Archive for May, 2004

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How Depressing…

May 30, 2004

As anyone who is around me for very long knows, I have been becoming extremely discouraged about the world we live in. These past four years have been especially bad.

Now, a person I highly respect on a message board I frequent has just come right out and said that our society started to crumble when the Women’s movement got underway. This statement was made from an outspoken, seemingly independent woman.

I can’t understand how people can rationalize oppression just because things were better before any group started demanding equal treatment. It may be true that families stayed together more, that children behaved better, but at what cost? A group of people, in this example, women, were treated like second class citizens, were not considered equal or worthy to men.

Today’s most news-making group demanding equal treatment are gays. I’m too young to remember the sixties, but from what I’ve seen, read and heard, it looks like no one has learned a god-damned thing since then. At that time it was blacks and women fighting for equal treatment. (That STILL hasn’t happened, by the way, although it has gotten better.)

And once again, who is it that’s trying to stop progress? The same people it was the last time: republicans, ‘religious’ groups, close-minded idiots…oh, that’s redundant, isn’t it?

Republicans claim to want less government, yet they want to govern what we do with our bodies and how we conduct ourselves in the bedroom.

Religious groups claim to love their fellow man, yet they spew hate from their pulpits toward any group that dares to believe something different than some archaic piece of literature written thousands of years ago claims as truth.

And close-minded idiots? Well…they’re close-minded idiots, nothing more need be said about them.

Things HAVE gotten worse, but you can’t blame those fighting for equal treatment. I blame those trying to deny these rights. They have created the hate and animosity.

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It’s Hard to Be a Republican in 2004

May 28, 2004

Somehow, you have to believe that:

1. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U. N. resolutions against Iraq.

3. “Standing Tall for America” means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.

4. A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

5. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.

7. Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.

8. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

9. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our longtime allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

10. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at heart.

11. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

12. Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

13. It is okay that the Bush family has done $millions of business with the Bin Laden family.

14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.

15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

17. The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s Harken Oil stock trades are none of our business.

18. You support states’ rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right to adopt.

19. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ’80s is irrelevant.

20. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

21. Affirmative Action is wrong but that it is ok for your Daddy and his friends to get you into Yale, the Texas Air National Guard, Harvard Business School, part ownership of Harken Oil, part ownership of the Texas Rangers, the Governorship of Texas and then have the Supreme Court Appoint you President of the USA.

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Hail to the King, baby.

May 26, 2004

Bubba HoTep is a film that never got a wide release in theaters but was very well received by film critics and the normal movie-going folks who got to see it as it ‘toured’ around the country. Unlike my e-mail buddy, Kimberly, who not only got to see it in a theater, but got to see a showing at which Bruce Campbell made a personal appearance, I was not one of the fortunate ones who was able to see the movie in a theater. Therefore, I have been eagerly awaiting the DVD release of the movie.

The mail was a little fast and we actually got the movie on Monday, a day before it hit the store shelves and of course we watched it as soon as the dog was walked.

I have been a Bruce Campbell fan for a relatively short time – 5 years – but I consider myself a big fan. Subtle is not a word I would have used for Bruce’s acting style – until now. His performance as an aged, bitter Elvis Presley was just that along with touching, poignant and so non-camp, my husband and I often forgot it was Bruce. (That’s a compliment, in case you’re wondering.)

Why this man isn’t a big star is so beyond me.

Visit’s Bruce’s official website at www.bruce-campbell.com

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Hey…Florida’s kind of pretty

May 23, 2004

This past weekend my in-laws visited for a few days. They just bought an RV and are testing it out, driving down from Maine to visit us here in South Florida. My husband and I are very reclusive due to the fact that whenever we try to go out, the over-abundance of people and, more specifically, RUDE people that live in South Florida just makes almost every outing a bit miserable.

While our in-laws were here, they told us about a little park they had found close by so we met them there, not holding out much hope to have a very good time. However, the park allowed dogs so we hooked China up to the Gentle Leader and took her to the Ocean Inlet Park in Ocean Ridge.

It was actually pretty nice. Dogs weren’t allowed on the actual beach, but we walked around on the intercoastal side of the park and had a nice visit with his parents. China got to smell new smells (always an exciting thing for her) and we found a new place that we can go to for a different change of pace.

Pictures of our outing are on the Trips and Vacations page on my site, in the Photography section. There are also a couple of new pictures of China in the ‘Animal Friends’ section. Be sure to check them out!

http://www.brandimills.com

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Same Site, Brand New Look!

May 14, 2004

My personal website has been completely redesigned. All the doggies are gone and The Snifter has taken their place.

Please be sure to stop by and check out the new site. Along with the re-design, some new features have been added. Future additions will include wallpapers, mini-shrines to some of my favorite persons, places and things and of course, more photographs, quotations and jokes that I pick up along the road we call life.

Have fun!

http://www.brandimills.com