Tuesday, May 31, 2005
...And They Call Bush Dumb
Admitted non-historian and proven moron, David Corn,
attempts to explain the hidden meaning in Bush's words. Well, you don't have to be a Presidential historian to understand what Bush clearly
stated, you just have to have the reading comprehension skills of a 7 year old.
Here is Bush's super confusing quote: "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
It read pretty easy to me. I asked my 7 year old son
, Jake, to read it and tell me what it meant. After he was sure he understood the word catapult, he told me what Bush was saying.
He has to repeat himself over and over again to make people believe the truth and to make the propaganda get thrown far away.
No, Jake didn't know what propaganda meant but it wasn't necessary. He was able to grasp the meaning because it was pretty clear.
Yep, that is pretty much how I read it. I think that is pretty much what Bush was actually saying. You can debate all day whether or not it's the "truth" that he's selling but that is what he was saying.
Corn didn't hear or see that. He interpreted and twisted Bush's words to mean this: "I'm no historian of the presidency. but I'm guessing this is the first time in the history of the Republic that a president has publicly acknowledged he was catapulting propaganda at the American public."
Wrong, Davey, on all counts. No Bushism here, just idiots that can't read. Call the the local Adult Ed, I'm sure they offer a remedial reading class. Also, all sentences begin with a capital letter on the first word, even the word but
The baby is a little over 4 months old now. So I decided it is high time to get my body back. I started doing Pilates again, I bought a balance ball for my belly workout and I'm ditching the carbs (pasta is killing me).
I dumped all my "fat" clothes and I decided that I won't allow myself any elastic waistbands. Elastic waistbanded shorts or pants allow you to fool yourself. If it doesn't button or zip, it's outta here.
Thanks to Gordon
I have serious stick to my diet inspiration
I drove to my 'Lil Sis's house in Grand Rapids, for a super yummy BBQ with the family. We took my Mom's new car and I drove both ways. In my everyday driving, I tend to avoid the major expressways because I usually have the boys with me. Unfortunately, there is no reasonable way to get to GR without expressways, it is a 2.5 hour drive doing 80 as it is.
Without fail, there is some jerkoff that doesn't know what the left lane is for, in Michigan. Your town may be different but here the left lane is the passing/fast lane.
In Michigan, when you drive on a freeway or an expressway the left lane is called the passing lane. You use it to pass. You don't have to pass if you're going really fast. Driving the posted speed limit is fine, if, someone doesn't need/want to pass you.
Passing is completely legal and not used just because someone is in a rush. If passing wasn't legal, we wouldn't have passing lanes, and signs telling us we can or cannot pass.
If someone is tailgating you in the left - you're going too slow. Don't get huffy. Don't get indignant.
GET OVER! As soon as you can.
That is the generally recognized rule. In Michigan as well as some other states, it's the law. There is nothing worse than being in a long line of cars that can't go anywhere because the lead cars are just strolling. On two lane freeways, in the rural areas, that is the worst.
If you want to drive the speed limit, stay on the right. It isn't a hard thing to do. I do it all the time. Use the left when you need it but don't just putter.
I'm talking about courtesy here. Manners. Proper driving etiquette. It is perfectly legal to fart on a packed elevator. Most of us opt not to. Why? Manners. Same thing with burping. Some do it, some don't. Manners.
One more thing. If someone is obviously trying to pass you, speeding up to prevent them is STUPID and it's just as dangerous as tailgaiting. In the land of road rage, it isn't worth it. Don't be a jerk, be a courteous driver and we'll all live longer.
Monday, May 30, 2005
For most of us, Memorial day is the beginning of a summer season full of sun, BBQ's, vacations and fun. Sometimes we forget that we wouldn't be free to enjoy all of that if weren't for our soldiers and veterans. This day is about those men and women that lived and died protecting our freedom.
So, please enjoy your day but always remember who made it possible and honor them.
I want to thank all the soldiers, veterans and their families for their service and the sacrifices they made so that me and mine could be free, safe and happy. If you'd like to say thanks but you don't know any vets or currently serving soldiers check out the military bloggers.
Here is a list of MilBlogs
.There are over 200 military bloggers listed.
Happy Memorial Day
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Have A Great Weekend!
The Esmays are on the road. Blogging will be light to non-existant. Check back, I may have something good. Or not.
Happy Memorial Weekend Everyone!
Friday, May 27, 2005
decided that she has a litmus test for the 2008 Presidential election.
I’ve just decided that I do have a litmus test for the 2008 Democratic nominee: someone who can utter, in plain English, an unambiguous, unequivocal sentence about Iraq.
I left a comment asking if she preferred olive oil or butter. She'll surely be swallowing that foot in 2008. Or she'll just find a way to convince herself that she heard what she demanded to hear.
Doesn't really matter what she thinks anyway, her track record for good judgement is pathetic. Her ex-husband is a gay man, she is buddies with Maher and Franken and she supported John Kerry.
Other than a cute accent, why does anyone listen to her?
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Take A Midol Already!
Michael has gotten a bit bitchy lately.
had a few choice words about American Idol. It's your lucky day because I have a few choice words in response and I am waaaay bitchier.
Michael on Idol:
I didn’t watch American Idol last night. In fact, other than Tuesday night, I haven’t watched it at all. But when I did watch it, I knew that neither Bo Bice or Carrie Underwood deserved the title. Having said that, if it were a contest between the two, I would have had to give it to her.
And don’t tell me I can’t judge a competition by one show. For one thing, I know more about this shit than most of you. Second, if you want the title of American Idol, then you have to sing well all the time. And if you cannot do that by the last couple days of the show, then you certainly don’t deserve that honor.
I'll just say this, you are being awfully presumptive about our (those of us you've singled out) knowledge on this subject. You may know a lot about music but unless you actually work in the music industry signing talent, then you're no better judge than the rest of us. On top of that, you're being arrogant, bitchy and a little rude. Go buy some Marlboros, you'll feel better.
Second, "sing well all of the time", WTF? So to be YOUR Idol one can't be sick or tired EVER. One would never cancel a performance or perform less than perfect, one would have to be superhuman. I like my singers to be normal, thanks. And normal means that sometimes they perform while ill, or sometimes they have an off night. But they still perform because the show must go on. Some of us appreciate that dedication, while others sneer and bask in their own superiority. Whatever. But if you don't watch the show, then you have no business dictating who deserves any honor. The fans do, and you aren't one, obviously. Get back up on your high horse and leave us peasants alone. We are perfectly happy with Bo and Carrie, thankyouverymuch.
C'mon, You Know The MSM Isn't Biased
Howard Dean looks like an idiot when he can't seem to distinguish between Saddam and Osama. On Meet the Press
Dean: "But the thing that really bothered me the most, which the 9-11 Commission said also wasn't true, is the insinuation that the president continues to make to this day that Osama bin Laden had something to do with supporting terrorists that attacked the United States. That is false. The 9-11 Commission, chaired by a Republican, said it was false."
You know if ANY Republican made that slip, we'd hear about it at every opportunity. I mean if
Bush screwed up like that, we'd never hear the end of how stooopid he is.
My favorite part of Dean's interview was when he basically admitted, what we've been saying and they've been denying, that Liberal Democrat = Socialist.
No shit, Howie.
Update: Transcript here.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
The New American Idol
Seeing Carrie and Bo sing together was a real treat. Their voices really compliment each other. I loved Bo singing with Lynard Skynard. Makes me want to visit Alabama.
500 MILLION VOTES. What does that say? More people care about American Idol than they do President of The United States.
Does anyone know what the estimated percentage of pregnancies are the result of incest or father-daughter rape? Or even what is the percentage of girls molested by their fathers?
I'm curious because molestation/incest is the number one reason given by abortion advocates for taking away the rights of parents to make medical decisions for their underage daughters.
I don't understand why suddenly a 13 year old girl is mature enough to decide the question of abortion but she isn't mature enough to decide anything else. She can have an abortion but she can't smoke, drive, drink, have sex that isn't considered rape, live on her own, join the military or vote.
She can't get a tattoo or breast implants without parental consent but she can get an abortion.
She can't have sex without her partner risking jail time if she is under 18 but she can have an abortion.
Let me tell you something, if a child of 12 or 13 is reasonable enough to decide the abortion issue without parental consent, then it is high time that the statutory rape laws bite the dust. If she can consent to an abortion, then she can consent to sex. When it comes to sex, it is time to stop treating our boys like criminals and our girls like wide-eyed innocents. If they can make a huge decision about their bodies , like abortion, all on their own; then we should stop calling underage, consensual sex: statutory rape.
If these children are mature enough to consent to having a doctor scrape and vaccuum out their uteri via their vaginas, then they are mature enough to consent to having a nice penis put there too.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Meme Time Again
It's only because I like Rhianna
that I am doing this one...
Song playing now: La Grange - ZZ Top
Five things I listen to the most:
1) Soundtrack to Armageddon (Lots of Aerosmith)
2) Pure Funk
3) I'm embarrassed to admit it - Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway
4) ABBA's Greatest Hits
5) Led Zepplin IV
10 things I’ve never done:
01) I've never traveled west of Wisconsin.
02) I've never fired anyone.
03) I’ve never killed another human being.
04) I’ve never swung on a trapeze.
05) I've never voted for Nader.
06) I've never ridden on a motorcycle, but I have ridden an elephant.
07) I've never had an abortion or an STD.
08) I've never had sex "in" a car.
09) I've never deliberately lied to anyone during my adulthood.
10) I've never tried heroin, crack or any of the newer 90's era drugs.
I must tag another...okay Dean, you're it!
Bo or Carrie?
Tonight is the night. Who is it gonna be? Who is your American Idol?Bo or Carrie
Seriously sexy rocker dude or Country bumpkin...
I've been a Bo fan from day 1, whether he wins or not he'll have a record deal and I will own it.
Don't they look good in red?
Monday, May 23, 2005
How To Ruin A Saturday Night in Less Than A Minute
I was really looking forward to the Saturday night boxing match on HBO. It was Lamon Brewster v Andrew Golota, for the WBA heavyweight championship. Golota is a big Polish dude and I love watching him fight. When he is good, he is really good. Brutal.
I got the boys to bed early, so I could really chill and enjoy. I got my Big Gulp Diet Coke with extra ice, bowl of Funyons and a couple of peanut butter cookies. I was ready for the main event.
I'm excited now, the introductions are over and the fight is underway. Golota is down, WTF? Okay, no biggie. He's down again, WHAT?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?! He better not go down again or NO WAY! He's down again. Motherf****r, a TKO in less than a minute. That's it! Golota went down like a little bitch. Time to retire, B-I-O-T-C-H!
Ruined my whole flippin' night.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
The Democrats say they will filibuster the Rule Change
What is Patriotism?
We hear many different opinions of exactly what patriotism is. The dictionary defines it simply as: Love of and devotion to one's country.
I guess the main question is "how" we express that love.
So, how do you define patriotism and how do you show it? I want it in postive terms and I'm not looking for anyone to use this as an opportunity to slam someone else.
I will develop another thread for arguing patriotism.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
How Did We Survive?
I love getting these "memory lane" type emails. I just got this one yesterday:How Did We Survive?
My mother used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.
My mother used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes too, my school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting ecoli.
Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.
We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's or canvas Converse (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.
Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be
much harder than gym.
Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson [and provided comic relief] by running in the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile and hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be today if we only knew we could have sued the school system.
Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches.
I can't understand it. Schools didn't offer 14 year olds an abortion or condoms (we wouldn't have known what either was anyway) but they did give us a couple of baby aspirin and cough syrup if we started getting the sniffles.
What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.
I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.
I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.
I must be repressing that memory as I try to rationalize through the denial of the dangers could have befallen us as we trekked off each day about a mile down the road to some guy's vacant lot, built forts out of branches and pieces of plywood, made trails, and fought over who got to be the Lone Ranger. What was that property owner thinking, letting us play on that lot? He should have been locked up for not putting up a fence around the property, complete with a self-closing gate and an infrared intruder alarm.
Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that
bee sting? I could have been killed!
We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked (physical abuse) there too and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.
We invited the door to door salesman inside for coffee, kids choked down the
dust from the gravel driveway while playing with Tonka trucks (Remember why Tonka trucks were made tough? It wasn't so that they could take the rough Berber in the family room), and Dad drove a car with leaded gas.
Our music had to be left inside when we went out to play and I am sure that
I nearly exhausted my imagination a couple of times when we went on two week
vacations. I should probably sue the folks now for the danger they put us in when we all slept in campgrounds in the family tent.
Summers were spent behind the push lawn mower and I didn't even know that mowers came with motors until I was 13 and we got one without an automatic blade-stop or an auto-drive. How sick were my parents? Of course my parents weren't the only psychos. I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.
To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that? We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes!
We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?
Friday, May 20, 2005
NEWSWEEK DISSEMBLED, MUSLIMS DISMEMBERED!
I don't agree with her very often, but Ann Coulter has got it right:
When ace reporter Michael Isikoff had the scoop of the decade, a thoroughly sourced story about the president of the United States having an affair with an intern and then pressuring her to lie about it under oath, Newsweek decided not to run the story. Matt Drudge scooped Newsweek, followed by The Washington Post.
Go read the whole thing
When Isikoff had a detailed account of Kathleen Willey's nasty sexual encounter with the president in the Oval Office, backed up with eyewitness and documentary evidence, Newsweek decided not to run it. Again, Matt Drudge got the story.
When Isikoff was the first with detailed reporting on Paula Jones' accusations against a sitting president, Isikoff's then-employer The Washington Post — which owns Newsweek — decided not to run it. The American Spectator got the story, followed by the Los Angeles Times.
So apparently it's possible for Michael Isikoff to have a story that actually is true, but for his editors not to run it...
...Ironically, among the reasons Newsweek gave for killing Isikoff's Lewinsky bombshell was that Evan Thomas was worried someone might get hurt. It seems that Lewinsky could be heard on tape saying that if the story came out, "I'll (expletive) kill myself."
But Newsweek couldn't wait a moment to run a story that predictably ginned up Islamic savages into murderous riots in
Afghanistan, leaving hundreds injured and 16 dead. Who could have seen that coming? These are people who stone rape victims to death because the family "honor" has been violated and who fly planes into American skyscrapers because — wait, why did they do that again?
. Go on, I'll wait...
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Thoughts on Abu Ghraib
(not really) has some thoughts on Abu Ghraib, in light of the Newsweek debacle.
During the production of Easy Rider, a few of us traveled down to New Orleans for a coupla’ weeks to film the Mardi Gras parade scenes. Hopper would get fried on acid and quart bottles of Miller High Life and would disappear for long stretches, then show up late at night, his arms covered up to the elbows in fresh gore. “What the hell’d you do?” I asked him on one such occasion.
”Killed a pig, man,” he told me. “Not a cop, dig — but an actual hog. It was, like, so totally emblematic. As an experience, you know? I feel completely elevated, man.”...
There is more, go and read the rest
Damn Right, Taranto
Hey this whole James Taranto column
's so good I have to quote the whole damn thing almost:
Reading the transcript of yesterday's briefing by White House press secretary Scott McClellan, it's clear that the press is closing ranks behind Newsweek, despite the magazine's retraction of a story alleging Koran desecration at Guantanamo Bay. McClellan called on Newsweek to "do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done, particularly in the region," and a reporter (apparently ABC's Terry Moran) bristled:
*** QUOTE ***
Q: With respect, who made you the editor of Newsweek? Do you think it's appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?
McClellan: I'm not telling them. I'm saying that we would encourage them to help--
Q: You're pressuring them.
McClellan: No, I'm saying that we would encourage them--
Q: It's not pressure?
McClellan: Look, this report caused serious damage to the image of the United States abroad. And Newsweek has said that they got it wrong. I think Newsweek recognizes the responsibility they have. We appreciate the step that they took by retracting the story. Now we would encourage them to move forward and do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done by this report. And that's all I'm saying. But, no, you're absolutely right, it's not my position to get into telling people what they can and cannot report.
*** END QUOTE ***
This is a fascinating exchange. The questioner begins by accusing McClellan of exceeding his authority ("Who made you the editor of Newsweek?"), then switches to whining about an assault on press freedom ("You're pressuring them").
In truth, all McClellan has done is exercise his own constitutional rights by criticizing Newsweek. The questioner is failing to distinguish the press's freedom, which is in no way jeopardized by the Newsweek scandal and the concomitant criticism, from its power, which assuredly is.
The press's power--its ability to influence events--is inherent in the practice of journalism; were it not, dictators would have no need to restrict press freedom. But the press's power, especially in a free society, rests on its credibility--that is, on the reader's trust that the press is telling the truth. When the press falls short of that trust, as Newsweek has done here, it diminishes its own power.
"Some news media commentators said that the White House was blaming the press for problems of its [the White House's] own making," reports Elisabeth Bumiller in today's New York Times
*** QUOTE ***
"This is hardly the first time that the administration has sought to portray the American media as inadequately patriotic," said Marvin Kalb, a senior fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. "They are addressing the mistake, and not the essence of the story. The essence of the story is that the United States has been rather indelicate, to put it mildly, in the way that they have treated prisoners of war [sic]."
*** END QUOTE ***
It's the "fake but accurate" defense again: What's important is not the facts but the "essence of the story." What's happening here is that journalists are engaging in political damage control, trying to limit the diminution of their power that will result from Newsweek's error. It's entirely understandable--journalists are, after all, human beings--but thinking about it this way helps demystify the press, which turns out to be acting just like any other institution when faced with problems of its own making.
Moreover, as we argued yesterday, the "essence of the story" is at the root of the problem. It's rare for journalists to get the facts wrong as spectacularly as Newsweek did, or as CBS did with its fraudulent National Guard report last year. But the so-called mainstream media have a worldview, formed in the Vietnam and Watergate era, that distorts the overall picture their reporting presents. Consider this exchange from the McClellan briefing, apparently involving the Times' Bumiller:
*** QUOTE ***
Q: Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is; is that what you're saying here?
McClellan: Elisabeth, let me finish my sentence. Our military--
Q: You've already said what you're--I know what--how it ends.
*** END QUOTE ***
Allow us to answer the question: Yes, in our opinion, the press should produce more stories--many more than it does--about how great the American military is. When it does so, it should adhere as rigorously to the facts as we expect it to do when it produces stories that make the military look bad.
But the cynicism about the military that underlies Bumiller's question is deeply embedded in the mainstream media. That is why the press was obsessed with Abu Ghraib, while it is left to an Australian blogger to track good news from Iraq and Afghanistan in a systematic way.
A free press is vital to a democratic society; the press is not, and should not be, a propaganda organ of the government. And "adversary" journalism has its place. An important reason that the military is as great as it is, and that the government is as honest as it is, is that the press is aggressive in holding them accountable.
What has changed of late is that the press, which is used to being accountable to no one but itself, has increasingly found itself taken to task--by journalists who dissent from the "mainstream" worldview, by bloggers and even by government officials. Kalbian fake-but-accurate spin is a wholly inadequate response, but it is a sign that the press's complacency is crumbling. If the criticism keeps up--and it will--the mainstream media will eventually feel compelled to respond in a serious way. American journalism will be better for it.
Oh whine whine whine: Somebody questioned their patriotism!
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
This is pretty cool. Some Norwegian soldiers made a spoof video about Kosovo
Festival of Culture
I took Tuesday off from blogging because I went on a field trip with Jake's class. It was the best field trip I have ever been on, as a student or a Mom. We went to the Festival of Cultures. It was fun and incredibly informative. There were five stations and at each station the kids and us parents learned about different cultures. The presentations we attended were Africa, Middle Age Europe, Polynesia, Native American and Wildlife. I took some pictures and learned how to hula. We learned about school life in Ghana and we sang, learned all about feudalism and the role of knights in the Middle ages. Polynesia covered Hawaii, Somoa and Tahiti. Lots of cool dances. Learned about Navajo Indians and the Aztecs (more cool dances)and at Wildlife we saw some really unusual animals. I didn't take any animal pictures because I was so caught up in it, I forgot to pull out my camera.
I may post some pictures later.
Monday, May 16, 2005
The L Word
Watched the finale last night and I was annoyed. Why did we not get to see Tina with her baby? She did all the damn work!
I'm really glad that she and Bette got back together but that ending really grated me. Anyone else watch The L Word?
Frustrated with Network TV. (Jerry K)
A year and a half ago, I made one of the wisest purchases. I bought a TiVo system. I miss alot of my favorite programs due to various commitments, so the TiVo was a godsend. Lately it has more Sesame Street & Wiggles than anything, but thats okay. TiVo works by recording things that start at certain times. That much was obvious. The cool thing that TiVo has is whats called "Season Pass". You can set it up and it will tape every occurance of a particular show where ever and whenever it is scheduled. After you set a bunch up, you can set priorities in case there is a conflict. If Apprentice is up against Survivor, we tape Survivor.
We recently added Desperate Housewives to our Season Pass. It was placed with a higher priority than Survivor. So when I noticed that Survivor wasn't going to tape, I realized that Housewives had a better priority. I noticed also that Grey' Anatomy was going to tape instead of the Survivor reunion show. I was puzzled because Survivor had a higher priority than Grey's Anatomy. It took a while but I figured it out. Housewises was scheduled from 9:00pm to 10:02pm. What the heck is that? 10:02pm??? What that wacky end time did was cancel the Survivor because of the conflict and set to tape the other show because it didn't conflict.
I've noticed that shows have wacky zany start & end times lately but I never realized what for until now. Its to mess with the DVR users. By overlapping shows by 1 minute, it will effectively cancel other shows people may have wanted to tape.
I bought my TiVo for convenience, not for something I must now micro manage. Its clear to me that the Networks don't give a crap about me. Hopefully this early start & late ending time will be a passing fad. If not, the networks have the potential to lose alot of viewers..
Is anyone else annoyed with the wierd start & end times??
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Using The Courts Again
This time in North Carolina
North Carolina has an interesting law on its books. It is illegal for unmarried couples to live together before they are married. This law has been on the books since 1805 and was rarely enforced.
Debra Hobbs was told she by Sheriff Carson Smith that she had to quit her job unless she married her live-in boyfriend. The ACLU is suing to have this law overturned as unconstitutional.
If a company can fire you for smoking at home, a legal activity, then they can fire you for cohabitating if it is illegal to do so in your state. Don't like the law, change it. I think the people of NC should petition their lawmakers to get rid of this law. If they don't want to change the law, then this woman and any other lawbreaker should be fined or imprisoned according to the law.
Stop using the courts to validate your life and make new law.
Oh and activist judges are bad. Did I cover everything?
Saturday, May 14, 2005
My neighborhood is just an episode of Cops that hasn't been filmed, yet...
I was about 10 blocks from home and there it was, the cause of my observation:
Two squad cars (4 cops) breaking up a fight between a fat woman and the Ice Cream man.
It's only May, I can't wait to see what the summer has in store for us.
Friday, May 13, 2005
We were just told to take cover. So, I guess I'll see y'all later.
Senate Democrats to Republicans : Do As I Say
Not as I do
In 1995, Tom Harkin (D) and Joe Lieberman (D) introduced an idea TO END ALL FILIBUSTERS
to amend Senate rules to end all filibusters, not just those against judicial nominees. The proposal’s sponsor said that “the filibuster rules are unconstitutional” and was quoted as saying “the filibuster is nothing short of legislative piracy.” He announced his intent to end all filibusters with an unambiguous statement: “We cannot allow the filibuster to bring Congress to a grinding halt. So today I start a drive to do away with a dinosaur — the filibuster rule.”
It was supported by 19
Democrats, including the liberal tag team from Massachusetts, Kennedy and Kerry.
So much has changed in 10 short years, eh?
HT: Citizen Journal Blog
Thursday, May 12, 2005
The Senator Test?
Thanks to Citizen Journal Blog
for the inspiration.
Match the quote to the Senator:
1) "I find it simply baffling that a Senator would vote against even voting on a judicial nomination."
A.)Tom Daschle (D)
B.)Liddy Dole (R)
2) "I have stated over and over again ... that I would object and fight against any filibuster on a judge, whether it is somebody I opposed or supported."
A.)Bill Frist (R)
B.)Pat Leahy (D)
3) "Even if they tend to vote against the nomination itself, it is wrong to filibuster a nomination, and the senators who believe in fairness will not let a minority of the Senate deny the nominee his vote by the entire Senate."
A.)Ted Kennedy (D)
1) Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) 1999
2) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 1998
3) Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) 1995
Fucking hypocrites, all of them!
Where is that promised signed Form 180
Senator Kerry? It's been 101 days since you said you'd release it
If you want to run again in a few years, you'd best keep the easiest promises or you'll look like a liar.
Or did you change your mind about releasing it?
But I Hate Lucky Charms...
Your Inner European is Irish!
Sprited and boisterous!
You drink everyone under the table.
He Voted Against It Before He Voted For It
Congress approves $82 billion
emergency spending for WOT, the Senate approved the bill 100-0.
Kerry voted for it this time
, so did the other hypocritical bloviators:
* Barbara Boxer (Calif.)
* Robert Byrd (W.Va.)
* Tom Harkin (Iowa)
* Jim Jeffords (Vt.)
* Ted Kennedy (Mass.)
* Frank Lautenberg (N.J.)
* Pat Leahy (Vt.)
* Paul Sarbanes (Md.)
I guess it's cool to be for it now, since he isn't running for president like last time
Click here to hear Kerry's Theme Song
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Snapped while watching Elmo and Zoe on Sesame Street!
Already Displaying Good Taste
My baby loves Sesame Street. LOVES IT!
He talks to it and reacts so adorably, I don't bother with any other show. He loves all the monsters but his two favorite characters are Elmo and Cookie Monster.
Who doesn't love Sesame Street?
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Down to 4 and I'm stumped. Who is leaving? I loved all of them. I didn't see the faults the judges did.
What do you think? Who sucked?
Homosexuality: Is It Nature or Nurture
Is there a "gay" gene? Many people believe that homosexuality is simply a choice but there are some of us that believe homosexuality is genetic. Not a choice but a biologically driven urge to mate with the same sex. Scientists are mixed on that theory but if this study
is true, then the doubters may change their minds.
A compound taken from male sweat stimulates the brains of gay men and straight women but not heterosexual men, raising the possibility that homosexual brains are different, researchers in Sweden reported on Monday.
It also strengthens the evidence that humans respond to pheromones — compounds known to affect animal behavior, especially mating behavior, but whose role in human activity has been questioned.
I find these results encouraging. If it can finally be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that homosexuality is biological, then perhaps true equality for gays and lesbians can finally be achieved. Also, from a religious standpoint, the idea that homosexual behavior
is sinful should be called to question. If it is biological, then we can't fault people for behaving in the manner that God made them because God doesn't make mistakes.
Hat tip: Michael
Question of the Day? Is Harry Reid a Moron or Just an Idiot?
You may think the Senate Minority Leader [Reid, D-NV] is spunky and politically savvy but I want to present you with a couple of facts:
Reid on Clarence Thomas:
November 19: "If they"--the Bush White House--"for example, gave us Clarence Thomas as chief justice, I personally feel that would be wrong. If they give us Antonin Scalia, that's a little different question. I may not agree with some of his opinions, but I agree with the brilliance of his mind."
Asked to clarify his remarks:
MR. RUSSERT: Why couldn't you accept Clarence Thomas?
SEN. REID: I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don't--I just don't think that he's done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.
Noam Scheiber from The New Republic takes aim at Reid:"So, if I'm understanding Reid correctly, Scalia would be okay because, even though he's really conservative, he's also really smart. Thomas is objectionable because he's both really conservative and really dumb. Since Reid doesn't provide any evidence for his low opinion of Thomas, it sounds to me like he's thoughtlessly embracing the increasingly untenable view that Thomas is an affirmative action case utterly incapable of the kind of deep (or independent) thoughts Supreme Court justices are supposed to think, which has more than a slight whiff of racism."
While addressing High School students, Reid calls the President a loser. He "apologized" later.
Whether you agree with him or not, his public comments were a huge faux pas for a "leader" to make. Shit like that gets you fired from leadership, just ask Trent Lott. Perhaps, it's only the Republicans fire their leaders for embarrassing idiocy. Oh, wait I just remembered Tom DeLay. Nevermind.
So, is Harry Reid a moron or just an idiot?
Monday, May 9, 2005
I have a raging headache. So, until I get the searing pain under control; blogging will be light.
Got any good things to share? Post 'em in the comments and I'll do some linky love later.
Sunday, May 8, 2005
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all of you Mothers out there!
I'm taking the day off and so should you!
See you tomorrow.
Saturday, May 7, 2005
Scalia Gives A Good Zinger
Scalia criticized the politicizing of the judiciary: "What in the world is a moderate judge? What is a moderate interpretation of the Constitution? Halfway between what it really says and what you'd like it to say?"
Clinton To Dems : Get A Clue
Former President Bill Clinton tells Dems to put up or shut up
. In an interview, on Good Morning America, Clinton said:
I think the Democrats should say what they are for on Social Security in the next couple [of]weeks; they've got time to put together a program. I think it should include an opportunity for people to participate in savings and ownership. They don’t have to do private accounts... But I think that the Democrats should have a plan, and they should talk to the president and congressional Republicans about it."
Hey, it's what we've been saying for weeks. Get a freaking plan together, stop just throwing tantrums and shouting no, no, no, no, no! It isn't very liberal
to have a closed mind and stick to the status quo.
Clinton's right, put up or shut up.
Friday, May 6, 2005
Kerry Thinks Mass Dems Are Anti-Gay Bigots
John Kerry criticized the Massachusetts Democratic Party
for its support of Same-sex Marriage
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, visiting Louisiana for a forum on children’s health care, criticized the Massachusetts Democratic Party for its expected approval of a statement in the party platform in support of same-sex marriage. I think it’s a mistake,” Kerry said. “I think it’s the wrong thing, and I’m not sure it reflects the broad view of the Democratic Party in our state.”
So, he thinks that supporting SSM is a mistake because it doesn't reflect the broad view of the liberals in Mass. WOW!
If the liberals in Mass don't support it, there is a big problem. Kerry is just another pandering politician. I feel bad for those of you that supported him, on the SSM issue, you guys thought he was the second coming. You thought he was better than Bush and not beholden to any special interests. You were WRONG. I may not have like Bush's position on SSM but, at least
, we all knew where he stood. Kerry would have really fucked you over. I wonder what other priciples Kerry would've caved on... cough, [all of 'em], cough
If Kerry doesn't have the balls to stand up for gays, in his own liberal state, you know damn well he wouldn't as president. The big wuss.
I wonder what Andrew Sullivan would say
. I hope he rips Kerry a new one.
Runaway Bride Overkill
I swear a day doesn't pass that I don't hear, Runaway Bride blah, blah, blah...
Isn't there enough happening in the world without having to keep selling this non-story?
Last night, I heard Greta Van Sustren promote her show saying, "coming up next, the runaway bride's wedding planner". What's the matter, Greta? Was the guy who sold her the bus ticket booked on Larry King already?
Here it is in a nutshell, she got nervous and she bolted. That's it. Okay, her boyfriend called the cops making this situation bigger than it should have been.
Running away isn't a crime and she shouldn't have to pay for everyone looking for her, her family should. They knew what kind of nut she was. The only crime she committed was phoney police report, probably after she became ashamed of how big a story her running away turned out. This is the fault of the media. They made a story out of it.
Now, I wish they'd cut it out. They won't until they interview every last person connected, even the girl who sold her the tampons in Albuquerque...
Interviewer: You sold her the tampons right?
Store Clerk: Yes.
Interviewer: What kind did she buy?
Store Clerk: Tampax
Interviewer: Why do you think she ran?
Store Clerk: Well, she bought the Super Plus variety and a box of Kotex Super. That indicates she was probably bleeding like a stuck pig.
Interviewer: Would a heavy period cause her to run?
Store Clerk: Sure, you can't wear white and have a wedding night when you have such a heavy flow.
Interviewer: Why do you say that? What is your expertise in this area?
Store Clerk: I've been selling tampons and pads for years, I know that you only use the Supers when you are really bleeding. I know that I'd panic if I were bleeding that bad.
Interviewer: There you have it. Runaway Bride was having a bad period. Coming up next, the pathologist, who, examined the used pads and tampons our reporter dug out of her trash.
Thursday, May 5, 2005
Why is a giant vagina politically correct and huggable on a college campus, but a giant inflated penis named Testaclese
is just offensive and banned?
It appears that V-Day(short for Vagina Day) is celebrated on various college campuses every year but when some conservatives came out with P-Day as a counter to V-Day, they got in trouble.
The week before V-Day, the Roger Williams campus was plastered with flyers emblazoned with slogans such as “My Vagina is Flirty” and “My Vagina is Huggable.” There was a widely publicized “orgasm workshop.” On the day of the play, the V-warriors sold lollipops in the in the shape of–-guess what? Last year, the student union was flooded with questionnaires asking unsuspecting students questions like “What does your Vagina smell like?” None of this offended the administration or elicited any reprimands, probations, or confiscations.
The campus conservatives artfully (in the college sense of "artful") mimicked the V-Day campaign. They papered the school with flyers that said, “My penis is majestic” and “My penis is hilarious.” The caption on one handout read, “My Penis is studious.” It showed Testaclese reclining on a couch reading Michael Barone’s Hard America, Soft America.
“Testaclese” tipped the scales when he approached the university Provost, Edward J. Kavanagh, outside the student union. Apparently taking him/it for a giant mushroom, Provost Kavanagh cheerfully greeted him. But when Testaclese presented him with an honorary award as a campus “Penis Warrior,” the stunned official realized that it was no mushroom. After this incident, which was recorded on videotape, the promoters of P-Day were ordered to cease circulating their flyers and to keep Testaclese off campus grounds. Mindful of how school officers had never once protested any of the antics of Vagina warriors, the P-warriors did not comply. The Testaclese costume was then confiscated and formal charges followed.
Fucking double standards. If I were still in college, I'd buy Testaclese a beer. I mean really, unless you are a lesbian or a radical feminist, who the hell wants to stare at a 6 foot vagina all day? [shudders]
Free Testaclese!!!!Free Testaclese!!!!Free Testaclese!!!!Free Testaclese!!!!
Teach Your Children Well...
Sarcasm is an art. If you have tell people that you are being sarcastic, you are doing a crappy job with the Art of Sarcasm
Sarcasm is an important skill and when done properly is very effective. Why am I bringing this up, you ask? This is a conversation I had with my son Jake (7), last night:
Me: Ok baby, I ordered pizza for dinner.
Jake: Cool, what is on it?
Me: Hawaiian on one half for me and daddy, pepperoni, black olives and onion for your half.
Jake: Cool. [gives a thumbs up sign]
Me: It'll be here in about 40 minutes.
Jake: Why did you put onions on my half?
Me: Because you like them and why are you mad? You gave me a thumbs up.
Jake: I was being sarcastic.
Me: You were?
Jake: Yes, I wanted hot peppers not onions.
Me: You aren't very good at being sarcastic.
Jake: Why not?
Me: Because if you have tell me you're being sarcastic, you did it wrong.
You should have said "greeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat, I loooooooooooooove onion" and rolled your eyes, not give thumbs up.
Jake: Hey, I'm only 7.
Me: Stop making excuses. If you want to be sarcastic at 7, fine. Just learn how to do it.
Jake: I'll work on it.
Lucky for him, they hadn't yet made the pizza when called back to fix it. If he'd been properly sarcastic, I would have called the pizza place back immediately, not wasted time figuring out that his smiley thumbs up was an attempt at sarcasm.
Next time he may not be so lucky.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Red Cross Banned by Student Senate
points to a story about the U of ME Student Senate banning Red Cross blood drives
because they discriminate against gay men. You may think that this policy is fine, I think it's crap. Yes, I know the FDA started it but the Red Cross could pull a Clintonian "don't ask, don't tell" when collecting.
I have a question: don't they test the blood they collect before using it?
If they do, then why the "no gay man policy"? If they don't, do you really want blood from the Red Cross going into YOUR veins? There are plenty of diseases that transmit via blood (hepatitis anyone. If they are going to refuse someone simply because they are gay, why not refuse anyone that has ever had sex? There are plenty of skanks out there.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
I Am The Queen of the Banned
For those of you that still read Dean's site but can't comment there, feel free to use this thread. For I am The Queen of the Banned...
Dean is discussing circumcisions
and I followed up snarkily here
and more seriously here
Read all the links and then feel free to comment.
I was watching a movie last night that got me wondering about something. What is the weirdest, cringe inducing food that you love? Something that would make most people gag at the thought.
I have a couple.
The first is zupa z flaczkow
(tripe soup), I love this soup. You can't go to a restaurant in Poland without seeing it on a menu. Tripe is cow stomach, the Mexican version, Menudo, is really good too.
The second one is kiszka (blood sausage). Here is a recipe for it
. Feel free to read the grossness.
So, what's your cringe inducing favorite?
Monday, May 2, 2005
I'm Almost Perfect!
Are You A Republican?
"You're the perfect sycophant of the Republican elite. Tom DeLay and Karl Rove would be utterly proud of you."
Via: Beth, my Republican soul sista!
President Bush started to speak at the Annual Correspondents' Dinner and was promptly "interrupted" by his better half
"Not that old joke, not again," she said to the delight of the audience. "I've been attending these dinners for years and just quietly sitting there. I've got a few things I want to say for a change."
The president sat down and she proceeded to note that he is "usually in bed by now" and said she told him recently, "If you really want to end tyranny in the world you're going to have to stay up later. "
She outlined a typical evening: "Nine o'clock, Mr. Excitement here is sound asleep and I'm watching `Desperate Housewives'." Comedic pause. "With Lynn Cheney. Ladies and gentlemen, I am a desperate housewife."
Funny stuff but this line was my favorite: "I was the librarian who spent 12 hours a day in library and yet somehow I met George."
Proving that for some couples, destiny is reality.
I Love These Tests!
Your Birthdate: April 25
Your birth on the 25th day of the month (7 energy) modifies your life path by giving you some special interest in technical, scientific, or other complex and often hard to understand subjects.
You may become something of a perfectionist and a stickler for details.
Your thinking is logical and intuitive, rational and responsible.
Your feelings may run deep, but you are not very likely to let them show.
This birthday makes you a more private person, more introspective and perhaps more inflexible.
In friendships you are very cautious and reserved.
You are probably inventive, and given to unique approaches and solutions.
Pretty spot on. How about you?
Via: Jay and Deb
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Steve was dying. His wife, Becky, was maintaining a candlelight vigil by his
side. She held his fragile hand, tears running down her face. Her praying
roused him from his slumber. He looked up and his pale lips began to move
"Becky my darling" he whispered. "Hush my love," she said. "Rest, don't
talk." He was insistent "Becky," he said in his tired voice, "I have
something that I must confess." "There's nothing to confess," replied the
weeping Becky, "Everything's all right, go to sleep."
"No, no. I must die in peace, Becky. I ...
I slept with your sister, your
best friend, her best friend, and your mother!"
"I know, sweetheart," whispered Becky, "let the poison work."
Taking A Pet To Church
A single guy decides life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a centipede, which came in a little white box to use for his house. He took the box back home, found a good location for the box, and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him. He asked the centipede in the box,
"Would you like to go to church with me today? We will have a good time."
But there was no answer from his new pet.
This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked him again, "How about going to church with me. We can sing, read the Bible and worship God?
But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation.
He decided to ask him one more time; this time putting his face up against the centipede's house and shouting, "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to church with me and learn about The Lord!?"
A little voice came out of the box:.....................
"I heard you the first time! I'm putting on my shoes."