Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Light posting

I tend to get busy in the summer as you can see by my light posting. Apologize for not posting as much. There is a lot to talk about right now and I am out of time again. Hopefully, in the next few days I will post on Louise Smith's Inability To Think, Albero Finally Gets Sued For Being Albero, and Bush Sort-Of-Pardons Libby (at least keeps his little buddy out of jail - I imagine it went something like this:

L - "You know George, 30 months is enough time to write a very interesting book about my time in the White House."

G - "Uhhhhhm, well, we can't let that happen. I will pardon the jail time, but so people don't get suspicious we'll keep the fine in place, have one of our corporate guys pay it, and keep the probation."

L - "I thought so."

Monday, June 18, 2007

Sam Perlozzo Fired

The Orioles' manager was fired this afternoon, as they all have been since we haven't had a winning season since 1997. We have had and do have some very talented players interspersed through the years, just not a congruent bunch. We have good starting pitchers and no closers, or we have great closers and starters that can't get past the 5th inning. We have had two good hiters in the lineup and the rest of them might as well have been me (imagine that!) . . . the list goes on and on; the problem with the Orioles is ownership. Angelos is a dud. He always has been. He thinks adding Sammy Sosa to the line up makes for a winning team. Only after we bought Sosa we had no money left for any other players. Give me a break.

It's been hard to be an Orioles fan ever since Cal moved to third base. I love 'em and am a die-hard fan, but it's hard.

Angelos has to go. He sucks.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


It's that time of year when we have vegetables a plenty hear on the shore. A lot of people are moving towards organic/naturally grown produce - and for good reason. I don't want to ingest pesticides and herbicides. If you were born and bred on the shore like I was, you probably grew your vegetables naturally anyway, just because we farmed the way our ancestors did. Now, huge mega-farms growing useless fruits and veggies (you know, that beautiful red, round tomato you find at the grocery store and then you eat it and, well, you don't taste anything) selling wonderful-looking veggies cheap, we have to make tough decisions.

Certain terms may be misleading and, coming from a long family of farmers and doing some research, I thought I would give some pointers to the come-heres on the art of buying veggies. It's Farmer's Market time, and we all need to support those men and women busting their butts to feed others the best food they can grow.

ORGANIC means grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizer. They do use natural pest control items, their hands and hoes are the herbicides, and they use all natural fertilizer (their own compost, chicken crap, etc.). The veggies are full of flavor and appear as they should - a blemish here, an odd colored tomato there, an odd shaped eggplant. Organic farmers use the nutrients already in the ground to feed their plants, and therefore they have healthy, sustainable soil as well that is better for the environment and they take care of to ensure years of healthy farming.

LOCALLY GROWN is pretty straight forward, but always ask if you are at a roadside stand or farmer's market. Just ask if they grew the produce the vegetables themselves. If you see a tomato in May or a vadalia onion anywhere, chances are they shipped the product here. Some markets are producer-only, others you just rent a table and you could have avacados shipped from California and sell them there. (Note: local farmers with a complex greenhouse system could have a tomato in May, but it is doubtful.)

In the end the best choice is LOCALLY GROWN ORGANIC. The best of both worlds, and an easy decision to make. Now it gets tricky. Everyone is getting into organic produce now, and people go out of their way to purchase organic. The truth is buying locally grown produce from a farmer that used a little pesticide is much better than buying produce from California that was grown organically. First of all, just think of the fuel used to truck the product from California to here. Then think of the packaging used to make sure the product got here 3 days later safely (often plastic wrapped in a styrofoam tray). Lastly, most vegetables continue to ripen after they are harvested. So that product had to be picked before it got ripe to ensure it was on the grocery floor at the optimum time. The last three days the fruit ripened with out any nutrients and it gets soggy and loses flavor. Also, at farmer's markets you will find that the fruit ripened on the vine and was picked ready to eat, often that morning or the evening before. You talk about fresh!

If you have any questions or concerns, head to your local farmer's market and ask any of the farmers working the stands about their vegetables. It's hard work, and if they are there, they are passionate about their food. And they love to talk about their farms and their vegetables.

The Daily Times joins the blogging world

Oh boy. The Daily Times has joined our local blogging community. It will be interesting to see how objective they can be online and how free they can be with the local political scene. I am not familiar with Joe who is the Administrator for the political blog. Time will tell.

I posted a link to the right. Check it out.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Parody, For Fun

Today, I was walking down the plaza and I saw a piece of trash in the flowers. YOU WON'T SEE THIS IN THE DAILY TIMES. There were workers, but they didn't pick up the trash. WHAT DO WE PAY OUR TAXES FOR? I also saw a blimp out by the airport yesterday. You read it here first. The only news you need to read. The Daily Times may not even report this news!

P.S. - I am not texting Rush his entire show today, so he will flop. I am the greatest "news" "reporter" ever.

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Congratulations to us for exercising our rights and getting enough signatures to make the council members do their job. It's a shame that we had to do all that just to get people we voted for to perform. And shame on Gary, Shanie and Louise for trying push an agenda the people are against. I have come to expect Gary to agree with the mayor and Shanie to do, well, nothing. But my disappointment in Louise after her agressive and clear campaign to be elected is really overwhelming. I have never been witness to a local politician being so sneaky and untrustworthy. It's one thing to say something like I reviewed my postion and based on ______ I would like to explain my new position. But to simply be puppet and not perform the duties she elected to do, is just wrong. I would be embarrassed and resign if I was you Louise. What a crock.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

GWB Wakes Up

Wow. GWB stated that "The United States will not avert our eyes to a crisis that challenges the conscience of the world." Uhhhm, sir, the genocide in Darfur started in February of 2003. Over four years ago. 200,000 dead and 2.5 million refugees. Thanks for noticing, Mr. President.

Immigration Clarification

This country has always welcomed immigrants - and it still does. An immigrant is someone from a foreign land that goes through the process of proper applications and testing to become a citizen of the United States. It takes a lot of work and effort to become legal if you were not born in this country, but it is wll worth it. As a matter of fact, if you were born here, chances are your great-great-great. . . parents immigrated here.

When you sneak here and don't go through the proper channels, you are an illegal alien. NOT an immigrant. The key word being illegal. The children of these illegal aliens are automatically citizens and they will be a generation unto themselves if we are not careful.

This amnesty bill is atrocious and will ultimately encourage foreigners to come here illegally. Why even have an immigration program? How about all the people that learned english, passed the exam and left their families on the wings of hope? How devastating for them, let alone citizens like you and me?

It is costing the government millions and millions of dollars to house, provide health care and feed these aliens. How about a one time fee for deportation? Then the government relieves itself of paying for this person and their families for years to come. Once one has been deported they would be banned from applying for immigration status for 10 years.

I don't have all the answers - but I know something has to be done.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Real Problem with the "War on Terror"

Deception. That is the biggest problem with the War. Deception from the very beginning. WMDs, connection to Osama bin Laden (still free to roam, probably lives in Miami), and they are going to attack the U.S. at any moment. Then there are no WMDs, there is no way bin Laden would have had anything to do them, and their most powerful weapon travelled 96 miles. So, with no navy, the Iraqis would have had to park a vessel in the Chesapeake Bay to cause any damage. One could argue that they could board commercial airplanes and attack us, but none of those guys were Iraqis, were they?

GWB has argued for years that he was a bad man, a dictator of the worst kind. Well, if that's our goal, to bring democracy to these nations ruled by dictators, we have a long road ahead of us. Here's the list:

List One: the most repressive nations and territories-
Burma- Chechnya, a disputed territory controlled by Russia- Cuba- Libya- North Korea- Somalia- Sudan- Tibet, a disputed territory controlled by China- Turkmenistan- Uzbekistan
List Two: all other nations and territories judged not free-
Algeria- Angola- Azerbaijan- Belarus- Bhutan- Brunei- Cambodia- Cameroon- Chad- China- Congo (Brazzaville)- Congo (Kinshasa)- Cote d'Ivoire- Egypt- Equatorial Guinea - Eritrea- Guinea- Iran- Israeli-occupied disputed territories- Kashmir, the portion of the disputed territory controlled by Pakistan- Kazakhstan- Kosovo, a disputed territory controlled by Serbia- Laos- Maldives- Oman- Pakistan- Qatar- Russia- Rwanda- Saudi Arabia - Swaziland- Syria- Tajikistan- Thailand- Togo- Transnistria, a disputed territory controlled by Moldova- Tunisia- United Arab Emirates- Vietnam - Western Sahara, a disputed territory controlled by Morocco- Zimbabwe

That's a lot of people that need our help. We better get started.

Yesterday, in a speech to Coast Guard graduates, GWB said that Iraq is the control center for all Al-qaeda. All of the rest of the world says it is Pakistan. After 6 years of absolute deception and lies, I don't believe the President of the most powerful country in the world. And his intelligence (As soon as he says intelligence sources, I roll my eyes. He manipulated them to go to War when he actually was backed by the country. Let alone what he will do when he is desperate for support.) stated that bin Laden was masterminding another attack on American soil. No dates when this 'intelligence' was gathered. Another FEAR tactic for a man that has really screwed up and needs support from anywhere he can get it.

So, the real problem with this war is: "We don't believe you, Mr. President. We just don't believe you." He has lost all credibility through deceptions, missteps and hiring then backing really raunchy people (Wolfowitz, Gonzales, Libby . . .) when they flail.

A couple more points, then I will quit ranting.

Why can't we put ourselves in others' shoes? A lot of people in this world think GWB is very dangerous. (Including myself. He's a moron with a lot of power and that's dangerous.) So, they decide to attack our country and get rid of this awful leader to 'save us.' Much like we did to the Iraqis. Do you think we would all just rush out and thank them? Or would we get out our hunting rifles and start defending ourselves? I would. I would make my little house a fortress and shoot. Much like the Iraqis are doing. GWB assumed this country wanted to be saved by us. They didn't. Not like this anyway.

Lastly, in his Gettysburg address, Abe Lincoln stated, "For the people, by the people." Not "thanks for your input citizens, but I am going to do it this way." Over 65% of this country wants our soldiers out of there. That means, a real leader finds a way to do it. He is not listening to the people. Could it be that we have a rogue dictator, right here at home? He is doing his own agenda regardless of what the people want. He is creating a dictatorship right here in U.S.A. by igoring the people. Seems to me we have a republic right here that could use some ethical and humble leadership - a regime change if you will.

GWB is wrong and has been wrong for 7 years now. And, Mr. President, we don't believe you anymore.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


If you have not played bingo with us gay folk, you haven't played bingo. We have a great time whether your straight, gay or undecided. We welcome all to our evening of fun and fundraising. HUGE queens running around in their princess finest, and the prettiest letter caller you ever saw - 5 o'clock shadow and all. It is hilarious. It is fun. And it benefits a some great causes. Details below.

Bingo-A-Go-Go: Pride Kickoff, a joint fundraiser of Delaware Pride, AIDS Delaware, Rainbow Chorale, and the Metropolitan Community Church. Bingo is held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Doors open at 6:00 PM with the first game called at 7:00 PM. Anyone can attend. You must be 18 to play. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (10 Games). Special Games Package is $8 (5 games, must be purchased before the first game). Individual Special Game is $2. Food and Beverages are available during the games. For info, please call 302-652-6776. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.delawarepride.org/.


Bill Reddish Show

Bill Reddish defended his position this morning on his show. You probably already know the mayor has banned city workers from being on the show. He stated that twice previously her minions were not saying what the mayor wanted them to say and she busted in on the show and insisted on being on the air. Reddish stated she may have some control issues. That's an understatement. Reddish is also going to talk more about it tomorrow. What is the mayor trying to hide?

Also, did anyone go to her meeting yesterday at noon at the GOB? The one Joe reported in his blog yesterday? I didn't get to go and was hoping Joe would have an entry about it but he hasn't yet. I would like to know what she said. (I haven't read the newspaper yet . . . could be in there.)

Monday, May 21, 2007

More Limbaugh Logic

Ahhhh, Rush Limbaugh tried to think today. Oops. He said, "They are the Party of Fatalism and Fear." And he wasn't talking about fake reasons to start a war. Or WMDs. Or an Iraqi-Osama connection. He was actually talking about democrats and global warming. "They are saying this because their policy is based on making you afraid and then you have to agree with them out of fear. It has been their policy for a long time."

Really? Hhmmmm. I thought that was Georgie and his cronies' shtick. My father is a staunch right wing Republican and he swears if Georgie hadn't attacked Iraq, American women would already be wearing Burkas. Sounds like somebody put the fear into him. And not about global warming, either. I seem to remember a major fear policy by Georgie, Dicky & Rummy. Oh but wait, that was true. Or it could have been. It really could have been. Well, we knew it wasn't but went forward with a bloody war.

The White House also backed Gonzales today by saying, "He has done nothing wrong and is still the man for the job." And we are winning in Iraq. And democrats are the party of fear. And Jerry Falwell was a swell human. The conservative load of $#@* has had its day now the American people are finally seeing right through it. Finally.

GAY Stuff

Well, not really stuff. Just one thing. This weekend Red Letter Day will be playing at the Frogg Pond on Saturday from 4-7 pm. They're folksy, rocky, jazzy and very talented. Come out and see and good show if you are at the beach for the holiday.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Conservative Pundits

I didn't get to listen to Laura, Neal or Rush today. But I know that yesterday none of them talked about the debacle that is Alberto Gonzales. Not even a mention. I just don't understand. Oh, and they failed to mention that Georgie's other appointee, Paul Wolfowitz who is resigning in disgrace.

They did manage to blame democrats for gas prices being so high. Rush said that if Exxon spread all their profits among each and every American, we could only buy a few gallons of gas anyway. Uhhhmmm, gas is high, but not quite that high Rush. Exxon profited 39.5 billion dollars last year. There are 301 million (or so, and counting) people in the U.S. That comes to approximately $130,000 per person. That's 37, 000 gallons of gas at $3.50 a gallon. So obviously, according to Rush, the problem is not that gas companies are making too much money as democrats suggested. They are barely getting by for crying out loud.

Did I mention the only oil company used in the above analysis was Exxon? Think if we added the others. But we are not being gouged. No way. The problem (again according to Rush) is that we are not harvesting our own oil, obviously. If we harvested our own oil, by destroying wildlife and land, then Exxon wouldn't have to make 39.5 billion dollars in profits or their profits could double but gas would stay the same or . . . Don't you get the Rush 'logic' here?

Record gas prices equals record profits, and Georgie has all the neo-cons convinced it's the democrats' fault. Unbelievable.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Another Stellar Nomination by G.B.

I forgot to mention Wolfowitz. There's a real gem. Maybe he and Gonzales can open a restaurant in Crawford after their forced resignations.

Bush Legacy Mish Mash

You know, I would think that when a president has made the mess that Georgie Bush has made, he would make a really genuine effort to not have anymore really bad screw ups. Guess not. The Gonzales-Comey-Ashcroft story from yesterday is straight out of a Harrison Ford movie. They really went to a very ill man's bedside to get their wire-tapping through, while the man they needed permission from was racing to the hospital to stop it? Are you serious? I guess they thought it would never come out.

Iraq is a mess. His administration is a mess. Tony Snow couldn't answer questions posed to him yesterday about the need for a war czar. Reporter: "Why now Mr. Snow, when we have been at war for 4 years?" T.S. "I don't know." R: "Have we needed a war czar all along and are just now making one?" T.S. "I don't know." Uhhhmmmm, great. That's just great.

The conservative pundits on the radio have even ignored the mess. They have decided to attack democrats instead and talk about gas prices. Funny. Limbaugh says, "All the democrats do is attack the Republicans, they have no platform." Then he rails democrats when they say the administration has made mistakes. It's okay for him to do it, but not the democrats. Why isn't he crying criminal with Gonzales? Because then he has to against 2 months of "Gonzales was in the right when he did this." So he will ignore it.

Oh, and Guiliani basically condoning torture saying "whatever it takes" after McCain talked first hand about how ineffective torure is was lovely. How angry do you have to be to torture someone to hear what you want to hear? Tortured people don't give up privileged information. They tell the torturer what they want to hear because it hurts. What a moron.

Believe it or not, the conservatives are still digging their hole deeper. I may have spelled their names wrong. It doesn't matter.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Death of an intolerent ass

Jerry Falwell died.

City Council Meeting

Ahhh, meeting of the minds. Tax caps, budgets, health insurance . . . intellectual stimulation at its finest. I would just like to make a couple of observations from watching the meeting on PAC14 last night. Note: I have not seen the budget, I am going by heresay. I think the Mayor's article in the paper yesterday sums up my first point anyway.

The mayor seems to have taken an attitude similar to Georgie Bush in that, there is only one way to fix the mess, my way. Anything else will be aborted with veracity. Even if it has proven disastrous in the past (high turnover from officers who actually want to support their families resulting in young, inexperienced officers). She would like us to believe there are no other options than the ones she has presented. With all the ideas the citizens of Salisbury presented last night, I think I may be a bit embarrassed after taking such a hard line in the paper if I was the mayor.

Paying the police officers: if I am not mistaken, she said without her tax increase they would even lose their cost of living increase. That is just sad. Why would a person want to put families through that? Wouldn't that in itself be worth the effort to find a way to get them their pay increase? Apparently not.

If one can't pay the people under your employ reasonable salaries, why make more jobs? If you can't afford what you have, don't go and buy more.

Tax cap. A cap on the allowable tax rate for an individual in the city. Why did the city make a cap if they were going to rescind it? Isn't that kind of the point? This is as high as you can go, and if you need more, you make cuts or find more revenue.

Sometimes we can't afford everything we want. It is just the way it is. Hopefully, as Mr. Ireton stated last night, this isn't said and done. Hopefully, the people elected will serve the city, put some effort into a reasonable budget and make some hard line cuts to keep the tax rate under the cap.

I have no idea why the city would even entertain furnishing health insurance to a non-city employee. It seems really dicey to me. Urban Salisbury, as a separate entity, should be fully responsible for the director's health insurance. Even having him purchase a plan a reimbursing him a portion if it would be better than the liability of insuring a non-employee. I really don't get that one.

More later.

Should I smite them?

This is an open letter to Dr. Laura that is floating around the internet. It makes me laugh. Hopefully, you too.

Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to best follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

b) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

c) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

d) Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

e) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

f) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an Abomination (Lev 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

g) Lev 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

h) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev 19:27. How should they die?

i) I know from Lev 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

j) My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev 24:10-16) Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Real Quick

SU softball won their game agoinst Christopher Newport, 6-1 and is in the middle of pitcher's duel with Marietta. The game was suspended with the score 0-0 and will resume tomorrow at 10 am. Other SU teams: Men's and Women's Lax won and is still in the post season. Go gulls!!!

Spring Bliss

I have no news today as I got into several fights with my lawn tractor (flat tire, guard flying off . . . etc.) that a 2 hour job turned into 4.5 hours. I then had to help some friends move and now my hiney is sore. So relaxing tonight, more Monday.

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

SU Softball

SU has lost their first game of the regionals, 5-4 against Emory. They are headed to the loser's bracket but are still in the post-season. Good Luck Gulls!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Times Poll

Ahhh, a poll. Yay for polls. Scientifically inaccurate, misleading and sometimes damaging. The ever mighty poll.

As a staunch proponent of the Arts and promoter of culture-rich living, the Fire Hall being turned into an place for the Arts is the way to go in my opinion. We have plenty of restaurants - downtown and throughout the city. A museum - well, I don't think that is economically sound. It seems it would exhaust potential visitors in no time, with the exception of tourons in the summer. And I have got to tell you, I like the way the way drive around Salisbury and keep on going.

I really don't think Bill Ahtes 'lost' this poll either. He lost as he is a citizen of the city and all the citizens will lose if we don't get some culture in our downtown area. But as for Bill coming in 'last place' - I think that is a bit of stretch. He is a major player in bringing Art & Culture downtown, but a loser he is not. He will continue to bring Art & Culture to Salisbury, by any means necessary and for that he is to be applauded.

Another restaurant? I hope not.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

No News Wednesday

Unfortunately, I have nothing to report. Maybe I should have read the paper today. Aaahhh, who am I kidding? Maybe my posts from now on will be about the 'weirdest story in today's paper.' Remember the front page four legged chicken a couple of years ago? That was a weird story. Or "Grapevine Idiot of the Day." That could be interesting.

I did listen to Robinson on the Radio. It was interesting, but I have a hard time believing GG would put their name on a building they thought would sink. Just doesn't make sense. I don't think they put their reputation on the line and build something they knew would not be safe.

Although I am finding the comments on 'JA is an American Idol' very entertaining.

As you can see, I have no idea where this blog is going. But I wanted to play after being in the stands for so many months.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Gay Stuff, as promised

Amazing Gay Pride Weekend, this year's theme is "United For Equality", Get some friends, get a room, have some fun

The parade is Saturday on 23rd and P Streets, and the Festival is Sunday on Penn. Ave. between 3rd and 7th streets. Educational and Social Events all week long. Good times.

Delaware pride happens for a few hours on a Saturday in September in Rehoboth. More later.

The softball team has made the NCAA Tournament in Fayetteville,NC. Their first game is Thursday against Emory. Go Gulls! (I know other SU teams are in the postseason, but this one that I actually followed, so list other successful teams in a comment if you wish.)

Smalltown Woes

I was raised on the Shore, lived elsewhere and have been back for five and a half years. I bought a house outside Salisbury simply because the self-serving politicians in town scared me. I recently (4-5 months ago) became aware of local bloggers and am astounded at what is printed and that some think of themselves as Main Stream Media. How funny. Some are just mean. Some print the strangest things about other people - not sure why, they just do. And some claim to influence local thought and elections. In essence, I read them for the absurd entertainment they provide and because some of the people that created them seem to think themselves important.

I thought, I want to be important too. So I made a blog. You're reading it. I hope to make it gay, because I am gay and gay is good. So I will list events in the mid-atlantic area and other cool, really gay stuff.

I may link to other local blogs, but some are so pervasive and childish I still have to think on that one. Oh, and I am glad I don't live in the town of Salisbury. The politics are insane in the Bury. My little town suits me just fine. I do work in Salisbury and have a vested interest in the goings on, but that is all.