News that Tickled my Fancy This Morning

Plenty here to read about boots on the ground and military appropriations, but this is the part that tickled my fancy:
Rumsfeld:

“I think the only people who could conceivably be talking about a draft are people who are speaking from pinnacles of near-perfect ignorance.”

He added, “The last thing we need is a draft. We just don’t.”

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President Bush recommends

“…long-term fixes aimed at reducing U.S. reliance on oil imports…

“We’ve got a fundamental question we got to face here in America,” Bush said. “Do we want to continue to grow more dependent on other nations to meet our energy needs? Or, do we need to do what is necessary to achieve greater control of our economic destiny?”

He calls for more nuclear power plants and refineries, and larger tax breaks for cars using alternative energy sources.

The last application for a new reactor was submitted in 1973. Since then, Bush said, more than 35 nuclear power plants have been stopped “because of bureaucratic obstacles” while France has built 58 reactors and now relies on nuclear power for 78 percent of its electricity.

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Good news for babies of minors and minor parents:

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to dodge parental-consent laws by taking minors across state lines for abortions, the latest effort to chip away at abortion rights after Republican gains in the November elections.
By 270-157, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where the policy has new momentum as an item on the Republicans’ top 10 list of legislative priorities.

Democrat William Clay of Missouri changed his previous Nay votes to a yay in response to ‘an outpouring of support from his constituents.’ He sensibly says,

“This bill simply says that a parent has a right to know if their child is having surgery,” Clay said.

An ugly little secret abortion supporters don’t like to talk about is the fact that majority of men who father children upon minor girls are adult men- allowing them to transfer minors across statelines for abortions is allowing them to hide the evidence of what is often criminal activity.

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Another victory for parents! We all know what happens when we complain about the degrading content of many movies, often purely salacious content which adds nothing to the story. We are told to just turn it off, or skip a scene- to take control of what our children watch. Of course, we can’t control what’s on in waiting rooms all over the country, or what our children can see in the DVD player of the van next to them on the street (I will never use one of those things). But the movie makers didn’t really mean for us to take charge of movies at home, either:

WASHINGTON – President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at helping parents keep their children from seeing sex scenes, violence and foul language in movie DVDs.

The bill gives legal protections to the fledgling filtering technology that helps parents automatically skip or mute sections of commercial movie DVDs. Bush signed it privately and without comment, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

The legislation came about because Hollywood studios and directors had sued to stop the manufacture and distribution of such electronic devices for DVD players. The movies’ creators had argued that changing the content – even when it is considered offensive – would violate their copyrights.

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A favorite theme of the DHM’s is asking the right questions, or turning a problem on its head to come up with creative, innovative, and just way cool solutions.

LIke this one- beauty from ashes.

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Should we sue gun manufacturers when people misuse their guns?

10,000 people were murdered by guns in 2002. MOre than four times that number died in car accidents.

About a hundred children under 15 died in a gun accident in 2001, a tragic number.

IN 2002,

838 children under the age of 15 drowned, 474 children died from residential fires, and 130 children died in bicycle accidents.

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Heh. If low priced imports are bad, then why are we so upset about gas prices?

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More on ‘stingy Americans.’
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Do we have representation if our representatives do not even read the bills they pass, and often exempt themselves from those same laws?
Although in general I’m in favor of limited rather than increased regulation, here’s a proposed law that I’ve always liked.

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Recycled Rooster, or, Don’t Mess With Texas

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We live in the country now. We have lived in a small town (population 300) in the country before- ours was the last house on our street. Our neighbors had to kill a rabid fox once. She found herself in the chicken coop with the fox between her and the door. She shot it. She knew a fox had been at the chickens- she’d been losing about a dozen every night.

We kept chickens, too, but the fox didn’t bother ours. We had a horned goat that fended off most predators and actually killed a fox once.

We had a wily bantam rooster escape once. It evaded all the critters after it,
including us for a couple of months. It roosted in trees and evaded traps. It just could not be caught. Roosters are often mean. This little bantam was vicious. It was so mean and wily that it would watch for when our youngest child was nearby and help was far away. Then it would rush up from behind her, jump up and rake its claws down her back and race away. City boy types think this is a funny story, but it’s not. I’ve read of a rooster blinding a small child with its spurs. This rooster broke the skin on my child’s back.

The third time that happened, the Headmaster got out his gun and shot it. We dressed it and ate it for dinner. We had tried other ways of catching it, but nothing worked except that gun.

Guns were also the quickest, surest, most painless way of dispatching those of our animals we wanted to eat. Also, believe it or not, guns were the cleanest method. The Headmaster found it difficult enough to skin and dress dinner. He didn’t want to axe it, too.

So I could really relate to this post at Wittingshire today.

Amanda notes that she

“had to laugh about this LA Times article regarding the annual rattlesnake roundup held near my hometown in Texas.

The reporter seems to sympathize with the snakes.

She portrays the event as a bunch of rednecks showing off, tormenting those poor harmless rattlers who just want to slink away quietly and be left alone.”

You’ll want to read the whole thing, all the way to the end. Amanda straightens that reporter out. Amanda’s sister (incidentally, one of her two Master’s Degrees is in French Linguistics) shares her favored way of dispatching the rattlers- hoe or gun?

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Something about me that maybe you didn’t know

It’s like this- I love hippie style natural foods places, the more hippie and new agey the better. I like to wander around in those places and soak up the atmosphere. I like to thumb through strange books and read odd notices on the bulletin board. I fondle unusal and preferably organic veggies and pick some to buy and bring home to eat. I love it when the store has a machine so I can grind my own peanut butter, or, if I’m feeling rich, my own almond butter. I like the smell of the strange herbal remedies, and I sniff the essential oils and choose ones to bring home with me. At home we experiment with mixing up our own cleaning solutions using the oils to make them smell nice.

But I don’t want to leave my health food store yet, so let’s continue. It’s fun to try out several of the ‘tester’ lotions-a different one on each finger if I can. If the store has a cafe, I like to sit there and eat something strange and wonderful while looking through one of my magazines, sipping a soy latte. I like Mothering Magazine, The Compleat Mother, and Vegetarian Times the best, and I’m absolutely without will power when it comes to yet another cookbook, so I usually buy at least one of those things to look at in the cafe. If I can’t do that, I pick up the little indy paper from out front, the one that has all the announcements of alternative music venues, poetry slams, personal ads from the unredeemed looking for likeminded unredeemed partners, and notices of places where you can see Shakespeare performed in rap.

I like the pierced, oddly shaven, and strangely tie-dyed young folk who work there. I like the jewelery, candles, incense, spices and herbs. I like the bulk bins of grains and raw sugar and yeast flakes and organic raisins. I like the marble mortar and pestle selection, and the tea mixtures you can create.

If you like all these things too, then you’ll like these zines put out by Samantha at Eclectic Domestic. Her zines are all the good things about the natural food store without any of the guilt. My order came with a beautiful homemade blank journal, wine dark cover with creamy pages, stamped with gold medalions and illustrated with a victorian woman sweeping the floor and Proverbs 31 quotes. It’s just waiting for me to fill those creamy pages with notes from my reading, and since it’s not too thick, it’s not as intimidating as some others I’ve seen.

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Two children, playing with Mr. & Miss Potato Head Dolls:

Boy, after stomping around and making much noise: Miss Potato Head, will be my wife?

Girl: Are you trying to impress me?

Boy: Yeah.

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Quotes from Francis Bacon’s essays

This is JennyAnyDots.

Pipsqueak and I are reading his essays for school. I’m finding them very interesting so far.
We have only read: Of Truth, Of Death, Of Unity in Religion, and Of Revenge.

From Of Truth:

” But it is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it, that doth the hurt.”

” If it be will weighed, to say that man lieth, as that he is brave towards God and a coward toward men. For a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.”

From Of Death:

” It is the accompaniments of death that are frightful rather then death itself.”

” Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honour aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; and fear anticipates it.”

Of Unity in Religion:

” The fruits of unity (next unto the well pleasing of God, which is all in all) are two: the one toward those that are without the church, the other towards those that are whithin.”

” Christ’s coat had no seam, but the church’s vesture was of divers colours; whereupon let there be variety in the garment, but let there be no division.

“Of Revenge:

” This is certian, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”

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