Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Have a good time this weekend, but please, let's remember why we have this holiday. A lot of good people died so you could cook burgers on a grill and get a sunburn. I'll be back Tuesday. Enjoy.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Anybody got a home remedy for sciatica? I woke up with a bad case of it this morning, and until it clears up or I get a steroid shot I won't be blogging, since it is painful to sit in this position for very long. I'll be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, read the blogroll and click on the ads. Then click them again. You'd really be helping me out. Thanks.

Friday, May 26, 2006

For all you Jack Bauer fans we have news for the next season of 24. Executive Producer Howard Gordon lets us know they will not be filming the show in China. He also talks about behind-the-scenes goings-on.

In addition, we also get word that 24 and The Amazing Race are going to be turned into board games. That should prove interesting.

If you live around Detroit, you've probably already heard about the special cupcakes created by the Milford Baking Company.
Cupcakes aren't usually a best-seller at the Milford Baking Company. But since the addition of a plastic green hand emerging from the chocolate-flavored sprinkles and frosting meant to resemble dirt, the bakery can't make enough of the desserts.
They were made in honor of Jimmy Hoffa. I guess it's just my weird sense of humor, but I think I'd like to have some of these cupcakes. Maybe it's just that I like cupcakes.

Most of us just have to worry about weeds and such in our yards, but not Judy Roberts. She has to deal with a dead horse.
Roberts discovered the horse in the Ohio River on Friday. By Sunday, it had shifted onto her property.
She's having a lot of trouble finding someone who will take the horse and dispose of it properly. I wish her a lot of luck.

A bouquet of flowers for my favorite baby sister, Beda. Have a beautiful day, sugar. Remember, no matter how old you get, you'll never be as old as me. That should make you feel good, right?

This guy wanted to rob a bank, but he didn't want to work too hard at it.
Police in an Austin suburb arrested a man on Thursday who allegedly walked into a bank, demanded money from a teller and then sat down and read a magazine.
In addition to bank robbery, do you think they'll charge him with loitering?

How did they know??
You Are Big Bird

Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.

You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.

You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.

How you life your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."
The Sesame Street Personality Quiz

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Today is National Missing Children's Day. Say a prayer for those children who are lost, and for their families, that they may be reunited quickly.

Before I forget, I have to express my opinion on tonight's American Idol finals:

I guess it's not just employers who get their noses out of joint over blogs these days. School districts do, too.
A 17-year-old student who posted on his blog site that he was being bullied and threatened by the Plainfield School District will face an expulsion hearing this week, a local attorney said.
From their reactions, I'd speculate that the student may have a case. From what I read, he didn't make any threats toward the school or the district. They are over-reacting in a major way. They should save expulsion for serious crimes, not for expressing opinions.

It's really sad that this was deemed necessary:
Oregon legislators and staff members should not be drunk while performing their official duties, a citizen panel says.

The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted that recommendation Monday, although the panel decided to leave it to House and Senate leaders to draft rules against intoxication and possible penalties.

Speaking of intoxication, it's truly a miracle that this man is still alive:
Lithuanian police were so astonished when they pulled over a truck driver and his breathalyzer test registered 18 times the legal alcohol limit, they thought their testing device must be broken.

It wasn't.

Police said Tuesday 41-year-old Vidmantas Sungaila registered 727 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliters of blood repeatedly on different devices when he was pulled over for driving his truck down the center of a two-lane highway 60 miles from the capital, Vilnius on Saturday.
What can I say? I hope nobody ever tries to break his record.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

If you are a veteran who served and/or was discharged since 1976, or you know one, check out this story. A doofus who worked at the Veterans Administration took home some computer disks which contained names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of 26.5 million veterans. Said doofus was robbed, and said disks were stolen. Doofus is now on leave pending an investigation. And here's what the Veterans Affairs Secretary, Jim Nicholson, had to say:
...there was no evidence so far that the burglars who struck the employee's home have used the personal data -- or even know they have it.
Well, if they didn't know, they do now. Another doofus. It's no wonder the VA is having problems taking care of their charges. All I know is it ran a lot smoother when I worked there. I guess they miss me? NOT!! Anyway, if you are one of the veterans who could have been compromised, there is a phone number in the article you can call. And for pity's sake, keep an eye on your credit report.

Here's a story you may not have heard on the mainstream news where you live: Two Saudi Arabian men, one dressed in shorts and a black trenchcoat, boarded a school bus in Tampa, Florida and rode to the school. The bus driver, who for some unknown reason let these fools on the bus in the first place, had sense enough to call ahead and the police were waiting when they arrived at Wharton High School. These two men lied several times about why they got on the bus. First it was just to look around, then they wanted to take English classes there, then they got on the school bus by accident (they thought it was a city bus?). They also lied about where they were from, first claiming to be from Morocco.

Ask yourself, was it an accident? Or was it a trial run? Is it a coincidence that this happens while our nation is busy fighting over immigration? Misha over at Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler covers the story in-depth here, but beware, he does use language that will turn your ears red. He knows how to get the message across, however. Don't bury your head in the sand, learn as much as you can. This apparently happened last Friday, but I still haven't heard anything on the local news. I'm not just trying to scare you here. I am genuinely concerned about our nation.

Okay, here's why I'm so upset. Over the last two days, I've seen the following stories:
Senate refuses to deny illegal aliens Social Security Benefits. Click here.
Senate protects employers of illegal aliens. Click here.
I have to wonder how much Presidente Fox is paying our Senators to get these laws enacted. We don't have enough Social Security to care for the hundreds of thousands of baby boomers who are preparing to retire now. How do they expect to pay for illegal aliens? Do you realize that 10% of Mexico's population has moved into the United States? Do you realize that, at the same time, Mexico severely restricts the number of jobs that non-citizens can hold? Click here to read more about that. What will be left for our children? For our grandchildren? I don't want my grandchildren to have to work until they're 90 years old just to save enough money to retire for a month then die. We have to find a way to reclaim our country. No, I'm not talking about using violence, I'm talking about reclaiming our government from Vicente Fox. Elections are in November, people. If your elected representatives are not representing you, kick 'em out. You can do better. I am fortunate that both of my senators voted correctly on these matters, however I still plan to contact them, because pressure needs to be applied to the senators who are giving away our nation. We are presently accepting approximately 500,000 new citizens to our nation every year. Perhaps the best way to start reforming immigration would be to stop all immigration for a period of at least six months, maybe a year, until we get things settled. And I'm talking about all immigrants, not just Mexican. No more can move in until we get our house in order. What do you think?

Monday, May 22, 2006

I will be posting my thoughts on the latest in the immigration debacle later tonight. I have to clear my mind of all thoughts of inflicting pain on the dolts who are surrendering our nation to another... anyway, I'll be back later.

PractiGal hosts this week's Carnival of Recipes, with a Crock-Pot theme. Ack! I'm having flashbacks to when I worked for Rival! Excuse me while I wash out my brain.

We've all seen smiley faces everywhere, right? But did you ever wonder what's on the back of a smiley face? Wonder no longer. Click here to find out.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

It was a day of major ups and downs in the sports world. Did you see the Preakness today? Barbaro was the definite favorite, after winning the Kentucky Derby easily. But it wasn't to be. Barbaro broke his rear leg both above and below the ankle, and will require surgery on Sunday to save his life.

In other sports, Barry Bonds finally tied Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. I remember when Hank Aaron did that. They interrupted scheduled programming to let everyone see it happen. They didn't do that this time. Gee, I wonder why?

The baseball game in Chicago had it's own minor spectacle today. Four players were kicked off the two teams for fighting.
Michael Barrett was waiting for the ball when A.J. Pierzynski ran him over. Barrett's reaction? He got up and punched the White Sox catcher in the jaw, setting off a melee between Chicago's two baseball teams.

On a more local note, Albert Pujols hit home run number 21 on Saturday when he blasted a three-run homer while playing against Kansas City. It was also his 53rd RBI so far this season. Go Cards!!

I give up. New Orleans has re-elected Ray Nagin as mayor of their water-logged city. I couldn't believe it. Well, I hope they enjoy having a moron as mayor. Next time their city floods, they should turn to him instead of the rest of the nation to bail them out. After all, you get the government you elect. They'll get no more sympathy from me.

I don't think this kid is gonna give up.
A teenager who was charged last year with threatening the lives of President George W. Bush and other federal officials has again been arrested, this time for manufacturing bogus U.S Secret Service credentials.
Do you think the government will take him seriously this time?

Here's a really cool website that will tell you the most popular television shows in the year you were born. Unfortunately, it only goes back to 1950. I guess they figure anyone older than that doesn't like to reminisce. Anyhoo, this is the Top 30 list of shows from the year I was hatched. Just in case you're interested.

I guess breaking and entering is a lot more tiring these days.
A man was charged with burglary and criminal mischief Thursday after he allegedly broke into a funeral home and fell asleep in a coffin.

Joel Fish, 20, of Queensbury, was arrested after he was discovered at the O'Leary Funeral Home in Canton, 127 miles north of Syracuse.

Debra White, wife of the home's funeral director Joe White, said she noticed a broken window and open door to the casket display room when she awoke at 6:30 a.m. Inside, she saw a boot and pair of pants on the floor and a pair of knees sticking out of a stainless steel coffin.
I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when Mrs. White found this guy, especially if he'd woken, sat up, and said in his best Bela Lugosi voice, "Good evening!" If that had happened to me, they'd have a whole new entrance.

Is it just me, or does fifteen minutes of fame last longer these days?
CASTROVILLE, Calif. - Off-key "American Idol" washout William Hung has something new to crow about: He's being crowned "Artichoke King" in the small city that calls itself the "artichoke capital of the world."

Hung, 23, the earnest crooner who butchered Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" tune on the Fox talent competition, will ride in a parade Sunday and perform new versions of the Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA" and the Billy Ray Cyrus line-dancing anthem "Achy Breaky Heart."
Oh, those poor people. Do you suppose he dances to Achy Breaky while he's singing it? Excuse me while I wash out my mind's eye.

Attention all Star Trek fans... This fall, Christie's Auction House in New York is holding an auction of more than 1,000 lots of Star Trek memorabilia. There will be items from all five Trek series, as well as the many movies that were made. If you go, be sure to take lots of moolah with you, as this stuff is gonna go high. And don't forget to pick up a little something for your favorite grandma, okay?

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I should hope so, or my canine children of fur would be very disappointed:
Your Ideal Pet is a Big Dog

You're both energetic, affectionate, and a bit goofy.
And neither of you seem to mind very slobbery kisses!
What's Your Ideal Pet?

Okay, now I'm officially pissed off. It doesn't happen often, but it has happened. I want this kind of crap to stop immediately.
The Senate voted yesterday to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment -- even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents.
Do you believe this? After all the complaining about how Social Security is going broke, we're all going to DIE!!, etc., they grant benefits to people who shouldn't be here at all, let alone sucking up all our futures. Fifty members of the Senate voted in favor of this crap, and every stinking one of them should be recalled or impeached or defeated in the November elections. There is no excuse for this and none should be accepted. If you agree with me, CONTACT YOUR SENATOR. They won't know you're upset if you don't tell them. Be polite, but make sure they understand you've had enough.

I didn't hear anything on the news about this, but it just proves the fact that our borders need to be enforced immediately.
A Mesa man has admitted in federal court that he tried to smuggle an undocumented immigrant from Iran across the U.S.-Mexico border.

..According to Monday's plea deal, Malhamdary admitted that around September 2004, he began negotiating with someone to bring a group of Iranian nationals to the U.S. He eventually agreed to supply authentic Iranian passports to the person, who turned out to be an undercover agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, and he would arrange to have the Mexican visas placed into the passports so the Iranians could fly into Mexico.
This Iranian man, Zeayadali Malhamdary, entered our country by crossing the Mexican border illegally in 1998, and was granted refugee status in February 1999. He will be sentenced for these crimes in August.

The thing is, this is one case we've caught. How many more have tried and succeeded? How many more will try? The borders have got to be protected, now more than ever.

Is anyone missing a musical instrument? If so, I think I know what happened to it.
Volunteers tidying up Britain's highest mountain have found a piano near the summit, a conservation group said Wednesday.

The instrument was discovered at the weekend under a pile of stones near the top of the 4,418-foot Ben Nevis, according to the John Muir Trust, which owns part of the Scottish mountain.
I guess someone wanted to play some cool music.

I've always felt that if you're going to do something, you should give it your best shot. Apparently I'm not the only one who feels that way. A thief in California felt the same way.
It was a sod story for a Mojave Desert homeowner whose entire front yard — grass, bushes and sprinklers — was hauled away by a thief.
He didn't get very far. But that's understandable. A green yard in the desert would tend to stand out.

I've always felt that if you're going to do something, you should give it your best shot. Apparently I'm not the only one who feels that way. A thief in California felt the same way.
It was a sod story for a Mojave Desert homeowner whose entire front yard — grass, bushes and sprinklers — was hauled away by a thief.
He didn't get very far. But that's understandable. A green yard in the desert would tend to stand out.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

And now we're down to two. Elliott Yamin was knocked out of the running for this year's American Idol Wednesday night. I liked Elliott, but he just couldn't seem to relax and enjoy himself. I do believe, however, he should have outlasted Katherine. She just seems to phony.

In other television news, I cannot accept that Mark Harmon is leaving NCIS. I'm hoping it's just a cliff-hanger, and he'll be persuaded to come back to his job.

On The unit, the team leader got shot, but they don't tell us how badly he's wounded. They wouldn't shoot David Palmer twice in one season, would they?

As far as The Amazing Race goes, all I can say is: Yippee!!! Go hippies!!

This has been "Your Half-Week with Grandma Deece". You may now return to your regularly scheduled blogging.

I always knew I was more Dixie than Yankee:
Your Linguistic Profile::
55% General American English
20% Dixie
10% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern
5% Yankee
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

My daughter-in-law sent me this picture.
I'd never heard of an albino peacock before today. Isn't it beautiful? I just had to share it with you all.

In the past, I've had problems with my electric company, as I'm sure everyone else has. But as hard-hearted as they may seem at times, they have never been this insane.
It was just a penny, but to Consumers Energy it was enough to cut off power in a local home. Jacqueline Williams, 41, of Flint had an electricity bill of $1,662.08 and paid all of it, except for one cent. That wasn't enough for the power company, which blacked her out for seven hours Wednesday.

The CMS Energy Corp. subsidiary told Williams the power would not be turned on until the penny was received.
Imagine doing this to a woman who is on Social Security. She had to make a trip down there and give them a penny before they'd turn her service back on. Seven hours later.

There is a very lucky woman living in Florida. Robin Key was driving when a bullet pierced her windshield. It would have caused a serious injury, but it was stopped by her seatbelt and bra strap. It makes me wonder when they started making bras out of Kevlar.

Today's award for stupidity goes to a man in Denver, North Carolina.
A man taking a break from painting burned down his house after trying to snuff out a cigarette in a bowl of paint thinner.
Mr. Spencer claims he thought the bowl contained water. They must have some really nasty smelling water in Denver.

They had some unscheduled entertainment at the zoo in Amsterdam a few days ago.
Bears killed and ate a monkey in a Dutch zoo in front of horrified visitors, witnesses and the zoo said Monday.
And I thought a trip to the zoo was fun here.

On the other hand, this story renews hope for all lost children out there.
On Mother's Day weekend in 1976, Laura Gooder's estranged husband, Eric Douglas Nielsen, picked up 21-month-old Genevieve Rachel Nielsen for an overnight visit. They never returned.

This Mother's Day weekend, a police officer arrived Saturday at Gooder's home in Frederic, Mich., with news that her daughter - now 31 - had been found, The Detroit News reported.
Something very similar happened to my brother, so I can definitely empathize with this mother.

This goes beyond evil, in my opinion. They cannot find a jail cell far enough down into the bowels of the Earth for these two people. If you have high blood pressure, you probably shouldn't read this.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

So much for funny. Now for something a bit more serious. Via Misha at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, we get this information from a GAO study which reinforces the need for stronger security at the border.
... this report addresses the following questions: (1) How many times have they been arrested? (2) How many and what type of criminal offenses have they been arrested for? (3) What states were they arrested in?
1. In our population study of 55,322 illegal aliens, we found that they were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien. Nearly all had more than 1 arrest. Thirty-eight percent (about 21,000) had between 2 and 5 arrests, 32 percent (about 18,000) had between 6 and 10 arrests, and 26 percent (about 15,000) had 11 or more arrests. Most of the arrests occurred after 1990. They were arrested for a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses, averaging about 13 offenses per illegal alien. One arrest incident may include multiple offenses, a fact that explains why there are nearly one and half times more offenses than arrests. Almost all of these illegal aliens were arrested for more than 1 offense. Slightly more than half of the 55,322 illegal aliens had between 2 and 10 offenses. About 45 percent of all offenses were drug or immigration offenses. About 15 percent were property-related offenses such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and property damage. About 12 percent were for violent offenses such as murder, robbery, assault, and sex-related crimes. The balance was for such other offenses as traffic violations, including driving under the influence; fraud–including forgery and counterfeiting; weapons violations; and obstruction of justice. Eighty percent of all arrests occurred in three states–California, Texas, and Arizona. Specifically, about 58 percent of all arrests occurred in California, 14 percent in Texas, and 8 percent in Arizona.

What does this tell you? It tells me they are definitely putting a strain on the economy, and that they’re not coming across the border merely to do the jobs that legal residents won’t do. Unless those legal residents were waiting to commit these crimes and got cheated out of the opportunity. And please note, there is no mention of what nationality these criminals hail from. That’s because it doesn’t matter. Don’t be fooled, people. This is not a race discrimination case. It’s a matter of national security.

Here’s some more e-mail funny for your pleasure:

A group of managers were given the assignment to measure the height of a flagpole. So they go out to the flagpole with ladders and tape measures, and they’re falling off the ladders, dropping the tape measures... the whole thing is just a mess.

An engineer comes along and sees what they’re trying to do, walks over, pulls the flagpole out of the ground, lays it flat, and measures it from end to end, gives the measurement to one of the managers and walks away.

After the engineer has gone, one manager turns to another and laughs. “Isn’t that just like an engineer? We’re looking for the height, and he gives us the length.”


A man and a woman were having drinks, getting to know one another and started bantering back and forth about male/female issues. They talked about who was better in certain sports, who were the better entertainers, etc. The flirting continued for more than an hour when the topic of sex came up. So they got into an argument about who enjoyed sex more.

The man said, “Men obviously enjoy sex more than women. Why do you think we’re so obsessed with getting laid?”

He then went on for several hours arguing his point, even going so far as to ask other men in the bar for their opinions. The woman listened quietly until the man was finished making his point. Confident in the strength of his argument, the man awaited her response.

“That doesn’t prove anything,” the woman countered. “Think about this: when your ear itches and you put your little finger in it and wiggle it around, then pull it out, which feels better – your ear, or your finger?”


Probability Theory:

If an infinite number of rednecks riding in an infinite number of pickup trucks fire an infinite number of shotgun rounds at an infinite number of highway signs, they will eventually produce all the world’s great literary works in Braille.


Patrizia Martinelli, ex-wife of fashion heir Maurizio Gucci, was convicted of ordering her husband’s murder and was sentenced to 29 years in prison. Most agree this is a tremendous price for a Gucci knockoff.

Sean Connery is about to star in yet another James Bond thriller. This time he will match wits with the evil proctologist, Coldfinger.

Sesame Street is under fire for accepting corporate sponsorship for the first time. In fact, some of the most vocal critics are the show’s own stars, Kermit the Budweiser Frog and Vlasic Pickle Me Elmo.


A little boy’s prayer: “Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mommy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”

An elderly man in Florida had owned a large farm for several years. He had a pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.

As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, “We’re not coming out until you leave!”

The old man frowned. “I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.” Holding the bucket up, he said, “I’m here to feed the alligator.”

Moral: Old men can still think fast.

I received this in an e-mail this week, and thought it might be something you’d all want to read. It really makes you think.
Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study, and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on it the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy... when I see my image in it.”

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Here's your Mother's Day Edition of the Carnival of Recipes, hosted this week by Everything and Nothing. Enjoy your Mother's Day. I plan to enjoy mine!

Let me ask you a question: Would you buy a car with three wheels? What if it only had one cylinder? Probably no to both, right? What if I told you it would cost less than $5,000 (I'm guessing at that, but it seems fair)? Would you buy it then? Okay, let me sweeten the deal. What if this three-wheeled, one cylinder car got about 8,000 miles per gallon of gas? If it went 55 miles per hour, I would. As little as I drive, I'd buy less than two gallons of gas per year. I could love that.

Well, someone has way too much time on their hands! Some enterprising person has modified the game of Pac-Man. Follow the link at this site to enjoy playing "Taylor Hicks Pac-Man"! No, I'm not kidding.

I've heard of unusual scents for perfumes and colognes, I have no problem with that. But perfume that smells like stinky cheese? Who in their right mind would wear that? Someone who likes mice?

Is it just me, or does the whole Chris Daughtry story seem a little fake? After phoning in his performances for the past two weeks, he's voted out of American Idol, and hours after that is offered a job as the lead singer for the rock group Fuel. What are the chances he knew about the job offer ahead of time, and got himself kicked off the show? I'm not saying it's a bad thing; it's probably the best thing he could have done for his career. I just don't like deception. What do you think? And feel free to disagree, cause I won't get mad. It's not my career, after all.

Somebody needs to fill out the Woops! forms in Massachusetts. While doing some spring cleaning, a broken desk drawer was thrown away. What I find hard to believe is nobody noticed the $31,000 in drug money, evidence that had been put in the drawer and forgotten.

I may have this personality, but I'm not that large.Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Looks like Tiger Woods is gonna have to share the limelight with a 9-year-old golf phenom from Michigan.
A 9-year-old boy celebrated what some golfers can only dream of, making a hole-in-one during his first round this season.

Porter Brown, who began golfing last year, went to The Gully Golf Course in Midland County with his father and younger brother Monday morning and recorded the ace on the 125-yard sixth hole.
Congratulations, Porter.

74-year-old Constance Gittles was minding her own business, watering her garden in Florida, when an alligator decided he wanted to mess up her day. That gator picked on the wrong granny.
An elderly woman, who was bitten by an alligator while working in her backyard, beat back the reptile with a garden hose.

"I just whacked him right in the snout with the nozzle," she said. "After that, he took off," Gittles told the News-Press of Fort Myers.
People, and animals, need to quit messing with grannies. They almost always regret it.

The son-in-law came through his surgery just fine, except for the pain. I ran into my daughter at the grocery store, and she said he was at home waiting for some pain pills. I know he hurts, but at least he got to go home the same day. When I had my gall bladder out, I was in the hospital for almost a week, then off work for five weeks. My incision was from sternum to navel, with a drainage incision for my appendectomy which they did at the same time. So I know how he feels. I wound up not having to babysit; a neighbor volunteered to do it, since I would have had to go over there at 6 am. That’s about the time I normally go to sleep.

Wow, George Bush really doesn’t want to make any friends, does he? He has scheduled a speech to the nation for Monday night! That’s right, the night of the season finale for Prison Break, the night we all gather round to see Jack Bauer beat the bad guys, the night Horatio Caine is supposed to get married. That’s no way to make people like you. If it were me, I’d try Saturday night. There’s not really anything else to watch. I don’t know why he’s doing this anyway. No matter what he says, he’s not going to change any minds. Words don’t mean nearly as much as actions, and his actions of late have been despicable. If he wants to influence people, he needs to start acting like he really cares about protecting our nation, both from outside attack and inside corruption. Of course, Congress is no better. What is the point of having a Republican majority in the House and Senate, if they’re not going to do anything with it. The Republican Party has turned into a bunch of wusses. That’s no way to get votes.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Okay, now this really ticks me off. The U.S. Border Patrol (their logo is the Three Blind Mice), have decided to help the criminals invading our nation.
While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling the Mexican government where they are.

According to three documents on the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site, the U.S. Border Patrol is to notify the Mexican government as to the location of Minutemen and other civilian border patrol groups when they participate in apprehending illegal immigrants -- and if and when violence is used against border crossers.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that migrants' rights are being observed.
If this doesn't convince you our nation is in danger, then there's something wrong with you. I'm not anti-Mexican, so don't even go there. I'm anti-invader. I don't care what race they are. If they can't get in legally, they shouldn't get in at all.

Hi, y'all. Well, it finally quit raining here. I couldn't blog earlier because, well, I didn't want to get all wet. Our roof has developed a leak, and it naturally leaks over the sofa and over my bed. The two places in this dump where I go to relax. So, I've been sleeping either in a recliner or with a drip bucket beside me. So you see why I couldn't turn on the computer. Didn't want to short it out.

Here's some quick thoughts for this week:

* On 24, the plot is getting really dumb now. I know I wasn't the only one who wanted that idiot President to off himself. And now I want him to take Miles with him.

* On American Idol, I was afraid Chris was gonna get cut this week. He just didn't give it his all this week. I'm only sorry Katherine is still there. She was absolutely horrible this week. Go Taylor!!

* On The Amazing Race, Wooo Hooo!! MoJo is gone!! I was floored when the two lotharios actually gave one of the hippies some sandals to wear. Without that, they couldn't have even entered the airport, let alone get on a plane. If they didn't have shoes, how could they be forced to take them off? Go Hippies!!

* We finally got our DVD player hooked up. I've been watching a lot of old TV shows: Make Room For Daddy, Fury, Dick Van Dyke... We even watched a couple of episodes of the Cisco Kid. I had a real flashback with that one. The morning after our wedding, before we had to check out of the hotel, we sat down and watched the Cisco Kid and the Lone Ranger. That's all we had he energy to do, thank you.

Well, so much for my week. I don't know if I'll blog on Friday night, because I've got to babysit all day Friday while my son-in-law has his gall bladder removed. Pray for me... they have four children, the oldest one is not quite 10 yet.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Unlike some bloggers with the initials DS, Winnie the Pooh has no problem having his portrait posted around the Internet. Winnie had new photos done for his 80th birthday. Happy Birthday, Dude! You Rock!!

Well, I hope all you anti-smokers are proud of yourselves. You've awakened a sleeping giant, and I'm not sure it's gonna be so easy to knock it out again. I bet you thought they'd stop at doing away with smokers, didn't you? Looks like that was just the beginning.
Earlier this year in New York City, a public-heath regulation went into effect that set a new and very troublesome precedent, one that insinuates government agencies into personal medical matters.

In mid-January, the city began legally requiring laboratories that do medical testing to report to the Health Department the results of blood-sugar tests for city residents with diabetes — along with the names, ages, and contact information on those patients.
I hear you asking yourself: Why would they want that information? Well, brace yourself.
City officials are not only analyzing these data to assess patterns and changes in diabetes prevalence in the city, but are planning "interventions." Simply put, diabetics will soon receive letters and phone calls from city officials offering advice and counsel on how to effectively deal with their medical condition.
What will happen if the contacted person doesn't want this so-called "intervention"? Well, here's one scenario:
When the government's phone calls and letters nagging people to eat better, quit smoking, and be more physically active don't work, the next phase of the war on chronic disease may be a harshly punitive one, with fines and other restrictions on those who fail to heed the health warnings. The message will be: Live a healthy life or the government will punish you.
Imagine how much easier it will be to "punish" you if we have government-controlled health care. And then, when they're finished with the diabetics, who will be next? Frankly, I don't like the answers I can come up with in my mind. And you probably won't, either.

The Carnival of Recipes this week is hosted by The Common Room. They're still running on a springtime theme, so check it out to get those great new recipes for spring.

Well, I'm starting off today's postings with some sad news: Andrea Clark passed away Sunday afternoon, surrounded by family and friends. Thanks go out to all who helped Andrea live out her last days the way she wanted to, rather than letting the hospital kill her. It brings a joy to my heart, knowing that Democrats and Republicans can put aside their differences to help someone in need. Let's hope someday the two groups can find reasons to work together more often.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Congratulations go out to the owners of Barbaro, the winner of today's Kentucky Derby. I was rooting for Steppenwolfer since he's from Springfield , but he finished in third place. That's not too bad, though, considering there were twenty horses in the running. Now we wait to see if Barbaro can win the Triple Crown.

Well, we got some disturbing news this week. Sir Mugley is not controlling his blood sugar very well, and has had to increase his daily insulin. In addition, we have to start monitoring his diet more closely. I've got to educate myself in low-carb, low-fat, low-sugar cooking. I don't think it will be too bad, but right now he's looking at all the things he won't be able to eat any more. No more french fries, fried chicken, ice cream, peanut butter, etc. I'm trying to look on the bright side. We'll both be eating better, and maybe he'll start feeling better. He's been awfully tired lately. Keep your fingers crossed; this could get ugly, especially if he starts sneaking food. You know how men can be.

Friday, May 05, 2006

This article shows why you should be careful where you get your booze:
Hungarian builders who drank their way to the bottom of a huge barrel of rum while renovating a house got a nasty surprise when a pickled corpse tumbled out of the empty barrel, a police magazine website reported.
I can't imagine what went through their minds when that happened. But this is the part of the story that really gets to you:
According to the website, workers said the rum in the 300-liter barrel had a "special taste" so they even decanted a few bottles of the liquor to take home.

There is one very grateful woman in Manteca, California today. Brandy Womack had a C-section on March 22, because her baby girl, who wasn't due for another month, was already a whopping 14 pounds. If she'd gone to term the baby would have reached about 16 pounds. Can you imagine? I thought I had a lot of pain when I gave birth, and my babies were smaller than average.

A 20-year-old man was found glued to a toilet seat in a Maryland Wal-Mart. Is there a serial toilet gluer running around out there somewhere? There was another case of stuck buns a couple of months ago, I think at a Home Depot. Maybe the victims were related?

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I've heard of May-December relationships, but this couple takes it to the next level. He's 33, and she's 104! Frankly, I don't understand these relationships. This is her 21st marriage. This is his first time, and he claims she brings him peace and a sense of belonging. Come on! Can you explain it to me? Anybody? Buehler??

What a week! Since we last visited here, we've had really nasty storms come through our part of the state, with a small tornado hitting about 2 miles from my house. Then there was trouble with Blogger. I don't know what their problem was, but I'm glad it's over now. On top of that, I've got an infected fang. It's driving me crazy, but there's nothing I can do about it. If it gets really bad, I'll go see if my doctor can give me some antibiotics or something. Such is life with Medicaid. You can't find a dentist who'll accept it, unless you drive for several hours each way. At least I don't need my teeth to type, or we'd be in real trouble.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Glorious News Tonight People!! Andrea Clark is going to live!!Check out this posting at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, updating our information on Mrs. Clark's case. Here's just a little bit to whet your appetite:
Her white blood cell count has been down to normal for the FOURTH day in a ROW now, and she has been able to get off of the blood pressure raising drugs that she has had to be on for MONTHS. She is doing GREAT. Her new doctor … has also halved the amount of pain medications that she is taking, so that she can talk to her family. He says that her condition is “serious,” but that she does have the ability to get much better.
Go over and read it all. Her sister wants to thank everyone involved in saving Andrea. And I thank you as well. You see, when people can work together despite their political leanings. Too bad we don't remember that more often.

Okay, people of Denver and the surrounding area: Take a deep breath, and try to relax. Nothing bad is going to happen on 06-06-06, unless you want it to. People make a big deal about that date, forgetting that the number 666 in the Bible refers to a name, not a date. So you can all go about your business, and read your Bible. It will help you stay calm.

Desert Light Journal brings us this week's Carnival of Recipes. Always helpful if you run out of ideas for something different to eat. I know that happens to me a lot. I get tired of eating the same old things all the time.

I see that NBC wants to add another game show to their repertoir. I think I could do pretty good on this one. I usually do well on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Jeopardy". I should probably go hit the game show circuit and rack up some bucks. Yeah, right.

Congratulations go out to Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who broke a record by swatting 14 home runs in April. Let's keep our fingers crossed, and maybe he'll do that every month and break a really large record!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hi, everybody! I hope you all went out and spent money on Monday, otherwise known as lawbreakers day. I can't believe how weinie our government is being as far as enforcing our immigration laws. But from what I've heard, not much different happened on Monday, other than the roads being clearer, lines in the stores being shorter and faster, no problems in the schools, etc.

Anyway, I'm not really blogging right now. This is just a quick note to let you know I'll probably blog tonight, but my back has been hurting all day and I don't feel like sitting here for very long. Some days are just worse than others.

For those of you who watch 24 (you know you do, don't lie), you're really only seeing half the story if you're not also following the live-blogging that goes on at Blogs4Bauer and Dave Barry's Blog. The snarkiness of it all makes the show a hundred times better. Go, laugh. You won't regret it.

Follow the updates on the lawbreakers at Wizbang!, Michelle Malkin, Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, and many others. Scroll down and pick some. Just about everybody's writing about it.

I'll see you tonight.

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