Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Many of them have "trail names." Felix and Pilot are trail names.
This is how they identify one another in casual conversation. Some other trail names were, "Sundown" "4-11" "Stoat" "Walkabout" and "Earthworm." There were hikers from many places. The bride's family are from Massachusetts, the groom's from Indiana, we from Michigan, and others from Kansas City, North Carolina, Baltimore and Colorado.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
In 2008, Jackson Browne sued John McCain and the Republican Party for using this song without permission in political ads. There was a public apology issued, and an out-of-court settlement for an undiscloed amount of moneySome people once thought this song was about truck driving, but of course, it's about something else entirely. There are people (ahem!) who were 17 in 1965, and 21 in 1969, and about whom these lines may still be highly relevant!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This is Philip Paul. He has been judged legally insane. He was a murderer.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I saw you in your "concert on the Diag" in Ann Arbor in 1962, when I was young and the trio was new. You were what I remembered best in the years to come, from that sunny day. I remember "Take me for a Ride in your Car-Car" and "This Train." I remember you had big feet and a wonderful voice. The Peter Paul and Mary trio is over, memories blowing in the wind; but wasn't it a wonderful trip?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
D.C. Police Search for Suspect in Wheelchair
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Such clever police work should be rewarded. Let's hazard a small guess as to how the police found the body in the school building after 5 days. Hmm ....
"NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Clues increasingly pointed to an inside job Monday in the slaying of a Yale graduate student whose body was found stuffed inside a wall five days after she vanished from a heavily secured lab building accessible only to university employees."
Sunday, September 13, 2009
It's not hard for Borlaug to keep himself motivated, though, as he can state his central passion in clear terms: "I hate suffering and human misery," Borlaug said.
By now, human misery has learned to hate Norman Borlaug.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
"This is an interesting story:
"Call it a case of bite and run, but a 65-year-old man opposed to health care reform struck another man who was trying to reach a MoveOn.org-backed pro-reform rally of 100 participants -- and had half his pinky finger bitten off in return. And, in a dramatic tour de force of socialized medicine, the victim was sent home by doctors after they tried, unsuccessfully, to reattach the digit ALL covered by his Medicare policy."
Monday, September 7, 2009
This is the list I am currently aware of, of people associated with this blogster who are now included in the boycott of self-checkout scanners:
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
One of the mysteries of modern society concerns the shortage of bullets.
I was reading in today's occasional daily newspaper -- occasional because it publishes only once in a while -- six or seven stories about shootings in our area. That would be, as you know unless you're a total ignoramus, shootings of people by guns of one calibre or another. These shootings included the exchange of bullets between police and gunmen, excuse me, gunBOYS for they are 17 and 18, in a busy theater parking lot this week.
There seem to be plenty of bullets available for the folks who wanna shoot someone else.
Maybe that's because 8 billion bullets were produced in the U.S. last year, and closer to 10 billion will be produced this year. God -- or someone -- probably knows how many additional bullets are imported, because the rest of the world is scrambling to take advantage of the huge American appetite for guns and bullets and other non-discriminating killing devices. Fools and their money are soon parted.
This should be some evidence that the disappearance of the bullets is all perfectly explanatory. Our "well-regulated" citizen militia is buying them up and shooting them at people. It speaks well for us as a nation that most of those billions of bullets never find their mark.
Then I turned the page. Ye Gads! Some people are blaming Obama for the shortage. He's to blame for getting elected, you see. He has done nothing at all to control the murder and mayhem in our streets or the onrushing sales of murderous weapons in our "sports" shops. He hasn't banned even so much as a BB gun or a popwad used in a toy cap gun. He simply got elected. This gave the frantically stupid right wing the opportunity to accuse him of being a gun control "nut."
So let us people of some intelligence marvel at the spectacle of gun lovers, buying bullets at exorbitant prices to shoot at other people if they wish, and hoarding the bullets in their basements against a shortage created by --- themselves! Which they then blame on Obama because their ilk is spreading the word that he is going to ban guns, a rumor they undoubtedly started in order to sell more guns and ammo.
Some people are just too stupid or self-deluded to look at without laughing. Unfortunately in all their inane foolishness, they're armed to the crotch with lethal weapons.
Here are the statements of two bishops who stand firm in traditional Catholic Social Teaching (my humble opinion)Rapid City Bishop Blaise Cupich:“Reform efforts must begin with the principle that decent health care is not a privilege, but a right and a requirement to protect the life and dignity of every person....All people need and should have access to comprehensive, quality health care, the costs of which must be controlled so that all can afford it. All should be able to receive health care irrespective of their stage of life, where or whether they or their parents work, how much they earn, where they live, or where they were born.“Our healing apostolate is rooted in a belief in the dignity of each human person, realizing, as did Jesus, that one’s ability to live a fully human life is greatly affected by health. In a word, we consider health care a basic human right. For this reason, the Catholic bishops have consistently advocated for comprehensive health care reform that leads to health care for all, including the weakest and most vulnerable.”also the same principle stated by
Bishop William Murphy, chair of the bishops committee concerned with health care:
“Reform efforts must begin with the principle that decent health care is not a privilege, but a right and a requirement to protect the life and dignity of every person. All people need and should have access to comprehensive, quality health care that they can afford, and it should not depend on their stage of life, where or whether they or their parents work, how much they earn, where they live, or where they were born. The Bishops’ Conference believes health care reform should be truly universal and it should be genuinely affordable.”
The other day, Thomas was having a meltdown (what's new). He cried and screamed until I sent him up to his room and told him to stay up there until he was done crying and screaming. So naturally he goes upstairs crying all the way.A couple minutes later, Jack began to cry about something completely unrelated and it went on and on until he too was then sent to his room (which he shares with Thomas). As Jack proceeded to walk into the bedroom crying the entire way, I walked up the stairs high enough to sneak a peek at the two boys.I see Thomas laying on his bed on top of his bear. Jack enters the bedroom and I hear a slurp/pluck sound which I quickly figured was Thomas pulling his fat thumb out of his mouth - because yes he STILL sneaks it in every now and again.As Jack stumbles in all upset and indignant, Thomas rattles off (like only Thomas would)...."So, what're you in for?"He made me feel like a county sheriff locking up local criminals!
ALICE - won a victory against a lawyer by demanding and getting back her money from a retainer on a small case for which no legal services were rendered. It wasn't easy. After her spate of bad health, she's getting back in fighting form.
SPARTY - who is more than helpful when it comes to advising and explaining University of Michigan athletics, offers this possible explanation for why Michigan last year had its worst football season ever: "Maybe they were just tired."
SKUZZA - as always the kind and gentle grandmother has been taking and picking up kids at school because the buses are not yet running.