Thursday, October 06, 2005

Thank You for Your Valued Patronage and Trust

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

So, when people find out Viva is in preschool now, they say, "Oh, how does she like it?" and I smile nauseatingly and gush, "Oh, she LOVES it!", which she does, but not like you could tell by looking at this:

Could this look more like a mug shot?

The group shot is even more hilarious. They posed the whole class outside looking straight into the sun. Preschool is hell.

Grammar Rocks!

Last night, Sweet William was helping Viva with her toileting. After she has done her business, she often likes to hang out on the toilet, just sitting there, singing to herself or playing with some of her tub toys. Sweet W was trying to move the process along, so he was telling her to wipe and then "Pull up your Pull-ups."

"There's only one Pull-up, Daddy," said Viva. Sweet William came bolting out of the bathroom to tell me, "Our child just corrected my grammar! What are we going to do with her?"

I dunno, perhaps we could join the carnival circuit. Or Carnivale. Hey, whatever happened to that show? Oh, right, we don't have cable anymore. And yet the world goes on.

Finding the Jobbinest Job that Ever Jobbed

I have decided I must just stop even blogging about my job search. It's tiresome. But I have just learned about this new job opportunity, so you know, all is not lost (shout-out to Mr. X, a Ranting and Raving Bitter Man, for the tip). Also, I hear there's an opening on the Supreme Court, so I might go for that. I'll let you know how that goes.

Wacked out on Wowee Sauce

From CNN: "President Bush says the possibility of an avian flu pandemic is among the reasons he wants Congress to give him the power to use the nation's military in law enforcement roles in the United States." Emphasis mine.

Bird flu, how convenient. What an opportunist Bush is -- oh, yeah, um, you know, the President should be able to use the military to police the country. Oh, because of that pesky bird flu, you know. Hey, if you don't support me, the terrorists have won. Quarantine. Oil, that is. Black gold. Texas tea. What were we talking about again?

Gene Healy, a senior editor at the conservative Cato Institute, said Bush would risk undermining "a fundamental principle of American law" by tinkering with the act, which does not hinder the military's ability to respond to a crisis.

"What it does is set a high bar for the use of federal troops in a policing role," he wrote in a commentary on the group's Web site. "That reflects America's traditional distrust of using standing armies to enforce order at home, a distrust that's well-justified."

Healy said soldiers are not trained as police officers, and putting them in a civilian law enforcement role "can result in serious collateral damage to American life and liberty."

Read the whole story here.

Given that there are now myriad stories circulating that Bush is drinking again, I must say this: he must have some pretty strong stuff. And if he actually pushes this one through Congress, then I'm going to want some. To take with me to Canada.

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