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Friday, January 23, 2009

Blago Takin’ It To The People Media Blitz

Waaaa, What a Cry Baby! To quote Baretta, Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.

From the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich: Impeachment Trial ‘Hanging Him’. Blagojevich is all over the place in the media. He was on the radio the today on WLS am, WVON. Have you heard? Blagojevich has said that he wants Chicago newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Suntimes) to write editorials supporting him! Hello? Don't the Feds have him on audio tape saying that he wanted certain Chicago Tribune editors fired? He sounds seriously delusional. Even more than before.

On Monday he’ll be on Good Morning America in an interview with Diane Sawyer and then later on The View. I hope I remember to tune in on Monday. Heck, I haven't got anything better to do, and it should be a good laugh, right?

Blagojevich’s wife Patti will be appearing with him on The View. As I was hearing the stories today I wondered for a moment if his wife Patti is as delusional as he sounds?

Do you think Patti is channeling Tammy Wynette?

I mean, does she support him 100% and believe in him? Does she say to him, ‘gee honey, do you think that’s a good idea?’ Or is it whatever you say Rod? It's going to be very interesting to hear what Patti has to say. That is, if she says anything at all beyond greeting the hosts of The View.

Do you think his placing this in the court of public opinion, before the people is going to help him any?

Do you think anyone cares about what he deems is fair, considering the allegations against him and those audio tapes?

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Hyundai Assurance - Hyundai's Bailout Plan

Have you seen the commercials for Hyundai Assurance.

Basically if you lose your job (involuntary job loss) 12 months after purchasing or leasing a new Hyundai, they’ll take it back. No further financial obligation, no negative impact on your credit. How's that for a bailout?
Do you think this is a big promotional gimmick?
Do you think it will sell more Hyundai's?
Are you going out to buy a Hyundai?
This isn't an ad for Hyundai, I don't do those. The commercial just struck me as a very novel way of dealing with the current financial climate. What do you think?

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Judging A Book By It's Cover

Jen over at Redhead Ranting had blogged about her disappointment over having her Kids of Queers ad rejected. The reason given was ‘not relevant’. I’ve only had my ad rejected once and that was because that particular blog was leaving Entrecard. I must admit, each time I attempt to place an ad on a site new to me, I wonder if my ad will be rejected. Why? Because my site is open and honest about my being a lesbian.

Grandy over at Functional Shmunctional did a post on Sunday about the rejection and gave Jen some blog love.

So, in my own little way, I’m givin’ some blog love back to Grandy at Functional Shmunctional and Jen at Kids of Queers and Redhead Ranting. Great post Grandy!

It made me think of one of my experiences with Judging A Book By It’s Cover…

I worked for a couple of years for the Village of Glencoe. For those of you not familiar with Glencoe, it is a very upscale community where homes sell for millions of dollars. In fact, while I worked there, simple 3 bedroom ranch homes sold for over a million. Developers were snapping them up, demolishing them and building mcmansions.

From my first day there, until I left their employ, there was a woman who was a fixture there even though she didn’t work there. On days when the weather was fair and pleasant, she sat on the bench outside the Village Hall. When the weather was cold or inclement, she sat on a bench inside the Village Hall. She attended virtually every Village Hall meeting. Because the Village did not lock the doors to the building (it housed the Village offices as well as police, fire and paramedics) she could be found there any hour of the day. I had occasion to be there late hours at times, sometimes past midnight and she was still there, sleeping seated upright on the bench.

This woman appeared disheveled and unclean. Her clothing looked like rags. She looked like a bag lady. She carried bags full of belongings, books and papers and she sometimes pushed a 2 wheeled shopping cart. She appeared to be homeless. Some staffers greeted her good morning and good night, but mostly people walked past her as if she weren’t there. On occasion some staffers brought her food, but for the most part, she got by on her own.

She never panhandled that I noticed. She just seemed to want to be where the action was, where the people were. The Village Hall and the Public Library shared the same land space, with an area of grass and walkways between. People were always walking by for the library or to conduct business at the Village Hall.

The Village leaders, not wanting to mar their image as being an upscale community did not care for her residing on the bench in their hallway. At some point, just before I left their employ, the Village passed an ordinance that basically made it illegal to loiter on the premises of the Village Hall unless you had official business there.

I have to give the Village credit though, prior to passage of the ordinance, they did make every effort to help this woman. They had paramedics tend to a leg wound that wouldn’t heal. They contacted a family member out of state. They discovered that the woman owned a home in the Village, however it was in disrepair and was full of years and years of newspapers, trash and junk. For all intents and purposes, she was homeless, as her home was not in habitable condition. Village crews spent days clearing out the woman’s home and sought assistance from members of the community for the home repairs. Even after the ordinance was passed, in fair weather you would find her outside the Village Hall.

Prior to passage of the ordinance there was a story in the Chicago Tribune about the woman. I clipped a copy at the time, but I’ve since lost track of it. I tried searching online, but due to the passage of time perhaps, I was unable to locate it. Anyway, it turns out this woman was highly educated and highly intelligent, a former college professor.

Sadly, I never spoke a word to her. To be honest, and I’m ashamed to say it, I was a bit afraid of her. Growing up in a middle class suburb of Milwaukee, I had never encountered a homeless person close-up. How sad, because as the Chicago Tribune reporter discovered, this woman had lived a fascinating life and was more well read than most people you’ll ever encounter. She just really wanted to be out amongst people, rather than sit in her home alone. I realize at the time that I was quite immature and quite rude. I’ve grown up a lot since then. I’ve become my mother. (My Black Friday Or how I Know I’ve Become My Mother.) My mother would have engaged this woman each and every day. She would have said good morning and good night and chatted with her when she had a few free minutes. I’m willing to bet she would have brought her lunch every day too.

As I type this I can’t even imagine the fascinating conversations I could have had with this woman. As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

L Word Who Done it? Your thoughts/theories?

By now if you're interested in the L Word Series, you've seen the first episode of Season 6, the final season.

What are your thoughts/theories on who killed Jenny? Please post yours in the comments section.

Considering how evil Jenny is, calling Nikki for one final booty call so she can return the favor and break her heart, I'm going to go with suicide. I think Jenny has come up with the ultimate payback for Nikki and Shane's indiscretion. (By the way, I don't think indiscretion quite covers what they did, there has to be a better word, but it escapes me at the moment.)

But then again, I am a master conspiracy theorist and if I consider the spinoff with Alice in jail, what if Tasha did it? She was a bit tipsy, came home and was looking for a reason, any reason to take off on Alice. Maybe she has some axe to grind that we don't know about yet? That would explain Alice in jail, wanting to be near her woman to clear her. Ok, I admit it, it's a stretch, but I think this whole storyline itself is a stretch with Jenny ending up dead in the pool.

Come on, tell me your theories! Who done it? How? Why?

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Slip of the Tongue

Jill Biden Lets Slip Secret About Joe.

If you missed it, she let it slip that President Elect Barack Obama had originally offered him both the Secretary of State position and the position of Vice President.

What do you think of Jill Biden's slip of the tongue on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday?

What do you think of Vice President Elect Biden shushing her on a national television show?

Personally, I think he needs to play it closer to the vest, if you know what I mean.

And shushing in public, anywhere, is not acceptable. I think it shows a lack of respect for your significant other. She slipped, it was out, he could have dealt with it differently. I'm just sayin...

Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Triple Awards - Thank you!

I would like to thank tack at I Am KCAT for Triple Awards – Sisterhood Award, Lemonade Award and Best Friends Award. Thank you so much!Here the rules for the recipients:
1. Put the logos on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your awards.
I am giving this award to:
1. Fire Crotch Rocket
2. blueviolet @ A Nut In A Nutshell
3. Dana @ Homesteading Housewife
4. Joie @ Canned Laughter
5. Sue @ Stay At Home Mom
6. Redhead Ranting
7. Jennifer @ Connect With Your Teens
8. Jodi @ Jodi’s Journey
9. Look It’s Megryansmom
10. Michelle @ My Crazy Life With A Toddler
Lola's Diner
©2008-2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

WATCH TONIGHT'S LWORD ONLINE

You can watch it on FANCAST.
They are showing the first episode of Season 6, before it airs. They do have commercials for Showtime ads and bleep swear words, but so what! How cools is that? I'm going back to watching it now.

UPDATE: The version shown on Fancast is basically the sanitized version. No swear words, no naughty bits showing and no heat. (I think you know what I mean.) It was like watching The L Word on Logo Channel. (Which I'm not knocking.)

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©2008-2009
 
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