Friday, November 30, 2007

What? You expected something different from the religion of peace?

Only radical fanatical Muslims would call for a person to be put to death for naming a harmless stuffed Teddy Bear "Mohammad". In this CNN story protesters are calling for British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons to be executed. She has been found guilty of insulting the Muslim religion.

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

Way to go Arkansas Governor Matt Blunt

Well, isn't it nice to see a leader with some backbone?

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

Is there no other news?

Please someone tell me that there is something going on in the world that has NOTHING to do with Tim Tebow or the Heisman. Please! ENOUGH ALREADY.

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

This semester is almost over...

...and I can't wait. Three courses this term was one too many. I've been torn between three rigorous courses with lots of reading and assignments and responsibilities at work, home and other places. I thought I'd pull two A's and a B+ this term but now it looks like it could be an A and two B+'s. Worst case it'll be an A, B+ and B. So much for the 3.63 GPA eh?

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

You can't go home again...

Sometimes I fear those closest to me are slipping into persons I don't recognize. But perhaps I'm also slipping into someone they don't recognize either. I tend to be nostalgic--enjoying reminiscing about the times when life was simple. Of course it wasn't simple back then, but it seems so simple now. If only we knew then what we know now. Even with the dysfunction, the rough times, the tense moments, the fear, the awkwardness, the pain, things were good. And now everyone is grown up, times change, circumstances change, people change.

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

Memphis Steve has me in hysterics!

Steve had me laughing so hard. You gotta read this!

The episode at the KFS is a riot.

And my goodness it's refreshing to know someone other than me has a slight dysfunctional family :D

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thank you Tony Boselli...

I know nothing about the career of former NFL star Tony Boselli. I only know I'd hear his name 20 times a week when he played for the Jags. I'm not a Jags fan so I don't know much about him.

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

Rude people...

There's this gal. All she does is talk shit about other people and be rude an insensitive to them. She claims she is just being herself and that the world can screw themselves if they don't like what she's saying (like the world actually cares!) but I think she's trying to cover up for her insecurities. You would think her superior education would make her more intelligent, but she just talks a big game and in the end is just a bitch. A rude, nasty, insensitive bitch. She is not the kind of person you would want to be friends with. Not at all. I feel sorry for her. She is so insecure she has to make fun of others.

Not cool at all.

Friday, November 16, 2007

When I'm old....

I wanna be a Golden Girl.

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

Nobody gives a damn...

Right now I am feeling a little like Sara Sidle---pissed off at the world though not sure exactly why or what to do about it. I'm sick of the lack of values, the lack of caring, consideration, and respect people used to have for one another. It seems so few actually give a damn. Oh I know lots of people do give a damn but where are they?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Misplaced priorities...

What I don't get is that if your husband just lost his job and you don't work, you have five kids, no insurance and no savings, how in the HELL are you going to afford to spend $700 on video games for your kids for Christmas?

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

"You didn't tell me"

A student tells me he can't get his cap and gown because he was informed he's not on the graduation list. He's all upset. When I quizzed him, it turns out he didn't apply to graduate. I said "how could you forget?" and he replied "I didn't know. You told me I was ok to graduate."

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

Parents who created myspace account for revenge are responsible for girl's death...

Parents like this don't deserve children and should be in prison!

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

Over the river and through the woods to mom and dad's house we go...

Ok it's not really a river, it's a creek. And there are lots of woods, so I'm good there.

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

I'm too reliant on technology!

I don't have a cell phone, IPOD, or any other fancy expensive gadget, unless you count the 1GB MP3 my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas last year. Other than that it's just a simple PC with a scanner and printer that keeps me busy. I rely heavily on the computer to do my genealogy, schoolwork, and other projects. Which is why when it crashed the other day I lost it. It was already bad enough that I had a terrible cold but not being able to use the computer sucked. I thought it couldn't get worse. But it did. That same day I couldn't find my flash drive. I rely on the flash drive every semester, carrying a flash drive full of current term coursework back and forth between home and work so I can do my assignments anywhere. Well I lost it, couldn't find it, tore the house apart and nothing. I figured there must be a reason why.

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

DH turning into

DH and I were talking the other day about how to re-organize and re-decorate our home. We were talking about colors for the walls and window treatments and he gave his opinion about what we should do when he suddenly stopped himself! He realized here he was, a manly man, pondering color schemes. He says "Oh my goodness, what's happening to me?"

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.

Too funny.

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.

Who knew?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Educators need a history lesson about the "oldest seagoing service"

History of the Coast Guard:

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!

AIR FORCE

ARMY

COAST GUARD

MARINES

NAVY

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Oy!

Ok I've been sick the last few days. Woke up Monday morning feeling like crap and it came on so suddenly. It's a shame because the weekend was such beautiful weather and I felt great!

Anyway, been sick, my PC crashed, and I'm behind on schoolwork. More later...

Monday, November 05, 2007

I want to know who is voting...

and that they are actually who they say they are and legal to vote.

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.

Oy vey!

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

Huh?

Here's an interesting but strange video of a Muslim cleric explaining to three young men how exactly a man is supposed to beat his wife if she disobeys him.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

I think I'll sue Crayola...

...because I'm offended.

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

Who says bitching does no good?

While the University of Delaware insists they've done nothing wrong, they've canceled their so-called "diversity education program" amidst cries of outrage over alleged indoctination and reverse racism.

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

University of Delaware: All whites are racist...

Wow I knew that some aspects of higher education were going down the toilet but this?

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.