avanta7: (Sisyphus)
Gottschalk's is closing.

So why does this concern me?

Besides the fact that I like the store and have shopped there for years, it's also one of the four anchor stores in the mall where spouse works. Mall traffic is significantly down anyway: several niche or boutique stores have come and gone in the past few years, and there are at least a dozen vacant storefronts and kiosks available. Spouse's video game store is one of the few retailers that steadily turns a profit. When Gottschalk's closes, traffic will decrease even further, perhaps enough to create a domino effect throughout the rest of the mall.

A mall failed recently in a nearby community, and when spouse's company closed its store there, the employees, including the manager, were simply let go instead of relocated or transferred to other stores. I don't want that to happen to us. It's taken spouse so long to find his niche....

But, as my mother would say, I'm borrowing trouble again. "Sufficient unto the day..."*, etc., has always been difficult for me. This is what I need to tell myself: The other three anchor stores (JC Penney, Sears, and Ross) are doing just fine, and the mall is not going to fail just because one major department store closes. Right? Right? Okay, right. *sigh*

*Matt 6:34 -- Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (KJV)
avanta7: (Thong Man)
New Jersey considers ban on bare-it-all Brazilian wax.

First of all, let me say the phrase "genital waxing" was something I never expected to see in a news article.

Second, out of the gazillion women who have "Brazilians" done each year all over the US, two, count'em, two, women who had complications are influencing the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology to ban the procedure? What next? "Oh, that razor cut my shin when I was shaving my legs and I think it ought to be taken off the market"?

Third: For crying out loud!

And finally: Thong Man (above) should have had a Brazilian.

The text of the article for posterity's sake. )
avanta7: (Subscription)
But let me say a few words about Nadya Suleman and her continued insistence that she does not/has not received public assistance.

  • She receives food stamps. Food stamps are public assistance.
  • She and all of her children more than likely have health insurance through Medi-Cal (known in other states as Medicaid). Medi-Cal is public assistance.
  • She receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for three of her older children. (See this article.) The maximum rate of SSI for disabled children in the state of California is $793.00 per month per child. SSI is public assistance.
  • The octuplets will most likely automatically qualify for SSI as well because of their short gestation period and low birth weight. (This is my profession, folks; I know SSI inside and out.) This is potentially another $793.00 per month per child. Let's do the math, shall we? 11 disabled children multiplied by $793.00 per month equals $8,723.00 per month. TAX FREE. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

Oh, and according to the article below (and a couple others I've read), she paid for her fertility treatments with money she saved from working and from a workers compensation settlement. I wonder if she disclosed said savings and income to her SSI claims rep? Said savings and income would have disqualified the children for SSI benefits. And now she's got her own website and is soliciting donations online? I certainly hope whoever is her case manager at the servicing Social Security office is paying attention to all of this. I smell a big fat fraud investigation coming on....

LA police to investigate threats to octuplet mom )

Story link
avanta7: (Usual Suspects)
O.J. Simpson arrested in Vegas robbery

Text of article, posted for posterity )
Hmmph. After getting away with murder, he must have figured armed robbery would be a cakewalk.
avanta7: (Religion Back)
Jerry Falwell dies at age 73.

I am not now and never have been an admirer of the pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church and founder of the Moral Majority. I disagreed vehemently with his politics and abhorred his version of Christianity. His God was much too small for me.

But the outright rejoicing (?!) over the man's death currently going on in the BookCrossing forums and elsewhere on the web utterly baffles me. See this thread and this one.

Who was it that said "Every man's death diminishes me"? *search* Ah.

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

~~ John Donne

Rev. Falwell's passing deserves to be treated with the same dignity each of us may wish for our own. And so I offer this small memorial:

  • He had the courage to live his convictions. I respect that.
  • His family loved him. I respect that, as well, and offer them my condolences.
  • He founded a church and brought comfort and guidance to a great many people.
  • He founded a university and educated a generation.
  • He changed the face of contemporary American politics.

Sleep well, Rev. Falwell. Perhaps we'll meet in heaven someday.

Then again, perhaps not.


Aug. 7th, 2005 05:40 am
avanta7: (Leonardo)
What a joy to wake up this morning and read that all the Russian sailors were rescued from their distressed mini-sub! Thank goodness their government saw fit to ask for help this time. I was afraid of another Kursk-type disaster for the sake of Russian pride.
avanta7: (Default)
The numbers, the devastation, it's just so overwhelming I can hardly take it in. But my mom told me about the animals, and I had to look that up.

Two links: here and here tell the story.

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