Obama Making Race An Issue

Today I saw a new Obama commercial on TV. He talks about how his mom was a single white mother and he was raised by his grandparents. He shows pictures of them.

He makes it very clear that he is 1/2 white.

Which brings to mind….why is he considered African-American? Maybe we should start a new race choice: Caucasian with a great tan.

No, I’m not trying to be racist. But over the years, we’ve had colored people, Black people, African-Americans. Notice we added the capital letters…or was colored capitalized?

Maybe we should quit labeling everybody. Throw away those stupid EEOC forms where we have to check a box for heritage. Get over it Uncle Sam! Quit wasting paper and forcing people to pick a race that fits into some nice neat categories. People are people…they didn’t pick their parents or their skin color.

Should The Government Mandate Urine Tests For Assistance?

I received an interesting email today. It was regarding taking a urine test for a job. The writer said he/she didn’t mind taking a urine test…but thought anyone who wants to receive government assistance ought to be put through the same hoops as those of us who work for a living. In other words, if you can’t pass a drug test, you won’t get food stamps, welfare, medicare, etc.

Amen!

What are your thoughts?

Boobs Online…or “Sex Sells”

According to my site stats, a lot of people have visited my blog today to read about the boobs in the office.

Hope they were not disappointed because I did not provide pictures.

“We’ve Had a Murder Here”

Posted On June 21, 2008

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Mom calmly told me a man at her retirement apartment building killed his wife. “I heard some men talking about it.”

She said the couple lived by her friend Jo. He would do the laundry. “She was deaf and we would go by her and wave.”

We should also stay away from the guy with the mustache. “He killed his wife.”

Mom’s not afraid though. Maybe the thought of death is appealing at 82.

I was telling a friend that I tried to explain to Mom that she must have heard wrong because otherwise the husband would be in jail. “You’re wasting your time. Your mother can’t understand what you’re telling her.”

Yea, I guess she’s right. At least Mom has something to talk about.

Boobs In The Office

I see a lot of boobs in the office. I don’t mean dumb people, I mean breasts, cleavage, tits, hooters, “the girls”…whatever¬† you want to call them. Plastic boobs the size of melons on a very small frame. You name it.

Most of the boobs are being flashed by younger women. There was a time where women had office attire and social or date attire that looked quite different from each other. But now the lines are blurred.

So here’s a question…since women dye their grey hair to look younger…should we lower our necklines in the office during a job interview so people will think we are younger too? Of course, I realize if your boobs sag too low or your skin is starting to show too many signs of age….this could be counter-productive.

Weight or breast size doesn’t seem to be a factor either. I’ve seen breasts of all sizes hanging out at water cooler. (Yes, we do have a water cooler….but I’ve actually seen more of them at the reception desk or in a cubicle.)

In the old days, there was the perceived risk of “sending the wrong message”¬† and “not being professional” if co-workers were being treated to too much of a peep show. The younger women – educated and professionally employed – don’t seem to worry about that today.

And tattoos…well that’s another story.

What do you think?

The Ice Cream Diet Is Working For Me

I’m a self-confessed Ice Cream Addict. And now that summer…and the heat…are in full swing, my ice cream consumption increases. Air conditioning and ice cream are the two secrets to surviving the Sweat Factor (heat + humidity.)

Saturday I ran some errands and was soooooo hot…I knew I had to break down and buy some ice cream. I haven’t had any in the freezer for at least a month. I stopped by a grocery store and picked up some Moose Tracks…vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and fudge. The peanut butter provides the protein. For dinner I ate some ice cream, microwaved popcorn, and a small carton of yogurt…balanced, eh?

Last week Mom’s doctor said she needed more vitamin D…and ice cream was recommended. So I figure the doctor’s good advice applies to me, too.

Sunday I ate a late lunch …a Chinese stir fry. Later in the evening I went to Maggie Moo’s with a friend– my first visit ever. I enjoyed a waffle cone with nuts filled with chocolate/ banana ice cream with mini marshmallows mixed in…they offer this package of choices.

For lunch Monday, I was too lazy to make a sandwich for lunch, so I ate a Jr. Whopper with cheese at Burger King. After work I stopped by to see Mom. By the time I got home, the only thing that appealed to me was ice cream. I think I also grabbed a handful of walnuts…for some additional protein besides the peanut butter cups in the ice cream. I need to go to the grocery store…nothing else in the pantry or freezer looked appealing, i.e. easy to prepare.

On Tuesday, I was craving Taco Bell for lunch and you guessed it….consumed more ice cream for dinner. I also grabbed some more nuts. And I think I had some yogurt.

On Wednesday, my menu for the day was grapes (breakfast), a package of peanut butter crackers (lunch) and two bags of really greasy popcorn provided weekly at work. Dinner consisted of some fish I microwaved….then I finished off the carton of ice cream. I also had some yogurt.

Thursday morning. Today. I decide I better get on the scale.

I’ve lost four (4!!) pounds. Don’t you love it?

I better go buy some more ice cream! Forget the rest of the grocery list.

Who’s Really to Blame for High Gas Costs?

It’s easy to blame the “greedy oil companies” for high gas prices. We hear a lot of talk about “supply and demand.” Let’s talk driver to driver.

First… go to your garage or driveway and see what kind of vehicle you are driving. Do you see a big truck, a van, or other gas-guzzling vehicle? Why did you choose that vehicle?

If the only thing you carry in your pick-up truck to work is your lunchbox, get out a mirror and take some of the blame for the demand that’s causing $4/ a gallon gas prices.

I drive by a construction site every day and their must be 200 pick-up trucks carrying just one guy back and worth to work each day. Whatever tools may be in the trucks would fit in a smaller vehicle. These aren’t trucks delivering the materials used to erect the building…these are “I like sitting up high” vehicles rarely used to move friends or to bring home large items. These vehicles could be rented when needed while a smaller fuel-efficient car could be used for daily travels. The amount of money now being burned to drive these vehicles could pay for another car now.

“Yea, but I need it to pull my (boat, camping trailer, motorcycle trailer, horse trailer).” Guess what…for most people, these are LUXURIES….not necessities.

Not only do these big vehicles costs their owners more money…they pollute the environment, they steal from future generations (FYI oil doesn’t grow underground overnight) and they make the roads more dangerous to those driving small cars.

Everybody who owns a car is feeling the pinch of rising gas prices and the ripple effect on the economy. Have you ever thought about those who have always taken mass transit? Did you ever think about WHY some folks in some cities ride the bus? Like those people who make minimum wage and can’t save enough to buy and maintain even an older beater car. They’ve been budgeting for bus passes for years. In some cities, bus service sucks…limiting their job choices. And what about disabled people who maneuver bus routes in wheelchairs? Do you think they are all making big bucks with a world of “welcome” signs greeting them wherever they go?

Here’s another thought. You decided to move out of town a-ways. Owning a piece of land or a newer home in a newer suburb requires you to drive a truck, van, hummer, or SUV. The best paying job you could find is 60 miles away. So now it’s costing you a small fortune to commute…while in some cities, there are whole neighborhoods of old buildings sitting empty. Some of these places were abandoned years ago due to “white flight.”

Now get out a calculator and figure out how much you saved in taxes or per square foot when you justified your home purchase however many years ago that was. Perhaps you have lived far out long enough to still be ahead…but now when you figure in the cost of driving back and forth to work…where you going to cut back? Your retirement plan? I think a lot of people are going to do the math and buy a smaller car. Others may decide besides the hassle of the commute, they could net more money with a lower-paying job closer to home Remember, everybody doesn’t earn a high salary and they’ve always had to watch what they spend on things like food, shelter, and clothing.

Here’s another argument: I need a big car to drive the carpool to school.

Do they have big subdivisions in Europe? Does everybody there pile into a van or SUV to get to school? Are they are a lot of wide open spaces criss-crossed by highways full of SUVs, RVs, etc.? Did you ever compare our gas costs with theirs? Does anybody know how to walk in this county? Who created – and bought into – the way we American’s have designed our communities?

I used to hear a lot of talk from architects about designing “green” communities and the importance of urban planning, blah, blah, blah. So one time we were in Washington, DC for a convention and we had to travel across town for dinner. Most of us took the Metro….but some of the architects took a taxi. Gee, were they afraid of the subway? Were they too classy for the train?

In the end, everything is local. Local to your household. And now that gas prices have invaded your local pocketbook, the alarm signal has been set off. “Something’s gotta be done!”

I think there are a lot of people out there say, “Yea, no kidding. We’ve been struggling for awhile. Where have YOU been?”

Why Hillary Should Just Say “No”

If Hillary Clinton is Obama’s running mate, and he loses, she and Bill will be blamed.

Let Obama stand for change on his own. There are plenty of good candidates out there. Hillary should move on and let Obama succeed or fail on his own accord.

Blogging For Hillary

Is it time for an independent to win the Presidency? Is it time for Hillary Clinton to run as an independent?

How strong will Obama be against McCain this fall? How many people didn’t vote in the primaries but would vote for Hillary?

I’m still not ready to vote for Obama. The idea of voting for a Republican is distasteful with this horrible economy and the race to war led by Bush. How many other people feel the same way?

Hillary is not perfect. But she has more depth and experience than Obama. Obama is pure politician. Do Hillary and Obama need each other to win, or can one win on her/his own?

In the primaries, they ran against each other. In the election, the Republicans will be the competition. This is the election that will count for the next four years.

What do other bloggers think? Blog your opinion today!

The Bunnies Are Doing Great

Posted On June 2, 2008

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The baby bunnies on my front lawn are growing like weeds. I cut a hole in a plastic laundry basket (doorway for Momma) and placed it over them in the front yard to protect from predators. I took a wire coat hanger and bent it to form a hook to anchor the basket in case of wind. The basket also reminds me where they are are in the middle of the open yard.

Momma Bunny has brought some more grass to replace the grass which blew away in the storm the other night. The laundry basket also provides some shade. I wonder why Momma didn’t have them under a tree somewhere…maybe it was too muddy from all of the storms.

My neighbor has about six baby bunnies under one of her little bushes. The bushes sit on rocks….again, maybe this provided a dry place for them.

We would both love to pick them up, but are resisting. They are just adorable!! I can’t believe how much they have grown in just two days. Yesterday they were barely moving under the grass, I was afraid they were dead. But when I lifted up the basket to check on them this morning, I think the sunshine made them move.

All of this makes me want to read up on rabbit habits.