Mental Potpourri


stagnant state in blog world

Posted by Joelle Michelle on October 16, 2011 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Got mad at Comcast.

Discontinued all services.

Will not be as frequent with blogging, as you may have noticed.

Have many new poems to post in the future.

Back to pen and paper for now!

Where do my taxes go???

Posted by Joelle Michelle on August 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever asked, "Where do my taxes really go?"

If so, here's the answer...

-from 2009

4th of July

Posted by Joelle Michelle on July 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

July 4, 1776

  • 13 American colonies independent from Great Britain.

Date each state entered the union:

  1. Delaware Dec. 7, 1787
  2. Pennsylvania Dec. 12, 1787
  3. New Jersey Dec. 18, 1787
  4. Georgia Jan. 2, 1788
  5. Connecticut Jan. 9, 1788
  6. Massachusetts Feb. 6, 1788
  7. Maryland Apr. 28, 1788
  8. South Carolina May 23, 1788
  9. New Hampshire June 21, 1788
  10. Virginia June 25, 1788
  11. New York July 26, 1788
  12. North Carolina Nov. 21, 1789
  13. Rhode Island May 29, 1790
  14. Vermont Mar. 4, 1791
  15. Kentucky June 1, 1792
  16. Tennessee June 1, 1796
  17. Ohio Mar. 1, 1803
  18. Louisiana Apr. 30, 1812
  19. Indiana Dec. 11, 1816
  20. Mississippi Dec. 10, 1817
  21. Illinois Dec. 3, 1818
  22. Alabama Dec. 14, 1819
  23. Maine Mar. 15, 1820
  24. Missouri Aug. 10, 1821
  25. Arkansas June 15, 1836
  26. Michigan Jan. 26, 1837
  27. Florida Mar. 3, 1845 1565
  28. Texas Dec. 29, 1845
  29. Iowa Dec. 28, 1846
  30. Wisconsin May 29, 1848
  31. California Sept. 9, 1850
  32. Minnesota May 11, 1858
  33. Oregon Feb. 14, 1859
  34. Kansas Jan. 29, 1861
  35. West Virginia June 20, 1863
  36. Nevada Oct. 31, 1864
  37. Nebraska Mar. 1, 1867
  38. Colorado Aug. 1, 1876
  39. North Dakota Nov. 2, 1889
  40. South Dakota Nov. 2, 1889
  41. Montana Nov. 8, 1889
  42. Washington Nov. 11, 1889
  43. Idaho July 3, 1890
  44. Wyoming July 10, 1890
  45. Utah Jan. 4, 1896
  46. Oklahoma Nov. 16, 1907
  47. New Mexico Jan. 6, 1912
  48. Arizona Feb. 14, 1912
  49. Alaska Jan. 3, 1959
  50. Hawaii Aug. 21, 1959

Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom:

Current News

Posted by Joelle Michelle on June 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As per the Casey Anthony case:

  • I would lie for someone to save their life.
  • Who are we to take another's life?
  • You don't have to be a sympathizer to disagree with an eye for an eye.

People who kill other people aren't on the same page as most other citizens, so why do we think the death penalty will be a deterrent for them? Do  you think they actually say to themselves, "I'm thinking about murdering someone, but that darned death penalty is standing in my way."


Kill people who kill people, what whacky logic. It is beating up your child for beating up another child or cheating on your spouse because they cheated on you. It's an immature response by vengeant people. When have two wrongs ever equalled a right?

The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Posted by Joelle Michelle on June 22, 2011 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

“A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.”

Do we learn nothing from history and its lessons?

Pride consumes us.

I have great respect for the late Nikola Tesla and show you a man with true humility:

When an engineer (Otis Pond) once said to Tesla, "Looks as if Marconi got the jump on you" regarding Marconi's radio system, Tesla replied, "Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents."

And Remember...

“You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,

till iniquity was found in you.”

Artist: LC Neill

Title: “Dandelion XI”

Hail to the Hippies!

Posted by Joelle Michelle on June 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My sister was born in the summer of love, 1967.

I was a gleam in the eye of my unsuspecting parents in 1969 :

President Nixon gets sworn in to office (the swearing part is appropriate, but not the disingenuous oath)
The Saturday Evening Post rolls its final issue off of the presses
Boeing's 747 is born, right down the street from my birthplace in Everett
The Godfather is published
First artificial heart implanted

Remember the famous Bryan Adams song, "Summer of '69"?
Somewhere in the middle of hippie tragedy and triumph:

Harvard Admin Bldg seized by hundreds of students
Berkley People's Park and Bloody Thursday
"young girls slid flowers down the muzzles of bayoneted National Guard rifles"
First known AIDS case

The Beatles last public performance, broken up by police, of course

Venera 7 lands on Venus to transmit data back to Earth
Nixon pulls 25,000 troops out of Vietnam
Judy Garland overdoses and dies
The EPA is created
Neil Armstrong walks on the moon
Charles Manson murders
The Woodstock Festival (500,000 hippified people!)
Hurricane Camille strikes gulf states killing 250 people
Birth of the internet
Sesame Street debuts
Elvis recorded "In the Ghetto" (I prefer South Park's Eric Cartman rendition)
Ho Chi Minh dies
The Concorde takes flight (27 year run)

My debut, 1970

The Beatles break up
Elton John albums debut in America
First Earth Day
Apollo 13 incident
U.S. invades Cambodia, sparking Kent State shootings
On my birthday, a T5 tornado kills 26 in Lubbock
Ireland's IRA reinvents itself
A landslide buries 47,000 people in Peru
Launch of American Top 40 Countdown with Casey Kasem
England's Isle of Wight Rock Festival (like Woodstock) takes place with 600,000 attendees
Palestinians hijack 4 passenger aircraft headed for New York.
Ford's Pinto rolls off the production line (responsible for 200-500 fiery deaths)
Jimi Hendrix overdoses and dies (greatest electric guitarist ever)
The start of "Monday Night Football" and women's loss of the remote control
NOAA created
PBS created
Janis Joplin overdoses and dies

World Trade Center tower completed and becomes word's tallest building
Gypsy Rose Lee and Francis Farmer die

The Last Half?

Posted by Joelle Michelle on May 24, 2011 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (0)

I figured out the age I will be upon death.

I have always been a traditional "eat the dessert last" kind of person.

Although eating the dessert first in case you die tomorrow and living life to its fullest as though you were going to die tomorrow are tempting, I like to save the best for last and make no assumptions about tomorrow.


Throughout life, I have asked for the crap up front so I can relax in the end. Given the yin and yang / balance of good and evil concept, I would prefer to bring on evil first.

For example...


When I was in Basic Training in the Army, I traded up in line to be the first group in the gas chamber. First in, first out. The chamber wouldn't be built up with CS gas from groups ahead of me and I wouldn't have to see troops leaving the chamber barfing and suffering.


So, in my 41 years of life on Earth, I have endured enough to consider my first half of life being the meal before the dessert.


Back to the age of death prophecy:


Most of my life, things that can go wrong, usually do. Murphy's law was written for me. I'm not complaining, rather stating the facts.

Today, however, things have gone unusually well. It's not like I won the lottery (I don't play the lottery or gamble), but I actually found things that I was looking for around the house and my electronic circuit board alterations worked this time. And, it's only 11:00 AM!


This leads me to believe that today could possibly be that day when the tide changes and things will start going right for me. In turn, the dessert of my life has been served, marking the half way point to the end of my life.


I am 41 years old and if good and bad are balanced in life, I will die at age 82.


Not a bad age for a dirt nap.

Party Imbalance?

Posted by Joelle Michelle on May 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2012 Presidential Candidates:


Democratic Party

• Barack Obama

• Randall Terry


Republican Party

• Herman Cain

• Newt Gingrich

• Gary E. Johnson

• Fred Karger

• Andy Martin

• Jimmy McMillan

• Roy Moore

• Ron Paul

• Tim Pawlenty

• Buddy Roemer

• Mitt Romney

• Rick Santorum



• Robert Burck

• Joe Schriner


Why are there 6X more Republican candidates so far?

Sweet or Unsweet Fuel?

Posted by Joelle Michelle on April 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If the United States went to sugar cane ethanol to supplement 22.5% of our fuel at the pump (like Brazil), we would only reduce CO2 emissions in the U.S. by 1%. Unfortunately, the entire study I calculated with gallons of gas, tons CO2 per crude oil barrel, auto gas gallons per crude oil barrel, sugar cane production in tons per acre and gallons of ethanol per acre, was all lost before I could post the numbers.

Meanwhile, I want to know why the military uses so much fuel!!!

My Ridiculous Campaign Theory

Posted by Joelle Michelle on April 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM Comments comments (0)

With all of the talk about the presidential election next year, I reflect on the last presidential campaign.

With tongue-in-cheek, I hypothesize a scenario from the previous bipartisan candidate selection process.

Reality of the economy:


Construct of events:

war, lenient mortgage laws passed, general public uninvolved in political issues, etc.

Consensus of populace:

republican leadership led us into recession

Republican Party tactic:

republican party name tarnished, nobody is going to dig us out of this mess in one presidential term, no need to put our best foot forward

Republican tactic result:

nominate McCain-Palin with no intentions of winning the presidency

Predicted result from Republican perspective:

Obama-Biden elected,  failure to dig the economy out of its turmoil, President's approval rating drops, democrat deemed ineffective in office, voters bring a republican back in office.

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