Friday, April 30, 2010

Killing School Children with Knives? WTF?

China has witnessed a series of assaults by knife-wielding attackers on schools in recent years. Many have been blamed on personal grudges or people with psychiatric problems:
_ April 29, 2010: A 47-year-old unemployed man attacked a classroom of 4-year-olds at a kindergarten in Jiangsu province, wounding 28 of them. Two teachers and a security guard were also hurt.
_ April 28, 2010: A man wielding a knife broke into a primary school in Leizhou city in Guangdong province in southern China and stabbed 18 students and a teacher.
_ April 12, 2010: Yang Jiaqin, 40, hacked to death a second grader and an elderly woman near an elementary school in Xizhen village of the southern Guangxi region. The attack came one day before Yang's family was scheduled to send him to a hospital for psychological treatment. He had been diagnosed with a mood disorder.
_ March 23, 2010: Zheng Minsheng, 42, killed eight children in a knife attack at the Nanping Experimental Elementary School in south China's Fujian province. Zheng was executed April 28.
-Associated Press

   Okay, so 4 attacks in the last month. Maybe the pollution is finally getting to the minds of the people. How can someone go into a classroom of four year olds and attack them with a knife? FOUR YEARS OLD! I have met some really insane people in my adventures in nursing school, and no matter how out of it they wouldn't go try to kill a classroom of babies! How did he even get into the classroom? Do they not lock the doors once the kids are there? If not, maybe they should think about it. 
  Goes to show that if someone wants to kill, doesn't matter if they have access to a gun or not, they'll do it. More on this later, when I can actually think straight, I was just so appalled by this I had to make some sort of comment. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can I see your papers?

Arizona, please, please reconsider this horrible law. You are truly one step away from being the Gestapo. It's idiocy I tell you! 
    For those of you who have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, you know, you people that live in holes and caves in the Midwest (props for finding internet!) Arizona passed a law yesterday that will be used to make fun of Arizona for years. The law requires state and local police to determine the status of people if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are illegal immigrants and to arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally.The law makes failure to carry proof of citizenship a crime (Star of David on our shirts? Or rather in our pockets.) Those who don't produce such documentation can be arrested, jailed for 6 months, or fined up to $25.00. So what is proof of citizenship? Birth certificates, drivers licenses, and social security documents can be faked, fairly easily at that. Some have suggested a national identification card, but that will also be fairly easy to fake. So what will we do? Retinal scans? Chips implanted, like dogs? Where does it end?
    Okay, so explain to me how you can possibly tell if a person is illegal just by looking? Racial Profiling only takes you so far. What about those damn, dirty Canadians? Or the Asians? Or Africans? What about the legal citizens, who just happen to be of Hispanic descent? Speaking as someone who gets flagged at the airport EVERY SINGLE TIME I fly (because they just can't tell what I am,) racial profiling does not work very well. I happen to be a glorious mix of Native American, Irish, English, and German. I look slightly Asian, how's that for an awesome genetic display?) Do I look just "other" enough to be asked to see my ID? Personally, I say bring it Arizona. I shall bring my attorney and we shall see who wins. 
     It makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street. Again, how can you tell an illegal who is unemployed from one of the many legal unemployed? 
     The more I read of this law, the more I wonder what some people are thinking? 
    

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Bucket List, because I just re-watched the movie

Things you have done during your lifetime:
(x) Gone on a blind date (oh the stories about that one, ick)
(x) Skipped school
(x) Watched someone die (sadly too many times)
( ) Been to Canada (not ever been motivated to go)
( ) Been to Mexico (close, but not over the border...I saw mexico though)
(x) Been to Florida (lots and lots of times)
( ) Jumped off a cliff (I'd have to be awfully drunk)
( ) Bungee jump (this I want to try!)
( ) Parasailed (I am definitely doing this next beach trip)
( ) Been to Hawaii (soon!)
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Flown a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost (I have a horrible sense of direction, thats why I hike with a buddy)
( ) Gone to Washington, DC (every time I make plans to go someone dies or I get in a car wreck, DC doesn't want me)
(x) Swam in the ocean (and got stung by jellyfish and found a shark tooth!)
(x) Cried yourself to sleep (all too often lately)
(x) Played cops and robbers (hehehe)
(x) Recently colored with crayons (great stress reliever btw)
(x) Sang Karaoke (I was REALLY drunk...yeah)
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only (does a pack of chips count as a meal...I say it does)
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
( ) been to NewYork City at Xmas time
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(x) Made prank phone call
(x) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans (yeah, don't go during mardi gras)
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose or elsewhere
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced in the rain
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(x) Been kissed under the mistletoe (Yup! Not in the last few years, though)
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Blown bubbles (Yesterday actually!)
( ) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies (low standards, this is the question for the non-adventurous?)
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Visited Asia
( ) Visited Africa
( ) Visited South America
( ) Visited Europe (hopefully next summer!)
( ) Visited Australia
( ) Visited Antarctica
( ) Lived in more than one country
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
(x) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars
(x) Seen a falling star and made a wish (saw one last month...can't tell you my wish)
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
( ) Been on a cruise (they scare me, women die on cruises)
(x) Traveled by train
(x) Traveled by motorcycle (My whole family rides, my pawpaw used to be a disciple...if you know me well enough you can ask)
(x) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
( ) Been to Disney World...
( ) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier crack
(x) Been water-skiing
( ) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey (nest summer!)
( ) Been to the Louvre (next summer!)
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
( ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
(x) Ever been skinny-dipping
(x) Laugh so hard you cry
(x) Follow a map for treasure
( ) Drive a dune buggy
(x) Eaten a "non-traditional" meat (not chicken, pork, beef or fowl)
(x) Ever been on television
(x) Had a conversation with a head of state or other influential person
(x) Thrown a party for no reason at all

( ) learn how to belly dance
( ) Go to Ireland (and kiss the Blarney Stone...gross but it's a must!)
( ) Learn how to salsa dance
( ) Visit Egypt
( ) Get a tattoo (not sure I want to do this one, still debating about it.)
(x)Eat Beignets and drink Cafe Au Lait at Cafe du Monde, New Orleans (mmmmm beignets)
( ) Visit Machu Picchu
( ) Learn to surf

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Hippie, known as Cricket

A very auspicious moment, my first official post on my first official blog. Shall I blog about politics? Current issues in healthcare? Maybe entertainment news?
No I think I'll repost the exact moment I decided I needed a change and changed! A little background: Dated a guy (formally thought to be soul mate) for a tad over 3 years, he cheats, dumps me, and I have to rebuild my plans, hopes, goals, etc. from the ground up. At least I didn't marry him, right?

Tuesday March 30,2010


Current mood: fabulous
Category: Goals, Plans, Hopes
Okay, so having been in the role of the jilted lover these past (almost) 7 weeks, I have found this is a horrible role to play. So I quit! I'm auditioning for a new role and I think I have a pretty good shot. I know the director , we're pretty close, she likes me. I am slowly pulling myself out of self pity and into the land of opportunity. It's a hard transition, but I think it's made me a better person and has brought me into the real world a little more. This experience has taught me a lot and has made me think. I'm not the bright eyed innocent that started a relationship with someone 8 years her senior. It is sad, that the innocent had to die such a horrible death. I will mourn the loss, but this is definitely for the best.
My next role? Well I turned down Cold Hearted Bitch, but I seriously thought of accepting that role. I'm just not that person and do not feel like remaking myself into that would be very healthy. Vet Sci Honors Student, Neonatal Nurse, extreme dork works just fine.
Also having gotten all the venom (well as venomous as I get) out through my previous blogs, I have one thing left to say on the subject of Brian: Good luck with your masters degree, and I wish you happiness in your new relationship.