Dec 31, 2011

Alasandra's Reading List ~ December

  1. The House of Thunder by Dean Koontz - Susan Thorton awakens in a hospital in a small town in Oregon with gaping holes in her memory. She finds it impossible to remember anything about her job no matter how hard she tries. The one bright spot in her ordeal is Dr. McGee and the romance that blossoms between them. When she starts hallucinating about the death of her fiancee when she was 19 at the hands of four fraternity guys in a cave she fears she is going mad. Slowly she realizes there is a conspiracy amongst the staff of the hospital to drive her crazy and flees only to discover that the whole town is part of the elaborate masquerade. Giving up on escaping Susan sinks into despair only to have McGee swoop into rescue her, but can she trust him? and even if he is on the up and up can the dashing Dr. McGee really get her out of Russia.
  2. Sleep No More by Greg Iles - Decades ago Waters was deeply in love with Mallory, their relationship ended because of her jealousy and mental instability. Shortly after Waters married Lily, Mallory was killed in New Orleans. But now she is back and determined to be with the man she loves no matter who gets in the way.  After being accused of murdering Eve (Mallory) Waters goes to Penn Cage for help, but even Penn doesn't believe his wild tale of possession. Only Lily believes him, determined to save her family from Mallory, Lily sleeps with Cole (Mallory) and once Mallory possess her fights to remain in control long enough to take both herself and Mallory to their graves.
  3. Jack: Secret Circles by F. Paul Wilson - A young boy (Cody) disappears. Jack discovers a deceased friends Father is beating his wife and young daughter, when he calls the cops anonymously  and they do nothing he determines to put a stop to the abuse in his own way. Jack and Weezy attempt to steal back their pyramid from The Lodge while hiding from Drexler and Eggers they find a trap door in the basement that leads to a secret city. Fearing they will be locked in they are about to leave when they hear Cody's cries for help. They find where he is being kept by a "creature" and Jack is attempting to carry him to safety when "the creature" attacks and takes Cody from Jack. After tasting Jack's blood the creature leaves him alone but the lake is busting through the basement wall and Jack barely manages to escape the flood waters. "The creature" pushes an unconscious Cody to safety before it is swept away.  When Drexler and Eggers discover the children in the basement of The Lodge, Drexler orders Eggers to carry Cody outside where Walt revives him. 
  4. Aftershock & Others by F. Paul Wilson - A collection of short stories including Aryans and Absinthe in which a young Ernest Drexler finds enjoyment in the inflation that brought Weimar Germany to it's knees.
  5. Jack: Secret Histories by F. Paul Wilson - Jack, Weezy & Eddie find a mound in the Barrens inside it they discover a body and a box that only Jack can open, inside the box is a pyramid. Then Lodge members start dying and Jack believes he knows who is responsible for the deaths. Thinking on his feet Jack comes up with a plan to get his friend the help he needs as well as revealing the killer.
  6. The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson - collection of very enjoyable short stories, one involving Repairman Jack and some about the Secret History that makes up Jack's world.

Dec 30, 2011

Beau Rivage Buffet a Waste of Money

We went to the Beua Rivage Buffet Christmas Eve, at $30 a head it was a huge waste of money. The food was mediocre at best, think school cafeteria food and the service was abysmal. The waitress didn't bring me a straw for my drink and we were half way through the meal before she showed back up and I was able to get a straw. We didn't have enough silverware, there were only two place settings and four people sitting at the table, those of us with a place setting wound up sharing our salad forks with those who did not have silverware. When the waitress finally showed up and we brought it to her attention she dumped around 40 forks and spoons on our table.

If you were planning to go there New Year's Eve I would skip it, they will probably use the holiday as an excuse to jack the price up like they did Christmas Eve.

Dec 18, 2011

Anti-Choice Kristen Walker Bashes Celebraties for Supporting Cancer Screening for Women and Other Women's Health Issues

Anti-Choice Kristen Walker makes the case that those backing the Personhood Amendment are very much against the use of Contraceptives in her two articles Five Pro-Abortion Male Celebrities Pro-Lifers Should Boycott and Five Pro-Abortion Women Celebrities Pro-Lifers Should Boycott.

For your information Ms Walker Planned Parenthood  provides a wide range of safe, reliable health care more than 90 percent is preventive primary care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduces the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screens for cervical and other cancers.They deliver comprehensive and medically accurate information that empowers women, men, teens, and families to make informed choices and lead healthy lives.

Of course Ms Walker and her ilk do not want women to have medically accurate information that contradicts their anti-choice agenda, an agenda that would deny women the right to use contraceptives and make medical decisions for themselves.

What Does Selling Merchandise Have to Do With Christmas?

The Liberty Counsel has a Naughty & Nice List taking to task stores that don't use the word Christmas in their advertisements. Apparently the crass commercialization of Christmas if perfectly fine with these Christians as long as you use the word Christmas. Silly me I thought Christmas was about celebrating the birth of Christ NOT buying stuff (at stores that use the word Christmas in their advertisements of course), setting the perfect Christmas Table and Decorating for Christmas.

And WTF (From the Liberty Counsel site)
Consumer Report: “Cracker Barrel restaurants and stores bring back memories of old Christmases-gone-by with the remembrance that Christmas is the focal point of the Season, not other modern-day holiday inventions.” 

Most of these so called "modern-day" holiday inventions have been around longer then the relatively modern Christmas.

Hanukkah -Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar, this year it is December 8-16. Hannukkah was first celebrated over 2000 years ago in Judea, now known as Israel.

Winter Solstice - Knows as Saturnalia in Pagan Rome and celebrated BEFORE Christmas was. In fact since no one knew the date of Jesus' birth The Roman Catholic  Church picked the Winter Solstice (Saturnalia) in order to replace the pagan festival with a Christian holy day (holiday). The psychology was that is easier to take away one religious festival (Saturnalia) from the population, when you can replace it with another (Christmas). The Winter Solstice (Saturnalia) is still celebrated today.

Christmas - 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it.  Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians. Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia.  As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.”  The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc. The Reverend Increase Mather of Boston observed in 1687 that “the early Christians who  first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.”Because of its known pagan origin, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681. 

I'll be doing my shopping at the stores on the Liberty Counsel's Naughty List.

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!

Dec 4, 2011

News Radio ~ Herman Cain

One can only wonder at the serious disconnect that allows these religious zealots to defend Herman Cain.
Moments ago, Herman Cain announced that he is suspending his 2012 presidential amid allegations of infidelity and sexual harassment. Stay tuned for the video of this announcement – it will be posted shortly. Take a look back at the highs and lows of the Cain campaign in this timeline. May 21, 2011: ...
Bonnie O'Dea Saw this coming, sadly. If there is a sure thing, they will always find something to fling! Time will tell the legitimacy of the allegations. Then it will be too late perhaps..but the for sure thing is, BHO has to go.

Yesterday at 12:56pm 
Kathy Flowers And we are again at the mercy of the media to decide our candidate. What a shame! He was, if nothing else, NOT a Beltway Boy...
Lydia Snell You said it all Bonnie. I'm sad also -- the media, is it correct?

Yesterday at 1:25pm 
Dan Estes Sad news, the best of the bunch whether or not the allegations were true.
Doug Sasser Now an onslaught of racial accusations will be thrown at all the Republican candidates. The dark horse in the race had deflected those slurs until now.
So it's OK to sexually harass women, cheat on your wife (and I am pretty sure the wife considers it cheating if you give money to another women even if as Cain says they are "just friends") as long as you are a Republican and the Teabaggers think you have a chance of winning the Presidential Election.  It's really sad if Cain is the best the Republican party has to offer. Doug Sasser needs to get a clue most people didn't vote for President Obama because he was African American, they voted for him because they thought he was the best man for the job. If the Republicans would concentrate on finding the best man/woman for the job irregardless of their race/gender/sexual orientation they might have something. Instead they insist on offering one dimensional candidates without any substance, and then blame the media when they lose.