Breaking the Piggy Bank

4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case

Note that the elderly victim of the reckless 4 year old died 3 months later of unrelated causes.  It is her estate that is suing the little girl, now 6 or 7, who probably doesn’t even remember the incident.  Perhaps the girl’s lawyer will settle out of court.  I’d offer 5 years of net income as stated on her W2.

By Crook is Much Easier than by Hook

Military ballots may not count in Illinois

New Mexico, New York, Illinois…funny how it’s never states like Texas, Idaho or Alaska.  It’s that red vs. blue thing.  No doubt in my mind: if the military was known for being staunch Democrats, Nancy Pelosi would be getting on the first flight to Afghanistan to personally hand out absentee ballots.

As it is, ho hum, the military is disenfranchised, again.  No big deal.

The only thing keeping me from panicking is my annoyance

63 invitations to my Oktoberfest were sent.  It asked for a response by today.  I have had 20 responses.

Pathetic.

Am I cooking for 50 people or 100 or 150?  I have no idea.  I could cook for the 50 people I know are coming.  And I could run out of food as soon as the brats come off the grill.  I could cook for 150 and have sauerbraten in my freezer until April. 

What’s the deal?  Did 43 people forget to respond?  Are 43 people waiting to see if something better than free food and beer comes up in their social calendar?  Are 43 people that rude or ignorant or apathetic? 

Personally, I don’t care if someone chooses not to come.  I don’t care if someone feels that hanging out watching HGTV all day long is a better deal than my little fest.  I completely understand if someone just wants a break and doesn’t want to have one more social obligation crowding their weekend.  Been there.  That’s cool.

So tell me.  Email me and say, no thank you.  I don’t need to hear your excuse.  I just want to know if I should make food for you or not.

And if you show up here without letting me know, I will notice.  And I will remember.

Are they interested in hiring 30-something SAHMs, too?

KFC pays college women for ad space on buns

Women on college campuses are being paid $500 each to hand out coupons while wearing fitted sweatpants with “Double Down” in large letters across their rear ends.

The nation’s largest women’s group doesn’t like it one bit. “It’s so obnoxious to once again be using women’s bodies to sell fundamentally unhealthy products,” says Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.

Seriously, you simply must click on the link to see just how scantily clad these young women are. NOW is outraged over sweatpants and white t-shirts? I’m not a fan of words across a person’s backside, but if this outfit were the most immodest thing my daughters ever wore in public, I would count myself a lucky momma. And thinking back to my youth, would I wear those sweatpants for $500? Are you kidding me? Do you know how much pizza and beer $500 can buy?

Cheerleading, Survivor-style

Girl, 6, Removed From Cheerleading Team After Parents Object to ‘Booty’ Cheer

The cheer?

“Our backs ache, our skirts are too tight, we shake our booties from left to right.”

I wouldn’t even want my teenaged girl chanting that.

The parents complained and the solution, proposed by another parent, is that the girl be kicked off the team. So they voted, unanimously deciding to boot her booty. Kicked off the island, sent packing. This is reality cheerleading. Only the vulgar survive.

They did say she could try out again next year. How nice. The parents, fortunately, think they’ll skip the humiliation. “We’re probably going to look to get her into gymnastics,” said the mom.

Good idea. Gymnastics still seems to be about strength and agility and balance. And most places are perfectly happy to take your money to teach the skills.

Maybe cheerleading is different in different places – I know baseball and soccer are very different, depending on where you live. I suggest if other adults think the sexualization of children is “cute” or amusing, then better to be voted off when she’s 6, than have to fight the culture for years and years.

Social Experimenting

If you or someone you know is in the military, you may be aware that a survey went out to (I believe) all members of the armed forces asking their opinions on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. In addition, 150,000 randomly selected spouses were sent a similar survey. I was one of those picked to provide feedback on the potential repeal.

Now, reasonable people agree that employers have the right to discriminate in hiring based on certain criteria. For example, a hospital may require that employees hired to be physicians actually have a medical degree and be certified by a board. A fire department may require that firefighters meet a certain physical fitness level. We WANT employers to discriminate on such a basis. Nobody wants his appendix removed by an 18 year old high school graduate. Nobody wants a firefighter with an impaired arm running into his burning house to retrieve his sleeping child.

But reasonable people may disagree on whether the military may use sexual orientation to discriminate. If they can do the job, physically and mentally, then they should be able to serve, many argue. This is the same argument for women serving in the military. The fact that these employees serve in extremely close quarters for long periods of time, go off for a year or more together away from their families, and that many of these jobs require supreme trust in each other and that lives are at stake, does not matter to some people. And that’s fine.

If repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were merely a matter of allowing gays to serve in the military, we could restrict the discussion to civil liberties and justice. But it’s not “just” about gays serving in the military. Oh, no.

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell questionnaire I received began innocuously enough. Select which things motivated my husband to serve. Would a repeal make my husband more or less likely to remain in the military. Would a repeal make me more or less likely to recommend military service to others. If there were a repeal, select the ways in which I would prefer to be educated about the changes. Select the resources I would use if I had questions or concerns about the repeal.

And then, the survey asked me about housing and how I would feel about living in a neighborhood with a gay couple. It asked me about resources, services and support systems for military families and if I would be more or less likely to use them if gay couples used them.

For those of you not in the military, I must explain a few things about military life and being a military dependent. A soldier gets a base salary. On top of that, the soldier receives special pay depending on his/her job and duty location. The soldier also receives something called BAS, which is a food allowance. Lastly, soldiers receive BAH, or a housing allowance. The BAS is a flat rate per soldier (enlisted get more than officers) and is not tied to family members. The BAH is based on rank and on marital status. The higher you are in rank, the more you get. Married soldiers get more than unmarried soldiers (you do not get more if you have children).

If a soldier lives in military housing (on or off post) he will not receive the BAH. The rent of a military house equals the BAH. Single soldiers (generally) live in single soldier housing. Married soldiers live in family housing. An unmarried soldier with children will live in family housing if the children live with him/her. Girlfriends and boyfriends of soldiers do not have the right to live in military housing. If you want to shack up, you live in civilian housing off post.

If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed, it seems that the military will be required to accept not just gay service members, but gay couples and families as well. What does that mean in the big picture?

Right now, gay marriage and/or civil unions are legal in only eight states and DC. Thirty-six states have made it illegal (thirty have it in their constitution). If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and gay service members are granted recognition of their partners as military dependents, that is the same thing as having the federal government bless gay marriage.

This is, by the way, how segregation was destroyed in America. Most of the country was not segregated. Unfortunately, the South was, and the military was as well. It took a generation, but once the military enforced integration, it paved the way for the federal government to ban segregation nationwide. That was a good thing.

Segregation is wrong. Ending racial discrimination is good.

Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will give gay marriages and families federal recognition and federally funded privileges (housing, medical and life insurance, death benefits, and other services). This will completely undermine states’ efforts to protect and preserve traditional marriage, the foundation of society.

Destroying traditional marriage is not good. Therefore, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not good.

Free Speech is SUPPOSED to make the Government uncomfortable

Spend about 10 minutes reading the news and you’ll find a growing and ominous grumbling about those “radical” Tea Party types. I find it very alarming when the mayor of NYC vocalizes the suspicion that the person responsible for the car bomb in the city was likely “somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill.” Most reasonable Americans might jump to the conclusion that radical Islamists were involved, and, once again, such suspicions would have been correct.

Instead, there seems to be a concerted effort to demonize those who think that the State is getting a bit too big. If Big Brother says it often enough, does that make it true? Americans should be worried when riot police are called out when people peacefully assemble. I don’t have a problem with riot police being placed on alert, or even being brought to the area. But to place them as if ready to battle docile, unarmed citizens singing patriotic songs calmly?

Even more shocking is when an Army officer edits an emergency response exercise to include TEA PARTY protesters as potentially violent. It’s bad enough when the President criticizes those who speak out against the government by saying “it undermines democratic deliberation” and that “it coarsens our culture, and at its worst, it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response.” I would expect him to get his panties all in a bunch over being called a socialist. But when you start to see Army officers buying into the notion that anyone who speaks out against the government is a threat to democracy, we are in big trouble.

In six months, the entire House, a third of the Senate, and 36 governors are up for election. I think we are beyond squabbling about tax rates and gays in the military. We have some serious constitutional issues at stake. I pray we resolve these concerns, specifically the threat to our Bill of Rights, in a peaceful manner.

Super Nanny "saving" the day, again

California County Bans Toys in Kids’ Meals at Restaurants

Yeager said the aim is to help direct parents to more healthy choices. He said the government has a responsibility to keep kids safe, and cited rules on car seats, cribs and other baby items as examples where the policymakers step in to regulate products.

Yesterday, I watched my friend’s four children while she took her fifth to a doctor’s appointment. Thank goodness I own a big van, because three of mine and three of hers had piano lessons in back-to-back sessions. After the first session, I picked up my children and her one daughter who was working on a duet with Katie, left my friend’s older two, and drove straight to the fast food drive through.

It has been at least a few weeks since any of these children have eaten fast food.

I offered a limited selection: burgers (the small ones) or nuggets.

Everybody shared an order of fries with somebody else (and many were left uneaten).

I purchased no soda; We ate at my house, where they could have water, milk or lemonade.

My friend’s daughter asked for apple slices; I gave her an apple at home.

One of mine asked for a meal with a toy; I said NO.

All of these children are skinny.

Genetics?

Coincidence?

Better parental decision making?

We weren’t this obese 30 years ago, and they had toys then, too.