"Mama Mia"; "Beyond the Body Farm"-Book Review-Thoughts-They Really Want to Kill Us Folks!

In Thoughts this week we have a weekly wrap up of Obamacare news, including the most amazing, just revealed on Fox News Sunday today, 8/23/09-the administration's attempt to KILL OFF OUR VETERANS!

The Obama admin sent a spokesperson who they thought would stop the anger but God bless the child for her service to our country but she lied, and lied, and lied, and lied.

They want to kill us, folks, the elderly Vets and citizens, don't let them deny it.

Plus Michelle's shorts, Town Meeting cowards, and the snitch White House web site closed down.
"Mama Mia" is an okay musical, probably not for our heterosexual brethren. It does feature pop music from my era, has beautiful scenery, great acting, intriguing characters.

Two things, "Dancing Queen" will roll around in your head for a month after seeing it and the plot line, folks, it's really, really uncomfortable.
Dr. Bass became head of the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee.

There dead bodies are studied, rates of decay and other nasty stuff, to help solve crimes, identify the long dead or just so people like myself can read some really interesting stuff about it.

Not for the squeamish.

Pic of the Day

White House Snitch Site

For now, someway, somehow, Debbie Stabenow has a relative connected with this thing but later on the details.

Not that Dems lie, cheat or steal or anything. Or run gubmint paid for web sites to encourage citizens to snitch on each other, God knows I never thought this day would ever come in the USA.

At any rate, last week they shut the snitch site down. I did ask for yon readers to snitch on me as my name is Fish and they wanted anyone expressing “fishy” thoughts about Obamer health care. Some suggest my thoughts are fishy.


So my names on their list I must hope.

Tom DeLay On Dancing With the Stars!

The Democrats made this man so evil. They even had some rogue Texas prosecutor put out some bogus charges against the guy.

The pubs, brave men all with their fine, fine tans and perfect head hairs, threw the poor guy to the wind. For if the Dems can’t win fair and square, with the help of gonad-less pubs, they cheat!

Now Tom Delay is going to be on Dancing With the Stars and you gotta smile.

I simply cannot imagine Tom Delay dancing around the room, much less winning anything.

We’ll be following Dancing With the Stars closely on this Blog.

Stay tuned.

The Death Book & Other Obamacare News

I finally got my jaw off of the floor after watching Fox News Sunday early in the morn this fine Sunday, 8/23/09. On the show, moderator Chris Wallace had VA Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth, who lost two legs during the Iraq war herself.

I am simply stunned at what I heard.

This story hit the news via The Wall Street Journal this past Wednesday and the administration did the best they could do with damage control by sending out a crippled vet to fight with the spin.

This woman lied and lied and lied and lied and shame on her, no dammit, child thank you for your service but a pox on you and how you are covering up what this country is trying to do to its veterans.

For if yon ladies and gems thinks its bad enough that the administration wants to put Grandma to death once she costs more than her life is worth, as THEY (whoever THEY are) determine, get a load of this book to which all veterans are being referred.

Pay attention for you all will be hearing about this next week so stop now making fun of Sarah Palin’s reference to death panels.

As of July 2nd, the VA is referring veterans to the book. That's interesting in itself, because the Bush Administration ended use of the book in 2007. And it has now been reinstated. What makes the book controversial is that--according to critics--it seems to push veterans in the direction of "pulling the plug." For instance--page 21 is a worksheet in which the veteran is asked to consider various situations and then check--whether in each case, life would be "difficult, but acceptable"--"worth living, but just barely"--or "not worth living."

You might think that the scenarios would involve irreversible comas and the like. But no--they include: "I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair"--"I live in a nursing home"--"I am a severe financial burden on my family"--and "I cannot seem to 'shake the blues'".

Can you imagine? They actually give veterans a questionnaire and ask if life is worth living if they are…IN A WHEELCHAIR?

This Tammy Duckworth character, what a fool, what a lying damnable fool she made of herself.

She said that this was just one of several references to which veterans were referred and Chris Wallace pointed out that oh no it was not, that this was the ONLY book where veterans were referred on the VA web site.

Duckworth pooh-poohed it as unimportant but why did Obamer put this awful book back into play after the Bush administration pulled it in 2007? Oh, and yeah, Duckworth sure did try to blame it on Bush but that went over like the proverbial lead balloon.

Finally Chris Wallace asked her if the administration would pull the referrals to this awful, terrible, horrible piece of written crap (and there’s a whole bunch of very interesting history on this book’s author out there) off of the VA’s web site and, heh, of course she couldn’t agree to this stipulation.

I could almost feel the wheels in her head spinning across the air waves. She had no authority to pull that book.

So guess what she said? She said the book would not be pulled because, sit down now and make sure your bladders are emptied ye shall laugh so hard…that the writing of this book was paid for by public funds and by law they MUST use it!!!

I am NOT making this up. This humble Blogger brings this to you fresh from its happening for already it’s all over the Internet.

No Death Panels they say?


Now on to more information on Town Halls and other news as the Obamer administration tries desperately to pee upon our feet and tell us it’s raining. He calls it getting “wee-wee’d up”.

From the Orlando Sentinal
we learn of one very brave Florida congress critter who brought his children to a Town Hall meeting, sort of human shields.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson brought three of children to use as human shields at a town hall meeting tonight on health care. The Sentinel also reported Grayson found a new way to stack the meeting with supporters.

The paper reported that during a contentious point in the meeting, Grayson told a man to "knock off the bull" and invoked the presence of his children to try to keep the peace at the meeting.

As for Grayson's new way to stack the meeting, the local Democratic party held a meeting in the same room right before Grayson's town hall. They stayed and took up seats in the small 120 seat room.

Next we have a New York Dem congress critter who says, right out loud, that he does not care a whit about the wishes of his constituents, he will vote for what is best for them. According to him we must imagine.

They say they don’t want death panels but what’s the deal with that VA thing? They say they don’t want a “single payer option”, Saul Alinsky talk for “gubmint run health care” but look at the collection of clips below.

They will vote however THEY want. They want to decide when you die as the elderly cost too much money that they could better use to buy votes for themselves.

And they need the gubmint option to do this and if you’re still not satisfied, note how well that Cash for Clunkers thing went.

Or as Rush Limbaugh calls this Obamer healthcare reform…”Cash for Caskets”.

Sorry I Voted for Obama

A reference for any who might regret a stupid vote.

Alternate Meanings

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions
to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply
alternative meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by

13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14 . Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

Michelle Obama and the Shorts

She’s the First Lady for God’s sake! She knew she would be photographed while disembarking from Air Force 1. So why does she look like she’s jumped out of bed, combed her hair back in a ponytail and threw on a pair of wrinkled shorts?

Laura Bush never dressed like this.

She considers herself an icon of fashion. For sure there’s nothing terribly wrong with how she looks. I don’t look any better.

But then I’m not getting off of Air Force 1 to a bevy of flashbulbs.

Ending With a Smile

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”Beyond the Body Farm”

by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson

The “Body Farm” is a place in the University of Tennessee that was set up for the study of human decomposition.


It’s a place where dead bodies are taken and allowed to decompose under all sorts of conditions. The study of the timing and circumstances of the decomposition provide valuable information for future homicides or other circumstances of death.

Web site for Bass’ books.

Evidently this team, a bone detective and a writer, founded this Body Farm and wrote a first book all about it. So now we have, of course, BEYOND the Body Farm.

The cover blurb notes:
"a legendary bone detective explores murders, mysteries and the revolution in forensic science"-cover blurb

This book is not for squeamish. In fact I had to quickly scan some of the chapters. Such as detailed minutiae of insect activity on a dead body is hardly appetizing.

Some of the cases Dr. Bass investigated were quite fascinating though. Bass is called in as a consult for all sorts of death studies, some criminal, some accidental, some personal.

Richard Jamieson, for example, was found burned in his car. Law enforcement wanted some help on his death as Jamieson had been dead in that car for quite a while. Was it a murder or an accident?

Bass did an autopsy and discovered that Jamieson’s body had many burned insect larvae in it. Which could only mean that Jamieson had already been dead and had already decomposed to the point of having massive insect activity. With the larva of these insects burned as well as Jamieson’s body, it could only mean that someone loaded Jamieson’s already decaying body into that car, or that he had been in the car already dead and decaying, when likely his murderer torched the car.

It’s discovering this sort of information that makes for helpful criminal investigations and successful prosecutions.

Bass provides other examples of his craft, including personal pleas to identify found skeletons, bureaucracy requests to identify airplane crash remains and one study in Iran for anthropological artifacts.

It’s quite an interesting book, well worth the read for those interested in my favorite literary genre-True Crime.

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”Mama Mia”…A Very Mixed Bag

IMDB Site for this movie.

I like musicals.

Of course I am a female and women, as I guess by instinct only, tend to like musicals more than men. Such as actors suddenly bursting into song at the weirdest of moments upon the big screen is not normally the stuff males of the human kind like.

So okay, maybe it’s just my husband. And my three other husbands.

Point is I’ve been around men in my lifetime and I assert, anecdotally, men do not normally like musical movies.

In the case of Mama Mia, however, my current husband had mixed emotions because he is, like me, of the era of this movie’s music and it was music he liked as a young man.

Except he doesn’t much like musicals.

But okay, I do and yes, I liked “Mama Mia”. I liked the music, I liked the acting, I liked the characters, I liked the setting, I liked the camera work, I liked the costumes.

I didn’t much care for the story.

Video trailer for this movie.

Actors in this movie:
Meryl Streep ... Donna Sheridan
Pierce Brosnan ... Sam Carmichael
Colin Firth ... Harry Bright
Stellan SkarsgÄrd ... Bill Anderson
Julie Walters ... Rosie
Dominic Cooper ... Sky
Amanda Seyfried ... Sophie Sheridan
Christine Baranski ... Tanya
Ashley Lilley ... Ali
Nancy Baldwin ... Sam's PA
Rachel McDowall ... Lisa
Heather Emmanuel ... Harry's Housekeeper
Ricardo Montez ... Stannos
Mia Soteriou ... Arina
Enzo Squillino Jr. ... Gregoris

So Donna Sheridan runs some kind of hotel thing located somewhere on the ocean, not sure where or what country. But it’s a beautiful setting with, naturally, breezes constantly blowing over a setting of azure blue skies over clean, clear refreshing ocean water.

Donna Sheridan has a daughter, Sophie, and Donna Sheridan has no idea who is the child’s father.

Well not exactly NO idea. It could be one of three men who passed through Donna’s life all in the span of one very busy month when Donna’s child Sophie was assumedly conceived.

The movie involves Sophie’s wedding, her invite to all of these three possible fathers, their collective astonishing acceptance of the honor and moves on through this rather improbable plot line that left me, well a bit embarrassed.

Donna Sheridan, played by that most wonderful of actresses Meryl Streep- of apples with Alar fame so much for Streep’s activism may she stick to acting her liberal self- is a very likeable character.

She was once, along with two other youthful friends, a singer who then became a single hotel proprietress who eschewed males of all sort, alleging their uselessness except for that sperm thing and even at that Donna Sheridan messed it all up.

The idea is that the mother knows just WHO is the sperm donor as children should have a father whose identity they know and in the best of all worlds, that father will know these children exist and will stick around to raise them.

But maybe it’s just me.

For Donna Sheridan was a nice lady who wasn’t a slut as one might think. She just had that one busy month and it all happened because she had a broken heart anyway.

So while I quite enjoyed the movie with its fine music, beautiful scenery, pretty costumes and sometimes funny scenes, the thought of that pretty child having lived her life without ever having a proper father in her life, her somewhat pathetic attempt to locate him to give her away at her wedding, her obvious regret at never knowing her father, well this lent an aura of sadness to the movie.

Sadness and musicals, I’m just not sure they mesh all that well.

It was this discomfort that detracted from my enjoyment of the film. Which is not to say that overall I didn’t enjoy it. I did.

If I didn’t feel so damn sorry for poor Sophie Sheridan throughout the whole thing I would definitely have enjoyed the movie much more.

That’s the fact and what’s my point?

That maybe fatherless children and “courageous” mothers who raise them alone are not the most ideal stuff of happy song and strut?
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