What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thanks to the Danger Democrats Blog....

For the link to the Keith Olberman commentary on the Donald Rumsfeld speech that got me so riled up yesterday. The commentary can be found here at Crooks and Liars.

Nicotine Up Sharply In Many Cigarettes

Nicotine Up Sharply In Many Cigarettes

As the spouse of someone that has struggled with smoking and quitting for years, this article pisses me off. I do not know what it is like to quit smoking, having never been addicted to it and I will admit that I have lost patience with my husband in the past when his attempts to quit have failed. I am not here saying that smokers have no part in their own addiction, but what part does the tobacco companies that manufacture these death sticks have in the failure of those trying to quit, thus staying addicted?

What good does it do for a tobacco company like Philip Morris to have a website on quitting smoking when some of their brands are the worst offenders? The tobacco companies have so many politicians in their pockets, they think they are beyond accountability. I think that's bullshit.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Rumsfeld: Bush critics similar to Nazi appeasers

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Rumsfeld: Bush critics similar to Nazi appeasers

Funny that Rumsfeld would say that Bush critics are similar to Nazi appeasers when many of those same critics compare Bush to Hitler himself.

Rumsfeld is one of the most toxic components of this Administration. He uses fear and evokes images of the most vile parts of history to try to make his point. He accuses others of being on the wrong side of history, when he in fact has learned nothing from our past. To accuse critics of Bush of "blaming America first", he has also continued the "to question the policy means you are not a true American" thought process.

His speeches might convince the simple-minded, but they don't convince the majority of the American people.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I am worried about my tomatoes....

Here it is, August 29th, and I still have no ripe tomatoes. This is the first year that this has happened to me. What's boggling my mind is that I started these plants in February on Imbolc because we have such a short growing season up here. While the peppers that I also started that day did very well, the tomatoes ended up very leggy by the time we planted them in the garden Memorial Day weekend, our traditional garden set up time. With this lesson, I know now not to start my seeds until Beltane.

I am growing two heirloom variety tomatoes, Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine, and the plants are at least 6 feet tall. The plants are pretty impressive looking, yet when they first sprouted their first flowers in June, we were dismayed when all the flowers fell off with no fruit left behind. They finally sprouted some more flowers in July and the fruit developed. Problem is, these varieties of tomatoes produce large beefsteak sized fruits. I now have quite a bit of these large green tomatoes on the plants. I fear that it will be too late in the year for them to ripen before it gets cold and the plants start to wither.

Unfortunately, I noticed one of my bigger tomatoes looking like it was rotting from the inside out (see below)....not ripening, rotting. Besides the fact that I started these plants too early, I also wonder if our wet, fairly cool summer had something to do with it. Maybe it was just not warm enough to support the large variety of tomatoes. Hmmmm...(scratching my head).

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Did anyone see the Watertown Daily Times - Letters to the Editor today?

Wow...was the Letters to the Editor section of the paper chock full of LaBouf today. Yesterday there were quite a few from the local area, but today all but one were from all around the country. California, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, Connecticut...and not a one of them positive. It almost negated the one "thank you, Rev. LaBouf" letter that was there yesterday.

I bet a few of my readers are wondering why I have such a problem with all this as to post on it as much as I have. Well, let me tell you. Believe it or not, I was once a part of the Baptist church and am well aware of some of it's tendency to try to keep women silent.

I was raised by a mother who practiced Indigenous religions as well as came from a family that was predominantly Catholic. I gravitated to the Baptist church when I lived down South because I imagine I was searching for something different. After being with the Church for a while, I started to see the things that made me leave. I remember being appalled when I learned that I could not state my opinion in church business meetings because I was a woman. I remember the sermons of a "woman's place" and the "virtuous woman" and felt that I never measured up. I also remember the intolerance that this particular denomination had for other religions, such as their belief that they were the only true way to Heaven and without Salvation, all others would burn regardless of how kind and just the person was.

I actually felt less of person when I was with the Baptist church than I ever did before and I left. I ended up coming back full circle to the earth-center base of my mother's religious choice although hers is more Native American based while mine is Wicca-based. I no longer will prescribe to a religion that tells me that I am worthless in comparison to a man nor will I believe that the God/dess is a vengeful entity that just waits for us to mess up so he/she can slap us down.

And with that, I am done with this topic.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

President Bush is the Fashion Police....

I have always liked the work of Anne Talneas. She manages to put the arrogance and audacity of this administration into one cartoon panel at a time.

This cartoon relates to a rude exchange that President Bush had with reporter Ken Herman. Ken took it in stride and continued to grill President Bush on foreign policy. This is nothing new for President Bush. Seems he likes to get nasty when he doesn't have anything to back up his bogus positions. His little digs at the reporters just continues to show him for the little man that he is.

Besides, I think Mr. Herman looked good in the seersucker suit. Not many can pull it off....

Hey! Respect the suit......!

Monday, August 21, 2006

I should thank Rev. LaBouf....

As of this moment, my blog has had 178 page views, most of them from people around the country Google searching "Timothy LaBouf". That's the most views I think I have ever had in a single day either here or on my old blog at Bravejournal. I noticed in the blogosphere that quite a few bloggers have picked this up also.

Who knew there would be such an interest in little ole' Watertown and it's preacher man.....?

It's gone National....the LaBouf Saga

I am often left to wonder if the Rev. Tim LaBouf ever dreamed of having his face and name in the National News. Most likely by being a big shot preacher man or politician. I don't suppose that he ever imagined this. Not only has the story made CNN, MSN, and Fox News, a Google News search shows no less that 142 related articles on the issue from newspapers all over the country. Newjunky.com even has posted a link to Paul Harvey's Radio Show!

Seems you have touched a nerve, Rev. LaBouf, but don't worry....I am sure some Fundies will come out of the woodwork to back you up....

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Newzjunky.com :: City Councilman Rev. Timothy LaBouf

Well, Rev. Tim LaBouf has finally made a statement and what a long-winded one it is. It still sounds a lot like "it's our way or the highway" when it comes to listening to the concerns of the members of that church. Maybe it's me, but is seems like he skirted around how he truly believes on the issue of a "women's place". I mean to state that Mary Corriveau does a fantastic job or that one has acquaintances that are female business leaders doesn't say anything about if one feels that a woman shouldn't be in a position to teach a man.

Well, I will just post Rev. LaBouf's statement as well as the First Baptist's Church's statement and you can make your own opinion.

Newzjunky.com :: City Councilman Rev. Timothy LaBouf

Newzjunky.com :: First Baptist Church

It just seems to me that there is an attempt to vilify Ms. Lambert and the members of the Church that dare to question the "mechanisms".....just my opinion.

Reminds me of this little guy....


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sunday School Teacher Dismissed Because She's A Woman?

Even if it wasn't because she is a woman, it's a pretty shitty thing to do to someone after so many years.

This was one of the reasons I gravitated towards the Wiccan faith. Any religion that tries to make people subservient is not ok in my book. I am sick to death of churches using that story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as an excuse to view women as inherently evil, immoral, or less than a man. I don't care if it is some book, even if that book is the Bible. I don't view the Bible as the problem, I view the people reading and interpreting it as the problem.

Looks like another example of a holier-than-thou attitude to me......

Watertown Farmer's Market

I always love going to the Farmer's Market on Washington Street in Watertown. Not only does one have access to all the fresh fruits and veggies there, but there is also a variety of miscellaneous crafts and wares. Add to it the guy with the guitar singing songs and it's quite the atmosphere.

I was able to get some nice red potatoes, gorgeous tomatoes, and some sweet corn that I made for this evening's supper. Each of my boys got a treat with one choosing cotton candy and the other buying a Whoopie Pie. All for under $11 dollars...can't beat that!

Here are some photos from our day at the Market. The Living Museum at Thompson Park had their turtles out and there was a pony in a pen.

Oooo, does this mean I am being watched....

Just wanted to send a shout out to the peeps at the Information Resources Management Administration, who not only checked out my blog, but Blogger profile as well.

Hmm, if I haven't already, maybe I finally made that seditionists list....

But that would be paranoid thinking, wouldn't it....

Monday, August 14, 2006

AP Wire | 08/14/2006 | Lamont surprised by tone of attacks

AP Wire 08/14/2006 Lamont surprised by tone of attacks
I see the mindgames of fear continue. I would imagine that might be the reason Lieberman lost his voter base. I mean, when you start to sound like Dick Cheney, you should KNOW you're in trouble.

To paraphrase them both:
"You know, if you don't lock step with us, the terrorist win....."

Photo Credit: The Propaganda Remix Project

Saturday, August 12, 2006

NEWSWATCH 50 || WWTI Watertown - Dr. Bob: Rep. McHugh has lost touch with his district

NEWSWATCH 50 WWTI Watertown - Dr. Bob: Rep. McHugh has lost touch with his district

This was Dr. Bob Johnson's response to a comment made by Rep. John McHugh's campaign spokesperson regarding Viggo Mortensen's endorsement of Dr. Johnson.

I think the McHugh campaign would be quite surprised by the supporters Dr. Johnson actually has here in the North Country. Guess we will see on election day, won't we?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Simply Recipes: Mom's Summer Squash Recipe

I found this recipe online yesterday and prepared it for my family. Since this is summer squash season, I thought I would share this excellent recipe. I didn't add the cheese, but we didn't miss it. If it's any indication, my 13 year old ate every bit of his up.....

Simply Recipes: Mom's Summer Squash Recipe

Dining Room update

We are at a stand still today because last night we ran out of flooring for the dining room. Since we only had bought enough for the living room, which is slightly smaller, we knew that we would eventually run out. It's looking good and I can't wait to get it finished. Even not completely done, it is still a great improvement over the mold carpet from hell that was in here before (see "A holy crap Moment in the floor project" post).

Our walls are another issue. As I have mentioned before, when we bought the house, we found that the previous owner was a not-so-handy handyman. The walls in this room are textured, but not uniformly. There are spots that are smooth and parts that are thick with it. There are actually marks where you can see the wake of the trough used.

Yesterday, I took the last of the barn wood that decorated this room out and gladly brought it to the fire pit out back. When we moved in in 1999, one of our first projects was to take the barn wood that covered all four walls of this room out, because it made it too dark. Behind the wood we found stripes of black spray paint, apparently put there so one wouldn't see the white of the walls through the barn wood (see photo). We are just now taking the last of it down in this room because we weren't sure what we would find behind the walls. We found out yesterday that in the far corner, there is nothing but studs.

We have decided that we are going to sheetrock the entire room before we go through the hassle of trying to deal with the texture and the damage to the walls caused by the removal of the barn wood.

Alas, the barn wood saga is not over.....our bedroom is done up on one side in barn wood, loving cemented in place with foam caulking.

To be continued......(cue creepy music)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Let me introduce.....

.....the feline members of the household. I couldn't imagine not having pets and I am definitely more of a cat person. Now, I like dogs, don't get me wrong, but I prefer cats as pets. They are less of a hassle, more independent, and when you go away, you don't tend to worry too much that your house will be trashed.

This is the grand dame...Miss Kitty. I know, not the most original name, but her name fits her attitude. She came to us as a stray in Winter 1998 on one of the coldest days of the year. She had taken up shelter under our grill (with the plastic cover). We fed her and brought her in because we knew she would freeze to death outside. We came to the conclusion that she was once someones pet because of her temperament. Even when my littlest son picked her up by her back fur, she never scratch or spit. Why someone would dump a cat like her is beyond me, but we won out because of it. I call her my "witches cat" because every time I do any Wiccan rituals, she is there at the light of an incense stick. She's also a catnip fiend and has been known to eat a catnip plant to a nub in the ground.

This little bundle is Jennifer. We got her at the SPCA in the Summer of 2004 for my son. She is 6 pounds of pure brat. She likes to force herself into the food bowl, try to bogart treats by honing in on Miss Kitty's after she has eaten hers, and can frequently be seen skulking around in the bushes for the opportunity to jump on Miss Kitty's head. She is, however, quite sweet when she wants to be. She has yet to really one up Miss Kitty though because even with all her jumping and sneaking, Miss Kitty usually slaps her down with one swipe of her 6 toed paw.

This two give us constant amusement and only a few headaches.

So sorry, Joe....

Ok...not really!

CNN - Democratic leadership quickly backs Lamont

I am not sorry to see that Joe lose his primary. When you fall in line with Republican values that limit the rights of others and support a war that most Americans disagree with, then you tend to lose your Democratic voters. It also didn't surprise me to see the Democratic leadership scramble over to Lamont, after soapboxing for Lieberman in the race. It's like "So sorry, Joe........Hey there, Lamont....BUDDY!" in a single breath.

As an Independent myself, I am not too hopeful for Joe's chances in that ticket either. I think the voters are looking for new blood....like Lamont and like our own Dr. Robert Johnson.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


From Danger Democrats: Viggo Mortensen is coming to the North Country to support Dr. Bob!!

Dr. Robert Johnson is our Democratic candidate for NY's 23rd Congressional District against John McHugh. This is Dr. Johnson's second run for the seat. I have met Dr. Bob and worked some on his campaign. He is a great person and cares for the issues facing the North Country. More information on Dr. Johnson and his campaign can be found at Dr. Robert Johnson - NY 23rd U.S. Congressional District.


Monday, August 07, 2006

A holy crap moment in the floor project.....

The good news is that so far the sub-flooring looks pretty level save for a crack in the concrete that sets down a quarter of an inch or so. Hopefully having said that, I have not damned myself for disappointment when I uncover the rest of the floor tonight and tomorrow.

Here's the holy crap moment....when I was rolling up the old carpet to take outside, I was appalled by what I saw. It looks like mold was living in my carpet!!!! No wonder my youngest would end up hacking up a lung when he and my husband used to wrestle around on the floor.
Isn't it hideous? I swear, my goal is to make sure I have not one bit of carpet in my house when I am done with it!!

I am delighted to say that this room already smells cleaner because I pulled up the part of the carpet that apparently was holding a cat pee smell.

Now you all probably think we living in a nasty, dirty house, but we don't. I happen to have a very spoiled kitty that refuses to use a litter box once another cat uses it. When we brought home our second cat, Jenny, Miss Kitty would not use the communal litter box again. She chooses to go outside, but if she doesn't get out enough, she will use the floor, even with a perfectly good litter box.....go figure.

More home improvement.....

As anyone that knows me will tell you, my house is a constant home improvement project. We bought this house in 1999 and to my knowledge, it is about 60 years old with some add ons later put on. As much as I love the property that it is on (3/4 acre with old growth maple), I am not completely in love with the house. The biggest think it needs is a new roof, but since we can't financially swing it right now, we do what we can. Every project is an adventure because we have inherited a house from someone that thought he was a handyman and wasn't. In fact, I don't think we have a square corner in our house, but it is home and we make the best of it. In the past we have completely redone the kitchen and improved the bathroom (more improvements planned in the fall).

We are on our next stage of home improvement as we are now starting our dining room floor project. Having found that the laminate flooring did not work in the living room, we decided to use it in the dining room. The carpet in this room came with the house, so I can't say how old it is. It's old though, and brown...yeck! So, starting today, we are removing some furniture, cutting up the carpet, and will start laying the floor.

Fingers crossed that the sub-floor is not the uneven disaster the living room was.

Speaking of the living room....as much as I love my new ceramic tile floor, I am not too thrilled about the mushroom colored grout that we used. It get too dirty, too fast. I think we may regrout it chocolate colored.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Neat thing I saw today....

At around noon today in front of my home, my family saw something we rarely see on this road. It was a girl on a horse followed by a horse drawn wagon. I took this photo, but wish I was able to take a better one, as they were already passed our house by the time I got back out with my camera.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Quite the scorcher today...

We had our hottest day of the summer today! It is now 6:30 pm and it is still 90 degrees with a heat index of 100. We were fortunate for two reasons. 1) We have a nice shaded yard with a pool and 2) my husband is off of work this week so he didn't have to be traveling the North Country in our truck, thus being able to use said pool. It felt very nice here, but out and about the heat index was up to 107 degrees. Quite hot for Northern NY, to say the least. I would imagine we broke a record today!

I think a night swim will be in order tonight.