Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fall scene

 
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How many black farmers can fit on the head of a pin?

86,000?

Credit checks for potential employees?

Why?

It used to be the best source [of information about potential hires] was to check job references. Nowadays, though, very few employers will give a honest job reference, or will provide any information at all. I know I am guilty of that — my company does not allow any manager to give out performance data on past employees. I only needed to be sued once over somehow interfering with someone’s living by giving honest information about that employee’s reliability to change my behavior.

I once called another library to ask about a potential hire. The director said, "We have a legal agreement not to say anything about Mr ___'s job here." No more needed to be said.

On the other hand, I have gotten glowing references from previous employers for employees who turned out to be awful. More than once. Thank God that you can fire an employee for any reason before he or she becomes a permanent civil servant.

roses in blue vase

 
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I'm not quite finished with this one.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Warnings for bumper stickers

Just drove by a car with a bumper sticker that warned: "Novice Driver."

This is good as far as it goes, but I suggest the program be expanded. Some ideas for informative bumper stickers:

Incompetent driver
Drives while buzzed
Texts while driving (or Drives while texting)
Road Rage Addict
Flunked IQ test
Marginal motor skills
Road hog
Criminally insane
Serious anger issues
License suspended
Out of my way!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Swiss do the right thing

Ban minarets.

Good for you, Switzerland. By the way, love your cheese.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The broadview burglars

Has anybody noticed that they are all white guys?

Apparently it has been noticed. But what got my attention is the utter stupidity of the intruders. Why break down the front door--why not try an upstairs window instead? Lazy young people!

I also remarked that in the time it takes the stricken young lady to get to the phone, the burglar could have shot, knifed, or strangled her. I'd like to see her telephone etiquette then. Again, dumb, dumb, dumb!

No wonder they say crime doesn't pay.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Protecting College Students from Evil Capitalists

Congress is working on this.

So Congress is worried about students paying several thousand dollars and investing 18 months of their lives for a degree that may not repay their student debts. No word yet on whether they are looking into students who spend four years and $160,000 for Ivy League gender studies degrees, which we all know have simply enormous income-generation potential.

Lily white liberal columnists

They need a bit of diversity, doncha know?

They look like a bunch of callow youths to me.

Except Paul Krugman, Nobel prize winner and owner of cats called Doris Lessing and Albert Einstein. He's just plain weird.

Friday, July 23, 2010

My wine rack


I bought this at an estate sale for $7.50--just the rack, not the wine.
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A Twenty-first Century Sherlock Holmes?

No fog?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fashions are stupid

What could be more comfy than wearing long johns (now called leggings) under a Summer dress in 92 degree heat? Well, at least your butt won't stick to the leather car seat.

Maybe the new with-it look of wearing an undershirt (top and bottom exposed) under a tight shirt with tight blue jeans.

Or these:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reality changes

Asbestos is eliminated by magic. Wow!

With Jews like this...

who needs anti-Semites?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

An elegant name

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One among many plaques at Christiana Hospital. I just loved her name.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Flowering tree July 2010


I don't know what this tree is called, but it is unusual in that it blooms in mid-Summer, unlike all the other flowering trees tht bloom in the Spring. I took the picture with my iPhone from my car window. That's why it's not so great. I was hoping someone would tell me what it was. Tat--you know about such things!
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Shakespeare's first theater

Before the Globe.

Thanks to Brits at their best.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

How American Jews speak

More precisely, what Yiddish words do they use, and what Hebrew words, in common conversation.

I find this topic fascinating.

I am taking Hebrew classes, and in my class are several people who are in the process of converting. 
They want to be Jewish.

What makes a person Jewish?  I myself am 100 percent Jewish, but almost completely Jewishly illiterate.  These conversion students know more about the Jewish religion than I do, and I come from an observant family.  So how come I am a Jew, and these converts have to go to a mikvah (ritual bath) and immerse themselves to become what I was, with no effort,  just by virtue of being born?

Somehow we never talked about most religious topics, including the Almighty.  We had our own religion, which I am sure most people do.  We ate kosher food.  But my cousin and I were packed off to the movies every Saturday afternoon, although this is forbidden.  I have a feeling the adults wanted to get rid of us for a while so they could have some peace.  So they were religious when convenient.

When I was coming up, most observant men did not cover their heads except in the synagogue.  Now the overwhelming majority of them do.  The synagogue I attend is observant--women are not allowed to read the Torah--but there is mixed seating, so it is not accepted as Orthodox.  Some synagogues have doubled down on separate seating by building a wall between the men and the women.  My brother and his wife, very observant Jews, left the synagogue where they were married when a wall was built separating the sexes.  That was a bridge too far for them.

Senator Joe Lieberman is an observant Jew, but does not wear a kippah.  I notice also that he walks to the Senate if he has to attend a session.  I'm pretty sure that Senate attendance is considered work and that the rabbis of old would frown upon his presence, especially if money is being discussed.  Money is not be be discussed on the Sabbath and one is expected to rest, not work.

Sages have devoted volumes to what can and cannot be done on the Sabbath.  Card playing, nix.  Chess okay.  Writing, turning on electric lights, preparing meals--all are forbidden.   Being observant can take up a lot of your time, which I am sure is one reason the Jewish religion has survived.  People adhere more closely to a religion that asks a lot of them. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

One for our side

I hope Lynne Stewart rots in hell.  Traitor!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sympathy for Al Gore

Yes, you heard me right.  I'm downright sorry for the man.  He buys a house for 8 million and change and can't even light a fire in his fireplaces!  What is this country coming to!  What's the use of being rich?

I don't know when the house was built but for a long time now you need a special permit for wood burning fireplaces and most of the houses built for the last 20 years are gas operated with faux wood for show.  I'm not saying that is what they have, but wouldn't be surprised if that were the case.

Another commenter chimes in:

Not only the difference in fireplaces built recently, but there are also restrictions on fireplace usage in CA.

My parents have a woodburning fireplace, and due to air quality restrictions, they aren't allowed to use it whenever they want.

My Grandfather was not covered by the restrictions, but that was because his fireplace was the main heating source for his ancient house.

Now picture this:  Gore is sitting in front of his cozy fireplace, toasting his toes, perhaps contemplating a restful massage, and the Fireplace Police drop in and give him a ticket,  ruining his pleasant evening.  Maybe they even haul him off to jail, poor soul, simply for using his own property in a way that he sees fit.

Our family used to drive down to Florida, sometimes using country roads.  A common sight was a large lot with a couple of derelict cars parked in front of a house that hadn't seen a coat of paint in a good long while.  Of course this was unsightly.  But I'd prefer having the neighbors park their cars in their front yards than have someone tell me what materials I can use to build  my house and what color it must be painted--as happens in California!  Really and truly!  It happened to someone I know.

Of course, around here they have laws against parking trucks in the street, but at least they are not watching the chimney or the electric meter to see if I am improperly heating or cooling my house.

Maybe that's next?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Al Gore's new humble little shack

A friend who lives in California sent me this comment on Al Gore's new house:

I don't know when the house was built but for a long time now you need a special permit for wood burning fireplaces and most of the houses built for the last 20 years are gas operated with faux wood for show.  I'm not saying that is what they have, but wouldn't be surprised if that were the case.

Kenneth Gladney

I can't find the exact link, but maybe someone can e-mail it to me.

O'Reilly had some pompous windbag on his show yesterday, discussing the NAACP generally and the Kenneth Gladney beating specifically.

The pompous windbag, who I will call Windbag for short, said Gladney was selling hate literature, specifically buttons with Obama's picture in whiteface, and the word "Dope" rather than "Hope,"  implying that Gladney deserved the beating given him by SEIU thugs, a beating which sent him to the hospital.

O'Reilly more or less agreed that the buttons Gladney was selling were improper.

It leads me to despair to hear O'Reilly agree with Mr Windbag that Gladney should not be exercising his First Amendment right to free speech.  Where are the first principles our republic is based on?  Have we forgotten free speech so quickly?

Founding Fathers to O'Reilly:  Free speech is protected by the First Amendment.  You blew it,. 

A link to the interview.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Brandywine Zoo



The offices of the Brandywine Zoo have been decorated with fabulous murals, showing all kinds of animal habitats.  I tried to find more information about the artist from the Zoo's website, but could not find the information.  Anyway, he did a great job.  The kids who attend camp and educational programs there will love it.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

More about the running of the bulls

If anyone cares:

I've lived in Spain for over 20 years and have never been to Los San Fermines. Having spent the first 30+ years of my life in New York City, surviving ****ing  Saint Patrick's Day drunks, I've never felt the need to add livestock to the mix. Have fun, y'all.  

My sentiments exactly.  Only one St Patrick's Day did it for me.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

It's Mahler's 150th birthday

A wonderful appreciation of the composer.

Read the whole thing, including the comments.  So many people love Mahler's music.

Running of the bull***

My wish when I see news of this sort is I hope the bulls win.  I'm sorry to be so unPC, but the bulls did not ask for this fight.  How can Spain, which claims to be so multiculti and loves every liberal cause that comes up, justify this brutal sport?

You know that in a bullfight, the bull will not winNo way.

I first was made aware of this delightful sport when I read Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises when I was 16.  Their visit to Spain to attend the bullfights sounded fab, except for the bullfight.  The life of young expats in Paris sounded like fun, too.  How I would have liked living as an expatriate in Paris, meeting all the happening people, hanging out in bars, soaking up the sunshine in Spain.  The fleeting thought crossed my mind that these folks must have received monthly checks from home, but I banished the thought quickly, my 16-year-old self enchanted by the glamor of the whole thing.  As a sour old lady, however, I am immune to Hemingway's charms.

I am with the bulls, all the way.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

People don't mind paying more for education?

A survey has shown that Americans do not want to pay more for public employees, but make an exception for education.

Why?  because they don't know the education swindle as I do.  I've seen it up close and personal.  Large amounts of education money go for administration.  Forget the teachers' salaries, how hard-working they are, bringing work home, and other pieties.  Teachers at least have quanitfiable duties.  A teacher will teach a class of 20 fourth-graders, or teach art to 75 students.  There are many, many people working in the public school system who either do nothing or do something that could be dispensed with:  assistant principals, board secretaries, assistants to assistant principals, secretaries to board secretaries; lather, rinse, repeat.  No business could survive with such a collection of slackers and people whose main duties are to take something out of an inbox and put it in an outbox.  Their lack of productivity is astounding.

Money oozes from every orifice of the public education system.  It doesn't help that the states impose unfunded mandates that cost school districts money, without reimbursing them.  The superintendent of a school system which shall be nameless told me that he was compelled to transport a retarded child several miles and pay an arm and a leg to have a minimum wage flunkey, under the auspices of a State facility for the retarded, baby-sit him.

And so it goes.   Anyone who wants to can pick up the rock which conceals public school spending and see what is underneath.  It's not a pretty picture.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Trifecta

The perfect storm of climate tsuris


An SUV (1)  crashes into an eco-friendly  bus 2) which crashes into a greenhouse (3).

It doesn't get much better than that. 

Monday, July 05, 2010

Longwood Gardens photos taken July 1, 2010




To see more Longwood pictures, visit my other blog at miriamswilmingtondephotos.
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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Maybe they could qualify for one of those "payday" loans

or maybe not.

These people we elect--do they know what they are doing?  I used to think they did.  Yes, they were crooks, but they were competent crooks.

Wrong.

From Instapundit.

Mother and dad, out of the frame


This is enhanced to the severe limits of my photo-editing skills.
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From the shelves of the Good Will store

vaguely (but not quite) obscene object of no utility
Other stuff anyone could easily live without
Candleholder and son, possiblly another candleholder
Another view of weird candleholder
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Friday, July 02, 2010

Your money or your life?

I wrote this some time ago:

I used to drive a small car. I laughed when I passed a gas station (well, it was more like a quiet chuckle). Then my small car, going about 5 mph, was hit by a mid-size Lexus. Score: Lexus 1, Miriam 0.

They practically had to vacuum my car off the road, it was in so many pieces.

I escaped without a scratch, miraculously.

But I'm not driving a really small car, unless it is up-armored.


An intelligent comment:

Nobody in the USA will "clamor" about fuel efficient cars. People can always buy what they want ... at least, up to now.

They will simply decide on the compromise they are willing to make between the well documented lethality of tiny cars and the cost of gas.

The cost of gas vs. the value of your life.  


 Choose one.
The guy has a point.



Another good reason to hate Mel Gibson

As if I needed one.

He's just another one of those Christians who love their fellow man.

Christopher Hitchens has cancer

It's a shame.  I hope he's one of the lucky five percent who survive.  May he have the best of care, he deserves it.

I just finished Hitch's book, which I enjoyed very much.  He seems like a generous-hearted man and a good friend, a guy you wouldn't mind going out drinking with.  His aversions are as strong as his likes, and as vehemently held.   Most people espouse a party line and don't think for themselves if they can help it.  So it's kind of refreshing to find someone who has it in for Mother Theresa.

Hitch has had an enviable life, so far, and I hope will continue to do so.  He  appears to know everyone I've ever heard of, or at least everyone whose books I have ever read, including--and this impressed me--Redmond O'Hanlon.  I thought i had discovered Redmond O'Hanlon all by myself, there in the travel sectiion of the library, and here Hitchens knew him right along.

Some religious persons have suggested that this cancer is God's punishment for Hitchens' vigorous atheism.  Whatever religion these people profess, I want none of it.  I am dubious about belief, and dubious about prayer, but I still will send a few thoughts of Christopher Hitchens, who has given me so much pleasure, winging heavenwards.  God can then do exactly as He likes, if he exists.  And if he doesn't, no harm done.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Supreme Court nominee hearing

Senate snoozes.

Kagan is going to be confirmed.  It's all about the numbers.  Kagan is a nonentity, unlike Justice Scalia, who is really brilliant.  She is one of the better Obama candidates, in that she never made bombs in the basement or gave speeches praising Mao's little red book. Yet.

We have 300,000 million people in this country, and lots of them are boring Harvard graduates.  They learned the Harvard game--the admissions game, I mean--in middle school, and were careful to do what it took to get into Harvard:  raise money for cerebral palsy, run half-marathons, volunteer for the school paper, play the cello, and visit old ladies in nursing homes twice a week, while getting good grades and kissing up to the teachers.

I can't imagine she has ever held an opinion that would differ in any respect from that of the faculty and administration at Harvard, Mayor Bloomberg, Mario Cuomo, Mayor Daley (the son, not the father) or Obama himself.

His nominees, except for the lunatic fringe ones who want to give carrots and rutabagas the vote or emulate Cuban health care, are ticket punchers.  They look different, but at heart they resemble Chiclets.  So she's fifty.  Another thirty or forty years on the Supreme Court bench and she'll retire and leave an opening for another just like herself.