My aunt Carolyn died this morning of complications of colon cancer. The news shocked me; I didn’t even know she was sick.

When I was growing up, we would visit her family in California a couple of times every year. I still associate her with Disneyland and Knott’s Berry farm.

She is survived by her husband, daughter and three grandchildren. May God bless you Carolyn.

Sucking the joy out of life

An environmental group is now claiming that “new car smell” is toxic. According to them new car interiors have dangerous levels of chemicals.

We know their claim is true from all the new car owners who are vearing off the road after being overcome by toxins and collapsing behind the wheel. Wait, that isn’t happening. Somehow our society has survived decades with new car smell – this silent killer (insert scary music here: da da da dum!). Thankfully these people warned me before I drove my new Elantra any more. At least I’ll take precautions now, like sticking my head out the window whenever I’m driving. Or maybe not.

I feel sorry for these people. They go through life looking for hidden dangers and can’t even enjoy one of the smaller pleasures in life – that new car smell.

An EPA advisory group thinks Teflon causes cancer now.

Why are they scared?

Blogging is getting more and more influential. Each side of the blogosphere has had an impact. Senator Trent Lott had to resign as majority leader when he made a comment in support of Strom Thurmond that sounded as if he was supporting segregation. Had not blogs on the the left made a stink, it would have died down.

CBS was made to look foolish when memos it used in a news story criticial of President Bush were proven to be false within hours of the story airing thanks to the guys at Powerline Blog.

Most recently (and perhaps most dramatically) the liberal government in Canada was ousted in the last election thanks to Captain’s Quarters, an American blogger, who exposed political corruption in the Great White North.

So what happens when people become influential and others feel threatened? The threatened people insult them. Makes you wonder, if three successful lawyers like the guys at Powerline are “afraid of dealing with people in real life”, what does that make people who draw cartoons for a living?

Dude, what’s my car?

I’m a Mazda Miata!

You like to soak up the sun, but your tastes are down to earth. Everyone thinks you’re cute. Life is a winding road, and you like to take the curves in stride. Let other people compete in the rat race – you’re just here to enjoy the ride.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Honeybun is a Lamborghini Murcielago!

You’re not subtle, but you don’t want to be. Fast, loud, and dramatic, you want people to notice you, and then get out of the way. In a world full of sheep, you’re a raging bull.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

OK, that isn’t embarrassing for me.

Liberals are anti-democracy.

Despite liberal claims that republicans and President Bush are fascists, it turns out that liberals are anti-democracy.

The biggest example is the abortion issues. Liberals frequently refer to polls they claim show that Americans want abortion to remain legal. Yet they are afraid to let people vote on it. Liberals rely on the Supreme Court to keep abortion legal.

Liberals are also against freedom of speech. That is, they are against freedom of speech for people with whom they disagree. University of North Carolina at Greensboro recently tried to punish a libertarian campus group for ,ironically, protesting the university’s restrictions on free speech. The university dropped all charges only after wide attention was drawn to their unconstitutional actions. documents case after case of colleges trying to silence conservative students. The motto of too many universities is “free speech for me but not for thee.”

Need another example? Check out Zombietime’s photo essay about the Walk For Life demonstration in San Francisco on January 21. He documents an organized effort of leftist groups that were trying to disrupt the march to silence the conservative march.

Now there were a few extreme right protestors – both sides have their wackos. But they extreme rightists weren’t the ones trying to keep a liberals from stating their message. It was liberals who were trying to prevent conservatives from exercising their right to demonstrate. My favorite photo is the one where the police officer is explaining to an anacharist why exactly Christians are allowed to display their messages. Clearly he doesn’t understand the freedom of speech protects the expression of other view points.

Canceling Daniel

NBC has cancelled “The Book of Daniel”, the TV show about a drug addicted Episcopal priest whose family includes a drug dealing daughter and promiscuous son. The show also characterizes Jesus as a sidekick to Daniel.

Do you think there are producers working for NBC that are scratching their heads and wondering why a show that addresses “spiritual issues” isn’t being watched?

It amazes me how these networks completely misunderstand their audience.

Disney and Pixar

Steve Jobs became even richer yesterday when Disney announced it is buying Pixar (Jobs is founder and CEO) for $7.4 billion. Yes, with a “B”.

I suppose it had to. The only Disney’s own animated studios haven’t put out a hit movie since “The Lion King”. The days of “Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” are long gone. Anyone remember the debacle that was “Brother Bear”?

In the mean time Pixar has had hit after hit. They ignore the PC pandering and put out hits like “Toy Story”, “Monsters Inc.” and “The Incredibles”.

The only way this will be successful is if Disney stays away from Pixar’s creative decisions. If day Disney pushes a Pixar movie with an environmental message is the day we see Pixar’s first flop.

Jerks in Italy

Why is “protesting” now a synonym for jerk? Yesterday, anti-globalization protestors took the Olympic torch from an athlete running the torch in Italy.

In the past, protesting meant drawing people’s attention to your cause. Now it seems to mean demonstrating how much of an ass you are. Why do these people think that will change anyone’s mind. The only thing it proves is that anti-globalization is the position of selfish people. Who wants to join that movement?

Keep your loved ones close

I was flipping stations on the way home from work tonight and landed on Art Bell. If you don’t know, Bell hosts a late night show that focuses on the paranormal. I’m not a fan of the show but this one caught my attention.

Art was describing the events that led to the death of his wife, Romona, earlier this month on January 5th. They were travelling in their RV and Romona began having problems with her athsma. In Laughlin Neveda, they stopped at an RV park. Art stayed up with his wife through the night while they waited for the medication she took to work. Finally, Romona told him she was feeling better and they went to bed early in the morning.

They went to bed and he put his arm around her and said “I love you.” She said “I love you too.” I’m sure you’ve guessed those were the last words they said to each other.

Art woke up at about 1:30 PM alone in the bed. He went out into the living room part of the RV and found his wife’s body on the couch. The best guess is that shortly after Art fell asleep, Romona got up and went into the living room to use a nebulizer treatment. The coroner said she either fell asleep or passed out before dying. She was 47.

Art said the coroner sent him a letter with some advice for people on how to treat their loved ones. The coroner said that he sees many people who wish for one more minute with their loved one to say the “I love you” that they didn’t say the last time they parted. This is why I never leave the house or let Honeybun leave without giving her a kiss saying those words. I’m serious – every time.