I know SOMEONE will have a comment to make about this . . . Eddie, don't disappoint me . . .
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Worse, there were those who condoned the abuse. I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, "She must have provoked him," or, "Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight." They had no idea.
The Swiss have approved a ban on the construction of minarets, according to incomplete results of voting on Sunday.
The gfs.bern polling institute said an estimated 58 per cent of voters had backed the initiative. A majority of cantons were also in support of a minaret ban.Supporters of a ban argued minarets are a symbol of an Islamic claim to power.
"The Islamic religion is intolerant, but we do not want to limit freedom of religion, we want to outlaw the political symbol," said Ulrich Schlüer, a member of the rightwing Swiss People's party and one of the leading promoters of the anti-minaret initiative.
Another iPhone shot, done with an application called "Old Camera." It is superb and provides a very interesting outlet for photography. This is the fountain at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Unfortunately, the courier service lost the two machines and the animal rights people had to look the other way as volunteers killed hundreds of lobster in boiling water for hungry supporters of the resource centre.
Laissez les bon temps rouler, folks!
May everyone have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Female straphangers are most likely to be touched by slimy subway pervs on rides between Grand Central Terminal and East 14th Street-Union Square than anywhere else underground, NYPD statistics show.Hey! There's a recession on! You see the price of hookers lately?
This is what a recession looks like at Southern California's tribal casinos: Nearly every seat at the 25-cent slot machines is filled. Gamblers wait three deep around the cheapest blackjack tables. The reels on the penny slot machines spin almost without interruption.
Song: Buttons and Bows
Artist: First done by Bob Hope and then as a duet with Jane Russell and Roy Rogers.
Why I Like It: I have become addicted to Radio Classics, a channel on Sirius XM radio that plays great old radio programs, including the old Bob Hope shows. Listening to a broadcast, however, of the Dinah Shore show, I heard this song and remembered it from a great Bob Hope movie, The Paleface, where he is serenading a sleepy - and drop dead beautiful - Jan Russell in a Conestoga. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Great article about the sometimes horrors of when family gathers 'round the table at Thanksgiving and Christmas.“In a room full of men,” the designer said, her cousin announced that “her 19-year-old daughter was a virgin and she thought it was about time she lost her virginity.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"It's just...everybody's so screwed up. It seems like our country's in kind of a morbid mood, because of the recession or whatever."
We're "becoming more juvenile as a nation," he said. "The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits."
The recommendations, issued Monday by a federal advisory panel, reversed widely promoted guidelines and were intended to reduce overtreatment. The panel said the benefits of screening women in their 40s — saving one life for every 1,904 women screened for 10 years — were outweighed by the potential for unnecessary tests and treatment, and the accompanying anxiety. Women considered at high risk should continue to have early screening, the panel said.
“My patients tell me they can live with a little anxiety and distress but they can’t live with a little cancer,” said Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, director of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut.
For 99 euros ($148.10) a night, you can eat hamster grain, run in a giant wheel and sleep in hay stacks in what is called the "Hamster Villa."
"To become a hamster, eat seeds, change our way of life...come out of our daily routine" Maud and Sebastien told Reuters TV.
You pay good money to be put in a people-sized Habitrail and live the rodential life?
Um . . . okay.
Who gets to play the gerbil?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Unemployment has hit migrant communities in the United States so hard that a startling new phenomenon has been detected: instead of receiving remittances from relatives in the richest country on earth, some down-and-out Mexican families are scraping together what they can to support their unemployed loved ones in the United States.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Artist: Patti Smith
Why I Like This Song: in the late 70's, early 80's I was a big Patti fan and loved the old skool head-banging, anarchist punk. She was the Queen.
But this is a sweet song that she wrote for her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith. They had two children and he died young, sadly, of a heart attack. This week, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor lost her husband to Alzheimers - he was the reason she retired from the Court, to care for him.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
The city of romance got a lesson in love’s hard knocks Sunday, as thousands flocked to the French capital’s first divorce fair.
The “New Start” trade fair aimed to tap into that booming market by bringing together 60 stands offering up both services obviously related to separation — law firms and counselors — and also more obscure disciplines aimed at helping people get back on their feet, like tarot card readers, makeover specialists and self-esteem coaches.
Caroline and Steve Cartwright's love making was described as ''murder'' and ''unnatural'' and drowned out their neighbours' televisions.I have never heard any complaints from the neighbors about the yodeling. In fact, they have complimented me on the "alpine" atmosphere it gives the neighborhood. I know!
Now Mrs Cartwright is appealing a conviction by magistrates for breaching a noise abatement notice that banned the couple from ''shouting, screaming or vocalisation at such a level as to be a statutory nuisance''.
But if we were at war with South Korea, then it's okay, because they're not Muslims?
But two years later, when Mr. Akgun was deployed to Iraq with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the thought of confronting Muslims in battle gave him pause.
He was haunted by the possibility that he might end up killing innocent civilians.
“It’s kind of like the Civil War, where brothers fought each other across the Mason-Dixon line,” Mr. Akgun, 28, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., who returned from Iraq without ever pulling the trigger. “I don’t want to stain my faith, I don’t want to stain my fellow Muslims, and I also don’t want to stain my country’s flag.”
"Todor, wake up!"
"The Berlin Wall! They tore it down!"
Where were you?
Today, a prayer in memory of that great American, Ronald Reagan. Thank you, Mr. President.
U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came into the Starz strip club not far from the base at least three times in the past month, the club's general manager, Matthew Jones, told FoxNews.com. Army investigators building their case against Hasan plan to interview Jones soon.Wait a minute. This sounds familiar . . .
"The last time he was here, I remember checking his military ID at the door, and he paid his $15 cover and stayed for six or seven hours," Jones, 37, said.
After returning to the US for the fifth time, 9/11 hijacker Ziad Jarrah flies immediately to Jacksonville, Florida, where he stays at the Ramada Inn for a week. He had previously visited Jacksonville (see January 22-26, 2001), as had Mohamed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi. While in Jacksonville, he frequents Wacko’s strip club. A worker there will later say that the FBI comes to the club after 9/11 to ask questions and show pictures “of the 9/11 terrorists,” and a dancer recognizes Jarrah from a photo line-up.
The Bushes instructed the commander of the mourning military base that they wanted no publicity. With their Secret Service detail, Bush and his wife made the 30 mile trip unannounced from their ranch near Crawford, Texas Friday evening.And "President" Obama has done what for the victims at Fort hood, except to tell us not to "jump to conclusions" about the shooter?
Other sources said the former first couple spent about two hours meeting with the wounded, family and soldiers, talking quietly and at times hugging them as they did in private at other times of crisis such as post-9/11.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
The Wanda Sykes Show is awkward: self-conscious and constrained.
A lot of pro-Obama jokes followed, which fit the definition of the cliche, “preaching to the choir”: her studio audience clapped dutifully at every slap at targets like Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush, but they didn’t really laugh very hard. Sykes also made the mistake that The Jay Leno Show does too frequently: illustrating punchlines with big pictures behind the comedian. That’s just beating an already-dead horse.
Speaking of horse cliches, Sykes did an out-of-the-studio sketch about buying environmentally-sound sex-toys. Sykes invented a “solar-powered vibrator” and “reuseable condoms,” saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him use a reuseable condom.”
Vidala claims the woman, whom he declined to identify, mentioned four times that she had married her partner. He said he then left the store briefly to visit the airport's chapel before returning.
"I found it offensive that she repeatedly brought it up," Vidala said. "By the fourth time she mentioned it, I felt God wanted me to express how I felt about the matter, so I did. But my tone was downright apologetic. I said, 'Regarding your homosexuality, I think that's bad stuff.'"
The woman, according to Vidala, then said, "Human resources, buddy — keep your opinions to yourself," before exiting the store.
Sec. 399V (p. 1422) provides for grants to community "entities" with no required qualifications except having "documented community activity and experience with community healthcare workers" to "educate, guide, and provide experiential learning opportunities" aimed at drug abuse, poor nutrition, smoking and obesity.
Secs. 2521 and 2533 (pp. 1379 and 1437) establishes racial and ethnic preferences in awarding grants for training nurses and creating secondary-school health science programs.Because it matters to me what race the ER tech is as I crash in a code blue on the gurney. It really does.
Anyone else feeling a tad queasy at all of this?Sec. 202 (p. 91-92) of the bill requires you to enroll in a "qualified plan."
Sec. 224 (p. 118) provides that 18 months after the bill becomes law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will decide what a "qualified plan" covers and how much you'll be legally required to pay for it. That's like a banker telling you to sign the loan agreement now, then filling in the interest rate and repayment terms 18 months later.
Sec. 303 (pp. 167-168) makes it clear that, although the "qualified plan" is not yet designed, it will be of the "one size fits all" variety. The bill claims to offer choice—basic, enhanced and premium levels—but the benefits are the same. Only the co-pays and deductibles differ. You will have to enroll in the same plan, whether the government is paying for it or you and your employer are footing the bill.
Sec. 59b (pp. 297-299) says that when you file your taxes, you must include proof that you are in a qualified plan. If not, you will be fined thousands of dollars.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
When I was a kid, I watched waaaa-aaaa-aaay too much TV.
Now it's YouTube.
Michael Jackson's father wants the late singer's estate to help him cover living expenses that exceed $20,000 a month, according to court papers filed Friday.
"He does not have a regular or steady source of income, and he was dependent upon the money provided by his son, Michael Jackson, through his wife, Katherine Jackson, for his support," attorney Brian Oxman wrote.
The singer, who died June 25, was close to his mother but had a rocky relationship with his father, whom he accused of hitting him and his brothers as children.
Friday, November 06, 2009
They have grand rounds, right? They, you know, dozens of medical staff come into an auditorium, and somebody stands at the podium at the front and gives a lecture about some academic issue, you know, what drugs to prescribe for what condition. But instead of that, he - Hasan apparently gave a long lecture on the Koran and talked about how if you don't believe, you are condemned to hell. Your head is cut off. You're set on fire. Burning oil is burned down your throat.
But he's still also little Joey in so many ways, a witness to domestic abuse in his own home, and the shame and embarrassment that come from believing only his family had such ugly problems.
Ali & Joe are a team now, combining their efforts to end the cycle of abuse and doing so with Safe at Home, a foundation designed to focus on the education of children.
Maybe surprisingly short on self-esteem, honesty comes easily to Torre, telling his story so maybe someone else's life might take a turn.
"We can make a difference," he says.
God loves ya, indeed, Joe Torre!
Song: New York State of Mind
Artist: Billy Joel
Why This Song is Here Today: Because today the World Series champions - The NewYork Yankees - are having a ticker tape parade. Maybe the song is not that obscure, but this time of year I wish I was back in my hometown.
The man suspected of a deadly rampage Thursday at Fort Hood was a military psychiatrist whose had turned against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but was about to be sent overseas, his cousin told Fox News.
I think something else was motivating him.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Guy Fawkes Night commemorates the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Roman Catholic (or "Popish," to use a less obliging term) insurgents were caught planning the obliteration of the House of Commons. Fawkes and his fellow conspirators met a sticky end--17th century justice was not noted for its mercy--and the gruesomeness of those days was reflected in the way British children would mark the approach of Guy Fawkes Night.
They created effigies of Fawkes, trailing them through the streets, collecting money. They would later hurl these effigies into the bonfires lit up and down the kingdom. As the figures hit the roaring flames, cheers would rise from the onlookers. Burn in hell, Fawkes. A plague on your house. That'll teach you.
One now rarely sees children trundling a Guy through the streets. The practice seems to have gone out of fashion.
But there are surely other forces at work here. The idea of defending Parliament seems odd, given the recent scandals that have hit Westminster.
Well, many Guy Fawkes Day celebration - if even held (because, you know, lighting a bonfire leaves a terrible carbon footprint) - have turned into political satire, with effigies of politicians burned at the stake. Not here, though - anyone who would be caught doing that for Obama would be labeled a racist. Gotta be careful of those hate crimes, you know.
So, here's a lovely clip from the Fr. Ted series celebrating racism tongue-in-cheek. In the meantime, I'll go get my bonfire ready.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Fifty-six-year-old Evelyn Border and 35-year-old Tina Griekspoor stood outside the court for 4 1/2 hours Tuesday. They held signs that read: “I stole from a 9-year-old girl on her birthday! Don’t steal or this could happen to you!”
It’s unclear which White House staffer thought it would be a good idea to have an ABC show called “The Biggest Loser” visit the White House in an episode that aired on what was shaping up to be a tough election night for President Obama and the Democratic party, but the contestants stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Tuesday night as election returns came in.The gang then went into the kitchen and made a big salad.
Now that's funny!
Voters last night added language to a town bylaw that will make it illegal to own more than three cats without a kennel license, though Selectman Steven Sullivan said housing three felines was already a violation.
A study in California shows that about a quarter of the people hospitalized for H1N1 complications were morbidly obese, even though less than 5% of the population falls into that category.
"It makes intuitive sense," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who noted that obese people have a higher risk of many diseases and thus a lower life expectancy.
Opponents of Maine's law allowing same-sex marriage claimed victory Tuesday night in their repeal effort, after a heated campaign that polarized the state and drew national attention.Maybe they can call it "garriage?" But this sums up the motivation behind opponents of gay marriage: it's about the heterosexuals, stupid. Why is it that a liberal can embrace a law that favors a select group they like, but cannot abide when a group they don't asks for protection?
"This has never been about gay rights," he said. "It's about marriage, and this is reaffirmation by the people of Maine that marriage between men and women is special and unique."
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The health of the Lockerbie bomber has "not deteriorated" since his release from prison three months ago – despite doctors' assessments that he would have died by now, a senior source has told The Sunday Telegraph.Reminds me of the Monty Python skit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail - "I'm not dead yet. Think I'll go for a walk."
Megrahi, who is suffering terminal prostate cancer, was sent home to Libya to die after medical experts concluded in a report on July 30 he had just three months left to live. The time span was crucial because only prisoners with three months or less to survive are eligible for release on compassionate grounds.
Within three weeks of the medical examination by Professor Karol Sikora, one of Britain's leading cancer specialists, Megrahi was put on a plane and sent home to Tripoli to die.
Prof Sikora, who is the medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, was one of three doctors who visited Megrahi in jail on July 28.
He was paid a one-day consultancy fee by the Libyan government to draw up a report delivered two days later.
But Prof Sikora admitted that the Libyans had encouraged him to conclude that Megrahi had just three months to live following his examination.
Except, I'm not laughing.
Rosie O'Donnell returns to the media today, but in quite a step down the media ladder from national TV prominence -- with a daily two-hour show on XM and Sirius satellite radio she'll host from her Nyack, New York home. “Rosie Radio is a radio show that is compelling, intriguing, unpredictable, and thought-provoking,” the radio service proclaims of the program . . ."
The good news about this is no visual. But "unpredictable?" - you can expect original (*snerk*) material like this:
“But the fact of the matter is, the world stood up in unison and gratitude and said, thank you, perhaps the beacon of light and hope that America has been for 200 years is once again lit. It was diminished criminally by the last administration.”
BDS still lives!
My friend, the irascible Fr. Moneypenny, and I both have satellite radio, and he has turned me on to a channel, to which I am now hooked. Channel 118 has Radio Classics - The Jack Benny Show, The Shadow, Suspense, etc. These are radio shows spanning the 30's to the 60's and during a commute to court in the Inland Empire, they work well to keep me amused. In fact, if I am going to court in Riverside, based on my usual departure time, I can count on an entire episode of Jack Webb in Dragnet.
It's also interesting to hear the attitude of the stars of that time, especially for the war bond commercials of WWII. James Cagney saying, "A lasting peace is a strong peace" did my sou;l well.
Now, that's entertainment!
Monday, November 02, 2009
The leader of Planned Parenthood in College Station, Texas left her post after watching the ultrasound of an abortion procedure. Abby Johnson told reporters that Planned Parenthood changed it’s business model from one that pushed prevention, to one that focused on abortion.So Planned Parenthood slapped her with a restraining order.
I ask you to recall yesterday's Gospel:
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
“I feel so pure in heart (since leaving). I don’t have this guilt, I don’t have this burden on me anymore that’s how I know this conversion was a spiritual conversion.”
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Last night was a shocker - I estimate that less than 100 kids came trick-or-treating. At least on my street.
I looked at one house that was dark, where the family raised six kids - what, when they were young, they came trooping by for their treats (I know - every Halloween since I moved here in 1995 I have handed out candy) but now that they're older and grown, the parents cannot do the same for the other children of the neighborhood? Or is it a way of blowing off the other children of the other neighborhoods of Santa Ana. You know, the little brown ones living in apartments along Bristol?