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Month: July 2010 (page 1 of 5)

World’s Oldest Living Man — Dead for 30 Years? And, other news…

File this under, I can’t believe it.  The man who was thought to be the world’s oldest living man has been found – dead – in his home in Toyko, according to a story on Road Runner News.  Apparently, his family didn’t want anyone to know that he was dead.  Police had to force their way into the home.  They found his remains covered with a blanket in his bedroom.  Gross.

In other news, Anne Rice – the writer of all those Vampire stories – has decided that she no longer wants to be Christian.  In a story (again on Road Runner News), she is quoted as saying “In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control”.  Personally, I think Ms Rice is missing the point.  Just because a church stands on those principles, it doesn’t mean that Jesus Christ Himself stood on those principals.  If I were her, I would work to change the out-dated ideas of the small minded so-called Christians.  But, I’m not her.  It’s her life, her religion and her soul.

File this under, why do I even care.  Snooki, one of those loons on “Jersey Shore”, is taking on President Obama.  She is boycotting the tanning salons because of the new tax on indoor tanning put in place as of July 1, 2010.  According to the article on Politico, Snooki was quoted as saying, “I don’t go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10% tax on tanning. McCain would never put a 10% tax on tanning. Because he’s pale and would probably want to be tan”.  The article didn’t quote President Obama’s response, but I’m sure he has better things to worry about than if a reality TV star tans or not.  But, that’s just me.

According to a story on Kid’s Health, Indoor tanning can lead to a higher risk of cancer.  So, personally, I think Snooki (what the hell kind of name is Snooki anyway?) should send President Obama a thank you note.  The imposed 10% tax that is preventing her from indoor tanning may just prevent her from getting cancer.  At the very least, when she’s fifty, she won’t end up looking like a worn out leather handbag.  (We’ve all seen those women, haven’t we?)

Christian Teacher Burns Crosses in boy’s arm

Did you hear the one about the Christian teacher that branded students with a cross?

Sadly, it isn’t a joke. (And, you can read about it here)

But, what is more sad is that the parents of one boy sue and the case is settled.  The teacher, who is on unpaid administrative leave, has to pay the family $5,502.  Okay, but the family’s attorneys get $115,500, according to a news story here.

Why should the attorneys get that much more than the family?

Doesn’t seem fair, does it?  Perhaps we need some legal reforms that the Republicans keep saying we need?  I don’t know.

Just wanted to point it out.

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson is running for Senate against Russ Feingold.  I wanted to know more about the man who is taking on Russ, so I went to his website.  He has a page that lists the issues as follows:

  • Reducing Taxes and Cutting Government Spending

  • Under this heading is a posting there that discusses the out of control spending of the government, but no discussion on how he would reduce it. What programs will he cut? It doesn’t show how he will reduce taxes, either. If the national debt is truly that high and we need to cut our defict, just how do you cut taxes at the same time?

  • Improving the Economy and Creating Jobs
  • After a quote by Ron, there’s this: “As our next US Senator, Ron will work to create a jobs friendly environment by reducing and simplifying taxes and regulations on business.” Well, that answers my question on where the tax cuts will happen.

  • Real Reforms for Health Care
  • The heading may say reforms for health care, but the post beneath states: “Ron will vote to repeal the Health Care Bill and replace it with market-based solutions that will include: portability, malpractice reform, mandate reduction, insurance purchase across state lines, lower costs, and a safety net for those with pre-existing conditions.” With the except of malpractice reform and mandate reduction, the rest is what the Health Care Bill does now.

  • Energy Solutions
  • The quote: “Ron will work to safely increase domestic production of oil, clean coal, natural gas, nuclear and alternative energy. Roughly 60 percent of America’s oil is imported from other countries, which creates both security and economic threats to the nation.” Well, I do agree that our national dependence on foreign oil is hurting us. But, I’m not so sure – especially after the gulf oil spill – that I want oil domestically. I do want more money for research and development in to alternative energy.

  • Preserving Wisconsin Values
  • I love when a politician says preserving values. They add such a nice touch to it. It means imposing their values on the rest of us. And, that’s what it says right there on his site: “Ron is pro-life, pro-family, and believes that freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion. Ron will take these principles with him to Washington and will stand up to those who would attack these cherished traditional values.” The emphasis is totally mine. I worry when someone thinks that I have to have a religion imposed by them.

  • Improving Education
  • “Ron supports reforming the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to reduce waste in education spending and return more flexibility and decision-making powers to states, local school boards and teachers. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t fit Wisconsin.” I’d like to know what reforms he plans, because I’d be happy if they threw out the whole No Child Left Behind Act and started over. I do agree that too much is handed down from Washington when it comes from our schools.

  • Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration
  • I’m putting up almost the whole post (I didn’t include the candidate’s quote at the top). I do approve of amnesty in some fashion, which he doesn’t judging from the post. I’d like to know what he means by blanket amnesty and for what kind of amnesty he would approve. I’m against a National ID card, which is what REAL ID is. I think businesses should be penalized for hiring illegals. That said, you should ask an Arizona businessman what he thinks, now that the tough enforcement has caused them to have to fired the illegals who worked for them.
    “The first step towards controlling illegal immigration is securing our borders. Ron believes the federal government has failed to enforce current immigration laws and tighten our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
    Ron opposes blanket amnesty.
    Ron also supports REAL ID, requiring employers to verify the Social Security numbers of potential employees. Ron supports providing law enforcement the necessary tools, such as the Patriot Act, to protect our country.
    Businesses or employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be penalized and we should take steps to prevent abuse or exploitation of workers due to their immigration status.”

These were all posted – according to the site – on June 10, 2010.

I’m 100% sure that there isn’t a snowball’s chance in you know where that would convince me to vote for Ron Johnson. I think you should check out his site and make up your own mind.

Women become lesbians because they can’t get men

That is what Elizabeth Hasselbeck said yesterday on the View.  She isn’t alone in suggesting this, as Barbara Walters briefly suggested something similar on the View (You can find it on YouTube about 3 minute in) back on March 27, 2009.  She said, “Maybe it is easier for two women to find a relationship than to find a man.”  The statement was practically ignored by her co-hosts.  But, understandably, she is Barbara Walters, it’s her show and who is going to call her on it.

I will give Barbara a pass on this, as she does come from a different generation and she didn’t say, “Older men are going for younger women, leaving the older women with no one”, which I found completely offensive.  In her defense, she didn’t actually say these late blooming lesbians couldn’t get a man, she just mentioned that the men are looking elsewhere.

Still, I couldn’t help myself and I posted a new video making fun of Elizabeth’s little slip.  You can view it here.

Teresa Giudice’s belongings up for auction – CNN.com

Okay, I’ve never had to file to bankruptcy.  I have no idea what can happen to cause this and, because I’m a sympathetic person, I feel bad for the Giudice family.

BUT…

It’s the very last line of the article that has me all riled up:

Mrs. Giudice’s lawyer stats: “”I don’t think Teresa is happy seeing all her belongings displayed on the Internet,” he says, adding that she feels it should have been handled in court before being made public. “Clearly they are under the microscope because they are famous.”

Famous?  Who the heck is this woman?  She was on a reality tv show.  Why does that make her famous?

When are we, as a country, going to stop watching these train wreck shows?  When are we going to stop making these people famous?

There’s only one reality show I even like and that’s Dance Your A$$ off.  At least it is entertaining and the people are working toward a goal.

Other than that – the only reality I want to see is my own.

Moderation of Comments

I used to not moderate comments, but in recent days, I’ve noticed a lot of comments with links to products and that are more generic than actually commenting on the topic at hand.

If you post a comment and add a link to your blog, as long as the comment is relevant, I will allow the comment to post.  In other words, it must actually sound as if you read the post.

I will make every effort to ensure that all comments are posted, especially if I disagree.  If your comment is deleted and you think I made a mistake, contact me.  I’ll put it up.

We all know that people who just want to place a comment that doubles as an ad, won’t contact me.

When engineer’s own dogs…

Friend of mine sent me this video. Very cute dog and very ingenious way to entertain the little guy.
WhenEngineersOwnADog

Andrew Breitbrat says she’s racist

Is the Tea Party Racist?

People seem to think they are. Just take a look at this cartoon.

Republican Primary for Governor is All Smoke

On July 5th, 2010, Wisconsin became the 26th state to ban smoking in public places. As I have mentioned before, Mark Neumann – if elected our state’s governor – wants to roll back the ban. According to an editorial in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Scott Walker has joined the battle cry.  He, too, if elected will roll back the ban.

Have these two gentlemen heard that 64% of Wisconsin residents support the ban.  I don’t support mob rule and I think that laws and amendments should be decided by what is the right thing to do and not the most popular.  But, I have to wonder,  is it smart to pander to the 34% who didn’t support the ban?  I’m one of the 34% who didn’t support the ban, but since I have never liked Scott Walker and I don’t trust Mark Neumann’s promise to cut taxes by 24% in this state, neither man has a chance to gain my vote.

The smoking ban isn’t the toughest decision facing our state.  The lack of jobs – that’s facing every state – and the rising cost of everything are two of the big ones.  I haven’t researched Scott Walker’s stance on these subjects, but I did look at Neumann’s site.  At a quick glance – and just an opinion from the Top Of My Head – he’s all wet.  I saw that he wants to support concealed carry, another issue we don’t have the time to discuss in these hard economic times, and he supports the 10th Amendment.  But, I noticed that he doesn’t mention the First Amendment that guarantees everyone the right to free speech.  He doesn’t mention the 14th Amendment, which states “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”.  Why doesn’t he place that one on his website?

Never mind.  He only puts out the ones about which the right-wing “base” cares.  That’s I want my guns and states have rights.

But, I’m getting off track.

I just don’t think that Neumann and Walker have thought this through.

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