Blowup over a mosque

June 3, 2010 Houston talk-show host Michael Perry couldn’t contain himself. When a listener named Tony called in May 26 to defend a plan to build an Islamic center near New York City’s 9/11 ground zero, Perry exploded.“No, no, Tony, you can’t build a mosque at the site of 9/11 ... And I’ll tell you this — if you do build a mosque, I hope somebody blows it up ... I hope the mosque isn’t built, and if it is, I hope it’s blown up, and I mean that.”

Double trouble

June 2, 2010 We got the call at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24.  I had just gotten back from the grocery store, after suffering a case of late night munchies and picking up an apple pie and, since I was there anyway, a turtle cake.  Seems the girls had decided they didn’t want to wait until their scheduled arrival on Thursday.  And they didn’t want grampa to be clogging any more arteries for a while.Maci Paige was the first out, at a little after midnight on Tuesday, followed closely by her little sister, Kennedy Alexis. 

Only suntan oil in Destin

June 2, 2010 Gary and I can tell you there’s no oil in Destin, Fla., at least none last week while we were there.It had been six years since we’ve taken a beach vacation, so last week we were Destin or Bust.

Outlook improves

June 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The financial outlook for Medicaid improved last month, according to state officials who administer the program.This year’s Medicaid budget is about $4.2 billion and is estimated to increase to $4.6 billion next fiscal year. Medicaid officials have been concerned about possible budget shortfalls because more people become eligible for Medicaid in a bad economy. Also, the cost of medical services and prescription drugs continues to increase.

Dressing for something better

May 28, 2010 Women’s work clothes have come a long way. A new book, “Work It!” by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo of Visual Therapy fame, is here to help generations of women figure out what to wear on the job, with a twist. Instead of starting from the idea of what your boss would like to see, which is such an old schoolgirl way of thinking, “Work It!” guides us through an inner search first.

Ten Commandments not in Constitution

May 28, 2010 There are no democratically elected leaders in the Christian Bible. I know — it’s shocking. But, if you catch the rhetoric pertaining to the U.S. Constitution, you’d think the Ten Commandments are its bullet points. They’re not. The whole idea of a representative democracy (a Greek word) comes from ancient (think then-solvent) Greece. The leaders in the Bible were all kings and/or tyrants and the Bill of Rights is nowhere in the New or Old Testament.Simply: Democracy isn’t biblical. But neither is the combustible engine, CAT scans or GPS — it doesn’t make them any less awesome.

America overdue for ‘real’ recession

May 27, 2010 “Oh my gosh!” my wife said as she looked at my daughter during dinner a couple of nights ago. “Did the sitter say anything about her eye?” At this point I looked at my daughter and noticed that her left eye was beginning to swell.Our daughter told us that she fell and banged her head on the slide at the sitter’s that afternoon. She said that the sitter didn’t notice. I felt terrible for my little girl. She tends to stumble a lot, not due to clumsiness, but to the hurried pace she keeps. She is always running full throttle.

Proper dos and don’ts of chili making

May 27, 2010 Since my re-emergence in this region some time ago, I have noticed that some folks around here seem to be misguided when  it comes to the making of that popular dish, chili.  Many of these otherwise very good persons claim to have their own special chili recipes, mostly errant, of course.  And while some versions of this sacred concoction are actually palatable, errant is still the key word description!