When Princess Diana died. I was 8 and a half months pregnant with Jacob. Dean and I just moved into our new house and the news just stunned me. I was a young girl that woke up very early in the morning to watch Lady Di marry Prince Charles. I was always fascinated and in awe of the Princess. I took her side when the divorce happened and when she died I just cried and cried. I watched her funeral and I will never forget seeing the young Princes walk behind the casket. I mourned her for myself and for those two young boys.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
He should talk to this guy, if anyone will understand what he's going through it's him.
[Warning: Not work safe]
For the record, it has been established in D.C. that blow jobs and lying about blow jobs are okay. So, leave Sen. Craig alone.
Monday, August 27, 2007
For Attorney General.
I like a guy that talks about himself, in the 3rd person. Imagine the Confirmation Hearings...
Friday, August 24, 2007
I've been watching the local news and the only story has been the STORM. It's kinda cool watching it come at you vis a vis the television. This storm was/is big, stretching from mid-Michigan to Toledo, Ohio. We had lots of lightening and a handful of tornado warnings. The real pisser is this totally screws my grass cutting plan for tomorrow. I guess this means I can watch the movie I taped last night on Cinemax/Skinemax. Anyone have any personal reviews for The Witches of Breastwick?
Lindsey Lohan gets away with possession because the coke was in the pocket of pants that she was wearing but didn't belong to her. What about the blood test? Not hers either. I wonder something. Could you get out of a DUI if you claimed the breath wasn't yours?
Hey I just deep tongued a drunk guy/girl at the club, that must be their alcohol on my breath.
Who wants to try that out and let us know?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
It's a month old but I just saw this and I thought it was great.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
A team at Louisiana's Pennington Center found that a common virus could cause stem cells to change into fat cells in lab experiments.
This is very interesting. Of course, we will hear many scientists saying that obesity is calories in and calories spent, blah, blah, blah. Sure it is, for some people. But if some people have more fat cells due to this virus then they will be more prone to getting fat than a normal person. I've seen some really thin people eat enormous amounts of food and they stay thin, not exercise junkies either. I've always wondered why some people were just thin and others no matter what they did stayed fat. I'm not talking about people that eat boxes of Twinkies, I'm talking about people that eat less than normal, exercise regularly just to maintain their weight. There are plenty of people that struggle to keep from getting fatter because getting thin is just not in their cards. I'd love to see those people find out that there is something preventing them from getting thin.
I don't see this possible virus as a cure for all obesity because I don't believe all obesity is "viral". I'm certain that most obesity is self-inflicted. Most but not all and those that are really struggling, really trying to get healthy despite it all, for those people I hope this virus exists and can be treated.
Monday, August 20, 2007
See, everyone, it's not Rove's fault that Bush has made mistakes, it's the Democrats for bitching about them.
While I'd be the first to say the Democrats are a bunch of whiny tools, I can't say that they have had nothing to complain about either
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I spent Friday with my sons, nephew, sister and bro-in-law at the Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine was there and we rode him!
It was great fun. The kids rode a giant carousel and a few other rides. We shopped, walked and ate goodies. It took about 1.5 hours by freeway to get there. I'm so tired. We walked and walked and my knee held up great. It's still stiff but the pain is minimal, even less than it was before the surgery.
I may post some pictures later. Did you do anything good yesterday?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I just caught Red Planet on Cinemax a few days ago. I was skeptical because it only had one star and I heard that it sucked really bad. I didn't think it was that bad. I expected major suckage but I didn't see major suckage. Maybe it's because I didn't read the Heinlein book or maybe it's because in my opinion any movie with Val Kilmer can't suck. Either way, it wasn't that bad.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Over at Dean's World, they are arguing whether Bush Co. has done enough to try to succeed in Iraq. The comparisons/criticisms are flying and the only thing I can say, for certain, is that more should be done. Aside from pulling out, what more should be done?
One commenter said:
"It is the clowns in Washington that decided to start this war, but are not willing to pull out all the stops to win it. They aren’t willing to raise taxes to pay for it. They aren’t willing to re-institute the draft to increase the size of the army to win the war and also be able to credibly threaten other hostile powers in the region (ie Iran). They are not willing to take whatever measures are needed to drastically reduce imported oil use. Reducing oil imports would lower the world price of oil, which would significantly hurt Iran and would allow us to threaten Iran with worrying too much about loss of Iranian oil or a short closing of the Straights of Hormuz."
[...]"During WW II under FDR the US did: Raised taxes. Imposed wage and price controls Shut down all automobile manufacturing and converted all auto plants to tanks and trucks. Imposed gasoline rationing (This was to indirectly ration rubber. The Japanese controlled the sources of rubber)
As far as I know, there was never any direct censorship of radio or newspapers, although clearly the government ask for and got cooperation from the news media."
FDR did more than that. If my grandparents were still alive, I'd ask them about their thoughts on how FDR allied the U.S. with the Soviet Union, who then raped and murdered their way thru Eastern Europe, ultimately enslaving half the continent as a puppet state. See, my Polish relatives including my parents, weren't exactly overjoyed to have Hitler replaced by Stalin. Ask a Pole who was worse, Hitler or Stalin and they'll say - tomato/tomaaato. Anyway, I'm not gonna sit here and bash FDR because he did what he thought necessary and he made some really tough choices to end WWII. Really tough. The death toll in WWII was astronomical. FDR did what he did to defeat the enemy and he was a hero because of it.
But with all the complaints about FISA being unConstitutional and a threat to our civil liberties, it would be good to remember that war does change things. Nobody can argue that FDR didn't ignore civil liberties for a while, nor can anyone argue that the U.S. didn't kill countless civilians and had a massive loss of life in the military. FDR and Truman's decisions impacted millions and not all for the better.
So, back to my question. If a pull out is off the table, what more should be done that isn't being done? Will a draft make things better or worse? Higher taxes? Price/wage controls? None of that sounds good to me. Conscripts do not make better soldiers than volunteers. The other things will tank our economy.
I do like the idea of letting Iraq break up and form new countries on their already divided ethnic lines. The Kurds have practically done that. I think that the Iraqis will be more willing to fight for themselves if they did.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
How has Karl Rove managed to get the German Press to do a 180°? He's more powerful than I thought! Spiegel has been, like the rest of the world's Press, calling Iraq a disaster and a quagmire for YEARS. Now, they completely flipped.
What's next? If I read a nice post about a Republican, any Republican on DKos then I'll know the world is truly ending...
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
I'm off the Vicodin and my head is clear. Scary, huh?
Tom Daschle calls Republicans sad and desperate because they plan to campaign against incapacitated Senator Tim Johnson of SD.
Johnson suffered a brain hemorrhage in December and hasn't returned to work yet. Elected representatives don't have their jobs forever, they are required to stand and be reelected. If Johnson can't come back to work then he isn't doing the people of South Dakota any good, they deserve to be represented. If the Democrats are concerned about the seat, then they should get Johnson to stand down and find another to run for his seat in 2008. To accuse Republicans of desperation is not only insulting but ridiculous. Being incapacitated is not reason enough to not face an election challenge. What happened to Johnson is tragic but that doesn't trump the rights of the citizens of South Dakota to have representation in the Senate.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Ara agrees with Michael Bérubé's post on the newly amended FISA law, I think Michael Bérubé is a moron that clearly can't read or has deliberately chosen to erect a strawman so he can tout his far left creds to the angry left masses. So, he's either stupid or dishonest and not someone you should tout as an authority. From his post, Michael Bérubé states that members of Congress should have used this reasoning to vote against FISA:
To put this FISA bill in perspective, one would have to imagine Richard Nixon in 1974, with his 27 percent approval rating in the depths of the Watergate scandal, demanding from Congress the right to spy on his enemies– including his enemies in Congress. It would have been unthinkable for that Congress to give in to President Nixon’s demands, in order to help the President further undermine the Constitution and the rule of law; and it would be just as unthinkable today for this Congress to give in to President Bush’s demands, in order to help the President further undermine the Constitution and the rule of law. I will not be party to anything so foolish or destructive. I voted against this bill because I am loyal to this country and I do not trust this President– and I am proud of my vote.
Wow. Seriously, that is the stupidest thing I've read all day and that's saying a lot since I always start my day at DKos.
Undermining the Constitution? Spying his enemies and on members of Congress? Are you people completely insane or purposefully misleading your less intelligent readers? FISA requires warrants when communications involve people in the US. WARRANTS do not undermine the Constitution. This bullshit strawman that Bérubé erected is nothing more than raw meat for the rabid left, it has no basis in reality. If it did then intelligent and well credentialed and informed Democrats like Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Mikulski and Jim Webb would have voted no. They didn't and they had well reasoned explanations for their votes. All based in reality, all made with the best intentions, obviously putting the good of the country ahead of political points.
If only we had more people like them in power, our country's interests would be better served.
I think that the Gay Pride parades are great but they should have evolved by now. When they started out, about 30 years ago, it was as an in your face, campy "we're here, we're queer get used to it". They came out of the closet in flaming glory, confronting society after generations of them lived in secrecy. They reclaimed the worst prejudices and stereotypes and used them as symbols of pride.
It is now 2007. Gays and lesbians are more accepted and they are working hard to be treated more fairly. True equality will happen when people see gays and lesbians as they truly are instead of icky people that go against nature. I've said it a million times that one way people will change their mind about gays and lesbians is to get to know some personally. That is, of course, unrealistic. Another way is the media. Media portrayal of gays and lesbians is really important because everyone has a television and/or has access to news, whether it is in print or online. This is where most people get and form their opinions and this is why I think that the Pride parades are doing more harm than good.
The gay community should come dressed as who they are and be proud. I mean I personally have never known any gay bikers that wear assless chaps when riding. It’s time for the world to see gays and lesbians as who they are instead of the mockeries they pretend to be for show. The intelligent people already know who you are and we “get” the tongue in cheek campy parade attire, it’s the ignorant and the uniformed that need to be shown the real you.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Man, that was the best debate yet!
My girl Hillary came out strong. She looked good and sounded better. Obama got piled on pretty good. Edwards tried to pimp slap Hillary but she ain't no one's bitch and she whacked him back. Edwards got bitch slapped by Biden and I couldn't stop watching. I had so much fun I even ran out of popcorn. Bill Richardson needs to drop out, he wasn't even as interesting as Kucinich.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
What kind of meat do priests eat on friday?
President Bush signed a bill Sunday that expands the government's power to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects, even as Democratic leaders criticized the law and vowed to change it.
In signing the bill, Bush said the law gives investigators "greater flexibility while closing a dangerous gap in our intelligence gathering activities."
The new law gives broad power to the National Security Agency to collect intelligence without taking individual cases before a secret national security court established in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Under the newly amended FISA Act, federal agents need only show that the suspect is likely to be outside the USA to begin surveillance of phone calls and e-mails that pass through the United States. The government would need to seek a warrant from the secret court once it becomes clear that the intercepted phone calls and e-mails involve a person in the USA.
Not surprised to hear that the ACLU and the Democrats are whining about this bill. Heaven forbid the Bush Admin actually stops something nasty, that would really make the next campaign a tougher fight. Hard to bitch and moan about Bush if he succeeds at something, eh? Come on Democrats, he's made plenty of mistakes you can campaign on, you don't have to sacrifice all of us for political gain do you?
Monday, August 6, 2007
Maybe it isn't amazing but I feel like it is. I did laundry yesterday and I baked a cake. I stopped using the crutches Saturday, I am able to put more of my weight on my leg every day. I followed the advice of Drs. Tim and McKiernan and I worked out and bumped up my vitamin C intake.
I'm feeling damn good and I can't believe how fast I'm recovering. Thanks for all the well wishes and for hanging in there with me.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
That's what yesterday can be accurately described as for me. Fucking ouch. Today is better, less painful and I'm more mobile. So, what shall we talk about today? I'm less inclined to get into a deep political debate because I'm back on mind numbing drugs.
Ummm, how about we debate pasta? I don't like thin spaghetti or that angel hair stuff. I like more substance in my pasta. Penne, linguini, rotini and the like. I also like pasta al dente. I hate mushy pasta and if it sticks to the wall, it's overdone.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
For those of you unfamiliar with The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Tommy is the one on the left:
Here's one with Tommy front and center. My wife's personal favorite:
Blogging while on morphine is interesting. I'm sooooo high and there is wifi in recovery. How cool is that?
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
These points were taken from the handbook of an ideology. Are these ideas right or left?
The State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood.
We demand the nationalization of all trusts.
We demand profit-sharing in large industries.
We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class, the immediate communalisation of large stores which will be rented cheaply to small trades people, and the strongest consideration must be given to ensure that small traders shall deliver the supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.
We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to expropriate the owners without compensation of any land needed for the common purpose. The abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land.
In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into positions of leadership, the State must assume the responsibility of organizing thoroughly the entire cultural system of the people. The curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.
The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centres, by prohibiting juvenile labour, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young.
We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the people.
The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the principle:
COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD