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Thursday, November 29, 2007

George Carlin: Message I read at Quiet Symphony


A Quiet Symphony posted this message from George Carlin, one of my favorite comedians of all:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but
have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller
families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense,
more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more
medicine, but less wellness.


We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.


These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...


Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to
give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you
can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. Remember, to say, "I love
you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an
embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold
hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there
again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious
thoughts in your mind.


AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


George Carlin

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Career Path: Live Career.Com Assessment of Me





I've done these types of tests before, to gauge where I should go in my life, as far as a career.

According to Live Career my best options:

Your highest score was on Writing, which means that you
enjoy creative or technical writing. You are also likely to be interested in a
broad range subjects, so finding occupations that allow you to exercise these
interests would lead to higher work satisfaction for you. You also scored highly on Teaching / Social Service, indicating that you
enjoy instructing people in learning new things, helping people solve problems,
and assisting others
. Your high score on the Persuasive
scale
means that you enjoy work which involves influencing, advising,
counseling, guiding, motivating or directing the activities of others.

On the downside:

Your lowest interest score was on Clerical. You’re not
likely to be fulfilled doing routine office work that involves filing,
record-keeping, word processing, operating office machines, attending to
details, and other repetitive office tasks
. You also showed low interest on Systematic, so you dislike routine assignments in which
order and persistent, steady effort are required
. Job security is
not so important to you
. Plus, you can tolerate frequent schedule
changes and situations in which you must make quick decisions. Finally, your low
score on Industrial Art means that you wouldn’t enjoy making or
repairing things using machinery, or by hand.

Next they defined my approach to work. That ought to be fun to look at!!!


My high scores:
Investigative types enjoy the challenge of problem solving in mathematics, technology, and sciences, and the abstract and practical ideas related to these areas. Applied science, such as engineering, technology or computer science may also be of interest to them. They can be technically creative.
Artistic types are often thought of as original and creative by others. Such people enjoy expressing themselves in artistic ways such as acting, dancing, creating music or visual art, or by expressing their ideas either through discussion or debate.
Social types are interested in helping to keep others emotionally or physically healthy, or in teaching others. They enjoy giving advice and working directly with people, either in groups or individually.

Med Scores:
Enterprising types are people-oriented. They like to talk to, influence and persuade others. They are confident, adventurous, assertive and show leadership.
Attentive types enjoy helping others, serving others' personal needs and looking after the comfort and well-being of others. They are happy in jobs requiring sociability, politeness, patience and a happy disposition.

Low Scores:
Conventional types enjoy supervising others in jobs where rules and tasks are well defined. They show careful attention to detail, are organized, follow instructions well and prefer jobs where their daily duties are regular and fixed.

Realistic types like physical activity, working with their hands, and are mechanically-inclined. They enjoy working outdoors and do not mind physical risks on the job.
After that, disappointingly, they skip to what they are really after - money.

They do try to guise this process as a way to get to a career. However, like MAPP (another assessment test they are tied to), they are really only interested in getting you to pay them $30, $50 or $100 or more for the analysis of what you need to be doing.
It is a fairly accurate portrait of me.
Later!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Oldies but Goodies: A few songs, a joke and a smile

Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street doing Superstition. Love the horn section!!!




The Rokes -Let's Live for Today. Grass Roots did the song too - more popularly.




Grass Roots doing it, introduced by Jimmy Durante (Ah cha cha cha!!)




And The Bee Gees live in 1997 doing 1970's classic Tragedy. Even a high voice doesn't mean they couldn't be cool!!!!





The Joke (on the cusp of another Middle East peace conference in Annapolis):



A older Jewish man was walking through the Golan Heights, in usual thought about what the world was, is and what it should be. By happenstance, he stumbled upon a partially cover lamp, with ancient decor and an odd shape. He picked it up and rubbed off the sparkling sand.



With a jolt, an eruption of gas from the lamp appeared. The Jewish man nearly stumbled and fell, but managed to keep his balance as he gripped the bottle. The gas took form; a genie of purple persuasion with bells and silken pajamas finally came into clear form.



"I am the genie of the lamp! I will grant you one wish of anything you desire - but only one! Choose wisely." The genie thundered.


"I wish for peace in the Middle Eastern countries, specifically Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey," The Jewish man retorted.

The genie, paused, taken aback, and unfortunately proclaimed: "I am sorry dear friend. I can not grant you that wish. The complexities, ramifications and brutal history of this region is beyond my powers. I will grant you anything...anything at all, but alas, not that."

The man stood perplexed, then an idea: "Well, can I obtain a blowjob from my wife?"

"So......when you're saying peace, exactly what do you mean?"

(The joke was read in a GQ magazine some years ago.)

;)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cost of War: How (not) to spend a trillion (or more) dollars?


In the run up to the Iraqi and Afghanistan war (with a March 2003 invasion of Iraq), the Bush administration estimated the Iraq war would cost no more than $50 billion.
Ha! Ha! Fooled Ya!

Instead, depending on your accounting skills, interest payments, which United States dollars (2002 or 2007) you will use, or what counts as a military expenditure, the cost projections run from just over $1 Trillion to over $2.6 Trillion U.S. Dollars. Which it turns out will put it in the WWII ballpark (see above graphic of U.S. War Costs) of what it costs to wage war. Yikes!









NY Times things to buy:
  1. Universal Preschool ($35 Billion)

  2. Treating Heart Disease and Diabetes ($50 Billion)

My things that the United States could have bought with the $1,000,000,000,000 spent in Iraq:

· 4,000,000 homes at a price of $250,000 per pad. In the Midwest, this could reasonably get you a 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2-car garage home. Given the current mortgage crisis, this would have been a pretty suite (get it, sweet) deal.


· Recently my local school district renovated the high school for $50,000,000. Figuring a 1,000-student facility, this purchase price could build 20,000 schools and educate 20,000,000 kids. More reasonably, I suspect 10,000 schools and 7.5-10 million kids.


· Create 1,000,000 millionaires. 1 in 300 existing Americans, could suddenly become wealthy enough to create businesses, go to school, purchase 1,000,000 cars, 1,000,000 homes and eat everyday without worry. The amount that would be put to use for entreprenuerial ventures would create plenty of wealth on the backside.


· A typical computer system (say a laptop) costs around $1,500 to $2,000 with added software packages, peripherals, security, etc. 500 systems for $1,000,000. One for every man, woman and child in America with $400,000,000,000 left over for high-end systems. Course it would be good for only 2-3 years. But then again, what good has this war been???


· Infrastructure in America is failing. Say a mile of pave road (4-lane with reasonable width) costs $2,000,000. 500,000 miles of road: Two hundred fifty - 2,000 miles in length Interstates. That's enough road to get to the moon and back comfortably.


· $500,000,000,000 payment on Federal Debt would strengthen the dollar a bit.

. $100 per barrel of oil. 10,000 barrels for $1,000,000. 10,000,000 barrels for 1 billion. This is only ½ days worth of usage…in America.

. Nuclear Power Plants are the most effecient of all electrical generators. The cost of a 1,000 MW plant is (estimated) at $5 Billion. Currently, 103 plants provide 20% of the nation's electrical energy. With the right spending we could up this to nearly 60% reliance on Nuclear Power - cost effectively. Too bad 3-Mile Island keeps on being brought up.

War spending is really never constructive at all.

Destruction is the goal. Though I realize we need to be secure, how about using some good old fashion diplomacy before going full tilt to war?

All Americans paid for this Bush-inspired Boondoggle.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bonds Indictment: Unforgivable...that's what you are...???

In a not so sudden turn of events, Barry Bonds has been indicted on 4 counts of perjury and 1 count of obstruction of justice charges.

As The NY Times reports:


"The charges stem from his Dec. 4, 2003, testimony to a federal grand
jury. He denied knowingly taking steroids...The United States attorney’s office
for the Northern District of California has been investigating whether Mr. Bonds
perjured himself in December 2003 when he told a grand jury in San Francisco
that he did not knowingly use performance enhancing drugs, despite drastic
changes to his physique and documents with his name on them from 2001 to 2003 showing drug schedules
."

After these 4 years, and likely a huge amount of money spent on gathering evidence, chasing down witnesses and holding grand jury proceedings twice, they finally "got" him.

It really didn't surprise me that they waited this long. It was in some regards a better way to destroy the man, after setting the record, than say, stopping him from it before hand. For those that may disagree, it would have been seen as an isolated one case, one instance, of wrongdoing because it so happen that Bonds was about to break baseball's most hallowed record. By allowing him to break it (and not besmirching baseball mid-season), the prosecution now can proceed forward vigorously knowing out of sight, out of mind. And more importantly, how people feel about Bonds - dislike is only one word to describe - and how he will not be a sympathetic defendant.

One thing is for certain, Bonds will be considered for the "unforgivable list" of athletes that in some way made a dark stain on their chosen sport.

For myself, and not being a rooter for the Giants or in anyway enamored with Bonds, I do feel some sympathy for him. I know this was a planned attack on his singular achievement. So much so, that even our current President decided to make a statement via a spokesman about this, just an hour after it was handed down:

"The president is very disappointed to hear this," Bush spokesman Tony
Fratto said. "As this case is now in the criminal justice system, we will
refrain from any further specific comments about it. But clearly this is a sad
day for baseball."


Funny, this is coming from the former managing partner of the Texas Rangers (Bush) that traded for patient zero, Jose Canseco, whose usage of Performance Enhancers has been well known since the late 1980's. And the General Manager of Jose's initial team (A's): Sandy Alderson, now works for Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball. Plenty of connections - and plenty of high ranking men in baseball that buried their head in the sand for years. (To the increase of revenues in the baseball from $2 billion in 1995 to $6 Billion this past year.)

Bonds is a victim of his own greed and place in history. He felt his pay was tied to hitting dingers into McCovey Cove - and it was - and his legacy as a baseball player was tied to his putting up outlandish numbers - and it probably was.

Do I feel Steroids alone did this for him? No, not exactly in the way people perceive it to be. Maybe it is more due to recovery from aches and pains, not gaining untold (and unmeasured, I might add) strength to crush that "bee ball" out of the yard.

It is my contention that the baseball, itself, was doctored up by 1994 to produce the ERA of extra base hits (doubles specifically), not just the jacks that sail mightily over the fence into new and improved dining areas of these ballyards.

IF Bonds is unforgivable...
Then baseball is unforgivable..TOO.



Other stories: ESPN report

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Governmental Reform: It may not be what you want, but I am open to suggestions, unlike politicians

To change the direction of this country, it is my belief that several initiatives should take place to rectify much of what has gone astray under the recent administration, and many prior ones. If I screw this up, well, at least I’m not going to run for office ever.

A. Term changes in Congress and the Presidency:
1) U.S. Representatives – 3 years, maximum of 5 terms or 15 total years.
2) U.S. Senator – 6 years, maximum 3 terms, maximum of 18 years, 1/2 up for election every 3 years.
3) President – 6 years, 1 term only: Vote of Confidence by U.S. Senate in 3rd year, but prior to the National Election.

Term limits are necessary to get people working on government instead of working to be elected for governance. It will still allow for adequate experience in the procedure and policy arenas, while introducing new blood into the mix regularly. The amount of time in total could be shortened - however, experience in governance is still needed.

The Vote of Confidence process is a way to reverse an election wrong without impeachment proceedings. As much as we can dislike a person for their subterfuges, some that are necessary in the world of governing, not all rise to a legal necessity of high crimes and misdemeanors. But when confidence flails in a leader, an immediate remedy of this sort should be available. A 60% supermajority would be needed to remove a President from office – with the Speaker of the House inserted as interim President until the National Election if the vote deems a removal. The Vote would take place 120 days before the November election cycle, or the 1st week in July after the 4th of July holiday.

This radical change in Presidential Power would be balanced by the Line-Item Veto for Military/Pentagon appropriations only. As commander-in-chief, it should fall under his purview to strike items or send back bills related to the proper working of the U.S. military. However, for non-Defense items, current limiting veto powers would still apply. In essence, military spending would be a separate bill from the Budget submitted yearly.

B. Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Combining the Dept. of Energy & Interior, the goal is to step up coordination of Energy and Environmental concerns. With global warming concerns, energy impacts and our nation’s failing infrastructure tied in many ways together, it falls on this new office to carry out a new strategic plan.
Education of Americans – starting in elementary school – about impacts to, and betterment of, the environment would fall under this office, via a liaison to the Dept. of Education. By high school, a nationwide program in environment and business operations taught via Internet, computer and practical applications should be in operation by 2016.

Expenditures on nuclear power plants, eco-friendly fueling stations (subsidizing where necessary) and solar, wind, tidal & wave, hydropower and geo-thermal resources will be ramped up dramatically.


Businesses that make significant contributions in reduction of carbon emissions; work alongside government/university recommendations; or, design better technology or environment protecting services, will be given tax breaks in line with their work.

Individuals that do similar improvements will receive even greater incentives for a limited period of time. (3-5 years.)

Coordinating with other nations to achieve significant progress in favorable ideas for unilateral or multi-national energy plans and discussing cutting edge technologies to address energy shortfalls would be a high priority.

Lastly, national infrastructure would be reevaluated to optimize the distribution of future resources and properly design for the next 50-150 years of United States development. Agricultural, Eco-Industrial, Eco-Transportation and Electrical would be restructured to fit with energy and environmental models designed and developed by experts in Urban Planning and Environmental Protection.

C. Criminal Statutes & Punishment.
The laws of America have become too unwieldy to manage effectively. Sometimes, the task should be to clean up the criminal and civil code instead of adding more pages to the rule of law. State to state, the legal code is as varied as the legal representation received by defendants and the prosecutorial talent running the jurisdictions. As a result, it not only takes a law degree – it takes several men with law degrees to sometimes sort out what exactly a law means, or what it meant when it was applied. Somehow, simplicity needs to be a goal. Things like mandatory minimums, sentencing guidelines, archaic drug laws and technology related statutes need to be revised and gutted appropriately. A few specific thoughts are below:

  • The adversarial system has proven to have its flaws in the determination of justice toward our people. It works too hard on pinning guilt on one side or the other and works little to spell out the truth and reformation of the guilty party.
  • The criminalization of a variety of offenses is also weighing down America’s judicial system. The extreme and frivolous cost to provide shelter without dignity, without obligation to improve the inmate, without developing interpersonal skills of said inmate is actually causing more violence to occur while serving the sentence and further promotes it after service of their sentence in society.
  • Environment and genetics play more than just a passing role in our makeup as individuals. People instinctually are driven to what they know too well – ask any psychologist or psychiatrist. They take up the actions of their role models and care providers. Their genetic background is even more decisively influential than in others with less prevalent contact with negative influences due to how we find cyclical problems take place due to poor backgrounds and genetic misalignment.
  • In concert with that thought, I would ask for reduction of sentences for less heinous crimes to foster the reduction of convicts in the prison system. America is the most penal society in the world. (Over 2,200,000 prisoners) Why? Because many crimes involving lesser offenses are being considered for long jail time, instead of immediate rehabilitative and positive-reinforcing situations. We start many persons at such an early age toward a wrecked life, without nearly no possibility of correction, due to a society that judges the idea of someone "doing time" as being an irreparable human, not worthy of further consideration. It takes a long and lucky road to manage out of it. (Nearly 4 in 5 inmates come back.) It also takes love of an unusual sort, not found in many hearts I am afraid to say.
  • If this impetus was done appropriately the results would work in a decade or two of time – we would raise children in loving environments, remove at least the environmental aspect of destruction, give a better opportunity to make it out of the situations, and have punishment fit the crimes in many cases.

D. Education. A forward looking model should be worked out that addresses widening disparities in social-economic, racial and gender situations. With the advent and pervasive use of computer and applications, the balance of knowledge has (or can) shift to those whose access is greatest to the latest technology. Standards are often preached in regards to student’s achievement, however, those standards should also apply to teachers, whose goal is to enlighten minds, shape possibilities and grant access to knowledge both well-known and little-used.

Curriculum needs to incorporate business understanding, individual finance, understanding of media & its role and scientific topics to a greater degree. It may be wise to come up with 2-3 different learning tracts - based on curricula, not a student's level of achievement solely - to somehow improve each student's knowledge base related to their level of interest in certain subjects.

E. Foreign Policy.
Somehow, we should be engaging all nations in order to improve upon the ideal of the United Nations. Its main goals are peace and human dignity. With the environment so vital to all nations, whose climates stretch from rainforest to desert, plains to mountains, warm and tropical to cold and arctic, the interaction between all of us needs to be moving to a peaceful, unified future, not to sectionalism, religious affiliations or back to Nation-first WWI mentalities.

With the current war on terrorism, often shaped by political missteps, back alley deals and religious fanaticism, America has to open up lines of communication if we are going to succeed in improving trust and addressing, forcefully, those that are actually seeking to do the United States greatest harm.

To somehow improve the path other nations are on, by political discussions and incentives, not by threats and sanctions.

To further the development and strength of the United Nations – by championing the work of other member nations to address crises when they arise. Instead of insisting on a United States path, we should empower the Nations more often, to address economic, social and military issues. (This should be done within a Security framework that protects Americans foremost among the concerns.)


These are "just for beginners" - as to the improvement of our U.S. government.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Wisdom: From me? Naw, from a Rogue

I stopped by my friendly neighborhood Rogue Professor (Michael B. Dycus, Ph.D) for some sage advice.

Lately, I've been in foul and ghastly mood. It might have to do with the fumes I huffed in while driving my poor '91 Corrolla to its ultimate demise off dead car's curve. It racked up 320,000+ miles in the past 16 years, 100,000 while I was driving it over the past 3 years. In the end, the gas tank and fuel line corroded so bad, I was leaking plenty of gas.
Mine was Blue. And Rusty. And had 2 non-working doors.

(Sunday: I spent $25 dollars to complete a 75-mile route. Normally it takes $10-12. Monday: I spent $45. Realize that I wasn't given much of an option by my immediate family, who in their mindset, figure it's ok to do this. The mechanic was not "in" on Monday. So, I had to "make due." Tuesday: The car was deemed undriveable, well duh!, and my mother fretted over getting any other vehicle. Her sister said, "Well, I'm not going to get him another one. Will just have to call it quits on that paper route." Meanwhile, my mother finally worked out a deal for a '95 Taurus for $700. (Oh, I do the looking if I had a cent to my name. The money made on the route - well, I never see it. ))
Back to The Newspaper Chase, The Rogue Professor posted the following 10 Wisdoms:

10 Wisdom Keys
When you want something you've never had before, you must do something you've never done before.
In other words, you have to "break the pattern" of normalcy.
Something desired and unattainable under your current pattern of actions will only be acquired when said pattern of actions are changed to incorporate "inclusion" of the thing desired.
When you are where you belong--your "genius" will appear.
What's your passion?
What are you very good at or most interested in?
Whatever that "place" is, that's where your genius lives and will blossom.
Give that place an assignment(a goal), and it will surely bring itself to the fore.
What you can tolerate--you will not be able to change.
If you refuse to tolerate it--it must change.
There's not a more simple way to put it.
You have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Once you've done that, things will change.
It's just one of those Laws.
What you make happen for others, will eventually cause a reciprocal action as well as attract like actions.
Doing good things---attracts good things.
This concept increases exponentially over time.
The Secret of your future is hidden in your daily Routine.
Habits create your future.
Whatever your current state of affairs are is the direct result of your daily habits, thoughts, and actions from childhood until now.
Change your thoughts and routine to fit the desired outcome of what you want for the future----your future becomes created.
Your rewards in life are decided by the kinds of "problems" you are willing to solve for others.
You are rewarded (paid) in direct proportion to your value to society.
Find a problem--locate or create a solution--then offer that solution, solving the problem.
Do this and the rewards come.
What you respect---you will attract.
Thoughts have a profound presence.
What you think about in terms of respect, creates actions.
The more solid the thought patterns, the greater attraction of the thing respected.
You can respect ideas, concepts, processes, systems and philosophies.
Find time to "sit at the feet of uncommon" people.
These are the ones who are successful.
Give them your attention (respect).
The results: you will learn more, and in doing so, attract more things to learn and incorporate.
If you insist on being a "taker" abundance will be much more difficult to acquire.
Instead, focus and concentrate on being a "creator" of values rather than just a "consumer" of values.
Create or introduce a value that provides a solution and abundance follows.
If you are not creating values, you are consuming values.
Value consumers seem to be caught up in the cogs of mediocrity--which only begets more mediocrity.
Utilize Belief, Acceptance, and Release.
Believe you can have what you desire.
Accept the fact that it will occur.
Release it--give it permission to occur.
These are probably the most profound, yet perfectly accurate concepts you will use and cultivate over time.
Plant an "uncommon seed", it will bring forth an "uncommon harvest".
What "uncommon seed" can you plant?
What value could you create or introduce?
Give this seed its "assignment" as you plant it.
It can only bring forth that " uncommon harvest"--the abundance you intend.

AUT VIAM INVENIAM AUT FACIAM
Latin for: "I will either find a way or make one"

I would say those last words are pretty decent thoughts to live by. I'd say most famously successful people, not through inheritance or their looks, have had to "MAKE A HOLE" in a situation in order to get their thoughts or ideas accomplished.
Anywho, I will try to follow these ideas - though they do remind me of other books (I dissed recently.)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Blogging Hiatus: I need a break

Sorry to disappoint, but that is apart of life...
I won't be blogging too much here for a while. It is not for lack of topics - Leadership, Global Economy, Environment, Life in General - but it has to do with my current feelings...

I'd like to blame the weather change - Fall brings on depression in me - and the holidays.
I'd like to blame myself for not accomplishing much lately. Uninspired, tied down by relatives, finances, ghosts and goblins, etc.
I'd rather be anywhere else, with anyone else, but me.

Shifting gears is hard without the grease in the transmission. I clunk along, grinding my way through a desolate path. The flowers are dead. The animals mute. The eagles are gone.

It just doesn't get any worse than this...(Non-Miller Time.)
Time to travel to the Land of misfit people. Where I don't get the love - or the Led out - and the days spin in a mindless vortex sucking and sucking you all the way down the pipe.

Enough!!! I've heard that a thousand times in my waking and sleepy moments. The dawn gets better. It is darkest before the dawn. (Again.) Go to the light!!! See your way through!!!

Personal Power.





How to Win Friends and Influence People (Or how to con people and get them to do what you want...an all-time favorite of my worst enemy.)

These are a few of my least favorite things... set to a The Sound of Music:


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown papper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things...
If I also had a hammer...I'd hammer the neocons, Bush-lites, dumb DAs, Nancy Grace, Wild Bill O'Reilly, Dennis "I used to be funny AND had a career" Miller, women that don't eat, men that don't stop eating, people that deny Global Warming, Racism and think Capitalism is "super swell."

I don't need a Jeannie -- unless she looks like this -- but damn, I'd take States and Capitals to block Wink Martindale. Or maybe Baseball History for true Daily Double, Alex Trebek. Just give me a swing for the fence -- And I'll hit that sum bitch to the not-so-cheap seats.
As is, I get to promote the 2007 World Series DVD. (20% off 2007 World Series DVD set plus $1 shipping at A&E! Offer ends11/18/07.)
It was a quick, effective showing by the Sabermetric guided team from Beantown. They are doing it right...after four score and six years of defeatism...
If it takes me that long, The year will be 2068...
Adios for a while!!! (and for those that often stop by, I'll make it a point to visit your blogs. At least you deem me worth a visit.)
P.S. I would include another shameless picture of a beautiful woman, however, to decrease cries of exploitation, calls for censorship, and destruction of a blog, I'll pass...
It was though, very, very, very tempting....just couldn't find the woman that fit. ;)--X