Published on March 31 2005

and yes, I was wearing underwear for this picture, folks!! Yes or No? And Shannon and I managed to not get too artistic; sticking with a simple "yes" and "no" instead of going with our first instinct of a stoplight drawn on each knee, a green light on the right and a red light on the left. Fixed I hope Turns out the news from inside the knee was a little worse than originally thought. There was a lot of scar tissue that had to be scraped away, and they had to pound holes in the bone--I'm not sure why, something to do with the arthritis in there. I have to wear this medieval torture contraption for TWO WEEKS!! They explained more of the reasons to Hubby, seeing as I was having a little problem staying in the 21st century. Blame it on the Valium and the Pink Floyd in the headphones - It was back to the 70's for me! @-) Hopefully, the Vicodin continues to work as well--pretty achey (ache-y?) right now...

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Published on March 30 2005

Death Is Charged in Theft From Cemetery
NEW YORK - His name is Death and prosecutors say he stole from a cemetery. Donald Death Jr., 60, of Locust Valley was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on charges he stole nearly $300,000 from the Locust Valley Cemetery Association on Long Island. Death, who is the chairman and assistant treasurer of the cemetery association, was charged with two counts of second-degree grand larceny and one count of third-degree grand larceny for allegedly using cemetery funds for his own purposes, Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon said in a statement.
If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Published on March 30 2005

Product Image: Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

Hit the bookstore yesterday, after going to visit my orthopedic surgeon, since I figured I would need a little reading material for the next couple of days. I also mistakenly thought I would be able to wait until AFTER the knee was fixed to start this book. ...So much for good intentions.... Will update this review when I finish. Also found an interesting site, which I plan to check out this weekend. Rust Radio is an Internet Radio which plays live Neil Young music during the weekend. Fans can listen to live Neil Young songs all weekend long. Connecting to the stream during the week won't work. It's available at: Rustradio UPDATE 4/1/05:

NEW YORK - Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm this week and remains hospitalized, although doctors expect a full recovery, his publicist said Friday. The 59-year-old rocker underwent a procedure to treat it Tuesday night at a New York hospital, where he was expected to remain for a few more days, publicist Bob Merlis told The Associated Press. Young had been expected to perform Sunday at the Juno Awards — the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. The aneurysm was discovered when Young's vision became blurry after attending the March 14 induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Merlis said. An examination by a neurologist detected the aneurysm and the procedure was scheduled.

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Published on March 27 2005

Jeopardy! looking for Wisconsin contestants I admit it. I am a couch jeopardy! geek. Ken Jennings has nothing on me, as long as I can wear my robe and fuzzy slippers to play..

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Published on March 23 2005

Blue-Eyed Infidel: BATSHIT INSANE
Humanity is seriously fucked up. That's all there is to it. Seriously, hopelessly, unforgivably fucked up. People are debating fine points of law about due process and states' rights and blah blah blah, but for the love of God, why aren't there laws that simply state that under no circumstances whatsoever is it legal to cause someone to die by starvation and dehydration. Even if a patient has no cerebral cortex - has absolutely no awareness that any doctor on the entire planet can detect by any technological means we possess - it should not be legal in a civilized society to kill them like this.

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Published on March 21 2005

Interesting article in today's Chicago Trib online about an election which is a long, long way off, about the possibility of a Feingold run for office in 2008.
In Wisconsin, while John Kerry barely eked out a win in one of the most hotly contested battleground states, voters were giving Feingold a near-landslide victory, electing him to a third term with 55 percent of the vote. Unlike Kerry, who tried to play it safe from start to finish, Feingold won big after voting against the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts, and having cast the lone vote in the Senate against the Patriot Act.... ...Some senators--poor John Kerry comes to mind--after years in the Senate speak in a language that only other senators think of as normal. But Feingold, perhaps because he meets with real people so often, is plain-spoken and concise. In La Crosse regarding terrorism: "It's the top priority. They're trying to kill us and our children." In Blanchardville on trade and jobs: "Trade policies are selling people down the river." In Coon Valley on the deficit: "I'm in the lead to stop them from writing out blank checks."
Chicago Tribune | Edwards? Clinton? Nah, 2008 could be Russ Feingold's year

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Published on March 20 2005

Yahoo! News - Bush, Congress Set to Act in Right-To-Die Case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush cut short a vacation to return to Washington and be ready to sign a bill that may keep a brain-damaged woman alive, in a case pitting Christian conservatives against right-to-die activists. In a rare Sunday session, the U.S. House of Representatives was to debate a deal aimed at pushing the Florida case into federal court and restoring the feeding tube that has kept Terri Schiavo alive for the past 15 years. "The president intends to sign legislation as quickly as possible once it is passed," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "This is about defending life."
I guess I'm a little bit confused here.....I always thought the Republican platform included keeping the Federal court system out of the business of states. (And yes, I know the Feds can involve themselve through the 14 th amendment.) But on the other hand, if there was ever a time for the Feds to nose into states' business, this is it. I started out sympathizing with Michael Schiavo, but the more I've read about this case, the more I sympathize with Terri Schiavo's parents. If there had only been something in writing, something that clearly showed her wishes in this. If only.... I read a comment somewhere that stated the only thing that tube was feeding was her parent's memories. Maybe; I don't know. I do know that I couldn't give up their fight if there was a chance. At any rate, no matter the "quality of life"--this isn't just disconnecting a respirator and letting someone slip away--this is starving someone to death. I think I need to find out more about making a living will, or medical directive, or whatever it's called. I do know that I could not, would not want to live the "life" this poor woman has right now. DH didn't even like it when he saw that I had signed the organ donor area on my drivers' license--wonder what he would do for me in a medical situation such as the Schiavos'? Would he--or any other member of my family, for that matter-- pay attention to my wishes on donation? Guess I can feel for both sides of this family fight. But it comes down to preserving life when no proof of Terri's wishes exists. And I'm fairly sure that she didn't ask to be starved to death. That's the bottom line, as far as I can see. Update: Found a post on another blog which summed up a lot of my thoughts on this and quoted extensively from a WSJ article on the Schiavos: sisu: An intolerable dilemma

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Published on March 17 2005

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Published on March 14 2005

Pie Pie.....Pi...(3.14).....get it? :D

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Published on March 10 2005

Product Image: Population: 485 : Meeting Your Neighbors One ...
My rating: 4 out of 5

From the book jacket: "After a twelve-year absence, a real-life prodigal son returns to his hometown -- New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485 -- and joins the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on their truck bumpers, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife armed with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out "to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren." The emergencies are real, the setting are surreal, and with each foray into the boondocks, we piece together the history of a people and a place. By turns fiery and funny, violent and gentle, Population:485 is the true account of a search for rootedness in a place from the past.
Spent a few of my hard-earned chamber bucks (received for a perfect work attendance for three years--how did I manage THAT?) at the local bookstore. I picked up this little gem of a book, and have just about managed to finish it this afternoon. It's set in a town not too far from here, but one that sounds so much like Tomahawk, it almost hurts to read it. (Although I'm not completely sure I like the description of "a place from the past") I think this one will get passed on to a couple of firefighter buddies when I'm done with it.

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