Saturday, March 31, 2007

By any other name...

Apparently a Mea Culpa is in order. In my venting below, I said-

"Heh, at the moment, we can't even get funding FOR MY HUSBAND and the men who are IN Iraq without them putting in all kinds of strings and loading the bill with enough pork to feed a small country."

Since I'm still catching up on my reading I wasn't aware I had misspoke here. Apparently it's not 'pork' if the Democrats are doing it, it's 'pet projects'.

I'll try harder to keep up with the newest media PC jargon in the future. ;)

EDIT- And, as I read further back in the Instapundit archives, I found this gem- PORKBUSTERS UPDATE-

The federal agency that tracked pork-barrel spending during the 12 years of the Republican congressional majority has discontinued the practice since Democrats took power, riling lawmakers suspicious of the timing and concerned about the pace of fat being added to bills.



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Friday, March 30, 2007

Ok, I just need to vent

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For those of you who don't know, I'm staying with my folks in Illinois while my husband is deployed in Iraq. My parents are oxymoronic in their political beliefs. Staunch bible believing Christians who go to Church regularly (my Mom is headed to Greece on a missions trip tomorrow) who are basically pro-life and pro-military, they are at the same time liberal (my Dad verges on Socialist) Democrats with an unhealthy dose of BDS.

Makes for interesting times and usually I just keep my mouth shut. But their reaction to tonight's story on Bush going to Walter Reed was almost more than I could handle.

Bush talks about the problems and accepts the blame for his Administration's failing here. My Mom's reaction was that of course it's his Admin's fault, after all, "he ordered the closing".


I had to just go back in my room and close the door. It's no good telling them that the committee that made the BRAC recommendations was bi-partisan, or that the Congress that voted on it did so in a bi-partisan manner. It's no good to say that the main reason that Walter Reed is closing is because it would cost MORE to repair and upgrade it than to add on to Bethesda. It's really no good to tell them that if their boy Billy had given A DAMN about the military and properly funded it during his terms that Walter Reed would not BE in this condition today.

No, no, it's sooooooo much easier to pretend that it was a perfect facility until 2000 and that it's ALL Bush's fault that things are this way.

So, are they going to work on their Democrat buddies in Congress to fund the changes at Walter Reed? Somehow I don't think so. Hell, we can't even get funding for the BRAC projects that those Dems voted on last year. Heh, at the moment, we can't even get funding FOR MY HUSBAND and the men who are IN Iraq without them putting in all kinds of strings and loading the bill with enough pork to feed a small country.

Okay, that's gotten it mostly out of my system. I still can't go back out there right now though. Crap like that makes me just furious, especially when it comes from people who I otherwise consider intelligent.

Oy. Thanks for listening.
(And be prepared, there's likely to be more posts like this over the next few months!) ;)


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Friday Frivolity: the Make-up Edition!

There are several things I've found over the last couple of months that I'd set aside for one of these, and either forgot about or just didn't get to.

So, here you go!

Create your own candy heart

You Are a Smart American

You know a lot about US history, and you're opinions are probably well informed.
Congratulations on bucking stereotypes. Now go show some foreigners how smart Americans can be.

I'm actually surprised, since I guessed on two of them!
(Some of the answers were just stupid, but most were decent.)

You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
Create MySpace Quizzes

Whoa...Trek Trippin'

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Gamer/Computer Nerd

You enjoy the visual stimulants of a video game, chatting on AIM, or reading online comics. Most of these types of nerds are considered dirty who lack hygeine, of course they always end up being the ones who make a crapload of money. And don't worry, that's just a stereotype; I'm not calling you dirty. ^_~

Drama Nerd
Literature Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Social Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

The Worst of the Worst Pictures

Cool, if a little trippy-

And, once again in the 'too much time on his hands' cataegory- The TV Universe

And finally, just in time for Easter, Peeps Research


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Monday, March 26, 2007

How iPods help your Doctor

The Beats Go On
Medical students use iPods to learn the sounds of unhealthy hearts. Rocking out to 'aortic regurgitation.'

I knew that some universities were giving out iPods to new students, and making lectures and other materials available for use on them, but this is just cool!

I especially like the part at the end-

"I had a feeling this was a skill you could pick up without any medical background at all," he says, "so I secretly put a marketing major in our classes and had him learn these heartbeats on his iPod. At the end of the class he scored equal to any of the med students. This kid couldn't spell 'mitral regurgitation,' but he could learn to recognize it."


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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Last WWI Combat Veteran Laid to Rest

Last WWI Combat Veteran Laid to Rest

Wow, and there are only 7 other WWI vets alive and none of them were ever sent overseas.

From the article-

Ramsey's lifetime spanned three centuries and 19 presidents. He was born in Rico, Colo., on April 2, 1898, when the U.S. flag had just 45 stars and President McKinley was preparing to declare war with Spain.

Go read the whole thing. I didn't see any press on this at all other than on


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This pretty much sums it up!

The Best MilSpouse Movie Scene EVER

The fact that she quotes The Incredibles doesn't hurt either! ;)

(oh, and honey, don't YOU forget that *I* am your greatest good)


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Friday, March 16, 2007

Friday Frivolity- the abreviated edition

I'm still alive, made it to Chicago safely, and am still in the midst of unpacking and trying to get the computer network set up (I hate DSL).

So, for a today you'll have to settle for just a couple of quick links!

Pop vs. Soda

30 second Bunnies Theatre

Hopefully by this time next week I'll be up and running on my computer again and back in business!


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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Well, I'm going to miss Friday Frivolity this week

I'll be on my way to Chicago.

In the mean time, head over to Cute Overload for your daily dose of cuteness while I'm gone-


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Monday, March 05, 2007

Sorry for the lack of regular posting

But I'm in the midst of putting everything into storage so I can move up to my folks' house for the rest of the year.

I've got a couple of different posts winding their way through my brain, and I'll hopefully have time to get to them in a week or so. I have to be out of housing here at Ft. Bragg Friday morning, and I'll be getting in to my folks' place late on Saturday night. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure out how to hook up the network and be up and running again by Sunday!

So please check back!


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