21 September, 2005

OMG, Question of the Day,


Hardly anything gets by you...
You have a great memory and eagle eyes

Your Irish Name Is...

Fidelma McNamara

Your Sexy Brazilian Name is:

Rafaela Santos

Your Blogging Type is Confident and Insightful

You've got a ton of brain power, and you leverage it into brilliant blog.
Both creative and logical, you come up with amazing ideas and insights.
A total perfectionist, you find yourself revising and rewriting posts a lot of the time.
You blog for yourself - and you don't care how popular (or unpopular) your blog is!

Who's buying this?? "You don't care how popular your blog is." As if!
Your Brain's Pattern

You have a tempered, reasonable way of thinking.
You tend to take every new idea in, and meld it with your world view.
For you, everything is always changing. Each moment is different.
Your thinking process tends to be very natural - with no beginnings or endings.

20 September, 2005

Hoochie shorts and Hooker Heels, Question of the Day, Bill Maher Speaks the Truth

Hoochie Shorts and Hooker Heels
What is going on at my house?

I got home tonight and Molly came running for the door. Now yesterday when I got home she still had on her pajamas and let me tell you, that makes me absolutely nuts. I don't know why, but it does.

So today she had on shorts and a t-shirt. And her dress-up, pink sparkly plastic high-heeled shoes with butterfly-shaped jewels glued to the top. And did I mention, she has grown about a foot this summer, so her shorts are way too short - WAY too short...and her butt cheeks are just about hanging out. And then the shoes, good grief. She is tripping all over the place but she will not take them off. She especially loves to wear them to clean up.

That's right, people. You show me a three year old in hoochie shorts and hooker heels, and I'll show you a girl who is going to "dance" her way through college.

And it just might be all my fault.

Question of the Day
Who is going to see Memoirs of a Geisha with me? I saw the trailer tonight and it looks AWESOME.

Bring it on!

Bill Maher speaks the truth
Bill Maher's closing bit the other night:

"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.

"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side. "So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.'



Busy, busy; Question of the Day; Freak of the Week

Busy, busy
What has happened? All of a sudden I am so busy I just don't have time to blog...I don't have time to do laundry, I don't have time for TV, I am just busy, busy, busy.

I am busy with meetings, church, work, activities for the kids, family obligations, and whatever else comes up. But it does make life more interesting and keeps time moving swiftly from summer to fall - and that, as you know, is a good thing. The last few days have been exceedingly hot again, and I am more ready for fall than ever.

Question of the Day
I have been in several meetings lately with other agencies talking about all the wonderful things they are doing to "make it easier" for Katrina victims to sign up for services. One DSS rep from another county went so far as to tell us about how they set up a gymnasium and were ready to process people for all the things they might need, all in one place, one day, one shot deal. Requirements for ID were waived, standards for criminal records were relaxed, police departments were doing background checks for free, apartments and individual landlords were waiving application fees, job requirements, credit standards, and giving people 2-12 months of free rent...so here is my question.

Why, if we can do this for Katrina victims, can we not do better than we do for people already living in our communities?

If you have ever signed up for government benefits, or helped someone do it, you know it is a nightmare. People in our own communities often do not have many more resources than Katrina victims. Transportation is, without a doubt, the number one barrier. But places like DSS, food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, and Social Security are inconveniently located miles apart. And it can take hours at each place just to see someone. The people who work there are overworked and underpaid and end up losing their heart, so they do not seem, at least, to have compassion...they just want the facts, ma'am, and the documents, and if you make $1 per year too much, well, too bad.

Katrina victims are being rushed through, and they are getting benefits that they need...and don't get me wrong, I think that is great! I am ecstatic to see the government realizing the urgency of the needs of these people - because their needs are real. More real than we probably will ever understand.

But here's the rub - the people already living in the ghetto in every city and the "bad part" of every town in this country have needs that are just as urgent. And if we can find the money for Katrina, and if we can make all this business just a little easier for the victims, can we not do the same for the people who need it, and have needed it for years, that live and die in our own backyards?

Freak of the Week
This week's Freak is none other than...Frank Clewer, an Aussie whose clothing, all made of synthetic fibers, built up a 40,000 volt charge of static electricity and set a building's carpet aflame.

See, children, this is why we wear natural fibers.