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These thoughts are from an average person, not a paid professional writer, or a computer geek purist, just thoughts from a common everyday folk perspective.

So, what are your thoughts?

How Long Has The U.S Talked About H1N1?  

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If memory serves correct, it's been over a year that the medical and news communities have been warning Americans about H1N1.

Last year, news broadcasts have been reporting: "H1N1 is coming, H1N1 is coming!" 

How did the news and the CDC know the Swine Flu alien was coming unless it  had already been here. You can't see a virus coming like you could a ten mile wide [remember the movie Independence Day] spaceship hovering over a city.

This leads to a question; Why isn't the medical community better prepared since they knew over a year ago that we were about to be visited?

Now, people are standing in long lines at flu clinics waiting to be vaccinated, just to find out there's no vaccine left. Here is a list of some H1N1 shortages.

Broadcasters are telling people "if you're sick, stay home"  or they're reminding people to frequently wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough. This advice is something my mother and grandmother taught me eons ago when I was a child -- old folks know what they're talking about.

Advice from CNN Health:

  • Look up local flu outbreaks.
  • Don't panic.
  • Stay home.
  • Understand risks.
  • Get a pneumonia vaccine
  • Wash your hands
  • Don't stock up on face masks or Tamiflu.
  • Get a swine flu vaccine.
  • Be prepared

A friend of mine refuses to have her children vaccinated because she found out what was in the vaccine. That's fine, that's her choice. Is this a wrong choice, who's to say, only time will tell.

Some people believe they'll catch the flu from getting the vaccine. Medical Officials say, no, that's not true. Your body, if your immune system is healthy, supposedly builds up immunity.

Question; what about those of us whose immune system isn't healthy? What about people with HIV or Diabetics or people with some other autoimmune disorder, how does/will this affect them?

Doctors especially advise that these people that they should receive vaccinations.

My thoughts: No one really knows how or if the vaccines will work. In my mind, we're all guinea pigs. The Scientific Community will compile the statistics from how many people survive and how many don't,  then decide on a success rate.

Importantly, people must understand that medicine is not an exact science, it's scientific-guesstimates -- doing something is better than doing nothing.

Be well, be safe, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and stay home if you're sick!

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Does anything by Yahell last?  

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Seriously, does anything created by or for Yahoo ever last?

The latest Yahoo death is GeoCities.

Is anyone really going to miss GeoCities, other than for sentimental reasons. Matthew Sussman at BlogCritic didn't seem to think so:

History will look back on the GeoCities project as a failure peppered with individual successes. The first-time Internet homeowners eventually traded up for widgets, RSS, and Twitter functionality. But like their first apartment, they'll always remember that dinky, plaid-colored website they somehow created themselves, wipe a tear from their eye, and exclaim, "Jesus Christ, that looked terrible." READ MORE
His comment is quite comical -- don't you think?

But, before Geo's timely [they should have shot them sooner] demise, 360 bit the dust, before that, the Message Boards were changed and totally screwed up and the biggest fiasco of all, Yahoo Clubs were dismantled and made into groups. Oh and, Y!Mash whatever happened to Y!Mash?

I hate the Yahoo message boards, you can't keep track of anything. I would spend hours trying to find a conversation I was taking part in -- now, I just don't go there any more.

Yahoo groups are "iffy" I liked the clubs much better -- the clubs could be made more intimate and homey. The Groups seem so antiseptic and sterile.

So, what's with Yahoo? Why are they always fixing what isn't broken?

I've made sure to have another email address, just in case Yahoo decides to go helter-skelter with their Web mail. Trusting Google with my email seems to be a no brainer.

Maybe there's a name change in the wind for Yahoo. I'm thinking -- Yahell, that sounds more like it.

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SFBG: "F" Bomb -- Spoiled Brattitude!  

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SFBG -- are you guys serious!

And you [and your spoiled brattitude] want to talk about convoluted.

Just -- how  old are you people writing for the San Francisco Bay Guardian?

The Veto letter probably, was the typical form letter that most Politicians send for a vetoed bill. Now, that could be the reason why the substance of the bill, to which you're referring, wasn't dissected to your satisfaction. Anyone with any iota of sense would see that.

No, it seems to me, with my political ignorance and all, that you're just angry because some grown-up told you no -- pure and simple.

But no: Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill -- and sent Ammiano and the legislators a remarkable veto letter. The letter says nothing about the substance of the bill; in fact, the language is really convoluted and it’s hard to figure out what the gov is really saying. MORE

It also seems, that it's your mind that's convoluted, not Governor Schwarzenegger's.

Where oh WHERE  do you read that this letter of veto is in any way, shape or form acrimonious? From a poetic stand point, it's in accidental acrostic form, but come on now, aren't you reaching just a tad bit?

California has enough problems and the Governor probably followed the advice of his advisers and vetoed the bill for the moment. There wasn't any mention of the bill being a waste or not making any sense. The powers-that-be decided that this wasn't the time for this particular expenditure; isn't California almost bankrupt.

You do understand -- don't you? Alright it's like this; remember when you asked your parents to buy that Mercedes for you, and  they said no because they preferred to buy groceries or pay the mortgage -- now do you get it?

Same, same with the Gov.

So, put a cork in it, stop jumping up and down, stop screaming the high heavens, stop stomping your feet and yes, please do get up off the floor! -- you're getting your clothes dirty.

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Another National Disgrace: Employers who refuse to pay employees.  

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Doesn't sound plausible does it? It's a growing fact and yes, again another growing national disgrace.

How can an employer not come up off the money he/she owes their workers. Never would I have believed that a worker who's worked wouldn't/couldn't  get their pay -- never!

At CNN Justice there's an article about Illegal Immigrants protesting a business who won't pay them. This seems to be a growing trend here in America: 

"When I asked them about the money they owed me, they always had some excuse about why they couldn't pay me," Hernandez said in Spanish. " 'We'll pay you later,' they said."

Hernandez's problem was further complicated by the fact that he is an illegal immigrant. He came to the United States to earn money to send to his family back in Mexico. Illegal immigrants working in low-paying jobs are increasingly targeted by employers, experts say, who find it easier not to pay their salaries. READ MORE

It isn't just Illegal Immigrants getting stiffed by employers. It's happening to your everyday American too.

Could this be why Corporate America wanted to do away with Unions -- so they could sock it to the worker-bees?

Until I moved to Columbus, Ohio I had never heard of Employers paying their Employees with empty promises or just flat out giving them rubber checks on payday.

But, it's happening more often than believed.

A working friend of mine toils 12 to 16 hours a day -- he's an Independent Contractor. When payday comes around, one employer says, "I'll get you on Monday".  When Monday comes there's still no pay.

Or, another Employer paid him with a bad check. He went to one of those fly-by-night grocery stores to cash it. Found out 3 days later that the check went boing, bouncy, boing. Who do you think the store owner is going after for that wayward check? Who does the store owner call the police on? Not the check writer, but the person who cashed it.

There's a lawyer in this city [who shall remain nameless] who's infamous about handing out rubber checks to certain employees. No one can say, with a straight face, that this lawyer doesn't know issuing bad checks is against the law.

Columbus banks now hold checks for at least a week before you get the monies. This is why people go to this little grocery stores to cash them. These stores charge outlandish fees to cash them. This too, is unacceptable. People can't afford this. They have bills to pay. Do these employers think that their employee's landlords, or mortgage companies, want to hear that they're waiting for the check to clear.

The common everyday person, I'm speaking from experience, lives from paycheck to paycheck -- do these employers think that our stomachs aren't growling for immediate food satisfaction?  Do our children want to hear "we've got to to wait for the check to clear so we can eat" -- No!

Something is wrong, something is terribly, terribly wrong with this picture. It's as if Picasso psychedelically painted the economic canvas of this country.

It doesn't  matter whether the workers are illegal or legal, when they put in a hard day's work, they should be paid in a timely manner.

This country is going to hell in a hand basket with no way back.

It's our money and we want it now!

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Mr. Zelizer asks: where are the jobs?  

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and where's the recovery?

Good question: where are they?

Is this another snipe at the Obama administration because they haven't twitched their noses and fixed what the Bush administration and his predecessors both Republican and Democratic, broke?

Maybe it is, maybe it isn't -- he has good neutral points.

The other threat is that the failure to resolve high rates of joblessness will open Democrats up to the neo-populist attacks some Republicans have been employing as they blame the administration for focusing on saving Wall Street but not doing much for Main Street.

Well, Mr. Zelizer (CNN) you're a history Professor, at Princeton no less, but I'd like to add, that American jobs went on permanent hiatus, starting back in -- oh let's say; 1986 under then Republican President Ronald Reagan; in case anyone out there didn't know.

Both parties still want to play games. Namely, the blame game. America doesn't have time for that. People want their jobs back:

It is possible that continued frustration about jobs allows Democrats to target Republicans as an obstructionist party that has in fact hampered their efforts to revitalize economic growth. During the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt understood that you could not have recovery without jobs. This is why he made public works programs the centerpiece of the New Deal. READ MORE

Frankly, most of us rational thinking people don't care who's to blame. We don't care about the hows and the whys of the situation, we just want money back in our pockets, a roof over our heads, and to be able to pay bills that seem to keep going up, up, up.

In 1986, American jobs started sneaking out of the broken windows of America,  like some slimy burglar on the run.

And boy, did those jobs run, they ran to India, to China, to Korea, to the Philippines to. . . need I go on? READ MORE

Now, now . . . in 2009 -- the new millennium, NOW people are more ardently asking, than ever before, "where" are the jobs and "where" is the recovery?

Makes one wonder why now all of a sudden, their urgency. Think about it, didn't people understand back when this whole fiasco started, that sooner or later the economic chickens would come home to roost.

Can anyone out there honestly say they never expected or suspected, that one day the stocks were going to plummet, banks were going to fail and the housing market would flush down the proverbial porcelain throne.

Why weren't people up in arms and asking these questions back when our jobs first were outsourced? Everyone should have known the outcome when the Steel mills and the Tire companies [you remember Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich]  started folding and deserting the American work-ship.

Has anyone out there lately, called HP or Dell with computer problems? Or have you received a call from a bill collector with an accent? Guess what, those people on the other end of the line are in India, or the Philippines or some other foreign country.

In the 90s, when I was with Sprint PCS and fell behind on my bill, I received a phone call from India [I asked where they were calling from]. I promptly told them [my apologies to my Indian friends] that I don't do business with people or companies outside of the United States and hung up on them.

Sure, back in 86, some people did squawk -- a little. But it seems that now in 2009, when America has its first Black-American President these people have all of a sudden realized -- hey, we're in trouble, I no longer have a job, hey why are my household belongings out on the curb.

Ahem! I hate to tell you folks this, but this disaster has been in the making since the Reagan years. None of you can put any of this on President Obama. Bush number 2 did more damage than any other Republican President. He made sure the "good ole" Boys Network [the top 10 of 1%] received their wealth off the backs of what's left of the American workers.

Then like the thieves in the night that they were, ran to other countries with our jobs.

And now, the cry-baby-whinny-butt element of American society, wants to blame it all on President Obama and the Democratic party -- are you all serious? Are you that ignorant, or bigoted  or both?

Two things people must understand:
  1. President Obama didn't start the Iraq war.
  2. President Obama didn't outsource American jobs.
Our President is doing the best he can, with what he has. He's not a Dictator, he can't just command things to happen, he has to go through the political process.

What else is President Obama suppose to do, twitch his nose and fix everything in one fell swoop?

His name is Barack Obama not Samantha Stevens.

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Oh No!, Here We Go -- Windows 7. . .  

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How much more can non-geeks take?

The logo is nice, colorful but will 7 be a pain in the butt to the everyday ordinary user, is the question.

Microsoft must hate those of us who only point and click our way around the computer and cyberspace -- that's got to be it, you hate us.

One thing this techno-babble illiterate knows: I hate Vista!

Look Microsoft let's talk:

Believe it  or not, most of us computer users are just plain ordinary folks who want to click a button and get to where we want to go.

We don't care what the ISO, RTM, RC or any other lettered acronym means. Or what beta means. Or whether the faster boot is made by Gucci or Prada. We just want to use the computer and connect to the Internet -- simple!

The great thing about XP is its simplicity -- get it!

It is simple to use.  We don't have to have an advanced degree in computer engineering or know any complex language to use it or fix it when something goes wrong -- why? XP damn near always fixes itself no matter what computer buffoonery is committed.

Then comes along one of your Microsoft know-it-alls with something better -- that being Vista.

Well -- better for whom? Certainly not better for common every day folk'.

Every time a Vista user turns around it's always asking permission to do something or other. We've got to jump through hoops to get to a file we want.  Right now, a friend of mine keeps trying to do the automatic updates and it fails.

To our way of thinking, when automatic update says install updates -- you click yes and let it do its thing. Is this happening on her computer  no, why?

Frankly, I don't care why -- I just want the errors to go AWAY!  

With XP we can just go to System Restore and set it back to a day when the blasted thing correctly worked.

With Vista, we have to go through layers and layers of minutia just to find system restore. By the time we do find it,  we've already got a sledge hammer standing by to fix it for good.

Now, you, dear Microsoft, have come up with Windows 7. If I remember correctly, it took about 5 years between XP and Vista. How long has it been between Vista and 7 before you decided to come up with something new or to fix your screw-ups? 2, maybe 3 years, what was the hurry?

I'll tell you what the hurry was, Vista sucked, it sucked big ones. Even the experts know Vista sucked big magnum bullets but were to polite to say it in my uncouth, computer illiterate way.

Windows 7 came out 2 days or so ago and there are already questions and some misgivings about it's ease of use for the average joe-smoe, floating about cyberspace.

ComputerWorldUK wrote: Four reasons to upgrade and four reasons to stay away.

It is packed with improvements and cool stuff, but it still carries a whiff of Vista that may put XP diehards off. That said, people who have gotten used to Vista will enjoy the fact that Windows 7 looks the same but acts a whole lot better.  READ MORE

Carries a whiff of Vista -- I'm already hating 7.

Microsoft reminds me of Yahoo -- always fixing something that wasn't broke [XP]. Then they have to go through a couple of generations [Vista, now 7] to get back to when things worked just fine [XP].

Does Microsoft have a case of D.I.D [Dissociative Identity Disorder] or what?

The only thing I may like about 7 is that it boots faster [yes, I know this boot isn't a Gucci or Prada] than XP or Vista.

Other than that, if I have to search and search for files or keep giving permission to do this or that, and if 7 acts like I need a Doctorate in Computer Engineering to use it -- I'll use my trusty OS killer standby,  the sledge hammer.

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Mr. Nalle -- What Irony Can't You See?  

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Traveling along cyberspace, I came across this article at BlogCritics by Dave Nalle entitled "Do Supporters of Socialized Health Care Just Not See the Irony?"

Sure we do, of which irony are you writing?

Nalle wrote:

The left is eager to dismiss the failures of socialized medicine worldwide and point to irrelevant statistics like life expectancy as if they mean something and wring their hands over the uninsured and call us racists or rednecks or some other sily name to distract from the real issues. But with new examples of how disastrous nationalized health care can be popping up almost every day, their attempts at distraction seem feeble and pointless.

This makes me question what is the real opposition to Obama's health care plan. What really has so many shorts/panites in such a bunch. So far the main complaint I've read is that anything government run is considered socialism or worse.

The catch-all, be-all buzz phrase that has everyone chomping at the bit is the word "socialized"  If anything even looks as if the government wants to be i n
control then it means to people like this, that we're becoming a socialist state, or a communist state.

Baloney! WhooWee!, Bull Paddies!

The left understands why the land of the free and the home of the brave are resistant to these buzz words. We, don't like them either. [not that I'm left, I'm more down the middle]

No, not everyone on the left admires the British National Health system, it's flawed -- we grant that. What we like is the idea of everyone having health coverage. We like the idea, that when a catastrophic illness happens we can go to the doctor without fear of loosing a car or a house or maybe having to sell off our first born child.

The old right way didn't and doesn't work. What did work for them  was pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies and hospital boards became rich. And we wonder how hospitals get away with charging $20.00 for one aspirin.

46.6 million people fall through the cracks. They're not rich enough to afford or their companies refuse to provide, health insurance. Or, they're not poor enough and have loads of kids running around to qualify for welfare health coverage. 

So, they're stuck between a rock and a hard place and just plain mad.

These are 46.6 million people have worked or are working and can't receive health insurance.

All we've heard from the naysayers of nationalized health care is "we're becoming communist or the socialist are coming, the socialist are coming" yet, these same complaining people have no other viable solution to this problem, this very serious problem.

Read More ===> Nalle

Well, some of us want to say to them -- come up with a better solution or just -- shut up.

If some number crunchers were to take a poll among the anti-nationalized health care group asking how many of them have health care versus how many have not -- who's willing to bet that most of them do have health care coverage and could care less about those who don't.

But, [yes, the proverbial but] when over 46.6 million Americans, with no health care coverage, are nonchalantly thought of by the right wing of the most powerful country in the world, this is what's called irony  Mr. Nalle and all those who agree with him,  it's dispassionate, it's amoral,  it's a national  travesty.

It's the same old song, "I have you haven't"-- Marie Antoinette's would say "let them eat cake"  --  oh and sorry about your luck, you won't get to see a doctor when you become diabetic.

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Hello! Rush: There are Black People Working in the NFL . . .  

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. . . didnt' you know -- I know you're not color blind?

I found this article on Technorati and couldn't pass up the itch to respond.

Rush Limbaugh is still in the news. He must be running short on cash because as of late, his jelly jowls have been flapping around on the news and through cyberspace, a bit more often than most civilized people can stand.

Don't let Rush fool you, although he likes only one race of people - no, really he does. He has, like other the other moral-less nimrods of his ilk, a deep abiding love for that flat piece of green paper -- you know the ones I mean, the ones sporting pictures of dead white men on the front -- bigots too can't get enough of these bills.

Their goal [like the rest of us]  is to bring home as much of those duckies, even if off the sweat of the brow of those they claim to be superior too or plain hate. 

In my, not so humble opinion, Rush knew his bid to buy a NFL team wouldn't fly. He, being the megalomaniacal twit that he is, made this bid for attention getting purposes only. And, of course, that goal was accomplished.

His name and face are all over the Internet -- he's the talk of the blogosphere, even the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the subject -- "The comments that Rush made specifically about Donovan, I disagree with very strongly" Goodell further stated that polarizing comments don't reflect accurately on the NFL  DAILY NEWS.

The more outlandish this man is, the more money he commands.

He's not stupid, he's just a black-hearted hate monger, who milks sensationalism for all that it's worth -- and doing a good job of it too.

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30 Senators Voted Against Rape Victims  

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From the Senate floor Senator Al Franken led an outrageous act against rape and discrimination victims by pushing  through an amendment to the Constitution against them. MinnPOST

On October 7, 2009, thirty Republican Senators voted against the amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would prohibit defense contractors ex. Halliburton/ KBR, from getting money if they restrict employees from taking workplace sexual assault, batter and discrimination cases to court.

This is another outrage against victims. What reason could these thirty Senators vote against a bill like this -- they're in bed with the big corporations. They have their greedy fat ole-boys-network paws in the pockets that over-feed them.

Let's call out these insensitive porkers and let them know what they're all about and won't stand for it.

A few Senators to name -- Alexander R-TN, Barrasso-R-WY, Bond R-MO, Brownback R-KS, Bunning R-KY, Burr R-NC, Chambliss R-GA, Coburn R-OK, Cochran R-MS, Corker R-TN READ MORE

If one of these horrendous acts hit home, how quickly would  one of  these Senators sign this bill?

Go sign the petition, let them know that you know who they're sleeping with.

Let them know that constituents from all parties could find themselves in the position of being raped and/or violated.

Let each one of them know, that we the people who put them in their nice cushy positions, won't stand for them raping us from the senate floor.

To see Senator Franken in action see AMENDMENT

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Can You Take a Minute This Blog Action Day . . .  

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. . . to help the environment?

Honest, it won't put a crimp in your pocket or take up much of your time.

 Blog Action Day is a great Internet event and this year's theme -- Climate Change

There's no better event to unite blogger's across the globe than the theme that affects every nation on earth. We, the ones at the top of the food chain, are the ones who have caused this damage and it's up to us to fix it.

Climate change or global warming is happening folks, whether you believe it or not. Gases in the atmosphere that we put there are what's causing climate change -- ice caps are melting, forests are being destroyed.

This is man-made destruction of the environment which we can stop.

This is a catastrophe in the making, that affects everyone of us -- mostly our grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond. So, what are you, you and you doing to help?

We went through our home and changed most of the light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs. This pro-action will not only help the climate it will help the pocket book too.

Also, on the list is to fill your dishwasher. Only run it with a full load this helps the wear and tear on the climate and helps save money too. For us, this isn't an issue we wash dishes by hand and try to only wash dishes once a day [SHOCK!] or use half a sink full of water and use half a sink to rinse.  Running water continuously is a no-no.

Use Recycled Paper -- stay away from the plastic bags in the stores or buy the clothe store bags to reuse every time you shop.

Bottled Water -- NO, NO, NO! Buy a filter for the faucet and refill a water bottle for on the go. They have the filters that can screw on or you can buy a more costly filtering system -- choice is yours.

Adjust Your Thermostat  -- some say adjust it down two degrees in the winter and up two in the summer. We've gone as far as adjusting three or four degrees either way. In the winter we put on more clothing and in the summer we make use of opening up windows and using fans which use less electricity.

Don't litter -- I can't stress this point enough, stop being lazy and find a trash can along the way. Some litter never disintegrates. In my opinion littering is one of the biggest problems. Yes, that one cigarette butt or store receipt rolling along the ground is a big problem for the environment.  Littering is a breeding ground for disease-causing insects and rodents -- West Nile Virus, Malaria, Plague etc... Not to mention what littering does to the wildlife -- they inhabit this earth too.

There are more ways to stop global warming/climate change. We, humanity, have to take the time to make simple changes in our lives that will affect the planet where we live. 

Now, go change a couple of light bulbs and stop taking such long showers.

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The Today Show Got A Rush . . .  

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with one of America's most annoying talk radio hosts.

You know the one I mean -- the one that looks like Porky the Pig after plastic surgery cropped his ears and chiseled his nose. [did I write that!]

Dare I write his name on my blog -- Rush Limbaugh.

I heard this voice mumbling from the t.v and thought, "ghee, that nasally sound sounds familiar"  then I heard Vieira mention his name and I said "yeah, and NOW I'm going to change the channel" 

Limbaugh claims to speak for conservatives, which usually translates into believing in Christian beliefs,  but this attention-getting character is so far from what Christ stands for he needs use of the Stargate to get any where near the ideology.

Later on,  I read the transcript from the show [just couldn't help myself] and Limbaugh admitted to what he and his talk/radio is really  all about -- Money, pure and simple,  the green-back, the high and mighty dollar.

The more repugnant  and outrageous his statements,  the more he can charge the advertisers -- hello!

Advertisers love numbers and so does Limbaugh.

Think about it, the people that listen to his show are either in total and complete love with the man or they loathe and detest him.

His strategy is simple -- outrage and rhetorical shock-treatment.  He makes blood boil either in complete agreement or in outraged opposition.

I've always wondered if he really  believes half of what he says. He's so full of bull paddies it isn't funny.

Right now, he's got the far right conservatives chomping at the bit over Obama's Nobel Peace Prize -- you can almost hear them frothing at the mouth, like rabid dogs. 

Is there anyone out there who does NOT believe that some of these morally-upright-holier-than-thous haven't dropped the "N" word  when referring to our President. If you think not then -- I've got some land for sale in Yellowstone Park!

Some people listen,  then call into the show, either to agree with his nonsense or call in to debate the issues.

Either way the man's got ya!

He's making tons of money off of your  emotion, bias, bigotry etc . . . Emotions that most of you don't have the gonads to admit you've got hidden in your hearts.

Can we hate him for taking advantage of the gullible and raking in the dough?

tha,  tha . . .  that's all folks!

meep meep!       

Nadya Compared to Kate -- That's an Insult . . .  

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 to Kate!

The title from the New York Daily News photo op reads "Octomom vs. Kate Gosselin: Mega-Mommy Smackdown"

For crying out load -- that's  WWE mentality talking, it's stupid!

The caption went on further to say: "while these two moms seem to have have only their big broods in common, they're more alike than we think." 

Whoever wrote this hasn't a clue as to what the public thinks. This is when the uglies of yellow journalism get under my skin.

I think it's a crime to compare Kate with Nadya. I also believe Nadya tried to copy the Gosselins in order to get into the limelight and grab all the green that comes with it.

If I were Kate, I'd be insulted.

Nadya Suleman is a complete and total nut job -- plain and simple. Kate is the complete mental opposite.

No wonder the celebrities hate the paparazzi and their ilk -- they're preposterous to say the least.

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Great Balls-A-Fire!  

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News on a lighter note:
[not that the young man to whom  this happened thought it was funny]

From the Funny Hub

and that. . . was the rest of the story.

Ready to Wave Bye-Bye to "Freedom of Speech"  

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You should be or at least be prepared for the loss of the Western world's most precious freedom --"Free Speech/Freedom of the Press."

This isn't a joke or an exaggeration.

Read around, see how the freedom of speech and the freedom of press are slowly being choked, asphyxiated, extirpated, annihilated -- right out of existence. 

All under the buzz gag of "political correctness" 

What's more incredulous, political correctness seems only to envelop certain groups or cultures. The rest of us can go straight to where the sun doesn't shine and better not whimper one iota about any type of injustice.

The latest outrage against freedom of the press -- German Publisher cancels book that seems to insult Islam. 

This latest weak-kneed attack falls in line with other stomping of free speech rights.

Remember Miss California Carrie Prejean -- fired for stating her stance about gay marriage [even though they say her firing was for contract violations -- sure, got some swamp land in Florida to sell].

In April, the Washington Post had an article about this very subject: "The Free World Bars Free Speech"  which is  just a nice journalistic way of saying -- "free speech is getting hosed by a big one

The Post went on to cite one of the biggest slaps in freedom of speech face I've ever heard/read. Actress Bridgette Bardot was arrested and convicted for inciting "religious hatred"  for a letter she wrote in 2006 to then - Interior Minister of France Nicolas Sarkozy, complaining that Muslims were ruining France.

If that's how Ms. Bardot felt, then she had every right to write and complain.

Is the United States really going to get in bed with oppressors of free speech? I certainly hope not.

Look people or whoever is reading this, I may not like what you have to say, but I'll defend your right to say it. We people of the free world can't let this happen.

I for one, will not shut-up nor will I do as Madea so eloquently requested put the shut with the up -- NO!  to hell with political correctness, I won't be muzzled!

I've stated before -- if you don't like what someone has to say, then don't read it, don't listen to it, walk away from it. But you don't have the right to tromp all over another person's rights.

Internet/Computer Illiteracy isn't Fun  

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For some it isn't fun for others it's a comedy chalk full of errors.

Reading the Official Google Blog made me remember how I tried to explain to my friend the difference between Internet Explorer and Windows Vista.

Mr. Toff created a site for those who are Internet and computer challenged. Click on the site and it will tell you what BROWSER you're using.  This site will also invite you to try other browsers.

Yes, you computer geeks and techno snobs, stop laughing. She has no clue what the differences are. And, here I am -- not privy to all techno mumbo jumbo -- trying to explain them.

It's like listening to Dorothy and Rose from the "Golden Girls"  when Dorothy makes a sardonic snip at Rose, then has to explain its sarcasm.

I, by no means am a computer expert. Everything I know has been self taught. So, explaining the Internet/Computer and the bare basic workings of it to someone who doesn't know what the purpose of the start button is a challenge.

My friend still doesn't understand that Internet Explorer or Firefox are web browsers and Windows Vista [I hate Vista, I hate Vista, did I say I hate Vista] or Windows XP are computer operating systems. She then looks at me and says: "what's an operating system"

I don't use the geek speak or the techno talk: "it just makes the damn thing go!"

When I was growing up there was the keypunch machine. I remember it well.

When I was in grade school, my mother went to school to learn how to use the keypunch. After finishing school she hired into the O'neils department store as a keypunch operator.

Now, she won't look at the computer, it's as if she thinks it'll pull a poltergeist move on her and pull her into the monitor.

So, go ahead and laugh, we're out there -- circling computers with sledge hammers.

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Goblins: Not Only on Halloween  

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I found this strange looking fellow on The Many Faces of Spaces

He's a Goblin Shark, scientifically known as the Mitsukurina owstoni. A deep-sea shark [so deep that light never penetrates the depths where this shark lives] and the sole living species in the family Mitsukurinidae.

This shark can be found throughout the world -- from Australia to the Gulf of Mexico.   

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Kate + 8 - 1 Hedonist  

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Jon Gosselin has a big set of brass ones on him to say the least.

What can make a man, or a woman for that matter, disrupt a large high profile family by leaving, then draining the bank account?

It takes money to raise a child let alone 8

Look Jon, you have 8 children, count them 8.

If you can't do the math in your head use your fingers -- 5 on one hand and 3 on the other or 4 on one hand and 4 on the other or 2 on one hand 2 on the other, then throw in 2 toes on one foot and 2 on the other or. . . 

The total adds up at 8.

Why on earth would Jon Gosselin clear out the bank account other than to get back at Kate.

Let's face it, that's what Jon's actions are all about -- revenge.

This cry-baby-whinnie-butt didn't like the way Kate treated him so he's going to pay her back.

With 8 children in the household, no Mom is always going to be sugar'n spice and everything nice. Especially in Kate's case, she had 8 babies of her own and married Jon's mother's baby and took over his diapering. 

Gosselin claims that Kate's exaggerating about the amount he withdrew and about her being destitute. He's also worried about his public image ; poor dip stick thinks he's being treated unfairly, now his stellar rep is tarnished.

He sounds like one of those men who blames everyone else for their misdeeds. The kind that rationalize: "if she'd just let me have all the girlfriends I want, let me come home when I want,  pay the bills when I want, and deal with the children when I want, I wouldn't be so unhappy"

Then Gosselin has the audacity, the unmitigated gull, to express a faux-pas apology to Kate, or . . .  was it to his girlfriend or. . . I'm so confused!

Hey Jon, you've got 8 count 'em 8 kids -- that's no big deal, Kate can handle 'em, go do your thing bro' -- idiot!

And you Kate, how dare you be responsible -- you bring nothing but shame to every hedonist on earth -- bad Kate bad!

Like most nasty divorces, one or both parties never, ever consider how their actions will affect the children. They're focused on making the other pay for their mistreatment -- imagined or otherwise.

Is anybody wondering whether  Jon Gosselin and David Letterman are comparing notes.

Would we be surprised if they were.

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Casey Anthony: Baez -- Public Mislead  

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Still in the headlines: Casey Anthony

Sorry, I don't think so. Susan Smith had me fooled, I even wept for her but not this time.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

I believe Anthony's guilty. Her body language spoke volumes as I watched the videos.

Geraldo Rivera [he's still alive!] interviewed Jose Baez, a high profile case getting lawyer,  of Casey Anthony.

He believes that much of the public's hatred towards Anthony came from misleading information -- no, it comes from watching her.

Now Anthony's defense team is fighting to get first-degree murder charges dropped which will take the death penalty off the table.

So he told Rivera over the weekend.

October 2,  on the Nancy Grace show, Jean Casarez guest hosted and took over dissecting the facts from a distance.

As usual armchair judges, juries and executioners took a look, as best they could, at the facts as they knew them.

    My questions:

    1. What facts were misleading 
    2. What facts were left out [I thought lying by omission was against the law]
    3. What would be the point in railroading Casey Anthony? 
    4. Why did her trunk smell like something died
    5. Why was she out partying when her baby was missing

    These aren't  muddled questions.

      I, like most of the public, saw the video clips during the height of this story. From what I saw, Casey Anthony didn't look like a grieving mother. All I kept hearing from her was "what about me, me, me!"

      That fact wasn't misleading unless they doctored the videos somehow or the girl in the video wasn't Anthony but an AI [artificial intelligence].

      Yeah, that's it, the girl in the videos was a robot.

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      Caricaturist Finally Speaks Out . . .  

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      Danish caricaturist Kurt Westergaard finally speaks out about his controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

      Westergaard says: "Muslims need to develop a sense of humor"

      I couldn't strongly agree more.

      Satire and sarcasm are art forms not everyone can master. Some call sarcasm the thoughts of a weak mind. Those of us who relish satire and/or sarcasm know better.

      When people don't understand their context they become offended. Those whose sensibilities are offended usually, are the ones with the problem. Especially if the offense is in the form of a harmless caricature.

      One Muslim leader was ridiculous enough to put out a hit on Westergaard:

      Several months after the cartoons were published, a Pakistani cleric reportedly offered 1.5 million rupees (16,700 dollars) and a car to anyone who killed Westergaard.  ===> READ MORE

      Other Muslims took to the streets in the Middle East, Asia, Denmark and Africa in violent protests.

      I remember thinking: How stupid they are for burning things and throwing rocks all because of a cartoon. I also wondered why in some of these places they don't get violent over the murdering of women for honor.

      No, no cartoon can take away a person's or a group's right to vote or right to free speech or right live where you want. It's satirical art that makes some people snicker -- then they're done with it.

      Westergaard was spot on when he stated: we can say you can speak freely, you can vote, you can speak out anytime, but there's only one thing you can't do -- you can't be free of being mocked or being offended  

      Although depicting Muhammad in a comical or negative light may be against the rules in Islam, not everyone in the world follows or believes in Islamic teachings. There's more of a negative light surrounding Islam with its silence and/or denial on the subject of honor killings.

      Muslims, like Christians, Jews, Blacks, Women, Men, Dogs, Cats, and any other group stuck by the tip of sharp satire, need to . . .  suck it up and get over it -- this is the way of free speech in a democratic world.

      If you don't like what's depicted or said or written [in satire] -- ignore it.

      Freedom of speech can't ever be silenced or all other freedoms will too, eventually become mute.

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      Out of Touch Obamas: Oh Please!  

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       Well, I guess this family shouldn't be dressed nice or have their hair combed or speak with any type of eloquence. Because some of America just doesn't like the fact that they aren't uneducated and unhappy ragamuffins.

      Sometimes I think Americans are truly brain dead -- their elevator never reaches the top floor, they're one brick shy of a load. Something is seriously and contemptuously wrong. 

      Really, I think that with some Americans their lights are on but their shades of stupidity or bigotry are pulled down.

      Fine dislike the President's politics, you ARE allowed but don't put limits on him or his family that you wouldn't and didn't put on other Presidential families.

      The Onion posted a poll: "Happy Healthy Obamas Out of Touch With Miserable Americans"

      Will America please get a grip!  

      Someone out there please show me one President or any  high ranking political official  who is "in touch" with miserable Americans.

      Not one person in America can say, with a straight face, that the Bush family  [either Presidential family]  was in touch with the average working American.

      The second George Bush did a bang up job with economically raping the working American but that seems to be hunky-doorie with quite a few Americans.

      None of these higher ups can relate to the everyday life of the working class American. NOT ONE!

      Not the Chaneys, nor the Bidens, nor the Clintons, nor the Gores, nor the Regans,  shall I go on.

      Now, some how, it must be different with the Obamas.

      Is America still steeped that deep in bigotry or are Americans just that stupid -- either way,  y'all  scare me.

      So . . . Who is Jack Thompson?  

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      You'd like too -- wouldn't ya!

      Not going to happen. This is still America! And, if you don't like that,  then leave.

      Jack Thompson's name keeps popping up all over the Internet. Through Twitter, FriendFeed, on the Mashable blog -- of course, all this hoopla has got me wondering, just who is  this Jack Thompson and why all the fuss.

      Wouldn't you know -- Thompson is another Baby Boomer doing what we Boomers do best: Activism. And his long disbarred arm seems to be up, what looks to be, a bunch of Boom buster butts.

      What the Boom Busters or Generation Y's don't know is it's people like Thompson whose booming attitudes are  what changed the face of America. Sure, he's an odd ball. He's done things off the norm -- that's what changes things.

      He's got his hair up the gamers and rappers ass and they don't like the feel of it.


      Maybe there are those of us who don't like your ways and they way your ways digs in our crawl -- ever thought of that.

      Has it ever occurred to you that your automaton lives affect other people.

      Look, there's an older segment of society that agrees with Thompson's views but not with his tactics. If his law suits are frivolous, they won't go any where. He'll be the courts problem not anyone else.

      There must be some iota of truth to what he's complaining about or logical people wouldn't be up in arms. 

      He's an attention getter. Thompson does what attention getters do and he's got you!

      He's got gamers attention, he's got rapper's attention. They all think he's nuts. So, what!

      Let him sue, FaceBook, let him protest modern obscenity [it really is disgusting] let him go after computer and video games [they are violent and graphic] he has every right too.

      Why, well, there is this document known as the "Bill of Rights" which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. TheThird Amendment says:

      Article to the third [Amendment I]
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
      This document doesn't just pertain to a certain select few. It's for everybody. If you don't like what someone writes or says then don't read it or don't listen -- simple as that. 

      This man has been called an IDIOT

      He's been accused of HARASSMENT

      Now there's a I Hate Jack Thompson campaign. How stupid is this. Don't you all have something better to do, like, pay bills.

      Sure, Thompson is off the wall or as they say in the streets "off the hook"  -- who cares!

      It seems that it's only the "ma'ambie - pambie crowd who are the ones upset.

      Get off your hinies and . . . go plow a field or hoe a garden, or get a job, or read a book.

      Get out from in front of the boob-tube and stop worrying about those brain-numbing sex and violent video/computer games.

      Stop listening to these so-called musicians who degrade women -- you're all dumbing down America!

      **yeah, I said it and. . . **

      Cat Poop Coffee!  

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      Coffee anyone?

      It’s early morning and you need a shot of java.

      Why not run out and get the new Floridian coffee craze “Cat Poop Coffee” 

      Yes, ladies and gents, Cat Poop Coffee: makes ones mouth water.

      NBC4 out of Columbus, Ohio reports that a Tampa Florida Coffee house is selling this new rare type of coffee out of Indonesia. The Indonesian Civet which, resembles a cat, eats coffee cherries from trees.

      As you can imagine, what the animal’s body doesn’t use then comes out nature’s way.

      This delicacy was bought by the Tampa Coffee Shop for a whopping $190.00 a pound. Customers pay $20.00 for a 12oz cup.

      Can you imagine – coffee made from poop beans.

      Makes you want to run out and get some – doesn’t it! 

      More on the story ==> NBC4i