Monday, February 28, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
Hey Mr. Kline! Don't you have more pressing issues in Kansas?
Oh, I'm so sure Kline has no hidden agenda here. Only the purest of intentions. Hey, doesn't he look like someone you can trust? Wait, maybe you shouldn't answer that.
TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- The Kansas attorney general is demanding abortion clinics turn over the complete medical records of nearly 90 women and girls, saying he needs the material for an investigation into underage sex and illegal late-term abortions.
Michael Jantze The Norm January 2002 http://www.thenorm.com/
Once the boys finally got out of bed for a bit, Otis had to go to work. His cubicle is smaller than mine!
Milo has a room with a view. He must be in the surveilance game -- that's gotta be why he frequenly looks so dark and mysterious.
Photo Dates: February 6 and 19, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
"...before we can even attempt an ecological healing, we must first reach a mutual understanding and mutual agreement among ourselves as to the best way to collectively proceed. In other words, the healing impulse comes not from championing functional fit [getting all the social pieces to fit together so as to function effectively] but mutual understanding. And that depends first andforemost... on individual growth and transformation. "
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
"Life is misery, and miraculous beauty. The word “miracle” has been used too often and has lost its value. But we live in miracles. The thrushes in the park, the ducks drifting on the canals, the floating seagulls, but also the car on the highway, the mechanical digger in the polder and the large square apartment blocks. Whoever can take the time and the peace to observe is surprised and feels the void of his own being."
- Referrers no longer appear in the sidebar. They now appear at the very bottom of the page, in the footer. You see, there were times that a referrer's URL was so long that it actually forced the entire sidebar to be shifted below all the final post. Moving this list to the footer remedies the situation.
- All of the BLOG RESOURCES listed in the sidebar are now represented by little buttons.
- Speaking of the BLOG RESOURCES, there is a brand new one: Free Blogging. It will take you to the Committee to Protect Bloggers' site that was featured in a post here yesterday.
- The OTHER BLOGS list was updated. I removed links to blogs that have not shown any activity since last October/November. And I added a link for Light, a very interesting and spiritual blog that links to us.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Monday, February 21, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
The reason twenty-nine feet is such a common length for RVs, I presume, is that once a vehicle gets much longer, you need a special permit to drive it. That would mean forms and fees, possibly even background checks. But show up at any RV joint with your thigh stumps lashed to a skateboard, crazily waving your hooks-for-hands, screaming you want that twenty-nine-footer out back for a trip to you ain't sayin' where, and all they want to know is: Credit or debit, tiny sir? Two days later, I stood in a parking lot, suitcase at my feet. Debbie came toward me. She was a lot to love, with a face as sweet as a birthday cake beneath spray-hardened bangs. She raised a meaty arm and pointed, before either of us spoke. The thing she pointed at was the object about which I'd just been saying, "Not that one, Jesus, okay?" It was like something the ancient Egyptians might have left behind in the desert.The pain of an 80s flashback:
I stood in the center of a gravel patch between the food and the crowd, sort of gumming the straw, quadriplegically probing with it for stubborn pockets of meltwater. I was a ways from the stage, but I could see well enough. Something started to happen to me. The guys in the band were middle-aged. They had blousy shirts and half-hearted arena-rock moves from the mid-'80s..."Oh, shit. It's Petra."Baldwin and Busey:
In the midst of all this, I began to hear, through the shell of the twenty-nine-footer, Stephen Baldwin giving a talk on the Fringe Stage -- that's where the "edgier" acts are put on at Creation. If you're shaky on your Baldwin brothers, he's the vaguely troglodytic one who used to comb his bangs straight down and wear dusters. He's come to the Lord -- I don't know if you knew. I caught him on cable a few months ago, some religious talk show. Him and Gary Busey. I don't remember what Baldwin said, because Busey was saying shit so weird the host got nervous.All this and more can be found in JJS's article. Enjoy!
Photo Date (all three): February 5, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
"Metamorphose. An object is cut off from its name, habits, associations. Detached, it becomes only the thing, in and of itself. When this disintegration into pure existence is at last achieved, the object is free to become endlessly anything." (Jim Morrison, from THE LORDS)And ol' Jim's short passage started some thoughts in my own head and I wrote them down right away...
Odin on the World Tree... Christ on the Cross... The shaman on his quest... Myself at rest... We are called to die to our old lives (ego death) and arise as something new ... something transformed, transmuted, transcended. A frequent death and rebirth -- daily? weekly? monthly? Whatever you can muster. Failing as often as we try, but always striving to come into our own fruition.I'm not certain where I am going with it, but I wanted to throw it out there and let it steep some more.
An old man was planting a sapling peach tree when a young fellow stopped, and said, "I don't mean to sound brash, but it takes many years for a small tree to bear fruit. Do you really expect to eat the fruit from this tree?" Rather than be offended the old man answered, "Probably not, but I've been eating fruit from trees others have planted all my life."- Adapted from a story found in Riches for the Mind and Spirit by John Marks Templeton.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Photo Date: January 30, 2005
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Monday, February 07, 2005
Friday, February 04, 2005
Please use only as directed.
It is almost time for the Big Game!
You should skip a half-day of work and begin cooking goodies.
Clear all breakables from the viewing area. Ensure that floor coverings in the viewing area scrubable, etc.
And don’t forget your Terrible Towel. Make sure it is clean, bright, and well starched. A stiff towel will keep (other) unruly fans at a distance. And . . . Wait a minute! Wrong fans.
OK! OK! I Know. Get two average size, green Walmart-type bags. Place one bag into the other per usual double bagging practice. On the day of the game, purchase the best Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich you can find. (Home made is acceptable.) During pre-game activities, place the sandwich in the bags. Twist and securely tie the bags to keep the contents enclosed there in.
You now have the Philly version of the Terrible Towel. Swing responsibly.
It should be a good game. And, now your team has the tools to win.
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.
The Modulator has a compilation of today's pet posts from other bloggers. Meanwhile, I maintain the M & O Archives page, a set of links to other Milo & Otis appearance on Prophet or Madman. Just in case you missed one.
Photo Date: January 30, 2005
Thursday, February 03, 2005
“Folks, it’s the first mark of fanaticism when you assume all your opponents are either stupid or immoral.” – Orson Scott Card, novelistAnd this really does apply to folks in either camp.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
"They were sitting in the forest when we saw them, and they just ran to us, without saying anything. "When the tsunami came [December 26, 2004], they had climbed on to a hill. They kept walking, they got lost, and were wandering in the forest, resting, then walking again. They traveled from the western side of the island to the eastern side, until we saved them."Amazing. Just amazing.
An act that requires all convicted felons in Pennsylvania to submit a DNA sample to the Pennsylvania State Police. Any felon serving a prison sentence must provide a DNA sample, regardless of if they were convicted before the effective start of the new law. Also removes the statute of limitations for felonies and certain misdemeanor sex offenses for DNA evidence.Passed last year, this new law increases the number of crimes for which convicts must submit DNA samples. Most of the crimes are sexual in nature, but the new law added burglary, robbery, and kidnapping to the list. These additions were due in part to research that shows criminal behavior changes over time, and people who commit crimes in the burglary and robbery categories are frequently involved in assaults, homicides and sex crimes. Even parolled felons must submit to the testing as the law affects anyone who is under some kind of observation/supervision.
Collected DNA samples are sent to places like the Bode Technology Group for processing. Currently, officials acquire a felon's DNA sample via his/her blood, but they will probably move to the old cotton-swab-in-the-mouth method as it is much more cost effective.
Pennsylvania is only one of the 30+ states that collect DNA material from convicted felons. And from what I heard on the radio this morning, PA got into the game kinda late, but is making serious headway.
And that has some privacy advocates and the ACLU nervous.
Technically, HB #835 covers only felony crimes -- not misdemeanors. And the DNA will only be made available to law enforcement personnel -- not insurance companies and HMOs. But some folks are saying that this is a slippery slope. They claim: Today it's felons, tomorrow traffic violations; and today crime investigators get the data, but tomorrow's insurance adjustors will be using it, too.