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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

No Smoking?!?!!!!!!

So, I get this call yesterday from a hospital bureaucrat or something. Asking questions from the anesthesiologist. My surgery is Thursday, so when this lady says no smoking for 48 hours prior to surgery and that means tomorrow, I was like WHAT?!?!!

I know what all you anti-smokers think so, save it. Just understand that I was informed by a faceless Communist that I was quitting smoking cold turkey in 8 hours or I could elect not to fix my knee. See, a choice. No tobacco/nicotine 48 prior to surgery or no surgery.

I've had surgery before and this one is the least invasive I've experienced. I've been cut open from stem to stern before. The no smoking rule is usually no smoking after 8pm or even midnight the night before.

So, I was confused and because of that I asked the obvious question. Are you guys giving me a shitty anesthesiologist? One just out of school? Am I his/her first ever surgery?

She had no sense of humor, the Commie. And no care for my family either. Ever been around someone that quits smoking cold turkey? It ain't pretty and I'm in pain on top of that. Fuckin Commies.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.31.2007. 46 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, July 30, 2007

Republican Candidates Are Chickens Too!

I thought the Democrats were ridiculous for boycotting any debate hosted by Fox News. They are missing an opportunity that they won't get with other networks. Now the Republicans are doing it with CNN/You Tube debate. The Captain has an idea that sounds good but CNN would never go with it.

The flaw in pursuing the debate as it CNN structured it for the Democrats is that CNN chose the questions. Even Joe Biden complained about that selection during the debate, calling the final question — a demand for each candidate to say one thing good and one thing bad about the candidate to their left — a "ridiculous exercise" as he answered it. A review of the transcript shows that the actual questions held little substance and gave little information to voters about the candidates or their positions.

So what's the solution? How can we engage voters in a national forum through the New Media, while keeping the debate substantive and serious? I have a simple solution: have CNN cede the editorial/selection process to the New Media, in the form of the blogosphere.

Never gonna happen but there are so many hilarious possibilities if it did. I have some tough questions that I'd love to ask the current top two guys.

To Rudy Guiliani: As you know, Catholics give up some of our vices during the 6 weeks of lent. In that vein, I was wondering if you'd be willing to not mention 9/11 for 6 minutes of your speaking time during this debate. Great, now please define in black and white terms what stability in Iraq looks like and when will we know it happened? Also, do you plan to erect bases in Iraq like we did in Germany?

To Mitt Romney: In 1994, while running against Ted Kennedy for Senate, you sent a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans that stated "We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern." However, you opposed both same-sex marriage and civil unions in Massachusetts; when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered such marriages be permitted, you lobbied for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision. You also renounced your past support for domestic partnership benefits. How can you make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream issue when you clearly oppose measures that would give them any sense of equality?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.30.2007. 13 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Not Much Rest This Sunday

I'm doing much needed home repairs today. I've got to take care of as much as possible before this Thursday, since I'll be one legged for a while. I have to paint/stain my deck and finish pruning and weeding. Why does it have to be so darn hot on my chosen work days?

Oh well, I've got dishes calling me and some vacuuming to do. Enjoy your day, I know I will.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.29.2007. 5 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, July 28, 2007

It's Saturday Already?

Jeez, why the heck am I still awake at 1:30am? Because of the Vicodin and the marathon of The Godfather Saga. I don't know how many times I've seen The Godfather parts 1 & 2 but every damn time I know it's on, I'm compelled to watch it again. Very few movies do that to me, the only others that I can think of at the moment is Goodfellas, Holy Grail and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Oh and any movie that has hot guys in skirts wielding swords. Okay, that isn't exactly true, those are the ones I'll admit to, there are a few more but I'm not on enough medication to fess up.

What about you? What movie can you watch over and over without getting tired of seeing it?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.28.2007. 9 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, July 27, 2007

Tucker Carlson Takes on CAIR Communications Director

Wow, just wow. I think this is the first time I've seen Tucker Carlson and not cringed. He was right on the money about the John Doe Bill and I'm glad he didn't just let Ibrahim Hooper roll over him, though he tried with some of the most absurd comments ever.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.27.2007. 9 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Soon to be the greatest living American Singer/songwriter

Nineteen year-old South Carolinian Trevor Hall. Here.

And Here.

The American musical scene looks like it has a very bright future.

Posted by Tim Snyder on 07.27.2007. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Reason -- Hoobastank

i'm not a perfect person.
there are many things i wish i didnt do
but i continue learning. i never meant to do those things to you.
and so i have to say before i go, that i just want you to know

i've found a reason for me, to change who i used to be
a reason to start over new, and the reason is you

i'm sorry that i hurt, its something i must live with everyday
and all the pain i put you through, i wish that i could take it all away
and be the one who catches all your tears, thats why i need you to hear

i'm not a perfect person, i never meant to do those things to you
and so i have to say before i go that i just want you to know

i've found a reason for me, to change who i used to be
a reason to start over new, and the reason is you
i've found a reason to show a side of me you didnt know
a reason for all that i do, and the reason is you

Posted by Rosemary on 07.26.2007. 10 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

If your summer is not going so fine...

perhaps you just need to listen and "Shine."

Posted by Tim Snyder on 07.25.2007. 5 Comments 0 Trackbacks
What's Up With the Chicago Tribune?

They called Hillary the winner of the YouTube "debate". Yeah, I used scare quotes on the word debate. I haven't seen a real debate in this pre-election cycle. So far, both sides have had nothing more than glorified question and answer sessions. In any case, the Chicago Tribune's blog "The Swamp" seems to be anti-Obama. They suggested that Clinton schooled him and "he didn't have a comeback moment that made him grow in gravitas in comparison with Clinton". Did they see the same debate everyone else saw?

I'm not saying that Hillary didn't do well, she did, but so did Barack Obama. In fact, most pundits and polls gave it to Obama, even Fox News. I won't go that far, I think that Edwards did pretty good despite being a little weak on a gay question but so was Obama. Greasy Joe did himself enormous good. He was strong on the military/war stuff. Really, really strong and it will help him get the notice of people that are familiar with his name but not him. The only real disappointment was Bill Richardson. He seemed unfocused and unsure of who he's targeting for votes. I wonder if, like me, he's got a bum knee. Since I started taking the pain meds, I've had trouble organizing my thoughts too.

Was there a clear winner? Not for me but saying Obama got schooled seems like a bigger stretch than saying Lindsey Lohan was successful at rehab.

Thoughts?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.25.2007. 9 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

I made up a song in honor of today. It goes something like this:

  • Pudge is getting is balls cut off.
  • Oh, yes! His balls are coming off today.
  • Teen mutt is going to be a few ounces lighter,
  • when I pick him up, pick him up.
  • And I don't have to buy any neuticles,
  • cuz the Vet thinks they are stupid too!

Hey, it doesn't rhyme but it makes the kids laugh and oddly it made Pudge look really sad. Of course, he always looks sad cuz that's just his face.

It's a happy day!

Posted by Rosemary on 07.24.2007. 10 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter: Rated M for Mature

Harry and Ron stepped through the painting into the Gryffindor common room in some consternation. "I hope Hermione hasn't passed us completely," Ron said. "I can't believe she took summer classes."

"I would have if I could," Harry said, "but I didn't have the O.W.L.s to manage it. Remember, her last letter said she was going to go on to post-graduate work." They waved to familiar friends and began introducing themselves to the new students. Quite a lot of the younger students kept passing them and then looking back at Harry and stopping dead in surprise.

After eight years, Harry was used to being stared at. The dark Lord Voldemort's attack on him as a baby left him a distinctive lightning bolt-shaped scar on his forehead, and the reputation of being the only person Voldemort couldn't kill outright did the rest, with some help from the reputation Harry had built for himself since. After discovering he was a wizard and could attend Hogwart's School of Wizardry, Harry had gotten wind of several of Voldemort's evil schemes and had thwarted them all. He had faced death, humiliation, basilisks, dragons, evil wizards, malicious spells, foul odors, the undead, and even the Inland Revenue and remained unscathed. Oddly enough, Voldemort's schemes seemed to be losing oomph, as if he could no longer pull together enough power to get a really good evil plan together. The last attempt had been to place Harry on a chain letter mailing list.

As more and more students kept staring at him, Harry began to realize that there was a different class of attention. He recognized the star-gazers, the well-wishers, the groupies, the jealous, and the envious, but he kept noticing female students looking at him in a funny way, almost as if they were hungry. One pretty blonde student even went so far as to lick her lips and use her hand to smooth out the front of her robe, although Harry hadn't noticed any wrinkles.

Ron noticed it as well. "Cor, Harry! You outta be able to get some serious schtank this year! And we're finally of legal age to learn Sex Magic, so you'll have an excuse and everything."

Want to read the rest? Go here.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.23.2007. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Don't Have HBO?

Can't watch Extras? Well, don't let that stop you. As your Queen, I feel it is my responsibility to bring you a little bit of pleasure everyday. Here is some background on Extras and here is a taste of the third episode, which had Kate Winslet.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.22.2007. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, July 21, 2007

My Secret Is Out

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Posted by Rosemary on 07.21.2007. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks
The Polish Market

I went to the Polish Market here in Troy, Michigan. It was a family trip because it's not a short drive. First, the boys and I drove 30 minutes to pick up Grandma and my niece Christa. Then we are off, it took 2 freeways to drive about 26 miles one way across town and we were there.

It was the greatest place ever, if you are or were a Polish kid. There was an entire aisle of imported sweets. Jake, Drake and Christa spent a long time there examining everything and filling their shopping cart. Mom and I went straight for the meat and deli. It reminded me of Westborn Market, a really awesome local gourmet produce market, except everything at the Polish Market was imported from Poland and the prices were so unbelievably reasonable I had to pinch myself. I came home with two loaves of fresh baked rye bread, hot baguettes, a cheesecake, a giant karpatka, 2 bags of candy (my favorite krowki and some fruit thing), 4 boxes of Polish cookies (biszkopty, piernicki uszatki, cream wafers, and some Russian thing Jake and Dean already wiped out), 4 lbs of smoked kielbasa (2 varieties), a few deli meats, 6lbs of pierogis (different flavors), black current crepes, kapusta, 3lbs potato and cheese kopitka (dumplings like gnocchi), pickles and more. I had 6 heavy filled shopping bags full of stuff and I only dropped $60 bucks. I would never have left a grocery store that cheaply. Ever.

If you live in Michigan and you are in the metro area, you have to go to this store. You won't believe the bounty and so far everything we've tasted was amazingly yummy.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.21.2007. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, July 20, 2007

Loved It!

I loved, loved, loved the movie. Is it just me or did you notice that all the Weasley kids are getting seriously hot as they get older? I'm waiting for my Amazon delivery to get the last book. I'm in no rush to read it because I'm sad that the series ends with this book.

Even though I knew what was going to happen to Sirius, I'm still sad. I've always had a thing for Gary Oldman, even as an old guy he's still sexy as sin.

The Prince and I had a quick bite at the local Thai place after. You know you are a regular when you go to a restaurant and the waitress asks after your other son and Grandma (my mom). My mom babysat Draco. It's a rare occasion indeed when just Jake and I venture out.

Well, I have to catch up on today's events. Anything major happen today?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.20.2007. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I'm taking the elder Prince to see this movie in about an hour. I will let you know what I think when I get back, right now I need to get naked and hop in the shower.

What's on your mind today?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.20.2007. 10 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, July 19, 2007

WARNING!!! Canned Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recall

Botulism is the suspect.

The warning applies to 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger brands of hot dog chili sauce with "best by" dates from April 30, 2009, through May 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a prepared statement.

Guess what we ate on Tuesday night. FUCK! How fast can you get sick? Dean, Jake and I ate some and I don't still have the can, it went out to the dump Wednesday morning.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.19.2007. 11 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Poverty Warrior Strikes A Blow

Barack Obama is staking his claim on the issue of poverty.

In a speech at the Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation Campus, or THEARC, Obama did not mention the former North Carolina senator and trial lawyer who has made poverty a centerpiece of his 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. But Obama appeared to allude to Edwards in asserting his own authority as an anti-poverty crusader, which he said was based in his work as a community organizer in Chicago.

"This kind of poverty is not an issue I just discovered for the purposes of a campaign. It is the cause that led me to a life of public service almost 25 years ago," he said.

Ouch! You think Obama is suggesting that Edwards is a poser when it comes to poverty? Edwards wants people to be able to escape poverty, Obama wants to fix the inner-cities so people don't have to move. I actually think Obama is on the right track if your goal the long haul and Edwards is right if your goal is helping people right now.

Can't wait to hear more.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.19.2007. 21 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Woman Sues The IRS

Rhiannon O'Donnabhain is suing the IRS for denying a $25K deduction on her 2001 tax return. The deduction was for a sex change operation. The IRS claims that cosmetic procedures are not deductible, only medically necessary procedures are.

O'Donnabhain began seeing a psychotherapist in 1996 who eventually diagnosed her with gender-identity disorder. Five years later, her therapist recommended sex-change surgery.

The potentially precendent-setting case is set to go to trial July 24th before the US Tax Court.

I'm torn. Is a sex-change a medical necessity? I just don't know. I don't think it is on the same level as a heart bypass or an appendectomy. People have those to save their lives. A sex change may be a mental health need, just like a woman who had a mastectomy getting a breast implant. Now, I will say that I am completely sympathetic and supportive of people getting a sex change if they need one. But, isn't a sex change more of a corrective procedure, like lasik surgery, rather than a medically necessary one?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.18.2007. 32 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hmmm.......

I'm having one of those days. I'm not interested in anything today except watching some bad TV and reading a trashy novel. I did some laundry but now I'm just feeling ho-hum.

What about you? You have anything interesting to link?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.17.2007. 20 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, July 16, 2007

I Laughed So Hard...

...That I just stole the whole piece.

FRANK IDEAS FOR PRESIDENT BUSH NOW THAT HE NO LONGER HAS TO WORRY ABOUT PUBLIC OPINION

* Next time Congress doesn't pass a bill he wants, burn down the Capitol.

* Doesn't like a country's attitude? Beat up their ambassador and ship him back to his country in a nailed shut wooden crate.

* Plan and execute an elaborate casino heist.

* Scalp John Edwards.

* Like Disney World, every day at the White House ends with fireworks.

* Announce that, after careful consideration, you've ordered air strikes on Latveria. Sit back and watch the confusion.

* By executive order, all restaurants, convenience stores, and school cafeterias must serve nachos.

* Move Department of Defense resources to building a real-life transformer. Demand it makes "that sound" when it transforms.

* Randomly announce a day to be the holiday "Bush Day." Demand that for the day all TV stations must play Red Dawn in a continuous loop.

* Invite journalists to check out the conditions at Gitmo and then lock them inside as prisoners.

* Give the national anthem a techno beat.

* Start a new war. When the press demands comments, have Tony Snow tell them that you're "too busy eating pie."

Yep, there is nothing more freeing as not having to worry about your approval ratings.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.16.2007. 8 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Swiftboating Guiliani?

Here is where I stand on the "swiftboat" issue. I believed that the veterans that were going after Kerry had a right to be heard. It didn't matter to me what their political affiliation was. These guys were Vietnam Vets and they had every right to speak. Just as you and I have a right to decide where we stand. Free speech is just that.

Now there are claims that the Firefighters Union is swiftboating Rudy Guiliani because they are Democrat shills/supporters. So what? Does that mean what they are saying is lies? Well, I say it can't be lies because Rudy's supporters on the Right are calling it swiftboating. Swiftboating is a term that means smearing with the truth. I have been saying for years that if something is true, it's not a smear. I appear to be in a minority.

Like the Vietnam vets and Kerry, who has more of a right to criticize Guiliani on his 9/11 performance than the firefighters and their families? There is a website dedicated to debunking Rudy Guiliani as the hero of 9/11. I don't care if these guys are aligned with the Democrats, they have every right to be heard and I am going to listen and decide for myself, rather than just go on autopilot and defend a guy simply because he has an [R] next to his name.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.16.2007. 61 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Talk About A Birthday Wish Coming True...

Looks like Osama Bin Laden is dead or really close to it. Most likely dead.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.15.2007. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Happy Birthday Dean!

Today is Big Daddy's 41st birthday. I'll be busy making a dinner that he requested a month ago, spaghetti with my homemade meat sauce. It takes about 5 hours to make the sauce but it is so worth it. Yummy! While I'm doing that Dean will be enjoying the afternoon watching the Transformers movie with Kevin D., Jake and Veto. I'm also whipping up a birthday cake that isn't a typical birthday cake. That freak Dean isn't a cake fan, so I'm making a birthday cake sized strawberry shortcake. Draco will help me with that, since he's two and a half it's time to get him workin'.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.15.2007. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, July 13, 2007

I Love This Song

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Posted by Rosemary on 07.13.2007. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Democratic Macaca Moment

Democratic Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson Richardson, governor of New Mexico, was a guest on Don Imus' syndicated radio program on March 29, 2006. Imus, who later lost his job over making racial comments, jokingly said one of his staffers suggested Richardson was "not really Hispanic." Richardson replied in Spanish that if the staffer believes that, then he is a "maricon." Maricon is Spanish for "faggot".

In a statement this week, Richardson said that in the Spanish he grew up speaking, "the term means simply 'gay,' not positive or negative."

He told the AP on Thursday: "It was a playful exchange between me and Don Imus that was not intended to demean anybody, but if I offended anybody, I apologize."

Well, Richardson says he's very pro-gay and so it's totally okay if he calls somebody a faggot. I guess it would only be wrong if he was a Republican. Duh!

Posted by Rosemary on 07.13.2007. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Extras

Since Deadwood isn't ever coming back to HBO, I've been sorely lacking in good television. In the summer, the choices are pretty slim. So, I really lucked out by accidently watching an episode of a series that has been on for a few years that I never saw before. That show is Extras on HBO. It was on one night while I was o focused on blogging that I didn't bother switching the channel after a rerun of Curb You Enthusiasm.

Something caught my ear and so I looked up and started watching for a minute. I laughed so darn hard I immediately hit the record button on my DVR. After I watched the episode, I set up a series recording so I could see them all. I love the show, it's hilarious and extremely well written. If you haven't seen it yet and you have HBO, I highly recommend it.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.12.2007. 6 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Another Surgery!

Yep, my peeps I need another surgery. I've been limping for about 2 months due to a swollen knee. It has progressively gotten more painful to the point that sleeping even hurt, so I finally went to a doctor. I have a meniscal tear and I need arthroscopy to get it fixed. Surgery is scheduled for August 2nd and till then I have a cane and lots of happy pills to get me through.

I was told that I should heal up rather quick and be back on my feet in no time at all. My Ortho is a pretty straight shooter and he has my sense of humor. As I was leaving, I winked and said okay doc you get to do me in a few weeks. He laughed then slapped my ass and said here's some Vicodin kid, stay out of trouble. The nurse was all like, "oh my gawd, I can't believe he did that". I said, did what? Give me Vicodin? My knee hurts like hell, of course he'd give me some pain killers. Then I just smiled and went home.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.11.2007. 18 Comments 0 Trackbacks
This Seems Harsh

China executed its former top food and drug regulator Tuesday for taking bribes to approve untested medicine.

Considering all the tainted Chinese products that have made their way here and other places, this guy should have been harshly punished. But the death sentence? That seems pretty tough unless a lot of people have died because of this dude's greed. I know some animals have died but since when did China care about the lives of cats and dogs? I thought that the only thing they cared about, in terms of cats and dogs, was what veggies to serve on the side.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.11.2007. 8 Comments 0 Trackbacks
I CAN handle the truth, and it WILL make us free!

Seems that the Bush administration is keen on silencing even the scientific community that they appoint.

"Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Dr. Richard H. Carmona, who was surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, told a congressional committee. "The job of surgeon general is to be the doctor of the nation — not the doctor of a political party."

Now to be fair, this practice has taken place in every administration, but not to the extent that has been seen in the current Bush administration.

This is a clear indication of the type of tactics political parties will use to stifle free speech not to mention scientific evidence when it differs from their world view. I'm not letting democrats off the hook here, but this does seem to be a bigger problem coming from the right of the spectrum.

Why are conservatives nearly always opposed to discussing "controversial" subjects? Are they afraid of finding out that what they always thought and believed is no longer true?

I don't care who is right or wrong, I just want the truth.

Posted by Tim Snyder on 07.11.2007. 30 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

An Iraqi Perspective on the Surge

Omar says the attitudes of his fellow Iraqis is changing. Also, he hopes that people stop trying to make the Iraq War a separate entity from the WOT.

It's almost July now, and General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker will present their report about the situation in Iraq, military and political, at some point in September. I don't know what parameters the two men are going to list statistics for in their report but I expect it to show the results of fighting al-Qaeda and other armed groups in numbers, the progress in building the ISF in numbers, also in numbers and of course the report would include the progress, if any, that our political leaders will have made by the time.

I think what matters more than the way of presentation would be how the data in the report is going to be read and afterwards interpreted into attitudes and actions. One thing I hope the decision-makers and the media do when they read the report is to not isolate the war in Iraq from the war on terror and al-Qaeda as a whole, and at the same time put in mind the difference between war and nation-building. The latter takes much more time than winning a military conflict but requires different tools.

The results so far have been astounding, and please allow me to say that I'm proud of the change in attitude many of my fellow Iraqis are showing. Even if numbers don't suggest so because the change is happening but it will take time-perhaps beyond September-before this change will show in numbers. A nation is not a corporation and when we deal with a nation we are dealing with a society; a mass of people with ever changing hearts and minds and that's why numbers alone can't be enough to assess the situation—thoughtful insight and looking at the bigger image are also required.

For over a year the media and many officials were spooking us with the exaggerated ghost of civil war. I wonder what they have to say now! I think their silence is more telling than anything they would've said.

Iraqis are awakening, one very telling example can be seen in the ongoing operation in Diyala; members of the 1920 revolution brigades, once bitter enemies of the US military and Iraqi government are now assisting US and Iraqi military in fighting al-Qaeda even though the majority of the Iraqi soldiers and officers are Shia. If the change in exclusively Sunni Anbar is good then the change in Diyala is good beyond words.

I'm glad things are looking better despite the constant clang of death and destruction bell that we hear on the news. Thank goodness for bloggers like Omar, otherwise we'd never hear anything different.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.10.2007. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Let's Move Along

Okay, I let Shep's goodbye to us bad Republicans stay in the top spot all day, I'm done with that.

I imagine everyone else can play nice, since everyone else has been. I know that some of you think I should have more rules but I can't. The problem is this, I can't apply them evenly and I if can't be fair to everyone than I won't feel good about it. I have one rule that applies to everyone - no attacking a person's children or parenting. I have deleted/edited comments in the past that crossed that line and yes I did it to my own husband. I created this forum for debate and discussion and everyone knows that debates get heated but heat and lowbrow personal attacks are not the same. OTOH, I will not stop someone for defending themselves and if it really gets out of hand I will step in. That has been rare, very rare.

Mostly my site works the way it is because even though we get angry sometimes, we are adults. Other sites need rules but that comes with volume. I have only 5000 readers and a fraction of those readers comment. If the time ever comes that my forum needs policing, I'll do it. Till then, we'll carry on as always.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.10.2007. 0 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, July 9, 2007

Respecting Evil

Years ago I posted a comment on a blog devoted to the concept of non-partisanship by way of equal partisanship; measuring negative and positive comments about each of the major US political parties by respective media figures to determine how “partisan” they were. My point was a simple one: if one of the two parties was measurably, demonstrably worse (in my comment, unrepresentative of the interests of the majority of Americans and patently dishonest in it’s unrepresentativeness) then it was unfair to calculate negative comments about that political party as politically “biased” (to extend the concept, like saying that a child rapist was “bad,” as an example of “bias”).

That occasioned a typically arrogant and insulting reply and post by the rightwing, liberal pretender Dean Esmay, which, in turn, led me to a years-long conversation on Republican-following blogs, especially Dean’s World and Queen of All Evil.

In my retrospective defense, my original motivation was to try to understand the “conservative” argument that had come to so dominate the discourse in American politics. This, even after the obvious public policy failure that was the Reagan Administration, the relatively exemplary two terms of Bill Clinton and the nakedly partisan and hypocritical Supreme Court constitutional abortion that put George Bush in the White House (but before the American political scam and ultimate international war crime of Iraq).

Regardless, in hindsight I was clearly wrong. Wrong in engaging a morally bankrupt political movement, wrong in assuming that their members were capable of reason and moral persuasion and, mostly, wrong in giving their beliefs equal footing in our political discourse. I apologize.

If any good was derived from my mistake, and it was and is an unqualified good, it was meeting – in a cyberspace sort way – a remarkable group of roundly commendable human beings and political thinkers whom I will name simply as Adam, Ara, Double-plus-Ungood and Mark (I blame you guys).

In all fairness, I was also beguiled by both of the Esmays’ intellects and charm; they are a tragic examples of fine people corrupted by bad political fealty – in its extreme form, a morally and intellectually fatal psychological impairment.

In any event, I can no longer participate in a dialogue with Republican followers in the name of civility and understanding. Not to put too fine a point on it, if they are still a Republican (or Bush) follower, they are capable of neither and it is wrong to give them equal standing with people who reject the politics of (racist, homophobic or partisan) hatred and oligarchy.

On a personal level, I realize that I understand them better than they understand themselves, yet they will never understand me at all. So I’ll stop wasting my time.

UPDATE: Oh my, I left off one commendable human being who is, of course, Tim the Soldier (sorry, Tim, red-eyes area good way to get there but hard on the mind). I'm sure I crossed path with others these last four years but those are the ones who stuck.

Posted by shep on 07.09.2007. 37 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Standard Practice

Joe Gandelman is annoyed with the NYT for an article about Fred Thompson's "trophy" wife.

You can read of this piece — and this article IS indeed a piece - yourself. We apologize for even linking to it.

But it’s an incredible example of a manufactured story that should be shown by journalism professors to students about lazy, assumption-filled journalism. If it had not appeared in the New York Times, it would not be an issue — and do you want to BET it won’t be a factor in the campaign?

The lead of this story about her being a 40-year old “trophy wife” is filled with such an insulting assumption that you wonder how it got into the newspaper, if has editors who are doing their jobs and care about the Times’ once legendary journalistic standards.

This stuff has been going on for years. I remember stories about Hillary Clinton's hair and lack of style, Tipper Gore fat stories, Barbara Bush looking old mannish, Nancy Reagan being a bitch and puppetmaster, etc. The press loves to piss on the wives of political candidates and presidents. This is standard practice. No wife (or husband) will be spared. Politics is an ugly business and it has been since it began.

This piece in the NYT's isn't even that bad unless you are a bit reactionary to the term trophy wife. She actually makes some good points and as far as being nasty, I've seen worse. Sure it can be insulting but I'm pretty sure that a 40 year old women being called a trophy wife isn't going to cry too hard. I mean "trophy wife" = hot babe and not a lot of 40 year old chicks feel that being called hot is an insult.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.08.2007. 4 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Do You Know Who Americans Hate More Than Bush?

The Democrat controlled Congress.

If the President feels bad about the nation's opinion of him—a meager 25% of those surveyed in a June Gallup poll approve of Bush's performance—all he needs to do is pick up that same poll and keep reading. According to Gallup, just 14% of people express confidence in the current Congress. That's the lowest measure in the 34 years Gallup has been tracking government institutions.

Don't you just feel warm all over?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.07.2007. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Baseball, School and Stuff

I'm heading out to Jake's baseball game. It's an important game today. There are only 3 games left before the playoffs and Jake's team is tied for 1st with the team they are playing momentarily. They got the snot beat out of them the last time they played this team but the boys are much more confident and playing much better. I'm hoping for the best but like I tell Jake, as long as he tries his best you can't ask for much more. I also bribe him with ice cream if he bats .500 or better. So far, I've paid up every game but one. Ice cream is a good incentive in 85° plus heat.

I'm a big believer in bribery, I do it with grades too. But my kids have learned (Jake has only so far but Draco's time will come) that with grades, what mom giveth mom taketh away double. Every "A" is worth 5 bucks, "B's" are free, "C's" cost them 10 bucks, "D's" cost 10 plus they lose their allowance for a month, "F's" cost them 20 bucks plus lose their allowance till the grade comes up and they get grounded. It's been working like a charm. I do it for report cards and exams. I help my kid with his homework and I make damn sure he understands how he got the correct answer. He finds that annoying but I told him that being right is great but knowing how you got there is true learning.

There was one thing that happened more than once and I found a little annoying this past year. Jacob brought home bad grades (D's and F's) on a few math tests and homework assignments that were not D and F papers. He'd show me the test and say that he doesn't think the grade was right. It wasn't. I'd look it over and damned if he didn't have nearly perfect papers that were given failing grades. The first time I sent a note with the paper asking the teacher to recheck the test. She called me on her lunch break to tell me the answer key said his answers were wrong. I explained to her that the key must be wrong because I did the problems myself and his answers were right. She said she'd look into it and I said that I was coming up there right now and she should bring that paper to the principle's office and meet me there.

I showed up with my WSU report cards and my High School report cards indicating my straight A's in math. All math through Calculus in both H.S and University. Then I proceeded to do the problems and explain to both the teacher and principle how the answer was achieved. They were very nice and I was extremely nice and patient. I just wanted my son's grades to be fair and any other kid that got screwed by the bad answer key. After that, anytime I found that Jake's answers were right but marked wrong it only took a short note on the paper. I don't blame the teacher, I know she's doing her best but that is what happens when you rely on an answer key and assistants to grade papers. Also, when schools don't have actual math teachers but force one teacher to do multiple subjects this thing will happen more often. When I was in school I had science teachers and math teachers, my homeroom teacher didn't do that stuff. The point of my rambling is that parents shouldn't just assume the teacher is right. You should always look at your kid's work and I mean really look at it.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.07.2007. 5 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Friday, July 6, 2007

Sony Dropping PS3 Price

Sony will be dropping the PS3 price by a 100 bucks next week. Now it will only cost $499. Big f'ing deal! I haven't heard anything about the PS3 that makes it worth $300 let alone the $600 they originally asked for it. So now you can save a 100 bucks. The Wii was cheaper to start and it's still cheaper now. It's also way better, more fun, more interactive and you can play older games on it via it's Gamecube slot. You can also download rather cheaply classic Nintendo games, games that I actually know how to play. :-)

But if you really want that PS3, you can get cheaper next week. I'd rather have an iPhone.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.06.2007. 5 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Al Gore's Son Arrested for Drug Possession

"Former Vice President Al Gore's son was getting treatment Thursday after he was arrested for illegal possession of marijuana and prescription drugs."

Al Gore III was pulled over on a San Diego freeway driving at about 100 mph.

Sheriff's deputies said they smelled marijuana and decided to search Gore's car. They found a small amount of marijuana and Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall, which is used for attention deficit disorder, said Jim Amormino, spokeman for the Orange County Sheriff's office. The 24-year-old Gore did not have a prescription for any of the drugs, Amormino said.

He was released from jail in Santa Ana on Wednesday afternoon after posting $20,000 bail.

Gore said he is glad his son is safe and that he is getting treatment.

Normally, I wouldn't even bother posting about this because I think attacking someone through their kid is low. I'm posting this only because one thing caught my ear when I heard this story. The kid drives a Prius. Not a surprise but he was pulled over driving about 100mph. A Prius can do 100mph? I'm positively impressed. I had no idea they could go that fast. Does it take like an hour to get there?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.05.2007. 27 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Unbelieveable

The U.S. government will spend 1 Billion dollars on Nutrition Education this year. One billion to teach our kids that carrots are yummy to fight the childhood obesity epidemic. What a waste of money! What do they think it will accomplish? It isn't the kids that need to be educated on nutrition, it's the parents. One billion spent to teach kids that fruits and veggies are good for them so they will choose them at lunchtime. Why not just offer them and no other choices? Problem solved.

Nutrition education isn't going to change habits at home, unless parents are willing and able to do it. Kids are going to eat what they like and what they know at school and kids that eat well at home will choose well at school. Jacob's teacher told me once that she was amazed at what Jacob ate during lunch. Why? Because he always chose salads and fresh fruits as his sides instead of french fries and the other garbage available. I was stunned. Not that Jacob ate salad and fruit but that his teacher was surprised by it. I said that Jacob loves fresh salads, especially Caesar and Greek salad, he also loves raw broccoli, cucumbers and carrots. He loves fruit too. All fruit. He loves it because we have it often. I usually have apples, oranges, bananas and grapes year round. As the seasons change, we get more variety. I grew up with fruit being available so that is what I do. Same with veggies. I ate them, so I serve them. I serve them, so my kids love them.

School isn't going to convince kids to eat different, that is the parents domain. The only thing schools can do is stop offering shit food. If the government wants to help they should use some of that one billion to improve the food budget and then use the leftover cash to pay for full-time gym teachers. Then the schools can make 5 day gym mandatory like it was when I was in school. Not once a week like it is now.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.05.2007. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Could You Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test?

Take the Test

According to the test, I'm smarter than most Americans. Are you?

You answered 100% of questions correctly. Here's your rating:

0-20%: Maybe you're still thinking too much about the Old Country.

25-40%: Mmmm. Do you really want to be a citizen? This kind of performance isn't going to impress those nice immigration folks.

45-60%: Not too bad, but you really need to break out the civics books again -- word is, the INS is looking for an 80 percent score.

65-80%: Hey, you may make a good citizen yet! Look at your wrong answers and a little revision should do the trick. 85-100%: Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.)

Posted by Rosemary on 07.04.2007. 8 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Happy Independence Day!

It's raining like cats and dogs here, I certainly hope your weather is better suited to celebrating. We aren't doing the bbq thing this year, instead my mom , sibs and their families are all meeting at the local Chinese buffet. Yum, yum Dim Sum!

No fireworks this year. Both Draco and Pudge freaked out when the neighbors lit theirs off so I'm not going to put Draco (and us) through a bigger display. Maybe next year...

Question: Has anyone ever successfully cooked barbeque ribs on their grill without baking or boiling them first? If so, how did you do it and was the meat tender?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.04.2007. 29 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Why Bush Was Right...

To commute the prison sentence but not pardon Libby. This piece in Slate illustrates my feelings exactly and I agree with it wholeheartedly.

I don't take lightly the fact that Libby lied to federal prosecutors about his role in unmasking Valerie Plame as a covert CIA employee. The underlying offense probably wasn't illegal—because Libby probably didn't understand that Plame's identity was a government secret—but it was nonetheless disgraceful. Libby understood that, and that's why he committed perjury. His prosecution was appropriate because Bush administration officials need to know that they are not above the law. Libby's trial and conviction, I hope, got that message across to at least some of them.

But Judge Reggie Walton went overboard in sentencing Libby to 30 months. This was about twice as long as the prison term recommended by the court's probation office, and if Libby hadn't been a high-ranking government official, there's a decent chance he would have gotten off with probation, a stiff fine, and likely disbarment. Walton gave Libby 30 months and a $250,000 fine, then further twisted the knife by denying Libby's routine request to delay the sentence while his lawyers appealed it. (Libby was duly assigned the federal prison register number 28301-016, but Libby's lawyers managed to move quickly enough to keep Libby out of the slammer until his appeal was denied on July 2, the same day Bush commuted his sentence.) The voluminous pleas for leniency from Libby's A-list friends seem to have annoyed Walton, who erred on the side of severity not in spite of Libby's high position in government but because of it. Walton wanted to make an example of him.

What's the matter with that? Two words: Bill Clinton. No fair-minded person can deny that the previous president committed perjury about Monica Lewinsky while serving in the Oval Office. The country knew it, and it let him get away with it. Does that mean no government official should ever again be prosecuted for perjury? Of course not. But it does mean Walton should have wondered whether he was imposing a double standard in treating Libby more harshly because Libby worked in the White House. Is it really fair to treat White House aides more harshly than ordinary citizens when presidents get off scot-free?

Read the whole thing.

HT: Wince in the comments

Posted by Rosemary on 07.03.2007. 36 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Fred and Scooter

I had volume issues with it but Ara dared me to pass this along, so I did. I'm a fair and balanced kinda girl, doncha know...

Posted by Rosemary on 07.03.2007. 7 Comments 0 Trackbacks
DW Open Thread

I'm busy this morning, so you may use this space to discuss the happenings on Dean's World that you can't/won't discuss there.

RANT ON!

Posted by Rosemary on 07.03.2007. 36 Comments 0 Trackbacks

Monday, July 2, 2007

For My Liberals

This is to make you feel better after the horrible (hooray) Libby news.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.02.2007. 0 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Libby Is Granted Clemency

President Bush finally does something I'm happy about. 30 months was ridiculously excessive.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.02.2007. 52 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Too Funny

I'm serious this time. This really is funny..

Posted by Rosemary on 07.02.2007. 2 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Only A Bit Embarrassed By That...

Mingle2 Free Online Dating - Science Quiz

I shoulda had coffee first.

VIA: Michael

Posted by Rosemary on 07.02.2007. 8 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Nobody Is Exempt From The PC Police

Ali is upset over the smoking ban affecting Muslims in London. He equates the ban on shisha with a ban on alcohol. Not quite. Muslims don't drink but they do smoke and banning the smoke is unfair. Hey, I don't drink either anymore but I do smoke. I can't smoke in restaurants and the anti-smoking nazis are trying to stop me from smoking in bars. I'm already banned from smoking outside in many places. Some smokers can't even smoke in their own homes.

Don't even get me started on pot, which I prefer to alcohol any day of the week. I can't do that either, so I'm a teetotaler who has no options for fun besides kinky sex. Thank goodness for sex, otherwise I'd be bored silly. So, I think that my advice to Ali and his Muslim friends in London is to have kinky, dirty sex. The girls can't have shisha but they can smoke the bologna pony. Oh, and the guys can use this opportunity to fine tune their cunnilingual skills. An important skill that is under utilized.

Posted by Rosemary on 07.02.2007. 12 Comments 0 Trackbacks
Be Careful What You Wish For...

Could imagine what would happen if these idiots reinstated the Fairness Doctrine? First, there aren't only 2 views but even if we were only talking about liberal/conservative views, who would really win in the end?

Conservatives would. The only place where conservatives really dominate are talk radio and Fox News. Everywhere else it's liberals or left leaning people. Could you imagine if every network, every cable news station, NPR & PBS and radio had to make sure it was 50/50 liberal and conservative voices being aired? The Fairness Doctrine supporters would scream. That isn't what they want. No. They want to dent conservative dominance of talk radio.

And that would just be the start...

Would we have to give equal time to the KKK every time the NAACP spoke on the news? What about the other political parties? What about the other fringe groups? Hate groups? Do we really want the government regulating speech?

Posted by Rosemary on 07.02.2007. 17 Comments 0 Trackbacks

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