Sunday, December 31, 2006

President Gerald R. Ford

A man worth remembering.

I watched his funeral in the Capitol yesterday and was moved by the simplicity of it all. Unlike the Regan funeral which was all show, the Ford funeral was dignified and filled with sincere sorrow.

I am not a fan of the Republicans, but Gerald Ford is one Republican I will always admire for his intregity and his ability to do the right thing, no matter what the personal cost.

Where have the values like that gone? Why are we now seeing politicians who are more interested in the glory they can heap upon themselves than the job they were elected to do?

Gerald R. Ford was an average man. He worked for what he had, not relying on the wealth of his parents to get him anything. He therefore valued his education, and his chances to make something of himself in this life. He knew what it was like to be a regular American, and what a responsibility it was to lead them. I mourn his passing.

If the Republicans ever find another man who measures up to the likes of Gerald R. Ford, and the Democrats have no one of equal or better measure I would vote Republican.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

would you like to be tolerated and know about it?

Doesn't being tolerated give you negative feelings?

You tolerate those people who bother you but you can't change them so you put up with them.

Yet, many in our society want us to practice tolerance?


Doesn't that mean accepting the status quo and not trying to change things for the better?

Tolerance as a virtue doesn't make much sense to me, does it to you?

Wouldn't you rather see things changed than accept what you don't agree with as it is?

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Merry Christmas to all and to those who dont' celebrate Christmas, may you find a world filled with Peace, Love and Joy in what ever you do celebrate.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

the trouble with Christmas in Florida

Not only do you have to clean the house, decorate and bake so that when company comes over it all looks nice and ready for the holiday, but you also have to mow the grass!


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Oh for pity sake!

So, aspirin has been around since my grandmother was middle aged (she she's now long deceased). Unless once is allergic to the stuff it hasn't seemed to harm many folks I know.

Yeah, it's bad for people with ulsers... always has been if you take the time to read the label and dosage instructions. It seems pretty safe to me.

So now some hot shot in the government wants to regulate the OTC pain relievers like aspirin and Tylenol and Aleve because they can cause "serious" problems (stomach bleeding, liver or kidney damage) if not taken correctly.

And how to do that? Make them suddenly by prescription only?

Nooooooooooooooo, of course not.

To safeguard us all against the dangers of these potent medicines they propose to make the print on the labels larger, sort of like the warnings on cigarettes.

Excuse me?

Larger print will save lives?

Call me cynical but I think if people don't read the dosage instructions NOW what makes you think that making the instructions larger will help? Large print doesn't stop idiots from being idiots. If it did then people who read the large warnings on the sides of cagarette boxes would have quit too.

So, what's this great show of "helping" people? I guess the OTC pain relievers need some publicity and the surgeon general has nothing better to do with his time.

I mean why else would they finally require a 60 plus year old product to have WARNING labels?

Oh for pity sake.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Hey you!

You're not the apex of existence you know.

You are not the most perfect being created.

You are not perfection personified.

So then why, in your imperfection, do you find it necessary to compare others to yourself and find them wanting?

Because they are not the same religion as you they are to be made fun of?

Because they are not the same color as you they are to be belittled?

Because they are not the same "quality" as you are they can be made the butt of jokes?

Because they are not the same ethnicity? Social Class? Member of the same geographic region of the world? Member of the same economic bracket? Because they don't work the same kind of job you do? Come on, what's the justification?

I don't understand, maybe because I am begining to understand that "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" isn't just a nice religious quote from the Bible. It's something that applies to every aspect of our lives.

So, you, Mr./Ms/Mrs. Perfection, given the above mentioned Biblical directive from the only perfect being created just what justification do you have now to criticize others? I'd really like to hear it.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

'Tis the season

So it's time to pull out ant lights and decorate the house and tree.

This year I left it all to the "family" to do.


Because I am sick of the bickering and yelling.

Everyone is frustrated because it's not "right", i.e. it's not being done their way. Well, guess what? I'd rather remember a nice tree with nothing but green lights and some ornaments than I would like to remember the name calling, hissy fits and arguments.

So, what cosy memory does your family have? A tree, or a fuede, and which do you want as the cosy memory the live with the rest of their life.

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