Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Congratulations to Jay and Deb on the arrival of Sadie Rose. She's a beauty!

You know, I was served some rather inedible food in grade school. I particularly remember those dreaded days when they served a blob of spinach with a slice of egg on top that looked like an eye staring at you from the plate. Of course, I went to public school. I didn't go to a private school in Virginia, where the 4th through sixth grade kids get margaritas for lunch. That's right. After a party the night before, the leftover margaritas were stashed in the school fridge. The next day, the cafeteria staff thought it was koolaid, and when they ran out of milk, they started serving it. Boy am I glad I don't have to explain that one to a group of parents. In a dark alley.

Politically correct is a term I wish I'd never heard. There is so little in politics which is correct, after all. People take this PC crap too far. For example, at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, you can no longer order black coffee. That's a racist term. You must order coffee without milk. Isn't that stupid?

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Oh boy, the New York Times has stepped in it this time. According to the Justice Department, in December of 2001, Times reporter Philip Shenon warned someone at the Global Relief Foundation that they were going to be raided by the FBI. This endangered the agents who subsequently raided the facility. Naturally the Times is denying the accusations, and fighting the subpoenas for phone records of Shenon and Judith Miller.

Tomorrow the Swiftboat Veterans will be unveiling another new ad, this one probably more devastating to Kerry than all the rest. In this ad, POW wives will be telling how Kerry caused their spouses to be tortured and how it affected them. Here's some of the transcript:
Mary Jane McManus: Three months after we were married, my husband was shot down over Hanoi.
Phyllis Galanti: Paul and I were married in 1963. Two years later he was shot down over North Vietnam.

McManus: All of the prisoners of war in North Vietnam were tortured in order to obtain confessions of atrocities.

Galanti: On the other hand, John Kerry came home and accused all Vietnam veterans of unspeakable horrors.

McManus: John Kerry gave aide and comfort to the enemy by advocating their negotiating points to our government.

Galanti: Why is it relevant? Because John Kerry is asking us to trust him.

McManus: I will never forget John Kerry’s testimony. If we couldn’t trust John Kerry then, how could we possibly trust him now?
These women will be doing interviews all over the country. One lesson the Dems should have learned a long time ago: when you mess with a woman's family, you have angered a mama bear, and they never forget and never forgive.

Here's a story of a Traverse City Michigan neighborhood which has been overrun with skunks. It's going to cost the city about $2,500 to get rid of them. Boy can I sympathize. We've had a skunk show up here every once in a while and get under the house. When that happens, it really gets very hard to breathe in here. A little whiff of skunk as you drive past a carcass isn't so bad; ten thousand times that much and your eyes water and you sleep completely under some blankets with the air conditioner on just to be able to breathe without choking. I wish them luck.

The Canadians are invading the United States! Well, some of them anyway. The Montreal Expos are moving to Washington D.C., according to Major League Baseball. Goody Goody, I guess. Do you think they'll play any better than they did in Canada?

It's over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers grave we go? In this case, yes. It seems Ozella McHargue loved Christmas, so much so she had a Christmas themed funeral. From the red and green casket to Christmas carols, it was a gala affair. Probably a nice change of pace. People hate going to funerals. Not just because they're losing a loved one; because it's so down and dreary. Why not have a celebration instead of moping around.

I've added another new blog to my blogroll, folks. It's a very new site, just started tonight, but I think it will go far. It's called Pack News, and it's written by a young man in Oregon. As a matter of fact, his very first entry is about the problems they're having in Washington with Mount St. Helens, and the equally troubling activity in the Three Sisters area of Oregon, which he's only twenty miles from. Lava is definitely on the move, guys. Let's keep them in our prayers.

There's another new weekly summary going around. Aren't these fun? This one should be beneficial for everybody. It's called Grand Rounds. It's a one-stop shop for all your medical news and information, not to mention great stories from the wacky world of doctors and nurses. Speaking as one who has worked in the medical profession, and who is married to one who has been and will soon be involved in the medical profession, I plan to add this site to my favorites. I'll keep you informed as to where the weekly rounds will be.

A school in southern England had a day off from classes, as a tropical spider came to visit unexpectedly. Seems the little bugger was hidden in a drum which had arrived from Senegal. Now, this is not just your run-of-the-mill spider. This is an African spider which is about the size of your hand. And there may have been more than one. Personally, I wouldn't have needed to see more than one. Spiders terrify me. Anyhoo, the kids got to go home for a day or so, and the school was fumigated. I wouldn't have stopped at the school. I say, fumigate the entire block. Make sure none of them escape!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Has John Kerry been visiting a tanning booth? Or perhaps he's just eaten way too many carrots? Whatever the reason, he definitely is looking seasonal these days. Maybe he's trying out for the role of the Great Pumpkin. He reminds me of the episode of WKRP In Cincinnati, when Arthur Carlson was running for city council, and was wearing enough makeup to qualify as a clown. Hmmm, clowns....

Clinical trials are about to begin on the use of psychedelic drugs to treat problems with obsessive-compulsive disorder, cluster headaches, and other diseases. The article mentions the use of ecstasy and psilocybin, or magic mushrooms. Wow, I guess the sixties really are back!

Colorado is going to vote on whether to allocate their electoral college votes according to the percentage of votes per candidate. This is a major mistake. The whole point of the electoral college is to provide equality to the large and small states. If this vote passes, and other states follow, then the elections will ultimately be decided by a few large states, and the rest of us can just fall off the face of the earth, because our votes won't count anymore. The founding fathers had the right idea. We shouldn't muck it up.

The two Italian women who were taken hostage have been freed. Six other hostages were also freed at the same time. It seems the monsters who have been taking hostages are finally getting the message. It certainly took long enough.

I'd like to take a moment and welcome my son to my readership. He's got his computer fixed now, and I know he won't let his mama down. He'll be a regular reader, won't you son?

Over at Blogospherics, Kevin McGehee has some very interesting historical facts to ponder. Here's hoping history repeats itself.

Rambling's Journal reports that INDCBill managed to get a one-on-one interview with Bob Schieffer about the blow-up at CBS News over Rathergate. I kid you not, that guy can get interviews with everybody.

Speaking of bad weather, if y'all in the South could send some rain over to Missouri, we'd really appreciate it. We're about to finish up our second driest September ever. A lousy 1/10th of an inch of rain for the entire month. It's so bad, somebody accidently set our field on fire a few days ago. I'm just glad the wind was blowing away from the house.

Check out this picture taken after a horrible storm in Southern Sweden. And I thought those hurricanes in Florida were bad!

The Forest Service has reactivated the Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam for your viewing pleasure.

According to the New York Post, the woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape is pregnant. She apparently got pregnant by a man she met while in a rehab facility in Florida. She found out about the baby the day before she dropped the case against Bryant. Her lawyer seems to think that's just a coincidence. Sure, sure it is.

It seems in Brazil they grow really stupid criminals. A group, or herd, of them tried to pull off a robbery; it's a wonder they didn't all get killed.

Junior Seau, linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, got involved in a marriage proposal at this week's game. He helped the groom set up the bride to be. Aw, how sweet!

Have you ever gotten bad service from a complaint line or service department? Well, I seriously doubt it was as bad as the message callers got when they sought help from NTL Customer Service. They're looking into the problem now. I would certainly hope so!

Ever wonder what the big news was the year you were born? I have:

IN 1956:

Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US

101 Southern Congressmen call for massive resistance to the Supreme Court desegregation rulings

Italian liner Andrea Doria collides with Swedish liner Stockholm and sinks off Nantucket Island

An anti-Communist revolt in Hungary is crushed by Soviet troops and tanks

Suez crisis occurs in the Middle East

Elvis Presley enters the music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".

Mel Gibson, Bill Maher, Joe Montana, Tom Hanks, and Larry Bird born

New York Yankees win the World Series

New York Giants win the NFL championship

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg is published

Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show

The Price is Right game show premieres

If you want to find out about the year you were born, click here Quick note: I copied this instead of pasting the given script because it had an error I couldn't find. Probably my fault, but I thought I'd let you know.

Okay, we're not kissing up to the Muslims so much anymore. Now we're going after Latino keister. Not all Latino keister, though. Just the illegal ones. Read this, but try to stay calm. Blowing a gasket won't help.

Here's an educational puzzle for you. It entertains and enlightens. So few things do that these days.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Well we now know where John Edwards is. He's busy being ignored in his home state of South Carolina. What is it with the Democrats that they can't arrive at a function on time? This entire campaign has been plagued with late arrivals. This time, after two hours, half the crowd left. Even the candidate for whom he was stumping didn't want to be there.
Edwards "is about as close as she’s going to allow herself to get to the national party," the paper added, noting, "Tenenbaum didn’t appear on the platform with him" at either the rally or a fund-raiser scheduled for later that day.
How unpopular can one guy be, especially when he has such nice hair? I guess it could have been worse:
Aides said she would have skipped the event altogether if John Kerry had been the guest of honor.
Are the Democrats sure they're gonna win South Carolina?

This week's football numbers are much better than last. My teams are making up for lost time. The week three standings are:

Sir Mugley 221 points
Me 222 points

All in all, a penny isn't much to crow about, but it beats owing him a penny!

Okay, so now Kerry doesn't own a Chinese Communist assault rifle. Or he does. His aides say he does, he says he doesn't, he says he owns a souvenir from Vietnam...please somebody just give us one story and stick with it. This is making me seasick!

NBC announced today that Jay Leno will be leaving the Tonight Show when his contract expires in 2009. He will have been host of the show for 17 years. He has designated Conan O'Brien to replace him at that time. No word yet on who will take over Conan's spot. I don't know about you, but I will miss Jay. His humor is a little more adult in my opinion, something that David Letterman will never be.

I ask you, have you ever seen a football player like this? This has got to be the very definition of "effiminate".

If you have children, or if you know someone who does, you might want to read this critical review of Shrek 2. It was eye-opening for me. I'll not be getting it for the grandkids.

Over at Sondra K's site, I read this post about the mating rituals of lobsters. It reminded me of a passion I had for a while and would like to resume one day: breeding betas. Betas are those beautiful finned fighting fish from Southeast Asian waters. They are difficult to breed, but it was, to me at least, a lot of fun. The strange thing is, the water has to be brackish and the right temperature or forget it. But if you get those right, the male, who is separate from the female but can see her, will build a nest of bubbles. Then, when the female is introduced to that side of the tank, he will wrap himself around her and squeeze the eggs from her body. Then, as she sinks to the bottom of the tank, he will grab the eggs and spit them into the bubble nest. By that time, she has revived and they start all over again. It is a fascinating process to watch. I do plan to start up again one day, after Mugley gets his degree and a job and we can afford the setups.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Another bad guy bites the dust: A paramilitary force in Pakistan killed him in a four hour firefight.
Amjad Hussain Farooqi was wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping and beheading of Pearl in 2002 and two assassination attempts against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December 2003.
But that isn't all. Farooqi was wanted for much more:
Farooqi is also suspected of taking part in the hijacking of an Indian airliner to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1999 that resulted in a hostages-for-prisoners exchange that freed British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh from an Indian prison. Sheikh has been sentenced to death for his role in setting up the Pearl abduction.
The celebration may now commence. But not too much. We've still got a long way to go.

I remember a few years ago, everybody got really bent because Rosie O'Donnell went ballistic about gun ownership, then hired a gun-toting bodyguard for her family. Why does this come to mind? Well, John Kerry, who has faught to ban assault weapons, owns an illegal Chinese Communist assault rifle. Unfortunately, he couldn't be asked about it, because he is hoarse and cannot speak. (Or would that be because he is a horse?) What will tomorrow's revelation be? Seems we have a new one every day. I guess some people would prefer that to discussing the issues. (Sorry, I'm a little snarky today. Pain will do that to a person.) Anyway, it's just one more incidence of hypocrisy in this year's election cycle.

From the Barking Moonbats Early Warning System, we get an excellent post about the 2004 Presidential Election, as performed by the cast of Star Wars. Actually they got it from Taranto's Best of the Web, which is an excellent site. I'm just too lazy at this time of the morning to set up the link for you. But this is a great read, and it fits the characters perfectly!

Kim Campbell, of the Christian Science Monitor, wrote an excellent piece on Christian comedians (and no, that's not an oxymoron.) I imagine it would be much more difficult to be a comedian these days, and not use vulgarity, sex, racism, etc. in your routine. Frankly I prefer it that way. Don't get me wrong; I grew up listening to George Carlin and Cheech and Chong, and I still think they are really funny. But I also think they could be just as funny without swearing or blaspheming the Lord. There are way too many things in this world to laugh at. I also really enjoyed Bill Cosby's old albums. His routine about Noah and the Lord is hilarious, and not dirty. It can be done. Here's hoping it happens more often.

From NewsMax:

John Kerry has hired one of the least popular lawyers in the entire state of Florida:
The Miami Herald reported Saturday that "a lawyer unpopular with many Cuban Americans for his role in the Elián González case will help prepare John Kerry for the upcoming presidential debate to be held at the University of Miami.”
The lawyer in question is Gregory Craig, a Washington lawyer to served as legal counsel to the father of Elian Gonzalez, the child who was the center of controversy during the Clinton Administration. It is thought the handling of that case is what cost Al Gore the state of Florida.
Craig’s new role in the Kerry campaign underscores Senator Ted Kennedy’s strong control over the Kerry effort. Craig has been a longstanding Kennedy operative, and the Herald noted that Craig had "served as a top foreign policy advisor to Sen. Edward Kennedy . . .”
I still think Kerry is trying very hard not to win this election. Seems like everything he does would be the exact thing to do if you really wanted to lose. But what would be in it for him? That's the question I'd want an answer to. If he is deliberately sabotaging his own campaign, what does he get out of it? And who would he be doing it for?

From On The Patio:

Now, for your entertainment pleasure, here's the George Bush Torture Chamber. Have fun.

Ralph Peters of the New York Post has really hit the nail on the head with this story outlining John Kerry's place in the world. Read this.

A federal judge in Tennessee has determined that specialty license plates with the slogan "Choose Life" are unconstitutional because the state doesn't have a plate for the opposing group. This is ridiculous. How can the pro-abortion folks say they aren't represented? After all, the plate does say "choose", thereby covering their right to choose life or death. I think their real objection is in the word "life".

Are you the kind of person who always has to have the last word? Then this is for you:
A Spanish Internet company is breaking fresh ground on the Web by offering people the chance to write one last e-mail, complete with video clip or photo attachments, and send it to loved ones, friends or even enemies after the person who wrote it is dead.
Imagine that! Can you imagine the crazy messages some people would come up with?
The site offers four plans, which range from a free service that allows users to send just one e-mail, to a lifetime membership that allows for unlimited e-mails and megabytes of storage space, but can cost up to euro200 (US$240).

Mid-range packages cost between euro9 and euro18 (US$11-22) a month until users die. In the meantime, they can update and rewrite those final farewells as often as they like.
I think I'll pass on this one.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

How far is too far for reality shows and extreme sports? Well, I call this out of bounds: Boulder kills race participant. Nigel Aylott from Australia was participating in a 400 mile extreme race across Washington state, when a 300 pound boulder fell on him. These team members were not wearing any type of protective gear. They weren't taking any special precautions, just going as fast as they could. No contest or reality show is worth losing your life. In another instance, a contestant named Todd died after being locked in a crate for three days. He had a massive heart attack. This case is even worse, because they are using his death to promote the show:
Ratings for this year's show were dwindling before Todd's demise, with even the controversial ToiletBowlCam failing to attract viewers. But since he passed away, the audience has more than doubled, and the live studio audience has been packed with thousands of Todd fans dressed in cardboard boxes with their faces painted deathly white.

Some critics have labelled its producers as insensitive for keeping Todd's corpse on display after his death, but host Mindy Maleen defended her show. "We've donated $10,000 to claustrophobia research, so I can safely say that all of our consciences are entirely clear," she said. "Besides, Todd's death, in a way, has shown us all how precious life is. And for that, we owe him everything."
So, according to Mindy Maleen, a human life is worth $10,000 to research. How revolting can you get? And how depraved are audiences getting? Why do we watch this dreck? How many people feel the same as this man:
Reality show aficionados have hailed Todd's death as a strategic masterstroke. "It's a great way to get the audience onside — it really wins that sympathy vote," said Celebrity Big Brother alumnus Warwick Capper
I know that at least one, maybe more of the contestants on those two boxing contests have had to go to the hospital. It seems to me that we have crossed the line here, and I pray to God that we can go back before any more people are permanently maimed or die.

Who says President Bush didn't fulfill his duties in the Guard? Read this and decide for yourself.

Here's a story that tells us cheese enhances psychic abilities. Hmmm, I had a feeling...

This week's Carnival of Recipes is up at Mellow Drama (great name).

I got this recipe from my father-in-law, who got it from his Italian mother.
Makes enough to stuff a 12-16 lb. turkey. Can be cut in half and baked separate as a side dish for any meal.

Cheese Stuffing

2 pkg. unseasoned croutons OR 2 small loaves bread, dried out and broken into small pieces
2 large pkg. grated cheddar cheese (about 6 cups)
6 eggs
2 cans chicken broth

Combine all ingredients except milk in large mixing bowl. Make sure it is very moist. If not, add milk until it is somewhat juicy feeling. Stuff in bird or bake in 13 x 9 baking dish (8x8 pan for 1/2 recipe), until golden brown and slightly crispy looking on the sides.

Can be prepared any time of year, not just the holidays, and your family will love it if they love cheese at all.

Friday, September 24, 2004

My sister sent me this picture of a cloud formation in Florida. Isn't that beautiful?

The Chairman of Viacom, Sumner Redstone, has come out in favor of George Bush. Viacom is the parent company of CBS, so this was a totally unexpected surprise. Mr. Redstone made this statement while attending the Forbes magazine's annual global CEO Conference.
The chairman of the entertainment giant Viacom said the reason was simple: Republican values are what U.S. companies need. Speaking to some of America's and Asia's top executives gathered for Forbes magazine's annual Global CEO Conference, Mr. Redstone declared: "I look at the election from what's good for Viacom. I vote for what's good for Viacom. I vote, today, Viacom.

"I don't want to denigrate Kerry," he went on, "but from a Viacom standpoint, the election of a Republican administration is a better deal. Because the Republican administration has stood for many things we believe in, deregulation and so on. The Democrats are not bad people. . . . But from a Viacom standpoint, we believe the election of a Republican administration is better for our company."

Bill over at In Bill's World has a story of a little girl, who's grown up now and says John Kerry smeared her hero: her father. Read this if you don't read anything else today. First hand accounts are important pieces of history and shouldn't be ignored.

Here's the latest on the Parlock sign ripping case. Also an update of the soldier who was attacked at the Toby Keith concert.

The Ville has the good news from Iraq that John Kerry says doesn't exist. Check it out, and vote accordingly.

If you find yourself in Pennsylvania and want to get drunk, remember: don't drive a car, ride a horse.

Did you know John Kerry played bass in a 60's garage band called The Electras Rock and Roll Band? Want to hear what they sounded like? Click here.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

If this is what passes for high fashion these days, I'll pass. But I'll bet Ronald McDonald is somewhere locked in a closet without his pants and shoes.

Just so you all know, God does take care of His children. My son Tom called today to tell me an interesting story. Yesterday, he and his wife and boys were preparing to go to midweek services at their community church. The water pump on their car broke as they were leaving, keeping them from attending. Well, a member of the church called to make sure they were all okay, and Tom related to them what happened. So last night, at about 9 pm, a couple of church members showed up at their house, and gave them a car. Not to use until theirs was fixed, but gave it to them to keep. And it wasn't just any car, it was a 95 Grand Marquis. He was absolutely floored! This was a real answer to prayer, as he'd been out of work for a while and couldn't really afford to fix the Volkswagen again (it was on its last legs). So, in summary, prayer works. Believe it!

Former Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield is in intensive care this evening, after falling at his daughter's home in Bethesda, Maryland:
The 82-year-old Hatfield fell Wednesday evening after attending the dedication of a government building named in his honor in Bethesda.

"He keeled over backwards and struck his head on the floor," said Gerry Frank, a longtime friend who served as chief of staff to the former Republican senator.
May all our prayers be with the Senator and his family.

MIT is working on using spinach to power electronic equipment. Actually it's the detergent peptides in the spinach that would actually provide the power. Why didn't Popeye tell us about this years ago?

You know, I hope they catch Osama bin Laden... on November 4. No influence on the election, and the bugger in prison. It's a win-win situation.

Here's the transcript from Prime Minister Allawi's speech to the joint Congress. I thought it was beautiful. And here is the response from the Democratic candidate for President, which I think is one of the most ignorant things I've read in a long time. He feels Allawi's assessment of the state of Iraq is "unrealistic" and contradicts the reality on the ground. So the Prime Minister of Iraq knows less about his own country than a Senator in the U.S. What chutzpah! Now Kerry is taking a day or two off because he has a cold. Is it really a cold? Or is he starting to choke on his own noxious words?

Here is a perfect example of hypocrisy in action. This NewsMax story is about plans for liberals to leave the country if the election doesn't go their way. But the people in the story are unbelievable:
Charles and Marilyn, who asked that I not use their last names, have sold their East Bench home, given away expensive appliances, tools, and furniture, and found a place in western Canada outside the rain zone.

The two retired professionals say they have lost faith in the direction America is taking
Two obviously wealthy people complain about the rich taking over the country. Would this be pot and kettle time? But this is the part that really burns me up
:"I don’t understand why people aren’t rising up,” says Marilyn. "But the materialistic culture keeps people so busy acquiring stuff and taking care of stuff that they’re too busy to fight."
Okay, she wants everyone to fight the materialistic nature of the country, except her and her husband. They want to run away and hide, but not really:
The couple is still working out the details, but they plan to go into Canada as "seasonal visitors" and hold onto their U.S. citizenship for Medicare and Social Security purposes.
PLEASE! They spit on our country, don't want to fight for what they supposedly believe in, and still want to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits! Do you suppose that's the real reason they are ridding themselves of all their material wealth? Perhaps they can claim food stamps and Medicaid as well, since I'm sure they are at the poverty level now. NOT. They want the goodies without the responsibility. They should be forced to surrender their citizenship and move to Canada permanently. In my opinion, they have forfeited their right to live here.

Y'all gotta go here and check out these pictures of Sybil Sheppard. May God have mercy on the poor dear. She's obviously been hit by an ugly forest or two.

Comic Book Theater strikes again. Now they're making a movie about the Fantastic Four. Jessica Alba will be playing Sue Storm; Ioan Gruffudd will be Mr. Fantastic, the stretchy guy; Chris Evans will be the Human Torch; and none other than Michael Chiklis (the Commish, the Shield) will be portraying The Thing. The article also says they've already signed up for two sequels. Lord help us all.

Two Italian women hostages in Iraq have been killed. Mike at Rambling's Journal has the details here.

Do you believe it? Ivan is back and headed for Texas and Louisiana. He is now considered a Tropical Storm. Some guys just don't know when to quit. I want to know who sent him an invitation to come back?

In the meantime, Jeanne could reach Florida as a Category 3 Hurricane by Saturday midday. Karl has taken a wild turn and is headed toward the North Pole for some reason. And Lisa is still too far out to say where she's going. Just think, only six more weeks of hurricane season.

John Michaud has written a book about everybody's favorite drunk, Otis Campbell of Mayberry. He was one of the few characters on that show that I liked. He and Barney (before Barney got pathetic)and Ernest T. Bass. The rest of them I couldn't care less if I ever saw again. I can't tell you how much I hate that show. It's on for a full hour every day of the week here. Naturally, it would be an hour when there's no real competition, unless I wanted to watch the local news twice. (not really). Anyway, the article overlooks some great work Hal Smith did. He was the voice of Mr. Whitaker in the "Adventures in Odyssey" radio programs. That was really some of his best work.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Kirk and Spock are together again! Seriously, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have teamed up to write a sci-fi movie. It's tentatively titled Invasion Iowa, because Captain Kirk was from Iowa. I'm happy for them; Star Trek has been beddy beddy good to them. Here's hoping the low-budget flick will be popular.

You know, the Bible tells you to forgive "seventy times seven", but sometimes it gets really hard. Jimmy Swaggart is a perfect example:
In his September 12 broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay marriage when he said "I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry."

"And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died," Swaggart said to laughter and applause from the congregation.
It's bad enough he thought something so stupid, but to say it, in public, in a worship service, is incomprehensible. As if that wasn't bad enough, his congregation thought it was funny and appropriate? What's wrong with these people?

Interstate Bakeries Corp. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. When I first heard this, I thought, "It's the end of the world as we know it!" Thankfully I'm wrong. They will continue producing Wonder Bread and Twinkies. How could we live without Twinkies?

Have you ever wondered if you could swim easier in syrup than in water? Apparently physicists have been wondering this since Einstein and Huygens argued about it in the 17th century. We now have an answer. There's no real difference:
The reason ... is that while you experience more "viscous drag" (basically friction from your movement through the fluid) as the water gets thicker, you generate more forwards force from every stroke. The two effects cancel each other out.
I realize this is a weird thing, so there's no need to write me with that information. Somehow they got 16 volunteers to swim in a pool of guar gum, a thickening agent used in ice cream and other food products. I'm not sure I could have done it, even if I could swim:
Cussler and Gettelfinger took more than 300 kilograms of guar gum and dumped it into a 25-metre swimming pool, creating a gloopy liquid twice as thick as water. "It looked like snot," says Cussler.

I think when Katie Couric had that colonoscopy, they must have scratched her brain. That interview with Ty Hensley, brother of executed hostage Jack Hensley, was totally out of line. For example
:"Well, how do you feel about the war in Iraq at this point?" the "Today" host asked Ty Hensley, after having him describe the devastating impact of his brother's murder just hours before.
What's the matter with her? If that were her brother, would she want a vulture asking a question like that? Seems it didn't do her any good, however:
Much to Couric's chagrin, however, Hensley didn't rise to the bait. Instead he told the "Today Show":
"At this point, I want our servicemen, I want them to come back alive. But I don't want - and I believe - my brother's told me about so many good people in Iraq. I want to continue to try to help these people to get on their feet."
She should be in the unemployment line right behind Dan Rather. Neither of them have any integrity left.

While we're on the subject of awards, Zell Miller, that lovable Democrat from Georgia, will be receiving the second annual Ronald Reagan Award, given out by the Frontiers of Freedom Institute
."Much like the award's namesake," said FOF president, George Landrith, "Sen. Miller has become a hero to millions of Americans for standing up for what he believes in, regardless the price. We think the late, great President Reagan would be thrilled with this selection."
Congratulations, Zell. You deserve it.

Mel Gibson (yum yum) is being given the Hollywood Producer of the Year Award by the Hollywood Film Festival. All I can say is, it's about time. After all the crap he had to put up with over Passion of the Christ, all the talk about nobody wanting to work with him anymore, now he's producer of the year. Hollywood is full of hypocrites, but this time they got it right.

Michael Moore wrote an open letter to the Democrats, tearing into them for their lack of focus and for being negative:
Look at us – what a bunch of crybabies. Bush gets a bounce after his convention and you would have thought the Germans had run through Poland again. The Bushies are coming, the Bushies are coming!
That's true, even though he had to pull out the old Bush=Hitler meme. Then came my favorite quote:
If I hear one more person tell me how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he can't win... Dammit, of COURSE he's a lousy candidate – he's a Democrat, for heavens sake! That party is so pathetic, they even lose the elections they win!
I never thought I'd hear any Dem or liberal admit that publicly. I was practically rolling on the floor with that statement. Then he tells them what they need to do to get the Kerry campaign on the right track:
Instead of the wailing and gnashing of your teeth, why not hold out a hand to him and help the inner soldier/protester come out and defeat the forces of evil we now so desperately face."
By all means, let's see the 1970 long-haired lunatic we remember so well. Let today's young people see how he turned his back on our men and women in uniform. Let them see John Kerry for what he really is.

Scientists have discovered a cloud of frozen sugar at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. That's probably the reason there's so much nastiness going on in the world now. All the sugar is in outer space. Seriously, how do they know what that cloud is made of? Have they gone out there and gotten a sample to analyze? No. How can they be sure it's not salt, or flour, or even cocaine? When they show me a sample of the powder, I'll believe them.

This is rich:

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That's pretty good. When Sir Mugley and I first started dating, my best features were my eyes and my legs. Can't say that so much any more, but he doesn't care. He loves me just the way I am.

Samuel Armstrong Tilley is probably going to be a legend in his hometown. He and a friend decided to go out riding motorcycles in Minnesota, but they forgot there were speed limits apparently. Mr. Tilley was arrested for speeding. He was going 205 mph!
"I was in total disbelief," (State Patrol pilot Al)Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."
Tilley was riding a Honda 1000 motorcycle. I didn't know a bike would go that fast.
Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.

"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."
Well that's a "duh" statement if ever I've heard one.

Betsey Patrick is a newspaper carrier in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has a perfect record as far as her job goes. However, that record has gotten her in a lot of trouble now. Betsey used a raft to deliver her newspapers to subscribers in a flooded area, and now she and her father have been arrested
.(P)olice and a state Fish and Boat Commission officer weren't amused, and cited her father, Rick Patrick, for negligent operation of a water craft. Betsey Patrick said she was arrested for disorderly conduct after arguing about the $220 citation and handcuffed in front of her 2-year-old daughter.
Seems pretty harsh to me. She didn't endanger anyone; she brought joy to people who couldn't get out of their homes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Has your blood boiled lately? Well read this and it will. Some people are too stupid to live. I hope they catch this guy quick.

Little league has arrived in Iraq. 20 Iraqi youths played a 5-inning baseball game in Altun Kupri, Iraq. They had the equipment, the uniforms, and U.S. Military to teach them how to play. Good news from Iraq, for a change.

Larry Phillips, well-known Missouri stock car racer, died Tuesday after a four-year battle with cancer. Phillips was known on the NASCAR circuit, with more than 2,500 wins.
His career included five Winston Racing Series National Short-Track Championships, seven regional NASCAR championships and a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In one season, Phillips won 38 of the 40 Winston Racing Series events.
He will be missed. R.I.P. Larry.

A flight from London to Washington had to be diverted to Maine because one of the passengers, Yusuf Islam, was on a government watch list and not permitted to enter the country. You probably know Yusuf better as Cat Stevens, 70's singer. Perhaps instead of the plane, he should have tried to book passage on the "Peace Train".

The banks are getting ready to eat up more of your money, gang. As of next month, the checks you write are going to clear your bank in record time, thanks to a new law passed by Congress unanimously. You won't be seeing the cancelled checks; the bank which gets them first is going to keep them. They'll send a copy of the check to your bank. This will cut the "float", or lag time, in half at least. Of course, they're not going to speed up the time it takes them to post your deposits. That would be the right thing to do. At least, for now, they're not planning to raise the charges you incur with a bounced check.

I'd like to take a moment and welcome all my new readers to the madhouse I call Grandma's. As you can see, I write about anything and everything I think you'd be interested in. If there's a topic you'd like me to cover, leave a comment or send an e-mail. I'll see what I can do. But in the meantime, wander around and enjoy your visit. Just don't forget to come on back.

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1660-1785--Pope, Swift, Johnson. Times they are a changing. You're very cynical and you like looking out for the little guys. You have a sense of humor a lot of people just don't get.

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This seems fairly accurate. I do have an odd sense of humor, and I'd rather take care of someone than have them take care of me.

What is he supposed to be the patron saint of? I'm almost afraid to find out.

Mike over at Rambling's Journal has details on the beheading of American Eugene Armstrong. My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Armstrong, as well as the families of all the people who have been taken hostage, living or dead. They will be avenged, one way or another. If not by our military, then they will have to answer to God. And he tends not to accept excuses.

Jeff over at Protein Wisdom tried to write a country western song, and totally failed. It reminded me of my favorite verse of my favorite country music song:


Thanks Jeff. I did need that. For the record, that's my favorite c/w song not sung by my counsin Merle Haggard, or by Willie Nelson or Charlie Pride.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Week Two of the NFL Season was a little better than the last. The current standings here are:

Sir Mugley 145 points
Me 138 points

So I'm gaining on him. Not fast enough if you ask me, but every little bit helps.

I'll bet the spectators at the New York University's Kerry speech must need chiropractic services now. He set a record during the speech: 14 flip-flops in one day! All that back and forth must have caused massive whiplash. Do you think the campaign will pay for the treatments?

Anybody besides me get upset over CSI: Miami tonight? If they had to kill off one of the characters, why did it have to be Speedle? Television is so unfair sometimes. Couldn't they have killed off one of the auxiliary characters, like the IAB jerk Rick?

Way to go, Dan! Only 10 days late, but better late than losing the old job, right? Next time you might want to check your sources.

This is the story of one of the biggest idiots God ever put breath into. This man risked his future with his wife, and his daughter, for an adrenaline rush. AND he also risked his dog. Why the mom didn't take the dog I don't understand. This man should not be out on the streets without supervision. He obviously hasn't got the sense God gave a goose.

Skeeter Davis, well known country singer, has died after battling breast cancer since 1988. She's known for her song "The End of the World", which was very popular in the 1960's. R.I.P. Skeeter. The battle is over.

In Hiroshima, a police sergeant was despondent over his marriage and decided to kill himself. So he pulled out his service revolver, aimed point blank at his head, and pulled the trigger. He missed. He did manage to shoot out a window, however. Don't the police in Japan have to pass a proficiency test or something?

You know, it's bad enough when opposing factions slander and libel the President and his family, and the War on Terror, but now the line has been crossed, and cannot be ignored any longer. Diana Kerry, John's younger sister, is running around in Australia telling anyone who'll listen that the Australian alliance with the U.S. in Iraq will get Australians killed. I don't care if he's running for dogcatcher or President, aren't there laws against undermining the war effort? Where does it stop?

Jeff has lost his dearest friend. Please send condolences for the loss of Rainbow. Let him know you care.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Jacques Chirac wants to establish an international tax to be used to combat poverty. Naturally, the largest tax contributor will most likely be the United States. If he would put as much effort into fixing France as he does in trying to stick it to us, France would be a major player on the world scene.

Britney married Kevin this weekend. (sigh) Is it a match made in Heaven? Will her 55-hour marriage record be broken? Who cares? It must be a slow news weekend. If you don't know who I'm talking about, you need to get out more.

You know, I'm sick to death of people who have so little respect for the institution of marriage. It is a sacred thing, not to be taken lightly. Yet it happens every day. Teenage girls the world over want to follow in this slut's footsteps, when that could be the worst thing that ever happened to them. Less than a year ago, Britney was desperately in love with her childhood boyfriend, Jason. That lasted less than a long weekend. Why? Because to her, marriage is just something to do. It doesn't really mean anything. Well, it does to me. When Sir Mugley proposed to me (a long story in itself), I took the time and asked myself, "I know you love him, but do you love him enough to spend the rest of your life together?" That is a very important question. There are many different kinds of love. Before getting married, a couple should be sure which kind of love they are feeling.

I'll get off my soapbox now. I've had a bad evening. My daughter is having some problems in her marriage, and I'm trying to be a good mother and stay out of it. She's an adult now, and I shouldn't get in the middle of this. Even if I really want to. Which right now I don't.

My sister sent this to me, and I thought y'all would like it:

The Pentagon announced today the formation of an elite fighting group called the U.S. Redneck Special Forces (U.S.R.S.F.).

These Tennessee boys, Bubba, Hoss, Cooter, and Bow will be dropped behind enemy lines with the following information about the Iraqi terrorists:
1. The season opened last weekend.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music, or Jesus.
5. Some are queer.
6. They are directly responsible for the death of Dale Earnhardt.

The war should be over in a week

Taken from Dorkafork, for your viewing pleasure

Here's an interesting quiz for you: Serial Killer, or Computer Programmer. I got six out of ten. It's really hard, so don't fret. Nobody will get an F on this test.

Michelle Malkin has some fabulous Sunday links. Add them to your daily reads. You won't regret it.

I hope no one minds me posting these. I just figured out how to do this, and thought there was no more important pictures to try it out on. Indulge grandma on this one, it's as close to them as I can get for the time being.

This is Anthony and Marcus' little brother Austin. Don't ya just want to squeeze him?

This is Anthony (rt) and Marcus (lt). This was taken last summer at their home in Oregon.

There's a new site you really should check out. It's called Doc's Office. Doc is a psychology major who has really strong theological opinions. He also likes to discuss the Bible, or psychological issues. If you like deep discussions, please check it out. He only posts once or twice a week, for now, but what he lacks in quantity he makes up for in quality. Leave a comment for him, or let me know what you think of his site. I'll pass the word along.

Michelle Malkin has the latest on the Parlock vs. Union Members dust-up.

I knew there was a disturbance in the Force: Terry McAuliffe was in Springfield today:
Terry McAuliffe spoke to volunteers and staff Saturday morning at party headquarters in Springfield. He says winning Missouri will be crucial to a kerry-edwards victory in November. Even though polls show the democratic ticket trailing Bush-Cheney, Mcaullife says that doesn't matter. According to McAuliffe John Kerry will visit Springfield sometime in the next 45-days.
Pray for us. Maybe he'll flip-flop on coming here. We don't need him here.

Don't forget, mateys. Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Do it or be keelhauled.

Captain Ed over at Captain's Quarters has posted the funniest, yet most sincere, letter to Dan Rather from a fellow Texan. Drink alert in effect. Possibly a dental alert as well; if you laugh too hard your teeth might fall out.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

The EU has a new fighting gendarmerie, ready to go on a moment's notice:
EU defence ministers meeting in Holland agreed to back the French-inspired plan for a 900-man force to be operational by December. Comprising French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese units, the gendarmerie - or carabinieri in Italian - will be well-armed and ready for full-scale conflict if necessary. The first commander will be French, with headquarters in Italy.
I'm sorry. I can't seem to stop laughing. This is too much.

A Chechen rebel commander named Shamil Baseyev has claimed responsibility for the attack in Beslin in which 350 people, more than half children, died a horrible death. He has also claimed responsibility for the two airliners which went down the week before. What was our country's official response:
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Mr. Basayev's claim of responsibility shows that he is "inhuman."

Mr. Armitage told a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, Friday that "anyone who would use innocence for political aims is not worthy of existence in the type of societies we enjoy."
I'm sorry. That's not good enough. This thing which thinks it's a man no longer qualifies as human. "Inhuman" is not nearly strong enough. He doesn't deserve to live free for one second longer. He should be caged like the rabid animal he is.

And so it begins. The Los Angeles Times ran a story implying that the blogger named Buckhead is working for the Republican Party to embarrass the Dems, Kerry, and CBS over the forged memos. I imagine next they'll go after Charles Johnson, INDCBill, and the guys at Powerline. It was just a matter of time.

Congratulations go out to Barry Bonds, who hit home run number 700 Friday night.
Bonds' 42nd homer of the season is a mere steppingstone in the 40-year-old's march toward Ruth's once-unthinkable 714 and Aaron's 755. Bonds hasn't been slowed by age, steroid suspicions or the collective fear of pitchers and managers walking him with record frequency.
Way to go, Barry. Good luck breaking another record.

Bernard Lewis, well-known historian, believes Europe Will Be Islamic by the End of the Century. Read this story from LGF to find out why.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Sir Mugley a happy anniversary. Today is our 28th anniversary. I will never forget our wedding night. How many people have their new husband set them on fire? (Kidding. He did burn a hole in my nightgown with a cigarette, though. I still have that nightgown) We are closer now than we were then, having gone through thick and thicker, two kids in less than two years, moving 14 times in the first 15 years, many jobs later, and now college and a new career in the future. I love you, sweetheart, more now than I did in 1976. I have never regretted marrying you. You are my life.

Remember the other day when I said I wouldn't mind if someone, like Oprah, gave me a new car? Well, never mind.

From Gut Rumbles:

The cars are valued from $21,000 to a maximum of $28,000 depending upon options selected, and Pontiac says that they will be paying the state sales taxes and license fees for each car. The total value of the car, taxes, and fees paid will be included on an IRS form 1099 for each recipient who will then have to file an esitmated federal return and make payment of the taxes due. A car worth say $25,000 at 7% sales tax = $1750, plus est. license fees of $500 would result in a taxable gain of $27,250 reported on the form 1099 and at the 28% tax rate equals a federal tax of over $7600 due on filing. Oh, and don't forget the insurance premium on the new car as well.
I can't afford for anyone to be that nice to me. Thanks anyway.

There seems to be a new wrinkle in the saga of the little girl who was frightened at the rally yesterday when a jerk ripped a Bush/Kerry sign out of her hands. Seems daddy has been in this situation many times before. Read and decide for yourself who is responsible. No matter who the culprit is, though, remember the victim is the little girl.

Tarenton, Pennsylvania fire officials were so excited. They were finally getting that new aerial fire truck they've been needing. But there is a small problem they have to face before the dream becomes reality: The fire truck is too big. It won't fit inside the fire barn. Oops.

A man in Romania is recovering at the hospital after his wife went nuts. Literally. It seems Aureca Marinescu's wife thought her husband was having an affair. So naturally she ripped his testicles off with her bare hands. Yikes! That makes me cringe and I'm not a guy. Men reading this story have to be holding their packages in a protective stance.

It took a 10-hour operation, but Mr. Marinescu should be fine.

This sounds about right for me:

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
Galadriel is a character in the Middle-Earth universe.
Yeah, that's me. I'd rather do for others than for myself, most of the time.

Friday, September 17, 2004

This week's Carnival of Recipes is up. This week's edition sounds yummy!

Looks like it's Dan Rather Day over at National Review. Looks like a lot of fun is being had at headquarters.

I think the Tacoma, Washington school board should be replaced immediately. They have determined that elementary school children should not have recess, except for a few minutes after lunch
."If we want students learning to high standards, we need them in the classroom, not the playground," Karyn Clarke, assistant superintendent for elementary schools, said this week.
Has Ms. Clarke lost her mind? No recess at all?
Elementary students regularly move from one activity to the next within the classroom and the school, Clarke noted. And they have PE class to address obesity concerns. It's fine for children to have a brief break on a particular day because they are restless or sluggish, Clarke told the newspaper - but it's not supposed to be a daily occurrence.
Where did she go to grade school? We had a recess in the morning, about 15 minutes after lunch, and again in the afternoon. Our collective grades were quite probably higher than they are now. Administrators don't want kids to enjoy childhood anymore, but kids have to be kids. Locking them in a room for hours upon hours is no doubt behind the increase in the number of children who are being classified with ADD. My attention would wander, too, if I were trapped like a rat. Would Ms. Clarke feel this way if she were in one of those classrooms day after day, watching the children lose their love of learning? I think not.

A city council member in Thousand Oaks, California is under investigation for distributing threatening fliers:
Daniel Avila, 25, admitted Wednesday that he handed out fliers at the city's Oktoberfest celebration stating, "President George W. Bush Deserves to Be Assassinated." The handbill also called for a sex attack on the president's twin daughters.
This maniac is under scrutiny. Why isn't he locked up? Did he not threaten the President and his family?

I wasn't really going to write any more about Dan Rather and the CBS kerfuffle, but this was too priceless: Andy Rooney believes the documents are fake and thinks CBS should confess. If an old gasbag like him can admit there's a problem, why can't the people at CBS who supposedly have brains? Their ratings are going in the toilet, Rather is being mocked at every turn, isn't that enough? Or is CBS going to let their news division completely implode and start over from scratch?

Talk about "pot and kettle" time, folks. Jane Fonda says George Bush is a "radical ideologue". Gads, what nerve! From NewsMax
:"Hanoi Jane" Fonda attacked George Bush this week as a "radical ideologue," while calling her old anti-war protest partner John Kerry a voice of "moderation."
Kinda makes you want to throw up, doesn't it?
The America-bashing actress then urged voters to back Kerry over Bush, saying, "I don't think there's ever been such a clear choice between radicalism and moderation.
She must be dyslexic. She's got her candidates backwards.

Allen over at Barking Moonbats EWS has decided to be merciful to Dan Rather. He's even designed a new outfit for him: Official Barking Moonbat News Uniform. It looks like a perfect fit to me.

Although I hesitate to link to their website, MoveOn.org has released another ad, this one more despicable than the last. To quote N.Z. Bear:
The ad ends with a powerful final image of an American soldier trapped in quicksand, his hands held over his head in a position of surrender.
Is this really the image we want of our soldiers? Is this how the Kerry campaign sees our military? Fighting a losing battle? I don't. Our fighting men and women are doing a fantastic job, especially considering the amount of grief they're getting back home. Don't forget to say a prayer for them every day. I'm sure they'll appreciate it. Let's pray for the folks at MoveOn as well. I'm sure they need it.

Well, this would certainly explain some recent jury decisions. A New York judge has determined that drinking or taking drugs while on jury duty is okay. Isn't that unbelievable? One of the most important things a citizen can be asked to do besides voting is serving on a jury. Yet it's okay to treat this duty so cavalierly. I hope I never have to put my fate in the hands of a bunch of stoners.

Peter Kirsenow at National Review has twenty questions John Kerry should answer no later than the debates. I know I'd like to hear the answers.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

You know, political nastiness is at an all-time high this election cycle. However, there are limits which should be observed. You don't terrorize a child, ever. Sophia Parlock, a three year old who attended a John Edwards appearance with her father, Phil, was holding a Bush/Cheney sign. Some thugs ripped it from her hands, scaring the crap out of her. Her father took her away, riding on his shoulders sobbing. Those heathens should be ashamed for scaring a little girl like that. At the same time, her father should be ashamed for putting her in that situation in the first place. If these lunatics want to act stupid, fine. But leave the little children at home.

Would you like the opportunity to live like they did back in the Iron Age? It may be possible next year, if Jasper Blake and Sheila Taylor have their way. They want to open a settlement on farmland on the edge of the Forest of Dean. People would eat, dress, and otherwise participate in activities such as would have taken place during the Iron Age. I'm sorry, I really like archaeology and all, but I don't want to live such a primitive life. The life I'm living right now is about as primitive as I ever want to get.

In Italy, the Court of Cassation, the highest court of appeal, has determined that obese Italians qualify for disability benefits.
The judges said that the decision on individual cases should be based on the individual's corporeal mass, a figure obtained by dividing the person's weight in kilograms by his or her height in metres squared. In the case of Rita G, the result is the extraordinary figure of 57.7, while the normal parameters of invalidity through obesity are between 35 and 40.
Do you have any idea what a decision like this would do to our country? Social Security disability wouldn't last two years before it would be totally depleted. Sure, I believe the Social Security disability process could be overhauled and improved, but a move such as in Italy would be devastating.

California Representative Dana Rohrabacher has introduced a bill amending the Constitution in order to allow 20-year citizens to run for President, rather than U.S. born citizens only. Now I admire Arnold Schwarzenegger, he's come a long way since immigrating to this country. However, not all 20-year citizens have accomplished as much, nor are they even remotely qualified to be President. Let's hope they decide another amendment would be a major mistake.

Here's a great idea for a Christmas gift to your favorite blogger: Pajama People Merchandise. Who knew pajamas could be so popular?

Don't forget, gang. Sunday, September 19, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Everybody say ARRRRRRRRRRR!

It's been a while since I took a quiz:

Take the What High School
Stereotype Are You?

That's about right. I didn't really do anything stupid or bad until I got out of school.

From the Llama Butchers:

Coming this fall to CBS: CSI: Blogistan. The cast is almost complete. As for me, I'd be one of the peripheral cops, you know the ones who are there only to pass on information from one person to another. Or perhaps I could be the switchboard operator at CSI Headquarters.

Michael King over at Rambling's Journal has the latest update on the "memos". The suspected former National Guardsman, Bill Burkett, has a standing account at Kinko's in Abilene, the Kinko's these so-called documents was faxed from.

Steve over at Hog On Ice has found yet another CBS Secret Memo!

Do you remember last week when I wrote about he poor shnuck who was arrested for not leaving a big enough tip? Well, he's off the hook:
The Warren County District Attorney's Office said a restaurant patron can't be forced to leave a gratuity. Prosecutors said establishments have to call it a service charge -- not a tip -- in order to make it a mandatory add-on charge.
So the New York restaurants can still stiff you for 18%, they just can't call it a tip. I wonder if the waitperson will still get it.

Sheila Bilyeu, of Oak Hall, Va., is running as an Independent in the Oklahoma Senate election. Her opponents are Dem. Brad Carson, and Rep. Tom Coburn. Word on the street is she could have an impact on the election. My question would be: Why?
Bilyeu has repeatedly sued the U.S. government in federal courts in Florida, Virginia, California and Washington, D.C. Most of the lawsuits also named former President Clinton and politicians as defendants. Judges dismissed all her lawsuits.
Bilyeu claims the federal government implanted a device in her head in the 1970s during an operation at a military base in Arizona. She claims the government has sent her messages -- mostly "put downs'' -- through the alleged device for years to annoy her.
"Mean politicians ... have been after me for years and years and years,'' she said. "I know it sounds nuts, but it's true.''
She claims that when she spoke out against Clinton, she was gassed in her apartment and in her car.
You should read the whole thing. It will be interesting to see how many votes this dingbat actually gets.

Happy Rosh Hashanah, everybody! May this year be more peaceful than the last.

Deutche Welle, a german broadcaster, has translated their webpages into 30 languages. Now they've added another: Klingon. That's right. If you or your friends are Klingons, now you can go to a website that caters to your every whim.
“The dialogue of cultures does not end at the edge of our solar system,” Deutsche Welle director Erik Bettermann said in a statement.

Deutsche Welle is a government-funded radio and television network that broadcasts mainly for German expatriates and Germany enthusiasts.
Well, okay then. K'plah!

From Electric Venom:

A Canadian has invented a new mouse that is controlled by the nose and eyelids. It's called a nouse.
The nose-steered mouse, called a “nouse", works by using tracking software linked to a webcam that identifies a group of 25 pixels which are the tip of the nose.
Motion detection software is used to spot the blink of the user’s eye. Blinking the left or right eye twice takes the place of left or right mouse clicks.
Great! Now I can use both hands to eat while I'm surfing.

From The Corner:

WASHINGTON--- House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) today called on CBS News to retract its September 8 story calling President Bush's National Guard record into question. According to numerous press reports, CBS based its reporting on documents that it cannot prove are factual. Blunt also asks CBS to reveal the identities of the people he says have used the network "to deceive [its] viewers in the final weeks of a presidential election."

"To date, CBS's response to the specific and devastating criticisms of the accuracy of its reporting has been to question the motives of its critics, to offer half-truths in its own defense, to refuse to disclose crucial evidence, and to circle the wagons," Blunt writes.

Blunt gathered 40 signatures of his colleagues on the letter sent to CBS President Andrew Heyward today.
I completely agree that CBS needs to formally retract the story. The documents have been totally debunked, and they need to admit they were wrong to run with a story with such dubious fact-checking. At the same time, I don't see CBS revealing the source or sources of these documents. They will scream "First Amendment", even though they would be justified to name the scofflaw who set them up.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Japan has confirmed its twelfth case of mad cow disease. This could have a devastating effect on their beef sales. On the other hand, it could be beneficial for countries who export beef. It's a shame that it would be at someone else's expense.

Looks like the NHL may not play this year at all. The owners have decided to lock out players effective Thursday. I can't say I'm terribly disappointed. I like hockey; don't get me wrong. But every year it gets more and more violent. If these guys want to keep pummeling each other, perhaps they should take up boxing and stop pretending they're playing a game.

Okay, kiddies. One of you has a real problem. Somebody found their way to my website searching Google for "princess+leia+raped". You need help, darlin.

Paul over at Wizbang! is in desperate need of our prayers, as are all the other residents of New Orleans, which could be totally destroyed by Hurricane Ivan if it hits just right. It's looking like that could be a distinct possibility. Read the link. It tells you what a Category 5 hurricane could do to the "Big Easy".

Isn't this adorable? All babies should have one immediately!

Quick, look out the window! Are there pigs flying around? Believe it or not, William Shatner has won an Emmy Award for his performance on The Practice. Will wonders never cease?

Some people just have no luck at all. A 63 year old man was crossing the road in Beijing, China, when a boiler which had exploded in a sauna sailed over a six-story building and landed on him. He was killed instantly.

Some of us are having a lot more fun with Rathergate than others. Have a barfbag ready, though. Some of the images which will come to mind may be more than the average person's stomach can take.

They had a pretty good scare in a Niagara, New York shopping mall. Customers were evacuated from stores after a suspicious suitcase was left by three people of mideastern descent who drove off in a car. The stores in the mall were evacuated and the suitcase impounded. But this is the scary part:
Canadian Customs stopped the van at the border, detained it and interviewed the three people inside.

As for the suitcase, something that was not explosive was inside, but it's being kept for further processing.
I'd like to know what that means, wouldn't you?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The guys over at CBS should definitely check out this sale item, for the next time they need to create the news.

The guys over at Barking Moonbats Early Warning System have started a petition to send to John Ashcroft, asking him to investigate Rathergate. Click on over and sign it, please.

There's a llama running loose in Alaska. Does anybody know where Steve and Robbo are?

More photos from the bombing of the train station in Spain have been published on the web. These photos show the bombing as it happens from the point of view of the upper level of the station. They're not bloody or gruesome, if you want to check them out.

Way back in 1958, we were in the midst of a Cold War. It was during this time that we "lost" a hydrogen bomb.
The hydrogen bomb was lost in the Atlantic Ocean in 1958 following a collision of a B-47 bomber and an F-86 fighter.
Well, the bomb has apparently been found. Off the coast of Georgia.
A group led by retired Air Force Lt. Col. Derek Duke of Statesboro, Georgia, said in July that it had found a large object underwater near Savannah that was emitting high levels of radioactivity, according to an Associated Press report.
They're trying to decide now whether to leave it there, or try to recover it. There's concern that it may explode during the recovery process. That would be bad.

John Kerry has already contacted the Federal Election Commission, asking for advice on how to handle a recount. Isn't that a defeatist attitude? What happened to that confidence, that bravado? Why is he already planning for recounts? Why should we have to go through this again? Let's all vote for George Bush, then there won't be anything to recount, would there?

Did anybody watch the Today Show this morning, when Matt Lauer was interviewing Kitty Kelley about her piece of fiction about the Bush family? It was priceless!
She totally got caught off guard when Matt Lauer disputed some of her facts:
LAUER: The reality has to be that there are some nice things that need to be said about them. And why aren't they in this book?
KELLEY: Matt, you've played golf with former President Bush.

LAUER: I've never played golf with him.

Kelley did not challenge Lauer on his denial - or explain how many sources she had for her false claim.
The look on her face was beautiful! I was really quite surprised at the tone of the interview. Matt was really taking it to her, allowing no slack at all. He should do more interviews for the Today Show, instead of Katie Couric. I wonder, would the interview be so adversarial, if Dan Blather hadn't screwed up so badly?

Oh, the humanity! A car carrier loaded down with vintage Porsches was hit by a freight train. All of the cars were totalled (duh!), and the driver of the car carrier was uninjured. Somebody stop the madness!

Did you know there was a World Black Pudding Throwing Competition? Well, there is, and several hundred people showed up to participate in re-enactment of an ancient battle between Yorkshire and Lancashire. What is black pudding, you say?
Black pudding is a speciality of the region and consists of cooked pigs’ blood, fat and rusk encased in a length of intestine.
And how do you compete, you ask?
Contestants threw black puddings at a stack of Yorkshire puddings 20ft off the ground in a bid to knock off more than their opponents.
This year, more than 300 entered the competition, with some from as far away as Australia. Ick.

MSNBC Breaking News: A car bomb has killed at least 27 people at the Baghdad police station. That's all the information I've got right now. I'm sure there will be more out there in a little while.

A twice-convicted drunk driver is suing the state of Pennsylvania and the makers of an in-car ignition interlock, saying they are too dangerous. Jason Reali claims that the interlock, which requires the driver to blow into it at intervals both before starting the car and while it is moving, caused him to have an accident. He apparently had to blow into the interlock so hard that he passed out and his car hit a tree. Mr. Reali is a heavy smoker, which could have contributed to the difficulty in performing the test.

But he isn't the only person who has complained about the equipment. Read the article and decide for yourself if the equipment should be modified or taken off the market completely.

I didn't think it was possible, but Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has gone off the deep end, climbed back up, and gone off again. She states in this article:
Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney jumped in the polls because they cast their convention as a Western. They were the "Magnificent Seven," steely-eyed, gun-slinging samurai riding in to save the frightened town: Rudolph Giuliani, John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zell Miller, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and Poppy Bush, who was on "Imus" comparing Mr. Kerry with Jane Fonda.

Then she gets really warped, and states:
After 9/11, Americans want tough guys who will protect them from Al Qaeda. They seem to be willing to settle for an impersonation of tough guys by Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who were so busy with their vanity war in Iraq that they missed critical opportunities to vanquish Al Qaeda and spent money on a foreign occupation that could have been used to secure American ports and come up with plans before the Beslan tragedy to protect children from terrorists.(emphasis mine - ed)

Could someone please contact Ms. Dowd and give her a piece of their mind? It's obvious she doesn't have any of her own. I think her last marble just rolled down the street.

I've added another link to my blogroll this evening. Thinking Meat is very well written, and I like what he has to say. He's a no-nonsense kinda guy. Besides, with a name like "E. Nough", who could resist? Check it out.

Russia has decided they want to be our allies again. They agree with our treatment of terrorists, and have decided to follow the same policies. Russia's defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, had this to say:
"The Americans and the U.S. military have a better understanding of the seriousness of this threat since we and the United States have both been targeted in powerful terror attacks," Ivanov said in the television interview.

"In that sense, it has been easier for us to find a basis for mutual understanding with the United States than with some of the European nations."

Gee, all it took was an attack on a bunch of innocent children. What will it take with France and Germany? Let's hope we don't have to find out.

ALERT: If you're squeamish, don't look at this...

This is just more proof that weight training is bad for you. All exercise is bad for you. Trust me. Would I lie? (yes)

The Wall Street Journal has an opinion piece by Zell Miller, who is still Telling It Like It Is. I really like him. I would vote for him for President if he were to run.

The agency that owned the World Trade Center filed suit on Friday against Saudi Arabia for damages pertaining to the 9/11 attack.
The Port Authority, which said the lawsuit was being filed in federal district court in Manhattan on Friday, is following similar moves by other organizations, including Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond brokerage that lost the biggest number of workers in the attacks.

Cantor Fitzgerald last week sued both Saudi Arabia and al Qaeda in New York federal court, charging that the Saudis aided al Qaeda, which is led by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden.

Good for them. Most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia; why shouldn't they bear some of the responsibility?

The first entry on this page is why I no longer read Mad Magazine.

Could someone please explain this statement to me:
Two days later(after the Republican Convention), Kerry told supporters in Akron, Ohio, that "we're going to take the wood" to the Republicans. But he hastened to add: "And we're going to do it nicely. Because America deserves a real conversation about the choices that affect your lives."

Make your own jokes, I've got enough problems.

Could someone please explain this statement to me:
Two days later(after the Republican Convention), Kerry told supporters in Akron, Ohio, that "we're going to take the wood" to the Republicans. But he hastened to add: "And we're going to do it nicely. Because America deserves a real conversation about the choices that affect your lives."

Make your own jokes, I've got enough problems.

We all love National Review, don't we? We read Jonah Goldberg, Jay Nordlinger, K-Lo, et al, with adoration, don't we? Well, they need our help. They need to recoup some legal expenses caused by a lawsuit filed by a Muslim last year. If you can help them, click here. And tell them Grandma Deece sent you.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Did you know Playgirl ran a poll to determine who was the Sexiest Newscaster? Seems their voting lines were jammed frequently. Here are the top three vote getters:

1. Keith Olbermann
2. Sean Hannity
3. Anderson Cooper

What do you think of the winners? Agree? Disagree? Or is there someone else you think should have been chosen? Frankly, I think Tom Brokaw is a very attractive man, but what do I know?

Looks like Al Gore is on the rampage again. He's making the rounds, bashing the Republicans for anything and everything he can think of. Take a look at that picture of him. How much weight has he gained? He's starting to look like a blimp. He should really be careful; overweight men who rage on and on tend to have cardiac problems.

Well it's week one of the football season, and my teams are already letting me down. The current standings on the yearly bet are as follows:

Sir Mugley 84 points
Me 69 points

If the season ended right now, I'd owe him 15 cents. Man, I hate to lose. My guys gotta score more points next week.

I guess you've all heard about Oprah's season premiere. If you haven't, well let me fill you in. Oprah gave everyone in her audience a brand new car. 276 brand new cars. I wanted to be happy for those people, I really did. But all I could think was, "Why not me? Why can't we catch a break?" We're stuck driving a piece of crap that was adequate at best when it was new in 1991. It needs transmission work, has a busted headlight thanks to a deer, and you have to carry a hammer in the car at all times to use on the starter when it won't start.

I get like this once in a while. I go through a phase where I really hate the way my life has turned out. I love my husband, I love my children, and I adore my grandchildren. I just wish I'd made different decisions earlier in my life. I should have gone to college for more than one semester. I should have never started smoking when I was 17.

I'll be through this phase by tomorrow. But until then I think I'll wallow for a while. But I'd still like a new car.

There appears to be evidence that spit from a lizard can be used to treat adult-onset diabetes.
Exenatide, a drug which mimics a hormone found in the spit of the Gila Monster - a creature that lives in the Arizona desert and eats just four times a year - is being investigated in the treatment of patients with type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes
One of the trials found that patients taking the therapy for a year saw an average reduction in blood sugar levels of 1.1 per cent and average weight reduction of 4.5kg.

If this pans out, it could be a real boon for diabetics all over the world. If they can get past the "lizard spit" part. Ick.

Ryan Trowell is a blogger on a mission. He's a hurricane chaser, reporting for WeatherBug, and he's in Florida getting ready for Ivan. Be careful down there, Ryan.

Kevin over at Wizbang! is on the trail of the forger. It seems this is not the first time these documents have been used in an attempt to thwart President Bush's political aspirations. I only hope this is concluded quickly, the guilty parties punished to the fullest extent of the law, and life return to a semblance of normal. I am of the opinion that the dirty tricks being played out this year make the Nixon kerfuffle look like a child's game of peek-a-boo.

How about that Houston-San Diego game today? The game was good, but the entertainment...well, how often do you get to sit in a stadium in total darkness? That's right. Houston's Reliant Stadium, named for Reliant Energy, lost power for about 10 minutes. Isn't that the definition of irony?

Not many people are aware than John Kerry wrote a book published in 1997 called "The New War". It's about terrorists. No, really. I guess he's a visionary. Anyway, our bud over at Varifrank threw himself on his sword and read this book. He'll probably need therapy now, but he did it for us. He has recorded his thoughts and important passages of the book for all of us so we don't have to damage our corneas reading the thing. Isn't that precious? Read this please. Perhaps it will help us understand Kerry a little better? Besides, we don't want "Verifrank" to think he made the sacrifice for nothing, now do we?

In a speech before the Congressional Black Caucus, John Kerry insinuated that the GOP and the Bush Administration would try to prevent blacks from voting. When will he stop making stuff up and start seriously addressing the issues? He hasn't spoken to a reporter in over a month now. He just keeps spitting out garbage, and expecting the little people of America to swallow it and say it was good.

Somebody's hit the big time! Kelley over at Suburban Blight has a write-up in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. They did a story on some of the area bloggers. I think it turned out real nice, but Kelley doesn't seem to. Go on over and tell her how nice it is.

Anthony Daniels, the actor who brilliantly portrayed C3PO in all of the Star Wars movies, is retiring. Now that he has finished filming the sixth of the series, he is hanging up the golden suit.
The English stage actor was initially reluctant to audition for the part and even risked "losing his voice" to Hollywood star Richard Dreyfuss (news) as Lucas contemplated dubbing him over.

"Now I have the honor of being the only person to have appeared in all of the movies and I have become the principal spokesman for them," he said.

He won't be sitting around raking in royalties, though. He has a multitude of speaking engagements scheduled in various countries.

So long, 3PO. You'll be missed. What will R2-D2 do without you?

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