Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Between a rock and a hard place

Personal Daily Horoscope
Thursday, 17 April 2008
born 4 May 1960

Saturn Opposition Chiron
beginning of September 2007 – beginning of June 2008

During this difficult and tense time your values and ideals will be severely tested. No matter what your situation, under this influence you will be confronted with a difficult dichotomy. On the one hand you will feel drawn to the new, unknown or even outrageous if it appears to offer more freedom. Old desires may reawaken with a new intensity, and you may now feel able to fulfill them. On the other hand, you may feel that existing obligations and ties, together with old fears and insecurities, are preventing you from breaking free from the grind of everyday life. Your sense of right and wrong could also prevent you from throwing off some of your shackles.

Under this influence a variety of difficulties and conflicts in the outer world reflect your state of inner strife. You will have to deal with serious disputes and might experience some kind of separation - particularly with figures of authority or those who have had an important influence on your life. You may come to see that you have been living according to others' expectations, so that things that gave your life security and structure might suddenly seem oppressive and burdensome. Apart from the likely disputes within your relationship you will have problems in practically all those areas which call for order, discipline, responsibility and perseverance. You will rebel and go against the grain, being far less willing than usual to conform or buckle under. This is especially likely as long as you remain unable to decide on a concrete course of action.

The Stepford Sister-Wives

John McCain
Don't Ask, Don't Tell!

Photographer|Lewis Hine

This Day in History|1905

U.S. Supreme Court judges maximum work day unconstitutional

Have you seen this child?

Silent Hill|The Trailer

Just around 2:00'' in – dead ringer.

Is it me?

or does that FLDS pilgrim have the only fucking unibrow...for a woman!!?!

Two words:

Silent Hill.

Oxford Blue is the new black.

1 <3 FLDS Wives

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Six Degrees of Separation Happy Birthday!

me > The Pet Shop Boys > Dusty Springfield

This Day in History|1900

The Post Office issues its first book of stamps.

The National Gallery
Bush + Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI was impressed with Dali's LAST SUPPER, hanging high above the cavernous entrance.

He expressed his delight to Mr Bush, and said, in his marked German accent: Christ! I have to piss!

Mr Bush, proud of himself for understanding the Pope's request without the aid of the ready interpreter, said "this way, your Holiness."

They rounded two corners, and Mr Bush stopped and said "there you are, Holy Father!"

Benedict thought to himself that he really had to relieve himself and was afraid of having a papal leak. He lifted his head, and looked in the direction of Mr Bush's outstretched hand...

"Oh Christ," he thought "I have to piss."

W's Special White House Dinner
Guest Performer

Benedict XVI could be seen tapping his red Prada slippers in time with the beat,
nodding approvingly.

McCain's Military Homosexual Liasions...

Republicans Gone Wild!
McCain of Finland.

Live! from Area 51! CNN!

thisisLARRYKINGLIVE and 2NIGHT, we are LIVE from Area 51. 
The polygamists have landed, and we're the first inside the mothership.

Anderson, what's your take?

Larry, well, uh, they're quite unique. Well, and, for all we know they're really Stepford Wives on HGH. 

Well, Larry we were allowed inside the compound, and you could only say it was pilgrim modern. Log cabin? Check. Dorm and bunk-style living? Check. Cafeteria kitchen? Check.

But, frighteningly, a "piano room" with a grand piano in the back left of a cavernous room, two banks of chairs circling about like splitting orange peels.

And, Larry, in a bizarre twist, they were praying to a large 40" x 60" photograph of Freddie Mercury. We'll have it here for you live. Larry?



Listen to your mother. Get in that closet and pray.

No mamma no.



Oh yes he did.

And I still have to do something in honor of il Papa.

And as the price of ga$ ri$e$...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

5,000th Post!

Because this is such a personal milestone (I don't think I've done anything to the tune of 5,000!) I wanted to log the posting, but leave this slot open for an essay on the transient nature of society today. I couldn't really put something trite here, so I've been toying with a pretty intense essay, so stay tuned!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Walking in my shoes

Happy Birthday Body Brody

Welcome, Pope Benedict XVI

Gustavo's Chair

You heard it here first...about 2 yrs ago!

Gibbs College Closing; Students Look To Finish Degrees
Courant Staff Writer; April 13, 2008

Somewhere between working full time as an office manager and running an embroidery business with her husband, Elaine James got around to pursuing a long-standing dream — a career in fashion. Her husband came across an ad for Gibbs College, and for James, 46, of Windsor, the fashion design program seemed like the right fit.

"I always wanted to be in something creative, and I thought, 'Well, jeez, I can go to the Farmington campus, I can actually go part time and get a degree in three years,'" she said.

But just a few weeks into her first term at Gibbs, James got some unexpected news: the college was closing. Gibbs' parent company, the Career Education Co., axed the college and eight other schools nationwide after attempts to sell the colleges failed.

As part of the closure plans, Gibbs' campuses in Norwalk and Farmington will not accept new students, but will stay open through the end of 2009, giving the majority of the school's 720 students time to finish their associate'sdegrees.

But not all. A smaller number of students who, like James, attend Gibbs part time are worried they will be left without a degree, with credits that they're finding are difficult to transfer and student loans to pay off.

Gibbs President Kurtis M. Peterson said fewer than 50 students are not scheduled to graduate by the time the school closes.

"But if you're one of those 50," he acknowledged, "it's irrelevant how many there are."

Peterson and officials at the state Department of Higher Education have been trying to find ways to accommodate those students and plan to work with each of them individually.

In some cases, that may mean transferring their credits to another school. The University of Bridgeport, Post University and St. Joseph College appear interested in helping, said Jonas Zdanys, the state's associate commissioner for higher education and chief academic officer.

Zdanys is also working with the community college system, though transfers there may be difficult. Public colleges and universities in Connecticut require transfer students to have credits from regionally accredited institutions. Gibbs is accredited in Connecticut, but not by the regional accrediting agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Still, schools may consider the Gibbs students' cases unique situations and make exceptions, Zdanys said.

"We want to make sure that we and Gibbs College together make sure that students are protected and that students in effect and in fact get what they anticipated and get what they paid for," Zdanys said.

Javier Arroyo Jr., for one, isn't taking any chances.

Arroyo, 38, felt he was approaching a ceiling in his printing career, and figured Gibbs' visual communications program would help him advance. He works full time for Trinity College's printing services and fits in night classes at Gibbs' Farmington campus, which is near his home in New Britain.

But Arroyo wasn't on pace to graduate before the school closes, and he's found that colleges nearby won't take his credits. He decided not to enroll for the next term, figuring he did not want to spend money on classes if he wasn't sure they would lead to a degree. He has student loans to pay off, and wants to be compensated if his credits won't count anywhere else.

"If I'm leaving now, I'm left with a substantial amount of debt with no degree to show for it," he said.

James is trying another route. Beginning with the coming term, James plans to attend Gibbs full time. That will mean four- to six-hour classes several nights a week after work, and finding extra time for homework, but it will also mean she can get her degree before the school shuts down.

"I'm not inclined to quit," she said. "I made the decision. I sure as heck don't want to quit now that I've only just started."