Don’t look for any rhyme or reason to tonight’s post. I don’t have a lot of time (my batteries are rapidly dying), so I’m just going to blurt out a few things quickly, just to flush them out of my system before going to sleep.
1) I think Linette trimmed my nose hair last night as I slept. I distinctly remember playing with a few long strands before drifting off to sleep last night, and, when I awoke, they were gone. (note to self: create some kind of nose hair guard)
2) I was just looking for Christmas presents for my family on Amazon and came across something called the “Hide-a-gun Picture Frame.” I just wish I had the money to get them all photos of Clementine with Uzis inside.
3) It looks as though a sixteen year old blogger in Alaska had her mother killed a few days ago. The last entry on her Live Journal site says simply, “Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered. I won’t have computer acess until the weekend or so because the police took my computer to go through the hard drive. I thank everyone for their thoughts and e-mails, I hope to talk to you when I get my computer back.” And, yes, it’s apparently true. So far, I’ve read the article in the local newspaper and the state police report, and it seems pretty clear that blogger Rachelle Ann Monica Waterman had a hand in her mom’s death. Her on-line friends, for the most part, don’t seem to be too troubled by what she did. The general consensus seems to be that the real people who deserve condemnation are the guys who kidnapped and killed her mom… and they deserve the blame not necessarily for killing her, but for doing it in such a way as to attract the attention of the police. (Instead of knocking her out, putting her behind the wheel of her car, and crashing it somewhere, so that it looked like a drunk driving accident, they decided to douse her with gasoline, lock her in a van, and burn her alive.) Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the site of one of Rachelle’s young friends, “She isn’t some murdering pschyopath. She’s a real person, with a enjoyment of buying underwear….” (Some folks are saying that this is the first instance of a blogger/murderer, but I seem to recall that my friend Steve knew a person who crossed that particular finish line almost a year ago.)
4) Speaking of the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, I stumbled across the following quote in another site’s comments section a few nights ago: “All I got from my mother was laziness and breasts.”
5) As you know, on occasion I like to sign up for fundamentalist newsletters. Well, last night I signed up to receive updates from Moral Law, Inc, a group in Alabama that seems to be somehow tied to Justice Roy Moore and his efforts to see the Ten Commandments introduced into American law. Well, within half an hour of signing up, I received my first piece of Christian spam, under the subject line, “Christian Loan Advice.” Here’s the text:
Hey again. I am running late right now but I wanted to email you before I go and pick you up to go shopping. You are probably wondering how I can shop so early for presents? Well I found this site and wanted to let you know that I refinanced my home and got the extra cushion I needed for the holidays. You can search hundreds of lenders and it only takes 30 seconds. It’s the best Christian lender that I have found!
I probably should have expected as much from a site that sells “ten commandments” lapel pins (10 for $99) and Christian calling cards.
6) My upper left eyelid has been twitching since Thanksgiving and I’m worried that it might be the first signs of MS.
8) I stopped by the gym this evening after work, and, before getting on the exercise bike, I picked up a sweaty copy of The Nation to read (I actually wanted to grab the copy of Redbook with Kelly Ripa on the cover, but I got embarrassed). In one of the articles, the author quotes a conservative contact as saying that, Bush was “hired” for the job of president because he promised to aggressively privatize and deregulate. I found that (the suggestion that corporations essentially hire our persident now) to be almost as frightening as the mention in a children’s book that I’ve been reading to Clementine of a primitive “DANGER” sign spelled out in dead monkeys.
9) Reading the Daily Kos site, I stumbled across two discussions that I thought might interest you; one is on transportation policy initiatives, and the other is on energy policy. Oh, and there’s also a good list of ten things to consider going in to ’08.
10) And, lastly, our friend Cory, picks up the Intelligent Design (or “creationism”) discussion where we dropped it yeterday, and runs with it.
OK, I’m going to bed now. Goodnight my invisible friends.