The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Monday, January 18, 2010

Adele's Walker

Adele tried out her walker with her physical therapist today. She was able to walk across the room, needs work on keeping her feet flat. Check out her Highway Adele bumper sticker.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Adele and Euphie

Lego Vs. Lego

Monster Battle I

Monster Battle II

Real Tasty

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rush Blimpbaugh

Only a day after Pat Robertson's insane and insensitive comments about the Haiti earthquake, Rush tries to out sleaze him with some good old fashion racism. I wonder, however, if his Ditto-heads are even aware of the recent events in the poorest country in this hemisphere or even where Haiti is on a map.

Rush never has to worry about losing "credibility" with the angry white knuckle dragging community.

"Yes, I think in the Haiti earthquake, ladies and gentlemen -- in the words of Rahm Emanuel -- we have another crisis simply too good to waste. This will play right into Obama's hands. He's humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish their, shall we say, "credibility" with the black community -- in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It's made-to-order for them. That's why he couldn't wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there."

Limbaugh: Obama will use Haiti to boost credibility with "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country"

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Bell South

Just figured out how to post photos on blogger again.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Devil went down to Haiti

Whenever there is a terrible natural disaster or a man-made terror you can always count on Pat Robertson to be the first to exploit it. What a national treasure we have.

Robertson's "true story": Haiti "swore a pact to the devil" to get "free from the French" and "ever since, they have been cursed"

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PAT ROBERTSON: And, you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French." True story. And so, the devil said, "OK, it's a deal."

And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It's cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, et cetera. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have and we need to pray for them a great turning to God. And out of this tragedy, I'm optimistic something good may come. But right now, we're helping the suffering people, and the suffering is unimaginable.

KRISTI WATTS (co-host): Absolutely, Pat.

I think Pat the Historian is referring to this.

If you look into Haitian history, there's a story about a priest whose death led to the final slave revolt that resulted in Haitian independence. Because the guy participated in an animal sacrifice, rather than simply praying to God to be rescued from slavery, he "swore a pact with the devil", don't you know?

Dutty Boukman was a houngan, or vodoun priest whose death was considered a catalyst to the slave uprising that marked the beginning of the Haïtian Revolution.

Boukman was born in Jamaica, and later sold by his British master to a French plantation owner, who put him to work as a commandeur (slave driver) and, later, a coach driver. His French name came from his English nickname, "Book Man," which he earned due to his ability to read.

On 22 August 1791, Boukman presided in the role of houngan (priest) together with an African-born priestess and conducted a ceremony at the Bois Caïman and prophesied that the slaves Jean François, Biassou, and Jeannot would be leaders of a slave revolt that would free the slaves of Saint-Domingue. A pig, which symbolized the wild, free, and untamable spiritual power of the forest and the ancestors, was sacrificed, an oath was taken, and Boukman and the priestess exhorted the listeners to fight bravely against their oppressors. Days later the Haitian Revolution began. Boukman was not the first to attempt a slave uprising in Saint-Domingue, as he was preceded by others, such as Padrejean in 1676, and François Mackandal in 1757. However, his large size, warrior-like appearance, and fearsome temper made him an effective leader and helped spark the Haitian Revolution.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just Read: The Road.

A dark journey into human desperation in a familiar post apocalyptic landscape. McCarthy's pace makes it difficult to put down while at the same provokes dread with the possible ending that awaits. The father/son-God/man symbolism is subtle. Social commentary or any prophetic preaching is absent and unnecessary. A...ny parent will find this story haunting and easily place themselves in the place of the protagonist. The two characters are just shadows much like the world they inhabit. With one terrible event after another you would not expect the ending to make the book as a whole beautiful and uplifting, but that is exactly what happens. A much more solid ending than 'No Country for Old Men' that lives you without any questions but plenty to think about. Those that are not familiar with McCarthy's style may find his refusal to use quotation marks jarring, but it does not take long to get used too, and it matches his pillaged and barren environment. It will be interesting to see if the film version has the same success.