Its a very free feeling.
So let us commence with the usual randomness
* I need to start blogging about things I don't like because after I wrote about the "End the war in Iraq" car and homeless Santa Claus I haven't seen either one.
So in honor of my apparent ability to make things disappear solely through writing about them in my blog, here is a list of things I don't like:
- George W. Bush
- Gas prices that literally reach out and kick you in the gut (once they hit the price of $3.60 per gallon they just get so sassy)
- Soaring food prices and inflation (can I please have the strong dollar back?)
- Self-absorbed ass-hat patients with no common courtesy.
- Corrupt politicians and sectarian militias (*cough* Hezbollah *cough*)
- Earthquakes that kill thousands of people.
- Military juntas that don't give a damn about the people of their country.
- George W. Bush (just for added oomph)
Lets see how well that works.
* Speaking of the recent tragedies in Myanmar and China I was reading the newspaper during lunch last week and they wrote a sidebar listing weather tragedies that had happened over the past 30 years or so and I kid you not it went something like this:
China 2008: 10,000+ and still countingI'm sorry, I know that Katrina hit close to home, but did you look to see how absurd it was to list Katrina RIGHT NEXT TO a tsunami that killed 225,000?
Myanmar 2008: 30,000+ and still
Pakistan 2005: 75,000
Katrina 2005: 1,600
Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004: 225,000
Reason #10,451 why I despise biased media.
* And speaking of biased media....
There is an Arabic charter school here in the Twin Cities called the Tarek Ibn Zayed Academy (TIZA) that one right-wing boot-licking reporter decided was a bit too Muslim-flavored for her taste. She wrote an article that she must have paid a 2nd grader to research for her about their apparent blurring between church and state which prompted lots of death threats and a government inquiry into the school.
The inquiry basically came up with nothing: only buses that didn't run until after the after-school programs were over- after-school programs which included a fee-based Islamic program or free boy/girl scouts- and something about teachers going to Friday prayer. The last one I'm not really understanding their issue on, but whatevs fundamentally they found nothing wrong with the school.
One of our local news stations sent a camera crew to the school which promptly began to film on school property without permission- illegally trespassing. The head of the school came out and tussled with the camera-man when they would not stop filming. And by tussle I mean pushed his camera down. Sure that was pretty stupid on his part, but the constant replay and incendiary phrasing of the media is starting to piss me off. They are portraying it like he was beating on the camera man who was completely innocent of wrong-doing, when in fact the police have said they were trespassing and may face legal charges.
Get over yourselves. The Star Tribune told it like it was and only used two sentences of a one-page article to do so.
Of course the Star Tribune is the same newspaper that wrote the ridiculous list I wrote about above. I guess you win some you lose some.
* This past weekend I was driving away from Oogie's house when I witnessed some straight up nature documentary stuff happening in the urban jungle. A huge black crow was trying to kill a poor defenseless baby bunny. It kept picking it up and dropping it and swooping to pick it up again before the Bunny Mom of the Year came racing to the babies rescue and chased the mean bird away. Little bunny foo-foo escaped scampering across the street in front of my car and disappeared into the underbrush while I watched in wonder.
1- who knew crows hunted meat? Not me.
2- who knew bunny mums were tough enough to chase off predators? Not me.
That kind of seems like getting your butt kicked by Gandhi.
* I got economically stimulated last week, how about everyone else? I was really surprised because from what I'd heard they were going by the last two digits of the SOC and mine are quite high. I thought I'd be in Egypt before I got stimulated. Alhumdulillah for everything.
* Its my birthday this week, I will be 1/4 of a century old, and I'm fairly certain I want to go to the zoo and ride some rides on my birthday.
Is this some sort of reversal? As I get older I get younger. Dunno, but inshAllah the weather should be beautiful.
I also want a hat with pink feathers that says "Birthday Girl."
Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me!
Ok so, since we missed Random Wednesday last week we should have double the randomness in the comments section.
You know you wanna, so get to it!