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Some pictures of my newest niece and 'the old one'. 

In this picture you can see she's already politically active as she gives her Baby Power! salute.



more pics after the cut )

The Family

Jul. 10th, 2009 10:43 pm
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Transcript

MADDOW:  What is C Street?  I know it‘s a house on C Street in Washington.  How is it part of the Family?

SHARLET:  Well, the C Street house is actually—it‘s a former convent.  Now, it‘s registered as a church.  And it‘s run by the Family, and used by them to provide housing for six to eight congressmen at any given time and to provide spiritual counsel to these congressmen—which all sounds fine so far.

What makes it a little bit different than other Christian conservative organizations—two things.  You said that it‘s secretive.  Indeed, the leader of the group describes it, he says, “The more invisible you can make your organization, the more influence it will have.”

And the other thing is the nature of the influence they want to have.  I got to sit in on a spiritual counseling session between the leader of the family and Congressman Todd Tiahrt on the C Street house.  I actually, met Senator Ensign there.

As the leader of the family was counseling Congressman Tiahrt, who had this very standard issue, bill of issues related to the Christian right, and he said, you‘ve got to have a bigger vision of what we‘re talking about here.  He described—he called it “Jesus plus nothing.”  And he said it‘s sort of a totalitarian idea of Christianity and he gave his examples of men who he believed, understood the way power should wielded.  He actually gave his examples, Hitler, Pol Pot, Osama bin Laden and Lenin.

.....

MADDOW:Is there something about this type of theology that tells these guys, “Hey, don‘t worry about the affair, you know?  Big picture, you‘re good.  Stay where you are.  It‘s important for you to stay in power”?

SHARLET:  Yes.  No.  I think actually Governor Sanford made it very clear when he cited King David as an example of the reason why he wasn‘t going to be resigning office.  And that just struck a bell with me, because I—the King David story is the core teaching of the Family.  When I first heard it, I was living with the Family.

One of the leaders in the Family was explaining why King David was important.  And he says, it‘s not because he was good man, it‘s because he‘s a bad man.  You know, seduced another man‘s wife.  He actually had the husband murdered.

And he wants to explain why this was a model—and he says to one of the men in the group, he says, “Suppose I heard you raped three little girls.  What would I think of you?”  And this guy, being a human being, says, “You would think I was a monster.”  Well, the leader of the Family says, “No, not at all, because you‘re chosen.  You‘re chosen by God for leadership, and so the normal rules don‘t apply.”


 



The Family

Jul. 10th, 2009 10:43 pm
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Transcript

MADDOW:  What is C Street?  I know it‘s a house on C Street in Washington.  How is it part of the Family?

SHARLET:  Well, the C Street house is actually—it‘s a former convent.  Now, it‘s registered as a church.  And it‘s run by the Family, and used by them to provide housing for six to eight congressmen at any given time and to provide spiritual counsel to these congressmen—which all sounds fine so far.

What makes it a little bit different than other Christian conservative organizations—two things.  You said that it‘s secretive.  Indeed, the leader of the group describes it, he says, “The more invisible you can make your organization, the more influence it will have.”

And the other thing is the nature of the influence they want to have.  I got to sit in on a spiritual counseling session between the leader of the family and Congressman Todd Tiahrt on the C Street house.  I actually, met Senator Ensign there.

As the leader of the family was counseling Congressman Tiahrt, who had this very standard issue, bill of issues related to the Christian right, and he said, you‘ve got to have a bigger vision of what we‘re talking about here.  He described—he called it “Jesus plus nothing.”  And he said it‘s sort of a totalitarian idea of Christianity and he gave his examples of men who he believed, understood the way power should wielded.  He actually gave his examples, Hitler, Pol Pot, Osama bin Laden and Lenin.

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MADDOW:Is there something about this type of theology that tells these guys, “Hey, don‘t worry about the affair, you know?  Big picture, you‘re good.  Stay where you are.  It‘s important for you to stay in power”?

SHARLET:  Yes.  No.  I think actually Governor Sanford made it very clear when he cited King David as an example of the reason why he wasn‘t going to be resigning office.  And that just struck a bell with me, because I—the King David story is the core teaching of the Family.  When I first heard it, I was living with the Family.

One of the leaders in the Family was explaining why King David was important.  And he says, it‘s not because he was good man, it‘s because he‘s a bad man.  You know, seduced another man‘s wife.  He actually had the husband murdered.

And he wants to explain why this was a model—and he says to one of the men in the group, he says, “Suppose I heard you raped three little girls.  What would I think of you?”  And this guy, being a human being, says, “You would think I was a monster.”  Well, the leader of the Family says, “No, not at all, because you‘re chosen.  You‘re chosen by God for leadership, and so the normal rules don‘t apply.”


 



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Fox "news" ambushed Janeane Garafalo outside a Starbucks and got in her face about a comment she made where she said that the recent teabagging protesters were motivated by racism.

She doesn't back down.  Yay!

When Createdestiny runs off with Michael Stipe I'm gonna run off with Janeane :P




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Fox "news" ambushed Janeane Garafalo outside a Starbucks and got in her face about a comment she made where she said that the recent teabagging protesters were motivated by racism.

She doesn't back down.  Yay!

When Createdestiny runs off with Michael Stipe I'm gonna run off with Janeane :P




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On May 18th and 19th the Butte County Supervisors will have a meeting.  At that meeting they will vote on how much money to give to the Butte County Library.

Right now the library has already lost Sunday and evening hours, the reference desk, new book purchases and most of the children's story times (a favorite of my niece).

In July the library could lose:

All but two 6 hour days.

All but 5 staff members

book requests

community meeting room

interlibrary loan

many online databases

A library for a city of over 100,000 people that is only open twice a week for 6 hours each day?  That is unbelievable.

Contact info for the Butte County Supervisors is here.

If you're a local and give a crap about libraries, let em know.


 

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On May 18th and 19th the Butte County Supervisors will have a meeting.  At that meeting they will vote on how much money to give to the Butte County Library.

Right now the library has already lost Sunday and evening hours, the reference desk, new book purchases and most of the children's story times (a favorite of my niece).

In July the library could lose:

All but two 6 hour days.

All but 5 staff members

book requests

community meeting room

interlibrary loan

many online databases

A library for a city of over 100,000 people that is only open twice a week for 6 hours each day?  That is unbelievable.

Contact info for the Butte County Supervisors is here.

If you're a local and give a crap about libraries, let em know.


 

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My parents have been up at my sister's house for the past week or so.  While they were there my sister had some work done on the furnace in the house, which hasn't been working right.

Two guys showed up to do the work.

One of them seemed to be quite smitten with my 3 year old niece.  He fawned over her quite a bit.  He told her several times what a pretty girl she was.  He had a some sort of thermometer for checking the furnace and he showed it to my niece and said something like 'lets check your temperature' and held it against her skin and said "oh yah, you're a little hottie".

Every time he went near Evangaline the dog growled at him and stood nearby.

My mom didn't like him.  My sister didn't like him.

At one point while he was in the garage with my sister he said something to her about how pretty her daughter was.  My sister said 'yah, but she's a mess today, her hair is all wild and stuff' and he said "oh, that's the way I like them"

Anyways, to cut to the chase, they were bothered by this guy so much when my brother in law came home from work he went online and it turns out the guy is a sex offender. 

This is the guy.
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My parents have been up at my sister's house for the past week or so.  While they were there my sister had some work done on the furnace in the house, which hasn't been working right.

Two guys showed up to do the work.

One of them seemed to be quite smitten with my 3 year old niece.  He fawned over her quite a bit.  He told her several times what a pretty girl she was.  He had a some sort of thermometer for checking the furnace and he showed it to my niece and said something like 'lets check your temperature' and held it against her skin and said "oh yah, you're a little hottie".

Every time he went near Evangaline the dog growled at him and stood nearby.

My mom didn't like him.  My sister didn't like him.

At one point while he was in the garage with my sister he said something to her about how pretty her daughter was.  My sister said 'yah, but she's a mess today, her hair is all wild and stuff' and he said "oh, that's the way I like them"

Anyways, to cut to the chase, they were bothered by this guy so much when my brother in law came home from work he went online and it turns out the guy is a sex offender. 

This is the guy.
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If you've heard about this 'conflicker worm' in the news recently and are worried it might be on your computer you can go here for a simple eye chart style test.

http://www.confickerworkinggroup.org/infection_test/cfeyechart.html

basically, if you can see all 6 logos, you are probably ok.  If not, well, read the instructions lower down on the page.
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If you've heard about this 'conflicker worm' in the news recently and are worried it might be on your computer you can go here for a simple eye chart style test.

http://www.confickerworkinggroup.org/infection_test/cfeyechart.html

basically, if you can see all 6 logos, you are probably ok.  If not, well, read the instructions lower down on the page.

sleeping

Apr. 2nd, 2009 12:20 am
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My 3 year old niece said to my mother  "Oma, at night I don't like my bed but in the morning I do like it."

And I have to agree with her.

I hate going to bed these days.  I stay up late every night it seems, even when I'm tired. 

And in the morning I do love my bed.

sleeping

Apr. 2nd, 2009 12:20 am
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My 3 year old niece said to my mother  "Oma, at night I don't like my bed but in the morning I do like it."

And I have to agree with her.

I hate going to bed these days.  I stay up late every night it seems, even when I'm tired. 

And in the morning I do love my bed.
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I'm reading a book right now that involves an alternate earth.  This is a fairly common thing in science fiction books. 

While out for a walk tonight I decided that I'd like to go to an alternate earth where Bruce Lee played the part of Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu.

Or maybe just get a torrent to that alternate earth show....

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I'm reading a book right now that involves an alternate earth.  This is a fairly common thing in science fiction books. 

While out for a walk tonight I decided that I'd like to go to an alternate earth where Bruce Lee played the part of Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu.

Or maybe just get a torrent to that alternate earth show....

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I don't remember exactly when I decided I wanted an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Queensland Blue Heeler) but there are two things that I do remember influencing me greatly.  The first was the movie The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) in which Max has an ACD named 'Dog' that is his companion.  I remember thinking how awesome that dog was when I saw the movie.  Not only the way he acted, but his appearance.  That was a good looking dog!  The second thing that influenced me was walking through downtown Chico one day and there was a VW bus parked in front of a local eatery and as I was approaching I saw this hippy chick come out of the place and walk towards the van.  As she did this dog, an ACD, that had been laying in front of the store jumped up and followed her.  As she got to the van she motioned towards an open window and the dog jumped from the sidewalk into the van and I thought that was pretty damn cool.

So having an ACD started bubbling around in my head.  One day I'd have one, I decided.  I would scan the paper every once in a while looking for somebody selling ACD pups and one day, bam, there it was.  Some dude in a small town near Chico had a litter of pups he was selling.

I called the number and he still had most of them available so I drove out to his home.  When I arrived I saw the mother of the litter, which was his dog.  As I was talking to the guy he picked up a tennis ball and threw it over the top of his house, into the front lawn and the mother dog took off like a rocket around the side of the house and came back a few minutes later with the ball. Awesome!

The dude told me he had didn't have papers for the mother but she was purebred and the father had papers but the puppies didn't.  Not that I cared.

I looked over the pups and immediately took the red pups out of the equation. I wanted a blue.  I picked one and the guy said that was the one he was keeping for himself.  My second choice was Jake.  I paid the guy 100 bucks and off we went.  Jake was 8 weeks old.

I remember driving home with him in my old van.  He laid on my leg, straddling it with his little puppy legs, and slept.  I loved him by the time I got to the house.

He was a real handful growing up.  I lived with my buddy Zilla at the time and his dog Roxy was a great friend to Jake.  She was about a year older than him.  They got into all kinds of trouble.  He was worth it though.  When he got a few months old we'd walk along this access road near our house and he'd run along like a little bear cub.  It was about the cutest thing ever.

I remember taking him to the park when he was maybe 6 months old and throwing a tennis ball for him and he completely ignored it. Had no interest. I was pretty disappointed but several months later we were at the park and he found a tennis ball, picked it up, brought it to me and dropped it.  I threw it and he brought it back and dropped it.  No training.  He just did it and he never stopped after that.

When he got older I used a frisbee sometimes and he was so good at that.  He could leap like nobody's business.  I used to take him to an empty lot near a Safeway and throw his frisbee for him and pretty soon there would be a small crowd of people watching him and cheering.  I think he really dug that shit.

Another time we were walking around the CSU Chico campus and suddenly this frisbee came flying out of nowhere and Jake took off, jumped way up into the air, snagged it and brought it back to me.  I looked around and saw these three dudes walking towards me.  They were playing frisbee golf through the campus and Jake had snagged one of their 'balls'.  They were cool about it though and thought it was funny too.

His frisbee days ended though, when I was house sitting at my parent's house in the hills.  He wasn't allowed in the house, had to sleep on the back porch.  One night I heard him going off on something, a raccoon or whatever, and he took off of the back porch and raced down the hill.  The problem is that my parent's house was built on a fairly steep hill and the back was terraced and I think he went banzai after that critter right off a terrace and fucked himself up.  He could barely walk for quite a while after that.  He got back up to the back porch but for a week he wouldn't hardly move off of his sleeping pad, to the point of even peeing there.  I took him to the vet but they couldn't find anything really wrong with him (but they still charged me a shitload for looking) and eventually he mostly healed up, but he never had that athletic ability he had once.  He didn't jump into the air like he was climbing invisible steps.

For most of his life he was always at my side.  I took him everywhere.  In the summer I'd park at the far end of a parking lot just so I could get some shade.  I could leave the windows down and he never jumped out, except when we were someplace he knew he was allowed inside.  Like Dolly's Comics.  He  was always welcome to come in there and one day I parked out front and told him to stay for some reason. I got out and as I opened the door to the store Jake went in.  He knew he didn't have to sit in the car at Dolly's.

Once I went downtown to the bank.  As I came out of the bank and went to get back into my car I saw that Jake wasn't inside. He had jumped out for some reason.  I looked around but didn't see him.  I was afraid to call him because the bank is downtown and there is quite a bit of traffic.  If he heard me calling him he might run across a road and get hit.  I started walking all over, looking for him.  Nothing.  I was really freaking out when suddenly I realized that I had left him at home.  Doh.

I had to put him to sleep a few days before Christmas. 5 years ago? He was nearly 10 years old.  He had cancer in his bladder and it had gotten to the point where he couldn't control himself anymore and was peeing in the house a lot and blood was dripping from his penis.  That moment when I was holding him and I felt him go limp was the worst moment of my life so far.  I can't even think about it now without starting to get fucked up.
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I don't remember exactly when I decided I wanted an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Queensland Blue Heeler) but there are two things that I do remember influencing me greatly.  The first was the movie The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) in which Max has an ACD named 'Dog' that is his companion.  I remember thinking how awesome that dog was when I saw the movie.  Not only the way he acted, but his appearance.  That was a good looking dog!  The second thing that influenced me was walking through downtown Chico one day and there was a VW bus parked in front of a local eatery and as I was approaching I saw this hippy chick come out of the place and walk towards the van.  As she did this dog, an ACD, that had been laying in front of the store jumped up and followed her.  As she got to the van she motioned towards an open window and the dog jumped from the sidewalk into the van and I thought that was pretty damn cool.

So having an ACD started bubbling around in my head.  One day I'd have one, I decided.  I would scan the paper every once in a while looking for somebody selling ACD pups and one day, bam, there it was.  Some dude in a small town near Chico had a litter of pups he was selling.

I called the number and he still had most of them available so I drove out to his home.  When I arrived I saw the mother of the litter, which was his dog.  As I was talking to the guy he picked up a tennis ball and threw it over the top of his house, into the front lawn and the mother dog took off like a rocket around the side of the house and came back a few minutes later with the ball. Awesome!

The dude told me he had didn't have papers for the mother but she was purebred and the father had papers but the puppies didn't.  Not that I cared.

I looked over the pups and immediately took the red pups out of the equation. I wanted a blue.  I picked one and the guy said that was the one he was keeping for himself.  My second choice was Jake.  I paid the guy 100 bucks and off we went.  Jake was 8 weeks old.

I remember driving home with him in my old van.  He laid on my leg, straddling it with his little puppy legs, and slept.  I loved him by the time I got to the house.

He was a real handful growing up.  I lived with my buddy Zilla at the time and his dog Roxy was a great friend to Jake.  She was about a year older than him.  They got into all kinds of trouble.  He was worth it though.  When he got a few months old we'd walk along this access road near our house and he'd run along like a little bear cub.  It was about the cutest thing ever.

I remember taking him to the park when he was maybe 6 months old and throwing a tennis ball for him and he completely ignored it. Had no interest. I was pretty disappointed but several months later we were at the park and he found a tennis ball, picked it up, brought it to me and dropped it.  I threw it and he brought it back and dropped it.  No training.  He just did it and he never stopped after that.

When he got older I used a frisbee sometimes and he was so good at that.  He could leap like nobody's business.  I used to take him to an empty lot near a Safeway and throw his frisbee for him and pretty soon there would be a small crowd of people watching him and cheering.  I think he really dug that shit.

Another time we were walking around the CSU Chico campus and suddenly this frisbee came flying out of nowhere and Jake took off, jumped way up into the air, snagged it and brought it back to me.  I looked around and saw these three dudes walking towards me.  They were playing frisbee golf through the campus and Jake had snagged one of their 'balls'.  They were cool about it though and thought it was funny too.

His frisbee days ended though, when I was house sitting at my parent's house in the hills.  He wasn't allowed in the house, had to sleep on the back porch.  One night I heard him going off on something, a raccoon or whatever, and he took off of the back porch and raced down the hill.  The problem is that my parent's house was built on a fairly steep hill and the back was terraced and I think he went banzai after that critter right off a terrace and fucked himself up.  He could barely walk for quite a while after that.  He got back up to the back porch but for a week he wouldn't hardly move off of his sleeping pad, to the point of even peeing there.  I took him to the vet but they couldn't find anything really wrong with him (but they still charged me a shitload for looking) and eventually he mostly healed up, but he never had that athletic ability he had once.  He didn't jump into the air like he was climbing invisible steps.

For most of his life he was always at my side.  I took him everywhere.  In the summer I'd park at the far end of a parking lot just so I could get some shade.  I could leave the windows down and he never jumped out, except when we were someplace he knew he was allowed inside.  Like Dolly's Comics.  He  was always welcome to come in there and one day I parked out front and told him to stay for some reason. I got out and as I opened the door to the store Jake went in.  He knew he didn't have to sit in the car at Dolly's.

Once I went downtown to the bank.  As I came out of the bank and went to get back into my car I saw that Jake wasn't inside. He had jumped out for some reason.  I looked around but didn't see him.  I was afraid to call him because the bank is downtown and there is quite a bit of traffic.  If he heard me calling him he might run across a road and get hit.  I started walking all over, looking for him.  Nothing.  I was really freaking out when suddenly I realized that I had left him at home.  Doh.

I had to put him to sleep a few days before Christmas. 5 years ago? He was nearly 10 years old.  He had cancer in his bladder and it had gotten to the point where he couldn't control himself anymore and was peeing in the house a lot and blood was dripping from his penis.  That moment when I was holding him and I felt him go limp was the worst moment of my life so far.  I can't even think about it now without starting to get fucked up.

number two

Jan. 11th, 2009 10:51 am
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My sister had her baby yesterday.  It was a rough delivery for my sister, apparently, but from what I've heard they are both fine now.

So I have a second niece to spoil.  Once she gets a little older anyways.

There seems to be some confusion on what her name is. Hopefully that will be cleared up today :)
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