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Archive for 2 December 2008
Welp, I broke down and went to the casino. Why? Cuz it was there, I was here, it was close. About 2 miles away. I also partook in the buffet for $12.99, which, under normal circumstances, I would say was really reasonable these days. At most casinos, the evening buffet is typically about $20. Less, but you get the idea. Now I know why it was so cheap. BLECH!
First off, there was no one there. That should have been my first clue. I have NO idea how long that food had been sitting there, but I think you could have made a nice pair of boots out of the rolls. Probably would have lasted quite a while too. The sweet tea….wasn’t. And is putting jalapanos in dirty rice normal? It was a first for me. Good thing I brought the Maalox!
I wandered down into the casino, found one of my favorite machines, popped in a 50 and took out $250. Not bad, eh? Well, I switched around a bit, and finally found my most favorite type machine, Double Triple Cherry $1 machine. I still have $150 at this time, went down, went over $200, and finally decided to toss in the towel while I was still $50 up. So, all in all, it wasn’t a total loss.
I got back to the motel, only to discover neither of the keys I had would work a second time. Joy. My room is waaaaaaaaaay back in the corner, and the office looks like it’s about a 1/4 mile away. It might not be that far, but since it’s a tad nippy, it felt that way. Seriously, it was quite a walk. I asked the lady behind the desk if this was typical for her keys. She proceeded to explain to me that cell phones will cause static and will render the keys useless. At this point, I didn’t want to bother telling her I didn’t have my cell phone with me. Got my keys, was walking back, when this guy pops out of his room. I think we BOTH had a heart attack! Scared us both.
Needless to say, I survived, he survived, no paramedics were called. We both laughed after we could breathe again. I am now happily ensconced in my room, in my jammies, bunny slippers on the tootsies!
Evidently, I made it to Vicksburg in one piece. No major hassles, very little traffic, and a cop parked about every five miles or so. From right outside of Dallas, and all across the state of Louisiana, state Troopers were out in force. I only saw one with someone pulled over, but there were a bunch of them at what looked like had been a pretty nasty wreck that had already been cleaned up. You could tell there was fire involved, but I never heard anything about it on the radio, so hopefully, no one was seriously injured.
The best part? No one tried to run over me! Whoo hoo!
Now, I’m contemplating either passing out, being a total vegetable and watching the idjit box, or wandering over to the casino to see if I can lose what little money I have left from this trip. I’m even thinking about food for the first time in a week, but I’m not too sure I could handle the buffet scenario. Where’s the vending machine? There’s a Waffle House right next door. Hmmm… Naw….not floating the sick boat either. Dang. What I would LOVE to have is some of those great peaches they have in Israel. Odds are, no one will bring me any.
I also keep losing my internet connection. This is suppose to be a wireless, and a wired room. Well, with no place to plug in the cord thiny, I’d say that’s not an option. Well, there is a place that WAS suppose to be where ya plugged in, but the socket whatsit is all off kilter, so I wouldn’t even want to try.
Well, I’m sure I’ll think of something to entertain myself this evening.
I got so disgusted hearing about ‘smelly tourists’ all afternoon, if Reid had been in the car with me, I would have opened the door, and sent him flying! At 72 MPH!
Y’know, I use to LOVE to travel. I use to love to drive…..go places, see new things, etc. Even going on a short road trip use to be a lot of fun. Now? Dang! I might as well hang up my keys. I’d really rather twitch my nose and get from point A to Point B, but since that’s not gonna happen, I suppose I’ll have to load up my suitcase, slap it in the back end, hop….crawl….into my little PT and hold on for dear life!
This old age business seriously sucks! I’m getting too crotchety to put up with nonsense drivers. Pick a lane….stay in it! No, I’m NOT going to do Mach 10 so you can get past me while I’m passing a ginormous semi. If you don’t want a kiss, why are you riding up my hind end? BACK OFF!
Jiminy Crickets! Don’t they teach driver’s ed anymore?
So, off I go. Next stop, Vicksburg, MS. I’m avoiding Arkansas like the plague!
Mr. Holder’s supporters portray him as having been a relatively uninvolved bystander caught in a Clinton-era controversy, the remarkable granting of a last-minute pardon by President Bill Clinton to a fugitive from justice. But interviews and an examination of Congressional records show that Mr. Holder, who at the time of the pardon was the deputy attorney general, was more deeply involved in the Rich pardon than his supporters acknowledge.
When it comes to lawyers, I have that whole dog and flea scenario in mind. No, I don’t think all lawyers are criminals just cuz they hang out with them a LOT. But ya know, so many politicians are lawyers…. and you know there are always shady dealings going on, so….
The security forces claimed that only ten militants – nine of whom were killed and one caught alive – were behind the coordinated attacks that claimed nearly 200 lives. Rakesh Maria, a joint commissioner of police, said: “Their plan was just to cause maximum damage and return with hostages protecting themselves.”
However, a hijacked Indian fishing boat used by the gunmen had equipment for 15 men on board when it was discovered adrift – suggesting that several gunmen could still be at large.
It’s also possible they have been able to sneak back to Pakistan like the low life cowards that they are!
Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday he was willing to face “overwhelmingly negative” public outcry and push for former Gov. George Ryan’s early release from prison because of the plea of one woman: Ryan’s wife Lura Lynn.
“Oh my goodness,” Lura Lynn Ryan said after learning the news from the Sun-Times. “God bless his heart.”
Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said it was “a human motive” — Lura Lynn Ryan’s personal pleas to him — that pushed him to ask President Bush to commute Ryan’s sentence. Ryan has served one year of his 6½-year sentence.
If people had truly wanted “change”, why did the re-elect the slimes that have their hind ends so firmly planted in D.C.? Contrary to what so many seem to believe, it’s Congress that has to push for any serious changes. The President doesn’t have as much power as so many have been led to believe.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday that the nation’s economic weakness will persist for some time, even if the government’s efforts to boost lending help restore the credit markets to normal.
The economy “will probably remain weak for a time,” even if the credit crisis eases, Bernanke said Monday in a speech in Austin. While the Fed can’t push interest rates below zero, “the second arrow in the Federal Reserve’s quiver — the provision of liquidity — remains effective,” he said.
So, does this mean our house payment will go down? Oh hell no! Yours either. Zero? Criminy! Why don’t they quit tinkering?!?! The fat cats will be able to make HUGE loans with zero percent interest….that does NOT mean us little people will have the same opportunity. Pfft! All the while, they are handing over OUR money.
Dire economic conditions are forcing a record number of Tennesseans to use food stamps.
The trend mirrors what’s happening across the nation, where the number of Americans on food stamps is expected to soon exceed 30 million — higher than the record set after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. During that disaster, some 28 million Americans sought food stamp relief.
This year in Tennessee, the number of households on food stamps rose 9.5 percent from January to October, and state officials have no doubt that the economy, gas prices and rising food costs are to blame.
Rising food prices are connected to the rising gas prices. Since a gallon of gas has dropped fairly dramatically, wouldn’t food prices drop too? You’d like to think so, but that isn’t the way it seems to work. I won’t even mention the fact that putting food in the gas tank is a REALLY stupid idea!
The National Weather Service in Sullivan is predicting another 2 to 4 inches of snow for the Milwaukee area tomorrow but the bigger talk might be the frigid temperatures arriving by Thursday night.
Milwaukee could get down to 11 degrees and the rural areas to the west could drop to single digits.
The normal high for today is 38 degrees, but “we will be hard pressed to get above freezing,” meteorologist Chris Kuhlman said.
It could be worse, though. Milwaukee’s coldest Dec. 2 was in 1871 when temperatures dropped to -8 degrees, according to Kuhlman.
A HUGE thanks, and I love you to the Mr…..for having enough sense to get me out of the tundra! Yes, it does get cold in Tennessee too, but it never lasts as long as Wisconsin. And for that, I’m truly grateful! HEY….Boracle! What happened to that ‘global warming’???? OH, I forgot. It’s been reclassified to “climate change”. Yeah…it’s called….SEASONS!
The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study being briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden. It suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to counter and prepare for germ warfare by terrorists.
“Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing,” states the report, obtained by The Associated Press. It is scheduled to be publicly released Wednesday.
The commission is also encouraging the new White House to appoint one official on the National Security Council to exclusively coordinate US intelligence and foreign policy on combating the spread of nuclear and biological weapons.
Hopefully, either we’ll have a much stronger military type president, or BO will actually start facing reality and come to grips that being nice to these animals will NOT make them our friends.
A special Iraqi court has sentenced Saddam Hussein’s cousin “Chemical Ali” al-Majid to death for his role in the 1991 suppression of a Shiite uprising.
Former Baath party official Abdul-Ghani Abdul-Ghafur also received a death sentence Tuesday at the end of the trial that began in August 2007. He shouted “down with the Persian-U.S. occupation” as the sentence was read.
Four defendants received life sentences, six face 15-year sentences and three were acquitted.
Chemical Ali is already under death sentence for the crackdown on Kurds in northern Iraq in the late 1980s.
Is it possible to hang someone twice?
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.