Tuesday, November 30, 2004

I think Steve at Hog on Ice is my sweet baboo.

My online baboo, relax spouse.

His near pornographic descriptions of food:
Oh, God. The stuffing. Light as a feather and loaded with sage. A hint of flavor from the butter. Just the right touch of salt. Intoxicating. Oh, man. When the gravy hits it, it practically sprouts wings and flutters down your throat like a butterfly.

His recipes. He can cook his ass off, or so I read.

His friend's stuff, too.

His beer.

His dad's boat.

He can even be altruistic.

His sister is more screwed up than mine.

I got my head stuck inside a turkey...

and it's starting to smell.

I'll be back to my usual crankiness & bitchiness soon.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

I don't care what anybody says, I like Latrell Sprewell.

In part because I can relate to the kind of frustration one must feel in order to try to choke the shit out of your f***ing boss. (Scroll down to 'Ah, screw it' for clarity.)

I don't know how many kids he's got, but there might be lots, in different households, around the country, all big, all spoilt, all at the table with a knife & fork yelling "DAA-DEE! I'm HUNGRY!"

Shit. You gotta deal with crap all day at work & then come home to that? Maybe he does need a raise.

Just cause you get paid $14 million doesn't mean your job can't suck.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

Dare I dream???

Dan Rather is retiring? Before my birthday?

I'll miss his inane metaphors, his stumbling with words when the script gets screwed up, his pervasive opinionizing permeating every report...

Wonder if John Roberts will get the nod.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

More food for thought from Red...

Red Mind, I mean.

I have to disagree with this post about Target & the SA.

First of all, most people who shop at Target will not necessarily change their habits just because SA bellringers are no longer allowed outside the doors every day for a month, so there is really no need for the idea he proposes. Target will not need to recapture any lost customers by giving them & employees another avenue for charitable giving within the store. In my area at least, Target needs to kick some customers out because it is too damn crowded this time of year either way. If some leave in search of a bell ringer, then so much the better for those who plan to shop.

There is no dearth of bell ringers, either. I am not saying that the SA won't miss the volume of passers by without the one-every-five-miles Target locations, I am just saying that I still see bell ringers lots of places- even high volume places- so the SA still has a shot at reaching its goals for the year.

I am going out on a grinchy limb here and admitting that I can barely stand the bell ringing and begging that goes on this time of year either way. Everyone comes out of the woodwork with their important issues that need money. Half my mail is requests for donations & I can't shop anywhere without some charity or another seeking what's left in my wallet. Frankly, I'm glad to see the Target based bell ringers go, and I may actually do more of my shopping at Target for the next month as a result.

What Target should do is post its annual report at each entrance, or on the back of its receipts or something, so that shoppers can see how much of its profits go to charitable outlets. Then shoppers can see where some of their dollars are going & not feel obligated or guilty every time they need some tp or detergent for the next month.

Um Ya Ya

Knew these sentiments were out there. Wish people would keep it to themselves. Especially if they can't spell, or even write all that well.

Thanks to B.C. at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler for this post & link.

Sometimes MN makes me sick. Always good for a laugh, though. Just wish I didn't have to laugh til I puke so much.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Tokenism & the "nigger beside the door"

Time constraints & plain laziness prevent me from linking to any source that would illustrate my views on this, so you will have to take my word for it or do the digging for yourself.

During my childhood in the 70s, my father worked for a large corporation based in the upper midwest, whose most visible product back then was a type of adhesive with many household uses. I recall, as a young child, hearing him use the phrase "the nigger beside the door" with an edge to his voice. Even then I think I was to some extent aware that he meant himself, and that it was no coincidence that all of the executives & managers whose homes we were invited to were white. Nice families & all, but white as hell. The only other blacks I saw or knew of were a couple of entry level trainees he brought home for dinner. I suppose our nice, 'white,' suburban set-up looked nice to them.

That swirl around the memory bowl leads in to my latest concern: accusations that the Bush adminstration is guilty of tokenism, and that Dr. Condoleeza Rice & Ret. Gen. Colin Powell are two of the "niggers beside the door-" just window dressing to make the administration look progressive, or sensitive, or in compliance or whatever.

I am, of course, disgusted at the tone of these accusations. I feel that the cry of tokenism implies that the persons in question are not qualified for the positions they hold, other than their color fulfilling some image category. I defy anyone to tell me that Dr. Rice & Ret. Gen. Powell are somehow not qualified for their positions. That aside, I am willing to contend that there are some who feel that neither are qualified or suitable for their positions, however, in that case, what should be in question is their education, prior experience, and career paths, not the color of their skin.

I've heard that a white dj from some Madison, WI radio station referred to them as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom. He then issued an apology to Aunt Jemima, a fictional character. Good for ratings, I suppose, although it must be easy to max out in a Madison sized market.

I am not going to state that only blacks are allowed to call each other derogatory names, although the label Uncle Tom makes more sense coming from a black person. What I will say is that Dr. Rice & Sec. Powell should be judged, labeled, and derided if needed for the quality of their work, not the color of their skin, the fullness of their lips, or the texture of their hair. Those who do so are causing irreparable damage to the liberal cause & likely even the Democratic party. This is a party that wants to mean something again someday. Its leadership should work harder to shut the 'nigger' lobby down.

Any party that would tell me they need my vote, they can help me if I vote, and then lose at the polls, and respond by allowing two of the most respected and powerful black persons in the free world to be called racially derived names deserves neither my, nor any other thinking person's vote.

I pity these people. They are too pathetic to even warrent my anger, at this point.

Very articulate thoughts on this from Jim at Right Thoughts.

Thanks, Jim. I got your back.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

"Punish France, ignore Germany, forgive Russia"

I don't care what anyone says. I respect Condoleeza Rice. It will be interesting to observe how she will interact & lead in this administration as Secretary of State.

Things are going to get uglier than they already have been as far as what some will say, write, and draw about her. Michelle Malkin links to some of this mess.
Of course, Dr. Rice is Secretary of State of The United States of America, and they are, what?

What was that?

I thought so.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Weighing in on some things...

Keep in mind that I'm only about 10% informed on these things, so my opinions may be completely off base. That has never stopped me before so here goes:

The 19 soldiers who refused their orders to deliver fuel because their trucks weren't armored should be sitting here in Ft. Leavenworth right now. Trials can come after combat operations have ceased, whenever there is time for thier fellow soldiers/witnesses, who were actually working, to be deposed or to testify. Yes, it is a serious thing to have life & limb at risk, but they enlisted & they need to do their damn jobs or be prosecuted for their refusal.

The marine who shot the injured but undead Iraqi man in Fallujah should be neither prosecuted, nor even second guessed on his judgement- especially not by our candy-assed media. I can only imagine what he & his fellows must face each day there on the front lines- booby-trapped bodies, for cryin' out loud. He used his judgement, and given the information that it seems he had to go on he was right. Get off his back.

I've had a lot on my mind and fortunately haven't had time to dwell on some of the imagery I've heard coming out of Iraq recently. A woman's body found, disemboweled & wrapped in a bloody blanket. Disemboweled. Was she alive when the psychotic hell-bound vermin did that to her? Was she somebody's mother? Who misses her? Surely there must be a special pit in hell for such that did that to her.

Margaret Hassan, videotaped being shot to death by the psychotic hell-bound vermin who stole her. She was trying to help! She had spent most of her adult life T-R-Y-I-N-G T-O H-E-L-P!!! Who exactly were they trying to affect by murdering her? Whose favor are they trying to get? What did they hope to accomplish by taking her in a violent act of force, parading her before cameras, causing her whole charity organization to abandon her and the entire area & leave, and then by making a sick snuff film of her murder??? Are there really virgins in hell?

A photograph found in an alleged hideout, along with a weapons cache. Six women in it, thought to be translators, thought to be marked for death. WHY ARE THOSE SICK DEMONIC MANIACS EVEN THERE???

Oh, this whole thing makes me sick. I am so sick of those people. The President was right. This is not a 'war' that can be 'won.' Those people and their rage will burn in Hell. I just hope that our brave ones can send them there.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

"Coleman: Annan is impeding inquiry into oil-for-food fraud"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Charging that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein "laughed at world opinion and U.N. sanctions," Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., called on top U.N. officials Monday to cooperate with his Senate investigation into fraud in the world body's past oil-for-food program.
Coleman's remarks came as he launched the first Senate hearing into the widely discredited humanitarian food program, which Saddam allegedly used to skim billions of dollars for palaces and weapons, while currying favor with global oil traders and U.N. officials.

Coleman [is] now... in the forefront of a public row with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whom Coleman and other committee leaders have accused of obstructing their inquiry.

Coleman's standoff with Annan came as his committee released new records documenting $21.3 billion in illicit sales since the imposition of U.N. trade sanctions shortly before the 1991 Persian Gulf War. That figure more than doubles previous estimates of Saddam's illegal revenue under the oil-for-food program, which began in 1996.

"This is like an onion; we just keep uncovering more layers and more layers," Coleman said.

Yeah. And it stinks.

Read the full text here.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Senate Republican Campaign committee chair...

yeah, it's a little obscure, but it seems Sen. Norm Coleman & Sen. Elizabeth Dole are both vying for this post. Norm's side claims he has the # of votes needed, Liz has said she's close. We'll see how it shakes out. She does have more visibility, she's more well-known.
His wife is hotter, though, I'm told.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Ah, screw it...

if I can't bitch in this forum, then where the hell can I bitch?

Bitch-fest to follow. You've been warned.

I am sick and tired of living my life by someone else's whims. Spouse's boss (company owner) is a goddamn flake and that has had multiple adverse effects on spouse, on my life & the lives of our kids.

Spouse can't take a goddamn day off of work to attend to familial responsibilities without the nepotistic front office having a fucking fit. Spouse routinely put in unpaid & unappreciated extra time to attend to boss's fanciful whims and stroke his goddamn ego leaving me to of course carry the ball and kids to never have their dad at any of their significant events.

And this is no major medical breakthrough type firm. This is a small company serving a small niche market. What really burns my ass is that spouse actually liked the place when he started. It was different from other firms he'd worked with, more creative freedom, more responsibility, more input. He put up with a flighty, high maintenance, pie in the fucking sky owner and his health suffered because of it.

Life is too goddamn short to have to sell your fucking soul for a paycheck. Every Dilbert cartoon should not look just like your own fucking life.

This mercurial jackass gets a hair up his ass about one idea or another & spouse is the one who has to twist himself into knots to try to make it happen. I swear to God, the whole fucking family (small family owned company) actually makes Mark Dayton look stable.

Yeah, that kind of flake.

You'll notice, I am not naming names, though I wish to fuck I would. I guess it's fortunate that the company is too fucking small and specialized to matter much in the scheme of things. No one's heard of it outside of their hostages, I mean, customers.

I don't know what the fuck is holding me back, either.

There are no bridges left to burn.

I need a fucking drink.

Goddamn those people. Motherfuckers.

Whiskey &

...hell, just whiskey.

Last night? In a word, crapfest.

Not going to get into a big bitchy thing in this forum, that's why God put other drivers on the road, right?

One good thing- Arafat is dead, for real this time, I think. I gotta learn more about that guy- internationally reviled terrorist & mass murderer... Nobel Peace Prize winner??? Interesting contrasts there.

It'll be interesting to see where this takes things... Kinda funny to me to hear newsies saying that docs still haven't explained what he died of. Um, wasn't he old? And sick? Couldn't he die of that? Don't recall reading anything about his implied immortality anywhere, although so many of these people act like they will live forever. Piper gets his pay, one way or another.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

"In the words of American poet Carl Sandburg..."

"I see America not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us. I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun, fresh from the burning hand of God. I see great days ahead. Great days possible to men and women of will and vision."
-Hubert H. Humphrey

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

"We killed all the dumb ones"

Gotta love the Marines. Heard that from AP network news on the radio this am.

An 'anal orifice' almost ran my kid down in the parking lot in front of the school this am. Lucky for him he stopped in time. I'd have had to pull a Reginald Denny on his ass.

Monday, November 08, 2004

The left is falling apart.

Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe there needs to be some purging before the revitilization can begin. I've read some of the lunacy and filth that Logic Monkey has gleaned from them & it does seem to be trending downward. They are circling the bowl.

A small part of me almost feels sorry for them. It must be so upsetting to sense change all around you, but not be able to recognize or define it.

They should just close their eyes, just breathe, just relax. Then sit down with someone they disagree with, one on one, no pressure, no bs, and ask them. Ask them & really listen to what they have to say. Really listen, no bs, no eye rolling. Then say nothing, get up & go home or for a walk or whatever you do when you need time to think. Nobody's telling you to agree, just to open your ears & hear.

It is not a fluke & it is not going away, so they should give a listen & find out what 'it' is.

Sen. Dayton's office reopens today.

Spouse thinks that Rep. Mark Kennedy is too much of a lightweight to really contend for Dayton's seat in a couple of years.

I say that if Mark "Sugartit" Dayton could get a senate seat, then Mark "She's not off limits" Kennedy could take it with his eyes closed.

All he's gotta do is scare him a little, apparently.

Dayton wants the documents declassified so he can show everyone he's not crazy. Don't see it happening, frankly. And don't really care.

I'm praying for the Fallujah offensive. And for all the Iraqi men getting killed just cause they're working to try to create peace & civility.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Easing off the language a bit.

I may ease up on my salty language in this blog. This has been a nice outlet for me, but too many "f*** yous" is getting old, even for me.

I had a little trouble, as I started this blog, deciding how to pursue it. The blogs I'd checked out in preparation of starting my own that read like personal diaries were, for the most part, boring. Besides, I didn't feel that anyone else really needed to know more of what is in the mess I call my mind.

I found a few that seemed to be verbal explorations, musings on the author's topic- their spiritual development, their first year of marriage, college, baby's life, whatever. Slightly more interesting but some actually made me uncomfortable- like I was prying or peeking into their windows.

I decided to rant, just write on what was on my mind. It also took a little practice to get used to writing for a theoretical audience.

Now that some time has passed, I as a reader of my own blog am getting sick of what is beginning to sound like gratuitous cussing.

With a ladylike shrug and eyes cast demurely downward, I apologize to those I may have offended.

Spouse, stop laughing, you'll shoot beer out your nose.

Picking them off, one by one.

It is beginning to dawn on me that 9/11 was a bigger coup for the terrorists than I'd originally thought.

The bloody horrific murder of Dutch filmaker Theo Van Gogh has opened my eyes to the reality of a global hit list. One-off killing takes extra time and energy, sure, but can be just as effective in arousing perceived enemies as a mass murder can. More on this can be found here.

So, I may be extremely late to realize this, but I have chills nonetheless as I contemplate the consuming hatred and determination behind it that it must take to commit to one by one murdering of one's enemies, and the coerced conversion of those who surrender.

I will go to my grave an unapologetic American, an unapologetic Christian. They can shock me, but they will not scare me into pretending I am anything else.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Sore winners?

Spouse told me that my posts yesterday made me sound like a sore winner (and reminded me that's why he will never play monopoly with me again- and hasn't for years.)

I told him not to take it too seriously, but I must add that I still stand by my sentiments.

Yeah, I'm sore. They've spent months telling me that I am somehow simple minded, hard hearted, and just plain wrong for my beliefs. They have, since the election was decided (decisively), proclaimed that they do not even understand how more than half the country's voters could share these political views. They don't understand how I think, and more significantly they don't understand why I think that way.

The thing is, I understand why they think the way they do.

For me, a mix of fatalism, distrust of man made systems and a belief in the existence of things not seen combine to form my belief system- which guides my political views.

They believe we can fix this. They believe that if more people would just share, and if it doesn't look like they are sharing, then we should make them share, then everything and everyone will be perfect.

They do not understand that you can't legislate compassion. Nor do they understand that you can not legislate that which is not easily defined, and compassion is an elusive concept with different meanings for different persons. (If you give a man a fish...)

They want to give everyone fish. They do not understand that teaching everyone to fish, or more realistically, allowing everyone an opportunity to learn how to fish will be better in the long run.

We will not be able to please everyone. The bottom line is this: we want to continue our uniquely American cultural traditions. We want to be free to worship, free to learn, free to earn, free to live- and as long as we are not infringing on the rights of our fellow man to do the same, we should be able to do so.

I truly do feel some compassion for Democrats and liberals. It was a crushing blow. I would hope (and pray, I am free to do that) that they will look at the results and study the feelings and beliefs behind them. The results of this election did not happen by accident. This is not a fluke and we are not wrong.

This is truth, this is America, and may God's will be done here.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Carrie conceded...YES!!!

Blogger blather, my black ass.

I want to personally thank so many bloggers who have been diligent enough to seek out truth, thorough enough to share the complete story, bold enough to publish their sources, and brave enough to slog through crap to do so!!!

The msm could neither 'influence' nor even call this election. MSM is finished. People will still continue to use those outlets, but what they will get will be an incomplete portion of any given story, wholly influenced by the editorial whims & perspectives of both the reporter & the outlet. It has always been that way, now we know it with certainty.

I know where to go when I want thorough, complete, detailed relating of events of note, and it is not 60 Minutes.

Beer & popcorn, and Fuck You Michael Moore.

And fuck you very much, too, Puffy.

And a big fuck you to you as well, Osama Bin Laden, I can't wait till they ice your ass you illiterate motherfucker.

So where are all the fuckers with 'vote carrie' ('your life depends on it'- whatever the hell that meant) signs who were on every damn bridge over I94 through St. Paul yesterday??? Fuck you guys too.


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Well, I voted.

Even though they fucked up my registration. Lucky for Sec. of State Kiffmeyer I can register at the polls. I'dve had to kick somebody's ass, not just cause I wouldn't have been able to vote, but because I'd have black activists trying to spin the situation when all that does is make blacks seem incompetent and pathetic.

Took my kids with me. They were interested for about half of the front of the ballot. By the time I got to the 40 or so judges, they were starting to wander. Good learning opp for them, though. They got stickers.

I'm getting supplies later cause I like to stay up & watch returns. Probably some popcorn, maybe some chocolate if I need cheering up. I got beer if things are going well, whiskey if they're not.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Yes, I will hold a grudge.

I decided that this morning when I turned on the local news while getting the kids ready & saw that a man had been jumped by 4 brain dead carrie nuts. He'd confronted them as they were tearing a Bush bumper sticker off his car. He was pretty beat up looking, black eye & some scratches on his face.

4 of them it took.


So yeah. A grudge will be held, especially if they exude even the slightest amount of smugness or superiority should their opportunistic, baseless, wanna-be actually convince enough people that saying nothing substantive really means something.

Fortunately for everyone, I don't think I'll have to worry about it.

See ya at the polls.