Monday, October 29, 2007

Another Twist on Monday Melee

I was driving back to the grocery store on Saturday night to retrieve 2 bottles of wine that had mysteriously gone missing from my grocery cart while I ran back to the car for alternate funding (long story-#1 Son in VA. Emergency). Evidently while my cart sat waiting for me, someone stole my 2 bottles of wine right out of the cart. Anyway, as I was driving back, a commercial came on for a play in Boston. That got my mind wandering and I thought, cool let's do a Melee based on Plays. So here is mine.

1: The Misanthropic.(Name something - about humanity - you absolutely hate).
One pair of arms is like another
I don't know why or who's to blame,
I'll go with you or with your brother
It's all the same, it's all the same.
This I have learned: That when the light's out,
No man will bum with special flame,
You'll prove to me before the night's out,
You're all the same, you're all the same.
So do not talk to me of love,
I'm not a fool with starry eyes,
Just put your money in my hand,
And you will get what money buys!
One pair of arms is like another,
I don't know why or who's to blame,
I'll go with you or with your brother
It's all the same, it's all the same.
This I have learned: That when the light's out,
No man will bum with special flame,
You'll prove to me before the night's out,
You're all the same, you're all the same.

2: The Meretricious:(Expose someone or something that's phony, fraudulent or bogus).
A little gossip
A little chat
A little idol talk of this
And that
I'll tell him all
The troubles I have had
And since he doesn't hear
At least he won't feel bad
A... little gossip
A little chat
A little idol talk of this
And that
If no one listens
Then it's just as well
At least I won't get caught
In any lies I tell

3: The Malcontent:(Name something you're unhappy with).
Why does he do the things he does?
Why does he do these things?
Why does he march Through that dream that he's in,
Covered with glory and rusty old tin?
Why does he live in a world that can't be,
And what does he want of me...
What does he want of me?
Why does he say the things he says?
Why does he say these things?
"Sweet Dulcinea" and "missive" and such,
"Nethermost hem of thy garment I touch,"
No one can be what he wants me to be,
Oh, what does he want of me...
What does he want of me?

4: The Meritorious.(Give someone credit for something and name it if you can).
Why do you do these things?
DON QUIXOTE What things?
ALDONZA These ridiculous... the things you do!
DON QUIXOTE I hope to add some measure of grace to the world.
ALDONZA The world's a dung heap and we are maggots that crawl on it!
DON QUIXOTE My Lady knows better in her heart.
ALDONZA What's in my heart will get me halfway to hell. And you, SeƱor Don Quixote-you're going to take such a beating!
DON QUIXOTE Whether I win or lose does not matter.
ALDONZA What does?
DON QUIXOTE Only that I follow the quest.

5: The Mirror.(See something good about yourself and name it).
I like him!
I really like him.
Tear out my fingernails one by one
I like him!
I don't have a very good reason
Since I've been with him cuckoonuts have been
In season!
But there is nothing I can do
Chop me up for onion stew
Still I'll yell to the sky
Though I can't tell you why
That I like him

I like him!
I really like him
Pluck me as a scolded chicken!
I like him!
Don't ask me for a why or wherefore
Since I don't have a very good because
Or therefore
You can barbecue my nose
Make a giblet of my toes
Make me freeze
Make me fry
Make me sigh
Make me cry
Still I'll yell to the sky
Though I can't tell you why
That I... like... him!

6: The Make-Believe:(Name something you wish for).
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go;
To right the unrightable wrong.
To love, pure and chaste, from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star!
This is my Quest to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right Without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause!
And I know, if I'll only be true
To this glorious Quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest.
And the world will be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable stars!

Friday, October 26, 2007

My 14 Mile Trip To Work

Here is the photo tour of my horrible, boring, uneventful ride to work each day. This is the view standing by my car looking out at the end of my driveway at 7:30am this morning.

Here we go, right turn out of the driveway. Stop at the end of the road (just into the fog) and turn right onto the first 7 mile leg of our journey.
This is the Price Farm and has been around for quite some time. It is a rather large dairy farm that is self-sustained. That in itself is great these days. I will tell you, come the heat of mid-August the smell of the composting fertilizer is enough to make your eyes water and sticks with you for a while.

This is Gilmanton 1st Year-Round Library, ever! It is still in the process of being constructed and is completelyfunded by donations. I appreciate that they are keeping up the appearances of the town as a whole by making it look like a barn. A beautiful barn at that!

7 miles of this to go before we reach the 2nd leg of our journey.

My daughter told me once that every time she passes this farm it gives her the creeps. It reminds her of an old plantation and she can almost see slaves in the field. Now there are only a couple of horses.

We have now arrived at what we (the locals) call the Corners. It is properly known as Lower Gilmanton. This is the Baptist Church that was erected in 1826. I think it is simply (simple) beautiful. I also took it through my window so the colors are off! Yes, I was being lazy.

This is the Historic Temperance Tavern. Dive it is still for sale and now the price has been reduced!

This is our Town Hall. Where they steal $4,000.00/yr from me in property tax! Good thing I like the architecture of the building. I did get out of the car for this shot and it has not been altered. I think the blue is the reflection of the sky off the pure white, fresh paint. Kind of cool.

This is the beginning of the second 7 miles to work. Sucks I know!

This is the house that is behind the fence above. If I could pick one place I would like to live this would be it. I like the way it feels.

A bit further and you run into a cute little gathering of old homes. The one sitting behind the fence is the home of Parsonage Day Lilies. You can imagine thousands of lilies blooming each summer and the fragrance in the air.

In that little picket fence is one of the several little cemeteries I pass on my way to work. Hey, Kate come on over and dig up a dead guy!

More of the same. Are you bored yet?
Finally, signs of civilization.

This is my exit to work. It is only another 2 or so miles, as the crow flies.

It was a bit foggy this morning as you can tell.

This is just on the other side of the fog.

This is on the downhill side of that hill in the previous picture. Usually on a clear day you can see a big part of the Presidential Mountain Range and it is breathtaking.

A bit further around the bend and a bit clearer.

Back down into the fog. Just past where you can not see, the road just ends! There have been several times when people miss the signs and end up in the pond that boarders this road.

This is a picture of that pond and the aircraft warning lights they have put in.

Finally the end of the line. Hope you enjoyed your ride and thanks for flying with us.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Hi Ho, Hi, Ho On A Rant I GO!

I have tried, really tried not to go off on a political rant this week. However, sometimes people are so STUPID! I apologize in advance for dropping all the “F” bombs but it is the only word that fits.

Headline: Maine school to offer contraceptives-10-18-07
After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11.

Here is what they define as an outbreak!
Portland's three middle schools reported 17 pregnancies during the last four years, not counting miscarriages or terminated pregnancies that weren't reported to the school nurse. (ok if we are not counting and there is no statistical data given why make that statement?)

Let’s do some math
17/4= 4.25 which is the reported # of Pregnancies per year over the last four years
4.25/1746(total # of kids enrolled in 3 schools) = .002% of the Middle School Population.

OUTBREAK?? MY ASS! (The terminology is specific to the agenda!) how can .002% be an outbreak?

Students need parental permission to access the school's health center. But treatment is confidential under state law, which allows the students to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive.

There is the freak’n kicker. Now these little kids can go and ask for birth control and their parents cannot, under any circumstances be told. Who in the fucking world would think that this is a good idea? The age of consent in Maine is 16! Where is the fucking logic? So you tell them they can have birth control but then you can also throw the boys in jail for statutory rape!

I have had a personal experience with this “Confidentiality” bullshit. Last summer, my daughter’s best friend (16) went for her yearly exam. A week or so later the clinic kept calling her cell phone but of course would not leave any info except to call them back. She was in school at the time so after the 4th message she called her mom and asked her to call them and find out what they wanted. Her mom called and she was told that under no circumstances could they discuss her MINOR daughters medical issues with her. She would have to get written permissions from her daughter for that to happen. Finally, the daughter was able to speak to the clinic where some asshole told her she had HPV, which was the virus that is linked to cervical cancer! What do you think this 16 year old heard? She heard she had cancer and lost her mind! Who wouldn’t? She called her mom at work sobbing hysterically. Can you blame the kid? Had her mom been able to get this info and all related facts she could have sat her daughter down and explained things in a way that would not have cause such emotional upset.

I am not saying that little children having sex and getting pregnant isn’t something to be concerned about. I am saying what happened to advising the parents so they can a.) talk, b.) get the kid into counseling if that is what is needed or c.) any other logical solution. What happened to parents being allowed to be parents?

I am held accountable for my kids until they are 18 if they do something wrong. But the Government has no problem taking my parental responsibilities away when it comes to my kid’s reproductive health. That is BULLSHIT!

This is why I keep saying we are on a very slippery slope and have such a problem with Government sticking its nose in my personal life. Give the Goverment more control of healthcare... slippery, slippery slope!

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Many Colors Of Fall

Honestly, I am in a funk. I haven't even picked my camera up since the spring. Here are some other peoples pictures of the NH foliage because it is beautiful and I don't feel like pissing anyone off today... Happy little trees, and happy little clouds.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Congress to kill thousands with new S-CHIP funding

In Sassy Sundries Week In Review She sites the following:

“W has no problem throwing billions and billions of dollars down the drain in Iraq but can’t bring himself to sign off on an extension of the S-CHIP program to cover uninsured children. Compassionate conservatism much? Minus Three”

What Sassy did not address is how this Program is to be funded and the broader net cast for income eligibility being the reason that the President does not want to sign this Bill.

This Program was originally intended to provide coverage to those children whose are low-income, whose families earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid but lack private health insurance. Vulnerable children—minorities, children and adolescents with special health care needs, and the long-term uninsured. If you ask me that description covers a large majority of our countries children and those it does not cover are usually carried on their parents insurance. Besides there are more insurance options for those families who fall between those cracks, Healthy Kids is just one example here in NH. They offer reduced Health Insurance costs but not free insurance!

Let me share with you how the Congress plans on funding this Program for the next five years. The major source of additional income to fund the Bill will be from taxing those who smoke with an average cost increase of $.61 per pack. Cigarettes in NH now cost an average of $4.25 per pack.

Increasing the tobacco tax is an asinine way to fund this Program because the largest portion of the increase would fall on poor and low-income families and young people. Statistics say that smokers are more likely to be poor or low-income than wealthy.

By expanded tobacco tax, SCHIP expansion to a higher income levels would largely be funded by lower income people. The very people who can least afford it. The very people the Democrats continue to rally to SAVE! The very people that are being paraded in front of the White House today in an effort to shame the President into signing a Bill that is inherently flawed. Please read the following:

The Heritage Foundation: July 11, 2007
Forty-three percent of smokers are ages 24 to 44. Placing the burden of expanding this program on the shoulders of any small subset of the population is unfair. Neither low-income families nor young adults should be held responsible for funding an unnecessary expansion of SCHIP

Not only are some policymakers considering imposing a large, new burden on a small portion of the population, but they have chosen a revenue source that is in decline and will decrease even faster if the tax rate rises. Due to the sensitivity of consumers to increases in the price of tobacco products (known as "price elasticity"), the average consumer purchases fewer cigarettes when the price increases.

Consequently, the additional revenue generated from increasing the tax will decline over time Due to this price elasticity, policymakers will somehow need to recruit new smokers if they insist on using the tobacco tax revenue to support SCHIP at proposed funding levels over the long term. In just five years, Congress will need over 9 million new smokers. Reauthorizing the program for 2013 to 2017 would require almost 22.4 million new smokers by the end of that period.

We all know that smoking in on the decline. You can’t smoke anywhere anymore and soon the cost of cigarettes will be so high people will just quit. So when that happens and those poor children’s health care is no longer funded what will happen. Yes, that is a rhetorical question. With a Dem sure to be at the helm of this Country the next time this funding comes around and a majority Dem Congress also in charge, the rest of us will again get the TAX SHAFT! They will raise taxes. So with all due respect Sassy, there is a GOOD reason that W does not want to sign this Bill. I hope he doesn't cave to the "Popular" consensus on this one!