The Billable Mother

Take One: .2 hours equals taking the laundry out of the washing machine and placing it in the dryer

Take Two: employing someone to take the laundry out of the washing machine and placing it in the dryer, at $10.00 an hour; no longer .2; at that rate would take two hours, so, let’s even it out at $20.00 for that job

if I am motivated and can get the laundry out of the washer and into the dryer in two minutes or less, I can then sit down and bill at $200 an hour, which grosses me $90.00 an hour

Again, it appears worth it for me to do the housework myself

Thanksgiving, a time for giving thanks?

Are you kidding me?

Really, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks?

Why is it that then most of us have turned it into a microcosm of all that is wrong with the world?

Here we go, pre-Thanksgiving….

how does it line up in your house? in your family?

Got to tell you, don’t know if it works this way in your camp, but in our family, holidays start the period of war……….who is doing what and who isn’t? Who is cooking, who isn’t? who is paying the food bill? who hates who? Did she wear the wrong dress? did she not bring the right dish? did he not sit on the couch and be able to spit out the right football stats?

Where are we and what are we doing? That’s all we want to know, how have we come to the consequences of our collective decisions?


What is the role of complaints on daily interaction?  Do they serve to free someone of their problems, or are complaints simply a precursor to enabling?

I don’t know.  I never have.

I know that when someone calls me and launches into their problems, they have not taken a moment to first think of what perhaps mine could be, nor do I share, because to be frank, they don’t want to hear.

So, what makes them think I want to hear their complaints?

Google Bombing?

Admittedly, there is much to learn, let alone figure out how 3.0 of the Web will work.

Here’s a term:  Google Bombing.

We read an interesting article, how Google is used by politicians or would-be politicians.

Reportedly, “democratic blogger Chris Bowers” started the advent of “Google Bombing”.

“A Google bomb thankfully has little to do with the kind of bombs that are dropped in Iraq. It is an attempt to influence the ranking of a Google search. Google’s algorithms rank a page higher if the sites that link to that page use consistent anchor text, or visible text in a hyperlink. If a large number of sites link to a page in this way, then the page has been Google bombed. The result is that a Google search of a politician or a proposition will return unfavorable or more favorable information in the first few results, depending on the bombers’ preference.”

“Tolerated Use”- You Tube

We get it now, (we think), the tolerated use exception to copyright infringement.  Why tolerated?

It brings views.

Views bring sales.

Sales bring money.

None of us can live in 2006 without money.

Esquire Magazine Endorses Menendez

The long and the short of it is that Esquire Magazine, endorses Menendez.

If we understand correctly, it is that Mr. Kean has spent his efforts saying Menendez is corrupt, and Esquire has pointed out how the Prosecuter himself pointed out how Mr. Menendez helped the investigtion.

We are not quite sure how that balances on the scale of justice, none of us, save Mother Theresa, are free of mistakes (yes, there are others, we use Mother Theresa as a shining example); and perhaps, it should be noted that Mother Theresa herself would not be so interested in yesterday as in today and tomorrow.

Do we want politicians who make their foundation somene else’s alleged shaky past?

Sugarland, Texas & Republicans

The last post, regarding Kean and Menendez, asked a very reasonable question: is the Republican party free of alleged corruption? Mr. Kean extols the negative list of Mr. Menedez’s alleged actions; yet, we continue to ask, what does Mr. Kean positively propose to do for N.J.?

While we live in this country of divided lines, it is not enough to point out the bad that has been done or has been perceived to have been done by certain candidates, it’s time to start saying what a candidate truly can accomplish.

Fireworks went off in Sugarland, and that is a place not recently known for the pure sweetness of its politicians…………………..

“Hudson County Native” here we go: Menendez v. Kean

Local papers report: “Hudson County native fights to keep seat in Nov. 7 election” (Hoboken Reporter: ok, ok, gotta get deeper and closer to the source in this, gotta get into Hudson County and see what the Hudson County Resident is going on about)

Where does Menedez live now? Hoboken.

Where was the garbage to be? Jersey City.

Ok, “Hudson County Resident”, one point for you. So why then is the forecast that the Republican hold is slipping away? Could it be that despite Wikepedia statistics on Mr. Kean, that somehow the statistics and smear campaign are still not enough? That even garbage smells better?

Menendez is credited with things too you know, more money for more trains, or more rails, same difference, (separate but equal, right?), and hey, he got to help get his hands on money for Port security…I don’t know, but I think that ranks. And how about helping those Senior Citizens, (and yes, they apparently get younger all the time, regardless, they are “Seniors”), get health prescription assistance?

Did you know that some of Hudson County’s Democrats have gone to jail on corruption charges? Kean believes this is a big campaign issue. Is that the same as saying the Republican party is free of criminal and/or corrupt politicians?

and this site:

can you shed some light?

On Trial: Female Circumcision in America

Believed to be the first reported criminal case in America, the Associated Press is reporting that a father is on trial in Georgia, having been accusued of circumcising his daughter and the mother discovered it a year later. The parents are not now married.

So not so fast, the Dad an immigrant from Ethopia says he did not and would never do that.

Is this a case of he said, she said? A consequence of ill feelings following divorce? Will anyone ever really truly know?

What is at stake is in the mind of America, a young girl went through a brutal and creul process. Regardless of who did this to the young girl, will the impact of culture prove to mitigate what is otherwise considered to be, in this country, a horrific crime?

Stats on Kean: Thank you Wikipedia

New Jersey Assembly

Kean was appointed to the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, in April 2001, to fill out the unexpired term of Alan Augustine, who had resigned due to health reasons. He then was elected to a full term in the Assembly in his own right in November 2001. There he was the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and served as Vice Chairman for the State Government Committee.

In March 2003, he was appointed to the State Senate, to fill out the unexpired term of Rich Bagger. In November 2003, he was elected to fill the seat he had been appointed to. In 2004, Kean was elected Senate Minority Whip, a position he still holds. He serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, and previously was on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

In the state legislature, Kean has been a proponent of ethics reform in New Jersey government. He was the original sponsor of legislation banning pay to play practices in New Jersey. He has sponsored legislation to streamline government, promote education, protect the environment, and lower property taxes.

Kean was one of only twenty-four elected officials from across the United States to be chosen as a distinguished Aspen Rodel Fellow in Public Service. In 2002, Kean was named one of forty state leaders from the entire nation to be recognized as a Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments for high achievement and service to state government.

In 2005, the New Jersey Conference of Mayors named Kean as a Legislative Leader. He has also received, for the second year in a row, the Amerigroup Foundation’s Champion for Children award for his advocacy on behalf of children’s health issues. He also has been named Legislator of the year by the Fireman’s Benevolent Association and has received a 100% voting record with the National Federation of Independent Business.”