November 29, 2004

Tabby Update

(Hat tip, Ethne!)

Fox News has an article on Tabby's status, and she's doing well!

Life is a mix of bad news and good. This sort of good news makes the bad more bearable. Cheers to Tabby, and to her family, and the greatest blessings of Gods and men to all who fought so hard to make this miracle possible.

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posted by Linda at 07:27 PM : Comments (0)
November 26, 2004

Rest Ye Sweetly

I got The Call last night, the one I've been expecting for oh, a number of years. My grandfather, aged 96, has shuffled off this mortal coil. I have no doubt that he flew straight to my grandmother's waiting arms.

I cannot cry.

His passage represents such a huge chunk of history. He immigrated to America as a boy, and settled with his parents around what is now Temple, Texas. He joined the Marines and fought in WWII. He fell in love with my grandmother while on leave. Her family's farm wasn't that far from his. She took a train, all alone, to New Jersey to marry him beore he took off on deployment. I still have that lovely navy-blue and white dress she wed him in.

He came home and made a career with the Marines. My father grew up around Quantico. I will never know if my grandfather was disappointed when my father joined the Navy.

After leaving the Marines, he worked for places like GE and Teledyne. I learned a couple of years ago that my grandfather actually etched tiles for the first space shuttle.

He took care of me for nigh two years while my father had to go elsewhere for his job. Grandpa and my grandmother used to argue in Czech so that I wouldn't understand what they were saying. He built me a treehouse in a huge pecan tree in his backyard. The tree, and the house, fell down only five years ago.

I still can't cry.

He was a good man, a stern father, and a doting grandfather. He called me his princess.

We have no money with which to go to his funeral. We're too broke for that. I feel a lot of ways about that, which I won't go into here lest this post dissolve into a whine of some sort.

My father called on his cell phone last night, and spoke for only a couple of minutes with my husband. His regular phone service is knocked out, thanks to storms, until at least tomorrow. He was out of minutes on his pay-as-you-go cell, and has to purchase some more. He just told S. to tell me that my grandfather passed around 7:00 a.m., Thanksgiving Day, and went peacefully in his sleep.

OK, now I'm crying. Goodbye, Grandpa.

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posted by Linda at 02:50 PM : Comments (5)
November 24, 2004

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

As we enter the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year season, I think that it is important for everyone to take a step back and remember that we can all have fun without getting dangerous. I've attached a rather graphic picture of an overdose victim, not for its shock value, but in the hope that everyone remains aware of his or her limits. When you look at this picture, remember that this did not have to happen.


(Received in email.)

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posted by Linda at 04:01 PM : Comments (2)
November 23, 2004

Added to the Blogroll

Ok, so I'm a bad, bad girl. When I was told of the newest member of the High Country Blogger's Alliance, I did try to come right out and add him to my blogroll. But the site kept timing out that day because the Eeeevil Corporation(TM) I work for was fucking with their new automatic proxy settings. So, I went on about my business, and forgot.

Until this morning, that is, when the memory came flooding back and left me feeling somewhat sheepish.

So, without further ado, please go over and give lots of blog-love and mad props to The Roseville Conservative. If you tell him I sent you, he'll probably have no idea what you're talking about, and that could be fun, too.

Seriously, he's a good read. If you like conservative voices in general, and are interested in what's happening politically around Placer County, California, you'll love this blog. He has a sly sort of humor that's had me choking on my coffee once of twice. Go. Read. I'll be here when you get back.

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posted by Linda at 04:27 PM : Comments (1)
November 22, 2004

Not Much

Truly, I really don't ask for much.

It's my one-and-only must have! All of Bill Whittle's essays in one bound source! What could be better?
Gleefully rubs hands together.

I'll put it on the bookshelf next to Twain.

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posted by Linda at 08:17 PM : Comments (0)
November 19, 2004

To Do This Weekend:

Whereas the pepper jelly is a done deal, I need to finish putting together cookie mixes in jars. I also want to finish hemming the dish towels that Little Miss is giving for Yuletide, and I want to start my cross stitch project.

I'm also doing more canning:

Chocolate Raspberry Spread

5 cups prepared fruit (buy about 2 qt. fully ripe red raspberries)
1 box SURE.JELL Fruit Pectin
5 squares BAKER'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine (optional)
7 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl

Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
CRUSH raspberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. (Press half of the pulp through a sieve to remove some of the seeds, if desired.) Measure exactly 5 cups prepared fruit into 6- or 8-quart saucepot.
STIR pectin into prepared fruit in saucepot. Add chocolate; mix well. Add butter to reduce foaming, if desired. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

(From Kraft

If I get it all done now, I can relax as the holidays and our daughter's 2nd birthday approach.

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posted by Linda at 11:26 PM : Comments (2)

Yep, I'd be the tech...

Today's "User Friendly" strip describes the marketers and salesmen I work with.


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posted by Linda at 09:48 PM : Comments (0)
November 16, 2004

'Tis the season

I have my annual urge to mosey on down to Hobby Lobby and pick up stuff to do a cross stitch.

I don't know why. Every November I get visions of sitting down in the evenings to do needlework.

But first, I'd better finish hemming those dishtowels that Little Miss is giving for Yuletide.

That's all I have for now.

As you were.

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posted by Linda at 04:17 PM : Comments (3)
November 15, 2004

Dear Left,

By Dean Esmay.

I couldn't agree more.

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posted by Linda at 06:09 PM : Comments (1)
November 11, 2004

Veterans Day

Dear American Veterans,

I woke up a free woman, today. I can speak and write freely, without fear. I can practice my religion without persecution, and pursue my happiness without fetter.

I can travel wherever I wish without interference, and with my husband, raise our child according to our sense of principles and honor.

I can work whatever job I wish, dress as I please, and keep and bear arms. I can laugh, scream, dance, run, play, and sing as my heart moves me.

That is all possible, thanks to you. Thank you.

All my love and blessings forever,
"Civilization Calls"

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posted by Linda at 07:39 PM : Comments (0)

Remember that Arafat was a Terrorist

CAMERA has the timeline of his atrocities.

May the Goddess grant his soul precisely the justice and mercy it deserves.

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posted by Linda at 07:21 PM : Comments (0)
» Committee for the Advanced Application of Common Sense links with: God Bless America and Her Vets, Fuck Arafat
November 10, 2004

Happy Birthday, USMC!

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, Marine Corps!
Happy Birthday to you.

November 10th is the official birthday of the US Marine Corps. Two hundred and twenty nine years later, they're still a jewel in the array of our armed forces -- some of the toughest, best, and most honorable men and women on earth.

While I was safely at home, tucking my daughter into bed last night, I thought of all our soldiers, sailors, and Marines out there, fighting, bleeding, and dying for my freedom, and that of my child. You are the men and women who make it so she sleeps securely at night, surrounded by people who love her. Thank you, and Semper Fi.


From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.

Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

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posted by Linda at 04:30 PM : Comments (3)
November 09, 2004

Marines Sing in Fallujah

If this video linked by Blackfive doesn't lift you up, then perhaps nothing can.

The Marines are singing in Fallujah. Victory is surely at hand.

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posted by Linda at 07:20 PM : Comments (17)

Job Quest

Unabashed self-promotion:

Anybody in the northern tip of the Front Range in Colorado want to hire a slightly used, but very talented, technical writer?

You'll be lucky to have me now, while I'm on my way up. I'm priced very reasonably too.

I'll only appreciate in value, so get me now, while I'm a bargain!

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posted by Linda at 04:50 PM : Comments (0)
November 04, 2004

They're on to me!

Mentioned at LGF's post about "Choice Moonbat Quotes" following the election, is this gem originating on a pagan forum over at Livejournal:

(Note: the following screed is quoted as written -- no edits by yours truly.)

**Magical Election Ta pering: SHUT IT DOWN!** Ok, I can understand the restlessness I've been feeling since yesterday. There's a lot riding on this election, and passions are running high on both sides, so naturally eceryone and their naked brother who has an ounce of Power and no clue about Shielding is leaking energy like a hair dryer in a bathtub. So it's Shields Up for me, but I'm still getting enough bleedover to make me jittery and a little manic if I don't concentrate. That's all to be expected.

What wasn't expected was that once I filtered out all that background noise, I started hearing a calm, resonable, and powerful head-voice saying things like
"Kerry doesn't have the experience we need in these troubled times." and "Give Bush a chance to make it better."

Anyone who knows me KNOWS these are not my thoughts! And besides, I
voted last week. No, there's no way in Hades these are my thoughts.

Gods-damn it! The f*cking Republicans have got Magical help pumping out
a clear, unified, focused broadcast, and you can be sure, every sensitive is
picking it up. These are the people most likely to vote Kerry, and I'd like to think they are resolute enough not to be swayed by telepathic subliminal advertising, but it's such a rarely-done thing, and so few people are properly trained these days, that I fear it will be more effective. Just watch
and see who says "I was going to vote for Kerry, but for some reason I
changed my mind at the last minute."

Who would be doing this for them? Gee, who are the Mages driving around
in those black Mercedes and Lincolns with the tinted windows? The ones who live in the mansions with the hell-hounds in the yard and the 7-foot tall hairless black doormen? Every town has some, the bigger the town, the more of these "High Magi" you will find.

I have no idea what their agenda may be, but you can be damn sure the
welfare of the common human on the street is not a part of it.

So shield, people, shield. And screen. And if you can shield a polling
place, do it! I'm not saying to try to interfere with people's choices, but rather prevent them from being interfered with.

This is important, people, and it may be too late already.

[Linda stops laughing with a physical effort/wipes eyes]


A bit of advice: Honey, those voices aren't necessarily magical workings or the voices of your spirit guides. Lithium and/or thorazine sometimes help. Talk to your doctor.

But Who woulda thunk I had that much power?

So, now and forevermore, let me be known as Linda, High Magistra of the VRWC...

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posted by Linda at 04:59 PM : Comments (7)
November 03, 2004

The People Prevail: Four more years.

President George W. Bush has received the nod from we, the People of these United States.

Tally this morning?
Bush: 51% of the vote, with 269 electoral votes.
Kerry: 48% of the vote with 238 electoral votes.

All right.

We can now finish what we started. Alaa, take heart: we knew what was right, and we reelected the man who led the war to free your homeland from the horrors of the psychopath Saddam. You and your people will not now be abandoned to terrorists and murderers.

Osama: watch your back. You hurt us one. You threatened us again. You know nothing of us as a people if you think we'll just roll over for you like Spain. Start counting your breaths. Your days are numbered.

Hamas, Hizbollah, al Qaeda, et al: Start running. Keep running. Or, change your ways. We're still coming.

People were watching and listening this election. The Silent Majority held their tongues mostly until Election Day, and then they made their preference irrefutably clear: we want Bush.

I should hope that John Kerry will now take the gentleman's route, and bow gracefully out. I know he won't -- I know he'll put his after-election handbook of litigation into high gear and try to turn elections into something run by the court system.

This is exactly what makes him so undesirable to the majority of people in the United States: he either refuses, or is incapable of seeing, that actions do make the man, and his actions generally leave a very bad taste in the mouth of the American on the street. He has acted without integrity on many occasions -- in fact, he's made a career of it. His quickness to litigate disgusts many; especially the sure knowledge that he was plannning this all along.

So, let me say this directly to the Senator:

Senator Kerry, we don't want you. You have not received the office of President. You could demand that we all go and recast our vote today, and we still will not want you. You are not cut of the right cloth for the highest office of this land. We all suggest that you behave once as a gentleman should, and go quietly home.


UPDATE: Well, I owe Senator Kerry a kudo. There is a gentlemanly bone in his body. He called President Bush to concede the election. That had to hurt, and was most likely the hardest call he ever made. I respect him for that.

News sources:

Source 1: Yahoo! News
Source 2: AP News
Source 3: Fox News
Source 4: MSNBC
Source 5: ABC News
Source 6: CNN


Kerry publicly concedes.

OK, let's get back to work.

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posted by Linda at 01:11 PM : Comments (3)
November 02, 2004

With An Eye To the Future

(Hat tip: David of Ripples.)

Fifty Reasons Why by Vanderleun at American Digest.

His post summarizes everything I've been trying to say for the last two years.

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posted by Linda at 04:39 PM : Comments (3)

Election Day 2004

OK, people, this is it. Time to make your voice heard. Get out there and cast your ballot.

We've been doing this for more than 200 years. Let's show the world what real democratic process looks like. Today is the day that we hold ourselves above pundits, politicos, and lawyers.

Now move.


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posted by Linda at 04:08 PM : Comments (1)