Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
this morning at Mass. The ideal way to start Thanks-
Sunday, someone (who should have known better!) asked me if it was a Holy Day of Obligation. Somewhere along the way they'd received faulty catechesis for not knowing this. OTOH, the silver lining is that the person at least was concerned about meeting the obligation for Holy Days.
BTW, we had a good bit of rain the last 48 hours. It pours, then the sun comes out. Drizzles, sun comes out. It's spectacularly clear. A real blessing. Unless you are in a mudslide area.
On a fun note - I've always liked "der Bingle's" "I've got plenty to be thankful for" from "Holiday Inn." [one of my favorite movies.]*
A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you all.
[* - on a historical note, the business of the turkey jumping back and forth between the two different Thursdays, was no joke! FDR, in his stupidity bowed to political pressure from largely democratic party voting states to move the holiday forward by one week to help "get the holiday out of the way" so Christmas shopping could begin in earnest. (the Fri. after Thanksgiving has traditionally been the busiest shopping day of the year) Republican states held out and said "NO WAY, we are staying with tradition." So for a few years some states held the holiday in the next to last week of November, and other states hung tough for the tradition to be the Fourth Thursday of November. Sanity eventually prevailed.]
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Yes. I know the holidays are coming and everything. But I just can't STAND how dark it is this time of year. Today: Sunrise - 6:26, Sunset 4:43 AND IT ONLY GETS WORSE. 2 months more of this **** until it gets better! [I know, I know, my UK readers are getting about an hour, 45 less than I am, and my Aussie readers are saying "are you NUTS? It's GREAT out here...."]
I guess that's the solution move way south of the equator November through March, and to northern latitudes the rest of the year. "Studies" always blame the holidays on the high suicide rate. I bet it would be even higher without them!!! No wonder the church grabbed those heathen holidays and replaced them with holidays of our own.
Get up, go to work, it's barely light. Knock off work, it's DARK already.
[Where's that sign my mom had made up for me in college? The wooden sign that normally has something over the mailbox like "The Johnsons." Mine has "Bitch, Bitch, Bitch" on it.]
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Okay, so if Monica's competition gets the nod as Secretary of State, does this mean Nobama did it to get her out of the senate....and then will wait a respectable 6 months, and then find something to fire her for?
If so...bama, you're a genius. But he'll probably prove me wrong. Or is this a case of keeping your enemies closer?
Jocelyn Elders, please pick up the white courtesy phone....
Monday, November 17, 2008
When we first moved to California in the summer of 1970 I found it hard to adjust to the different seasons.
I had always lived back east where there were 4 distinct seasons, but here in Southern California that all changes. We have: Drought, fire, monsoon, mudslide, and earthquake.. Fire is far the most frightening, as you can be taken unawares and lose everything in minutes. Last year a co-worker of mine's neighborhood was evacuated middle of gthe night with almost zero notice with reverse 911 calls. [This is a relatively new system where the emergency service calls *you* to tell you to get out if a bad fire breaks out.)
About 2 months afer coming to California there was a bad fire that broke out not too far from Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley where we lived then. I missed it, the family being in Las Vegas for a bottler's convention my dad went to. I missed all the "drama" - but you could smell smoke for days. Then in following Feb. there was a huge 6.1 about 6 miles from where we lived. Hospital wing collapsed. Once again I "missed it" we being in Vegas again for another convention. We drove home that day, expecting to find some damage to our house. Nada. About a foot of water spashed from the pool, an overturned water cooler in the kitchen, and a top row of books from one of my bookcases which was tightly packed "jumped" onto the floor, in a neat row. That was it. I was secretly disappointed I missed the "big one" that all my new friends at school eperienced. My parents were somewhat amused that I had slept through a few fairly good aftershock for 4 and up that night. For a week or two afterwards, however, I was introduced to a new sport common in souther California called "quess the magnitude." What you do is wait until it's over and then say "4.5" and someone else says: "no way, 4.7 and no less." Then you wait 10 minutes for CalTech to get its act together and say "SEE I TOLD you...."
Truth be told I'm kinda bummed I "missed" the quake this morning! Those in the 4 point ranger are "Hey theres" Same sensation you feel just before the first drop on a rollercoaster. Giddy anticipation.
If you want to avoid all this, apparently the deal is: Live in Vegas. You can only lose your shirt.
I see the "Campaign for human development" donation is coming up again this time of year. Well, they were the ones who'd given a big chunk of money to an organization which funded ACORN - which is under investigation in numerous states for massive fraud in voter registration.
CFHD can kiss my behind for now and evermore. And it's not like "they just found out" this was a bad organization. Before the turn of the century over a million dollars had been embezzeled from same. So whomever "vets" these things isn't doing a very good job, and I don't trust their judgment. Best give to a local charity, where gravy train outright socialists don't get their fingers on it. A home for unwed mothers would be a good cause as well as any local St. Vincent de Paul societies.
Friday, November 14, 2008
PLUS THIS (which just showed up on my "weatherbug" application):
Say some prayers for the folks up in Montecito too, who've already had 13 injured plus lost 100+ homes so far, and no sign of containment of the fire at last report. Usually by this time of year the danger has passed, but not so lucky this time.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
It seems ironic to me that people can propose forced "voluntary service" hours. It seems to be an oxymoron at best. It may be well intended for didactic purposes, but in the long run I think it has a contrary effect.
Many of our Catholic schools, for instance, now have "required service hours" in order to graduate. In other words, you must get your "ticket punched" for doing so many hours at a nursing home, helping sister clap the erasers together, doling out soup in a soup kitchen. Now all these things may well be noble endeavours, but what *precisely* is learned by making someone do something that is supposed to come from the goodness of one's heart?
In other words, instead of learning by example from mom, dad, the community at large, doing something good is now done as a quid pro quo. I.E. "You do something good for X, and I'll let you:
Have a better parking spot,
Get your name in lights on the company bulletin board after the next subbotnik."
Yes, that's right - because no matter how well intended, it's a subbotnik. Just like Dear Uncle Joe made "the workers" give one free day to the state.
It makes a mockery of REALLY doing something that comes from the heart. You do good for the sake of its own intrinsic worth. Not because you'll get something tangible.
Ditto this idea of "Getting a monetary reward for doing the right thing." It used to be in school we were taught (in the parochial school anyway) that if you saw a wallet, you returned the wallet, you didn't expect a monetary reward...you did it because IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. Virtue for its own sake. You didn't return the lost dog for the "reward" - you returned it because you knew how bad you feel if your pet was lost, and you wanted to do right by the other person. [I'm not talking about accepting what it might have cost you ... i.e. you were reimbursed for the dog food or whatever if you needed it. ] I'm talking about the $1000 bucks if you return my dog" stuff that people seem to expect merely for doing the right thing. And ditto kids who get paid "X" if they get good grades in school. The knowledge gained should be reward enough. You learn for the joy of learning.
Don't put it past evil minded people to use the collective guilt trip of not doing voluntary service as a way to push their own agendas either. Sure a parochial school may be thinking that a few hours in a soup kitchen is a good thing. But don't expect others not to co-opt this notion. If I'm not mistaken Maryland schools, public ones at that require "service hours." IIRC some of these "service hours" can be for things like Planned Parenthood. Comprende?
I also wonder where Nobama is taking HIS "dear leader" agenda with his wish for enforced youth mandatory service scheme.
What was it the Jesuits said? "Give me a child until he is seven, and I will show you the man." Don't give your children over to be indoctrinated by anyone. At best, [when a cause is good], they can still easily pick up the "quid pro quo" mentality and don't really do good works from the heart. At worst, their minds can be poisoned into a lockstep "cadre." And question whether even meritorius "required service hours" are teaching your teen something beyond a jaundiced view of REAL volunteerism.
....he didn't exactly shout it from the rooftops last year, but only noted it AFTER the event. He mentioned in passim that he didn't like to celebrate his birthday much, given it fell on the date of the death of "Catholic England." i.e. the day Queen Mary I died. Historically minded as I am the date is Nov. 17th.
So would some of my English bloggers friends make sure he doesn't sit home in the dark listening to dirges? [Remind him England at the time was still on the old Julian calendar, and it's "safe" to celebrate is birthday.]
He claims he'd like an icon or two for Christmas...but I bet he wouldn't say no to one on his birthday. And I'm sure he wouldn't say no to a spiritual bouquet!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
From the Topeka Capital-Journal:
Planning underway for Obama Holiday.
Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation's 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.
"Yes We Can" planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald's restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama's honor, to organize celebrations around his inauguration and to celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on Feb. 12 1809.
At 7:30 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Obama Cake will be served at the downtown McDonald's, and a celebration is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 20 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th." [boycott anyone?]
Okay, so he was born half-black...and that entitles him to a "National Holiday" BECAUSE? What has this Marxist ideologue actually DONE for the country? [Apart from the mental masturbation "gratitude" from his supporters?]
Delusions of grandeur. And for those of you who've already outed themselves as Nobama supporters. Too late, you were a little too vocal in your support. We know now who the "kapos" would most likely be drawn from. I'm sure you'll be in the shock troops in his plans for mass indoctrination of youth in his "voluntary" national service plan. Suckers.
But what would you expect from a guy who "campaigned" for his blood thirsty cousin in Africa. Google "Obama" and "Odinga" if you're not too lazy - while you still can.
Somehow I'm betting this is something the Daily Telegraph forgot to tell you about in its "50 things about Barack Obama you didn't know.
So much for "content of character." RIP, MLK.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Press eats it up. Pretty soon they will be reduced to taking "press releases" from the White House. Just like Pravda. And digi - how does it go - there is no Pravda ["Truth"] in Izvestia ["The News"] and no Izvestia in Pravda.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Well, jeepers Mr. Martin....too bad you didn't learn this about the people your boy hangs with BEFORE the election. Nobama's going to be getting power, you think he's going to pay you the full amount you were owed for canvassing for him? Sucker.
"Uh, sweetie, you see when you get vomiting drunk in joyful glee that your Marxist has announced he's going after the small businessman, the small businessman cuts back in his discretionary spending. See, that's the way it works among the job producers. They conserve what capital they have, and maybe decide it's not worth hiring extra employees etc. if they're going to be over-regulated to death." You kicked "Joe, the plumber, in the teeth and YOUR livelihood depends on hundreds of Joe-the-plumbers. Eventually this may filter through your ant sized brain that it's not just "you" who is having a bad day.
I suppose Nobama is going to call the Dow Jones "racist" because NEVER in modern times has the Dow fallen amost 500 points on the news of X presidential candidates WIN.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
A liberal judge previously ruled that court-appointed Republican poll watchers could be removed from their boards by an on-site election judge, citing their "minority" status as cause.
It is the duty of election board workers to monitor and guard the integrity of the voting process."
See here for rest of story. And people wonder how certain precincts in Philly can turn out more than 100% of the vote. Shades of 2004 where 2000+ votes were preloaded....
Get that? "we've got to have a civilian security force JUST as funded, JUST as strong [as the military.]" [Hey, why not, your little future Nobama Jungen can be used to spy on mom and dad to ensure they are following the party line.]
What kind of song will the feckless sheeple be teaching their children to sing regards the "dear leader?" God in heaven, let this man NEVER take office.
a: "You know the kid Sarah Palin's been lugging around? Not her kid. Her daughter's. That's why she won't release her medical records."
b: "Ha-ha. Where'd you get that one from? The Kos Kiddies still peddling that? Sort of hard to be governor of Alaska and fake being pregnant for nine months. Wonder for what reason Nobama's refused to release his own medical records. Too much cocaine in his system.?"
"B" walks away. "A" looks like was kicked in the teeth. 30 seconds of time. Priceless.
Can't wait for tomorrow night. Let's hope it won't be Rodney King or Detroit '84 apres World Series.
I bet more than a few of the "to do" lists for this week include:
1. Remember to stop by the sporting goods store. Make sure enough "essentials" on hand.
2. Go Vote
3. Get extra flashlight batteries.
4. Get ground cloth out.
5. Be prepared to go to the mattresses.
6. Stock up on food and water.
7. Which big screen TV do we want? Sony or Hitachi? Better get it now before we have to buy one across town because there won't be another store around here for years, and it will be hard to lug one home on the bus if the car's been overturned and burned.
# 7 may apply whichever candidate wins.
Get it while it's "hot" or before the Korean Store owner reloads.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Nobama admitted MONTHS ago to the San Francisco Chronicle that he'd tax to death the coal industry. He'll be able to do that to ANY industry the libs don't like.
If Pennsylvania DOESN'T go red they are either complete idiots, or ACORN has so much voter fraud with people voting early and often that we may as well kiss this country goodbye.
"Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.
I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."
Saturday, November 1, 2008
...now there's news to warm the cockles of your cockles. Cue violin music. I'm sure I'll cry on my pillow all night.