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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Still Here


2 years is really not a long time in the general scheme of things. 2 years is 1/3 of the time that I've been retired, a tenth of the time that Memo and I have been together, and a mere 1/27th of my life on Earth. Having lived these 2 years in a veritable paradise has been thrilling. The move to Mexico was well worth doing. The people, the food, the cost of living, the scenery, and the endless opportunities to enjoy living make Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico a winter weary waif's wonderland.

The mango tree is bearing a great deal of fruit. It's branches are sagging under the weight of all those mangoes. I enjoyed one of our mangoes with vanilla ice cream just the other day. Oh, how very very good it was. The picture above was taken today. This is our tree!
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Photo of the Day



Okay, call me simple. I get excited about the changing seasons with the variety of blooming trees and flowers. I get excited about the changing colors of the mountainside. Our mountains will grow more emerald green as each new rain comes our way. Every day in Paradise is a thrill.

Today, I was all-a-twitter about the play of the cloud shadows on the mountainside. While having pizza at Salvadore's this afternoon, we watched as the clouds glided past overhead. Various parts of the mountains were in the shadows of the clouds at various times. I snapped this photograph during the middle of our meal. Moments later, the shadows changed, again.
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Your Moment of Zen

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another Big FU

Here is another collaboration using Lily Allen's song. I posted this one last week. From some French students:



H/T to Joe.My.God.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Dick Cheney STFU!

This is a repost of an entire blog posting by Nazgul35 at East Michigan Blue:


Dick Cheney STFU!


Wed May 13, 2009 at 09:32:11 AM EDT

The man with an approval rating lower than the Ebola virus has been making the rounds on media shows stupid enough to get this chicken hawk time to keep his ass out of jail...

Newsflash bedwetters...it doesn't matter if it works (it doesn't)...it is a war crime!

We shot people for doing this to our soldiers after WWII!

Hey, now there's a good idea...if you would get upset if someone did it to our soldiers, then perhaps we shouldn't be doing it to anyone either?

Crazy...huh?

Here's the thing, full all you pro-torture nutcases out there.

One: do you have the balls to go through the procedure yourself? Not the BS Disneyland version where you have paramedics and a martini waiting for you just in case...I mean that you come into the room and I'll let you out when I feel like it...

Yeah, I didn't think so candyass...

Second: You're cowards. You are so afraid of your own shadows that you are willing to do anything to protect yourselves...including bringing this great country down to your craven level of existence.

You think these things work because you know deep down in your hearts you'd start spilling if they showed you the room...so I guess we know how important you really are to this country's defense...

Not very.

Sorry, I'm not afraid, so I'll keep my morals and my rights thank you.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Quick Hit



I am sick to death of these Republican and Christianist assholes that defend the use of torture.  It is a crime, a war crime, that is indefensible.  There is nothing that anyone can say to justify the waterboarding of prisoners of war or detainees or enemy combatants.  I want to slap (probably a crime) any wingnut that even attempts to defend the indefensible.

There should not be any debates about torture.  There is nothing to debate.  It is a war crime.

Why is it that polling tells us that few Christianists in the United States have any qualms about using illegal methods to gain information(and punish captives)?

Why do they hate the children of God?  What's wrong with these people?



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Photo of the Day


The rainy season is here. We have had a couple of rain events, but none like the ones coming in a few weeks. We begin with scattered showers and a few overcast days. Soon, we will have regular thunderstorms that bring torrential rains nearly every day. I enjoy the storms that come rolling across the lake with lightening and loud crashes of thunder. I look forward to the mountains turning an emerald green after a week or so of rain.

The photograph above was taken today as we walked back from a Wal*Mart shopping trip. The normally blue sky was cloudy and overcast and it has been "threatening" rain all day. Bring it on.
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Monday, May 11, 2009

The Rule of Law

This morning I was thinking about that old summer Bible school song about, of course, the B-I-B-L-E (that's the book for me....). Okay, we sang it at camp with the little kids, too. And, in my particular faith group, we would often substitute the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants for the B-I-B-L-E part of the song. Spelling out either book of scripture was tedious, funny, and it really did make the silly song sound even sillier. I was thinking about that song and thinking about substituting C-O-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-I-O-N. Yep, the Constitution of the United States of America IS the book for me.

Due to the Christianists' desire to transform the U.S.A. into a theocracy, my only recourse is to stand bravely in the face of the lunacy with a copy of the Constitution in hand and demand that we follow the rule of law. I might be stating something close to heresy, but I am not afraid to say that I trust the laws written by man more than the various versions of God's Law as interpreted by those stupid TV evangelists, mega-church hucksters, and the long line of self-appointed saviors of the family.

Sadly, even the former Vice-President of the United States, Dick Cheney, doesn't even understand the constitutional oath that he swore in January of 2001. It seems that he was so intent on amassing and using power that he over-looked a critical duty that came with his elected position. On Sunday, he told the Sunday Talk and propanganda enablers this:

"Now, if you'd look at it from the perspective of a senior government official, somebody like myself, who stood up and took the oath of office on January 20th of ‘01 and raised their right hand and said we're going to protect and defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, this was exactly, exactly what was needed to do it."


What a creep.

The actual oath of office states:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.


The rule of law is critical for the sucess of western civilization. And, it must be devoid of religious views and practices. We must preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States. (H/T to Andrew Sullivan)
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mock the Republican Party

From batshit crazy David Feherty, CBS golf analyst:

From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.

This crap is evil and stupid.  He should be fired.

(H/T to AMERICAblog's John Aravosis)



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The Price of Stamps



On Monday, the United States Postal Service will begin to charge 44¢ for first class mail delivery.  That's news to me.  I still have two 37¢ stamps somewhere with some of the "paperwork" that we brought down to México.  And, it seems to me that we missed the other increase(s) in postage rates since changing latitudes.

Yeah. Yeah. Boring.  The point is -- we have been really "out of touch".

Today marks the anniversary of our arrival in México.  Two years ago, we crossed the border from Brownsville, Texas to Matamoros, México and began a very long drive to Ajijic.  We completed our journey and landed in this little town on the morning of May 10th -- the Mexican Mother's Day.  We retrieved the keys to our waiting apartment and snaked through the streets of Ajijic avoiding the various Mariachi bands that were blocking streets and serenading lucky mothers in the early morning hours.  It didn't take us long to unload our rented van and settle into our new apartment.  We were delighted with the various "house warming" gifts that we found.

We've been delighted with every new day and experience since leaving the United States.  Memo remarked at lunch today, "I feel two years younger, not 2 years older."  Yes, the change in latitude has been very good for our physical and mental health.  We are eating quite healthy and have dramatically reduced our dependency on what we now view as unnecessary things.  We do not have a car, a microwave oven, a clothes dryer, a stereo system, or any other nonessential appliance or gadget.  Being free of a car with its repairs, licensing, and insurance needs is indeed liberating.

We haven't been very good about staying in touch with our families.  But, neither have they....  I think that we have received a grand total of 4 pieces of mail and two Fedex'd envelopes since moving south.  Two of the letters mailed from the states came from a new friend living in Ohio that we met here in Ajijic.  Unfortunately, we haven't mailed anything home either.  In fact, we didn't even know where the local post office was until about a month ago.  We're so bad.

We have no regrets about moving.  We have no regrets about escaping the America rat race.  We have no regrets about missing the nonsense of condo associations (lying law breakers), Port Huron's city politics (crazy bastards), or watching our beloved Michigan swirling at the bottom of the toilet bowl (poor poor folks).  No regrets.  None. Nada. Ninguna.

This adventure continues.  And, the price of stamps will continue to increase......



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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fuck You Very Very Much

Fuck You

by Lily Allen

Look inside, look inside your tiny mind, then look a bit harder
Cause we're so uninspired, so sick and tired, of all the hatred you harbour
So you say it's not OK to be gay, well I think you're just evil
You're just some racist, who can't tie my laces
Your point of view is medieval

Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

Do you get, do you get a little kick out of being small-minded?
You want to be like your father, it's approval you're after
Well that's not how you find it
Do you, do you really enjoy living a life that's so hateful?
Cause there's a hole where your soul should be
You're losing control a bit
And it's really distasteful

Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you

You say you think we need to go to war
Well you're already in one
Cause it's people like you
That need to get slew
No one wants your opinion

Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

Fuck you
Fuck you
Fuck you

Fuck you
Fuck you
Fuck you

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From sing365.com



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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Your Life Changes

This is a commercial from Argentina. It brought a tear to my eye.......

H/T to Andrew Sullivan

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Why A/H1N1 is Dangerous

My head is spinning from all the reporting that is being done about the newest flu threat. The talking points used range from "its mild" to "its a huge threat to mankind". Hell, it may be more of a threat to innocent pigs everywhere. What are we to believe?

I found this link to a science blog that makes some sense of the seriousness of the flu pandemic.

Money quote:

"Because there is no natural immunity to this virus, even though
clinically it appears to be like garden variety flu to the individual,
with respect to the population it has the potential to spread faster
and many more people sick than seasonal flu. And remember, seasonal flu
is not a walk in the park. It kills an estimated 30,000 people a year."

May I repeat it here "it has the potential to spread faster
and many more people sick than seasonal flu
". More sick = more folks missing work & more sick = more death.

Okay. I'm concerned.





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Photos of the Day

Trust me. The Guamúchil tree in the front of the house is scraggly looking and it sheds a lot of tree crap nearly all year long. I took these pictures on Saturday after my landlord was seen snagging some of its fruit using a long pole with some sort of hook and knife. She offered me a taste of the strange red fruit with its large black pit. It was rather bland.

Just another day in paradise.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Mock the Christianists

"without religious accommodations"

They lie.  They distort the truth.  They sow fear.  They won't honestly debate the issue.

David Shuster beats up a NOM representative.



MSNBC's David Shuster Takes On Gay Marriage Hater - 05/01/09



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