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Archive for 22 December 2008
I now remember why I only had one kid. Well, there is another reason, but I mean BEFORE that reason came up.
The Mr and I went to pick up Short Person around noon. Well, we were suppose to pick her up, but her being her mother’s daughter, she wasn’t ready. So, we had to wait. Naturally.
After picking up lunch from Sonic, we came back to the motel room, hoping for a nice quite afternoon. Pfft! Paleeez! A ten year old, stuck in a motel room with two old fogies? Yeah, it’s been a real interesting day. We were going to play Life, but she left the ‘money’ at someone else’s house, and that kind of shot that idea down. So, she watched cartoons for a while, and I took a nap. Shoot, I passed out on the couch, truth be told.
She did bring some movies with her, so we watched Sky High. While the Mr and I were watching a couple of Law & Order reruns, SP was downstairs helping out the desk clerk. I thought she had gone down to see what DVDs they had, instead, when I called down there, I was told she was assisting getting guests checked in, helping with luggage and a variety of other things. Good grief.
I thought it prudent for SP to leave the poor girl in peace, so she brought a movie. It was Chicken Little. Jiminy Crickets. Now THAT is one strange movie. I had seen it before, but I had forgotten how unusual it was, especially for a kid’s movie.
Evidently, the Mr and I aren’t entertaining enough for a ‘tween, because she is, once more, downstairs, giving the girl a ‘card’ she made for her.
Is it time for her to go to bed yet? And just think…..we get to spend all day tomorrow with her too.
One plus though….we’ll at least be doing something beside sitting around here. The three of us will be heading to the Dallas Museum of Art for the Tutankhaman and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Yep! Should be interesting.
Ya know, I love this kid. A LOT. But there is a reason why women stop having babies after a certain age. Cuz we just don’t have the energy for ‘em!
I’m now being told “I don’t sleep on the couch”! Uh…..sorry! Yes……you…….DO!
The Dumbing Down of Academe
by Burt Prelutsky
Just when you think the folks on the left can’t get any goofier, they go and surpass themselves. If silliness were an Olympic event, these lunkheads could be counted on to bring home the gold. The fool’s gold, that is.
Actually, they could probably excel in the sprints, seeing as how they’re not weighed down with a whole lot of common sense. In case you haven’t gotten the word, the religious left, as I like to think of them, seeing as how they live their lives by a certain dogma, have now determined that poor people are terribly under-represented on America’s college campuses. It was, I suppose, only a matter of time. After all, if no institute of higher education can justify its existence unless its student population is composed of X-percent of women, Hispanics, blacks, gays and the physically handicapped, some Democrat was bound to notice that there still remained an untapped source of future votes; namely, poor, young whites.
Diversity in the student body is the catch phrase. But, as you may have noticed, there is no parallel diversity along the faculties. In the humanities departments of most American colleges, professors run the gamut from liberal to radical. Given a choice between Ahmadinejad and a Republican, a large majority would vote for the little schmuck in the windbreaker.
A defiant Blagojevich has vowed to fight the charges. But the cozy nature of Illinois politics and the state’s infamous record of corruption in both political parties suggest that Operation Board Games is far from over.
“We have a lot of information gained from a number of interviews and investigation over the years,” Fitzgerald told reporters Dec. 9. “This is a moment of truth for Illinois. We have times when people decry corruption, and yet here we have a situation where there appear to be wide-ranging schemes where people are seeking to make people pay contributions to get contracts or appointments or do other stuff.”
If there is a lot more information to be gathered, just why is this so public? Who leaked? Cuz, if ya ask me, that leaker should be prosecuted!
More than 330,000 people have applied for top jobs in the Obama administration so far, in an unprecedented outpouring of interest spurred by excitement surrounding Barack Obama’s election, according to independent groups that monitor presidential transitions.
“President-elect Obama said he wanted to make government cool again,” said Max Stier, president of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. “We are seeing a massive response.”
Cool? That word pops out there, doesn’t it. Isn’t it the ‘cool’ mom’s that let their kids and their friends drink and smoke dope with her? Honestly, I’m thinking a large chunk of those 330,000 are just looking for a free ride, at the taxpayers expense. I could be wrong though.
For years, caravans of immigrants have jammed southwest border crossings while returning to Mexico and Central America for a holiday vacation, their cars and trucks crammed with gifts for their extended families.
But this year, the U.S. economic meltdown has cut into this festive holiday odyssey as fewer immigrants can afford to make the long trip. And mixed in with those who manage to go home for seasonal visits are a number — as yet unknown to demographers — of immigrants who have decided to return permanently.
Legals welcome to return. Illegals……STAY HOME!
Israel faces a new enemy pact as Venezuelan aircraft ships Iranian missile parts to Syria in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa. Both countries are rich in oil and have signed more than two dozen agreements the past several months.
The missile parts include computers and engine components that are listed in a 2006 U.N. Security Council resolution concerning Iran’s missile program. The resolution calls on all countries to “prevent the supply, sale or transfer” of any substance for making or developing weapons that can be equipped with a nuclear warhead.
Oh paleeez! The only countries that take the U.N. seriously are the ones who have nothing. And even they don’t much give a flip what the Numnuts have to say. Ahmadinnerjacket should have been taken out a long time ago, and it might be a real good idea if Venezuela got themselves a read good sniper.
“Every year the stresses of the holiday season send women and children fleeing for safety,” said Paige Flink, Executive Director of Family Place in Dallas. “But this year, the financial pressures of the holiday season are compounded by the weakened economy. This is a recipe for disaster and I’m afraid we will see more tragic stories on the news if we don’t prepare women today.”
I cannot express how much this kind of crap pisses me off! These aren’t men, they are little boys playing at being all grown up, and they fail miserably. REAL men do not hit women! I don’t care if you’ve got stress at work, or if you lost your job. Your wife/girlfriend or children are NOT the cause of your problems! And put that damn bottle down! Getting drunk, acting like an asshole doesn’t make you cool. You’re wasting money and energy on trying to escape from reality, but that reality is still going to be there. Be a big boy and deal with it! Your wife/girlfriend is you helpmate, and will stand by your side. Don’t be an ass and destroy that!
However, lawmakers first must write a bill that, in legislative terms, doesn’t become the year’s biggest Christmas tree, festooned with billions for pet projects and special-interest ornaments that are pleasing politically but not necessarily what the economy needs right now.
One example: On Friday, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums issued a news release calling for “shovel-ready zoo and aquarium infrastructure projects to be eligible for federal stimulus funding.”
“This is close to unprecedented for our lifetimes because of the amounts we’re talking about here,” said Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research center. “It’s very tricky business. It’s tricky because you have to get around this temptation that members (of Congress) have to see this as the never-ending Christmas tree. Or the never-ending bag of Santa’s toys.”
No more! NO MORE! Earmarks to shovel shit? I don’t think so! These absurd ‘stimulus packages’ do nothing more than get the salivating at the trough of the taxpayer, and it’s past time for a revolt against D.C. and their careless use of OUR money! Want to clean up the crap at the zoo? Hire some folks with shovels. Turn it into fertilizer, sell it, make money, pay for those with the shovels. Simple!
Two tombs dating back more than 4,000 years have been discovered in Egypt at Saqqara, south of Cairo.
The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, Dr Zahi Hawass, said the burial sites belonged to a pyramid builder and a singer.
Although archaeologists have been exploring Egypt intensively for more than 150 years, Dr Hawass believes only 30% of what lies beneath the ground has been uncovered.
Cool! And there’s video too!
Many of the proposed state cuts, like those in the long-delayed 2008-09 budget package approved in September, are likely to pull cash from county programs for health, welfare and crime fighting, local administrators say.
Like the state, California’s 58 counties are being inundated by the same financial tsunami that’s rolling across the nation. With the housing market plummeting to new lows and sales tax revenues skidding, there’s no money for public programs, even as the recession pushes up the demand for help.
It’s not that difficult! Cuz service for illegals, and you save a WHOLE lot of money. Cutting funding for ‘crime fighting’ is just down right ignorant!
The United Autoworkers Union, which had a total net worth of $1.2 billion in 2007, owns a $27 million resort and conference center that features a $6 million upscale golf course, according to financial statements on file with the U.S. Department of Labor.
The retreat, called the Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center, is located on Black Lake in Onaway, Mich. The union-owned retreat includes the Black Lake Golf Club, valued at $6 million according to the financial statement.
And they’re whining. Sell the damn place, and put that money BACK into the coffers of the union members. They paid for it after all! Yet having their own resort is a big priority, right? I wonder how many actual members make use of these facilities? Sorry grumps! I have NO sympathy for you union hacks!
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.