Monday, April 25, 2005


At what point do we stop bailing this company out?

WASHINGTON - Several senators on Thursday criticized President Bush's proposal to give Amtrak no money next year, while the railroad submitted a request to Congress for $1.82 billion.

Amtrak is receiving $1.2 billion from Congress this year.

Chairman David Laney said that without a boost in money the railroad would have no cash by year's end in light of Acela Express brake problems that have sidelined the profitable high-speed fleet until this summer.

A majority of senators on the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Subcommittee were critical of Bush's plan and sympathetic to Amtrak, favoring giving the railroad money next year. No specific amount was mentioned.

"How did the administration come up with such a ridiculous proposal?" asked Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., subcommittee chairman. "I was extremely stunned and disappointed that such a proposal was made."

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said the Bush administration's stance that zero funding of Amtrak is a "call to action" was baseless.

"Zero funding means you want to shut the place down," Dorgan said.

Did you happen to notice those numbers? In two years Amtrak wants us, you know, the tax payers, to give them 3 billion dollars. Let me do it this way so you understand better,


Sen. Dorgan says zero funding would shut them down. GOOD! How many years do we have to keep dumping money into this cash cow?

Amtrak it self has said:
its current business model is unsustainable and in need of serious reform.

And you want us to give you 3 BILLION dollars?!?!

It doesn't surprise me that a ompany wants to be bailed out. It SHOULDN'T surprise me the our representatives want to throw our money way, year after year. It does though. Don't ask me why.

AHHH, but there are PLANS!!

Lott said the subcommittee would study three proposals — from the Bush administration, Amtrak and the DOT's inspector general — and work to present a bipartisan bill regarding Amtrak's funds.

Kenneth Mead, the DOT's inspector general, said Amtrak needs at least $1.4 billion to maintain current operations. But Mead said $2 billion would put Amtrak in a better operating position in the long run.

And that's for 1 year. How much will they want the following year?

All the plans included proposals calling for states to chip in to keep Amtrak running. Bush's plan calls for a 50-50 federal state partnership, Amtrak is asking states for 20 percent of funds, and Mead's plan seeks between 15 to 30 percent from states.

Interesting thought. I have a better idea. How about we let this company stand or fall on it's own?

"States can't afford at this time to simply pick up the federal contribution to Amtrak," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J., who supports funding Amtrak and criticized Bush's 50-50 proposal. "Expecting them to do so would be yet another unfunded mandated, and it would sink state budgets in a sea of red ink."

Lautenberg brings up an interesting line of reasoning. States can't afford it. Hmmmm, I have an idea. Since some states, like Florida, only have long distance runs, Florida should get rid of Amtrak. Of the 15 long distance runs Amtrak has, not 1 has ever shown a profit. Get rid of them. Why is this so hard to understand?

I know that in the northeastern part of this country Amtrak actually does make money on it's intercity runs. Hmmm, leave those in place. If Amtrak still needs money, let those states that have intercity routes pay for it. WOW, that was just too hard to figure out.

The one thing that makes me laugh on this is, there are some democrats that whine about the moey spent on Iraq. These same people will not say a word about the money that has been thrown at Amtrak for I don't know how many years. I wonder why that is?

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Born-Alive Infant Protection Act

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Friday that it would enforce a nearly 3-year-old federal law that requires doctors to attempt to keep alive a fetus that survives an abortion.

In making the announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services Department said it was an attempt to educate the public about the little-known law. Officials said they didn't know how often a fetus survives an abortion and would not say whether there have been any complaints about a lack of enforcement.

"As a matter of law and policy, the (department) will investigate all circumstances where individuals and entities are reported to be withholding medical care from an infant born alive in potential violation of federal statutes for which we are responsible," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement.

"We will also take proactive steps to educate state officials, health care providers, hospitals and child protection agencies about their obligation to born-alive infants under federal law," Leavitt said.

The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002 amends the legal definitions of "person," "human being," "child" and "individual" to include any fetus that survives an abortion procedure.

Again, I'll probably get some flack for my stance on this. It is a good law. And it should be enforced. Yes, women should have the right to choose, I have no problem with that, except for late term abortions, I do have problms with those. But, if the fetus is alive after the abortion, it is no longer a fetus, it is a person and should be afforded all the rights of any other person in this country.

I don't care which side of the abortion issue you stand on, if the child is breathing, IT IS NOT a fetus.

Something else I'll catch flack about

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A 5-year-old girl was handcuffed by police after she tore papers off a bulletin board and punched an assistant principal in kindergarten class, according to a video released by a lawyer for the child's mother.

The 30-minute tape shows the child appearing to calm down before three officers pinned her arms behind her back and put on handcuffs as she screamed, "No!"

The camera was rolling March 14 as part of a classroom self-improvement exercise at Fairmount Park Elementary, attorney John Trevena said.

Trevena, who provided the tape to the media this week, said he got it from police.

"The image itself will be seared into people's minds when you have three police officers bending a child over a table and forcibly handcuffing her," said Trevena, who represents the girl's mother, Inga Akins.

Police spokesman Bill Proffitt said an investigation into the matter would be complete in about two weeks and the findings would be made public.

You know what? They should have handcuffed this child. While I do know that children throw temper tantrums, there comes a point where a child has to learn that there is consequences to their actions. I watched part of this tape on TV last night. This child was acting like a little monster. God forbid that school try and handle the situation, they'd get sued in 5 seconds flat. The school did the responsible thing, they called the police and let them handle it. Now, you can whine and moan that she is just a little girl. Yes, she is but, she is a now a little girl who knows that when she does something wrong, she will have to pay for it.

Go ahead, attack me, I can handle it.

Moussaoui to fight death penalty

Keeping on the subject of the death penalty we come across this:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - With the first U.S. conviction from a Sept. 11 case in hand, federal prosecutors face a new battle over whether Zacarias Moussaoui should receive the death penalty for plotting with al-Qaida against Americans.

Although he pleaded guilty as expected Friday, Moussaoui told U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, "I will fight every inch against the death penalty." Just last week, he had told her he would plead for execution.

That was among several surprises as the defendant voluntarily admitted his guilt on six counts of conspiring with al-Qaida leaders and the Sept. 11 hijackers to wreak havoc on Americans. Four counts carry a possible death penalty.

Moussaoui also declared for the first time in public that Osama bin Laden personally instructed him to fly an airliner into the White House. The target date was not clear.

Just curious, why doesn't Moussaoui want to die? Wouldn't he still get his virgins?

On the serious side. This man conspired to kill thousands of people. He had the go ahead, by his own admission, to crash a plane into the White House. So, if I have any liberal readers, why should this guy be allowed to live?

Friday, April 22, 2005

Jessica Lunsford

Disclaimer: The following article is not pleasant.

INVERNESS - For weeks, rumors swirled that the man suspected of killing Jessica Lunsford kept her inside his home for a time, then buried her alive.

Documents released Wednesday suggest those grisly accounts are true.

Investigators found Jessica just as John Couey told them they would.

She was sitting upright in a 4-foot-deep grave, her wrists bound in front of her body with stereo wire. Two of her fingers had poked through the plastic trash bags stretched tight over her body. In her arms she clutched the stuffed purple dolphin that had been missing from her bedroom.

Her body bore no sign of injuries that would have caused death. Medical examiners ruled she died of asphyxiation, or a lack of oxygen.

That leaves open the likelihood that Jessica was alive in her grave as dirt and leaves were shoveled over her.

Now, my following statement may get some liberals upset but, I don't care.

This animal, I can't bring myself to call him human, raped a little girl then stuffed her in a gabage bag, ALIVE, and buried her. Some out there will say that he has a sickness. I say, he is a piece of garbage that should be wiped off the face of the earth. He does not deserve mercy, he deserves to die the most horrible death that can be thought up. I could go into details of what I would do but I'll just say this, it would involve a very rusty, dull knife and his genitals.

But, of course, we are "civilised". We can't do those things. So, this crap heap will, MAYBE, recieve life in prison, or even, POSSIBLY, the death penalty, where he will be stuck with a couple of needles and die a peaceful death.

For the longest time I have gone back and forth on the death penalty. Is it a detriment to crime? Is it really what a civilised country should do? Then comes a story like this and I realised, unfortunately, that there are purely evil people in this world who deserve no mercy, who deserve to have the things done to them that they have done to others.

If nothing else comes out of this story I want the parents out there to realise, this could happen to you. Our children are our most precious commotity. We should love them and protect them from the monsters of the world. Watch your children. Don't think because you have a good child and a smart child that this can't happen. It happens with all too much frequency. There are monsters out there who don't care what a wonderful child you have, they want to use your child and throw him/her away like they do their garbage. Be watchful, be smart, be a pain in the ass to your child and most of all, love them with all you have.

I'm back

After a rather long hiatus, I'm back. Sorry to have been gone so long but, I had a lot of things on my plate. Hopefully I'll be up and running normaly in the next few days.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Joseph Biden speaks and tells it like it is

Going along with my last post I founfd a nice little quote from Joe Biden speaking at the confirmaton hearings of Condileeza Rice.

I spent a little time in Europe recently, and I have one simple message: Get over it. Get over it. President Bush is our president for the next four years, so get over it and start to act in your interest, Europe.

I have no commentary to add to this, it speaks for itself.

What the world thinks

PARIS (Reuters) - The rest of the world will be watching with anxiety when President Bush is inaugurated Thursday for a second time, fearing the most powerful man on the planet may do more harm than good.

Don't you just feel so bad for the rest of the world? I want to ask a serious question here. Why in hell should I care what the rest of the world thinks? George Bush is not their President so, they can shut up.

I'm not in a good mood today
Many world leaders, alienated by Bush's go-it-alone foreign policy and the U.S.-led war in Iraq, would have preferred him to lose the U.S. election last November. Since his victory, they have been urging him to listen and consult more.

Listen and consult? You mean like we did for 12 years with Iraq? You mean just talking without actually DOING something. God, what jokes these people are.

Oh, and this "go-it-alone" line of crap is getting rather boring. Let's look at just how "alone" we have been in Iraq.

United States, Great Britain, Italy, Poland,
Ukraine, Netherlands,
Australia, Romania, South Korea, Japan, Denmark,
Bulgaria, Thailand El
Salvadore, Hungary, Singapore, Norway, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Mongolia,
Latvia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Lithuania,
Slovokia, Albania, New
Zealand, Tonga, Estonia, Kazakstan, Macedonia, and

This is the list of countries that are members of the coalition in Iraq. Now, please explain to me just how we are "alone".

You can read the rest of the story here.

Not something you read everyday

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Two women, including a Smith College student, pleaded innocent to charges they raped and handcuffed another female student and slashed her with knives.

Rachel Ann Klobertanz, 22, and Augusta Claire Kendall, 22, were ordered held on $25,000 bail at their arraignment Tuesday in Northampton District Court. Both were charged with two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault and battery.

Prosecutor Susan Loehn said the three women first met at a downtown Northampton bar. They then went back to Klobertanz and Kendall's apartment, where they drank several bottles of champagne and engaged in sex that began as consensual but ended as rape, Loehn said.

"There are some significant issues with respect to consent," said David Roundtree, who represents Kendall. He described Kendall as having a 3.0 grade-point average at Smith.

Thomas Estes, who represents Klobertanz, said both the women maintain the sex with the 20-year-old woman was consensual.

Loehn said it was not the first time women have been charged with rape in Northampton, but the case was unusual because of the level of violence involved.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Happy New Year

Yes, I know I'm a day late but, I was busy yesterday, taking a nap. May all your hopes and dreams come true in this new year.

I would share with you my resolutions but, I don't make them. What is the sense in making a promise, a resolution is a promise, unless you're the U.N., that you have no intention on keeping past Junuary 4? I will say this though. I will TRY to be a better person, try to be more understanding of those around me. I will try and not be as sarcastic as I want to be, this will be really hard. I will try and be a better son, friend, lover and father. And, I will try and post more to my blog.

God bless you all and, again, Happy New Year.


Monday, December 27, 2004

Baby Jesus homeless, Bush at fault

Ah, Jesse Jackson, what would we do without his rantings?

"In the last [Bush] budget, we cut housing again, and that was Jesus' dilemma. In Bethlehem, his family ended up homeless," Jackson told MSNBC's Campbell Brown.

"Rome was a wealthy country that left Jesus and Mary and Joseph, in a sense, homeless," he complained. "He was born an at-risk baby."

What a joke this man is and he's supposed to be a "reverand"

First, Mary and Joseph were traveling back to Nazerath, they did not live in Bethlehem so, they wouldn't have a home there to begin with.

Secondly, what makes him think the Joseph was a poor man? I've heard for years that they were poor, what proof is there of this? Joseph was a carpenter. He lived in a Roman state. Romans were famous for building things. When things are built, carpenters kind of come in handy.

For a "man of the cloth" this guy should actually try and learn some facts before he opens his rather large mouth.

I'm not dead, really, I'm not

It may seem that I have fallen off the face of the earth, how nice that would be but, I really haven't. I've been busy remodeling the house, had to put dad back in the hospital and have been having health problems of my own.

I've missed a lot of news over the last month or so but, I know you've kept up with it on your own. I'll be posting sporadically over the next week or so but, hopefully, will be back to posting regularly after the new year.

Friday, November 19, 2004

New toy

Well, I finally broke down and got a new computer. It's an HP and I love it so far. I have to g used to all the new play things on it but, I'm having fun.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Something to think about

I want to share with you part of a discussion that has been going on in a board I belong to. Though the subject is about judicial nominations, I think what your about to read goes far beyond that subject. Copied with permission from the author, Amber.

I think that the goal behind your argument is short-sighted.

Whatever chicanery that's gone on in the past is irrelevant, unless you are proposing that we continue to permit our legislators to run the government like a school yard feud rather than the very serious business of governing the nation.

We can’t just live in the *now*. While I understand the temptation to slide through every conservative agenda that’s been bogged down by the liberals in the past, conservatives would be doing themselves and their constituents a disservice. The purpose of the government is to represent the people. Our representatives fail in this very important job when they for _partisan_ reasoning do everything in their power to force their agenda.

Look at this election. 49% of the nation did not support Bush. Look at the individual Senate races, most particularly where Daschle was unseated. The race was unbelievably close. What does that tell us? That while the majority won the seat, that the “minority” is not much of a minority, considering the size. These people are still deserving of representation.

The importance of the ideal becomes even more crucial when we are talking about judicial appointments. These people are in their seats until they resign or die. A great disservice is done to the people when one side uses its majority power to nominate and especially install judges whose judgment is not remotely representative of the other 49% of the people. No matter what spin we put on it, no matter how many cases we resurrect of it being done in the past, it doesn’t make it right.

You said:

“…how do you think we got so many liberal judges in the 1960s? It was because Democrats controlled both the White House and Senate. That is how it is SUPPOSED to work. The culture of our country does swing like a pendulum. Why shouldn't it continue to do so in the same way it always has?”

I couldn’t have stated my case any better. The culture of our country shouldn’t swing like a pendulum, from one extreme to the other. Like some drunk tooling down the highway of politics. It should drive vigilantly forward, watching for obstructions. It should with care and consideration swerve gently to the left of the right, depending on the obstruction, then return to the lane of moderation and continue on its way, in a prudent forward progression.

You said:

“Note that if Democrats had a majority in the Senate, president Bush would HAVE to pick judges that they would approve of. Why should he also have to do the same thing when Democrats DON'T control the Senate?”

To reiterate, we are not talking about Democrat vs Republican. We are talking about elected officials representing their constituency. How do you effectively represent a 49% Democrat constituency by pushing only hard right ideals?

Again, look to the future. There will come a day in our lifetime that the Democrats will be back in power. Or perhaps another political body other than Republican or Democrat. Republicans have an opportunity to set the wheels in motion to alter the political climate. There will never be a better opportunity as we would be extending that gracious olive branch from a position of power.

Although I disagree with what Amber wrote about the judicial nominations, I think that the rest of this post is fantastic. Reading around right-wing blogs and reading right-wing groups, you would think that this past election was won by a super majority. Guess what folks? It wasn't. This country is basically split right down the middle. OUR representatives need to take that into consideration. This is a time when conservative can REALLY reach across the aisle. It's also a time when ALL of our representatives need to really look at the whole of the country. Most people aren't far right or far left, they fall right down the middle. Both sides of the aisle need to pay attention to that. This is not a time to reach out to those who are on the fringe, this is a time to look at those in the middle, in other words, most of the country.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Why the liberals lost and will continue to

Have you all noticed the near frothing of the mouth of those on the left since the election? Boy, I have. I've been called everything but a child of God over the last week and a half. I've been looking for something that puts the liberals argument into one article, I've found it. Below you will find that argument(s) and my thoughts on each one. It was written by leftist comedian Adam Felber, sorry, no link.

Concession Speech

[Former candidate Felber, flanked by his family and supporters, steps
up to the podium in the bright autumn sunlight. Cheers and applause

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken, and spoken
with a clear voice. So I am here to offer my concession. [Boos,
rending of garments]

I concede that I overestimated the intelligence of the American
Though the people disagree with the President on almost every issue,
you saw fit to vote for him. I never saw that coming. That's really

And I mean "special" in the sense that we use it to describe those
who ride the short school bus and find ways to injure themselves while
eating pudding with rubber spoons. That kind of special.

And the left wonders why a good amount of people can't stand them. Not only does this guy insult the intelegence of half of the country, God forbid they have minds of their own and can think for themselves, he also insults handicapped children.
I concede that I misjudged the power of hate. That's pretty powerful
stuff, and I didn't see it. So let me take a moment to congratulate the
President's strategists: Putting the gay marriage amendments on the
ballot in various swing states like Ohio... well, that was just genius.
Genius. It got people, a certain kind of people, to the polls. The
unprecedented number of folks who showed up and cited "moral values"
as their biggest issue, those people changed history.

Ha! This is a big laugh. Seems that Felber forgets that over 70% of the country, including the Democratic candidate, are against gay marriage. Even California, not in the least a conservative state, has laws banning gay marriage, but, he, of course, forgets this.
The folks who consider same sex marriage a more important issue than war, or terrorism, or the economy... Who consider tolerance-of-diversity to
be "immoral" while their own crime and divorce and domestic violence rates - DOUBLE
those of Massachussetts - are somehow just peachy.

HA! Another good laugh. Take a look at this article. Go ahead, it will only take a minute. See some hings that stick out at you? Let me help.
When "moral values" was included in poll questions, it was named more often than any other issue. But when voters were just asked to name the issue most important in their vote for president — without being given a list of answers — moral values trailed the war in Iraq and the economy, according to the Pew survey.

"The advantage of the open-ended question is it tells you what's at the top of mind for voters — what they're thinking," said Cliff Zukin, a veteran pollster and professor of public policy at Rutgers University. "Much too much has been made of the moral values answer."

Intersting let's look at some of the research. When no choices were given, moral values only got 9%, Iraq got 27% and the economy got 14%. When choices were given 27% chose moral values and 22% said Iraq. So, depending on how the question was asked, the results changed.
The Pew poll found that voters' reasons for picking "moral values" varies. Just over four in 10 of those who picked "moral values" from the list mentioned social issues like gay marriage and abortion, but others talked about qualities like religion, helping the poor, and candidates' honesty and strength of leadership.

"We did not see any indication that social conservative issues like abortion, gay rights and stem cell research were anywhere near as important as the economy and Iraq," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "'Moral values' is a phrase that's very attractive to people."

Ah but, the meme lives on.

I concede that I put too much faith in America's youth. With 8 out of
10 of you opposing the President, with your friends and classmates
daily in a war you disapprove of, with your future being mortgaged to
pay for rich old peoples' tax breaks, you somehow managed to sit on
your asses and watch the Cartoon Network while aging homophobic
carried the day. You voted with the exact same anemic percentage that
you did in 2000. You s*uck. Seriously, y'do. [Cheers, applause] Thank
you. Thank you very much.

Yes, everyone who voted for Bush are "aging homophobic hillbillies". 50 some odd million people have no clue. Yep, you keep telling yourself that. Oh, and keep insulting the young voters, there is already a trend with the youth showing they are more conservative than their parents so, go ahead, keep pushing them over to this side.
There are some who would say that I sound bitter, that now is the time
for healing, to bring the nation together. Let me tell you a little
story. Last night, I watched the returns come in with some friends
here in Los Angeles. As the night progressed, people began to talk
half-seriously about secession, a red state / blue state split. The
reasoning was this:

We in blue states produce the vast majority of the
wealth in this country and pay the most taxes, and you in the red
states receive the majority of the money from those taxes while
complaining about 'em. We in the blue states are the only ones who've been
attacked by foreign terrorists, yet you in the red states are gung ho to fight
a war in our name.

I will have to do some research into the first part but, aren't the people on the left the ones who think that tax money should go to those who "need" them. What's your bitch then? You are getting exactly what you have asked for over the last 50 years.

As for the last statement, yes, New York was the "only" place hit by terrorists. That is, if you only count what happened on September 11. This country has been attacked with impunity for well over 20 years. The terrorist finally figured out that to get our attention they had to hit our land mass. They did it in a spectacular way. But listen very closely, moron, you are NOT the only target, you were an easy target.I live in an area with military bases all around me. I have a base for the Atlantic Fleet, a Naval Air Station, a submarine base and the largest Air National Guard base in Florida within 30 miles of me. Grow a brain.
We in the blue states produce the entertainment that
you consume so greedily each day, while you in the red states show
open disdain for us and our values. Blue state civilians are the actual
victims and targets of the war on terror, while red state civilians
are the ones standing behind us and yelling "Oh, yeah!? Bring it on!"

Yes, be proud, your industry is based on lying for a living.
More than 40% of you Bush voters still believe that Saddam Hussein had
something to do with 9/11. I'm impressed by that, truly I am. Your
sons and daughters who might die in this war know it's not true, the people
in the urban centers where al Qaeda wants to attack know it's not
true, but those of you who are at practically no risk believe this easy lie
because you can. As part of my concession speech, let me say that I
really envy that luxury. I concede that.

So? People have a habit of not paying attention. That includes yourself. You seem to forget that this wasn't just about Al-Queda, this is about a global war on terror. It has been from the begining and you seem to forget that, because it fits into your long winded diatribe that is full of shit. Do you pay attention? Did you actually listen to the President after 9/11? Of course not. It doesn't fit YOUR preconcieved notions.

The next two paragraphs are repeats of the above and then, we come to this
So that's why I'm asking for your vote in 2008, America. I'm talking
to you, you ignorant, slack-jawed yokels, you bible-thumping, inbred
drones, you redneck, racist, chest-thumping, perennially duped
grade-school grads. Vote for me, because I know better, and I truly
believe that I can help your smug, sorry asses. Vote Felber in '08!
Thank you, and may God, if he does in fact exist, bless each and every
one of you.

This is EXACTLY why liberals will continue to lose. They have no true understanding of the "heartland" of America. You are all just stupid drones, unable to think for yourselves. The funny thing in all this is, they think they are right. THEY are the only people with any TRUE understanding of what is really going on. You are just a pile of meat that should do what they want.

The above article, as I said, was written by a comedian but, you can hear the same thing from your liberal friends, liberal columnists, Dan Rather, Kos and anyone else on the left side. They truly believe you should vote for candidates that feel the exact same way as they do. Ah, well, maybe one day they will learn. I somehow doubt it.

Monday, November 08, 2004

My first thought was, he lied in every word

For those of you who are fans of Stephen King, the title of this post will look familiar. Of course, it is the first sentence in the first stanza of Robert Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" and the inspiration for the Dark Tower series of books that King has been writing over the last 30 years. Well, after 18 years of reading the series, I finished the last book last night, no I won't tell you what happened.

It's kind of funny but, as much as I have wanted King to finish these books, I feel sad that it's over. If you aren't a big reader you will never understand that. You really get into the characters in these books and then, it's over. Oh well, all things come to an end.

Blog Note

Okay, Blogger is ticking me off lately. I haven't been able to get on to my account since last Wednesday. I did want to let you folks know that I MAY be a little hit and miss over the next month or so. I am remodeling my kitchen, dining room, living room and office, for right now, and it is taking a lot of my time and energy. For my regular readers, please keep checking back, for those who just come in for a look around, you keep coming back too.