Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To My Conservative Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
|Oprah has 14 bathrooms and 10 fireplaces in her $55 mil Montecito, CA estate |
J-lo and Marc Anthony
Arnold and Maria Schwarzenegger
O. J. Simpson
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
He did this because he said in words to this effect: "Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened."
Three years ago today, the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had the gall to come to the USA (where we provided him personal security) and stood in front of the United Nations and claimed that the Holocaust never happened.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
See photos of his creation.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
These are a few pictures taken outside the Mormon temple in Los Angeles, showing protesting and spray painting on the temple walls.
SWAT vehicles and hundreds of officers followed the crowds up and down Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. Two fullsquads of LAPD in riot gear were on the scene. They had to move their vehicles inside the temple grounds so they wouldn't be vandalized like other cars on the scene. As the violence escalated, protesters began to scale the fence into the temple grounds and SWAT teams on nearby buildings readied themselves to shoot tear gas canisters.
- "Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT."
- "I'm going to give them something to be f--ing scared of....I'm a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they've done."
- "Burn their f--ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers."
- "I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives."
- "I swear, I'd murder people with my bare hands this morning."
- "Trust me. I've got a big list of names of mormons and catholics [sic] that were big supporters of Prop 8....As far as mormons and catholics...I warn them to watch their backs."
I thought we lived in a civilized society where people with differing points of view could have rational discussions, hold honest elections, and pass laws that society as a whole agrees with. Can't we treat each other with mutual respect and civility? If Proposition 8 had not passed, can you even imagine a scenario where right-winged conservatives storm the walls of gay pride centers, spray paint walls, and threaten to bomb and kill gays? They would be locked in jail in a heartbeat!
It's also interesting to me that nearly all the anger, violence, and protests have been directed at the Mormon Church. 7 out of 10 black voters supported Proposition 8, yet I haven't seen any violence directed toward blacks for this. A majority of Latino voters also voted for the ammendment, but no protests agains Hispanics. A majority of people with children at home also voted for it, but little, if anything, has been directed at them or any other demographic--except the Mormon Church.
Ideas to keep in mind:
- Just because I may disagree with you, or vote contrary to your vote, that does not mean I hate you.
- I believe in responding in a Christlike manner, even to those who hate me and curse me. I encourage everyone to respond with kindness: a kind letter to the editor, a rational conversation with a friend, a thoughtful comment on a blog, or a reassuring word to one who has made a disparaging comment. Answer in love to those who have been influenced by misinformation and prejudice.
- Tolerance does not mean I have to agree with all ideas, even if they are popular or politically correct. Tolerance is not a one way street. I am entitled to my opinion and beliefs just as you are entitled to yours. And we can do that without hating each other.
- Lastly, don't take for granted the opportunities we have in this country--regardless of which side of this issue you take. Tomorrow, they could be gone.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop.
Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.
For high blood pressure sufferers: Simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.
A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives; then you'll be afraid to cough.
You only need two tools in life: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
Remember, everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.
Daily Thought: Some people are like Slinkies--not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
- Cheating in school is rampant and getting worse. 64% cheated on a test in the past year and 38 percent did so two or more times.
- 36% said they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment.
- 42% said they sometimes lie to save money (49% of the boys and 36% of the girls).
- 35% of the boys and 26% of the girls acknowledged stealing from a store in the past year.
Here's the clencher: 93% said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character. 77% affirmed that "when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know."