December 19, 2005
November 09, 2005
I planned to make my first day of vacation a do-nothing day. I caught up on all the TiVo'd programs that were just taking up space since I never have time to watch the toob. One of those being Shootout on the History Channel. There were a couple episodes about Marines and Army Rangers in Fallujah, Iraq and Afghanistan. They document actual firefights with the soldiers who were there. Another episode was about the Doolin Gang and a bank robbery that went awry. Guy shows, I guess. . "My Name is Earl" is a show I watch when I get the chance. Unusual. I would have to say though, for a vegetative state of mind, that would be a top notch show. My particular favorite is "Monk" on the USA network. It is one of the few comedy shows on TV that is laugh-out-loud funny. In fact it is good enough that I would actually buy the DVD's of the show. I find the buying of DVD's of a TV show to be a rather peculiar act so I guess it would say something of the show if I were willing to spend money on it.
But enough of the vegetable stew. The real vacation involves finishing (a stretch) my kitchen remodel that has been going on for waaaay too long. I have counter tops to install and tile, cabinets to trim and complete, floor tile to remove and replace with slate, etc. Ahh, the joys and relaxation of a week of vacation! Don't forget the unfinished (is there ever really a "finished") honey-do list! Bathroom towel bar, living room curtain rod, garage, backyard, painting, need I go on? Quick, get me my drink with the little umbrella before I just plain give up and go back to work so I can rest a bit!
October 10, 2005
I have been pleasantly surprised at the time that my wife and I have been able to spend together. She always thought there would be a gnashing of teeth over the kids being too busy to be at home with us. She has subsequently changed that position to a healthy "well this is nice". We have been able to do things and go places that we normally wouldn't because of "the kids". There is a certain giddyness to knowing you don't have to be a full time parent anymore. It has become more of a part-time position where you step in or up as needed. At the same time the increased independence on their part leads to less budgetary subsidies and expenditures on their behalf. As dearly as one loves their children, empty nests are not all that bad!
July 17, 2005
That sounds like a really good project for today! I will have to simultaneously mix up a batch and record the TNT mini-series "Into the West" for my buddy who will be coming by for dinner this week. He's single and doesn't cook so when my wife makes spaghetti with a jar of Prego sauce he thinks he's at a gourmet Italian restaurant. His refrigerator contains at least one of the following at any given time:
- Pepsi - not diet!
- Taco Bell hot sauce packets
- Monster energy drinks
- Budget Gourmet frozen dinners
July 11, 2005
Actually it seems as if my free time is spent doing the things around the house that I can't do because I'm working two jobs. My free time is really the time I use to do things that otherwise don't get done.
I have to tip my hat to Joe at Joe's Big Blog for getting me off my duff and posting again. He verbally berated me for being a lousy blogger. At the time I had to agree with him because I WAS/am a lousy blogger!! I hope I've reconciled with this post. There is a certain lack of content to this post, however. I am not exactly sure if I can be credited with an actual "posting" or just a puff piece to satisfy my detractors (read: Joe).
I'm striving to create a substantive post...really...I am!
March 21, 2005
February 27, 2005
Who are the Blog People?You can read the whole article if you like. That would certainly help to advance the notion that bloggers are not Neanderthals incapable of putting a grammatically correct sentence together. Do it for your own edification. My credentials will never match those of Mr. Gorman, but should that exclude me from sharing information or opinions? Is there a standard to which one must be held in order to be heard? I would hope that it is merely a standard of decency and not one requiring a stamp of approval from an erudite such as he.
It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable.
February 24, 2005
February 22, 2005
Her husband Michael, his brother and a sister-in-law have testified that when Terri visited her Grandmother hooked up to a ventilator in a nursing home she stated that she would not want to be a burden to anybody or live like that. She has signed no advance directive and the judges in her appeals cases have taken it upon themselves to make life and death decisions on her behalf. Lawyers have issued opinions on the bio-ethics of the case. Here is a quip from Terrie's parents website in regards to her diagnosis of "persistent vegetative state":
MYTH: Terri is PVS (Persistent vegetative state)
FACT: The definition of PVS in Florida Statue 765.101:
Persistent vegetative state means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:
(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of ANY kind.
(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.
Terri's behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of persistent vegetative state. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her. None of these behaviors are simple reflexes and are, instead, voluntary and cognitive. Though Terri has limitations, she does interact purposefully with her environment.
You can see that there certainly are discrepancies and semantics (or so it seems) regarding that description of her condition. A lawyer that visited her had this to say about their visit with her in the hospice. You can see the state of her condition for yourself at the website that has been set up to help fight for her life - www.terrisfight.org. Watch any of the videos linked on the page and I will guarantee you will be able to form an opinion on whether or not she should put to death. The reason I use the term "put to death" I think will be apparent after viewing the video footage of her interaction with her mother and Doctor.
There are also indications that there may have been foul play in regards to the way in which she entered this state of disability. Her husband Michael may face a grand jury investigation. Findings from a medical examination in 1991 at a rehabilitation facility suggest there were other trauma sustained that may have resulted from a beating.
Terri's parents have been fighting tirelessly for her life since 1998. Take a moment to visit their website and watch the video footage. It will scare you to think that anyone would believe that this woman should die!
February 20, 2005
The tag line in the ad says, "400 American soldiers carry out their mission from a bombed-out pleasure palace once owned by Saddam Hussein. This is their story."
The website has diaries from the filmakers, trailers, reviews, screenings lists and synopsis. It definitely looks like a must see.
Also from Blackfive, "A Company of Soldiers" airs this Tuesday 2/9/05 at 10pm on channel 9 in the S.F. bay area. Check your local PBS listings for "Frontline". It may air at a different time in your area.
February 19, 2005
All very soothing and comforting thoughts. Except for the neighbor thing but we have grown accustomed to it after 18 years. Now we have to throw a wrench in the comfort works and actually go outside in the rain to run some errands. My son needs to get some more behind the wheel experience before he takes his drive test next week. This would be a good day for that, eh? We have a couple of B'day gifts to pick up and a quick restock of some minor groceries and we will be back at the abode before you know it. Unless the behind the wheel training has some disastrous consequences and we are rushed to a hospital. Stop, that's just wrong. Anyway, gotta go!
February 18, 2005
February 15, 2005
In the Middle East valentines day is sinful, evil, of Satan. I kid you not! This quote from the article explains it in a nutshell.
"The 'scholars' said human love is evil. The simple feeling of being attracted to or in love with someone is a terrifying sin if it is committed outside of their religious dogma -- and it warrants serious punishment."If you are forbidden from showing human love how can you have any respect for life at all?? Read this article in it's entirety and I think you will have a different perspective on something as simple as expressing love to another.
February 14, 2005
"Amputee Heading Back to Battlefield" is the headline. It's a truly humbling and inspiring story, required reading!
February 13, 2005
I must say as an ex SeaBee, my favorite video is one called Divine Intervention. It's a montage of bridge building photos taken by someone in or attached to NMCB4, I believe. That should spur your melodic tendencies to want to create music of your own, or at least be in a cool band. You can do that here at CreateBands.com. It only takes a couple of minutes and it's really fun to tinker with!
That's it for your "way too much time" entertainment report!!
February 07, 2005
Another American hero that was recognized by his hometown paper but scarcely mentioned elsewhere. The St. Petersburg Times did a great job of memorializing and recreating this man's incredibly courageous actions to protect his troops. This story traces it's history to April 4th 2003.
Still more positive stories of courage and valor -
Marines confront, overcome the crucible of Fallujah
By Rick Rogers UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
July 31, 2004
FALLUJAH, Iraq – The citations for valor read like scenes from a movie, and it's only through cinematic comparisons that Cpl. Howard Lee Hampton Jr. can describe the combat his Camp Pendleton unit saw here in April.
"It was beyond anything in 'Black Hawk Down,' " said Hampton, 21, referring to the movie about the actual downing of two U.S. helicopters in 1993 Somalia and the harrowing rescue operation in which the lives of 18 American soldiers were lost.
"I remember going into the city in the (amphibious assault vehicle) and hearing the bullets hit off the sides.
"When the door opened, I thought about the scene in "Saving Private Ryan" when they were coming up to the beach and that guy got hit right in the head before he ever got to the beach," Hampton said, this time conjuring up the movie account of D-Day during World War II.
"Once we got in the city, we had hundreds and hundreds of people trying to kill us," said the native of El Paso, Tex., recalling how the cascade of enemy shell casings from windows above the Marines sounded like a never-ending slot machine payout.
To read the rest of this compelling story, go here.
It just seems shameful that every American doesn't know of these heroic individuals and what they have done.
February 05, 2005
I'm broken now. Doing the green tissue dance and lung butter hoedown (imagine I lost a few readers there!). I have been sleeping so long that my back hurts and I have to get out of bed. Next comes bedsores. You know that weak and dizzy feeling you get when your muscles are about to atrophy? I have a terminal case of it. I ate an apple this morning. At least I think it was an apple, it had no taste. Or should I say it didn't taste like anything. I don't think apples are capable of aquiring a sense of discrimination. You can tell the illness is clouding my judgement and sense of reality.
It has given me a chance to watch some good TV (oxymoron). That sounds a bit pathetic, almost as if I was not watching TV I was being deprived of it's virtuous attributes. Wow, anyway I just watched The Last Mission on The History Channel. Quite good, if it reruns catch it! I've also had a chance to deplete my saved shows on my TiVo (only the greatest invention ever). Specifically there were a few shows of "Faith Under Fire". It's a topical debate generally over faith based issues or those of morality and ethics. There are very intelligent guests from both ends of the spectrum and it's always a lively debate.
One thing I do miss during this sick time is listening to talk radio. I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to that. I obsessively channel surf. Some of the shows I listen to are Glenn Beck, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt who has had a huge impact on blogging. He has cutting edge bloggers on his show everyday. This posting has put undue hardship upon my peepers and I think I'm gonna nap now. This is the most energy I've expended in three days not including the hunting of my daughters' rabbit that was scurrying through the house while she sat in her room on the phone. I loove fried rabbit! One day I will feast on it's carcass. Although I believe there is a point where it becomes too old and tough to really enjoy.
February 04, 2005
Last night, I attended President Bush's annual State of the Union address in the House of Representatives. As you know, the President offered his agenda for the coming year. I think it important to let you know how I feel about his speech. These are comments I made directly following the President's address:
"President Bush's speech tonight reflects failure to understand the most pressing issues affecting all Americans."
"This week, Iraqi citizens exercised their right to vote, and they deserve praise for standing up for democracy. But America's troops are still at war, with mounting casualties day after day, and this Administration still does not have an exit strategy. The Administration has made critical mistakes and errors in judgment leading up to the war in Iraq. The President refuses to acknowledge these mistakes, and thus, no corrective action has been taken to prevent these problems from happening again. Republicans and Democrats all believe in freedom and democracy, but this does not relieve the President of his duty to devise a plan that brings our troops home."
"Social Security is one of the most successful government programs of the past 70 years. President Roosevelt created this plan to protect America's seniors and it has been a success. President Bush claimed tonight that Social Security is in a crisis. If so, it would be because the President's privatization plan puts Social Security itself at risk. If the President presents a plan to Congress that supplements and strengthens Social Security, I am confident that Democrats will stand with him. If however, his plan diverts money from Social Security, Democrats will not stand idly by as the Republicans destroy this very successful program."
"Finally, I am concerned that the President continues to ignore the state of our economy. With the President's failed economic policies, thousands of highly skilled persons in Silicon Valley remain unemployed, budget deficits are at record levels and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet."
A Suicidal Selection
With Dean as party chairman, the Democrats wouldn't need enemies.
February 4 2005
A few weeks ago, when former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean declared his intention to run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, news reports had the general tone of "Get this, that crazy scream guy is back and he wants to run the party." Now, a week before the vote, his victory is a fait accompli. How did this happen? Are Democrats suicidally crazy?
The complete article can be viewed at the LA Times website.
January 31, 2005
Before you go, though, read his post from 11-9-2004
January 28, 2005
While you're at Webshots, stop by my page and check out the pictures of the day my daughter received her scuba diving certification. It's a lot of work to put on all that equipment!
January 27, 2005
Is there a reason why we should NOT be trying to spread liberty around the world??
January 26, 2005
Anything on Discovery, Discovery Wings, The History Channel and HInt. I think if these were the only channels available that would be fine with me. Well maybe a biography or two would add some spice.
Move America Forward has the right idea and a good base of support along with, it appears, a cash flow. Kofi Annan needs to be in prison along with just about every other person in that pathetic organization.
My blood pressure is elevated. I need to relax....more later.
I bought a new (to me) radio for may car. It's an OEM am/fm, CD, cassette. My current equipment does not include the CD. Rather than have this bizarre looking, non-matching, oddball sized thing stuffed into my dashboard, I decided to find an original equipment radio with the CD. I successfully bid on and won the correct unit on eBay. Hey, a snap to install! OEM right? Just remove and replace!
I made my first attempt between jobs. It's only 15 minutes, right? Thinking I had all the necessary tools I began deconstructing the dashboard. After breaking a plastic tab or two and a few modules into the process, DOH! I don't have a 3/8" nut driver. I'm in the parking lot of one place of employment and need to be at the other relatively soon. Hmm, keep tearing down or replace and regroup for another attack?? A command decision was made to replace and regroup not wanting to lose any of the multitude of parts I removed while I drive around for another day or two until the next attempt at installation.
The best laid plans of mice and men.....
The thrilling epilogue to be released soon.
January 23, 2005
January 20, 2005
My friend Joe has an opinion on the subject that led me to write this posting. There is also a vague reference in his post to someone who could be construed as me. Wow, that's pathetically shallow. That's also a good reason to reciprocate his veiled reference. A shameless, selfserving attempt to have myself vaguely referred to (that's shallow AND depressing). Actually I agree that this lockout could hurt the league irrepairably. However I don't believe that the owners should end the lockout, I think the players should accept a salary cap. There is just not a large enough fan base to support unlimited earnings.
January 16, 2005
The seemingly neverending projects at home certainly sap the lifeforce out of you. My kitchen has been ongoing for years now. It's gone on so long that I can't get the same finish of cabinets anymore. We had to get "relatively close". That's a nice oak finish we picked out and renamed.
I need another vacation...
January 05, 2005
Fortunately I won't have to attend your Bloggers Anonymous meetings anytime soon. I do pity those that will have to see you blogging in the middle of the night. Hunched over the dim glow of your monitor in an old pair of boxer shorts and a tattered, beer stained tank top. Toes sticking out of the ends of your worn out Homer Simpson slippers. 5:00 shadow and a small crusty area of tomato sauce on your chin from the hastily prepared frozen pizza. The crunchy little "sleepy's" in the corner of your eyes flaking onto the keyboard as you squint at the keys in the darkness. The gooey ear wax football that you retrieved during the last pageload sits poised under your left little finger's nail just waiting to be deposited on the "Caps Lock" key with the next all caps rant.
Anyway.....just a little slice of the future for ya! Have fun.