Introducing a couple new links.....
|Two new military linkies:|
Doc in the Box (who posted Mrs. G's solution to the Gap problem) - He has been to Iraq and back, currently he is "home" in San Diego. He posts and has links to many other military bloggers.
Why does JulieB have military linkies? Because, through Soldiers' Angels, I write to military personnel in other parts of the world. When I started I wanted news about the areas where they were. Certainly didn't find it thru the MSM, so through Google searches found various MilBloggers who were in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eventually I arrived in the blogosphere myself. I still write letters, I still look for news. Hence, the Milbog linkies.
Paint it Black - Sgt. Devore is in Baghdad. Go read his story - he certainly needs everyone's support, especially right now.
Woohoo! NO GAP!!
|Many thanks to Mustang 23 at Assumption of Command for the rescue!!! Please note that the solution was posted by Mrs. Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette, and can be found via this link. |
Thanks also go to Jeremy at American Warmonger who went over my template with a fine toothed comb to see if I had done something (!@#$) to it. He couldn't find anything but it was not for trying.
And thanks to all my blog friends who wandered by and said, "Gosh sorry about that gap problem you've got. That's nasty!" Sympathy is comforting even if you don't know how to fix the problem.
This is a test title and its supposed to be very long to see if there is some problem with the wrapping
|Did it work? Did it go ga-ga?|
I guess its not the word wrap.....
OK, I'm going to try to fix the gap...
|If this doesn't work.... well, I'm still here I just... well, it may take me a bit to put it back together!|
|Once I got angry at the chef of an Italian restaurant, so I gave him a pizza my mind.|
Proof that DC actually writes for the New York Times
|Bush and Aides Seek to Calm Public's Concerns About Iraq: The Bush administration pressed on today with high-profile efforts to reassure Americans that political progress is being made in Iraq despite the unrelenting violence there and that it has specific plans to ensure military victory. |
I was sure that in his "other writings" he would eventually slip up and use the distinctive "press on" DC phrase. He's "outed" himself now. Gee DC, and after all that whining about them not taking you because of your Winger leanings....
Supreme Court and religion
|The Supreme Court seems to have come down on two different sides of an issue. I agree with the one that removed the Ten Commandments from the courtroom wall, because as they said, context matters. From the L.A. Times:|
But it is a different matter when officials prominently display the biblical Commandments so that all can see their religious message, he said.
"Mind the Gap"
|OK, so you won't see the humor in that unless you've visited the London Underground and been told to "Mind the Gap". But does anyone have a clue why there is a huge gap between the Title and the Body of the top post? I have hunted all over my template looking for some drip of latte or croissant crumbs or SOMETHING that would besmirch my lame, lukewarm, languid offerings, but I can't find anything.|
I KNOW I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE, SO WOULD SOME KIND SOUL OFFER ONE?
Thanks. I appreciate it, really, I do.
NASCAR weekend at Infineon raceway
|Well, it used to be Sears Point Raceway, but nevermind. My spies spotted Jeff Gordon for me. Oh yeah, my guy. I have a DuPont T-shirt signed by Jeff Gordon and another one with his picture on the front, the car on the back. Ah, yup. The raceway is about a half hour south of where I live.|
Darren Bogle staked out a spot at the Infineon Raceway heliport Friday, waiting patiently for NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.
|Original sin: A transgression no one has thought of before.|
Blogger is being a bit wierd. I have no idea why that big space is in there..... Now that I've said something about it it will probably go away!
How to avoid the flu
|Like everyone else I got that horrid flu. It actually kept me home from work a couple days which is pretty unusual. I got some good advice which I thought I'd share with you:|
Eat right! Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.
Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin C.
Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system.
Walk for at least an hour a day, go for a swim, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
Wash your hands often. If you can't wash them, keep a bottle of antibacterial stuff around.
Get lots of fresh air. Open windows whenever possible.
Get plenty of rest.
Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.
Take the doctor's office approach.
Think about it.... . . .
When you go for a shot, what do they do first?
Clean your arm with alcohol..
Why . . . . ?
Because alcohol kills germs.
So.. . . . . I walk to the liquor store. (exercise )
I put lime in my Corona... (fruit)
Celery in my Bloody Mary (veggies)
Drink outdoors on the bar patio..( fresh air)
Tell jokes, laugh.. (eliminate stress)
Then pass out. (rest)
The way I see it...
If you keep your alcohol levels up, flu germs can't get you!
My grandmother always said, "A shot in the glass is better than one in the ass!"
This would be in the "Oh oops!" category
Really, don't do as I do, do as I say...
|"I'll get you back for that, Peter Pan", said Captain Hook offhandedly.|
(from Pirate Tom Swifty)
|We hear alot about the pollsters' ratings, mostly about those who are unpopular. I thought to look at some who are doing well:|
"Obama leads Senate with 72% approval"
I like this guy. He's got vision. He can speak. He speaks about things that are important to me.
|Two ferocious cannibal chiefs sat licking their fingers after a large meal. "Your wife makes a delicious roast," one chief said.|
"Thanks," his friend said, "I'm gonna miss her."
| Did you hear the one about the Texas sheep rancher whose wife was dying some clothes in a large tub? A tiny lamb gamboled over for a look and fell in, thereby turning a lovely shade of blue. The woman placed the lamb in a small fenced in area by the side of the road to dry off, and was surprised when a tourist stopped and offered a large sum of money for the rare blue lamb. |
It didn't take the sheep rancher long to realize that he was on to something big. In fact, to this day, he is the biggest lamb dyer in the state of Texas.
Coyote Democrats still . . .
|Another voice speaks to the dis-connect between national politics and the western portion of the country. Perchance we should just secede and take our space, our natural resources, our farms, our technology with us?|
From Patricia Nelson Limerick, NY Times:
But our conflicts present one great advantage: neither major political party offers much in the way of solutions. Consult the platform and mainstream positions of either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party and, on the issues that matter most to the West, you will find yourself contemplating the yawning interior of Mother Hubbard's cupboard.
This vacancy presents a fine opportunity to notice the mounting irrelevance of partisan squabbling. When it comes to the all-important environmental issues, most Westerners are actually political hybrids, mixtures and muddles no matter what their party registration. They want to be supplied with the necessary natural resources to support their current level of comfort and convenience, yet they want the production sites of those natural resources to be out of sight and out of mind. They want water coming out of the faucet without disruption of the river system; they want to build Western-style log houses without disturbing a single tree within their viewshed.
The italics are mine. I thought that it was worth noting for both parties. Republicans want us? Address the issues of the West. Democrats too need to address the issues of education, health care, environment, fair labor, immigration, and illegal workers.
Wiki - editorial on Los Angeles Times
|The Los Angeles Times tried an interactive editorial using the "Wiki" software. It was a game experiment that went astray. They may be up for another try:|
"As long as we can hit a high standard and have no risk of vandalism, then it is worth having a try at it again," said Rob Barrett, general manager of Los Angeles Times Interactive.
Seems like another slant on the blog experience. It would be interesting to watch an editorial morph as more writers added their thoughts.
Time for. . . .Headline murder...
|Anti-Syria faction claims Condoleeza Rice ripples across California.|
Earthquakes notwithstanding.... we're still here
|For those of you hoping that the Left Coast will jiggle itself into the sea, not this time. Pretty much the whole state rattles and rolls fairly constantly, but people take notice of the bigger quakes. I live about 45 miles north of San Francisco in a fairly seismically active area. There are a bunch of active geysers within 25 - 30 miles, however, one large steam field is used for steam power generation. There is a cool website where you can go and check out recent quakes. There were two at the geysers this morning.|
An earthquake mostly means that the windows rattle a bit, of course, that could also just be a truck going by as well. Sometimes you can hear an earthquake coming with a low rumbling that becomes louder as the windows rattle with it. Every once in awhile we have one that just ripples and doesn't make a sound except for the house creaking. That kind is a little creepy.
The horse show...
|When there is a horse show at our barn everyone lends a hand. It is pretty fun. I have gotten to "scribe" for the judge several time. At a Dressage show the competitors ride alone in the arena and ride a specific pattern. The higher the level the more difficult the pattern. The judge awards points on how well the horse accomplishes the movements. The judge talks the entire time and the scribe, obviously, writes down every word the judge says and the score for each movement. It's hectic and not easy, but if you're patient, the scribe learns from the professional rider/trained judge sitting next to her. I got to do this both Saturday and Sunday.|
The first picture is the view from the judge's shed. This shed is quite elegant with a counter and seats, flowers, and bowl of fruit. Often its just a table with an umbrella over it!
The second picture was to illustrate that fact that Dressage is a formal sport. The riders all wear black or dark coats, white breeches, and a hard hat or bowler. The upper level riders where a top hat and tail coats. Pity the rider - the coats are almost always wool, the sun is hot, and the riding is hard work.
The third picture is one of the teenagers at the barn, Perris, on her horse Axel. She is a tiny stick-child weighing 100 lbs drippng wet, but she and Axel get along quite well.
Gone.... to the horse show
|I'm working at the horse show this weekend. I am lucky to board at this really nice place. I get a good rate and in return, they own me for three weekends each summer. Its still a great deal and I get to take pictures. Tomorrow afternoon I'll put up some pics of the horses that were at the show.|
|What happened to the ostrich that kept his head buried in the sand too long?|
He got burned in the end.
And what part of "Rural" and "Agricultural" did you not understand?
|Santa Rosa has is own personal low hanging fug these days. I'd like to say that I hadn't noticed it, myself, but .... I have definately noted the eau d'bovine. We have had fairly wet weather since early spring and it is encouraging the barnyard smell and the whining and complaining of the more recent transplants to Santa Rosa who moved here because of the lovely scenery. Those aren't stage props, those are cows and chickens. |
Smell that? It's fields slathered in manure
A rank odor reminiscent of manure-crusted cowboy boots has settled over Santa Rosa, reminding residents that this is still a farming county with cows and chickens.
The pervasive smell, which can hit from
Next thing you know there will be some ballot thingy discussing how, when, where farmers can do what they try do to, you know, FARM. Sometimes they pass, mostly they don't, because this IS a farming county.
Blogging for six months
|(This will stay at the top until the 16th. New posts for Monday, etc, appear just below this one)|
On June 16th I will have had my blog for 6 months. There are a couple bloggers who are now rolling their eyes and shaking their heads. Yeah, what were WE thinking?
I found Daisy Cutter thru the MilBlogs ring. Since I write to several of our soldiers overseas, I had gone looking for information about those place. In the process, I found several interesting web-sites on Mil-blogs, Daisy Cutter's being one of them. Altho I occasionally emailed or left comments on the other sites, DC was the first one (in 6 months of reading) to respond to me. I had emailed an observation to him that I thought might be embarrassing to him if I posted it in the comments. He said, no no, really, you should write it in comments, you have an interesting point of view. Later he encouraged me to get my own blog and post my ideas and opinions there.
Enter Jeremy at American Warmonger. I found a link to Jeremy's site from DC's. I think Jeremy had been helping Daisy with his web-site that someone had hacked. Daisy had outrageously, and very humorously, accused the local moonbats, but it was just mice, really, Daisy, just mice. In reading Jeremy's site, I commented at length on a letter he had posted. There ensued a considerable discussion. OK, a heated discussion, which ended in my apologizing profusely to Jeremy and Jeremy commenting "check your email for my response". Oh, no! I figured he had sent me some flaming missive. But no! He had gone to blogger and set up a blog for ME! Wow! I emailed him the colors for the template and there it was: JULIE WITH A B.
Daisy Cutter had links on his site all ready to go, waiting for my first post. But what to say? I had been writing my opinions in response to their posts! How to write something original? Who was I, anyhow?
If you read my site every now and then you'll realize that.... I still don't know who I am. I've decided it's not a problem, OK? Just deal with it.
Others have helped me greatly along the way. JR at the Tattlers with technical advice, as in how to do THIS. Nickie at Hey Relax, I'm just Sayin' (now Nickie Goomba's)with encouragement and bad puns all his own, all the while professing that he hated bad puns.
Charlie at Pusillanimous Wankers was the first person to invite me to post on his site. Charlie is an incredible writer, well defined in his personal vision, and so prolific that the news story had hardly hit the wires before he had an article excerpted and his own commentary in place. I was awestruck. It took another month before I posted there.
Many have followed - Jess at LOSLI, who is very funny despite himself; Will at Wills4223, encouraging my Leftist tendencies and including me on his site; Teach at Pirate's Cove, speaking to me even tho I am Left; and the host of others in the "Linky Love" section of my site.
Thank you to all of you. For coming to read, to comment, to argue, and to entertain me.
Daisy Cutter declares himself a candidate for '08!
|You heard it here first!|
In the midst of denial and head shaking, Daisy Cutter says it like it is:
"The idea is to cast more for the best candidate who can win. I know some of you would like to vote for me, and in fact I would be the best candidate. "
The list of things I shouldn't admit to
|OK, this is from Charlie at Pusillanimous Wankers, who got it from Ginger, but it is really Teach's fault that I'm actually posting it. I admit to the ones in bold. And no, you may not ask about "the details"!|
01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby’s diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity (no but I gave 'em a horse, once)
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse (they always lose)
30. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier (no, but I'm not dead yet, so there is hope for this one)
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy (does my horse count?)
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. …more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived.
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a seizure
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone’s heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train ;-)
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days (kayak)
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. …and gotten 86′ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair
197: Been a DJ
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested
Keep an eye on that sunroof!
|OK, aside from a moment in my far past that involved too much alcohol, too few clothes, and standing up through a sunroof, I have thought of them as fairly benign pleasant aspects of a nice car. However, this woman as a far different perspective!|
From the Express-Times:
Open sunroof brings unwelcome passenger
Attention!! "Blogs for McCain's Opponent"
|Well, it has been entertaining to watch the "Blogs for McCain's Opponent" grow and blossom. It's entertaining because, oh my, it would be such an incredible experience to see them all vote the Democratic ticket! Way to go Blues! |
The next scene in this many act play has just started. To wit:
McCain-Bush in 2008?
That would be John and Jeb, the most logical Republican ticket if the party remains in the polling doldrums. If President Bush and his political maestro, Karl Rove, decide that the only way to create a political legacy is to nod toward the Arizona senator with whom they have battled and feuded, they will go for the guy who can win.The article goes on to note that while George W. and McCain can't stand each other, McCain decided to support W in 2004. Considering the Republicans' ethics woes, McCain would be a plus there as well, since he has a "squeeky clean" image would certainly help out. Also -
And if middle-class income growth is sluggish, bread-and-butter discontent will benefit any Democrat running on a throw-the-bums-out platform. McCain could promise just enough change to win the election. He voted against Bush's tax policies, yet he is also among the most fiscally conservative members of the Senate.
And thereby pulling in some of those "Centrist" voters - perhaps the South Park Republicans and the Coyote Democrats who currently feel dis-enfranchised by their own parties. (see note)
For all these reasons, Bush and McCain could end up as each other's best friends. Bush has been battling, with Rove's help, for a long-term political realignment in favor of the Republicans. The president could well come to see McCain as the only Republican with a chance to push a Republican era forward. McCain, in turn, knows that his only way around the Republican right is to run with Bush's open blessing, if not his outright endorsement.
. . . George W. Bush and John McCain may prefer not to need each other. But by 2008, they could well become codependent. American politics has produced stranger alliances.I am eagerly awaiting to see how this scene plays out!
(note: I first heard "South Park Republicans" from the Llama Butchers, but I can't find it in their archives)
|What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?|
Schwarzenegger's special election
|There are four measures that will be sent to the people in a general election.|
Schwarzenegger, 57, is staking his political career on initiatives that would increase his power over the state's $100 billion budget and inject more competition into legislative races now dominated by Democrats. His decision comes after his popularity plunged this year over conflicts with state unions, sapping the sway over lawmakers that last year helped him win an overhaul to the state insurance system.
That being said, my issue is that this special election will cost approximately $70 million dollars. It won't cost the State $70 million, it will cost all of the individual counties that much.
When Arnold became governor, he very generously rolled back the vehicle tax. How nice of him! But you see, the vehicle tax didn't belong to the State, it belonged to the counties for administration. The State just collected it as part of the annual vehicle registration.
Please stop now, Arnie, we really can't afford you!
FCC bashing and very funny as well
|OK, so if you are one of my right wing readers, just stop now. This will burn out your retinas and I just don't want you to hurt yourselves. Really. Go now.|
For those of you remaining this from Howard Stern via the Buzzmachine:
Declaration of f'ing independence:
Esquire rips a web-page out of the Parents Television Council's play book with a declaration of independence you can sign and send to the FCC with a click. Howard Stern is our founding father.
The history of the present Federal Communications Commission is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the airwaves, bringing with it a tyrant's notion of "decency."
To prove this, let the Facts be submitted to a candid world....
The FCC should be reminded that all radios and televisions have a button. This is called an "off" button, and it can be used when citizens find broadcast content to be disagreeable. It strikes us as tiresome to have to repeat this old remonstrance, but whatever. Furthermore, there now exists all manner of filters and blocks that can be used by parents and guardians to protect children from content that is not suitable for them. We, however, are not children, and we will not be treated as such by our government....
...the radio host Howard Stern does not lack for literary merit. Rather, he is part and parcel of a long, ribald tradition of gloriously undignified art that includes Rabelais, Henry Miller, and James Joyce, all of whom discussed "fingerbanging" in one way or another.
The radio host Howard Stern does not lack for educational merit. Rather, he is charting the sexual mores of our great nation, much like noted anthropologist Margaret Mead did....
In every stage of his oppressions, Howard Stern has petitioned for redress. He has railed against the FCC on his radio show, urging the citizenry to vote against one George W. Bush. He engaged in a tense discourse with former FCC chairman Michael Powell on the air, pointing out that television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey also discusses anal and oral sex in detail but is not equally oppressed because she is beloved by the media aristocracy and gives away motorized carriages to her audience....
For when faced with the termination of his astonishingly high-paying job, when faced with censure from his very own employer, Howard Stern refused to do what most of us would do: He refused to make accommodations. Rather, he declared revolution. And this is a great and good thing. This is the very act that defines a hero. This is the very act that defines an American man.
And now as a free and independent radio host, he will be able to discuss masturbating to Aunt Jemima at his discretion. It's possible that he will be discussing masturbating to Aunt Jemima to a total of four listeners. But this makes him no less a patriot. God bless Howard Stern, and God bless America, land of the free, home of lesbian porn stars and angry drunken dwarves.
Yes, I went to the noted link and clicked on it and sent it off. Do go and see for yourself . . .
The upside of taking out the garbage
|Sonoma County has the same issues with garbage that everyone else has: where to put it. Recycling has cut down on the amounts, however, we still need someplace to dump it. The local dump on Meecham Rd. is almost full and can't be expanded due to ground water issues . A new site is nowhere to be found, with ground water contamination an problem at each potential site.|
So officials starting looking for places to dump the trash where water was not a problem - the Nevada desert. Oh, but picture this - - long lines of trash trunks trundling along some of the most traveled freeways in California. Expensive and adds to the almost gridlock condition of the roads.
How about . . . the train! From the Press Democrat:
And a Reno-based garbage company is betting that a long-term solution for disposing of trash from Northern California, where high rainfall makes it difficult to contain pollution at landfills, will be to put the refuse on freight trains and send it to the desert.
. . . The key question for the county is whether trains could make moving trash long distances more affordable. It would take 65 trucks each day to haul all of the county's garbage to landfills elsewhere.
. . . Mitch Stogner, executive director of the North Coast Rail Authority, thinks it can be done and he is pushing rail as a cost-effective, environmentally friendly trash-removal choice.The rail authority oversees 300 miles of publicly owned train tracks from Napa to Arcata. It has been struggling to revitalize freight service since El Niño storms in 1998 and associated land slides severely damaged a section of the tracks between Willits and Humboldt County.
. . . But the 140-mile stretch of tracks between Willits and Napa, which hugs Highway 101 through Sonoma County before heading east in Novato, needs only some bridge repairs and railroad crossing signal improvements, Stogner said."The south end of the rail line has few structural needs and the repairs are manageable, but there is not a lot of freight on the south end," Stogner said. "What hauling garbage would do is create an income source to make it financially viable to operate on the south end. It could be a real silver bullet for us, because all of a sudden we've got a financial incentive for an operator to use the south side of the railroad."
The rail authority would maintain the rail line and a freight train operator would pay rent to use the tracks.
Stogner envisions trash loaded onto freight trains in Windsor or Santa Rosa and hauled to a switching station near Napa, where it can access eastbound tracks toward Nevada.
"If the anchor tenant became garbage, there are also forest products to be hauled, rock and gravel and grains that come in from the Midwest," Stogner said. "The environmental benefits of taking trucks off Highway 101 are obvious."
Sounds like a win- win situation.
Also - trains, mmm, I like trains. Maybe we'll get our commuter train down the south end of the Hwy 101 corridor after all!
|(as the fish said, "Better late than bait")|
When Captain Hook lost one hand, his other was, of course, impaired.
|The fishies' favorite songs:|
"That's a Moray!"
"It Haddock be you . . ."
"When you fish upon a star"
"Fiddler Crabs on the Roof"
"You Walrus Hurt the One you Love"
and for the little fishies: "Roe, roe, roe your boat"
West Nile Virus affects 2nd Sonoma Country horse
|The virus, while often almost unnoticable in humans, is usually fatal in horses. There is a vaccine, but it is expensive and needs to be given every 6 months.|
From the Press Democrat:
"A horse stabled near the town of Sonoma has tested positive for West Nile virus, becoming the first equine case in Sonoma County this year, county health and vector control officials said Friday.
The Saturday Night Naked Guy
Saturday Night Naked Guy
Caption from picture reads, "Future Darwin Awards recipients in action"
Two more ballot measures walk out of meeting, approval dips to new low.
|"A challenge... write a headline and tie three news stories to it. We will call this the LOSLI News Meme. |
Let's see how Julie does with it?"
Announcing an afternoon of declining approval, GOP Chairman walks out of meeting, heading straight for the beach and the warm sand and the girls and the drinks with little ballots in them.
Hmmm... I don't think that's what Jess meant. I'll try this again.
The GOP Chairman walked off with the gavel and into the Secretary of State's office where they will be announcing Congress and President Bush's new low approval rating.
No, no, that one just isn't FUN. . .
Announcing a declining GOP Chairman, the Secretary of State's office reconvened the meeting on the Secretary's yacht moored outside of the prestigious St. Francis yacht club, where they could all recline on the cushions and enjoy fine wines, cheese, and fruit served by nymphets doing the limbo - -How low can you go!!
So vote for your favorite, eh?
|More adventures of Dick Whittington and his cat....|
Dick Whittington was investigating warring factions of a Chinese secret society. Suddenly, his pet was taken hostage! When Dick reported the abduction to the police, the officers were unsympathetic. "What's the matter," they teased, "Tong got your cat?"
Ahhh...things you know you shouldn't post, but . . . can's resist
Porn star to attend President's Dinner
WASHINGTON (AP) - The annual President's Dinner, a Republican Party fundraising event featuring President Bush, could get an extra dash of spice this year with porn actress and former
The porn industry and Republicans may seem like strange bedfellows, but Carey said she sees Tuesday night's dinner as a good opportunity to learn more about their policies and do some networking. She plans to run for lieutenant governor of
Carey acknowledges that some people just think of her as a busty blonde who does porn films.
"I also have a brain and political aspirations," said Carey, whose priorities include legalizing gay marriage.
Carl Forti, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is co-hosting the dinner, had no qualms about Carey and her boss, adult film executive Mark Kulkis, attending.
"Their money was donated to the NRCC. The NRCC's job is to elect Republicans. We'll take that money and use it to elect more Republicans," Forti said.
Carey was one of 135 candidates on the ballot to replace California Gov. Gray Davis in the 2003 recall election. Voters picked another actor - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Kulkis, a self-described "Schwarzenegger Republican" who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal, was invited to the dinner by the NRCC and paid $5,000 for his and Carey's plates.
Carey and Kulkis said they want to prove stereotypes of porn workers wrong.
It's so lame, I don't know where to start.... Learn more about policies and network? She has a brain and political aspirations? one of her priorities is to legalize gay marriage? Ah, the poor little dumb fluffy . . .
Lights are on and no one is home . . .
Muslims arrested in Lodi - there's more to the story
|When I first heard about the arrests in Lodi, I was ready with a knee-jerk reaction to Muslims with expired visas. Then I read this article about what is really happening in this community.|
Here is a group of moderate Moslems who wish to start a school, to be able to teach their children in their own community, at a school with American values. Naturally, not everyone in their community agreed with this plan. Now four people have been arrested, two from each side of the discussion.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
. . . .Tuesday, the woman realized it was probably a federal agent doing surveillance in connection with a father and son from her neighborhood who were arrested and accused of terrorist activities tied to al-Qaida.
|Male spotted owl to his wife - "You can't have a headache!! We're an endangered species!"|
Our union busting Governor . .
|Arnold has been making himself very unpopular with the Public Employee's union and the Nurses' Union. Now he's made himself unpopular with his OWN union in regards to a little advert that he made -|
The Screen Actors Guild issued a tersely worded scolding.
Oh, my. Arnold is a traitor to his own. I guess he's been "TERMINATED" and is unlikely to "BE BACK" - in Hollywood anyway.
|Bird flu . . . |
Did you hear about the guy who played golf on Christmas and accidentally hit a bird? He got a partridge on a par three.
What do you get when you cross a Christmas tree with no leaves and a bullet?
A cartridge in a bare tree.
Commencement address by Barack Obama
|Absolutely incredible piece. No way to cut and paste this.... just go read it:|
“What will be my place in history?”
gleefully stolen from MakesMeRalph
update: I can't resist this paragraph
"None of this will come easy. Every one of us will have to work more, read more, train more, think more. We will have to slough off bad habits – like driving gas guzzlers that weaken our ecomony and feed our enemies abroad. Our kids will have to turn off the TV sets and put away the video games and start hitting the books. We will have to reform institutions, like our public schools, that were designed for an earlier time. Republicans will have to recognize our collective responsibilities, even as Democrats recognize that we have to do more than just defend the old programs.
It won’t be easy, but it can be done. It can be our future. We have the talent and the resources and the brainpower. But now we need the political will. We need a national commitment.
And we need you."
5 things I miss from childhood
|This is Teach's fault ...|
Remove the #1 item from the following list, bump everyone up one place and add your blog's name in the #5 spot. You need to actually link to each of the blogs for the link-whorage aspect of this fiendish meme-age to kick in.
Next, select four unsuspecting victims, list and link to them:
The five things I miss?
2. Sneaking over to the race track to ride the Clydesdale horses. I grew up blocks away from Santa Anita racetrack. On my way home from school my friend and I would sidle thru the gate into the back paddocks. There was a team of Clydesdales that sometimes pulled the starting gate. The rest of the time they mooched around their paddock, just waiting for - - us! We would tease them over to the fence and feed them a carrot while one of us would climb on. Once on, you would kick them a bit to get them to go. They’d amble around a bit until you got too energetic with your heels then they would pitch you off into the dust. Free fun rides.
3. Sunday afternoon dinner at my grandparents’ house. They had a huge house in
4. The innocence and freedom of it all. We were warned against talking to strangers, but it was essentially a good world to live in. We walked or rode our bikes everywhere, pretty much unbothered by parents tracking our every moment. We had to be home before dark. Dinner was at 7:00, if you didn’t show up, you didn’t eat and you got the lecture about, “You know how much that worries your mother!”
5. Simple pleasures – the Sunday comics, sliding on the giant compost heap in my grandparents back yard, sliding down the banister in my cousins’ 3 story house, running thru the sprinklers on a hot summer day, playing “baseball” with the neighborhood kids on a warm summer’s evening, home made “play dough” on rainy days, dressing the cat in doll clothes, lying on the back lawn reading a book…..
Idiocy in Education
|There are many issues confronting education in California. Money for a growing educational system, aging falling down schools, lack of qualified teachers. But what pops out of the legislature? Textbooks are now limited to 200 pages. Yup, that's right! Because, after all, this information can be found on-line, why spend money on huge textbooks? Never mind that many kids, particularly in rural outreaches have no internet access. Oh, sure, if your local public library is still open you could stand in line for access.|
But Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who chairs the Assembly Education Committee, said critics are thinking too narrowly.From the Sacramento Bee.
What planet does this woman live on? How about the legislators that voted for it?
And while I was gone. . .
|Yes, Deep Throat lives in Santa Rosa, a quiet sort, he lives with his daughter. Announcement has perked up the end of the school year doldrums, however:|
'Dead' history comes to life in SR schools
Brain on vacation...
|Yes, I'm back but the brain is no where to be found. Hush, DC, it has only been missing the last couple of days. Hmmm... ever since Nickie's BBQ. How odd...|
ATTENTION, LADIES OF THE BLOG poached directly from Dave Berry's blog.
Has a little something for everyone....
|(Honey! I'm hooooo-oome!)|
This guy wanted to get into a night club with a few friends. Unfortunately the dress code stated that without a tie he couldn't get in.
His friends didn't have a spare necktie between them but one of them said, 'Hey, I've got an idea. I have a set of jumper cables in the back of my car. Tie them round your neck, tuck in the ends and you should pass by the doormen.
On re-entering the club, one bouncer was suspicious of his neckwear. On inspection, he relented as long as the guy behaved ... and didn't start anything!
|Some time ago I got into a heavy discussion about unions with a friend of mine. I was trying to explain that I felt the old administration heavy unions were an anachronism. That there was a place for unions, but smaller entrepreneur type unions for specific types of workers. He answered me with an interesting diatribe from his own experience. I was blown away and said, Gosh! Why don't you post on this? He said that he couldn't, because it involved his work. So here it is from my own un-named source:|
I am (source). I am who I am? Why a question mark there? Because often I wonder can I be who I claim to be. I am a Business Democrat. I believe that people who work harder should be paid better than somebody that does nothing. I believe that in the workplace people should be paid for what they accomplish not what some union fat cat who comes to a job once year in his Caddie can negotiate. I believe that unions had their place, and may someday yet, but with today's laws and labor standards the unions have made themselves not only archaic but useless. I am a firm believer that a person that works all day should receive a fair day's pay.
Day two of trip.... no one's been murdered yet
|The beauty of sitting in the front seat is that I can't hear half of what goes on in the back of the van. It is a little noisy, but the specifics are unrecognizable. It's good, I think. Actually everyone is having a good time. Enough togetherness to joke and argue, enough time out hiking with the dog to regain one's equilibrium. |
Several forks of the Eel River wander through this part of the Avenue of the Giants. Still alot of silt in the water from recent rains, but that makes the river a lovely aquamarine color.