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2005-10-09 - 7:35 p.m.
The 21 Rules of Halloween
2005-09-01 - 6:25 p.m.
~ Call 1-800-HELP-NOW to donate by phone (To ensure that your donation goes directly to those in need of Hurricane Relief, please tell the donation operator that you would like to restrict your donation to Hurricane 2005 Relief)
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2005-08-29 - 12:27 p.m.
We are still trying to get things unpacked after the move. A slight case of influenza knocked us both down. Then, our annual barbeque which we were hurried into pulling off, took place. I finaly got my permanancy(sp?) nod at work so the pressure is off there.
Every now and again I would like to be able to simply flip a switch and turn off my emotions - if only for a brief span of time.|
2005-08-01 - 6:23 p.m.
How many members of the Bush administration does it take to change a light bulb?
1. One to deny that the light bulb needs to be changed.
2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed.
3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb.
4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a secret stockpile of light bulbs.
5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb.
6. One to photograph Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing on a ladder, under the banner: Light Bulb Change Accomplished!
7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally in the dark.
8. One to viciously smear #7.
9. One to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along.
10. One to confuse Americans about the difference between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.
11. And finally, one to explain that 911 changed everything, including the light bulb.|
2005-05-22 - 2:26 p.m.
I been a vewwy good kid, really ...|
2005-05-15 - 9:34 a.m.
2005-05-13 - 5:18 a.m.
2005-04-24 - 4:50 p.m.
~ Been doing the finishing touches on the house, getting it ready to sell, have I mentioned that I am really beginning to loathe painting?
Thems the main things that come up. I'll try and stay on top of things more so that you don't feel the need to harass me into it (you know who you are and I love you all for keeping me to it).|
2005-04-02 - 8:51 a.m.
I'd like to think I caught it fast enough but time will tell. One full day of worked missed, an ear ache from the dozens of phone calls to be made, writers cramp from all of the forms to fill out, and a new (and continual) feeling of concern over any future purchases... as well as the general concern over just where this person(s) managed to get a hold of my personal information.
2005-03-16 - 7:13 p.m.
GOP Attaches Alaska Oil Drilling to Budget
WASHINGTON (March 16) - A closely divided Senate voted Wednesday to approve oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge, a major victory for President Bush and a stinging defeat for environmentalists who have fought the idea for decades.
By a 51-49 vote, the Senate put a refuge drilling provision in next year's budget, depriving opponents of the chance to use a filibuster to try to block it. Filibusters, which require 60 votes to overcome, have been used to defeat drilling proposals in the past.
Environmentalists said while the vote was disappointing, they haven't given up the fight. "It only strengthens our resolve to protect America's most pristine national wildlife refuge for our children's future," said Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation.
"The battle is far from over," said Lexi Keogh of the Alaska Wilderness League. She said environmentalists will push to keep the ANWR provision out of a final budget document.
"The fact is it's going to be destructive," Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said during debate on an amendment that would have stripped the drilling language from the budget measure. Democrats fell two votes short of the 51 needed.
Kerry and other drilling opponents argued that more oil would be saved than ANWR could produce if Congress enacted an energy policy focusing on conservation, more efficient cars and trucks and increased reliance on renewable fuels.
Drilling supporters countered that the refuge's oil can be pumped while still protecting the environment and wildlife.
"We won't see this oil for 10 years. It will have minimal impact," argued Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. "It is foolish to say oil development and a wildlife refuge can coexist."
2005-03-15 - 5:17 a.m.
Mount Kilimanjaro's lost 80 percent of its ice fields in the past century.
Gathering in London for a two-day brainstorming session on the environment agenda of Britain's presidency of the Group of Eight rich nations, the environment and energy ministers from 20 countries will be handed a book containing the stark image of Africa's tallest mountain, among others.
"This is a wake-up call and an unequivocal message that a low-carbon global economy is necessary, achievable and affordable," said Steve Howard of the Climate Group charity which organized the book and an associated exhibition.
"We are breaking climate change out of the environment box. This crisis affects all of us. This is a global challenge and we need real leadership to address these major problems -- and these ministers can give that leadership," he told Reuters.
Whattya think it'll take to get Bush and others to recognize this problem? Global warmin', what's that?|
2005-03-02 - 6:34 p.m.
When I say to move, it means go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two of you in the way.
The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate of food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort. Look at videos of dogs and cats sleeping. They can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but sarcasm.
My compact discs are not miniature Frisbees.
For the last time -- there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. In addition, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.
The proper order is to kiss me and then go smell the other dogs or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you.|
2005-02-19 - 7:48 a.m.
A SUCCINCT ANALYSIS OF THE AMERICAN ELECTION:
The Republicans correctly saw that the chief concern of the electorate was to keep gay couples from having an abortion."|
2005-02-12 - 11:12 p.m.
I think I am adopting this as my new job motto. I have been given the feeling that they expect much from me. My thought process (and I say this through clamped teeth) is that I have no opinion other than the one given to me by the person inquiring, I have no husband (roommate, concubine, partner, life-partner, favorite dog, friend that is a girl... basically anything that is legally not protected in this state... you know, meaning my life), I love to work outdoors in the pouring rain, overtime is my friend, chemicals are good, having an original thought is bad-bad, what is opera?, what is an independent film?, I will NOT burst into flame if I should actually be forced to enter a church, my fish really don't have names as though they were a part of my family (nor do my goats which I don't really consider family), oh yeah and it's really okay to say things like "don't be such a fag," and "dude, that is so gay," around me because...
I am so the "team player" that has no life other than one which is legally sanctioned in my state of residence. I am not a sellout; I am not a sellout... I so don't fucking suck...
Does it count that it is for a good cause? Survival is a good enough cause, no? I am really struggling with trying to keep this in a Zen place at the moment. I crossed over, I know, but I can do this... that which requires me to be a lesser citizen in which to sustain my family’s well-being.
2005-02-02 - 1:45 p.m.
"Unless you're Bill Gates, you're just one serious illness away from bankruptcy," said Dr. David Himmelstein, the study's lead author and an associate professor of medicine. "Most of the medically bankrupt were average Americans who happened to get sick."
Estimated number of people affected annually by medical bankruptcies
"Medical coverage is becoming more for catastrophic loss than for intermediate expenses," Jeff Morris, resident scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute.|
2005-01-29 - 10:58 a.m.
2005-01-18 - 12:39 p.m.
Who's On First for the Next Generation
George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?
2005-01-16 - 8:55 a.m.
2005-01-07 - 1:23 p.m.
Food for thought.|
2004-12-28 - 6:25 p.m.
Anyone searching for information on a U.S. citizen feared missing, contact the U.S. State Department at 888-407-4747
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres
International Medical Corps
Save the Children
I know many of you want to donate clothing, etc., and for some people that is all they feel they have but the real need right now is to get money to the organizations that are in a position to help those in the disaster struck areas. When it comes down to it, if all you have is fifty cents, it goes a lot further than simply not doing anything.
Do what you can, please.|
2004-11-17 - 6:44 p.m.
I never really thought that my parents would make a profit off their own child. Not such a sizable profit – especially when they were in a position to help that child and her family in lieu of profiting off them. I guess I have just gotten so used to seeing my mother’s crap aimed at me that I never dreamt of seeing it aimed at my little sister.
Suddenly I don’t feel as bad for all those times during my childhood that I solicited my friend’s parents in an attempt to get them to adopt me.|
2004-11-14 - 10:22 a.m.
2004 Ballot Initiatives Banning Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions
* banned same-sex marriage, not civil unions|
2004-11-13 - 11:27 a.m.
Give me a sec; I am still searching for the logic in this.|
2004-11-12 - 11:47 p.m.
~ I got this link from my sis: Sorry Everybody. Seriously, go and check out these 3,000 plus pics (maybe not all in one sitting). The blog is called “Sorry Everybody” and it is compiled of people all over the planet (especially in the States) and their feelings about this last election here - some funny, some supportive, some disgusted, and many just plain sad. Our contribution follows toward the end… or at least the end (page 300 and counting right now) as I type this (I'll figure out the page number and post it). I encourage you all to join in. It is truly cathartic in a sense.
~ The fact that my unemployment is being withheld until my past employer (the one that terminated my employment without cause or warning) responds - because we all know they have so many other things to do in human resources than deal with one of sixty-five employees (can you say small town desperately wanting to be Seattle)? Anyway, big annoyance. I have moved beyond, “hey, that’s not fair,” and all the other legal “no-no’s” to simply just wishing we could move on because you know, when you terminate someone’s employment after you have outted them for being homosexual and truth be told it was simply easier (and more cost effective) to let them go before they had a lawsuit one would think that you’d allow them unemployment in the hope that they’d fade away. C’mon, toss the lesbian a bone, will ya.
~ MoveOn.org also has a petition up regarding the six or so Congressmen (people) who are looking into the ‘possible’ fraud during this past election. Now, I know it’s hard to believe that there may have been some form of fraud involved (oh hell, am I going to burst into flames for lying)? Anyway, you can sign the petition in support of their look-see by going here: Investigate the Vote
~ My sister is rarely (and at the most inopportune moments) an ASS. Would love to take the review thing further sis. Wanna do it with you and not the several people I have been approached by. I believed ya when you said you wanna too. Now, two weeks into my unemployment, with all the time in the world on my hands I am still at a loss as to why we haven’t and why you refuse to discuss it any further with me. Is this meant to be a light bulb moment?
~ I finally got my camcorder back from friends we loaned it to upon the birth of their new horse-baby. The camcorder is trashed, nasty, messy-gunk stuck to it and bits missing. Left a message on their answering machine. Left ‘em both an email message. They live less than two blocks away from us. What the fuck is the damage?
And now I feel I must go, fly, be free, or at least try and act as though I’ve not a care in the world. Never fear, VAWC may be on the back burner but it is always in our thoughts. *wink, wink*
2004-11-06 - 6:44 p.m.
"The sentiment," you query?
"Why yes my inquisitive friend," I reply, secretly hoping that you aren't from Ohio.
[Okay fine, I can't completely get away from black Tuesday but I AM trying to.]Anyway...
VAWC - Vaginas Are Way Cool. Seriously, I am now in the process of aquiring stickers and making fridge magnets. Ooh, and caps. Ooh again, it's winter, a scarf or two?
This was all spurred on by a 'party' I attended some time ago and sort-of forgot about. But now the packages have arrived and it's like sex-toy Chistmas here in the northwest. Hoo yah, I loves bein' a girl.
More explanation later...|
2004-11-05 - 10:57 a.m.
2004-11-02 - 10:21 p.m.
Four more years of THIS?
This is certainly some cruel joke. Please tell me this is all a terrible, terrible dream.
2004-10-27 - 9:56 a.m.
2004-10-24 - 8:59 a.m.
To Be Silenced, Or Not to Be: That is the Question
Thursday 21 October 2004
"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us."
Getting tickets from the Jackson County Democratic Party Headquarters for the Edwards event was pleasant and easy. They didn't ask me to declare a party, didn't ask who I was voting for, didn't ask me to provide personal information or a DNA sample.
Not so at the Jackson County GOP headquarters. First they wanted to know my name, address, phone number, email, and my driver's license number. "Do they really have the time, funds, and need to run all this data through some security check? What are they afraid of?" I asked myself. But hey, if it'll get me some tickets, I'll grudgingly fill out the application.
It didn't get me the tickets. "Are you a Bush supporter?" I was asked. I explained that I was a registered Independent and not necessarily a Bush supporter. "Are you going to vote for Bush?" I was asked. "No," I honestly, and out of curiosity to see what would happen, replied. I was summarily told that if I wasn't planning on voting for Bush, I wasn't welcome. "John" came over to make sure I got the message. I told him I'd taken my kids to similar events (we saw Clinton and Gore in 1996) and didn't he think it was good to get my kids involved in the democratic process early? To take them to events such as these and let them make up their own minds? I guess not. He just kept repeating, in a rather intimidating way, that if I wasn't a supporter, I wasn't welcome. (Funny how he wasn't worried about how this sort of attitude might affect the future of the Republican Party. Hmm.)
The rest of Debi's article can be found here: Truthout.org|
2004-10-16 - 7:14 p.m.
The final deal was this: Bush and Kerry agreed to an ice fishing
On the first day they headed out in different directions. Kerry
"He must be pulling a fast one," suggested the VP.
"Yeah," said W, "I bet that's it. So whatta I do now?"
"Tomorrow, Mr. President, forget about the fish. Just follow Kerry,
That night Bush called Cheney and told him excitedly, "You were
"He's cuttin' holes in the ice!"|
2004-10-09 - 10:13 a.m.
According to rumors racing across the Internet this week, the rectangular bulge visible between Mr. Bush's shoulder blades was a radio receiver, getting answers from an offstage counselor into a hidden presidential earpiece. The prime suspect was Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's powerful political adviser.
When the online magazine Salon published an article about the rumors on Friday, the speculation reached such a pitch that White House and campaign officials were inundated with calls.
First they said that pictures showing the bulge might have been doctored. But then, when the bulge turned out to be clearly visible in the television footage of the evening, they offered a different explanation.
"There was nothing under his suit jacket," said Nicolle Devenish, a campaign spokeswoman.
"It was most likely a rumpling of that portion of his suit jacket, or a wrinkle in the fabric."
Ms. Devenish could not say why the "rumpling" was rectangular.
Nor was the bulge from a bulletproof vest, according to campaign and White House officials; they said Mr. Bush was not wearing one.|
2004-10-04 - 6:41 p.m.
(Oct. 4) - In a glimpse of what the nation might see a month from now, people lined up at election offices and caused parking lot traffic jams as voter registration deadlines fell Monday in more than a dozen states.
Many officials reported record numbers of new voters, some said they were overwhelmed, and allegations were already flying about fraud and the disqualification of some voters' applications.
"They're coming in, in buckets," said Pamela Swafford, deputy director of Ohio's Hamilton County board of elections. By Monday morning, the county that includes Cincinnati had 64,045 new voter registrations on hand, more than twice the 29,178 it received four years ago.
Pennsylvania's suburban Montgomery County, the state's largest Republican-leaning county, saw a bigger surge than the past two elections, with three Democrats registering for every two Republicans, said Joseph R. Passarella, the county's director of voter services. An analysis by the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal found that registration was up higher in that state's traditionally Democratic counties, and not as high in counties that usually vote GOP.
"Presidential (elections) are always busy - but it was never before like this," Nyikita said. "We can barely keep up with opening the mail."
The glass is half full, the glass IS half full, the glass is half full - chant with me, won't you?...|
2004-09-30 - 9:22 p.m.
And, on a lighter note, did anyone else out there really understand what the hell Bush was saying in response to the specific questions he was asked? Did he answer directly one question? Did this guys education stop after the 8th grade? I mean, c'mon, people want a schoolyard bully as their president? Some kid that pushes weaker kids around and doesn't quite get a woman's freedom of choice? Someone who thinks that his ego is bigger than yours even if he doesn't quite comprehend the English language but has the power to ban any foreign born (foreign-speaking) human from HIS country?
Newsflash people: We don't live in Bush's Texas. This is America. America, where black folks in Florida DO have a right to vote. America, where women do have a right to choose their own destiny. America, where parents DO have a right to stand up for their children whom they DO NOT want to die in a foreign country so that BUSH and CHENEY'S families can get richer on the spoils of Iraq's oil. America, where we still understand the power of Alaska's wilderness and the value of our National Forests.
C'mon people. This election. Next month's election. VOTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED UPON IT... because it does. If not you directly then your children's lives.
This isn't simply about a little black dot on a piece of paper, a hanging chad, the touch of a monitor in a voting booth. This is about backdoor drafts, a woman's right to choose, America's place in this world, the greenhouse effect, gay and lesbian rights, our (and future generations) childrens future.
There is so much at stake this election... don't throw it away. Don't take it lightly. YOUR vote counts. More importantly, YOUR vote matters in the state of beings. Show the rest of the world that America isn't an ego-dominated, self-centered, Muslim/Women/Black/Oriental/Hispanic/Native American-hating country.
Tell George Bush to go home.
2004-09-26 - 7:15 p.m.
"I want to thank my friend, Senator Bill Frist, for joining us today.
"Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the
"Let me put it to you bluntly. In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life." -George W. Bush, Annandale, Va, Aug. 9, 2004
"I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004|
2004-09-17 - 8:43 p.m.
2004-08-27 - 7:15 p.m.
1. Open a new file on your PC.
2. Name it "George Bush."
3. Send it to the trash.
4. Empty the trash.
5. Your PC will ask you, "do you really want to get rid of George Bush?"
6. Answer calmly, "yes," and press the mouse button firmly.
Don't you feel better now?|
2004-08-18 - 4:39 p.m.
Take some time to read both of the full page ads The Orion Society is raising funds to run in the New York Times during the Republican Convention.
There always seems to be at least some calm in knowing every now and again that you aren't alone in your thoughts.|
2004-08-12 - 12:17 p.m.
Thursday, August 12, 2004 3:09 p.m. By DAVID KRAVETS Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --
"The California Supreme Court on Thursday voided the nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco this year and ruled unanimously that the mayor overstepped his authority by issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
The court did not resolve whether the California Constitution would permit a same-sex marriage, ruling instead on the limits of authority regarding local government officials.
Missouri voters this month endorsed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage - a move designed to prevent that state's judiciary from agreeing with the arguments Newsom is making in California.
A state constitutional challenge by gays in Massachusetts prompted that state's highest court to endorse the gay marriages that began there in May. A judge in Washington State this month also ruled in favor of gay marriage, pending a resolution from that state's top court.
Louisiana residents are to vote on the same issue Sept. 18. Then Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah are to vote Nov. 2. Initiatives are pending in Michigan, North Dakota and Ohio.
Four states _ Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska and Nevada _ already have similar amendments in their constitutions."
Sure, color me dismayed, but still holding onto the dream.|
2004-08-12 - 9:30 a.m.
Aug. 10: Niceville, Florida,
Asked about his receptiveness to replacing the current IRS code with a consumption tax -- a subject of much discussion among Bush's agenda-starved economic advisers these days -- the President replied that he's giving the idea a hard look. "It's an interesting idea," he said. "You know, I'm not exactly sure how big the national sales tax is going to have to be [to raise enough revenue], but it's the kind of interesting idea that we ought to explore seriously."
By penalizing short-term consumption, it would encourage savings and long-term investment.
Now correct me if I am wrong here but it would seem to me that most of my friends and peers don't have the money right now for long-term investment and just barely have enough to squirrel away into some form of savings account. That would leave, what is the nice term for it, short term consumption correct? Maybe it's just me but I constantly feel as though I am being repremanded or ts-ts-tsked every single time Bush speaks. I rather miss having someone in office who seemed to think about more than his rich friends, making money off a war he started, and didn't speak his own freakish language (terra, tierney, etc.).|
2004-08-10 - 12:07 a.m.
Well, I'm a humble guy with healthy desire
2004-08-06 - 2:00 p.m.
According to New York Daily News, he was caught on a sticky wicket when he declared that his administration will "never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people" at a speech at the signing ceremony for a 417 billion pound defense spending bill.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," he was quoted as saying.
C'mon people, we can do better than this for a president, we really can.|
2004-08-03 - 10:45 a.m.
2004-08-02 - 2:00 p.m.
With that out of the way - I feel better, I sure hope I was able to stop someone else from making the same mistake I did - I will now commence in getting back on track with entries to thisa here site. Might I also add that suggestions, insight, and any assistance (aside from mental) that anyone thinks would benefit thisa here site should feel free to offer it up bay-bee.|
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