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Monday, December 20th, 2010
12:11 pm
Our BNAT 12 Adventure
 Thank you to the BNAT community for always making this such a great experience.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
8:04 am
Jim Burgess
I sat with a corpse today
Cheeks and temples grotesquely concave
Peeking eyes looking their last

I sat with my grandfather today
Smiling face lifting my spirit
Lively eyes flashing the radiance of life

I sat with a corpse today
The final reminder of a life lived out
Motionless against the passing stream outside

I sat with my grandfather today
Thanked him for the smells of nature and the Dodgers
For the years of adventure and fun

I sat with a corpse today
The discarded oxygen tubes hanging idly by
The untouched meal awaiting its own end

I sat with my grandfather today
Breathing in his vitality
Tasting the energy of his existence

I sat with a corpse today
Pressed my ear to a silent heart
Eased closed the stubborn eyelids

I sat with my grandfather today
Listened to his hearty laugh
Gazing deep into his dancing eyes

I sat with a corpse today
Kissed the cooling forehead
And said my final farewell

I sat with my grandfather today
Thanked him for my beautiful world
And said my final farewell

24 April 2005

Current Mood: peaceful
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
4:06 pm
the boy grows into his name
the problem with being an english major/teacher is the constant literary allusions i tend to make that no one outside my subject either understands or cares about. the bigger problem is that my son is destined for a lifetime of this, especially considering that i named him after a 19th century romantic poet. yes, i will be enrolling him in a martial arts class before the age of five just so he can properly defend himself when the razzing begins at school. he may have the name of coleridge but he'll have the skills of chuck (norris, that is). but i digress.

as we left home at 6:25 this morning on the way to school/work my boy looked out the window to the east at the lightening sky and, the beatles' "norwegian wood" playing, remarked, "the clouds are gray..." (two second pause) "...like chocolate pudding!" yes, coleridge crain burgess had just created his first simile. the english major/teacher had never been so proud. and dad was pretty happy, too.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, January 26th, 2005
4:33 pm
the dumbinator
When reflecting on how Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Sacramento career is mirroring his Hollywood one we should not be surprised by a lack of integrity. Consider this: Shortly after Arnold announced his intentions as a "Running Man" allegations of him acting like "Conan the Barbarian" surfaced. His lack of "Total Recall" acted as an "Eraser" and the story faded away. During his "Commando" campaign Arnold put the "Red Heat" on Gray Davis, claiming the then-governor was a "Predator" to the state’s middle class, then offering a similar budget after his election. Arnold treated the state legislature like "Red Sonja", calling them girlie men, while promising to be California’s "Last Action Hero." But after a year in office it appears we have elected "Twins", one acting like a "Kindergarten Cop" promising to protect our schools, while the other reneges, explaining that the budget crisis will inevitably cause some "Collateral Damage" (i.e. the aged poor, nurses, and students). After listening to his "True Lies" regarding special interests and surveying his "Raw Deal" for education I am sure of one thing: At the next gubernatorial election "The Terminator" will be me.

Current Mood: energetic
Friday, January 21st, 2005
11:45 am
what the war means to a mother
"I mean that there are 1,370 American soldiers dead, 10,000 soldiers injured and at least 100,000 Iraqi people dead. A country has been destroyed, and we make new enemies every day, but we never see the coffins coming back because there has been a deliberate effort to sanitize the war."

"We're here as witnesses to what the real costs are. You know our family's been demolished by this, and my grandson grows up without a father. That's what the war means…. Is this the time to spend $40 million for flowing champagne and caviar? While they're partying in fur coats at balls, blood will be shed in Iraq."

--Celeste Zappala, whose son Sherwood Baker was killed in Iraq on April 26 looking for weapons of mass destruction, when asked what she meant when discussing the "cost of war" outside the $40 million presidential inauguration.

Current Mood: sympathetic
Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
7:27 am
exactly what i have been saying for two years!
By Dafna Linzer, Washington Post Staff Writer

"The hunt for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in Iraq has come to an end nearly two years after President Bush ordered U.S. troops to disarm Saddam Hussein. The top CIA weapons hunter is home, and analysts are back at Langley.

"Four months after Charles A. Duelfer, who led the weapons hunt in 2004, submitted an interim report to Congress that contradicted nearly every prewar assertion about Iraq made by top Bush administration officials, a senior intelligence official said the findings will stand as the final conclusions and will be published this spring.

"Congress allotted hundreds of millions of dollars for the weapons hunt, and there has been no public accounting of the money. A spokesman for the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency said the entire budget and the expenditures would remain classified."

Current Mood: angry
Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
1:29 pm
merit pay for teachers
An education meritocracy is not a recent notion and there are many reasons why a common structure has never been instituted. While there are definite advantages to a merit system the operative word is "fair." In teaching there are many differences to consider, including socio-economics of disparate school districts, various English development levels among students and parents, and divergent views of education between cultures. With these factors in mind there are the subjects themselves: Consider how much easier the typing teacher has it compared to the math teacher. Or the P.E. teacher to the science teacher. Is it fair to compensate one more than the other? There are even differences within the subjects itself: The English teacher with a homogeneous population, honors/AP classes or reduced class sizes will often see better results than a collegue with a classroom of 40 sprinkled with at-risk teenagers, a heterogeneous group and/or apathetic students. Can such intangibles be worked into a meritocracy? Will teachers be dinged for poor attendance that may lead to lowers test scores? Will there be an appeals process if one disagrees with the level of compensation and, if so, who will be the arbiter?

Current Mood: nerdy
Friday, January 7th, 2005
10:56 am
what was God thinking?
"God moves in mysterious ways" is a lesson I accepted in Sunday school. But as I matured this explanation began to ring hollow and cheap, as if I couldn't be trusted with the meaning of life. God will never reveal what He was thinking when over 160,000 (including 75,000 children) were taken by the tsunami. Why here and why now? Since we are not afforded the ability to understand His ways, the question is moot.

So where does that leave us? If I refuse to follow Nietzsche and cry out that "God is dead" or subscribe to Sartre's existentialism and a life of meaninglessness I am left putting my faith in a deity that chooses to ignore my spiritual anxiety and the world's physical pain.

The tyrants of recent history have been vilified for their capricious, brutal behavior; we condemn the likes of Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Pinochet, and now Saddam. Yet a God that either idly allows such disasters of Nature to occur or is directly culpable for them (not to mention the existence of the aforementioned villains) is worshiped by billions.

God wiped out "a world filled with violence" once before, to be rebuilt in a more honorable form. Considering the century of war and genocide we just left behind it appears we have again failed our Creator. Of course, since He made us, maybe it is God who has failed.

Current Mood: pensive
Thursday, January 6th, 2005
6:59 pm
is it hot in here or is just me?
121 -- the number of countries that have endorsed the kyoto treaty on global warming; with the latest addition of Russia the treaty will formally go into effect. the united states continues to refuses to endorse the treaty (courtesy of george w. bush)

36.1% -- the portion of worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases caused by the united states (how's the hummer riding, governator?)

Current Mood: discontent
Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
6:59 pm
Cancer Free!
that would be john regalado who successfully beat the hell out of that bastard leukemia. bravo, my friend.

Current Mood: pleased
Sunday, January 2nd, 2005
7:44 pm
go back to your own weather
if i hear one more out-of-towner comment on california weather with: "well, i'm from michigan and it snows six months out of the year so a little rain is no big deal" i swear i'm going to kill some dumb sonuvabitch. now i know this is actually the media's fault for running their "rose parade storm watch" promos then interviewing some dumb-ass running around in shorts and a wisconsin t-shirt, asking them if the rain bothers them. do we expect a response such as, "i don't know how you californians cope with such wild precipitation." stupid reporters.

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
11:14 am
God is dead, just read the newspaper....
with near 50,000 dead (as of today) the the indian ocean tsunami has also displaced around 1 million people. these are people who for all intents and purposes were leading lives that were of no negative impact to humankind. then it all changed.

today's l.a. times reports: "In the center of Cuddalore, a 26-year-old woman named Thenmozhi staggered up and down the middle of the main street, leaning on an elderly relative, wailing over and over: 'Oh, what sin did I commit? Why did the Almighty take my daughter away?' The waves snatched her 9-year-old, Nirmla, from the family's house and pulled her out to sea. Her body hasn't been found."

Current Mood: sympathetic
Sunday, December 26th, 2004
5:33 pm
Merry CHRISTmas, world!
Quick reflection: Does anyone within the borders of this great and powerful nation recognize how ironic it is that while our mostly Christian citizens fervently celebrate the birth of their savior Jesus Christ they concurrently support a military action that goes against His very own teachings? A rhetorical question, I admit, but would someone please read the New Testament and practice what He preached. check it: http://zteecher.com/jesus.htm

Current Mood: peaceful
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004
8:17 am
the liar keeps lying
so bush visited camp pendleton yesterday to thank the marines for their help in fighting terrorism. he continued to spread the myth that iraq is part of the war on terrorism. "you see, the terrorists understand what is at stake. they know they have no future in a free iraq, because free people never choose their own enslavement," bush said.

what he failed to clarify was that there is no proof iraq had any ties whatsoever to al queda or osama bin laden before 9/11. he also conveniently overlooked the fact that it was the invasion of iraq and the toppling of the government and infrastructure that opened the doors to the insurgents, iraqi and foreign alike. it is these insurgents that have been responsible for the majority of american deaths, and more specifically the more than 200 camp-pendleton-based 1st expeditionary force members that have been lost in this war.

heather jay, whose husband, sgt. edmund jay, is in iraq, said the speech "touched us in a very special way. I think it will keep our morale up," jay said. "we need to know all the time that the men are not dying in vain in iraq."

if more people would read between the lines they would learn all they need to know.

Current Mood: frustrated
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