July 31, 2014

Just stop.

Israel is bombing schools and hospitals in Gaza. Hamas is using schools and hospitals in Gaza to store weapons.
No one is right. Children are dying. Stop. Just stop.

July 29, 2014

Subject to blue laws?

 A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court has found that “the actual purpose in displaying the Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular.”
That’s right, the court ruled the purpose of displaying a Christian symbol has always been secular.
The appeals court ruled on Monday that the memorial cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York can remain at the newly-opened facility because the purpose of the cross is secular, not religious.

Perhaps the judges are unfamiliar with the word "secular." Perhaps we could point out that a synonym for the word is profane. Now the cross at Ground Zero is legally PROFANITY. I know a lot of atheists might agree, but I'm pretty sure all the Christians out there can't be happy.


h/t to LSH

July 28, 2014

July 28, 1914

Almost exactly one month after the assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand (and his wife), most of the Western world entered into what would become known as "the war to end all wars."
The 23 countries involved by the time peace was declared included France, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, British India, Newfoundland, South Africa, Russia, Italy, United States, Japan, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria.


Over 38 MILLION killed, missing or wounded in action.
It redrew the map of Europe and western Asia. It redefined war. It redefined humanity.
It, like all wars, didn't have to happen.

July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I'm overwhelmed with the pressure of finding a suitably old, yet relatively cool picture of me for #tbt.
circa 1995
Nailed it.

July 23, 2014

Get Happy

This article should be titled

Why are people from Denmark NORWAY so happy? It's all in their DNA

 Although now we have to say, when voted "happiest country on earth" that it's just who we are.

July 22, 2014

Suggestions welcome.

Punkinhead has decided on her career. Rich housewife. If you know any wealthy, not hideous, men (or women, she's flexible) out there who are dying to lavish their hard-earned (or inherited) riches on a petite blond with a serious streak of misanthropy, please reply below.

July 21, 2014

Bar-none

So, it's Monday. It feels like it.
It's been a while since there's been activity in the garden so let me share this weekend's adventure. We have had an enormous barberry bush at the back corner of the house. It was approximately the size of a Smart Car. And growing to VW bug  proportions annually. The sparrows love it, but everyone else... -not so much.
So on Sunday, LSH put on the gloves and hauled out the loppers and shears and trimmers and cut the whole thing down! The lawn was littered with long arching thorn-covered branches. (Barberries are probably the thorniest bush in our suburban landscape repertoire. Even more than roses.)
The bad news is that we had no where to put the puptent-sized pile of pricklies. We ran out of our brown bags for lawn refuse.
In the end we re-repatriated the pile back to the shrub's original spot with the plan to purchase more bags.
And there it sits.

July 18, 2014

Friday Book Blogging

It's been a while since I recommended an Anne Perry. Her latest with Thomas and Charlotte Pitt is a good one. Check out The Cater Street Hangman if you're just starting out, but if you are, there's a LOT to catch up on. This one is Death on Blackheath. Nicely done intrigue, but still eminently "solvable" if you like puzzling out the endings on your own.

July 17, 2014

tragedy in history

Has it always seemed to the current generations that our world is going to hell in a handbasket?
Back in 1914, were average middle-aged women lamenting the thought of their children growing up in a world where there was crazy wars and sinking ships and massacres and assassinations?
Our present-day seems so overwhelming, that sometimes a little historical perspective helps mitigate the horrors.

July 16, 2014

Cat lady

The black and white cat that has been seen frequently in our yard being bullied by our two feral outdoor strays has finally figured out how to nab some breakfast.
He sits patiently a minimum of four feet away from Remus and Nacho while they enjoy their fresh dishes of "tuna and whitefish dinner" and when Remus loses interest, he swoops in and practically inhales the portion left behind.
I might be more concerned about Remus going hungry if I hadn't seen him consume an entire sparrow this evening. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, right in my front yard. (I know I'm aging myself.)

July 15, 2014

Mobile

Composing a blog post on your smart phone is not simple for someone over the age of 28.
But I type out entire words spelled correctly. And I can have a telephone conversation that's longer than 2 minutes and not completely awkward. 
It's a trade off. 

July 14, 2014

Le quatorze juillet

Happy Bastille Day! France today is celebrating the most famous and irrelevant jail-break in history.
On this day in 1789, the medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille in the center of the city was stormed by angry citizens. The prison contained only seven inmates at the time but, its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution. The Revolution ended 10 years later when Napoleon took over. Hey, they tried.
(After Napoleon abdicated, it was another 30 or so years of monarchy before that was overthrown in the revolution of 1848. Again, they tried. Another Napoleon (III) popped in for 18 years as emperor.)
You can't really blame the French for getting all jazzed about the Storming of the Bastille. At that moment in time, they were on top of the world. And the "four forgers, two 'lunatics' and one 'deviant' aristocrat" were eternally grateful.

July 13, 2014

Sort of Friday Book Blogging

Once again, I failed to share my top book of the week on Friday, so here it is on Sunday. I had previously liked Delicious by Ruth Reichl, so I grabbed her autobiography Tender at the Bone when I was at the library last. It was every bit as delicious as Delicious. Even if you're not a foodie, you will marvel at the storytelling and adventures of this extraordinary woman.

July 10, 2014

Interlock

Lego has come to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. It may have also invaded the crumbling concrete on a street near you.
You give them a movie, and those little Danish bricks take over the world.

July 9, 2014

Shadow of herself

Did you know there are children all over the world who have never seen a moon shadow?


We're just three days away from a full moon and its reflected glow is giving the luster of midday to objects below. (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) In our darkened back yard, I cast a moon shadow. Now the song is stuck in my head and the fun fact that Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) wrote that song in his early 20s, he had never seen a moon shadow because he'd always lived in a big city.

That is how you get from locking up for the night, to light pollution in four easy steps.

July 8, 2014

Express yourself

Is it wrong of me to want a corporation that is Muslim (because corporations can go to mosques too) to force its female employees to wear hijab?  That is a religious expression decision I would love to see Justice Alito twist his way out of.

July 7, 2014

Of course

It was a pretty amazing holiday weekend. We had a little bit of rain on Thursday night and the next three days were about as perfect as you can get. Mid-70s and sunny. Excellent fireworks weather. Excellent cookout weather. Excellent concert weather. Excellent carnival weather.
But boy are my plants thirsty! So when I woke up to rumbles of thunder this morning, I thought they would be well cared for. Not so much. It was all sound and fury. Not a drop of rain had fallen by the time I got home from work, so LSH and I watered everything.
It will be raining shortly.

July 4, 2014

hip hip HOORAY!

Happy Independence Day!
Celebrating a birthday today are
  • 1790 – George Everest, Welsh surveyor and geographer. just had to have the biggest mountain
  • 1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author. Scarlet A for awful
  • 1883 – Rube Goldberg, American sculptor, cartoonist, and author. if he built it, you will laugh
  •  1937 – Queen Sonja of Norway She is Norwegian and a queen; how lucky can one gal get?
  • 1943 – Geraldo Rivera, American lawyer, journalist, and author. porn-stache champion
  • 1954 – Morganna, American model and dancer. Not the one from Arthurian legend
  • 1971 – Koko, American gorilla. f*ck yeah! An AMERICAN gorilla, born on the 4th of July who is famous for nothing more than speaking her mind. 'Murica!
  • 1992 -- Punkinhead
Yea! Punkin! Happy birthday!

July 2, 2014

Shocking video

Proof that Republicans are in league with terrorists. Specifically squirrel-Qaeda.