I would have ruled this world too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!
Thursday, November 30, 2006


Feedin' time!

Always have confidence.

If this cat turned human, she would be like Gwen Stefani:

Here is Greg's doggie, Lacy:


Sweetest thing ever!

Here is a moth I saw this summer:

This poor mousie! The email this came with assured me the mouse was okay. Just don't click print!

Monday, November 27, 2006


My house is positively permeated with teenage angst. Sparkle doesn't have the easiest life. School has been pretty tough this year for her. Her Physics class is a real killer. There's all the usual teenage stressors, fitting in, popularity, who knows what else. It usually doesn't take many of us too long after high school to realize those kinds of problems are so petty, and we tend to forget just how important they still are to kids everywhere. And then there is a certain Emo Boy she was interested in that dropped the "not interested" bombshell after hanging and acting like he was interested for months on end. I told her not to despair, and that she must look at the whole thing logically. I mean, go to Google and look up "EMO BOY" and see what you get. Wait, on second thought, don't go, I'll go do it for you.

Hmmmm, not very much room for a girl in this equation.

I mean, I don't know FOR SURE if that is what's up with this particular Emo Boy, but I have some extremely strong GUT INSTINCTS. And you know, good for him.....but don't be stringing a girl along.

And so a heart is truly broken for the first time. As a mother, I'm ready to go hunt me down some Emo Boy ass and knock his hair flow in the other direction. But also as a mother, I realize I have to step back and let things happen as they must. She'll never grow as a person if she doesn't ever experience pain......la dee da la la. We'll all move on and eventually Emo Boys will just be a short blip on "I Love the 2000's"

I must be emo

Thursday, November 23, 2006


I hope you are having, or have had, a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am cooking furiously, or at least I was, until a few minutes ago.

Phone rings, sister is on the line.

ME: Hey!
SISTER: *%#&*#! Don't worry about rushing to get here any $%&%$*&# time soon!
ME: (secretly relieved, I'd been rushing) What's wrong?
SISTER: We've had a %%*%$&* turkey fiasco!
ME: What happened?
SISTER: The %*#$&*# turkey somehow fell on its side in the *$#&$#*&$ bag! All the $*#$&#*$& juices dripped out into the oven. So we had to *$&#*# stop everything, clean the oven, and then figure out Plan B.
ME: Well, don't worry, it'll turn out okay. (I think about telling her I'd have never made it on time anyway, but as she really hates this aspect of my personality, I decide against it.)
ME: Look, if the turkey doesn't turn out right, we can just have a vegetarian Thanksgiving! And what's wrong with that?
SISTER: $*%$&*$&#$*&#($^#*%^ *click*

Halloween is never this stressful.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006



I am not sure what happened but all of a sudden the weather is a wet, soggy mess. It is cold, it is dark, the wind is going crazy, and the rain just won't let up. Certain parts of the yard have become swamp land. Certain kitty cats keep fighting each other for "lap time". Certain OTHER kitty cats are congregating underneath my house for shelter. And naturally, they all want to be fed.

And me, golly gee, I guess I'll just have to snuggle up and do a lot of reading. David Bowie and Mick Jagger making out, Lou Reed nodding out, Ozzy peeing on the Alamo, and other such wholesome, family-oriented tales.

Monday, November 20, 2006


STEW is at it again. In his latest bout of imaginative fantasy, he has accused me of "taking absurd liberties with FUD".

Look here, Mister. I don't know where you are getting your information from.....even though we have many things in common, Elmer and I are JUST FRIENDS.

Let's get this straight RIGHT NOW. NO FUD's were molested in the making of that research paper, buddy! We have REPUTATIONS to uphold.....GEEZ!

Friday, November 17, 2006


Here it is! My bitchings and ravings on a certain topic led to an entire research paper. If you don't read it, I don't blame you. But you kind of should.

The Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus and American Freedom

With the passing of the Military Commissions Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 16, 2006 ("Military Commission Act of 2006" 1), American citizens have lost one of their essential freedoms. If you are arrested, the Constitution of the United States requires that authorities must "show a court cause as to why someone is being held" (Stone 1). This constitutional right is known as the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Not many Americans realize that the Writ was essentially suspended by the recent passing of the Military Commissions Act. Many of President Bush's supporters argue that this suspension only includes terrorists and illegal aliens, and that anyone who thinks it could be used against Americans is being paranoid. I intend to show that the language of this law is ambiguous and has full potential to include American citizens. I intend to illustrate that when the Writ has been suspended or ignored in past history, many citizens of this country were jailed indefinitely. These precedents prove that modern Americans have every reason to fear for their freedom today.

What is the Writ of Habeas Corpus? As defined above, it is the unconditional guarantee that an American citizen cannot be detained indefinitely without being told why they are being held (Stone 1). If a court of judge determines that no criminal charges can be filed against a person, then they must be released (Robertson 1). The Writ of Habeas Corpus is so important that it appears in the main body of the Constitution, whereas our other rights are listed in the first ten amendments (Robertson 1).

It must be noted that the Writ of Habeas Corpus was not the invention of our American forefathers. The Writ is ancient and appears in the Magna Carta, signed by King of England in 1215 ("Convicts to Australia" 1). It has protected the rights of accused people across the world for many centuries now, and our American forefathers knew that the Writ is one of the essential building blocks of a democracy.

However, with the passage of the Military Commissions Act, the Writ has been suspended, supposedly only for certain individuals. What exactly does the Military Commission Act state?

"Section 94a of Title 10 of the United States Code:
(i) a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States or its co-belligerents who is not a lawful enemy combatant; or
(ii) a person who, before, on or after the date of the enactment of the Military Commission Act of 2006, has been determined to be an unlawful enemy combatant by a Combatant Status Review Tribunal or another competent tribunal established under the authority of the President or the Secretary of the Defense" ("Military Commissions Act of 2006" 2).

Clearly, this defines for us that it is terrorists, supporters of terrorism, and unlawful enemy combatants who forfeit Habeas Corpus rights. Anyone who remembers the World Trade Center bombing of September 11, 2006 knows exactly what a terrorist is, but what is meant by an enemy combatant? An enemy combatant is "a person designated by the United States President as an enemy fighter (El-Najjar 1). The term "enemy combatant" was created by the Bush Administration (Greenberger 1).

So ultimately it is at the discretion and whim of President George W. Bush whether a person is designated an "enemy combatant". The definition is purposely vague and unclear; anyone deemed an "enemy fighter" or perhaps even an "enemy of Bush" can now, by law, be detained indefinitely without access to the court system. Bush supporters argue that the President would never abuse his power to jail American citizens. However, a review of American history regarding prior suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus by two of our most important presidents reveals that abuse of power and indefinite incarceration of American citizens was the result.

In the year 1862, Abraham Lincoln took advantage of the fact that Congress was on vacation to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus himself ("Did President Lincoln suspend the U.S. Constitution?" 1). While Lincoln stated that the suspension was only to detain Southern insurgents, over 13,000 people were eventually jailed. These included many people of the North, the U.S. citizens at that time. Lincoln declared that anyone who engaged in "disloyal practices would come under Martial Law” ("Did President Lincoln…" 1). As a result, Lincoln found just cause to detain people who were his critics.

Eventually, the Supreme Court struck down Lincoln’s suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus as unconstitutional. No president is "constitutionally empowered to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus, even in time of war, if the ordinary civil courts were functioning"(Stone 2).

Apparently paying attention to his history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus, he merely ignored it. By executive order, he ordered the Army to prepare camps where Japanese prisoners could be held during World War II (Stone 2). By the fall of 1942, "more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of them American citizens" (Stone 2), were held indefinitely, without benefit of trial. Some of these were held long after the war had ended, some not being released until 1949 ("Japanese Canadian Internment" 2). The lives of many of these people were ruined.

In 1980, the Civil Liberties Act was signed by President Ronald Reagan, "offering an official presidential apology and reparations to each of the Japanese American internees" (Stone 3). Since the Writ of Habeas Corpus was ignored instead of officially suspended, the Supreme Court did not rule on Roosevelt’s actions. However, a presidential apology speaks volumes as to the constitutional value of Roosevelt’s executive order.

So why is President George W. Bush suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus now? It is a law that has served civilization for many centuries, and as it has been shown, America’s two prior attempts at tampering with it have resulted in thousands of American citizens being imprisoned. Most of these people committed no crime at all. President Bush claims it is suspended as "a part of making sure that we do have the capacity to protect you. Our most solemn job is the security of this country" (Olbermann 1). However, he does not explain how denying anybody the right to our courts will help to protect us. He also does not explain how violating the U.S. Constitution will provide our security. Because indeed, the Military Commissions Act of 20-6 is unconstitutional.

"The American Constitution, Article I, section 9:
The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless in case of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it" (Robertson 2).

The United States is not in rebellion, nor have we been currently invaded, therefore to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus is unconstitutional. As we ponder the historical precedents, we are left to wonder "why"?

President Bush has 795 days of his administration left at the time of this writing. I urge every American who is serious about the freedom to use this time to screen carefully their choice of candidate for our next President of the United States. Where does your preferred candidate stand on the issue of the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus and the Military Commissions Act? Everyone should research carefully and vote accordingly. The only way to solve this serious problem is to stand together as a nation and vote to get back this freedom we have so foolishly allowed President Bush to take away from us.

Works Cited

"Convicts to Australia." A Guide to Researching your Convict Ancestors. 14 Nov. 2006

"Did President Lincoln suspend the U.S. Constitution?" American Patriot Network. 1999 14

Nov. 2006

El-Najjar, Hassan. "Conflict Terminology: A Note for Editors, Journalists, and Readers." 15 Sept. 2004. 14 Nov. 2006

Greenberger, Michael. "The Missing Link." Legal Affairs Sept/Oct. 2005: 1. 5 Nov. 2006

"Japanese Canadian Internment." Wikipedia org. 2006. Wikipedia. 17 Nov. 2006

"The Military Commissions Act of 2006." Wikipedia org. 2006. Wikipedia. 15 Nov. 2006

Olbermann, Keith. "The Death of Habeas Corpus." MSNBC 11 Oct. 2006. 17 Nov. 2006

Robertson, Joseph Dale. "Habeas Corpus: The Most Extraordinary Writ." Center for the Preservation of Habeas Corpus. World Newsstand. 5 Nov. 2006

Stone, Geoffrey R. "Civil Liberties at Risk Again: A U.S. Tradition." (2003): 1. Chicago Tribune. Academic Search Premier. Durham Tech Community College, Durham,
Durham Tech Lib. 5 Nov 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


We've sent men into outer space and we maintain radio contact with them. Modern guided missiles are able to hit their targets within mere inches. Satellites beam messages across the globe without fail. We can call Australia on our cell phones and be connected in seconds.

Yet, we cannot image breast tissue without squashing them flat.

Yeah, I did it. No, it wasn't unbearable but it was REALLY DAMN UNCOMFORTABLE!

I got through it by chanting in my mind...."Must. Put. Curse. on. Wordnerd." Over and over.

The worst part was when it was over, the receptionist was like "Would you like to go ahead and schedule for next year?"


"Well, we come here every year...."

"I don't need one next year. I already had one this year!"

"Sweetie, you should get one every year."

NOOOOO!!! Hell to the no! I am NOT doing it next year. Maybe the year after that. Maybe. For God's sake, at least let me take it one year at a time!!!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Hey, I wanted to let you guys know that I am not going to be blogging again until 11/20/06. I've got papers to write and stress to experience. But it is almost over now and then I can get back to managing my life!

I do want to let Wordnerd and the rest of the world know that I.....ME!......have a mammogram scheduled for November 15, 2006. The time is 9:50 a.m. So if you listen to the wind closely you can probably hear me screaming. For those of you who don't know, having a mammogram has been an issue ever since I started blogging. The doctor always says "It's time to have a mammogram!" and I'm like "okay!" and then just never do it. Then I post a bunch of mammogram cartoons on my blog and that's it until the issue rises again. But Wordnerd has convinced me that the time is now. I'm not happy but I'm going to do it.

I'll be on this huge bookmobile looking bus. They just pull right up to your place of employment, squash some boobs flat, and then hit the highway before anyone can round up a posse. I just have this image of my boobs blowing like a tire on the highway. POW!

Okay, enough. See you again on November 20th, just in time for Toikey Day, Vinnie.

Monday, November 06, 2006


Hey you. Yeah, you. C'mere. I wanna tell you a little tale of the weekend.

Sparkle had a small party at the house. It was only 5 or 6 kids. I knew them all. Except one. He was somebody's cousin and he was tagging along. When the kid came in, I knew something wasn't quite right. Its hard to put my finger on the exact problem, but he was looking kind of green around the gills to me. He heads for the couch and plants himself, and I didn't think much more about him.

Until he's hurling, all over my couch! Obviously the kid had been eating pizza, because it was all.....cheesy! EWWWWWWW! And stinky! And its on my freaking couch!

My thing is......how do you NOT know you're going to be sick? You're sitting there, you're feeling sick....for God's sake, find a trash can or toilet, don't just keep sitting there!

So then came the Major Clean-up. Thank God I am able to take the covers off the cushions. We scrubbed the cushions with fabric cleaner and then threw them in the washing machine for 2 cycles and they are good as new. We even Febreezed them too to make sure.

Nobody else comes into the house unless I know them. Ever again. And if they do, they are going to have to be locked in the bathroom, just in case.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


It is down to the wire now. In each of my two classes, I have 2 classes left. Mid-November and I will have a life again. I also have 3 papers to do before then. I'm so stressed it has ceased to be stressgful and its just like....."HAW!" But I may not be writing so much until after 11/17/06 - the magic date!!!!

I'm totally going to do something relaxing, like a painting, over the Thanksgiving holiday.