Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Who is calling for W.'s impeachment?

I'm not talking about him. Or him. Or her. Or even him.

I'm talking about him.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

She's set to hit Miami, one of my favorite cities, within the next 24 hours, and Katrina may be classified as a hurricane by the time she reaches land. Details here. The MTV Video Music Awards, scheduled to be held on Sunday, may be affected.

If you want to track Katrina, click here. If she moves as predicted, she will hit near Panama City on Monday. As you will recall, the Florida panhandle was ravaged by Hurricanes Ivan last year and Dennis earlier this summer.

My wife is flying to Miami for her business next week. I really don't know how she has a knack for being in southern Florida when storms and hurricanes hit. Last August, April and I visited the Keys and Key West - three days later, Hurricane Charley went through.

Update: My goodness, can you tell I haven't blogged in a few days? Katrina, now a category 5 hurricane, is headed for the "Big Easy." Thousands are flocking to the Superdome.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

How do you defend your home?

I am not a believer in guns. That is not to say that I am against this particular group. That is also not to say that I dislike/hate people who own guns; I have friends who are hunters, and they of course have rifles that are kept in their homes. I am also not saying that people shouldn't have guns in the home that they would use to protect themselves; each must make up his/her own mind about that. I'm just saying that I don't personally feel comfortable around guns. Since I have children living in my home with me, I will not have a gun in my house.

This week, two houses in our neighborhood have experienced home invasion. Both occurrences happened while the occupants of the home were there. I repeat: an invader entered the home knowing that the occupants were there. Both occurences, thankfully, ended peacefully in that the invader fled after being confronted.

My father always kept a bat under his bed, just in case he needed to confront someone who had entered our house without permission. Last night at Wal-Mart, I bought a bat to place under my bed. My wife laughed at this, but I bought it because one never knows what might happen. I pray that I never need to use it as a weapon to deter house-invaders.

Monday, August 15, 2005

gender confusion at McDonald's

I stopped at a McDonald's to pick up dinner for my 5-year-old daughter yesterday. Her Happy Meal failed to have the requisite toy inside, so I had to go back through the drive-through to get a toy for her. This was my exchange with the McDonald's worker.

Me: Yes, I was just here. My daughter didn't get a toy in her Happy Meal.

McDonald's worker: Is it for a boy or girl?

Were you ever abducted by aliens?

It may have been more than just all in your mind, according to Susan Clancy, author of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens.

I have wrestled with what to think about people who claim to have been abducted. Since I work in the mental health field, I naturally find it easy to think that they have some kind of disorder, they are saying these things to fulfill some kind of need, or they just want some attention. I have never considered that real extra-terrestrial beings could have abducted them, because I don't think that is possible.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Delay in releasing documents of SCOTUS nominee John Roberts

Ok, I'm not in the legal profession so I don't really understand something here.

John Roberts has worked in the judicial branch of the government for many years. How can people in the executive branch of the government delay documents of the judicial branch from getting to the legislative branch? Can anyone help me to understand this?