Thursday, May 28, 2009

And So, It Begins

First tropical depression of the season forms off the mid-Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said today that a tropical depression has formed off the mid-Atlantic coast, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The depression, which is off of Rhode Island, is not expected to threaten any land areas and its general movement is expected to continue over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Continuing Saga: Idiots On Parade

Woman allegedly hits guard with baby

MEMPHIS, May 26 (UPI) -- A Tennessee woman who allegedly borrowed a friend's baby to go shoplifting has been charged with abusing the boy by using him to assault a security guard.

Camilla Fields, 26, of Memphis is charged with both child abuse and assault, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported. Police say Fields, who was holding the 2-month-old boy in a car seat, swung it at a Wal-Mart security guard last Wednesday.

The boy's mother, Stacey Cleaves, 26, was outside the store during the incident, police said. She allegedly provided false information about Fields and is charged with false reporting and child neglect.

Investigators say Fields took the baby into a bathroom and pretended to change his diaper, actually concealing stolen items.

When she hit the guard with the car seat, it fell, landing with the baby's face down. She picked it up and ran off, pushing it at the guard.

The boy fell from the seat. Fields drove off, leaving the unconscious baby behind, police said.

The baby was revived by an EMT and a passerby, and taken to a hospital. He was not seriously injured police said.

Cleaves allegedly told police Fields was the boy's aunt and that her name was Darrin.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Our First Lady on TIME Cover

Michelle Up Close is the featured article in this week's TIME Magazine. This story and a photo essay is available in full (and in more detail) online.
Photo Essay.


It was just two days after the Inauguration when an e-mail went around to Michelle Obama's staff, instructing everyone to be in the East Room of the White House at 3 that afternoon. The First Lady's advisers arrived to find the room filled with ushers and plumbers, electricians and maids and kitchen crew gathered in a huge circle, and Michelle in a T shirt and ponytail, very casual and very much in charge.

"This is my team that came with me from Chicago," Michelle said, pointing to her communications staff and policy people. "This is my team who works here already," she went on, indicating the ring of veterans around the room. Many of the household staff had served for decades; some had postponed retirement because they wanted to serve an African-American President. And so the two groups formed concentric rings and spent the next hour or so making sure that everyone had a chance to meet everyone else. I want you to know that you won't be judged based on whether they know your name, Michelle had warned her advisers. You'll be judged based on whether you know theirs.

... Few First Ladies have embedded themselves so quickly in the world's imagination. And none have traveled so far, not just from Chicago's South Side to the East Wing, but from the caricatured Angry Black Woman of last spring to her exalted status as a New American Icon, as if her arrival will magically reverse eight years of anti-American spitballing, elevate the black middle class, promote family values, give voice to the voiceless and inspire us all to live healthier, more generous lives.

Squeaky and Fleas

My cat, Squeaky, has had quite a time with fleas. He is allergic to all medications that the vet and I have given him. Where ever any kind of flea medication touches his skin/fur, his fur falls out.

I have seen him suffer for the last 8 months with a flea infestation that just brings me to tears.

I am happy to report that I have finally found a solution that seems to be working. I purchased an Ionic Flea Comb from Publisher's Clearing House about a month ago and after the last three weeks of using it every day, his coat looks better and all of this manic scratching and itching has subsided.

The unit shown here, runs on 2 AA batteries and there is a slight high-pitched noise that comes from it. I do not get it near his eyes, mouth and ears, as per the directions that came with the unit. It cost only $15.99 plus $4.95 shipping & handling.

Blooms of Plunkett

Blooms of Plunkett
A Banana tree in the backyard in full bloom