Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Drunk

What if you had someone like this in your family?

He's a drunk. Doesn't matter what his particular poison is, it's how he lives his life.

He's always broke. He has to borrow money to finance his nights out on the town. He tells the people he borrows from that he'll get them back sometime in the future.

He spends money he doesn't have on shit he doesn't need. And then tells his kids that he can't afford to send them to a good school or a good doctor because times are tough.


Make the jump and read the rest. It's worth it.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Outrageous.

Ma Bell To Shut Down New Orleans WiFi

One of the surprising acts of compassion and competency that came out of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was that the city began providing a free WiFi service to business owners and residents whose phone service had been wiped out. The 512 kbps service allowed many business owners to begin struggling back to their feet and corporate sponsors like Yahoo and Google were in discussion to expand the service in the coming months.

Well, no longer. Telecommunication lobbyists from Bell South have put the lean on New Orleans, demanding that the free service be outlawed. Apparently, it violates a law that prevents the public sector from competing with the telecommunication sector. By law, then, cities can provide no more than a 128 kbps service to citizens.


Corporate greed wins again, apparently. This is vile, reprehensible, disgusting; BellSouth is a vulture, hovering over the bleeding body of the city, just waiting for the final death throes. The city of New Orleans still looks like a bomb just went off in it, and this bloated, beastly reincarnation of Ma Bell wants to cut off its method of communication. Nice. As long as the 1st quarter numbers come out OK, who cares, right?

If you have BellSouth service, let 'em know you won't stand for this. There are better, cheaper phone services out there; call or write BellSouth and let them know that you'll be looking at alternatives if they go through with this atrocity.

Update: I just posted a diary on DailyKos about this; you can find it here. Also, it appears BellSouth has a history of being a jackass where New Orleans is concerned.



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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

No title needed.


This is my personality.

Respectful Experiencer


Wow. This is so close, it's a little scary. Try it for yourself at Personal DNA.


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Quote du jour.

Like open-minded Republicans, porn stars with real breasts, dildos in Alabama: They do not actually exist in anything resembling worthwhile numbers.
With a quote like that, how can you not want to read the whole article? Mark Morford rocks. Even if the HSM soundtrack doesn't.




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Got Prom?

Many of the residents of New Orleans lost everything... Help make prom possible for the young ladies in Louisiana who no longer have a dress to wear to prom. Donate your past prom and party dresses of any length and size, so that others can experience the joy these dresses brought to you.

What a selfless thing to do; this young woman is an inspiration and an example to us all. Help her out, if you can; let's see if we can bring a small slice of normalcy to this ravaged city.

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New Orleans Social Club

The debut album from the New Orleans Social Club, a collective of legendary New Olreans-based musicians, is scheduled to hit stores April 4. Sing Me Back Home was recorded in Austin, Texas, less than six weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, destroying the homes of many of the musicians in the New Orleans Social Club....

Sing Me Back Home was recorded in just seven days and features guest appearances from New Orleans musicians including Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Dr. John, Willie Tee, Henry Butler, Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews, the subdudes, the Mighty Chariots of Fire, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and John Boutte. The album contains the music of Curtis Mayfield, John Fogerty, Allen Toussaint and Annie Lennox, among others.

Just buy it. iTunes has it now.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Actually, not so many.



Words fail. Except for "clueless schmuck."


Worst. President. Ever.


34% approval rating. Rock on.


Words to live by.

Heh. Gotta get me one of these.

Monday, March 20, 2006

So who d'ya like in 2008?


Daily Kos: March/April dKos Straw Poll

God help us. I don't want to vote for any of these characters. Spineless, character-free wastes of space, one and all. Except may Feingold, who doesn't stand a chance in hell. And maybe Edwards -- he at least had the guts to admit being wrong in voting to authorize the attack on Iraq.

Hillary Clinton? I'd love to be able to say I'd support her (and I will in fact do just that, if she gets the nomination), but her constant triangulating and posturing make my blood boil. Just pick a principle and stand by it, willya?


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The hell that was high school continues

Reunions suck.

Seriously. My 20th high school reunion is coming up this summer. Since I was our class president, I get the mindnumbing task of planning this sucker. "No problem," you say. "Piece of cake," you think.

Well, I've got two words for you: "dry parish."

I've managed to track down about 1/5th of my graduating class. So far I've received lots of complaints and suggestions on what not to do, but very little in the way of helpful advice. Everyone wants to get together, but they all want it on their own terms, in their own timeframe.

Whatever. I plan to be drunk that night, even if it means smuggling some high-quality hooch across the parish line.

Welcome to my world.

If you're looking for cleaning tips or recipes for tonight's meal... boy, are you in the wrong place. This blog wasn't created to make your life easier; it's to help me keep my sanity from deteriorating any further than it already has. I have been a "Stay at Home Mom" for almost seven years now. My life revolves around -- nay, is ruled by -- my children. The Husband fits in there somewhere, too, as well as a geriatric orange tabby and a thoroughly obnoxious ChowChow whom I love dearly.

A bit about the previously mentioned kids: I have two boys, known henceforth as Thing 1 and Thing 2, and a girl, a.k.a. The Princess. Things 1 and 2 are obsessed with baseball, Airsoft guns, and videogames. The Princess, being a princess, adores anything sparkly, shiny, and/or pink. She has been known to chase her brothers around the house while dressed in a Cinderella costume and brandishing a toy pistol.

The Husband and I have been an item for 15 years now without managing to smother each other in his or her sleep. He's my best friend and my true love, so take any future rants about him with a rather large grain of salt.

More later -- I haven't written anything on a regular basis for many years, so updates may be rather hit-or-miss.