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Kalima On March - 11 - 2010

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Categories: Speakers' Corner

Written by Kalima

Long time resident of Tokyo --- "Where is this woman I once knew so well? Memories fading or hurtling by like a howling wind at a speed I can't fathom or define. A star hangs like a teardrop from her eye, quivering but never falling. I search the empty corridors of my soul in hopes of catching just another glimpse of who she once presumed herself to be. Where is this woman who trod with such certainty, where is she now? I mourn her passing as another dawn breaks in my restless heart."

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  1. Kalima says:

    I will say good night before my carriage can turn into a pumpkin or my prince into a frog.
    Have a good day, take care and be safe.

    KK.

    • KQ says:

      K it looks like according to exit polls the Tories could not pull out a decisive victory after all. Labour got allot more seats than expected. Exit polls have it Tories 304, Labour 255, and liberal Dems 59.

  2. Khirad says:

    My morning contributions:

    http://vimeo.com/10069271

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article7056689.ece

    Too bad he got arrested for being in Saudia Arabia, this guy looks like a lot of fun:


    • Khirad says:

      If anyone knows the track he’s listening to, seriously, it’s delicious -- do tell.

      …Yes, I have a weakness for club music. I’m not proud. 😳

    • Kalima says:

      😆 I’m so glad that I had finished my MB mug full of tea before I clicked on the first link. That was bloody hilarious!

      The Time link has me as a Catholic scratching my head. I was taught that good and evil are everywhere and that it’s up to the individual to chose the right or wrong way. Saying that the “Devil” is in the Vatican is for me a foregone conclusion, he is everywhere according to the Church’s teachings when I was growing up. It is however something that I still might expect from someone in his age group.

      Just saw your video, lol, where do you find them?

      I will just say that he’s lucky he wasn’t in Iran.

      • Khirad says:

        I was hoping to get your take on that story as a Catholic. Indeed on the Devil and Free Will. Also interesting, is the potential Ratzinger links back in Germany.

        Kalima, how could he be in Iran? There are no gays in Iran! 😆

        I found it on Huffy, but here’s the original site:

        http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article28183.ece

        Saudi Arabia is a mystery to me. It doesn’t surprise me that this is Jeddah though. If I were forced to live in the KSA, it would have to be in Jeddah. One of these days I need to try to crack this opaque kingdom. I’m not sure his fate is any safer than it would be in Iran though… that’s still debatable to me and I’m ruminating it right now. Suffice it to say, being gay in the Middle East generally sucks (with a few notable exceptions).

        I can’t help but be reminded of this classic:

        http://vodpod.com/watch/2345894-snl-iran-so-far

        • Kalima says:

          Oh yes you are right, I’madinnerjacket said it with a straight face on one of his trips to the U.S. I heard it with my own ears. “There are no homosexuals in Iran because we hang them all.”

  3. Kalima says:

    Good morning to everyone, I hope you rested well.

    The following story is hardly surprising if the Israelis can’t keep their promise even on this volatile issue, how can they ever expect any peace agreement.

    “Palestinians snub peace talks because of Israeli homes expansion”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/11/palestinian-peace-snub

    Poor Gordon Brown again. Now the Conservatives are criticizing his trip to Afghanistan as being politically motivated. Isn’t most of what our politicians do just that, politically motivated Mr. Cameron, especially with an election brewing, you do it all the time sir. Sorry, that should read, “sir twit.”

    Gordon Brown labels Afghan visit criticisms ‘unfair’

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8561227.stm

    24 Hours in Pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/10/1

    • Khirad says:

      Wow, the Tories really are taking a page from the GOP. That’s strikingly familiar.

      And, can you really blame the PA? On the other hand, this is exactly what Bibi and his extremist allies calculated and banked on.

      They are an execrable lot.

      • Kalima says:

        Morning Khirad. I think that you might have missed this link I posted on the 6th.

        6th March
        “Sounds like some of these guys would do really well in your GOP.”

        • Khirad says:

          Ut-ohs, ‘Twould appear my comment got raptured to spam.

          • Khirad says:

            As did my reply up there…

            *sigh* -- this bug is becoming cumbersome. I wish I knew what was wrong…

            • Kalima says:

              Sorry Khirad, I’ve released your imprisoned comments, don’t fret.

              Tomorrow I will start a new MB thread to see if that might solve it. However it seems to be happening all over the threads. If it happens after I close my weary eyes tonight, ask KQ or nellie if they could get your comments out of Spam for you.

              AdLib knows about it and is on it.

        • Khirad says:

          Ouch, links to the frontbench?!

          Oh, and yes, the violent “humour” is very familiar.

          This is great. As in the US, Brits should be reminded, that with all Labour’s ailments, there is no reasonable alternative in the Tories.

          Oh yeah, good evening Kalima.

          • Kalima says:

            You are correct, there is no reasonable alternative to the Tories or to the Labour party either. The Liberal Dems are disorganized and mainly wishy-washy. The Lib Dems in power over here are the same, with growing “buyer’s remorse” among the people who voted them in.

            Kalima stands on the nearest chair, swaying slightly as she shouts, “Hey, dumb dumb, I told you so!”

  4. KQuark says:

    Morning K. Perhaps the funniest faux campaign sign I’ve come across on the net.

    sarah

  5. KQuark says:

    People took it to the streets for Healthcare reform but the press did not cover it so did it really happen?

    Seeing the people and signs was great though.

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/gallery/2010/03/the-protest-option-march-for-health-care-reform-in-dc.php?img=1&ref=fpb

    • Kalima says:

      It was shown on my ABC news podcast with Diane Sawyer yesterday, K. Brief maybe, but I saw the people gathered in front of the building where the insurance bigwigs were having their meeting. I remember clapping and wishing it were more people, but the ones there meant business. Well done, there should be more of that until the bill passes.

    • SueInCa says:

      Ed covered it yesterday and today. I didn’t watch the others so don’t know

  6. Kalima says:

    Always a sad state of affairs for me when I hear about the injustice she has endured over the years.

    “Myanmar bars Suu Kyi’s election participation”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/10/myanmar.election.law/index.html

    EDIT:

    It’s coming up for midnight so I will wish you all a good day and a good night from Old Edo.

    Take care and be safe.

  7. Kalima says:

    Good morning again.

    By the time I woke up I really expected to see snow drifts this morning after a full night of snow and rain. When I opened the door, the snow had gone.

    I found an interesting editorial which reminded me of your own political situation over there.

    However the idea of joining some of the remaining parties with the Liberal Democrats would not work out in their favour any time soon because they are not taken seriously enough or seen as having many substantial enough ideas as a party to vote for.

    Here in Japan, the new PM is in a sinking boat as his approval rate plummets to new lows confirming my observations after he was elected.

    “Political parties: Lost tribes”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/10/political-parties-election-editorial

    “UK complained to US about terror suspect torture, says ex-MI5 boss”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/10/manningham-buller-torture

    “Britain to Hamid Karzai: start Afghanistan peace talks now”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/09/david-miliband-afghanistan-peace

    24 Hours in Pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/09/24-hours-in-pictures

    • Khirad says:

      Wow I just wrote a pretty long reply, and have no idea what happened to it… *sigh*

      In any case, some more on British politics:

      Cameron Obscura
      http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/04/david-cameron-201004?currentPage=1

      Hung Parliament?
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hjerfo-9giD8tT7urgOBLMpLSG1w

      • Kalima says:

        He’s still a posh twit and according to the last article, not exactly a shoo-in either for that matter.

        • Khirad says:

          Yes, and I should have warned you it was more for an American audience. It sure helped me with the other names I’d only heard in passing.

          I don’t for a second buy his act, but I will give him credit and rue the day the GOP figures his rebranding scheme out.

          I’d assumed he was the next PM, but he could have trouble.

          I can’t edit my first post, it’s still marked as spam! Oh weird. Thanks for salvaging it. Seriously, the whole highlight for me was a mental picture of Cameron and Palin in the same room (sitcom idea -- twit and quit). Moreover, my sadistic side putting her in a question time setting. -Actually, scratch that -- I want Liz Cheney subjected to a grilling (nevermind her dad and Bush, that’s a given).

          • Kalima says:

            Well he’s certainly changing his image wherever he speaks and BBC’s Radio 4 Friday Comedy Quiz has a lot of fun with his remarks every week. They also poke a lot of satirical fun at Palin, it’s a hoot. They used to do the same to Bush too. Funny stuff.

            I just had to restore your comment again, it had landed back in Spam. Planet Gremlins I presume. If you try to edit it again, it will more than likely return to Spam, so maybe it’s better just to leave it don’t you think?

            • Khirad says:

              Yeah, I figured out it was best to let it lie. I just hate it when I leave something with misspelled words. 😉

              Ooh, ooh *jumps up and down clapping like a schoolgirl*

              That’s absolutely delicious about Cameron!

              By the way, who was that British comedian that used to do impressions of Bush -- he did others better I think, too. No one is better than Will Ferrell, but it was decent.

      • Kalima says:

        Morning Khirad, we seem to have a glitch with comments off and on since yesterday, my yesterday. It seems to take a long time for comments to post or as AdLib said the other day, some ended up in Spam and we don’t know why. I’m sure he said that he had fixed it.

        Thanks for the links, I will read them now.

        EDIT:

        I found your comment in Spam Khirad and restored it here. As I said it’s a minor glitch which I’m sure AdLib will fix again when he can. Sorry about this.

    • Khirad says:

      “I said to my staff, ‘Why is he talking?’ because our experience of Irish prisoners and terrorists was that they never said anything,” she said.

      I think someone once pointed out that even Thatcher’s response to terror, was in stark contradistinction to the grand “War on Terror”. Most Americans need to listen to the UK more. They have experience in spades.

      Interesting on the LibDems in the first article. I’ve always had a hard time pinning them down -- seem to me to be more of a protest vote, especially in Wales and Scotland form the two main parties. I’ve seen a LibDem convention and gone over their platform, but the best description a Scottish webquaintance ever gave of them is wishy-washy. I’m not quite clear on how Clegg is different from Campbell. They still seem to me to be basically still small government/socially liberal to my eye. Was it saying that the old SPD faction is all gone?

      I also liked the different tents in Labour.

      On that, did you already do this, Kalima? It’s where Cameron is asked about Palin:

      • Kalima says:

        I will try my best to keep you informed when the time comes and I have my twice weekly Skype chats with my father over there to get any updates.

  8. KQuark says:

    This was an interesting HCR campaign that was emailed to me from Health Care for America Now.

    http://citizensposse.com/

    • Kalima says:

      I loved the “citizen’s arrest” idea. Why not if nothing was being done or if for some stupid “Stupak” reason, the bill failed to pass.

  9. Kalima says:

    Good morning again. Just popped outside for a few minutes and was surprised by unexpected snow falling. The weather is very strange this year.

    Living in a country where earthquakes occur every day, many of which we can’t feel but many which we can, I’m feeling a little uneasy about the recent over 6.0 magnitude quakes around the world. The most recent being Turkey.

    Strong earthquake hits eastern Turkey

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8554857.stm

    Canadian MPs put seal meat on parliament’s menu in rebuff to EU

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/08/sealmeat-canada-ottawa

    Polar bears and other creatures.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/mar/08/paul-nicklen-polar-obsession?picture=360162023

    24 Hours in Pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/08/1

    I might not be around later so will wish you all a good day. Take care and be safe.

    • KQuark says:

      I hate the new conservative Canadian government. Like most conservatives they are obsessed with tax cuts and promoting themselves all the time. I see allot of Canadian TV because I watch Canadian channels when they show hockey.

      • Mightywoof says:

        Welcome to the club KQ ………. there are many of us who do not trust them. They appear to be moderate only because they have a minority in Parliament and can be unseated at any time -- if they ever get a majority then I’m very much afraid that Canada will become unrecognizable.

  10. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone. Mumbly Monday is here again. I have never really liked Mondays, it’s my least favourite day of the week, and yet I was born on a Monday after 38 hours labour, my poor mother. :(

    Iraqis cast their votes amid insurgent violence. The Iraq elections in pictures.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/mar/07/iraq-election-in-pictures

    Iraqi Baathist resentment simmers in Syria

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8552106.stm

    24 Hours in Pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/07/24-hours-in-pictures

    Cher expressed an interest in recipes, so when I find something interesting, I will include it for everyone. Here are 2 more.

    Yotam Ottolenghi’s aubergine ‘cheesecake’ recipe

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/06/aubergine-cheesecake-vegetarian-recipe-ottolenghi

    Yotam Ottolenghi’s winter saffron gratin recipe

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/13/winter-saffron-gratin-recipe

    • KQuark says:

      The one positive thing I love seeing in Iraq is the vast majority of the citizens voting, especially women. It still amazes me in this country how so many people just waste their voting privileges out of apathy. I mean in Iraq the voters lives are literally threatened just for voting and they still come out and do it. If everyone did vote this country would be much more like what everyone wants.

      • Kalima says:

        Hi K. I would say from experience that the “hunger” is no longer a part of our existence in the West. We have for the most part become complacent in our attitudes because many of us have so much compared to others in many countries, freedom being one thing that has been taken for granted along with the right to vote, to have an education, to work for our families and provide shelter, food and clean drinking water. We forget just how lucky we are.

        Another indication is that the old form of apprenticeship is almost dead. Young people no longer want to train for next to nothing learning a dying craft from their parents or from someone who is revered in their field of expertise. We have become an instant gratification people, no longer willing to wait for a handmade pair of shoes which might take a month to complete but would last a lifetime. Craftsmanship is no longer appreciated and those small businesses have given way to mass produced kitsch thrown out without a moment’s pause when we grow tired them.

        So I think that the “hunger” has all but disappeared in the West and we look at the people in Iraq voting in spite of the danger. We look at the green party in Iran, cheer for them, hope for their success and cry at the unnecessary deaths of the protesters and somewhere in our minds we envy them too because we hear our own lost “hunger” in their cries and see it in their eyes.

    • escribacat says:

      For you, Kalima. “I don’t like Mondays”


    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima and all, I got this in my morning email. Tom DeLay is living in some form of alternative reality, it seems:

      From an article re his recent interview on CNN re Jim Bunning’s blocking of unemployment benefits extension, which DeLay called “heroic”:

      “You know,” Delay said, “there is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits keeps people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don’t look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out.

      Host Candy Crowley: “Congressman, that’s a hard sell, isn’t it?”

      Delay: “It’s the truth.”

      • Kalima says:

        Is this man even human?

        I say take away his HC plan and stop his government pension when he’s retired. What has he done to deserve being payed by tax payers for the rest of his miserable “Dancing with the Stars” life?

  11. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone, hope you are having a good weekend.

    An update about the 1993 murder of James Bulger and the arrest of one of the 10 year old boys who were convicted.

    “James Bulger killer Jon Venables confessed real identity to strangers as mental state crumbled”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/07/jon-venables-confessed-identity

    Jon Venables back in prison ‘due to child porn offences’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/07/jon-venables-alleged-child-porn-offences

    The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/07/india-vanishing-tiger-rajasthan

    I love Lemon curd but it’s hard to find over here so this recipe comes in useful.

    Nigel Slater’s lemon curd recipes

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/07/nigel-slater-lemon-curd-recipes

    24 Hours in Pictures

    #10, if that is real fur, I’m totally disgusted. #11, Gordon Brown looks as if he’s standing in front of a firing squad, all he’s missing is the blindfold.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/06/24-hours-in-pictures

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Hi Kalima! Oh Boy-- Poor Gordon Brown!

      I love lemon curd too! I really appreciate your inclusion of recipes. I’ll have to add some of my own. I have thought about having a recipe section from time to time, since I occasionally see that someone posts about a dish they made.

      Oh heck--This might be the right time! I’ll add a very yummy winter soup:

      Harira-- Moroccan Bean and Vegetable Soup (NOT Vegetatrian!)

      1 lb (500g) lamb or beef cut into small cubes
      3 or 4 marrow bones
      18 cups (4 1/2liters) water
      1 1/4 cups (250 g)brown or green lentils
      1 1/4 cups (250 g)chickpeas, soaked at least an hour
      3 onions, chopped
      2 tblsp sunflower oil
      salt
      1 1/2 tsp black pepper
      2 lbs (1 kg) tomatoes, peeled
      1/2 tsp powdered ginger
      1/2 tsp saffron
      2/3 cup (100 g) flour
      4 oz (100 g) vermicelli broken into small pieces
      Large bunch (~ a cup) flat leaf parsley chopped
      large bunch of cilantro (~ a cup) chopped
      Juice of AT LEAST one lemon

      Put the meat and bones into a very large pot with the water and bring to boil. Remove the scum, then add the lentils and chick peas.

      In a frying pan, fry the onions in oil til golden; add them to soup. Simmer 1 1/2 hrs adding salt to taste and the pepper after 1 hour. Blend the tomatoes to a cream in a processor and pour into the soup. Add the ginger and saffron and more water if needed.

      Mix the flour to a paste with cold water and add to the soup, stirring vigorously until the soup thickens and gets velvety. Add the vermicelli and simmer 15 mins. Then add the parsley, cilantro and lemon juice until the pasta is finished. Serve.

      VARIATION: Instead of meat, use chicken ; instead of chick peas use fava beans; instead of vermicelli, use rice.)

      • Kalima says:

        Glad you like the odd recipes, I try to find the ones that are easy to make as my mind seems to wander once I’m in my kitchen. Your soup sounds delicious and I’d love to try it while it’s still cold enough over here, thanks and please post them anytime you like.

        A new prayer for us girls, then again, maybe for a few of the boys too.

        “Now I lay me down to sleep

        I pray the Lord my shape to keep.

        Please no wrinkles, Please no bags

        Please lift my butt before it sags.

        Please no age spots, Please no gray

        As for my belly, Please take it away.

        Keep me healthy, Keep me young,

        And thank you Lord, For all you’ve done.” :)

        • Chernynkaya says:

          😀 I like that prayer, but these days, I just pray to wake up! And when I am ambitious, I pray to wake up at least as young-looking as I went to sleep.

          • Kalima says:

            I’m happy just to wake up too Cher and there are days that I don’t even bother with mirrors. I know that my hair must be sticking up by the stares from people walking by as I feed my refugees in the garage or the look in Coco’s (my oldest) eyes as she stretches her front paw to play with an errant cluster of hair, her tiny head cocked on one side. I can’t remember the last time I wore make- up. When I go to the hospital I wear a huge, white cold mask. I must admit that I’ve become quite lazy but I clean up well. :)

            • Chernynkaya says:

              HAHA-- Same here, Kalima-- I clean up well, and I am satisfied with that. I feel the way about my dog as you do about the cats. Aside from being a source of many laughs in this family, he is my personal trainer. If not for him, I doubt I’d have the discipline to walk for 3 miles a day or hike. I tell myself, HE needs it, so I must do it.

            • Kalima says:

              A few years ago we were thinking about Barcelona, hubby travels there often for work, he said the climate would be perfect for what ails me. I haven’t given up, it all depends on when he’s ready to retire, not yet I’m sure, but one day.

              Dreams are important, we should never lose sight of them, they keep us strong.

              One thing I’m sure of, I want to die in and be buried in Europe, I need to get back to my roots.

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Kalima-- all I can say is: Me Too! That dream has kept me going many, many days.

            • Kalima says:

              Cher our dreams about this seem uncannily similar, I just wish that we could have made the move while I was still healthy.

              I have a picture of an English cottage on our fridge. The front garden is full of wonderful flowers, in the back would be our veggie garden. Every time I open the fridge door, I smile and dream of this beautiful place, it keeps me going for the rest of the day. *sigh*

            • Chernynkaya says:

              Kalima, our dream is to move to the country where we could grow our own food and have all those dogs aand cats, as you grow up with. But I just don’t seem to have any talent for winning the lottery! 😉

              BTW, Zorro is a black Shepard mix (with, we think, Great Dane!-- that makes it easy to pet him, since no one has to bend down.)

            • Kalima says:

              I love dogs too Cher but there is no space here and we have no garden. Walks would be a real problem with my condition so it wouldn’t be fair. Also here in the heart of Tokyo, the space between houses is a mere 50 cm not feet. You can hear what your next door neighbour is doing when the windows are open.

              My next door neighbour sings opera in her spare time, her little dog barks at engine noises, sometimes it’s hard to sleep.

              One day if we move away from Japan, we might have dogs and of course cats again. As a kid, we had four German Shepherds and 7 cats, never a dull moment.

  12. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, a week just passes by like the speed of lightening. Happy weekend to you!

    Sounds like some of these guys would do really well in your GOP.

    ‘Tory madrasa’ preaches radical message to would-be MPs”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/06/tory-madrasa-young-britons-foundation

    Gordon Brown comes clean on Iraq.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/05/war-gordon-brown-iraq-chilcot

    Recipes with cardamom, sound good. If like me you love beans, the second link’s recipes sound wonderful too.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/mar/06/cardamom-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/13/pulses-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall

    24 Hours in Pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/05/24-hours-in-pictures

    • KQuark says:

      Wow this is real eye opening stuff. Thanks for the recipes but for my wife’s sake I don’t need anymore beans.

    • javaz says:

      Good morning, Kalima!

      I so agree that time flies and the weeks just zip on by.
      They say the older you get, the faster time flies, and I can’t imagine it going any faster.

      Holy smokes!
      So, the UK has it’s own neocons, and I wonder how well that’s going over there with them trashing their national health care system.
      I’ve read rumors from a UK blog that warned about certain elements wanting to stop the socialized health care in Europe, and now I understand the source of those rumors.
      Sadly, some Brits are blaming the Yanks for interfering in their government.

      Obviously, Mr. Brown isn’t coming clean about Iraq.
      Something doesn’t smell right in that story.

      I love collecting recipes and have a collection of cookbooks, but oddly, I rarely use them!
      That Pulla and Chickpea, potato and kale curry sure looks good.
      Now I’m hungry!

      Interesting that the El Nino has brought relief to the drought in the southwest, but causes drought elsewhere.
      We’ve had a wet winter and we are loving it, since we’ve needed rains for some time.

      The flying fox made me smile!
      Sticking his tongue out for the camera.

      • Kalima says:

        Good morning javaz.

        I meant to put a question mark after “Gordon Brown comes clean on Iraq?”

        The Brit government has done enough interfering in their own policies, blaming others for their own blindness is hardly accepting responsibility for their own blunders.

        Our weather here has been the strangest it has been since I’ve been here. Cold one day, unseasonably warm the next with almost a solid week of rain. I’ve woken up twice this week with mosquito bites, It’s only March.

        Hope that you have a good weekend. Take care.

        • javaz says:

          Today is my housecleaning day, and I too shall destroy several minute universes but they will be back by tomorrow afternoon.

          They are predicting a good chance of rain for us tomorrow, with possible thunderstorms that could bring hail.
          I am looking forward to it!
          I love lighting candles, pouring a glass of wine and reading a good book while it rains and thunder and lightning just adds to the ambiance!

          I hope you have a great weekend, too!

          I will be up late tomorrow watching the Oscars most likely, as I watch them nearly every year for some reason.

          • Kalima says:

            Sorry, I forgot to add good night, I’m such a loon sometimes.

            I’m finished with my nano universe destruction for a few days. When the largest of my 7 cats returns from his meeting, I will be ready to sleep.

            Don’t work too hard. :)

            • javaz says:

              Good night, Kalima, and sweet dreams.

              I’m heading off to start my day now that my husband and the dog are up.

              Hope to see you later!

  13. Kalima says:

    Good morning again everyone and Ohayo gozai masu!

    Another coming attraction at the Chilcot Inquiry.

    “Chilcot Iraq war inquiry to grill Gordon Brown over cuts to defence budget at height of war”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/05/chilcot-gordon-brown-iraq-war-inquiry

    Turkey still up in arms about the truth of “genocide.”

    “Turkey recalls US ambassador over Armenia genocide resolution”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/05/turkey-us-ambassador-armenia

    A rather silly story. I find the covered up version much more offensive.

    “Naked snow sculpture covered up after neighbours complain”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7369191/Naked-snow-sculpture-covered-up-after-neighbours-complain.html

    24 Hours in Pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/gallery/2010/mar/04/1

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Kalima, the pictures today seemed particularly poignant. ~~sigh~~ When will the human race realize we have to look out for each other? That’s how it works!

    • KQuark says:

      I’m amazed that Brown is being scrutinized now over the defense cuts. Many progressives in the US are clamoring for defense cuts even though we are involved in two conflicts now. I guess it’s a damned if you or don’t situation.

      Turkey will never come correct on the Armenian attempted genocide where over 1,000,000 Armenians were killed or died on their death march. But then again the US will never come correct on the genocide of native Americans.

    • javaz says:

      Good morning, Kalima!
      Hope you are well this evening.

      The naked snow sculpture reminds me of a recent story in the valley, whereby a dead tree in someone’s front yard had a phallic look to it.
      Some people complained, and the police did say that the homeowners weren’t breaking any laws but the people had the tree cut down to avoid more complaints.
      People need to find something else to do rather than looking for nakedness and sin everywhere.

      The dog and kids in Haiti is a cute photo.
      That Kaleidoscope looks interesting.

      • Kalima says:

        Good morning javaz, I’m ok, just a little tired. Our temperatures have been up and down like a proverbial yo-yo, I can’t keep up.

        It’s sad that some people’s lives are so boring that they have to interfere in other people’s lives. I have a cranky neighbour like that who stands on his balcony day in day out waiting for someone to do something to annoy him. I’ve had a few run ins with him over my cats, now I just ignore him.

        By putting those awful clothes on the snow statue, it just made it look cheap and tacky.

        Hope that you have a good day and I might see you tomorrow.

        Take care and good night.

  14. Chernynkaya says:

    Good Morning, guys!

    The quote of the day:

    I simply would like to know, as an honest and balanced newsperson, when you are going to pull your Stalinist head out of your Leninist ass.
    ~~Jon Stewart

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/04/jon-stewart-fox-news-sarah-palin-megyn-kelly_n_485235.html


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