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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An insomniac's snack

Think high protein, but chicken, not tuna.



Add a dollip of mayo.



Stir and eat while everyone else is asleep.


Yep! That's all there is.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Teacher Who Inspired 'Stand And Deliver' Dies At 79

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/30/jaime-escalante-deadl-tea_n_519401.html



The Buzz: The math teacher at a tough East Los Angeles high school who inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver," has died. He was 79.

For those of us who have spent time in the classroom teaching what they call the hard stuff, this is a day of sadness. This fellow lead the way. He taught the test of us how it could be.


Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ricky Martin: I'm Gay

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/29/ricky-martin-comes-out-im_n_517625.html



The Buzz: Ricky Martin came out on his website Tuesday.
The singer, whose sexuality was the source of much speculation in his "Vida Loca" heyday, posted a long statement that ended with, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am."


Here 24 hours later, I'm pretty sure no one was surprised by this announcement. I know for a fact that he's a happier and more productive man now that he no longer needs to expend so much energy hiding what he thought no one knew but what probably most of us knew.

Folks in the closet generally are the last to figure this out, and I'm speaking from my own experience here.

We see this quite clearly in Martin's own words: "The word "happiness" takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution."

As was written over the portal of the temple at Delphi: To thine own self be true.

That truth will set you free.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Jennifer Aniston showed off her legs in a strapless mini-dress

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/30/jennifer-aniston-in-a-she_n_519174.html?ref=twitter



The Buzz: Jennifer Aniston attended the premiere of 'Exposados' (The Bounty Hunter) in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, March 30th. As with the Valentino number she wore in Berlin, Aniston showed off her legs in a strapless mini-dress decorated with sequins, rhinestones, leather, and a panel of sheer fabric. Was it a hit or miss? Decide. Designer details to follow. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

OK, the shoes work with the dress. I like the top, and I like the bottom, but I do not like them together. Choose one or the other, Mr. Designer.

I'd go with the fabric on the bottom, though by doing so, I likely pick different shoes. These strappy heels look as though they prefer the fabric in the top.

Of course, all this assumes the photo renders the fabrics fairly.

Meanwhile, I believe Ricky was far better dressed.




Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Hairy undies

http://cocoperez.com/2010-03-30-underwear-gets-hairy/


The Buzz: Designers Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri of Tärähtäneet Ämmät (Nutty Tarts) must be power muff enthusiasts because they have designed a pair of undies that celebrates just that!

This time the buzz needs a buzz. I just have to wonder what people are thinking sometimes.

I am without words!

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Monday, March 29, 2010

My new BFF

Yes, I have a new BFF.



Think zit on the crown of my head. A zit! I should probably just shave my head, which would likely slice off the top of the zit. Of course, I'd bleed like a stuck pig for an hour or so.

I was born to suffer.

Location:Western Blvd,Raleigh,United States

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sometimes they get it right

I live in about the cheapest apartment building in the area. That means the infrastructure is adequate, if marginal.

But sometimes they get something right. Take a peek at the flowers by the door.

First to the left...



And then to the right...



My crazy mama would love those two splashes of yellow.

Then back to the left for a closer look.



We'll see if these flowers make it through the night. We have some weather coming our way.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

'Battlefield Earth' Screenwriter Writes Hilarious Open Apology

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/28/battlefield-earth-screenw_n_516176.html



The Buzz: 'Battlefield Earth' won a Razzie for the worst movie of the decade this month, and screenwriter J.D. Shapiro has written a long, hilarious apology and explanation for in the NY Post. The movie was a sci-fi bomb based on a novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and starred John Travolta.


Shapiro is lucky he made it out alive, or at least with his soul still intact. I thought the Mormons had cornered the market on weird, but the Scientology peeps have raised the bar on what defines odd.

Meanwhile, I do love me an outlier. MST3K is gonna have a field day with this one'

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Walking on the weird side

So we were in the middle of a very unfocused telephone conference call the other day.

If you work for a living, you know the drill. Someone with their feet planted deeply in a cloud keeps going on over what might be interesting.

Peeps, there many things in my world that might be interesting. At work, I'm about getting the job done, which can, on occassion, be interesting.

Whilst pacing and speaking, I took this pic.


A ladybug just like the ones that enter my bedroom to die. Except this one is solar powered.

The polished stones are another matter completely.

Ladybugs are said to bring luck. I have no evidence of that, but I did enjoy my moments by that window sill.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Family Learns Pre-Existing Conditions Apply at Birth

http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=10218514



The Buzz: Houston Tracy, a 12-day-old boy, has already survived a rare birth defect, a feeding tube, and open heart surgery. Now his family is waiting to see how the battle with an insurance company will fare. Last week, Houston's parents found out that the term "pre-existing condition" can apply the moment someone is born.


My paternal grandmother worked hard to bring many good things to our part of rural North Carolina. We had electricity because of her. We didn't die of botulism spawned of home canning because of her.

She also worked hard to get people to see the merits of giving Blue Cross money on a regular basis.

I expect to receive a USGS tweet any day now of an earthquake epicentered on her grave as the news of what BCBS has become makes it's way to heaven.

Location:Western Blvd,Raleigh,United States

US Census 2010 and Confederate Southern Americans

Persons of Southern Confederate ancestry? Oh dear, I have already returned my census form all pinked and queered. To think I could have southernized it as well.

I think my eyes just rolled though the stratosphere.

Confederate nationality? Well, the Confederacy did make it some four years. It's gone now, and we're better off for it. I'm not suggesting that we forget our very ugly past, but let's not perseverate on it either. We should remember, look forward, and move on.

RNC rejects joint 'civility' statement

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35096.html



The Caption: Various members of the DNC contacted their respective RNC counterparts this week in hopes of getting RNC Chairman Michael Steele to co-sign a document with Kaine. -AP

The Buzz: The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement, POLITICO has learned. Various members of the DNC — including Chairman Tim Kaine, Executive Director Jen O’Malley Dillon and Communications Director Brad Woodhouse — contacted their respective RNC counterparts this week in hopes of getting RNC Chairman Michael Steele to co-sign a document with Kaine that, in part, called for “elected officials of both parties to set an example of the civility we want to see in our citizenry.”


OK, you may spit on the ground now.

The whole point was to bring some manners to this beleaguered world. Last week, members of the Tea Party, also known as Tea Baggers by many, spat and swore at members of Congress headed to session.

A couple of Twitter feeds even included clear death threats against the president, which motivated some up close and personal attention from the Secret Service.

Note to idiots: Your freedom of speech does not extend to protect death threats against the prez. Get over it. You see, that form of terrorism presents a threat to the stability of our political processes, and for as convoluted as we can be at times, it's a danged sight better than what you would bring us, that being the complete Christianization of this country and government.

I think I'll spit now.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

The future Pope Benedict XVI did not defrock a U.S. priest who acknowledged molesting up to 200 deaf boys in Milwaukee

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/03/25/Vatican-kept-US-priest-despite-boy-abuse/UPI-14461269565422/

The Buzz: The future Pope Benedict XVI did not defrock a U.S. priest who acknowledged molesting up to 200 deaf boys in Milwaukee, newly revealed church files indicate. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and other top Vatican officials let the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy continue to work around boys, even though U.S. bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to take action could embarrass the church, church files brought to light as part of a lawsuit suggest.

Embarrass the church? Oh good grief.

So Papanazi's past continues to surface. He's not alone in this damnation. There are many more priests in that boat. Let's just hope there's a special room in hell for those deranged men, and the molested boys get to take turns with the thermostat.

That room might also contain some gnarly, fire hyrant-sized butt plugs. Hell needs equipment too.

My question is about priests and boys. What is it there? And why do they hate gay people do much? Does a hatred of gay people promote the sexual abuse of boys?

That's one hypothesis I'd prefer to never test. I suspect, however, that we'll find evidence sufficient for otherwise.

Sadness.


Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Hate Group Monitoring Organization Labeled a ’Hate Group’ in Turn

http://www.edgesanfrancisco.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=&sc3=&id=103870



Ain't Matt purty, what with that limp wrist and all.

The Buzz: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has monitored the activities of extremist groups operating in America for decades, recently included anti-gay blog Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) on its list of "hate groups."

The Buzzed: A member of AFTAH’s board--Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, who once dismissed committed same-sex relationships as a matter of "one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ’love’ "--has struck back at the SPLC, labeling the organization a "hate group" in turn.


You don't have to look far to find that Barber's associations are little more than hate-filled fear mongers. Think Preacher Phelps with an improved wardrobe.

Nonetheless, someone done told the truth on Matt.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

First Legal Gigolo Quits Brothel, Returns to Porn

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/first-legal-gigolo-quits-shady-lady-ranch/19416415



Shady Lady Ranch owner Bobbi Davis, above, said she hired another male prostitute on the heels of Markus' departure.

The Buzz: After two months and just 10 paying customers, the first legal gigolo in the United States has left a Nevada brothel to return to his first love -- pornography. The former Marine-turned-"prosti-dude" parted ways with the Shady Lady Ranch a few weeks ago, owner Bobbi Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Ten gigs in two months? Even at $200 for a 40 minute gig, that's hardly going to get the baby new shoes.

Apparently, he refused to be gay-for-pay, and that cut into his earning potential, claiming his sphincter was not for sale.

So he's back in the film industry. Meanwhile, the Shady Lady has a job opening if you're interested.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Once upon a time, I was married

Yes, once upon a time, I was married. To a woman. Go figure. It's what we're expected to do.

And yes, we had our first argument. Over what? A twistie from a loaf of bread.



I was told we are to save and use these things. Otherwise, the bread will become stale.

It's not enough to twist the plastic bag and put the bread down.

But I do it everytime.



It works for me. In the fridge. Everytime.

Maybe it's the bare feet.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Friday, March 26, 2010

Remnants of elbow boil

The doc was totally unimpressed in December with the tale of elbow boil, even with the story of baby boil added.



What's left is a minor scar. That boil gave up the ghost in an Embassy Suites somewhere on this planet when I treated it to a series of scalding hot compresses.

You just have to wonder what the clean up lady reported the next day.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Kaiser Permanente Pulled Plug On Woman's Insurance While She Was In A Coma

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/26/heather-galeotti-kaiser-p_n_514712.html



The Buzz: With her heart set on a career as a chef, Heather Galeotti enrolled in a San Francisco culinary school. One winter night, her life took a near-fatal turn when she was hit by a car. The 22-year-old lay in a coma for nearly six months. Galeotti's shaken family told the hospital that she was covered by her father's health care plan with Kaiser Permanente. The hospital confirmed her status with Kaiser and proceeded to treat her. Medical bills piled up to more than $4 million.


And folks wonder why health care reform is necessary.

If you're going to build a business gambling on people's health, your business model needs to include the risk that someone might require that you do what you agreed to in the first place.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Butt bra from Bubbles Bodywear

http://www.intimateguide.com/shapewear/bubbles-bodywear/

The Buzz: Bubbles Bodywear was featured on The Today Show yesterday in Bobbie Thomas’s segment “Spring’s Most Unique Style Trends”. What they referred to as the “butt bra” was really the Double-O Push-up Brief from Bubbles Bodywear. This panty provides minimum booty coverage and lite tummy control. Just slip it on over your hips and position the panty so it is flat against your skin. The holes in the back of the brief will push your cheeks up-and-out. Under clothes, you’ll have the perky, round and voluptuous butt you’ve always wanted.




I'm pretty sure my butt and tum are already sufficiently voluptuous.

Now, my need for pasties is a whole nuther matter. Regardless, why would the ladies not permit the thermometers from showing?



Low rise jeans? My 501s are already there, what with my voluptuous tum and all.



Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Students at Bleckley County High School in Georgia – where student Derrick Martin got permission to bring his boyfriend to the prom – organized a protest yesterday.

http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2010/03/students-protest-ga-schools-decision-allowing-same-sex-prom-date/

The Buzz: Okay, the pretend competition between Georgia and Mississippi in the world of queer youth and proms just got closer. We learned this morning that students at Bleckley County High School in Georgia – where student Derrick Martin got permission to bring his boyfriend to the prom – organized a protest yesterday.

The Why: Were they protesting Derrick? No. That the school gave him permission? No. They were protesting the attention that has been brought to their town and school because “they don’t want Cochran to be known as a pro gay town.” The organizer of the protest, Amber Duskin, explained further “It’s also not just him bringing a boy. It was bringing all this attention to it.” But Ms. Duskin let a bit of her true colors show through when she also said “I don’t believe in going up there and dancing with gay guys like that.”


Oh good grief!

Can it get any more weird? Convoluted? Stupid?

What is it about an expression of love that leaves these people apolectic?

More and more, I see no hope for this race of critters.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Gays shouldn’t be given funerals, argues Italian bishop

http://blog.equalitopia.com/post/475471566/gays-shouldnt-be-given-funerals-argues-italian



The Buzz: Gays shouldn’t be given funerals, argues Italian bishop. The bishop of the city of Tursi has declared homosexuals should not receive communion or be given funerals. In an interview published last Friday on pontifex.roma.it, Bishop Francesco Nolè declared that ‘irregulars’ such as criminals and homosexuals should not be given communions or funerals, reports The Pink Paper.


Frankly, I'm surprised he had time to make this pronouncement, what with all the alter boys surely lined up for a proper molestation.

And I value my soul far too much to accept the communion that he would not offer.

Now get this: About the last thing I need when I meet my maker is some back-collared cheerleader taking a break from ruining one more boy's life to pronounce me well on my way to hell.

They can each and every one pucker up and kiss my hairy bohuncus.

I have shared this planet with a gracious plenty Bible thumping demons. Maybe I'll haunt the lot of them.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Indiana threatened by giant poop bubbles

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/26/indiana-threatened-by-gia_n_514960.html?ref=twitter



The Buzz: Good news for people who like news about grotesque agricultural calamities-waiting-to-happen! Lauren Etter of the Wall Street Journal has a groundbreaking story of how the state of Indiana is threatened by giant bubbles of livestock feces. Will someone think of the children, many of whom dream of seeing a floating balloon, made solely of poop?

Best paragraph in the entire report: Goltstein told the WSJ: "I have no fear of popping them." In all honesty, Farmer Goltstein is sort of weirdly awesome.


There just ought to be research somewhere on how to capture the methane and use it as supplemental power on the farm. I mean, really! How hard could that be?

And there's probably some way to increase the methane production to further break down the manure.

C'mon people! Think!

We just scattered the crap on the fields, but I suspect that's a no-no now, and with industrial farms, it might also be impractical.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Gay Marines Would Have To Live In Separate Quarters If Don't Ask, Don't Tell Is Repealed

Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway really did say it. This is a fully grown marine. Standing there shaking in his boots over the thought that a gay marine might be in the sleeping back next to his.

Do you suppose Conway's always been this stupid?


Pasta and chickpea salad

I have a hankering for pasta and chickpea salad. I hunted. I gathered. And now I cook.

Put water and some salt in the pot. Bring it to a boil.



We're using curly pasta this time. I like it better when it was called rainbow pasta.



We will not be using a bell pepper this time. The price hurt my feelings.



But the chickpeas were on sale!



Food Lion should have house brand chickpeas, but they don't.

We also need some olives.

Green



And black



Here they are getting aquainted.



Yeah, I played with my food.

So we split it all between two containers.



The green olive juice is in there too. The rest was drained.

Splash in some olive oil.



And wait for the pasta to cook al dente.

And you thought I didn't know that phrase.

The pasta goes in with more olive oil.



And now it sits and cools while I grow more and more hungry.

I think we're gonna have the first helping while it's warm.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Strange things are afoot at my Food Lion

I went grocery shopping for some salad stuff before I starved.

Bell peppers were on the list until I saw the price.




Two bucks apiece?!! I can do without. The yellow and red bell peppers were three bucks apiece.

Some one is very proud of their peppers.

Meanwhile, the Boston butt steaks were nearly free, less than a dollar each, and certainly cheaper than the peppers.



I suppose that piggie didn't eat any peppers.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

And pigs fly

http://www.reviewopedia.com/winning-in-the-cash-flow-business.htm

The Buzz: Winning in the cash flow business is a program developed by Russ Dalbey that he sells for $140. The program's goal is to teach people how to become investors by way of brokering cash flow notes through his network, called America’s Note Network.


Yes, we have flying pigs. The win is in selling the video. Props to Russ. Now, what price did Russ place on his soul? I think I'm looking at it.

It's 100% risk free, he says. $39.95? How did I guess that?

The insomniacs of the world should unite for better SyFy programming.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Thursday, March 25, 2010

If I were a rich man

Even if I'm not.


I occassionally play the lottery. PowerBall and Carolina Cash Five. Not MegaBall yet. Given that most of you know my occupation, you might be wondering why.

I do know better.

Yes, I know the odds of winning. Think slim and none. And it's been a few weeks since I put my dollar down. Maybe this weekend?

So why do I spend that buck?

It's for the pipe dream. I enjoy that brief period in which I think about what I'd do if I were to win.

First, rest assured that I'd engage the services of an investment counselor long before I ever picked up the check.

After that, here's where the money might go.

First, as you might expect, I'd pay off some bills. As we used to say on the farm, "As far as the money would go."

After that'd I'd pay for a few educations. That would be money well spent.

There would be the condo downtown and probably the trailer by the river. And I would likely have my cracked windshield repaired.

I really doubt I'd buy a new car, bit I'd likely present more often at the annual meetings of the Psychometric Society.

There would be the tithing. Yes, tithing, at 10%. Probably split three ways. The Middlesex Children's Home. Those folks looked after my mother when no one else would. The National Indian Child Welfare Association. They work to make sure my cousins are cared for. Equality NC. They work to look after me and people like me.

I might become a holy terror I'm the State Legislature.

I might sponsor scholarships at UNC-CH, State, and UNCG. They helped me learn to look after myself.

Might I travel? Yes, but not in the manner you would expect. I am a very poor tourist.

Feets object to the tourist thing.

I loathe going places briefly. And I really hate the walking around and looking at stuff thing.

What I Iike is living there. I want to know how they shop for food. Find medical service. See a dentist. Deal with transportation. And generally just live.

I want to drink their water. OK, their rum also.

To this end, I might spend six months in Amsterdam. Buenos Aires. Bath. Name it. I'd be there a while.

I might return to the classroom, though the independent wealth might leave me and my truth telling habit incompatible with most administrations. It has been so far. Just ask current boss.

I'd probably paint a little. Write also. Those would be more therapeutic than anything else.

So there you go. No fancy house or car for me. Just a lot of tightening around the edges.


Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Trans Student Kicked Out Of Constance McMillen's Mississippi School

http://celebrifi.com/gossip/Trans-Student-Kicked-Out-Of-Constance-McMillens-Mississippi-School-1977012.html

And

http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2010/03/trans-student-kicked-out-of-constance.html



The Buzz: Dan Savage reports that the same Mississippi high school that canceled Constance McMillen's prom also kicked out a trans student on his first day. Juin Baize was a student at Itawamba Agricultural-for a grand total of four hours. Baize, his mother, and his two sisters moved to Fulton, Mississippi, fromp New Harmony, Indiana, to live with Baize's grandmother at the beginning of the year. (For now Baize says he prefers to use male pronouns.)


OK, so just WHAT is wrong with the people of Mississippi? First, they cancel a prom so they don't have to see a couple of young women dancing together. Now, they boot a woman born into a man's body.

It's a real shame we don't have Sherman around. He could deal with this idiocy quite well, though the atmospheric pollution would be substantial.

And could he burn those buildings WITH the idiots still inside? It is quite apparrent that the gene pool needs a little cleaning up.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Vatican declined to defrock US priest who abused boys

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/world/europe/25vatican.html?hp



The Buzz: Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit.


Now wait just one minute. It's OK to abuse a few hundred boys, and then protect the abuser as long as you promote the hatred of gay people at every possible opportunity?

We do live in a world of very confused people.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Lingerie Football Players Punished For Wearing Too Much

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/lingerie-football-players_n_512848.html


The Buzz: Two Lingerie Football League players have been placed on probation for wearing too much, according to BrowardPalmBeach.com. Specifically, the article claims that two of the league's premier players are in hot water for wearing shoulder pads in a recent photo shoot.



Oh dear me! I suppose those shoulder pads occlude the ribaldrous view of those lurid bra straps. Not a word is said about that headwrap.

Do you suppose bitch boots come with cleats?

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

Vegetarian chili just like Mama made

We're making veggie chili tonight.

You'll need a bowl.



Yes, this bowl has been around the block a few times.

You'll also need a can opener.



And I need a manicure.

Some chili beans would go well.



And some Ro-Tel. The Food Lion variety is usually better, but there was a sale going on last month.



Open both cans. Pour the stuff in the bowl. Stir.



Throw the cans away. Or recycle them. Nuke the chili in the bowl.

If Leoce is around, nuke the chili until the beans go away.

Eat.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States

HvZ at UNCG

http://gotriad.news-record.com/content/2010/03/24/article/humans_vs_zombies



The Buzz: At exactly midnight on March 17, college students Jathan Pugh and Guy Gunn were "infected" with a virus that turned them into brain-hungry zombies. The following morning, they spread the infection to 17 students on UNCG's campus. Forty-eight hours later, the number of zombies rose to 100.


I wandered into this game quite by accident last weekend, and I am here to tell you that there is hope for the future when this degree of creativity and spontaneity is alive and well on a college campus.

Makes me wanna go back in some capacity, but that's unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Location:Westgrove St,Raleigh,United States