Friday, November 30, 2007
The case of Gillian Gibbons should be a strong reminder to those who don't think radical Islam is a danger to the entire world.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
He sent a directive to all state agencies stating that "no one shall be reprimanded or disciplined for saying "Merry Christmas."
He stated, "You need not check your religious views at the door, nor your affection for the season, nor the use of its ancient, time-honored greetings."
Isn't it a shame that the Governor has to issue a directive? You'd think this was all just common sense but unfortunately it is not!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I wish people who know me would quit emailing me that "vote for Tim Tebow" site. I'm not voting for him or anyone else. I don't give a damn that Tebow is leading the Scripps poll and I don't give a damn who wins the damn Heisman.
So if I don't email you back THANKING you for wasting my time sending me that stupid poll website, then maybe, just maybe...
There, I said it. Let the beatings commence!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
It's becoming too much work. Add to it the fact that I am again second-guessing the meaning of life--my life, and what I'm supposed to do with it.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Thomas Wolfe wrote a book titled "You can't go home again."
It was about something somewhat different but still the title itself resonates...
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Except that he and his wife are very generous people.
Tony Boselli didn't go out and engage in dog fights, murder anyone, or gamble illegally on his own team. He took his winnings, made a gracious exit into retirement and decided to do some great things for others.
Enter Jacksonville City Councilwoman Denise Lee who is protesting the Boselli Foundation's renovation of an old dilapidated building for the purpose of establishing an afterschool program-one which the city really needs and gets kids off the street!
Aren't we all talking about how the children are our future and how we have to do everything we can to make sure they have a good education, a good upbringing, good morals and values, respect, and consideration for others?
Here's a man who is trying to help do that by giving some kids a chance. And along comes some idiot councilwoman who is pissed off because nobody invited her to the party for a share in the glory. And because of that she's trying to push the City Council into NOT giving Mr. Boselli's foundation a lease to the recreation center. She believes that the city should be running it and not a private foundation.
Of course nobody can seem to reach her for comment. No big shocker there.
Frankly if I were a resident of that area I'd much rather take my chances with Mr. Boselli's private foundation running things. I don't believe ever in the history of this country has the government been successful at running ANYTHING better than a private business has been able to do.
I don't know Tony Boselli and I don't live in Jacksonville but even I thank him for his generosity to his former community and for caring enough about people to give more than just self-serving lip service to help them!
If this has done anything besides helping these kids and the community it has likely served to eventually boot yet another incompetent piece of dog squeeze out of office at the next election!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Not cool at all.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Watching that show always brings back fond memories of a good time in my life. My grams and I used to watch it every Saturday night. It was fun and memorable. I've seen every episode, I know so many of the lines, but for me the show never gets old. I love Bea, Betty, Rue, and Estelle, they are like a part of my own family. Sure, like Dorothy and Sophia...my mother and grandmother are from Brooklyn and annoy the hell out of one another (and me at times) and of course I would say that RedQueen is sassy like Blanche and hmm...I don't really know a Rose. Not yet anyway.
When I am stressed and need to chill, I pop in one of the DVD's and the world starts to make sense to me.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Oh you expect the government to cover your health insurance and immediate needs but you can drop money on your kids video games.
How about this for a change? Go to the local library, get five library cards and have them read books FREE!
What a concept.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Woah Nelly......yes and no. You were ok to graduate because you met requirements but in the email I sent you at the beginning of the term it included a statement reminding you to apply for the degree.
During the course of our conversation, he reminded me a few times that I told him he was ok. And I reminded him again that he HAD TO KNOW he had to apply for the degree, I mean I can't for the life of me understand how a person who just got an undergraduate degree (and applied for it at that time) couldn't know he had to go through the same process for the graduate degree.
I have no problem helping someone who goofed. I mean, shit happens, who of us hasn't screwed up from time to time? But I do have a problem being blamed for someone else's lack of common sense.
This is why I just can't work in higher education for the rest of my life. It's not just the politics, but there are so many college students out there spending all this money on education and have absolutely no common sense. There are students who expect the "system" to remind them, take care of them, do things for them. I'm sorry, but that's not my job. I am not a caretaker, babysitter, or your mommy. It's enough that I have to run my own life and barely have time for that, no way in hell am I going to take over running yours.
Monday, November 12, 2007
In the story linked above, two parents create a fake myspace account for the purpose of acting as a teenage boy befriending an overweight girl (Megan Meier) who has a serious self-esteem problem and doesn't make friends easily.
The parents created this account for the purpose of getting back at Megan for dumping their daughter as a friend. When the fake teenage boy (aka the parents) tells the overweight girl Megan Meier he doesn't want to be her friend anymore, and after friends taunt her online for being fat and calling her terrible names, she loses it and hangs herself shortly before her birthday.
The rest is in the story, read it. Then puke. Then ask yourself how adults could behave like this and think it's ok.
I can't believe the parents who created the account won't be charged with something. A 14-year old girl doesn't have the capacity to understand the full consequences of her decisions.
A young girl is dead because of the parents who created the fake myspace account. A young girl is dead because their daughter and her friends signed onto the account taunting and cursing at her.
No they may not have meant for her to die, but they knew this young girl very well, they knew of her emotional instability, and they, as adults should have been MORE responsible than this.
Their actions led to her death. The parents who instigated this should be prosecuted. We have to send the message that this will not be tolerated. Period.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I should wrap up today's events, it was a fun day, I had a great time.
DH and I got up around 6 am this morning as we usually do on weekends and made a big pot of hot coffee and relaxed. DH had gotten most of the laundry done the night before and I had submitted the biggest assignment I have each week--my meteorology. So really we were both free to just hang out Saturday morning. He took the trash to the dump (a favorite hangout for some locals) and when he got home it was my turn--I went over to mom and dad's house.
Mom and dad live about ten minutes away and with the weather being so beautiful and cool recently, dad's decided to take on the task of remodeling their 27 year old Guerdon Statler manufactured home. All I can say is that it's going to be a lot of work. We've got to redo some of the floors, replacing the exterior completely, and put in new insulation. It's expensive and going to be difficult. Dad can't do it alone so I am going to try and get over there and help him.
Anyway my latest task is to figure out how to put up vinyl siding so we can put it up together. Neither of us knows how to do it so we need to figure out NOW so we don't screw it up.
I had a nice visit with grams too--she lives next door. I gave her one of the mulberry candles we bought and she told me it was her favorite Christmas scent. It's hard for her to find them because they are seasonal so next time we go out I'll load up on them for her. Then grams proceeds to empty out her closet of Christmas stuff. She gave me all her lights, ornaments and her Christmas village. She said she doesn't have room for a tree anymore because she uses up all her living room space for her plants, which she brings in from her screened-in porch during the winter. What winter I should have asked! But I said ok and filled my car with the stuff. It's so weird, I went over there with an empty car and trailer pulled behind it so I could bring mom and dad's treadmill home with me. But then I wind up with a car full of stuff grams gave me. I told her I can't use all the lights. She insists I'll find a use for them. I told her I don't have room for the ornaments on our tree. She insists I'll find a way.
I guess I will. These ornaments have been with her since before I was born--I wouldn't dare get rid of them, they're cherished. Besides, they smell like grams house--a nice soft perfumy smell. I will find a place for them somewhere even if I have to put up another tree LOL.
All in all I had a nice visit. Dad's shop looks great, he's been cleaning it up and they poured a concrete addition recently which looks fantastic! Dad's been putting up sliding doors and doing a pretty good job. He said he wished he was forty years younger because now at 61 working outside is much more difficult. But he's doing a good job. Mom looked good too--her hip bothered her at times, she has arthritis and osteoporosis thanks to Crohn's Disease. But she made the best pasta sauce loaded with raisins and italian sausage and meatballs that I'd been waiting an entire week to devour! It's all about the food! No one in this family will ever starve as long as mom's around to cook such great meals!
More to come..a little ranting tomorrow...
Friday, November 09, 2007
By today I was completely over my allergies and cold, one of the guys at work nuked my PC and started over, AND I found my flash drive. Now that last one is the weirdest thing. I looked in this onc place a dozen or so times, knowing this is where I always put the flash drive when I plan to take it to work the next day. Even DH looked in it and never found it. When I dumped it upside down this evening guess what fell out?
Yep, there it was.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
I thought it was funny. Of course I said to him "there's nothing wrong with guys wanting to redecorate!"
Later on we're talking again, this time about candles. I bought this nice new tablecloth with fall leaves and fall colors on it that goes great with our color scheme and we had a bunch of candles we'd gotten recently. Some of the candles had a color scheme of dark green/brown/mulberry that a nice complement for the table. DH comments it would look great and that instead of a centerpiece which I'd originally wanted, we should use the candle.
Then he caught himself again and laughed. Here's the manly man again talking candles and tableclothes.
DH loves candles, in fact here's a secret you'll now know. When we went out a couple of Fridays ago to Hobby Lobby with RedQueen, DH filled the basket with a few model cars and lots of candles, all kinds of fall scents. Among them were 8 mulberry candles in jars. He loves mulberry. He loves candles.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The United States Coast Guard, one of the country's five armed services, is a unique agency of the federal government. We trace our history back to 4 August 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of the federal revenue. Known variously as the Revenue Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service, we expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.
The service received its present name in 1915 under an act of Congress when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Life-Saving Service. The nation then had a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws. The Coast Guard began to maintain the country's aids to maritime navigation, including operating the nation's lighthouses, when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the transfer the Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard in 1939. Later, in 1946, Congress permanently transferred the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, thereby placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under our purview.
The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government and, until the Navy Department was established in 1798, we served as the nation's only armed force afloat. We have continued to protect the nation throughout our long history and have served proudly in every one of the nation's conflicts. Our national defense responsibilities remain one of our most important functions even today.
In times of peace we operate as part of the Department of Homeland Security, serving as the nation's front-line agency for enforcing our laws at sea, protecting our coastline and ports, and saving life. In times of war, or on direction of the President, we serve under the Navy Department.
TITLE 14--COAST GUARD
PART I--REGULAR COAST GUARD
CHAPTER 1--ESTABLISHMENT AND DUTIES
Sec. 1. Establishment of Coast Guard
The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times. The Coast Guard shall be a service in the Department of Homeland Security, except when operating as a service in the Navy.(Aug. 4, 1949, ch. 393, 63 Stat. 496; Pub. L. 94-546, Sec. 1(1), Oct. 18, 1976, 90 Stat. 2519; Pub. L. 107-296, title XVII, Sec. 1704(a), Nov. 25, 2002, 116 Stat. 2314.)
As a veteran I'm appalled that there are school districts out there promoting the celebration of FOUR armed military services and not FIVE!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Anyway, been sick, my PC crashed, and I'm behind on schoolwork. More later...
Monday, November 05, 2007
In this story, Minnesota Rep. Ellison proposes to ban such requirements because it's akin to a poll tax and allegedly disenfranchises poor, women, elderly and young people.
The poor can't get a picture ID?
The elderly can't get a picture ID?
Women can't get a picture ID?
Young people can't get a picture ID?
Why? Because they don't have the money?
Ok fine. We can solve this problem by requiring photos in addition to signatures on ALL voter registration cards. The voter reg cards are free and so the picture is too. At the same time all the disenfranchised folks get their voter registration cards they can get their picture taken.
I've got no problem with that. Do you?
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
You see, DH, RedQueen and I were at our annual trip to Hobby Lobby in Ocala yesterday. It was Homecoming and we all had the day off so we figured we'd load up on crafting supplies. I was perusing the aisle where they keep the metallic and other type markers when I came upon something quite interesting.
Now I'd certainly heard of people being multicultural but not art supplies. So I picked up the package and looked at the colors---tan, beige, tawny, gold, bronze, terra cotta, mahogany, and sienna. I didn't see "white" though. And of course all my life I've always been told by others that I'm white so I felt kinda left out when I didn't see any white markers. DH and RQ were also offended because all their lives they've been told they are white and like me, their skin color certainly doesn't match any of those crayola markers. Of course our skin color isn't really "white" but since all our lives we've been labeled as such, I figured that we had a right to expect markers for us too. And now they have this cool multi-culti palette and still they can't come up with a color for people of light skin like us, who are light but not pale or pink, not quite peachy, and not quite brown either.
When I got home I checked out Crayola's website to send an email complaining that I felt discriminated against and this is when I just fell outta my chair laughing.
Crayola's website advertises the markers:
Crayola® 8 ct. Washable Multicultural Broad Line Markers is an assortment of ethnic-sensitive color palette. The broad line markers have a unique conical tip that is good for coloring and detailing. Good colors for school projects.
Crayola not only has ethnic sensitive multiculti markers but they have crayons and pencils too. The crayons are in black, sepia, peach, apricot, white, tan, mahogany, and burnt sienna.
I was thrilled! They had white! But still not "my" color. And then I was thinking to myself how many sepia, black (as in jet black), mahogany and burnt sienna people I've seen and I really couldn't recall any and I have a wide variety of friends, coworkers and acquaintances over the years. Nope, couldn't recall any.
A website which advertises children's educational products describes the multi-culti colors as:
Multicultural markers help children learn about self, family, and community.
Now if only I could find a good lawyer to take my case...
Friday, November 02, 2007
My thoughts are that if they truly believed there was nothing wrong with it, they would have kept the program. The fact that the institution even allowed this course to be taught in the first place shows a serious lack of judgment at all levels.
And by the way, Dr. Shakti Butler, who authored the training materials is defined as multiracial because she is of African, American Indian, Russian and Jewish descent.
Well then we're ALL multiracial aren't we? Why do I have to mark "white" when I have a variety of heritages? I'm an American of Romanian, Jewish, Sicilian, Italian, German, English, Irish, Scotch, Native American, and possibly even Dutch and Russian extraction.
But of course because my skin color is slightly on the peachy side, I can't be multiculti-it's not allowed.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
This latest is pathetic. This document is the "Diversity Facilitation Training" Manual from the University of Delaware's Office of Student Life.
You can click on the document above but first read the exerpts:
“A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)" Page 3
“REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege. Those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites, and to affirmative action policies, which allegedly give 'preferential treatment' to people of color over whites. In the U.S., there is no such thing as 'reverse racism.'" Page 3
“A NON-RACIST: A non-term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence in the face
of racial oppression, and to shift responsibility for that oppression from whites to people of color (called "blaming the victim"). Responsibility for perpetuating and legitimizing a racist system rests both on those who actively maintain it, and on those who refuse to challenge it. Silence is consent." Page 3
"Have you ever heard a well-meaning white person say, 'I'm not a member of any race except the human race?' What she usually means by this statement is that she doesn't want to perpetuate racial categories by acknowledging that she is white. This is an evasion of responsibility for her participation in a system based on supremacy for white people." Page 8
"The notion of indigenous people as more akin to animals than human beings is at the basis of U.S. policy toward Native Americans. In 1784 George Washington, famous Indian fighter, large landholder and slave owner, advised the Continental Congress that it would be cheaper for the new nation to buy up Indian land than to make war on Indian people for the land. If you make war, Washington cautioned, 'the savage as the wolf' - both wild beasts of the forest - will retreat for awhile and then come back to attack you. Washington's metaphor stuck. The young U.S. nation-state, and all sectors of European- American; began to view the Native American as a wild animal." Page 10
I can't believe an institution of higher education is permitted to promote such trash.
For what it's worth, here's the letter from the Vice President for Student Life addressing the complaint made by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
He states "There is in fact a program within the residence halls that engages students in self –examination of the roles they hope to take in society. This effort is consistent with the mission of the University which states, “Our graduates should know how to reason critically and independently…communicate clearly in writing and speech, and develop into informed citizens and leaders.”
Informed? Please. Informed is understanding both sides and there is only one side presented here. And we wonder why race is still an issue? I don't. With shit like this going on in our educational institutions, you don't have to wonder for very long.