Sunday, November 30, 2008

The lack of human decency...

I've been mulling over the terrible incident in Valley Stream, NY where hundreds of Wal Mart shoppers trampled 34-year old Jdimytai Damour to death as they stormed into the store for the latest gadgets and goodies. I just can't get it out of my mind that human beings could act this way. If these people have a conscience, they will always have to live with the fact that they killed an innocent human being for a video game or plasma television. That is if they have a conscience, which is debatable considering no one stopped to help him.

I cringe when I think that there are people out there who value material goods over human lives. It's just hard to believe that a man could be trampled and NOBODY would stop to help him. People who behave like this are savages, there's just no other words I can find right now to describe them. I suppose I should not be surprised though, Americans are becoming desensitized more and more every day, the younger generation already seems to be there. Violence, destruction, cruelty--none of it phases them. Why? They're used to it. It's everywhere and it's glorified.

When Jdimytai Damour died, he wasn't harming anyone, he was just trying to do his job, in an effort to take care of himself and his family. Like the rest of us, he was just trying to grab his share of the American Dream, only in one moment it was shattered. It was shattered because of materialism, greed, and a complete lack of conscience and human decency.

I hope every single person who stormed through those doors that morning has to live with this guilt for the rest of their life.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Men who don't take care of their children...

There's a lot of things that suck in this world but one of the worst is a man who won't take care of his children. I've got a really good friend who isn't just a friend, she's like a member of my family, I've known her about 18 years now, we met through her old roommate who was one of my coworkers, we became instant friends and we went through a lot together! Long time ago she met the man of her dreams or so she thought and married him, and we all thought they would be so happy. I don't know what changed, but something did. He turned out to be an asshole and they divorced. He's in the military and makes good money but does not want to help pay to support his kids and refuses to see them.

My friends is a real survivor, trust me, she's educated, smart, and she's motivated, she does what it takes to take care of herself and her kids. But times are tough and damnit she shouldn't have to go this alone. All I can say is what comes around goes around. In the meantime my friend is so awesome for continuing to be a great mom to her kids!

Kudos girl!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Well well well, he got the point

Funny how FGCU president Wilson Bradshaw changed his mind about the public Christmas decorations on campus after the news story caused such an outrage. He realized after the fact it was a mistake. Meanwhile, I'm thinking "what? you didn't think people would be pissed off?"

Again, makes me wonder about his ability to lead the University, period.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Oh who cares what the voters want? They don't know anything...

I was reading recently about how NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's popularity has gone down by nine percentage points. Well duh...what do you think happens when the mayor oversteps his bounds and declares himself dictator--throwing aside the law which was voted on by the people...

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read awhile back that NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg convinced the city council to change the law on mayoral term limits so he could serve again. And I think one of the reasons there wasn't much opposition way back when rumors spread is because people really thought it was a joke---the people knew they had voted on the two-term limit, who is the mayor or city council to change that?

The reason there's a two term limit is because NYC voters voted it that way, not just once, but twice. And what do you think Bloomberg says is the reason for his actions? Yep, he dumped the blame on Wall Street and the economic crisis (surprise!)...

"I don't think the city needs another campaign. It's going to be tough enough to get us through this."

Wow! He acts as if the people of NYC can't go on without him, that they have never been through worse crises in their lives.

Bloomberg shouldn't get too excited over his whopping 59% approval rating, it just means 41% of the people think he's an asshole.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

There's always some idiot...

Way back in December 2006, I posted a rant about an office chair I'd purchased for my office at work, with UF dollars, which broke, sending me flying backwards and I'm damn nearly lucky I wasn't injured!

Fifty-seven comments later (that's right folks--57!) there's one dumbass in the bunch who actually took the time away from his playstation/xbox or whatever the hell those things are called nowadays, just to comment on my post. I mean he tells ME to quit wasting my time writing this stuff? LOL. Hello....who is getting so worked up over reading it?

Sooooo I'm going to honor him by posting it here...

"What do you expect from $100 chair? It should only last a year in the first place. You use the chair for a year, paid almost nothing for it (divide $100/365days) and you want full credit. I can understand 30 days, but a year? Then you waste your time and everyone else you complain to along with writing this blog, When you could have used that time just working some additional hours at your job and purchase a new one. It is your type of person who sucks companies dry with your unrealistic expectations (pay little and get the best quality) and demands. Your time is absolutely worthless and you prove it everyday with your distorted point of view. Here is some life counseling which you desperately need: Instead of wasting your time complaining and trying to get something for free, use that time to earn extra money and you will actually come out ahead."

So now everyone can see what a dumbass he is. I mean why should I keep it all to myself?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I shouldn't be shocked...

Barney Frank said today to Henry Paulson,

"banks aren't using all the money they've received from the federal government for lending, there's been no effort to reduce foreclosures"

to which Paulson replied to the panel ,

"The rescue package was not intended to be an economic stimulus or an economic recovery package."

What? Are you kidding me? I thought economic recovery was what it was all about. Here is Paulson's speech in October.... what do you think?

Senator Christopher Dodd's remarks about the "big three" automakers today:

"They are seeking treatment for wounds that I believe to a large extent were self-inflicted. No one can say that they didn't see this coming."

You dumbass. Didn't you see this coming? The Congressional approval of the bailout (one of the worst government decisions in American History--and God knows there have been many!) set this thing in motion. Paulson and Bernanke wanted the money to buy up bad mortgages and also to ensure banks had plenty of money to lend, Congress bought into it. But so far it's only gone to the banks to stay afloat AND to corporate giants like JP Morgan so they could buy other companies.

When you bailout one you have to bail out all of them. The remarks that Dodd aimed towards the big three automakers also apply to every single entity that has received bailout funds to date!

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said,

"We passed $25 billion in loans in the resolution that was passed in September...and I think if you put $25 billion more on top of the $25 billion they already have, it's going to set a terrible precedent. Why not the airline industry? Why not the other industries?"

Well no shit. The American people, your CONSTITUENTS-- have been asking that question since the proposal of a bailout became known months ago.

Monday, November 17, 2008

One last chance to put the brakes on the bailout train...

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe just introduced a Senate Bill to put the brakes on the bailout and call for Congressional accountability. Senator Inhofe voted against the bailout, and perhaps he can sway those who voted for it last time to go his way this time. There's got to be responsibility here. Here's a piece of his press release from his website...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced legislation to amend Section 115 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) to require an affirmative vote on the part of Congress to approve Treasury's plan for the remaining $350 billion and require a freeze on any remaining funds of the first $350 billion, stating, "It is imperative that we not allow that amount of money to be added to a deficit approaching $1 trillion this year without any input from the legislative branch."

In a speech on the Senate Floor, Senator Inhofe went on to say, "Congress completely abdicated its responsibility by signing a truly blank check over to the Treasury Secretary. However, the lame duck session of Congress offers us a tremendous opportunity to change course. We should take it."

"Though there are still significant challenges in financial markets, it appears that the threat of financial crisis spinning so out of control that we face another Great Depression-which was the original justification for the grant of such sweeping authority-has subsided. Has the need to allow one person to control hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and spend as he sees fit subsided as well? I've never seen in my entire career of public service anything like the spectacle we are now witnessing. Is it unreasonable to ask whether or not the additional $350 billion should not be added to a deficit approaching $1 trillion? Congress should have a debate."

By changing a few words, this whole mess can stop right now and we can get the accountability we DESERVE!!!!

Please call your US Senator and get them to SUPPORT this bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Whose bright idea was it...

to choose as the topic of my research---the fourth amendment and warrantless administrative searches?

And why didn't anyone stop me???? You family and friends of mine know how I get when I start on an issue like this. But no, you let me go ahead anyway, couldn't convince me to do something simpler could ya? Noooooooooo....let's just let Jess get herself in neck deep in the eleventh hour and watch her suffer for a bit!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Because I'm so wealthy...

...yesterday I spent $1,135 on ONE, yes ONE crown! One of my molars had a filling older than me LOL and the whole tooth needed to be crowned. My dentist is awesome, she is virtually PAINLESS. It took a few hours, my mouth was numb and of course DH asked me to take a drink out of my water bottle so he could laugh when it went all over the front of me! But hey that was a freebie, I knew what was going to happen.

Anyway, as to the cost of the tooth, well I am alwaying I should spend more money on myself right?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two down, one to go.

Finished my math final on Friday night.

Finished the final quiz and extra credit writing assignment in History. Just waiting on the final which comes in two weeks. But everything is DONE!

Now finishing up the Law course but this one's hard because this paper is a bear. Why do I pick such brutal issues? Fourth amendment issues? Yikes!

I'm registered for spring, thank goodness. I went to transfer orientation on Monday, mostly boring but I did enjoy the college and dept advising sessions. My undergrad coordinator got me into the practicum section I needed and I registered for an additional course in West African History. I like to have diversity in my courses and plan to take a few in Latin American and Asian History too, though my focus is still early American History, the Constitution, and European History. Can't really learn History till you learn the history of other nations and cultures, I mean we are all tied in together, aren't we?

Anyway, six hours per term, it will take three years. I wish I could do one more course per term but three would be too much plus working full time. Well the big date is Spring 2011....I'll only be 42!!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

First the big banks got their cut of the bailout money and turned around and used it for a variety of things including for the purchasing of other companies. Now AIG is getting a big chunk and leaving taxpayers holding the bag. Now the airlines and the automobile industries want their cut.

And so I'm asking...when is it going to end?

It isn't. Can't wait to see who else puts their hand out and how long till Congress decides to increase the original amount of the bailout funds.

Frankly I think we should throw every son of a bitch who voted for it out of office. But I wonder how many Americans really care. After all, three corrupt, lying SOB's retained office--Ted Stevens of Alaska, William Jefferson in Louisiana and Jack Murtha in Pennsylvania.

So how can one have faith in a system where the government elected by the people keeps crooks in office?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Rescuing injured animals one city at a time...

My good pal the RedQueen just posted something really interesting and informative and I thought I'd pass on her blog post about the H.A.L.O. Chronicles. What is H.A.L.O.?

H.A.L.O., a nonprofit organization dedicated to becoming "The Planet's Animal Ambulance." H.A.L.O.'s mission is to network with other rescue operations to provide emergency care and transport in this kind of situation. I am very proud to be a member of H.A.L.O., and hope that you will join me in following the development of this worthy project.

They're working on a website which is at and it needs more work so hang in there. In the meantime, keep up with their blog. Sure it's small now, but every great idea starts small right?

Spread the word! The world could use MORE good people doing MORE good things!!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I could have predicted this one!

I decided to take the plunge, thanks to Belle

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Katharine!

You are a Katharine -- "I am happy and open to new things"

Katharines are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

* * Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
* * Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
* * Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
* * Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
* * Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
* * Don't tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Katharine

* * being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down
* * being spontaneous and free-spirited
* * being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.
* * being generous and trying to make the world a better place
* * having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
* * having such varied interests and abilities

What's Hard About Being a Katharine

* * not having enough time to do all the things I want
* * not completing things I start
* * not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not committing to a career
* * tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
* * feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship