...the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Geo. Washington Feb. 22, 1732
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert Kennedy, South Africa 1966.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
At least the pop corn (small) was tasty. I sat there and waited to be entertained and I could see no reason to stay. David Letterman kept saying it was funny. I wonder how much they paid him to say that. It dragged. The humor that was sophomoric and the acting was really poor.
I was more entertained at Physical Therapy (and my arm was hurting) and had a better time there.
Roger Ebert's Review here.
Jon's comment, "I hate to say it, but what do you expect from Cameron Diaz.?"
For about 30 years we would go to Minnesota for my mother's summer vacation. There is something magical and restorative about this lake. Just sitting there for those weeks would make the rest of the year much better. We would swim, go for drives, boat rides. I would fish with my uncle. In the evening we would go up to the Lodge and socialize and play cards. We made friends with the others who were there and all of us made plans to come back the next year at the same time. My mother's sister Fran and her husband were the ones who first discovered the lake (I think) and two of her other sisters and their husbands got property there. My Aunt Jo still has her cabin on the lake and is hoping to be able to go up this summer. She is having some health problems and needs to be here to "doctor." -
Hopefully they will find out what is going on with her and she will get over the dizziness and be able to go to the lake again. (Anybody who wants to send her some good thoughts is welcome to do so.)
The land behind the cabins and all around the area was deep forest and beautiful.
I miss going there. My sister misses going there. I guess that memories will have to do. What is the point of all of this post. Well days and nights have been mixed up because of the medicine I am on and this morning about 11:00 am. I took a nap and I had my warm blanket over me and I was dreaming that I was at the lake and I could see the bay stretched out before me and I jumped off the hill into the lake (you could not do that) and floated on my back. I could see my sister floating over on an inner tube with a paper plate with a couple of hot dogs on it. I yelled something to her and she said something about them being a Korn King Hot Dog and there were more in the fridge if I wanted one.
So I woke up from the nice floating sensation and went to the kitchen and fixed myself a cheddar bratwurst from Lew Wright Meats (just try em). Then I went on about my business. I suppose that I was thinking about Leech because Randy and Fay are going to the Cabin for the week-end.
Thanks for stopping by, Hugs.
The photos are stolen from the Web. All of my pictures are either in slides or in photos and are stored in the basement. Perhaps someday I will be able to digitize them and share them. And yes, there are leeches in the lake but they attach to fishes and not people or at least in 30+ years of swimming in the lake I never had one on me.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
To call Michelle Bachmann a flake is an insult to the fine folks at Kelloggs.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I am not sure I know what to do about the camera in the phone. I don't like that it is not sharp. Perhaps I shall have to learn how to hold it. Any way you can see by his smile that he is a really nice guy. I know it is doing some good. We scheduled for a a couple of weeks more. While doing that I discovered that a week from today is the 4th of July.
I am still coughing and hacking and the steroid I am taking kept me awake all night last night. I could not go to sleep so I read. I finished my book at 5:00 AM and finally went to sleep and slept until 9:00.
The book I was reading was Michael Connelly's The Fifth Witness.
I had watched the movie "The Lincoln Lawyer" about defense attorney Mickey Haller who ran his business out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town car the other day so when I saw this one and it said that it had the same character I decided to pick it up and read it.
I read a lot. I never eat alone, I have the book open in front of me when I eat, which sometimes causes a spot of Ketchup on the page but since it is my book I guess I can. I also carry my book with me everywhere.
The book was a good read. You can read a synopsis if you clink on the link above. I like the way Connelly drew us into the story by making us care about his characters and the story was very timely as it involves the mortgage crises with so many losing their homes. (I can't remember when I have seen so many For Sale signs around as I have lately) He also brought the movie I had watched into his narrative and that was fun. Nice twist at the end with a promise of another book with this character.
The book I read just previously to that was David Baldacci's The 6th Man. Again this was a good read. I like Baldacci's books and have been a fan since Absolute Power.
The concept of this book was actually kind of frightening. I am not a fan of government conspiracy and the way they manipulate people and a lot of people get killed in the book. But the writing was good and it kept my interest. I will continue to be a Baldacci fan. And also a nice twist at the end that I did not see coming. I like reading books and when I am finished with them I share them.
I also went to the grocery store and bought a nice porterhouse steak for supper and some fruit and a head of lettuce and yogurt and some fruit and some Lean Cuisine. I threw out a lot of things that were in the refrigerator. I gave a bag of Doritos to my contractor who came over to help me with a problem I am having with my Insurance Company (another story). I have decided that I need to stop eating chips, and potatoes and other things which are not good for me. This is all because they made me get weighed at the Doctor's Office and I really did not like the number and I can no longer fit into my suit and I just need to get it under control. So we shall see if I can do it. When I first started teaching I got my waist size down to 38 and I was right at 200 ponds. I had always been heavy. I liked myself better then. I need to do it again or the ashes that are left won't fit in the coffee can.
Mini rant.. Why do celebrities on a show applaud themselves. Jimmy Fallon does it (I have stopped watching him) and Shia LaBeouf sat there clapping his hands frantically when the interview was over. It just turns me off. And the map on the wall behind Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (the one of Europe and Asia) looks like some sort of giant insect monster. Disconcerting.
He thanks for stopping by. It feels good to write something again. Hope you don't mind that I babbled on. Hugs, j
Monday, June 27, 2011
Mother Jones on the outlandish statements of Michelle Bachmann
"She's a real pain in the ass." Former state senator Dean Johnson, who was the Republican minority leader during Bachmann's stint in St. Paul, has said, "I don't think I ever served with anybody who I mistrusted more, from either side of the aisle."
Donald Kaul's favorite Fourth of July Speech
"To him ( the American slave), your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymn, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
Mr Reagan's taxes... over at Memo to House Republicans.
it’s not really surprising that the GOP has no idea what went on during Reagan’s term. After all, House Republicans scoffed and rolled their eyes when presented with the fact that taxes were higher under Reagan than they are under Obama.
Jon stopped over to update me on his phone. For some reason the volume control stopped working. So I sent him down to Sprint to see what could be done. I had taken out an insurance policy on his phone and fortunately that kicked in. He called after going to Sprint to tell me that he found out I was eligible for an upgrade if I got it before the end of the month. So now I haz a new phone..the pictures of Miles were taken with it and with the Samsung Pad which I also got.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
It’s not enough to understand how everybody in the room thinks. You have to decide which ones in the room are right, and stand with them. A leader is not a mediator or an umpire or a convener or a facilitator.
Read the entire article here Why Is He Bi (Sigh)
Saturday, June 25, 2011
clicking on this link
The Symposium began with the Scottish Rite Flag Lecture given by John Clearman
Friday, June 24, 2011
Fair warning - Puns ahead!
John Deere's manure spreader is the only equipment the company won't stand behind.
The best lawyer story of all time . . . bar none.
The United Way realized that it had never received a donation
from the city's most successful lawyer. So a United Way volunteer paid
the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.
The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, 'Our research
shows that even though your annual income is over two million dollars,
you don't give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something
back to your community through the United Way ?'
The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, 'First, did your
research also show you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness
and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?'
Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbles, 'Uh . . . no, I
didn't know that.'
'Secondly,' says the lawyer, 'did it show that my brother,
a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable
to support his wife and six children?'
The stricken United Way rep begins to stammer an apology,
but is cut off again.
'Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's
husband died in dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage
and three children, one of whom is disabled and another that has learning
disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?'
The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, says, 'I'm
so sorry, I had no idea.'
And the lawyer says, 'So . . . if I didn't give any money
to them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?
We are about to enter the BBQ season.
Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity.
When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:
(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - drink in hand.
(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.
Here comes the important part:
(5) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL
(6) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another drink while he flips the meat.
(8) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.
(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauce and brings them to the table.
(10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
And most important of all:
(11) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
One day it ate two shuttlecocks.
When the owner found out, he said "bad Minton!"
"It's a lemon entry, my dear Watson."
“That’s serious” says the doctor. “You've heard that some wrestlers get cauliflower ears?”
“Yes” says the man seriously.
“Well” says the doctor “You’ve got brothel sprouts.”
A panda walks into a deli and orders a sandwich. He eats, pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter dead. As the panda gets up to go, the manager shouts, "Hey! You just shot my waiter and you didn't pay!" The panda yells "Hey man, I'm a PANDA! Look it up!" The manager looks it up and the definition is: "A tree dwelling marsupial of Asian origin with distinct black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves."
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The above is a great little song when you are thinking about politicians. They all are great at doing a sidestep. Mr. Obama in particular. His "evolving" on marriage equality and saying that it is something that needs to decided by the states is just plain and simple a cop out. Marriage is not something that can or should be decided by the states or by religious bigots. There are real benefits for those folks who want to be married including the rights of survivor ship and the ability to be with your loved one as they lay dying. The horror stories that I have read about people who have been in long term committed relationships and yet were not allowed to be with their partner as they needed them most when they were dying and needed the comfort of the person they loved the most need to be addressed.
Just today I read of a man who's partner had died and he wrote up the obituary for the newspaper. All reference to him was edited out by the paper. They had been together in a loving committed relationship for 17 years and the newspaper because of its bigoted attitudes was allowed to stick the knife in the open wound and twist it.
Mr. President you are doing a little sidestep. And it shows when you talk about it on your face. You can't take care of this problem state by state any more than it could be done state by state when blacks and whites were finally allowed to marry. Some rights are too important to be voted on or to be denied because bigots fight against it. Most of those against it are against marriage equality because they cannot understand how two people of the same sex can love each other. Well they can. My friends here in Ames who married when the Judges of the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously and courageously said it was a constitutional right for them to marry. They have a right to be married in Iowa and I for one am proud to live in a state that recognizes that.
There are some rights that are just fundamental and right and should not be left up to the states. Mr. Obama's position is probably due to an "ick" factor within him that was put there when he was a youngster. He does need to evolve. He needs to evolve out of a bigoted stance on this issue and recognize that this is a large enough issue that it needs to be a national right not something handed out piecemeal state to state. Stop the side-stepping and step up to the plate.. But then I guess I knew what kind of a president you would be when you invited Rick Warren to pray at your inauguration. I will probably vote for you next time but that is because the alternative is too awful to contemplate. But I would switch to someone else with more courage if it were practical (as long as they weren't Republithug)
Report from Facebook
When Jim from RRP arrived on site this morning, here is what he said: "When I got to the location, one was on the house, one was on the power pole and the third was on the concrete by the tout raceways at the hatchery." Jim also said, "The one on the ground took flight and landed on the house".
Theresa sent me this.
I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.
I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.
I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.
So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.
So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
My friend John sent me this so that credit can be given where credit is due.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
What magazine you reading?” I showed him. He read the cover, “Beyond Prisons: 23 Million People Behind Bars. How To Stop Wasting Lives and Money.” He raised an eyebrow.“You got a prison boyfriend, girl?” he asked in concern.“No!” I said startled.“Good. Because trust me, it never works out.” He nodded wisely. “It never works out.”
Jon got a chew thing for Miles. He says it is a horses hoof. He did not get one for Bailey. So we had a game of Gimmie going on. Miles chews for awhile while Bailey barks at it. Then sometimes Bailey steals it and Miles stands over him and barks until he can steal it then Bailey.. well you get the picture. Makes it hard to concentrate on what you are doing.
The shot helped my arm and I have more comfort. There are other things so I will see my Dr. on Thursday again. I certainly am getting my value from Medicare. Have a good Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
|Dr. Thomas Greenwald|
He and I also talked about Roosevelt School where his kids went to school and where I taught for several years. He mentioned friends of mine who had taught there. He told me where he lived and I knew the place as I have driven by it many many times and taken pictures of his (or rather his wife's) beautiful flowers and landscaping. It was neat that he would tell me that. Usually Doctors are more private. He actually suggested I could stop by for coffee. I 'll bet he'd be surprised as hell if I actually took him up on it.
Anyway that is where we are now. I am having my hairscut, lunch with my sister and going to the grocery store and then I will probably exercise and take a nap.