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Breaking china & other stupid crap I did last week...

I like to think of myself as an intelligent person. I choose to believe others think of me as an intelligent person. Last week, not so much... 1- We are slowly collecting the stoneware from our wedding registry (yep, that's it in the pic above), and there was a sale this weekend so we splurged. When we came home and unwrapped the pieces, K and I were unpacking the tissue, pulling off stickers, and putting them on the counter, then, ...

On Driving Blog Traffic

As my writer journey continues, sometimes I find myself on the other side of the coin.  Instead of thrashing about in the blogosphere grabbing any life preservers I can to stay afloat, sometimes new bloggers ask me how to get started in blogging. To do a quick re-hash of some past articles, I had good advice from The Blog Farm early on about blogging.  The basic rule is posting something for viewers to see (as in a photograph) or read (as ...

Reflections: A Circle Of Five…

“O Lord! May our ears listen to nothing but auspicious words, may our eyes see nothing but auspicious things, may we have healthy bodies and be blessed with long life.” Rig Veda Reflections: A Circle Of Five… As above, So below Every day offers auspicious moments for us to learn and grow…  Today is a particularly auspicious day because it brings our attention to a set of numbers that occur in a unique sequence; 12-12-12. If we added up just this sequence ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

It’s my life that is arranged, one gray horse to the next, with some bay horses in between. Do you categorize segments of your life by which horses (or dogs) were with you? Are the animals in your life a constant, while other lifestyle situations shift? Are you  willing to arrange your life for their well-being? Each horse in this photo represents a segment of my life, from 25 years in the past to 25 years into the future- not fully ...

Caption Contest - Funniest Wins $10 Amazon gift card!!

We've heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case it could be worth a $10 Amazon gift card! Our youngest lost her two front teeth this week, and if you can coin the funniest caption you'll win the coin! The only rules are that all captions must be G-rated and entered as a comment here or on Facebook. Good luck and make us laugh!!!

From Here to There

Amsterdam...Part Twee (Dutch for the word two) I am committed to wrap up my travelogue today....yes, I am sure you are eager for me to get back to my normal nonsense (with the word normal being used in the most broad spectrum sort of way).  The problem for today is whittling down this last post as I still had a number of things I originally planned to talk about. Things like cell phone usage in Europe, acquiring health care coverage for ...

On "All Quiet on the Western Front" 1930 Version

One of the many nights I’ve stayed up enduring a typical migraine attack, I sat on my couch around 2am and as usual, spun the remote over the movies.  To my fortune, I hit upon the original 1930 version of the famous film “All Quiet on the Western Front.”  I’ve heard about this movie since I was a little kid, but for one reason or another, only a couple of years ago I stumbled upon it. For a brief breakaway, in ...

Views from SAFONA

The Fifth Annual SAFONA Fiber Festival was quite lovely!  It was a tad smaller than it was last year, but there were some familiar faces and new people to strike up a conversation with. What was remarkable about this year's SAFONA festival was that my DH VOLUNTARILY...I repeat...VOLUNTARILY came along.  His reasoning?  He was wanted to show more of an interest in what it is that I do, and I appreciate that. I think he had fun, too. I have a strategy ...

Theory Of Constraints Part 1

The  Theory of Constraints The theory of constraints is a principle that can be applied to all parts of our lives, although generally it is referred to in relation to business. I first came across it via Rich Schefren, an internet marketing and business leader.  Today I would like to take a look at how it affects our work as artists. The theory of constraints is based on the principle that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore it makes ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in June

Shame on me. I completely forgot to write my monthly vegetable diary for May and I only took one photograph of the raised vegetable area. Raised vegetable garden 30th May 2012 In my defence, I was away for several weeks so my garden was left very much to its own devices. Unfortunately this created problems with bugs and of course my container grown tomato plants Another lesson learned is not to leave leeks in the ground too long as they run to seed, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Poinsettias

It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is coming! You know how I know? Poinsettias are everywhere! These colourful plants are in homes and businesses, adding colour and holiday cheer everywhere! Poinsettias come in a variety of colours, including red, yellow, purple, white and pink. Some are even bi-coloured! They are easy to care for and last a long time! Here are some fun facts about the poinsettia: there are over 100 varieties of poinsettia available poinsettias are native to Mexico and ...

Try This At Home

Some of the best responses I’ve received so far were reactions to my post on Magritte’s painting depicting a pipe. I had no idea this would spark such interest and I’m wondering if lightning can strike twice at Chubby Chatterbox. First, I’m not going to tell you this isn’t a painting of a nude woman. It is…sort of. (Darn—I’m lying already.) I’ll clear this up by saying this picture is intended to depict a woman. It was painted in 1814 by ...

Fun Facts: Wedding Flower Traditions and Customs

In China and Japan, the colour white represents death and funerals, so it’s avoided in weddings. Red is the preferred colour; roses and peonies are popular wedding flowers. Greeks include ivy in their bouquets because it represents endless love and tenacity. In Middle Eastern cultures, the herb artemisia is included in the bridal bouquet to help new couples overcome the tough and bitter times of the marriage. Swedish and Danish grooms have been known to fasten pungent herbs like chives, garlic and rosemary ...

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2013

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is one of major tourist attractions in the Epcot Theme Park in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida during the months of March, April and May. It’s a must-see for flower lovers! During this time of the year, visitors can feast their eyes on beautiful garden landscapes and topiary. There are over 100 topiaries, 225 floating mini gardens and flower beds, and impressive flower towers.  And course, being a Disney theme park, ...

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When the whistle is too big

Radley Balko recently noted the big fat Does-Not-Compute of Bradley Manning’s treatment while being held under non-violent charges (which the movement built up to support him is arguing shouldn’t be considered a crime at all), when compared to that of serial killers.  The problem there is obvious, and Balko is completely correct to point it out.  But then he says this:

I don’t think Manning is the hero some have made him out to be. If he had leaked information to blow the whistle on some specific government wrongdoing, I’d be right there with the people celebrating him. But this seems more like a vindictive, reckless act undertaken by a guy who by all appearances had a grudge to bear—not to mention some likely psychiatric problems. He did break the law, and because what he did was more of a petulant information dump than genuine whistle-blowing, I’m fine with him being prosecuted for the laws he broke.

This sounds like an awkward semantics argument to make.

A key component of the information Manning is being accused of leaking is the video of U.S. military helicopter pilots firing on & killing civilians, including employees of Reuters, in Iraq.  The Pentagon saw nothing wrong with that incident.  Unfortunately, the usual definition of whistle-blowing we work with assumes consequences — so’n’so has evidence that something happened that would undermine the business or institution they are part of, passes it on, and the perpetrators get punished.  The information in this case, instead, exposed wrongdoing built into the institution, which is what was revealed by the barely qualifying as a shrug reaction to the depicted incident.  How do you do the standard, accepted whistle-blower scenario when the damaging conduct is institutionally approved?

Obviously once the leak was linked with Manning he was going to be arrested.  No one seriously expected the U.S. government to stand aside in the face of such a revelation about the standard operating procedures of the U.S. military — hell, to be honest with you, I’m somewhat surprised they’ve shown the restraint to not just kill him.  The real issue boils down to this:

States attach legitimacy to their actions by invoking “the people”.  What does it say about them when “the people” knowing what they just did in our names is considered so much more offensive than what they just did?

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