Sep. 18th, 2010 11:27 am
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this is a test


May. 13th, 2007 09:05 pm
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This is eye-opening, to say the least. And think of all the plastic water bottles I use! :(

Plastic Ocean
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Taken from our video shoot pics. That's fabu, gf!

Oh dear...

Jan. 6th, 2006 09:31 pm
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I have discovered online Sudoku on the MSN Comics page, where I normally do crosswords.

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I'll say it: it's time to IMPEACH BUSH NOW!!

I read that Miami Herald article too. Everyone seems to have a sort of fatigue at the Bush administration's continuing assault on civil rights and our Constitution. You think, "Good God, where do we start to fight back??"

Maybe we start here.
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I already have my air conditioner turned back on. And I just checked tomorrow's forecast:

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming west southwest between 10 and 15 mph.

Get your shorts out, everybody! Summer's back!!


Dec. 23rd, 2005 06:05 pm
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Young African Immigrant Woman Taken Off Respirator - While Still Conscious and Responsive

So this is what we've come to in the great state of Texas: kill people off out of "economic necessity."

(CBS11TV.com - 12/14/2005)

"It was against our will to unplug her. We never wanted that.”

Daniel Salvi and his family surrounded his sister’s bedside Monday at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano and watched doctors take the 27-year-old off life support.

"It didn't take long — 15 to 16 minutes,” Tirhas Habtegiris’ brother recalled.

Habtegiris had abdominal cancer that spread to her lungs. Eventually, she was on a ventilator and her cousin took care of her.

The family said doctors told them they would have to remove her from life support in 10 days. When the family disagreed, the hospital's Clinical Ethics Committee met and decided to take Habtegiris off the ventilator.

The hospital declined an on-camera interview, but in a statement said they "contacted 12 facilities including hospitals, long term acute care facilities and nursing homes, all of whom declined to accept the patient.”

Salvi believes this would not have happened if his sister had health insurance.

"If you don't have money in this country, you're nothing. You're not a human being."

But a Dallas attorney who worked on the law said money has nothing to do with it and only clinical matters are considered.

Dr. Allan Shulkin, who specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine at another Dallas hospital, supports the law.

"Sometimes applying technology when there is no other opportunity for recovery is wrong not because it’s expensive, but because it prolong suffering," he said.

Salvi said his sister wanted to die in her mother's arms.

A hospital spokesperson the facility offered to hire an immigration attorney free of charge to help bring the woman's mother from East Africa.

Relatives, however, said the East African process was too lengthy.


[livejournal.com profile] zoethe has done a far better job commenting on this situation than I could.

If they were going to pull out her respirator, couldn't they at least have sedated her first?


Dec. 18th, 2005 08:23 pm
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You just have to see this kid play this piece to believe it:

Canon in D for Guitar


(thanks [livejournal.com profile] cheferos)
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Police stepping up traffic enforcement during holidays - Like to push the pedal to the metal? Not so fast. Police will issue tickets for traveling more than 4 miles per hour over the speed limit. From the statesman.com.

Just what we needed, to go along with the dueling cop quads on Mopac. *sigh*
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I just got an emailed reply to a comment that was made November 21st!

Livejournal, wtf??
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...NOT this!!



Who in their right mind would wear these shoes in public? And what madman came up with that design??
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The creepiest thing I've seen lately showed up in this post from [livejournal.com profile] theferrett. I mean, they quite obviously used a Photoshop stamp for this woman' entire mouth, for Pete's sake!

Ew. Just ew.
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Everyone seems to be having this kind of ass-backwards day...

clicky here )
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Yes, it's a day late, but well worth it!

Fatal Attraction?

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] bobbotron!
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This is what I think of every time I have to deal with most Austin drivers:

You know you wanna see... )
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Just when you thought freedom of speech and print were safe, the New York Times brings you this story:

Protecting the Presidential Seal. No Joke.

Published: October 24, 2005

You might have thought that the White House had enough on its plate late last month, what with its search for a new Supreme Court nominee, the continuing war in Iraq and the C.I.A. leak investigation. But it found time to add another item to its agenda - stopping The Onion, the satirical newspaper, from using the presidential seal.

The newspaper regularly produces a parody of President Bush's weekly radio address here on its Web site, where it has a picture of President Bush and the official insignia.

"It has come to my attention that The Onion is using the presidential seal on its Web site," Grant M. Dixton, associate counsel to the president, wrote to The Onion on Sept. 28. (At the time, Mr. Dixton's office was also helping Mr. Bush find a Supreme Court nominee; days later his boss, Harriet E. Miers, was nominated.)

Citing the United States Code, Mr. Dixton wrote that the seal "is not to be used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that suggests presidential support or endorsement." Exceptions may be made, he noted, but The Onion had never applied for such an exception.

The Onion was amused. "I'm surprised the president deems it wise to spend taxpayer money for his lawyer to write letters to The Onion," Scott Dikkers, editor in chief, wrote to Mr. Dixton. He suggested the money be used instead for tax breaks for satirists.

More formally, The Onion's lawyers responded that the paper's readers - it prints about 500,000 copies weekly, and three million people read it online - are well aware that The Onion is a joke.

"It is inconceivable that anyone would think that, by using the seal, The Onion intends to 'convey... sponsorship or approval' by the president," wrote Rochelle H. Klaskin, the paper's lawyer, who went on to note that a headline in the current issue made the point: "Bush to Appoint Someone to Be in Charge of Country."

Moreover, she wrote, The Onion and its Web site are free, so the seal is not being used for commercial purposes. That said, The Onion asked that its letter be considered a formal application to use the seal.

No answer yet. But Trent Duffy, a White House spokesman, said that "you can't pick and choose where you want to enforce the rules surrounding the use of official government insignia, whether it's for humor or fraud."

O.K. But just between us, Mr. Duffy, how did they find out about it?

"Despite the seriousness of the Bush White House, more than one Bush staffer reads The Onion and enjoys it thoroughly," he said. "We do have a sense of humor, believe it or not."
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I'm sorry, these guys are just too cute! Apparently the guy sitting behind them is calmly playing World of Warcraft while this silliness goes on.

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] theferrett
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COLD FRONT WEDNESDAY NIGHT will tell summer goodbye -
Highs rest of week could be 20 degrees cooler


A strong cold front late Wednesday night is expected to really cool things off after the warmest September on record in Austin.

"I thought Hurricane Rita might break the back of our summer heat, but this front looks like it'll finally do it," KVET/KASE radio meteorologist Troy Kimmel said.

After a high in the low 90s again Wednesday, high temperatures could be as much as 20 degrees cooler Thursday and stay close to that before a gradual warmup early next week.

Lows also will be lower than they have been since May, dropping into the 50s overnight Thursday through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

With nine days of triple-digit highs and three days at 99 degrees, September was the warmest on record at the airport and Camp Mabry, according to the weather service. The airport ended the month with an average temperature of 84.1, and Camp Mabry recorded an average of 84.4 degrees.

It bloody well ought to cool off after all of us were broiled at ACL!!
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We've all been reading of the disaster and tragedy and governmental ineptitude with regard to Hurricane Katrina in general, and the wonderful city of New Orleans in particular. I found this tribute piece in the New York Times that is a lighter reminder of why we need the city in all its funky grandeur, and not a rebuilt, sanitized strip-mall version of the same. Enjoy. :)

** A side note: the photo for this icon was taken on the Mississippi river ferry from New Orleans.

September 4, 2005

What It Means to Miss New Orleans

by Mark Childress

ALL week we've been watching the immersion of a great old city. We imagine another city, less peculiar, will arise in its place. But I have this feeling it will never be quite the same nontoxic gumbo again.

For outsiders New Orleans was a place to party and eat food that is way too rich. For the folks who live there it's more complicated - it's home. Eighty-five percent of them were born there, and they're not going anywhere permanently, so forget this idea they're going to move the city somewhere else.

It's not going to happen. New Orleans is the opposite of America, and we must hold onto places that are the opposite of us. New Orleans is not fast or energetic or efficient, not a go-get-'em Calvinist well-ordered city. It's slow, lazy, sleepy, sweaty, hot, wet, lazy and exotic.

Here are 22 reasons America needs New Orleans, the national capital of eccentricity:cut for length... )
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