Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Well, I blew it again this week. I picked either Elliott or Katherine to go home, and you people sent home little Lisa Tucker. I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked! I probably won't try this again. I do so hate being wrong, you know.

Remember earlier this month, when I posted about the Easter Bunny being removed from a holiday display, because it was offensive to non-Christians? That started a revolution of sorts. Since that time, the display has been inundated with marshmallow Peeps. Yes, chicks and bunnies are showing up in hordes, protesting the removal of the Easter Bunny. Go Peeps, Go!

Don't you just hate it when some people think they don't have to follow the rules, just because they're an office holder? Cynthia McKinney (Dingbat-GA) neglected to show I.D. going into the Capitol, and when a security officer tried to stop her (she also bypassed the metal detectors), she punched him in the chest. Then, instead of an apology, she commented that the "white officers" didn't recognize her because her hair was different. Baloney! White people are not all idiots, Cindy. You didn't show I.D., you didn't go through the metal detectors, you didn't stop when they told you to stop. You're lucky your butt didn't get locked up on the spot! Believe me, if it had been me you were treating that way, I would be unemployed right now, because I punch back!

Ever hear the term "if those walls could talk..."? They came close in Collierville, Tennessee.
A cat stuck in a wall at a house under construction initiated his rescue when he caught the attention of a prospective buyer by meowing and waving his paw out a small hole.
Don't you know that was one very angry little kitty!

Good news from the doctor today. My toe probably isn't broken, at least the joint is all right. Not really much they can do for it anyway. So I'll just hobble around for a week or so till it doesn't hurt any more. Plus, as an added bonus, I found out I've lost 10 pounds since my last visit, and I wasn't even trying. As a matter of fact, I'd been having an ice cream soda almost every night before bed. Perhaps that's my kind of diet? I'll just buy some more ice cream Monday when I get my check, and by the end of summer, I should be back to my desired weight.

As for those of my family reading this, I am doing fine. The doctor is going to give me something for my arthritis, and take me off the estrogen (at least on a trial basis to see if I no longer need it). We're increasing the theophylline so my breathing will be better than ever. So no need to worry about me dying soon unless I get hit by a tornado or something. God forbid.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Not really blogging tonight, folks. Gotta get up earlier than normal tomorrow and go to the doctor. I think I broke my foot yesterday, and since I had to go see her before she'd refill my meds I'm gonna get an X-ray to confirm or rule out. But it's such a beautiful color of purple... See ya tomorrow night.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I've had people ask me what I'd do if I won the Powerball jackpot. Well, naturally I'd give a lot of it to charities that I felt were worthy (don't laugh, I'm serious. I don't need millions of dollars to live on). But I would indulge in a few luxuries. I'd have the house I always wanted, of course. But then I think I could easily go for something like this. Ah, how sweet it is! Of course, I'd have to hide the keys or Sir Mugley would never be home. I know how he'd drive it, too. When he was in the Air Force, stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha, he had a Chevy Nova with a specially reinforced undercarriage. On more than one occasion, he made the Omaha to Lincoln round-trip in less than an hour. He also was clocked by the Highway Patrol going about 147 mph. Of course, he was a lot younger then. But if he were to get behind the wheel of something like that Camaro, I've got a feeling it would all come back to him. And we wouldn't be able to afford those insurance rates!

I've been told by Wolf over at Pack News (you long-time readers know he's my son) that he was mortified to find out that Sir Mugley and I ever saw a porn movie. HA HA HA HA HA! All you people out there who are younger than 30, try to remember: your parents used to be younger than you are now. We all had fun as newly married couples, went to parties, watched dirty movies, drank, did other things we don't discuss in front of the grandchildren. We haven't always been, in your eyes, old. Get over it.

Remember something I told my children when they would try to get away with something: Any thing you can possibly think of to try, we've already tried it. And if we got in trouble for it, chances are you will, too.

I love my children, even when they forget I'm a human being.

Okay, I'm gonna try again this week to get it right on American Idol. Here are my thoughts on tonight's performances:

Lisa - Because of You - a couple of sour notes here and there. It was good, but nothing really spectacular here. Ho hum.

Kellie - Suds In The Bucket - typical for Kellie. No real challenge to her voice or her style. I didn't like it.

Ace - Drops of Jupiter - Half of the time he sounds like he's singing through his nose. The rest of the time he sounds like he's running out of air before the end of the line. He ruined this song.

(Note to Paula: Don't worry about Ace's scar. Leave it for the pillow talk.)

Taylor (nice leather jacket, dude)- Trouble - Best song so far tonight. He really makes you feel the song. Very nice.

Mandisa - Wanna Praise You - It was hard to get into the song. I couldn't really get the beat at first. I didn't like Paula's comment about "the church of Mandisa", though. Pretty good, but not as good as usual.

Chris - What If - Oh, Chris. What a letdown. No real range to that song at all. What was it, five or six notes? And it just sounded like a lot of screaming to me. Not up to his usual abilities at all.

Katherine - The Voice Within - She should have left it within. Yikes! How many flat notes can one person hit in a song and still be considered a singer?

Bucky - Real Good Man - Bucky sounded good tonight. No please, don't throw things. I don't like country music that much any more, but considering the competition tonight, this was pretty good.

Paris - Work It Out - Not bad. She kinda reminded me of Chaka Khan from the old days. Not her best work by far, but good for tonight's competition.

Elliott - (why can't I hear his name without hearing E.T. say it?) - I Don't Want To Be - Cannot compare to Bo Bice's version. I don't know why he even tried. Time to phone home, Elliott. Ask for a ride.
That's it, gang. Elliott needs to go home tonight. If not him, then Katherine. Both sucked tonight, big time.

Okay, feel free to disagree. That's what I'm here for.

You absolutely have to check this post by Michelle Malkin with photos of what California students have done in support of this immigration battle. This has gone way beyond ridiculous now. It's time to put a stop to this nonsense. Get those kids back in school where they belong, and get Congress off their fat wallets and enforce those immigration laws! After looking at those pictures, if you're not angry, please explain to me why not. I'd really like to know. And don't get nasty about it. I'm talking about rational dialogue here.

South Carolina wants to pass legislation so that they can sentence pedophiles who are repeat offenders to death. It should be interesting to see if they can do it without the law being declared unconstitutional.

If you're spouse talks in his sleep, you might want to avoid going to India:
NEW DELHI - Village elders ordered a Muslim man in eastern India to leave his wife after he accidentally divorced her in his sleep, a news report said Tuesday.
They have refused to split up and have been ostracized by their village leaders. According to their religion, they must be separated for 100 days before they can remarry.

This week's Carnival of Recipes is hosted by Morning Coffee, Afternoon Tea.

How much would you pay for a really good burger? A family in Palmdale, California wound up paying over $4,300 for four burgers when the cashier entered the amount of sale twice on their credit card. Burger King refunded the money as quickly as possible. Their food was on the house.

I noticed in the obituaries the other day that Dan Curtis had passed away. Some will remember him as producer of the great mini-series' Winds of War and War and Remembrance. I will always fondly remember him as the creator of that classic cult soap opera "Dark Shadows". Who amongst us didn't love Barnabas Collins? Weren't we all rooting for him to be freed from his vampire life? I miss that show.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I was going to leave the immigration issue to people who have studied it more thoroughly than I, but I'm really getting cheesed over this whole thing. People are marching in the thousands to promote breaking the law? Since when is this a good thing? We have immigration laws on the books that need to be enforced. It's not just a Mexico/America problem here, people. If they can cross the border, who's to stop anyone else from doing the same? We need to stop the infiltration of our nation. If someone from another nation wants to immigrate to our country, let them do it legally. I really don't care that it takes a long time; it should. It's not something that should be taken lightly. And I'm not buying for one minute that we need illegal immigrants to do the jobs that "Americans won't do". How do you know? Let's get some of these young people who are constantly getting into trouble out there, working the fields or doing these "undesirable" jobs. They don't have to like it; it will strengthen their characters. And it will keep them from having too much time on their hands, which always leads to trouble. I'm not a racist; this has nothing to do with race. So don't even go there. We don't need more immigration laws, nor do we need guest workers. We need to enforce the laws we have. That is all. Okay, feel free to disagree. That's the great thing about this country.

I'm on a tear today, I don't know if I'll do any of my normal posting or not. I don't know who makes up this list, but here's the annual 10 Most Dangerous States to Live In:

1. Nevada - their crime rate is up 18% for the years 2000-2004.
2. Louisiana - highest number of murders per capita.
3. New Mexico - some of the highest rates of rape and assault.
4. Arizona - twice the number of auto thefts than the national average
5. Maryland - highest rate of robberies
6. South Carolina - highest rate of aggravated assault
7. Florida - high on the list for both assault and robberies
8. Tennessee - high on the list for assault and burglary
9. Alaska - 85.1 rapes per year (3 times the national average)
10. California - high on the list for auto theft, robberies, and murders.

I guess we won't be taking that job in Alaska now. We'll just keep looking.

We have an interesting race heating up here in Missouri for U.S. Senator. Incumbent Jim Talent (R) is being challenged by State Auditor Claire McCaskill (D), who lost to Matt Blunt in the gubernatorial race in 2004. The local news ran a story on where these two candidates stood on the war in Iraq.

Talent: Voted in favor of our going into Iraq. Sen. Talent stands behind that vote. He feels removing Saddam from office was the right thing to do, and worth the price we've had to pay. He feels we should withdraw from Iraq when the Iraqi people can defend themselves.

McCaskill: Feels that we're not any safer now than we were before the war began. She stated she would not have voted to go to war, but she won't criticize those who did. She felt they did the best they could do with the information they had to work with. She does not feel withdrawal should be immediate, but is hopeful that we can start bringing the troops home by election day.
I hope this information will be of use to all of you who will be voting in Missouri. I've tried to be non-partisan in this entry. If I hear any more than will be of service, I'll let you know.

Have you seen the trailer for the new movie "Slither"? This is going to be one laugh-out-loud, rolling on the floor funny movie! I cracked up just watching the commercial. I know I'd never make it at the theater; the other patrons would throw me out for laughing so hard. Click here to check it out for yourself. You'll see what I mean!

Here's some fun to start your day: Click on this link, and after the coffee machine appears, put a coin in the slot. Choose your drink, and enjoy. Don't forget to click on "APRI" when you're done. Have fun!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Rahman has been freed! Thank God!
The Afghan courts have dismissed the charges against Abdul Rahman, the former-Muslim turned Christian who was facing the death penalty for apostasy. Now someone should get him out of that country before someone else takes matters into their own hands and finishes him off. I don't know, maybe that's what the courts wanted to happen so there wouldn't be any blood on their hands.

A man in New Zealand was clocked driving at 121 km/h, which converts to just over 75 miles per hour for us regular folks. He was issued a speeding ticket, and may be charged with dangerous driving. Ordinarily, this would not be blog-worthy. But this case is different; this man had no arms. He was driving with his feet. The court fined him, and ordered him to stop driving. I don't think they went far enough. They should have tracked down the maniac who let him have a car, and thrown his butt in jail for life, just because he/she was stupid.

I saw some porn movies when I was much younger. As a matter of fact, my husband and I had a couple that were very tasteful, which we enjoyed together. But I don't think even back then, I could have enjoyed a porn movie which starred a 75-year-old grandfather. I'm just funny that way.

I consider myself a Christian; not the best in the world, but I am making the effort. I've read my Bible several times from front to back, and I've read various versions of it. I would, just for clarification's sake, like for someone to tell me where in the Bible it talks about the Easter Bunny. People, there is no Easter Bunny in the Bible. You won't find the word "Easter" in the Bible, either. There are no egg hunts, no chocolate bunnies, no bonnets to wear in parades, etc. If someone is going to protest a display on the grounds that it's religious, for pity's sake, make sure it's religious! Otherwise, you just look stooopid.

I've gone out and forgotten to take the checkbook, or my driver's license. I've forgotten my eyeglasses when I'm shopping and can't read the list. But I've never gotten on a train, and forgotten the baby in the back of the car:
"Dad forgot baby was in the car, parked the car, got on the Metro," said Lucille Baur, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department.

"I don't know exactly when he got the memory flash, but he was in D.C. when it was the horrible defining moment, 'Oh my goodness, I think I've left my child back in my car,'" Baur said.
All was well in the end, although I sincerely hope Mom gave Dad a serious talking to when he got home.

If you hear a knock at your door, and the words "Candy Gram", don't assume it's the land shark from Saturday Night Live:
When Lori Pachelli heard someone knocking at the door of her home in a gated community in this southwest Florida community earlier this week, she looked out to see an unwelcome visitor on her front stoop: an 8-foot alligator.

The bull gator, which had wandered up from the pond behind the house, had a bloody lip from banging its head against the door.
If he shows up here in Missouri, he can have the freakin' house. I'll be gone!

We also learned this week of the death of Desmond T. Doss, Sr., the amazing conscientious objector during World War II who earned a Medal of Honor. Not an easy trick to pull off. He refused to carry a weapon into combat and served as a medic. And here is why President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor in 1945:
On the island of Okinawa, he carried 75 wounded soldiers through a fire-swept area to the edge of a 400-foot cliff and lowered them to safety, according to his citation.

Later, the medic braved enemy shelling to treat an artillery officer. He also crawled to a wounded soldier who had fallen 25 feet from the enemy's position, rendered aid and carried the man 100 yards to safety while exposed to shooting.

During a night attack, he was seriously wounded in the legs by a grenade, his citation said. Five hours later, others began carrying him to safety, but he saw a more critically injured man and crawled off his stretcher, directing the medics to aid the other wounded man.

While awaiting their return, he was struck again. He bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and crawled 300 yards to an aid station, the citation said.
Amazing, right? Should make all the slackers in the world ashamed of themselves. Oh, by the way, he volunteered to serve in the military as a conscientious objector. Truly a man among men. He stuck to his principles, yet did all he could to support his country in time of war. We need more people like Mr. Doss. Thank you, sir, for your service.

I was sorry to see that Buck Owens died Saturday. Back in the day, Hee Haw was a staple in our house. My baby sister even had one of his red, white and blue guitars. His music was played often, along with many other country stars. Of course, back then country music sounded like country music. Not like today.

Friday, March 24, 2006

This is absolutely the best tattoo I've ever seen:

I'd like to meet this guy. He's got to have a great sense of humor!

Received via e-mail:

My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings, bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor my moods.

We've discovered that when I'm in a good mood, it turns green. When I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a big red mark on his forehead.

Maybe next time he'll buy me a diamond.

The hunter has become the prey, folks. Wile E. Coyote was caught in Central Park, New York this week. Don't you know the Road Runner is laughing his butt off right now??

All right, I blew it. I really thought Kevin would be safe for another week. His performance was the best he'd done so far, but it wasn't enough. I don't think I chose poorly, but I didn't choose the same person the voters did. Perhaps I'll do better next time.

Could someone explain to me why a well-known Senator from New York would come to Missouri secretly, to raise money for her re-election campaign? I'm really skeptical here. The Democrats in the state didn't know anything about it.

Everyone is fighting to stop illegal drug abuse, and that's a great thing. But when was the last time you talked to your children about over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol? There's a growing trend in this country's younger people to take great quantities of these drugs and get wasted.
A 2004 study found prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse on par with illicit drug use in the U.S.

The study found 1 in 5 teens has abused pain medicine, 1 in 10 has abused stimulants and 1 in 11 has abused cough medicine, 10News reported.
Please talk to your kids and grandkids. Taking too much Tylenol, for example, can destroy your liver. Just because it's over the counter, doesn't mean it's safe in all situations.

There was a bit of history-making at the delayed Nascar race on Monday. Bill Lester, the first black driver in Nextel Cup in around 20 years, qualified and completed the race. He finished in 38th place, which is pretty good considering it was his first race. Here's hoping there are many more to come.

If you are going to Germany any time soon, be careful which hotel you decide to stay in. One hotel over there charges by the pound.

You think our Army is tough as far as discipline goes? It seems that not obeying orders in the Mexican Army can be downright detrimental to your health.

You know, kids aren't the only ones who know to go to a policeman or fireman when they're in trouble:
Police had received reports of a bull running along a freeway, but the animal eventually made its way into Fire Station 23. The crew helped round up the big critter, which had ambled through the open fire station garage door.
You know what this means, right? BAR BEE QUE!!!

Oh, no! How could it happen? Dook lost tonight!!! They were supposed to win the NCAA Tournament. I'm totally devastated. And then, and then, Gonzaga lost as well! What will happen tomorrow night? Will BC beat Villanova? Stay tooned.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Now, I don't have one, but I don't begrudge anyone who does have a beautifully manicured lawn. However, there's a line between caring about your lawn, and obsessing. This man went way, way over that line:
A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn was charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard.

Charles Martin called 911 on Sunday afternoon, saying calmly: "I just killed a kid."
I hope that, whenever he gets to prison, he has a whole yard of crabgrass to look at. And not be able to do anything about it. Then they should get vicious with him. What a maniac!

This week's Carnival of Recipes is hosted by One For The Road, a blog with a most interesting name. Check it out.

Lest anyone forget, April 15 is the official Buy A Gun Day, this year dedicated to the idiots who live in San Francisco. Why do I call them idiots? This is why:
By a 58% to 42% margin they voted to make the ownership of a handgun illegal in San Francisco, and to require that every resident of San Francisco who owns a handgun to turn it in to the government by April 1st. April 1st, by the way, is more commonly known as "April Fool's Day." Even voters in San Francisco should be bright enough to figure out that law-abiding citizens will be the ones to turn over their guns, while the lawless, the criminal element, will not. The number of guns in the hands of law abiding citizens will go down. The number of guns in the hands of criminals will not.
See what I mean? Why would anyone willingly give up one of their Constitutional rights? Especially that one!

I thought I'd try something different tonight; I decided to critique American Idol. I found out I'm a bit pickier than Simon Cowell! Here goes:

Mandisa - sang "I Don't Hurt Any More". That was very nice! She dressed the part, and her voice really sold the song.

Bucky - sang "Oh, Boy". Sorry, Bucky. His tempo kept falling flat, which really made the performance lame. No, no, no. And fix your hair!

Paris - sang "Fever". Are you kidding me?? Not even close. She's just too young for such a mature song, and she kept singing natural notes when she was supposed to be in a minor kind of mood. Not nearly sexy enough for that song.

Chris - "I Walk The Line". The first thing I thought when they announced this song was that Bucky should have sung this song. But no! This was wonderful. Great job!

Katherine - "Come Rain Or Come Shine". Puh-leeze! I can sing better than this, and I have no lung power. And I hate that dress! Could she shake her boobs any more often?

Taylor - sang "Not Fade Away". I love Taylor! I love his dorky dance steps, and he always picks great songs for him. I think he did a good job tonight.

Lisa - sang "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?". She had a lot of tempo troubles off and on. She's done better in the past. All in all, not a great job. And the ending of the song was awful.

Kevin - "When I Fall In Love". I personally thought Chicken Little would sing something like "Rockin' Robin". Just kidding. I'm shocked, though. I liked this song. Of course, it sounds even better when you don't look at how young he is. But you gotta admit, his hair looked much better poofed up like that instead of plastered to his head.

Elliott - "Teach Me Tonight". Awful. He rushed it. Manilow tried to tell him to start slow and build to the finish, but he just started rutting through it. He should have treated it like making love... but perhaps, he did. Bad job, Elliott.

Kellie - "Walkin' After Midnight". Not great. She had pitch problems off and on, and she kept trying to vamp it. That song is meant to be sung sadly, not while flirting with Simon. Bad job in my opinion.

Ace - sang "In The Still Of The Night". Kind of boring, but not bad. Of course, Paula probably needed to change her clothes after that one, since it seemed to be directed at her. He tried, but he doesn't smolder like Constantine did. It was okay, though.

And that's it. By my count, that's six bad performances and five good ones. I think either Bucky or Elliott will be sent home tomorrow. Feel free to express your opinions. I don't know if I'll do this again next week, so let me know if you think I should.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Via California Conservative, we find another abuse of the law taking place. Thanks to the Kelo decision by the Supreme Court, the city of Long Beach, California is trying to take the Filipino Baptist Fellowship's building through eminent domain, so they can build condominiums in its place. Feel free to express your displeasure. Let's hope this gets to the Supreme Court quickly, so they can reverse the aggregious error they made with Kelo. If not, churches across the country could become fair game for greedy city planners. After all, why have a church which brings in no money, when you can have a business you can tax from now till doomsday?

There are ways to handle problems with your girlfriend, and then there are ways that should never be explored. You don't go out and damage property, then damage yourself. And it only makes matters worse when you assault police officers by throwing knives and "thing" at them. They tend to not like that very much.

I think the judges in Nebraska are getting tired of college kids having keg parties. One judge in particular decided to make an example of young Mike Herchenbach.
Mike Herchenbach was sure he would get a fine. He’d pay a couple hundred dollars, like his roommates, and go on with his life, even though he wasn’t at the party that got out of hand at his rental house. After all, his name was on the lease.

But what he didn’t expect, and hardly believed, was what Lancaster County Court Judge Gale Pokorny had in mind as his punishment for maintaining a disorderly house last Oct. 2.

Herchenbach remembered his attorney from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reaching for a work-release form, which would get him out of jail so he could work while serving his sentence.

He didn’t need it. It’s only a weekend, he remembered saying.

But Pokorny didn’t say three days in jail. He said 30.
Now, I'm all for toughening our stance on binge drinking and drunk driving. But this was totally unfair. He wasn't at the party; he was at his parents' home. He should not have received a tougher sentence than the two idiots who threw the party. It should have been the other way around.

The storms last Sunday seemed determined to do damage to university campuses. More than 60 percent of the buildings on the Kansas University campus were damaged, and then there was a delayed reaction to the storm on the Missouri University campus:
A lightning strike last Sunday smoldered for three days before becoming a two-alarm fire in the attic of the Southwest Campus Housing complex under construction at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The lightning strike penetrated the building, generating heat in the wooden roof trusses, which began to smolder until conditions allowed more air to reach the attic, feeding the fire and creating flames. Damage estimates to the 659-bed housing complex were not available.
Weird, huh?

Imagine, if you will, you're driving along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden, WHAM!! A 500-pound moose is sitting in the passenger seat, with its head sticking out the windshield! How would you react? I know what I'd do, and whoever had to clean it up would really be upset about it!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

In response to the South Dakota law banning most abortions, a feminist blogger who shall remain nameless has posted detailed instructions for performing abortions for anyone who might want to use them. This person (and I'm using the term loosely here) is extremely irresponsible, and if there were a way to stop her I'd hope someone in law enforcement would act.

Christopher Seekins of Winsted, Connecticut is in favor of legalizing marijuana. So much so that he was arrested for cultivating the plants. Well, if he couldn't have marijuana in his house, he decided he'd have it on his house. He has spray painted pot plants on the outer walls of his home. The neighbors are not exactly happy about it, but there's nothing illegal with it, so there's not much they can do.

Here are another couple of stupid criminals for your reading pleasure: Two men in Enid, Oklahoma planned to burn a car, but they gave themselves away when one of them hit the wrong button on their cell phone. They accidentally dialed 911, and the operator and police listened for four hours as these too nincompoops carried out their plan. They were arrested a short time later.

I hope everybody had a lovely St. Patrick's Day. I spent most of my day goofing off, watching the NCAA March Madness games, and stuffing my face with food. I'll be blogging light tonight. I'm in the process of planning a trip for Sir Mugley. Wolf at Pack News and family just bought their first house, and unfortunately, the roof leaks. So They called on Daddy Wolf (Sir Mugley) to come visit and help repair the roof. It's just a leisurely 400 miles or so (lol) so it won't be any problem at all. I just hope they're not upset that I'm not coming as well. Between arranging oxygen for the trip and visit, and dealing with our 13 year old dog Bubba, we just couldn't find a way for both of us to go right now. Perhaps I'll take a trip up there later in the year. I just don't want them to be angry; I already have one angry child in my life right now.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I'm going out on a limb here. I'm sure this will not be a popular opinion, but I'm throwing it out there anyway. Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole again today, the 13th time it has come up. He was convicted in the 1968 murder of Robert Kennedy in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen. I remember that night; only a couple of months after the death of Martin Luther King.

Here it is: why is his parole being denied? He only killed one person. Granted, he was a popular Senator, but still... Other murderers have been in and out by now.

Seriously, I don't want him out of prison, either. I just don't understand why one person's death is considered more punishable than another person's death. I'm just asking.

If you can believe them, the BBC has an article listing the tentative stars of the new "Dallas" movie. John Travolta as J.R. Ewing? Jennifer Lopez as Sue Ellen? Shirley MacLaine as Miss Ellie?? Come. On. People!!! Can't they find anyone closer to the series? What do you think? Leave your ideas in the comments.

Here's your moron for today. Curtis Gokey sued the city of Lodi, California, when a city-owned dump truck hit and damaged his car. Which would have been fine, except this idiot was the one driving the dump truck! When the city turned down his claim, he didn't get the message. He and his wife refiled the claim, this time in her name. I guess they should get his and hers matching moron awards, huh?

Now this is the very definition of "good neighbors".
Chris Graber didn't know what his family's future would be Sunday night when he saw a "dark spot" come barreling over a hill and take dead aim for his modest home in eastern Webster County.

"I never thought we'd be rebuilding the next day. I thought we'd be getting ready for a funeral," he said late Tuesday afternoon.

The Grabers escaped unharmed from the tornado that plowed through Webster County.
Not so their home. It was torn apart by the twister's fury.

But in less than 15 hours, the Grabers were back in a new home rebuilt on the same spot — a peaceful valley south of Missouri 38 about 10 miles east of Marshfield — by more than 100 men and boys from neighboring Amish homesteads near the Grabers.

"By 2 p.m., we were mopping the floors," he said.
God Bless good neighbors.

Imagine sitting quietly in your home, watching television with your spouse and dog, when all of a sudden... WHAM!! A turkey smashes through the window, sending glass flying all over the room. I'm guessing he had a relative meet an untimely end last November and wants revenge.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

We said goodbye seven years ago today, Mom. I still miss you.

This has got to be the fantasy of men everywhere. A woman in Oslo, Norway was cleaning up after dinner, and when she turned on the kitchen tap, instead of water she got beer. Somehow, the plumbing between her upstairs flat and the bar downstairs got reversed. The bar was getting tap water! Rest assured, the bar got the plumbing fixed right away.

Here we are again. The storms are all over now and the clean-up has begun. The National Weather Service estimated around 110 tornadoes on Sunday. More than 120 homes in Nixa, Missouri (just south of Springfield) were destroyed. The town of Carson's Corner, Missouri was completely destroyed. An RV Park near Eldorado Springs, Missouri was hit and several RV's were destroyed, including one belonging to a man who had just moved there the day before. A horse farm outside of Pierce City, which had been hit in May of 2003, was hit again. Many horses were killed, and the stable was once again destroyed. The University of Kansas cancelled classes today, as 60% of the buildings on campus were damaged in some way. There are numerous survival stories on the news here and elsewhere in the state. Here is the Kansas City coverage, and here is the Springfield coverage.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Just a quick note to say I won't be blogging until tomorrow night. We've had a nasty outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms all over Southwest Missouri tonight. Lousy suckers popping up all over the place. It's over for right now, but it has been stressful. We're all okay here, and the family in other parts of the state are also okay, but a lot of people lost property and some in central Missouri died. Keep these families in your prayers, please. I'll see you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I don't think I'll be blogging much tonight. I spent the entire day in Seneca, Missouri with my brother, sister, sister-in-law, niece and daughter. We went to the casino down there, and we had a blast. However, now that I've come home $35.00 poorer, and I'm exhausted, I'm gonna take the rest of the night off. Sir Mugley didn't go, but he did send fifty cents with me. He said to play it right before I left. He won $2.00. Pig.

My sister and sister-in-law both won a couple of hundred dollars. But the money was secondary to the fun. Then when we came outside we realized it had rained pretty heavily (finally!). It's gonna rain some more tonight, and again tomorrow. As a matter of fact, we have a tornado watch right now, lasting until 2:00 am. I'll be back tomorrow night, unless I wake up so stiff I can't move. Good night.

I don't know who originally said it, but this is a great response to those entities, such as Cindy Sheehan, who are opposed to our soldiers protecting our country and freeing the Iraqi people:

"If you can't stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them."
My sentiments exactly.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Here's today's moron: A man stole a car in Ohio, then stopped and asked directions when he got lost. Problem was, the man from whom he requested help was the father of the car's owner. Arrest happened soon after request.

Anyone who knows me knows I love NASCAR. My favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt (sob), but now I'm rooting for Mark Martin. My husband is a big fan of Bill Elliott, and Dale Jr. Well, the new NASCAR Hall of Fame is going to be in Charlotte, North Carolina. I guess I can live with that. Now comes the fun part, and you get to participate.

I know I have readers. My stats tell me so. But I never hear from you. So here's what I want to do. Leave a comment, or send me an e-mail, and tell me who should be among the first to go into the Hall of Fame.

Tell me how many inductees there should be, and feel free to let me know who you think they should be. Of course, there are some very obvious choices: Bill France, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt. But don't let that stop you. If you have an unusual choice, make a case for him (or her). I'd really like to hear your opinions.

This brightened my day, folks.
A Wood County sheriff's deputy who is a firearms instructor accidentally shot himself in the leg during a live firearms exercise at a police firing range.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, which occurred Tuesday night at the firing range near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

Deputy Jeff Hamric was returning his gun to its holster after firing it when the weapon discharged, Sheriff Ken Merritt said.

Isn't this just the coolest thing you've seen in a while? A brand-new kind of lobster, called Kiwi Hirsuta, was found deep in the ocean. It kinda looks like a stuffed animal with those furry arms, doesn't it?

This story stinks on so many levels. A man and his small son died in a manure pond on the dairy farm in California where the father worked. Yuck!

Students at Singapore Polytechnic have developed the perfect plant for those of us who don't have a green thumb (or anything else): a plant that glows when it needs water. Plants like that could even make me look good.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Yanni, the prince of mellow music, was arrested on domestic violence charges. He probably listened to his own music too often, and went nuts.

This, my friends, is not a joke. You all remember Rachel Corrie, the dingbat who foolishly and unsuccessfully tried to stop a bulldozer from flattening a building and was flattened herself, is being honored.
The Rachel Corrie Memorial Committee of Victoria Invites you to a pancake breakfast at Denny’s Restaurant Sunday March 12 , 2006 10 am.
Can you believe it? That's just so funny!

Kudos to Governor Rounds of South Dakota, for signing into law new legislation banning all abortions unless they are to save the life of the mother. He's just begging for a lawsuit. You rock, Gov!

This is a good story, but it boasts the best headline of the week: Prosthetic Legs Returned; Police Stumped. Bwaa-hahahahhaha!!

Okay, in a show of solidarity, this week's Carnival of Recipes, hosted by the Egoist, is 99% Danish. Go forth and cook, knowing that if you don't, the terrorists win.

Monday, March 06, 2006

It seems some people get very territorial when it comes to their junk food:
A fight over a bag of potato chips led to a stabbing at a military academy in Lexington, officials said.
I've got a feeling there was a lot more to it than just a bag of chips.

My mom always used to tell me that a person doesn't develop any common sense until they reach the age of 25. In the case of this woman, I'm not sure that's old enough:
A 25-year-old woman climbed past barriers and into an elephant's zoo exhibit, then crawled out with minor injuries after the 6,000-pound animal smacked her with its trunk.

After saying she wanted to play with the elephant, the woman climbed over a 3-feet-high wood-and-wire fence, scaled an 8-foot-tall artificial rock structure and bypassed an electric wire before jumping into the exhibit Thursday afternoon, Fleshman said. A moat extends around most of the exhibit.
Some people will go to extreme lengths to be stupid, won't they?

Congratulations to the winners of the Oscars tonight. Not that I watched them this year. I spent my prime time viewing hours watching reruns on CBS. I'll bet they were more entertaining. I do appreciate the fact that "Crash" won just as many Oscars as "Brokeback Mountain", but it's a shame that the "Chronicles of Narnia" only won one Oscar, and that was for makeup?? Anyway, I'm sure everyone will be talking about the dresses and hairstyles on the red carpet, like that's gonna change the world. How easily we are entertained anymore.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I almost forgot to tell you about a story that brought joy to my heart today. Unfortunately it involves the funeral of Army Private Christopher Marion. Those nimrods who call themselves a church from Kansas planned to protest at his funeral. These were the people who claim our soldiers are being killed because the U.S. permits homosexuality. Like I said, nimrods. Anyway, our Governor Blunt signed a new law into effect last week which banned such protests one hour before and after funerals. These protestors planned to challenge the law.

Private Marion's funeral was today. Several police departments, including the Mo. Highway Patrol, showed up to protect the attendees. They probably could have stayed on patrol, because hundreds of veterans showed up as well! Isn't that great? They formed a very long line on both sides of the street, waving flags and being very respectful of the family. It really makes you proud to see something like that.

And the Westboro protestors? They never showed up.

What a time we're having here in Missouri! We finally got a schpritz of rain this morning, enough to settle the dust. But we're in for more! Rain tomorrow, then again Tuesday through Friday. Finally. The water levels are so low here, I've been stalling doing laundry because I don't know how deep our well is.

Anyway, I got a call from our son, Wolf from Pack News, who moved to Indiana a few months ago. He's so excited, they're finally getting a house. No more living with the in-laws! I'm sure both sides are breathing a sigh of relief. I know how difficult it can be to live with in-laws. When Sir Mugley and I first moved back to Missouri from Oregon, we wound up living with his parents for a little over a year. God alone prevented me from killing his mother. We had no privacy whatsoever, she complained about us to her friends constantly, and she listened in on my private telephone conversations. Then she got mad when I called her on it. I guess they'll be moving in next week or so.

While we were out yesterday, doing our usual payday stuff, we stopped at McDonald's for lunch. We hadn't eaten there in a very long time, and a Big Mac really sounded good. So I had one with fries, and a Shamrock Shake. All-in-all more lunch than my body is used to. Then we had boiled shrimp for dinner, with a side salad. To make a long story short, too much rich food in one day is not something I'll be doing again anytime soon. I was so sick... I'll spare you the details.

When we went to Wal-Mart, I finally gave in and used one of those motorized shopping carts. They're not so bad. I did feel a little self-conscious using one, as I consider myself too independent to need assistance. Now I feel like I've entered a new phase of my disability. I can't say that I like it much. I suppose I will adapt, but I may have to rebel a little bit. We'll see.

Get ready... It's coming...

March 15, 2006. Let's get those carving utensils sharpened, shall we?

This is one of the dumbest things I've seen in a while, yet it makes me laugh every time I see it. "The moon Bob". Bwaaah-hhaaa-hahahahaha!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I'm sure by now most of us have heard about the geography teacher in Colorado who was using his class as a soapbox for ranting against our government in general, and President Bush in particular, and how a 16 year-old student who normally tapes his class made this intolerable situation public. The teacher is no longer teaching there. Here are a couple of links to the whole story. (Read them, don't just take my word for what's going on. Only a sheep would do that.) Link #1, and Link #2.

Isn't it nice to know that our judicial system works so well, that a Supreme Court Justice can take a nap during arguments, and her colleagues let her sleep? How considerate!

More than 100 porta-potties were destroyed in a fire near the Boeing Plant in Wichita, Kansas. Authorities didn't have much left to go on. (Ba-dum-bump!)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I've mentioned a couple of times the little feud between Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler's Emperor Misha, and talk show person Debbie Schlussel. She made the statement that "Denmark is getting what they deserve", enraging our dear Misha, who is a Dane, and whose mother still lives there. He responded in typical Misha fashion, which upset her, and she demanded an apology, which he proffered, and she rejected, and on and on. Then she turned her venom to John and Beth Donovan, who merely pointed out to her that provoking Misha was not the way to resolve their differences. She even went so far as to slander Jay at Stop the ACLU, just because he linked to the dispute. He hadn't even taken sides.

Well, all this intrigued me, so I went to her website, to which I will not link, and read a story about a supposed FBI investigation in the 1980's of gas stations across the Midwest, which were overcharging customers and sending the overages to terror groups. I thought that was interesting, so I followed her link to read more. The link to a previous story said nothing about an FBI investigation, so I sent her an e-mail, asking where I could find more information. I got a hateful response from her, in which she said Beth put me up to contacting her and that if I would read it again, I'd see I was wrong. Not one to jump to conclusions, I read it again. I wasn't wrong.

So I contacted another blogger, who works with law enforcement nationwide, at all levels, who lives in Washington. I knew if there was more information out there, she'd know where I could find it, as she works closely with the FBI, among other agencies. She didn't know anything about it. She did say if she heard anything she'd let me know.

So it appears at this time that Mizzzz Schlussel didn't have facts to back up her statement. I forwarded what I'd learned to Beth to do with as she wishes. I do know she's going to forward the information to Misha, as well as sharing it with her husband. I'm sure they can do more with it than I could.

At this point, I don't plan to do anything more about Debbie Dimwit. If you think I should do or say more, let me know. I'm always willing to listen to another point of view.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged.

However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed, with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator. On the way down, I asked him if his wife was meeting him.

"I don't know," he said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."

Three friends from the local congregation were asked, "When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?"
Artie said, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man."
Merle commented, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in peoples lives."
Don said, "I'd like them to say, 'Look! He's moving!'"

Two old ladies are outside their nursing home, having a drink and a smoke, when it starts to rain. One of the old ladies pulls out a condom, cuts off the end, puts it over her cigarette, and continues smoking.

Maude: What in the hell is that?

Mabel: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet.

Maude: Where did you get it?

Mabel: You can get them at any drugstore.

The next day, Maude hobbles herself into the local drugstore and announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.

The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of strangely (she is after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks what brand of condo m she prefers.

"Doesn't matter Sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel."

The pharmacist fainted.

You guys need to be careful whose derriere you spank. It could really get you into trouble.
A Colombian man has been sentenced to four years' house arrest for slapping a woman's bottom as he rode by her on his bicycle, sparking debate on whether the punishment fit the crime.
So remember, when riding a bike, keep both hands on the handlebars.

If you like your whiskey with a real bite, you'll be very happy in about 10 years.
A Scottish distillery said Monday it was reviving a centuries-old recipe for whisky so strong that one 17th-century writer feared more than two spoonfuls could be lethal.

The Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, off Scotland's west coast, is producing the quadruple-distilled 184-proof — or 92 percent alcohol — spirit "purely for fun," managing director Mark Reynier said.
I'm not sure about the "fun" part, personally. Sounds like something you'd enjoy if you've got a death wish.

Want to have some fun? Check out "George W. Bush" at the Jeff Foxworthy roast. What a hoot!

I was so sorry to hear Chester passed away. Dennis Weaver died Friday at the age of 81. I'll always remember him as Chester from Gunsmoke, so much better than Festus. But most people probably remember him as the horse-riding McCloud from the 70's. Either way, he'll be missed.

And here's this week's Carnival of Recipes, hosted by Sun Comprehending Glass, which is a very interesting name for a blog in my opinion.

People, a major injustice has occurred in the world of baseball. 17 people from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but that's not the injustice part. The injustice is that Buck O'Neil was not one of them. If not for Buck O'Neil, those other seventeen people wouldn't have even been considered.
While his statistics during a long career as a player and player/manager were not the greatest, he won two Negro League batting titles, had a successful career as a player/manager with the Kansas City Monarchs and become the first black coach in the major leagues.

Most importantly, everyone thought, were the contributions he's made traveling the country keeping the legacy of black baseball alive.

He has been the face, voice and inspiration behind Kansas City's Negro Leagues Museum.
Now I'd like someone to explain to me why he was left out. This is just wrong.

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