Thursday, May 31, 2007

What is the point of Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation?

How ridiculous can you get?

Oh yes, it's so all the little children can feel good about themselves.

Oy!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More reasons not to trust the media...

None of us are strangers to conflicting media reports. One day we hear one thing, the next day we hear a contradiction. It's to the point where we don't know what to believe and sadly there really isn't much we can do about it. That is because the great majority of us have lives to live which include family responsibilities, school, jobs, etc. Therefore we rely on the individuals whose jobs it is to do the research for us and report it in an unbiased fashion.

It's called journalism but unfortunately it's a lost art.

A good example is this latest with "TB Andy" as he's become affectionately known. There are so many conflicting stories we've given up listening to any news reports about it. What's the point?

Yesterday DH and I were listening to ABC radio news between our favorite talk radio programs and at 4 pm we heard ABC news report that the CDC had not yet located all of the people who were onboard the same flights as TB Andy. At 5 pm we heard the news again and Charlie Gibson said at that time that all of the persons onboard his flights had been notified.

That's a lot of progress in one hour---especially for a government agency, which is why we didn't buy it.

Today it's being reported again that the CDC is still trying to get a hold of all the people on those flights.

Which is it? Either all of the people were located or they weren't.

Next is the ABC radio news report stating that TB Andy's strain was contagious, untreatable and deadly. Yet not long afterwards we heard a report that the CDC was not worried about the passengers being infected.

Which is it? Either it's contagious, untreatable and deadly or it isn't.

ABC radio news is also broadcasting that TB Andy was not informed of his deadly strain before he left the United States because the letter the CDC sent to him arrived after he departed the U.S. Yet the ABC report said nothing about the fact that the CDC sent a representative to Rome to meet with TB Andy to urge him not to take commercial flights because of the risk of spreading the disease. But ABC had to know about this Rome visit because it's been all over the talk radio circuit this evening.

ABC news has a resident physician who stated that TB Andy was low-risk. Yet we're told that a simple cough or a sneeze could catapult the nuclei into the air and contaminate other human beings.

Which is it? Either a deadly strain of rare untreatable TB is deadly or it isn't.

ABC news makes TB Andy out to be the victim. It's amazing that days after this story broke he's appearing on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. How about interviewing the hundreds of people who were exposed to him during his romp through Europe and Canada and back to the US? What about them? Aren't they victims? TB Andy knew he was contagious, knew he had a rare deadly form of TB. Not only was he informed in Rome but it is evident in his actions getting back into the country. ABC reported he snuck back in the way he did--through the Canadian border because he was afraid if he didn't get back to the US, he would die of the disease.

Here's a man who put the lives of hundreds--possibly thousands at risk and ABC News makes him out to be the victim. And so I throw my hands up in the air and shake my head in dismay at each new ABC news report concerning TB Andy. I don't believe a word they say anymore. How can I? They've lost my trust.

You and I are not in a position to be in the midst of every newsworthy "event" making it impossible for us to have a first-person account. And so we rely on journalism professionals to bring that information to us, factually, without opinion, without bias.

Yes, note the emphasis on professionals.....a term I am using quite loosely here for good reason.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Employees, can you spare a dime?

Once a year we get the same email which goes something like this:

"As a member of the faculty and staff, you contribute every day to our success. Your personal dedication is a principal reason....blah blah blah. Please consider making a personal financial investment in the college, department, or program that’s meaningful to you."


Ok after I was done laughing I got serious for a moment.

Then I laughed again.

I guess I just find it really tacky that my employer is asking me for money.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but I'm not all that thrilled with the bureaucracy that goes on. I just can't believe they are asking me for money--- the institution which apparently didn't do enough to push the legislature because we aren't getting raises, but instead a $1000 bonus (before taxes); the institution which charges me over $400 to park here; the institution which awards "merit" increases to people who don't deserve it; the institution which is so incredible wasteful in manpower and other resources--watering lawns in the middle of the afternoon, physical plant supervisors who sit in trucks all day long watching their "people" work, and the continuing trend of keeping slackers employed all over the place because that's the way it's always been (frankly I think that in many cases administration is just afraid to fire them for fear of lawsuits); and then there's oh yes....the institution who can't seem to find money for employee pay increases but somehow managed to create a Vice President position for someone because as rumor has it, he was already at the top of his pay scale and couldn't advance any further.

Oh don't get me started on the bureacracy...just because I love my job doesn't mean I have to like the institution's bureaucracy.

This institution wants staff and faculty to make donations which can support financial aid for students, pay for new facilities and updated equipment, and of course higher faculty pay. And of course there are various scholarships for Katrina victims, 9-11 first responder victims, and kids from low-income families.

And if I donate now I get this brand spanking new coffee mug.

Well that makes it all worthwhile doesn't it?

I suppose I get this bad taste in my mouth when my employer asks me for a donation. Every year they send this request out and every year I ask to be removed from the list.

As far as personal investment, I do that every single day and it has nothing to do with money. Every day I help my students by guiding, advising, counseling and helping them solve problems, I look out for their well-being. Every day I advise and help faculty solve problems. These folks are my family at work, and when I'm here they are my number one concern and they know it.

That's my contribution. That's the deal.

In exchange for having this job which I really enjoy, which pays my tuition, which offers excellent health benefits for DH and me--I do the job I was hired to do (and then some) and I do it damn good too. And when my day is over, DH and I go home and live our lives. I contribute to the overall success here, so does DH, both of us are an important part of this place. We know it, the people we work with know it, and the people we help know it.

But I have to draw the line somewhere. Giving my employer my hard-earned dollars which I earn by working my ass off every day to make this place great, just isn't part of the deal. So I guess this means I won't get a building or a street named after me or get my name in the paper or a nice thank-you from the foundation.

The worst part will be missing out on that fine coffee mug!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Must be a guy thing...

The pounding in my ears gets louder and louder, I feel like my head is going to split open. And it's getting to the point it is literally making me nauseous.

What's that you ask?

DH is playing computer games at his desk behind me and it is REALLY loud. This latest one is some kind of 3-D game where he's a pilot shooting at the enemy. He must be a real shitty shot because that damn machine gun hasn't stop blasting in the last thirty minutes. I just asked him if he hit anything and he said "a few" and I'm guessing even that number is exaggerated. He says "is it too loud?"

Gee.....I had to yell to ask you the question and you're sitting right behind me. What do you think?

Oy!

Now I know why mom used to get so f*cking annoyed when dad used to watch his war movies with the volume turned up really loud (and I mean loud, like you could hear it plain as day all the way at the other end of their 600-foot driveway). It must be a guy thing, I mean if one can't HEAR the gunshots at a decibel level equivalent to standing next to a jet taking off, what's the point in even watching the movie right? Gotta have blood, gotta have guts, and gotta have it really loud, because well, it gives more of a feel of actually being there.

Uh-huh.

Well if DH wants to be there, I'm certain with a little thought and planning I can work it out for him. :D

Saturday, May 26, 2007

This weekend marks twenty years since...

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I graduated from high school with 31 other classmates and while I was overjoyed to be graduating, I was terrified at what lay ahead. I had no idea what I would do with my life. My choice came down to joining the military and so I did. In fact this year marks twenty years I would have been in and able to retire. I likely would have been a senior chief or master chief by now getting out with a seriously cushy retirement. But a career military woman I was not meant to be and that's ok.

Last night I checked out the photo spread of the graduating class of 2007 in our small county newspaper, a bunch of happy kids with smiles, looking forward to the rest of their lives. Many of the kids who graduated last night are the sons and daughters of people I went to school with. Suddenly I felt old. I thought to myself that's probably how my parents generation felt when their kids were graduating from high school. My dad was 38, my mom 37, when my brother graduated from high school in 1984. I remember that night very well. I wonder what they were thinking? And they still had two more at home!

Age is a part of life and yeah I just need to get over that. What is important is the quality of life. I will admit that there was a stretch of time there where I wasn't really focusing on quality because I suppose I was too damn busy asking myself "what am I supposed to be doing in this world?" It's a question I've asked myself for years.

Yesterday I was reviewing my resume before sending it to a friend who is a professor so he could look over it and give me some feedback. I have to submit it as part of an assignment for class. I haven't revised it in some time and when I was looking at it, it just didn't jump out at me. Oh I have great job experience and I can do a lot of things but there's nothing earth-shattering. Maybe I don't think I accomplished much but I think he and those who know me would probably say different. In fact if they read this they'd probably be thinking "oy vey what's she talking about?"

Ok maybe all of them wouldn't use the words "oy vey" but I know mom would.

I've got to remind myself that I have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Change is inevitable, we ALL change. Have those changes been good? Yes, they have. Have I evolved in my way of thinking? Yes, I have. Absolutely. When I was 17 I really didn't "get it" when it came to animals, energy conservation, homelessness, poverty, and many other of those type issues. When I was 17 it was all about me. I mean come on at 17, it HAS to be all about you, that's a person's time to start figuring out where they're going in life and how they're going to make the best of it.

Now I believe I "get it" in regards to many things I didn't think twice about years ago and I laugh at times when I think how much my thinking has changed over the years. Aging is a process, just another damn process. There are things I don't know now that I will come to know and understand when I am 60 and so the process will just continue. I can either go with it or just give up altogether. I'm not giving up and so I will have to deal with it.

When I was a senior in high school I was news and opinions editor of the high school newspaper. In those days I was already in the mindset that I wanted to do something meaningful with my life, something I would enjoy, something that would make a difference. I suppose back then I had some idea of what I wanted to do in life, I just didn't know how to do it.

Now I do.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Couldn't resist this one...


The Monica of the Bush Administration...

I don't know how far I'd go in trusting Monica Goodling, White House liaison to the Attorney General. She invoked the 5th amendment when all this hullabaloo came out about the firing of eight US attorneys and after striking a deal to avoid prosecution. Goodling admitted that she took into consideration the party affiliations of candidates for career prosecutor jobs. She claimed she ""Crossed the line" but "didn't mean to" and now that she's broken the law, immunity means that her admission of guilt can't be used against her.

And then there's her skirting of direct answers.

Either something is legal or it isn't.
Either something is a lie or it isn't.

Don't you just love the words "Not fully candid" or "crossed the line" ? I mean it sounds so much better than "he lied" and "I committed a felony"

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

"Out here, due process is a bullet."

That's one of my favorite John Wayne quotes along with of course this one from his character Jacob McCandles to his son (played by his real life son Patrick) in the movie "Big Jake":

"Well son, since you haven't learned to respect your elders, it's time you learned to respect your betters."

It just doesn't get better than that. Duke would have turned 100 this weekend. That and the fact that it's nearly thirty years since he died is just wild. It just doesn't seem possible does it?

I'm not sure at what age I became a John Wayne fan, but surely it had to be when I was just a wee one. I grew up with the Duke, thanks to dad of course. In fact, "pilgrim" is still an integral part of my vocabulary. Every time I think of John Wayne's walk, I don't actually think of John Wayne, I think of Robin Williams attempting to imitate John Wayne's walk to show Nathan Lane how to "walk like a man" in the movie "The Birdcage". I think the Duke would have loved that part of the movie, don't you?

In my family, mom, dad and I have this uncanny ability to recite the lines of certain movies, verbatim, as if we rehearsed them ourselves, as if we starred in the picture. And when I think of that, no John Wayne movie comes to mind more than "El Dorado" which I do believe I have seen more than one hundred times in my life. And every time I watch it, I still laugh and I still sit there and recite the lines in certain great scenes. In fact I'm quite sure that dad and I could play out several of the John Wayne-James Caan scenes if we tried. We're just that good. And then of course there's Big Jake, Rooster Cogburn, and True Grit just to name a few.

And oh MY there's his appearances on "I love Lucy" which have to be hands-down among the best Lucy episodes EVER, even perhaps among the best episodes of TV comedy ever. I know mom is reading this--perhaps she can remind me how many times in that one episode they had to go back and get the Duke's footprints! Every time we'd see that episode we'd laugh so hard tears would come out of our eyes. I saw that episode a couple of years ago and I thought of mom, and sure enough I called her to tell her it was on and she was already watching it!

John Wayne wasn't perfect, but his image was good, clean and it was tough, it was solid. He represented a time when men were men and boys could play outside and fall down and get dirty...yeah those were the good old days weren't they?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Selling out the American people...

The President's proposal includes a "Z" visa which would give immediate work authorization to illegals who arrived before January 1st 2007. The head of household would have to return to the home country within eight years but would be guaranteed the right to return.

So how on earth do you figure out if someone here illegally was here before January 1st? And WHAT is the point of sending the head of household back home? What if the head of household is the ONLY person making money in that family? What if the head of household is a single parent? What? The head of household returns to their home country and the kids stay here alone? And even if that's not the case, WHY does the head of household have to go back?

Then there's the $5,000 penalty. Ok listen, that's a lot of money for many Americans, are we saying that money automatically makes it ok to break the law? I suppose though that makes sense given the number of wealthy people in this country who break laws all the time and wind up with a slap on the wrist and a fine.

The "Y" visa would be issued to 400,000 "guest workers" per year. These "guest workers" would come here for two years, go back home for a year and then come back for two more years. They may enter three times for a total stay of six years if they don't bring their family but if they do bring them, they can only enter once. Guest workers earn points toward a "merit based green card" and may bring their families in for thirty day visitor visas each year.

When they get here, who is going to keep track of them? Our government can't keep track of the ones here now! There isn't enough enforcement to track down every person who overstays their visa as it is, are we really gullible enough to believe this horseshit? That these people, whose home countries likely SUCK, which is why they're here in the first place, are just going to go back there after being in the land of freedom and opportunity for thirty days?

I think not!

These people come here for a reason, because it is safer, they can make more money, there are better schools, a retirement system, and more opportunities for them in America than in their home country. THAT is why they're here. I for one am not stupid enough to believe they're going back on their own.

The bill states that border fencing would be strengthened.

Sure it would.

And the number of border patrol agents would be increased.

Yeah ok.

And oh yes, employers who hire "undocumented" aka illegals would be fined.

Doubtful.


These people in Washington must think their constituents are stupid. I mean do we really have MORON written across our face in bright blinking lights? Do they really think that we're not thinking that in another twenty years we'll be facing the very same issue?

America does not have unlimited resources and unless Bush is willing to annex Mexico, overthrow the corrupt Mexican government and install our own, and take their resources and use them to supplement what we have, then eventually we're going to run out.

Bush sold us out. Plain and simple. He's so worried about the people of the world, especially our neighbors in Mexico, then he should be pushing for change down there so the people can stay in their own country and enjoy the same opportunities there as we enjoy here.

I'll tell ya right now any of my lawmakers vote for amnesty, they're history as far as I'm concerned. My vote goes elsewhere. I don't have an answer for this, I know it has to be solved and I am torn on what to do but I feel that if we grant this now, we'll be doing it again in twenty years. And believe this---if we have some 20 million illegals here now, even if only HALF bring their families with them permanently, we'd wind up with close to 100 million people in the next several years--that includes the ones who are here, the family members they'd bring and the babies they would have.

We just can't do it.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Cramming sixteen weeks of coursework into six...

I decided to register for six hours in Summer A. I'm rather enjoying it too because the courses are a break from the norm. One is a college success course which covers things like study habits, time management, notetaking, career preparation, life goals and purpose, etc. It covers all the things which help make a person a great student and person overall. I'm already a great student but the things I'm learning in this course will make me a better student which is fine with me.

The othe course is a career development course in which we take several personality tests, discuss our major and career field, learn to write a professional resume and cover letter (which I already have but this course has taught me some things I didn't know so I redid mine!), interviewing skills, job search, etc. Both courses together are really preparing me well for my future in regards to graduate school and entering the career of my choice. I'm not job hunting, but eventually when I finish school someday I will be looking for a career in my field and so these skills I learn now will help me, even when I decide to apply for grad school and go through the interview process.

One of the biggest tasks of the College Success was to create our own website discussing our career field, universities which offer degrees in the field, publications related to the field, professional associations, etc. I didn't just do a geocities site, I used Publisher and did my own pages and FTP'd them up to my server and added some great graphics and such and well it looks great. In fact, I finished the entire project in seven days from the time school began this term. While we were supposed to submit the project in three sections, since I finished it early the professor said I could just send her the link to my site. I not only scored the perfect score, she even added two extra points for my efforts!

I worked long and hard on that site, I was thrilled to be rewarded like that!

While it is the first time I've ever done Summer A alone, cramming sixteen weeks into six isn't as bad as I thought. I won't be doing it again though! At least I'll have Summer B open.

One more thing to add here is that I believe that the two courses I am taking should be MANDATORY for all college students at some point in their academic career, preferably in the first two years. If more students learned what I am learning in these courses, we'd have fewer students changing majors, more successful students in and out of the classroom, and better preparation for career search after graduation.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Why did we never hear about this?

This story is one of the most horrendous and gruesome crimes I have read about in recent memory. I can't imagine the horror Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom endured during their torture and murder and I can't imagine the pain their families feel at this moment.

The couple was carjacked and then the perps raped Christopher in front of his girlfriend, then shot multiple times, set on fire and dumped near railroad tracks. Channon was beaten, gang raped and urinated on for two days until her assaulters poured bleach down her throat in an attempt to cover up DNA evidence and then they shot her multiple times, dismembered her and dumped the pieces of her body in separate bags in the kitchen garbage can at the home of one of the perps.

Why haven't we heard anything about it?

Because the victims are white and the perps are black. I personally don't care what color the perps or the victims were but the truth is the truth here--that race is exactly WHY this has received no nationwide media attention. If five white perps had raped, tortured and murdered a young black couple, you can bet this would be all over the news. And the great "reverents" Jackson and Sharpton would be calling for "justice".

This story needs to be heard. Channon and Christopher's story deserves to receive NATIONAL media attention, not because of race, but because people need to know.

Why hasn't it?

It's because we're being bombarded with so-called "news" about Paris Hilton going to jail, who won American Idol, Britney Spears having a temper tantrum on a plane, the Simpsons 400th episodes and Sylvester Stallone being busted for importing muscle building hormones into Australia.

That's why.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hmm this surprised me....which CSI am I?

Well these results surprised me somewhat. I figured I'd be Brass for sure or even Nick as a close second...but Warrick first? That's funny! LOL.



You scored as Warrick Brown. You are Warrick!

Warrick Brown

85%

Jim Brass

80%

Nick Stokes

70%

Al Robbins

65%

Catherine Willows

55%

Greg Sanders

45%

Gil Grissom

40%

Sara Sidle

30%

Which CSI character are you?
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Do you believe in free speech?

Congressman Maurice Hinchey is out to silence talk radio---or at least talk radio he disagrees with.

He has proposed a bill called the "Media Ownership Reform Act" or MORA which "seeks to restore integrity and diversity by reinstating the Fairness Doctrine to "protect fairness and accuracy in journalism. "

Hinchey believes the Fairness Doctrine should be re-established because he claims that the American public is not being given "sufficiently robust debate on controversial and pressing issues"

The MORA would require licensed broadcasting companies to provide a "reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance."

In addition it would limit the number of broadcast networks any one company can own limiting them from owning stations that reach "more than 35% of US television households" and would cap a single company's ownership of FM and AM stations to 5%.

MORA would also create a new review procedure in which every three years on how these regulations "promote and protect localism, competition, diversity of voices, diversity of ownership, children's programming, small and local broadcasters, and technological advancement. "

At an event sponsored by the the "Free Press" organization and funded by George Soros, Congressman Hinchey stated that conservative radio hosts were responsible for leading the US into the Iraq war, and were behind planning future invasions in the Middle East. He also stated that these talk radio hosts post a threat to national security.

Hinchey would attempt to convince Americans that talk radio hosts create policy. No, they don't. What talk radio does however is influence policy, but it's not the hosts who do that, it's the listeners, the constituents, the people who vote. When issues are discussed on talk radio, the people become informed and involved, sharing their opinions with the hosts, with coworkers, family members, friends and even with people they don't know such as I do in this blog. These opinions are reflected in the way people vote. And how the people vote does influence policy.

Hinchey's bill is supported by Vt. Senator Bernie Sanders who stated "Now is the time to begin asking that if networks provide their listeners with 99 percent of talk shows being with right-wing extremists, whether that really is what public trust is about"

The bill seems to be aimed at right-wing extremist talk radio.However keep in mind that not all talk radio is Republican right-wing? Boortz and Savage have been targeted and they are libertarian and independent respectively. One thing they have in common is they don't agree with the liberal establishment.

Does this mean that there is no left-wing talk radio? What is Sharpton's show? What is Randi Rhodes show? Who was Al Franken? What was Air America? Air America wasn't tough enough to handle the talk circuit so they went under. If there were successful liberal-based talk shows, they would do well, there is a market in many places. But if they go under it's only because nobody cares about what they have to say or those who care just aren't the ones listening to talk radio.

It is my opinion that the speech Hinchey and his cohorts are attempting to cease is the speech they disagree with, which would deem that as "unpopular" speech and if I am correct in my interpretation of the Constitution, the protection of free speech was obviously created more than anything to protect "unpopular speech" which in the old days could get a person jailed or sentenced to death.

This proposed legislation also means that Hinchey and his cohorts do not believe the American people as a whole are smart enough to weigh the issues carefully and make decisions for themselves. Over and over these politicians prove this by mandating legislation that takes the decision-making process away from the people. This time is no different.

The legislation is aimed at right-wing extremists. Does this mean that only Limbaugh and Hannity go off the air? Boortz is a libertarian, Savage is an independent. Who decides which hosts go off the air and which don't? And if you're thinking "oh nobody's going off the air" think again. One of the goals of this legislation is to provide a rebuttal debate from the opposite side whenever any major issue is discussed. If the "other side" can't be stated, then the station will not be able to air the broadcast.

And then when talk radio or at least unpopular talk radio is silenced for good, then where will we be?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

And this is what they do with our tax dollars...

The Lakeland Ledger reported today that two wealthy developers backed by powerful lobbyists convinced the State of Florida to pay the developers $7.2 million dollars for six acres of underwater real estate in Coral Gables (off Biscayne Bay) which the developers had already purchased from an 81-year old widow for $445,000.

What's wrong with this picture?

First off, the state says they didn't know about the developers deal with the widow and the widow didn't know about the developers deal with the state.

Second, what the f*ck is the State of Florida doing paying $7.2 million of our hard earned dollars because they're afraid to go to trial and fight some wealthy developers and lobbyists?

You see...

The developers made a deal with DEP but DEP didn't know how they were going to pay for it.

The developers hired lobbyists--three lawyers one of which was lobbyist Rodney Barreto, chair of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The developers purchased the property in 2004 and then filed suit immediately against the DEP who had promised to purchase it but the deal was being nixed by Jeb Bush.

The developers also hired former state attorney general turned lobbyist Jim Smith to represent them. But Jim Smith's partner is the brother of the DEP's deputy secretary.

The Governor nixed the deal but then finally relented when the DEP secretary informed him that they better go through with it, that a trial was too risky.

And so now, two wealthy developers and four lobbyists (two with questionable conflicts of interest in my opinion) just got wealthier for screwing the state taxpayers out of $7.2 million and the state now has 6 acres of sea grass beds off Lugo Avenue in Coral Gables for its troubles.

If you don't recall hearing about this on the news, you're not the only one.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Incompetence on your part...

...does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Or does it?

That phrase sounds great in theory but why is it that it never really works that way? The reason it doesn't work that way is because most decent people will do what it takes to solve the problem before it gets worse. Most decent folks don't want to see some shithead but otherwise decent person wind up screwed over because they just weren't thinking.

Is the lesson one wants to teach really worth it? On numerous occasions I've had students who didn't do what they were supposed to do, complain at the last minute they won't get paid, won't get a grade, or won't graduate or whatever isn't going to happen, usually because they forgot to do something or just didn't think it was important until it came back to bite them in the ass.

Now when this happens my little voice says "oh screw it, if you help them now, what's going to happen in the real world when they screw up? Who is going to save their ass then?" and then my other little voice (like Sybil, I have many!) says "so they screwed up, is it worth them not getting their check on time and not being able to pay rent or buy food" or "because they didn't do xxx do I really not want them to graduate on time?"

Every time someone comes to me with these kinds of crises, I respond positively. Ok at first I do chastise them especially if I've had to go through this with them before, but in the end I do what I have to in order to solve the problem. It's just me. Call me a pushover, but the truth is I care too damn much about them to turn them away!

Friday, May 11, 2007

From the files of "you've got to be kidding"

A Space.com news article reports that the cremated remains of at least 200 people, including those of Star Trek's James Doohan (Scotty) and astronaut Gordon Cooper were lost in the mountains of New Mexico:

"After a successful blastoff from New Mexico's Spaceport America on April 28th, the UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket and its payload nosed into space on a suborbital trajectory. As part of launch operations, the rocket was tracked by specialists at the neighboring White Sands Missile Range. While all went well with the flight, the rocket components parachuted into rough and tumble terrain. But given the dense vegetation on the side of the mountain being searched, along with equipment available to the search team, pinpointing the exact locale has proven a tough assignment."


Please, no "beam me up Scotty" jokes...although it's what I was thinking! Oy vey!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The "bigot" shoe is on the other foot now...

"As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don't worry about that"

Those were the ever-so-intelligent words of the so-called Reverend Al Sharpton, you know the man who was ordained as a child. Sharpton said those words recently during a debate about religion with atheist Christopher Hitchens.

It's amazing I've heard no call to throw the Reverend off the air (you did know he has his own radio show right?) or calls for him to apologize publicly to Romney and the Mormon population in America.

You know, it's common for people to fear that which they do not understand and it is a fact that Mormons are often misunderstood. But surely one would think that an esteemed (using the term loosely) and well-respected (again using another term loosely) ordained minister like Sharpton would know that Mormons believe in God. Mormons not only believe in God, they acknowledge the Holy Bible alone as its authority from God. While Christians believe God is eternally and infinitely supreme, Mormons believe He gradually acquired that position over a long period of time by living a perfect and righteous life. They believe God the Father has a body of flesh and bones while Christians believe God is a spirit being.

What I find repulsive is not only did Sharpton have the nerve to say such a terrible thing but that none of his supporters have called him on it.

Oh I forget. It's socially acceptable to make fun of whitey, after all, whitey has about 300 years worth of mistakes to make up for....this latest is just part of the "reparations" he owes...

Sebelius and others could learn a lesson from Crist...

Right now, most of Florida is covered in ash, sure it's a light dusting, not quite like Pompeii, but it's there. There are fires (at least 240 of them) burning in nearly every county in the state. Right now in the "heart of Florida" where we are, we're being bombarded by smoke and ash from not only the local Florida fires but the fires in South Georgia too. Most of those fighting the Florida wildfires are from paid city and county fire companies, volunteer units, and the Florida Department of Agriculture. The Florida National Guard is assisting and even though some of their equipment is in Iraq, they still have enough to pitch in. Other states have offered too.

What's the story here you ask?

It's not just about the tireless efforts of these thousands of firefighters, it's about the leadership of this state. When crisis hit, Crist didn't go public whining and blaming the President. He took what action was necessary of an individual in his position and he's getting things done.

Now regardless of your political differences with Crist, THAT is how a leader takes charge.

Dear Blogger.com, can you uh---do something about this?

Ok I just have to bitch about this really irritating thing about blogger.com!

Why is it every time I hit "next blog" regardless of whether I do it from MY blog or someone else's, the next blog and every blog for miles after that are foreign language blogs? I'm sorry I was born and raised in Florida, good old USA, I never learned to speak Russian, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Yoruba or anything else but English, and a little spanish of course but it doesn't mean I want to read a spanish blog.

All I want is to surf a few porn-free English blogs. Is that too much to ask?

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Update on blog post about the UF Liberal Arts situation...

There's an update on the post I made recently about the situation facing Florida public community college students and their planned transfer to UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I've been informed by an associate dean there that the reason UF's Liberal Arts and Sciences may have to shut down transfer admissions from community colleges is not because of their budget deficit but because the Provost informed them they have to limit transfer admission because they have too many undergrads.

This should get interesting...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Yes children you are making your parents proud...

A word to the wise to all the dumbshit little teenagers out there who think that making bomb threats to their school is cool and enhances their image---it's only a matter of time before your sorry ass is busted. And when they get you it won't matter how rich your parents are or how much you cry or blame someone else for making you do it. You are a criminal, plain and simple.

If I had a kid who pulled that stunt, they wouldn't be seeing daylight for a year. Ok now before you call DCF and take away the kids I don't even have, I'm not talking about locking them in the basement although I am sure at times parents wish they could. I am talking about taking away every damn thing they enjoy doing, playing with, driving, etc. No car, no license, no prom, no after school activities, no mall with the friends, NOTHING.

I can only imagine the disgrace felt by the parents of the kids arrested in nearby Marion County (Ocala) recently. It seems every day there's a report of a bomb threat. Some kids have been busted while others are still on the loose. Meanwhile every time this happens, the students either stay home or are forced out of the classrooms while police search the entire school. By the time the police give the all-clear, a half-day has been wasted as has thousands in taxpayer dollars and MORE IMPORTANTLY hundreds of hours in police manpower which has been diverted from real crimes and investigations.

I feel for the parents who tried raising their kids right and still have kids who do this but I have to wonder if a kid is raised right do they even think about this kind of behavior? What makes a kid do something like this?

For most kids anymore, it's a serious lack of guidance and discipline. Parents don't care, don't have time to care, think schools should raise their kids, or chalk it up to "oh it's just a silly childhood prank"

Umm...ok.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Senator Harry Reid ought to realize with rights comes responsibilities...

"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and -- you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows -- [know] this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq yesterday"

...Senator Harry Reid, D-Nevada.


Senator Reid has the freedom to say those words however he also has to take the responsibility for the consequences of those words. He has given the enemy of radical Islamic terrorists a resurgence of confidence in their war against the US. He has just contributed directly to the murder of more American troops and innocent Iraqi civilians in addition to more inevitable terrorist attacks in America and other free and democratic nations around the world.