Saturday, June 23, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Now, go outside this weekend and work on those tans! I'm going to be without internet access all weekend, so there probably will not be anything new here until Tuesday, June 19.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Our cat started to sporadically pee on the carpet. We have a pretty good system in place for getting it cleaned up, so we were a little bit more patient with the growing problem than we might have been normally. As it became more frequent, though, we began punishing her. Then she started pooping and peeing on the floor. It was time to have a vet check her out.
Fortunately, we have a very knowledgeable vet, and this is what we learned. The most common reason that cats stop using their litter boxes is because of bladder infections. The good news is bladder infections can be successfully treated with antibiotics and special (but pricey) food. The vet is probably going to want to take a urine sample to confirm the infection, though. Cats don't pee in cups, so prepare yourself for the fact that your beloved pet is going to have an uncomfortable experience with a needle. If it is indeed a urinary tract/bladder infection, pay up for the treatment. The special food is important. The infection can lead to the growth of crystals, which can make things uncomfortable or painful for the cat. I'll get into the consequences of that later.
The second possibility is a kidney infection. This is more serious. We did not have to deal with a kidney infection. If you go to the vet and you do have to deal with it, realize your kitty is quite ill. They may be able to treat it, though.
The third possibility is a growth in the bladder. This will create a feeling of pressure that will lead to the cat thinking it has to go right now, which leads to the accidents. The vet will probably need to perform surgery on your cat in order to remedy this.
Now, back to those crystals. They will cause pain that will probably be your first indicator of an infection. The cat will associate the pain with its litter box, which is what drives it to leave the box and pee on the floor. If you find both #1's and #2's, it is likely because the cat is straining so much to pee that it is legitimately pooping accidentally. Once your kitty has been treated with antibiotics and food, you may continue to have problems with it not using the litter box. They might permanently associate that litter box with pain, and thus continue to use your floor. In that case, the best thing you can do is buy a new cat box that is not similar to the old, and start placing it near where they like to go on your floor. Once our cat got better, she continued to use the floor. We were exasperated. So eventually I went out and bought her an all new litter box that was very different from the old. She began using it immediately after we put it in place and, knock on wood, we haven't had an accident since. You should be able to gradually move the box towards a place you'd rather have it placed permanently.
So, to boil this piece down, when your cat begins to show a pattern of using your floor as a litter box, get it to a vet, ASAP. The vet will be able to help you with a treatment, depending on what they determine to be wrong. After the treatment, your cat's litter box problems may not be solved. Experiment with different litter boxes and, if necessary, different litter. If that doesn't work, your vet needs to take another look at your cat.
Jib is not a vet, just a pet owner with a pet owning experience.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Republicans blocked a Senate no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday, rejecting a symbolic Democratic effort to force him from office amid blistering criticism from lawmakers in both parties.
The 53-38 vote to move the resolution to full debate fell seven short of the 60 required. In bringing the matter up, Democrats dared Republicans to vote their true feelings about an attorney general who has alienated even the White House's strongest defenders by bungling the firings of federal prosecutors and claiming not to recall the details.
Republicans did not defend him, but most voted against moving the resolution ahead.
Gonzales is awfully tough to defend, but in fairness, many Republicans weren't sold on him to begin with. The GOP has allowed the Democrats to kick the hell out of them for years, though, and a nominal stand had to be made on Gonzales. Here's to hoping that the yellow bellied Republicans start fighting back on ground more favorable damn soon.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
The president was already dressed when he began feeling ill in the morning, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said. He said doctors are keeping an eye on him but that Bush's illness — whether a stomach virus, a light touch of food poisoning or something else — is "not serious."
He stayed in bed to try to rest and recuperate, missing the morning session of the summit being held here of eight industrialized democracies.
Something tells me that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went out of his way to avoid Bush today. No sense in family history repeating itself.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
|'What will your obituary say?' at QuizGalaxy.com|
I say creepy because as a high school baseball player, I had a terrible problems with infected ingrown toenails on my right big toe, which was also my push off foot when I pitched. It was quite painful, and after games my big toe would look like it was about to fall off. Meanwhile, my dirty, soiled sock would usually smell like I had died in it. It's like the silly random obituary generator knows me...especially when it comes to Chuck Norris missing me terribly after I die.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The family of Pvt. William Bernice Clark never had a funeral for him, never got to say goodbye and never really accepted his fate among the fallen during the Normandy D-Day landings in World War II.
That was until the young soldier's dog tag, recently discovered in the sands of Omaha Beach in France, was returned to his native Tennessee on Wednesday — exactly 63 years after that tragic day.
"This feels like an ending," said the soldier's first cousin, 79-year-old Lota Park, who along with another cousin accepted the dog tag at a ceremony in the small town of Huntingdon, about 90 miles west of Nashville.
The tag has blackened with age, but his name, identification number, religion (Protestant) and blood type (Type O) are all clearly visible.
It remained out of sight for more than five decades until a collector from England found it five years ago while combing the beach for D-Day artifacts, likely near the very spot where the 20-year-old Clark was killed. The collector gave the dog tag to a World War II buff from New Jersey, who turned it over to the National D-Day Memorial.
"It's in pretty remarkable condition, considering it was buried in the sand for 58 years," said National D-Day Memorial Foundation development director Jeff Fulgham, who presented the tag to Clark's surviving family members.
2. How Watergate killed bad sports coats, fedora hats, chain smoking, and the note pad.
3. Is it possible medical advances are stunting further human evolution?
5. The myth of best friends with benefits
The criticism shouldn't be surprising for a number of reasons. First, Bush is a lame, lame duck. The Republican candidates are not risking much by taking shots at him. Secondly, amongst the Republican base, Bush has managed to anger nearly everyone on multiple issues. The candidates can score easy points with those all important primary voters by going after the president. Third, the Republican nominee cannot go into the general election next year with the cinder block called George W. Bush tied around their ankles. Attacking the president gives them the chance to break with him in the eyes of the public. Don't be surprised if eventually the Democrat candidates move past attacking Bush while the Republicans linger on it. They need the disassociation badly. Given that, Bush will be lucky if he isn't the first President to leave office with a negative approval rating because he is going to take a beating from all comers.
President Bush drew sporadic, startling criticism Tuesday night from Republican White House hopefuls unhappy with his handling of the Iraq war, his diplomatic style and his approach to immigration.
"I would certainly not send him to the United Nations" to represent the United States, said Tommy Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor and one-time member of Bush's Cabinet, midway through a spirited campaign debate.
Arizona Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) criticized the administration for its handling of the Iraq War, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said, "I think we were underprepared and underplanned for what came after we knocked down Saddam Hussein."
Rep. Duncan Hunter (news, bio, voting record) of California said the current administration "has the slows" when it comes to building a security fence along the border with Mexico.
Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado recalled that White House aide Karl Rove had once told him "never darken the door of the White House." The congressman said he'd tell George W. Bush the same thing.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
It's amazing how far a non-candidate can go in a race.
Is it really, though? Non-candidates don't get as much scrutiny from the press because their stories are still in the feel-good realm. They don't have to take whithering attacks from their opponents because those individuals-real, announced candidates-have to use their resources to combat other real, announced candidates. They don't have the opportunity to screw up at debates. In other words, they haven't faced the live fire of a Presidential campaign yet.
I'm not down on Fred Thompson. Honest, Fredpostles out there, I'm not. I just can't get into the guy until he throws his fat in the fire and proves himself a worthy candidate. He's masterfully played his pre-candidacy. Now let's see what he's got as candidate.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
A 65-year-old railwayman who fell into a coma following an accident in communist Poland regained consciousness 19 years later to find democracy and a market economy, Polish media reported on Saturday.
"When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere," Grzebski told TVN24, describing his recollections of the communist system's economic collapse.
"Now I see people on the streets with cell phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin."
Grzebski awoke to find his four children had all married and produced 11 grandchildren during his years in hospital.
Wouldn't life be bizarre for any of us after spending 19 years in a coma? Ganted, Grzebski woke to find that his nation's situation was completely different, but all of us would find the world a strange, unfamiliar place after 19 years in a coma.
19 years ago, I was convinced that my baseball card collection was going to make me very wealthy. In fact, I was fairly certain that there would be an NYSE type exchange for baseball cards by now. Many family members, friends, loved ones have passed in that time. Back then I did not even know that the town that I currently live even existed. And that does not even touch upon the technological and social changes we've all witnessed.
Former Vice President Al Gore isn't sure he has the 'aptitude for politics' it would take to be elected president, but he has not ruled out running in 2008, he told the Tennessean newspaper.
Gore, who has repeatedly said he has no plans to run for president, said on Friday at a signing event for his new book "The Assault on Reason," that he wasn't sure he has what it takes to be elected president in today's political climate.
"I don't expect to get into this race," he said in a story on the paper's Web site. "I have given the reasons why. I strongly prefer to serve in other ways.
"I haven't definitely ruled out a return to politics for the rest of my life, but I don't expect to re-enter politics because I don't think I'm very good at some of the things that the modern political system rewards and requires," he added, saying his "aptitude for politics" did not match what is required in the political system today.
Well, I give him this much-he's pretty good at self examination. Gore doesn't have great political skills when it comes to presidential politics. I know a lot of people on the left are pining for another Gore run, but it would not end they way they want it to.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Immigration aid workers here expect that as many as half of the nearly 7,000 Iraqi refugees who will be brought into the United States by the end of September will settle in the area.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has received government data on numerous refugees recommended for resettlement, said Belmin Pinjic, the service's director of refugee services.
"That's the first sign that someone is in the process and should be coming," he said. "How long that process should take, we don't know."
The agency has already started to contact the prospective refugees' family members who live in the Detroit area, Pinjic said.
The only good news is it should be cheaper for them to buy a house in Detroit then, say, Fallujah.
(For the ill humored, this post should be read as written...with tounge in cheek.)