Friday, February 29, 2008
I love that announcer guy. Every movie preview that starts of with the ever ominous "In a world" - it's always that guy!!
You know who I want answering that 3am phone call? The undead Richard Nixon. That would scare the crap out of everyone.
Imagine the headlines. "Zombie President Richard Nixon ate Russian President Putin today because he was annoyed...and hungry."
"Hugo Chavez called Zombie Nixon a terrorist".
"During the Summit of the Americas: Nixon ate Hugo Chavez and then complained that spicy food makes him gassy."
I just popped over to see what was happening in SPoDE's World. Ugh. Aziz is trying hard to stir up a controversy of inconsistency, by quoting Bush and McCain on Afghanistan's current state.
The problem? The Bush quote came from 2004 and the McCain quote came from 2007.
Seriously, what kind of crap is that? It's not even a flip-flop post. It's two different guys talking about current events three years apart. Do you know how much fun I could have if I started quoting random liberals then and now?
Is there really nothing else going on in the world? Like now?
|You Are Not Scary|
Sorry for no updates on the American Idol women on Wednesday. I was busy trying to stay alive. Its a forgone conclusion that David Archuleta is going to win.
Below the (show) button is my story. Be forewarned that it WILL have some religious tones. If that makes you squeamish, stop reading now..
I'll start this with some happy news. A few weeks ago, my wife and I learned that all the practice paid off. We are expecting our second child in October.
With pregnancy comes hyperactive sensitivity's. My lovely wife, Tifany, has an increased sense of smell. Yesterday, at noon, I get a call to my cell phone from my wife screaming about how the dog smells horrible. The dog is Pudge Esmay. I adopted him a few months back. After a few minute conversation, I promised to give Pudge a bath when I got home.
I arrived home at 5:05pm and right away I went to the basement, I grabbed Pudge and began drawing his bath. I gave him a pretty good scrub down. At about 5:20pm I was finished drying him off and I let him run wild in the basement.
Almost immediately after that I started to cough uncontrollably. I leaned over on the washer and it seemed like the worst was over. I took a few steps and almost fell over. I began violently coughing this time. It was then I knew something was very wrong. I tried walking up the stairs and again I almost fell. I crawled the rest of the way and got to my phone.
I called my wife, thankfully she answered. She was at the Verizon store about ready to get her phone upgraded. She answered the phone and I said: "Get home now, something is wrong. I need you." I made my way to the bedroom and grabbed my C-PAP machine. I figured some positive air pressure is bound to help.
I put the mask on and started the airflow. My wife tried to call me twice, but I was in the middle of texting her. I didn't want to speak since I didn't know how many breaths I would have left.
The message was effectively saying that I put my CPAP on and I'm scared.
I was scared because my heart felt like it was going to pop out of my chest and my arm was getting numb. I thought I would be dead by the time Tifany got home. So I said a little prayer and started thinking about my life and what I've done and didn't do. I also began thinking about my Dad a lot. I consider him my guardian angel. I figured he would send me a sign that all will be well.
Tifany got home and paged her Doctor/Boss. She is a medical assistant and has a basic idea of what to check for. Dr. Sturla called back and Tifany described my symptoms. He said I needed to get to the hospital right away. So Tifany and I made our way to Garden City Osteopathic Hospital.
I walked up to the registration desk and collapsed a little and said "I can't breathe. Those are the 3 magic words you need to speak that puts you to the front of the line. I was in triage and my pulse ox (Blood Oxygen) was 85%. Apparently that is pretty freaking bad.
They immediately put me on a bed and were attaching all sorts of stuff to me. It looked like a scene from Grey's Anatomy. I was put on Oxygen and the nurse came in to start an IV.
I was still scared out of my mind, until I saw the sign. The nurse who took care of me was named Alicia. It was confirmed when a colleague pronounced her name "A-leet-see-ah" . That's the Polish pronunciation of the name Alice. My sister Alice has always been VERY protective of me. So it would make sense that the nurse who took very good care of me had that common name.
Yeah, I know it sounds crazy. I've always believed in divine intervention. This was a sign to me that my spiritual guardian angel (Dad) is watching over me. Alicia had told us she was dealing with another trauma on the other side of the hospital and left that one to come take care of me. There were plenty of nurses in the ER, but I had Alicia taking care of me.
Okay, back to the story. Alicia came in, and administered the IV. I was given Benadryl directly to the blood stream. THAT WAS AWESOME. Within seconds I was flying high. A few minutes later the Respiratory therapist came in with a bong like thing, that I had to breathe for an hour.
After two hours in the ER, I was given my release. This was only after I sustained a pulse ox > 95% for 15 minutes after being pulled off oxygen.
The whole ordeal gave me a lot of things to reflect upon, here are a few:
When you're dying (or at least THINK you are) it helps that your nurse is SMOKING hot.
It's about time I do something healthwise to ensure that I'm around to watch my children grow up.
Having a medical assistant for a wife is a HUGE blessing. I LOVE YOU TIFANY!!
Timing is everything. Had Tifany got to the Verizon store sooner, her phone possibly would have been off (as they transferred service to a new phone). I don't know if I would have had the strength to make another call. I got a burst of adrenaline after I got a hold of Tifany. Had she not been there to answer the call, It's probable I would not be here to write this post.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I'm disgusted by this. This is just taking dirty politics to a whole new level.
Please, let the healing begin...
A few weeks back I enabled the comment account approval functionality. So if you sign up for an account and are not approved within 24-48 hours, send Rose, who is now has a Technorati Profile or myself an e-mail:
buttgrape AT yahoo dot com
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Looks like Barack Obama needs to have his people do some research before he lets the rhetoric fly. He's starting to sound like the looney lefty he is, rather than a man ready to be President.
In the unimpressive debate the other night, Obama said:
Mr. Obama had said in response to a hypothetical question that although he intended to withdraw American forces as rapidly as possible, he reserved the right to send troops back in “if Al Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq.”
McCain fired back to that very stupid and ill-informed comment with this:
“I have some news,” he said at a town-hall-style meeting in Tyler, Tex. “Al Qaeda is in Iraq. It’s called ‘Al Qaeda in Iraq.’ My friends, if we left, they wouldn’t be establishing a base. They’d be taking a country, and I’m not going to allow that to happen.”
Obama responds with the same regurgitated bullshit I've heard from every liberal:
“I have some news for John McCain,” Mr. Obama said at a large rally at Ohio State University. “There was no such thing as Al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq.”
WRONG!!!!! Even Richard Clarke knows that was wrong. Richard Clarke worried that Osama would "boogie to Baghdad" if we invaded Afghanistan. "Clarke's opinion was based on intelligence indicating a number of contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq, including word that Saddam had offered bin Laden safe haven." Yeah, and Clarke got the intel from CNN.
Time to go back to school Barack or at least hire some better researchers for your speech writers...
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
According to Mickey Kaus: "Russert chokes in clutch. In Tuesday's debate, Tim Russert definitely let Obama off the hook on the issue of Obama's chosen pastor, Rev. Wright."
Here is what Russert asked Obama:
RUSSERT: The title of one of your books, "Audacity of Hope," you acknowledge you got from a sermon from Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the head of the Trinity United Church. He said that Louis Farrakhan "epitomizes greatness." He said that he went to Libya in 1984 with Louis Farrakhan to visit with Moammar Gadhafi and that, when your political opponents found out about that, quote, "your Jewish support would dry up quicker than a snowball in Hell." What do you do to assure Jewish-Americans that, whether it's Farrakhan's support or the activities of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, your pastor, you are consistent with issues regarding Israel and not in any way suggesting that Farrakhan epitomizes greatness?
Kaus points out that if Russert had stopped where the bold stopped and simply asked Obama "do you feel comfortable associating yourself with these sentiments". He would have had Obama in a choke hold but he didn't do that. He went on and softened the question by adding in Israel and making it about his Jewish support. He basically gave Obama an out. When did Russert turn into such a puss?
Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. died today, at age 82.
A 16-foot python stalked a family dog for days before swallowing the pet whole in front of horrified children in the Australian tropics, animal experts said Wednesday.
The boy and girl, aged 5 and 7, watched as the scrub python devoured their silky terrier-Chihuahua crossbreed Monday at their home near Kuranda in Queensland state.
How horrible!!!! OMG, I would've pumped that snake full of buckshot, then reloaded. Those poor kids are traumatized.
"It actively stalked the dog for a number of days," Douglas said. "The family that owned the dog had actually seen it in the dog's bed, which was a sign it was out to get it," he added.
"They should have called me then, but (the snake) got away and three or four days later, I was called and went around and removed it" after the dog had been killed, Douglas said.
By the time Douglas arrived, all that could be seen of the dog was its hind legs and tail.
Removing the half-swallowed dog could have harmed or even killed the python, Rose said, because dogs have sharp teeth and claws that could do the snake internal damage if it were wrenched out.
Yeah, let's not damage the poor snake after he just ate the family dog. Can't have that...
I didn't see anything last night because we lost power, in half the condo. The half with the television. So, I missed American Idol but I was able to watch it via YouTube and I missed the debate.
How was the debate? Hillary needed it and I haven't heard anything positive about her performance. Did she manage to impress anyone?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
It's 70's night, American Idol style!
The boys were HOT tonight and definitely the best was saved for last.. Hopefully the Queen will update this post with a You Tube of it..
Michael Johns Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way 3.0
The performance was just okay for me. It seemed a bit off, but the judges were kind.
Jason Castro Andy Gibb - I Just Want To Be Your Everything 3.5
Pretty Good. Hideous hair. I love he plays his own guitar.
Luke MenardQueen - Killer Queen 3.5
I like it. The best so far.. I agree with Simon about being compared to the original.
Robbie Carrico Foreigner - Hot Blooded 3.0
I liked this one a lot!! But the judges were a bit tough on him.
Danny Noriega The Carpenters: Don’t you remember… 1.0
Please go home!
David Hernandez The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone 4.0
Very good. Simon calls it the best of the night.
Jason Yeager Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running 1.5
I actually liked this one, but the judges have dogged it.
Chikeze Eze Donny Hathoway - I Believe to My Soul 4.5
I believe to my soul that this song was THE BOMB!!!
David Cook Free - Alright Now 4.0
Will the real rocker for season 7 please stand up? Nice Job.
David Archuleta John Lennon - Imagine 5.0
WOW. Very very very nice.. So young, so talented.. In all the seasons of American Idol, I don't believe I've heard better..
David Archuleta - Imagine. This kid is the Next American Idol as far as I'm concerned.-- Rosemary
Update I found the full segment if you want the judges feedback and you missed it. --Rosemary
Someone has to say it... Only Commies Hate Puppies!
McCain thinks that in order to win the White House he must convince the country that U.S. policy in Iraq is succeeding. If he can’t, McCain said: “then I lose. I lose”.He quickly backed off that remark.
“Let me not put it that stark,” the likely GOP nominee told reporters on his campaign bus. “Let me just put it this way: Americans will judge my candidacy first and foremost on how they believe I can lead the county both from our economy and for national security. Obviously, Iraq will play a role in their judgment of my ability to handle national security.”
“If I may, I’d like to retract ‘I’ll lose.’ But I don’t think there’s any doubt that how they judge Iraq will have a direct relation to their judgment of me, my support of the surge,” McCain added. “Clearly, I am tied to it to a large degree.”
Clearly, he is tied to the war. Of all the candidates with a real shot at becoming president, McCain is the only one still beating the pro-war drum.
It's an uphill battle for the old man. Too many people have lost faith in our ability to clean up the mess in Iraq. Too many people are angry, feel misled and want to pull out. McCain is gonna have to really sell it. I think it would be easier to sell Rosie O'Donnell a lifetime supply of condoms than it will be to convince a majority of the country that we will ever really win Iraq.
Update: I moved this up since it seems to be getting a lot of action. Keep on, keepin' on boys!
Yes. I did think this movie was funny. Really funny. Yes, I am a bit ashamed.
Recently someone commented that they did not know I was fluent in French. I'm shocked. As I've been told that I'm an egomaniac, I could've sworn I would have mentioned my ability to speak different languages; sometime in the last 6 years since I began blogging. So, yes, I speak fluently a few and not so fluently a few more...
Je parle, écris et comprends Français comme un indigène. Ce n'est pas une exagération.
Ich spreche auch Deutsches aber nicht sowie Franzosen.
Je suis également à l'aise dans le Poli. Mon Poli est évidemment le meilleur puisque je suis Polonais. Je suis semi-finale-fluent dans le Russe. Mon écriture et compréhension sont bonnes mon discours est mauvaise.
National polls don't mean much right now. It's the local state polls that we should be watching and in those polls, Hillary is close in Texas and ahead in Ohio. Plus, she's picking up major endorsements in Ohio despite the Obamarama.
Remember, it ain't over till it's over...
Monday, February 25, 2008
Tim is away, for a few weeks, keeping us safe from bad people. That means he probably can't read or comment on the blog. So, in honor of Tim's inability to poo poo any theme songs, I have a theme song!!!
Actually, Jacob, my brilliant and sometimes snarky 10 year old, said: "Mom this should be your personal theme song because honestly, right now, it fits perfectly." I don't know if that's true but the song is pretty good and I like it!
Go ahead as you waste your days with thinking When you fall everyone stands Another day and you've had your fill of sinking With the life held in your Hands are shaking cold These hands are meant to hold
Speak to me, when all you got to keep is strong Move along, move along like I know you do And even when your hope is gone Move along, move along just to make it through Move along Move along
So a day when you've lost yourself completely Could be a night when your life ends Such a heart that will lead you to deceiving All the pain held in your Hands are shaking cold Your hands are mine to hold
Speak to me, when all you got to keep is strong Move along, move along like I know you do And even when your hope is gone Move along, move along just to make it through Move along (Go on, go on, go on, go on)
When everything is wrong we move along (Go on, go on, go on, go on) When everything is wrong, we move along Along, along, along
When all you got to keep is strong Move along, move along like I know you do And even when your hope is gone Move along, move along just to make it through [x3]
(Move along) (Go on, go on, go on, go on) Right back what is wrong We move along
Oh, don't worry Naftali and those who think like him, this isn't about my love life. This is about Hillary Clinton and her tanking campaign. It appears that camp Clinton released a picture of Obama wearing traditional garb during a 2006 visit to Kenya. Which, of course, caused right wing blogs to mock his "muslim outfit". It's not a muslim outfit, it is traditional Somali clothing.
But team Obama got huffy and issued this statement:
"On the very day that Sen. Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we've seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it's exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world."
Team Clinton responded to team Obama with: "Grow a pair, you big baby!" Okay, I'm paraphrasing again but quoting whining liberal gets tiresome. Here it is:
"If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.
"This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry."
You know I don't want a President Crybaby. You guys sure Obama is old enough to do the job?
Every time I hear the James Blunt song "Your Beautiful", I have different words for it. Not because I think its stupid or anything, I actually heard a parody of it first. You could say this parody song is a little too close to accurate when it comes to my job..
Happy Monday, enjoy the song..
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Ralph Nader is running for President. He always makes such an impact. If Obama wins the nomination and that is increasingly more likely, Nader's presence will definitely help John McCain!
I love politics! Woo hoo! Go Nader!
Yeah right. Like I care. I enjoy the show and I like to see people/movies that I like win but I'm not gonna blog it. [I love Daniel Day-Lewis...it's the accent and the talent]
I'd much rather mock the DNC or SPoDE.
Jon Stewart was pretty damn funny though...
With some movies. First up:
I like a comedy before I focus on my drama. Then I FINALLY get to sit down and watch...
Don't forget the Oscars tonight! If you care about that sort of thing.
Hell yeah, he did. My dream man from Kiev beat the Russian and now has a unified title. My night couldn't have been better. Except I have to remember not to drink tequila and vodka. Tequila is bad, stick to vodka...
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I'm out for a very overdue evening out with a friend. I'll be enjoying the awesomeness that is Wladimir Klitschko, some Grey Goose and who knows what else...
Enjoy your Saturday Night, I know I will. ;-)
Back during the better moments of my marriage, the early days, we used to host movie nights for friends. Thanks to my mom, I'm a great cook and a fantastic hostess. Every other Saturday night, we'd invite 20 or so friends over for big screen viewing of new movies or great comedy. Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill was one of those things. So, only 2 of us were fluent in French and only 2 of us were laughing our asses off at this bit. SPoDE wasn't one of them, I was. LOL.
Friday, February 22, 2008
This is a really good song. I imagine everyone has, at one time or another, felt this way. I don't now but I did when I broke up with my dearly departed ex-boyfriend Steve.
I have a lot to do today. So, if you have any good links or want to rant about something...do it here.
Not much of a shock in the first live cut of the season.
We say goodbye to:
As poet Edwin Markham approached his retirement years, he learned that the man to whom he had entrusted his financial portfolio had squandered all the money. Markham's dreams of comfort were shattered, he did what we all do. Brood and grow more angry everyday. His bitterness grew by leaps and bounds. One day while sitting at his table, Markham found himself drawing circles as he tried to soothe the turmoil he felt. He decided that he had to forgive. Not forgiving gives the transgressor power over you. Markman wrote these words while staring at the circles he drew:
He drew a circle to shut me out, Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout; But love and I had the wit to win, We drew a circle to take him in.
Charles Filmore wrote: "There is a mental treatment guaranteed to cure every ill that flesh is heir to: Sit for half an hour every night and forgive everyone against whom you have any ill will or antipathy."
Forgiveness is many things but there are 4 things that it is not:
Forgetting. If the hurt wounded you enough to require forgiveness, you may always have a memory of it.
Excusing or condoning. The wrong should not be denied, minimized, or justified.
Reconciling. You can forgive the offender and still choose not to reestablish the relationship.
Weakness. You do not become a doormat or oblivious to cruelty.
The act of forgiving is not for the offender, but for the victim. It doesn't matter if they ask you to forgive, if you believe their apology or whatever they offer. It doesn't matter if they don't believe they wronged you.
Bitterness and anger imprison you emotionally. Forgiveness sets you free.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The NYT's broke a sex scandal starring The Maverick and a female lobbyist over 18.
Scandal? A Republican Senator had sex with a legal adult of the opposite sex...
Thank the good Lord! So, he screwed a live woman that wasn't his wife. I don't know about you, but I find it a refreshing change for a Republican.
What's the saying? As long as it isn't a live boy or a dead girl, it's all good...
It's SPoDE trying to convince you that he isn't an idiot. It's not working for me...
Are you buying it? If so, I have elf urine for sale. It's magical. It will grant you your fondest wish...
Salon's David Corn, wrote a whole article on why John McCain is a bad, bad man. Do you know why John McCain is a bad man? He once told a joke that was too bad to print. And what could that be? Lucky for you, I'm so disturbed ... I will print it.
"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
That was it? That was so disturbed that printing it would be shocking? Holy crap, I've had entire thought strings that were more disturbed than that when I was in 6th grade... I guess I should just give up my hopes for a future Queen of All Evil presidency. I wonder if that means the Senate is out too? I would be a great Senator, wouldn't I?
I could be the first Republican Woman Senator to be removed because of a sex scandal - that would be awesome! I'd be telling all the reporters, "What the fuck do you think Queen of All Evil means anyway? Jeez!" or "I thought Dirty Sanchez was a restaurant?"
Dare to dream, eh?
I do miss the Clinton days, don't you? For more than the obvious reasons, the jokes were just waaay better. How many ways can you call Bush stupid before it gets old? I've said it before and I will say it again, picking on Bush is like picking on a little retarded kid. It's too easy, not very funny and it's mostly kinda mean.
I found two very important things. First, for all you "Rosemary is never gonna vote for Hillary" squawkers ... Read this and for Pete's sake scroll down to my comment, 3rd from the bottom. For the lazy among you:
Hillary doesn't scare me. I LIKE her. She's smart, driven, evil(my personal fav trait), and not afraid to go a get what she wants. She is not "the little woman" and I resent that she was treated that way.
Shep: She doesn't scare me. Hell, I'd be tempted to vote for her as POTUS - if she ran.
--Posted by: Rosemary the Queen of All Evil at July 19, 2004 02:45 PM
The second thing I found, Tim asked me to print. He said something 4 years ago and since it is in virtual print - Tim wants the world to know and bow down to his brilliance. Bow down, bitches!
Us Dems don't need Clinton. We've got John Edwards, Gov. Granholm, Bill Richardson, and our best hope for the future, Barack Obama. Things are looking good in our nation's future.
--Posted by: Tim the Soldier at July 29, 2004 11:26 AM
I've added to the blogroll, To the Center.
ToTheCenter.com's philosophy is simple. The average person doesn't have a political left or right, but really feels somewhere in the middle. We try to keep our news “down the middle” and our opinions for all.
Go check them out, if you are so inclined...
"What shall we call our son so he does not get the shit kicked out of him at school? We shall call him Englebert Humperdink! Yes, that'll work."
Oh and yes, I'm nearing 40. So what? My eggs are still there and my parts are in great working order. I could easily add a few more blue-eyed blond children to the population before my uterus falls out. And I need a funny, blond man to plant the seed in my...well, you get the idea.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The ladies came to play. Overall I think the ladies did better than the men. Simon had a bug up his butt tonight. He was in rare form. I about died when I heard Randy say "just keepin it real".
Anyhoo, on to my review. 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. I also will add/update the song names once I confirmed them all.
Kristy Lee Cook : "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass : 2.0
Dude, she's hot. performance was ehh. +1 for bronchitis..
Joanne Borgella : "I Say a Little Prayer," Dionne Warwick : 2.0
She was pitchy & nervous.
Alaina Whitaker : "More Today Than Yesterday," Spiral Starecase : 4.0
Okay, I'm biased. It's my daughters name, just spelled differently. Kinda reminds me of Carrie Underwood. Very well done.
Amanda Overmyer : "Baby,Please Don't Go" - Them (Van Morrison) : 3.5
Um. I dunno what the heck she is even saying. Apparently she was scatting. heh. I'm with Simon on this one.
Amy Davis : "Where the Boys Are", Patsy Cline: 1.0
Brooke White : "Happy Together", The Turtles : 3.0
Alright. Nothing special. She looks like she is 40.
Alexandrea Lushington : "Spinning Wheel", Blood Sweat & Tears : 4.0
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Love the attitude. Ryan, you better get her name right tomorrow..
Kady Malloy : "Groovy Kind of Love", Diane & Annita : 1.5
Okay, not great. I loved her Britney Spears impression. +.5 for almost looking like she was gonna cry. Damn you Simon, Big Girls DON'T CRY!! I got that song stuck in my head, thanks Rose..
Asia'h Epperson : "Piece of My Heart" Big Brother and the Holding Company(Janis Joplin) : 4.5
Outstanding!! Hey did you know Janis Joplin was white?? Damn my music IQ sucks.
Ramiele Malubay : "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," Dusty Springfield : 3.0
I thought the song was boring. Apparently this underscores how much I know about music. The judges loved it.. I didn't. Did you know Dusty Springfield was a chick??
Damn I'm learning a lot about music since I started blogging on it yesterday.
Sayesha Mercado : "Tobacco Road" - The Nashville Teens : 4.0
Decent vocals. I enjoyed the song.
Carly Smithson : "The Shadow of Your Smile," Tony Bennett (The Sandpiper) : 1.0
She ended the show on a boring note. \ Randy says best vocals and I don't agree.. I don't even know the name of the song..
We shall see what happens tomorrow. My guess is Kady & Carly are done.
If you've never seen an elephant ski, then you've never been on acid.
"When you love somebody, you give up something that's very important to you, to give them something that's very important to them."
As a parent, I live these words everyday. Without hesitation, I give my sons whatever they need. I would walk through fire for them. If giving up my life were required, I'd do that too. Any real parent would. It's easy to read those words and say, yes, I can do X, because that's just what you do when you love someone.
I'm much more adept as loving my children than I have been loving anyone else. The love that I feel for my children is primal. I'm a momma bear when it comes to them and their needs.
Obama wins again!
It's his tenth straight victory. That's quite an accomplishment. But I seem to recall another entity with a streak of 18 straight only to be knocked off my a New York based group.
Could there be a repeat performance forthcoming? Only time will tell.
My question is:
When a group of crusty old white men and women rob a black man of the nomination, will it get the same scrutiny as the incompetant Texas oilman stealing the elections from nut jobs in Tennessee and Massachusetts??
Change of plans. I have some very personal drama unfolding on my porch!
You know what? I gave up watching General Hospital because my life was more nutty.
The most fun I have with American Idol is listening to the judges. Randy by far is my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I like when Simon goes nuts, but he does it in his own British style. I like Randy because he's "keepin it real" as Chris Rock said in a comedy bit one time.
Randy says stuff, like Dude, Dog & Yo. My favorite Randy-ism is his version of the word 'Alright'. It sounds like he is saying A + ight. As in "Dude, I dunno that was just A-ight for me man'. So I added an extra "i" in there for effect.
I'm not a music expert, or a reviewer or anything like that. This is strictly my perception of how they performed. Oh, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Anyway, on to my review.
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best.
David Hernandez - 3. I liked his performance. It was okay, but nothing to right home about.
Chikeze Eze - 2. He was Aiight. A bit safe. I don't like the combativeness he showed with the judges. They are there to help. The suit was hideous. But if people send him home for the suit, they have other issues.
David Cook - 4. Out of the gate, he struck me as a very confident singer. I like him alot. He'll be one to watch
Jason Yeager - 1. Who is this guy again?? I almost fell asleep listening to him.
Robbie Carrico - 4. Very very good. Will he be Season 7's Chris Daughtry?
David Archuleta - 4. Awesome for a 17 year old kid. He has the stage presence. That may be because he was on Star Search at age 12. Simon says best so far. I don't think so.
Danny Noriega - 1. When I first wrote his name down I wrote Ortega. Maybe because I was having taco bell and more interested in my taco shell. I dunno, but he was BOOOORING.
Luke Menard - 1. Another yawner. Thank goodness I could fast forward.
Colton Barry - 3. This kid was just okay for me. Reminds me of Jon Stevens. The red-headed Dean Martin crooner from a few seasons ago.
Garrett Haley - 3. I was going to give him a 1 or 2, but the kid took his criticisms well, and showed a positive attitude. Maybe after a few rounds, I'll get over the fact that he looks like Leif Garrett.
Jason Castro - 4.5. Wicked awesome. Played his own instrument. I'm sure there are alot of women out there that wanna play his instrument.
Michael Johns - 4.5. Great. He seemed a bit warbly to me. Maybe that's how it was supposed to sound. I don't know.
Top 4 Jason Michael Robbie David A.
Bottom 4 Danny Luke Jason Chikeze
Going Home: Jason Danny
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I'm using the 5 star system. 5 Stars is best.I will use the hide function until all the Time Zones have seen it.
#2. Chikeze - *1/2So dull I forgot what he sang. Good thing I wrote his stars down...
#3. David Cook - ****Happy Together. He made this song rock. I loved it!
#4. Jason Yeager - **1/2Moon River. It was sweet.
#5. Robbie Carrico - ****One. LOVED IT. He's hawt.
#6. David Archuleta - *****You Better Shop Around. Amazing voice. Pure talent.
#7. Danny Noriega - **Jailhouse Rock. He was ok. He hissed at Simon - that was so gay!
#8. Luke Menard - *1/2BORING
#9. Colton Berry - ***Suspicious Minds. I liked it more than Simon did.
#10. Garrett Haley - **Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Eh...It could've been worse.
#11. Jason Castro - ***1/2 What a Day for a Daydream. Good voice, good performer. Not my cup of tea.
#12. Michael Johns - ****3/4Light My Fire. He totally lit my fire! Damn! I'm still shivering and I know who I'll be dreaming about tonight.
My cousin just asked me a question on my Facebook wall. The idea is intriguing. Is it bad form to have a divorce party? Because I think it sounds like an awesome opportunity to have a get together.
Good idea or Bad idea?
Why would some men think a sweaty flushed woman, wearing yoga gear, no make up and a ponytail is attractive?
Everytime I exit my karate class, and I do mean every time, some guy picks that moment to flirt. I can't look worse and I'm pretty sure that my Secret Platinum™ is on it's very last legs, so my smell factor isn't the best.
What is the deal? Are all men on a mission to drive us women crazy?
When was it that Howard Dean went down in flames during the 2004 election?
I'm curious. When did Krugman start liking Obama? Isn't listening to him talk about concerns for Obama's campaign kinda like a mouse taking advice from a cat?
Whatever. Go Hillary!
Scientists discovered that some people, who claim to still be deeply attracted and in love with their mates after many years together, are telling the truth.
Most couples find that the dizzying, almost-narcotic feeling of early love gives way to a calmer bond. Now, researchers are using laboratory science to investigate Mrs. Tucker and others who live fairy-tale romances. The studies could help reveal the workings of lifelong passion and perhaps one day lead to a restorative. Philosophers and writers have long examined passion and love.The 19th century introduced psychologists and sociologists to the discussion. In recent years, neuroscientists have joined in. While love is historically tied to the heart, they are looking for answers in the brain, using magnetic imaging and other modern tools to try to map love's pathways.
Scientists thought the people who claimed to be in love, after many years, were just deceiving themselves. So they decided to really look at brain scans of these love freaks.
According to FuturePundit:
"Brain scans show the perpetually in love as different than the masses. Those people in long term relationships who profess to still feel very excited about their partners have more intense brain activity in the ventral tegmental area of the brain just like the newly fallen in love do. This research has many ramifications.
Do those who stay thrilled have lower rates of divorce? I would expect so. But people who have the neurological tendency to maintain intense romantic love probably are at risk for getting into relationships with people who do not share that tendency. So they can get their hearts broken pretty badly. If they could find each other (neuro-scan dating services that screen to pair people up with neuro-like potential mates) then they could bond to someone who will bond back just as strongly and for just as longly."
If only... It's definitely something to think about.
Monday, February 18, 2008
You go to sleep thinking everything is fine, you were on a good and solid path. Then you wake up and realize it was all an illusion. Karma beats your illusions with a baseball bat, until all you have left are shards of broken promises and broken dreams. That has been my life for a long, long time.
Honestly, I go to bed every night expecting to wake up to another broken promise. I'm rarely disappointed. The funny thing is that despite all that, I'm still hopeful. I still see a small glimmer of light and I struggle to reach it. I'm so used to bad things happening, so used to being disappointed that I don't even react anymore. I've gotten to the point where I believe I deserve it for having been so stupid in the first place. Yeah, I look at myself and think I can't believe I fell for this crap AGAIN. No more. I'm done being stupid. I'm done putting it all on the line just so someone can toy with me and my feelings. I prefer being numb. I prefer having people think I'm cold and unfeeling. Cold and unfeeling people aren't easily duped.
It's rather sad. If someone I cared about said what I just said, I'd feel bad for them. I'm becoming a cynic. I still can't believe how naïve I've been. I've always been open and honest when it came to relationships. Any relationships: friends, relatives, men I've dated, men I loved or thought I loved... You would think that people would appreciate that, they don't. Honesty scares some people, makes them back off or run screaming for the hills. Or makes them scream at you, call you horrible names, make you doubt yourself and your own worth.
Christ, I'm almost 40 and I'm still naive when it comes to people. Truthfully, I'd rather be alone for the rest of my life than be stuck in a bad relationship. Hence, my quickly upcoming divorce. I'd also rather be alone for the rest of my life than give my heart to someone that isn't sure they want it. I've suffered enough love/loss for one lifetime, I'm just not sure I'm up for anymore bullshit head games. I'd certainly rather not live alone, I'd prefer having someone that I share common goals and interests with. Someone that I can genuinely like as well as love. I thought I had Mr. Right once, I was wrong but I was only 19. Then I had what I thought was Mr. Close Enough, I was so wrong that my wrong Mr. Right looked way less wrong...
Here I am on the verge of freedom. I will be a legally divorced woman with 2 children. Everyone has baggage now but still, it's intimidating to realize that not only do you have personal demons but now you are "out there" again. I didn't like being "out there" before but now I'll be there with 2 kids.
It's an overwhelming feeling and it makes me want to just hide. But I can't hide. I may be a cynic but I am no coward. I am not old, I don't look old and I'm not a hideous troll. I just don't know where to begin. How do you start trusting? How do you start believing that it can really happen for you? How can you believe that there really is someone out there for you? How can you when everytime you do, you are proven wrong?
That isn't my title, I stole it from Captain Ed. It was too good to pass up. The Captain and many of his SPoDE-like readers are concerned about a speech Michelle Obama gave at UCLA. Here is the part that has a mass of all panties knotted up:
In 2008, we are still a nation that is too divided. We live in isolation, and because of that isolation, we fear one another. We don't know our neighbors, we don't talk, we believe our pain is our own. We don't realize that the struggles and challenges of all of us are the same. We are too isolated. And we are still a nation that is still too cynical. We look at it as "them" and "they" as opposed to "us". We don't engage because we are still too cynical. ...
Americans are not in debt because they live frivolously but because someone got sick. Even with insurance, the deductibles and the premiums are so high that people are still putting medications and treatments on credit cards. And they can't get out from under. I could go on and on, but this is how we're living, people, in 2008.
And things have gotten progressively worse throughout my lifetime, through Democratic and Republican administrations, it hasn't gotten better for regular folks. ....
We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another — that we cannot measure the greatness of our society by the strongest and richest of us, but we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.
See that bold part up there? That is the problem. That makes Obama a theocrat. Talk about taking shit out of context... I didn't get the "Obama is Jesus" impression at all. You can't say "soul" without becoming a theocrat now. When I was 10, I used to watch Soul Train. There was nothing Christ-like about Soul Train. I eat at a restaurant that sells soul food. My greens and cornbread did not heal me. They were yummy as all get out but I wasn't saved. I know because the minute I left, I had a very dirty thought about spreading those yummy collard greens all over someone and...nevermind.
Michelle Obama's speech reminded me of something but it wasn't God and church. It was that this is what a Liberal is supposed to be, many have forgotten. Some Democrats have turned their back on this basic tenet of liberalism. Kind of like the Republicans have done with John McCain. He really is a conservative, he's not a RINO. Republicans have moved away from true conservatism in order to maintain power.
Michelle Obama's speech was LIBERAL not religious. Anyone that sees anything else should immediately have all sharp objects removed from their home.
Cow Tip: SPoDE
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Anyone who knows me for a while knows that I believe that God does not exist. However, what most do not know is that I am not necessarily anti-theistic. Of course there are aspects of many religions, denominations, sects, cults, etc that are harmful to human growth and development both at an individual and societal level.
Any faith that teaches that the earth is only 10,000 years or so old,that evolution is false, or that masturbation is a sin, is ignorant at best, but at worst will hinder real human progress.
Any faith or sect that advocates suicide bombing of innocents in its practice is destructive as well.
A group whose leader/founder "believed" it was divine will for him to secretly marry a 14 year old girl or even another man's current wife is deranged not inspired by God.
So why has religion flourished in the world? Why do most people claim to believe in a divine being? Simple: it's pragmatic. Religion enables societies and governments to maintain a measure of social control. Religion is the tool from which we teach right from wrong. It's not the only tool, but it's a powerful one. BTW, brainwashing is powerful too.
Human progress requires peaceful resolution. War and destruction will only perpetuate violence. Killing begets killing etc...
We must realize that we (individuals and societies) have a significant and often damaging effect on the world community and rather than fight with weapons, we must fight with truth and understanding.
So, in my pitch for eastern philosophic teachings, I give you this translated Buddhist poem to discuss:
Digging out a potato from my garden,
I noticed the hundreds of ants scurrying back-and-forth,
having had their home underground destroyed.
An earthworm moved aimlessly
after the disturbance of his home.
To live is to create difficulties
for so many others.
Please forgive me.
- Yoshio To-i
Or we could just talk about our host's bar scene antics.
Just in case anyone is wondering: I like this song. There is no hidden meaning to this song being posted. None, nada, zip. I'm not sad or lonely. This isn't about SPoDE or ANYONE else. I just really like the song and the words are like poetry to my ears. Okay? Good. Carry on.
Here Without You
A hundred days had made me older
since the last time that I've saw your pretty face
A thousand lights had made me colder and I don’t think I can look at this the same
But all the miles had separate
They disappear now when I’m dreaming of your face
I’m here without you baby
but your still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
and I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you baby
but your still with me in my dreams
And tonight it’s only you and me
The miles just keep rollin
as the people either way to say hello
I've heard this life is overrated
but I hope that it gets better as we go
I’m here without you baby
but your still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
and I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you baby
but your still with me in my dreams
And tonight girl it’s only you and me
Everything I know,
and anywhere I go
it gets hard but it won’t take away my love
And when the last one falls,
when it’s all said and done
it get hard but it won’t take away my love
I’m here without you baby
but your still on my lonely mind
I think about you baby
and I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you baby
but your still with me in my dreams
And tonight girl it’s only you and me
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Can an almost 40 year old woman with 2 kids still call it "girls night out"?
Oh well, who gives a crap. I'm going out to my old stomping grounds. Time to let the little girls know that the big guns are back in action. ;-)
What are you doing tonight?
I took this test 4 years ago and it came out
complete sap gold. I was just wondering if I changed much since then.
Other than being much smarter and more skeptical where love is concerned. It appears that, just like 4 years ago, I still long for someone who is like me...
Friday, February 15, 2008
That's not an exact quote, I paraphrased him based on his actions. And this is what he did:
Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman reluctantly acknowledged Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture, but believes the interrogation technique should be available only under the most extreme circumstances.
Lieberman was one of 45 senators who voted Wednesday in opposition to a bill that would limit the CIA to the 19 interrogation techniques outlined in the Army field manual. That manual prohibits waterboarding, a method where detainees typically are strapped to a bench and have water poured into their mouth and nose making them feel as if they will drown.
Please note the link. It's not Fox News...
Trudy Schuett never ceases to amaze me. This piece is as well researched as it is accurate. Just some highlights:
I can’t imagine why any intelligent person would want to elect someone who has only “been around” running government to be our President. As Senator, it looks like she only used the office as a placeholder until something better came along. [...] Does anybody else remember how she tried to steal 9/11 relief funds to force women into jobs they didn’t want in the first place? [...] Or the silly books she’s written? (As a writer, I have to wonder whether she wrote them herself or hired a ghost.) [...] Hillary’s just a groupie wanting to play lead guitar. American voters seem to know that.
Stealing 9/11 money sounds awful! I heard that she killed Vince Foster too. YAWN. Accusations without proof are... well, nothing. Hillary may have hired a ghost writer? Shock! I wish Trudy hired a fact checker.
Just a groupie wanting to play lead guitar. That's a good line. It doesn't apply to Hillary anymore than "well thought out argument" applies to Trudy piece but it was a good line.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to laugh. A person that can make me laugh is most likely the sexist person in the room, to me. Except John P, I still haven't fully recovered from having your tongue, in my mouth. Comes at me like a Vietnam flashback.
I'm also not as "easy" as people think. I won't laugh at just anything. Yes, I'm odd and I do have a quirky sense of humour at times, so the absolute ridiculous can sometimes snare me. Mostly, I prefer intelligent, well thought out comedy, a dry wit like a wine is nice but not as satisfying. On the first of the year, I went crazy and posted more than 20 youtubes of some of my favorite comedians. I did not put them up in any particular order. It would be too hard to do that because the order changes depending on my mood.
One thing that will never change is my secret obessive love for Eddie Izzard. Dress to Kill is one of my absolute favorite stand up routines. If I had the cash, I'd own it. Heck, I've seen it so many times I can recite from memory now. But thanks to youtube anytime I'm feeling lonely, I can just order me up some Eddie. There is something really sexy about a smart, funny transvestite that fancies girls.
This bit on the Army is great!
If Eddie Izzard knocked on my door tomorrow... Hey Alex, next time you see Eddie Izzard tell him that I'll be free soon. Tell him I'm cute and make up some other lies that sound good. ;-)
If this is within the rules, then I say go for it Hillary:
Hillary Clinton will take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote, but persuades enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention, her campaign advisers say.
The New York senator, who lost three primaries Tuesday night, now lags slightly behind her rival, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, in the delegate count. She is even further behind in “pledged’’ delegates, those assigned by virtue of primaries and caucuses.
But Clinton will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clinton’s communications director, Howard Wolfson.
If the Democrats don't like the stupid Super Delegate rule, then they shouldn't have created the independent block of Super Voters back in 1982...
There is certainly a valid concern expressed by those who fear that the 796 “superdelegates” to the August 2008 Democratic National Convention—Democratic elected officials, party officials and VIPs – might make the difference in delivering the nomination to the candidate who wins fewer pledged delegates out of the primaries and caucuses. To some, such a result would seem “undemocratic.”
But let’s not rewrite history. When the superdelegates were first created by the Democratic National Committee in 1982, they were intended to be independent, able to vote for any candidate, regardless of the outcome of the primaries or caucuses in their own congressional districts or states.
I can't wait for people to start crying about how Hillary won the nomination without winning the popular vote. I have ZERO trouble supporting someone that won by the rules in place, rather than some whiny lets be fair after the fact crap like - "he stole the election, he didn't win the popular vote". Rules are rules.
And people wonder why I like Hillary... She's my FUCKING HERO! And she'll make a fabulous President. I wonder if 40 is too old to apply for a job as the First
Lady's Gentleman's assistant. I'd be really good at it, I have excellent written and oral skills...
There are movies, and there are films. I guess to most, it's objective. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", "what is art?" "where's the line between entertainment and pure art?" "should I masturbate at the airport?" No wait, forget that last question. (Obviously one should - just keep a narrow stance.)
Movie: Johnny Dangerously
Movie: Lethal Weapon
Film: O Brother Where Art Thou
Movie: Something About Mary
Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Movie: Ace Venture
I guess if you make the Cannes, Venice, Berlin, or Sundance Film Festivals, you are film. If not, you're a movie.
Personally, I like films better, but a movie can be real fun too.
Properly identify the following as film or movie:
The Green Mile
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Thursday, February 14, 2008
From...Real Time with Bill Maher. Thank you, YouTube Gods...
Bob Costas: "I think most Americans expect and accept, therefore, a certain level of dishonesty or corruption. If it were counter-balanced by a healthy amount of competence, they'd be happy."
And, btw, P.J. O'Rourke is witty. What's wrong with you people? Is wit so underrated that it's missed by
you far left nutty liberals Shep Tim?
Kevin D., refuses to comment here because, clearly, he's afraid to speak, where people that disagree with him, can say so.
From the comfort and safety of echo chamber central, here is his reply and mine:
Yeah... hypocrisy thy name is QOAE. Jerry reinstated my status there so that I could reply to him on the front page. I have no such plans. What's the point? He thinks Tim was right to ban McK and I'm sure the echo chamber agrees with him. What the hell does he think it's going to accomplish for me to make a front page post about it?
If being insulting gets you banned I can't think of but a handful that shouldn't be. And one that definitely needs to get banned is Tim. But, no, he won't.
Rose likes to think her blog is open and all but it's clearly not. As they say, when the inmates run the asylum...
Dean, at least, never said his blog his blog was open and accepting of everyone. We know it's his and we play by his rules. On Rose's blog you apparently play by a set of floating and arbitrary rules that the owner of the blog feels unable to rectify.
I've seen nothing yet to make me believe it's not actually Tim's blog.
Hypocrisy is QOAE? Dude, where did you learn English? Sears? This blog has a whole group of banned people that were banned very arbitrarily. And from a blog dedicated to defending the Liberal tradition, no less. You, Kevin used to be one of them. That was before you decided to fellatiate your way back in the fold over there. Kudos to you, because I certainly couldn't pull that off.
Echo chamber? Here? Really? Have you read the comments, ever? If I wanted everyone to kiss my ass and agree with me, I would never have opened QOAE. For the record, everyone doesn't agree. Again, read the comments.
Almost everyone that disagreed with me or had the guts to argue with me, on that liberal blog, was BANNED. For, let's see if I can do this from memory...liking Michael Moore's film, having the temerity to be a liberal that argued with facts, being Canadian and defending his governments healthcare policy. Sweet Adam was banned, on my fucking birthday, for having the gall to not like being called a moonbat, someone else for suggesting that the religion of Islam has some issues, my brother for defending my honor and Tim for pointing out the hypocrisy of playing violent, bloody video games while insisting that they are a follower of Christ. Oh and he called you an asshole... or was it a prick? Whatever. Naftali called me a whore three times and he gets to post on the front page. Talk about arbitrary, the truth gets you banned and lies get frontpage status.
You've seen nothing yet to make you believe it's not actually Tim's blog? Wow, I always thought you were blind but I believed it was more figurative than literal. Shit, looks like I was wrong and that's something you'll never see at your haven. I admit it.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I have gone to my new favorite sappy place, thanks to Adam, the Lifetime Movie generator. I have a title for some of the regulars. If I missed you, post your title in the comments.
- The Menace That Love Made: The Life of Rhianna
- Love Me, Love My Lesion: The Story of Mark Adams
- The Secret Perversion of Tim Snyder
- A Prostitute's Savage Purging: The True Story of Alex
- I Woke Up Ashamed: The Untold Story of Adam
- The Dark Craving of Double Plus Ungood
- The Ara Rubyan Story: I Woke Up Captured
- Love Me, Love My Numbness: The Shep Story
- My Deflowerer, I Thee Wed: Wince And Nod's Real Story
- The Brutal Lover of Jerry Kondraciuk
- Alice's Story: My Husband or My Habit
- Vern : The Savage Blogland Murder
- Malignant for Life: The Story of IB Bill
- and finally: The SPoDE Story: Menace in the Night
- Till Murder Do Us Part: The True Story of Rosemary
Happy Valentine's Day, to those of you that care...and to those of you that don't, Screw Valentine's day!
Crap! I almost forgot: The Secret Disappearance of McKiernan
For my father. A daughter couldn't have asked for better. And to the rest of the fathers, who read this blog, that are great dads to your little girls...
*update: 2/14/08 09:13am
Kevin D refuses to MAN UP.. [thread closed]
In the comments on Dean's World to this post, you wrote:
So, lemme get this straight:
Tim thinks Rose is insulted by McK and bans McK.
Rose says she isn't insulted but lets the banning stand anyway.
I'm confused. Is it Tim's blog or Rose's?
And who the
is Tim to ban anyone? He insulted people here all the damned time. And only after being warned did he finally get banned. I suppose that pot never met a kettle he could recognize the hypocritical jackass.
This reply should have actually been posted at Dean's World, but I, Jerry, have been banned from posting there.
So it's here..
What McKiernan said was very insulting. I know it, Tim knows it, my MOM knows it, anyone with half a brain knows it.
Rose saying to McKiernan that she didn't think it was an insult is akin to a woman staying with an abusive husband after getting her ass beat because he really didn't mean it.
Rose took no offense to what he/she/it (McK) had said, but that doesn't mean what Mck said was okay. Heck, Rose endured many years of crap before she finally woke up. Right now Rose is so focused on things in the real world, it could have been a few years before she realized Mck was being a jerk. All the while Mck is giggling like a school-girl because they pulled a fast one.
As far as this blog goes, it's a partnership. Rose, Tim and I are equal partners. Majority rules. Tim and I are in agreement that Mck is banned until Rose gets a personal apology in her email box.
Rose does not and will never ban anybody. If any account is disabled or IP banned, it was because of Tim or I. As a courtesy we will let each other know of any moderations we do. As I informed Rose when I re-enabled your account.
You see I believe when you call someone out on a blog, you should be able to MAN UP and allow that person to respond on that blog.
So go for it..
In regards to your co-blogger status, Rose asked me to do some house cleaning and I changed the passwords on co-blogger accounts that have been inactive the past 6 months. Your last activity was in April 07. If you would like to get your co-blogger status re-enabled, send Rose an e-mail..
Hillary is looking for Ohio and Texas to save her. C'mon Mark, help the lady out. After yesterday, Hillary is now the underdog. That title didn't help Rudy, so Hillary better move her rear into gear...she is now trailing Obama.
The Associated Press count of delegates showed Obama with 1,223. Clinton had 1,198, falling behind for the first time since the campaign began. Neither was close to the 2,025 needed to win the nomination.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Six years ago, on this day, I got a phone call I never expected. A stunning blow that happened only three months after I buried my father. One of my dearest friends, Det. Police Officer Mike Scanlon, was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop.
Like most people, I had a select group of friends in high school. We did everything together. There were 6 of us, Mike, Steve, John, Carol, Shannon and me. As we got older, the group expanded to upwards of 30+. Which is really cool because that makes our reunion parties loads of fun. My best friend Carol dated Mike and I dated Mike's best friend Steve. Those two boys/men were our first loves. Our relationships changed over the years but the friendships and the love never really went away.
I will never forget the phone call I got. Why is it that bad news always seems to happen in the middle of the night? When my father died, that call came around 2am and ironically so did Mike's. When my husband woke me and said John is on the phone, I looked at the clock and got a sick feeling in my gut. I was terrified to say "hello".
- John: Rose?
- John: [with a rasping voice] I'm sorry to call so late.
- me: please don't say it
- John: [sniffing hard] I have to...
- me: [just starting to cry] who?
- John: Oh God... [crying uncontrollably]
- me: [sobbing] talk to me John. I need to know right now.
- John: Mike was killed during a routine stop. RIGHT BEFORE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO GO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- me: [silence]
- me: [numbness setting in] Did you call Carol?
- John: [sniffing] I called you first.
- me: ["The Rock" kicks in] Do you want me to do it?
- John: [weak voiced] y-yes
- me: [steady voiced] I'll do it.
- John: Thanks sweetie. I love you.
- me: I love you too. Bye.
I experienced a lot of death, in my life. Before I turned 16, I attended 3 funerals. Two of them were my sisters. Something happened to me by the time my older sister died. At 15, I was at the hospital when we found out that my sister was brain dead and my parents had to decide whether or not to keep life support going. I was able to shut off my emotions and just do what needed to be done. I became "the rock" that everyone leaned on.
Mike's funeral almost broke me. It was too soon after my dad. He was only a year older than me. I complained bitterly about my dad being too young when he died at 64. Mike had only just turned 35 about 10 days before he died. Have you ever seen a police officer's funeral? It was amazing. The mayor was there, lots of official people that didn't know Mike spoke. It was televised. The processional was over a mile in length. I mean there were so many vehicles that it literally stretched over a mile. All the roads were closed between the church and the cemetery. People were lined up saluting, crying and waving flags along the route. It was a fitting tribute for Mike. He was the nicest guy I have ever known in my entire life. To this day, I haven't met his equal. Selfless, kind, considerate. A true and loyal friend. He was a husband, a father, a brother and everyone's best buddy. And he was murdered by some piece of shit petty thief.
One thing that happens when someone dies, you reconnect with people. Weddings and funerals tend to bring together those you've lost touch with. Mike's death did that for our large extended group. We have big parties a few times a year, so we all don't get too far apart. The first one happened in June of 2002. We went camping up north at Higgin's lake. I went with Jake, my brother and his wife. It was basically a 4 day drunk fest, with food, bon fires, canoing, swimming and 30 big tents. It was a great time and a memory I'm glad that I have. It was the last time I saw Steve and he was true to form. It seemed that he had some regrets. While stumbling around and acting like a jerk, he decided to tell my 4 year old son that he should go to sleep; so he could have some alone time with his mom. Jake said, "I'm not leaving my mom with YOU! Who do you think you are?"... "I'm the guy that should've been your daddy, that's who I am". That was Steve, it still makes us all laugh when we repeat that story. Oh, I didn't mention it earlier but this tale is sadder. Steve, Mike's lifelong best friend, died 9 months after Mike, at age 35, of heart failure. Nobody knew he had heart trouble. I don't think he did either. I didn't write a post about Steve because it's just too hard. In one year, Nov/2001 - Nov/2002, I lost my father, my good friend and my first love.
So, in remembrance of this day, six years ago, Detroit lost a heroic officer. My friends and I lost a piece of our hearts. Continue to rest in peace, Mike. We, your friends, will continue to love you, miss you and remember you always. [And Steven Poupard too...]
The estate of "Lord of the Rings" creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing the film studio that released the trilogy based on his books, claiming the company hasn't paid it a penny from the estimated $6 billion the films have grossed worldwide. ADVERTISEMENT
The suit, filed Monday, claims New Line was required to pay 7.5 percent of gross receipts to Tolkien's estate and other plaintiffs, who contend they only received an upfront payment of $62,500 for the three movies before production began.
Well, it looks like the writers aren't the only ones getting screwed by the Hollywood money men. The Hobbit is off till the lawsuit is over...
That's okay. Randall sums up the Hobbits pretty good. Not work safe...
It seems someone in the blogosphere needs a lesson on quotations. When I read an article, or an opinion piece and I read something like this:
These are the people who tell us that "Bush lied about WMDs in order to fund his excellent adventure in Iraq."
Call me crazy, but I expect to be able to GOOGLE that quote and find out what asshat/moonbat said it. Well, there can be only one. Google it and you'll find out who said it.
No one said it. How can you quote something NOBODY said??
Yet, the author of the lone blog post you find in Google intimates that it was said by 'These people'.
Notice the SINGLE quotes. That's because I paraphrased what someone said. That's what you use when you are summarizing what people say.
For more information on Quotation, please see http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/notetake/note18_directq.html
Monday, February 11, 2008
My TV Question of the Day [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
Why does anyone watch Bill Maher's show? Why would anyone go on it anymore? To wish someone dead because you disagree with him (or wish you were as effective and entertaining as him) seems an excellent reason to find something else to watch on Friday nights — and to find another way to get a first-class flight to Los Angeles.
Well, I don't watch him anymore. But that's only because I don't have HBO and no other reason. I loved Real Time with Bill Maher and I miss it. I found it funny, interesting and sometimes annoying. That's what I like, I like to be challenged. It's no challenge if everyone agrees with me. That's why I have an open forum. So, Maher waxed poetic about Oxycontin taking out Heath Ledger instead of Rush.
How long will it take anyone to google up death wishes for Sean Penn, the Dixie Chicks, the Clintons, and etc. All I have to do is look up Ann Coulter articles and I can see death wishes for entire geographic locations. I wonder who I can google to find nasty wishes for Michael Moore, hmmmmm. That shouldn't strain me a bit.
Here's a shocker. If I had a choice, I'd prefer Heath Ledger living over Rushbo. But I don't and neither does Bill Maher.
3,2,1...and here comes the hate mail! That's buttgrape[at]yahoo[dot]com
Somebody kept telling me to check out John Mayer. Well, last night I was pretty bummed out so I decided to look him up. Turns out that he sings a song I absolutely love. I had no idea it was John Mayer. So, I listened to more and you know what? I'm gonna have to go out and buy some John Mayer CDs. He is exactly the type of singer I could listen to for hours and last night, I did.
Hillary is still ahead in delegates but just barely.
In the latest overall totals in The Associated Press count, Clinton had 1,136 delegates to 1,108 for Obama. The totals include so-called superdelegates, which are party leaders not chosen at primaries or caucuses, free to change their minds. A total of 2,025 delegates is required to win the nomination.
This thing is a nail biter and I'm loving it! It's certainly more exciting than watching the Detroit Red Wings lose a third straight game, at home, to the Mighty Ducks... Now don't get me wrong, the Red Wings are far and away the best team in the league right now. No team, in either Conference has a better win-loss record than Detroit's 41-12. But still, losing to the Mighty Ducks. That's just sad.
At least the Pistons are doing fine, winning their 8th straight game. Making their win/loss record 37-13. Very pleasing. How are the Cav's doing, Mark? Second place, eh? With a win/loss of 28-22. Ouch, that must sting a bit.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I've been hearing about domestic violence against men for YEARS. It's a subject that a few people I know seem riveted by. Well, I think that we need not forget that it is women more often than men who are the abused. Some women don't even realize that they are in abusive relationships because the abuse isn't always physical.
Here is a behavior check list for abusive partners. It is very illuminating reading. I'm going to highlight a little. If you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive relationship, read the link and get them help.
Signs that you may have an abusive partner:
Unemployed or Underemployment. Underemployment is not necessarily an objective phenomenon; it may be the subjective response to the man's failing to meet his own expectations. Educational and occupational attainment frequently is less than wife's, such status discrepancies are painful even should the husband bring home a higher salary.
Emotional Dependency. Emotional dependency on the spouse is usually not recognized or understood, but is expressed through demands for constant reassurance and gratification. This may explain in part why spouse abuse often begins during wife's pregnancy.
High Investment in Marriage. Wants to preserve marriage at any cost and will go to great lengths to do so. In the event of separation or divorce, tends to immediately replace lost spouse with a new partner.
Boundaries. Violates your personal space. Intimidates you by getting too close. Touches, pinches, grabs you against your will.
Quick Involvement. Sweeps you off your feet. Love at first sight. "You're the only one for me." Desperately pressures you for a commitment so you're engaged or living together in less than 6 months.
Abusive Family of Origin. Was physically, sexually or emotionally abused as a child or witnessed spouse abuse. He sees violence as normal behavior, a natural part of family life.
Low Self-Esteem. Guards his fragile sense of self by acting tough and macho. Imagines you threaten his manhood. Damages your self-esteem, demeans your growth, demands your silence.
Alcohol/Drug Abuse. Abuses alcohol/drugs, tries to get you drunk, berates you if you won't get high. He may deny his drug problem and refuse to get help. Don't think you can change him or that alcohol/drug abuse causes violent behavior. They are two separate problems.
Difficulty Expressing Emotions. Unable to identify feelings and express them directly and appropriately. He may say he's "hurt" and sulk when he's really angry. He displaces anger at his boss or himself onto you.
Blames Others for His Feelings or Problems. Believes others are out to get him and he's the victim. Blames you for everything that goes wrong. Will say "You make me mad," "You make me happy," "I can't help getting angry" to manipulate you. Holds you responsible for his suicidal or self-abusive behavior.
Hypersensitivity. Quick temper, unable to handle frustration without getting angry, easily insulted. Will "rant and rave" about minor things like traffic tickets or request to do chores.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Seems like two different people with mood swings from nice to explosive. May change his behavior around the guys. May be very sociable around others and only abusive with you.
Unrealistic Expectations. Very dependent on you for all his physical and emotional needs ("You're all I need"). Expects you to live up to his ideals of a perfect partner, mother, lover, friend.
Disrespect for Women in General. Ridicules and insults women, sees women as stupid and inferior to men, tells sexist jokes ("dumb blond", "PMS" jokes). Refers to women in derogatory or non-human terms ("babe", "chick", "fox", "bitch") or as specific parts of anatomy, de-values women's accomplishments and work, acts like women are second-class citizens.
Emotional Abuse. He may ignore your feelings, continually criticize you and call you names like "fat, ugly, stupid" curse and yell at you, belittle your accomplishments, manipulate you with lies, contradictions, and crazy-making tactics, humiliate you in private or public, regularly threaten to leave or tell you to leave, keep you awake or wake you up to argue or verbally abuse you.
Fascination with Weapons. Plays with guns, knives, or other lethal weapons, threatening to "get even" with you or others.
Breaking or Striking Objects. Punishes you by breaking loved objects, terrorizes you into submission (If he doesn't want you to be a student, he may destroy school books or break lamps). Non-batterers do not beat on tables, punch holes in walls, destroy furniture, throw objects at you to threaten you. The message is "You're next! You're just an object I can control and I can break you like our china."
Any Force During an Argument. Hurts you in anger or in "play", pushing , shoving, pulling, choking, holding you down, restraining you from leaving the room, slapping, punching, hitting, kicking, or burning. This cycle of violence is followed by a "honeymoon" period, then an escalation of tension and more violence. The episodes of violence will get more frequent, more intense, and will not stop on their own.
If you know someone like this, stay away from them. All the reading I've done on this suggests that 9 out of 10 women, in mentally abusive relationships, don't realize they are being abused. Mental abuse is still abuse. I've just learned something that many people believe to be true is, in fact, false. Alcoholism/substance abuse does not cause domestic violence.
``Most of us believe abuse is an issue of control,'' said Sheila Crossen-Powell, supervisor of a family violence-prevention program in Richmond. ``They want power over another human being. It's a choice.''
She said it would be a mistake to link alcohol abuse and family violence treatment programs.
``Many batterers don't abuse any substance. They just choose to batter,'' she said.
Curt Fontaine of Fredericksburg agreed. He said he abused his wife during their eight-year marriage. The rage was worse when he was drinking, he said, but he also abused his wife when he was sober.
60% of abusers are alcoholics/substance abusers. That is a correlation and those of you familiar with scientific research know that correlation does not equal causation. Abusers must choose to abuse, alcohol/drugs just gives them more courage, it is not the cause. They do not get "a pass" from their behavior just because they have an illness. Abuse is a choice.
I cannot stress this enough, if you are in this situation - get help immediately. Ask your family, friends or even a neighbor to help you out. Go to a shelter, do whatever it takes to save yourself. If you have children, they are at risk for becoming abusive adults, if you don't break the cycle.
I love this song. It's so sweet and it's up for a Grammy tonight.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
As you can see, I've done very little blogging today. It was shopping day. Don't worry, I won't regale you with tales of my heroic efforts to find a sports bra. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate shopping at the mall? I'd rather plunge forks into my own eyes and then run into a wall repeatedly...
The only stores that I don't hate are Costco, Target and Busch's or Kroger. My favorite place to go when I'm having a bad day is Target. Target has a Starbucks inside and that right there is proof that God exists. The only thing better would be if Starbucks had Pumpkin Spice Latte avail year round. The Chai is damn good but it's just not Pumpkin Spice.
I also watched a few good movies today and ate some super spicy Gang Gai. Things couldn't get better but then Michael called after we Facebooked for a bit. We chatted for a while and it was great. Except when he bragged about his warm Atlanta evening. Hey, it's like 19 here and dropping rapidly. My goosebumps have goosebumps. Of course, he made up for that when he called me hot. I dig that, what woman wouldn't? All right, I've rambled enough and see I only said bra once...well actually twice now. Whatever.[Yes, I did have a martini in case you're curious. Just the one because two is too much. Bombay Sapphire is a superb gin, btw.]
It's an old bit but still funny. It's Chris Rock so it's not work safe.
I just found out that we are getting an Artic blast tonight. You know it's bad when weather.com gives you tips on staying warm along with your forecast. Tomorrow's high is going to be 7°. Winter is so overrated...
Friday, February 8, 2008
Democratic leaders are sounding the alarms about a worst-case scenario in which their party has no apparent nominee until the national convention in late August, leaving them with just over two months to mount a general election campaign.
“Here is the coming train wreck,” Nelson said. “If one of our two leading candidates does not get a majority by the time that all the primaries and caucuses are over … then we go into a period during June, July and all the way to the end of August at the National Democratic Convention, a period of enormous uncertainty and turmoil.”
I can see why Nelson is worried. Two months isn't long to mount a campaign for President. OTOH, McCain can't very well mount a successful campaign against an unknown opponent either. It's not like Obama and Clinton are interchangeable. They both have different strengths and weaknesses. I just don't think it's as dangerous as Nelson thinks it is. Plus, people will be more focused on the Democrats because they don't have a nominee. It's more exciting this way and excitement keeps people interested. Remember how awesome the West Wing was when they couldn't settle on a nominee till the convention. A brokered convention is like the World Series of politics. People will be more fired up about the election than they normally are. That's what I think, anyway.
For our own sexual satisfaction. Now the real deal here is that it is tougher for women. Some women don't even know they've had an orgasm. There are a host of reasons why this happens and if you read the damn article I linked, you'll likely learn something.
The biggest thing is that women need to take control of their bodies. If you don't know what it takes to rev your engine, how on earth do you expect someone else to?
Over at SPoDE, there are some political amateurs predicting that Obama will win the nomination over Clinton. Are they friggin nuts!?!! Obama is tough, but we are talking about the Clintons!!
But it gets better....
Some actually think that McCain can defeat Hillary. WTF?!? If it's Hillary versus McCain, she could pick a porn-star addicted to crack as a running mate and still win. The Republicans couldn't defeat a hemorrhoid this fall with a gallon of preparation H!
Oh I can't wait.
The SPoDE should stick to what it knows best - defending video games for adult losers, bashing assertive women, Battle Star Galactica (see also, losers), lame-ass novels that NO ONE will ever read, and misinterpreting the Bible.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
"Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one."
100% NOT WORK SAFE unless you work for David Duke...
The Republican nomination is pretty much McCain's. So, who will be McCain's Veep candidate?
I'm thinking Fred Thompson because he needs a southerner that isn't a complete loon. cough Huckabee cough
What say you?
Drake, Grandma and I just watched Atlantis lift off from Cape Canaveral.
The astronauts are on a mission to add another science lab to the international space station.
Looks like Romney is done.
Now who do I vote for??
Dr. Helen Smith asks whether they are indeed pampered eternal adolescents more interested in exploding toilets and video games than real life, or if they are simply making a logical choice when “the reward for being an adult in our society is so low, especially for men.”
There are many reasons why men don't want commitment. There are many reasons why women don't either, but nobody really cares about women with commitment issues...
I'm going to say something that may shock Dr. Helen and everyone else. These boy-men, who play video games and want to be eternal adolescents, are not the ones that run away from commitment. Oh, no they want to get married. They want the perfect life: a mommy that they can have sex with and it's not incest. They aren't looking to marry their own mothers, it's not that. They just want a nurturing type. They want kids so they can have playmates and they want a spouse to do everything else. These are not the commitment-phobes, they are a bunch of boy-men though. When the realities of life come to bear, things don't go well for anyone.
I think that there are plenty of men or women that are commitment shy, because they cannot find the right person. If you get burned bad enough or enough times, you're done. It's that simple. I get that. What's so hard to understand? Often people don't know what they are looking for or out of a false sense of doom, they settle for "close-enough". Close enough could work...but it has to really and truly be close enough.
Another reason men don't want to settle down? Maybe they are sick of women trying to "change" them. I know that I don't want someone to demand I change my basic personality. If you don't like who I am, why are you here? That's what I don't get about some women. I've had friends say that he'd be perfect if he just stopped sports/NASCAR/ or hunting/porn or hanging with his friends, fill in the blank. Oh and I've known men who did this to women also.
Why are you with someone that you don't even like? I need to actually like the person with whom I spend my time. This lesson often comes late but it is never too late. I don't want to be molded into an acceptable person, so why do some women (or men) think it's okay to do this to a man? This is a great reason for men to run away from commitment. Remember, if you don't have anything in common, if you don't actually like each other, don't bother.
Another reason for men to not want to be in a commitment. The fact that the person they choose, often isn't really the person they thought. This happens to women too but less often. People that have whirlwind romances are the ones that get screwed the hardest here. You can only pretend for a while, eventually, the real you will come out. If you are lucky you will have sucked yourself a mate, if you aren't you will have hardened another person on commitment but, at least, they got spared a big letdown or worse.
There is a lot to ponder there but Dr. Helen's closing question is a no-brainer:
What’s your take? Do you think today’s single young men are “child-men in the promised land,” or rational adults who are turning to video games and alternative lifestyles because those are more rewarding activities?
No, I think the child-men commit and the rest are sick of head games. When they find the right person, they will commit. It may not be marriage but so what? In a country where everyone isn't free to marry whomever they love, who needs it? I'd be much happier, in a long term relationship, with someone that I liked as well as loved rather than being married because society expects it of me.
Guess what? Loving someone means accepting them as they are. Not changing them, not making demands. If they truly love you, you won't need to ask or demand. You will just receive. If you aren't, then maybe it's time to re-evaluate things.
Well, it looks like Hillary may have won the biggest states but Barack won the most delegates.
It's only a slight edge, that Obama has, but Clinton is behind despite the news reports making her sound like the big winner on Tuesday.
You know what I find really sad? People that used to be interesting grasping at straws to be interesting. I mean, I never claimed to be Tolstoy or anything but I rarely wake up and think, fuck it, I have nothing to say...
I always have something to say, I don't always write it because often it's just too profane to print. Here is some advice for people that can't think of anything to write about. If the thought process just hurts too much. Step away from your overpriced, brand new laptop and go out into the real world... and get a FUCKING JOB! Kids need to eat more than Ramen...
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
So, I joined Facebook because I heard it was a friend thing as opposed to a meatmarket like MySpace. Any of you on Facebook? C'mon, who wants to be the Queen's friend?
Or is Hillary Clinton the Greatest Uniter Ever!
First, I the Queen of All Evil have gone public with my support, then Ann Coulter, who, despite being crazy made some good points about Hillary:
And now Pat Buchanan.
I say Hillary Clinton is our next President of the United States. Anyone that can get my support, and the Coultergeist and crazy Pat Buchanan...that is one worthy woman.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The results are slowly trickling in. Still a bit early to tell what it all means. The Queen will have further analysis as soon as her internet connection gets fixed. So for now I leave you with a Super Tuesday open thread.
*Update 07:08am Feb 6
CLINTON: AR, AZ, CA, MA, NY, NJ, OK, TN
OBAMA: AK, AL, CT, CO, DE, GA, ID, IL, KS, MN, MO, ND, UT
HUCKABEE: AL, AR, GA, TN, WV
MCCAIN: AZ, CA, CT, DE, IL, MO, NJ, NY, OK
ROMNEY: CO, MA, MN, MT, ND, UT
Hat Tip: Drudge for the state winner info
To prove to all of you that I am both open minded and smarter than the average SPoDE writer, I will give you four reasons why Obama could be a good President...
Number one: I've made hay over his inexperience but no job truly makes a person "ready" to be POTUS from day 1. What Obama has shown is good judgement and leadership and that more than "prep time" will allow him to excel at Foreign policy and National security.
Number two: Obama does not cause any visceral reactions in people, despite a massive effort to connect him to whatever makes the panic switch on in ignorant people. He doesn't inspire people to automatic hate like others might. His youth will make him more attractive than his poorly aging most likely opponent.
Number three: Obama is more likely to make progress on the domestic front than even Bill Clinton was. He won't need to triangulate because, inlike what people are saying, it's not JFK that he reminds me of but Ronald Reagan. Not policy or ideals but the way he comes across. He has the verbal skill to sweet talk people into saying yes to his ideas. He will sell it to the people and Congress will follow.
Number four: Think of all the late-night jokes Letterman, Leno, Colbert and Stewart will be able to spew out from President Barack Hussein Obama. The name alone will keep them going for his first term. Then they can move on to his many, many misteps...
Monday, February 4, 2008
While walking down the street one day, a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the man.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
"Now it's time to visit heaven."
So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."
The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers, "Well, I could never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash fall from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. "I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted."
I think it's obvious...
[Oh, it's not work safe]
The title of this entry has to be the most dangerous two word phrase in the history of the universe. Of course, I'm exaggerating. But, just ask Patriot fans this morning. I'm sure that NONE of them even considered a scenario where their team would lose that game last night. Unfortunately, nobody told the Giants!
It was a sloppily played game in which the Giants triumphed. They were the better team period.
Yesterday was the Super Bowl, but that was just the pre-game. The real fun is tomorrow: Super Tuesday.
Over the weekend John McCain uttered this gem, "I assume that I will get the nomination of the party."
You've got to be kidding me. The dude is old enough to have seen "The Odd Couple". Don't you know what happens when you ASSUME???
When you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME.
So, McCain has it all in the bag. All you Super Tuesday folks might as well stay home.
Maybe it's just me, but I smell another Giant(Romney) beating a Patriot(McCain) on Tuesday. But I guess we'll see. I wouldn't want to assume anything.
Except I'm still smoke free. ;-)
I'll be gone this morning, taking care of overdue personal business.
So for your enjoyment, I'm reprinting Mark Adam's most hilarious comment ever:
I've decided I need to endorse McCain and quit blogging so I can spend more time with McKiernan — so together we can fight for gay rights and raise our love child as a spiritual mormon jew — just like McKiernan's god told me to in a dream last night.Voice: Mark
Mark: Who is that?
Deeply Resonate God-like Voice: It's McKiernan's God, Mark.
McKiernan's God: No, really. I wouldn't kid around about such things. Now get your hand out of your underwear and listen up.
Mark: Who is this really?
McKiernan's God: Mark, you gotta stop supporting reasonable politicians, and Democrats of all stripes. You're screwing up the works and I need to get some things done down there.
Mark: What the fuck are you talking about? Look, I don't know who you think you're messing with, but disembodied voices in my head is no way to determine a political system.
McKiernan's God: Mark, I've got a plan to reboot the whole planet, swipe out all the old hardware and install a completely new operating system. You might have heard about it ... the Four Horsemen and all that. Anyway, I need a warmongering geriatric like McCain in the White House to pull it off.
McKiernan's God: Look Mark. It took all my attention to make sure John Edwards couldn't become President. I put up the strongest woman and the most inspirational African-American in history against him. I made sure they were well funded and got all the media attention so John Edwards would be buried — insignificant.
Mark: What the fuck are you talking about?
McKiernan's God: Mark, if Edwards were President, it would set my plans for destruction of the Earth back a hundred, maybe two hundred years or more.
Mark: Lemme get this straight. You want the world to go to Hell in a handbasket?
McKiernan's God: You haven't been paying attention, have you. Did you think George Bush was making it up when he said I talked to him?
Mark: I'll be God Damned...
McKiernan's God: Maybe...
McKiernan's God: Look Mark, Even though I got Edwards to suspend his campaign, he's got Hillary and Barack running on his agenda now. Compassion for the poor, social justice, equality, better environmental policies, universal health care, all that BS.
Mark: But I thought that your son told us to love one another, take care of each other?
McKiernan's God: That boy will be the death of me. Look Mark, the world was supposed to implode about a thousand years ago. Remember the Dark Ages? Well, maybe you're too young. But anyway, that kid of mine injected just enough hope and love into the world to keep it going after I threw everything I had at it. Now I've had to wait until you people could blow it up by yourselves.
Mark: But we survived the Cold War. We could have blown each other up a hundred times over, but didn't. That says something, doesn't it?
McKiernan's God: Yeah, it says there's a lot of damn liberals screwing up my plans.
Mark: What ARE you babbling about?
McKiernan's God: Cuban Missile Crisis, Mark. I spend a couple of centuries getting the USA and USSR to the point where THEY could bring about the Apocalypse. I started with that demon Napoleon reminding the ignorant farmers on the Russian Steppes that they better pay attention to their defenses. Meanwhile, I set you guys up in the American wilderness, putting you on the road to perdition by practicing genocide against the natives and sharpening your war-making skills by fighting amongst yourselves in one of the bloodiest wars ever over whether it was okay to own slaves (as if).
Mark: So what's all that got to do with John McCain?
McKiernan's God: Shut up and listen for a change, Mark. By the time I set that madman Hitler loose on the world, you and the Russians were ready to beat him and take over — and start to distrust each other. I kept you used to the idea that human life was worthless by convincing Truman to use the bomb, twice! And I gave the Russians Stalin just to make sure everyone there knew not to cross the powerful and to keep my kid's ideas of Peace on Earth silenced. (If you think your Evangelicals take him too seriously, you should get a load of the Russian Orthodox Church.)
Mark: Hey, this is all a nice history lesson, but I gotta take the kids to school in the morning ....
McKiernan's God: I'm giving them a snow day so you can sleep in. Now just listen.
Mark: (yawn) Whatever.
McKiernan's God: Mark, it was all in place. Two nations that just a couple of centuries earlier were forgotten backwaters in my plans were now going to blow up the planet over an Island good only for sugar plantations and cigars. And that damn whimpy liberal, that fucking Cafeteria Catholic Kennedy found a backbone and stared down Kruschev, made him blink, and poof! No fireworks.
Mark: So, that all worked out then, right?
McKiernan's God: No! Liberals aren't supposed to have a spine. Kennedy was supposed to be walked over by the Soviets. They were supposed to call his bluff, cross his blockade and either Kennedy would start WWIII or be removed in a military coup and his Generals were supposed to start launching nukes. End of the World, Baby! Arm-a-fucking-geddon! Then I could redo the thing from scratch.
Mark: And you think that McCain could do what JFK and Kruschev couldn't? McKiernan's God: Well, I tried to push Reagan to the brink, but Gorbechev caved, found Jesus and let the whole Soviet Empire collapse. I've spend the last two decades looking for a decent foe for you guys to irradiate the Earth, and I'm back to Plan-A...the Crusades. This time with nukes!
Mark: You're nutz, you know that.
McKiernan's God: I know everything.
Mark: So, you think that if I support McCain...? You're making a personal appeal to me? Why?
McKiernan's God: It's not just you Mark, it's not always about you dammit. You are such an egotistical bastard.
Mark: That's no way to talk about my Mother.
McKiernan's God: She's the one who clued me in on you once she got through Customs up here. I figure, if someone who was so public in his support of Edwards could switch to McCain instead of getting on the HillObamanon Bus, it would show the world that all the candidates were stealing John Edwards' ideas and it didn't matter which party someone belonged to — that it was Okay for liberals to come over to the Dark Side.
Mark: I take it back. You're not nuts. You're certifiably insane. Besides. McCain is just stealing a song, and John Mellencamp certainly isn't endorsing McCain. This race is about ideas, not jingles. It's just a song.
McKiernan's God: Songs can be very powerful.
Mark: Because of John Edwards, Clinton and Obama are now promoting a progressive agenda, they have adopted much more liberal policies than they had when this thing started. John McCain isn't offering any real change to health care policy. He won't get us out of debt. He'll never cross the energy cartels or the insurance and drug companies. He won't fix social security or medicare except to scrap them. He says he doesn't care if the war goes for a hundred years!
McKiernan's God: Exactly!
Mark: So I'm supposed to be swayed because McCain now comes out to the podium to the tune, "This Is My Country?" Get real. This is the same guy who was singing, "Bomb, Bomb, Iran."
McKiernan's God: And if he kept on doing that, everyone would see through my plan, don't you see?
Mark: What about Huckabee? He's minister for Christ's sake. Why aren't you rooting for him?
McKiernan's God: Riiight. Nobody would see that coming.
Mark: I'm going back to bed. Give my best to the family, and tell Buddha I said, "Hi" when you see him. McKiernan's God: So you're going to defy the Word of the Lord, Thy God? You're willing to face my wrath?
Mark: Dude, bring it! If that's what it takes, if my sacrifice will keep you and yours out of the affairs of men, keep religion separate from politics, will keep Dominionists from trying to make things worse instead of working towards our own paradise here on Earth — making things so bad that only divine intervention can keep us from extinction, I'm game.
McKiernan's God: You'll be sorry.
Mark: Turn out the light when you leave.
McKiernan's God: Do you know Rosemary's address?
Mark: Get Out!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
We interrupt your regularly scheduled thread to bring you this important announcement:
Real Comedy Genius from the land of the Morning Calm:
This comment was left for me, by one of the regulars, and it was the thing I thought about before I went to bed last night:
With all due respect, I suggest you drop totally out of the blog scene, get a real biological person on person life, dealing with flesh and bone rather than a pretend internet life of phoney people you don't know that stroke your ego or provide falsely an air of liberty and freedom when in fact nothing enduring will come from a bunch of dead archives and old emotional haunts, none of which will pay bills, enhance your children's lives or let them have enduring and lasting personal friendships.
The internet minus genuine academic knowledge is merely mind games.
You have a LIFE ahead of you, and if being in front of a computer challenges that life turn off the computer.
At first, I was taken a back and offended. Then I re-read it and realized that this person wasn't trying to hurt me. He was showing some concern by giving me that advice. So, I will start by saying thank you. I appreciate your concern for myself and my children. I truly do.
I disagree with some of what you said, not all. I have a "real life", I deal with flesh and bone people all day long. I'm raising a 10y/o boy and 3 y/o boy with special needs, I volunteer at the school, I have a part-time job, I'm going back to college to finish my degree, I blog for about an hour and then I spend maybe another hour broken up throughout the day popping in to comment. The blog is my quiet time. This blog is not an ego stroker for me, have you read the comments? I get piled-on very regularly. If I wanted my ego stroked then I'd only allow people to comment that genuflected to my greatness. Or I'd just go to the bar, I can get my ego and a few other things stroked at will...I just don't have that kind of time.
I know that there are many phoney people out there but there are many phoney "real" ones too. So? You take the good with the bad and for me, blogging has been a net positive experience. I've met, in person, many people that I met online via the blog. Ara is one of them, Moe Freedman, Erica from Swirlspice Beth and John Donovan, WH Press Sec Tony Snow, George W. Bush, etc. Okay, I didn't actually meet Tony Snow but I did make him laugh on the phone once. I've talked with on the phone a few like Mark, Tim, Doc Weasel, Hank Barnes, Ron Coleman, and etc. I've made many friends, real friends via the blog. Email and YM exchanges with Rhianna have been godsend at times. Plus, she sent me crisps from England - she will always have a place in my heart.
I disagree that nothing enduring will come of my online friendships, I already have enduring with some of these friends. Just because I haven't "met" all of them doesn't mean I don't care about them. One of the reasons I started this blog was this: I cared about my online pals and when they kept getting banned at SPoDE, I had to open a refuge so I could keep in touch with them all.
Oh and no post about online friendships will ever be complete without mentioning, Steven Malcolm Anderson. Just typing his name brings tears to my eyes. When he stopped commenting, I noticed and I cared. When I got the news that he was dead, it hurt like hell and that pain was REAL. He was my first and, as far as I know, my only obsessed fan. That actually was an ego booster, I admit it.
One last thing, this response was written/typed in about 5 minutes. I woke up and had it in my head. I came to the computer and typed it out. Boom! I'm good baby. I type fast and think fast. I waste very little time in front of the computer...
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Doc Weasel notes that Gay Rights was a huge issue in 2004 but it is absent in 2008. How is that progress? Shouldn't we be making advances in civil rights for gays rather than retreating?
I know many of you are shaking your heads and questioning my Republican credentials. Well, just remember that Republicans used to be huge civil rights advocates. Nobody has ever given me a good reason why gay couples deserve less than straight ones, why they can't adopt or why they should be made to feel less than.
The biggest problem is that too many people are convinced that being gay is a choice. Which, forgive me for saying, is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Who would choose that? Who would choose to be treated unfairly, taunted, beaten or even killed, on purpose? I can't choose to be a lesbian. I am not attracted to women. It's chemical, I was born this way. The only choices gays/lesbians have are to hide their true selves and live in misery; be out and happy but live with the likelihood of ridicule and discrimination; or abstain and live a solitary life.
Why is all quiet, on the Gay Front, during a 2008 Presidential election cycle?
"Buddy, you're all white!" I love it!!
First John Kerry, then Ted Kennedy and (JFK's memory)...
Now Barack Obama has the endorsement of MoveOn.Org. That is pretty much the kiss of death. I only wish Al Gore would come out and stick the fork in him with his endorsement...
Not every singer sounds as good live...
I'm thinking of renaming the blog: The Queen of the Banned
I'll need a new tag line though since I'm not the arch conservative people thought. And because people missed the fact that my tagline was a joke...
Seriously, how can someone be the Queen of the conservatives and fight for SSM and adoption rights for Same-sex couples, etc... Oh well, so any ideas for a new tagline? Also, what do you think of the possible new title?
John Cole wants to know how the Right Wing has "managed to COMPLETELY convince themselves that McCain is not a real conservative, yet Mitt Romney is a bonafide conservative".
For as long as I can remember, McCain has been anti-abortion, for fiscal conservatism and balanced budgets and against wasteful spending, and an avowed and committed hawk and ardent military supporter. By my count, that is, or at least used to be, the trinity for the modern GOP. Those were the issues that, at a glance, defined conservatism, and McCain was on the “right” side of every one of them. Mitt Romney, not so much.
Exactly right. That is WHY McCain is my choice. I have minor issues with him but I know where he stands. Romney will say whatever it takes to get elected. I don't want someone that adopts principles based on the election he is running in.
There will never be a perfect candidate for me. I'm clearly not a strict conservative but I am also no liberal. Of course, that does allow me more freedom to move across Parties. In a sense, it makes me more liberal than all of you. Since, I really listen to them all and don't react in a knee-jerk way.
I want Hillary. She is my number one choice and I don't care if you believe it or you think the world will end because of it. Or that I'm a traitor to my principles. If you think that? You don't know what my principles or my priorities are...
That said, I supported McCain because I'd like to be able to enjoy the next election, knowing that if either Hillary or McCain won...all would be well. Also, if the Democrats are too dumb to nominate Hillary, we'd have a sane backup on the Republican side. I'm thinking of all of us, not just winning.
Who wants to pony up a prediction? I have a bet on this game. I'm taking the Patriots and my opponent is taking the Giants and the points. What ever happened to just betting straight? What's with this point shit? Do the Giants really need the points?
What about you? Who are you rooting for?
Oh and all you pansies and/or girls under 10, that watch the SuperBowl just for the commercials - STFU. The adults are talking here. Now I'm not saying the commercials aren't great but that's an extra not an instead of thing to be watching.
Pssst...Alice! [If we all show up at your mansion, on Sunday, will Buffalo Wings and martini's magically appear by game time? :-)]
Friday, February 1, 2008
Snow is pretty awesome fun when you're young...Plus the pictures look really cool!
Getting ads from 1-800-flowers reminding me about Valentine's Day. When I was young and carefree, I loved Valentine's Day. I love Roses, Lilies and Tulips. What woman doesn't? I learned a hard lesson when I got married. My soon to be ex-husband is anti-gift giving. He particularly hates Valentine's Day, Sweetest Day and to a lesser extent Mother's Day. Why? Because those are silly Hallmark holidays that force men to buy stupid gifts for women and he wasn't going to be manipulated.
So, yeah, I got screwed out of flowers and candy. Until my little boy decided to take up the cause. Jake would save his money and go to the store, just to buy me flowers. It was sweet and special but it never fully took away the feeling that I wasn't worth a damn flower to my own spouse.
I don't even know how much snow we have yet, but I got the call at 6:08am. Ahh the benefits of working at a Community College..