Tuesday, March 30, 2004

What's really important.

This was in Kelly Sue's blog. Now I will admit to thinking about this sort of thing as much as the next guy but really. To invest money in it, and to spend this much time and effort on it. What I really like is all the bonuses

Bonus #1: Body Art and Stenciling Kit ($9.95 value)

Bonus #2: Creative Ways to Color Your Curlies ($9.95 value)

Bonus #3: Style Guide for Guys ($9.95 value)

Bonus #4: Hot Pink Monthly eZine

My check is in the email.

Friday, March 26, 2004


This was forwarded to me by my father, who I'm sure sent it to everyone on his list or at least a good number of them.

AND....now a word of caution because I'm not positive these numbers are precise - but if I read it correctly, there were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of January.... in the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's one American city folks, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq.

This is related how?

The following appeared in the Durham, NC local paper as a letter to the editor. Please forward to all on your list, as this will put things in perspective:

Liberals claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. "Liberals" in this case means anybody who disagrees with the president or might not wholeheartedly support everything he does, as if we did that for Clinton One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history. He is. Not that he was actually elected or anything but as Archie Bunker once said about Gerald Ford, "He's doing pretty good for a guy nobody voted for!"Let's clear up one point: We didn't start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11. Terrorists started the war on terror? They are crazy!

Let's look at the "worst" president and mismanagement claims.

FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea; North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year.

John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year. Aren't we supposed to learn from the mistakes of the past, not repeat them?

Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. NATO doesn't count in this contextBosnia never attacked us.

He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions. By someone trying to take over Sudan, now a FOX news commentator, not credible in either capacity.

In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida?, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers, an average of 300 a year. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home. Another? 3000 people died in the first one while he was reading a book about a goat to some schoolchildren.Worst president in history? Yes, at least since Andrew Johnson.

Come on!!!! I think our President is "GREAT! Do the quotation marks on just one side have some meaning I don't get? "GREAT", I understand. He's not great; you're just making those little bunny ears with your fingers.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but... It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation. But it's over now. We don't know when the Iraq war might end. Just proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" doesn't make it so.

We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records. It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!! Maybe, if Saddam had used a bunch of Republican congressional staffers rather than the Republican Guard, he might still be in power

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

More Well Reasoned and Insightful

Anyway, I'm feeling better today but keep thinking of this, a metaphor for my recent career efforts. So it goes.

Anyway, I spent a good deal of yesterday digging horse manure and managing to receiving a call from New York Life. My driving around time was spent listening to "Reefer Madness" which I found very interesting and worthwhile. The story of Reuben Sturman, a man so secretive I cannot find his picture on Google fascinates me. His transformation from aspiring businessman selling remaindered comics to Godfather of the sex industry to fugitive tax cheat is amazing. Basically, he was a pioneer, developing many of the techniques for hiding money that were later expanded by Enron.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Anger Management

What would it take to set you over the edge? How does one deal with the feelings of worthlessness?

Friday, March 19, 2004

From my desk calendar.

A handful of shortsighted people have always existed. But overall, their day is over because the public's attitude toward war and violence has become much healthier than at any time in history. -- HH the Dalai Lama

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Scorpio Style:

don't ever tell scorpios they've had enough, for
they'll smirk at you and quietly but
intentionaly keep tipping till they're hog
whipering drunk, out of 100-proof spite.
Scorpios like to drink, and screw you if you
have a problem with that. most of them see the
sauce as something to savour in itself, and not
as a personality-altering tool -- though if
depressed, self-loathingScorpios seek total
obliteration. but generaly, they're facinating
drinking pals, brilliant conversation runners
and dizzying flirts. they also remember
everything -- espescally what you got up to
when you were blitzed. only drink with a
Scorpio that likes you.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Cooking and Resolutions

Not that I have many options at this point. but I'm thinking if I stay with my present job at the company whose name I had best not speak, out of discretion. In the next couple of years, I would like to move to Colorado but do so at a rate of pay that would enable Laurie to retire, or at least for me to be the primary wage earner.

Anyway, current company is growing but I'm only making 9.75 per hour right now and I need to be making more, earning more, I should say, because I feel as though I'm being paid adequately for the work I'm being asked to perform. I just want to do something that's more demanding.

On another note, Rebecca and I are teaching a cooking class at the store tonight. It's "Fish: Fast, Fun and Fearless". I've been trying to get this done for over a year, almost two.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Gee it's good to be back home again

Just drove across Kansas in a rainstorm. I really feel alive in Colorado, or at least the mountains.