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Month: January 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Sex Dolls are not Floatation Devices…

This article was sent to me by a friend.  Australia is suffering from costly and life threatening flood and these two intellectually challenged people decide to go white water rafting – except they don’t use a raft – they use two sex dolls. The article didn’t say if both dolls were female, as the intellectually challenged were a male – female couple.
I guess this proves that there is someone for everyone.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/01/19/aussie-couple-rescued-water-using-sex-doll-raft/

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Thehofsetter

Enjoy this video of one of my favorite comedians teaching the audience why you shouldn’t interrupt a comedian.

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The End of “Medium”

Last Friday, CBS showed the last episode of “Medium”. Cheryl & I are fans and it took us until now to actually watch the episode. SPOILER ALERT: If you are a fan of “Medium” and have not seen the episode, STOP READING THIS.

Okay, the rest of you saw it, right? Good.

Was that the worse series finale you’ve ever seen? Didn’t Joe and Allison deserve better than that? Didn’t Ariel, Bridget and Marie deserve better than that? Didn’t we – the loyal fans – deserve better than that?

The writers killed off Joe – right at the beginning – his plane from Hawaii goes down and that’s it – or is it?

Flash forward to seven years later, Allison dreams that Joe is alive somewhere in Mexico. She so believes this that she blows a huge case against an evil drug lord to find out what he knows about Joe. Then, she takes a teenage Marie down to Mexico to find him. And, there he is, standing in front of her with no memory of who he is until he calls for her and we find out the whole truth. Joe is really dead and Allison is left on her own to finish law school and raising their three daughters.

Didn’t you just want to scream?

Flash forward 41 years and Allison is living in a nursing home. She passes away and there is Joe waiting for her. They kiss and we fade out.

Worse ending ever!

I want Joe and Allison to have a happy endingg. I don’t want to live 41 years without the love of my life and I don’t want to see two TV characters to do so either. Yes, I know it is just a TV show. Yes, I know that there are more important things to worry about. But, I’ve invested what 6 – 7 years in watching these people and I expected a much better ending. We barely even got to see the kids!

Sad.

There was one bright spot when they showed the main characters through the years and then now walking away.  Oh and the notice that the real Joe and Allison are both alive and well.

Goodbye, Dubois family, I know I’ll miss you.

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Guest Blog: Democratic Talk Radio 2010 Heroes and Villains Awards

This year we had great difficulty in making our selections. We had multiple winners in both categories.  We could have given many more awards but finally narrowed it down to just these few.

Heroes are former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) and former MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. Both won because they routinely spoke truth to power even when it was unpopular.

Grayson was targeted by huge amounts of corporate and Far Right money in the 2010 elections because of his honesty. He has not gone silently into the night. Like the true hero he remains, we can count on Alan Grayson to continue speaking out on behalf of working Americans being abused by corporations and the super wealthy interests who control the Republicans in Congress and state governments around the nation.

Many of us learned about Grayson’s efforts on the cable news commentary program run hosted by Keith Olbermann. In the darkest days of the Bush Administration, Olbermann was really the only voice on TV willing to expose and condemn the creeping fascism of the Republican Right. He defended the American Dream when nearly everyone else was fearful and silent.

Democratic talk Radio hopes he will quickly return to our television screens. American Democracy needs Keith Olbermann.

While nearly every Republican in Congress qualifies for the DTR 2010 Villain Award along with Fox News, the Koch brothers and the Tea Party movement, the winners are the 5 Supreme Injustices on the Supreme Court. They are Alito, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Kennedy.

With their crazy and evil Citizens United ruling, they created out of thin air the greatest legal/political threat to our American Dream that has ever existed. They have ruled that corporations are people with the ability to spend unlimited amounts of shareholder money to influence politics. They did not even require in the ruling that shareholders must approve the way is spent or the amount of money by corporate executives.

Corporate executives run corporations. Corporations are organizations of money not people. Corporations do not die like all people do.

The 5 Injustices deserve to be impeached for abuse of office. Since corporations were able to buy Congress in the last elections because of the Citizens United ruling, this will not happen this year if ever. The best we can do is give them our Democratic Talk Radio 2010 Villain of the Year Award.

For more information, please contact Stephen Crockett at 443-907-2367 or demlabor@aol.com

Taco Bell, Meat by Products and my Dog

Apparently, Taco Bell is being sued because they aren’t serving meat. I saw a headline, but everyone is getting sued these days and I didn’t pay attention. Last night, I asked Cheryl what she wanted for dinner and she said Taco Bell. After dinner, she tells me that Taco Bell is being sued because you can’t call something meat if it is less than 40% meat. The “meat” at Taco Bell is 36%. Lovely. Apparently, the rest is fillers and meat by products.

What in bloody hell is a filler? No, don’t answer that – I don’t think I want to know.

It dawned on me that Cheryl and I didn’t want to feed our dog (nor our cats) anything unhealthy. We read numerous ingredients on dog food packages until we found one that didn’t include fillers and meat by products as one of the first ingredients. However; we’re fine with eating them ourselves, apparently.

How screwed up is that?

Finally, a quote I saw on the Internet:  “If you are what you eat, then I am fast, cheap and easy.”

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The GOP Response

Tonight after President Obama’s State of the Union address, Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response.  I do not have a problem with that.
What I do have a problem with is Michelle Bachmann of MN. What is with this woman? You only need one response.
According to an article on CNN, Rand Paul doesn’t have a problem with this. He sees plenty of room for more than one opinion in the Republican Party. No – and this would be the same for the Democrats – agree on your platform and run with it.
I think what’s happening is there are two Republican parties now. The first is the traditional and the other is the Tea Party. The main GOP is spending a lot of time trying to be everything to everyone and I don’t believe that is a good thing.

Super Bowl XLV

Wow!  I was rooting for the Jets and Pittsburgh beat them.  Two years in a row the Jets fell short.  However; my Packers are going.  What a match up that will be!

My prediction for next season – Cutler will probably not have his job.  That Hanie did an amazing job.  The kid can scramble!

GO PACK GO!!!

Proposal for a New Law

I posted this as my facebook status and I feel strongly that we should all do the same.  Tragedies such as this can be and should be prevented!

I was thinking about that poor woman who was texting while walking & ended up falling into a Mall fountain. I cannot believe that our lawmakers are not out there right now trying to pass a law to prevent this from happening! Malls should not have fountains, they are dangerous! And, we should outlaw texting while walking! We cannot have a tragedy like this happen again! If you agree, please post this in your status!

This poor woman is not humilated because her awful fall has been posted all over and watched hundreds, if not thousands of times on YouTube!  This is a travesty!  Something should be done about it! Our lawmakers should protect us from ourselves!!!

Let’s watch the video again so that we can learn what not to do when near a Mall fountain!

Net Neutrality Challenged

According to a story on Politico, Verizon is going to court to challenge the FCC’s ruling on Net Neutrality.  They want “to stop the agency from requiring Internet companies to treat all Web traffic equally.”

Of course these companies want to limit who can limit who accesses their networks – they will make more money if they charge website owners for the ability to receive traffic from their websites.  It is an added revenue stream.  I understand the drive for profit.  However; it is something the government should prevent.

Stopping the traffic and controlling the traffic flow on the Internet Superhighway is counter-productive and bad for America.  Think of it this way…Let’s say you decide to drive from Kenosha down to Mundelein, IL.  You get on the toll road and you pay your toll for the privileged of using the road.  This is like you paying for your Internet access.  Now, you have to stop for gas and you see a Shell station, except you’re driving on a road controlled by Verizon and Shell hasn’t paid Verizon any extra money, therefore; Verizon isn’t going to allow you off the highway to enter the Shell station.  It doesn’t matter that Shell pays for their location (their website hosting package); it doesn’t matter that Shell pays Comcast for their own Internet access.  You are a Verizon customer and they will not let you stop at Shell, because they want Shell to pay them.

These extra charges that Verizon is suing in order to propose – and, yes, I realize that their claim is that the FCC doesn’t have the authority to “regulate broadband networks”, however; once the regulation to treat all traffic equally is lifted, watch the charging begin – will harm small businesses, as well as blogs – and, yes, even mine.

Amazingly, the Verizon lawyer said the following in a statment: “We believe this assertion of authority goes well beyond any authority provided by Congress, and creates uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers.”  I laugh at the idea that the FCC regulation creates uncertainty.  Not knowing about how a ruling on this will affect non-Internet providers will cause more uncertainty.

The problem is that they could actually win they’re court case.  Right now, our courts are placing companies on the same level as people.  It is not a far stretch to believe that they will overturn the FCC’s regulation.

Congress needs to step up to the plate and swing for a home run.  Keeping the playing field equal on the Internet is essential to our freedoms.  If you don’t believe me, take a good look at China – where people can’t access Google.  The difference is that it won’t be our government that controls us – it will be the companies.

Freedom of Speech

When I go up to Green Bay to visit my beautiful grandsons there are some words I have to leave behind. Naturally, all words that are classified curse words are gone. Little ears have big mouths that repeat everything adults say. They, also, pay a lot more attention to me when I speak. I slipped a few months ago and said, “Son of a bitch” in front of Alex. Without missing a beat, he said, “Don’t you mean son of a biscuit, Nana?” (I say son of a biscuit quite a bit, I guess.)

There are other words I need to leave behind: Hate – hate is a naughty word according to Danny. You’re not allowed to say hate about anything, even that dumb AT&T commercial. Oops, there goes another one – no, not AT&T – dumb. Dumb is a naughty word so says Alex.  Nothing and no one is dumb. Not even those people who are (You know who you are). I must say these impositions on my free speech have made me more aware of what I say and how I say it. Instead of saying I hate that book, I need to say that I dislike it. It softens the tone. Instead of insulting someone with an insult by calling them dumb, I need to say something creative, like “You’re not the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?”

There are some who would say that I have the right to say what I want, when I want to say it and damn all of the consequences. But, I think that all changed just over two weeks ago in Tucson, at least for those of us who think for ourselves. Even though the shooter didn’t see any of the targets or crosshairs produced by both sides of the aisle (supposedly he didn’t, according to friends who had stopped seeing him months ago), the shooting brought attention and set our violent political discourse front and center. A quote from President Obama on the “Chicago Way” about bringing a gun to a knife fight (quoted from the movie The Untouchables) when taken out of context is sinister sounding. Cross hairs over Congresswoman Giffords’ AZ location seems erie and ill-advised.

Some people have taken to swinging the Constitution and the First Amendment around like somehow it is a blanket of protection.  “But, I have a right to say that.”  “Don’t criticize them, they have a right to say that.”   And, my favorite, “I would defend your right to speak.”  (No, no you wouldn’t.)

Moving to a nicer tone in our politics, coming together to meet in the middle is not a sign of weakness.  It isn’t some bad political correctness gone bad.  Neither side is completely wrong and neither side holds the ball when it comes to being right.

We are literally so caught up with listening to the pundits and the talking heads that we have forgotten what makes our country great – compromise, tolerance, acceptance of those who are different.  And, I’m guilty myself.  I hate dislike Sarah Palin’s politics and the way she turns everything around so that she is a great victim in all of everything, but I will do my best to not say anything that would be un-politically correct about her.

I’m not giving up my freedom of speech, I’m being more responsible with it.

When I was younger and my father was smarter, he once said something to me:  “Kid, swearing just shows your ignorance.  If you can’t root around your head for a better word, then you’re not smart enough to have the conversation.”

Come join me in a conversation.

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