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Sunday, December 28, 2008

RE: David McCallum

In the fall of 1964 a new spy drama premiered on television. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin. It was my favorite show on TV at that time. My friend, Doug, and I used to play "spy" with our guns and gadgets from the TV show.

I was nine. And, I had a crush on Illya Kuryakin -- David McCallum. I didn't quite understand it at the time, but it was then that I discovered my attraction to men. Yep, and they tell me that I chose to be gay....

WTF do they know?

Nothing.

I found this compilation and decided to share it. Enjoy.

JibJab - 2008 Year In Review

Saturday, December 27, 2008

WTF?




You have got to be kidding me!

On Friday, the Federal Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug that promotes the growth of eyelashes.  Yep, eyelashes.  And, I want to know -- Who really gives a shit?

It seems to me that the "medical condition" known as hypotrichosis of the eyelashes is such a minor ailment that ANY monies extended to research and develop a product to grow hair where hair has not grown is just plain silly.  Surely, the resources used could have been used to create medications that serve a better purpose.  And, I trust that my taxpayer dollars were not used to help develop Allergan's new drug.

Wasteful.




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Friday, December 26, 2008

Knuckle-Dragger Award Nominee

I really should start a Knuckle-Dragger Award.


The first recipient would be one of the white guys running for the position of Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  His name is Chip Saltsman and the headline from Talking Points Memo -- "Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"

This is Reason #16 of Why I Am NOT a Republican.  The racists in the South moved from the Democratic Party to the Party of Lincoln (go figure) after President Johnson proposed and passed the Civil Rights Act.

And, some of them still attempt to disguise their racism and anti-women stances with faithful and dutiful Christianism.

Chip Saltsman -- JERK.


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My Box in a Box

Fair is fair. This was a clever response to "Dick in a Box".

Enjoy.

Eartha Kitt -- Where is My Man

ggrrrrrr

Saturday Night Live - Dick In A Box

I'd almost forgotten about this one -- ENJOY!

Warning -- ADULT content

Chiron Beta Prime

Hat/tip to AMERICAblog.com

RIP Eartha Kit




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Thursday, December 25, 2008

ScribeFire

Bipolar Disorder sucks.

It seems that you may be able to determine the severity of my mood swings by looking at the number and frequency of my posts.  Unfortunately, that is like looking at the results of a flood and not being able to do anything about it.  Yes, you can predict it to some extent but those damn broken water mains or extraordinary storms come along and whoosh...

Right now, my blog editor, ScribeFire, has several screeds in progress.  How many will ever make it to this blog?  I just don't know.  They represent another indicator of where the damn bipolar coaster has taken me.  I don't even know how to check when I began the bellyaching....

Working Titles and Subjects:

Reenact  --  childhood trauma & sexual addiction

Diet  --  brain healthy eating

Dr. Daniel Amen  --  brain health

Jon Stewart  --  the Mike Huckabee interview

Choice  --  I'll be damned if I can figure it out....just words and phrases (missionaries, black white, up down)  Maybe the url listed will help (http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE4BE0JL20081215).

Rick Warren? Yes.  --  exploring the possibility that Obama asked Warren to do the deed to expose him for the hypocrite, liar, and fraud that he is

Christian Country Club  --  the Saddleback Church compared to those exclusive places that sometimes occupy a lot of some folks' time

Monkey  --  the monkey on the back of government is religion and it may be difficult for all Americans to enjoy their Constitutional Rights when Chrisitianists insist that Constitutional Law be the same as their interpretation of God's Law

The Rule of Law  --  Monkey II, I'll take the Constitution of the United States over the various and nefarious interpretations of WWJD

I've stated before that I would like the bipolar coaster to have a very very long stretch of level track.  I'd like to be slighty hypomanic but not to the point of insomnia and crazy thoughts and actions.  So, as far as blogging is concerned, I'd like a daily routine of writing...

We'll just have to see where this ride takes us....

Hang on.


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Noche Buena

It is Christmas Eve, or Noche Buena as folks here call it.  We had a great morning and afternoon.  We slept in, ate lunch at Salvadore's, visited the Anita's Animals tiangius booth, and walked to our new Wal*Mart.  Now, we are just farting around and will probably watch a DVD or two.

The trip to Wal*Mart was our first since the store opened.  We really weren't impressed with its size.  It's electronics department sucks.  I so wanted a new external DVD player/burner to replace the broken one on my laptop.  No luck.  They had very little in computer hardware and accessories.  I did buy a badly needed cooling mat for my laptop.

Our visit to Wal*Mart's pharmacy was worthwhile.  We probably saved 500 pesos on the few meds we bought compared to the prices we've been paying at the Farmacia Jessica.  (Sorry, Doc)  So, we'll no doubt return to Wal*Mart with more of our med needs in the future.  And, the really nice thing is that for Welbutrin, my blood pressure meds, Criam (my alternative for Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder), synthetic thyroid medicine, and another med I use were all bought without a doctor's prescription.  --- The crappy thing about living here in Mexico is that the insurance that I pay for monthly out of my pension check will not reimburse me for any of it.

So, Merry Christmas -- Feliz Navidad!

Oh, tomorrow..... breakfast or brunch?  Who knows?  I do know that we will be wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts.  The forecast is for sunny weather with temperatures in the low 80's......


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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

DumpRickWarren.Com




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Less Warren

From Richard Cohen -- a Washington Post editorial:

"I can understand Obama's desire to embrace constituencies that have
rejected him. Evangelicals are in that category and Warren is an
important evangelical leader with whom, Obama said, 'we're not going to
agree on every single issue.' He went on to say, 'We can disagree
without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold
in common as Americans.' Sounds nice. But what we do not 'hold in
common' is the dehumanization of homosexuals. What we do not hold in
common is the belief that gays are perverts who have chosen their
sexual orientation on some sort of whim. What we do not hold in common
is the exaltation of ignorance that has led and will lead to
discrimination and violence. Finally, what we do not hold in common is
the categorization of a civil rights issue -- the rights of gays to be
treated equally -- as some sort of cranky cultural difference. For that
we need moral leadership, which, on this occasion, Obama has failed to
provide. For some people, that's nothing to celebrate."

Amen.

I could not have stated this better.


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Wee Bit of Humor


The BBC News reported today about a prank pulled on the good folks of Nottingham.  Someone created official looking signs that indicated where and when it is permissible to pee in public.

They feature a toilet sign and include the words: "Public Urination Permitted After 7.30pm".  Nottingham City Council is now urging the public to ignore the notices as it sets about removing them.

How cool is that?  Clever.  Very clever.





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Censored

Pastor Rick Warren has censored his website to remove the information above.  This screen capture was done on Friday.  This "page" is no longer available.

Tsk tsk.  Embarrassed are we?


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Fair is Fair

Hilzoy shares my own sentiments about the Wall Street bailout and the LOAN begrudgingly given to Chrysler and General Motors.

Honestly: what sense does it make to stick it to a bunch of auto
workers while letting the financial executives off scot-free? How can
Richard Shelby get all upset about the fact that some blue-collar
workers have, gasp, health care, and not about the fact that financial
executives, on whom we have spent a lot more money than the Big Three
ever asked for, get financial planners and chauffeurs? Just imagine the
furious oratory we might have heard had the UAW succeeded in
negotiating benefits like the ones people get at Goldman Sachs. (I'll
bet chauffeurs would help auto workers concentrate more on their jobs...)

Really?  How F'ed-up is all this nonsense spewed by the Southern Senators?

And, FAIR?  Tell me....Would a minister that belonged to an exclusive country club that excluded Blacks and Jews be invited to give an invocation at the Presidential Inauguration?  No.

Would a minister that espoused anti-Semite views be giving the Inaugural Invocation?  No.

Would a racist or sexist minister be invited to give the Inaugural Invocation?  Hell no.

Well golly gee, Rick Warren is a homophobe that preaches that my 19 1/2 year old relationship with Billy is akin to incest, polygamy, and pedophilia.  He preaches that I am an abomination before his god and should suffer now and in the next life for being who I am.  He preaches that his god's law is supreme and the American Constitution needs to be changed so all of America can live according to the rules Pastor Warren supports.

No fucking way....

Fair?  It seems that it is acceptable to bash gays and discriminate against them.  That is wrong on so many levels.

Alas, no one seems to care...




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The Expiration Date

Funny and informative.....

What's in your storage?

Sunday, December 21, 2008




no.





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Rick Warren is a Liar

Pastor Rick Warren is a liar. Surely he must have known that the California Supreme Court declared, in its landmark ruling about same-sex marriage, that the California Constitution would be violated if same-sex marriage was not allowed. In the same proclamation, the CA Supremes noted that religion was irrelevant in their ruling. They wrote that "no religion will be required to change its policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs."

The Proposition h8te folks started their campaign after the CA Supreme Court ruling. Pastor Rick Warren joined the anti-gay coalition. And, a major plank of the propaganda used to pass Prop 8 was the LIE that ministers would be forced to marry same-sex couples in their churches on penalty of law -- imprisonment -- loss of their special tax status, etc. (Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues to drop into her bullshit on The View some nonsense about a European minister allegedly jailed for refusing to marry a gay couple.)

Rev. Warren boldly told Ann Curry, in a Dateline NBC interview that he "joined the fray out of a concern that if Proposition 8 wasn't passed, pastors would lose their right to preach about the biblical definition of marriage." More bullshit that he enjoyed spreading. Idiot. He must know that the Constitution of the United States says something about Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. Jerk.

What part of "no religion will be required to change its policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples" did he not understand?

And, yes, Pastor Warren may continue to exclude gay folk from membership/communion with his christianist church (and its franchises).


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Knock On Wood

I spoke too soon.  I just got back from visiting Dr. Polo.  I had been feeling poorly all week and it seems to have worsened....

I started to describe my symptoms to the doctor when he asked if I had eaten any fish lately.  Yes.  I had the fish plate at a newly opened "gourmet" restaurant on Sunday.  The doctor told me two things:  I'm not the only patron that got sick after eating their fish.  And, he's not the only doctor that has treated patients for whatever the hell I've got....Well, $30 dollars later, I'm taking two complimentary anti-infection and anti-microbial medicines.

Oh, joy.

Doc Polo seems to think that the restaurant folks aren't to blame.  They have a clean place and he seems to support them.  My problem is -- they choose the fish......  Oh, well, new restaurants are always opening and closing around here....  If the fish story is widely known, that place will close as fast or faster than the last place that tried that same location.

And, only by coincidence, we suspect that Billy got his case of typhoid from eating at the previous restaurant....

Oh, joy.

Well, a couple more days in bed.......

Happy Holidays

Not likely.

I stopped enjoying Christmas some 22 years ago.  My mother is the one that made Christmas so very special for me.  I miss her traditional decorations, her version of Grandma Harris's Date Nut Bars, our recycled gift tags, and the annual gift of socks.  I've missed them for a very long time.

None of my family has ever been able nor it seems inclined to recreate an "Irma" Christmas.  Yes, I can do a pretty good job of making the traditional Date Nut Bars and some of the other Christmas treats.  Yes, Mom gifted me various tree ornaments that once hung on the family tree.  Yes, I have the little elf gift tag that always found its way to the outside of one of my Christmas presents.  And, socks, yes, I need a few new pairs.

This year, we continue to mourn the loss of our two oldest cats.  Fergie and Di were with us for 15 Christmases.  Our troop of rescued kittens can never replace our girls but they do manage to distract us.  Christmas is for families.  And, by choice and happenstance we are separated from ours.  Yet, if we were closer in distance and friendship (and we had the money for the jet plane) we'd still have a more solitary Christmas celebration.  Its been that way for a very long time.

I do not miss the annual severe sinus infection and bronchitis.  It seems that all those dusty moldy boxes kept in the attic (or school storage areas) were part of the cause.  Why the heck didn't I ever equate my allergies to dust and mold with my Christmas illnesses?  Yes, stress was always a contributing factor, especially when I was still teaching.  [My June (pollen) and September (more moldy boxes and dust) sinus infections have gone away as well.]

So, bare with me as I flounder through another December.  We have no less than 3 birthdays, Mom and Dad Harris's wedding anniversary, and who knows whatever dates to celebrate in December.  It's an eventful month that I'd just as soon skip over.

Maybe, I'll wait until February 28th to celebrate the new year.  That's when they used to do it.......


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Thursday, December 4, 2008