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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

2005 was a pretty good year.

In order of how they happened, here are some personal highlights:

  1. The birth of my very first nephew Aidan on January 12th

  2. The birth of my second son Draco on January 19th

  3. Draco's baptism

  4. Jacob's First Communion

  5. The bastard skunk that kept getting into the crawlspace under our home and spraying his odor once a month like clockwork and making our house reek for a week...he went away or died or whatever. Leaving only his creepy possum friend behind.

  6. Summer was nice and we only had 3 power outages and 2 rolling blackouts. Better than last year.

  7. Draco celebrated his most significant firsts.

  8. Jacob continues to surprise us with his wit, intelligence and his amazing capacity for love and caring.

  9. Dean's Dad is still safe and working on his second tour in Baghdad.

  10. Jacob and Draco are both happy and healthy.

  11. Celebrated 10 years of marriage.

  12. Got a brand new dishwasher. (after the first one caught fire)

  13. Dean graduated finally got his Bachelor's Degree with high distinction (4.0 gpa).

  14. I got Civ 4 and a cell phone for Christmas.

Lots of other great things happened and some tragic. The loss of Steven Malcolm Anderson is still felt deep and I truly miss him, probably always will.

2006 looks promising. I love an election year!

Posted by Rosemary on 12.31.2005. 5 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, December 30, 2005

Catching Traitors

Hey, looks like the Justice Department is going to find the scummy traitor leakers.

I hope they subpoena every one of those bastards at the New York Times and US News & World Report.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.30.2005. 37 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Weirdness

When I woke up Tuesday morning my left wrist was killing me. I didn't injure it the day before, I wasn't sure why I was in pain. My first thought was that I must have slept on it and it was stiff because of that. By Tuesday night it was obviously swollen and bending it hurt like heck. Wednesday morning it was black and blue with patches red. It is really looking ugly now but it doesn't hurt that bad.

I have no idea how it happened, I don't drink or do drugs and my memory is rock solid.

Could I have sprained it by sleeping on it? Has this or something like it ever happened to you?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.29.2005. 12 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Making Mountains Out Of Molehills: The latest in a series of blunders by the Democrats

The latest Rasmussen Poll suggests that the Dems in the House and Senate are blowing it, again.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely. Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.

The breakdown by party affiliation swings in Bush's favor across the board.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.

The Democrats better start locating "real" issues instead of imaginary ones or Election Night 2006 is gonna hurt. Not that I'm sad about that or anything.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.28.2005. 27 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Thank You John Murtha

Mickey Kaus says that Congressman Murtha saved Bush's Presidency. How? By taking the subject off the crap about how Bush "lied" to get us there, and forcing the country to think about the implications if we did like stupid Murtha suggested and pulled out of Iraq. Most people when they think about that question know that's insane both for us and Iraq. So Murtha inadvertantly brought the important question into sharp relief.

Ha. I think he may be right! Probably the same exact way that the "exposing" of the "warrantless wiretaps" brought Bush's popularity numbers way up. Why wouldn't they? Most people are smart enough to know they aren't a civil rights violation but are a very smart way to find and kill terrorists.

It's almost like the Democrats are working for Rove isn't it?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.28.2005. 47 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

It's That Time Again

The week between Christmas and New Year is the start of diet commercial season. From now until the end of January, we will be flooded with commercials from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutra System, LA Weightloss, and etc. It is 11 am and I've already seen 15 of them from about 8am this morning.

What other businesses take advantage of New Year Resolutions to flood the market?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.27.2005. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks
King Kong

This was everything I hoped it would be. Truly spectacular. I can't say enough about it. I will say that the people who didn't like were just expecting to not like it. They didn't want to like it. I went in hoping for the best and I was not disappointed. I laughed, I cried, I ran the full gamut of emotions and to me that is a ggod film.

Go see it!

Posted by Rosemary on 12.27.2005. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, December 26, 2005

King Kong

Going to see it today with the boys (Dean & Jake). I'll let you know if it is any good.

See ya later!

Posted by Rosemary on 12.26.2005. 0 Comments 0 Trackbacks
So How Was Your Christmas?

Was Santa good to you?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.26.2005. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Wesolych Swiat, Bozego Narodzenia i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to All of You!

I will be busy with family as today is Wigilia.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. I'm sure I will blog lightly on Christmas, perhaps some pictures. I'm not sure. I will definitely be back on Monday.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.24.2005. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, December 23, 2005

My Baby Should Be A Model

Draco is 11 months and walking!

[Click the picture to enlarge it]

Posted by Rosemary on 12.23.2005. 8 Comments 0 Trackbacks
I'd Rather Vote For Chickenhawks than Chickenshits

The Democrats blocked the adoption of a resolution denouncing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his anti-Semitic remarks and Holocaust denial until a demand for an Iranian plebescite and self-determination free of the Guardian Council had been removed.Wyden was the Senator to offially object:

When Mr. Santorum moved to introduce the resolution last Friday, Senator Wyden, a Democrat of Oregon, registered an unusual objection. According to the Congressional Record, Mr. Wyden told Mr. Santorum on the Senate floor that he was objecting to the resolution because his Democratic colleagues in the Senate had asked him too. Mr. Wyden did not say who asked him to issue the objection.

"While I personally am vehemently opposed to the statements that have been made by the president of Iran," Mr. Wyden said, "I have been asked by the members on this side of the aisle to object, and I do so object."

Mr. Wyden's office did not return repeated calls yesterday to explain who suggested that he object to the Iran resolution or why he was chosen to register the complaint. And a spokesman for Mr. Santorum, Robert Traynham, said he did not know who raised the objection either.

Nobody knows who objected, how positively courageous of the Democrats, eh? It gets better. After Rick Santorum removed the two sentences that called for Iranian freedom, the Democrats removed their objection to the resolution and it passed on acclamation.

[ed. note: I would like to thank one of my two Democrat Senators for not being a chickenshit. Thank you Debbie Stabenow. Thank you very much. Carl Levin - fuck you.]

HT: Dean and The Captain

Posted by Rosemary on 12.23.2005. 42 Comments 1 Trackbacks
Thank You South Dakota!

I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to the voters of South Dakota for recognizing that Tom Daschle is A STUPID FUCKING MORON and electing John Thune in 2004.

Thank you very much, oh wise voters from Mount Rushmore State!

HT: Pam

Posted by Rosemary on 12.23.2005. 18 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Cory Maye Transcripts

I've written about Cory Maye already. He's the guy sitting on Mississippi's Death Row for killing a cop that wrongly raided his home in no-knock raid in the middle of the night.

Radley Balko has his trial transcripts up.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.23.2005. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, December 22, 2005

President Had Legal Authority to OK Taps

John Schmidt, who, served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 as the associate attorney general of the United States says that President Bush's authorization to the NSA to carry out electronic surveillance into private phone calls and e-mails is consistent with court decisions and with the positions of the Justice Department under prior presidents.

I would like to repeat that John Schmidt is the former associate attorney general of the United States, he served under Clinton.

In the Supreme Court's 1972 Keith decision holding that the president does not have inherent authority to order wiretapping without warrants to combat domestic threats, the court said explicitly that it was not questioning the president's authority to take such action in response to threats from abroad.

Four federal courts of appeal subsequently faced the issue squarely and held that the president has inherent authority to authorize wiretapping for foreign intelligence purposes without judicial warrant.

In the most recent judicial statement on the issue, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, composed of three federal appellate court judges, said in 2002 that "All the ... courts to have decided the issue held that the president did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence ... We take for granted that the president does have that authority."

The passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978 did not alter the constitutional situation. That law created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that can authorize surveillance directed at an "agent of a foreign power," which includes a foreign terrorist group. Thus, Congress put its weight behind the constitutionality of such surveillance in compliance with the law's procedures. But as the 2002 Court of Review noted, if the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches, "FISA could not encroach on the president's constitutional power."

Every president since FISA's passage has asserted that he retained inherent power to go beyond the act's terms. Under President Clinton, deputy Atty. Gen. Jamie Gorelick testified that "the Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes."

FISA contains a provision making it illegal to "engage in electronic surveillance under color of law except as authorized by statute." The term "electronic surveillance" is defined to exclude interception outside the U.S., as done by the NSA, unless there is interception of a communication "sent by or intended to be received by a particular, known United States person" (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) and the communication is intercepted by "intentionally targeting that United States person." The cryptic descriptions of the NSA program leave unclear whether it involves targeting of identified U.S. citizens. If the surveillance is based upon other kinds of evidence, it would fall outside what a FISA court could authorize and also outside the act's prohibition on electronic surveillance. [...] But even if the NSA activity is "electronic surveillance" and the Sept. 11 resolution is not "statutory authorization" within the meaning of FISA, the act still cannot, in the words of the 2002 Court of Review decision, "encroach upon the president's constitutional power."

So there.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.22.2005. 74 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Ha!

You Are Socks!
Cozy and warm... but easily lost.
You make a good puppet.

I do make a good puppet...for porn!

HT: Jay & Deb (who looks ready to burst)

Posted by Rosemary on 12.21.2005. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I Wanted Answers, What Did You Want?

When the initial story about the NSA spying broke I said:

Our civil liberties are on the line and while I do think that fighting terrorism is important, I don't think that the govt should have carte blanche.

I don't care what party controls the government, the Feds should not be allowed to spy on citizens without having to prove cause and obtain warrants.

This shouldn't be swept under the rug, it is our duty as citizens to question actions like this. And it is the duty of the Federal Govt to give us answers.

They better have a damn good answer. I'll be waiting.

They gave us answers. My brain processed them like this:

  1. The President wanted to know what he could do to prevent terrorist attacks.

  2. The President would be blamed if any took place on his watch on our soil.

  3. The President went through legal channels and was counseled as to the legality of his authorization of the NSA domestic surveillance.

  4. The President acted in good faith after being told he not only had the authority but it was legal and his duty.

  5. The President informed the members of Congress that he was required to inform of Top Secret National Security actions.

  6. The President was forthcoming and followed the law as he was told by legal advisors from the DOJ and the NSA.

This isn't about following "Talking Points" this is about reason. Is is reasonable to believe that the President is actively breaking the law without a care of his duty or that he made every possible effort to make sure that he was following the law, living up to his sworn oath and protecting America?

Do you really believe that the President is a feckless criminal striving to be a tyrant worthy of being impeached?

I don't. I believe that he made a good faith effort to do his job and follow the law. I have no reason to believe otherwise.

You keep talking about accepting responsibility and the buck stopping with Bush. Well, he has accepted responsibility for his decisions and he is not passing the buck. He isn't trying to shift blame and he isn't apologizing for doing his job. He also followed congressional oversight requirements by notifying the appropriate congressional committees in a timely manner. He wasn't required to obtain their permission but he is required to inform them.

Mark seems to think I have bloodlust for imprisoning the leaker or the NYT in this case. Well, the leakers yes, the NYT's not so much. Here is what Mark said:

There is an obvious difference between a leak that exposes a presidential power grab and a leak which promotes that power grab. One is whistle blowing by concerned citizens, the other is propaganda and dirty smear tactics designed to crush political opposition. Look to motivatioin, which can be derived by the very nature of the leak. One leaker put the republic before party, the other believes the Repuclican Party demands primary loyalty. But then again, treason is in the eye of the beholder. One man's freedom fighter is another man's enemy of the state.

Obvious difference, my achin' ass. The only difference I can see is that this leaker was trying to destroy Bush by undermining National Security. Pull your head out of your ass. Funny that you Bush-haters call us kool-aid drinkers all the while sporting the "Joker" like smile of a kool-aid lifer. You guys are turning into that which you despise. You are acting as nutty and as reckless as those Clinton hating Republicans of the 90's.

Retired Intel-officer, Emily Francona, answers your points better than I can. She's more informed on National Security than the lot of you, so you should give her a read. Here are some snippets, since I know some of you will just avoid clicking the link because facts will severely hamper your ability to be obtuse.

The most serious legal problems are posed by those who leaked this highly classified national security information to the media, an unauthorized recipient of any classified information. Any NSA or intelligence community official concerned over an intelligence activity has an internal oversight system available to address these concerns in a legal and classified environment: NSA's internal Inspector General and/or the Intelligence Community's Inspector General. If the internal oversight process proved insufficient, legislative oversight would have been the next logical place for these officials to take their concerns: congressional oversight committees routinely investigate just those types of concerns in a legal setting designed to preserve classified national security information. Should following this well-established process still not satisfy their concerns, the honorably course of action for any true intelligence professional is to resign from such an untenable position - WITHOUT revealing classified information and potentially damaging national security.

These "concerned" officials have acted extremely unprofessionally: they clearly violated their secrecy oath and the provisions of the 1980 Classified Information Procedures Act by providing classified information to the media. While it may come as a shock to some, the media is NOT entitled to classified information under any circumstances.

Treason isn't a word I toss around lightly, if ever, but I do think that compromising our security is treasonous behavior and if you don't like it, don't defend it. Defending it doesn't make you "liberal" it makes you dangerous.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.20.2005. 89 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Monday, December 19, 2005

Did You Watch The Speech?

I watched Bush last night and I was struck by a three things. First, he is really uncomfortable speaking to a camera, he is a 1000 times better in front of an audience. Second, he should have given that speech like a year ago. Finally, why didn't the speech touch on the NSA stuff?

I want to know which congresscritters were informed and performing oversight. I want names. I also want to know if they are going to investigate the leak of this story. No matter what you think about the super secret spying, whether it was or was not legal, we'll know that for certain soon enough. I think we can all agree on one thing for sure, the leaker is in big trouble. If this was all legit, the leaker just leaked vital national security information. If this wasn't legit, the leaker still leaked vital national security information.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.19.2005. 63 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, December 17, 2005

A Christmas Joke

A family is at the dinner table. The son asks his father, "Dad, how many kinds of boobies are there?

The father, surprised, answers, "Well, son, there's three kinds of breasts. In her twenties, a women's breasts are like melons, round and firm. In her thirties to forties, they are like pears, still nice but hanging a bit. After fifty, they are like onions."

"Onions?"

"Yes, you see them and they make you cry."

This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter said, "Mom, how many kinds of 'willies' are there?"

The mother, surprised, smiles and answers, "Well dear, a man goes through three phases. In his twenties, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard. In his thirties and forties, it is a birch, flexible but reliable. After his fifties, it is like a Christmas tree."

"A Christmas tree?

"Yes, it's dead from the root up and the balls are for decoration only....

Posted by Rosemary on 12.17.2005. 3 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Bush Responds

President Bush responded to the American people regarding the NY Times leak of NSA spying activity:

As President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I have no greater responsibility than to protect our people, our freedom, and our way of life. On September the 11th, 2001, our freedom and way of life came under attack by brutal enemies who killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. We're fighting these enemies across the world. Yet in this first war of the 21st century, one of the most critical battlefronts is the home front. And since September the 11th, we've been on the offensive against the terrorists plotting within our borders. [...] To fight the war on terror, I am using authority vested in me by Congress, including the Joint Authorization for Use of Military Force, which passed overwhelmingly in the first week after September the 11th. I'm also using constitutional authority vested in me as Commander-in-Chief.

In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.

This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country.

As the 9/11 Commission pointed out, it was clear that terrorists inside the United States were communicating with terrorists abroad before the September the 11th attacks, and the commission criticized our nation's inability to uncover links between terrorists here at home and terrorists abroad. Two of the terrorist hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, communicated while they were in the United States to other members of al Qaeda who were overseas. But we didn't know they were here, until it was too late.

The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th helped address that problem in a way that is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities. The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time. And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.

The activities I authorized are reviewed approximately every 45 days. Each review is based on a fresh intelligence assessment of terrorist threats to the continuity of our government and the threat of catastrophic damage to our homeland. During each assessment, previous activities under the authorization are reviewed. The review includes approval by our nation's top legal officials, including the Attorney General and the Counsel to the President. I have reauthorized this program more than 30 times since the September the 11th attacks, and I intend to do so for as long as our nation faces a continuing threat from al Qaeda and related groups.

The NSA's activities under this authorization are thoroughly reviewed by the Justice Department and NSA's top legal officials, including NSA's general counsel and inspector general. Leaders in Congress have been briefed more than a dozen times on this authorization and the activities conducted under it. Intelligence officials involved in this activity also receive extensive training to ensure they perform their duties consistent with the letter and intent of the authorization.

This authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists. It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power under our laws and Constitution to protect them and their civil liberties. And that is exactly what I will continue to do, so long as I'm the President of the United States.

There you go. I said that they'd better have damn good answer and for me it is good enough.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.17.2005. 50 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, December 16, 2005

Oh Man, Not Leo!

John Spencer died today of a massive heart attack. He would've been 59 next week.

I'm so bummed. They are still shooting season 7 of The West Wing, I wonder what they will do now...

HT: Ara

Posted by Rosemary on 12.16.2005. 3 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Big Brother Is Listening!

THe NY Times reports that the Govt has been listening to some international phone calls:

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

From the Times link:
Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible "dirty numbers" linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

This is not as bad as it sounds. They are not listening to you talking to your friends and family within the borders but this is no small thing. This is a precedent setting thing and it isn't good.

Our civil liberties are on the line and while I do think that fighting terrorism is important, I don't think that the govt should have carte blanche.

I don't care what party controls the government, the Feds should not be allowed to spy on citizens without having to prove cause and obtain warrants.

This shouldn't be swept under the rug, it is our duty as citizens to question actions like this. And it is the duty of the Federal Govt to give us answers.

They better have a damn good answer. I'll be waiting.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.16.2005. 35 Comments 2 Trackbacks
A Package That Won't Be Delivered!

The new Superman apparantly has a super penis!:

The problem is the size of the new Superman’s manhood…that is, his bulge is too big for cinema audiences.

Producers are worried that Brandon Routh’s packet in the new film may put audiences off as it is massive.

Bosses on the film are considering using digital technology to cover up the lunchbox in the new film ‘Superman Returns’.

I don't know about you but I would like to see it on the big screen!

Via: Michael

Posted by Rosemary on 12.16.2005. 16 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Chicago Man Serves 10 Years of a Life Sentence

On this day, ten years ago, I married my best friend and soulmate. Many thought we were nuts.

We met on June 12, 1995. We lived in two different states. We saw each other on the weekends and talked on the phone incessantly.

On August 1st, in grand style, Dean proposed and I accepted.

On December 15, 1995 I married the love of my life.

Our love has produced two beautiful little boys that prove to me on a daily basis that your heart can't have too much love in it. (Jake says that is why I'm so (ahem)chesty, my heart keeps getting bigger with all the love I have inside)

Happy Anniversary Honey.

I love you.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.15.2005. 17 Comments 2 Trackbacks

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Big Thank You To All My Commenters

I just want to say thanks to all of you who comment on this blog. The comments add so much to the topic and make reading my blog so much better. I want my readers to have the best experience they can and you commenters are the icing on my blog cake.

Thanks so much for being here, taking the time to comment and for being the nicest bunch of disagreeables I've ever known. You inspire me to be the biggest, most annoying author that I can be and that makes it more fun for everyone.

Hugs to all of you. Just think, 2006 is an election year!

[Note to my lurkers: Maybe you'll come out to play in 2006?]

Posted by Rosemary on 12.14.2005. 11 Comments 0 Trackbacks
What's Up?

I'm headed to the evil Target™ to finish my CHRISTMAS shopping. I've been asked if I'm boycotting the evil Target™ and my obvious answer is:

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't care about the war on Christmas, I celebrate it and I don't give a shit about anyone else's issues. A store isn't evil for wanting to make money and maximizing their appeal by using a generic Happy Holiday is their business, not mine.

I love Target™ and I will continue spending our money there. Until/unless there is proof that they are killing people, actively giving money to our enemies or they are doing something treasonous, I will keep forking over our money.

Untill that day comes, I have only one thing to say about Target™:

CHARGE!

Posted by Rosemary on 12.14.2005. 11 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

I woke up at 6:30am, I stretched and thought that today felt like a good day. Then I heard that Tookie finally paid for his brutal crimes. The Governator didn't believe that Tookie deserved clemency and here is why:

"Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders," Schwarzenegger wrote. "Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption."

The evidence of guilt, the governor's statement said, included testimony from two of Williams' accomplices, ballistics evidence linking Williams' shotgun to the murders and testimony from four people that Williams had at different times confessed to one or both murders.

Moreover, he said, after Williams' arrest, he conspired to escape "by blowing up a jail transportation bus and killing the deputies guarding" it. Although the escape was never carried out, "there are detailed escape plans in Williams' own handwriting," the statement said, adding that an escape plan is "consistent with guilt, not innocence."

Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said she thought that Williams' clemency bid was plagued from the start by his position that he would never acknowledge that he committed the four murders.

"I will never admit capital crimes that I did not commit — not even to save my life," Williams wrote in his 2004 autobiography "Blue Rage, Black Redemption." He repeated that position Monday afternoon in a conversation with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jackson told reporters.

"Tookie wanted to have it both ways — he wanted to maintain his actual innocence claim so that he would have something to argue in the courts, but he still wanted to claim that he had been redeemed," Levenson said. "In the end, he lost on both fronts."

Bye, bye Tookie. Enjoy Hell motherfucker.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.13.2005. 27 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Racism- It's OK If You Are A Liberal Part Three

Why can't Lefties disagree without resorting to bigotry. It's bad enough when you use racist comments against black Republicans and line up to justify it because you believe the racist comments to be "true," but now you are going after your own.

Joe Lieberman may not be your idea of a perfect Democrat but his voting record backs up his Democrat credentials. Calling Lieberman and any other Jew that supports Lieberman "Dreydelcrats", is bigoted and shameful.

You guys suck.

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Posted by Rosemary on 12.11.2005. 99 Comments 2 Trackbacks
Steven Malcolm Anderson
Jan. 25, 1955 - Nov. 27, 2005

Steven Malcolm Anderson, 50, of Bellevue, Wash., formerly of Monmouth, died Nov. 27. Steven, a twin, was born in Kennewick, Wash., to Samuel Kingdon Anderson and Beverly Jean Clarke Anderson.

He grew up in Monmouth and was a member of the Central High School class of 1973. He moved to Salem, Portland, and then lived near his brother in Oakland and Fremont, Calif. He attended Ohlone Community College, excelling in his course work. In 2002 he moved to Bellevue to be closer to his mother and brother, and briefly attended Bellevue Community College.

Steven suffered from health problems which prevented him from working or studying full-time but he overcame many difficulties to lead a rich and productive life.

He read voraciously and was an expert in many fields including mythology and comparative religion, philosophy and political science, and color theory. He wrote highly creative and original fiction. He was a longtime computer and Internet user, and fully exploited the latter, not for shopping (other than for books) or entertainment, but to participate actively in a worldwide community of thinkers and writers who became devoted friends. He charmed all who knew him with his gentle kindness, modesty, humor, erudition, and wisdom.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1987. Survivors include his mother, Beverly and twin brother, David Matthew Anderson of Bothell, Wash.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Beck's Funeral Home, 405 - 5th Ave S, Edmonds, Wash., 98020, 425-771-1234. There will be a sharing of memories and stories that celebrate Steven's life. If you cannot attend, please send your memories, pictures, and tributes to Beck's Funeral Home or to [email protected] An enduring memorial is being created at steven.malcolm.anderson.name.

Contributions may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, or the American Heart Association.

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Posted by Rosemary on 12.11.2005. 13 Comments 0 Trackbacks
What Free Healthcare Really Means To Cubans

I've heard many non-Cuban Americans, Europeans and Canadians gush on and on about Cuba's free healthcare. How lucky those Cubans are to have such a caring leader like Castro...blah, blah, blah.

I'm pretty sure that when any of these facist apologists visited Cuba and toured a hospital or used one, they didn't go to the ones that provide the natives with care.

Go check out the pictures of the different hospitals in Cuba , the ones for foreigners are much different than the ones for the citizens.

Didn't you ever wonder why only foreigners, not native Cubans, actually like and support Castro? Wonder no longer.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.11.2005. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, December 10, 2005

All Hail and Mourn Steven Malcolm Anderson

My very first minion, Steven Malcolm Anderson, died of heart failure on November 27.

I'm horribly saddened by the news.

I just don't know what to say. I will miss him forever.

Via: Dean

Update

I have given Steven a place of honor on my blog. On the right sidebar, he shall be with us in spirit.

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  1. Steven Malcolm Anderson
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Posted by Rosemary on 12.10.2005. 13 Comments 6 Trackbacks
Christmas Tree Shopping

Have you bought your tree yet? If you are picking a fresh tree, my sister, Alice has some advice.

Don't buy a white spruce !!

The white spruce is also known as Canadian Spruce, Eastern Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Skunk Spruce, Cat Spruce, and Engelmann Spruce.

Notice the alternate names I bolded. Alice says her lovely fresh cut tree smells of cat pee and if you've recently had a baby or you just normally have a highly tuned sense of smell - you won't appreciate the scent of a white spruce.

This has been a public service announcement. Have a nice day.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.10.2005. 9 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, December 9, 2005

Let Tookie Fry, Save This Guy!

Cory Maye is sitting on Mississippi's Death Row for killing a cop in self-defense.

I know what you are thinking, how can killing a cop ever be justified? Well, in this case, it can.

Sometime in late 2001, Officer Ron Jones collected a tip from an anonymous informant that Jamie Smith, who lived opposite Maye in a duplex, was selling drugs out of his home. Jones passed the tip to the Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force, a regional police agency in charge of carrying out drug raids in four surrounding counties. The task force asked Jones if he'd like to come along on the raid they'd be conducting as the result of his tip. He obliged.

On the night of December 26, the task force donned paramilitary gear, and conducted a drug raid on Smith's house. Unfortunately, they hadn't done their homework. The team didn't realize that the house was a duplex, and that Maye — who had no relationship with Smith,-- rented out the other side with his girlfirend and 1-year-old daughter.

It gets bad here.

As the raid on Smith commenced, some officers - including Jones — went around to what they thought was a side door to Smith's residence, looking for a larger stash of drugs. The door was actually a door to Maye's home. Maye was home alone with his young daughter, and asleep, when one member of the SWAT team broke down the outside door. Jones, who wasn't armed, charged in, and made his way to Maye's bedroom. Because police believed Maye's side of the duplex was still part of Smith's residence, they never announced themselves (Note added on 12/0/05: Police said at trial that they did announce themselves before entering Maye's apartment — Maye and his attorney say otherwise. I'm inclined to believe Maye, for reasons outlined in this post. However, even if they did, announcing seconds before bursting in just before midnight, isn't much better than not announcing at all. An innocent person on the other end of the raid, particularly if still asleep, has every reason to fear for his life.). Maye, fearing for his life and the safety of his daughter, fired at Jones, hitting him in the abdomen, just below his bulletproof vest. Jones died a short time later.

Maye had no criminal record and he was not the target of the raid. He was asleep with his infant daughter just a few feet away. It was the middle of the night and Maye lived in a neighborhood that wasn't exactly safe. I have no doubt that he was fearing for himself and his child.

This (black) man was convicted of killing a (white) police officer, who just happened to be the son of the Police Chief, in Mississippi.

This miscarriage of justice get worse.

Maye's attorney tells me that after the trial, she spoke with two jurors by phone. She learned from them that the consensus among jurors was that Maye was convicted for two reasons. The first is that though they initially liked her, Maye's lawyer, the jury soured on her when, in her closing arguments, she intimated that if the jury showed no mercy for Maye, God might neglect to bestow mercy on them when they meet him in heaven. They said the second reason Maye was convicted was that the jury felt he'd been spoiled by his mother and grandmother, and wasn't very respectful of elders and authority figures. The facts of the case barely entered the picture.

Where is the Hollywood crowd? Begging for mercy for a real scumbag killer.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.09.2005. 18 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, December 8, 2005

Weblog Awards

I feel totally at ease asking for votes, since I'm not running. Please go and vote for my boyfriend for Best LGBT Blog. He runs, Gay Orbit, and it is one of the best blogs on the web and you should be reading him everyday.

You must vote for him! Vote everyday! Don't let him lose to some girl...

Posted by Rosemary on 12.08.2005. 1 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Torture Is Okay...If It's On Terrorists

In America, 61 percent of those surveyed agreed torture is justified at least on rare occasions. Almost nine in 10 in South Korea and just over half in France and Britain felt that way.

Interesting. I think the torture debate has been muddied by people that have been crying about "torture techniques" like barking dogs, phoney Koran abuse and fake blood.

I am against torture, the real kind, not barking dogs and phoney Koran abuse. Electrodes to the testicles, that kind. Torture is becoming the "new pornography". Nobody can clearly define it anymore and getting overly hysterical about some methods of information gathering, you dolts are losing the debate on real torture.

Whatever.

Look up the word "backlash" you pack of crybaby pussies and get back to me. [Sure you can talk to me after you go to the save Tookie rally...]

Oh and if I forgot to say before: FRY TOOKIE

Posted by Rosemary on 12.07.2005. 102 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

I'm Still Chuckiling Over This One

Alex, Alex, Alex...

I love you honey, I really, really do but leaving comments like this:

According to CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll:

49% of unregistered voters would vote for an unamed Democratic opponent next year.

Our party certainly does have problems, no doubt, but you know what I love about Republicans? They have to produce magic tricks in order to divert attention. Still kinda cute.

I hate to say it, but you guys are going down so fast, it almost makes me sad. Can you say Tom DeLay? (Tip of the iceberg, kids!)

Keep up the magic tricks, at least you'll have some straws left to grab on to.

Well, that's like getting Christmas presents early!

First, Unnamed Democrat is usually The Most Popular Democrat That Ever Runs.

Second, Unnamed Democrat can only garner 49% of unregistered voters. You mean that he can only get 49% of non-voter support? Who are they polling exactly, Elementary Schools? Illegals? Democrats suck. What happened to the other 51%? Are they supporting unnamed Old Navy sweater vest?

So, Democrat with no name can't even get a majority of 5th graders. Sad. You'd think with all the problems Republicans have you guys could at least do better in the Elemenatry School market.

Buck up, I'm sure if the teachers work hard enough, they will be able to convince the 10 year olds by election day. Then unnamed Democrat can win the Nick Poll.

Oh and if the best you guys can do is talk about Tom DeLay, you are in seriously deep doo-doo. Crikey, I'd rather have a guy who is shady with money not in the Leadership, then a moron like Nancy Pelosi who, along with the fact that she has had one too many face-lifts, is the Minority Leader. She really creeps me out with her constant look of surprise, unfortunately, after hearing many of her remarks the look of surprise really is a match for her intellect.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.06.2005. 19 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Why Democrats Are like Martha Stewart...

They want to be the inclusive party and their representatives don't want anyone to feel left out. We've all witnessed the finese John Kerry used last year to make people feel included. There wasn't an issue that Kerry wasn't on both sides.

He's a champ at it but usually he waited a day or two before flipping. Murtha is making Kerry look like an amateur. Look at him, this guy can flip within minutes right on camera.

He truly is a Murtha for all seasons!

[T]here's a civil war going. We're caught in between a civil war right now. Our troops are the targets of the civil war. They're the only people that could have unified the various factions in Iraq. And they're unified against us. --ABC's This Week, 12/4/05

[W]hy should I believe what the CIA says about what's happening in Iraq, that there's going to be a civil war? First of all, al Qaeda was wrong. It was wrong on the nuclear stuff. It was wrong on everything they have said over there. So why should I believe that there's going to be a civil war? -- same show, a few moments later.

Wow, man. Just wow.

Rep. Murtha on whether the Iraqis will throw us out:

[T]he military won a military victory. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. ...[snip] ... Now, it's got to be a political win. They have to win this politically. The Iraqis themselves. We'll stay there forever. The Iraqis are never going to say turn it over. We can't allow them to say when it's gonna turn it over.--This Week, 12/4/05

You're gonna see the Iraqis clamoring. Listen, anybody we support in Iraq loses the election. And so they're gonna be clamoring for us to get out. -- same show, a few moments later.

You know what I really like about Democrats? I like the way they make you feel welcome. They can be pro-war/pro-troops one minute and in just a breath be for withdrawl, suggesting that we will never win and let us not forget John Kerry - reviving his circa 1971 performance, calling our troops baby terrorizers.

That kind of flexibility is truly amazing. Now if they could serve up some nicely browned tortillas with all that tripe, well they'd have to get their own T.V. show.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.06.2005. 112 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, December 5, 2005

Treating Eczema Without A Prescription

I've been meaning to write about eczema for a while. Eczema runs in my family and I'm sure it runs in many families. It is a fairly common skin condition with cases varying from mild to really severe.

I have trouble with it on my joints and I have prescription strength medication for it. The problem with the prescription stuff is that it is not safe for little kids or pregnant women. So what can you do?

I stumbled upon a solution that works really well for kids with moderately severe eczema, especially, for those kids that get it on the face.

My niece gets it pretty bad and my nephew has a touch of it. I was pretty clueless about it when Jake started showing symptoms because I thought it was something else. Jake is a lip-chewer, so you can imagine that when his lips get chapped they get really, really chapped. Often it is more than his lip. It spreads to his chin and cheek. So, I was badgering this poor kid to stop licking his lips and applying buckets of Carmex™ a month through winter. Last year, it was so bad that a third of his face was affected. As it happened, I had a newborn in the house so we always had Balmex™, the diaper rash cream, laying around. In my infinite wisdom, I thought to apply the Balmex™ to Jake's face. Not because it occurred to me that the kid had eczema but I figured it would stop him from licking his lips/face. You see, it still didn't penetrate my thick skull that Jake's tongue wasn't long enough to lick his entire face. When the Balmex™ worked to heal his face, I thought it was because I made him stop licking. Yes, I was an oblivious twit but I did accidently discover that Balmex™works on facial eczema. It may work on other areas, like obviously the tushy, but it damn well works on the face.

Yesterday, my sis-in-law told me that she tried the Balmex™ on my niece's face and it worked great. I used it on Drake's cheeks because they were a bit red from drooling and voila! no more redness.

Winter is a nightmare for eczema. If you have it or somoene you love does, go out and buy some Balmex™, it's in the baby aisle. You'll be glad that you did.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.05.2005. 10 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Sunday, December 4, 2005

Saturday Night Live

Who saw it last night?

The opening skit had me in stitches. How about you?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.04.2005. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, December 3, 2005

A Veteran From Afghanistan Speaks Out

Apparantly, some vets are ticked off at Murtha's comments about the military.

Question:

So, when a decorated war Vet, from a current war, calls a decorated war Vet, who's been out the service for a long time wrong, is that smearing a vet?

Answer:

Only if the vet being corrected is a Democrat Congressman or Senator.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.03.2005. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Great Charity

In this season of giving, many people like to donate money to lots of wonderful charities. I have never passed a Salvation Army bellringer without dropping a buck or two in the bucket. There are many worthwhile charities out there but I want to talk about one in particular.

The CHRIS Rainbow Program, or Chris Kids, is a program that provides a safe and supportive residence for homeless and runaway gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Here is a bit more:

Rainbow is a transitional living life skills program for homeless and runaway sexual minority youth that provides both services and referrals. Life and job skills training is provided as youth are connected with a variety of community resources like counseling, medical and legal services and volunteer opportunities.

Research indicates that up to 56% of runaway and homeless youth self-identify as LGBTQ. At Rainbow these young people find a place to live where they can learn self acceptance and be open about who they are without fear or retribution. In this positive environment, youth gain the self-confidence and the skills they need to make it on their own. With the help of staff, youth learn life skills and how to balance individual responsibility while developing a sense of community.

Did you know someone that was kicked out or disowned? If you did then you know how horrible that can be for a kid. I think that it is even worse if they are rejected by family for being confused about who they are or even for who they know they are. If you'd like to donate money to a charity that will help these kids, who are nothing more than victims, please go here.

You'll feel better that you did.

HT: Gay Orbit

Posted by Rosemary on 12.03.2005. 3 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Friday, December 2, 2005

Playing With The Site

I'm playing around with the site, fixing some annoyances that due to hormones and all things baby I've ignored.

My sidebars are now functioning properly and I've got the Google search tool working.

I just have to update my jester and minions. Finally. Will do it this weekend.

Whatcha up to this evening?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.02.2005. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Thank You Red Crescent

Hey, the Iraqi Red Crescent gave a bunch of money for Katrina relief effort.

I thought Iraq was so war-torn and in such utter chaos and filled with people who hate us so much that would be impossible!

Posted by Rosemary on 12.02.2005. 13 Comments 1 Trackbacks

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Goldstein Is Truly Evil Good Fun

This post is interesting but the comments make it hilarious. Not just the comments but the names of the posters.

If you're bored go read it, it's priceless.

Posted by Rosemary on 12.01.2005. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks
10 Months

Here he is!

Posted by Rosemary on 12.01.2005. 8 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Santorum Fundraising

In the last two weeks, the Esmay household has received 2 phone calls soliciting donations for Rick Santorum, R-PA. If you don't already know, the Esmay household is located in Michigan not Pennsylvania. Dean took the first call and I liked his response so much that I gave it almost verbatim this morning.

Here is the call:

Caller: Good Morning, my name is Susan and I'm calling on behalf of Senator Rick Santorum.

Me: Why????

Caller: We are looking for help from concerned citizens, like you, to keep important issues a focus in Washington.

Me: Uh-huh. Do you or Rick Santorum know what issues concerned citizens, like me, think are important?

Caller: Of course we do. Do you know who Rick Santorum is ma'am?

Me: Yes, he is that homophobic asshole from Pennsylvania who won't ever, in his entire life, get a single cent from my Republican pocket or the pockets of my friends or family. Pardon my language but he's a prick and I hope he loses.

Caller: Thank you for your time.

Me: Have a nice day.

So, how was your morning?

Posted by Rosemary on 12.01.2005. 3 Comments 0 Trackbacks

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