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Thursday, April 30, 2009

LMAO

H/T to Andrew Sullivan






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The Flu



What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday, we talked with our doctor and asked him about flu in the Lake Chapala region.  The doctor was certain that there were no reported cases of the Swine Flu in the area.  While there chatting we witnessed more than a half dozen folks pop into the doctor's pharmacy requesting cubrebocas or tapabocas (face masks).  He had none.  Dr. Polo sold about 350 masks on Monday.

Today the concern about the flu has grown.  The Jalisco State Government has closed bars and restaurants.  Salvadore's Restaurant ususaly has 4 -5 waiters serving the public every day and probably a number of cook's helpers and dishwashers.  They will be without work for Lord Knows how many days.  They will not have any wages nor any of the tip income that I am sure they depend on......  That resturant is open but only selling take-out meals with very few staff working.

The severity of the flu here, if it hits, will be mitigated by a couple of factors.  Most of the area's snowbirds from Canada and the U.S. have already returned north.  And, many of the wealthier folks in the area also manage to leave town on vacations and visits north during May.  (May is usually the warmest month -- it is already quite warm here and getting warmer.  Thank God for the cool breeze coming off the lake throughout the day and night.)

More and more folks are wearing face masks.  It seems that over the last several days the numbers have increased with every bit of bad news.  We haven't purchased any cubrebocas and probably won't.  For now, we plan to "keep to ourselves" and avoid people in general and any crowded places in particular.  We've already given the maid Friday off and thus have limited our exposure to folks a bit more.

We made a Wal*Mart run this morning and have stocked up on all of our medications and other non-food supplies.  We hope that the nearby grocery store, El Torito, will maintain their well-stocked shelves.  We don't eat very many canned or prepared foods since coming to Mexico, so we depend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats that we purchase on a nearly daily basis.

Who knows how bad this epidemic will get?  I guess though, that when you see Wal*Mart store personnel disinfecting their shoppingcart handles, we need to take this seriously.



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Mock the GOP

Okay.  Let me get this straight right.  President Obama is bad because he seems to have bowed to a Saudi prince?

Well.  King George kissed more than Saudi ass.........



H/T to the Daily Kos



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Batshit Crazy and Liars



Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in The World" - Rep. Virginia Foxx



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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Brilliant

The Daily Kos posted some remarks about the declining Party of No a.k.a the GOP a.k.a. the Republican Party. The post featured this Goposaur:


I like it. It certainly is an appropriate image for the hardcore folks facing the past and refusing with every angry "No!" the desire of most other folks to Move On into the future. I find it very sad that the leaders and legislators in the Republican Party find it necessary to lie or invoke fear or simply say batshit things to pander to the far right GOPers.

Republican Senator Olimpia Snowe from Maine had this to say about today's Republican Party. A solid "amen" for her concluding paragraphs:

There is no plausible scenario under which Republicans can grow into a majority while shrinking our ideological confines and continuing to retract into a regional party. Ideological purity is not the ticket back to the promised land of governing majorities — indeed, it was when we began to emphasize social issues to the detriment of some of our basic tenets as a party that we encountered an electoral backlash.

It is for this reason that we should heed the words of President Ronald Reagan, who urged, “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.” He continued, “As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.”

I couldn’t agree more. We can’t continue to fold our philosophical tent into an umbrella under which only a select few are worthy to stand. Rather, we should view an expansion of diversity within the party as a triumph that will broaden our appeal. That is the political road map we must follow to victory.

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Knuckle Dragger Award Winner

Today's award is co-equally shared with the rest of the Republican Party.

Here is Representative Virginia Foxx from North Carolina's 5th Congressional District. She claims that Matthew Shepard's murder was not a hate crime. "It's really a hoax."



Rep. Virginia Foxx Dishonored Matthew Shepard's Death On The House Floor


Severally words come to mind.......the "C" word pops up most frequently.....


H/T to Towleroad and Joe.My.God

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Knuckle Dragger Award Nominee



Why did it take 2 1/2 hours and an intervention from a lawyer to allow a seriously ill gay man's partner back to his bedside?

Assholes.

The folks at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital need to be educated about the laws in Oregon regarding "domestic partners" and compassion. Once more we have hospital personnel interfering with the lives and deaths of gay couples. Will same-sex marriage bring an end to this disgusting crap?

From the OHSU Patient Rights Policy:

As an OHSU patient you have a right to:

  • Respect and consideration for your cultural, social, spiritual and personal values, beliefs and preferences.
  • Privacy, confidentiality of your personal health information and personal dignity.
  • Know the names of people who are helping or caring for you.
  • Have a chaperone present during your examination.
  • Tell us who you would like to help you make decisions about your care.
  • Ask questions and receive answers in a way that meets your needs and helps you understand.
  • Be involved in developing and implementing your care plan and the plans for your care after you leave the hospital.
  • Receive information about your health condition and the results of the care we provided you.
  • Informed consent. This means you have the right to understand and agree to the care plan your provider recommends.
  • Informed refusal. This means you have the right to refuse care and receive information about the risks and benefits of refusing the care your provider recommends.
  • Prepare an Advance Directive, which will tell your health care providers or family members in advance about the care you do or do not want to receive. You also have the right to have those decisions respected.
  • Refuse to be part of a research project.
  • Feel free from harassment or discrimination.
  • Feel safe and free from any form of abuse or neglect. You also have the right to ask for protection or help from an advocate during your visit.
  • Access to pastoral and other spiritual services.
  • Request and receive relief from pain, as agreed upon by your provider.
  • Be free from restraint, unless it is necessary to keep you safe.
  • Understand a decision to transfer you to another facility.
  • Review and ask questions about your bill.
  • Tell us about your concerns or complaints, and to receive a response, without affecting the quality or delivery of care.
  • If we are not doing what you expect, we hope you will tell us.

H/T Towleroad

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Monday, April 27, 2009

OMG

Holy Shit!

It seems this flu is serious.

We are well and will take precautions.

We need some tapabocas.




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Friday, April 24, 2009

The Party of No

The Republican Party is the Party of No.


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Christianist Liars in Iowa

Would Jesus really lie to the county recorders in Iowa about their legal responsibilities and duties?

The Christianist Liars in Iowa a.k.a. Iowa Family Policy Center has sent emails to Iowa's county recorders misinforming them that Iowa law allows them to discriminate against same-sex couples that apply for marriage licenses and seek to be married by county officials.  Really.

Iowa's Attorney General has already sent them correct and accurate information regarding their duties:

Attorney General Tom Miller has repeatedly warned county recorders that they do not have the authority to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and “recorders do not have discretion or power to ignore the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling,” Miller said.

Why do these Christianists so blatantly lie to innocent folks?

H/T to Crooks and Liars -- "Focus on the Family's ADF group contrives to break the law in Iowa"



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Photos of the Day



This is one of several Tabachín trees growing on the Plaza Central in Ajijic, Jalisco, México. I am amazed at the beauty of its flowers. It is in full bloom now. We enjoy the many flowering plants and trees that bloom at various times during the year in our little part of paradise.

Your Moment of Zen

Tell Mike Rogers It's Time to Start Believing in America Again

Wake up and smell the ozone, Mike!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Nike Naked Running Camp

LMAO.....

OMG LMAO

Sweden's Got Talent -- NSFW


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Making Iraq Safe for Democracy

So let me get this right, we destroyed, then brought democracy to Iraq so women can be rapped by their husbands at least once every four days and homosexuals are tortured and murdered.

Islam is a religion of peace, Islam is a religion of peace, Islam is a religion of peace........

Liars.

Now this from the BBC (H/T to Towleroad):


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Mock the GOP

I've already seen somewhere that the "gay community" and friends should openly mock the nonsense coming from the Christianists.  Let's keep shooting holes into whatever arguments they use.  Read aloud the court decisions and see how learned jurists determined that they are all without legal merit and ask what part don't you understand?  So, as our President Obama just mocked the Republican Party for their most recent extremist and hypocritical outbursts/tantrums, we must challenge the Taliban's Christianists' lack of reasoned agruments beyond what they claim is found in their Bibles.

And, so, I can not resist posting another parody of the NOM's Gathering Storm commercial.  Hate-mongers are less and less listened to........as it should be.




Mock the Christianists.



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Photo of the Day


The jacaranda blossoms are mostly off the tree in the front of the house. Now, we have bugambilia petals strewn everywhere. The plant is commonly called buganvilia elsewhere and has various names in the Spanish speaking world. I don't mind sweeping up these flowers -- "it's all good."

One of Those Surveys Just for Fun

I rarely complete any of these surveys.  My brother and cousin in Detroit often send them to me.  I found this one at the site of the Master of IronyHere it is and mine:


1. First thing you wash in the shower?  My face with glycerin soap.
2. What color is your favorite hoodie?  I don't have one since moving to the tropics.
3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?  Yes, again and again.
4. Do you plan outfits?  Yeah, right....does this t-shirt go with my camo shorts?
5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?  Great!
6. What's the closest thing to you that's red?  A blank diary.
7. What was the last dream you remember having?   Escaping one evil or another by flying....
8. Did you meet anybody new today? Not yet, and no one yesterday.
9. What are you craving right now?  Rhubarb Custard Pie -- my mom made the best.
10. Do you floss?  Yes.
11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?  The cabbage patch where my brothers said I was found.
12. Are you emotional?  No shit, Sherlock!
13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?  Yes.
14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?  Both, I am impatient with sweet treats.
15. Do you like your hair? Hair?  I used to when I had some.
16. Do you like yourself?  Yes.  I'm a great guy.
17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?  Hell no!
18. What are you listening to right now?  Coldplay's Viva La Vida.
19. Are your parents strict?  Not really.  I got away with a lot of crap.  They weren't permissive, just preoccupied.
20. Would you go sky diving?  Yes, in a heartbeat...
21. Do you like cottage cheese?  Yes, plain, with fruit, or over top of spaghetti.
22. Have you ever met a celebrity?  Yes.  Gloria Steinem, Barney Frank, and some soap star looking for the bathroom in a Niagara Falls site where he was filming an episode of the TV program.....and I can't remember the others......
23. Do you rent movies often?  Never.
24. Is there anything sparkly in the room in which you are?  No.
25. What countries have you visited? Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, and the Netherlands.
26. Have you made a prank phone call?  Yes.  Is YOUR refrigerator running?
27. Ever been on a train?  Yes.  The first trip was Port Huron, Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada through a tunnel under the St. Clair river when in Kindergarten.
28. Brown or white eggs?  White.
29. Do you have a cell-phone?  No.
31. Do you use chapstick?  Yes.
32. Do you own a gun?  Did I put Dad's rifle in storage or did I give it away?
33. Can you use chopsticks?  Yes.
34. Who are you going to be with tonight?  Billy and our cats.
35. Are you too forgiving?  Yes.
36. Ever been in love?  Yes.
37. What is your best friend doing tomorrow?  Spending the day with me.
38. Ever have cream puffs?  I like the mini puffs and Hot Fudge Cream Puff Sundaes.
39. Last time you cried?  On my Mom's birthday last week.
40. What was the last question you asked?  Did I use that Spanish verb correctly?
41. Favorite time of the year?  Fall in Michigan and the rainy season (summer) in Ajijic.
42. Do you have any tattoos?  Yes.  English dragons on one arm, a Prussian eagle on the other arm, and a Canadian maple leaf over my heart.
43. Are you sarcastic?  Ya, think?
44. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?  Yes.  Can I dream the economy away?
45. Ever walked into a wall?  Frequently through life due to nystagmus and impatience.
46. Favorite color?  Green
47. Have you ever slapped someone?  Yes, the dumb kid that hit my sister.
48. Is your hair curly?  When I was young......
49. What was the last CD you bought?  I bought the Viva La Vida CD as a download.
50. Do looks matter?  No.
51. Could you ever forgive a cheater?  I don't know since I haven't, yet.
52. Is your phone bill sky high?  No.
53. Do you like your life right now?  Yes, running off to Mexico was a great move.
54. Do you sleep with the TV on?  No.  We do listen to recorded books as we fall to sleep.
55. Can you handle the truth?  Yes.
56. Do you have good vision?  No.  My nearsightedness is tough to correct and wobbly eyes cause other problems occasionally.
57. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?  Yes.
58. How often do you talk on the phone?  Rarely.  My agoraphobia has extended itself to phone calls.
59. The last person you held hands with?  Billy.
60. What are you wearing?  Blue tourist t-shirt, sandals, tan shorts, and boxers with red hearts.
61. What is your favorite animal?  Cocker spaniels.
62. Where was your profile picture taken?  Previously, Amsterdam and now right here at home.
63. Can you hula hoop?  Yes.  I've been tempted to try the one at the 60's in Paradise Cafe for a free milkshake.
64. Do you have a job?  I don't work outside of the home.  No job....I just take care of Billy and the cats.
65. What was the most recent thing you bought?  Two Spanish-English dictionaries.  One for my student and one for me.
66. Have you ever crawled through a window?  Yes, but, not for many years...





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420

The "secret" code is explained here:

It had nothing to do with a police code -- though the San Rafael part was dead on. Indeed, a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos - by virtue of their chosen hang-out spot, a wall outside the school - coined the term in 1971. The Huffington Post spoke with Waldo Steve, Waldo Dave and Dave's older brother, Patrick, and confirmed their full names and identities, which they asked to keep secret for professional reasons. (Pot is still, after all, illegal.)

....and Here.


H/T to The Huffington Post






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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sad Sad Sad

I'd like to know.
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What's Bugging You?


Phasmatodea


I discovered the poor thing on my arm. I coaxed it on to another potted plant.....

Happy Birthday

It is really hard to believe that my mother has been gone for nearly 23 years. In the first few years after her death, every anniversary, every birthday, and many days ending with -y were triggers. Yep, pesky triggers that could cause any long lasting "up" period to come to a crashing end. I had learned about the effects of anniversary dates many years before Mom's death in some class or another -- priesthood training or psychology.... I sometimes anticipated and readily recognized what was happening and could often ward off any severe mood swings.

Today? Am I bothered about today? Yes. I've been looking at the calendar all week. Mom would have been 84. How do I feel? I really just want to crawl back into bed and sleep all day. I won't.

The funny thing about birthdays is that my family rarely celebrated them. Sure, we got a card from Mom & Dad with cash and a cake when growing up at home. But, at some point birthdays were less important. It took the efforts of the Harris boys' wives du jour to get us together as adults. We celebrated a few milestones like one of us turning 40 or 50 and even snapped a few commemorative photographs. Birthdays just never were very big events.

The only holiday that our family consistently celebrated together was Christmas. Christmas Eve became the one night per year that we would all gather our families together. It seems that we had an unwritten rule that December 24th was reserved for the Harris parents and their 5 kids. Through the years, only one brother's children were frequently absent. Nearly everyone made valiant efforts to at least come to the Xmas party for a brief time. Now, it is my brother here in Ajijic and I that have put a monkey wrench in the works. I have now missed 2 Christmas Eve parties since moving away from Michigan. (Hell, I haven't been back to the States for nearly 2 years)

Today, I miss my family. I miss having a whole family. I miss Mom, Dad, and Gary. I got past the anniversary of Dad's death. I am managing today and sort of hope that the end of May, when Gary passed, gets here and goes quickly. Yes, I'll manage. I'll be okay.

Funny thing. My brother Butch has a birthday next month. I don't remember the date. And, I don't know why I can never remember it.......

Anyway....

Happy Birthday, Mom!



From left to right in the photograph , my mother, Irma, Grandfather Albert Fuhrwerk, and my mother's sister, Helen.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Joe.My.God. In the Tower



This from Joe.My.God. ---

Tomorrow Californians Against Hate will be launch a six-state online ad campaign in the Northeast to let everybody know that NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, is a front group for the Mormon Church. Banners ads will appear on the capital city hometown papers of states currently in play for marriage equality: NY, NJ, DE, ME, NH, and RI.





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Whine Whine Whine

Okay.

I was going to keep my mouth shut and not say anything more about the Teabaggers' parties on Wednesday. Yes, I've dangled some of the bigger nutjob pictures and other snark in front of your faces. But, I gotta, Man. I just gotta.

Enjoy Anderson Cooper's contribution to the laughfest.



These Tea Bag Parties were a joke. They were not purely "grass roots" demonstrations. And, best thing overall, they were not tax protests as much as they were discordant bitchfests. Make up your minds. The themes ranged from protesting our membership in the United Nations to questioning the birth records of President Obama. Let's not mention the bullshit from Texas right now.

They were an utter failure.

And, even more of a chuckle today, the teabaggers are complaining that nobody thought they were very important or relevant. Note the outrage from this Michigan teabagger. Gawd, Man! It's all in the execution..... (H/T to MichiganLiberal.com's Eric B.'s posting)
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

With Malice Toward None


Malice Toward None, first published August 25, 2006 --- This bears repeating......

On March 4th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln’s concluded his second inaugural address with this plea:


“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and for his orphan -- do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”


In this age of “us versus them”; Israel versus Hamas and Hizballah; Right-wing Conservation Christians versus non-Christians and Christians from all denominations; Shia versus Sunni; Neoconservatives versus True Conservatives, Moderates, Libertarians, Progressives, and Liberals; Muslim Extremists versus their “near enemies” (other Muslims) and “far enemies” (the non-Muslim world); and Republican versus Democrat; we seem to have never-ending conflict. Couldn’t we all take a deep breath, re-read the words of Lincoln, and apply them to the current strife?


We would have a better world if we approached our neighbors without malice and with charity, and then decided to work together to “achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations."

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LMAO

Thank you, David Neiwert!

This Crooks & Liars contributor had us howling this afternoon with this gem:

"Meanwhile, I'm sure Amanda and Bill will be appalled, but I had to share this shot from a lonely liberal who showed up too early yesterday (like me) at Seattle's Tea Bag party site:"


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The Best Parody of NOM's "Gathering Storm" Ad

I couldn't resist.....LMAO

One World

If you've done nothing wrong

You've got nothing to fear

If you've something to hide

You shouldn't even be here

You've had your chance

Now we've got the mandate

If you've changed your mind

I'm afraid it's too late


Pet Shop Boys --- Integral


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's About Time!


Sooner or later I had to publish a newer picture of myself. I have developed a little vanity about portraits. I don't like them anymore. Sure, since I was 5 years old, I have had a school photo taken every year. Yes, don't count the undergraduate years but, as a teacher, I continued to get school photographs through all 25 years of my career.

The picture that I had used in this blog was taken in Amsterdam in 2002 or 2003 (we've been there 3 times). Here I am 30 pounds lighter and at least 6 years older. Oh, and the hat......you guessed it - I have less hair, too. Why couldn't I have had my Dad's or my brother Alan's hair!?
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LMAO

Tea Bagging...........OMG the conservative right is NUTS.

WTF?

H/T to Andrew Sullivan ----





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La Casa Morada


In Alice Walker's book, The Color Purple, Shug stated, "I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice it." Well, we appreciate God's creation and chose purple for the color of our house. We have also chosen to place several different purple plants in our gardens. The Jacaranda tree in the front of the house produces beautiful purple blooms. Have we over done it? Naaaaaaaaaaaww.

The photograph is of another plant that is growing in both front and back gardens. It grows like a weed. I love the colors of the plant and its blossoms. Hey, Dini, do you know what it is called? I guess I should find out sometime.........

Photo of the Day


This is another view of one of our twin trees found in the front garden. I would like to extend a tip of the hat to our young Canadian friend, Dini, for identifying the trees. I say "young" because Dini is a great distance from retirement age. We do have a growing population of folks older than 40 but younger than 65. I do not like to refer to Ajijic as a retirement community because of the younger folks that live and work here. There is a great mix of Mexicans, Canadians, Yanks, and Europeans living in the Lake Chapala region. And, not all of us live in gated communities..........

I photographed this branch of a Plumeria tree today. These trees are beautiful when in bloom and rather plain when the leaves and flowers drop off.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Adult Content


I haven't had any complaints about the content of my blog. I just thought it would be prudent to post a warning in the event that anyone found my rants offensive. Actually, I really don't give a shit. I just want the freedom to say "I don't give a shit" and to express any other adult words and experiences.

Today has been a strange day. I screamed at Bill last night over something or the other. It seems to not matter today. I definitely know that I am hypomanic right now. My racing thoughts are getting organized and written. I can't seem to settle down and relax. It is probably time for some relaxation in the mirador on the roof. It's gotta be 4:20 somewhere......

We had a friend from Guadalajara spend 4 nights with us through Holy Week (La Semana Santa). He convinced me to set aside my fears and travel to the big city. The funny thing was that we probably choose too busy of a day. Even he was bothered by the mass of humanity moving through the streets. We got a 50 cent tour and I actually look forward to returning to GDL on a Sunday afternoon for a closer look at the Cathedral, the Opera House, and all the great plazas.

We ate lunch in an old nunnery. It wasn't hard to imagine the barefoot nuns stolling through the inner courtyard where the main dining area now exists. Though I was slightly insulted by the fact that our buddy was given a menu in Spanish and we were given the English menus, I enjoyed the authentic Mexican meal. No gringo food for us. I had chicken in a mole sauce (moe - lay). Fantastic.

Oh, I did take a look at the "regular" menu and I would not have had any problems using it --- gotta brag sometime.....

The picture above was taken from my seat at the table looking toward one of the corners of the dinning room. I really liked the colorful table settings and artsy fartsy chairs. I hope to return to enjoy more great food someday.

This Made Me Cry

Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009

This has gone viral.............it is worth your time!!!!!!

Whine in a Box

It is extremely sad that many of those protesting civil rights for gay folks claim to be God-fearing Christians. It is equally disturbing that many of those same folks claim that it is a violation of their own civil rights if they must provide any health services to gays and anyone else that they deem unworthy of their help. It is unbelievable that an emergency medical technician could refuse to treat an injured person and claim that we must respect and support their actions because of the EMT's personal religious freedoms. Its ludicrous.

John Aravosis from AMERICAblog has a short posting about the implications of allowing bigots to openly and proudly discriminate. He states:

"Listen to the words of the religious right and their Republican defenders. They no longer talk about stopping individual gay civil rights legislation. They now are trying to establish a "civil right" by which any American worker can refuse to serve any other American, simply by offering the excuse that their bigotry is justified by their freedom of religion. That's not only patently absurd, it's incredibly dangerous. It undercuts - no, guts - all existing civil rights law, for everyone.

Not to mention, what the religious right is proposing is that they be given the right to kill people. In the name of God. Still don't think they're America's Taliban?"

As President Bush was leaving office he signed an executive order that would have allowed blatant discrimination by health care workers whose alleged religious beliefs prevented them from serving the public -- that is, those in the public that are rapped and in need of pregnancy preventative medication, those in the public that are unmarried and want to buy condoms, and those in the public that are gay and need medical attention. Fortunately, it looks like President Obama will void that executive order.

It seems to me that these Christianists have put God in a box. They conveniently forget all the scriptures that tell us God's Work is still in progress and that there are many truths and wonders yet to be revealed. Their minds are closed and sealed with packaging tape. They claim to know the Word of God and the dogma they preach never changes. They believe that their way is the only way. And, rather than inviting us to Christ, their goal seems to be to force their Christianist morality upon all of us through the American Republic's legislative process.

My Faith teaches personal responsibility and that we all have "agency" -- free will -- choice. We teach that all of us are God's sons and daughters. We teach love. We believe in creating a better world here and now on earth -- Zion. We believe in modern-day revelation. We believe that God still speaks to us today and when we are prepared He may reveal yet more truth. For example, women were allowed to join the men in serving His Church over 20 years ago. Afterwards, some of our people left the church and/or created their own discriminating entities. One of those groups publically and loudly condemed me and anyone that had anything to do with my ordination following my "coming out". Those sad folks have God's so boxed-in that I fear they will never grow, love, and truly serve mankind.

Our Mormon cousins, now blamed for the California Hate legislation's passage, finally allowed black folk to join the white men in serving His Church a short few years ago. Maybe, someday, they will recognize the worth and talents that ALL people have and ordain women and gay folks. Unfortunately, they too have boxed-in the Lord, sealing Him in the secrecy of their Temple rituals, and rejecting anything that might get in the way of each devote man's journey to become a God as Adam has.......

My religious tradition teachs us to question authority. We are to prayerfully consider what we are told or what we read. We decide. God is not stuck in some stupid box. Jesus does not need to be pictured as lost or missing on some milk carton. No one is threatening the religious freedom of the Christianist Right. Those shameless hypocrites are attempting to stiffle my freedoms, my life, and my pursuit of happiness.

Just remember the golden rule of moving from one house to another. If any box is still sealed and stuck in storage, its really not that worthwhile. If the contents were important, they would have been taken out and shared.



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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Epiphany



I often tell a joke at my dearly departed mother's expense which goes along the line of, "She was never happy unless she had something to bitch about."  I realized last night that there is probably an awful lot of truth in that observation of Mom's behavior.  Mom was probably Bipolar -- I guess she lived with Bipolar Disorder Type II.  She had had childhood trauma, a mother that was also probably bipolar, and documented periods of severe depression.  She lived with agoraphobia and spent far too many days sitting in her special spot in the house reading or writing in her journals.  If Dad hadn't destroyed those diaries following her death, I'd wager that a close look at what she wrote would reveal her moods, mood swings, and the triggers that set her off in whatever direction her brain's storms sent her.

As I look back, I recognize that I am so so much like Irma.  I've avoided the hospitalizations, take more mood stabilizing medications, and have fought hard against my own agoraphobia.  I've been successful in my life despite crippling depressions and crazy flights of fancy when hypomanic.  I know what I need to do to be happy and content.  Unfortunately, living with both bipolar disorder and a wonky thyroid often sends all my great plans straight into the crapper.

Onward.  What else can I do?  I know my body.  I know my mind.  Marching onward is all that I can do right now.  There is no magic pill on the horizon that can easily transform someone's brain chemistry into an ideal chemical solution that cures every mental illness.  Shit, none of us are the same.  I was born with at least two birth defects so God knows what else I've fought to overcome and what else there is yet to battle.  The umbilical hernia was finally fixed several years back and the congenital nystagmus, other than preventing me from being an Air Force pilot or navigator, is something I just live with.

And, so, the bipolar coaster ride continues.

Oh, another joke that I often repeat about my parents:

"I never knew my father's actual first name was Cortland until I was in grade school.  My mom always called him YGDRGSOB -- You God Damned Rot Gut Son of a Bitch."

Albeit, with affection............LOL.



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