Daily Archives: February 6, 2009

>Carlos Story

This morning we are having breakfast at the kitchen table, and I see one of the cats, Tallulah, coming into the kitchen from the dining room. She stops and begins to lick something from the floor. And keeps licking and licking and…you get the idea.
I go to see what it is on the floor and it’s a puddle of water coming from behind the refrigerator.
Damn. Damn. Damn.
I say to Carlos, We have a leak.
Behind the fridge.
He comes over, we pull the fridge away from the wall, and see a smallish puddle. We think the water is coming from the small plastic tube that brings the water to the ice-maker. We think because we don’t know.
Carlos says he’ll call the home warranty people–it’s a good thing to have for those of us who aren’t the handiest people. Yes, he says, I’ll call the home warranty people.
That said, he walks back to the table and sits down to finish his breakfast, while I sop up water from the floor. He eats a piece of bread, sips the last of his coffee, and clears the table, and puts the dishes in the dishwasher.
Only then does he go back to call those home warranty people.
But now I’m annoyed. And my annoyance shows itself in humor, as he returns to the kitchen and I do an impression of him aboard the Titanic, seeing the iceberg pierce the ship, Carlos would go back to his bagel.
He didn’t laugh. It wasn’t one of my best.
But later in the morning he calls and asks if the refrigeration people who were referred by the home warranty people who were referred by our Smallville realtor who was referred by our Miami realtor who was referred by our friend _____ called.
I say No.
Maybe it’s the plumbing, he says.
No, the water is coming form the refrigerator. Either from the tube, or from somewhere else, but it’s a very slow drip.
I think it may be the plumbing.
Carlos, I sigh, I’ve seen your ass crack. You’re no plumber.

Thank you and good night!



Filed under Bob, Carlos, Home Warranty, Plumbing., Smallville, Uncategorized

>Makes A Gay Heart Proud


from KansasCity.com
Now this story comes from Kansas; one of those square states, in the middle. And a lot of times those square states get a bad rap because of their politicians and churches and such. But in a little spot of heaven, called Prairie Village, a group of high school students–yes, high schools students–stood toe-to-toe with Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Hate and his legion of Haters.
These students, from Shawnee Mission East High School, which has a Gay and Straight Alliance at the school, and even elected a young gay man as homecoming king in 2007, filled three corners of an intersection and kept Phelps and his lot of morons confined to just one corner.
These are kids, people; well, not kids in that old school sense of the word. They are young bright men and women, gay and straight, who won’t take hatred for another minute. Their signs tell their stories; their hearts tell their stories. Reading those signs makes this gay heart proud.
These young people in Kansas are the future, and it’s looking pretty good.
I was reading somewhere the other day, that it’s the fifteen-year-olds who are the most gay-friendly of the next generation. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us, even those pretty far removed from fifteen, could stand together and shout down Fred Phelps and Sally Kerns and the Mormon Church and the Pope.
That’s my idea of heaven.


Filed under Anti-LGBT, Fred Phelps, Hate, High School Students, Kansas, LGBT, LGBT Rights, Westboro Baptist Church

>Gary Ackerman. I Love You.



Filed under Uncategorized


“We are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin. We can’t embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem, or failing schools, and crumbling bridges and roads and levees. I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you’re headed for a cliff you have to change direction. That’s what the American people called for in November and that’s what we intend to deliver.”


Filed under Democrat, President Obama, Quotes

>The Civil War


The Dred Scott Case
On March 6, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Scott v. Sanford–a victory to supporters of slavery; it also fueled the fires of northern abolitionists.

During the 1830s, the owner of a slave named Dred Scott had taken him from Missouri—a slave state–to the Wisconsin territory and Illinois, where slavery was against the law, according to the Missouri Compromise. Once returned to Missouri, Scot sued for his freedom on the idea that since he’d been taken to a free state he was now free.

The case went to the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and the majority eventually ruled that Scott was a slave and not a citizen, and thus had no legal rights to sue.
The verdict, in effect, declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional, ruling that all territories were open to slavery and could exclude it only when they became states.

The South rejoiced; antislavery northerners were furious.

John Brown’s Raid
John Brown was a restless man; he struggled throughout life trying to support his family, moving from place to place in an effort to do so. He had assisted the Underground Railroad in Missouri, and fought in battles between pro– and anti–slavery forces in Kansas in the 1850s. Still, he was anxious to strike a more extreme blow for the cause.

During the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown led less than 50 men in a raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Brown wanted to obtain enough ammunition to lead a larger operation against Virginia’s slaveholders. Brown’s men, including several blacks, captured and held the arsenal until federal and state governments sent troops and were able to overpower them.
John Brown was tried for his crimes;; his trial riveted the nation, and he emerged as an eloquent voice against the injustice of slavery and a martyr to the abolitionist cause.

John Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859

Civil War and Emancipation

In the spring of 1861, the bitter sectional conflicts between the North and South erupted into civil war; eleven southern states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.

President Abraham Lincoln, although vocally anti-slavery, whose mere election as America’s first Republican President was the straw that broke the camel’s back and caused the south to secede, did not want the Civil War to be seen as a war to abolish slavery. Lincoln simply wanted to preserve the Union; and he knew that few people even in the North would have supported a war against slavery in 1861.

In the summer of 1862, however, Lincoln had come to believe he could not avoid the slavery question much longer.

After the bloody Union victory at Antietam in September, he issued a preliminary emancipation proclamation, and then, on January 1, 1863, he made it official that “slaves within any State, or designated part of a State in rebellion, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

Lincoln justified his decision as a wartime measure. He did not free the slaves in the border states loyal to the Union, an omission that angered many abolitionists. But, by freeing 3 million black slaves in the rebel states, the Emancipation Proclamation deprived the Confederacy of the bulk of its labor forces and put international public opinion strongly on the Union side.

Some 186,000 black soldiers–nearly all of them former, or runaway, slaves–would join the Union Army by the time the war ended in 1865, and 38,000 lost their lives.

The Post–Slavery South
Though the Civil War gave over 4 million slaves their freedom, significant challenges awaited during the Reconstruction period.
The 13th Amendment officially abolished slavery in 1865, but the status of freed slaves in the south was in flux. White southerners eventually reestablished civil authority, and enacted a series of laws known as the “black codes,” designed to restrict freed blacks’ activity and ensure their availability as a labor force.
Impatient with the leniency shown former Confederate states by Andrew Johnson, who became president after Lincoln’s assassination, so–called Radical Republicans in Congress overrode Johnson’s veto and passed the Reconstruction Act of 1867. This essentially put the South under martial law, and the following year the 14th Amendment broadened the definition of citizenship, granting “equal protection” of the Constitution to former slaves.
Congress required southern states to ratify the 14th Amendment and enact universal male suffrage before they could rejoin the Union, and the state constitutions during those years were the most progressive in the region’s history.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment guaranteed a citizen’s right to vote would not be denied “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” During Reconstruction, blacks won election to southern state governments and even to the U.S. Congress.
The growing influence of former slaves angered many white southerners, who felt control slipping away. The white protective societies that arose during this period—the largest of which was the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)—sought to disenfranchise blacks by using voter fraud, intimidation and, finally, violence .
By 1877, when the last federal soldiers left the South and Reconstruction drew to a close, blacks were left with little improvement in their economic and social status; the political gains they had made oftentimes eradicated by white supremacist forces.


Filed under Black History Month, Dred Scot, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Slavery

>Goosestepping With The Right

I only post this particular picture of Matt Lauer to calm myself down. Since this is what he looks like under his Brooks Brothers, I will not……..repeat NOT…..hurl a brick through my TV at his rapidly receding hairline.
Today Matt is interviewing Newt Gingrich–is he still even relevant?–and they are talking about the stimulus package. Of course Newt hates it because he’s a Republican and all Republicans hate anything that isn’t theirs. Because, we all know, they have a direct line to God over all things in the world–abortion, gay marriage, stimulus.
Then the topic turned to Daschle and his withdrawal as an Obama appointee. Lauer uttered these words, which made me want to get the aforementioned brick:
“Are these just growing pains for the president or a sign of something more serious?”
It’s been seventeen days you media hack!
Seventeen days!
I don’t recall you going after George Bush during the first six years of his assault on the country, and yet Barack Obama has serious issues after seventeen days.
You’re an idiot Matt Lauer.
Hot. But an idiot.


Filed under George W Bush, Matt Lauer, NBC, Newt Gingrich, President Obama, The Today Show, Uncategorized

>Etta v Beyonce

All sorts of girl-on-girl feuding goin’ all over the web.
Hilary Duff and Faye Dunaway in a smackdown.
Ashley Judd and Sarah Palin trash talkin’ each other.
And now Etta James is after Beyoncé.
Beyoncé starred recently in a film, Cadillac Records, where she played Etta James, and apparently has been singing one of Etta’s big hits, At Last, all over the world. She even sang it to President and Mrs. Obama as their first dance at an inauguration ball.
Etta won’t have it:
“You guys know your president, right? You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain’t my president. He might be yours; he ain’t my president. But I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song — she’s going to get her ass whipped. The great Beyoncé. Like I said, she ain’t mine. … I can’t stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol’ president day, gonna be singing my song that I’ve been singing forever.”


Filed under Ashley Judd, Beyonce, Etta James, Faye Dunaway, Feud, Hilary Duff, Inauguration, Mama Grizzly Bore, President Obama