Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Max Baucus and his cronies want to force you to give money to insurance companies. The bill they're considering is worse than no reform at all.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Whose fault is it that it's been 30 years? If he had stayed in California, he would have served his time and been released many years ago. If he served any time at all - chances are lawyers could've got him out on appeal.
People seem to forget he drugged a 13 year old girl with quaaludes and champagne, forced her to pose for nude photos, then fucked her in the ass.
She was 13.
(More on the case.)
Monday, September 28, 2009
Things I've observed in the last few days:
1. Kitties are afraid of ceiling fans. I think that's why girl cat wouldn't leave the living room the first 2 days. She still crouches every time she walks under the fan.
2. Cat puke is much easier to clean off tile instead of carpet. That was one of the perks I was looking forward to.
3. Old habits die hard. I keep parking in my old spot, instead of moving a few spaces over.
4. The wind is going to be awfully cold this winter. My old apartment was sheltered - when I was cleaning this weekend, the temp was about 10 degrees warmer than the new one, even with all the windows open in both. I was always too hot in the winter. Don't think that'll be a problem this year.
5. On Saturday, I overheard the manager on the phone with the owner discussing the fact that I still didn't have all my stuff out. (I was waiting outside his office to tell him I had just finished.) He didn't bother to tell the owner the reason it was a week later than we planned was because the apartment had failed the first inspection. Oh well.
6. In the new apartment, some of the pegs that hold the aluminum storm windows in their tracks are broken or missing. I wasn't that concerned until the wind started blowing yesterday. One of the storm windows shattered.
7. Kitties are afraid of loud crashes.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
When it was time to bring them over here (the new apartment), they must've thought they were going to the vet - or back to the animal shelter. Those are the only 2 places they've been since they were babies.
I had to bring them one at a time because I only have one carrier and neither was being cooperative enough to risk carrying them in my arms. Girl cat was first. She jumped out of the box as soon as we got here, then crouched, looked around long enough to spot a hiding place, and dived under the couch.
When boy cat got here, he stayed in the box for 2 hours. It was open but he just crouched inside and meowed. Finally, he got brave enough to jump out and join girl cat under the couch. She growled at him for awhile then they licked each other and huddled together.
It's 12 hours later and she's still there. She hasn't eaten or used the litter box. Boy cat showed up in my bed in the middle of the night.
Yesterday started out waiting for the cable guy. He was everything you'd wanted a cable guy to be - middle aged paunch, scraggly 3-day beard, pony tail, rancid breath you could smell from across the room and chatty. I found out that his mother-in-law is one of my neighbors in the building next door and he's originally from California.
Why would anyone move to Iowa from California? "Long story," he says.
When people don't give me answers, I make up my own. So I'll say he's a former druggie and he's now estranged from his father. Druggie because he's got a ponytail. Estranged because he told me Dad and stepmom are in the movie business - she's an executive for Focus Features. (This information was disclosed when he saw Robert Redford on my PC wallpaper.) His dad is "loaded" (his word) and he's trudging through life installing cable TV. Dad must not like him very much.
We didn't get everything moved last night but my brother's coming back tomorrow to help with the rest. The maintenance guy who helped us move said my landlord's got 6 apartments empty right now and he's not in any hurry to spend the money to fix up my old one. Which means I don't have to rush to get my stuff out.
Last night, I could hardly walk. Every muscle ached and my knees and ankles were locking up. Surprisingly, I feel pretty good this morning. My feet still hurt, which remind me once again that I need to stop wearing these cheap ass flats and put my sneakers on.
All in all, I'm feeling pretty good. A hundred times more relaxed than I've been in months. Looking forward to putting things away and settling back into my lowly but quiet existence.
Now, I'm going to move the cat food and the litter over by the couch. We'll see if that coaxes girl cat out.
Turn ons: chatty workmen
Turn offs: I'm damn near 50 and arthur-itis is setting in
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I have an appointment with Housing tomorrow morning and if all goes well, the bulk of my move will be accomplished tomorrow night.
I am physically and mentally exhausted. I'm so ready to be done with this and get back to my normal life. My blog has suffered long enough.
Wish me luck.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Jim Press, one of the top executives with Chrysler, took out a $2.2 million mortgage on a mansion near Detroit. That was in June 2008, when it was already well known that the company was failing. Now, there's a lien against the house for more than $1.35 million in unpaid taxes and a default on a personal loan.
Way to go, Jim.
This week, they're having a hearing to determine what information will be published in U.S. history textbooks. Board member Don McLeroy had this to say:
Everything that's ever been accomplished in the United States ... Let's take the Civil Rights movement for example ... it was accomplished by majority vote ... In other words, the minorities were not able to do it by themselves. It took a majority ... to do it for the minority ... The women's right to vote - the women didn't vote on it, the men did. The men passed it for the women.
He said that he only learned that recently, at age 63, but maybe kids should be learning it in high school. You know who he learned it from? Pat Buchanan has been spouting that nonsense for the last few months.
But McLeroy didn't stop there. He also asked why current history textbooks don't list any Republican leaders who helped pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
The way I remember history, it was predominantly passed by a Republican majority ... There must have been some conservative leaders or Republican leaders that were active in passing ...
Mr. McLeroy, I think the problem is that you don't remember history. You only remember the talking points of wingnuts like Buchanan.
The board is relying on "experts" like David Barton, who, as critics note, is a "Christian nationalist history revisionist."
Another of their "experts" is evangelical minister Peter Marshall. He objects to including Thurgood Marshall in history textbooks because "He's known primarily for that one very important Supreme Court decision." And he says instead of Cesar Chavez, Pedro Flores should represent Hispanics in history. What's Flores known for? Inventing the yo-yo. (Rev. Marshall doesn't even have the facts straight on that one - Flores manufactured yo-yos but he didn't invent them.)
Another board member is David Bradley, who led the call to prevent President Obama from "indoctrinating" children by giving a speech to students. After all, how can you indoctrinate students with the religious conservative agenda if you let them listen to anyone else?
The board released the first draft of the new standards in July. They include the provisions that textbooks must "identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Moral Majority."
That's right. Newt and Phyllis should be mentioned in every history textbook. Thurgood Marshall? Cesar Chavez? Not so much.
Remember: What happens in Texas doesn't stay in Texas. Book publishers use the standards of the Texas Board of Education for the textbooks in every other state as well.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Patrick Swayze died this week. Pancreatic cancer, age 57. From his Dirty Dancing co-star Jennifer Grey:
When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
The company that was willing to break the law to avoid paying the minimum wage is now the largest private-sector employer in the nation and the world, with 1.4 million employees in the United States and 2 million overall, more than 6,000 stores, and revenues that exceed those of Target, Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Safeway, and Kroger -- combined. By virtue of its size and its mastery of logistics, Wal-Mart is able to demand low prices from its thousands of suppliers and thus inflict low wages on their employees. Its low prices have also forced reductions in wages and benefits at the unionized supermarkets with which it threatens to compete ...
For the past year, Americans have focused, and understandably so, on the ways in which Wall Street has misshaped the American economy, how finance has grown large over the past 20 years as manufacturing has shrunk. But the rise of finance is just half the story; it takes the rise of retail to complete the tale. Both Wall Street and Wal-Mart played a central role in the deindustrialization of the United States: 40,000 U.S factories were closed between 2001, when China was admitted to the World Trade Organization, and 2007, during which years Wal-Mart's Chinese imports tripled in value from $9 billion to $27 billion ...
Wal-Mart cannot thrive in a nation where prosperity is broadly shared, and it will do all it can to keep that from happening.
The rest of the article is worth the read.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Meanwhile, a government report released last month says there have been 32 deaths linked to Gardasil and there are higher rates of fainting and blood clots than with other vaccines.
Time for some quickies:
• If you enjoy a good conspiracy theory, this one's for you: Obama Science Czar's Plan to Sterilize Population Through Water Supply Already Happening
• Here's a conspiracy theory that isn't quite as far-fetched:
What if [Osama bin Laden] has been dead for years, and the British and U.S. intelligence services are actually playing a game of double bluff?
What if everything we have seen or heard of him on video and audio tapes since the early days after 9/11 is a fake - and that he is being kept 'alive' by the Western allies to stir up support for the war on terror?
Incredibly, this is the breathtaking theory that is gaining credence among political commentators, respected academics and even terror experts.• Sex bracelets - Parents and administrators in Colorado are flipping out because middle school girls are wearing jelly bracelets. Some nitwit heard that the colors symbolize different sex acts. If a boy snaps the bracelet, the girl's supposed to do that act.
When I was in junior high, everybody said green M&Ms make your horny and red ones make you pregnant. No one took away our M&Ms.
• Fark headline of the day: Porn, which should be essential to pumping up our flaccid economy, seeing profits plunge as tight-fisted consumers gag on swollen prices for everything else.
• And don't go looking for porn at Walmart. Two guys in Arkansas got arrested after they put a porn movie in a DVD that was connected to six TVs.
• Meanwhile, the Alabama Supreme Court still won't let you buy sex toys because: "There is nothing 'private' or 'consensual' about the advertising and sale of a dildo." So if you're going to Alabama, be sure to pack your own.
• The picture is Sylvester Stallone at the recent Venice Film Festival. It's not photoshopped and he's not made up for a new sci-fi role. Desperation is sad.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Alan Turing was a British mathematical genius. He broke German codes during World War II and his work laid the foundation for modern computers. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century.
He was also gay. One of his old colleagues said:
It was a good thing the authorities hadn't known Turing was a homosexual during the war, because if they had, they would have fired him - and we would have lost.
In 1952, he was convicted of gross indecency with a male and sentenced to chemical castration. Two years later, he committed suicide by taking a bite out of a poisoned apple.
Some people believe the Apple logo commemorates his death because of his contributions to the genesis of computers.
The haunted look on her face says everything you need to know about war.
On this page, you can see other pictures from their wedding. Scroll down to the one where he's kissing her. Note the desperate way he hangs onto her while she pulls away.
Can you imagine being in his place, knowing your life has been destroyed and the woman you love who also loves you is repulsed by your touch?
Can you imagine being in her place, knowing that you could walk away from it all and have a normal life? Knowing that it will devastate him if you do?
She did walk away, less than a year after the wedding.
As a commenter on My Confined Space wrote:
I do hope that at 3:00 am, when the demons come, that this is the image that haunts the nightmares of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bremer, Petraus, and the rest. I hope it’s burned into the retinas forever.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Obama's speech last night inspired my title for this post. It seems like he loves letting everybody else do all the work and screw things up, then he rides in like the cavalry to fix everything. The big speech routine is getting old.
This is the email I sent to the White House this morning:
Insurance companies rip people off and make huge profits because of it. And your solution is to force more people to buy insurance??? If there's going to be a mandate, the public option has to be available to EVERYONE. You're more interested in helping insurance executives earn multi-million dollar bonuses than you are in helping the people who voted for you.
I sent a similar message to Tom Harkin. The best news I've heard this week is that he's taking over Ted Kennedy's chairmanship on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee. He's a true liberal and I heart him.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Just ask the employees of Turbine Airfoil Designs in Pennsylvania. The company deducted their health insurance premiums from their paychecks every week. Then Blue Cross sent them letters notifying them that they're insurance coverage had been canceled retroactively because TAD didn't pay the premiums. Now the employees are uninsured and they're stuck with 5 months of medical bills they thought were covered.
But who needs a public option, right?
Some unrelated quickies:
• Word to the wise: If you're going to get arrested, you don't want to be carrying a pink dildo with pubic hairs on it. Especially if you're a guy wearing fishnet stockings.
• Speaking of lingerie, check out Vicky's knickers.
• Shirley's Honey Hole. Now with cameras.
• Speaking of honey holes, check out the wacky tramp stamps.
• Belly art: check it out. More here.
• Beware of great tits!
• The key is to pick the biggest cricket and put it upside down on your tongue. So says the cricket-spitting champion.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Yesterday, the building manager gave me the key to my new apartment. I was so disappointed. It was supposed to be clean. The cupboards were filthy. The windows haven't been washed in years. The mop boards were covered with dirt.
But the worst part is the shoddy workmanship. The living room carpet is pieced together badly. Most of the bad spots will be covered with furniture but still. The new tile in the dining room and kitchen - I was so excited when I saw them putting it in. Apparently, they ran out. There are a few squares filled in with a different color. It could have been cute if they had done random squares all over but it's just a couple of places on the edges. One of them is very visible.
The paint job is sloppy - there are drips everywhere, some of the cupboards were painted shut, and the trim needs a second coat. There's a piece of the trim missing on the countertop in a very obvious spot. Some of the cupboards are missing handles. The new handles they did put on didn't fit the old holes so there are empty holes on the doors. The ceilings are dirty - you can even see the guy's dirty fingerprints from when he was installing a light fixture. None of the other light fixtures have been cleaned.
The part that pisses me off the most is that there are huge cracks in the tile on the bathroom floor. I thought they were going to fix that but they just left it. All I can think of is all the mold, mildew and bacteria that's going to be growing in there.
I spent most of this afternoon cleaning the kitchen cupboards - the amount of grease and goo and crumbs on the shelves shocked me. I can't believe the previous tenant lived that way. And I definitely can't believe the manager would turn it over to me and tell me it's clean.
I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to make them fix some of this stuff. There's a chance they're going to charge me $300 to replace window frames in my old apartment - they were damaged when my ACs were installed. So I think I'll wait and see what they say about that. If they try to charge me, I'll point out the conditions in the new place.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
That's a real ad for a real product circa 1928. Note the woman crying and the man glaring at her as he leaves, all because her pussy smells like vinegar instead of chlorine.
From the ad:
Yes! She's decidedly to blame ... There's no excuse for ignorance of what to put in her douche ...
If only you'd use this newer, scientific - THOROUGLY MODERN - method of douching with Zonite - how much happier your life might be!
Who knew all I needed was a good douche? Think of all that money I wasted on antidepressants.
You can read more about Zonite and douching "Facts and Frauds" at the Museum of Menstruation.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
• Crackley Wood. That's where you go to get your gay on, if you happen to be in Coventry. Don't go to Roughknowles Wood. The farmer there turned loose his rampaging pigs to keep the gay away.
• Did you know Fed Ex ships dolphins?
• You'll hate me for this one: popthatzit.com
• Researchers in New Mexico say Tetris alters the structure of your brain and may help fend off the mental decline that comes with age. Sitting here all day playing games might give me a fat ass but dammit, I'm not going senile.
• The title of this post refers to 3 of the 100 Cocktails to Try Before You Die.
Three years ago (I can't believe it's been that long), she had an infection that turned into an abscess. The abscess broke open before I knew anything was wrong. Lots of pain for her plus 6 weeks of antibiotics for it to heal.
So I took her in today and the vet said she has unusually large anal glands for a cat - she could put a lot of dogs to shame. Now they have an injectable antibiotic. One dose should do the trick, instead of trying to force pills or liquid down her every day. It was worth the extra $10.
I checked out my new apartment today. They were just putting in the carpet and I love it! It's a blue gray and it will look great with my couch. And blue just happens to be my favorite color.
That's girl cat sitting pretty on my current carpet. I am so not going to miss the orange.