such efforts. The place of such a fundamental in our future civilization is too precious to be jeopardized now by extravagant action. It is a sound idea - a sound ideal. Most of the other advanced countries of the world have already adopted it and their experience affords the knowledge that social insurance can be made a sound and workable project.
Three principles should be observed in legislation on this subject. First, the system adopted, except for the money necessary to initiate it, should be self-sustaining in the sense that funds for the payment of insurance benefits should not come from the proceeds of general taxation. Second, excepting in old-age insurance, actual management should be left to the States subject to standards established by the Federal Government. Third, sound financial management of the funds and the reserves, and protection of the credit structure of the Nation should be assured by retaining Federal control over all funds through trustees in the Treasury of the United States.
At this time, I recommend the following types of legislation looking to economic security:
1. Unemployment compensation.
2. Old-age benefits, including compulsory and voluntary annuities.
3. Federal aid to dependent children through grants to States for the support of existing mothers' pension systems and for services for the protection and care of homeless, neglected, dependent, and crippled children.
4. Additional Federal aid to State and local public-health agencies and the strengthening of the Federal Public Health Service. I am not at this time recommending the adoption of so-called "health insurance," although groups representing the medical profession are cooperating with the Federal Government in the further study of the subject and definite progress is being made.
In the important field of security for our old people, it seems necessary to adopt three principles: First, noncontributory old-age pensions for those who are now too old to build up their own insurance. It is, of course, clear that for perhaps 30 years to come funds will have to be provided by the States and the Federal Government to meet these pensions. Second, compulsory contributory annuities which in time will establish a self-supporting system for those now young and for future generations. Third, voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age. It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans.
The amount necessary at this time for the initiation of unemployment compensation, old-age security, children's aid, and the promotion of public health, as outlined in the report of the Committee on Economic Security, is approximately $100,000,000.
So, what did FDR intend and are the Democrats living up to his example? It is my opinion that FDR did not intend for SS to remain the way it has and I think that the Dems are only fighting this because Bush is proposing to do something.
La Shawn Barber should get her facts strait or Extreeme rhetoric isn't all it's cracked up to be!
Read this excerpt from one of her latest posts:
The frustrated people of Arizona are taking matters into
their own hands. They will do what George Bush refuses to do: protect
our southern border. The Minutemen Project is an idea whose time has come!
While we're spending billions to keep the enemy in Iraq at bay, enemies
in our own country continue to use our own stupidity and suicidal
tendencies against us. But real men are saying, "No more!" [La Shawn Barber's Corner]
Sounds great doesn't it. The truth is something quite different. You can read the rest here
A few more Items...
The Carnival of Vanities is up...
I made the carnival with this post
. So go visit Pundit Guy
and read all the great stuff from this past week.
I hadn't thought about this, but
This could be another bumper year for West Nile in the Phoenix area and California too!
Terri Schiavo,Terri Schiavo,Terri Schiavo...
What is the difference between trying to save her and trying to save this un-named child?
I should also mention that I'm up to $1.50 in my quest to raise 2 Million for a race car! Whoo Hoo!
Monday, February 21, 2005
Yes, He Really Is THAT Cute
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Firefox has topped 25 million downloads
Based on my traffic, I'd say this is downplaying things a bit... Think about it from this standpoint, bloggers and blog readers are more likely then the average individual to be early adopters.
If my traffic for firefox is 42% today up from 23% on the second of this month
and IE traffic is down from 61% to 45% on the same dates. This post
and this post
take on new relevance!
It's the power law at work; the adoption of Firefox is accelerating (I noted on December 14 it was at 10 million downloads
TechWeb - The number of downloads of Firefox has topped 25 million, indicating that the open-source browser continues to make gains in the market dominated by Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer. [Yahoo! News: Reader Ratings]
Do you yearn for Spring?
You should probably read this
Then take a look at this
, and this
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Got home from the hospital last night. Drake is doing better but he still needs to be carefully monitored. (Bye, bye last hope for some sleep)
Zithromax and round the clock respiratory treatments did the trick.
On the plus side, Drake can tell his friends that he rode in an ambulance already.
Scariest moment in a Mom's life, taking your baby to the doctor because he is sick and having the doctor call 911 and rush you to the hospital with him. It's a good thing that, according to many people, I have a lot of nerve cuz that could have really shredded mine.
Friday, February 18, 2005
This isn't how it works on CSI
If you blog
You should probably read this
Know your rights!
Here we go again-
Read previous similar post here
Officials in a Mexican state have published their own 87-page handbook for potential migrants to the United States, adding fuel to an international debate over whether such guides encourage illegal border-crossers. [azcentral.com | news]
You may want to read this
Done your taxes yet?
Better read this
before you file electronically...
The 27th Carnival of the Recipes is up...
To see the nominations visit inside allen's mind
where the red carpet has been unfurled and the crowds await your arrival.
I have been nominated for corning my own beef in the catagory of best performance in the role of MAIN COURSE
St. Patricks Day
is fast approaching and if you want to do it yourself, now's the time.
for the last carnival.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
I thought this was pretty funny...
I posted it to my blog
with the caption used here as a title:
Benson Hits a "Nearside Back Shot" with this one!
Dean again. I'm back. Rosemary will be staying in the hospital with Drake, who definitely has pneumonia. Fortunately it was caught early and they think only part of one lung is infected. He might get to come home tomorrow, maybe not, but either way Rose will be staying with him at the hospital. If it goes on too long we might do shifts, but he's getting antibiotics through an IV and his prognosis is good. Thanks all for kind words.
Related Posts (on one page):
- Drake Update
- Drake In Hospital
Can you believe this guy?
about him here
, related article here
Police say Duncan Craig had been captured nine times on camera going above the speed limit over the past year but never paid the tickets. Craig says he never received them. On Wednesday, he added to that total by four. [azcentral.com | news]
So Sorry to hear about Drake
I want to send Dean and Rosemary my prayers for a speedy recovery!
To keep this blog fresh, I'm going to jump in here and keep posting...
There are a couple of articles I want to draw your attention to...
I'll start by tooting my own horn with a milestone for my blog
, I topped 5000 visitors yesterday.
A not so happy anniversary also came for me this week
In other news, have you heard of the Carnival of Education
? Here's my post
for the second edition of the carnival (I missed the first edition
Finally, if your helping to support our troops, I want to draw your attention to this cause
and this list
Drake In Hospital
This is Dean, posting on Rose's account. Our son Drake has come down with pneumonia and has been hospitalized. Not sure how much either The Queen or I will be around the next day or so.
Related Posts (on one page):
- Drake Update
- Drake In Hospital
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
What Is Wrong with the Democratic Party?
They haven't had a new idea since the New Deal...
They can't remember what FDR intended for Social Security. They invoke his name and piss on his memory.
They have lost seats in every branch/house of government because they are so out of touch with middle America, so they decide to fix it by MOVING FURTHER TO THE LEFT.
They are gonna go more left in Iowa, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania...
Howard Dean is the new DNC chair. Yeah, I see that as a positive step forward for the Party. A man who openly admits to hating Republicans and everything they stand for. Way to bring the divided country together. Kumbaya and all tht shit, eh?
My prediction for the future of the Democratic Party:
YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Your Moment of Zen
Ugh, too much fruit!!!!
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Hillary in '08
Dean thinks that '08 will bring us a battle between the Clintonistas and the Deaniacs
. Dean also thinks that conservatives will go into rabid anti-Hillary mode like the left has done with Bush.
But there is a difference between what the left is doing and what some on the right have done. Even moderate liberals hate Bush right now. They can't or won't give him any credit for anything. Hell, most of them are running around talking about how Social Security is not really a problem. Crikey, even Bill Clinton thought it was going to be a big problem in the future and he wanted to solve it back in the day.
The reason I see a difference? I am a pretty hardcore conservative. I don't see Bush as the second coming. Heck, I'm praying that he stop spending money like a drunken sailor. The choice between Bush and Kerry was an easy one for a true conservative - plus Kerry was a flip-flopping twit.
OTOH, I like Hillary. Yes, I know she's a liberal but she's a moderate, at least she has been as a lawmaker. I can only judge her by her record and her record is pretty solid. She's smart, savvy and she is a Clinton. Also, I know it doesn't sound good to say it but she's a woman and I think it is about damn time we had a woman running things.
Not only would I not rip on her, I'd VOTE FOR HER.
I'd vote for her over McCain in a heartbeat. I'd vote for her over Guiliani and I'd vote for her over Jeb Bush (2 Bushes are enough this ain't a monarchy).
The only republican that I'd choose OVER Hillary is Condi Rice.
So, if Hillary runs in '08 don't be shocked if I stump for her.
Friday, February 11, 2005
I'm pissed off again...
So a couple cage their twin boys in filth and push them to the brink of starvation over a period of months... what is a reasonable sentance?
Death, life in prison? How about less time then a coyote who holds undocumented workers at gunpoint for a few hours?
The 26th Carnival of the Recipes is up...
This week it's at Anywhere But Here
, Here's a link to the post
, and here's one to my entry
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Tip of the Day
If your sick child vomits on your hairdryer (the one you've had forever and you love it because it does your hair just right...)smile and tell your sick child that everything will be all right.
Sigh heavily and retire your barf soaked favorite grooming tool to the garbage. Find your favorite hat and make sure it's in good working order. Once your sick child recovers, take a shower and air dry your kinky hair, put it up in a scrunchie, don your cap and head to Target™ to find a new favorite hairdryer. If you are lucky it will happen before the weekend. [crosses fingers]
I can't wait to get my new hairdryer!!!
Jake has the flu so I'm really busy. He had a fever of 105.8 and I had to drag him to an ice bath to break it. Draco is having a major growth spurt. All I've been doing today is nursing the baby and caring for Jake. I'm dead beat.
Here is a picture of the baby cousins for your viewing pleasure.
Aidan (4 weeks) is on the left, Draco (3 weeks) on the right. Oddly poetic since my sister is a liberal and I'm a conservative...
Monday, February 7, 2005
Deep Throat Is Dying
Bob Woodward reports that Deep Throat is dying
So, who IS Deep Throat?
Any guesses as to who he might be?
I heard it speculated that it is Chief Justice Rehnquist and that is not as far-fetched as it sounds since he was Asst General Counsel in the WH back in 72. Very interesting...
Paczki Day is Coming!
Tomorrow is Paczki Day or Fat Tuesday. Us Polish people spend it eating our favorite treat - the Paczki
I just placed my order and my Mom's order. Jake and I fight over the lemon filled, so this year I ordered 4 of them. I also ordered custard, jelly, and prune. Paczki's are supposed to have between 800-1000 calories each. So, I plan to eat only 4 (2 for me and 2 for Drake). :-)
I have to keep up my strength for nursing - it's hard work making milk and mooing all day...
Don't forget your yummy Paczki tomorrow!!!
Kids Can Be Scary Smart
Check out this news story
Even though he was unable to reach the accelerator, the boy managed to put the car in gear and the idling engine provided enough power to take him slowly to the store, a quarter-mile from his home, about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Police Chief Doug Heugel said. Finding the store closed, the youngster began a slow trip home.
Weaving and with its headlights off, the car got the attention of police Sgt. Jay Osga, who initially thought he was following a driverless car that had taken off after being left running at a gas pump.
The car turned into the boy's apartment complex and struck two parked cars, then backed up and struck Osga's police car.
That's when Osga discovered the boy inside.
He's four years old. Four years old!
Holy shit, where are my car keys?
Saturday, February 5, 2005
Super Bowl XXXIX (Jerry K)
The Super Bowl is tomorrow if for some reason you weren't aware. Its the Patriots vs. Eagles. Who will win? Do you even care? With all that happened at last years Super Bowl, I'm surprised if anyone remembered that it was actually a good game.
If you ask anyone about last year's Super Bowl, the first thing they talk about is the wardrobe malfunction. What? Tom Brady's pants fell down on the last drive? No. They are referring to the halftime show when Janet Jackson's former boyfriend wanted another piece of action and ripped her top off. The exposed breast was on TV for only a couple seconds and only those with TiVo actually got to see some action. That 3 seconds of air time caused such an uproar it overshadowed the entire game. As a football fan, I find that really sad. In this day and age where kids under 10 are allowed to play Grand Theft Auto, and watch skinimax after 10pm, I find it hypocritical that parents are in an uproar that their kids were exposed to 3 seconds of nudity. Its because I feel they had no control over it.
So this year's Super Bowl will have none of that. Fox even pulled a commercial that would show someone's ass. The halftime show will consist of Paul McCartney, so we are safe unless he whips IT out.
I plan on watching the Super Bowl at my mom's house with some family. I look forward to what can go wrong this year. I'm TiVoing just in case. Besides I love the commercials.
Patriots 27 Eagles 21
Whats your plan for the Super Bowl and whats your prediction?
Thursday, February 3, 2005
Thanks for your help the tabloid pulled the issue and appologized...
It's good to know that there are still people willing to do the right thing!
Don't know what I'm talking about? A tabloid published a list of the 10 Ugliest People in the World
which included a Phoenix Police Officer who was badly burned in the line of duty. You can read my initial response here
. Further writing from after I calmed down here
. The story of the appology here
. Most importantly read Jason Schechterle
's inspiring story here
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Dudes! I'm totally stacked now. Yeah, I was stacked before but now...
I'm talking Jayne Mansfield stacked.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
I know the big story tonight and tomorrow is the State of the Union, but if I could draw your attention away from that for a moment....
The Weekly World News
has crossed a line and is exploiting one of Phoenix's favorite sons. He is a Police Officer injured in the line of duty
; a living example of true heroism and courage. Take a moment to read about him
and what has been done to his family here
and my initial reaction here
Then if you are inclined to do so, spread the word and take action and send an e-mail referencing Photo of Jason and Suzie Schechterle
and voicing your disgust at what they have done to: [email protected]
On to other things...
Don't forget to visit the carnival of recipes from this week
my recipe is here
kind of pissed me off...
Intel Science Talent Search finalists
were announced last week, including one kid from Arizona
with a cool topic...
If voters could choose the nation's next chief justice, a new national poll suggests, they'd pick Arizona's Sandra Day O'Connor.
That's if from me for now...
You may have noticed a lack of posts over the weekend...
I spent the weekend with family to celebrate my and my father's birthdays. I can't believe he's 75... Enough about age, the highlight of the weekend for me was the time I spent with my youngest nephew. In his words, "We had fun!" I put him to bed Saturday night and as we talked, I told him stories about his mother and his aunt (my other sister) and he asked questions it was great... especially when his words became unintelligible and he drifted off to sleep. The next morning we had a nice laugh about how one minute he was talking and then he was asleep.
The best part of our fun on Sunday was "hunting worms" with my nephew and his dog Levi. I would move the large terracotta pots that line the porch and yard and he would try to catch the worms before they went deeper below ground. After the worms he would go after the isopods (you may call them roly-poly, doodlebugs or pill bugs, I grew up calling them potato bugs); these he would put on the picnic table and Levi would then climb up onto the table and eat them... strange dog! Of course, this was hilarious to my nephew, but what 4 year old wouldn't think it was fun?
It was hard to say goodbye... but when I called to let my sister know I was home safe, he answered the phone and got in trouble for not handing it over to an adult... he just kept talking to his Uncle Dave! :-)
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
G.I. Joe Held Hostage
Terrorists claim to have captured a real American hero. G.I. Joe™
has not been confirmed missing by the Pentagon.
COBRA has denied any knowledge of the missing Joe. Rumors have it that Barbie™ and Skipper™ are devastated.
Update: Ace notes other major terrorist threats
"We have Jarts and we're not afraid to use them"
Our friends at Jib Jab have done it again! Watch Bush's Second Term