Well, it's not quite spring, but almost. I've been seeing the signs though, robins hopping about, a little green showing up under the melting snow. And today, two women dressed in spaghetti strap tops.
Now I realize the frustration that winter brings to those in need of showing their bodies to the world. But the temperature today topped, maybe, MAYBE, 50 degrees F. The last spaghetti-strapper I saw was at the gas station in tight, white sweats with a leaf green top (her bra straps were white too in case you're wondering.) I mean I get it. Santa probably bought you new boobs for Christmas and you've been dying for the past three months to get them some show time. But settle down ladies, before you catch your death. That or somebody skids into an ice bank.
Spring will be here, skimpy dresses and big floppy hats. Trust me, just give it time. And you don't want to poke someone's eye out by accident.
Hilarity. Bitter, bitter, angry hilarity.
WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Members of the U.S. Congress say they're happy with their jobs, feel fulfilled and believe they're contributing to the public good, a new report indicated.
The study by the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management, released Tuesday, indicated 89 percent of House members who responded to a survey conducted Aug. 4-Oct. 31, 2011, said they felt satisfaction that they were "performing an important public service," Roll Call reported.
Awww they're happy and fulfilled. That's so sweet, UNLIKE SAY ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE/ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS DUE TO THE FACT THAT CONGRESS ISN'T ACTUALLY *DOING* THEIRS.
Cocksucking motherfuckers. Delusional, out of touch, money thieving, rat-faced fucktards.
The Cardinals are choosing a new Pope. Fucking weeeeeeee. Catholicism used to be big stuff in the educated world, now it's lesser stuff. But that hasn't stopped the Catholic church from preventing change, no sir, they're all about stagnation. Like a virus that reproduces until the host dies, the Catholic Church has ignored the warning signs that their grasp does no good. Even in the aftermath of sex abuse and dwindling numbers, they cling to their rock in the vain belief that they, and no one else, know what God wants.
Problem is, not only don't they know, but they haven't got a clue either. Instead of just turning to good works, they struggle to maintain a hierarchy that has fostered a culture of waste, repression, ignorance and poverty. All in the name of God of course (which really means they're not accountable, right?)
Buctot is among the 4 million slum settlers in the Philippines, a country of 94 million that is predominantly Catholic, the only one in the world where there is no divorce.
There are more children in these communities than anywhere else in the country. In 2008, the total fertility rate for women in the poorest quintile was 5.2 percent, compared with 1.9 percent in the richest quintile, government statistics show.
A new law, the Reproductive Health (RH) Act of 2012, stuck in a legal challenge, is designed to help women such as Buctot afford contraception by providing the poor with universal access to condoms and pills and an adequate supply of these contraceptives.
But conservatives identified with the church have the legislation blocked in court now and with the national elections scheduled in May, the church has launched a campaign against candidates who voted in favor of the RH bill, dubbing them as Team Patay, the Filipino word for death. (UPI)
What are these men going to do for the people that follow them? Will they feed the overpopulated poor? Give them clothes, shelter and education? Or will they just keep insisting that women should continue to push out babies until the nation collapses under the weight of a population that food, and space can't support? Then what? "Oops sorry" and move on?
Women need a voice in the church if the church is going to dictate the future of women and their children. These "men" don't realize that without enabling women with ability to control their own biology everyone in their religion will suffer. Narrow minded, short sighted, and most of all, self-inflated, none of the erudite geezers in red sashes will see it. It's not like they could get pregnant anyway, so why give a damn?
So what will these guys decide? Well, to keep the status quo of course. Keep themselves and guys like them in charge until there's nothing left to be in charge of, after all, "it's better to reign in hell..."
Fuck you because you don't care about Americans who are feeling the pain you CLEARLY aren't.
"I'm for sequestration," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said, if Congress can't cut spending. "We've got to face the music now, or it will be much tougher later." (UPI)
Face the music? What fucking music? Is the sound of people losing their jobs, not paying their rent and not feeding their families music to you? What about people waiting in longer and longer lines at the airport? What about US Service men and women who are losing their pay? Is that the "music" you're referring to?
Fuck you, and fuck all you motherfuckers who can't do your goddamned job and run this country. ARE YOU SO AFRAID OF COMPROMISE?
Hate the lot of you pussies. I wish, how I wish, I could dock your pay for every hour this bullshit continues.
To try to curb teen pregnancy, NYC recently launched a "Real Cost of Teen Pregnancy" campaign. And it has it's critics.
Planned Parenthood has it's panties in a bunch. Planned Parenthood says positive alternatives should be offered instead. The teen mom support website http://www.teenmomnyc.com thinks it is telling teen moms they are worthless.
While I may agree that providing pregnancy prevention information and offering positive alternatives work for many teens, fear may work for others. No two people are the same. What works for one, may not work for another. Personally I am OK with scaring kids about getting pregnant. Having kids is not easy. They are a big responsibility. Some teens have romanticized sex and pregnancy and need a good swift kick in the butt and a dose of reality. Why? Because they are obviously not getting it at home.
And to those teen mothers who think this campaign is wrong because it makes them feel worthless: You can only feel worthless if you let them. If you are being the best mother you can be and you are working hard to raise a good kid, kudos to you. Prove the nay sayers wrong. None of those posters say teen mothers are bad, just that they will have a harder job than someone who puts off having kids later. I'm sure those that are living life as a teen mothers wouldn't argue that it would have been easier if they had waited no matter how much they love their kids.
Bottom line to teens? Don't have sex. If you can't rein in the hormones, use birth control. Focus on school and get an education. Why? Because those little bundles of joy come with a cost.
A while back, my mother received a package that was shipped USPS Priority Mail. She wanted to return the item, but rather than ship it back Priority Mail she wanted to use the cheaper regular USPS shipping. When she took the item in the original box to the post office she was told she could only ship Priority Mail because of the box. My mother, being a resourceful woman, said that she would turn the box inside out and the postal clerk told her that they would still know, even though the inside of the box was plain brown.
How could the USPS know a brown on the outside box is Priority Mail? Has Big Brother impregnated the box with something? Honestly I find that a bit creepy. The newer boxes are now imprinted with "Priority Mail" all over the inside of the box. Is the USPS being a little territorial?
Isn't reuse better than recycle? Doesn't plastering your logo all over the outside AND inside limit re-use possibilities? I find it a bit obnoxious that an entity that is essentially part of our government does something that their competitors, such as UPS, doesn't do. UPS will take boxes and packing material and reuse them.
Does the USPS feel the need to be so territorial because they are having a hard time competing?
A burqa (Urdu: بُرقع) is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions to cover their bodies when in public.
"O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outergarments (jilbabs) close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle."
— Qur'an Surah Al-Ahzab Ayah 59 (Wikipedia)
Arkansas wants women to be faceless and voiceless. Actually let me be more precise: Arkansas REPUBLICANS want women in their state to be faceless, voiceless vessels of reproduction. For some reason religion in American has inspired these public representatives to enact the most repressive laws possible against women. And in this time of poor economy these same lawmakers aren't turning to good works to help their constituents socially or financially. Nope, indeed, they are turning their state-paid time to the physical repression and demoralization of women.
But why stop there? Why not just attack women's health?
The proposal would cut off money Planned Parenthood receives from the state for non-abortion programs, including federal grants disbursed by the state to the group for education programs in Little Rock schools on sexually transmitted diseases.
"I'm glad for them to do education and do those sorts of things, but I do not like them utilizing funds, indirectly even, to support their efforts with abortion in our state," Rapert, a Republican from Conway, said Thursday.
Planned Parenthood officials vowed to fight the legislation. (AP)
Arkansas would like to put women in the same desperate situation as Afghanistan, ignorant, unequal, and in their place. The tool they're using is biology, and it's not enough just to hunt down pregnant women, but to ensure that women get pregnant early and often.
It's amazing the evil men will go to when the opportunity arises. Arkansas: the asshole state.
Guy, it's over and you still haven't gotten the message. What is wrong with you?
SAN DIEGO, March 4 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney says it "kills" him not to be U.S. president, and his wife, Ann, says she has cried over the loss and blames the news media at least in part for it.
"I look at what's happening right now, I wish I were there," Romney told "Fox News Sunday" in a wide-ranging interview at his San Diego beach house, his first on television since he lost November's presidential election.
"It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done," the former Massachusetts governor said.
"I have to tell you, the hardest thing about losing is watching this critical moment, this golden moment, just slip away with politics," he said.
Look, let me spell it out for you: no one wanted a filthy-rich, out of touch, Ex-hatchet man who lies on his taxes as president. Ok? It's not the news that lost the election, IT'S THE FACT THAT NOT EVERYONE IS GULLIBLE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE A Multi-Billionaire CAN CARE ABOUT AMERICA.
Warren Buffet you ain't. Now move on.
What's wrong with Arkansas? Is the state secretly run by radical muslims? It's apparent when MEN feel they need to pass a law telling WOMEN what is permissible within their bodies that something is horribly, horribly wrong.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward and give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
There was no debate before the 20-14 vote. Beebe told legislators in his letter explaining his veto Monday that he believes the proposal is unconstitutional and conflicts with the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. But the bill's sponsor said after Tuesday's vote that he thinks the Democratic governor is wrong.
"That's not valid. The U.S. Constitution says nothing whatsoever about abortion. This is governed by case law," said Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican from Conway.
According to Senator Rapert black men shouldn't be allowed to vote either. And we're missing the fact that safe means of abortion weren't even AROUND when the constitution was written.
You assholes, each and every one of you yes-voting Arkansas assholes, needs to start taking in foster children, preferably three or four apiece. You need to learn what it really means to have responsibilities you can't manage and can barely afford. What's more these kids should just show up, without any warning, without any opportunity to say no.
You want to force a life on someone? Show that you can understand what it means.
Misogynistic motherfuckers. Get your fucking laws off women's bodies and start dealing with the real problems in your sorry-ass state. Abusers.
Everyone has heard the story by now: the policy at Glenwood Gardens is to simply let their residents die because to attempt otherwise would put them at risk. No amount of begging, pleading or rationalizing with the "nurse" can encourage her to put her profession first. "It's policy," she says repeatedly. Of course why it may be policy it can also be viewed as obstruction when she refuses to give the phone to someone else who might have more of a conscience than her.
The bottom line, of course is money. And the executive director of the "assisted" living facility, Jeffrey Toomer, makes it quite clear. Their job isn't in the health and welfare of their residents, it's in making money. Lawsuits cost money, training staff costs money, and basically why bother? For them it's a win-win, because now they have more available space.
Legislation will unfortunately be the fix, because apparently just being human and expecting someone to have some humanity isn't enough. The job clearly outweighed the need to do the right thing.
Glenwood Gardens, Jeffrey Toomer, you and your organization suck. You are being lambasted in the press, and I expect you will get more of what you rightfully deserve. Let's see how well your "policies" fare in the face of righteous indignation. You're going to get a good and deserved drubbing.
Wow, our government noticed! They actually noticed and said the obvious, sane, rational and fair thing. Wtf?
NEW YORK (AP) -- An Obama administration adviser says the White House believes smartphone and tablet users should be allowed to unlock their phones and use the devices on the network of their choosing.
In a blog post entitled "It's time to legalize cell phone unlocking," R. David Edelman, White House adviser on Internet, innovation and privacy, responded to a petition about the issue by saying the administration feels consumers should be allowed to unlock their phones without civil or criminal penalties, especially if the phones were purchased secondhand or as gifts.
Now I do realize there's a big difference between posting a blog and actually having the carriers loosen their grip, but still. A step in the right direction is better than no steps at all.
Really? Who cares. I don't remember who appointed him ambassador, but I couldn't care less. The press shouldn't waste their time reporting about it either.
Boarding is always so much fun, a very "Lord of the Flies" experience. After a general gathering as the door to the jetway opens the first and almost-first (high mileage customers) passengers board.
Then the crowding starts.
I watch as a strict muslim family tries to board with the second group. As they go through the attendant calls them back, apparently one of them was in a later group but tried to sneak on. The attendant was having none of it and made the entire trio wait. So sorry, if you want to go as a group you must go with the LATEST group not the EARLIEST.
Next I watch as a short, dumpy African-American woman shoves her roll-on suitcase over a man's toes. "Excuse me" she says and then proceeds to walk in front of him. Wow, five stars for bitchy there.
As we near the last group (mine) a short, forty-ish Asian man runs up along the red carpet entrance to the gate. Apparently he was a late, first-class customer. Now he had a roll-on too, but the announcement that the overhead compartments were full had been made and all bags needed to be checked. Oh no, but not his, and as he storms down the jetway I can't wait to see what will happen next.
We arrive at the plane and yes, all overhead in first class is filled. He opens and re-opens the compartments as the stewards look on with amusement. "Down there!" he points to a bin about half way down the plane, "there's a space down there!" One of the tired stewards gives a shrug and takes the bag, trying to accommodate the irate first-class passenger, the same one who has now held up the line for several minutes. With each forward step I nudge up behind the passenger, the weight of all those trying to board pressing behind me. As his bag finally gets stowed, he turns to get back in his seat only to come face to face with me. "Hi" I smile. I'm not moving. Now he suddenly realizes how many pissed off people are behind me and ducks to the side to let me pass. "Thanks" I offer and move on by.
Air travel isn't what it once was, a luxury, and a relaxing experience. These days it's the equivalent of cattle going to a not-so-pleasant end. I can't help thinking that the terrorists won. They made my life miserable and the lives of so many others. I wonder if someday we can ever reclaim what we lost.
That was obviously the opinion of the dick head in first class.
The flight was already a bit late. We sat at the gate for a bit because, we were told, the flight crew had to make a last minute flight alteration. We pushed away from the gate and the ground crew de-iced the plane. Before long we were taxiing to the end of the runway. The pilot announces that we are next in line to take off and we would be taking off in a few minutes and we had been given a five minute window.
Suddenly, a dickhead in the front row of first class bolts for the bathroom. Before the flight attendant could react, he was in and locked. The flight attendant knocked and I don't think he answered and I could hear the flight attendant call the pilot and tell him someone was in the bathroom.
I guess when you gotta go, you gotta go, and the guy was relatively quick, but FFS, we sit diddling ourselves for 15 minutes, he couldn't wait 10 more. Dude must have a bladder the size of a pea or a prostrate the size of a basketball and less control than a woman who is nine months pregnant.
I will hand it too the flight attendant, she kept her cool and didn't make a big deal. I know I wanted to bounce a coffee cup (presence of coffee optional) off his head when he came out. Unfortunately there are far too many people with a "my needs outweigh the needs of the many" attitude.
Absolutely nothing, say it again.
Stupid fucking retarded miserable blood sucking scumbag politicians. CUT THEIR PAY. None of you rotten bastards deserves a buck for the pitiful lack of progress you have made. YOU ARE LETTING AMERICA DOWN.
And to the idiots in the public who don't think it will matter to them? What happens when you don't get your tax rebate? How funny will it be then?
DO YOUR FUCKING JOB SO WE CAN DO OURS.
At the airport, it will be several hours before the flight. Two older gentlemen of color are also waiting. One of the pair has a voice reminiscent of Al Jolson. For the first hour the raucous conversation was fun, a little local color, but as we eased into the second hour the loud laughter took on a more irritating edge, the loud cackles popping like small-arms fire through the metal, marble and glass surroundings. The faces of people around them seemed to fall into a deeper gloom with more annoyance.
I'm glad you're having a good day, but be aware that the rest of humanity around you may not share in your mirth, especially if it doesn't come with the occasional breatk.
This is not a post about gun control or rights, this is about the visual spin the press gives issues. NY recently passed a law further restricting guns in NY beyond the already restrictive laws. Cuomo jammed the law through the process in a matter of days (which is my personal beef with the law). Thousands came to NY's capital to protest.
When looking at the press coverage, two photos stood out. It was like the news organization's photographer looked for one of the most fired-up, back-woods looking burly guy they could find for an up close. Honestly, the guy looks like he could give someone a hurtin' fire arm or not. Then another looked like a "white-pride" thug you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.
Looking at the remaining pictures, you can see most of the people look like they could be happily rooting for their grandkid's soccer team, going to PTA meetings or sitting next to you in church. From what I've heard from people who were there (and not for the protest), the majority of the people were polite and far more polite than the raucous crowd that protested fracking awhile back. The guns rights people let folks go about their business without cops telling them to clear the entrances into businesses in the area.
I'm not sure if the close-up of the burly "mountain man" was an attempt to make gun rights supporters look like toothless hillbillies or not. Or if the close-up of the thug was to make gun-rights advocates look scary. I'm not even sure if selection of these two cameos was deliberate because there are plenty of "normal" looking people in the pictures showing the size of the crowd.
Spin or no spin? I'm not sure.