Kate of Small Dead Animals points to this image ... Heh. Turns out the design by Hugh Macloud is available on a t-shirt at gapingvoid t-shirts. Hat tip to JMH ... Thanks!!
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Posted by Barb at 7:42 AM
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Thanks to Teresa of Technicalities for sharing the Redneck Engineering Exam. Make sure you check the comments for Bloodspite's answers as well! BTW - he also presents another reason for adding Chlorine to the Gene Pool.
Posted by Barb at 7:58 AM
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Wouldn't this be a sweet piece of irony?
My answer, of course, is Yes. This would be a delicious piece of irony. I particularly like the touch of providing a copy of Atlas Shrugged in each room ... very nice!
Posted by Barb at 12:34 PM
A month ago, Major K wrote about the Gold Star Mothers organization, and its refusal to consider Ligaya Lagman for inclusion, despite the death of her son Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman in Afghanistan ...
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman (search) is a Gold Star mother, part of the long line of mournful women whose sons or daughters gave their lives for their country. Her 27-year-old son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman (search), was killed last year in Afghanistan, but American Gold Star Mothers Inc., has rejected Lagman, a Filipino, for membership because — though a permanent resident and a taxpayer — she is not a U.S. citizen.
Predictably, there was a large and unhappy response to that decision. Many people, myself included, wrote letters requesting that the group needed to rethink its policy. Within a few days a special notice was posted up on the Gold Star Mothers site regarding the media attention. But the situation remained at status quo.
Recently the organization held its national convention in Dallas, and they met to discuss and vote on changing the rules to abolish the citizenship requirement ...
Gold Star Mothers to Let Noncitizens Join
By JENNIFER MEDINA
Published: June 28, 2005
The American Gold Star Mothers, a national organization open exclusively to women who have had a child killed in a military conflict while serving in the armed forces, voted yesterday to allow noncitizens to join its ranks. Earlier this year, the group was widely criticized when it denied an application from a Yonkers woman who retained Filipino citizenship.
This is good. I hope Ms. Lagman overcomes the pain of her rejection, and re-opens her application, so that this group of mothers can heal together.
Red Guy in a Blue State weighs in with Gold Star Moms do the Right Thing.
Posted by Barb at 9:15 AM
Monday, June 27, 2005
Sgt B just had to pass this along ... Thanks, 'Sarge'.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Good news to start off a Friday ... CPT Ziegenfuss is heading for Walter Reed today (Friday). Carren (The Mrs.) posted an update Thursday night - with the best news being that she got to talk with Her Hero! Keep those positive thoughts flowing!
Something he did ask me to blog about was CPT Jason Spencer, Chuck's XO. Because Chuck was wearing heavy Kevlar armor, he went bottoms up in the canal, and was drowning, Jason dove into the canal to save him, only to find himself in the same predicament as Chuck and almost drowning himself, but he managed to muscle himself upward to then help pull Chuck ashore. This man is a hero and Chuck wanted me to spread the word on this.
For other amusements ...
Stroll through AFSister's garden.
Find out what Real Science looks like - thanks to Bad Cat Robot.
Check out Desultory Girl's new wheels, and wish her (and her twin) a Happy Birthday!
Finally - for a Real Good Time, skip the picture of me and head over to Katy's place (where The Grass isn't Greener), and check out her Self Portrait Friday. This week's theme is shorts ...
Posted by Barb at 7:37 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2005
If you are not familiar with the name Linda Foley, then I suggest reading the timeline and reference at the MediaSlander site to see the kinds of slanderous and demeaning statements she has made, to fully understand the mission of MediaSlander.
Below is a list of various Newspaper Guild local unions and appropriate contacts. To email the local union representatives and ask them if their silence should be interpreted as tacit support for Linda Foley's slanderous accusations of murder against the troops of the US Military, simply click and compose your message. Available phone numbers have also been provided.
Posted by Barb at 1:23 PM
I received this in the mail today from my sister ... Thanks, Beck!
"Don't delete this because it looks weird. Believe it or not you can read it .....
If you have trouble reading it, turn off your mental editing - which keeps trying to tell you that the words are spelled incorrectly. Just read ...
Just another way that your brain works to help you fill in the blanks, as it were.
Posted by Barb at 11:56 AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Chuck at From My Position ... has been injured by an IED, according to his wife Carren. He is stable, apparently at Landstuhl by now, and expected home in a week or so.
Routine but dangerous
That soldier, of course, was Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss. There's more to Phil's story ... please go read the details.
By the way - this little tidbit from his wife's post made me laugh and appreciate Chuck's spirit ...
(He) did not lose his humor in all of this mess... I was told the first thing he asked when he was pulled from the canal (the blast blew him into a canal) was: "Be honest with me, guys. Do I still have my face and my 'package'?"
Carren Ziegenfuss has an update on Chuck's condition, which is still serious after at least one surgery :
1. He has severe nerve damage in his left hand and has lost his left pinky (all of it). It will be a long recovery for his hand due to the nerve damage.
Keep your positive thoughts headed their way - it all helps!
By the way, if you need to educate people who think we should yank the military forces out of Iraq immediately, she has a simple explanation ...
For those who may be thinking, "We just need to bring all the troops home and forget this war," let me tell a quick story.
If a 5-year old can understand it, then it should be easy to explain to an adult.
Posted by Barb at 1:52 PM
Enjoy this view of a Kinder, Gentler War on Terror from Douglas Kern at Tech Central Station.
"Men," growled Colonel Clueless, "there's no denying it: the Guantanamo Bay Ex-Detainee Reunion Party has clearly violated several Baghdad municipal ordinances, what with the mortar attacks and sniper fire and car bombs and all, and serious action will have to be taken."
Many thanks for Go Jack Army for the great link!
Posted by Barb at 6:21 AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
So Sen. Durbin thinks that we are buying his little apology today, does he? His words today mean nothing, after the insulting and demoralizing remarks he made last week, comparing the treatment of Gitmo detainees to the regime of Pol Pot, or to the treatment of prisoners in the Soviet gulags.
Some very diverse images today.
Posted by Barb at 10:17 AM
The amazing Beth of She Who Will Be Obeyed managed to reach out and tag me the other day, in the midst of her whirlwind home-and-gone-again travel!
Monday, June 20, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
The radio version of Bait-and-Switch :
Marines say Paynter never called
Earlier today Mrs. Marquez sent me a link to this article in a local newspaper ...
Stating their case
By BEVERLY CRICHFIELD
A Sedro-Woolley mother says the Marines went beyond the call of duty in trying to enlist her son. The Marines say he wanted to join. In a story that drew national attention, both sides say they've been misunderstood.
So it's just a little misunderstanding ... right. I think this excerpt explains the biggest misunderstanding :
The military is required to gain parental approval for recruits under the age of 18, he said. Axel turned 18 last year.
There you have it! Axel is 18, deemed an adult under the law, and (theoretically) capable of making up his own mind. No permission from the parents is required, folks - he's an adult ... at least biologically, if not in other respects.
Friday, June 17, 2005
If you live in the Pacific Northwest and read Blackfive, then you may recall Matt's post about a Marine Corps Recruiter, after a local Seattle newspaper printed a wild tale of recruiting supposedly gone overboard.
Susan Paynter is a muck-raking, shrill, mean, and talentless hack who's knack for smoke, mirrors, and untruth is matched only by Howard Dean and Dick Durbin and Al Sharpton.
Wow! I have a celebrity in the family! Blog-sister Boudicca of Boudicca's Voice has entered her Hurricane Part III post in the Carnival of the Vanities, which is hosted this week by Mister Snitch.
FUN FACTS ABOUT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
[Use link in the title to read the complete list]
I accidentally-on-purpose forgot one of my commitments for today ... *sigh*
That crazy gal Katy, over at The Grass Isn't Greener has this weekly Self-portrait Friday thing going. I was all set to play this week, had pictures of my adorable little self as a child ...
But, NO, she had to Change the Format! She wanted pictures of us Right.After.Waking.Up ...
Well, I'm lucky to get myself out the door in the morning with the routine stuff, like keys, laptop, employee badge, deoderant, etc. Changes in routine - not happening for me!
SO, I scanned my stockpile of goofy pics, and found one that I am offering as a suitable replacement ...
Thursday, June 16, 2005
“... but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Posted by Barb at 11:39 PM
Wheee ... Righty's have more fun! An evening of food, beer, dead mushrooms and lively discussion among bloggers from the right side of the spectrum.
The word valedictorian may be losing its significance(see the post below), but the V for Valor is still extremely meaningful. In an awards ceremony today at Camp Liberty, Iraq, 10 soldiers were awarded 14 medals for their heroic actions on March 20th in Iraq.
Posted by Barb at 3:19 PM
I recall my high school graduation ceremony, as we stuffed 900-plus students and their parents into the sweltering gymnasium to escape the pouring rain outside ... blech! Although I can't tell you now the name of our valedictorian, I do know that it was one person.
Back in the day, class valedictorian was the standout scholar of the senior class, the acknowledged brain.
I applaud Garfield High for creating an environment where 11 percent of the graduating class has not only attended courses in the Honors curriculum, but excelled. But what does this teach to the 44 students 'honored' in this way? That everyone who does the same level of work gets the same reward? Don't make me laugh! Let these poor kids out into the real world, and they will find out quickly that it just ain't so.
Farther on in the same article, however, I found this :
At Bellevue High School, seven graduating seniors earned straight A's, but the school decided this year not to name valedictorians. Instead, each will be given a medal, said Principal Mike Bacigalupi.
Okay, so no one of the 4.0 students at these two schools is outstanding enough to earn the honor of valedictorian?
I'm not sure which of these would bother me more if I were one of the affected students. How long will it take before the word valedictorian loses its meaning completely?
Or is it too late?
Posted by Barb at 9:44 AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Thanks to Acidman at Gut Rumbles for the link to this Optical Illusion from Professor Michael Bach ... pretty kewl! There are plenty of other time wasting illusions as well, along with explanations of the effects.
Posted by Barb at 1:45 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
AFSister of My Side of the Puddle brought the story of the
Let us keep the memorial for its true purpose: A place of remembrance for one of our countries greatest losses. Let us keep this as a place for families to go and visit the souls of their loved ones in peace and to remember them in their hearts.
Please go to his site and read the whole thing, and help prevent this second attack on the WTC.
Posted by Barb at 1:36 PM
The whole issue of the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has caused me hours of teeth grinding. The reason that I haven't written about it before is that I am honestly stunned at the idiocy of comparing the detention camp to a Soviet Gulag.
No friggin' way we should shut it down just because of the whole blown out of proportion MSM crap.
Luckily, my lack of eloquence and writing skills is more than balanced by these fine folks :
Dusty at Castle Argghhh! had a Couple of Thoughts on the Gitmo Flap, which generated a great discussion in comments yesterday, and follows up today with Gitmo Redux.
Sgt B at The Gun Line reminds us who started the GWOT.
Cassandra at Villainous Company connects several threads in Road To Hell Paved With Moral Equivalence.
Be sure that you follow her link to the Sundries Shack, and review Jimmie's post on the Washington Post column that launched all of the above.
Posted by Barb at 11:34 AM
She lost her husband, Dan, when he and many of his Cantor Fitzgerald co-workers were killed in the terrorist attack on the WTC towers on 9/11. I can sympathize with the loss and suffering this caused, and continues to cause.
Sgt. 1st Class Neil A. Prince
Lance Cpl. Mario A. Castillo
There is nothing we can do to bring them back to their families. But we can honor their sacrifice, and help the families as they pick up the pieces.
Then we have the troops who have been wounded and are struggling to regain health and strength, or cope with the loss of a limb. They and their families need our help and concern.
Here are a few of the groups which focus on providing support for families of fallen soldiers (all services), as well as helping to care for the wounded and their families.
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
Wounded Warrior Project
Fisher House Foundation
Homes for our Troops
Operation Hero Miles
For a growing list of groups that provide support for the troops and their families, you can visit the DoD site America Supports You.
Do something good for a soldier or the family of a soldier today. They deserve it!
Sarah of Trying to Grok weighs in on this, and shares a link to a story that helped restore her faith in humanity.
Monday, June 13, 2005
So what are the odds of 3 absentee ballots in the same precinct being lost? Pretty high, if you live here in King County, Washington.
King County has steadfastly refused to release the names of the now 96 absentee voters whose ballots were not counted last November. But I now have some names. Based on best available information from other King County documents, this weekend I determined with reasonable certainty the names of 30 of the disenfranchised voters. I've also narrowed down most of the others to a field of 272. This spreadsheet lists the names. The ones that are apparent matches are at the top of the page, highlighted in yellow, with "matching" in the status column. The others are marked "possible". (Details on how I came up with these names and on King County's refusal to confirm them in the extended entry)
Due to the short time between the primary in September and the general election, many people were concerned about the ability of the absentee ballots to be mailed in a timely fashion.
So the Stansbury family had their son's ballot mailed to their house in Bellevue. They then bought a plane ticket to fly their son to Washington, where they sat together and filled out their absentee ballots, including votes for Dino Rossi for Governor. Now they know that their ballots are among the 96 that are known not to have been counted.
... Once again proving that we simply do not know the true results of the November election.
Posted by Barb at 8:02 AM
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Dadmanley has an update to his post yesterday. There is now an investigation into the nature of the deaths of Capt. Phillip T. Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen. (Article here)
Posted by Barb at 10:54 PM
Friday, June 10, 2005
Here's a bit of what's interesting around the 'sphere...
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I've been wavering between depressed and pissed all week over the state election contest and challenge decision. (See previous post here)
OLYMPIA - After a court vindicated the Democrats this week by upholding the 2004 victory of Gov. Christine Gregoire, the state party now wants back the money it spent on a recount - with interest.(emphasis mine)
I'll say it's "not particularly reasonable" ... it's freaking bizarre!!
While I am stunned speechless at this point, fellow Seattle blogger Rednex of Rednex Rants is not. He is on a roll with How to steal an election and get paid for it.
Also, go check out Stefan Sharkansky's entry at Sound Politics
Desultory Girl is too sweet to turn down a request, and she loves to share!
When I was about 13 years old, I found after buying my school clothes and books from the money I had earned picking hops, I had a few cents left to buy My Book!
This is such a treasure! I never met Great-Great-Grandmother Inez, of course, and even my MIL doesn't remember her well. But I know that I would have liked her!
I am supposed to tag 5 more folks to carry on the meme, but I have tagged so many lately, that I can't think right now who would not hunt me down and punish me!! Let's do this, instead.
If you would like to be tagged, leave me a comment - and I'll oblige ... O-tay?
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
I've been tagged by Sgt. B / Sully / Godzilla to list the 5 things I miss from childhood.
The other day I posted my response to the Music Meme, and referred to some of my selections as "old music", which generated This response ...
There is a huge emphasis on Tolerance these days. We are expected to be Reasonable and Accepting of the slow, insidious changes in society.
There is more, much more -- and it deserves to be read.
Just a few things I've noticed this morning ...
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I've been thinking about Monday's decision on the election challenge here in Washington, and Rossi's choice not to file an appeal.
So here's Plan B. Let everybody who voted for Dino Rossi in November re-register to vote giving the King County Administration Building as their residence. We can then all vote in this year's elections for both a Republican to unseat Larry Phillips, giving the council a 5-4 Republican majority, and also for a Republican to replace King County Executive Ron Sims. Visualize the housecleaning that will ensue when we win.
Of course - this is all tongue-in-cheek.
Really, I swear!
I shouldn't play with toys like this, but it's too hard to resist :
Posted by Barb at 1:05 PM
Monday, June 06, 2005
Republican Dino Rossi is abandoning his quest to overturn Gov. Christine Gregoire's victory last fall.
The light has definitely been shed. The cockroaches are dancing under the furniture, though - just waiting to come back out again. Our next job will be to fix the system so that they can't get back in again ... and that is NOT going to be easy.
We should remember that today is the 61st anniversary of D-Day - but there are other events sharing this date in history. And some new history in the making...
In turning back the Republican challenge to the Democrat, Judge Bridges said there was no evidence of fraud in last fall's election. The judge did find there were more than 1,600 illegal votes, but he said it's up to voters to fix errors in the state's election system.
Let me get this straight ... We have a broken voting system, and we are supposed to fix it IN AN ELECTION??!!
He's dead a$$ serious, too. I wish he was joking ... it sounds like Who's on First to me. TANJ ... Anyhow, the case is headed for the state Supreme Court.
Heartless Libertarian adds a succinct summary ...
In order to overturn an election, the challenger must prove that there votes were counted illegally, and who those votes were for. However, ballot secrecy laws make it impossible to know how any one individual voted. Which makes the contest statue almost meaningless.
Thanks to Stefan Sharkansky and others at Sound Politics for the fantastic coverage and background info on the case. From beginning to end, they have been the best resource on the challenge.
In case you are not from Washington State, or you live here but have been hiding under a barrel - the suit was brought by the Republican party to contest the November Gubernatorial
The evidence presented in the case includes voting by felons and dead people, lack of controls for ballots, improper handling of provisional ballots, mysterious appearance of new ballots during recounts, invalid counts of ballots, and failure to perform the proper due dilligence before certifying the results to the canvassing board.
For a complete layout of the events to date - start with the Timeline. For the results today, you can connect to the live streaming from TVW starting at 9am/pacific, and I'll add an update later today.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
I was shocked and saddened to learn that Mike Reed, known to us as Bunker Mulligan, passed away Friday morning ... at only 52, much too young.
Michael James Reed
Several bloggers have posted their memories of Mike ...
Wallace-Midland, Texas of Big Gold Dog
Sara of Trying to Grok
John Donovan at Castle Argghhh
[Note - John has many more links to other blogs as well]
*new* Michael at the Armageddon Project has more links...
I should have posted this information on the plans provided by the family ...
Bunker will be laid to rest on Friday, 10 June, at the San Antonio National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we request any memorials for him be made to Homes For Our Troops. Further information can be found at www.homesforourtroops.org.
In addition to being a father / grandfather - he was also A loving Husband. Andy notes that the family is definitely reading all comments - so share your memories of Mike if you feel inclined.
"When I play my best golf, I feel as if I'm in a fog, standing back watching the earth in orbit with a golf club in my hands."
Quote from 10K Truth
Last week it was movies, this week it's music. Thanks to Cassandra at Villainous Company, I spent some time figuring out how much space is devoted to music files on my computer ... and have some other factoids about my listening habits as well...
"... All through the changes, the soul never dies. We fight, we laugh, we cry, as the Years go by..."It still makes the tears flow - but I love listening to it.
2. "In the Air Tonight" - Phil Collins (...Hits)
This one is very simple - the drum riff sends chills down my spine every time.
3. "Jungle Rhythm" - Lorraine Feather (Cafe Society)
The Hubster introduced me to this lady - who has a lovely voice. This song is lively and funny, and demonstrates her amazing vocal control.
4. "Would I Lie to You" - Eurhythmics (Women in Rock)
Just plain fun to listen to / sing along with at the top of my lungs while driving!
5. "Bat out of Hell" - Meat Loaf (Bat out of Hell)
I warned you - some of my favorite music is Pretty Old. This whole album is fun to listen to, and "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" was close behind - but the title song is my fav. I sing along with this one, too ... *grin*.
There you have it, my warped and varied musical enjoyments.
Now I get to select the next
AFSister at My Side of the Puddle
Punctilious at Blogoram
Huntress at Diary of a Hollywood Refugee
That 1 Guy at Drunken Wisdom
... and Welcome to the Blogosphere ... Kodiak Momma 6 of Group "W" Bench