How on earth does she eat like that?

I've been meaning to post this for some time, but I just now got around to getting the pictures off of my camera. Maybe nobody will care about this except me, but I find it quite humorous.

Thing 2 complained some time ago that she hadn't lost any teeth yet when her sister, Thing 1 had lost quite a few by her age. OK - maybe complained is not the right word - but she wondered aloud about when she might lose a tooth. I guess the money issue was starting to get to her. So she was kinda excited to [……]

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Well, after an entire fall and winter (and part of the preceding summer, now that I think of it) in the barn doing nothing but collecting dust, I decided to move the tractor (it needs a good name).

For a while it just cranked. Then, suddenly, it continued to just crank. (At least I know my new battery and starter work. Finally, with some persuasion, coercion, some fancy work with the choke and only a small amount of grumbling, it reluctantly gave up the fight and fired up. It wasn't happy about it, though, and it told me so in no [……]

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Why don't I want to write about this?

At this time, when there's so much to write about the war with Iraq, I feel like I should indeed be writing about it. But I just don't have any desire to do that. I don't really know why - I'm not usually one to keep my big mouth shut about most things. If you want to know my thoughts on it, ask me. If you don't know how to reach me, you probably don't want to know what I think about it in the first place.

I'll only say this: No matter how you feel about whether we should be [……]

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A Happy Ending

15 year old Elizabeth Smart, missing since last summer, has been found alive and healthy in a Salt Lake city suburb. But please read the rest of this post.

I hesitate to use the phrase "alive and well" because, while she is alive (and that's a Good Thing) it remains to be seen how well she is after such an ordeal. Nothing has been, nor should be in my opinion, released about what kind of treatment she received while gone, but speculation quickly turns to the worst case scenarios. We can only hope that such things are not [……]

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Hollywood whines some more

SAG and IATSE have each issued statements raising the thought of potential blacklisting in response to some of their members' anti-war activism.

What they're really afraid of is that the viewing public will be turned off by the statements and actions of Martin Sheen, Mike Farrell, Susan Sarandon, Sheryl Crow and others that they won't watch their shows, go to their movies or buy their music. Last time I checked, that was called the Free Enterprise System.

Besides, aren't these the same people who argue against censorship by telling us that if we don't like the content of their shows or [……]

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Affirmative Action Bake Sale

How did I miss this when it happened? The UCLA Bruin Republicans held a bake sale to demonstrate the hypocrisy of affirmative action.

Although applicable to the general practice of racial preferences, the particular target of the demonstration was admissions practices at many major universities around the country including the University of Michigan which is the subject of two upcoming Supreme Court cases.

Personally, I think the bake sale is a fabulous way to show the inconsistency of people's opinions about affirmative action and to highlight the untruths inherent in the way it is implemented in most cases. Apparently others [……]

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In Memoriam - Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers, the man who taught, entertained and traveled to the Land of Make Believe with children of all ages for 50 years, has died at age 74 after a brief battle with stomach cancer.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a unique program for many of us who grew up watching it. Long after everything else had gone to a format of fast edits and multi-angle shoots, Fred Rogers insisted on keeping it simple. His was a one camera, slow paced operation until the very end and set the show apart from the rest. Rather than trying to mesmerize [……]

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Maybe there is hope for music after all

OK - I admit it - I reneged on a vow to never again watch an award show. Last night I was very bored (and Alias hadn't come on yet) so I actually watched some of the Grammy Awards show. My conclusion? If choice in music is any indication, there might be some hope for the world yet.

While some of the Grammy festivities was the usual circus parade of drivel and underwhelming copycat-of-the-next-guy performances, those who won many of the awards were quite a different story.

Most notably was Norah Jones, a smooth, jazzy, 24 year old, alto [……]

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The simple pleasures

I generally take my own lunch to work with me these days which usually consists of leftovers from the previous night's dinner. It makes most of the folks at work quite jealous as they plow through their pre-fab-heat-and-eat Lean Cuisine or some such thing. But today, SWMBO added something extra.

I pulled out my bag from the fridge, proceeded to unload my small collection of Tupperware and headed for the microwave. When I looked a little closer at what I thought was 3 or 4 of the (very excellent) chocolate chip cookies that SWMBO had made last night, it turned out [……]

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Make up your mind

It struck me the other day that the folks who are objecting to a so-called "pre-emptive strike" in Iraq are the very same ones who said that President Bush should have known that the Muslim extremists of Al Qaeda were about to fly planes into buildings and should have done something to prevent it.

Hypocrites can be so annoying.