Monday, June 30, 2008
As a side note, but still related to vegetation in my yard, one of my weekend tasks was pruning the shit out of the bridal wreath (spirea) on the side of my stoop. Before, trimming involved a ladder and precarious climbing off the porch. Now . . .
. . . it's itty-bitty, twiggy, and manageable.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I don't know. It still seems a little weak and liberal-ish to me. Maybe if we took away the choice part.
On the heels of today's SCOTUS decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana barring the death penalty for sex offenders, Gov. Bobby Jindal released a statement calling the ruling an "affront to the people of Louisiana" - and what's more, vowing to do whatever possible to amend the state's laws in order to maintain the death penalty for child rape.
But that's not all he did.
Today, Gov. Jindal signed the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill," authorizing the castration of convicted sex offenders. They get a choice: physical or chemical. Oh, and they don't just get castrated and leave - they still have to serve out their sentence.
But on the bright side Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), did manage to clarify a very important question. Just what branch of government is the Vice President in?Cohen: Mr. Addington, what branch are we in?
Addington: Ah, sir, perhaps the best that can be said is that the Vice President belongs neither to the executive nor to the legislative branch, but is attached by the Constitution to the latter. That's from two legal opinions issued by the office of legal counsel to the Department of Justice dated March 9th, 1961, and April, I believe, it's 18th, 1961 by, I believe, Mr. Katzenbach if I remember. . .
Cohen: So he's a member of the legislative branch?
Addington: No. I said attached by the Constitution to the latter. He is not a member of the legislative branch because the Constitution says that the Congress consists of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The Constitution further says that the Senate consists of Senators and the House of Representatives consists of Representatives and he is neither a Senator nor a Representative.
Cohen: But he is attached to the legislative branch?
Addington: That's the quote I read you.
Cohen: So he's kind of a barnacle.
(voice off camera): Kind of a what?!
Addington: He is attached. . . the word was attached by the Constitution to the latter. I don't consider the Constitution as a barnacle, Mr. Cohen.
Cohen: No, the Vice President. Since he's really not fish or fowl, he's just attached to something.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Possibly this tack has been inspired by recent polling showing Nader drawing more support away from McCain than Obama.
Nader was asked if Obama is any different than Democrats he has criticized in the past, considering Obama's pledge to reject campaign contributions from registered lobbyists.
"There's only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He's half African-American," Nader said. "Whether that will make any difference, I don't know. I haven't heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What's keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn't want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We'll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards."
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I liked it, though. It was a bit like visiting with old friends you haven't seen in a while. Sure, it was a bit long, with a few extraneous threads, but I've seen many worse movies. Which makes me think about this article I read about the critical hostility directed at it:
"Sex and the City" the TV series was a revolution, yadda yadda, because it was one of the rare forms of entertainment that showed women in the flesh (and flesh), with all their vulnerabilities, anxieties and intelligence. But when you listen to men talk about it (and this is coming from the perspective of a male writer), a strange thing happens. The talk turns hateful. Angry. Vengeful. Annoyed. It's not just that they don't want to accompany their significant others to the movie. How dare Carrie and her girls hijack the box office during a time when the Hulk, Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the good old boys of the summer usually rule?
Is this just poor sportsmanship? I can't help but wonder—cue the Carrie Bradshaw voiceover here—if it's not a case of "Sexism in the City." Men hated the movie before it even opened. They flooded IMDB.com, voting early and often, so that the movie would have a low rating of 3 out of 10 among users before Friday (although now that number is higher, at 4.8). Movie critics, an overwhelmingly male demographic, gave it such a nasty tongue lashing you would have thought they were talking about an ex-girlfriend. "Sex" mustered a 54 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, compared to the 77 percent fresh for the snoozefest that was "Indiana Jones" (a boy's movie! Such harmless fun!).
Friday, June 20, 2008
UPDATE LATER IN THE WATER-INTAKE VIGIL: What helps: reading up on veterinary dental procedures and their outcomes. Damn, I'd need the morphine too if my gums were being sliced and reattached.
I'll take this opportunity to thank my parents, who gave me cavity resistant teeth, orthodonture, and a life-long obsession with preserving the investment.
STILL FURTHER UPDATE: Damn, they have feline orthodonture. Fascinating, although given what people do for their animals, not surprising. My approach on this would be along the lines of don't take the animal with the wonky teeth. But that's me.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
More soothingly . . . bunny!
This is Abelard VI. He feasts on my garden and thinks I'm a right good neighbor for sharing.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I blogged a few weeks back about a convicted criminal, Larry Sinclair, who'd been begging the media to cover his wild allegations about Barack Obama [ed.--that Sinclair and Obama had a hot man-on-man encounter in a limo circa 1999. In Gurnee, IL! No news on whether it was in the Ikea parking lot]. Today Sinclair trotted into the National Press Club to air the allegations before what can literally be described as an audience of international press, and can more accurately be described as an amused bunch of people taking in a circus act.
How did the press conference go, inquiring minds want to know? Less than stellar, since you ask. First, his slight criminal record raised awkward questions. Then his legal representation arrived.
It got worse when Sinclair's lawyer Montgomery Sibley—whose license is currently suspended in D.C. and Florida—showed up in a kilt and told reporters that his above-average endowment made slacks tight and uncomfortable.
Finally, follow-up questions were cut a bit short, as Sinclair was led away in handcuffs for an outstanding arrest warrant in Delaware (or possibly Colorado; it seems he's wanted in both states).
You know, it's sad. It's like they're not even trying anymore.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Mr. Laffer said that Ohio's poor economy is a microcosm of the nation's. "Ohio is not in very good shape. Taxes have gotten totally out of control," he said. He criticized former Gov. Bob Taft, a Republican, by name for tax boosts that Mr. Laffer said have crippled the state economy. For 30 years, Mr. Laffer has endorsed the notion that if an economy is to grow, taxes must be eased. Only when taxes are lowered can businesses make greater profits and subsequently expand operations, provide cheaper products, and hire more employees, he contends.If we only would loosen the yoke of taxation, we could experience the bounty of the trickle-down trickle! This certainty of vision and--dare I say, commitment to the course in spite of evidence and reality--is refreshing to see, especially in this day and age, isn't it? You just don't see it that often.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Next, you'll tell me that when you gather copious data for the sake of it, you end up with a lot of unuseful, inaccurate data.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Also, I pay good money for professional lawn people to control my weeds, and lo, the weeds persist and they are spreading.
I want a condo, far, far away, with only a tiny balcony on which I can do a couple of containers. I also want a tank of fish because fish never require hazmat suits and protective padding to handle, don't get the runs, and don't destroy my couch.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Hmmmm, now that I think about it, it may be time to do another movie in comic form about it. (Have you seen my previous episodes? They're clever and allusive, if I do say so myself.)
And the cat, in manner of Mr. Burns, continues--nay, adds to--her delicate stalemate of competing maladies, thus ensuring that she will outlive us all.
Monday, June 9, 2008
High-heel shoes for infants. Start 'em young, I say!
I bow to no one in my quest for body-deforming high heels, but really, even I have been convinced by cold, hard experience of their ill effects. Only women would be trained to not only endure pain while walking around every day but to deform their feet or undergo bizarre therapies to allow them to continue adhering to some concept of "beauty."
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
And this really good article analyzes how Obama pulled it off. In short, he found really talented people who believed in what they were doing and were team players, he came up with a thoughtful plan that he patiently carried out, and he used his resources wisely. This all, I think, shows excellent management skills and strategic vision, which is exactly the sort of thing I want in a president.
Now, just to defeat GetOffaMyLawn Mavericky McStraightTalk. Have you heard that he's older than nachos?
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Anyhoo, I hope next week is better.
*Boilerplate explanation: Popular vote totals as arrived at by excluding Florida's and Michigan's unsanctioned primaries and including estimates from the caucuses that didn't release official vote totals.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
1. I'm really sorry things suck right now. It is not your fault. Thinking of what you should have done differently is not only unhelpful, it's unfair to yourself. No one is all-perfect or omniscient. All you can do is deal with the situation the best you can moving forward.
2. You will deal with this. It may not seem like it now, but you will. Things will get better.
3. Worrying about the worst-case scenarios is unproductive and very hard on your body. As my mother points out, your body doesn't know the difference between what you're experiencing and what you're imagining experiencing. Stress can negatively affect your body in many, many ways.
4. Take time to take care of yourself. It will make you more productive and effective. Do something simple you enjoy, like read a book, go out with friends, garden, get a manicure, have a glass of splurgy wine, cuddle a pet, or play a game with your favorite kid.
5. Call me if you need anything.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
First thing, ouch: skinned knee, tweaked back. Second thing: the cat's level of freaked out has not been seen since 1999 (seriously, she won't let me touch her).
Okay, I promise to stop blogging about the goddamned high-maintenance cat. Anyone want a goddamned high-maintenance cat?
Monday, June 2, 2008
How cool would it be if it came down to a sudden-death spelling bee?
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I just spent a smashing long weekend with the family, enjoying a spate of relaxation and porch-sitting, leisurely country walks, tours of several local greenhouses, a dance recital, and a graduation party (my brother is a newly minted MBA, soon to be an even bigger Captain of Industry).
Notwithstanding my niece's excellent performance, I believe the recital is best described as tweeners accompanied by power ballads. It was three hours long. Otherwise, the weekend was endless fun and chock full of family bonding.