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One day, Cheryl went to Walmart and left 3 year old Caleb with Brian. Brian was very much into a Longhorn ball game on television but figured it would make Cheryl happy to go alone and it would only be for an hour.
Caleb was pretending (like they do in day care) to be serving his dad a drink out of a big kids cup. He told his dad it was just water but his dad wanted to pretend like it was beer.
Cheryl came home after Brian had downed several (what he called) domestic, light & cold brews when she asked what he was drinking.
So, she followed Caleb to see his so called new "brewery". As Caleb was serving his Dad the last brew for the day.....Cheryl asked..... 'Did it ever occur to you that the only place Caleb can reach to get water is the toilet?
I wish I could have seen the look on Brian's face! That little Caleb is a stinker!
Editor's note: Coop is one of WhosPlayin's former co-workers, blogging here as a guest to offer a different perspective.
Well, I actually thought I had some political brains but apparently not. I was semi ready to root for Giuliani but he just rolled right of the mat without a fight. I thought he had a real chance. I heard a rumor that he gave up do to health problems. I heard he had to turn his plan around recently b/c "he wasn't feeling well". You don't turn a plane around for an upset stomach.
All the hub bub about morals and multiple marriages... I really don't care what the guy does in his personal life as long as he is a good strong leader and President.
Looks like as far as the Repubs go were stuck with McCain which I don't think is all that bad. The far right (Rush Limbaugh) is all upset with him because he cooperated with Democrats in the past. Is this a bad thing? Just because he worked with some Dems he is the enemy? I think a little more cooperation would be a good thing. After all, isn't the whole idea of a two party system to balance things out, checks and balances and all that? The two parties have been at each others throat for years now. I don't think it used to be quite this ugly but maybe I am wrong. Seems to have started when the Repubs went on an all out assault on Clinton.
I'm convinced that nothing really is going to change anyway. Does it ever? Well, I guess Bush stirred things up pretty good, and not in a good way.
I think were going to be stuck with Obama for the Dems. I don't think we're ready for a woman (especially Hillary) and probably not ready for a black President either so the Dems have just complete blown their own foot off.
Either I've finally and totally lost my mind, or I just got hailed on in February. First we had an unseasonably warm weekend. Just now on the way home from work, I was sitting at a traffic light here in Lewisville and started seeing little white peas slamming into the cars in front of me. As the light turned green, I drove on through the intersection and my car took a few light hits. After a few blocks, the hail turned into big rain droplets, which turned into a shower.
OK, I want to know what they did with February. Yesterday, February 3RD - I was able to sit out on my porch with no shoes and no shirt, basking in the warm Texas air. It was quite pleasant. Folks, this summer when the mosquitoes are out of control and half of us die off from West Nile, at least remember that we had a mild winter.
Here's some Kenny Chesney for you to take away some of that Monday-itis.
Watch the state of the union address tonight. Bush administration press secretary Dana Perino told a CNN reporter this morning that the first lady's special guests would be a mother and daughter from Africa who had been treated for HIV under a program that Bush was responsible for. And she was happy to announce that the girl was now HIV-free.
Also, Perino stated that making Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy permanent would be the most important thing to do to stimulate the economy.
I was awakened this morning by squeals of joy from my sons, having discovered that their fish tank has a couple of new residents. We've had a 20 gallon tropical tank for years, but this was the first time we've ever noticed surviving offspring. We have a breeding pair of yellow and red guppies. The fry are less than a centimeter long, but otherwise just look like smaller versions of their mother.
The kids are trying to decide what to name them. I hope the other fish don't eat them.
It's been a shitty day. As I sit down to write this, I don't know for sure what I'll write. For all I know, I may delete this post just like the dozens of others I've started and left unfinished.
First, I haven't posted much lately. I know that. It's not that I feel obligated, but it's frustrating to me because it's not that I haven't been working on it. I've got a whole stack of unfinished posts.
What I keep finding lately is that the more I dig, the more obscure the truth becomes. Funny thing Truth is. One thing I don't want to do is add to the bullshit out there clogging up the inter-tubes of the net. And I'm not just talking about political shit either. I mean basic things like science that should be fairly easy and unambiguous. As an example, the most popular post on this website - by orders of magnitude - is something I dashed off one day about "ionic foot baths" of all damn things. I'm amazed at the lack of critical thinking shown by the American public when it comes to shit like this. Here you have a pseudo-scientific "treatment" that at best has a placebo effect. There is not one single peer-reviewed clinical study on this, yet people line up to throw money at it.
Further, if someone merely points out the lack of evidence, they are accused of being in the pockets of the "medical establishment". (They don't know me, do they?)
Anyhow, just about any subject you want to look up - if somebody stands to gain something from spreading disinformation - you'll find loads of unsubstantiated crap.
For instance, I started to write last week about a weird problem I'm having with my electric blanket. As I do research to find what other people think, I discover that there is a bit of controversy about electric fields that these things generate. Good grief. You've got folks who think that power lines and electric blankets cause electromagnetic fields that uh - "do bad things" to the human body. Then you have other folks who say that's all a hoax. Then you have people who say the hoax is a hoax and cite unspecified studies that prove the assertion that they're dangerous. WTF?
So earlier tonight we had CNN on, and the Republican presidential candidates pandering in Michigan were spewing such utter nonsense to the poor folks over there who have suffered so badly under Republican policies. I'm not talking about subjective things that are even arguable. Nope - I mean shit that doesn't even make sense. Tell me something: If you don't have a fucking job, how is "tax relief" for other people going to help you? And suddenly this talk about change? Give me a damn break. They were all tripping all over themselves kissing George W. Bush's ass the past few years.
I'm tired, dammit. I wonder sometimes why I should even give a crap. Why do I care so much about where my country is going when most of the American public is making a head-long dash into a new self-imposed serfdom that worships the rich and feeds itself on the crack and heroin of xenophobia and celebrity voyeurism.
Yep, I guess you could say that I'm discouraged. There are better ways I could be spending my time if I didn't care so much. Sometimes I do just feel like saying to hell with it all. I could focus my time on making money, or I could find a hobby where I don't get attacked by ignorant assholes who can't possibly fathom why someone might have an opinion that differs with theirs.