Friday, April 27, 2007
Earl is starting to act like he thinks he's the king of the tiny kingdom. Yao-Man is getting a bit too comfortable, too. They'd both do well to remember that Alex, Stacey, Dreamz, Cassandra, and Boo can all re-ally, esp. if it becomes clear that Earl and Yao-Man have a pecking order in mind.
'Cause no one, but no one, wants to be the next person to go.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The President's staff sat stunned at this unusual display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sat with his head in his hands. Minutes passed.
Finally, the President looked up and asked, "So ... exactly how many is a brazillion?"
Tip o' the pen to my fave crazy man, Gregg Valentino, the Ramblin' Freak.
Here is a mama kangaroo at a zoo in Germany, with her two 6 month-old joeys. Look at that one practicing his hurdles! He'll be hopping over Tiggers in no time!
The zoo hasn't named the babies yet. Suggestions? Kanga and Roo? Oingo and Boingo?
So after all of that, no one gets the hook. Dang! Apparently this week's votes will be combined with next week's votes, and the bottom two will get knocked out.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Let me get this straight. (Um, pun not intended.) Because I support the right of two people of the same sex getting married, or even merely civil unioned, I'm akin to a terrorist?
Color Tigger blistering mad. I wish the good Cardinal would
Andrew Sullivan's (and he's a religious man, and a fairly conservative one at that, having written The Conservative Soul) rant says it better than I ever could:
How can one not regret the coarseness of the rhetorical blast that just came from the lips of Archbishop Angelo Amato? He directly equated suicide bombing with civil unions or civil marriage for gay couples. Yes: the human desire to seek out one other person and commit to him or her for a lifetime is "terrorism with a human face" and "equally repugnant" as the acts of al Qaeda. The comparison is such a ludicrously cruel, absurd and demeaning one it doesn't even rise to the level of rational debate. But here is an authoritative church leader calling gay couples the moral equivalent of mass-murderers of innocents. All one can say is that this is not the language of Jesus, and it is not the language of the Gospels. It is, in fact, hate speech. It will persuade no one. Even if one were to believe that abortion is as morally repugnant as murder, how can the same rubric be applied to gay couples who are intending to do nothing but look after one another under the law? How can attempts to find meaningful civil protections for their relationships be regarded as "evil"? Misguided for some, perhaps. Unwise for others. But evil? "Equally repugnant" as the acts of suicide bombers? From a bishop of the church? The mind reels.Amen, brother.
Former President George Bush told CNN's Larry King Monday that the electorate may be experiencing "Bush fatigue."I think we all need this on a t-shirt! "I have Bush Fatigue."
And it may be the reason his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is sitting out the 2008 presidential election, the 41st president said.
"There's something to that -- there might be a little Bush fatigue now," former President Bush told CNN's Larry King when asked if he agreed with a recent assessment from GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that Jeb Bush would currently be a frontrunner for the Republican party's presidential nomination if his last name wasn't Bush.
Except, of course, some smart aleck will then come along and say, "Well, trim."
Tip o' the pen to the folks at Shakesville.
Monday, April 23, 2007
This is the fault of feminists? Sounds like garden-variety misogyny to me.
But in Cho Seung-hui's case, I'd say it's probably the simple fact that the boy was unhinged, depressed, and delusional. He'd been mentally unstable for years. Let's blame this one on untreated mental illness, folks.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Dreamz is playing both sides of the fence so painfully obviously that it's bound to get him in the end. Stacey has proven she'll also go with whatever alliance is larger than hers. Since both of them are so easily turned, it's not looking good for Alex (who has now wasted the immunity idol) and Mookie.
However, apparently once an immunity idol is played, another one is hidden to be found. So, somebody could get lucky. I'm still waiting for someone to find the fake immunity idol that Yau-Man hid. But my memory's rusty now ... did he hide it on the beach they're currently at, or on the other one?
Which reminds me: the current tribe name of Bula Bula. Everytime I hear that, I go off into gales of hysterics. It just reminds me of something right out of an old Hanna Barbera cartoon or something, in which the cannibal runs up to the marooned explorer and goes: "Bula Bula!" (If only we'd all known then that all it meant was "hello." As a child, I always thought it meant something like, "Boy, your head looks delicious, and I can't wait to boil you and eat your ears.")
Back to Survivor. I'm liking the Earl, Cassandra, and Yao-Man alliance. If they can rely on Stacey to not flake on them, their next best move might be to get rid of Dreamz since he can't really be trusted. But Mookie, Alex, Dreamz, and Stacey could just as easily ally and do something akin to last night: they could fool Yao-Man, for example, into thinking they're targeting Earl, and then take out Cassandra. So next week should be pretty interesting.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
When the camera cut away, Blake was wiping away Lakisha's tears. My estimation of him just shot way up. Tenderness trumps "beat boxin" any day.
Finally the last ones standing all deserve to be there ...
(Except for maybe Mr. Nasally Chris. But that's my S.O. speaking. She hates anything that remotely reminds her of Justin Timberlake.)
I did several futures bets in the second pool this year. I have $7 on Circular Quay; $5 on Sam P. (bad bet since he ended up stinking in the Santa Anita Derby); $5 on any horse who wins the Kentucky Derby that wasn't in the second pool field (probably my best bet! LOL);
and $5 on Scat Daddy (pictured here). At the time I made the bet, I thought it was a reach, but I bet him anyway for sentimental reasons since I won money on him a couple times when he was a two year-old. But he's on the improve again, so that bodes well, and he gets Edgar Prado as his jockey, and you just can't hope for better than Barbaro's jockey. (The extra $2 on Circular Quay t'was fer me Cap'n, who promises grog all 'round if'n th'horse wins.)
But that's not a picture of grog! That's a picture of a mint julep ... Because you must have mint juleps on Derby Day. Problem is, I'm not fond of bourbon (although my significant other is).
Consequently, it's a challenge for a bartender to make me a mint julep that I'll like. So, here are the keys: (1) Choose a good bourbon. Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, and Blanton's are the ones that can go down my throat without making me feel like I just swallowed lighter fluid. (2) Use lots of crushed ice. At the outset, you should be pouring simple syrup and bourbon over a snowcone in a glass. Really. (3) Use lots of fresh mint steeped in a syrup that's not too sweet.
Maybe I'll print out a good recipe and give it to Eli ahead of time (he's our awesome 'tender at the Steam Plant). But I can't have too many of the darn things or else I won't be able to run Bloomsday the next day.
(OK, not really. But Sanjaya did destroy that song. Bonnie Raitt, if she watched the show, poor thing, was probably grinding her teeth and tempted to take a big swig out of a whiskey bottle. Good thing she gave up drankin'.)
Impressive were Jordan and Melinda Doolittle. Which reminds me....separated at birth?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Well, guess what? This hateful man is planning on picketing the funerals of students and professors killed yesterday in the tragedy at Virginia Tech. From Pam Spaulding's website (as a matter of principle, she'll quote Phelps but not link to his site so he can't count the hits to his page):
WBC will preach at the funerals of the Virginia Tech students killed on campus during a shooting rampage April 16, 2007. You describe this as monumental horror, but you know nothing of horror -- yet. Your bloody tyrant Bush says he is 'horrified' by it all. You know nothing of horror -- yet. Your true horror is coming. "They shall also gird themselves with sackloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads" (Eze. 7:18).Read like the ramblings of a madman? You bet they are. Most of this world's horrors happen in the name of religion, to me a horrible fact and something to pause and think long and hard about.
Why did this happen, you ask? It's simple. Your military chose to shoot at the servants of God today, and all they got for their effort was terror. Then, the LORD your God sent a crazed madman to shoot at your children. Was God asleep while this took place? Was He on vacation? Of course not. He willed this to happen to punish you for assailing His servants.
UPDATE: people are mobilizing to block Phelps' presence at the funerals. Read more about it here.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Chelan Valley Players are putting on a production of The Laramie Project. They have three weekends of three shows each, and all include a panel discussion of issues raised in the show. It's a good play; there was a production done at College of San Mateo when I taught there, and the gay bashing/murder of Matthew Shepherd is a poignant and moving story, one that needs to continue to be told.
Friday, April 13, 2007
“After 10 years and $1.5 billion in public funds these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs will go down as an ideological boondoggle of historic proportions,” said James Waggoner, President of Advocates for Youth.
Hat tip to Feministing.
Read the rest of the appalling story here. If it is in fact true that we are holding this guy for the sole reason of preventing him from taking more "embarrassing" photos of what's really happening in Iraq, then something is seriously, seriously wrong with our conduct in this war.
Dreamz's big mouth is going get him kicked off the island.
For the final four, I'm liking Earl and Yao-Man, and I've always liked Cassandra. Everybody else is kind of up in the air for me. I think Edgardo is okay, and so is Alex (except Alex is too much like Yul, and we don't need another lawyer to win Survivor
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Vonnegut had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home
weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.
The author of at least 19 novels, many of them bestsellers, as well as
dozens of short stories, essays and plays, Vonnegut relished the role of a
social critic. He lectured regularly, exhorting audiences to think for themselves and
delighting in barbed commentary against the institutions he felt were
A brilliant novelist. He will be missed.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
According to Equal Rights Washington, "This law will provide same-sex couples limited, though important, protections during their most vulnerable times--during illness, incapacity and death. 'We view this bill as an emergency protection act. We will continue to talk about the lives of LGBT families and the importance of marriage equality,' said Barbara Green, ERW's Interim Executive Director. 'The Domestic Partnership bill offers only a fraction of full marriage protections....[civil marriage] provides a legal and social safety net that is unparalleled in protecting families during times of crisis. Same-sex couples need the 400 plus statewide protections, and the 1,000 plus federal protections that come with civil marriage. Nothing short of marriage will provide LGBT families with the protections and dignity we deserve.'
The Domestic Partnership bill will also protect senior couples, who may choose not to marry due to harsh economic penalties. 'This law is sound public policy; it protects families in Washington State currently without a safety net,' said Green."
This is particularly meaningful news to me as my partner and I were legally joined in a civil union in the state of Vermont a year ago tomorrow. We also have legal protection through a living trust and wills; medical and financial powers of attorney; and other legal documents. We are blessed by the open-mindedness of our families, who would never challenge our choices in a court of law and who honor our commitment to each other. Nevertheless, we will register as domestic partners in this state.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Larry Birkhead is the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, Dannielynn. Howard K. Stern is not. I know that Howard K. Stern has been playing the role of Daddy to the infant since its birth, but he really doesn't have a legal foot to stand on. Birkhead has always seemed sincere to me and wanted to be a part of the child's life well before Anna Nicole's untimely death. Now, would Virgie and Howard please step aside and let Larry have his baby back? And then let's get out of their lives and let them all get on with theirs. Please.
Michael Ware reports from Baghdad on Muqtada al-Sadr's rallying cry —
and subsequent mass demonstration — to fight against US occupation. Yesterday marked the four year anniversary of the picture perfectly staged toppling of Saddam's statue. Unfortunately, the man who took a sledgehammer to that statue now wishes Saddam was still in power. Ouch. Luckily, our ever optimistic
administration claims these protests are signs of progress and success.
I did catch a snippet on CNN yesterday and sure enough, the man who took the sledgehammer to Saddam's statue runs a motorcycle shop (Harleys, to be precise) and can't make a living anymore. He now regrets Saddam's fall.
But yeah, we're changing the hearts and minds. And, as George Orwell wrote in 1984, War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
So how has our language been otherwise corrupted? Well, the Bushie Boys are saying the mass protests (we claim there were "only" 7,000 protestors; the Iraqis claim there were tens of thousands, burning U.S. flags and the whole schmiel) are PROOF that things are better in Iraq. Yep! Under Saddam there could be no protests! No freedom of speech! So the fact that the Iraqis can holler loudly that they want us out of their country means ... well, it means we belong there!
This reminds me of, oh, was it about a year ago maybe? There was a report out on the state of the U.S. economy, and the Bushie Boys were taking note of the fact that more Americans are dipping into their savings accounts nowadays. This, they said, was a sign that U.S. citizens are doing well and trust that things are getting better financially. They feel so secure in their financial futures that they feel free to go ahead and spend some of their savings! Whooohoooo! Yay!
Except that I know that I, for one, had to pull money out of my savings because things like the price of gas had shot sky high and I had no choice if I wanted to pay my other bills.
DOUBLESPEAK. It's what the present Administration is all about.
Monday, April 9, 2007
Mary Cheney will be having a boy when she gives birth next month, said her father, Vice President Dick Cheney. He also said he’s “delighted” to be a grandparent for the sixth time, but reiterated that he thought same-sex relationship recognition should remain a state matter. “I obviously think it’s important for us as a society to be tolerant and respectful of whatever arrangements people enter into,” he added.At least Dick Cheney and I can agree on one thing.
You've got to wonder what possessed this white man to call them that. What on earth made him think it would be okay? Make a note: white people shouldn't try to talk gangsta.
Oh, I know this is offensive to Muslims, so let me make it clear I mean only those few terrorist ones who "martyred" themselves killing "infidels" and are expecting 75 virgins to reward them in Heaven.
Otherwise, for those who celebrate it, hope y'all all had a Happy Bunny Day.
Friday, April 6, 2007
I will say this: Edgardo, Alex, and Mookie all screwed Lisi over with the immunity idol. She gave them the clues to find it in hopes of tightening her alliance with them, but when they found it, they didn't tell her they had. Instead, they kicked her off.
Vice President Cheney delivered a speech early Sunday morning before a formationActually, as I understand it, this story that ran in the "New Yorke Times" was an April Fool's Day hoax, but nonetheless several lefty bloggers are wagging their fingers while saying, "Don't be surprised if it really happens, though." The reasoning? Bush wasn't actually elected the first time he held office; he was essentially appointed by the Supreme Court. So he's entitled to a third term. Or, since the United States is conducting a war, preventing a change in Commander-in-Chief would promote continuity and protect us all. An act like this, they argue, is well within the modus operandi of the current Administration and its attacks on Constitutional checks and balances and how, to date, both parties have allowed it to happen. No more. The American people say "no more!"
of soldiers at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The speech was not publicized and
the prepared remarks were intended to boost troop morale. The comments were
fairly unremarkable except for one short comment near the end of the speech in
which Mr. Cheney suggested that the Bush Administration may seek to challenge
the 22nd amendment in the 2008 presidential election in an effort to ensure that
the war in Iraq is successful.
Long ago, Congress should have told the president it's not OK to detain people without trials. It's not all right with us to grab people off the streets and 'render' them to other countries to be tortured. It's not American to listen in to our telephone conversations. It's not fine, or usual, to promote attorneys "to serve at the pleasure of the President" who will bring forth false accusations in election years against the opposing party and to punish those who pursue legitimate claims against the party in power. And it borders on simple tyranny that the president can issue little "signing statements" that nullify laws he doesn't happen to like.
Just my opinion.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Back in January, Chris Floyd wrote an article about the real reason for Pres. Bush’s “troop surge” policy: access to Iraq’s vast oil reserves via a bill called “the hydrocarbon law,” which gives Exxon/Mobil, Chevron/Texaco, BP/Amoco, and Royal Dutch/Shell the lion’s share of Iraqi oil revenues.I'm no conspiracy theorist, but it's pretty scary stuff. In any case, an interesting read, so go here.
MASON, Ohio -- A man wearing a string bikini and blond wig when arrested on a drunken driving charge told police he was on his way to compete as a woman in a contest at a bar, according to authorities.
Steven S. Cole, 46, of Waynesville, was arrested Tuesday as he attempted to leave a park in his pickup truck after Mason police received a complaint of an intoxicated man walking and driving around the park.
Cole was wearing pink flip-flops and with the top of the bikini filled out by tan water balloons, police said. Cole told an officer he was on his way to a bar in Dayton, about 30 miles away, to compete for $10,000 prize, according to the police report.
Cole's blood-alcohol test registered 0.174 percent, more than twice Ohio's legal limit of 0.08 percent, the report said.
Cole also was charged with public indecency, disorderly conduct and having an open container of beer and was to appear in Mason Municipal Court on Thursday.
Cole has been a volunteer firefighter in nearby Wayne Township since August 2000. Township officials issued a statement saying Cole would be placed on administrative leave.
The moral of this story is: some beer, good. Too much beer, bad. Very bad. Make a note.
Approximately 79 percent of college students and more than 73 percent of non-college students said they had voted in the November 2006 elections, but only 10 to 12 percent of respondents reported ever voting in “American Idol” and significantly fewer had voted in “Dancing with the Stars.”Now we know for sure that it's the idiots who are voting for Sanjaya.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Of course, I've had to come to the realization that there's just no way I will be able to run the 7.4 mile course without stopping and walking bits of it ... just haven't been able to do the quality training to get me conditioned enough to make that happen. Oh well. It'll still be a challenge to do the run at all, even if I end up strolling across the finish line. My partner suggested I fill my Platypus Hydration System with beer and slurp on that through the whole course. LOL
But hey, I'm serious about the pub crawl afterwards! After the race, I'll probably want to shower (because I am a profuse sweater) but maybe I can do that downtown where I work out. We can aim for a noontime kickoff for the drinkoff. Email if interested.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
I dunno. Sometimes the leather crowd looks like it fetishizes hate and violence, but the S/M guys and gals I've met are more about playing erotically with exchanges of power, and they're not out to actually hurt anybody. Walk through the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco every September, and you'll see some bizarre things from straights, bis, and gays alike, but you'll also meet some of the nicest, most accepting people around. I always thought that anyone who's oppressed in any way would be able to intellectually transfer an understanding of that kind of injustice to any other oppressed group. "Gay skinhead" is an oxymoron that simply makes no sense to me, and I hope this is a very tiny, fringe element.
Monday, April 2, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Okay, y'all, and you know who you are ... here is the promised recipe. I think the best wine that pairs with salmon is a chilled pinot grigio, and a good side dish for this low-carb meal is freshly snapped steamed green beans. (I have served this dish with the Santa Margherita pinot grigio, which is affordable and easy to find, but maybe not in Spokane. Barring this choice or another Italian pinot grigio, try a good sauvignon blanc as a substitute.)
This makes 4 servings. Everything doubles easily.
Make the sauce first, then put it in the fridge. I usually do this a few hours before cooking the fish.
1/4 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon wasabi paste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
a packet of Splenda
Put the cottage cheese in a blender and process until pureed. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and blend well. Then place in fridge to chill.
4 salmon fillets, skin removed (I strongly suggest wild salmon, tremendous difference in flavor)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Scatter the sesame seeds across a plate. Lightly brush the top of each salmon fillet with some of the olive oil. Dip the oiled side of the fish into the sesame seeds.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for about a minute. Add the remaining olive oil and swirl the pan. Put in the salmon fillets, sesame side down, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the salmon fillets over and cook about another 5 minutes or until the salmon is no longer red when a knife is inserted in the thickest part. Should be pink and firm but not dry.
To serve, spoon some of the wasabi sauce onto a dinner plate and place a salmon fillet on top of the sauce, sesame side up. Add your side dish, pour the wine, and tuck in and have a great evening.