Weekend Wound Up: Open thread

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A round up of interesting stuff for your Friday reading:

Adam Searing has a troubling story about the practices of Big Pharma in communities where minorities make up a large part of the population. The Dome reports that Virginia Foxx continues her wasteful ways as one of the top abusers of Congressional franking privileges. Some good advice from an unlikely source about reading to your kids. And last but not least, don't forget to write those thank you notes.

Happy last Friday of 2007. Just think, next year at this time we'll be counting down the final days of the Worst Presidency Ever.


Betsy's coverage of Mr. Besse

gets a back-handed mention Under the Dome. I guess when the target audience is the News and Observer's circulation, we should know better than to expect an informed readership. A quick Google search reveals only 238 "Dan Besse" hits on their site. At BlueNC, the same search returns more than 7000 hits.

Go figure.

It's the weekend?

If it weren't for this post, I would have had no idea.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

If you consider Friday morning the weekend

well . . . you bet it is.

I'm planning to do a Friday morning Weekend Wound Up post every week for the year ahead . . . hopefully with some calendar stuff. I'm also hoping others will chime in with "things to do."

whoops! where did 2007 go?

I just found out yesterday that my husband is off to Africa on Wednesday and I have a weekend full of moving furniture ahead. We have to clear a room to allow a door to be cut through to the new addition - still waiting on the solar panels but they should be up in January. Of course, the room to be cleared is my 8 year old son's, the one who doesn't want to throw out anything and when I try, he yells, "You're throwing away my childhood memories!"

From watching the DVD of the Simpsons' movie, he has been asking me if it is true that Bush listens to our phone conversations. What do I tell him? That it isn't so bad as in his homeland of China, as far as I know? Poor kid - he is counting the days til Bush is gone.

Bush listens

From watching the DVD of the Simpsons' movie, he has been asking me if it is true that Bush listens to our phone conversations. What do I tell him?

Tell him to be sure to let curious Georgie know how he feels. :) I was talking to my aunt who lives in Ireland, who is hungry for political news and gossip from here, and I swear as soon as I started talking about Cheney's office catching on fire, there was a click on the line. We both started laughing and said "Hello, Dick!"

Seriously - don't let the little one live in fear. This isn't China, and he shouldn't have to be worried about someone listening to his phone calls. The illegal wiretapping is very serious, but I wouldn't let an 8 year old worry about it. I'd make a joke of it, and make him feel secure and safe. And the Simpson's Movie was just a movie. A very funny movie.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi