30 March 2008

Shamelessly stolen from Marko...

Who stole it from Tam, who stole it from someone else...

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Odd... only one mocha today.

And four Cokes...

And some chocolate...


27 March 2008

Da Cuss o Meter

Heh... found via Tam, who got it from Marko (both in the blogroll)...

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?
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Wow... who fucking knew?

26 March 2008

Ok folks... time to step up.

Hey everyone!

A lil' while ago, I posted this gem. It's been picked up by AD, and hopefully spread a bit farther.

This goes WAY beyond some cash to help the kids: this would qualify as national exposure for BACA during Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Go. Vote. Pass it on to your friends and family!

25 March 2008

A Just and Sane World

Law Dog hits one out of the park with this post.

I know most of my readers have probably already read it. But it needs to be spread far and wide.

To add insult to injury, the perp shares my fucking last name. Never thought someone could make me ashamed of being a Hilton.

22 March 2008

ego massage should be done with a chain mace

Via Bitter at the Bitch Girls, we get this.

To soothe the bruised egos of educators and children in lackluster schools, Massachusetts officials are now pushing for kinder, gentler euphemisms for failure.

Now, I don't mean to go on a rant here. But if someone is failing at whatever their job is, you say "Hey: you're failing". If I'm not selling ad space, i expect a call from my boss pointing out that I'm not succeeding at my job. If this state's BACA chapters get way out of line, I expect a call from National asking what the problem is. What I do NOT expect (and would piss me off) would be either one coming up with some sugar-coated term for "failure".

Here's a REALLY novel idea: when one of these schools isn't performing up to snuff, call 'em on it. Identify what the problems are, and attack those problems.

Oh hey... looks like one of the students, who sits on the board, had that idea:

Zachary Tsetsos, a senior at Oxford High School and the only student on the board, said he finds the debate frivolous.

"Why are we spending time on this?," said the 17-year-old. "I don't want to tiptoe around the issue. I'm not concerned about what title we give these schools. Let's work on fixing them."

Want to massage the tender egos of failing students, and the teachers/administrators who are partly responsible? Haw about using a chain mace, or a hickory switch, or any of a number of similar "motivational tools" that have proven effective over the years.

Ye gawds... and these are the folks shaping the minds of future leaders?

The things you see overseas...

This post by Guitargirl RN reminded me of a couple Thailand stories...

First off was the girl I kept company with while there on liberty. We had gone back to her place, and she gave me the quick tour... mentioning that I "don't want to open that door". What I saw was similar to the picture at the above post...

A few nights later, we're in a bar. I stumble my way to the head, and plant myself in front of one of the urinals. Turning to my right, I see a cockroach, standing at the next urinal. He smiles and says "Hey".

I gave up drinking for a LONG time after that.

what... y'all expected something serious?

21 March 2008


Just got word that one of my old gaming buddies died.

Donnie was a former SEAL, and a hell of a guy. I wasn't as close to him as some others (my roomie is basically useless at the moment: Don was part friend part father figure to him). Crazy, as one might expect, but a fun crazy.

Looks like the afterlife just got another person to guard the walls (not to mention chase the women, and otherwise raise Caine). He'll be sorely missed.

How can I help?

I get asked that question alot, when folks see my patch: "That's a great idea! How can i help out?". Of course, they usually don't stick around when they find out it's actual work.

Now, we have a way y'all can help a Chapter without doing much of anything.

1. Go to www.ktbs.com
2. Type in keyword "give" (upper right side of page)
3. Search the List of non-profits registered for the competition for "BACA, River Cities Chapter"
4. To "vote" for us, you just post a favorable comment about us.
5. The 5 charities with the most comments will be finalists and everyone will get to vote again, but only between these 5 charities.

Now, you have to register with their site, but it isn't all that difficult.

Here's the link direct to the river Cities Chapter entry. Go ahead, hit it, and hit it hard...

16 March 2008

News of the sick & perverted

Ran across this...

I have to ask... how can someone look at a DOG and become sexually aroused? Worse yet, it's not some fruffy dog, but a rottweiler.

I mean, seriously: isn't that right up there with molesting grizzlies, tigers, or wolverines?

15 March 2008

Here's one to make you feel silly

From the bane of my existence Skip, we get this.

Check it out. Let me know how many of y'all

a) get the count right

b) miss the lil' extra bit

12 March 2008

Steering HMS Privateer into the rocks

But only fer a sec.

Heller oral arguments are less than a week away. This has a chance of being one of THE most important USSC decisions handed down in our lifetime.

Anybody want to take odds of them offering a decision that stands up like overcooked noodles?

Ok... back for open waters for this pirate (for now)...

Worth thousands of words

I'd say this picture speaks for itself (shamelessly stolen from Boots and Sabres:

Can we please have less nanny BS, now?

09 March 2008


Ok, try this: type "methadone" into the search function of blogger. Read some of what you find.

Don't worry, I'll still be here. Go. Read.

Ok... got all that?

For those who need it Spoon fed: GuitarGirlRN posted something about a man on methadone, who was stealing stuff out of his ER room. In said post, she called the thief a "methadonian". And she's come under fire for it.

I didn't read ALL the comments, but here are a couple choice ones:

Chava: "Your description of your patient as a "Methadonian" is rude and perpetuates the stigma that patients on methadone have to live with each and every day of their lives"

Anonymous: "Methadone patients do NOT get a high or euphoria off their medication"

Enylear (posted as Anonymous): "And was it an emergency? Yeah, you walk a day in our shoes without a dise and then tell me it wasnt an emergency. It is very much an emergent situation when we arent able to get our prescribed dose. Where do you go for that?"

Just so y'all understand: my roomie Ray is on methadone for chronic back pain (as in, she has a fused fucking spine). I mentioned the term "methadonian" to her, and she giggled at it.

Regarding the "you can't get high": Ray was on a bigger dose at first. Barred from work for a week, while her system adjusted to this new chemical in her system. There were a couple times we caught her sitting there drooling on herself (literally). She cut her dose herself, because she didn't like "being high all the time".

Oh... Enylear? Ray goes without her dose quite often: we'll all be out, and she won't be able to take it (usually because she's forgotten her drugs). It's actually gotten to the point where I'll probably be carrying a couple doses for her. But she doesn't go screaming to the ER. She soldiers the fuck on, until she can get home (given the stuff we do with BACA, that might be a couple days).

Now, I know everyone's different, and reacts to different stimuli in different ways. But this bullshit of of jumping on someone for venting on their own fucking blog is just WAY too far out there.

What's next: someone going to jump me for expressing exasperation at mothers during the preliminary contact call and interview for BACA?

Get a life, people. If you don't like what someone says in their corner of the intarwebz, then don't fucking go there!