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

Friday, May 30, 2008

Priest apologizes for mocking Clinton while at Obama church - CNN.com

Sometimes I start to wonder if these things happen because the people that say they are for Obama are secretly trying to ruin him. After all the flack Obama got about Wright, WHY would this joker spout off like this, opening the whole can of worms again.

And, of course, the media is ALL over it. Why does the mainstream media continue to vilify Obama for what others say. It's like saying that if a pastor of a church is an adulterer, then the whole congregation agrees with adultery. Just because this man mocked Clinton, does that mean Obama believes in it? No...it doesn't. Now Obama has to defend himself once again for something he didn't say.....it's bullshit.

Priest apologizes for mocking Clinton while at Obama church - CNN.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Editorial - Mr. Bush and the G.I. Bill - Editorial - NYTimes.com

Editorial - Mr. Bush and the G.I. Bill - Editorial - NYTimes.com

It is amazing that as Dubya seems to send more and more people to war without so much as batting an eye, that he would consider paying a full tuition at a 4 year college "too generous". How sad that he threatened to veto it.

It amazes me the level of sacrifice this President expects our military to make, when he was unwilling to make it himself. In my opinion, paying for a college tuition would be only the beginning of what this government should offer in exchange to the sacrifice of the troops time away from their real lives, their families, and the readjustment after being in a hellhole like Iraq.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Clinton explains RFK assassination reference - CNN.com

Clinton explains RFK assassination reference - CNN.com

Ok...now I have not made it a secret over who my choice is over Obama or Clinton, but I think people are taking this comment to an extreme. I will use the words stated by Senator Obama that they comments were unfortunate, but I do not see how this kind of backlash is warranted. True, she could have mentioned Bobby Kennedy without the assassination reference, but I can not for a moment believe that she meant anything offensive by it and she is historically accurate on the primaries of Kennedy and Clinton going into June.

I feel about this story like I did with Obama's "sweetie" story.....move on, there is really nothing to see here.

Well, I wanted her to get on with her storylines....

The very day after I wrote my post pleading for Karen Montague-Reyes to get past her almost month-long storyline based on her new style animation, she got on with it. No, I don't think for a moment that my post had anything to do with it...I know that it was just good timing and if I had waited another day, I wouldn't have had to say anything.

I went to read Clear Blue Water as part of my check my mail, read the news, read the comics, routine and was a little upset with the strip.


So let me get this straight. Somehow that floppy skin that some of us get when we have kids is not only something to be suicidal about (I know she isn't really serious), but also so hideous as to illicit a visit to the plastic surgeon? What the hell kind of message is this trying to relay? Besides, not just anyone can afford a tummy tuck and why the hell should you have to.


Anyone who reads this strips knows that Eve (the one with long hair) has had 5 kids, the last two a set of twins so maybe her stomach would be a little floppy, but Sophie is only on her first baby....and if I recall correctly, a follow up appointment is at the 6 week mark. Exactly how fast does Ms. Montague-Reyes suggest we take to get out figures back?


Let me tell you all something. I am the mother of two boys, 15 and 11. Even in my best shape, when I was working out on a Bowflex 3 times a week, doing 8 minutes abs religiously, walking, and biking, I still had a floppy tummy....and one with a hellacious case of stretch marks to boot. Do I give a rats ass.....not a bit. Yes, my body has changed since I was 20, but that is what I signed up for when I decided to have kids. I don't live in this illusion that I will stay the same.


Between sentiments like this and the ever increasing line of new moms in Hollywood flashing their 6 week postpartum bodies with the help of personal trainers and plastic surgeons, it's no wonder some new moms (and even some established moms) feel fat, ugly, and lazy. Isn't exactly a boost to the self esteem.


It's just kind of disappointing that a woman who should understand would post such a demeaning message.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Great quote!

I got this quote in my Old Fashioned Living newsletter and I think that it is an important one for anyone that feels that fighting the good fight is not worth is, whether it is politically, socially, spiritually, or mentally.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dear Karen Montague-Reyes.......

I like your comic "Clear Blue Water".....I really do. I like the political humor and the storyline about Seth, the couple's son with autism. I like how you bring a variety of characters to the scene. Sometimes I don't agree with your stances on some issues, but I make it a habit to read your comic every day.

Since May 3rd, however, you have been working this storyline where you have been drawing the characters differently and with more detail. All well and good. At first I was excited by the change, but as the weeks have moved on, and the characters keep going on and on and ON about their new looks, I find that I am getting tired of the strip. I mean so far we are on day 19 of watching Eve and Manny talk about how they look. It seems a bit superficial, especially when some of your strips showed Eve going on strike because her old looks were reinstated (although the Jabba the Hut one on May 20th was pretty funny).

Please get back to the strip and the issues that I enjoy so much. I have been reading your strip since it's first day and I miss it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Watertown Daily Times | Carthage budget, board repudiated

Watertown Daily Times Carthage budget, board repudiated

Posting this a day late but I was glad to see the voter turnout for the Carthage School budget. I was there at about 1:30pm and there was three long lines and a wait to get in the vote. This is a far cry from past years when one could breeze in and out, only stopping to sign it.

I am glad to see the budget voted down. Not so happy to see the library proposition not pass though. I voted against the budget and the bus proposition. I believe that Carthage could make a better decision by using the buses they do have more efficiently, like consolidating routes or actually filling them (many people from around the district have observed buses half full).

I was also thrilled to see the addition of Mary Louise Hunt to the Board of Education. She was my son's teacher at Black River Elementary and has been teaching for 35 years. She is a great teacher and a great fighter for her students, such as she was for my son at Commitee on Special Education meetings. She is also a phenomenal person. She retires from teaching this year, but it looks like she will be quite busy between the BOE and the Black River Library!!

She is one of three newcomers that ousted three incumbents on the school board. I guess the people have spoken. Hopefully, Carl Militello and John Peck will take notice.

Friday, May 16, 2008

An Antiwar March Through Towns Unused to One - New York Times

An Antiwar March Through Towns Unused to One - New York Times

I hope that this group is able to get the message out better than I did. I was part of a group that stood on Public Square in Watertown every Saturday, starting right before the war started, and ending some months later when our numbers dwindled to where we weren't too effective anymore. I think most of it was the lukewarm to downright nasty reception we got while speaking out for peace. Occasionally we got the soldier that would thank us for speaking out or the beep and thumbs up from a passing motorist, but that was few and far between.

Of course, that was a few years ago and I believe more and more people are against this war. I am glad that these groups are organizing this. More emphasis needs to be made on how our troops are being treated, or not being treated.

Good luck to all the marchers!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

In veiled attack, Bush criticizes Dems for terrorist 'appeasement' - CNN.com

In veiled attack, Bush criticizes Dems for terrorist 'appeasement' - CNN.com

Wow...Between John McCain stating that Obama was the choice of Hammas and Bush saying that Dems are trying to appease the terrorists in a way that Hitler was appeased, I don't where to start. So many things can be taken from these statements and it seems that the Republicans are sticking to their fear mongering game plan.

First, for McCain to state that Obama is the favored choice of Hammas will put the idea in some people's to equate Obama and his supporters to terrorist. It's irresponsible and misleading.

Don't even get me started on Bush's statements......I guess in his world, coming in like cowboys, blowing shit up is so much better than trying to negotiate and find peaceful conflict resolution. I see his way is working so great so far!

I am glad Joe Biden expressed publicly what many of us thought when we read this. It's bullshit.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Watertown Daily Times | Use of audit raises worries

Watertown Daily Times Use of audit raises worries

More information regarding Carl Militello and the proposed cuts to special education services at Carthage Central School District. Funny how trouble also seems to follow Lisa Parsons, the special education consultant. I am not saying anything that isn't public record....just do a search at the local paper and one can see it.

I doubt that Mr. LaJolie, the parent that is circulating a petition asking for Mr. Militello's resignation, will bow down to the superintendent's promises of advisory committees. I believe the petition will still make it's way to where it is supposed to go.

Vote No on May 20th!

A stunning observation!

My youngest son loves Pop Tarts for breakfast. I was never quite right with it, because it seems to me that you could hand a child a cookie or a piece of cake and they would get as much nutrition out of it, but I will admit, that I was guilty of buying Pop Tarts every week because it was the one thing that I knew he would eat. I offer him other choices and sometimes he takes them, but ususally, he gravitates to his old standby of Pop Tarts and chocolate milk.

I am also guilty of another thing....I never check a nutrition label of a Chocolate Fudge PopTart until this morning when he wanted another package of them. For anyone not familiar with how these are packaged, they come in foil wrapped twofers. When I looked at the label today, I was stunned!! One pastry is 200 calories, with 5 g of fat and 37 g of carbohydrates (20 g of it sugar!). That's ONE pastry.....these things are wrapped with two, so double all that and that is what my son is eating for breakfast and that is not counting the chocolate milk, which is probably more nutritious if truth be known.

I am totally disgusted. Now I could go on a tirade about why Kellogg's would even make something that obviously isn't helping the state of our children's health, but that would be passing the buck. I am mad at myself for not paying attention and trusting something off the shelf without the research.

Now I know and I will have to make changes, either limiting the Poptarts or trying to phase them out all together. We'll see how that goes......

My baby is 11 years old!!

My youngest son is 11 years old today. At 5:30am, on May 6th, 1997, he came into this world at 8 lbs. 14 ounces and he still as sturdy and strong as ever. He's also sharp as a tack and amazes me every day with how smart and funny he is.

I am proud to be his mom.

Happy Birthday, buddy!!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Life is Beautiful

Great song by Sixx AM. I highly recommend it



Life is Beautiful

You can quit until you try
You can’t live until you die
You can’t learn to tell the truth
Until you learn to lie
You can’t breathe until you choke
You gotta laugh when you’re the joke
There’s nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

I know some things that you don’t
I’ve done things that you won’t
There’s nothing like a trail of blood
to find your way back home
I was waiting for my hearse
What came next was so much worse
It took a funeral to make me feel alive

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Alive...Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Just open your eyes
Just open your eyes
And see that life is beautiful.
Will you swear on your life,
That no one will cry at my funeral?

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Woman Gains Silver Star -- And Removal From Combat - washingtonpost.com

Woman Gains Silver Star -- And Removal From Combat - washingtonpost.com

It's amazing that women in the military can prove time and time again what an asset they are to the mission and to combat, yet this country still wants to treat them like delicate flowers. It hits me in the gut like a knife the thought process that goes into it all. Get this straight.....women CAN do combat. Regardless of what the rules state, women DO combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. How can the Armed Forces in this country continue to state that they are Equal Opportunity, when they are not. It's rediculous and it's hypocritical.