Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Thanks to Michelle Malkin, we now know about the three men with a rocket launcher spotted at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. Y'all keep your eyes open down there, ok?

Well, Sir Mugley's not going to Oregon after all. Our daughter-in-law called and let us know she found someone to drive with her so he didn't need to go. I'm kinda sorry, because he was going to get some great pictures on the trip. Plus, I was going to have the house to myself for a few days. Oh, well. I'll just be glad when they get here. Her great aunt passed away a couple of days ago, and she'll be travelling here through Iowa, so it's going to be a lot longer drive than usual. I don't envy her that trip. But just a few more days and my grandbabies will be here. Woohoooo!!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Well, duh!
You are a Believer

You believe in God and your chosen religion.
Whether you're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu..
Your convictions are strong and unwavering.
You think your religion is the one true way, for everyone.
What's Your Religious Philosophy?

Friday, July 29, 2005

Here's good news for every one who's ever been offended by Helen Thomas. According to The Hill, Mizzzz Thomas vows she will kill herself if Dick Cheney runs for President. I say, let's have him announce he's gonna run, then withdraw after the deed is accomplished. Or, if she chickens out, she could just move to another country.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

I have a new hero, and she's a 62 year old retired teacher in Wisconsin.
A woman who was upset over being searched bodily at an airport was convicted Tuesday of assaulting a security screener by grabbing the federal officer's breasts.
Wow! There's more:
On Monday, Transportation Security Administration screening supervisor Anita Gostisha testified that Dintenfass activated metal detectors at a checkpoint, and she heard Dintenfass say she thought the problem was bobby pins and barrettes in her hair.

Gostisha said she took the woman to another screening area, where she used a handheld wand. Gostisha said she was following protocol when she also performed a "limited pat-down search."

Gostisha said she was using the back of her hands to search the area underneath Dintenfass' breasts when the woman lashed out at her.

"She said `How would you like it if I did that to you?' and slammed me against the wall," Gostisha testified. "She came at me and grabbed my breasts and squeezed them."
Isn't that fabulous? This is what happens when you harrass elderly women instead of spending all that time focusing on the real threats in this country. I hope she gets acquitted.

I guess I need to brush up on my government knowledge. I didn't realize that Congress could change the Presidential order of succession. They want to move the Secretary of Homeland Security from last place to eighth place, just behind the Attorney General. The Senate approved it without objection. Now we wait to see what the House wants to do. How well do you know the order of succession? I knew Vice President, Speaker of the House, Senate Pro Tem, and then I wander off. The full list is in the story. Great for a trivia game sometime.

Here's proof positive that farming is dangerous. In Croatia, a farmer getting ready to milk a cow slipped and fell, startling the cow which slipped and fell... on the farmer. He was crushed and it took the family several minutes to get the cow off him.

In Portage, Indiana, two women pushing a car were charged with DUI after the car was pushed into a parked car. I can understand that. After all, they were (supposedly) in control of the car, even if the engine wasn't running. That's not so bad. In the 1970's (I don't know about now) in England, if the police knocked on your door and you'd been drinking, you better not have your car keys on your person. That makes you a person in control of that car, and you can be ticketed.

Jerry Lewis is finally getting the recognition and thanks that are long overdue.
Comic legend Jerry Lewis is getting the television academy's prestigious Governors Award in recognition for his more than half-century of work on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy.

Lewis, national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, was chosen for the prestigious award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Board of Governors in recognition of his work for the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
Even though he has had some serious health issues the past several years, he has never abandoned his work for MDA. Thanks, Jerry. P.S. I love your movies.

Wow, am I glad that heat wave is over. Our air conditioner is officially on life support. It's just barely producing cool air at this point. So I called today to see about buying a new one at our local furniture and appliance store. Seems so many people have been stiffing them on payments lately they aren't extending credit any more. So it's cash or credit card, neither of which is an option at this point. Thank God for OACAC. That stands for Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, and they are truly a Godsend. For people who are economically challenged, such as families on a fixed low income (ours) or families who just can't make ends meet, they provide what they can to help. This includes energy assistance in the summer and winter, commodities on a monthly basis, and air conditioners for those who have medical need. That would be me. I've just gotta get a note from my doctor (no problem) and I can get a free air conditioner. They also provide school supplies and clothing for the entire family. Really a great deal for those of us who are scratching to keep our heads above water.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Pakistani officials announced today they have arrested the man responsible for the beheading death of Daniel Pearl.
Hashim Qadeer, listed among Pakistan's most wanted men in 2003, was captured in the eastern city of Gujranwala after being under police surveillance for three days, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Way to go, guys. That's seven down, five to go.

A hacker has hacked off a lot of people in the U.S. Military.
Gary McKinnon, 39, is accused of accessing 97 US government computers, causing damage estimated at $700,000 (£370,000).
This bozo, who's old enough to know better, hit our military computer systems at a most critical time.
It was claimed he left a note on an army computer in 2002 saying US foreign policy was "akin to government-sponsored terrorism". The note allegedly said: "It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand down on September 11 last year. I am Solo. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels."

McKinnon is accused of 20 counts relating to the American army, navy and air force, Nasa and the Department of Defence.

One allegation is that he deleted files and logs from computers at the US Naval Weapons Station Earle at a critical time after the Twin Towers attacks, rendering the base's network of 300 computers inoperable.
Let's get this loser extradited from England as quickly as possible and make sure he never touches a computer again. He threatened our nation just as surely as bin Laden ever did.

Finally! I received a response to an e-mail I sent Governor Matt Blunt earlier this month. I'm going to post it here in its entirety.
Dear Constituent:

Thank you for contacting me in regards to the State of Missouri's child sexual offense laws. Recently Bill O'Reilly of Fox News suggested that Missouri is "apathetic on child sex offender laws," and that I did not care about the issue.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Since I assumed office in January of this year, I have worked to ensure the safety of Missouri's children. As a new father, my deep commitment to protecting children has only grown.

My administration has taken every step to guard the safety of our children and I will continue to aggressively pursue the prevention and punishment of this horrific crime. Recently I signed a number of important pieces of new legislation to do just that.

These laws clarify beyond any doubt that a child shall not be placed or reunited with any person found guilty of specified sexual offenses. Additionally, a prior offender who sexually abuses a minor is now subject to lifetime supervision by the Board of Probation and Parole, including electronic monitoring using a global positioning system.

The law now also allows Missouri counties to post sex offenders' photos along with their information on their internet site. Allowing the public to put a face with the name of a registered sex offender will help all our citizens identify potential threats and help protect our children. To aid law enforcement and prosecutors, the state's DNA sampling program will be expanded to include offenders held in private facilities.

Finally, sexual offenders are now prohibited from obtaining licenses, such as real estate licenses, which would allow them access to peoples' homes. According to the Missouri Association of Realtors, Missouri may be among the first states to be proactive in this worthy cause.

Accompanying these new laws is our dramatically increased coordination with the AMBER Alert system. By rapidly and broadly disseminating information about a missing child we are able to maximize the chances of a safe return home.

After communicating with my staff, the producers of the Bill O'Reilly show correctly removed Missouri from the list of states that are soft on child sexual offenders. With the involvement of all our citizens and the support of our lawmakers, together we can protect our children and ensure the safety of their future.


Matt Blunt
My thanks to the governor for answering my e-mail. I sincerely hope he continues working to protect the children of Missouri by backing the bill sponsored by Representative Sam Graves and committing to a similar bill on the state level.

Monday, July 25, 2005

And a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful grandson, Anthony. He's a big boy of seven now. I'll finally get to see him in about two weeks, and I've got a lot of birthday spankins to give that boy. But I think I'll make them hugs instead. The last time I saw him he was just starting to stand up. I'll bet he's changed a little since then.

Hillary is getting stronger among the Democratic Party powerhouses. Now she's in control of setting the agenda for the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. She's still trying to position herself as a moderate. Fat chance in my opinion. What do you think?

Attention spammers! You may want to stay out of Russia. They deal with spammers a little harshly.
Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.
Bummer, dude.

Goody, Goody!! Mel Gibson is making another epic. This time the subject is the Mayan Empire, and will be filmed in the Mayan language of 500 years ago. Once again we can brush up on our reading skills with the subtitles. I don't mind. His last "obscure" language movie was fabulous, and I have no doubt this one will be as well. Only this time, Disney has already agreed to distribution. He won't have to do it all alone.

Congratulations go out to Paul and Janet Soucie of Deweese, Nebraska on their recent additions to their "family". One of their cows gave birth to quadruplets, an extremely rare occurance, and they are all healthy. She delivered three heifers and one bull. An incredibly lucky incident, indeed.

Hanoi Jane is back! Mizzz Fonda has decided to protest another war. I guess terrorists are her kind of people. But I don't think "Fallujah Fonda" should be given the publicity in the mainstream press the way she was last time. This time she should be exposed for the traitor she was then, and probably is now. That depends on how far her "protest" goes. As far as I'm concerned, she should have been prosecuted years ago.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Officials in California are trying to figure out why four women in California have died from sepsis after using RU-486, the abortion pill. Before this pill was approved by the FDA, there was extensive evidence that it could cause strokes or heart attacks. Now it looks like they can add another cause of death to the list. I'm not a medical professional, but it sounds to me like the abortion was incomplete, which caused the sepsis. I could be wrong. But it makes sense. Something is causing the infections. It will be interesting to see what they determine.

Okay, this is big. The AFL-CIO is falling apart. According to this article, the Service Employees International Union is planning to announce Monday they are pulling out of the AFL-CIO, and the Teamsters are planning to follow suit, as are two other unions. I can't say I'm sorry. The Teamsters never did anything to help my dad when his job was pulled out from under him after 40 years of service. And when I was in the IBEW, all they ever did was collect their dues. Maybe unions did a lot of good in the past, but it seems their time has come and gone. We'll see how this turns out.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

You Are 50% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!

How Weird Are You?

Well, it took me a while, my peeps, but I finally saw the pattern. After a little research, I've found that the number four is a holy number in Islam. I don't know why I didn't see it sooner. There were four planes used on 9/11. There were four bombs in London... twice. On 9/11 there were supposed to be 20 hijackers (four times five). A little research to kill a little time reveals that the Koran limits the number of wives a man can have to four. There are 12 months in the year, in Islam four of those months are holy. And today, four bombs were detonated in Egypt. Once you look for it, the pattern is clear. But I haven't seen anything in the press about it. After Mohammed, there were four caliphs who reigned over Islamic lands. That's what I've found in about twenty minutes time. Can you find other instances of four? If so, put it in the comments. Go anonymous, I don't care. I just like to hear from people.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Missouri Department of Revenue has an itty bitty problem. They've printed 20,000 duplicate license plates by accident. Fortunately they caught the error after only distributing 1,500 of them. So they only have to replace 1,500 plates and print new plates for the duplicates, costing them a mere $55,000. Thanks, guys. The state can really afford stupid mistakes like that.

Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. A man was driving on the turnpike in Muskogee, Oklahoma and got a flat tire. He pulled over to change it, and while he was getting out the tire iron a semi passed him. The truck tire flung a rock at this poor guy, and he tried to dodge it. In doing so he hit his head on the back glass of his own vehicle, and knocked himself out. He's still in the hospital, recovering from his head injury. Click here to read the whole story.

Is everybody enjoying this weather? Me, neither. I'm in hibernation and I'm miserable. Our air conditioner, which is at least 12 years old, is on its last legs, and is barely keeping the bedroom cool. We leave only to let the dogs in and out, or to use the facilities, or grab some food. It's amazing how boring a bedroom can get. You wouldn't think so, would you? Anyway, it's just the four of us, at least until Monday. Right now it's after midnight, and the temp is 82, humidity 57%, and heat index 84 degrees. It's not supposed to get much cooler tonight, then they're expecting the temp the next couple of days to breach 100. I hope our a/c holds out. I can't afford to replace it right now. On top of all that, between our son moving back to the state and the nasty weather, I completely forgot I was supposed to have eye surgery tomorrow. Now I have to postpone it. I was so looking forward to reading books again.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

For those keeping track, I still haven't received a response from Governor Blunt. However, U.S. Representative Sam Graves of Missouri isn't afraid to stand up and do what's right. He's proposing mandatory life sentences for two-time federal sex offenders. Here's hoping he's successful. Perhaps you could let your congress-critter know and urge him/her to join the effort.

And then you have Fort Carson, Colorado, home of many, many brave soldiers and one 500-pound female moose. I guess she knew where to find a good thing.

The bears in New Mexico are trying to check into motels. I hope they have reservations. It is the vacation season, isn't it?

A woman in Manhattan is suing Con-Ed because she fell off her skateboard onto a manhole cover over a steam pipe and was branded by the letters on the cover.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, accused Con Ed of "negligence, carelessness, recklessness and culpable conduct" related to Wallenberg's injuries.

Court papers said Wallenberg, now a factory worker who lives in Portland, Ore., is entitled to compensatory and punitive damages because of Con Ed's "reprehensible and egregious failure and refusal ... to protect the public from this manifestly clear and present danger."
Forgive me, but what does she want them to do about the problem? Remove the covers and let her fall directly onto the steam pipe? Replace them with foam covers? Perhaps she could find a safer place to skateboard at midnight than the middle of the street.

There's a real freak running around down in Florida. It seems a man down there strips down to his birthday suit and breaks into homes of elderly women, just so he can tickle their feet. When they wake up, he runs away. And he's been doing this for four years now. One of these days he's gonna pick the wrong house. Then watch the little punk run.

Yeah, right. Clear as mud.

Your Hidden Talent
You're super sensitive and easily able to understand situations.
You tend to solve complex problems in a flash, without needing a lot of facts.
Decision making is easy for you. You have killer intuition.
The right path is always clear, and you're a bit of a visionary.

What's Your Hidden Talent?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Another great American hero died this week. Gerry Thomas became a hero to families all over this country when he invented the TV Dinner. Thanks, Gerry. I remember what a treat Friday nights were when I was a child. My mother was a fabulous cook, but after working all week I know she must have gotten tired of her own cooking. Friday nights we did the grocery shopping, and we got to pick out our own TV dinners for supper that night. It was a real thrill for a kid, to be able to sit and watch TV while we ate. Those were the days...

He gave the Captain all he had, and now he's gone. James Doohan, our dear Scotty from Star Trek, has passed. I understand his ashes are going to outer space. That's cool. Scotty, ye'll be missed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Here's a tragic story with plenty of blame to go around. Two pre-teen boys were out at midnight (!), hiding in some bushes and firing bottle rockets at passing cars. Great prank, but it does have some possible drawbacks, like if the rocket goes into an open window. Anyway, one of the drivers didn't appreciate the prank at all, stopped his car, and he and his passenger went after the two boys. They caught one and beat the crap out of him. Then they started chasing the other one. The boy ran out into traffic, where he was hit by a car and killed. The two men are now in jail. The surviving boy was treated for his injuries and released to his parents. Plenty of blame to go around. I think the only person who shouldn't be blamed in this tragedy is the teenage girl who was driving the car that hit the kid, and she's gonna relive that night for a very long time.

Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University is my new hero. He has conducted a study which indicates dark chocolate is good for us.
The study, published by the American Heart Association, joins a growing body of research that show compounds found in chocolate called flavonoids can help the blood vessels work more smoothly, perhaps reducing the risk of heart disease.
The study also shows that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure in some cases. Mah-velous!!

For anyone who may be keeping track, I still have not received a response to my e-mail to Governor Blunt, which I sent last Wednesday. I wonder if I ever will. Does our Governor care about what his constituents think? It doesn't look like it.

So President Bush has chosen Judge John Roberts, Jr. as his nominee to the Supreme Court. From everything I've heard, he's a good man, a conservative man, who does not try to legislate from the bench. All good. Too bad he's also a lawyer. You know, there's no rule that says you have to be a lawyer to be a judge, not even on the Supreme Court. He could have chosen anybody. I was listening to Mike Savage on the radio when I went to get the Chinese food for dinner tonight (yummy!), and he suggested that it would be loads of fun if the President nominated Karl Rove. That would have been a hoot! However, I was thinking more along the lines of former Senator Fred Thompson. He would have been a good choice. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Last night, I let myself get sucked in to the Harry Potter nonsense. I don't know why. My daughter is a Harry Potter freak. Friday was her birthday, and she wanted to get the new book for her birthday. No problem. She wanted to get it at midnight when it went on sale. Big Problem. They have four children. So she asked me to babysit, and I told her she was crazy. So she asked her mother-in-law to babysit, and she said, "Sure, but it will cost you $20.00". So she cried and begged and pleaded, and her husband asked me again. I couldn't say no to him. I rarely asks me for anything. But they had to pick me up and bring me home, cause with these cataracts I can't drive at night. I shouldn't drive in daylight, but I do. So I was out half the night, but it was okay. The kids were asleep most of the time, and I got a six-pack of bottled root beer and the latest Star Trek book for Sir Mugley. What the heck, I was gonna be up anyway. Sometimes I'm too soft-hearted.

I just heard from Doc over at Doc's Office, and he's working on something special and is asking our help. If anyone knows anybody who is losing their Missouri Medicaid eligibility, especially if there are children or the elderly involved, let me know at the above e-mail address. Knowing him, and I do, he's gonna get all over our young governor and try to get him to back off.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Some days you're just better off staying in bed. A man in Tecumseh, Oklahoma had a really bad day last Sunday.
James Cave's wife Gloria says Cave was working at a garage near his home Sunday when he felt a pain in his foot and reached down and was bitten in the hand and foot by a pygmy rattlesnake.

Gloria Cave says Cave then fell backward over a barrel and onto a copperhead that bit him in the foot and groin.
How awful is that! And I always hated garages because I was worried about spiders.

A word to the wise: If you get pulled over in Canada for going about twice the speed limit, don't try to get off by telling the officer you were in a hurry because you had to use the bathroom. He won't believe it, and it will cost you dearly. The young man who tried it not only had to go to court, the judge fined him $926 Canadian, and banned him from driving for 30 days. In addition his insurance rates are going through the roof.
An insurance company official told the paper that a high-risk young driver would have to pay C$8,000 a year to insure a new car.

If the Navy can figure out how to use fake shark skin on their vessels, they could save as much as $50 million. Check it out for yourself. It's truly interesting how shark skin works.

Here's a story you'll never see on the news. Read all about the Teddy Troopers.

Four teenagers in Florida decided they wanted to see what would happen if they slammed a pickup truck into a bee colony.
The bee yard is hidden away inside acres of orange groves. But deputies say 18-year old Adam Tyson, 20-year-old Jason Krueger and two younger teens found them anyway, backing their truck right in. But then their truck got stuck in the sand and they had to call 911 when hundreds of thousands of bees started swarming.
And everybody said... "Duh!" What did they think was going to happen? The bees were gonna call the cops? No! Bees take care of their own problems quite efficiently. The boys had to be treated at the hospital. Hopefully, they got a brain transplant while they were there.

Has anybody found a tiger lately? Someone seems to have lost one.
For six months, something has been prowling the countryside along FM 3006 in northern Atascosa County, snatching up dogs, roosters and calves.

One night in early May, rancher Brian Beam was baling hay on his tractor when he says he came face-to-face with what could be the culprit: a full-grown tiger, he said, lurking along the creek running through his 27-acre property.
I gota say, if that had been me, that tractor would have needed a good hosing down. But it just gets better.
He rallied two neighbors, grabbed some guns and flashlights and took off in pursuit of the creature, which Beam now blames for the March disappearance of two of his calves.

"We never could catch up to him, but we found a bunch of hair and tracks," he said.

While searching Gallinas Creek with Beam for an hour and a half, Jake Turner, 19, said he found "huge" tracks in the mud and orange and black fur stuck in a fence that crosses the creek.
Okay, so we've got an eyewitness, huge cat tracks, and orange and black fur caught in the wire fences. Sounds like an open and shut case to me. But apparently they've hired Baghdad Bob in Atascosa County, Texas.
"We have no substantiated reports of loose tigers whatsoever," said David Soward, chief deputy at the Atascosa County Sheriff's Department. "Everything I've heard is like fourth- and fifth-hand information. And none of this has come directly to the Sheriff's Office."
I guess he's waiting for the tiger to knock on his door and turn himself in.

Victor Willis got in a great deal of trouble this week. He was arrested on charges of carrying a loaded weapon in his car, along with some crack cocaine. If you don't recognize his name, perhaps you'll recognize his other persona. He was the "cop" in the group The Village People. Ironic, isn't it?

Speaking of sick twits, a T-ball coach in Pennsylvania paid one of the players $25.00 to hit a mentally-challenged player with the ball so he wouldn't be able to play in the game. He didn't want his team to lose. He has been charged with criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault, corruption of minors and reckless endangerment. But he almost got away with it. When her son got hit in the head and the groin with the ball, his mother got suspicious. So she questioned the boy who threw the ball, and he told her the whole story.

I've got to tell you, I'll never understand why bestiality is not illegal. How could having sex with an animal be okay? You can pretty much guarantee the animal didn't make the first move. But it seems many states have no laws on the books that forbid it. A blind man in the state of Florida was arrested for having sex with his guide dog. And there's a farm in Washington where you can go to have sex with farm animals. Cops wouldn't have known about that one, except a man died after trying to have sex with a horse. I just don't get it.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

William Crutchfield had a serious problem. He was deep in debt and was trying to find a way out. While watching coverage of Eric Rudolph's bombing trial and trip to jail he got an idea. He would go to prison and let them take care of him. No more bills, no more worries. So he shot his mailman, then turned himself in. Now Crutchfield is going to prison, and the poor mail carrier will never be able to digest his food or make insulin on his own. I'd say Mr. Crutchfield make an unwise choice, wouldn't you?

For those of us who spend a lot of time watching television (yes, I admit it), here are the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards. Of course, the shows I watch won't win. The winners are usually on cable or just not my taste. But that's neither here nor there.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

We certainly had an frightening situation around here Tuesday morning. A woman was letting her three children play in the back yard. They wanted to play in their little inflatable swimming pool, so Mom went in the house to get some towels. In just that short a time, two men in a red pickup truck took the little girl and disappeared. The four year old boy ran in the house and told his mom to call 911. Unfortunately, this poor child is the only witness, except for the little girl, who was found two hours later. She was found in the middle of a county road, her diaper and pants were in her hand. Thank God she was not assaulted in any way. Police are looking for the truck and the two men who took her. Please watch your children when they play outside. Even in the country, it's just not safe any more.

If you know a person with Parkinson's Disease who may be taking Mirapex, you might want to watch your wallet. They have determined that some people who take this drug have developed a compulsive gambling problem. As soon as the dosage was lowered or stopped, the gambling desire went away. Freaky, right? Some people are suing the drug company, of course. It seems to be easily fixed. The doctor just puts the patient on a lower dosage or changes to a different drug. But some people aren't reporting it because it's too embarrassing. Frankly, I'd rather be embarrassed than broke.

There is a very unusual priest in New Delhi. This priest was bitten by a five-foot snake, usually a fatal situation. It certainly was in this case. The snake started vomiting blood and died. The priest is fine. Wooooooh...

I sometimes believe that when it's your time to go, you're gonna go, no matter where you are or what you're doing. A man in the Bronx found that out. His death is considered a homicide, but it was complicated. A man is driving down the road. A hoodlum starts shooting at him. He gets shot in the head. He loses control of his car and it hits a "No Standing" sign. The sign falls down and hits another guy. The thug got away. The man who was shot in the head is going to be fine. The guy hit by the sign died. I'm wondering though: who are they going to charge with the murder? The shooter or the driver?

If you're driving a big truck, hauling hay down the highway, that's a pretty big job. If you're doing that job, you need to know how to handle emergencies, right? A driver going down I-70 near Zanesville, Ohio, looked back and saw his truckload of hay had caught fire. What does he do? He starts swerving back and forth, trying to use the wind to blow out the fire. It didn't work. The hay started falling off the truck with each swerve, and he eventually had a six mile long fire going down the highway. What a slugnutty!

I was listening to Bill O'Reilly today while I was out doing some errands, and I really got ticked off. He was discussing this new law passed in Florida which mandates a 25 year prison sentence for a first-time sex offender convicted in that state. A second conviction warrants a life sentence. Both seem extremely fair to me, especially if the victim was a child. Then O'Reilly proceeded to inform the listening audience that he'd taken a survey of all the other governors to see if they planned to follow suit. Most gave him a favorable answer, either they were looking into passing something similar or they had already signed something similar into law. Unfortunately, there were several who either refused to respond to the survey, indicating their grand indifference, or they told him to kiss off. Both really poor responses in my opinion. He then went on to read the list of governors who fell into this group. My governor was on that list. My governor, Matt Blunt, son of Roy Blunt, brand new father. I saw red for the rest of my trip. When I got home, I proceeded to write my governor an e-mail. I'm posting it here in its entirety:
Governor, I am a long-time supporter of your fathers campaigns, and have voted for you at every opportunity. I am also a mother of two and grandmother of 10. I have a serious problem weighing on me right now. I was listening to Bill OReillys program today, and your name came up as one of the governors who didnt seem to care about protecting children from sex offenders. They were taking a survey of governors who supported a bill such as the one just passed in Florida to mandate 25 year sentences for first-time convicted offenders and life sentences for a second conviction. I would like it very much if you could explain to me what your objections to such a law could be. I have a great love for the children of our state, and know you, as a new father, care about protecting children as well. I am looking forward to your answer. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I'll post his answer when I get one... if I get one. In the meantime, check here to see if your state is on the list. If it is, contact your governor and find out why. He or she owes you an answer.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Well, it took less than a week. The BBC has again started editing the word "terrorist" out of their broadcasts. After all, you wouldn't want to offend anyone, now would you?

Is anybody watching the summer swamp of reality programming? We've been watching Hell's Kitchen, and so far it has truly been enlightening. I can't imagine working for a chef like the guy running that freak show. I can only hope that the people who were eating in that "restaurant" were being paid to do so, because so far a whole bunch of them waited two hours or more just to be told the kitchen was closed for the night. Anyway, we haven't really covered any of the others, except for an episode or two of The Scholar, which wasn't too bad. Anyway, anybody got any comments on the other reality programming out there this summer?

Good evening, everybody. I just read where Kevin Hagen, the actor who played kindly Doc Baker on Little House on the Prairie, passed away due to esophageal cancer. He was in his upper 70's. I liked his character on that show. He had a good sense of humor, something you don't see in doctors these days.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

The federal court in Mobile, Alabama has finally shut down a drug cartel, sort of. The court denied bail to 90 year old Lucious Westry and her 60 year old son, as well as nine other people, mostly relatives of the Westrys. Lucious is considered the "kingpin" of the operation, distributing drugs to a large portion of the area. It was stated that releasing them could constitute a danger to the community. That's one bad granny!

Skateboarder Danny Way made history today by jumping over the Great Wall of China on his skateboard four times, three of them successfully.

A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Cindy did millions of dollars in damage to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. There is very little there that wasn't damaged in some way. Click on the link to see the damage.

This is a really bizarre animal story. In Turkey, about 1,500 sheep decided to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff. The first450 died, but the rest landed on the fluffy sheep that had already jumped so they weren't killed. I can't imagine what could have caused such a thing. I've heard of lemmings doing that, and a herd of swine in the Bible did that, but never sheep. Any ideas?

In my life, I have found loose change in a couch, as well as small toys, dead mice, french fries and loose papers. But I've never found anything like this:
Workers removing furniture from the home of a deceased elderly woman got a shock when they spotted an active hand grenade stuck in the bottom of the couch.
They don't have any idea where it came from. Authorities disposed of the grenade safely.

A dozen Porsche drivers were racing in a little-used Berlin airport, and having a great time... until they were interrupted from above. An airplane landed on top of one of the speeding cars. The pilot actually balanced on the car for a moment, before the driver of the car slammed on his brakes. That flipped the plane off the car. Both driver and pilot were okay, but both vehicles suffered damage. Well, duh!

My family knows I hate funerals with a passion. I certainly don't want one, although I will acquiesce to my husband's wishes if I go first, because he doesn't believe in cremation. However, if you're gonna have a funeral, let it be fun at least. Like the funeral of James Henry Smith:
Smith, 55, of Pittsburgh, died of prostate cancer Thursday. Because his death wasn't unexpected, his family was able to plan for an unusual viewing Tuesday night.

The Samuel E. Coston Funeral Home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays.

Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. A pack of cigarettes and a beer were at his side, while a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights.
Cool! He had a regular funeral service, so don't freak out on me.

Okay, I'm back. The son has gone to stay with my sister for a few days to see if he can find work over there, since his job offer fell through after he got here. So let's get started, shall we?

It's time again for the 10th annual Redneck Games, held in middle Georgia. They have all kinds of interesting competitions, including bobbing for pigs' feet, the armpit serenade, and the mudpit belly flop. Gosh, I wish I could go. Seriously. We could use a lot more silly in our lives, doncha think?

Friday, July 08, 2005

I'm shocked, as I'm sure you are, at the devastation in London on Thursday morning. I've been following the news all day. A good source for news on this and other topics is Command Post. They cover news of terrorism, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many other topics. Check it out. You'll be glad you did. And be in prayer for the survivors of today's blasts, as well as the families of those who did not survive. Also, pray for our leaders, and the leaders around the world, that the decisions they make over the next few days are the right ones. For those of you who do not pray, keep these people in your thoughts.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sorry, gentle readers. Still reunion-izing with the prodigal son. Will be back toomorrow.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

This is getting ridiculous. Thanks to a law passed last year, it has beoome much more difficult to renew your driver's license in the state of Missouri. Now you have to prove you are in this country legally. Ordinarily that would require a birth certificate. But if you've ever been married, or had a different name, you have to provide that information as well. So when I go to renew my license, I have to take my birth certificate and my marriage license. Of course, how many people keep that stuff laying around the house? Not many. So you have to go to the state to get copies. That's 15 dollars for a copy of the birth certificate. God knows how much for the marriage license. And what about people who have been married before? Every name change must be accounted for. Ridiculous!! Just another way to rip off the people in this state. I've had my driver's license for 31 years, and now I have to jump through hoops to keep it. This sucks!

Have you ever had someone tell you a story, and they're really being serious about it, but it's all you can do not to laugh? I had that happen this evening. My daughter-in-law, She-Wolf, called. She told me what happened when she took my son to the bus station. After she dropped him off, she was driving back home, with the three boys in the back seat. Naturally she was crying quite hard (they've only been married 7 years). The boys were also crying for their dad. Anyway, with all the crying, she inadvertently ran a red light. In front of the police station. In front of a policeman. As soon as she got through the intersection, she pulled over, knowing what was coming. That poor officer! He walked up to the car, she's crying like she's been beat, the boys are in the back, crying, "Our daddy just left us!". What could he do? He apologized to her, told her to go straight home and be careful. Would you have given her a ticket?

What a day for news, people! Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her retirement, which nobody expected. At least I didn't. I thought Rehnquist would go first. Then the fabulous Luther Vandross passed away at the prime age of 54. That, too, was surprising, as I thought he was getting better.

My best news came when I heard my baby boy, Wolf from Pack News, got on the bus today, coming home to find a job and place to live for the She-Wolf and their wolf pups, two of which I've never had an opportunity to hold like a grandma should. My sister will be picking him up at the bus station in Kansas City on Sunday morning, and taking him to a family 4th of July party, which I'm not going to be able to attend because of the weather. When they get through partying, my other sister will drive him most of the way home, and we'll meet them and bring him the rest of the way. What a day!!

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