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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Everybody's Doing It...
No surprises for me. I was cool in the 80's and 90's...

Your Taste in Music:

80's Alternative: Highest Influence
90's Alternative: Highest Influence
Punk: High Influence
80's R&B;: Medium Influence
Classic Rock: Medium Influence
Country: Medium Influence
Old School Hip Hop: Medium Influence
80's Pop: Low Influence
80's Rock: Low Influence
90's Hip Hop: Low Influence
90's Pop: Low Influence
90's R&B;: Low Influence
Adult Alternative: Low Influence
Gangsta Rap: Low Influence
Progressive Rock: Low Influence
Ska: Low Influence

Posted by Rosemary on 04.30.2005. 1 Comments 22 Trackbacks
The Little Princes
Can you feel the love?

You think you get tired from shopping at the mall? Look what happens to the little guys...

Bonus question: Which baby is Aidan ('Lil Sis's) and which is Draco?

Posted by Rosemary on 04.30.2005. 10 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, April 29, 2005

Carnival of Recipes # 37
Want some good eats? Run, don't walk, to the latest Carnival of Recipes.

My sauce recipe is there!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.29.2005. 0 Comments 2 Trackbacks
The "IF" Meme
Dean tagged me, so here are my answers:

If I could be a scientist... I'd spend my days looking for the "gay" gene, so things get settled, once and for all.

If I could be a doctor...I'd be a pediatrician that treated obese children. Those children need extra love and they need to feel self worth. I'd make sure they had it.

If I could be a missionary...I'd invent a new position.

If I could be a chef...I'd put carrots in everything just to annoy my hubby.

If I could be an architect...I'd develop a mobile home that a tornado couldn't destroy.

If I could be a linguist...I'd be very cunning.

If I could be a librarian...silence would be a thing of the past! Yes, you guessed it, I am a talker.

If I could be an athlete...I'd be a ballplayer. ;-)

If I could be a lawyer...I'd move to Toledo, just so I could face Mark Adams in court. Then, after his every defeat, I'd drink martinis and smoke in his bar.

If I could be an innkeeper...I'd run a Victorian style B&B; in the Northern Michigan countryside and spend my days baking goodies from scratch.

If I could be a professor...I'd teach math and science. Those are the two subjects that I absolutely love and can explain really well.

If I could be a proctologist...I'd move to D.C and become quite wealthy and I'd never have a shortage of assholes to treat.

If I could be an actor...I'd make everyone in Hollywood angry by wearing my Bush/Cheney button to every awards show.

If I could be a judge...I'd be an activist judge.

If I could be a Jedi...I'd be Darth Vadar's bitch, how could I not? He's got a big, black helmet...

I'm supposed to tag three others with this. Let's see...

Posted by Rosemary on 04.29.2005. 6 Comments 9 Trackbacks
Organ Donation
As you all know, I just had a birthday. One thing that most of us has to do every 4 years is renew our Driver's/Operator's License. I just got my new one and it has the best I.D. picture EVER! Anyhoo, I was filling out the back, so if I croak, the docs can take my innards, please!!!

Donating organs is a true gift of life and it is a gift that everyone can experience. There is just no reason not to do it. It doesn't alter the outward appearance of your body and it will not affect customary funeral arrangements. They won't "let you die" to harvest your organs. They will try damn hard to save you for fear of being sued to death by your family, but if you can't be saved - YOU can save someone else.

Get on your state's Organ Donor Registry, today.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.29.2005. 4 Comments 3 Trackbacks

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Are We In Danger Of Becoming A Theocracy?
Sure, if you want to believe the ravings of the left, that danger began once Bush became president. Even some of the saner liberals are concerned.

The dirty little secret is that we already are a theocracy and it was created by the liberals and the PC crowd, not the Christians or the Conservatives. The fear isn't that we'll become a theocracy, but what religion we worship.

From a website called The Myth of Separation of Church and State:
"There is no such thing as a pluralistic society; there will always be one dominant view. Someone's morality is going to be taught -- but whose? Secular Humanism is a religion that teaches that through Man's ability we will reach universal peace and unity and make heaven on earth. They promote a way of life that systematically excludes God and all religion in the traditional sense. That Man is the highest point to which nature has evolved, and he can rely on only himself and that the universe was not created, but instead is self-existing. They believe that Man has the potential to be good in and of himself. All of this of course is in direct conflict with not only the teachings of the Bible but even the lessons of history."

"In June 1961 in a case called Torcaso v. Watkins, the U.S. Supreme Court stated, 'Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.' The Supreme Court declared Secular Humanism to be a religion."

"The American Humanist Association certifies counselors who enjoy the same legal status as ordained ministers. Since the Supreme Court has said that Secular Humanism is a religion, why is it being allowed to be taught in schools? The removal of public prayer of those who wish to participate is, in effect, establishing the religion of Humanism over Christianity. This is exactly what our founding fathers tried to stop from happening with the first amendment."
Posted by Rosemary on 04.28.2005. 14 Comments 3 Trackbacks
My New Hero: Ted Hayes the Rasta Republican
Ted HayesMan how come we never heard more about this guy Ted Hayes?

More blacks than ever support vouchers and faith-based initiatives, and side with President Bush on gay marriage. Mr. Hayes recently made the transition himself, ending a long journey for this former leftist who founded Dome Village, an outcropping of pod-like homeless shelters along the freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

Oh man I can't wait to hear the words "sellout" and "uncle tom" now huh?

A totemic figure in L.A., Mr. Hayes has long emphasized problem-solving and individual responsibility. If you want to stop kids from shooting people, Mr. Hayes has told appalled black preachers and activists, stop blaming cops and "white folks" for urban tragedy and start blaming the lackadaisical inner-city family culture you support.

Traitor! Racist!

To illustrate how easily civility can rub off on urban kids if adults take a stand, Mr. Hayes in the 1990s founded a cricket team in rundown Compton, comprised of Latino teenagers and homeless men. The team, called "Homies and Popz," toured Ireland and England, playing at Windsor Castle, where Mr. Hayes chatted with the Earl of Wessex. Mr. Hayes's son, Theo, a co-coach, told an interviewer that none of the cricket-playing kids has become a gang casualty. The Los Angeles Opera commissioned a 40-minute opera on the team by Michael Abels, and the Homies won two victory cups in the L.A. Social Cricket Alliance, a league dominated by Brits, Indians and other googly-bowling expats.

I don't know, using a stick to hit a WHITE ball? I think maybe he's secretly after whitey!

Mr. Hayes can ignite controversy, as when he persuaded L.A. officials to sign a declaration two years ago calling on Muslims to denounce global terrorism more vehemently. City leaders rewrote the declaration, making Mr. Hayes's original wording tougher. When Muslim leaders expressed outrage, city officials quickly apologized. Mr. Hayes still smarts over public criticism of him by Muslim leaders arising from the incident, which he says could be cited by radical Islamists as reason to harm him physically.

Well see there ya go. He's anti-muslim too. Get him!

Rest of the story right here, this guy's a trip!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.28.2005. 2 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Soviet Collapse a Tragedy?
Vladimir Putin apparently says the collapse of the Soviet Union was a great geopolitical catastrophe.

Huh. I know some people who'd say "fuck you, Vladimir."
Posted by Rosemary on 04.27.2005. 5 Comments 5 Trackbacks
The Queen's Own Spaghetti Sauce or Dean's Favorite Spaghetti Recipe
A few years back, while cooking a pot roast, I screwed up and created the best spaghetti sauce ever (according to Dean). Update: I was asked how I screwed up. I screwed up the pot roast by overcooking it. I got busy doing stuff and forgot to check the meat. When I did check it, it fell apart. I couldn't slice it at all. It just fell to pieces when confronted by my knife and that is how I got the idea.


3lb pot roast or any type of beef roast (cheap cut)
2 med onions
1/2 bag baby carrots
3 stalks celery
1 small bag frozen chopped green peppers
3 large cloves garlic
1 Bay leaf
3 jars your favorite commercial sauce
2 cans mushrooms (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes, any variety
oil for frying
Seas: Salt, pepper, paprika, basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, red pepper flakes

Brown meat with seas. until both sides are crusty looking. Throw in the raw veggies and add only enough water to cover the meat. Braise covered for 2 -3 hours. Once the meat is fork tender, pull it out and cool. Turn up the heat on the veggies and add sauce, mushrooms and can tomatoes. Add additional salt, pepper, other seasonings to taste. Boil for a while until the meat is ready. Shred the meat by hand and toss it back into the sauce. Turn heat down and simmer about 30 minutes. Serve over pasta!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.27.2005. 12 Comments 23 Trackbacks

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday, dear Ara...

Happy Birthday To You!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.26.2005. 5 Comments 6 Trackbacks

Monday, April 25, 2005

You Say It's Your Birthday!
It's my birthday too--yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you...

I've turned 37! Woo,woo,woo!!!

So, I am taking the day off to celebrate the fact that 37 ain't 40!

Have a good Queen's Birthday everyone!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.25.2005. 11 Comments 13 Trackbacks

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Happy Passover
"We were slaves to Pharoah in Egypt, but God took us out from there, with a mighty hand and outstretched arm..."

I wish you peace and blessings in abundance - on Passover, and always!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.24.2005. 1 Comments 3 Trackbacks
Yes, Michigan!
Last week, it was in the 80's, I toyed with the idea of turning on the AC and we were shopping for swimsuits and sunscreen.

Today, I am glad I didn't put my snow shovel away. I'm almost, not quite, but almost sick of seeing snow fall. Good thing, since I'll be out there cleaning the walk soon.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.24.2005. 4 Comments 7 Trackbacks
The New Pledge
Written by Billy Jones

I pledge [allegiance] some occasional recognition

to the [Flag] symbols of oppression

of the [United States] diverse indigenous peoples

of [America] the land mass referred to by oppressive European conquistadors as "America"

and to the [Republic] totalitarian theocracy, for which it stands,

[one nation,] a Balkanized patchwork of cultures,

[under God,] under each individuals' personal belief system

[indivisible,] divided into innumerable unique communities of culture,

[with liberty and justice for all.] where some are more equal than others.

HT: Michelle Malkin
Posted by Rosemary on 04.24.2005. 2 Comments 22 Trackbacks
Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 4 kids each for six weeks.

Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 4 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of "pretend" bills with not enough money.

In addition...each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week. Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment, and an appointment for a haircut. He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function. Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keep it presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. There is only one TV among them. Each father will be required to know all of the words to every stupid song that comes on TV and the name of each and every repulsive character on cartoons.

The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, which they will apply themselves either while driving or making four lunches.They must adorn themselves with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep their nails polished and eyebrows groomed.

During one of the six weeks, they will have to endure severe stomach cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties.

They must attend weekly PTA meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting. He will need to pray with the children each night, bathe them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair each morning by 7:00.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information:
*each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name. Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite color, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

They must clean up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m. and then spend the remainder of the day tending to that child and waiting on them hand and foot until they are better.
Each man will have to make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4 year old to eat a serving of peas.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moments notice!

If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years...eventually earning the right to be called Mother!

Via email from my Sis-inlaw
Posted by Rosemary on 04.24.2005. 1 Comments 4 Trackbacks

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Here is a lovely picture of my nephew, Aidan.

Isn't he cute?
Posted by Rosemary on 04.23.2005. 3 Comments 4 Trackbacks
What Name Offends You Most?
People like to sling mud, especially when debating. I put up with a lot of namecalling just because I am a Conservative. I tolerate a lot of it but there are some names that will send me flying into a rage.

Being called a liar or a racist/hatemonger will do it. I usually blow off anything that is profane in nature, probably because I swear and I don't find the "dirty words" as offensive as, say, strikes against my character.

Character assassination will usually net the person a hefty dose of rage. Is it because I fear that I am secretly a liar or a racist? No, it's because I am most definitely not. Calling me a bitch will make me chuckle. I am a bitch at times, so I don't mind the slur. I will go off on a charge of lying or racisim because I don't lie and I'm not a racist/hatemonger and I find it offensive that someone would suggest otherwise.

What gets your panties in a twist?
Posted by Rosemary on 04.23.2005. 6 Comments 9 Trackbacks
It's Still the Pledge of Alliegiance to Me
But soon it could be called the Free Choice Affirmative Empowerment Decision of Voluntary Solidarity.

I can't stand PC shit and all the warm fuzzies that go along with it. Joe GandelMAN has the scoop!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.23.2005. 2 Comments 5 Trackbacks

Friday, April 22, 2005

For purposes of clarification, I want to address sinfulness. There seems to be some confusion and some pretty heated rhetoric against the Roman Catholic Church regarding sin.

The Church DOES NOT consider being gay or lesbian in and of itself sinful. It isn't WHO you are that is sinful but WHAT you do.

With that in mind consider these sins of the flesh:

Premarital sex = SIN
Adultery = SIN
Using artificial means (birth control) to prevent pregnancy = SIN
Sex with a member of the same sex = SIN
Sex for purposes beyond procreation, unless procreation is impossible = SIN

All of those behaviors are considered sinful. Anyone engaging in those behaviors are considered sinners. Are any of those sins worse than the other? Nope.

Does the Church have a right to legislate morality to its members? Yes and it is duty bound to do so.

Does doing so mean they are PERSECUTING the sinner? NO. Does doing so mean they are persecuting NON-believers? NO.

If believing something means you are persecuting non-believers then all religions are guilty of it.

You realize that would mean that ALL CHRISTIANS are persecuting ALL JEWS, by simply believing in Jesus Christ.

Is that the case?

The simple act of believing and guiding your flock isn't persecution. Persecution would be actively guiding your flock to oppress, harass or hurt those that aren't following your rules. The RCC isn't doing that. Because doing so would be a SIN.

Posted by Rosemary on 04.22.2005. 20 Comments 6 Trackbacks
Examples, please!
A commenter in the thread, "What She Said", left the following comment:
I do have to disagree with you on that last paragraph. The Church still persecutes gays and lesbians, even those not in the Catholic fold. Yes, I know they no longer advocate burning us at the stake, they still try to make us non-Catholic queers live by their/your rules. So, why don't I have a right to demand they stop it!?

I was unaware of this. Can anyone provide examples of The Roman Catholic Church's persecution of all gays and lesbian, most especially the non-Catholic ones? We are talking persecution (oppression or harassment with ill-treatment), not the condemnation of any sex act, the actual persecution of gays and lesbians as human beings.

I've been a Catholic for my entire life and I have NEVER been taught to treat anyone badly, for any reason. As a matter of fact, it is a sin to do so.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.22.2005. 14 Comments 3 Trackbacks
My Baby Sings!
I was singing a made up lullaby to Draco and he sang back! It was sooooooooooo cute. Okay, so it was an elongated cooing sound but it sounded like a response.

It works for any name. (to the tune of Frere Jacque)
Who's the baby?
Who's the baby?
Draco is
Draco is
Draco is my baby
And I really love him
Yes, I do
Yes, I do

I'm a real talent, huh?
Posted by Rosemary on 04.22.2005. 1 Comments 3 Trackbacks

Thursday, April 21, 2005

What She Said...
My buddy Beth wrote a wonderful post about the new Pope and the attitudes expressed by some in the blogosphere about him. I agree with her 100%.

The man has been Pope for like a day and already we hear cries like: "He's against abortion, women priests and homosexuality".

Well, no shit sherlock, I hear he's a Catholic too! What on earth were the Cardinals thinking electing a Catholic to head THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!!!

You know what is great about free will? If you don't like something, you can leave it. Don't like the Church Doctrine? Find another church.

Are you a Catholic woman that longs to serve the lord? Try a convent. Are you too good for a convent? Convert to another religion because you ain't getting any younger and you aren't going to be a priest. Don't like it? Too bad. There are a lot of religions out there. Catholicism isn't for you.

Get the picture? If you don't like the rules, find another religion. If beauty and brains were sins, I'd spend a lot of time repenting. I wouldn't leave but I wouldn't demand the Church change the rules either...

Like Beth said, "That is the entire point of a religion - to set moral standards - not to change standards to make members feel less guilty."

On behalf of all Catholics, I just want to say that this is our religion and we like it. All of you non-Catholics/CINOs (Catholics in name only)have no right to make any demands on us. Catholicism isn't a democracy, you get no vote.

You have two choices: shut up or kiss our ass.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.21.2005. 16 Comments 6 Trackbacks

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Where Does Your Intelligence Come From?
Go over to Dean's and find out! I've been writing some good stuff for Dean, lately. Don't miss out!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.20.2005. 0 Comments 5 Trackbacks
Is Television Bad For Children?
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children under 2 shouldn't watch any T.V.. They make a lot of recommendations based on science but this isn't really one of them. I went to their website and this is what it said:
Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children younger than two years of age. For older children, the AAP recommends no more than one to two hours per day of quality screen time.
That indicates that they'd prefer to err on the side of caution because they don't really know if it is bad.

I'm not talking about sticking your kid in front of the tube and going about your day. I'm talking about an hour of quality children's programming like Sesame Street, Teletubbies and the like. Let us not forget the great videos like Baby Einstein and others. The programming offered by PBS, Nick Jr. and Disney are really good for little kids and even babies. I just don't believe that televsion is the root of all evil.

When Jake was about 2 months old, he would go on crying jags that lasted for what seemed like hours. Finally, one day I broke down and popped in a Barney video that my, then 3 year old, niece had given to him. He stopped crying. Immediately. He was facinated by the colors and the singing. Even though Dean and I swore we'd never let him watch T.V., let alone that horrible dino Barney, I caved to save my sanity. After that, I watched PBS, Nick Jr, and Disney to find shows that were educational and age appropriate. Of course, being the uppity snob that I am, age appropriate for me was higher than his actual age because my child was brilliant (still is). I watched the shows with him, most of the time, so I could interacted with him. He watched about 30 minutes in the morning and another 30 in the afternoon, so I could cook dinner. As he got older, he'd watch more. Jacob is 7 now and he is thriving in school, according to his teacher he works well above grade level in every subject. In reading, he reads and comprehends at a 5th grade level. He also watches about 2 hours of T.V. a day, and yes, we still let him watch pre-screened episodes of South Park.

I'm doing the same with Draco, with the odd exception of Monday (see post below), he watches only 1 show a day. I alternate him between Teletubbies, Jay Jay and the Jet Plane and Bob the Builder. The great thing with our cable is we have On Demand. They have a section called PBS Sprout for little kids, so I can choose when to give him his show. I also play the same episode 2 or 3 times before switching because I think that the repetition is good for his brain development.

Some of the reasons that I've heard that T.V. is bad are:
  • makes kids lazy
  • makes kids fat
  • makes them stupid
  • gives them attention deficit or behavioral problems
It is my opinion that, kids get lazy because their parents are lazy or because their parents let them. Kids get fat because of heredity, medical problems, bad diet, lack of exercise or a combination of the previously mentioned reasons. T.V. doesn't cause laziness or fatness, but bad parenting can. T.V. doesn't cause stupidity either, stupidity is genetic and can be further complicated by bad parenting/bad schools. Lots of kids that aren't stupid perform poorly in school, that isn't the fault of T.V., it is the fault of the parents and the school system.

Attention deficit is an over used diagnosis caused by lack of understanding. Sure some kids have it but many parents are told their kid has it because a teacher doesn't have coping skills. Boys are especially at risk of getting a bad diagnosis because young, childless teachers don't "get" little boys. Most behavioral problems can be traced back to Mom and Dad. Sorry. If your kid is an asshole, you are most likely to blame. Unless he/she has some medical/psychological problem, it is your fault they are bad. Poor discipline and inconsistent correction cause most behavior problems. Not the tele. The poor tele is the scapegoat because parents don't want to believe that they screwed up. "It's not my fault that my kid is a bully, he learned that behavior from T.V.", nope it's your fault for letting him/her get away with pre-bully behavior without correction back when they were 2 or 3. They don't call 'em terrible 2's for nothing.

So, if you've been told by some smarmy doctor that watching T.V., before age 2, will re-wire your kid's brain and give them ADHD or some crap like that. Just remember what the American academy of Pediatrics actually said:
Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children younger than two years of age.

Got that? Your doctor doesn't know, he's guessing just like the rest of us.
What do y'all think?
Posted by Rosemary on 04.20.2005. 13 Comments 6 Trackbacks
One Year Already?
Wow, I can't believe I've been flying solo for a whole year already!

I can't believe y'all are still reading me.

It's my Blogversary!

Posted by Rosemary on 04.20.2005. 10 Comments 29 Trackbacks

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

White Smoke & Bells Ringing at the Vatican (Jerry K)
A new Pope appears to have been elected. The world awaits word on who the new Pope is. Anyone want to take a guess?

I'm hoping that its the Cardinal from Africa, Francis Arinze. However, if I had to wager I'd put my money on Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger from Germany.

What say you?
Posted by Jerry Kondraciuk on 04.19.2005. 10 Comments 3 Trackbacks

Monday, April 18, 2005

Is It Weird...
...that a 3 month old is happily watching Memphis Belle while chillin' in his swing?

Seriously, I tried to change the channel and he started screaming. Put the movie back on and he cooed.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.18.2005. 2 Comments 2 Trackbacks
Commericials I like/Dislike

Favorite commercial running: Dasani: The guy in the bear suit talking about just doing his business in the natural spring and salmon spawning in the natural spring. That's a little too natural for me, so I drink Dasani, etc.

Guess what? That's a little too natural for me too! I ran out and bought a case of Dasani!

Dumbest commercial: The anti-filibuster commercial. Common sense Republican? C'mon, no Republican would call himself that. Being a Republican assumes common sense, saying you are a common sense Republican is redundant. It would be like calling someone a hedonistic Democrat, I mean h-e-l-l-o...

The copy was obviously written by a Democrat/liberal. It just sounds dumb.

BTW, I am against getting rid of the filibuster. OTOH, I would prefer that any party that attempts to use it, actually filibuster rather than this new lazy way of just saying the word filibuster and that is it. If you are too old (Byrd,[D] WV) to perform the job then you should retire. Otherwise, this new way to filibuster is just a form of minority tyranny and that is just wrong. It doesn't matter which party is in the minority, neither should be allowed to just bully the other. So, this non-filibuster filibuster should be quashed in favor of something else.

Posted by Rosemary on 04.18.2005. 2 Comments 2 Trackbacks
What Is Wrong With Directness?
[Ed. Note: This post has been moved up to allow for more discussion]

I'm sick of politically correct, mealy-mouth words. What is wrong with saying what you mean? Are we so sensitive a society that we can't own up to our own feelings and beliefs?

I don't mean rudeness, although I employ it regularly, I mean directness. Saying exactly what you mean and meaning exactly what you say. I'm tired of having to interpret people because they are too sissified to be direct.

Here is a list of words that should be abolished and replaced with the more direct word.

    Old Word : New Word

  • Pro-Choice : Pro-Abortion

    Stop. Seriously, save your breath. You are pro-abortion and no amount of explaining why you are for choice but personally against abortion will change that. It's fine. Just stop trying to have your cake and eat it with this mealy-mouth bullshit about choice. You either think it is okay to abort or not. Stop justifying yourself and own up to it. Those of us that think drugs should be legal aren't for it because we personally all want to start shooting up or whatever. We just think that the government should stay out of it. I also don't think someone should go to prison because they want to smoke a doobie. Doesn't mean I want a doobie, get it?

  • Pro-Life : Anti-Abortion

    You can keep pro-life, if and only if, you are against the Death Penalty, and in no way support or defend the bombing of abortion clinics, doctors, and etc. If not, then face it you are not pro-life.

  • Affirmative Action : Racial/Sexual Discrimination

    Anything that promotes one person over another based soley on race or sex is discrimination. Doesn't matter why they do it, it's still discrimination against someone else. Justify it all you want but it is what it is. And it IS discrimination (Definition of discrimination: Treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice).

  • African/Asian/American or Hispanic/Latinos: Pick A Country not a continent American or A color if you must use an adjective American.


BTW, am I the only one that thinks Latin America is a totally whack name for an area completely void of Italians? A true Latino would be Italian, no? Who thought of that? Do they speak latin in Latin America? No, they speak Spanish and maybe Portugese but no latin. Whatever.

Anyone else Pro-Directness? Got any suggestions?

Anyone against it? Go for it, I live to argue!

Cross posted at Dean's World
Posted by Rosemary on 04.18.2005. 16 Comments 17 Trackbacks
Outdoor Activity (Jerry K)
[Ed. Note: This post has been moved up to allow for more discussion]

Each week at work we have a meeting to go over items on our agenda and system patches to be loaded over the next week. In September 04, my boss and a co-worker were running late to the meeting. When they arrived, I noticed my boss had mud on his shoes and my co-worker friend Micah was just laughing away, like they were having a great time. Micah told me he would tell me about it after the meeting. The meeting seemed to drag on forever, and after it was over Micah told me that there was a cash in the nature preserves behind HFCC & UofM-D and he and my boss went to find it. I was confused and asked why they though there would be money back there. He said no not CASH, a CACHE. He tracked it down with his GPS. Further confused, I asked who told him it was there. He said it was posted on a website called

Outdoors? Blech! But I was willing to listen because I've spent waay too much time indoors.

I was a child during the home videogame boom of the 1980's. We got our first Atari in 1982 and today (at 32) I have a Playstation 2 and plan on getting a PSP. The only difference between then and now is I was 10 then and had a mother who would kick me outside to get some air and exercise. I also had friends that I could play ball with and get my needed outside time. The outdoor activity stopped at 18, when my mom decided that I was an adult and wasn't going to tell me what to do anymore (not that I listened after 18 anyway). So my indoor activities expanded: Atari 2600, Sega Master System, 286 Computer, 386 Computer with modem, Sega Genesis, Playstation. My knowledge of the virtual world grew and so did my waistline.

Fourteen years and 150 pounds later, I've rediscovered the outside and all it took was a GPS and the chance to find something that not many people know about. I've lived in Garden City, Michigan for 3 years and it wasn't until I got a GPS and looked that I noticed that Henry & Clara Ford's honeymoon house was 3/4 mile south of my house. That was my second "find". It was always there, but I never bothered to look. I've driven by it but never paid attention. Until now.

If you are looking for some outdoor "things to do", go buy a GPS (handheld Magellan 100 is $99), then head over to sign up, and run a search from your home coordinates. You will be shocked how many there are in your area. Caches can be anything from Virtual to a Keychain pill box to an Ammo box. There are all sorts of things to discover. Virtual Caches are fun because they often lead you to historical sites (ie. Honeymoon House).

Currently there are 155,988 active caches in 214 countries.

I've found my first traditional (one in a container) cache on my own this past week and it was extremely fun. I'm hooked, and I'm sure once you try it you will be too.

Geocaching is not just a single person affair. Its a family affair. My coworker friend goes with his wife and 2 daughters, and there are a bunch more that go out as a family. Most of the cache's are in recreation areas & parks, so you can make a day of it. Enjoy a picnic in the park and find a few caches. Its great fun. I plan on taking my wife and daughter with me when my daughter gets a bit older.

For Michiganders, here is a link to the local Michigan GeoCaching Organization

Geocaching is the sport where YOU are the search engine. Are there any geocachers out there? I'd love to hear your stories..

Posted by Jerry Kondraciuk on 04.18.2005. 2 Comments 4 Trackbacks

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Heeeeere's Jacob!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.17.2005. 1 Comments 3 Trackbacks

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Jacob's Special Day
Today we will be at church celebrating Jacob's First Communion. Blogging will be light until later. I will return with pictures!!!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.16.2005. 2 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Friday, April 15, 2005

A Message From The Ghost of General Patton
It takes about 15 seconds to load, so be patient. Go see the message from Patton here.

Via: Dean
Posted by Rosemary on 04.15.2005. 1 Comments 4 Trackbacks
Product Review
Alice, the 'Lil Sis of All Evil gave me an early birthday present on Wednesday. She bought me Clinique's deep comfort body butter. It is fabulous! My skin is loving the butta. I'm soft and not at all greasy feeling or shiny. The softness lasts all day. I can't say enough about this product.

Thanks, Al!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.15.2005. 3 Comments 4 Trackbacks

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Posting At Dean's World
I'm posting at Dean's World for a couple of days. He needed a break and he wanted me to start some trouble.

My first target is feminists.

Fun, fun, fun!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.14.2005. 2 Comments 6 Trackbacks

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A Plea To Advertisers
I get to sit down and enjoy a few shows during the day. At that time, I'm not interested in information that wouldn't be discussed in polite company.

Listen up advertisers. I don't care about someone's herpes. I don't want to hear about some chick that isn't feeling very fresh. I'm not interested in listening to people discuss their bladder control problems, their heavy periods, crampy painful menstral cycles, or the fact that many men have penises that are limper than al dente pasta. I especially don't need to know that an erection lasting longer than 3 hours is a problem. Problem? Really? I'm thinking that the party has just gotten started.

Sell your wares in magazines, newspapers, direct mail or even advertise in doctor's offices.

But please, for the love of God, leave my Soap Operas alone!!!!!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.12.2005. 5 Comments 0 Trackbacks
I'm A South Park Republican

Make your own South Park character here!

Via: Caltechgirl, who has recently become a Munuvian so update your blogroll!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.12.2005. 8 Comments 5 Trackbacks
Do you know why Dean and I are married? (I mean besides love and all that)

Because we both have an obsessive need to be right and a normal person would get annoyed by that and dump us, that's why. Also, we can't stand stupid people.

You know what is fun about that obsession? When we are on opposite sides of an issue. Talk about sparks baby!

How about you? Why are you married or committed to your significant other? (I mean besides love and all that)
Posted by Rosemary on 04.12.2005. 6 Comments 2 Trackbacks

Sunday, April 10, 2005

You Know What...
...happens when you go from blustery, snowy weather one week to 70 degrees the next two? (Besides the obvious recognition that you live in Michigan)

Headcolds,that's what. Stupid stuffy nose...
Posted by Rosemary on 04.10.2005. 2 Comments 3 Trackbacks

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Book Meme
Feel free to pass this around to your friends (see below).

1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be [saved]?

The Bible

2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Yes, it was Garrick the viking from Johanna Lindsey's Fires of Winter

3. The last book you bought is?

A Matter of Character : Inside the White House of George W. Bush,
Ronald Kessler

4. What are you currently reading?

Divine Evil, Nora Roberts

5. Five books you would take to a deserted island?

Winston Churchill: The Gathering Storm, Timothy Leary: The Politics of Ecstasy, Malcolm X: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Marie Sklodowska Curie: Traité de radioactivité, Franz Kafka: Die Verwandlung

6. Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Dean Esmay, because I can.
Michael Demmons, because I'm curious and I have a secret crush on him.
Mark Adams, because I'm a glutton for punishment, probably explains why his blog is a daily read for me.

HT: Ara
Posted by Rosemary on 04.09.2005. 1 Comments 4 Trackbacks

Friday, April 8, 2005

My Pride and Joy
Aren't the little Princes handsome?
Posted by Rosemary on 04.08.2005. 3 Comments 19 Trackbacks
The Queen's Mum Has Got A Brand New Ride
It's good to have a GM discount!!!!

My cute little car can fit in her trunk. All leather interior, heated seats, OnStar and a kick butt stereo. It rides like a dream. Good for my Momma, she deserves it.

Posted by Rosemary on 04.08.2005. 0 Comments 8 Trackbacks
Dla Świętego Ojca ......................................... For The Holy Father

New posts are published under this memorial. The candle will burn until the Holy Father is buried.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.08.2005. 9 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Monday, April 4, 2005

Is it just me? (Jerry K)
I can't remember the exact date, but I think it was over ten years now. My mother went to Poland to visit her parents for the last time. She was lucky enough to make it to Poland just before her mother, my grandmother, died. When she returned to the states, she asked if I wanted to see some pictures. I said sure, but she told me after I viewed them, I would NEVER see them again. I viewed the photos and wondered why anyone would take photos of their loved ones inside a casket.

Fast forward to 2001, my Dad was dying of cancer and one of his wishes was NOT to have photos or videos taken of him in the state he was in, up to and including his death and funeral. We respected his wishes. Again I wondered to myself why would anyone want to do that?

A few days ago, Karol Wojtyla passed away and entered a new phase in his life. In the two days since then, I've seen photos of his body EVERYWHERE! To me that is just not right. He was a great man, and should be celebrated. He made sure that he was not seen up until the time of his death, now afterward his body is being shown all over.

It seems tacky to me.
Posted by Jerry Kondraciuk on 04.04.2005. 12 Comments 1 Trackbacks
Touching Tribute
Eleanor Clift is a liberal writer/pundit that I, mostly, can't abide listening to except this time. She wrote a touching tribute to her husband, journalist Tom Brazaitis, who died last week of Kidney Cancer. One thing most of us humans can agree on is that Cancer devastates all of us and it doesn't care about politics. Eleanor was devoted to her husband and she was strong for him. I hope her children and friends take good care of her now. I truly admire her. My Dad was killed by the same thing, Kidney Cancer, and I watched the strength and love my Mom displayed while caring for Dad, it isn't easy and I have an inkiling of what Eleanor had to do.

Love, that's what it's all about.

Via: Michele Malkin
Posted by Rosemary on 04.04.2005. 3 Comments 4 Trackbacks

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Silly Newscasters
This morning, I heard them talking about the Pope, and one of the newscasters talked about "the 1981 assassination attempt on his life."

I didn't know about that. I thought that was an assassination attempt on his hat.

I mean, look at that thing. Doesn't it look menacing? I wouldn't trust it!

(Yes that's a joke. We can joke. The Pope said we should be happy and celebrate. Why not laugh?)
Posted by Rosemary on 04.03.2005. 3 Comments 5 Trackbacks

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Pope John Paul II: May 18, 1920-April 2, 2005

Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Karol Wojtyla
Posted by Rosemary on 04.02.2005. 4 Comments 5 Trackbacks
The Holy Father Still Suffers
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
And for all your love's sake. Amen.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.02.2005. 0 Comments 5 Trackbacks

Friday, April 1, 2005

Completely Unnecessary
Pat Buchanan was attacked during a speech delivered in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was doused with salad dressing, from the picture it looks like Ranch dressing.

This is, of course, completely disturbing. What a complete waste of a good dressing like Ranch, they should have used French. Does anyone even eat French dressing anymore? Yes, that is a joke.
The demonstrator, identified by authorities as a 24-year-old student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, was arrested and faces a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. He was released on a $100 cash bond, pending his April 14 arraignment.

"He could have faced a felony assault charge, but Pat Buchanan decided to not press that charge," university spokesman Matt Kurz said.

Disturbing the peace, huh? Pretty classy of Pat to not press further charges.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.01.2005. 5 Comments 3 Trackbacks
Then go check out the latest Carnival of Recipes to satisfy the urge! It's number 33. Wow, 33 already, that's a lot of good eatin'!
Posted by Rosemary on 04.01.2005. 0 Comments 21 Trackbacks
Pope John Paul II Is In Grave Condition
Pope John Paul II's condition is critical but stable. John Paul asked aides to read him the biblical passage describing the final stage of the Way of the Cross, the path that Christ took to his crucifixion. Perhaps, he knows that he is at his end and is preparing. He has refused to go to the hospital, I believe that, like most people, he'd rather die at home.

I shall be praying for the Pope along with my brethren.
Posted by Rosemary on 04.01.2005. 4 Comments 3 Trackbacks
Dean and I will be going to BlogNashville in May. WooHoo! We'll be bringing Jacob, Draco and my Mom. I love traveling with my Mom. The last time we traveled together, we both came back smoking (okay, so I went there smoking but Moms didn't) and our alcohol tolerance was unbelievebly high. Eh, what could you except? We were in Poland for a month together! I got so drunk that I threw up on a chicken. My defense? What the heck was a chicken doing walking in the front yard? The little bastard had it coming.

This time we won't be getting loaded. I'm a respectable woman with 2 children now. So we'll just be sightseeing and eating Southern food. Perhaps, if I'm lucky, I'll have a martini or two while I'm there.

Anyone else going?
Posted by Rosemary on 04.01.2005. 7 Comments 3 Trackbacks

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