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Archive for 15 May 2008
Well, actually, we got here about 5:45 eastern time. I had no idea there was a time difference. Go figure. Good thing there was a sign on the highway that said “Eastern Standard Time”.
The most exciting part of the trip was when the Mr suggested we stop at KFC. Y’see, Jr has had this thing about eating KFC in Kentucky. Why? I have no earthly idea. Is it suppose to taste different? Truthfully, it was kind of nasty. I don’t think mine was completely cooked, or, I just don’t much care for KFC? Anyway, it made her happy, so we stopped. Maybe now, she’ll stop asking anytime we get near Kentucky? One can only hope!
Ok, so we get closer to Louisville, and it starts pouring down rain! The traffic is picking up, and I have no clue where I’m going. Peachy. We’re listening to the traffic reports on the radio, and of course, there’s a big back up on the road we need to take. Not a problem. I can handle this. Uh huh. No stress. Amazingly, the folks were polite, and let me get over into the lane I needed to veer off on to get to I-265. Another lucky break, the first exit I needed to get to the hotel was the very first one. YES! Get me off this dadburn thing!
Question: Why are they tucking Candlewood’s way off the beaten path?
We got checked in, after a major drenching. Rush to get changed to go to the “blog bash”, and wait for Jr. Again. No major problem, but since we were kind of tired, we didn’t want to be out to late, and wanted to go and get back in time to relax and watch a little of the idjit box.
Since it was still raining, and we have NO idea where anything is, we thought it would be a good idea to take a cab. Any other cab driver, it would have been a great idea. I thought we were all going to die! Slick roads and a maniac behind the wheel are NOT a good combination. However, as you can tell, we made it safe, if not sound.
There were a lot of bloggers at the shindig. Name tags were not provided. sigh…. I did meet the nice young fella from Gun Pundit, and the lovely lady, Bitter, that, I think, put the whole thing together. I did talk to a few other folks, but I have no idea who they were, and it was so loud in there, if they told me, I didn’t hear. Charley had a nice conversation with one of the guys on the Board of Directors of the NRA, Tom King. Nice guy. Naturally, even though I took my camera, I completely forgot to take any pictures. Just as well I suppose, since I couldn’t tell ya who any of the folks were in it, right?
As I said, it was really too loud, and kind of crowded, so we didn’t stay long. We moseyed along to see where we could have dinner. Personally, I wasn’t hungry, but hey, they were. Reckon that KFC didn’t do it for them, eh? There was a food court right down from the fancy places with a Wendy’s, Subway…the usual stuff you find at a food court at most malls. There was also a Stone Cold Creamery. Heh. They headed for Wendy’s, I head for the hard stuff. Ok, I needed that like a hole in the head, but it was ice cream fer cryin’ out loud. And not just any ol’ ice cream. I couldn’t finish it, but it was gooooood stuff!
We hailed another cab. Let me ask you…if you’re going to be a cab driver, wouldn’t it be a REAL good idea to know the town? sigh…. We don’t even live here, and we had to give HIM directions? Needless to say, his tip was a little on the small side. We are now happily relaxing back in our motel room.
I’ve decided not to do a live blog thing tomorrow at the Forum. I’ll take notes, but the thought of lugging this contraption around with me tomorrow is a bit daunting.
Well, I’m ready. The Mr is ready. Guess who is NOT ready!
You got it! The infernal teenager!
So much for leaving at 10. Looking to 10:30 now.
…..to waste a few minutes of your time!
Not sayin’ what my score is….yet!
Courtesy of brother in law Tom.
Update! I’m 66% Southern. Proof positive I lived too long in Wisconsin!
Did you know it was the Romans who renamed Israel? They called it Palastina. Their contempt for the Jews was so great, they even took away the name of their land. It is past time for it to be returned, in full.
The Iraqi parliament is angry over reports that an organization in the capital has been sending Iraqi children for medical treatment in Israel.
A parliament statement confirmed reports about this enterprise, even though government sources previously said it was untrue, according to Al-Jazeera.
The statement, released by the parliament’s Health and Environment Committee, said the activities of this organization, which is operating out of Baghdad’s Green Zone, was harmful both to the Iraqi people and to the government, since there are no diplomatic relations with Israel at any level, and this practice is a violation of the Arab League’s boycott policy of Israel.
Iraq just lost all my hopes and support! I would think the health and well being of the people is more important than an irrational hatred. I thought wrong. They can all blow themselves up, as far as I’m concerned.
State lawmakers fought Wednesday to save a $15 million tax break for family businesses, but the cost could be hundreds of state jobs.
Tennessee is already preparing to offer voluntary buyouts to 2,000 state employees, in a move that could trim $63 million from the budget. It would need to eliminate another 500 jobs to save $15 million more.
Let’s see, which is the priority….family owned business, or state employees feeding at the public trough?? Hmmm…. I’ll take door number two, for 15 mil, Monte!
A rocket attack from Gaza at the heart of a major Israeli city, occurring just as President Bush launched a three-day visit to celebrate the Jewish state’s 60th anniversary, may signify a major escalation in the intensifying regional confrontation between pro-American countries and Iranian-backed Islamist forces.
Uh…just how many pro-American countries are there in that region? My guess would be….one.
Similar U.K. and U.S. studies on the use of anti-psychotics on children are raising questions about whether youth from both countries are being over-treated.
The U.K. study, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, showed a 75 percent increase in the amount of children being prescribed anti-psychotics over a 13-year span. In a similar American study using statistics from 1996-2001, the amount of children prescribed anti-psychotics increased 95 percent.
They could have saved a lot money, and asked me. The answer is definitely …….YES! Parents and teachers don’t want kids to act like kids, so they drug them. The end results are not pretty. There are some kids who do need chemical treatment, but not all! They aren’t psychotic…..they’re KIDS!
Texas, calling a polygamist sect an abusive environment, is poised to tell its mothers they will lose their children unless they distance themselves from portions of their religion.
Some lawyers believe this could mean women would never be able to return to the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado and would have to choose between some of their beliefs and their children.
When a lot of their “beliefs” have no basis in the Bible, I’d say this is probably a good idea.
An HIV-positive man convicted of spitting into the eye and mouth of a Dallas police officer has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Because a jury found that Willie Campbell used his saliva as a deadly weapon, the 42-year-old will have to serve half his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. He was sentenced Wednesday.
Seems kind of extreme to me, but ok. He’d probably have gotten less time if he had shot someone.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said on Thursday he believes the Iraq war can be won within four years, leaving a functioning democracy there and allowing most U.S. troops to come home.
Better get the big bombs ready, cuz the way I see it, the only way to have a full fledged win is to scrap ‘em and start over.
County Mayor A C Wharton unveiled a balanced budget on Wednesday that will not require a property tax increase next year, but will include about $12 million in cuts, layoffs and no salary increase for employees.
“The commission said no tax increase, see if you can do it by way of cuts and we honored that request,” Wharton said. “It’s up to the 13 members of the commission to see if they wish to adopt what we’re proposing. I hope they will.”
Memphis is in Shelby County. The mayor of Memphis wants to raise taxes an astronomical amount. If the County freezes, and the city raises, which one trumps? I’m a little confused.
Even though polar bears have more than doubled in number in recent decades, the federal government has decided to list the bears as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The listing means the government believes the polar bear population is in danger of diminishing to such a small number in the foreseeable future that it could be in danger of extinction.
So, the number of the cute big bears has doubled, but some moron in the gubmint watches that little film full of lies, and they cave to the BS? That just more than pathetic! We should be ashamed that we have allowed these people to run rough shod over this country, and it’s people!
President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday warned Colombia not to allow a U.S. military base on its border with Venezuela, saying he would consider such an act an “aggression.”
Chavez said he would not permit Colombia’s U.S.-backed government to establish an American military base in La Guajira, a region spanning northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela.
So, what’s the little bully going to do? Take away even more rights from his people to protest? It’s not an act aggression ya little pissant. It’s called self defense from tyrants……like YOU!
Lebanon’s governing coalition has formally reversed two decisions that had provoked the militant group Hezbollah, bringing the country a step closer to resolving a week-old political crisis that triggered the worst factional violence here since the nation’s 15-year civil war.
The announcement Wednesday night came after a day of intensive meetings between Lebanese leaders and an Arab diplomatic delegation led by the foreign minister of Qatar. Rescinding the decisions was a victory for Hezbollah, the Shiite group backed by Syria and Iran that has been trying to wrest more political power from the government. After it was announced, shortly after 11 p.m., loud bursts of celebratory gunfire echoed across the city for almost an hour from Beirut’s southern suburb, Hezbollah’s stronghold.
Caving into terrorists? Not a smart move. And why do terrorists have a “stronghold”? Why doesn’t the Lebanese military bomb it into oblivion?
5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.