Posts Tagged ‘Current Events’

Death and Dignity.

July 7, 2009

The following Headlines are screaming at me from CNN.com

  • Farewell to the King of Pop
  • Fans across country mourn Jackson
  • LA wants help paying for Jackson Memorial
  • Fans assemble for Jackson Memorial
  • Web braces for Michael Jackson onslaught.

I am a child of the 80’s. I be-bopped around my house listening to Michael Jackson’s “going to be starting something.” Thriller was the second cassette tape I ever owned. I memorized every dance step in the “Beat it” video. I LOVED his music. I was in Junior High, it was expected. As an adult, I questioned his motives and whether the complaints or allegations with his “inappropriate” behavior with minors. As a parent, I was wary.

I received an email from CNN’s breaking news stating that “Michael Jackson’s golden coffin is placed in front of the stage as his memorial service gets under way in Los Angeles.” I am appalled. Let the man go. He was not a saint. He WAS a gifted musician who changed the course of the pop music genre. He WAS a good spokeperson for the charities and causes that he believed in.  He WAS able to use his “stroke” to bring awareness to issues.  But he WAS also a man, one that dangled his third child from the balcony as a joke. He WAS a man with his demons. He WAS NOT a God. He WAS NOT royalty. He WAS NOT perfect.

I truly believe that Liz Taylor has it right. She is bypassing the public spectacle and choosing instead to pay her respects in private. That is unlike the Jackson family themselves.  That’s how it should be. Paris Jackson should not be expected at her age to publicly speak on her father’s death at this time.   Show the man (and his children) some dignity, and let him go get the peace in death that he never received (and yet so obviously was desperate for) in life.

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Emailing on Autopilot, huh?

April 2, 2009

I use Gmail as my primary email address and for the most part I am very happy about it.  I logged into today and noticed a new link on the top of the page.  It’s called Gmail Autopilot.  It will respond to your email for you.

Excuse me?  I have enough difficult monitoring my own tone in email…I doubt an automated system will do better.  I’m too damn snarky for that….

What happens if a sender and recipient both have Autopilot on?
Two Gmail accounts can happily converse with each other for up to three messages each. Beyond that, our experiments have shown a significant decline in the quality ranking of Autopilot’s responses and further messages may commit you to dinner parties or baby namings in which you have no interest.

Unbelievable.

Spread the word–> Lizzie Bell and the power of One Pint

March 23, 2009

So Keith and I will occassionally watch Ty’s folks on Exreme Makeover Home Edition. Well last night one of his co-workers called and told him that he had to watch last nights episode because if featured a local family from Tucson, The Bells. Here’s the gist behind the the show. Anyway, I’m such a sap and I gotta say, this little girl is one smart cookie. Unbelievably so. And it doesn’t stop there…her little sister (who is two years younger and already 3 inches taller then Lizzie) is a very sweet little girl (of twelve) who loves sports. I think the thing that got to me the most was a comment that the Dad made during one of the segments. He told on of the Makerover folks that he had just sold his truck to pay some bills and that he felt that he had failed in taking care of his family. Whoa…This is a man who has a child that has special needs and he has spent the past 14 years taking care of this child to the best of his ability, spending thousands and thousands on medical care and he has failed? I SO completely think not.

I’m babbling again, aren’t I? Back to the show. In any case, this amazing little girl (of 14, it’s all relative to me)has a rare blood disorder, and her life depends getting transfusions every few weeks. She has made it her goal to help spread the word about donating blood. She also helped found create “Lizzie’s Loot” a program that collects toys for children who are in the hospital.

Anyway, DO me a favor, Visit this little girls family’s site The John P Bell foundation and take a look. And for Lizzie, Go donate a pint of blood. You’ll save a life…perhaps one day your own.

If you have a blog of your own and you read this, Give a mention about Little Miss Lizzie and what she is asking us to do. Spread the word.

Prince Harry

February 12, 2009

OMG. I have just read the most amusing article on People.com. Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, is being instructed by his “army bosses” to “enroll in equality and diversity lessons.”

Am I the only one who finds this funny? Can you imagine his “army bosses” (whomever they might be) approaching the Queen and the Prince of Wales with the idea that this needs to happen? Don’t get me wrong, I think the younger Prince could use some lessons on “how to be one of the little folk.” I am redneck enough to belief that most children of Influence or wealth could use a reminder of how the other half lives but all this stems from a comment that was made towards a comic who didn’t find the comment offensive. He also apparently called a fellow soldier “Paki.”

My real issue I suppose is the fact that the younger heir to the throne knows all of this. He has been raised to understand the pitfalls of his position in life. He has watched his parents suffer through them…he has lost a mother to them. The boy needs no training or classes. He needs a swift kick in the “arse” and a reminder that it is always important to play nice with the other kids, especially in public.

But that’s just one recovering Redneck’s opinion.

Quick Note from CNN

February 11, 2009

This is just a quick post. I have been slacking horribly. But in my defence, life has happened.

Was cruising around CNN, and came across another story that has me heartsick.

If you have read my meager blog you can already imagine how I feel about this. I’m sending good mojo to the little girl. I have a thought that she will need it more then anyone else.

I will send another post today or tomorrow when I have something more cheerful to say.

Am I being Unreasonably harsh? Take two

January 29, 2009

So again, thanks to CNN I am jumping up on my soapbox…Another Family is lost . No details per se, but basically ya got a gun, a Dead Father, Mother and two dead Children.

I’m sorry, I really am, but I simply CANnot fathom the mentality here….Someone please try to explain to me why if you are feeling despondent/angry/confused/sad it is okay to kill your children? Since when does the child became soley responsible for the mental/emotional well being of the parents?

I just can’t, Can’t, CAN’T understand this and I’m normally a well articulated individual. I just don’t understand.

Am I being unreasonably harsh?

January 28, 2009

Okay so I decided to check CNN before jumping off line to cuddlle with my little PuterMonk (Kaycee-Lyn) and I came across the following story.

I think this father needs to be brought back to life, b*tchslapped, thwaped a few times with a cast iron skillet and then shot again.
In what reality can any one justify “Losing a job” as a suitable reason for shooting your five children, wife, calling it in and then killing yourself?

Don’t get me wrong..I am not a well off woman. Keith and I make decent money but are still lower middle class at best. Suz stays with us but doesn’t work (She’s the housemouse for now), between the three of us we have two sets of twins ages 6 and 5, Nicole (adult child of Keith) and now Kaycee-Lynn. Keith and I have lived hand to mouth for our entire relationship, we both have filed for bankruptcy in the past, are contacted daily by creditors and have come within days of losing our house to the mortgage company. We have had dinners of just ramen noodles and green beans. We have $1000’s worth of stuff in the Pawn shops. We have extended ourselves with PDL’s over the course of the past 5 years. I lost my job 4 years ago, Keith struggles with the thought of losing his daily now.

But at no time have we ever given up or thought “Gee life sucks so bad…not only am I going to quit life, but I’ll make sure my family keeps me company.”

I try to pride myself on someone who try’s to look at things from all angles.

There is no other angle here. The man was selfish. He was not thinking of his family. He was feeling sorry for himself and decided that misery needed to have company.

What a crock of Hooey.

Motherhood–Anthony Style, Take Two.

January 25, 2009

I told myself that I was going to leave the Casey/Caylee Anthony coverage alone…I had no intention of re-hashing  news reports, primarily because it is so heartbreaking and it is just….horrifying.

Then I read the latest this week regarding details of how Caylee was found, and how Grandfather George Anthony had attempted, or at least contemplated with a high degree of seriousness, suicide to be with his granddaughter.

Wow. 

I think the little detail that got to me the most was not that Caylee’s body was wrapped up in duct tape and then covered in a Winnie the Pooh blanket (that’s just mindboggling enough.)…What REALLY got to me was the presumed intentional placing of a heart shaped sticker on the duct tape.  What kind of warped message is there….

And then George Anthony sends suicidal text messages to his family saying that he wanted to be with Caylee…and the harsh, judgmental side of me says “that’s a little to little to late….why didn’t you acknowledge the evidence earlier and realize that your daughter is an exceedingly ill person who hurt your grandbaby.”  And the understanding compassionate side of me says “Don’t be like that…I couldn’t imagine thinking that ill of my child and there would be no reason to think that your daughter would hurt her child….”

What a Sucky situation all around.  I try to imagine that I am cynical enough about the world in general and the human condition that very little fazes me…unless it involves a child….This just stuns me.

It’s all in the Tunes, Baby!

January 21, 2009

I blame Big Mama completely for this post. It’s all her fault. It’s my lie and I’ll tell it how I want.

I have about five blogs that I have RSS’d on my google home page, and Big Mama is one of them. Anyway she had basically posted her ipod playlist that she listens to while she works out.

Okay before you get any off the wall ideas. No, I don’t work out. If you knew me and saw me, you’d say “well DUH!” Regardless, I do use my ipod….At work. I’d be lost without it. Especially since they just moved the seven of us into an office about the size of two of your average sized walk in closets, and when the boss is in there, all you hear is the tap-tap-tapping productive keystrokes…..

Thank god the man spends more time in meetings then at his desk…

Anyway, if I didn’t have my ipod, I’d be lost. My musical tastes range from Brooks and Dunn’s “My Maria” to Saliva’s “Click, Click” to Peggy Lee singing “Fever.” Just to satisfy my slight non-conformity, I also have Dennis Leary’s “I’m an A**hole” song in the line up…Hey, politically correct I have NEVER claimed to be. And Dennis amuses me to no end.

Topic Change….

today’s inauguration… The girls were watching Family Guy on TBS and they had one of those news blurbs about the Inauguration and they started talking about it…they said that they had watched it in class at school…and I thought how times had changed. When I was their age (6) Carter had just taken office and I knew enough to know what that meant (that was the president of the country) but that was pretty much it. The girls were talking (keep in mind, it was to each other and I was just overhearing from my spot on the computer) how it “Barrack Obama is the new president of the United States” and ” yeah, and yesterday was Martin King day.” (her sister did correct her and say “Caty, you mean Martin LUTHER King day.” )

I’m one of those woman who wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and I don’t (always) see a woman who is getting ready to attend her 20 year high school reunion, or that has a 19 year old son……The things my girls talk about, like Obama and Martin Luther King, and Veterans day…these are all things I learned later in my school career…and my 6 year olds are discussing them with each other now.

Holy Crap Batman!

I truly hope that Obama can follow through with even a fraction of what he has stated he wants to do and will do. He’s right, it’s going to get worse before it gets better…BUT…wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a politician that actually succeeded in living up to his campaign promises?

The Mind Boggles at that possibility.

Mishmash of pretty much everything.

January 10, 2009

So I already have lamenated on my knack for Procrastination. It occured to me that I really need to keep a notebook handy to jot down my ideas for writing…I am a firm believer that if you have a blog that you should only really blog about one, maybe two things on any given day…don’t ask me where I came up with that number because I really couldn’t tell you, but there it is. I have way to many thoughts that I want to share even if I’m the only one that actually reads my blog…

On to the point of this particular blog…

Yesterday Suz and I went to the neighborhood Fry’s grocery store to do some shopping…as we were coming out of the store there were like 6 of Tucson’s finest vehicle outside with lights a-flashing, and they have this young man with his hands on the roof of the primary car. One of the officers is handcuffing the young man and the other one is pulling the shoplifted booty out of bags onto the trunk of the car. The Loot? 12 cans of premade baby formula. The guy looked like a good kid…young but still..

Suz had just gotten used her WIC voucher for formula for Kaycee and it was all we could do to not give the poor guy a can that we had in our cart.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty cynical. and I have little, if any patience for active stupidity…but this guy obviously didn’t have the funds to provide for his baby….and now not only does he not have the formula to provide his child, but the money that he didn’t have for formula, he now has to spend on bail money. I don’t know about you, but myself? I have raised three of my 6 claimed children in an evironment where I have had to live paycheck to paycheck. I felt for this boy.

But at the same time, arresting him isn’t the answer nor is it okay to excuse the fact that he tried to steal…

But the question is what is the lesser of the two evils?

I can be cynical and say that the crime is never justified. But I am a mother first and a cynic second (despite all accusations to the contrary), and I say that parenthood can be a just reason…at least it would be if it were my child.

I don’t have the magic answers. But I felt for this kid. and there is the chance that I misread the situation…

except…

As we were pulling out of our parking space, I saw a young woman…maybe 18 or so…standing by her car…with the driver’s side door open…and a child’s car seat plainly in the back….and she had a look of panic on her face…

I don’t know.

Okay, non sequiter link of the day……….The Darwin Awards…This is like those old comfy t-shirts that you never get rid of that are just to comfy to toss….It’s amazing to laugh at the abject stupidity of others.

but then I’m twisted like that.

Uh…No

January 7, 2009

I have been having one of those weeks where I think I have a lot to write about until I actually sit in front of the computer and look at the cursor blink at me on the screen. Then my brain says “Uh no, I’m outta here, baby!” And I’m left to go putz around on Facebook or Stumbliing around.

That’s kinda where I’m at tonight…I have told myself all day that I want to go home and spend some time on the blog just writing about ANYTHING, (I’m a firm believer in writing anything will trigger writing something that eventually you will be happy with, ala, Stream of Conscioness writing)…and you’re right “uh No” it’s not really working for me….

So I decided to just putz around and I have a few things that I wanted to share just because they made me go…hmmmmmmmmm.

First up…The Notice…This is one of those images where you just have to look at it twice to fully find the humor in it.

Number 2….Creating your evil plan…Jael, if you are reading this…think of Goldfish moments….seriously. This let’s you select different componants of an evil plan to dominiate the world (or Just causing chaos)…For those of us out there with a twisted sense of humor…please go visit

#3, The Diva Toolbox. The name pretty much says it all.

#4, the benefits of Fasting. Oh Hell no. it may work for some, but not for this chicken. I’m a big woman, who also happens to be a carnivore. I like my red meat, my french fries, my chocolate chip cookies, my tacos, my mac and cheese….I like my veggies, but I gotta have FOOD. F-O-O-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OKAY, I’m done for now….I will try to have something more meaningful to say tomorrow.

The Power of Blogs

December 26, 2008

The Power of Blogging.

Absurd and appaling at the same time.

December 24, 2008

Okay, There are some that might find this appalling to think about on Christmas Eve, but I believe that this child and others in her position deserve some extra prayers their way.

I think what got to me the most was the Pledge that the Judge asked the “husband”…he didn’t order it by law. Just asked “pretty Please with sugar on top.”

As much I will enjoy today and tomorrow being with my family, there is a part of me that also realizes that for all the good in my life, there are challenges elsewhere for someone else. Complacency is never an option.

Motherhood–Anthony style

December 21, 2008

WARNING: THIS POST CONCERNS THE CASEY/CAYLEE ANTHONY HEADLINES THAT ARE ALL OVER THE NEWS. Please feel free to skip this post if this will bother you in any way shape or form

Okay, Now that I have the disclaimer out the way….it’s 10:12 PM with me right now and I’m getting ready to hit the bed….But I was jumping around CNN and I saw the latest on the Caylee Anthony investigation. The redneck in me is having fits because there is an uncharitable part of me that things Casey Anthony should be strung up by her toes. Then there’s the part of me that trys to be open minded and “let’s look at all the angles.”

I can’t be the only that is having a duel between the logical side of my brain and the emotional.

Logical: We don’t know all the facts. She is innocent until PROVEN guilty. Perhaps this was a tragic accident that she just made a bad choice on.

Emotional: How can you give birth to a child and then A) harm that child, or B) hide the fact that either you or someone else harmed that child for MONTHS.

It just astounds me how someone, anyone can take such a blessed gift of a child and just toss it into a plastic bag and be done with it.

I’m sorry, I know this is a touchy subject but it just makes me want to hold my girls a little tighter when they come to me and say “Mommy, I’m sorry for talking back.” or “I didn’t mean to sit on the play-doh and get it all over my pants.” or Just to tell me that I’m the bestest mommy in the whole world and they want to give me butterfly kisses.

Unlike Casey, I treasure my little brats.

They make me want to pull my hair out, since I’m going prematurely grey, but still, I’d not trade them for love nor money. No Sane mother ever would.
Okay off my soapbox…just had to vent a tiny bit.