Thursday, February 28, 2008

I Am So

glad that this week is nearly over. I am so tired that I can just cry! Too many meeting and reports to get done. In a couple of weeks I lose one of my techs and we'll be swamped at work. I won't have any time at all to keep up with the reports and stats. I've interviewed one person today and I'll interview another Monday. While I'm slaving away at work, Tigger and Eli decide that it'll be fun to play in the sofa. It's a treat they get only when I wash the sofa's slipcover.

More cats at play at Friday Ark

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lioneld Jordan, Finally Confirms Run for Fayetteville Mayor

Gee whiz! Finally! For nearly a month Lioneld has been teasing about this really important announcement. He'll let us know the time and place and he really wants us there. Yeah, yeah, we know what you're announcing so stop being so secretive. I'm really excited that he's running and I know he'll do a terrific job. I just hate to lose him as Ward 4 Alderman.

Note: Corrected the link to the news story. I wish they'd stop changing the links.

That Rotten Neighbor!

Are you living next to a crappy neighbor? Do your neighbors think you're a rotten neighbor? Here's your chance to find out. Whew! I'm not there! It's interesting to look at the complaints submitted.

(ht, Boing Boing)

Lincoln Day Dinner, Benton County

Radio talk show host Neal Boortz was the guest speaker at the Lincoln Day dinner for the Republican Party of Benton County. While not a Republican, a Libertarian he says, his speech was appreciated by the audience. Neal also signed his books after speaking. He has a new book out and most of his speach was explaining the idea behind the book FairTax-Answering the Critics

He said in his political stance he "defaults to freedom". He started out by criticizing the Republican Party for not doing a "good enough job getting their message across". He also said the Republican Party was sounding too similar to the Democrat Party. He called Democrats "panders to the mindless whims of the masses".

The dinner was very well attended by current and former legislators. There were also many candidates on hand to pass out flyers and ask for donations. (Pictured above) Susan and Asa Hutchinson with Joseph Woods. Jonathan Barnett, candidate for District 93 (Side picture). He says he won't be asking for donations. Isn't that absolutely amazing?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Arkansas House District 89 Seat

Tim House really wants everyone to know that he’s running for a second term in the House. The newspapers have stories on him here, here, and here. He sure got a lot of free publicity from his willing publicists in the media. Of course his name came up at the Republican’s meeting. It seems that he called Gene Long soon after Gene announced his candidacy. He commented that he hoped Gene would not run a negative campaign. Now, why would he say such a thing? It really makes you suspicious of his motives. When a Democrat makes the accusation of “a negative campaign” it actually means that Republicans can’t critically comment on a Democrat’s position and legislative history. How dare some one question a Democrat’s voting record or stances on issues? Tim House has warned Gene Long that anytime he does question or criticize Tim’s record, Tim is going to run crying to his Mommy at the MSM and yell “Negative Campaigning”. I suggest that all the newspapers stock up on diapers and baby formula.

Arkansas Republican and Democrat Delegates

The Democrat Party discussed selecting delegates to their National Convention. The process can be a bit confusing. The Republicans met last night to review the procedure to elect delegates to their National Convention. I'm not planning to go to the National Convention, but apparently I'm supposed to vote for some one so they can go. As I said, the process is a bit confusing. Matt Mendenhall said that everything must be done right or the Arkansas Republicans could lose delegates. He said that the fight between Senators Clinton and Obama may get messy if or when they fight for delegates at the National Convention. He said the Republicans don't want that to happen at their Convention. Based on the meeting last night it appears the delegate selection process is organized chaos.

Just Not My Day

I was so looking forward to today. I had no more meetings scheduled for the rest of the week and I was looking forward to get some things done at home. Nahh, the Fates had other plans. One of my cytotechnologists announced that she was moving to Texas. Oh Boy! I sure hate to lose her! She isn't leaving for at least a month so I have time to fill the spot. I've already has a call expressing interest. Yeah, you call the right guy and he spreads the news quickly.
Lunchtime I'm munching on almonds waiting for my meal to cook. I started chewing on something that didn't feel like almonds. Oh Crap! My new crown fell out! I have an early morning dental appointment. Sigh, just more distruptions! Oddly, one of my cats is getting his teeth cleaned tomorrow too. No, not at the dentist office, at the vet.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Staying Behind the Times

Shades of Betamax and 8-Track.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it will start offering high-definition DVD players and discs only in Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format and phase out a rival standard by Toshiba Corp. Netflix Inc. and Best Buy Co. said earlier this week they would also stop selling movies using Toshiba's HD-DVD format.

Boy, am I glad I'm a little bit behind the technology. Can you imagine those who purchased Toshiba's HD-DVD? I guess that's the price you pay when you want the lastest technology toy. Good move for those who decided to wait and see who would win the war.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

In The Center Ring!

Is Eli contemplating running away to join the circus?

More cats at Friday Ark

Rush Limbaugh, Still Number 1

The List is out! Talkers Magazine has put out their "2008 Heavy Hundred" list rating radio talk show hosts across the country. You immediately notice that the conservative hosts still reign supreme. No wonder the Democrats want to pass the "Fairness" Doctrine. Congratulations to the conservative talk radio stars that once again give the MSM ulcers and proving conservativism isn't as dead as the Democrats and the MSM say it is.

Our Monsters Succumbing to Global Warming

Have you been dreaming of going to Scotland to hunt for Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster? Well, you had better cancel those plans. It seems that Nessie might be a victim of global warming.
LEGENDARY Nessie hunter Robert Rines is giving up his search for the monster after 37 years.... The 85-year-old American will make one last trip in a bid to find the elusive beast.... Despite having hundreds of sonar contacts over the years, the trail has since gone cold and Rines believes that Nessie may be dead, a victim of global warming.

Does this mean Sasquatch and Godzilla are next?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Maison des Tartes Closed

I'm sorry to see Maison des Tartes close. I did enjoy eating their pasties at the Farmers Market. I wonder if more resturants will be closing. I've drastically cut eating out and I wonder how many people have done the same. I would love to eat out more but I get a shock just shopping at the grocery store.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Springdale, City of Billboards

Springdale has 57 billboards, and some residents say that’s enough.

Gee, I'd thought they would have stopped when the city got the title as the ugliest city in NW Arkansas. I always thought it was nice of Springdale to volunteer to be the billboard dumpster.

Barack Obama's Tribute to a Terrorist

They can hang up Osama bin Laden next.

Red Oak Park, Finally?

I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but it looks like everyone has finally come together on the AR Game and Fish Commission Stream Team's plan for Red Oak Park. Parks and Recreation will work with the Stream Team. Once they are finished with the stream stabilization, P&R will work with the surrounding neighborhoods on the park's amenities. I really admire Connie Edmonston's and Carole Jones' patience and hard work on this project. Connie expressed her frustration last night about how long this project has taken and also the possible loss of grant money because of the delays. Really, I share some of her frustration. Connie and Carole have bent over backwards to find other viable options and they just did not exist. I really appreciate Shirley Lucus' comment to Connie that she trusted their judgment and knew that they were concerned with the park's character and would do what was best for the park.
An e-mail from Carole said that they requested that this item be placed on the March 4, 2008, City Council Agenda.

UPDATE: The date is changed to the March 18, 2008,City Council Agenda so that Mr. Evans can attend.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Geocaching Lake Wilson, Fayetteville

It has been a gorgeous weekend. I decided to do a multiple geocache at Lake Wilson. Boy, I went off the regular trail to get to them. However, I did get to see some things I didn't know were at Lake Wilson. There are some really nice stone bluffs. I even managed to get the bonus cache. Casey is sitting next to it. You had to find all previous 6 to get to this one. Cardinal did a great job creating this one!

More dogs at Friday Ark. and canine carnival

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Do Not Disturb

Sometimes you just have to type with one hand. Eli is just being too cute to move.

More cats at Friday Ark

Still Not Buying McCain

Wow, what a week for the Republican party. Mitt Romney bows out and we are left with John McCain. Well, I must give McCain a little bit of credit for attending CPAC and making a small attempt to bring in the Conservatives. But really, you just can't really trust him. He has spent the last 8 years spitting at the Republican Party and actively working against it. He's got a really big mountain to climb before he convinces me to vote for him. While he may have swayed some people over, my own view is that actions will speak louder than his words.
I am not among those who will vote for whomever the Republican nominee happens to be. While I understand that no candidate is perfect, I am not about to surrender my principles and values based on fear mongering or political expediency.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Republicans, Not Voting For But Against

A co-worker (Democrat, loves Clinton) came into our department yesterday to hassle those of us who were Republicans. It seems that one of the partners (Republican, friend of Boozman) had voted for Obama. I think she imagined that the partner had an epiphany and had turned Democrat. Poor thing, what she didn't realize was that a number of Republicans had voted for Obama because they didn't want Senator Clinton to get the nomination. I wonder what percent of Republicans did vote for Obama just to vote againt Clinton. Hopefully Obama realizes what's happening and not expect those votes if he gets the nomination.

Bad Morning in Arkansas, Tornados and Ice

I woke up to the news of a number of people kill by tornados in Arkansas. Wow, NW Arkansas missed that bullet! Just before I left for work I noticed that it was snowing and that some areas were iced over. I knew that I'd have to be careful over the bridges on the way to work. The first bridge I come to over I-540 had 3 vehicles that had slid into each other. While sitting on the bridge I could see the emergency lights on both sides of the freeway and no traffic on the south-bound lanes. Fortunately I'm heading north and I wasn't delayed much. The last 2 bridges I crossed also had wrecks on them. This is the 3rd time this winter we've had tons of accidents when it freezes. I wonder why people keep having accidents. Haven't they learned to drive very slowly over those bridges?

Saturday, February 02, 2008

They're Heere!

It's Arkansas' turn now! We are starting to get inundated with the signs and the commercials. On this fine morning the Obamites were out for their candidate. They got a mixed reaction. The majority of people just ignored them, they got a few honks but also a some head shakes and thumbs down. Anyway, it's a beautiful day and they got an early start on their suntans.