Monthly Archives: December 2011

The “Lowe” Road

Home Improvement superstore Lowe’s has managed to get a whole lot of press just in time for the holidays.  The home improvement giant pulled its advertising from TLC’s “controversial” program All-American Muslim.  Who says the show is controversial?  Well, the Florida Family Association did.  See the following quote from the FFA…no,really…this is a REAL quote *insert eye roll*

“The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.”


Soooo, you mean to tell me, you want to boycott the show….because the Muslims portrayed….AREN’T terrorists???????  And what’s up with the “appear to be ordinary folks” part? And then Lowe’s decides to pull the advertising?  Is this really happening?  See how John Stewart and The Daily Show weigh in:



And while, of course, this is super hilarious, and clearly very tongue-in-cheek, let’s be serious for a moment. What is going on in the world?  Are we really that intolerant?  It’s one thing for the FFA to call for a boycott of All-American Muslim.  I mean, we all but expect groups like the FFA to pull stunts like this, but it’s QUITE surprising for Lowe’s to cave in to such groups. And to add insult to injury, Lowe’s facebook page has begun to delete postings opposing their decision. Well, guess what, Lowe’s? This is the era of social networking, so this conversation is happening…with or without you.

In support of the show and in response to Lowes pulling ads,  hip hop mogul Russell Simmons had been tweeting his displeasure and even attempted to buy ad space during All-American Muslim (Ad space was subsequently sold out.) Recently, Simmons tweeted this “You keep your money, Lowe’s.  And we’ll keep ours”

Well said, Mr. Simmons, well said.


We’ll miss you China……see you at Rainbow Bridge

Hey guys,


I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I found out, rather suddenly, that my dog, China, has advanced cancer.  I did everything I could think of to do, and tried every medication that the vet suggested, but she just wasn’t getting any better…..

When she stopped playing with my other dog, wouldn’t play with her toys, and started having trouble walking, I knew, sadly, that it was only a matter of time.  She gave me a look one day, and I knew she was tired and was ready to go to Rainbow Bridge.

So, yesterday, I said my final goodbye to my furry best friend.   I love you, China.  See you at Rainbow Bridge.


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.


When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.


All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.


They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.


You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.


Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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