Friday, March 25, 2011


Here's where you come when you want a little mancake with your morning coffee.

Well hello there, Mark Whalberg!

I have to admit, back in the late 80s, early 90s, I didn't give Mark Whalberg much thought. All he was to me was the brother of a New Kid, and a 'rapper' of questionable skills. Let's face it, 'Good Vibrations' has a hook, but Eminem he's not. The video for the song, though, served as a fine exhibition of Mark's smokin' physique.

I haven't seen some of Mark's early films, but I thought he was very good in 'The Perfect Storm'.

We won't discuss 'Planet of the Apes', a/k/a 'Marky Mark and the Monkey Bunch' or 'Rock Star'.
Beginning with his role as 'Dirk Diggler' in 'Boogie Nights', though, Mark Whalberg has been pretty much on a roll in making quality movies. 'The Departed', 'Four Brothers' and of course, 'The Fighter' are all great, and I loved him as the grieving dad in 'The Lovely Bones'.

Enough chatter, let's just look at him!

Mmm-hmmm! And lest you think I'm objectifying his lovely, delicious looking body, the man cleans up nicely, too.

So there he is, Mark Whalberg, today's Mancake! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Will Women Ever Be Equal?

OK, normally I don't cover 'heavy' issues here at the Casa, but this is something that's been bugging me for a bit now. Over the past year, states all around the country are passing some of the strictest anti-abortion laws to ever come down the pike. And the laws that are being signed in to place are slowly but surely stripping away the rights of women in the United States.

Let me be clear up front; I'm not 'pro-abortion' or 'anti-life', I am PRO-CHOICE and PROUD of it. It's not for me or anyone else, and especially not the state or federal government to determine what a woman can or can not do with her body. That being said, let's take a quick look at some of the recently enacted anti-abortion laws from around the country.

Oklahoma- (source-New York Times, April 27, 2010) :The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion.

Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims. Why is it necessary to put any woman, let alone a woman or a young girl who's pregnant as the result of rape or incest through an ordeal like this?

Texas- (source- AP via Huffington Post, March 23, 2011): ...a bill passed by the House would require that pregnant women have an opportunity to view a sonogram image, hear the fetal heartbeat and listen to a doctor describe the fetus. While the doctor would be obligated to provide the information, the woman could close her eyes or cover her ears, according to the bill, which doesn't exempt victims of rape or incest.

South Dakota- (source- AP via Huffington Post, March 22, 2011): Women who want an abortion in South Dakota will face the longest waiting period in the nation – three days – and have to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "I think everyone agrees with the goal of reducing abortion by encouraging consideration of other alternatives," the Republican governor said the statement. "I hope that women who are considering an abortion will use this three-day period to make good choices." 'Good choices' meaning the choice the state wants women to make. You can read the rest of this story here .

The house in Ohio has been holding hearings on a measure that would outlaw abortions as soon as the first heartbeat is medically detected, as early as six weeks in to a pregnancy.

This is not about somebody's religious beliefs, this is not about one person or group's idea of what is 'morally correct'. This is about the rights of women. These laws are about de-funding clinics and organizations like Planned Parenthood. And that means that these laws are about low-income women losing access to affordable (or free) birth control, family planning, and yes, an abortion if she chooses to have one. This is about a woman who's been raped being encouraged by her state government to carry that baby to term, because if she doesn't, she's morally wrong. This is about a young girl, maybe 12, 13 years old, who's been sexually abused, and as a result, is pregnant, and she has to be subjected to a transvaginal ultrasound and then encouraged to carry the baby to term, because hey, as Nevada's Sharon Angle says of her anti-abortion position, ' I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.' WTF? What kind of god has a plan like that? Really? As radical feminist and theologist Mary Daly said, ''God's plan' is often a front for men's plans and a cover for inadequacy, ignorance, and evil. "

It's my belief that as long as the beliefs of a few are being forced upon the masses, women will never be equal. It seems to me that a lot of these law makers should be focusing on JOBS. How is limiting access to safe, legal abortions creating jobs? How is that getting our country back on track?

Any way, tomorrow we'll get back to some lighter fare around here. We'll have some new mancake tomorrow night, and I'm going to post a cool new craft technique this weekend!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Mancake (because Monday was kind of a bitch)

I'll blame it on daylight savings time, but between Sunday and yesterday morning, that hour that I lost has just about done me in. I had a couple of men in mind, and we may yet see them at a later date, but this weeks' mancake is a mystery man!

I say he's a mystery man because most of us in the US have only seen him like this-

Yes, it's the 'crazy hat dude' (that's what I used to call him) from the British band Jamiroquai, a/k/a Jay Kay.

I always liked the song 'Virtual Insanity', but never gave the band much more thought than that. Besides 'Virtual Insanity', you probably also heard Jay singing in the 'Napoleon Dynamite' soundtrack, on the song 'Canned Heat'; the song that Napoleon did his big dance routine to.

Thanks to the interwebs, though, I found this photo of Jay Kay-

And this one-
Besides heading the band Jamiroquai, Jay is a car enthusiast who owns some 37 different exotic sports cars. He has an estimated worth of over $20 million, and also has designed a line of men's clothing for Hugo Boss.

If you don't know anything other than 'Virtual Insanity', check out this song-

So there we are, today's 'Mystery Mancake', Jay Kay of Jamiroquai. Take that silly thing off your head, darling.This is much better!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Mancake- Oscar Edition

Here's where you come when you want some mancake with your morning coffee!

I have to be honest, when I first saw him, I didn't see what all the fuss was about Colin Firth. Yes, he was attractive, in a 'bank manager' sort of way.

Admit it, he kind of looks like the guy who decides who does or doesn't get a loan, doesn't he?

But, I started watching some of his films, and slowly became a bit more intrigued.

I'll admit, I saw him as 'Mark Darcy' in 'Bridget Jones' Diary' long before I got around to seeing him as 'Mr. Darcy' in 'Pride and Prejudice'. I know that P&P Mr.Darcy has quite a following, but I like him a bit more modern, I think.

I haven't got to see him in 'The King's Speech' yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I think he does a fantastic job in any movie he's in. Oh, and I really liked him as Vermeer in 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'.

So, here he is, Colin Firth, today's Oscar winning Mancake!

If you've got a Mancake suggestion, please drop me a line at!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

For My Mom

Dear Mom,

I don't know what happens after we pass, but I hope that you at last have peace. I hope that you have found the happiness that seemed to elude you while you were alive.

I think about you a lot. I miss you more than I ever dared to imagine. There are so many things I wish I could tell you. There are things that I didn't say often enough, like 'I love you'. There were things that I wanted to tell you, wanted to ask you, but was afraid of your reaction, or of upsetting you. I wish I had said 'I'm sorry' a little more often, and I wish I had tried to be a little more understanding.

Ours wasn't an easy relationship, was it? I guess no mother/daughter relationship ever is. Even though we very rarely saw eye to eye on anything, I always loved you. Even when you drove me up the wall, I still loved you!

I felt so helpless the last year of your life. I knew you were getting sicker, so I kept taking you to the doctor, trying to do whatever I could to get you better. A couple of months before you died, you told me that God was punishing you because you had done terrible things. Even though I don't believe in God, that made me so sad. I hated it that you felt that you were a terrible person who deserved what was happening to you, because you weren't. You were sick, and your body was wearing out, but I won't ever believe that you were being punished.

When I found out about my brother, I wanted so badly to talk to you about it, but I was afraid to. By then, your health was getting worse and I was afraid that discussing it would be too much for you. Knowing what I know now, I hope you know I understand. And I'm so sorry that you had to carry around such a huge secret with you for all those years. I wish that you could have talked to someone about it, and I don't know, maybe you did. He's a wonderful person, you would be so proud of him!

Anyway, I wanted you to know that I miss you, and I think of you every day. And I love you. Always.