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original obit as published in the blade..

Char's guestbook
BACKUS, Charlotte L.
Charlotte L. Backus, age 79, of Toledo, passed away Friday, November 17, 2006, in St. Anne Mercy Hospital. She was born December 22, 1926, in Toledo to Charles Sr. and Eva Houghtby. Charlotte was assistant secretary and treasurer for the former Gerlinger Equipment Company for 41 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority; Betta Nu Chapter, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Toledo Symphony League, Inverness Club and The Toledo Club. Charlotte was also a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. The widow of Foster E. Backus, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Charles T. Houghtby, Jr. Charlotte is survived by step son, William F. (Kay) Backus; step grandchildren, Jason (Laura) and Jeffrey (Regan) Backus; great-granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Backus; cousins, Carole Smith and Janice Marks; nephews, Charles (Cheryl) Houghtby III, and Donald (Lisa) Houghtby; niece, Regena (William) Cunningham; and a host of great and great great nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave., (west of Corey) on Monday after 11 a.m. where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Interment Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


My Aunt Char passed peacefully Friday, 11/17/2006, of Hypoxia.

Aunt Char was always a gracious soul who put others above herself, who was always there for anyone at any time, and was just a textbook example of how a human being should be. She was entertaining and a delight to be around. She was always a great advisor and confidant and has helped many people through tough decisions. she was an asset to our family, her friends, and to people who would never know she existed, as was her late husband.

In simply words,
She was loving, caring, joyful, uplifting, royalty, and superwoman.

She passed while doing what she liked, fully aware, and On Top of Her Game.

Thank you for being my Great Aunt,and what a Great Aunt you've been!

She will be dearly missed.


pics of a girl i used to know, many years ago

I was a goofy looking fellow back then... I loved her a lot.

RIP Aunt C! you will be missed more than words convey.

My aunt was eating the great prime rib at a restaurant in Toledo (I know, I had it, it is absolutely melt in your mouth :) ) and choked on a piece. As far as we know [see end of this paragraph!!]someone was there doing the Heimlich on her almost immediately but it wouldn't come out. she was without oxygen for approximately 20mins, and her EEG shows no activity above the brain stem, so effectively, I just came up short one aunt.

[We are now sure someone was working on her immediately. To the Proprietor of this restaurant - No hard feelings. thanks for making her life and last few minutes better - we all appreciate all you do!]

The gist of this is that EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE. should know how to perform basic first aid. if nothing else, restaurant first aid, such as the Heimlich. NO EXCUSES!

So, Go! Go sign up for classes at your local Red Cross or Community College. Learn the materials like your life depends on it. Practice the movements, and make sure you're familiar with them, because one day it could be your family member/friend that is airway obstructed, and time is CRITICAL! There are even methods to perform it on yourself.

GET training from professionals at - find a chapter near you.
ask a nurse or physician where classes are held.

Here are some links to information - these are only a refresher; the only way to be truly capable is with training from a certified instructor.


religious freaks really bug the sH*t outta me..


zomg wtfbbq!?!??!!1!?

Anyone who knows me knows that religious freaks, especially politically mobilized religiocrites like pat robertson, jerry fartwell, and bob jones university ppl, and most pentecostals/CHARISMAtics really bug the sH*t outta me..

same with taliban class muslims (which are nowhere NEAR as prevalent per capita as christianazis are..)..

and how i always say that the louder a religious zealot yells about how america is goin' t' hell because of decayed morality and women/minority suffrage and homu'sexuals... the likelihood of corruption and hypocrisy goes up at least in kind and then some...

and how what i 've been saying was 6 years ago considered ludicrous ramblings of a prejudiced ideologue... but now i am being vindicated..

well heres a lovely bit of evidence that supports the sanity of my sayings..

Ted Haggard: Another Demon In Deacon's Clothes

accused of gay liaison, haggard slinks off to his boyfriend..

Now. dont think this post is a knock on gay/lesbian ppl.. trust me, i share views with kinky friedman. "They have every right to be just as miserable as the rest of us". I am neither gay nor homophobic, and would not care who someone loves, be they same or opposite sex. Who this is pointed at are the nutjob hypocrites im always skewering. the ones who say that homosexuality is evil and a sin and oh theres a fine piece of ass... excuse me im gonna go git me some man-gina.. (prances off)..

so the next time some holyroller freak tells me im gonna go to hell, im gonna start laughing my ass off, while very obviously covering it with my hands and say sorrry my ass is a one way street buddy.. go find a pentecostal to pay for sex.


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Florida ballot terminals favor Republicans

Ok now im pissed... the nazi shitheels are at it again.. i wish all neocons would just get stuffed and die.

Florida ballot terminals favor Republicans
Even when voters don't
By Thomas C Greene in Dublin → More by this author
Published Tuesday 31st October 2006 13:15 GMT
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Florida voters using electronic ballot machines are having persistent problems choosing Democrats in early elections, the Miami Herald reports.

The touch-screen gizmos seem strangely attracted to Republican candidates. One voter needed assistance from an election official, and even then, needed three tries to convince the machine that he wanted to vote for Democrat Jim Davis in the gubernatorial race, not his Republican opponent Charlie Crist.

Another voter who went Democrat across the board kept finding Republicans listed in the summary screen. He made repeated attempts until, finally, the machine registered his votes correctly, and he cast his ballot.

Yet another frustrated voter who complained of difficulties selecting a Democrat was told that the machine she was using had been troublesome. Poll workers fiddled with it for a bit, and then it seemed to work properly.

Apparently, this happens all the time. According to the Herald, "Broward County Supervisor of Elections spokeswoman Mary Cooney said it's not uncommon for screens on heavily used machines to slip out of sync, making votes register incorrectly. Poll workers are trained to recalibrate them on the spot - essentially, to realign the video screen with the electronics inside. The 15-step process is outlined in the poll-worker's manual."

Well that's a relief. Only we have to wonder, if the screens "slip out of sync," might other components do so as well? And why are poll workers permitted to fiddle with the machines?

Unfortunately, the article tells us little. It sounds as if the machines are of poor quality, but the paper neglects to mention the manufacturer(s) responsible for them. The elections supervisor's spokesperson seems altogether too comfortable with the notion that the machines are unreliable. 'They do that all the time?'

With early elections already underway, it looks as if Florida will again be in the headlines for the wrong reasons, as it so often is. ®


Im sorry, NO! Just fucking no!!!!