Archive for February 5, 2009

Breaking News…

Posted in Culture on February 5, 2009 by gyma

flagI rarely watch Fox News, but for some reason I caught the first 5 minutes of it last night before I went to bed.  This was the lead off story – with everything going on in the world, I was surprised it was featured so prominently.  We purposely chose not to buy a house governed by an HOA.  That means we live with neighbors who parks 5 vehicles in front of their house when the driveway is full of discarded appliances.  And the guy down the street who decides it’s okay to put a piece of plywood in his window because he can’t afford to have it replaced.  But I’m willing to live with some of that so I can plant whatever flowers I want, paint the color of my house whatever color I choose, and leave my lighted wreath up for a month after Christmas if I feel like it.

So I don’t have much sympathy for folks like these who want to whine because putting up a 20′ flagpole in their front yard violates their HOA agreement.  If you don’t want to abide by the rules, THEN MOVE.

But don’t get on television talking about your hyper patriotism and how unfair it is that you can’t honor your military son.  Patriotism has NOTHING to do with this story.  Nada.  Zippo. 

And anyway, aren’t HOAs a communist ploy to control your thoughts and actions?


Let This Be a Lesson…

Posted in Culture on February 5, 2009 by gyma

not to do drugs and drink too much when you are going to have sex with someone you barely know.


Posted in Nature on February 5, 2009 by gyma


Looks like this beautiful barn owl had his lunch taken away by a couple of kestrels more than once.  An amateur photographer got this amazing shot (and more at the link).  How fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time and to have had his camera with him, no less.

I recently bought a cheap Canon PowerShot digital camera because I want to learn photography.  This particular camera will allow me to use filters and a wide angle lens, although I’ll pay as much for the lenses as I did for the entire camera.  Someday I hope to be in the right place at the right time too.

Rod Blagojevich Superstar

Posted in Culture, Entertainment on February 5, 2009 by gyma

blago1I heard this story on npr this afternoon on my way home from work. 

Rod Blagojevich Superstar! is a pastiche of 70’s rock operas, most notably the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber classic Jesus Christ Superstar. Except in this case, Jesus and Mary Magdalene have been replaced by Rod and Patti Blagojevich; and the apostles have turned into the likes of Roland Burris, Patrick Fitzgerald, Dick Mell and Lisa Madigan.

If I lived in Chicago, I’d probably go see it just for laughs.

Media whore.  (Wonder if he’ll be getting royalties.)

Good God Almighty

Posted in Culture on February 5, 2009 by gyma

Oh the places I’ve lived….

Growing up in Wisconsin we scared each other with stories of Ed Gein.  So some of these weird stories are a bit too close to home to be comfortable.

I guess this guy shouldn’t be referred to as a religious leader as much as a nutjob.  Who in their right mind keeps a dead body in the bathroom while collecting social security checks?!

Let’s Move

Posted in Science on February 5, 2009 by gyma

Apparently there is intelligent life, even if it isn’t here on Earth.  Sign me up, I’m about ready to move!

News From My Hometown…

Posted in Economy on February 5, 2009 by gyma

Apparently not all banks are going under!