Friday, June 30, 2006

Old Glory and Old Navy

It seems that those who most want to protect "Old Glory" by passing a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecrating the flag might be guilty of desecrating it themelves.

Apparently the Flag Code 8-1 prohibits the display of the falg on anything that is of a "temporary nature."

I guess that means no cake can be decorated with the flag, or use those paper flags on toothpicks. No bumpter stickers touting a political party can usurp the flag for their purposes. You are in violation of the code if you wear one of those Old Navy tee shirts with the flag on it, or a hat, or a watch.

What will the Republicans use to fire up the patriotism of the people if they can't wave the flag by plastering it all over everything?

I almost wish the vote to change the constitution had passed so I could sue people for selling patriotism to those who claim to be protecting the flag by wearing it.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Supreme Court rules against Bush policy

Finally someone had the balls to tell the President that he can't do something just because he wants to. The law is the law and it even applies to this sitting president! Imagine that?


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

All the News that's fit to print

Apparently the White HOuse dooesn't think the New York Times is fit to print anything.

When the Times exposed the government for going into private bank records of US citizens the government blames the Times for endangering the safety of our soldiers in Iraq. Huh?

So, why then when the Wall Street Journal published the same information are they not included in this public scolding? Are only the words printed in the NYT treason?
I can't imagine how the paper and ink used at one newspaper is more leathal to our troops than another. Yet the Bush people, lead by the infamous Rowe media manipulation machine, has so deemed it.

So, is it about Treason really, or about steming the flow of real information to the people of the United States?

One wonders.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Christian logic

Ask a fundamentalist Christian if all who claim to be Christians are saved. The answer is probably no. Why? Because all Christians don't adhere to "their teaching", meaning if you don't belong to the correct denomination you are condemned to the fire of hell for eternity.

So all Christians are not the same. Written in stone.

Yet those same people who claim that all Christians are not the same have declared that all Muslims are the same. Evil. All of them. No exceptions. Also written in stone.

Which stone? Is it on the original tablets given to the Jews by God through Moses?
I must have missed that one if it was.

Is there some logic to this thinking? Written in stone?

Where did Christ say that he died on the cross for one limited group of individuals? Didn't he say he died so that "all men" might be saved?

"'Splain it to me Lucy." as Ricky recardo would say.

Friday, June 23, 2006

answers to the question of life

Someone asked me if I ever wonder about the purpose of life. I think a lot of people have that discussion with themselves from time to time.

So, since I have been accused frequently of being a know-it-all I shall answer this question once and for all - so pay attention - I won't repeat myself.

Is life random? No.

Is there a purpose to life? Yes, the purpose you make from it.

Life is not a plan made specifically for you to understand. It's the plot of a book you are writing. If you don't know where the plot takes you then there is no point to the book.

You don't know where you're going? That's no one's fault but your own. Make up your mind and make you life mean something.

You want answers? Write the right questions...for heaven's sake didn't you ever watch "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe"?

The answer is YOU.

Now, go do something with you life and stop pestering me.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

funding cuts

Today's Miami Herald has an article that illustrates what happens when there are tax cuts for the rich and budget cuts to fund the war.

what's wrong with this picture?

We can afford a war, but we can't afford to fund a food program for children in the United States under the age of 4?


Wednesday, June 21, 2006


What is it about the young people of today?

They are blasting radios in cars, or plugged into a headphone listening to their downloaded iPod music or they are talking on a cell phone.

Do they know how to think without dialogue or some kind of background music? Or is it that with background music they don't have to think?

Whichever the reason I find it distrubing.

not blogging much

My son is about to be married and I am getting preoccupied with wedding stuff.

It hasn't stopped me from thinking though. Eventually I mean to explore:

1) Why people who aren't Catholic like to tell me what I beleive, when they have no clue.

2) Why the UM janitor's strike and protests resulted in punishing the protestors and denying their rights to counsel.

3)Why Americans with the loudest mouthshave the least knowledge about the status of the United States in the World.

4) Why nationalism and patriotism are confused with selfishness. (a symptom of NIMBY).

5) I also have to finish my "how I got to the place I am in life" story.

6)Show and tell, or what it really means if you don't do things according to the arbitrary social and business "rules".

7) Credit Card companies and their ability to twist the laws that used to be called usury.

8)Why more isn't necessarily better.

But as I said, the wedding looms large in my life right now and I have no time to do anything.

Stay tuned. I promise to get around to finishing these thoughts....eventually.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day disparity

It seems to me Father's have it better.

On Mother's Day ladies are expected to endure the honor of dressing up and going to a good restaurant so they don't have to cook on Mother's Day.

Dad? Well my daughter "cooked" breakfast for him by going to McDonald's this morning. She said for early on a Sunday the place was packed. There was no space in the parking lot for cars and the drive-through line went out into the street.

So, Mom's have to get dressed and go fancy for their day and Dad's get to slop around the house eating fast food.

No fair.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Tropical Depression #1

The season in only 10 days old and we have the first depression of the 2006 hurricane season.

It is currently south of Cuba's western tip and going to move into the Gulf of Mexico where it may strengthen into Tropical Storm Alberto by Monday. It's not expected to come our way but those in the middle of FL, near Tampa and above will probably get it. We're getting some rain, but it won't have high winds.

I'm just glad our roof has been repaired before the season begins.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Omen

Who wudda thunk it?

At work all of the computers were down. Some thing about the servers and heat and power outages.

And the person responsible for getting things fixed?


So, remind me, what's today's date? 06-06-06?


Quite a coincidence don't you think so?

Monday, June 05, 2006

Monday Monday

I feel like I'm in the middle of the Mama's and Papa's song. It's very Monday today. Just unbearable.


Because the Monday's in life are filled with responsibility.

Get up, go to school, do your best. Turn in your work. Obey. Do as you're told. Do as you're expected. Monday....

And as you age it's get up and go to work. Work for your keep, your money, you family.

Work to pay the bills. Work to buy food. Work to keep a roof over your head and insurance on your family and your car.

We do it because he have to. We do it because we must. And it all starts over again every Monday.

Monday is a day we admit to our obligations - grudgingly.

Monday sucks.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Why a double standard of language?

On Friday I had had enough and while at work someone told the people at an office social gathering that she was fond of SAL - MON. Yes, she pronounced the L. So I corrected her and said that if she wanted to say it right the L was silent.

The woman I corrected is hispanic (Cuban). When another Cuban said that in Spanish the world is salmon with the L pronounced I said, "Well in English the L is silent." Then another Cuban said she has heard many American pronounce the L in salmon, and I told her that they were mispronouncing it and that it was NOT the accepted spelling.

She got offended.


When I am corrected because I mispronounce a Spanish word I am not offended. But apparently the Spanish speakers can mispronounce English and if they are corrected they think they are being criticized.

I think everyone should learn to speak English in America, but more importantly that they should learn to speak it properly.

That apparently is too much to ask.

Maybe we should have a board of language here in America like they do in France to keep the language "pure". But if the suggestion every became reality I am sure half of the native born Americans would flunk too. Just "ax" anybody, "irregardless" of thier education.

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