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When all is said and done there is nothing left to say or do.
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"The trouble with Republicans is that when they get into trouble they start acting like cannibals"-Richard Nixon

16 Hour Cell Phone Talker Removed From AMTRAK

Could have been a case of justifiable homicide.-Ed

A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police this weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate.

Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting her ejection for violating policy at high volume during the 16-hour journey. It doesn't help her cause that she became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers.

KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt "disrespected" by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of the train's designated quiet cars. She had not stopped talking since the train pulled out of Oakland, California, 16 hours before it reached Salem, Oregon, when a passenger confronted her about the talking. That's when Beard got "aggressive," KATU reports, and conductors stopped the train so that police could remove her and charge her with disorderly conduct.

...at The Huffington Post, 77 percent of people were happy the woman was hauled off the train. And CNN personality Anderson Cooper blasted the woman on his "ridiculist" last night, asking "What could someone possibly talk about for 16 hours?" He even compared being stuck on the train with a person who would do such a thing to the "fifth circle of hell."

See the video:  http://youtu.be/SDYszNQOvb8 

Mother's Day

A Mother's Dictionary

Bottle feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am too.

Defense: What you'd better have around de yard if you're going to let the children play outside.

Drooling: How teething babies wash their chins.

Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

Family planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster

Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.

Full name: What you call your child when you're mad at him.

Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

Impregnable: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.

Independent: How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.

Look out: What it's too late for your child to do by the time you scream it.

Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.

Show off: A child who is more talented than yours.

Sterilize: What you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it.

Storeroom: The distance required between the supermarket aisles so that children in shopping carts can't quite reach anything.

Temper tantrums: What you should keep to a minimum so as to not upset the children.

Top bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

Two-minute warning: When the baby's face turns red and she begins to make those familiar grunting noises.

Whodunit: None of the kids that live in your house.

Whoops: An exclamation that translates roughly into "get a sponge."


You Know You've Turned Into a Mom When...

You automatically double-knot everything you tie.

You find yourself humming the Barney song as you do the dishes.

You hear a baby cry in the grocery store, and you start to gently sway back and forth, back and forth. However, your children are at school!

You actually start to like the smell of strained carrots mixed with applesauce.

You weep through the scene in Dumbo when his mom is taken away, not to mention what Bambi does to you.

You spend a half hour searching for your sunglasses only to have your teenager say, "Mom, why don't you wear the ones you pushed up on your head?"

You are out for a nice romantic meal with your husband, enjoying some real adult conversation, when suddenly you realize that you've reached over and started to cut up his steak!

Things Mom Would Never Say

"How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"

"Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too"

"Just leave all the lights on ... it makes the house look more cheery"

"Let me smell that shirt -- Yeah, it's good for another week"

"Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I'll be glad to feed and walk him every day"

"Well, if Timmy's mom says it's OK, that's good enough for me."

"The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It's not like I'm running a prison around here."

"I don't have a tissue with me ... just use your sleeve"

"Don't bother wearing a jacket - the wind-chill is bound to improve"

Lost In Space - A Poem

I know the author of this poem and figured it needed to be placed here in cyberspace making it forever
lost in space: (Just as she wrote it and handed it to me)

Weight Control or How To Disappear

During a serious year-long illness one of the meds my doctor had taking was Prednisone. Prednisone is a steroid used to help the body heal but has some interesting side effects. The effects were even more interesting since he had me on a very high dosage.

I was not fully aware of a couple of the side effects until several months after being off the steroid. The most obvious change was my weight. I ballooned up from 168 pounds to 250 pounds. I was eating massive amounts of everything. It has taken me seven years to get down to193 pounds. The problem is the steroid component in a couple of the medications that I will have to take as long as I live.

During the "year of Prednisone" I was able to walk faster, work harder and talk circles around long winded corner evangelists. People started going the other way when they saw me. The problem is I was completely unaware of none of that, for me, strange behavior.

It all sunk in about two years later. I remember one brother-in-law asking me several times, "Man, what are you on?" I have managed to corner some of those people whose ears probably are still ringing and apologized.

Today I am back to my sort of recluse self as if I have much of a choice anyway. My illness was an incurable type of pneumonia that destroyed all but a tiny bit of my lungs. So I now live connected to a machine that makes oxygen for me to breathe. The stronger steroids have long faded from my system. I now get winded walking slowly down the back porch steps (five steps) and twelve feet to the bird bath. I'm more winded than when I had to run a mile in under 14 minutes in full combat gear for the annual Army PT test a lifetime ago.

Corporate Spending Part One

A Citibank exec's *bonus? $19.3 million.

*I will be listing several corporate bonus figures within the next ten days.  I have the papers scattered on my desk for organizing.

Starbucks made $10.7 billion last year of which none of it was for any of that useless stuff like emplyoyee health insurance.

It costs $2.5 million to run one SETI satellite for a whole year and a single Predator drone costs (taxpayers) $4.5 million.

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.~ John Lennon