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Sunday Politics, some funny, some not.

A couple of notes from the Daily Kos:

This is NOT how to “support the troops”: (thanks to SusanHu, who wrote the diary)

By Dana Priest and Anne Hull
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 18, 2007; Page A01

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.
[…]
This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The common perception of Walter Reed is of a surgical hospital that shines as the crown jewel of military medicine. But 5 1/2 years of sustained combat have transformed the venerable 113-acre institution into something else entirely — a holding ground for physically and psychologically damaged outpatients. Almost 700 of them — the majority soldiers, with some Marines — have been released from hospital beds but still need treatment or are awaiting bureaucratic decisions before being discharged or returned to active duty.

They suffer from brain injuries, severed arms and legs, organ and back damage, and various degrees of post-traumatic stress. Their legions have grown so exponentially — they outnumber hospital patients at Walter Reed 17 to 1 — that they take up every available bed on post and spill into dozens of nearby hotels and apartments leased by the Army. The average stay is 10 months, but some have been stuck there for as long as two years.

Not all of the quarters are as bleak as Duncan’s, but the despair of Building 18 symbolizes a larger problem in Walter Reed’s treatment of the wounded, according to dozens of soldiers, family members, veterans aid groups, and current and former Walter Reed staff members interviewed by two Washington Post reporters, who spent more than four months visiting the outpatient world without the knowledge or permission of Walter Reed officials.

Folks, war is expensive and part of the cost is to treat the human casualities humanely. So, we need to adequately fund this thing and if that means raising taxes, boo-hoo-hoo. Those yellow magnets don’t cut it.

On the lighter side:

Here is a Daily Kos Diary called “HILLARY, Why I f***ing Hate that b****!!!

I’d recommend reading it; it really takes rabidly anti-Hillary Clinton liberals to task, I think.

Okay, this is what’s up here. For those who are haters of all things Hillary, this is obviously your day on Daily Kos.
….sigh……
Look, I don’t much like her either. I’ll support her if she gets the nomination, but for fuck’s sake, do we HAVE to go through that?
That said, I’m sensing a need for catharsis around here, for some damned reason, so let’s get this over with […]

And what follows is pretty funny; here is a sample:

HILLARY: Reasons why I fucking HATE that bitch!

Because she has not fully disclosed her ties to the French Government.

Because she beats her husband.

I hate Hillary Fucking Clinton……
because God Himself, through his Messenger, told me to.

Thank you, Kestrel9000! (The Daily Kos author). Frankly, though I am backing Barack Obama, I’d love to watch the wingnuts have their heads spin 360 degrees if Hillary Clinton becomes president!

Finally, I’d recommend this short video to folks who both dislike Bush and are Chicago Bears fans. There is a funny mention of Barack Obama in it too; enjoy!

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February 18, 2007 Posted by | football, hillary clinton, obama, Peoria/local | 1 Comment

Obama rolls, gays in the NBA, dealing with prejudice

obama south carolina

Senator Obama is having quite a week on the campaign trail. He made some stops in South Carolina, including Orangeburg (Clafin University, a historically Black University) and Columbia (home of the University of South Carolina).

The Obama drama, as it has affectionately been coined by some media pundits, made its debut in Orangeburg to an enthusiastic crowd donning “Obama ’08 for President” buttons and waving red, white and blue “Obama ’08” signs.

“We know what the challenges are,” Obama said. “The question is: are we going to be able to come together as a people … to find commonsense practical solutions that are needed to move us forward.”

“It is a matter of us having faith and believing in the future … and to work together as one people,” he continued. “People are hungry for something new and something different.”

Answering his critics who doubt he can win, Obama left no stone unturned.

“At every juncture in our history, there has been somebody who said we can’t,” Obama said, through an ever-growing crowd roar. “Some people said we can’t do this, we can’t do that, so we shouldn’t even try. If I have your support, if I have your energy, and involvement and commitment and ideas, then I am here to tell you, Yes, we can!”

Sixth District U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, in introducing Obama, thanked him for giving hope and direction to the Democratic Party and for “giving life” to the sacrifices made by civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks, Septima Clark and Martin Luther King Jr.

“Obama is able to run today because Rosa Parks sat down,” Clyburn said. “He is able to run today because Septima Clark stood up.”

Clyburn said he had “no idea whether a black person can get elected president” but he did note that “nobody is elected who does not run. So I come here today to say: Run, Barack, run. Run, Barack, run!”

At the conclusion of this statement, Obama came trotting onto the stage to a standing ovation with a sea of red, white and blue Obama ’08 signs waving throughout the arena.

As part of his formal speech, Obama recalled his first visit to Claflin about two years ago, on behalf of then-Senate candidate Inez Tenenbaum. But this was his first visit as a presidential candidate, and “it’s different now,” he said to a chorus of cheers.

“We are here at a time when this country is at a crossroads,” Obama said, then proceeded to briefly hit upon four issues:

* Health care. “Our health care system is broken,” Obama said. A voice from the stands called out, “You can fix it,” to which Obama affirmed, “We are going to fix it.”

Obama touched upon the need for all families to have access to health care and for all small businesses to have access to health care. He has frequently touted his support of universalizing the system.

* Education. “We know our children have to compete with the most competitive nations on earth. Too many of our children are losing hope before they even reach high school. We have (the) No Child Left Behind (law) and we have left no money behind.”

* Infrastructure development. Obama said as president he would see that broadband connections would be developed, even in rural areas, as it is essential for rural economic growth.

* War in Iraq. “We need to spend money here” on domestic issues, he said.

“We have lost over 3,000 lives for a war that never should have been authorized,” he said, to the perhaps the loudest cheer of the day.

Obama said the death of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jason DeFrenn, who was buried Friday in Barnwell, “breaks my heart.”

“We need a strong military,” said Obama, who praised people who “are willing to serve their country.” But he added, “We have to give them a mission that will succeed. We can’t put them in the midst of a civil war where people are fighting against themselves and having no willingness to make political accommodations if necessary to bring peace.”

Audience members traveled from near and far and some braved below-freezing temperatures for close to two hours waiting in line prior to the opening of the doors of the Jonas T. Kennedy Center.

and

(Columbia)-The bumper stickers, the pins…and the line outside the convention center Friday proved it was all about Senator Barack Obama in Columbia.

Samara Green says she got in line early to get up close and personal with the presidential hopeful.

Green said, “We planned this strategically to make sure we could get here and get very close and hang on every word.”

When Obama hit the stage, the crowd and their digital cameras welcomed him with an outpouring of flashes.

Senator Obama addressed issues like healthcare, education and his opposition to the war.

People we spoke to say he’s not your average politician and they say he excited them about the upcoming months.

Meredith James said, “I think he’s one of the smartest people running for president and I love that about him.”

Lindsay Spires said, “Today’s speech felt like it wasn’t a politician. It was someone you can start a conversation with on the street.”

With months to go, we’ll see if the flame Obama ignited in Columbia Friday will continue to light his way down the campaign trail.

Go to the reference site to see the short video.

Of course, this cartoon makes some interesting points:

As my 11 year old daughter said when she first saw him on TV: “Dad, he sure isn’t short on looks!”.

Does that matter? Sure.

Way back in 1991, I was interested in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. My (now ex) wife asked me about who was running and who I liked. I told her “Paul Tsongas

tsongas

Photo by Richard Sobol.

She saw him for a few seconds and shook her head: “Sorry, Ollie, no way.” Then another candidate came on the screen and she exlaimed “who is that? Is he a Democrat? Oh, Ollie, HE COULD WIN!!!” You guessed it: Bill Clinton.

It is a fact that the appearance of a person influences how much that person is trusted by others.

And there has been studies which shows that a person’s appearance (e. g., natural factors beyond grooming, clothing, etc.) influences the voters.

Inferences of Competence from Faces Predict Election Outcomes
Alexander Todorov,1,2* Anesu N. Mandisodza,1{dagger} Amir Goren,1 Crystal C. Hall1

We show that inferences of competence based solely on facial appearance predicted the outcomes of U.S. congressional elections better than chance (e.g., 68.8% of the Senate races in 2004) and also were linearly related to the margin of victory. These inferences were specific to competence and occurred within a 1-second exposure to the faces of the candidates. The findings suggest that rapid, unreflective trait inferences can contribute to voting choices, which are widely assumed to be based primarily on rational and deliberative considerations.

1 Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.
2 Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.

{dagger} Present address: Department of Psychology, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA.

* To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: atodorov{at}princeton.edu

The editors suggest the following Related Resources on Science sites:
In Science Magazine

PERSPECTIVES
PSYCHOLOGY:
Appearance DOES Matter
Leslie A. Zebrowitz and Joann M. Montepare (10 June 2005)
Science 308 (5728), 1565. [DOI: 10.1126/science.1114170]

Fortunately for us, Obama has it in that area!

Social: Prejudice (gays, Hispanics): there has been a flap about anti-gay statements made by a professional basketball player:

A day after declaring ”I hate gay people” on a South Florida radio show, former Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway was banned from this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game activities, lost a national endorsement deal and drew intense criticism from gay-rights advocates.

Five-time All-Star Hardaway, who apologized on WSVN-Fox 7 several hours after making the comments Wednesday, released another apology Thursday through his agent, Henry Thomas.

”As an African American, I know all too well the negative thoughts and feelings hatred and bigotry cause,” Hardaway said in Thursday’s apology. “I regret and apologize for the statements that I made that have certainly caused the same kinds of feelings and reactions.

I still wonder if people overreacted to what an athlete said; it isn’t as if he were an elected official or a civic leader. But, I really liked what Charles Barkley had to say on the matter (short video).

And of course, Saquille O’Neil’s comments were very welcome.

Far more attention was paid to Hardaway’s comments than those of Shaquille O’Neal, who said he would not only play with a gay teammate, but would protect him. In regard to the essential question raised by Amaechi’s announcement — whether the NBA would accept a gay active player — Shaq’s comments are far more revealing.

Pro sports can indeed join the rest of society in allowing gay people to perform their jobs without hiding who they are. The Tim Hardaways of the world might not like it, but the Shaqs of the world will make sure they live with it.

Way to go, Mr. O’Neil and Mr. Barkley!

On the notes of the curious, much was made of the South of the Border party put on by some Santa Clara University students.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A “South of the Border” theme party has stirred outrage at a Silicon Valley university after students showed up dressed as Hispanic janitors, gardeners, gangbangers and pregnant teens.

Photographs from the private, off-campus party organized by Santa Clara University students in late January appeared on the Internet soon afterward, prompting an outcry on campus.

One image shows a partygoer with a balloon stuffed under her shirt, making her appear pregnant. In another, a woman wears pink rubber cleaning gloves and carries a feather duster.

Unfortunately, all too often the response is a bunch of angry rhetoric with not much to back it up. Here is what I mean: if someone says “blacks are stupid” and they are condmened for being “racist”, what often happens is that people might refrain from saying such things openly, but they might continue to beleive such things privately (and express such thoughts when the doors are closed.)

But when someone sees someone like Barack Obama or someone like Dr. Trachette Jackson (a University of Michigan mathematician who works on mathematical models of cancer and methods of cancer treatment; she gave an invited address at my last mathematics conference), well, the hardcore bigots might not be convinced, but the well intentioned but currently ignorant person might be. And it is the latter person that I’d like to educate.

So the best thing Santa Clara University could do to react to such a thing is to hire some good Hispanic faculty and perhaps consider graduation speakers such as Senator Ken Salazar

Salazar
or Governor Bill Richardson.

Richardson

Some Fun
I check into Nite Swimming’s blog from time to time; N. S. has fun links from time to time. Here iis a link to another one of those “fun” “where do you stand politically” tests. The interesting thing is that this test (put by the Pew Center) has several catagories.
The ones that they have are:

  • ENTERPRISERS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Staunch Conservatives, Enterprisers

    9% OF ADULT POPULATION

    10% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 81% Republican, 18% Independent/No Preference, 1% Democrat (98% Rep/Lean Rep)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: As in 1994 and 1999, this extremely partisan Republican group’s politics are driven by a belief in the free enterprise system and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. Enterprisers are also the strongest backers of an assertive foreign policy, which includes nearly unanimous support for the war in Iraq and strong support for such anti-terrorism efforts as the Patriot Act.

    DEFINING VALUES: Assertive on foreign policy and patriotic; anti-regulation and pro-business; very little support for government help to the poor; strong belief that individuals are responsible for their own well being. Conservative on social issues such as gay marriage, but not much more religious than the nation as a whole. Very satisfied with personal financial situation.

  • SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Moralists, Moderate Republicans

    11% OF ADULT POPULATION

    13% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 82% Republican, 18% Independent/No Preference, 0% Democrat (97% Rep/Lean Rep)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: While supportive of an assertive foreign policy, this group is somewhat more religious than are Enterprisers. In policy terms, they break from the Enterprisers in their cynical views of business, modest support for environmental and other regulation, and strong anti-immigrant sentiment.

    DEFINING VALUES: Conservative on social issues ranging from gay marriage to abortion. Support an assertive foreign policy and oppose government aid for the needy, believing people need to make it on their own. Strongly worried about impact of immigrants on American society. More middle-of-the-road on economic and domestic policies, expressing some skepticism about business power and profits, and some support for government regulation to protect the environment. While not significantly better-off than the rest of the nation, most express strong feelings of financial satisfaction and security.

  • PRO-GOVERNMENT CONSERVATIVES

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Populist Republicans

    9% OF ADULT POPULATION

    10% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 58% Republican, 40% Independent/No Preference, 2% Democrat (86% Rep/Lean Rep)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: Pro-Government Conservatives stand out for their strong religious faith and conservative views on many moral issues. They also express broad support for a social safety net, which sets them apart from other GOP groups. Pro-Government Conservatives are skeptical about the effectiveness of the marketplace, favoring government regulation to protect the public interest and government assistance for the needy. They supported George W. Bush by roughly five-to-one.

    DEFINING VALUES: Religious, financially insecure, and favorable toward government programs. Support the Iraq war and an assertive foreign policy, but less uniformly so than Enterprisers or Social Conservatives. Back government involvement in a wide range of policy areas, from poverty assistance to protecting morality and regulating industry.

  • UPBEATS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: New Prosperity Independents, Upbeats

    11% OF ADULT POPULATION

    13% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 56% Independent/No Preference, 39% Republican, 5% Democrat (73% Rep/Lean Rep)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: Upbeats express positive views about the economy, government and society. Satisfied with their own financial situation and the direction the nation is heading, these voters support George W. Bush’s leadership in economic matters more than on moral or foreign policy issues. Combining highly favorable views of government with equally positive views of business and the marketplace, Upbeats believe that success is in people’s own hands, and that businesses make a positive contribution to society. This group also has a very favorable view of immigrants.

    DEFINING VALUES: Very favorable views of government performance and responsiveness defines the group, along with similarly positive outlook on the role of business in society. While most support the war in Iraq, Upbeats have mixed views on foreign policy ­ but most favor preemptive military action against countries that threaten the U.S. Religious, but decidedly moderate in views about morality.

  • DISAFFECTEDS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Embittered, Disaffecteds

    9% OF ADULT POPULATION

    10% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 68% Independent/No Preference, 30% Republican, 2% Democrat (60% Rep/Lean Rep)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: Disaffecteds are deeply cynical about government and unsatisfied with both their own economic situation and the overall state of the nation. Under heavy financial pressure personally, this group is deeply concerned about immigration and environmental policies, particularly to the extent that they affect jobs. Alienated from politics, Disaffecteds have little interest in keeping up with news about politics and government, and few participated in the last election.

    DEFINING VALUES: Despite personal financial strain ­ and belief that success is mostly beyond a person’s control ­ Disaffecteds are only moderate supporters of government welfare and assistance to the poor. Strongly oppose immigration as well as regulatory and environmental policies on the grounds that government is ineffective and such measures cost jobs.

  • LIBERALS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Liberal Democrats/Seculars/60’s Democrats

    17% OF GENERAL POPULATION

    19% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 59% Democrat; 40% Independent/No Preference, 1% Republican (92% Dem/Lean Dem)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: This group has nearly doubled in proportion since 1999. Liberal Democrats now comprise the largest share of Democrats. They are the most opposed to an assertive foreign policy, the most secular, and take the most liberal views on social issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and censorship. They differ from other Democratic groups in that they are strongly pro-environment and pro-immigration.

    DEFINING VALUES: Strongest preference for diplomacy over use of military force. Pro-choice, supportive of gay marriage and strongly favor environmental protection. Low participation in religious activities. Most sympathetic of any group to immigrants as well as labor unions, and most opposed to the anti-terrorism Patriot Act.

  • CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Socially Conservative Democrats / New Dealers

    14% OF ADULT POPULATION

    15% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 89% Democrat, 11% Independent/No Preference, 0% Republican,(98% Dem/Lean Dem)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: Religious orientation and conservative views set this group apart from other Democratic-leaning groups on many social and political issues. Conservative Democrats’ views are moderate with respect to key policy issues such as foreign policy, regulation of the environment and the role of government in providing a social safety net. Their neutrality on assistance to the poor is linked, at least in part, to their belief in personal responsibility.

    DEFINING VALUES: Less extreme on moral beliefs than core Republican groups, but most oppose gay marriage and the acceptance of homosexuality, and support a more active role for government in protecting morality. No more conservative than the national average on other social issues such as abortion and stem-cell research. Most oppose the war in Iraq, but views of America’s overall foreign policy are mixed and they are less opposed to Bush’s assertive stance than are other Democratic groups.

  • DISADVANTAGED DEMOCRATS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Partisan Poor

    10% OF GENERAL POPULATION

    10% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 84% Democrat; 16% Independent/No Preference, 0% Republican (99% Dem/Lean Dem)

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: Least financially secure of all the groups, these voters are very anti-business, and strong supporters of government efforts to help the needy. Minorities account for a significant proportion of this group; nearly a third (32%) are black, roughly the same proportion as among Conservative Democrats. Levels of disapproval of George W. Bush job performance (91%) and candidate choice in 2004 (82% for Kerry) are comparable to those among Liberals.

    DEFINING VALUES: Most likely to be skeptical of an individual’s ability to succeed without impediments and most anti-business. Strong belief that government should do more to help the poor, yet most are disenchanted with government. Strongly supportive of organized labor (71% have a favorable view of labor unions).

  • BYSTANDERS

    PAST TYPOLOGY COUNTERPART: Bystanders

    10% OF ADULT POPULATION

    0% OF REGISTERED VOTERS

    PARTY ID: 56% Independent/No Preference, 22% Republican, 22% Democrat

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: These Americans choose not to participate in or pay attention to politics, or are not eligible to do so (non-citizens).

    DEFINING VALUES: Cynical about government and the political system. Uninterested in political news.

  • Of course, I scored as a “liberal”, which is no surprise to anyone who knows me at all. 🙂

    February 18, 2007 Posted by | obama, politics/social | 1 Comment

5K swim PR: short and sweet

I’ll write more later today, but for now: I swam 5500 yards in 1:39:41, which is a new PR for me in the 5K swim. Previously, I swam 1:43 at the 2001 Big Shoulders (ok, that was open water)

I took it 500 yards at a time, clicking my watch for the split and resting 2-3 seconds every 500 (kept the clock running). I also didn’t use flip turns; in part I did that to save my nose and in part I did that to not “cheat” and glide too much.

9:15, 8:59, 9:00, 8:55, 8:54, 8:56, 9:04, 9:05, (1:16:41 at 4250), 9:09, 9:10, 9:08.

It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t very hard either; I was talking to myself but I never seriously thought about quitting.

February 18, 2007 Posted by | swimming, time trial/ race | Leave a comment

What I think about snow

I’ve heard this joke before; it was told about Alaska, I think. Hat tip to Tourist at the Yoga.com message boards for reminding me of this gem:

Welcome to the “Lake Effect Snow” in Northern New York.
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December 8 – 6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9 – We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came
along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.

December 12 – The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we’ll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again. I don’t think that’s possible. Bob is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

December 14 – Snow lovely snow! 8″ last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so.

December 15 – 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s silly. We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

December 16 – Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, Which I think was very cruel.

December 17 – Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. God I
hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20 – Electricity’s back on, but had another 14″ of the d*mn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Godd*mn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have
another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

December 22 – Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white sh*t fell today, and it’s so cold it probably won’t melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he’s too busy. I think the jerk is lying.

December 23 – Only 2″ of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What, is she nuts??? Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago??? She says she did but I think she’s lying.

December 24 – 6″. Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a b*tch who drives that snow plow I’ll drag him through the snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the
street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the god**** snowplow.

December 25 – Merry fricking Christmas! 20 more inches of the godd*mn slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s a fricking idiot. If I have to watch “It’s A Wonderful
Life” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26 – Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

December 27 – Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze, plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

December 28 – Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. THE B*TCH is driving me crazy!!!

December 29 – 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30 – Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver. He is now suing me for a million dollars not only for the beating I gave him but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. The wife went home to her mother. 9″ predicted.

December 31 – I set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8 – Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

February 18, 2007 Posted by | Peoria/local | Leave a comment