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From the L.A.Times:

$31million home in Laguna Beach.

Bryan Ferry - More Than This - The Best of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music
iTunes is currently playing: Windswept from the album Boys and Girls by Bryan Ferry.

It looks as if Chloe is being …

... dragged into her dorm kicking and screaming, doesn't it. Actually, she could hardly wait until she got her ID/key card so she could move her things in. The first thing she did was to add accessories to the bay window in her room, which she claims is the main reason she applied to Skidmore.

I added an album of pictures from our trip to Skidmore. Click here to go to my Album page OR here to go directly to the Skidmore page.

Chloe and Dad at McClellan Hall.

Sting - Brand New Day - Brand New Day
iTunes is currently playing: Brand New Day from the album Brand New Day by Sting.

Yes, I am glad she was deported …

... and I don't mind admitting that publicly, even though I will probably get another email message from a certain relative reminding me that I am a racist.

Meanwhile, the OPEN BORDERS folks might want to look for a better spokesperson than someone who says moronic stuff like this:

In speaking to the Mexican Congress about her deportation from the United States, Elvira Arellano claims that "the United States is the one who broke the law first by letting people cross over without documents. By letting people pay taxes."

Carole King - Tapestry - Home Again
iTunes is currently playing: Home Again from the album Tapestry by Carole King.

Comments made to the media by black activists and football fans …

... about dog killer Michael Vick:

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (7/29/07): About 200 people braved rain and thunderclaps outside the Georgia Dome on Sunday to condemn the country, the media, Nike and, most of all, the Atlanta Falcons for treating Michael Vick like a dog. "We Support Vick a Human Being Over Dogs," was the message of one placard to honking passing cars on Northside Drive. Other supporters said they believed Vick should be given the benefit of the doubt until his day in court.

"Look at what he has done for this city — he's made this city a ton of money every Sunday," said Hiram Melvin, 50 of Decatur. "This dogfighting has been going on for years. It's not something that just started. It's not a big deal." [Emphasis mine. kh]

Charles Steele, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said that the SCLC "prefers to focus on Vick's redemption and plans to honor him for his community contributions at its convention [in August] in Atlanta." "We need to support him no matter what the evidence reveals," Steele said.

Citizens of Atlanta support the dog killer.

Anisa Wright, holding dog DJ, her mother Charita Wright, and Imani Wright show their support for Michael Vick.

[Dressing the dog up in a #7 jersey is a particularly classy touch, don't you think?]

The same article goes on to say that The New Order National Human Rights Organization, a non-profit group purportedly established to deal with human rights violations experienced by people of any "race, creed, color, or religion" but which appears to have only black members (based on the photos displayed on its web site), "is calling for a boycott and protest of Falcons games until Vick returns to the field — and season-ticket holders in the crowd plan to demand their money back." New Order President Gerald Rose says, "This is still his dome. This is still his house."


From (8/22/07): Atlanta NACCP President R.L. White says that Michael Vick's "mistakes" should not cost him his football career and that "he didn't understand the uproar over dogfighting, when hunting deer and other animals is perfectly acceptable."


From (8/22/07): New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting. "I think it's tough," Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9. "I think, you know, we don't say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. It's just behind closed doors .... I think it's tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down," Marbury said. "I think he's one of the superb athletes, and he's a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation." [Again, emphasis is mine. kh]


And let's not forget Deion Sanders, former NFL player/current NFL Network analyst/part-owner of the Austin Wranglers (of the Arena Football League), who offered this take on the situation in a piece he wrote for the Florida News-Press on 7/02/07 (and who has since been silenced by the NFL based on the terms of a contract he signed, a situation that the News-Press is NOT happy about).

The potential impact [of the indictment] could be devastating.

This is all the result of perspective.

What a dog means to Vick might be a lot different than what he means to you or I. Hold on, don’t start shaking your head just yet. Listen to me.

Some people kiss their dogs on the mouth. Some people let their dogs eat from their plate. Some people dress their dogs in suits more expensive than mine, if you can believe that.

And some people enjoy proving they have the biggest, toughest dog on the street. You’re probably not going to believe this, but I bet Vick loves the dogs that were the biggest and the baddest. Maybe, he identified with them in some way.

Why are we indicting him? Was he the ringleader? Is he the big fish? Or is there someone else? The fights allegedly occurred at a property that he purchased for a family member. They apparently found carcasses on the property, but I must ask you again, is he the ringleader?

Are we using Vick to get to the ringleader? Are we using him to bring an end to dogfighting in the United States?

The only thing I can gather from this situation is that we’re using Vick.

I believe Vick had a passion for dogfighting. I know many athletes who share his passion. The allure is the intensity and the challenge of a dog fighting to the death. It’s like ultimate fighting, but the dog doesn’t tap out when he knows he can’t win.

It reminds me of when I wore a lot of jewelry back in the day because I always wanted to have the biggest chain or the biggest, baddest car. It gives you status.

The reason this is turning into a three-ring circus is that baseball is boring, basketball is months away, football is around the corner and we in the media don’t have a thing interesting to write about.


The population in general seems to have strong negative feelings about Michael Vick and his behavior. However, I have spent a significant amount of time searching the Internet for examples of black individuals (prominent or otherwise) who have publicly condemned Michael Vick's behavior (even if the condemnation came after the announcement of his plea deal) and I have been unable to find a single example.

Is the media reporting on this situation in a way that makes it appear that most blacks are supportive of Vick when this is not the case? (And if so, why would they do that?)


Do most blacks think that this is all much ado about nothing and Vick should be at training camp right now? (And if so, how do people grow up in the same country, surrounded by animals that are, to most of us, like members of the family, and end up with such different opinions about this issue, with those opinions split evenly along racial lines?)

OR something else???

What do you think? And why?

[I bet this is my longest blog post ever!]

Billie Holiday - The Essence of Billie Holiday - How Could You?
iTunes is currently playing: How Could You? from the album Billie Holiday: Portrait by Billie Holiday.

I never understood why people would install …

... a doggie door in their house. Doesn't it occur to them that if their pet can go in and out through the opening, other animals can do the same??

Pit Bulls Break Into Home, Maul Woman

GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) - Two pit bull terriers broke into a house through a pet door Tuesday and attacked a woman in her bed, mauling her badly, a Pierce County sheriff's spokesman said. The pit bulls also killed a neighbor's Jack Russell terrier, which entered the house during the attack, Troyer said.

Jim Brickman - No Words - Open Doors
iTunes is currently playing: Open Doors from the album No Words by Jim Brickman.

This item is available from a web site called …

... which sells computer stuff at academic discounts. But don't worry! You don't have to be a student or teacher to buy one!

iPod - it goes anywhere!

Billie Holiday - Billie's Blues - Spreadin' Rhythm Around

iTunes is currently playing: How Could You? from the album Billie Holiday: Portrait by Billie Holiday.

How many pregnant women …

... want to drive 325 miles to a hospital in another country in order to give birth? Ladies, count your blessings that you don't live in Canada with their great health care system.

Rare identical quadruplets born in Montana

HELENA, Montana (AP) -- A 35-year-old Canadian woman has given birth to rare identical quadruplets, hospital officials said. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Canada, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section Sunday afternoon at Benefis Healthcare hospital in Great Falls, Montana.

The Jepps drove 325 miles to Great Falls for the births because hospitals in Calgary were at capacity, Key said.

Carole King - Tapestry - So Far Away
iTunes is currently playing: Home Again from the album Tapestry by Carole King.

Real Estate Humor (You have to laugh to keep from crying.)

Diane Olick posted this on her Realty Check blog today. Thanks, Diane.

Your house as seen by ...


Your house as seen by YOU.


Your house as seen by YOUR BUYER.


Your house as seen by YOUR LENDER.


Your house as seen by YOUR APPRAISER.


Your house as seen by YOUR TAX ASSESSOR.

Rosanne Cash - The Very Best Of Rosanne Cash - I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me
iTunes is currently playing: Dreams Are Not My Home from the album Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash.

Why is this guy not in jail??

eBay auto scammer told to repay victims

August 17, 2007
Post-Tribune staff report

A Chicago man who ran an auto online auction scam from a Highland apartment was sentenced Thursday to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $12,000 restitution.

Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez told Donald J. Hicks, 27, he is a scammer, manipulator and thief. "If you do this again in this county and you are convicted, you will go to prison," the judge said.

Hicks pleaded guilty June 12 to theft.

In 2004, Hicks operated D Executive Motors in Highland. Hicks advertised cars for sale on eBay, but kept money from unsuspecting bidders and either didn't ship the cars or sent much cheaper vehicles than had been advertised.

Hicks is ordered to pay restitution to victims in Champlin, Minn.; Mesa, Ariz.; Spring Mills, Pa.; and Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay - When the Party's Over
iTunes is currently playing: When The Party's Over from the album Hearsay
by Alexander O'Neal.

A Glen Campbell song is a parody waiting to happen, don’t you think?

The following comment was posted today on a blog site called "The Housing Bubble", under the entry "This Is All A Snowball". Thanks to poster "aladinsane" (who may or may not be the original author).

Comment by aladinsane
2007-08-14 14:11:00

Ode to Glen Campbell…

By the time I get to Phoenix, foreclosures will be rising

They’ll find the N.O.D. note on her door

She’ll laugh when she reads the part about leaving

‘Cause I’ve heard this story so many times before

By the time the news reaches Albuquerque, the market stopped working

A Realtor will beg me @ lunch, to give me a call

But i’ll just hear that phone keep on ringin’

Off the wall that’s all

By the time the housing bubble falls in Oklahoma, rather steeply

It’ll turn swiftly and a Realtor will call my name out loud

Tho’ time and time I try to avoid him so

He just didn’t know, how low it could really go

Hugh Grant - Music and Lyrics - Pop! Goes My Heart
iTunes is currently playing: Pop! Goes My Heart from the album Music and Lyrics by Hugh Grant.

Call me, CNN!

You clearly need a writer who has read every issue of People Magazine ever published.

Priscilla Presley, widow of Elvis NOT!

UPDATE 8/14/07:

And they didn't even write back to thank me!

Priscilla Presley, EX-WIFE of Elvis.

Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily - Beloved Wife
iTunes is currently playing: Beloved Wife from the album Tigerlily by Natalie Merchant.

When the revolution comes, it won’t be pretty.

It is August at the Jersey Shore, a place that gives new meaning to the word HUMIDITY. The bozo driving the car is wearing a short sleeve t-shirt and a baseball cap. His significant other is dressed like a mummy.

I don't think God wants women to sweat to death.

This is the U.S.A., lady!  You don't have to dress like that here!

There is a reason why murder mysteries ask “who done it?” …

... and not "to whom was it done?" has an AFP story today with the headline "Nearly half US murder victims are black: report". The article starts out by telling us:

"African-Americans are victims of nearly half the murders committed in the United States despite making up only 13 percent of the population ... Around 8,000 of nearly 16,500 murder victims in 2005, or 49 percent, were black Americans, according to the report released by the statistics bureau of the Department of Justice."

The article then gives a bunch of other statistics about murder victims, including this tidbit:

"Most murder victims -- 93 percent of blacks and 85 percent of whites -- were killed by someone of their own race."

If these statistics are accurate, blacks were responsible for 93% of murders committed in 2005 in which the victim was black (7,440) and 15% of murders in which the victim was white (1,275), or 8,715 out of 16,500 murders. That means that blacks, who make up 13% of the population, committed 53% of U.S. murders in 2005.

It is unfortunate that blacks make up 49% of murder victims in this country, but I am more interested in the fact that they commit 53% of the murders. After all, if I want to avoid being murdered, isn't it more important to know who is doing the killing (so I can avoid those people) then to know who the last victim was?

Of course the media would rather describe blacks as victims of violent crime than perpetrators of violent crime. It is so much more PC, don't you know.

Randy Newman - Little Criminals - Little Criminals
iTunes is currently playing: Little Criminals from the album Little Criminals by Randy Newman.

Explaining the housing crash:

From the Modesto Bee:

In a time when real estate stories are filled with foreclosures, loans gone sideways and homeowners on the brink of financial ruin, lending professionals say avoiding such traps requires a simple step. That step is to read through and understand every detail before committing to a home mortgage, though many consumers admit they don't.

In a recent poll of about 1,000 adults by, about 34 percent of homeowners had no idea what kind of mortgage they had, said Greg McBride, a senior analyst for the financial information Web site.

Alison Moyet - Alf - Steal Me Blind
iTunes is currently playing: Steal Me Blind from the album Alf by Alison Moyet.

Remember the old days …

... when you could only get a loan if you could prove you didn't really need it?


Washington Mutual, another big lender, in March stopped offering [no money down] loans to subprime borrowers, typically people with poor credit. It also reduced the size of loans to other borrowers.

"It used to be that we would finance a loan up to $1 million with no down payment for a first-time home buyer," said Daniel H. Aminoff, a senior loan consultant at Washington Mutual Home Loans in Alexandria. "But as of March, we will only finance a loan of $417,000 with no down payment."


Many lenders now place more emphasis on job stability and low debt when writing no-down-payment loans. Almost all verify a borrower's income and employment, which was not the case during the housing boom.

iTunes is currently playing: Back Down To Earth from the album Boys In The Trees by Carly Simon.

Here a bubble, there a bubble …

I've been reading a number of blogs lately that document the housing crash which is going on all around us. One blog, called the Housing Bubble, includes a gallery of photos taken around the country that show the current state of things. Here are a few that I particularly like:

Talk about an incurable defect ...

WHO would buy a house next door to THAT THING, in ANY kind of market?? Better yet, why did someone build a house there in the first place?

When someone says "I want a place with a view", they probably don't mean a view of a GAS STATION!!

And here is something for flippers to play while they wait for prospective buyers to show up at their open houses ... and wait ... and wait ... (Image is the creation of Aaron Erimez. Thanks, Aaron!)

iTunes is currently playing: House Of Cards from the album Stones In The Road by Mary Chapin Carpenter.

If you have ceramic tile in your house …

... hurry to Linens and Things and buy a SONIC SCRUBBER while they are still available.

SonicScrubber - Cleans filthy grout with no scrubbing!

Use it with Comet Soft Cleanser Cream with Bleach ...

Comet Liquid Cleanser with Bleach

... and watch what happens. This thing is amazing -- and worth every penny of the $12.99 price tag.

You're welcome!

Presto!  Grout goes from black to white in the blink of an eye.

iTunes is currently playing: Rest For The Weary from the album The Rainy Season by Marc Cohn.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

My copy arrived from Amazon via UPS at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, the 21st. I finished it shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, the 22nd.

Wow. If you liked the first six books, you will LOVE #7. It was everything I had hoped for and then some. And it will make an amazing movie. I can hardly wait.

I'm sorry I didn't have time to re-read all six books before "Deathly Hallows" came out. I plan to re-read all seven one of these days. Maybe before I go see movie #7.

iTunes is currently playing: Seven Years from the album Tigerlily by Natalie Merchant.
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This made me laugh.

Text of rejection slip from editor A.J. Fifield to writer Gertrude Stein:

"I am only one, only one, only. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain ... I cannot read your MS three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly."

From Authors Guild Bulletin - Spring 2007.

iTunes is currently playing: Speak Like A Child from the album The Singular Adventures Of The Style Council by The Style Council.

“You may ask yourself: HOW DID I GET HERE?”

... or ...

"You may say to yourself: MY GOD, WHAT HAVE I DONE!?"

Old people from Florida spend the summer at the Jersey Shore.

iTunes is currently playing: Once In A Lifetime from the album Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads.