I thought it might be the flu coming on, but now I think it may just be a good, old-fashioned rant. Humph! Who would have thunk it?!
First, I think that if any of our troops are not sent off and welcomed home like they are in Maine, we are falling short of our obligations to show our gratitude. So, you can imagine the acidic burning in my digestive tract this morning after reading how a couple hundred Marines were treated by the
Sunshine Golden State. This story, although distrusted by the Kos Kids (which makes it more likely to be true in my mind) has been vetted and corroborated by information Michelle Malkin was able to share in her post. Rounding up the troops like cattle and making them stand on the outside looking in is a despicable practice that is easily fixed if people in decision making positions actually made some decisions. How ridiculous. And, the response from the Port Spokesperson is so sticky with public relations juice you can wring it out...ick!
Next, I would like to reissue my general rant from last year regarding the copious school and activity forms that I must fill out each and every year for the same child. The same child whose address, doctors, and school have not changed since she entered kindergarten. The same child who hasn't had an immunization in the past year because one isn't warranted and yet, we need to recount the dates yet AGAIN for the very same leaders of the very same 'troop' as last year...on, by the by, the exact same form as last year. I know, I know. It's what parents do, but can I tell you that the fact that I cannot recall things I need to know for exams and yet I know the telephone number and address for both my dentist AND my kids' doctor is revolting to me. Sure, phone numbers are handy, but I know where the offices are located so the address memorization is just taking up valuable real estate in my brain. I guess if I had time to sit down and write out information I needed to remember nine million times I'd have it made. But, as it is, I'm too busy filling out forms for school to do any of that. I just don't have the patience. If they could just computerize this crap so I could update it as necessary or just send the saved file as is, I'd be ever grateful. Oh, and for the moron who thinks I'm giving them my social security number so my kid can sell crap for Girl Scouts, you've lost your mind...which, by the way, I noted on the form. They asked for a driver's license number as an alternative--I don't even put my social security number on my license for God's sake! I'm certainly not turning it over to the Trophy Nut Company. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! Stop the insanity! End the Mindless School Form Avalanche!!!!
On brighter notes, the case against John Murtha in federal court escaped preliminary attempts to have it dismissed. Mudville Gazette brings you the latest regarding the Senator's allegedly defamatory comment in which unnamed Marines were labeled as having committed cold blooded murder and war crimes [in Haditha]. I'll enjoy watching this one play out especially if it ends in Congress members using better sense before they open their mouths...what a wonderful world (and quieter) if that were the case.
And, Buck Sargent posted an update...go read it and then show some love in comments.
I need to do homework.
I proctored the LSAT (Law School Admission Exam) yesterday and instead of sitting around reading homework while people sweated out the 5 multiple-choice and one writing sample section, I was a room supervisor. That means reading all those instructions, keeping an eye on everyone and everything. Minimizing distractions. Recording all the times of starts, 5-minute warnings, stops, breaks, etc. I WAS WIPED OUT! Then had to go to a wedding reception...the stories I could tell. Came home, watched Shrek on TV and fell asleep.
Lots of reading awaits!