Monday, January 31

thought he was a goner

Originally uploaded by shelliphied.

The Cat Came Back
Written By: Harry S. Miller (Camp Alta Mons version as remembered by Shelly)

Old Man Johnson had problems of his own
He had a yellow cat that wouldn't leave home;
He tried and he tried to give that cat away,
He gave it to a man goin' far, far away.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

He gave it to a boy with a dollar note,
Told him for to take it up the river in a boat;
They tied a rope around its neck, it must have weighed a pound
Now they drag the river for a little boy that's drowned.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

He gave it to a man going up in a balloon,
He told him for to take it to the man in the moon;
The balloon came down about ninety miles away,
Where the man is today, I cannot say.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

He gave it to a man going way out West,
Told him for to take it to the one he loved the best;
First the train hit the curve, then it jumped the rail,
Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruesome tale.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The A-bomb fell just the other day,
The H-Bomb fell in the very same way;
Russia went, England went, and then the U.S.A.
The human race was destoyed without a chance to pray.

But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

Thursday, January 27

marriage promotion

Yesterday, I was "busy at work" and came across the fact that the US Health and Human Services department has allocated $300 million dollars toward marriage promotion. Huh? What's that? Why are we spending tax dollars on promoting the private choice of finding someone to spend the rest of your life with?

Here's what the National Conference of State Legislatures says...

Supporting Healthy Marriage
The budget proposes a competitive matching grant program for states, territories, and tribes to develop innovative approaches to health marriage and reducing out-of-wedlock births. The grants require a dollar for dollar match of federal funds. Including the match, the amount available would be $240 million. The federal funds for this effort would largely be redirected from the High Performance Bonus fund in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.

The budget also includes a $120 million annual fund to conduct research and demonstration projects largely focused on family formation and marriage. This provision would principally be funded by eliminating the Illegitimacy Reduction Bonus in the TANF program.

Though I don't align myself with any particular religion here is something I found on the Unitarian Universalists site...

On August 22, 1996, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was enacted. The law codified four purposes of welfare reform. Three of the four addressed marriage and family formation:
"to end dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage"
"to prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies"
"to encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families."

Rewarding States With Two-Parent Families: Starting in 2002 as part of the 1996 welfare reform law, a $20 million dollar "family formation" measure will award the 10 states with the largest increase in the percent of children, below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, who reside in married, two-parent families.

Proposed Federal Marriage Initiatives: The Bush Administration has proposed spending $100 million annually from the TANF budget to fund experimental marriage promotion programs in selected states. The money would come from the failed "illegitimacy bonus" initiative described earlier. As much as another $200 million also would be spent on marriage promotion initiatives.
Three bills pending in Congress would fund fatherhood programs to help fathers and their families avoid or leave cash welfare by providing employment services. All of the bills would require participating programs to promote marriage through marriage counseling, education, divorce reduction, and other similar services. The bills are the Responsible Fatherhood Act of 2001 (S.653/H.R. 1300), the Strengthening Working Families Act of 2001 (S.685) and the Child Support Distribution Act of 2001 (H.R. 1471).

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe marriage is held in honor among the blessings of life, and affirm the worth and dignity of every person. In the case of marriage promotion, we speak out strongly against the President's decision to designate $300 million dollars for marriage promotion programs. The President's proposal would require each state to use TANF funds for marriage promotion activities, and the federal government could opt to withhold all TANF funds if a state did not comply. Funding for marriage promotion diverts money from programs that are proven to assist families as they work toward economic security. In addition, not only is marriage a personal, private act in which the government should not intrude, the allocation of funds to marriage promotion programs denies relationship support services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender families, single parents, and those who choose not to marry. These initiatives demonstrate that marriage would be prioritized as a public policy goal over the goal of promoting self-sufficiency for single parent led families.

I don't like it for multiple reasons, but coming from the red state folks, doesn't seems like it's destined to be successful.

snow sharks

Originally uploaded by shelliphied.
This is what I'd be doing if I were Heidi. Thanks, Darci.

Wednesday, January 26

ultimate? sunday? man?

Here's the weather breakdown

High: 48
Precip: 40%
Wind: N 6 mph
Max Humidity: 80%
UV Index: 3 Moderate

3:30 PM SAC Fields

Pop Quiz:
Which of these applies to you?
a) Rain schmain, bring it.
b) Possible Rain? I'm going to stay at home and cozy up to the Lifetime afternoon movie, "Another Woman's Husband". Oooh!
c) I can't commit, so I'll never reply and will only show up if it's sunny. Even then my participation is questionable.

a mustering of monikers

Found while "studying" for team triva...
ants: colony
bears: sleuth, sloth
bees: grist, hive, swarm
birds: flight, volery
cats: clutter, clowder
cattle: drove
chicks: brood, clutch
clams: bed
cranes: sedge, seige
crows: murder
doves: dule
ducks: brace, team
elephants: herd
elks: gang
finches: charm
fish: school, shoal, draught
foxes: leash, skulk
geese: flock, gaggle, skein
gnats: cloud, horde
goats: trip
gorillas: band
hares: down, husk
hawks: cast
hens: brood
hogs: drift
horses: pair, team
hounds: cry, mute, pack
kangaroos: troop
kittens: kindle, litter
larks: exaltation
lions: pride
locusts: plague
magpies: tiding
mules: span
nightingales: watch
oxen: yoke
oysters: bed
parrots: company
partridges: covey
peacocks: muster, ostentation
pheasants: nest, bouquet
pigs: litter
ponies: string
quail: bevy, covey
rabbits: nest
seals: pod
sheep: drove, flock
sparrows: host
storks: mustering
swans: bevy, wedge
swine: sounder
toads: knot
turkeys: rafter
turtles: bale
vipers: nest
whales: gam, pod
wolves: pack, route
woodcocks: fall
From James G. Doherty, general curator, The Wildlife Conservation Society.

Alas, it is possibly too trivial to be worthwhile

Thursday, January 20

career advice

Eighth-Graders Told Stripping Can Be Rewarding


There will be a venue change. They made the announcement pre 10:30 am, so I missed the specifics, but the rest of the p'soft offices are moving to the "Big O" offices in Dunwoody. Our department is going to stay here and move to the 8th floor temporarily and then move to Dunwoody.

So (eventually) good-bye mall, good-bye easily referenced "building on top of 400", good-bye tenants appreciation day, good-bye working in the same building as Cassi...

Wednesday, January 19

venue change?

Originally uploaded by shelliphied.
No. I'm still working at the same job for the same pay. Only The Man has changed. Though sometimes he's referred to as Larry.