Monday, January 29, 2007

Commercial Spoof

Another little chuckle........


Ban Mondays #8

.....just for fun.

I have no financial interest in the product ........blah blah blah.

This is not an endorsement for the product ........blah blah blah.

Adult Theme: May be unsuitable for children and may piss off some and offend others.....blah blah blah


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The State of the Union

Several blogs have this YouTube and have shared it using various introductions. I don't feel clever today, so just watch and enjoy.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Ban Mondays #7

This is a French commercial that is unlikely to ever be shown in our prudish republic.

This is not a product endorsement blah blah blah.

I have no financial interest in blah blah blah.

WARNING: Adult Content that may repulse the folks at Focus on the Family and Save Our Children.......... fu#@ 'em....


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Another Hat in the Ring


Senator John McCain's BFF

You Just Can't Make This Shit Up

I've haven't paid much attention to the news story that "adultery = life in prison" snafu in Michigan Law. Now, that this story has reached across the Atlantic and our British cousins are having a big laugh at our expense, I am going to put in my two cents.

It seems we have an eager-beaver Attorney General and a Court of Appeals that spelled out clearly that should the AG wish to accept their ruling on a sex for drugs case the consequences would be enormous. The "problem" brought fourth in the Court of Appeals ruling is that an archaic Michigan law stating that adultery is a felony must be enforced. Therefore, adulterers could be charged with first degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Sounds strange, eh?

The news article is online at the Detroit Free Press'

Some in the blogosphere are wondering if AG Mike Cox will surrender to authorities since he publicly admitted to being an adulterer.

Since I have a warped view about some things I must also ask a question, "In the State of Michigan marriage is defined by law as a union between one man and one woman, is adultery defined in the same manner?" Is adultery defined as being extramarital sex between one man and one woman?

Shouldn't the laws about marriage and adultery be consistent?

Well .... if so, all those married men trolling for "gay" sex, if caught, would only be charged with sodomy and not adultery. OH, wait, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out sodomy laws!!!

So, man on man and woman on woman extramarital affairs are still not subject to criminal prosecution? The law has to be fair and equal, right?

I've told you that my "logical" mind is warped .......


Monday, January 15, 2007

Follow Your Heart

A few weeks ago a local charity announced that it could no longer accept clothing and other donations due to a tremendous backlog in their inventory. The tax season, the holidays, and "Clean Sweeps" have had them busy. Just today, the Times Herald had an announcement from the Commander of the local Salvation Army stating that he hoped the community did not confuse their Thrift Store with the other charity's "problem". The Salvation Army Thrift Store, at 729 Howard Street, is still in need of clothing, furniture, and household items. (in Port Huron and surrounding areas, phone (810) 985-6385)

I make note of this information because of a song and music video that has been playing on our CMT cable channel. It is a sweet song about having everything one needs. The setting is a young women's moving/yard sale. At the end of the song, please carefully watch what selflessness is displayed....

.... and love your neighbor as yourself.......

Danielle Peck --- "Isn't That Everything"


Ban Mondays #6

Honestly, I don't have a condom fixation or fetish .... but, ALWAYS WRAP YOUR WILLY!

I have no financial interest BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

This is not a product endorsement BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

And, though not viewed in the Puritan United States............. it is seen in Europe.



Sunday, January 14, 2007

An Apology

Why do I do and say the things I do?


bipolar sunday

Oh. It's Sunday.

I snapped last night. A major stress trigger slammed down on me hard. I blew up with anger and the adrenaline spiked. If not for my meds I may not have ever went to sleep. And, I slept and I slept and I slept.... I went from zero to 100 in a split second and 100 to -50 in a matter of hours....

Freaking illness......

WooHooo, this ride S U C K S !!


One More Liberty Lost

I recently lamented the loss of privacy through warrant-less surveillance of our telephone communications, the loss of habeas corpus and the legalization of torture. It seems that our government has forgotten that our freedoms and liberties are what made this republic the beacon of democracy. The 109th Congress refused to enforce its own ethics rules and gave the President imperial powers. The checks and balances built into the U.S. Constitution were ignored.

Now, we have learned that our credit history and bank records are also the subject of non-court-approved scrutiny. In an article in today's New York Times, the details of the latest of our government's abuses are reported.

When will this all end?

Are we to become more and more like the old Soviet dictatorships?


Saturday, January 13, 2007

We All Have Our Ups & Downs

Changing moods sucks!

My Bipolar friends at Bipolar Planet understand how exhausting and frustrating it is to cycle between mania and depression. Some of those folks have extraordinary highs and excruciating lows. We all hope for some semblance of a stabilized mood.

Unfortunately, talk therapy alone will not help. Medication seems to always be indicated. We all have taken various medications, stopped some, and added more over a period of time. The "good" psychiatrists will take the time to find what works for each individual.

The worst thing that seem to continue to happen is that each of us also have particular "triggers" that can upset what balance we may have achieved. For about 8 weeks I had felt that my mood swings had stabilized. Then came Christmas and everything seemed to go to hell. Our annual family Christmas Eve party was not the same this year. We tried a new "format" and a new location. But, ... Dad and Gary were not with us....

Beginning the new year seemed equally traumatic. I have been procrastinating about writing another letter demanding the documents I had requested from my condo association in late October. By not sending me those papers the condo association is clearly in violation of Michigan law. The individuals claiming to represent the condo board have been negligent and have incompetently conducted the association's business. Notice -- I am not using the qualifiers "seems to" or "may be". I stand on solid ground with my statements.

The particular trigger with all of the condo shit is a deep desire to avoid confrontations. Even as I served my union, I never got in a fight during contract negotiations. I used reason and logic in the bargaining process. I constantly requested that the "other side" do the right thing. At heart I am a kind and peaceful person. I do have other more frightening triggers that, thank God, hardly ever appear.

So, in only 13 days I have found myself cycling between hypomania and mild depression quite frequently. And, as I always say, "This bipolar coaster ride sucks."

Take care, everyone, and fasten those freaking seatbelts. Its gonna be a bitch'n bumpy ride.


Friday, January 12, 2007

Clap Your Hands If You Believe

A big thank you to Daily Kos for the heads up about what may happen soon. The impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney may become a reality.

Face it, Folks, what is more offensive -- a president that lied about getting a blow job or a president that lied to take us to war and violated articles of the Constitution?

This is the text of a resolution that may come before the New Mexico Legislature:



WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired with others to defraud the United States of America by intentionally misleading congress and the public regarding the threat from Iraq in order to justify a war in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 371; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush has admitted to ordering the national security agency to conduct electronic surveillance of American civilians without seeking warrants from the foreign intelligence surveillance court of review, duly constituted by congress in 1978, in violation of Title 50 United States Code, Section 1805; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney conspired to commit the torture of prisoners in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Chapter 113C, the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Geneva Conventions, which under Article VI of the United States constitution are part of the "supreme Law of the Land"; and

WHEREAS, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney acted to strip American citizens of their constitutional rights by ordering indefinite detention without access to legal counsel, without charge and without the opportunity to appear before a civil judicial officer to challenge the detention, based solely on the discretionary designation by the president of a United States citizen as an "enemy combatant", all in subversion of
law; and

WHEREAS, in all of this, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have acted in a manner contrary to their trust as president and vice president, subverting constitutional government to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of New Mexico and of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, petitions from the country at large may be presented by the speaker of the United States house of representatives, according to Clause 3 of House Rule XII; and

WHEREAS, Section 603 of Thomas Jefferson's Manual on Parliamentary Practice and of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives states that impeachment may be set in motion by charges transmitted from the legislature of a state;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, by such conduct, warrant impeachment and trial and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Mexico congressional delegation be requested to cause to be instituted in the congress of the United States proper proceedings for the investigation of the activities of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney, to the end that they may be impeached and removed from their offices; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the secretary of state be instructed to certify and transmit to the speaker of the United States house of representatives and the clerk of the United States house of representatives, under the great seal of the state of New Mexico, a copy of this resolution and its adoption by the legislature of the state of New Mexico. The copies shall be marked with the word "Petition" at the top of the document and contain the original authorizing signature of the
secretary of state.


Where Are We Going?

Perhaps the most irritating question when traveling is, "Are we there, yet?" At least when that question arises we know where we are going. It seems insane to be traveling and having no idea where you will be the next day. Today, does anyone really know where President George Bush is taking us?

Oh, yes, His Imperial Highness wants us to succeed in his Iraq venture. His war profiteering buddies and his good old boys in the oil business want us there long enough to line their pockets with more of our children's and grandchildren's treasure. Who the heck knows what his Saudi hand-holding brethren want from the failed Iraq War?

As for the Republican 2008 Presidential Hopefuls -- it is even more queer that most of the front runners are for escalating the war. Why? Most of the American people at large and over half of conservative Republicans want us out of Iraq ASAP. What do those cuckoo candidates expect to gain from continuing to support the greatest catastrophuck in American history.

Why is John McCain, a once moderate Republican, courting the Religious Right? Why have his moral values been corrupted by the Bush Administration? He was against torture before he was for it. He has sat on his hands while habeas corpus was yanked from our basic principles of law. He twiddles his thumbs while American's have their telephone conversations monitored and their mail opened.

John McCain supports escalating the number of our American soldiers in Bush's War.

Truly, where the hell are we going?

Many of the folks on the internets are beginning to believe that we may be going to war with Iran. The drum beats of a new war have begun. Is anyone listening? Does anyone care?

Hell, yes! I care.

The Madness of King George must be stopped. The Congress must exercise their sacred duty to check this power hungry and reckless Presidency.

Are you really comfortable not knowing where we are being taken? Do you know where the hell we are going?

What will you do?



Today, in one of Andrew Sullivan's posts, there is a YouTube tribute to a young Marine that gave his life so his fellow Marines could live. Corporal Jason Dunham has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

May God Bless Our Troops.


What Drug is Your Personality Like?

Your Personality Is Like Acid

A bit wacky, you're very difficult to predict.
One moment you're in your own little happy universe...
And the next, you're on a bad trip to your own personal hell!


Your Moment of Zen


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Uncle Sam Thursdays #1

Pink -- Dear Mr. President

This video bears repeating.

I am so sad for this nation. War without end, poverty, health care in crisis, our children being left behind by meaningless teaching to meaningless tests, torture legalized, habeas corpus lost, an unresponsive imperial presidency, and the continuing sacrifice of our American troops are bringing shame to our once great "Beacon on a Hill".

The Religious Right has abdicated their pledges to serve God and their neighbors, conservative Republicans have sold their souls for power, war profiteering, and our America's Moral Compass has been destroyed because of arrogance, greed, and stupidity.

How do you sleep, Mr. President?


Amazing Discovery

The National Anthropological Society Claims to Have Found the Bones of the First Politician

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I do not hate Mitt Romney. I admired his father, former Michigan Governor George Romney. Mitt Romney's church affiliation does concern me somewhat, but, aside from "Jack-Mormons", members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are honest and decent people. My problem with Mitt is that in some ways he seems to be an opportunist and a creature of the Mormon mindset that he is deserving of public office because that "calling" had been given his father. (Sorry -- but this is hard to explain -- it is rooted in LDS scripture)

My biggest problem with Mitt Romney's presidential bid is the fact that he has been pandering to the Religious Right. He once stated that we should not impose our religious beliefs on other people (in LDS speak that means that you have "free agency" and must work out your own salvation. Of course, those young folks in white shirts, suits, and spiffy name tags are more than willing to help you find that salvation.)

Mitt Romney is flip flopping on all of his earlier declarations about Reproductive Rights, Gay Rights, and liberalism. He even approved of gays in the Boy Scouts of America.

Watch this video and decide for yourself ------

(H/T to TPM Cafe)


Blaming the Troops

Michael Ledeen, a National Review Online Contributing Editor, has a "piece" entitled "The Surge and its Critics". Mr. Ledeen's editorial seems to be the first sign that the Conservative Right may be abandoning their mantra that we must "Support the Troops". Ledeen seems to suggest that we have lazy American soldiers not fully supporting the Iraq War effort.

"Note that an increase in embeds doesn’t necessarily require an increase in overall troop strength. We’ve got lots of soldiers sitting on megabases all over Iraq. They should be out and about, some of them embedded, others just moving around, tracking the terrorists, hunting them down. I don’t know how many guys and gals are sitting in air-conditioned quarters and drinking designer coffee, but it’s a substantial number. Enough of that."

You just can't make this shit up. Here's a conservative hack doing some "Monday Morning Quarterbacking" when it is Saturday and 3 years too late.

What a jerk!

(H/T to Daily Kos)


Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Ban Mondays Update

My Ban Mondays posts may need a short explanation.

The "TV Ads" that I find on YouTube may be ads that you will never see in the U.S. -- or at least not multiple times if the Christianists intervene. Some are not banned in Europe. Most of the adverts are just LOL or LMAO funny ( if you are at least a fraction as warped as I am).

Yes, most of the Ban Mondays posts are for Mature Audiences. And, no, I don't have a fixation with condom advertisements.

Here is one more condom advert. You may need to watch it twice. Or, maybe not......

No endorsements blah blah. No financial interests blah blah. And, I am not responsible if you fall on the floor and crack something...........


Monday, January 8, 2007


A rose so beautiful and fragrant

A rose so withered and musty

A perfect rose

A rose existing

As it was meant to be

A life lived fully


Lee Harris


Some Days I Feel Like a Small Town Boy


Ban Mondays #5

WARNING! Adult Content

The following is reported as being a banned TV commercial. I have no financial interest blah blah blah... This is not an endorsement blah blah blah....

It's for the fun of it.


Sunday, January 7, 2007

Our Best and Brightest

Just a reminder -- this is the man that the Democratic Majority must "deal with" -- God Help Us.


Port Huron Needs Candy

The headline in today's Port Huron Times Herald editorial -- "Feds Must Come to the Aid of Port Huron"

Port Huron is the St. Clair County seat of government. St. Clair County is in the 10th Congressional District which employs Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township). The City of Port Huron needs some federal aid to offset the economic losses that will come as a result of a new inspections plaza being built for the Blue Water Bridges.

From the editorial:

"Casino support would be welcome; help must come first.

Of the many challenges Port Huron faces in 2007, the most daunting clearly is the Blue Water Bridge Plaza expansion. The project, to bring the bridge plaza to ground level and reroute Pine Grove Avenue, is expected to take 131 homes, 36 businesses and about $32 million from the city's tax base.

As bad as that news unquestionably is, it also is worse because the expansion is an admission of poor planning. A second span was added to the bridge in 1999 to accommodate increased traffic. Although trucks comprise a principal component, the plaza wasn't adequately enlarged to handle truck inspections.

Expected to start next year and finish in 2011, the project promises to plague Port Huron for at least that long. For a city struggling with high unemployment and limited opportunities for economic growth, the sacrifices the plaza expansion demands couldn't come at a worse time."

A long awaited casino project to assist city coffers has been stuck in Congress. Now:

"The city finally getting a casino is an intriguing possibility. It still is a long shot. The same forces in Congress that previously opposed the effort aren't likely to change their minds. Although the Democrats' newly-won control could improve Port Huron's chances, it still is very far from being a done deal.

[Port Huron City Manager] Tomion also is pressing for federal aid, and that assistance must come with or without congressional support for a Port Huron casino."

Here we go Mrs. Miller. Your support in Congress for the casino in Port Huron seems adequate, but we now need other aid. Your constituents in St. Clair County need some help!!

What will you do, Candice?


Bipolar Sunday

Dr. Helen Mayberg has been borrowing from the research on Parkinson's that has proven that brain circuits may be stimulated through implanted electrodes to control the symptoms of the disease. Dr. Mayberg has identified a "toggle switch" in the brain that when stimulated seems to bring the severely depressed patients out of their depression.

From an article in the Bradenton Herald:

"Through brain mapping experiments using high-tech imaging technology, Mayberg located the exact spot of gray matter that works as a toggle switch for regulating moods and emotions.

Depression, she said, results from a complex disturbance in the brain circuitry that causes the toggle to dysfunction.

Healthy people have the ability to switch the toggle off, to move beyond sadness. For those who are depressed, the toggle gets stuck."


"Just like a pacemaker remains in the body to regulate the heartbeat, the electrodes implanted in the brain are an ongoing treatment to control the depression, she said.

Mayberg and her team tracked patients' responses over a six-month period by scanning blood flow activity in their brains.

A significant response was seen in four of the six study patients with sustained improvement throughout six months of study, Mayberg said.

While her results are promising, Mayberg cautioned deep brain stimulation is in the experimental stage. Many more studies must replicate the findings and more work needs to be done to determine the subtypes of depression that affect different people to determine under what conditions deep brain stimulation would be appropriate treatment.

But her research to date indicates the brain pacemaker has the potential to offer a new treatment option that neither damages the brain nor causes side effects."

This is good news for those that live with severe depression. Not only does this research support the claim that depression and BPD is an organic brain disease (Are you listening, Michigan Legislators? Insurance Parity Now!) the research may give some hope to those that are hopeless.


Saturday, January 6, 2007

Dropping the Ball

I am guilty of dropping the ball on my intent to keep WMTK readers informed about the goings on in Candy Land.

Please catch up to all the posts -- offer to help -- make comments -- write letters ---



Friday, January 5, 2007

The Hammer: Democratic Style

No Tom, Bill, Mark, Rick, and Macacca -- All hail the New Democratic Age.


Two Heartbeats

Nancy Pelosi has made history. She is the first female to hold one of the highest offices in our republic. As Speaker of the House of Representatives she is two heartbeats away from becoming the President of the United States.

Best Wishes and Prayers!


Not Completely Nuts

There is joy in my life. Regardless of my ranting and raving I failed to note that I had a follow-up appointment with my orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday. The donor bone and my vertebra have fused in both locations and everything looks good. The doctor basically said, "Looks great. Bye and have a good life.".

My limited pain is being treated with simple generic Tylenol and a mild muscle relaxant. WooHoo!

The titanium plate has done it's job and this metal and screwed guy is doing just fine.

I appreciate God's blessings and the concerned folks that offered prayers.



Thursday, January 4, 2007

Your Moment of Zen


April Flowers Bring May Flowers

My third grade teacher was Dutch. Mrs. Frumveller used many images and stories about The Netherlands in her lessons. She devoted some of her lessons to teaching about Holland, Michigan.

On one of my visits to Amsterdam we visited a museum in Harlem. There, in a huge picture gallery, were paintings by a notable Dutch artist. I was attracted to several of the paintings as I seemed to have recognized them. They may have been the very scenes of children skating on the canals with the windmills in the background that my teacher used.

We learned about skating races on the ice covered canals. We learned about tulips. Tulips, tulips and more ... even today I remember the endless tulip art projects that the teachers in my elementary school used to enrich our learning experience. Of course, the annual Michigan Week lessons always included some information about Holland, Michigan. Our very own piece of Old Europe on Michigan's West Coast.

My visits to the Netherlands have been quite enjoyable. I have been able to see different seasons and appreciate how comfortable the weather is in Amsterdam. I was enthralled with the city's historical significant -- I walked where the world has walked. During World War I the city of Amsterdam was a "free city" in a neutral country. American, German, English, and Italian diplomats and soldiers walked these streets.

World War II was a nightmare for the lowlanders. The Germans goose-stepped their way through Amsterdam's streets. Anne Frank's hiding place was discovered and today the building is a very moving monument to the spirit and the hope that a young girl had for a life free of oppression and the fear of murder. History. The draw and the drama of world events, cultures, and empires. My ancestors may have lived in Holland. (That reminds me -- gotta get some more of my genealogy researched and recorded.)

The "tolerance" of the kind Dutch people has made Amsterdam one of Europe's Gay Capitals.

A few years back I bought a book about Dutch culture and a Dutch language CD. Dutch is an interesting language. Perhaps even easier than German if you also have other language experiences. My research activities have been enlightening and enjoyable.

The folks I met there were charming and polite. I am anxious to meet some of my friends upon my return.

I look forward to being in The Netherlands.


What a Ride!

When folks wax philosophical and use trite phrases like, "Life has it's up and downs...", followed by some words of wisdom -- usually gained from some event that evoked their current blathering of bullshit, -- I go nuts sometimes.

I am equally guilty of the high minded pumped-up claim to wisdom because I have lived 51+ years, was a teacher, blah blah blah, and spread it on thicker....

Life has it's ups and downs. No shit? Some manic-depressive nut case figured that one out? Yes, no shit.

I was on a slightly more than hypomanic ride yesterday -- my writing may have been particular sarcastic and maybe even a little over the top....... Today .... down, down, down. See Lee. See Lee go down. Down. Down. Down.

Just when I think that all is getting right in my world some event -- meaningless or meaningful -- reaches deep into my clouded mind and provokes me to fight or take flight. I've chosen to take flight from some of those triggers and pompous assholes that knowingly or ignorantly make me nucking futs. No brash BPD decision -- but a calculated -- I've always had this plan so take the risk and embrace the challenges, drive for self-defense and survival.

I am moving, not just out of town, but out of Bush's Brave New World. We've been reduced to a Soviet style nation that seems to accept the loss of habeas corpus, privacy (first the phones and now our mail), the "sacrifice" of thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and a dictatorship that was unchecked by both Republicans and Democrats. The Christians and the un-churched have approved of torture, blatant bigotry, and war profiteering. All of this because of 9/11?

And, where, oh where, are the pitchfork patriots? "To zeee lumber yaaad!" Where is the rage and where are the lighted torches? Only in the movies, eh?

Calling the last honest Christians!! Where the yuck are fou??? Are your heads so far up your God forgiven asses that you have lost sight of your calling? Get pissed, people. Throw those merciless predatory money lenders out of ..... whatever. You think you "got yours" so leave the rest behind.... Why don't you folks understand? Left Behind? You joyfully read the fiction books about those left behind, yet have no remorse for your eminent failure to take everyone with you.

No, the above rants are the not the reasons that have convinced me to relocate. Those are just more bullshit words from a wise and self-important rider on the coaster. My ride on this coaster is over and I line up for my new ride in April.

I am going because I choose to go. I am not running away from life. I am running to a new life.

I am in survival mode -- so watch out ... I can go from mild mannered Rev. Harris to crazed and cranky in a New York minute (whatever the hell that is). Faster than a speeding bullet, blah blah blah.

Will I continue to blog? Yes.

Both blogs? Yes.

Where will you be? Listen up --- some undisclosed location.....

Until then, more ups and downs.

Yep, what a ride!


Virginia in for Haters

Vandalism can suck -- but what the hell.


Wednesday, January 3, 2007

While I'm at It

I must continue to rant and rave ----

I am sick and tired of all the media attention on the non-story of the Muslim Congressman's desire to take his oath of office with a Koran. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have a mass swearing-in ceremony in their respective chambers. The oath is simple. It's just about upholding the Constitution.

The Bibles have been used in MOCK swearing-in ceremonies. Its a photo-op. The pictures that we see are for the press and the people that send in their money.

And, consider this ---- Foley, Delay, Cunningham, and all the rest of the disgraced, imprisoned, or rehab attending congressional crooks and liars ALL placed their hands on Bibles and pretended to take an oath. Their oaths were as meaningless as Rudy Guliani's and Newt Gingrich's marriage vows.


Sorry, Folks

I hope I didn't offend anyone in that last post -- but this has been on mind.

Now for some "humor" that may offend more people.

There is an old joke in the "gay community" that I'll adapt to present circumstances -------

George Bush decided too late to send the gays to Iraq. The lesbians would have kicked ass and we would have won. Then, the gay men would have come in and redecorated.


Don't EVEN Ask!

I just have to put my two cents in about the current news that the military may be about to end "Don't Ask Don't Tell".

I grew up in the Vietnam Era. I registered for the draft in 1973 but did not have to worry because the war and the draft soon ended. I do remember the high school conversations about how to avoid the draft. There was crossing the river to Canada; putting peanut butter between your toes and eating it during the induction physical; shooting off a toe or two; and the infamous "Oh, Mary!" ploy. (No one ever imagined the boil on the butt crap, Rush!) We all talked about how to get an "F" designation -- unqualified to serve.

In this era, we have an all volunteer military. I truly appreciate the young men and women that put their lives on the line in service to THEIR country. Now we have an unjust war; a war of retribution; a war to show the world how powerful we are; a war that within days of Bush's 1st Inauguration was being planned; a Fool's Folly; a bogus war to rid us of the bogus weapons of mass destruction; and an all out FIASCO.

We have a military that is stretched beyond our means; a military that is failing in their recruitment goals and that already has extended the age (and lowered the intelligence threshold) for volunteers; a military that uses U.S. Citizenship as a signing bonus; and, now, perhaps will finally get it that homosexuals have always served honorable in the military. A recent survey of military personnel revealed that gays in the military isn't an issue.

Well, is this desperation or a cynical means to obtain more cannon fodder or a true epiphany about equal rights and justice?

My Boomer friends will remember how there was an outcry for fairness about voting and drinking. It was said that if we were old enough to die in Vietnam, than we were old enough to vote. The drinking age in many states was also lowered after 1971 when 18 year olds got the right to vote by a Constitutional Amendment.

Was the vote and the temporary lowering of the drinking age an appeasement or a reward? Did the country actually believe that those acts were fair and just? Were the men being drafted given the vote to placate them?

Perhaps, this is not a good analogy. But, it seems to me that somewhere, some folks may decide that homosexuals should have the privilege to serve and die for their country. After all, it was a HUGE mistake to fire those gay Arabic interpretors and since Don't Ask Don't Tell was instituted MORE men and women have been drummed out of the military than before DADT. And, maybe, just maybe a bone tired soldier fearing a third or forth tour of combat duty may just finally say, "I'm queer!" and gets to go home to his wife and family.

As for me and how I feel -- if gay folks in Virginia can't even have the right to have Powers of Attorney for one another or hospital visitation rights; if this nation won't grant domestic partnership rights giving insurance and pension benefits for one's partner; and, if we tolerate that prejudiced nurse at my local hospital that denied my partner the right to be with me before my hernia surgery, thus causing me more distress and anxiety (She gavs some lame excuse that "because of renovations" there wasn't enough room -- it was total bullshit. A chair was beside my bed and more than enough room behind my curtain! And, everyone else had there spouse with them.) Okay, time to let that go......

I really don't give a rat's ass about gay marriage -- just give us those nifty special rights and benefits that heterosexuals enjoy.

And, as for the right to serve and die in Iraq?


Where are the equal rights? Where is the acceptance? Where is the protection of our basic human rights and human dignity?


Tuesday, January 2, 2007

3,000 American Troops

The media and the internets have numerous reports and editorials about the 3,000 American Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors that have been killed in the Iraq War. 3,000 is a horrible number of dead to report on the heels of the reports last week (?) about the number of American deaths equaling and surpassing the number of deaths on 9/11.

Lest we forget, there were other Americans that have died in Bush's Folly. Does anyone know how many American mercenaries, employed by those shameless private military war profiteers, were killed after being sent to work for the U.S. Government, Iraqi officials, and other private companies? Does anyone know how many American truck drivers, cooks, janitors, technicians, and other skilled and non-skilled tradesmen were murdered in Iraq? Those poor souls were also employed by shameless war profiteering companies.

How many journalists and their support staffs were killed? How many Americans employed by Non-Governmental Organizations providing Iraqis with humanitarian assistance were killed?

How many?

How many?

How many?

And how many more, Mr. Bush?

Fuck your legacy. Bring our Americans home!


Monday, January 1, 2007

The Google

Dear 10th Congressional District and Michigan WatchBlog Friends:

As many of you may already know "the Google" may be used to send to your mailboxes "Google Alerts". You may set search parameters to bring you news articles, blogs entries, and other media found on the "internets". I have an alert set for all things "Candice Miller".

Imagine my surprise that on the last day of 2006 a Google Alert sent me to this url --

Thanks to the good folks at the Center for Responsive Government the information, published by, allows us to explore the records kept on our government employees. Yes, Candy -- you are my employee. You work for me!

The page that the Google Alert sent me to was one that I have often visited. It has been recently updated. It is great to know where Candice S. Miller received her campaign funding. Slightly over half (50.5%) of Candice Miller's financing came from PAC contributions. 46.3% of her war chest came from individual contributions and 3.2% came from "other" sources.

I find it most disturbing that of the Miller's funding the "Top Metro Areas" sent $201,494. The disturbing part is that those metro areas are not within the 10th Congressional District. Leading in those contributions were Detroit, then Washington D.C., Lansing, Flint, and Ann Arbor.

Under the Geographical Data section the "Top Zip Codes" sent in $96,794. 57% of the Top Zip Code contributions came from cities and a township located outside of the 10th Congressional District. The largest contribution came from Grosse Pointe ($24,850), then Rochester, Clinton Township, Troy, and Warren.

As noted above, this is public information compiled by our friends at the Center for Responsive Government. The data reported in this post absolutely begs the question, "Who is BUYING Candy?"

Really --- Is Candice Miller working for her constituents or the interests of her campaign contributors?


Ban Mondays #4 (Where's the Aspirin?)

WARNING! Adult Content

The following is reported as being a banned TV commercial. I have no financial interest blah blah blah... This is not an endorsement blah blah blah....

It's for the fun of it.


Happy (hic) New Year,,,,,