Drying out, the wind picking up
Real time flood blogging . . .
All those reports of flooding in N. California
Well, lets just say there is plenty of water rushing around.
From the comments . .
A grasshopper goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says, Wow, you know what? We have a drink named after you!
The grasshopper replies, "You have a drink named Steve"?
(with thanks to Dave)
Why sex ed needs to be taught in Catholic Schools
|Mother Superior called all the Nuns together one evening and said to them:|
"I must tell you all something. We have a case of Gonorrhea in the convent.""Thank God," said an elderly Nun at the back. "I'm so sick of Chardonnay."
|The Orchestra ended every concert with a cello solo. Everyone knows there's always room for cello!|
Smack the Penguin
|Um, something to do on your laptop whilst hanging about waiting for dinner at some relative's house. Note that this works for the entire holiday season regardless of whatever holiday you are eating in celebration of . . .|
SMACK THE PENGUIN
Kid safe as well. My best score in the 5 minutes I've been playing is 350, although I did manage to land the penguin on his snoot and leave him stuck in the snow a couple times. I'm sure you guys can beat my score.
Heroes and Villains
|One of my favorite reads - "The Scotsman" - has a very funny column. Their year end offering is here: "Heroes and Villians of 2005". It is behind registration but not subscription.|
OK, OK, for those of you who don't like to register...
Drinker of the year
The Andrex award for public excretion
Couple of the year
Lothario of the year
Nanny of the year
Snappy dresser of the year
Conundrum of the year
Networker of the year
Damp squib of the year
Genuine heroes of the year
Op-Ed articles with a slant?
|Well, yes, of course. That's the point behind an "Opinion" article, that person's opinion. But what if they are paid to express a specific opinion? Is that wrong? Well, no, we aren't talking about news reporting here, we're talking Op-Ed. One should always question why someone might be expressing a particular opinion. Those who are in a particular industry often a much broader knowledge than we do about that industry. How do you feel about an Op-Ed writer who does this? It certainly devalues what they have to say. Its not their opinion any more, they are just an advertiser masquerading as an Op-Ed writer. I do think that if they are being paid a fee by an industry it should be disclosed. Because, after all, it ISN'T really their opinion is it?|
NYTimes article here:
Susan Finston of the Institute for Policy Innovation, a conservative research group based in Texas, is just the sort of opinion maker coveted by the drug industry.
In an opinion article in The Financial Times on Oct. 25, she called for patent protection in poor countries for drugs and biotechnology products. In an article last month in the European edition of The Wall Street Journal, she called for efforts to block developing nations from violating patents on AIDS medicines and other drugs.
Both articles identified her as a "research associate" at the institute. Neither mentioned that, as recently as August, Ms. Finston was registered as a lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug industry's trade group. Nor was there mention of her work this fall in creating the American Bioindustry Alliance, a group underwritten largely by drug companies.
Nothing like a little conspicuous consumption...
|A Man's Home May Be His Castle: |
Downsizing is big news across the country.
When David A. Duffield sought to build a 72,000-square-foot home on rural
But here in the Bay Area, home to one of every 20 of the nation's billionaires, downsizing has been redefined: a reduction of 54,500 square feet in a mansion planned by David A. Duffield, the billionaire founder of PeopleSoft Inc.
To others on
Snort... I don't think going door to door in their neighborhood is quite the same as going door to door in mine. 'Round here you could get 20 signatures in half an hour. You'd also say "Hi" to the kids, pat the dogs, and generally check up on how everyone is doing.
And how appalling, all this time I thought it was the Texans who were into this kind of thing...
When traveling in the sleigh in inclement weather, Santa gets icicles in his beard. Real chin chillas, those. Occasionally, cosmetics fly out of the bag and into Santa's beard, causing it to known as the beard of
Racing down the long side - all four feet off the ground.
Flies on by the camera.
And slows down, almost ready to stop. Note that he has one ear on the camera as it makes a chirpy noise when I press the shutter.
That wire tapping issue - -
|So much commentary, so little time. I will just add my voice to those who are asking why he didn't ask Congress. There is a whole process in place for doing wire-taps expediently and then going back with a notification process. There is no reason not to do it. Except: Hubris|
He says he did it because he can; he's the President.
There are many good editorials on this asking some good questions. For a balanced approach, I suggest George Will at the WaPo. He gives it a little history and a conservative spin. (GASP!! JulieB what are you doing???) Why? Well, I liked his advice at the end of the column.
On the assumption that Congress or a court would have been cooperative in September 2001, and that the cooperation could have kept necessary actions clearly lawful without conferring any benefit on the nation's enemies, the president's decision to authorize the NSA's surveillance without the complicity of a court or Congress was a mistake. Perhaps one caused by this administration's almost metabolic urge to keep Congress unnecessarily distant and hence disgruntled.
I admit he does spoil it a bit for the conservative side by quoting the deplorable French, but at least it was a French conservative.
Back to back puns
|On one night before Christmas, Santa Claus's sleigh team came up one member short because of a sudden illness. An inflatable plastic reindeer was used to fill the void in the team so no one would take notice of the missing animal. Regis, Chief of Elves, asked Santa, "Is that your vinyl Prancer?"|
|When the lawyer sued the coffin maker it was an open and shut case.|
(I know but its Monday and raining out . . .)
And in celebration, please note!!
|That Jeremy, AKA American Warmonger, genius of the template is back in town. He took a brief hiatus.|
Jeremy is the person who first set up my site and emailed it to me. Yes, folks, after a rather heated discussion of things religious, he set up the "Julie with a B" blogsite in revenge I think, since then he has been exceedingly helpful with fixes and pointers.
THANK YOU, JEREMY! The Blog continues to be alot of fun.
Prologue to the Blogfather
THE BIG ONE
|Yes, today, Julie with a B is one year old. We made it through the teething stage, to the crawling stage (lately I've had a bit of a reverse to the crawling stage, but it will pass). It's been quite a year.|
Still a source for bad puns, some liberal discussions, the occasional comment on things Jewish, and pictures of my horse.
What's in store for the next year? I'm aiming to up the ante on the content. Yes, yes, I know lately it's been banal at best, but it's good to have GOALS, eh?
Many thanks to my beloved blogfather, Daisy Cutter, for the linky. Hi Dad. (I can hear him cringing). The lurid story of my parentage will come out eventually. And just how IS IT that such a committed right wing blogger could produce a lovely liberal daughter? The story will be told!
Activist Judge Cancels Christmas
WASHINGTON, DC - In a sudden and unexpected blow to the Americans working to protect the holiday, liberal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt ruled the private celebration of Christmas unconstitutional Monday.
Read the rest, of course, at The Onion.
A little something for Nickie . . .
Under that burlap bag exterior, Nickie is a very cultured sort. Really. Don't let it get around though, his boys might rough him up if they knew. But here is my gift to Nickie Goomba.
A little sight seeting in Venice.
And something for the Tattlers
For the Texican Tattlers......It took me a little bit to find something for them.... however this should give them a laugh.
Really, it should say "Beer, Girls, and Guns" but thought it wouldn't hurt to take it upscale a notch.
speaking of gifts . . .
The next gift book, well, actually I'll need to get two of these:
"The Thong Also Rises"
I really think that both Jesse over at LOSLI and Teach over at Pirate's Cove would enjoy it. It's a pretty funny book and should appeal to both these funny guys.
However! I DO give gifts....
and my friends and family know that my favorite kind of gift is a book. So stay tuned, I have a list of my favorite bloggers and I'm checking it twice!
I'll start off with one of the bloggers who got me started... ahem, listed as "blogfather" in the blogroll, a designation he frequently, frantically, tries to deny.
My book gift to Daisy Cutter is:
Frankly, I think his Labrador had a hand in writing this, but maybe not...
Really, I DON'T do Christmas
|This time of year is always interesting, I guess that's a good word. I don't "do" Christmas. I'm Jewish. And no, Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas. It is not a major Jewish holiday because it is not in the Jewish Bible. Put in the absolute simplest terms it is a celebration of religious freedom. |
This is a simple "history" of the holiday. The oldest source of the celebraton is the winter solstice celebrations held by all ancient peoples. It is marked more recently as a military victory in 164 BCE by the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek King Antiochus Epiphanes. The story can be found in the Christian Bible in the book of Maccabees. After the military victory came re-consecration of the temple altar. Here there is a story of one jar of oil, which should have lasted for one day, burning for eight days. It is a celebration of returning light and returning freedom to be Jewish.
A Friday laugh
|My British friend, Nina, has a British way with words. She can tell you to go somewhere else in very civilized language and it will actually take several moments to realize the depth of the insult that she has just hurled at you. But then you laugh because, insult or no, she is still screaminly funny. Her friend William, also a Brit, can just about match her. From her email to me this morning:|
"My friend William was very rude to me this morning via email. I told him to "review single digit communication". His reply:
"Single finger gesture reviewed and is currently being evaluated by the "European Union Committee on Gestures and Curses (EUCGC) as to its applicability under ISO9000, which specifies a European two-fingered model. Since the rejection of the Italian RFUA (Ramming Fist Under Arm) as too ponderous, as well as the Rumanian LLAWPTAWBLF (Licking Lips Aggressively While Poking The Air With Both Little Fingers) as being to complex for use in heavy traffic, there has been a move to adopt the single finger gesture, primarily supported by those missing either of the first two digits on their dominant hand. Both gestures are being opposed by the EU Quadriplegics Council (EUQC), who are lobbying for a simple, spit-laden
Thank you for your interest. "
I'm still here
|Sorry, I am still breathing. For those of you that are glad, thanks! For those of you who wish I'd go away, tough luck!|
I'm just working as in working really hard, since I'm so blasted when I get home I don't want to go near the computer. It'll go away. I feel some serious posts coming on. In a week or so, it will have been a year since the blog was, sort of, foisted upon me by well meaning friends. Actually, they were just hoping I would post my liberal left-coast thoughts on my own site and not mess up the cheering, er, comments section on theirs.
A Los Angeles man was found dead in his home over this last weekend. Detectives at the scene found the man face down in his bathtub. The tub had been filled with milk, sugar and cornflakes. A banana was sticking out of his ass.
Police suspect a cereal killer.
Ah, yes, the President's speech.
|Well, it was a step forward from his last pronouncement. I was sorely disappointed in what he had to say last time. Whether I like the man or no, I wanted to hear a bit about the reality and where he wanted it to go. He did do that this time. He even came pretty close to saying that maybe some errors had been made (I think what he said was that "we" had learned from the past). He missed on the process though. I want to know what the plan is for getting there. I what to hear the "how" we are going to "get there". I don't think he's going to get any more "patience" and "staying the course" until he defines the course a bit better.|