31 July 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 7/31/2008 08:35:00 AM
24 July 2008
Q: Just wondering if you’ve heard about this … It’s a swingers party with 5,000 couples and porn star Mary Carey as the hostess along with [attorney] Lawrence G. Walters talking about how to keep your swingers club from getting shut down. It’s coming to Florida in July 2008, and I’m wondering, if we go, is this legal?
A: I have sometimes wondered this myself when reporting on the nation’s expanding sexual menu. I’d see something, stand there with my jaw dropped to my chest, and think “Is this even legal?”
I have occasionally had my doubts, but according to the man himself, Lawrence G. Walters, one of the nation’s leading defenders of porn producers, swing clubs, and adult Internet sites, the swing party you refer to is perfectly legal.
“There is nothing illegal about participating in, or attending events focusing on the swinger lifestyle,” he tells me. “It is not illegal to have more than one sexual partner in the United States of America. It’s a free country. The government is not in the bedroom to that extent and if the government did try to pass a law, it would be invalid under the right to privacy.”
Some legal theorists, like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, say there is no such thing as a “right to privacy” because there is no mention of it in the Constitution. So while Walters is correct for now, he may not always be so correct depending upon the makeup of the Court.
Walters warns that swingers can face legal consequences if, say, they hold events in a private home for a fee, or post public notices of swinger parties to be held at residences, and do not have locally required permits. They could also wind up in violation of nuisance ordinances. But host hotels usually make special arrangements, often by booking the entire hotel for only that event so junior’s memory of his big Disney vacation isn’t blotted out by the sight of a platoon of nipple-pierced 60-year-olds in red Lycra thongs.
“The Internet has changed the way lots of people perceive prostitution,” Walters explains. “You have all these escort sites, [hooker] review boards talking openly about ‘the hobby’ as it is called, and people sometimes forget this is very illegal, can be prosecuted, and regularly is prosecuted.”
Shout out by Tamara at 7/24/2008 08:43:00 AM
21 July 2008
Shout out by Tamara at 7/21/2008 07:15:00 AM
10 July 2008
Who really gets excited to work during the summer? Not me. I teach Summer School, a basic writing class the first four hours, and a team/relationship building class in the afternoon. I am a person who normally enjoys my job, but summer school is by FAR different. The kids are horrible and I'm ready to scream most days by the time 3 o'clock rolls around.
I would much rather be in front of the tv wasting some time vegging and engrossing myself in mindless entertainment, sleeping in, enjoying a nice morning stroll in the nearby park, enjoy learning all about my sewing machine that hasn't made it outside of it's box, doing some crafts for my new apartment, and my favorite summer activity...go to the pool on a daily basis.
But no, my summers are exactly the opposite. My days are pretty long, and here's the routine:
5:30am - alarm goes off, and I roll (literally) out of bed and get ready for the day
6:30 - I am shuffling my feet downstairs ready for breakfast, only to stare in the fridge and end up with stale cereal (long story) or toast
6:40 - leaving for work
7am - arriving at OJHS, checking in for the day, and going my room (nicknamed the meat cooler b/c the A/C never stops). I'm not sure what the temperature really is, but my thermostat is permanently setting on 75, but we are WAY below that!
7:25 - heading to the gym to supervise kiddos as the come into the building for school
7:45 - picking up kids and lining them up for the day
7:50 - arguing with the regulars who refuse to go into the meat cooler so early in the morning (if I were them, I'd probably be doing the same thing)
7:51-11:25 - teaching my writing course. Let's not forget the other duties I perform on a routine basis (babysitter, mother, listener to millions of tattle-tellers, fight breaker-upper, story teller, encourager, complainer, and on and on...)
9am - potty time for the kids, but not for me! I could do w/o this time. I get more stories of drugs and sex than I'd care to hear in a lifetime. And if I hear one for time anything about Lil' Wayne or Chris Brown, I'm gonna pull some MORE hair out!
10:45-11:15 - finally, potty break for me, along with lunch! The BEST 30 minutes of my day!
11:30-2:45 - afternoon classes. This is a fun one, although it takes lots of preparation and supervision. We do tons of relay races, and team activities which are GREAT fun, but if you leave a few unsupervised, they would throw the tennis balls down each others throat and beat each other to a bloody pulp. VERY exhausting at the end of a long day.
2:45-3:00 - bus duty. I mostly just shew away kids and yell...GET TO YOUR BUSES...and move them like a huge herd of cattle. I mean, they are all worries about who likes who, and who got kicked out of school, and all that jazz. It's funny to see what I probably did at that age, although I don't admit it too often.
3:00-4:00 - plan for the next day, and most of the time I call some parents and vent on them about their child's behavior. What a PAIN in the next, let me tell ya. NOBODY wants to hear that anything is the fault of their child.
4:00pm - I try to be home to watch Oprah. If not, I'm at home checking email, and playing Scrabulous, checking blogs, paying bills, and prepping for dinner.
6:00 - Steven gets home and I have dinner on the table (so what if it is Wendy's?) and have everything ready for him to just relax.
7:00 - FHE on Mondays + American Gladiators, Tues - Wipeout & I survived a Japanese Game show, Wed - YM/YW evening (yes, Steven & I both got called to be leaders for the youth!), Thurs - baby borrowers and Celebrity Circus, Fri - out-to-eat night for us, and date night.
9:00 - bed time, and I'm a stickler! If I am gonna have somewhat of a positive attitude, I need me quite a bit of sleep. So, by this time I'm in my pj's, teeth brushed & flossed, lunch packed for the next day, and I'm ready catch some z's
Anyone wanna trade schedules with me? C'mon...don't be afraid! My feet ACHE with pain, and I only have one more week left of summer school! Hallelujah Yankee Doodle! I need a massage REAL bad, too. Anyone offering?
I hope your summer is going great, and hopefully better than mine lately...
Shout out by Tamara at 7/10/2008 02:50:00 PM
08 July 2008
One of their most popular songs: Click below, if you DARE:
Warning: It's a bit extreme w/ the ladies in bikinis. But, not too bad considering what is being shown on the trashy tv these days. Don't say I didn't warn you, though. If you stick around long enough to see the end, they come back with their signature hand-wave move.
Now...who's gonna be the first one to go out and buy their CD? I know I am NOT. However, I DO hope that you enjoyed these videos. I had a blast singing along with them as well. Hey, what can I say...NKOTB still brings a smile to my face, even after all this time!
Shout out by Tamara at 7/08/2008 06:35:00 PM
07 July 2008
Here goes nuttin'....
1. Age on your next birthday:
6. Favorite animal:7. Favorite color:
Shout out by Tamara at 7/07/2008 04:15:00 PM
05 July 2008
1. The Kitchen--where Steven & I spend most of our evenings together. I have done most of the cooking, but there are a few nights that we go out to dinner during the week, mainly because I am TOO TIRED to stand and cook after teaching Summer School. The little iguanas above the stove are really cute; I picked them up while I was in Mexico this year.
2. The Living Room--where we spend watching some of our favorite shows. Among these are American Idol, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, Celebrity Circus, ESPN, and any movie they play on TNT or Encore.
3. The Bathroom--C'mon...do I really have to go into detail on what goes on in here? This is the upstairs bathroom. It's quite cozy, but there are 3 things wrong with it:
Shout out by Tamara at 7/05/2008 10:36:00 AM
04 July 2008
The Bozo Show
Shout out by Tamara at 7/04/2008 06:01:00 AM