September 30, 2013

FOD

I have mixed feelings on whether or not I can honestly characterize what our congressional representatives did over the weekend as 'work', but they did vote on something and were certainly producing soundbites to the media.

What looms just hours from now is another government shutdown.

Who cares?

It isn't the first and it likely won't be the last, and, shutdown is the worst way to describe the situation.  People still get paid.  People still get aid.  People still have to pay the government.

The callous bitch in me wishes a true shutdown would occur.  Some liberal's head will explode at the thought of an anonymous little poor kid not getting their government cheese.  I will even acquiesce that there might be some death - of people ill-equipped to provide for themselves and (apparently) surrounded by people even more callous than me that wouldn't help them out if they had a true need.

On the flip side, how many would live and prosper if the government truly shut down?  If we got to keep our tax dollars and do what we want to do with all of the money we earn?

Liberals everywhere are going bat-shit crazy over the latest climate change report, one dork even tweeted that he is considering a vasectomy to leave a lighter carbon footprint - because humans must realize that their actions have upset the delicate balance of nature.  Okay, then why can't liberals understand that regulation and big government overreach have upset the delicate balance of human nature?

How serious is the threat of a shutdown?  To me, not much.  And, to the president, evidently not so much, either:
As the House moved Saturday toward passing legislation that will likely result in a government shutdown, President Obama excused himself to play his customary Saturday golf, a round that set a record for most golf outings in a year since he became president...

...It is perhaps emblematic of his declining influence on Capitol Hill that Obama chose not to work to affect the outcome of one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in years and instead engaged in his favorite recreational activity...

...Though the first year of a president’s second term is the most crucial for getting things done before lame duck status starts to set in, Obama as of Saturday has played golf golf 35 times in 2013, eclipsing the previous mark of 34 he set in 2011. And there’s still plenty of golf weather left in Washington. Meanwhile, he may well hit the links several times more once he gets to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday.

September 28, 2013

Campaigning for the opponent

I, somewhat begrudgingly, am a subscriber to Texas Monthly magazine.  I don't know if I have ever actually paid for it, as for the better part of two decades, the annual renewal is a Christmas gift from my mother.

I do enjoy some of the content.  The food and restaurant reviews and articles, especially the annual barbeque issue, have provided my family with bellies full of excellent food we might not otherwise have discovered.  The travel issues have served us well, adding to itineraries and providing information that non-Texas guides would not.

Unfortunately, anything related to politics, and the subjects that are framed by them (education, immigration, healthcare, etc), are covered in a very Austin-esque liberal light in the magazine.  I don't bother with the editorial content at all, and know to steer clear of most of the articles.

This week, the October issue of TM hit my mailbox, just as the news that Wendy Davis, liberal darling of Texas, was going to run for governor.  She hasn't officially announced it yet, but all of her people are confirming that it will happen and an announcement event is scheduled for next week.  Many people think that Ted Cruz's filibuster coverage was the impetus for the Davis leak.  I think it might have had something to do with the fact that liberal TM, which will certainly support Davis, and
...has a paid circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2,500,000 people each month—one out of seven Texas adults...
just published this gem of a cover:

September 27, 2013

NSFI (Not safe for idiots)

I have seen a few penises in my day.  Not hooker or urologist numbers, but a sizable sampling over the course of my years.  New ones, old ones, large and small, uncut and circumcised - a healthy representative group of male reproductive organs.

Not a single one, real, print, celluloid or silicone, looked like this:


One local woman is hot and bothered by those posts:
New traffic barriers, known as bollards, are causing some controversy in the Glendale section of Scott Township. It’s not the function, but the form.
“When you really look at all four close together, they look like male body parts, which I don’t think is appropriate,” says Glendale resident Pat Martin.

She raised the issue at Tuesday night’s township commission meeting.

“Everyone’s laughing about them,” she adds, “because of the way they’re put and what they resemble to people.”
Everyone is laughing but only Pat showed up at the commission meeting to raise the issue.

I am not sure how Pat gets through the day, if these simple columns send her mind to penis-land.  I don't suppose she eats bananas, sausage, or cucumbers, or puts her car into gear, or wears lipstick.  Really?  Does every generally column-shaped item in the world automatically earn a phallic designation?

September 26, 2013

The Abscence of Anything Good

I am, unfortunately, disgusted anew at the ignorant vitriol of black people.

There, I said it, I am a raaaaacist.

Last week when this photo hit my Twitter feed, I reacted thusly,"What a cutie, look at this sweet chubby-cheeked baby, kids."



And then, not being close friends with the Romneys, I moved on with my life, no more or no less affected by what is certainly a momentous occasion in the lives of all of those directly involved in providing a loving home, close family, and secure future to this baby boy.

Some black people on the internet took it a lot more personally than I did, as captured by the ladies over at Chicks on the Right:


People with that much hate in their hearts should be put out of their misery.

September 25, 2013

I do not like Obamacare, Sam I am

When I went to bed last night, Ted Cruz had been standing on the senate floor for nearly ten hours.  As I type this, he is still standing, speaking, imploring dimocrats that are fast asleep, to listen to the American people. 

While he will long be remembered for his late evening reading of "Green Eggs and Ham", what he should be remembered for is one simple statement that he made, that has been made repeatedly, about Obamacare.

Not a single Republican House member voted for it (and some 34 dims crossed party lines to vote against it with Republicans). 

Not a single American that voted to be represented by a Republican representative was advocated for in the passing of Obamacare.  That is not what a representative government is supposed to do.

Ted Cruz has the balls to stand up and speak for those who haven't been recognized by the House dimocrats.  That makes him my political hero. 

We joked spoke at Blownstar about getting matching Ted Cruz tattoos.  As there was something called 'Chatham Artillery Punch' involved, the Cruz tattoo location was identified and the Ted Cruz Tramp Stamp idea was cemented.

I think it is a fair trade, a little of my flesh by way of thanks to one of the few politicians that actually has some skin in the game, on my behalf.

September 24, 2013

Emoticons

Much has been said about how today's technology has changed communication.  Many of the changes, and the reasons for it, are apparent, with the most obvious casualties being letter writing and face-to-face conversations, with telephone conversation quickly bringing up the rear.

While we are quick to point to the ease and speed of texting, email and social media posts for the shift in communication patterns, more is lost than speech and human contact.  As Louis C.K. points out in the video below, valuable lessons are lost when we don't see the reactions and implications that our actions cause. While he uses the example of a child saying a hurtful thing, I believe that the opposite is also true.  When we declare affection or appreciation via text or email, we never get to see a face light up, an eye sparkle, a shift in posture as the receiver is pleased and proud to be recognized.

It shouldn't take a smiley face emoticon for someone to know that you have made them happy.


September 23, 2013

FOD

Golf Count: 34 YTD and 145 PTD

I spent the weekend with the brightest, most fiercely patriotic people that I know.  And we are all in agreement that we are screwed.  Our nation's government is broken, in ways that have never before been seen.  In ways that will take decades to attempt a fix.  In ways that may never be rectified.

The brightest and most patriotic people I know have little hope for the representative democracy that we should be governed by. 

And that makes me angry.

September 22, 2013

Going Home

Here I am sitting at the airport, waiting on my flight back home from a Blownstar weekend.  I like to partake of the free electricity and wi-fi that airports now provide.  It helps me think I am getting my money's worth for the pain in the ass that is commercial air travel.

So, even though my laptop and phone weren't in dire need of a charge, I plopped my butt down in one of the fancy chairs that Southwest provides, and got all plugged in.  This exercise on my New York trip was a little different, as those folks panted after an empty outlet like a dog in heat.  They would circle the charging station waiting for an open outlet, much like trying to park at the mall on Black Friday.

I don't have an analytical analysis of how post-9/11 regulations have changed the atmosphere and attitudes of travelers.  What I do notice is that people fall into a few categories - pissy and aloof, likely due to the TSA enema at the security checkpoint, friendly and outgoing, like people going on vacation or returning from a business trip should be, and the last major category...idiotic and annoying.

Like most other things in life, it is the stupid people that leave the most marked impression.  Maybe it is the sheer number of them.  And, the thing is, you can usually see them coming a mile away, and they tend to end up wherever you go, like some strange version of Murphy's law.

For instance, the douchebag driver that stopped dead in front of me, perpendicular to her traffic lane, as she realized at the last second that she needed to turn left from the middle lane, is the same woman that ended up sitting across from me on the rental car shuttle bus, admonishing her daughter to save a bottle of water for the plane ride.  Then, you guessed it, as everyone knows, you can't go through security with a liter of liquid, so she held up the line, while arguing with the TSA agent and making her daughter drink the water (which is what she wanted to do 15 minutes prior but wasn't allowed to) rather than waste it.

Gah!  I am fairly certain they are on another airline, but, with my travel luck, I wouldn't be surprised if they ended up on my flight, in my row, annoying me all the way home.

I suppose my predisposition to grumpiness is due to my departure from one of my favorite places to be, and my favorite people to be with (next to my family).  I am rather melancholy at this departure, for some reason it felt like a permanent farewell of sorts, rather than the spoken, "Can't wait until next year."  I will blame my unusual sadness on lack of sleep, liver recovery time, and the unpredictable hormones of advancing age.  Whatever it is, I was exceptionally sad to say goodbye this time, and hope that we all meet again soon.

September 20, 2013

Blownstar Bound

Each year right before Blownstar, no matter when it is, I have the crappiest week, which just proves how much I am deserving of a little vacation from life's harsh realities.  It has become such a distinct occurrence that I wonder if I am somehow manipulating things to make life stressful, to justify the bacchanalia that is Blownstar. 

I can't wait to put my feet up, hoist a Shiner, and catch up with some of my favorite people.  Some of you will be sorely missed this weekend!

September 19, 2013

Doogie's friend

Our kitchen television at my office is locked on Fox News, so throughout the day when getting a drink or eating lunch, I stay up-to-date on the latest events.  This evening as I walked through, I saw that someone had scored an interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.  I stood there thinking that there was something about the guy, something familiar.  He speaks English quite well, though he has one of those pinched little mouths and a bit of a speech impediment (or, I guess it could just be that our words are hard for him to say and it makes it sound lispy).   He is well-dressed and well-spoken, regardless of whether he may, or may not be, a child-gassing homicidal maniac.

I finally figured out the familiarity.  He looks like Doogie Howser's best friend, all grown up:
 
Max Casella
Bashar al-Assad

 Forget Kerry, Obama, Putin or the U.N.  Send Neil Patrick Harris to Syria to get this thing worked out.

September 18, 2013

You can't make this stuff up

Movie-house owners -- as well as disability advocates -- are anxiously awaiting the release of an Obama administration proposal that would require theaters to install expensive technology so deaf and blind patrons can enjoy their films.
You read that right...movie theaters may have to accommodate DEAF and BLIND patrons.
The proposal started within the Justice Department’s civil rights division in 2010 and now appears to be getting a White House review, with the final proposal expected to be made public in the coming weeks. The new policy would call for closed-captioning and audio narration technology to be installed, in a change supporters argue will give Americans with disabilities the same quality of experience as other movie-goers. 
If you think movie theater popcorn is expensive now, wait until theaters have to shell out $70k per screen for these changes. 
Seriously, how many DEAF and BLIND people are going to the movies?  How many really want to?  I mean, is this even a thing?  Is there a group of hearing or sight-impaired people that feel like the one thing missing in their life is going to the movie theater?  
Heck, come over to my house.  I will dial up the latest movie available On Demand, and tell you what is going on, or turn on the subtitles for you.  We'll dim the lights and crank up the sound.  I will sprinkle something sticky on the floor for a more realistic experience.  I will even have my kids sit behind the couch and kick it every few minutes.  
No offense to blind people, but how would they ever know that they were actually in front of a screen showing the movie?  Someone could make an $8 soundtrack go really far.

September 17, 2013

Blame where due

It's going to be a real toss up, on which direction this blame thing goes.
PTSD

Disgruntled worker 

Violent video games

Gun owner
 Why can we never be satisfied with the fact that some people, all on their own, are mentally ill.  Their actions, their habits, their hobbies, just like everyone else in the world, are a reflection of their personality.  When their personality lends itself to violence, it doesn't have to be anyone or anything else's fault.

I choose to take the same course as so many tried to do after the Colorado movie theater shootings.  My thoughts are with the victims and their families.  The piece of shit that harmed them doesn't deserve another thought.

September 16, 2013

FOD

Today's FOD isn't anything new or different, but it is familiar.  This Heritage Foundation video features the man who is entrusted with the care of my husband and oldest son:

September 15, 2013

Media burnout

Is there any reputable news source remaining in this world?  All of the information the media puts out is so filtered, biased, and nuanced to the nth degree.  Picking through it makes my head hurt.

I actually sat here and read a story this morning that discredited itself on every point.  There were several sentences of 'story' followed by a quote that denied the gist of the previous text.  Over and over.

If sources won't confirm, why are they printing this crap?

Joining the dearth of factual information are the manufactured stories.  Like this one featured over on The Blaze.  I am a gun owner, and I see my right to carry my weapon as one guaranteed by the Constitution.  And yet, I recognize that not all Americans are comfortable with guns.  The Average Joe has no way of seeing me and my weapon and judging whether I am friend or foe.  And, in places where it would be out of the ordinary to openly carry a weapon, I can see how some people might be uncomfortable. This is the same foundational argument I have with my children when they hurt one another's feelings - your intentions do not discount how your actions have made the other person feel. 

But that isn't my point.  My point was the manufacturing of stories.  The police officer is polite.  I imagine he got dispatched to the Wal-Mart on a call of someone with a weapon.  LEOs deal with myriad laws every day.  They aren't experts on all of them.  He seems respectful enough to me, watching the video.  He repeats that he hasn't determined if a crime has been committed, which is accurate.

My armchair quarterback view is that these people wanted to make a scene.  Could be wrong, but the captions now adorning the video, which run the jack-booted thug cop route, aren't going to play well with many people.

Is there any way to get facts, news, and information without the media skew or public sensationalism?

September 13, 2013

Does the truth hurt the dead?

The Reno Gazette Journal published an obituary earlier this week, that wasn't your average sunshine and roses remembrance of a loved one:
Marianne Theresa Johnson- Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is survived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.

On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the afterlife reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.

Most of us have found peace in helping those who have been exposed to child abuse and hope this message of her final passing can revive our message that abusing children is unforgiveable, shameless, and should not be tolerated in a “humane society”. Our greatest wish now, is to stimulate a national movement that mandates a purposeful and dedicated war against child abuse in the United States of America.
Of course, the namby-pambies are up in arms and the paper pulled the obit.

There doesn't appear to be anyone that refutes the claims, in fact, the Reddick family's case was the basis of a Nevada Supreme Court ruling that set the precedent for allowing children to terminate parental rights.

Does the truth hurt the dead?  Aren't obituaries, eulogies, funerals and cemeteries for the living?  Regardless of your after-life belief, what does it matter to you if someone says something untoward about you.  You are dead, in heaven, reincarnated, whatever. 

Isn't how we live our lives somewhat of an attempt to do things that will reflect kindly upon our families, to make our friends proud to have known us?

Any woman who spends her life torturing her own offspring is lucky that they even bothered to mark her passing.

September 12, 2013

Another one bites the dust

A few days ago I gave a little rundown of the collateral damage surrounding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman fiasoc.

I am sure you have heard, by now, that there was a bit of a kerfluffle at the Zimmerman home, one of a domestic disturbance variety.  Oddly enough, the dust-up occurred well after news broke of a divorce filing.  Methinks the soon-to-be-former Mrs Z likes attention, though I am not discounting the dewshiness of George. 

Look for the Mrs on some upcoming variant of an 'unscripted' show.

In addition to the marriage, add another person to the casualty to the list:
The medical examiner who performed Trayvon Martin's autopsy and subsequently offered conflicting testimony at the murder trial of George Zimmerman has been relieved of his position.
At this point it would likely be a simpler task, to list those on the 'losing' side that still have gainful employment in their field.  Someone must pay for the injustice done to poor little Trayvon, and when you can't get a conviction, you bear the cost on the backs of those that failed you.


September 11, 2013

Never, ever forget

A few weeks ago, I stood where so many died.  Not to discount any of those precious souls who lost their lives, and loved ones, in the other attack sites - you are certainly on my heart today as well. 


September 10, 2013

My Superpower

My kids often pose hypothetical questions to one another for entertainment.  A frequent contender is, 
"If you could have any superpower, what would it be."  
Flight is a popular answer, as is immortality, for varied and often changing reasons, which the practical side of me tried not to shoot down to often.  Kids need to dream, I think.

My answer to their question is that my wish would be to have my superpower taken away.  It is a curse, something I dread each day.  Despite what my family, friends and co-workers think, I do have a superpower; invisibility.  Unfortunately, I can't control it, nor am I always aware of when my superpower is in effect.

You may doubt me, but it is true.

Some people even share my power, or perhaps my power of invisibility is so great that it just leaks over on to people who are near me.

I know that I stood in my son's room, waving my arms, gesturing wildly at the chaos and directing him to clean it.  And yet, it remains a mess.

I know that my husband and I have repeatedly stood face to face and talked about him not distributing clean laundry to the kids, as he can't seem to discern the correct sizes for those items that they have in common (they all go to the same school and wear uniforms).  And yet, yesterday I had a frantic text from my teenage son who, once again, dressed out for P.E. class with an article of clothing belonging to his 10-year old sister.  It is sad to be the kid who looks like a sausage bursting out of his casing, and has a mom with a cursed superpower.

I know that I gave sound advice to my boss.  I know that others sat with me in the conference room, in agreement and solidarity.  And yet, he did the opposite.  My invisibility has spilled over onto innocent people.

If I could trade in my superpower, I would opt for something more mundane, more along the lines of twitching my nose and having a clean house and dinner on the table with no effort.

September 9, 2013

FOD - Oslo wants its prize back edition

Today the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will take to every major network (or whichever six he considers 'major') to plead his case for bombing the crap out of Syria, prior to his Tuesday plea to the American people.  Tuesday, because he knows better than to screw with Monday Night Football.

Over the weekend, the Obama administration was frantically setting the stage, with gruesome post-chemical attack videos 'leaked' and various heavy hitters voicing their support for the plan to strike. 

It was the WH Chief of Staff's comment on the videos that made me giggle:
"I hope every member of Congress before he or she decides how to cast a vote will look at the videos,” White House Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough told “Fox News Sunday.” “It´s unbelievably horrendous.”
On CBS's "Face the Nation" Mr. McDonough said that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a US military response.
But McDonough also conceded that the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking.
"This is not a court of law. And intelligence does not work that way," he said.
"Common-sense test"?  When has this administration ever sniffed common sense, much less employed it?  This from the administration that routinely, and blatantly, ignores the citizens in a representative government, telling us that if we only knew what they knew, we wouldn't question their actions. And then to follow the 'common sense' comment with an admission that there is no evidence related to the chemical attacks that would satisfy most Americans

Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".  I bet there are five guys in Norway wishing they could have a do-over vote.

September 8, 2013

Dead Criminal

This week one of Hitler's personal bodyguard/assistants, Rochus Misch died.

I was taken aback at the storyline of Misch being present at Hitler's death, staying in the bunker to assist Goebbels, spending nine years in a POW camp, and then being free to live a comfortable life in Berlin.

Misch recalled Hitler fondly:
Misch remained proud to the end about his years with Hitler, whom he affectionately called "boss." In a 2005 interview with The Associated Press, Misch recalled Hitler as "a very normal man" and gave a riveting account of the German dictator's last days before he and his wife Eva Braun killed themselves as the Soviet Red Army closed in around their bunker in Berlin.
"He was no brute. He was no monster. He was no superman," Misch said.
How in the hell did one of Hitler's closest workmates, not end up being prosecuted for war crimes?  There isn't even any indication that Misch was ever questioned about what he knew, saw, heard. 

Does any believe that Hitler's bodyguard, the man answering his phone, handling his mail, accompanying Hitler everywhere he went, didn't know anything of the atrocities that were occurring?

There were hundreds of trials, convictions, and executions after WWII.  The Simon Weisenthal Center, to this day, keeps a list of the Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals, and yet, Hitler's personal bodyguard opened a shop and lived out his life as a free man (and, apparently, with a clean conscience).  I can't get that to make sense in my brain.

Perhaps the most galling factor is that Misch remained so proud of his service and, seemingly, none of the discoveries and facts about his former boss did anything to alter his opinion of Hitler.  I don't believe that anyone can be that obtuse.  Good riddance.

September 6, 2013

Still flipping


September 5, 2013

Collateral Damage

Last week George Zimmerman's wife, Shelli, got some limelight time as she granted interviews following her hearing for misdemeanor perjury charges related to her husband's bail trial.  By her own admission she lied to protect her husband and she pled guilty and is moving on with a year of probation and some community service.  Additional comments she made seem to say that the marriage won't survive this ordeal.

I wonder if that makes the media and the black community happy?  To know that they have ruined a marriage?  To know that George Zimmerman will have to live in hiding for the rest of his life, should he stay in the USA?

Alas, Trayvon, George's safety, and the Zimmerman marriage aren't the only casualties.  The always great and sensible Massad Ayoob details the law enforcement fallout from the case:
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, a highly respected CLEO (chief law enforcement officer) resisted powerful demands from elected officials to file a case even though he knew there was nothing there. He did his duty and did the right thing.  He was fired for that.
Detective Chris Serino was the lead detective in the case. He took a lot of heat for not wanting to file a case because he knew he didn’t have probable cause. He wound up as a patrolman back in uniform.
Doris Singleton was in the role of investigator on the night of the shooting. She handled things competently. She comforted Zimmerman when she saw he was emotionally devastated by having had to end a young man’s life.  And she was at the rank of patrol officer at the time she testified almost a year and a half later.
Ben Kruidbos, IT director in the office of the special prosecutor, realized that the office had failed in its duty to turn over full discovery material to the defense.  He fulfilled the office’s duty and got that information to Zimmerman’s defense team.  As soon as the trial was over, special prosecutor Angela Corey fired him for doing what she should have done.
Norman Wolfinger, the designated State’s Attorney (chief prosecutor) for the district, apparently realized that there was no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman but nonetheless scheduled the case for the next session of the grand jury.  This is a normal procedure. It wasn’t enough to placate the media-fueled lynch mob, and the case was basically taken away from him by the governor and given to special prosecutor Angela Corey.  Wolfinger retired shortly thereafter.  He may have been due for retirement anyway, but it was a lousy note on which to end a long and stellar career as one of Florida’s most respected prosecutors.
Is there any penance that will satisfy those who wear the hoodies and the Trayvon T-shirts?  Is any number of lives, relationships, livelihoods ever going to be enough to pay the debt the black community feels is owed?

September 4, 2013

Rotting in hell

Happy to wake up this morning to the news that Ariel Castro has saved the taxpayers a chunk of change by hanging himself in his cell.

I don't understand why things like 'suicide watch' even exist in prison - well, outside of people that we need to be waterboarding for information, that is.

Otherwise, why do we try so hard to preserve the lives of criminals?  Why do we feed, clothe and provide medical care for those who have robbed others of their lives and livelihoods?  And why make it hard on suicidal criminals?  Hell, issue some rope or a cyanide tablet to them when they check in to the jail. 

I suppose some might want to see people rot in a cell, purportedly so they can spend years thinking about what they did.   As a kid, I spent my fair share of time banished to my room to 'think about' what I had done..gotta say, the mind wanders.  I doubt that people who have shed morality for a life of crime suddenly have an attack of conscience just because they are locked in a cell. 

Good riddance to Castro, and may those women he raped and tortured find some peace knowing that he is gone.

September 3, 2013

PETA jumps the shark (again)

I should know better to even click on a headline link that contains the acronym 'PETA', but I couldn't resist:

PETA: Eating Chicken Wings During Pregnancy Could Affect Baby’s Penis Size

Well, then, my boys can thank me, and whatever mysterious force controls pregnancy cravings, as mine were very non-poultry.

In fact, I never liked chicken wings at all until after all of my children were born.  Odd coincidence, but fortuitous, I suppose, if one were to believe anything coming from PETA.

You can click over and try to follow the winding road to the claim, but what it boils down to is exposure to phthalate, which is more plentiful in plastics and highly processed foods.

Insert joke about ex-boyfriends' mothers, Asian people and Obama's mother's chicken eating habits here.

In short, (hehe) PETA is trying to shock women of child bearing age into steering clear of chicken wings.  Somewhere in America (my bet is on California), mom's who love Wingstop are scrutinizing little Johnnie's man-parts and recalling every finger-licking schmear of Buffalo sauce that they ingested while pregnant.

Wouldn't it be funny to see the Chick-Fil-A cows trample some PETA folks?

September 2, 2013

Labor Day FOD

I am fortunate that most of my friends and family are gainfully employed, or comfortably retired.  That isn't to say that they all haven't seen struggles.  Most have seen their income drop or level off while the cost of living rises.  Many have changed their spending habits, and lifestyle to accommodate the hit to their bottom line.

I do know several teenagers that have struggled to find work.  Traditional summer and after-school jobs have been filled by over-qualified 'adults' that have taken any job they could to bring some money in.

Sooner than I like to think about, my oldest child will be graduating from college and trying to embark upon her career - we joked last night at dinner about whether or not she would be living at home at that point.  It is disheartening to think that kids can do all the right things with their education and still struggle to find work and achieve the American dream.


As of 1 August 2013, the U1 category is currently 3.9% with 6.2 million unemployed longer than 15 weeks.  The U3 category is 7.4% with 11.5 million “officially” unemployed.  The U6 category is 14.0% with 21.8 million underemployed or unemployed.  These high unemployment rates have been consistently high for 5 years after the Great Recession and during tenure of the Obama Administration.  While the stock markets have doubled during this period of time, unemployment rates have stayed essentially the same.
Thanks for all that hope and change, Blowie.

Chart and info from here.

September 1, 2013

Need a change of pants

I am not sure why the dashcam-in-every-car phenomenon hasn't caught on in the US yet.  We seem to be the largest consumers of the video that comes from every immortalized escapade, crash and stunt that is posted on YouTube.

This video is from China, but it reminds me to pay a little more attention to those situations in which I whiz past the "caution - falling rock area" signs in my travels.

If you look up at the top of the mountain right in the center of the screen, at the beginning of the video, you can see the rock break loose.  Good to see that lucky person emerge from their car.