Thursday, December 31, 2009




spiffed up and ready to go. not happy about the forecast but it has been SUCH a bad year that i need to see some smiling faces and not just wrap myself up in a blankie and hide.

notice- not wearing my usual black. nope! pale yellow silk pants suit(bought at st. vic's festival flea market!)white satin blouse and gold toned ,silk, patterned vest(goodwill) proof that you can dress well very very inexpensively!


now, if the weather just holds til a bit after midnight i should be just fine!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BABIES!

2009's Top 12 Weird News Stories - Sphere News

2009's Top 12 Weird News Stories - Sphere News
yes, i'm old:




i'm watching the clock.

i can not wait to kick this old year out!!!

Source: What's with that New Year's song? The history of Auld Lang Syne

What's with that New Year's song? The history of Auld Lang Syne

10 Best Party Songs - AOL Radio Blog

10 Best Party Songs - AOL Radio Blog













Full Moon


by Tu Fu



Above the tower -- a lone, twice-sized moon.
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.

Empty peaks, silence: among sparse stars,
Not yet flawed, it drifts. Pine and cinnamon
Spreading in my old garden . . . All light,
All ten thousand miles at once in its light!

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just the thing this morning!
yes, it snowed overnight!







Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Spork in the Drawer: The End of an Error

A Spork in the Drawer: The End of an Error


good read. very clever!
from bonnie:



I just want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.



I no longer open a public bathroom door without using a paper towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can't use the remote in a hotel room because I don't know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can't sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking ones nose (although cell phone usage may be taking the number one spot).

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of Trans fats I have consumed over the years.


I can't touch any woman's purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.


I MUST SEND MY SPECIAL THANKS to whoever sent me the one about poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.



ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.


I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's Novena has granted my every wish.


I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers..

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

THANKS TO YOU I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an email to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

BECAUSE OF YOUR CONCERN, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.


I no longer can buy gasoline without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm pumping gas.



I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put 'Under God' on their cans.


I no longer use Saran Wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face.. Disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise..

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore , and Uzbekistan ...


I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

THANKS TO YOU I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.


AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE I can't ever pick up $5.00 dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

I can no longer drive my car because I can't buy gas from certain gas companies!

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the brown recluse and my hand will fall off.


And I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because water splashes over 6 ft. out of the commode.

If you don't send this email to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. Tomorrow afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbors' ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician . .. .

Who Chooses ''As Seen on TV'' Products?

Who Chooses ''As Seen on TV'' Products?















I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time


Don't Think Twice, It's Alright, Bob Dylan

President Obama Is Trying To Pretend We Are Not At War! Dick Cheney | Video Cafe

President Obama Is Trying To Pretend We Are Not At War! Dick Cheney | Video Cafe


what a nasty self-serving pig

http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/30/separate-but-unequal-ahmadinejad-moves-for-segregation-of-sexes-throughout-iranian-society/

http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/30/separate-but-unequal-ahmadinejad-moves-for-segregation-of-sexes-throughout-iranian-society/


could we just get ourselves out of the middle east and tend to business at home???


for pity sake. WHY should we bother?
just secure ourselves and take care of our own for awhile.

we aren't doing diddily to win hearts or minds or spread democracy OR make ourselves any safer.

we ARE making a few people VERY rich tho.

http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/30/honor-killing-father-and-brother-in-germany-kill-woman-after-learning-that-she-is-not-a-virgin/

http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/30/honor-killing-father-and-brother-in-germany-kill-woman-after-learning-that-she-is-not-a-virgin/
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why ask, "why?"



You Are Free Verse



Inspired, devoted

to the pure expression

of

yourself

without

any constrictions.

Rhymes bind.

Grammar kills.


oh a MUST view!



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"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power." -P. J. O'Rourke
"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it." -P. J. O'Rourke
http://www.mikefinniganmusic.com/catalog/index.php


check out mike's sight-o.k?

he is a very nice and truly cool guy.

Blue Gal: Now that the initial "foiled terrorist plot" shock has worn off#comments#comments

Blue Gal: Now that the initial "foiled terrorist plot" shock has worn off#comments#comments

2 Political Junkies

2 Political Junkies

you go dave!!

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Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com


oh be still my beating heart!!! karl rove is back on the market ladies!

WHOO BABY!!!!

The Breakfast Dish Orchestra

The Breakfast Dish Orchestra


i was mentioned in fantastic company!! too cool!!!

thanks.

One Senator Delaying Appointment of TSA Leader - Sphere News

One Senator Delaying Appointment of TSA Leader - Sphere News
cold but no wind. can't decide what needs to be done first.

tomorrow is new year's eve and i can not wait to be DONE with this miserable year!

i'm not big on resolutions. i just try to be a better person each year.
i'm finding tho, i have less and less patience with liars and users. i understand trying to take care of oneself, but not to the extent of trashing someone else. i've seen a lot of that in my soon to be 58 years. i would pray that people would treat others as they would want to be but a lot of the time people are just too busy, i think, to take the time to see the other side of an issue. i fail at that too sometimes.

anyway, that's my resolution for the new year.
i hope that it is a better year for everyone. so many many people have issues far worse than mine and for those -a special prayer and good wishes.

hope things go well for all.


p.s. i know the above sounds really "goody two shoes" and all that jazz, believe me, that ISN'T me. if you've read my work or my blog at any length, then you KNOW I'm not even CLOSE to that- but, i try to improve.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Best Trailer Mash-Ups of All Time (Videos)

The Best Trailer Mash-Ups of All Time (Videos)
i am a big ed woods fan:


Sherry completed the quiz "Which alignment are you?" with the result


Neutral Good.
Known as the "Benefactor" alignment, a neutral good character is guided by his conscience and typically acts altruistically, without regard for or against Lawful precepts such as rules or ...tradition. A neutral good character may cooperate with lawful officials but does not feel beholden to them. A doctor that treats soldiers from both sides in a war would be considered neutral good. Zorro and Spiderman are commonly cited as neutral good. .
a little late but hey....



thanks lemmy!

ALPHAVILLE

ALPHAVILLE

ALPHAVILLE

ALPHAVILLE

thems the odds babies!

The Breakfast Dish Orchestra: Television's finest moment

The Breakfast Dish Orchestra: Television's finest moment

Van Morrison a Father Again at 64 - Spinner

Van Morrison a Father Again at 64 - Spinner
Love, Sweet Animal

by Delmore Schwartz



O Love, dark animal,
With your strangeness go
Like any freak or clown:
Appease the child in her
Because she is alone
Many years ago
Terrified by a look
Which was not meant for her.
Brush your heavy fur
Against her, long and slow
Stare at her like a book,
Her interests being such
No one can look too much.
Tell her how you know
Nothing can be taken
Which has not been given:
For you time is forgiven:
Informed by hell and heaven
You are not mistaken



yes, a xmas gift!!! i love it.
"A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation." ~James Freeman Clarke, Sermon







Republican Jim DeMint Blames Obama For "Christmas Bomber" While Putting Hold On TSA Appointment | Crooks and Liars

Thailand Begins Repatriation of Hmong to Laos

Thailand Begins Repatriation of Hmong to Laos

we should be ashamed of ourselves as a nation.
we USED these pepole and abandoned them.
FINALLY SOME DAMN TRUTH!!!!




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this man makes sense:






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Nigerian on Flight 253 to Detroit Intended to Light Fire Under Lions | Carbolic Smoke Ball

Nigerian on Flight 253 to Detroit Intended to Light Fire Under Lions | Carbolic Smoke Ball

Blue Gal: (Even more) things we need for real HCR

Blue Gal: (Even more) things we need for real HCR

she rocks!
cold- it's COLD!

fa la la la la la -COLD!

Monday, December 28, 2009




nite babies.
made sweet italian sausage, mashed potatoes,broccoli and a salad for dinner.
1st. real meal i've cooked since xmas eve feast. i had a small sausage link and some mashed potatoes. the reflux has been particularly nasty the past few weeks. i'm hoping that the tummy flu has skipped me. alyssa and i seem to be the only 2 that have.

been very very, extraordinarily tired tho. this has been going on for weeks now. not sure if it's the depression or something else or both. i do know that the NF has been at work in my digestive system again. ah well. we all have to play the hand we are dealt.

snowing again-PHOOEY!

i got some cool dvds for the holiday so if it gets bad out or if i get sick, we can always watch them.


i got the entire series of SOAP and i got the MARX BROTHERS SILVER SCREEN EDITION,MONTY PYTHON'S HOLY TRINITY, ALICE'S RESTAURANT,KARLOFF AND LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS, DRACULA THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE,SIN CITY-EXTENDED/UNCUT AND UNRATED

and THE RESTORED EDITION OF THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI(the 1919 german film)

(i love this film!)

my family rocked this xmas!!!!


speaking of xmas. we all tried very hard to make it special. that WAS the best part of it all-that we TRIED. it's been a very very harsh year for us all and i am so hoping for a brighter new year for us and for everyone. so many people have such hardships and sorrow. i wish good things for everyone.

U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion - NYTimes.com

U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion - NYTimes.com

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Pentagon now spending more for war than all 50 States combined spend to run the country

Pentagon now spending more for war than all 50 States combined spend to run the country
The Year In Review | Carbolic Smoke Ball


yes, it's fake news and yes,some of it is better than other parts(especially given my politics, liberal/progressive little 60's peace-lover)

BUT it's damn funny and terribly clever and besides, i like these guys!!!!


the "lovely" (their term, not mine but one that i will be eternally in their debt for)sherry
a total stranger one black day

by E. E. Cummings


a total stranger one black day
knocked living the hell out of me--

who found forgiveness hard because
my(as it happened)self he was

-but now that fiend and i are such
immortal friends the other's each

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Group News Blog: Col. Robert Howard

Group News Blog: Col. Robert Howard
" We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men."



Edward R. MurrowUS broadcast journalist & newscaster (1908 - 1965)









i can't believe this group hasn't gone away yet.
i would have thought they would have been still trying to live down
their embarrassing hate filled paranoia rants of the 50s and 60s.




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STEELER SUNDAY!!!!


my sister now has "the bug" that leaves only me and alyssa as the only ones not barfy. i'm just waiting...

Saturday, December 26, 2009




yes, the F word is included! fun stuff!
well, my sister called. my niece and her boyfriend now have it and my nephew has it so bad he got dizzy and hit his head! i'm still waiting my turn.
been doing laundry and cleaning up a bit. deana and eric and "pap" all have the xmas tummy bug that little sweetie had xmas eve.


it was a sad and sort of awkward xmas but little sweetie made it a good one once she was feeling better. i also got a chance to see jess and ryan's new husky puppy miley, and sweet beagle, buddy, my grandcats, boris and octavia and of course bob and layla and max. they all got presents from me. i sent home one for alyssa's kitty but it made an annoying noise the drove jordan nuts so...

got a lot of very very nice gifts but the one that cracks me up(well 2 actually) are a pair of tighty whity underpants for a squirrel and from my sister, a t-shirt that says, "warning anything you say can and will be used in my blog"
made it thru-hooray!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

and a very happy festivus to all!

Daily Kos :: Diaries

Daily Kos :: Diaries

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2010 | Project Censored

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2010 | Project Censored


some holiday reading-
endorsed by cronkite.
THIS gives me hope for our high school kids- it's fun and they put a lot of effort into this crosstown high school "rivalry" enjoy:




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The Family and the “Heathen Chinese” Killing the Buddha

The Family and the “Heathen Chinese” Killing the Buddha

Carbolic Smoke Ball

Carbolic Smoke Ball

the sun is out. hooray!
the lord's prayer in the original aramaic.

http://www.noohra.com/Index.pl?mm/Lords_Prayer

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Froth Slosh B'Gosh

Froth Slosh B'Gosh

i got the best laugh of the WEEK from this. thanks, froth!

A Spork in the Drawer: Mea Maxima Culpa

A Spork in the Drawer: Mea Maxima Culpa

SC Sen. Graham adds state’s growing African-American population as “problem” | South Carolina News

SC Sen. Graham adds state’s growing African-American population as “problem” | South Carolina News

Connie Hines, Wilbur's Wife on 'Mr. Ed,' Dies at 79

Connie Hines, Wilbur's Wife on 'Mr. Ed,' Dies at 79

Crooks and Liars

Crooks and Liars
Christmas gift suggestions:


To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. -


Oren Arnold





yes-they did.

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http://www.lessings.net/nfinc/nfincappeal.pdf


think about donating-thanks, sherry
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FBI: Boy Who Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Has Been Shaking the Old Woman Down Since 1952

FBI: Boy Who Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Has Been Shaking the Old Woman Down Since 1952

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Snow Day

by Billy Collins


Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

In a while I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,
and I will shake a laden branch,
sending a cold shower down on us both.

But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,
as glad as anyone to hear the news

that the Kiddie Corner School is closed,
the Ding-Dong School, closed,
the All Aboard Children's School, closed,
the Hi-Ho Nursery School, closed,
along with -- some will be delighted to hear --

the Toadstool School, the Little School,
Little Sparrows Nursery School,
Little Stars Pre-School, Peas-and-Carrots Day School,
the Tom Thumb Child Center, all closed,
and -- clap your hands -- the Peanuts Play School.

So this is where the children hide all day,
These are the nests where they letter and draw,
where they put on their bright miniature jackets,
all darting and climbing and sliding,
all but the few girls whispering by the fence.

And now I am listening hard
in the grandiose silence of the snow,
trying to hear what those three girls are plotting,
what riot is afoot,
which small queen is about to be brought down.
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gee-who didn't know they fake almost everything on victoria's secret shoots??!!
damp out.

Monday, December 21, 2009




thanks kona
THE POETRY KIT




http://www.poetrykit.org/
"Dogbert: "Well you know what they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Dilbert: "But i'm allergic to citrus." Dogbert: "Well you know what they say, when life gives you lemons, swell up and die." ~ Scott Adams ~

Alaina Reed Hall of 'Sesame Street' and '227' Dies at 63

Alaina Reed Hall of 'Sesame Street' and '227' Dies at 63

The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society: We're on Twitter

The Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society: We're on Twitter

Blue Gal

Blue Gal


happy b'day frank!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Flattened by Mannheim Steamroller in Tragic Trans-Christmas Concert Accident

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Flattened by Mannheim Steamroller in Tragic Trans-Christmas Concert Accident

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Christmas Eve

by Anne Sexton


Oh sharp diamond, my mother!
I could not count the cost
of all your faces, your moods--
that present that I lost.
Sweet girl, my deathbed,
my jewel-fingered lady,
your portrait flickered all night
by the bulbs of the tree.

Your face as calm as the moon
over a mannered sea,
presided at the family reunion,
the twelve grandchildren
you used to wear on your wrist,
a three-months-old baby,
a fat check you never wrote,
the red-haired toddler who danced the twist,
your aging daughters, each one a wife,
each one talking to the family cook,
each one avoiding your portrait,
each one aping your life.

Later, after the party,
after the house went to bed,
I sat up drinking the Christmas brandy,
watching your picture,
letting the tree move in and out of focus.
The bulbs vibrated.
They were a halo over your forehead.
Then they were a beehive,
blue, yellow, green, red;
each with its own juice, each hot and alive
stinging your face. But you did not move.
I continued to watch, forcing myself,
waiting, inexhaustible, thirty-five.

I wanted your eyes, like the shadows
of two small birds, to change.
But they did not age.
The smile that gathered me in, all wit,
all charm, was invincible.
Hour after hour I looked at your face
but I could not pull the roots out of it.
Then I watched how the sun hit your red sweater, your withered neck,
your badly painted flesh-pink skin.
You who led me by the nose, I saw you as you were.
Then I thought of your body
as one thinks of murder--

Then I said Mary--
Mary, Mary, forgive me
and then I touched a present for the child,
the last I bred before your death;
and then I touched my breast
and then I touched the floor
and then my breast again as if,
somehow, it were one of yours.

‘Ordinary thieves’ held in Auschwitz theft - Europe- msnbc.com

‘Ordinary thieves’ held in Auschwitz theft - Europe- msnbc.com

Astronomical Solstice :: Brahmand.com

Astronomical Solstice :: Brahmand.com
snowy and cold. have to make peanutbutter blossoms today.

Friday, December 18, 2009


This year I'm putting mistletoe in my back pocket

so all the people who annoy me can kiss my ass!

'War on Christmas' Comes Under Attack - Sphere News

'War on Christmas' Comes Under Attack - Sphere News


good take on the whole thing.

Chris Kelly: Chuck Norris Says Obama Wants Mary to Abort Jesus

Chris Kelly: Chuck Norris Says Obama Wants Mary to Abort Jesus


norris is an ass and blasphemous to christians as well.

Crooks and Liars

Crooks and Liars

loved this one!

BBC News - Egypt lifts huge 'Cleopatra temple' block from sea

BBC News - Egypt lifts huge 'Cleopatra temple' block from sea


too cool

2 Political Junkies: Limbaugh pissed that insurers will have to cover "women’s issues"

2 Political Junkies: Limbaugh pissed that insurers will have to cover "women’s issues"
from my friend sadie:







Once upon a time there lived a king.
The king had a beautiful daughter,
the PRINCESS.

But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt.


No matter what;



metal,



wood,



stone,



anything she touched would melt.



Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her.


The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter?



He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king,


"If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured."




The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan.



The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the king's wealth.

THREE YOUNG PRINCES TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE.

The first brought a sword of the finest steel.





But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted.
The prince went away sadly .




The second prince brought diamonds.






He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt.
But alas, once the princess touched them, they melted.


He too was sent away disappointed.




The third prince approached. He told the princess,
"Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there."

The princess did as she was told, though she turned red .





She felt something hard. She held it in her hand.


And it did not melt!!!



The king was overjoyed. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed. !


And the third prince married the princess and they both lived happily ever after.



Question: What was in the prince's pants?











M&M's of course.


They melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
What were you thinking??




today's funny via my cuz, linda!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Historical Metaphors for Dummies

The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Historical Metaphors for Dummies

Devil in the Details: Televangelist Rod Parsley Calls on the Faithful to Give Him Cash After Devil Took His Money « JONATHAN TURLEY

Devil in the Details: Televangelist Rod Parsley Calls on the Faithful to Give Him Cash After Devil Took His Money « JONATHAN TURLEY
"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime." ~ Aristotle

thanks Linda Casares
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side." ~ Aristotle ~

rachel-maddow

rachel-maddow
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Young Pitcher Antwain Duncan Fights to Beat Cancer

Young Pitcher Antwain Duncan Fights to Beat Cancer
please please watch.







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Michelle Malkin and "facts" don't mix | Crooks and Liars

Michelle Malkin and "facts" don't mix | Crooks and Liars
Health-care bill needs major improvement to be worth passing
By Governor Howard Dean, M.D. for the Washington Post - December 17, 2009

If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers' monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform. Real reform would insert competition into insurance markets, force insurers to cut unnecessary administrative expenses and spend health-care dollars caring for people. Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these.

Real health-care reform is supposed to eliminate discrimination based on preexisting conditions. But the legislation allows insurance companies to charge older Americans up to three times as much as younger Americans, pricing them out of coverage. The bill was supposed to give Americans choices about what kind of system they wanted to enroll in. Instead, it fines Americans if they do not sign up with an insurance company, which may take up to 30 percent of your premium dollars and spend it on CEO salaries -- in the range of $20 million a year -- and on return on equity for the company's shareholders. Few Americans will see any benefit until 2014, by which time premiums are likely to have doubled. In short, the winners in this bill are insurance companies; the American taxpayer is about to be fleeced with a bailout in a situation that dwarfs even what happened at AIG.

From the very beginning of this debate, progressives have argued that a public option or a Medicare buy-in would restore competition and hold the private health insurance industry accountable. Progressives understood that a public plan would give Americans real choices about what kind of system they wanted to be in and how they wanted to spend their money. Yet Washington has decided, once again, that the American people cannot be trusted to choose for themselves. Your money goes to insurers, whether or not you want it to.

To be clear, I'm not giving up on health-care reform. The legislation does have some good points, such as expanding Medicaid and permanently increasing the federal government's contribution to it. It invests critical dollars in public health, wellness and prevention programs; extends the life of the Medicare trust fund; and allows young Americans to stay on their parents' health-care plans until they turn 27. Small businesses struggling with rising health-care costs will receive a tax credit, and primary-care physicians will see increases in their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Improvements can still be made in the Senate, and I hope that Senate Democrats will work on this bill as it moves to conference. If lawmakers are interested in ensuring that government affordability credits are spent on health-care benefits rather than insurers' salaries, they need to require state-based exchanges, which act as prudent purchasers and select only the most efficient insurers. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) offered this amendment during the Finance Committee markup, and Democrats should include it in the final legislation. A stripped-down version of the current bill that included these provisions would be worth passing.

In Washington, when major bills near final passage, an inside-the-Beltway mentality takes hold. Any bill becomes a victory. Clear thinking is thrown out the window for political calculus. In the heat of battle, decisions are being made that set an irreversible course for how future health reform is done. The result is legislation that has been crafted to get votes, not to reform health care.

I have worked for health-care reform all my political life. In my home state of Vermont we have accomplished universal health care for children under 18 and real insurance reform -- which not only bans discrimination against preexisting conditions but also prevents insurers from charging outrageous sums for policies as a way of keeping out high-risk people.

I know health reform when I see it, and there isn't much left in the Senate bill. I reluctantly conclude that, as it stands, this bill would do more harm than good to the future of America.
Insiders attack Governor Dean because they are afraid of him and the power we represent. Now is the time to remind them why and back him up with the resources to lead the fight for real reform.



and that goes for health care reform too!
hi boag!
from john cannon:



there is a program for Vietnam vets that isn't advertised that the VA has. If you were in country during the war for more than 24 hours then go either to the nearest VA hospital or the Vietnam Veterans of America Association office (VVAA) and sign up for this. The companies that produced Agent Orange created a secret fund of billions of dollars that pays you at a minimum of about $900 a month and up to close to $3000 a month for life. You just go and sign up for the benefits, fill out a list of the damages you believe you have suffered (as many as you can possibly think of) and they will send you to VA doctors to be tested or examined. If you saw any outside medical or psychological people since you came back to the world then take a list of them with their address/phones and the dates you saw them. It takes a year or two to get the process completed (I started in March of 2008 and still working on it) but you will be paid retro from the date you apply.

This program is for anyone who served in country for 24 hours or more so please, please pass this on to everyone who might find the info of use. Visit the local VA hospital or, better yet, the closest Vietnam Veterans of America Association since it was their efforts that created the program for us.

This also applies to in country civilians.

Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Herod” Opens Christmas Day | Carbolic Smoke Ball

Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Herod” Opens Christmas Day | Carbolic Smoke Ball
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

DNA Clears Donald Eugene Gates, Who Served 28 Years - Sphere News

DNA Clears Donald Eugene Gates, Who Served 28 Years - Sphere News


75 bucks and a bus ticket!!!




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A MAN IN A CHICKEN SUIT!


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r.i.p. honsberger. never really agreed with him but sorry to see him pass.

Economic Scene - If Health Reform Fails, America’s Innovation Gap Will Grow - NYTimes.com

Economic Scene - If Health Reform Fails, America’s Innovation Gap Will Grow - NYTimes.com
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Holy Joe Wants These People To Die--And The Senate And White House Leadership Are Okay With That | Crooks and Liars

Holy Joe Wants These People To Die--And The Senate And White House Leadership Are Okay With That | Crooks and Liars
went and got my new photo driver's license. i still had black hair in the old one!
i have almost all the giftys bought except for everyone's pets, and of course bob and layla and max!
bought the things to cook for xmas eve down at the italian store-except for capers(always forget em!)and pork ribs to flavor the sauce.
yep-got the squid(yuk) and the baccala(yuk)and the smelts(yuk) but we are also having meat AND cheese raviolis and meatballs and pork etc.

and then there are the COOKIES!!!!

He Is The Very Model of A Double-Dipping General. Conflict Much? | Crooks and Liars

He Is The Very Model of A Double-Dipping General. Conflict Much? | Crooks and Liars

Toby Keith Targeted for 'Racist' Gesture

Toby Keith Targeted for 'Racist' Gesture


this doesn't surprise me-offends me, doesn't surprise me tho.
Sonnet To Liberty

by Oscar Wilde


These are the letters which Endymion wrote
To one he loved in secret, and apart.
And now the brawlers of the auction mart
Bargain and bid for each poor blotted note,
Ay! for each separate pulse of passion quote
The merchant's price. I think they love not art
Who break the crystal of a poet's heart
That small and sickly eyes may glare and gloat.

Is it not said that many years ago,
In a far Eastern town, some soldiers ran
With torches through the midnight, and began
To wrangle for mean raiment, and to throw
Dice for the garments of a wretched man,
Not knowing the God's wonder, or His woe?

The Grinch

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Blue Gal: But wait! MY penis pen is pink!#comments#comments

Blue Gal: But wait! MY penis pen is pink!#comments#comments
COLD!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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it's a "doggie christmas" too cute!

A Spork in the Drawer: Finally Called Home By 900-Foot Jesus*

A Spork in the Drawer: Finally Called Home By 900-Foot Jesus*

We Are Not Entitled To Our Own Facts! Senator Al Franken | Video Cafe

We Are Not Entitled To Our Own Facts! Senator Al Franken | Video Cafe

Pam's House Blend:: God finally calls 91-year-old Oral Roberts home

Pam's House Blend:: God finally calls 91-year-old Oral Roberts home


this man caused more sorrows than most any public figure alive-now, he's gone.
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CT Scans More Dangerous Than Thought, Studies Show - Sphere News

CT Scans More Dangerous Than Thought, Studies Show - Sphere News

Crooks and Liars

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worth the read
History of Yule


By Patti Wigington


Traditions


A Festival of Light:
Many cultures have winter festivals that are in fact celebrations of light. In addition to Christmas, there's Hanukkah with its brightly lit menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, and any number of other holidays. The Pagan holiday called Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, around December 21. On that day (or close to it), an amazing thing happens in the sky. The earth's axis tilts away from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, and the sun reaches at its greatest distance from the equatorial plane. As a festival of the Sun, the most important part of any Yule celebration is light -- candles, bonfires, and more.

Origins of Yule:
In the Northern hemisphere, the winter solstice has been celebrated for millenia. The Norse peoples viewed it as a time for much feasting, merrymaking, and, if the Icelandic sagas are to be believed, a time of sacrifice as well. Traditional customs such as the Yule log, the decorated tree, and wassailing can all be traced back to Norse origins.

Celtic Celebrations of Winter:
The Celts of the British Isles celebrated midwinter as well. Although little is known about the specifics of what they did, many traditions persist. According to the writings of Pliny the Elder, this is the time of year in which Druid priests sacrificed a white bull and gathered mistletoe in celebration.

Roman Saturnalia:
Few cultures knew how to party like the Romans. Saturnalia was a festival of general merrymaking and debauchery held around the time of the winter solstice. This week-long party was held in honor of the god Saturn, and involved sacrifices, gift-giving, special privileges for slaves, and a lot of feasting. Although this holiday was partly about giving presents, more importantly, it was to honor an agricultural god.

Welcoming the Sun Through the Ages:
Four thousand years ago, the Ancient Egyptians took the time to celebrate the daily rebirth of Horus - the god of the Sun. As their culture flourished and spread throughout Mesopotamia, other civilizations decided to get in on the sun-welcoming action. They found that things went really well... until the weather got cooler, and crops began to die. Each year, this cycle of birth, death and rebirth took place, and they began to realize that every year after a period of cold and darkness, the Sun did indeed return.

Winter festivals were also common in Greece and Rome, as well as in the British Isles. When a new religion called Christianity popped up, the new hierarchy had trouble converting the Pagans, and as such, folks didn't want to give up their old holidays. Christian churches were built on old Pagan worship sites, and Pagan symbols were incorporated into the symbolism of Christianity. Within a few centuries, the Christians had everyone worshipping a new holiday celebrated on December 25.

In some traditions of Wicca and Paganism, the Yule celebration comes from the Celtic legend of the battle between the young Oak King and the Holly King. The Oak King, representing the light of the new year, tries each year to usurp the old Holly King, who is the symbol of darkness. Re-enactment of the battle is popular in some Wiccan rituals.
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great post!
it's a ugly day outside-so, thought i'd post some videos for you all.
i loved the octopus!





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