Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Swiss Court Approves Bail for Child Molester After Conviction!

Polanski wins bail in Switzerland, stays in jail
Nov. 25, 2009, 10:28 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) -- A Swiss court granted Roman Polanski bail on Wednesday, accepting $4.5 million to allow him to remain under house arrest at his chalet. The director will stay in prison for up to 10 days while the Swiss government decides whether to appeal.

The Swiss Criminal Court reversed its previous rejection of bail, saying it was confident the large cash guarantee would compel Polanski to remain at his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad under house arrest and monitored by an electronic bracelet.

The court said it still viewed him as a high flight risk.

The verdict does not affect the Swiss Justice Ministry's ongoing assessment of whether Polanski should be extradited to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski fled sentencing in Los Angeles a year later.

"The 76-year-old appellant is married and the father of two minors," the court said as it considered Polanski's offer of a cash bail secured by his apartment in Paris. "It can be assumed that as a responsible father he will, especially in view of his advanced age, attach greater importance to the financial security of his family than a younger person."

The court said Polanski would be subjected to "constant electronic surveillance" at his chalet and an alarm would be activated if he leaves the premises or takes off the bracelet.

But Polanski wasn't immediately released by the Swiss Justice Ministry, which ordered him arrested Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival.

Reprinted from: MSN Movie News 25 Nov. 2009.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Redneck Philosophy by Jeff Foxworthy

You know you’re a redneck when:
1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
5. You think “The Nutcracker” is a vice on the work bench.
6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don’t want it.
8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.
10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
12. Your grandmother has “ammo” on her Christmas list.
13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
14. You’ve been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
15. You go to the stock car races and don’t need a program.
16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
18. Your house doesn’t have curtains, but your truck does.
19. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-room’s so clean ?
20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
21. You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side.
24. The biggest city you’ve ever been to is Wal-Mart.
25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV
26. You’ve used your ironing board as a buffet table.
27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
28. You’ve used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.

Reprinted from The Superficial Gallery at this link. Excellent website that's worth a visit or two or three or so!

Who Can Name This Character From Boston TV? Boomers?

Why it's FEEP!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sago Palm White Spots

I'm writing this article only because there are still people destroying their Sago palms because they think they're dying of white spot disease. I saw one person a couple of streets away rip out a once large, beautiful Sago because the plant died due to white spot.

What is Sago palm white spot? It's cycad aulacaspis scale infestation(also known as Asian cycad scale and sago palm scale), which is a pest not a disease. Originally from Southern Texas it has migrated to northerly regions that can sustain a Sago in the winter months. The Sago, contrary to popular belief, is not a palm but a cycad.

Wikipedia defines Cycad as: Cycads are a group of seed plants characterized by a large crown of compound leaves and a stout trunk. They are evergreen, gymnospermous, dioecious plants having large pinnately compound leaves.

Left untreated the scale pest can destroy a Sago in as little time as a month. The white scale pots are unmistakable as they look like severe dandruff in the middle of the plant, spreading out onto the green of the branches. Essentially, the scale sucks the life out of the plant until it's no longer able to sustain it's life anymore.

Treatment options are many. Ones that actually work, few! Various schools and extensions recommend herbicidal sprays and oils, even pressure washing the plant to dislodge the scale. I don't know about you but getting hit with the spray of a pressure washer hurts me so what will it do to the slender shoots of the plant? There is an alternative that I found on ONE post on the Internet that actually worked! It didn't cost and arm and a leg and it's easily found in any stores pet department that sells Hartz Mountain products.

Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick HOME Spray. I must be specific here because there are 2 kinds of this spray, one that will work and one that won't. The one for the dogs will burn the plant, evidently it's stronger. You MUST get the one for the Home, not the pet! Last year my Sago was so white I thought I'd have to dig it up to prevent it from spreading but I surfed first and found this spray. I applied 2 treatments a day apart when it would be dry outside, not rainy. I still have that Sago in the yard and I treated it today due to new white spot popping up. The end of the week the plant will be all green, no white left. I've used it and it works and the spray bottle will last you several seasons and is not expensive. Sago's aren't cheap and if you want to keep yours alive this is an economical way to do it that won't hurt the plant. See photo below for product description.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Good Napoleonic Naval Books vs Boring Ones

Sometimes I get a bug up my butt and have to write about something that irritates me and I hit primary irritation today so I'm putting fingers to keyboard and sounding off on a con and a pro. I don't ordinarily like to condemn without offering a replacement of greater value, in this case a story with a strong storyline vs. a weak storyline, in my opinion!

sI've been trying to get into the books of Patrick O'Brien and I'm having a very difficult time of it. I decided to listen to some recorded audiobooks by this author after watching the Russell Crowe movie, "Master and Commander". That title meaning a rank below full captain in the British Navy of that era(American equivalent would be the rank of Commander). I found the film to be very enjoyable and action packed, I love that genre where men were less than equal to the sea and you were required to know what you were doing or die trying. I digress. I guess that I made one mistake prior to starting the O'Brien books by listening to the book by David Cordingly called, "Cochrane The Real Master and Commander", which is about Lord Thomas Cochrane, who held this rank in the British Navy. The O'Brien books and the Hornblower novels were loosely based on Lord Cochrane's life and times by David Cordingly, which were pretty interesting to listen to. O'Brien has taken this bigger-than-life King's Navy Officer and turned him into a pansy by the name of Jack Aubrey.
I'm trying to get through the O'Brien book, "Post Captain", but I think I'm going to erase the files because it's painfully boring. I almost fell asleep while driving (which I never do) listening to this rubbish. A sea captain that has an adventure on land by going into debt and running away when payment is due. Wow, what seafaring action! Watching grass grow is more interesting. How many times must one hear about a woman's complexion. I want to hear about naval engagements, tacking in a northerly gale, fighting off a lee shore, whatever so long as it's water based adventures, not a lively gallop after a fox or two.

I honestly don't know why people put so much stock into the books of Patrick O'Brien when there are better authors out there that can hold you to your seat with a rousing attack on Algerian pirates or taking a prize ship from 'Old Boney' Bonaparte. Seriously, anyone who enjoys a good seafaring storyline with many books in the series to keep you entertained, I recommend, highly recommend, Douglas Reeman, aka Alexander Kent, and his Richard Bolitho novels. These books take you through his entire naval career from midshipman to admiral and then on to his nephew Adam's career in the British Navy. I bought the first book because I was desperate for a good seafaring novel after I read all the Hornblower books and I ended up buying the entire Bolitho series of 27 books before I realized I read that many books. I've read them all twice, at least, and still enjoy the story. I can see a similarity with C.S. Forester's Hornblower character but I have no discomfort placing myself within the Bolitho character while reading the books and that's a very good thing. There wasn't a night I would go to bed and not read several pages of a book. The Adam Bolitho series is equally stirring. One thing that stands out is the time-line and the progression up through the ranks. There is no "it's been 3 years now since I took command of the 32 gun frigate Whatever and assumed the rank of Post Captain". No, Kent takes you through the process with all it's ups and downs along with the politics involved in government and the Admiralty in general. You actually feel like your right there with Bolitho and his men in the action.

In conclusion, if your like me and enjoy the era of fighting, sailing ships of the late 18th and early 19th century's then the Alexander Kent "Bolitho" books are for you 100%. Pass on the O'Brien books unless you like reading about ship's officers fox hunting, losing money, chasing young girls hungry for a man with money and position, horses, dirt, dancing, and oh yes he did eat dinner on a ship after quite a long time (not his ship though). If you have read the Aubrey Maturin books then try Bolitho. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Returning to a Gold Standard

It seems that the one thing everybody wants is money, hard currency, CASH! Have you noticed what industry has sprung up from obscurity and has amassed a tidy fortune in no time at all? The cash for gold companies. You send in your gold and they send you cash, albeit not as much as the value of the gold but then again, that's what they're in business for and you want cash....right?? I think of these businesses as internet pawn shops without a ticket to reclaim your jewelry later. I've also heard that some companies are better than other not so ethical ones. Which is best? None of them as far as I'm concerned. They just want your gold, which is worth over $1000. an ounce!

Have all these people lost their brains and failed to see what's going on here? Don't you see your lost potential? They have and they're making millions daily taking your gold and giving you cents on the dollar, even the good companies! Do you know what they're going to do with the gold that you just parted with? They're going to turn it into not just gold but gold coins and gold bullion. Why? If you need to ask this question it may already be too late. Like I said before, gold is over $1000 an ounce. How do you think they need to handle it, gold dust?

The thing to remember is that if they can do it so can't you, if your willing to make the effort to secure your investment. Granted, gold may not always be at this high a value but think of what you would have had if you had converted a lifetime of unused gold into gold coin or bullion. You know, a simple disc of gold or a molded chunk you can take to a jeweler or assayer for conversion to cash later. People have been doing it for centuries until we came off the Gold Standard. Don't have the ability to do this kind of thing. That's okay, you can purchase gold in coin and bullion and make a better conversion using your gold than sending it in a mailer for someone to say, "That's not 18kt, it's only 10kt, here's less than you thought you'd get". Whether you get American or foreign gold coins or bullion, it's still gold and has value that will always be sought. I put some links in this article for you to look at if you like. I'm just sick and tired of these television commercials saying everything but "send us your gold so we can get rich, not you"!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Mechanic Died!

That's right, my mechanic died. He was at the counter talking away, grabbed his chest, and died. It was an awful thing to happen and I'm glad I wasn't there to witness it. I was told there was nothing anybody could have done due to existing health issues they hadn't been aware of. Okay, things like this can happen and often they do. Good things also happen but they're not talked about as much. I'm now in a situation where I need a new mechanic for my soon to be 13 year old car with 180k miles on it. Vroom, vroom! I know, poor sound effects, even though there isn't sound. I still needed a mechanic. I asked friends, you know word of mouth and all, and they all had good and bad to say about everybody's choice of who they use and yes they're honest and no they're not. I figured I'd ask my buddy, in California, to see what there was for Los Angeles auto repair, as an example. He directed me to a website that gave me the name of a mechanic, with recommendations, where else? That's right, in Los Angeles. I know I'm in Florida but what the heck did I have to lose except a couple of minutes of my time. I figured, let me see what else it would bring up.

I started looking through the website and realized that it wasn't an LA site at all but a nationwide one with user recommendations and directions to them all. All I had to do was put in my city and state and it would do the rest. My former mechanic was on the list I got back as well. One problem my late mechanic had would be to not tell me what was involved with, say, a head gasket repair. I find that I can input a particular repair and this place tells me what's involved and why it needs to be done, or isn't necessary at all to do right away. I like information, it saves me money, sometimes.

The really cool thing about this whole site is that I can go and see what may be in store for me, repair wise, with my car. For that matter I can trucks like a Ford Explorer as an example, to see common problems, recall information, ratings, and questions/answers. I was even able to reviews recalls that had been placed on my car and my wife's car. I got to read other peoples comments about the same model as mine and it was interesting to see commonalities in comments. I put some links in this post if you care to explore the site. I've been back a few times already and set up my car in their system so I can get any things that may pop up about it. I still need to go back and add my wife's car as well. Then, I get to pick a mechanic. If I don't care for them I can write a review and pick another. I like this. It is really sad that he did pass away and all, I liked him as a person but as a mechanic, not so much.

Unforseen Kitchen Update To Do!

Okay, I wasn't planning on doing anything indoors in the way of, well, whatever! I was planning on outdoor issues until I brought my heavy duty push broom through the house on my way to the back porch. That was what I intended to do, until! It wasn't planned because I actually liked the light fixture that used to be over the kitchen table. It was nice looking and functional and it did what it was supposed to do. It was supposed to provide light at the table while we ate or read or whatever! Until I turned to answer a question my wife had about watching what I was doing, and be careful, and stuff like that. I've been to my local home goods stores and didn't see anything close to the old one or new and exciting to replace the now named "broom light"! It was just a tap and the glass went everywhere, along with the cats and my wife, when it imploded over the table.

Since my efforts to find a suitable replacement went for naught I need to go to the internet to find my replacement, that she will approve and be able to live with. I hate turning over an advantage to someone, it's no fun having to agree with one decision only. I actually would like to get a hanging light that I can install a dimmer switch to that won't look strange with a low light. Sometimes it would be annoying to eat dinner with the sun blazing over the table and other times it would seem rather dull.
I was even thinking about setting up a theme in the kitchen with the lighting and tie it in with the counter by the sink since they're both focal points there.

What I don't like about going to the stores and trying to pick out something is that I always feel like I'm under pressure to make a decision right then and there. I usually end up regretting it or I end up making a good comment about something I got to avoid admitting I made a mistake, like I did for a fixture I purchased for my home office. Actually, it's an extra bedroom I have my desk and stuff in but I call it my office, you know how it is. I just needed a lamp for the desk without having it sit on the desk. The only things I could come up with for ideas were a standing lamp or a swing arm lamp attached to the wall. I don't have the room, or the patience, for another appliance on the floor getting in the way so the only logical alternative was the wall mounted one. I'm actually quite happy with it since I can swing it out of the way until I need it and it's not in the way when I don't need it. Sweet. I hope I got all the glass off the floor

What Were Those Pilots Doing for 150 Miles?

I can only imagine what they they were doing since they say they weren't sleeping and they weren't arguing. Not much left to the imagination except.......

Naw, they wouldn't be doing that, would they?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Walmart Will Tease But Won't Please!

I have a major attitude issue with the blue giant of retail. They have their customer strategy ass backwards and they haven't a clue about it. I defy anyone reading this article to challenge me to the truthfulness of the statement I'm going to make in the next sentence. If Walmart is selling something, anything, you like, they will discontinue it! Years ago I ws an assistant manager for them and I worked the overnight shift for 6 months. I found a delicious shrimp dish in the packaged deli dept, it was out of this world. A month later it was gone from the order list. Every week a customer or more would come to me and describe a product they were looking for and I'd have to tell them we didn't carry it anymore and they would either leave dejected or really pissed off. I had another similar situation in the Hardware dept. They sold a roll of really tough trashbags in various sizes and they were great. I used to be good for 2-3 packages a month with them and they always sold down, especially the 35 gal size - DISCONTINUED! They now sell Hefty tough bags for about $13. I will not spend $13 on a box of trashbags. They can stick them up their ........ I digress, a habit I fall into more and more these days. On and on it goes.

Walmart has repackaged it's cracker and, I assume cookie, packages to look like they belong in a generic hospital kitchen. Very unappealing to look at let alone judge the contents. The old packages fell under the if it's not broken don't fix category. Tax write-offs I gather. In their haste to rebrand their own generic products the decided to do what? That's right, delete a cracker that was the best cracker they ever sold - the Crackle. I spoke to the Keebler rep in a store in the Tampa market and he told me they did indeed drop that product and are now trying to push their generic Town House cracker which, to my stupidity, I proceeded to buy 2 boxes of to see if it was the Crackle just broken up. They suck! If these are the repackaged Town House crackers that Keebler sells then they must have sole them the rejects because these things are not good at all. The Crackle were buttery with the right amount of salt and .......THAT'S WHY THEY WERE DISCONTINUED! Some Bentonville asswipe will probably pull a data spreadsheet and say the Crackles didn't measure up and that the other cracker things would turn over a tidier profit from the low income folk who probably buy the generics. If I got to Publix, Sweetbay, or Winn-Dixie supermarkets and tell them there's something I would love for them to carry they try to get them. You tell someone at Walmart the same thing they tell you it's the decision of the buyers in Bentonville that make the decision on the life or death of a product. That my friends is totally wrong. I know it's wrong because I fought for a customer to get Hebrew National Kosher products returned to the order book and I got them reinstated. I showed the numbers from my store to the buyer and he directed me to the specific buyer and I proved the sales numbers to him and showed him the the competition was getting our Kosher business and that we did indeed sells those items, especially during the holidays.

In conclusion, I firmly believe that Walmart has done the one thing company founder Sam Walton never wanted to see happen. They got too big for their own, or the customers, good! They don't feel the need to listen to what the cuustomers want but rather what the spreadsheet wants which are often in conflict. The employees are not happy, the customers are not happy but the executives are happy. They know that by keeping prices down people will be forced to shop at Walmart but there is a crack in that ice. I'm actually finding regular pricing for many regular items I buy weekly cheaper at the supermarkets without being on sale. Walmart doesn't seem to be price comparing anymore and several people I know have tried to do a price match and have gotten resistance to it. A few years ago it was not like that. What happened? I did also notice that the star between Wal and Mart is gone and is at the end taking a spiral shape now. The star was for Sam Walton and I guess he's been discontinued too! Does the spiral have significance? It doesn't appear to be an upward one.

One last note. Do you ant a free gift card? Call 1-800-wal-mart and make a legitimate complaint and tell them you want some satisfaction from the local store. 99% of the time they'll pay you off with a gift card and reply to the internal email from the home office that the customer was satisfied with their service. People knew if they spoke up enough they'd be bought off. The store manager I had made it a rule to do justy that to avoid repeated complaints. You have the option and this is what usually happens. Be legitimate about your issue and don't scam, too many of them are out there driving the prices up by scamming.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

No Fair Play for Poor and Un-famous Child Molesters!

Why is it that when the rich and famous are arrested and imprisoned for their acts of filth and debauchery they always seem to get terminal illnesses, or rare heart conditions, that require them to be released for 'special' medical care. Today, it's Roman Polanki's turn to get an 'illness' and have to leave jail in Switzerland and be taken to a Zurich hospital for 'tests'. Is he afraid that his detailed confession all those years ago might just hold up in a court of law? Preposterous! Are they checking for a possible low sperm count which may require the sacrificing of an underage virgin? Maybe so! He was after-all a guest of the French government, which obviously condones underage sexual encounters since they've been holding him at bay from the evil American justice seekers all these years. That's even more disturbing is that they accepted him with open arms and evidently NOBODY in France ever heard that he'd made a detailed confession of his lewd crimes against a child. The French government has changed control many times since then and still they protected him. Makes the French look like a bunch of deviants unfortunately. I know they're not that kind of people but you are judged by the company you keep and who you harbor. Now, look who's vocal about dropping chargers against him here, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese! We all know what's under Woody's bed, or should I say who's 'IN' his bed, but what might Martin be hiding? We may want to know what, or whom, before going to see his next movie. Good attracts good and trash, well, you know.

Maybe Polanski is having flashbacks of feeding booze and drugs to that 13 year old girl before he sodomized her. (Wikipedia definition: Sodomy (pronounced /ˈsɒdəmi/) is a term used today predominantly in law (derived from traditional Christian usage) to describe the act of anal intercourse, oral intercourse, or bestiality.) Nice Roman, real nice! Proud of your 'conquest' of a young, pre-nubile girl? Probably! Bet you felt you showed her a thing or two, huh? Who's your daddy now?

How proud his family must be with their "successful movie director in the family"! Oh, wait a second, didn't most of them perish in the Holocaust in Poland? That was terrible and unfortunate on many levels of humanity. What a way to carry on the name of a good family. What a disgrace.

This should leave a message to people who want to commit crimes and feel they can 'buy or influence' their way out. They need to get the same treatment that a someone from the inner city would get and go to the same institutions they get to go to. THAT would send a message, it would for me in their place.

It's just how I feel about those that commit crimes against the elderly and the underaged. It's as low as you can go! Also, as the title of this article say's about fair play for the poor and un-famous child molesters, there should be no fairness, only hostility, for any and all child and elder molesters! Live like a sick animal, end up like a sick animal.

Did I mention that he actually confessed in great detail to his crimes against this 13 year old girl and ran when the judge decided not to allow a plea bargain? He wanted his cake and he wanted to, never mind. Hmmm, I think I did to a good degree!

Oct. 23 update: The Swiss court has DENIED Polanski's appeal to be released from detention and the United States has started formal extradition proceedings to return the convicted child rapist back to the states for sentencing after 23 years. If the American judge removes those 23 years from his sentence he needs to be taken to a public square and stoned by the masses, but I don't think any judge will let that happen to this Hollywood/France protected child rapist.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Did Obama Earn the Prize?

Hell No! He didn't do anything but give speeches, the action hasn't happened yet. Don't get me wrong here, I do support what he's trying to do. During the dark times of the past eight years of the Bush Cheney Plague we managed to piss off just about every ally we have had since the second world war and earlier. What this country hasn't been doing for eight years is talk to the countries we should have never stopped talking to and started talking with these wealthy middle east oil pirates. Can anybody say post election lucrative consulting and speaking fees? Can I get a hallelujah! Can I get an amen? Can I get a praise be? How about pass the deep plate? That's more like it! Nothing religious about any of them, it's all about the cash. I digress once again. This is what Barack Obama has going against him. Well, let me list what he has going against him based on what I've heard my cracker coworkers saying. We'll do it by the numbers, shall we?

1. He's Black,
2. Tolerance + Open Dialogue = Weakness,
3. He's a Democrat,
4. He's an 'alleged' Socialist,
5. He's an 'alleged' Communist,
6. Did I mention that he's an educated Black man?,
7. He talks to other country's leaders,
8. He talks to the 'bad' guys in other countries,
9. He doesn't flex our strength at them to make them fear us,
10. He makes too many concessions, like talking to people,
11. He's a terrorist,
12. He's a Muslim,
13. He's an Arab,
14. He's not a native born American citizen,
15. Rush and Glenn know all his dirty secrets,
16. He has a tall wife who wears shorts (Oh my God!),
17. He talks to US and tells us what's going on and his future intentions,
18. When all else fails.....he's Black!

I think President Obama should be given the Alfred Nobel Prize for Tolerance! He sure as hell deserves that, at the very least.

Who the hell cares if our President is a Black man, or even a Black woman, so long as the they put the needs of the people first and not their pockets. I didn't say Bush or Cheney pockets! The funny thing about all this is that the ones who are the strongest against the President of the United States of America are Americans who call themselves patriots. Since when does a patriot go against their Commander in Chief? Oh, I know, it was the Russian Revolution when the dissident Communists lead by Lenin took over the Russian government and ruled for a long time with an iron fist and told the population that everybody in all those other countries were their enemies and they'd have to send troops in to protect the motherland from the threats! Hang on a second, that has a familiar ring to it. God forbid we might actually talk to these people who are pissed off that we have been ignoring them in the past so they threaten missile launches in the middle east and the Pacific. Since we've started talking to them I haven't seen many stories in the news about imminent launches and these villains have actually started praising our President. I do believe that there are 5 reasons why this has happened and why the world is finally beginning to think that we are 'growing up' in America. Go back and re-read #'s 1, 2, 6, 10, and 18! Wake up fellow White people! How are you going to feel when you see Hillary in shorts in the Rose Garden some day? It's time we showed the world who we really are. Turn off the talk radio and stand tall in the world community. The only way to stop issues like terrorism is by a united stand of nations, and I don't mean the United Nations. That needs to go the way of the old League of Nations.

I'm done rambling for now so you can make your comments about what I've said but I still stand by them. The Peace Prize should be for accomplishments that have substance, not good intentions. I think Obama has made that clear, as he should have. The bigotry and hatred that has been festering over the Bush years has to stop because this country is about to take a back seat in the world order.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Windows 7 - 32bit or 64bit Decision

I've been on the fence for a few months now on whether I would install the 'safe' 32 bit architecture for Windows 7 (which I smartly jumped on the cheap train and bought for half price from squeaky cheap Microsoft) or start to fully utilize my AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor and go whole hog and install the 64 bit version and get my full 4 gigs of memory I installed but can't fully utilize right now. I've been doing web searches for awhile now and I found an article that I want to share with anyone in a similar predicament as myself and why this article and the feedback they got swayed me to 'take the plunge' with the 64 bit version.
The article appeared on the Gizmodo The Gadget Blog website. Read for yourself, as well as any other 'productive' opinion sites you may discover and make your own decision.

Just to set the record straight as far as upgrading to Windows 7.

If you run Vista currently you can do an upgrade to your operating system.

If you run XP you need to do a 'clean' install which wipes your boot drive and re-writes it with Windows 7 with no XP traces left behind. YOU CANNOT DO AN UPGRADE TO XP, CLEAN INSTALLS ONLY! With that said, don't worry thinking that the software will cost more because it's a full install. The upgrade version will ALSO do a complete install for XP users. The $119 version will work just fine, Microsoft said so!

I recommend copying important data from your boot drive as well as any and all installation files you may need to restore working utilities and regular programs. I won't be backing up any of these because I don't want stray operating system data to enter the new system. The XP Registry will be completely erased and rewritten for the Windows 7 Operating System! Copy your Program Files and Documents and Settings directories to a safe place for reference. It saves a lot of time when you have to look for a program you liked and you can track it down by looking through the older version of where it was and what it was called in these directories.

Hardware - check the vendor sites for 64 bit versions of driver files and setup files. Make a directory somewhere besides your boot drive and label each directory for the hardware it is and sub-directories where other files may be needed for set ups (ie: NVidia has driver files for their cards and also console files for video control panels that do get updated). Check for hardware such as mice, printers, video cards, monitors, external drives, SATA drives, SCSI drives, sound cards, modems, as well as probably a dozen other things that I probably haven't listed. Better safe than sorry and you can always get rid of them after a successful install and trial period.

Software - Do the same thing for important software. I would start with your anti virus and spyware detection sites to make sure you're 64 bit compatible (you should be if you do your regular updates). Also, makes sure your Internet browser will have no issues with the change, it shouldn't but check the site for the product you use.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL REGISTRATION DATA FOR YOUR APPLICATIONS IN ORDER TO REINSTALL THEM AFTERWARDS!! Write them down from the Help/About tabs in the running applications of you don't still have activation e-mails or CD covers with the data on them. Worse come to worse you can always contact the vendors to resend the information in an e-mail to you.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Chantix and Me

The recent articles on Chantix as a smoking cessation medication have reported negative side effects and may well be valid, for some individuals. I, for one, am an exception to that situation. I had to arm twist(figuratively) my doctor to write me a prescription for it because I had been smoking for over 20 years, was tired of coughing, tired of wheezing in bed trying to sleep, tired of the cost, and tired of stinking of tobacco all the time! I started the program (without using any of the support services they offer customers) on May 5th of 2007. I wanted a date to easily remember (Cinqo de mayo). I followed the instructions on the starter pack and by the end of the first week I no longer had a desire to smoke. I had no craving for a cigarette. I had no food cravings or other oral substitutions to replace the cigarette, and most importantly I had no indication of ANY withdrawal at all! None, Nada, Nicht, Nyet! Since that date my doctor still asks me how many cigarettes I'm down to because my blood pressure and blood chemistry look so much better. I give him the same answer I gave him when I went back for the second refill prescription - none! I took the Chantix for 8 weeks and stopped because I felt I was past the worst of it(missing the habit of lighting up) and had no desire for a smoke at all. This coming Cinqo de Mayo of 2010 will be my 3rd anniversary of being smoke free. Another benefit I realized from being on the Chantix was that I could stand in the middle of a group of smokers and feel NO compunction to light up, even just one.

There is one requirement to being on Chantix and being successful with it! This is a very important item now and you must pay close attention if your planning on opting for this route! I have seen a few friends fail the Chantix program because they didn't have this one requirement firmly in place. Ready for the answer? It's an easy one that has a higher failure rate if not seriously considered.

You deep down have to WANT to quit smoking. You need a reason that is important to you to keep in your mind that wants you to quit. Mine was coughing when trying to laugh, wheezing, shortness of breath doing simple physical tasks, high blood pressure and all of that while entering my 50's. I don't want to die! I want to live! The cigarettes were going to kill me before I was ready to go and I want to live as long as I can, without oxygen tanks or riding in scooters or having chemo tubes hanging out of me!

I want to point out to anyone who may feel apprehensive about taking Chantix after reading the Stephen King version of side effects. The government requires ALL reported effects to be listed, even if the product didn't cause it because the treatment was in place and it was considered relevant to be reported as raw data.

I did not have ANY side effect that was listed, or unlisted, during the time I took this medication. I'm not from the planet Krypton, I'm not bionic, and I don't attend Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry! I am an average Joe who achieved success in my desire to quit smoking everything. I felt GREAT while I took it and felt the benefits soon afterward while my system was weening the nicotine out of my brain and bloodstream and tissues. I've been able to lose weight and not feel a replacement habit to be in order and I'm able to list myself as smoke free for insurance purposes now, which also saves money!

If anyone has ANY questions about Chantix and would like my take on it just leave a comment and I'll be happy to help. To set the record straight, I don't work for Pfizer (makers of Chantix) and I'm not being compensated for this article. They are just my honest thoughts that I wanted to share with anyone who may be interested, especially since the negativity that surrounds Chantix may not be coming from health related sources entirely. There are some that will lose revenue if too many people stop smoking. You know who they are! Ride em' cowboy!

I will be repeating this article on all my blogs today for full exposure to me varied readers. Please excuse the redundancy for my writing. David.

Roman Polanski - Self Admitted Child Rapist

This will be short and bitter, nothing sweet about any of this. I just can't fathom the outpouring of support for Roman Polanski and how all these 'Hollywood types' think that he should be immune to legal and just prosecution for his crimes against a minor, whether that former child does not wish prosecution or not. HE RAPED A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL! HE IS A CHILD RAPIST. A PEDOPHILE! A SEXUAL PREDATOR! Who knows how many children he defiled in France, probably happily supplied by the child rapist protecting French.

I digress. I said this would be short but this maggot has my blood boiling.

My second point is friendships. You know the saying, "Birds of a feather, flock together!"? Look who came out in favor of Polanski right off the bat. The weasel who married his step daughter, Woody Allen. He has a taste for children, especially for one of his wife's children - Soon-Yi. How did Mia Farrow find out Allen was having a 'relationship with her daughter after being with Allen for 10 years? She discovered his relationship with her daughter after finding nude pictures of the girl, then 21, in Allen's apartment. That is just SO WRONG! I'm sorry, but that just isn't done in a moral society and shouldn't be condoned in France either but that's another story. Maybe we should take a look into the secret rooms and computer files of these 'movers and shakers' from Hollywood and see what pictures they store away. Maybe nothing, maybe .....

The bottom line is that anybody who condones this type of abhorrent behavior is probably guilty of similar issues but hasn't been caught yet. He admitted to knowing her age and admitted to having sex with her. She was 13 and no legal expectation of her knowing what she was getting into with a sexual predator and she should not have been put into jeopardy like that.

I wonder if MJ were still alive if he would run to his aid as well?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ahmadinejad of Iran Makes His Biggest Pick Yet.

President Ahmadinejad of Iran has made several picks, most being quite questionable since the beginning of his reign. He picked his government - whether it was wanted or not. He picked his weapons - nukes and chemicals all the way. He picked his enemies - Anglo-Judeo infidels in the Bush America's. He picked his friends - start at the bottom of the food chain and stay! Recently he was delivering a moving speech at the United Nations (many moved out of the building) and delivered his final pick of the day. The nose pick!

How Do I Get Myself Into These Things?

We got a call to from my mother-in-law, who is staying in England for 6 months, and she posed a question she knows I won't shy away from - even though I should have. The top0ic of the request was dog stuff! When we got off the phone I asked my wife how I was supposed to find dog 'stuff' for her best friend's Yorkshire Terrier(Snowflake).

She knows I won't turn away a challenge, even though I really should for my own piece of mind. I figured that this would be a royal (no pun intended) pain in the neck. How was I supposed to know who sold what for dogs in the U.K., I'm lucky I know 3 places in the states that sell dog 'stuff'. A challenge is a challenge. Come to me Google!

My searches turned up many shops and outlets in and around the greater York metropolitan area and the prices were, when shown, somewhat high. I know pet products in the stores fetch a high mark-up and return a decent profit - when sold that is. With those prices I'm not buying. Some of the stores had websites for selling their store merchandise and this was more of the same. I needed a company that had a low/no overhead that could slash prices due to slashed operating costs. See, I knew that accounting school would come in handy someday! One search turned up information, in a general article on dog care basics. I've been on Shop Wiki before but not the British version when I was buying a game console, which I might add is 'mucho fun'!

My M-I-L (not milf) gave me a shopping list of things she'd like to get since her friend is cash-strapped and can't afford some basic items and has improvised poorly at best for the dog. She wants to get some dog toys and isn't sure what's appropriate for a smaller dog such as a Yorkie so I'm emailing her a link for that as well as the basic information. She can read them at her nephews house on his laptop tomorrow. She can also use her credit card from there as well. As I understand it most general online shops have upwards of 1000 stores in there inventory of resources while Wiki has 3 times that amount. That means less surfing I need to do! This woman owns a pseudo-farm, not a house or a farm but in between. In between enough for the dog to have a hay bed in a box. Didn't that go out with Oliver Twist? Bing - a link for bedding too! I've done my good deed for this year but somehow I don't think I've heard the last of this one yet. Maybe if I work later I can avoid the rest, after all there is a 5 hour time delay and if I get home at 6 p.m. it'll be 11 p.m. there!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Baptist Minister(s) Pray for Obama's Death

Now I've seen everything! What the hell is with that? I thought Rev. Wright was bad enough but this takes the cake. I'm without words on this, when a man of God prays for the death of another. I am glad to see his flock scattered after that revelation like someone pulled the pin on a grenade. Rev. Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, AZ isn't the only 'man of the cloth' to pray for death. Baptist Minister (and former second vice president of the Souther Baptist Convention) Wiley Drake reportedly said that he is offering an “imprecatory prayer” for the death of President Obama.

I'm sorry, but what's up with the white Baptist ministers these days? I don't see any black ministers praying to their vengeful God to KILL, KILL, KILL! People accused the Muslim God of that kind of thing. See, now I just learned something new! These two Baptist ministers have taught me that the Baptist God of Israel is a vengeful deity.

I sure am glad that I was raised with the God who believes in life and forgiveness. The bastard they follow is cold-hearted and murderous if he's expected to kill on prayers!

Why the GOP Fears Obama's Speech

Why is the Grand Old Party upset that the President of the United States is going to direct a speech to the school children in America? He isn't the first President that's done it and I'm sure won't be the last one either. Could it be that they don't want the kids to hear something contrary to what they have been preaching about anti-Obama, the allegedly Socialist President? Could be. Could it be that they don't want the kids to be able to make informed decisions, at their level of understanding of course. Kids today are not stupid and are better informed than children from the Boomer days. Any boomer that denies that is a liar. We didn't have the openness of the government and press when we were growing up. Kids today are so underestimated that political parties assume the youth don't care, or are unaware, and won't wake up in time to react. All they will be able to do is deny access to speeches to their children.

I was always taught that if you have nothing to hide, don't hide! If your afraid of knowledge, avoid it! If your afraid of an open mind, grab the blinders off the horse, grab the ear plugs and tape your mouth shut. Is this how the old school Republicans want us to react to new information?

I hope not. I would hope that NO political party in the Free United States would expect any of it's citizens to act. The U.S. is a powerful nation but without knowledge your only as powerful as your least knowledgeable citizen (of normally established intelligence).

American's are like cats, that's right cats! We're a curious people comprised of many races from many countries and cultures. In essence, we ARE the other guys! We just pooled our history's together and created a new culture based on what? That's right, information. What we know about each other makes us greater. What happens when we're denied knowledge about each other? We get paranoid and delusional towards our fellow Americans, and everyone else for that matter. Chaos and anarchy rule when knowledge and communication finally fail. Does anyone remember the Star Chamber in Britain? Legal cases would be decided before the defendants came before the judges. They were denied the right of knowledge in their cases. We adopted an Innocent first legal system to combat that type of rule and to protect the citizenry of this country. We did it for a reason and now there are some that would take that away by denying our children the RIGHT to hear what their President has to say. How awful if he tells them that the key to their future is to stay in school and get their education, show where it could take them, and what their potential could be with knowledge. Oh, I'm sorry, that's what is trying to be avoided here. You really think he's speaking to school children to push National Health Care? I don't think they're old enough to vote yet! Right?

Some people are not going to like what I'm going to say next but so what, it's true. Only a BAD or WEAK parent would feel the need to keep their child from hearing the speech, as other Presidents have made! Why is that you say? How dare you? It's because your obviously relying on others to shape the minds of your kids the way THEY want, not the way that is right or wrong. I'm not saying that what President Obama is going to say is right for all of us, or wrong. I never said "W" should not have been allowed to speak to school kids even though some would label him an alleged Fascist. We have the RIGHT to decide and if we did our parental jobs properly we would have no fear of what may, or may not, be said, and we'd be there to help our children understand what was said. You have to give the kids some credit for the ability to understand what's going on around them, they comprehend more than people realize.

Republicans (which I was for many years) are saying, not all, that the speech should be boycotted and avoided. I ask this, what about Freedom of Information, Freedom of the Press, Free Speech! Don't these things have meaning outside of 'blood burning' speeches against what is called rampant Socialist policies? Does our Constitution have any serious meaning at all to these flag wavers? Yes, I do have a flag at my house and yes, the Constitution allows me to write this article, to burn my flag if I want, to disagree with my government, to watch and listen to whomever I choose, to travel wherever I want in my own country, to work where I want to work, and marry and have children with whomever I choose. How many other countries can say that? Not a whole hell of a lot.

I'm proud to live in a country where we are allowed to evolve without mind control or oppression, where women are finally starting to get their due equality in our society, and where a person of color can rise to the highest position of power in the nation. The old school politicians really need to see what the American people are saying, as opposed to what they want them to say, if they expect to attain power again. It's just like a baseball game, you don't win by trying to hit a home run every at bat, the singles and doubles will win the day. Some learn and some burn! I hate to say it but term limits would level the playing field in the government, it's taking away the power from the old timers that they fear the most. The minority party mantra these days is "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!", FDR said, "the only thing to fear is fear itself". You decide!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Police in Georgia arrest man in trailer killings

Sat Sep 5, 5:53 am ET

ATLANTA (Reuters) – A man who made a distraught call to authorities last week to report he found his father and several other relatives killed was charged with their murders on Friday, police in the U.S. state of Georgia said. Guy Heinze, 22, who was charged with eight counts of murder, told emergency services last Saturday he returned home and discovered family members beaten to death in a trailer in a mobile home park in Brunswick, Georgia. Victims ranged in age from children to adults in their 40s. Seven were members of Heinze's family. "Investigators with the Glynn County Police Department sought and received arrest warrants for Guy Heinze ... in connection with the murders and criminal attempt to commit murder", a police statement said. "This arrest is the result of a compilation of physical as well as testimonial evidence." Heinze was arrested soon after the murders and charged with evidence tampering and drug offenses before being released on bail on Thursday. At that time, police in Glynn County did not say he was a suspect in the murders and for days released few details of how the victims died or whether there was a suspect.
(Writing by Matthew Bigg; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Original story can be found here

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Newest Way to Broil Food Without Getting Up

The Cellular Oven!

I was laughing when I read this article in the NY Times Online today. I got the link to it from and I knew I had to pass this along, not only from a slightly humorous standpoint but one of 'what if someone I know has one of these' standpoint. Please read this if you use gas for cooking, and even if you don't. I think it's a sign of the times to come - uncontrolled that is.

Here's the link.

ps. this isn't an ad or Spam or any crap like that, it's legit.

Florida's Governor is Self Serving with Senate Pick!

Governor Charlie Crist(R) has appointed former Deputy Attorney General George LeMieux(R) to replace outgoing State Senator Mel Martinez(R) for a very important reason. What reason is that you say? Is it because he is the one who can serve the needs of the people of Florida the best? Is it because he is a bright, savvy politician who can get his state's way in Congress? Is it because he was the BEST choice of all possible candidates? The answer is a resounding NO! It's because George LeMieux is the person of 'least resistance' to Charlie Crist when he throws his already declared hat into the ring in the next Senatorial election. LeMieux is the one who Crist feels will be an easy push-over against him and will be the LEAST likely to defeat him for the coveted seat in Congress that Geo. W. Bush helped Martinez attain.

Evidently, Crist feels he needs as many advantages as he can muster to win the Senate seat, something I assume he feels he could never do against a real politician that has had a chance to prove themselves in the seat for a few months. Now, that's what I call confidence in one's self!

One last thing I would like people to remember about Gov. Charlie Crist and his level-headed decision making abilities. He's the one, just on the edge of the great economic downfall in Florida where people were losing homes to foreclosure and property was being repossessed and people were at their wits end with frustration and grief, he pushes through a Bill to make it legal to bring a gun to work! What a stroke of shear genius! You get layed off or fired and you get to save all that gas from having to go home and get your gun to return to shoot up the office but changed your mind when you cooled off, but now you can still be hot and go to the car and grab that shotgun or pistol and complete your revenge immediately! Everyone pretty much knows one or so people at work that you would never hope had access to a gun, let alone have one within 50 feet of the building and he pretty much says "Lock and Load Bubba, Git er Done!"! What a guy Gov. Charlie 'Shotgun' Crist is! Is there a state out there that would like an under-experienced Governor who wants to jump past their experience and go right to the Senate? No? Damn!!

Bad politicians make Bad decisions that have a Bad effect on All of us! I hope LeMieux decides to make a good name for himself quickly in the state so he can shut out Crist in the election, which would leave Crist with an unemployment check and a gun in his trunk!

My parting thought is this. Was the State of Florida best served by the Governor of Florida's decision? No, just the Governor was served! When the election comes around I urge all Floridians to SERVE Crist!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mary Jo Kopechne Can NOW Rest in Peace!

Mary Jo Kopechne

Mary Jo Kopechne Born: 26-Jul-1940
Birthplace: Forty Fort, PA
Died: 18-Jul-1969
Location of death: Chappaquiddick Island, MA
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile
Remains: Buried, St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville, PA

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Victim

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dead woman in Ted Kennedy's car

Near midnight on Chappaquiddick Island, a possibly drunk and definitely married Senator Ted Kennedy takes a right turn instead of a left. His car winds up skidding off Dike Bridge and is quickly submerged upside-down in salty Poucha Pond. His passenger, RFK office secretary Mary Jo Kopechne, is knocked into the back seat. Kennedy swims to safety, whereupon he fails to rescue his companion or even simply report the incident to authorities until the following morning.

Because no autopsy is ever performed on Kopechne's body (her body had been promptly whisked out of state) it is uncertain how long it took her to drown, if she wasn't killed on impact. Likewise, it is never established whether Kopechne was pregnant or exhibited signs of recent sexual activity.

Father: Joseph Kopechne (insurance salesman, d. 24-Dec-2003)
Mother: Gwen L. Kopechne (homemaker)

University: Caldwell College for Women, Caldwell, NJ

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Some Little Ralphy Jokes for Adults.


A teacher asks her class, “If there are five birds sitting on a fence and you shoot one of them, how many will be left?” She calls on little Ralphy.

He replies, “None, they will all fly away with the first gunshot.”

The teacher replies, “The correct answer is four, but I like your thinking.”

Then little Ralphy says, “I have a question for you. There are three women sitting on a bench having ice cream. One is delicately licking the sides of the triple scoop of ice cream. The second is gobbling down the top and sucking the cone. The third is biting off the top of the ice cream.
Which one is married?”

The teacher, blushing a great deal, replied, “Well, I suppose the one that’s gobbled down the top and sucked the cone.”

To which Little Ralphy replied, “The correct answer is ‘the one with the wedding ring on,’ but I like your thinking.”
More after the jump!

Little Ralphy returns from school and says he got an F in arithmetic.
“Why?” asks his father.
“The teacher asked ‘How much is 2×3,’ and I said “6″, replies Ralphy.
“But that’s right!” says his dad.
“Yeah, but then she asked me ‘How much is 3×2?’”
“What’s the fucking difference?” asks the father.
“That’s what I said!”

Little Ralphy goes to school, and the teacher says, “Today we are going to learn multi-syllable words, class. Does anybody have an example of a multi-syllable word?”
Ralphy says, “Mas-tur-bate.”
Miss Rogers smiles and says, “Wow, little Ralphy, that’s a mouthful.”
Little Ralphy says, “No, Miss Rogers, you’re thinking of a blowjob.”

Little Ralphy was sitting in class one day. All of a sudden, he needed to go to the toilet. He yelled out, “Miss Jones, I need to take a piss!!”
The teacher replied, ‘Now, Ralphy, that is not the proper word to use in this situation. The correct word you want to use is ‘urinate.’ Please use the word ‘ur-i-nate’ in a sentence correctly, and I will allow you to go.”
Little Ralphy thinks for a bit, and then says, “You’re an eight, but if you had bigger tits, you’d be a ten!”


One day, during lessons on proper grammar, the teacher asked for a show of hands from those who could use the word “beautiful” in the same sentence twice.
First, she called on little Suzie, who responded with, “My father bought my mother a beautiful dress and she looked beautiful in it.”
“Very good, Suzie,” replied the teacher. She then called on little Michael.
“My mummy planned a beautiful banquet and it turned out beautifully.”
She said, “Excellent, Michael!” Then the teacher reluctantly called on little Ralphy.
“Last night at the dinner table, my sister told my father that she was pregnant, and he said ‘Beautiful, just fucking beautiful!’”

Little Ralphy was sitting on a park bench munching on one candy bar after another.
After the sixth one, a man on the bench across from him said, “Son, you know eating all that candy isn’t good for you. It will give you acne, rot your teeth, and make you fat.”
Little Ralphy replied, “My grandfather lived to be 107 years old.”
The man asked, “Did your grandfather eat six candy bars at a time?”
Little Ralphy answered, “No, he minded his own fucking business.”

These jokes are courtesy of The on 24 Aug 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

So True It Hurts to Think About It.

The former US Vice-President Dick Cheney reportedly grew increasingly disenchanted with former President George Bush (both pictured above) during the latter’s second term as president, believing his boss was going soft in the so-called war on terror, it emerged yesterday. The rift apparently came to light as Cheney, the driving force behind many of Bush’s hardline decisions, discussed his forthcoming memoirs with former colleagues and policy experts. In the last days of his administration, Bush halted the waterboarding of terrorist suspects, closed secret CIA prisons, sought congressional approval for domestic surveillance, and put out feelers to Iran and North Korea, governments he previously denounced as part of the “axis of evil”. According to those who have been speaking to the former vice-president, the shift stuck in Cheney’s craw. Perhaps Americans currently castigating President Barack Obama as a Nazi might care to cast their minds back ?

This article reprinted from the Caledonian Comment on 13 Aug. 2009. I encourage you to visit their site for interesting and insightful commentary on world events. Caledonian Comment

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck! What?

I saw this on NPR (National Public Radio) on Twitter and I thought I'd share it for your comments. Please do.
Doug Quint and his Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.
Annmarie Hordern for NPR
August 8, 2009

Even if you're not in the mood for a vanilla cone, you can't miss Doug Quint's ice cream truck on the streets of New York City.

Quint owns and operates the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. And with that name emblazoned on the truck — along with a big, rainbow-colored soft-serve cone logo — Quint is bound to turn heads.

What exactly makes it the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck? Quint gets that question a lot.

"Every day, at least a couple of times," Quint says. "And every time, I say, 'I make it gay.' "

Quint also gets asked whether he's gay.

"If I weren't gay, I wouldn't call it the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. And if I weren't happy, I wouldn't have the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. It would just be the big crabby ice cream truck," Quint says.

Quint, who is a classically trained bassoonist, has only been in the ice cream business for a few months. The ice cream truck is just a summer gig while most orchestras are on break.

"It kind of came about because the idea of a middle-aged gay guy driving an ice cream truck seemed pretty humorous and a little bit suspect to me. I love the idea of what people might be saying, so I thought, 'Whatever they might be saying, let's grab it and amplify it times a hundred and label the truck that way,' " Quint says. "There's gonna be no doubt. It's the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck."

As for Quint's menu, he says it's sort of "metrosexual," with toppings like ground wasabi peas, caramelized bacon, Trix cereal and Nutella.

But if you're looking for something more traditional and more in line with the truck's name, you can always order rainbow sprinkles.

George Bodarky reports for member station WFUV.

This story can be viewed in it's original state on this link.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paula Abdul Go Away

Hold her up guys, the paparazzi are here!

Paula Abdul announced that she will not be returning to American Idol next season. My guess is that she was put off because Ryan Seacrest got a whopper of a contract and Simon made a boatload of cash too, I'm sure Randy is equally happy with his arrangement. The bottom line is that Paula was getting to be a liability with her semi comatose behavior and bizarre interviews. I've heard that prescription drugs were to blame and I've heard that alcohol was a factor as well. I don't know, I don't live with her. I personally think the American Idol experience has gone on too long and now they just attract the freaks thast floated back up from prior years. What floats isn't always a duck!

I find it morbidly ammusing that people get upset when a celeb makes x millions and they feel it shaould have been more. Are these people out of their minds? Please justify to me why Seacrest needs $40+ million to host a show of circus performers doing dog and pony acts. You don't know how to spend your money? Throw some my way and I'll put it to good use paying bills and a mortgage, I don't need a Bentley because my Mitsubishi runs pretty well still. I'd be very happy with $1 million tax free unlike these parasites that need to hold out for another $20 mil for good luck. People, we get them this way by watching this reality TRASH on television. I'm so sick of what's on TV that I don't watch it anymore except for the news at bedtime and when I wake up, you know, to go to work for millions less than these dopes. Wait a sec, who's the dope?

Getting back to Paula. I've seen her music video and I thought it sucked, too old for going back in time dear, leave it to the new up and commers. How many actually made anything with a career after Idol? Kelly, she was great it's too bad she porked out recently she was looking hot for awhile there. Carrie, smart girl going the country route, Daughtry rocked on, oh wait, he was an Idol loser wasn't he, LOL! There was also the singer who came out of the closet when Rubin won, nothing ther either now. Not bad for what, 7 years? Waste of time that you can never get back. So Paula, in conclusion, I hope you have lots of your crap to sell on home shopping tv, I think you'll be needing it since you blew off easy money.

Or was it your decision to leave? The other girl is quite knowledgeable about the music industry and she doesn't need to keep showing off her pits by clapping over her head all the time. Hmm, maybe it is worth watching now.

Where is she looking? Paula, the camera is over here!

Universal Health Care Now? Just Say NO, for now.

I am a firm believer that universal health care is desperately needed in the United States right now but there are too many efforts to squash the 'best laid plans of mice and men'. The GOP is trying to kill it for the wrong reasons, wealth and political influence. It isn't a big secret that the insurance lobbies are paying out huge sums of money to 'support' political candidates who share similar beliefs with the industry. These are the same people that are covered under the U.S. Govt health insurance plan, the same one President Obama wanted to open for certain groups of citizens who fell into the required financial category. It's a bold and noble plan the president wants to bring to fruition but I'm beginning to see that this may not be the best time for it.

I really believe that the government needs, should be required, to repair our damaged economy. I know that rampant spending and 'loose' home loan practices during the Bush years dealt the economy a severely damaging blow that will probably take years to completely repair. I do know that the people of this country are to blame for a lot of it as well, mainly out of personal greed. You know the money tree with all that cash growing from it? It died of malnutrition! This country needs strong, honest oversight, not committees or political delegates, who will make hard decisions about the economy and not fear repercussions from some hacks so they can get votes by lowering interest rates for the people. The financial structure of this country doesn't need a finance czar, it needs a finance dictator that only answers to a 2/3 majority of congress and has no accountability to the executive branch of the government. Lo interest home loans crippled the economy and the Iraq war destroyed what was left. How many years has the dollar been the standard worldwide monetary instrument? Who is taking our place since we can't afford to wipe our own arses anymore? Why do China, Japan, and the United Kingdom hold more IOU's from us that we do on them? I remember when everybody owed us billions now we owe them trillions.

In a round about conclusion I would like to first say to the GOP, who say that we can never afford universal health care, to shove their heads firmly up their arses and get close to what they spew to the voters. I do remember that they let us get to this point with our now worthless dollars and didn't say a word. Now we have a time when the government wants to do something usefull for the people of this country who have very little and NOW they say we can't afford it. Oh, that's right, I forgot. If you spoke out against the Bush Administration you were considered a traitor to the U.S.A. I do remember that very well!!

In summation, I am 100% behind a universal health care plan, they do work. The United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia all have one. Granted, the time it takes to see a physicians may take a little longer as priorities override desire for appointments. You do get seem and the care is not anything less than you currently get now, regardless of what you are told. I work with devout Republicans that regularly listen to Rush and Glen and they know for a fact that the English all hate national health. That's interesting indeed since I have quite a few relatives in the U.K. and they all think it's great. A good deal of the health care is subsidized with fuel and cigarette taxes. They know why they're paying more for these but they know what it's going to as well. These brokers of sour grapes have many people who are weak-minded enough to believe everything they are told is fact undermining a potentially great step in this country's evolution. I'm sorry, did I say evolution? That's another article to come.

In closing (I'm getting there) the bottom line is that we cannot afford this right now. It's a grand plan but I think it needs further polishing by all sides of Congress. Right now we need to fix our attention on getting people back to work and bolstering the weak economy with good old fashioned wage spending. I know people that have been unemployed for too long and it's a disgrace to the country that we are on the road to becomming a welfare nation. Please fix it before we as a nation become permanently neutered and we have to cash government assistance checks drawn from a bank in China.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why Can't Shopping for Clothes be Easy? It Can Be.

I remember when I used to live in Massachusetts years ago. Every store was trying to get your attention to buy their 'quality' clothing. The most memorable commercial series I can remember involved a matronly woman named Gert abusing her adult son. No, not that kind of abuse, this was pure physical abuse to show how good their new GoreTex line of COLD weather clothing really was. I made some of my best clothing purchases based off of those television spots for clothes that kept me truly warm when those dark, cold winter nights and mornings arrived. The name of the clothing line you should recognize, Columbia. When these spots first came out I thought it was a lot of hooey! Please excuse my salty language there. I can honestly say that these spots reflected the truth. I got my first Columbia winter jacket at an outlet in Fall River, Mass for a really good price. I'm not saying they're expensive products but you do pay for what you get and what you get will last a long time. It is harder to find Columbia clothing than it is to find junk clothing like George at a big box store. I find that purchasing on-line is the easiest (know your sizes) way, not to mention the most affordable, to buy instead of the stores with walls, lights, air conditioning, etc that only adds to the price.

The first jacket I bought was a two layer with zip out liner. The liner I used more than the total jacket because the combined jacket was best used when it was cold and windy or in a snow storm. I was only cold above and below the jacket but toasty warm inside it. The liner was a great in between jacket for cooler weather, which New Englanders know runs about 40 degrees F. That's right, short sleeved shirt with my liner - perfect! I live in Florida now and I brought the jacket with me. I know, why bring a warm jacket to Florida of all places? It gets cold here too. In the winter I have to cover small fruit trees or they'll get killed with frost, that's right - frost in Florida. That's why the citrus growers had to move further south of Central Florida, I've even seen pictures of snow on the ground where I live and I'm only 45 minutes north of Tampa and directly west of Disney. I now purchase Columbia WARM weather clothing because I got to try some thanks to a clothing retailer down here that has their own outlet store. I got 2 great shirts for fishing made by, who else, Columbia. I thought at first that the material may be a bit too heavy for being outside fishing but boy was I wrong. The way the shirt is set-up it wicks away perspiration and allows air to circulate to areas that typically get hot, backs and arms. I did get a 'lucky' golf shirt as well and the freedom of movement is fantastic for my drives. Now if I could just afford the greens fees. The selection at the outlet store is limited so I went on-line and went through a store called Zappos and they were pretty reasonable. I got a couple of pairs of shorts and they're really comfortable. I stress this comfort part because I'm very particular as to how clothes feel on me. I have never found any clothing by say, Levis, that I was actually comfortable wearing and the only denim jeans I will ever wear are Lee jeans. I don't know, it's like going to a restaurant and getting either an enjoyable steak or a piece of shoe leather called steak. I never go back for the shoe leather steak!

I know your wondering when I'm going to elaborate on the abuses that Gert put her son through that I mentioned in the beginning. One spot I remember was the son out in a blizzard and his mother wouldn't let him come into the warmth because she wanted to show the durability of the jacket to maintain body heat in the most extreme conditions. She'd be all warm and toasty while he would have to suffer all the indignities of foul weather exposure. They demonstrated the effectiveness of the clothing for keeping out driving rain to allow you to stay nice and dry in a car wash. I didn't run right out and buy anything but I did remember the commercials which meant I remembered the name. They got they're message across because when the opportunity arose to acquire a Columbia jacket I jumped on it. They did a nice job of designing the jacket too. The sleeves were tied off with locking bungie cords, the waist had a similar restraint and the hidden rain hood was perfectly placed for quick deployment and concealment. The snaps and zippers were heavy duty and very good quality. I've had my jacket for 14 years and it still serves me well with no material breakdowns of any kind. I got more than my money's worth! I honestly recommend these products for people who don't want to have to replace their clothes as often as they change their socks. Good clothing is a good investment.

I wrote this and went to Columbia to see if they had those old commercials and sure enough they just added them to their site yesterday, kinda spooky. Here is the link to see how these products have held up all these years, some are pretty funny too. Give 'em heck Gert!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Relatively Unknown Heroes of Yesteryear! A Must Read!

I never knew all there was to know about these men. They were something special so it doesn't hurt to have others read this. Maybe you don't know either.

Do you think you know the rough and tumble actor Lee Marvin, Captain Kangaroo the children's television icon, and Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood? Doubt it!

Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3- and 4-star generals at Arlington National Cemetery .. His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.

In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected. Only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions. Lee Marvin was a genuine hero.. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor!

If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

(This next section I am looking into to see what, if any, units they actually served together in at Iwo Jima. There is conjecture that they were in different units but were heroes none the less.)

Dialog from 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson': His guest was Lee Marvin Johnny said, 'Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ..and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded.'

'Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But, Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison.. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red Beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by , with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.

That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee?' 'Well Bob... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!'

Johnny, I'm not lying, he was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan.
You and the world know him as

Captain Kangaroo.'

Read it and be entertained!

On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.

After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.

America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.

Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Lee Marvin or Jimmy Stewart or the many more that served against the will of their handlers in Hollywood..

I apologize for all the nasty things I used to joke about concerning Mr. Rogers, I was greatly mistaken. NOT!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cambridge PD Sergeant Crowley is a Patient Man.

I was just thinking about the 'beer date' that President Obama has set up for Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley. In case you've been in a block of ice for the past week or so I'll reiterate what happened in short form. A neighbor's employee called the Cambridge Massachusetts Police Dept and reported what she described as two men, possibly Hispanic, trying to gain entrance to a neighbors house through the front door. The police arrived (Sgt. Crowley) and words were exchanged and Id's weren't and Prof. Gates went to jail for Disorderly Conduct, charges that were later dropped when cooler heads prevailed. If Prof. Gates had shown his Id when initially asked he would have had a brief exchange with the police and they would have been gone quickly. The problem started when the president stuck his nose where it should not have gone. He jumped to the conclusion that the police were in the wrong and "acted stupidly" in arresting Prof. Gates, because he is Black. So what if he's Black, I wouldn't care if he was yellow, red, green, whatever. The point is that the police were responding to a call about two men who were allegedly breaking into a home owned by Harvard University, one of the bigger employers in Cambridge. They had no idea if these men were even armed! I don't envy what they do and I know they do a lot, I had a father who was a Police Sergeant in Cambridge and a brother who is a Patrolman there. There are areas of Cambridge where many officers need to respond to a call in a particular area, instead of one officer, when calls come in. It's not all Ivy covered buildings and carefree students strolling in the Quad in Harvard Square. These guys NEVER know what is waiting for them when they respond and Gates needs to have some appreciation of the people that serve the community where he lives, the tool! Just because your a professor doesn't mean your intelligent! They are there to PROTECT HIM and HIS POSSESSIONS! Cambridge is a richly diverse city and racially motivated cops don't last and aren't tolerated on the force by their peers.

Back to the short point I WAS going to make. I think the example Obama is trying to make sends the wrong signal to the youth in America. He's essentially telling them to settle their differences by means of alcohol. Is he telling America as a whole that's what he personally does under stress? I hope not, I'd hate to see my vote wasted. I think a better suggestion would have been to have them to the White House for lunch. Do we have to foot the bill for getting them there and back as well as the beer?

One last point. I think Sergeant Crowley has been a stand up guy for putting up with all the unfair ridicule he has received in the national spotlight. I guess that nobody actually saw the picture of Gates in handcuffs on his porch with the Black police officer in front of him. Maybe he's the racist! President Obama, the last people you want to start pointing negative fingers at are the men and women of the nations law enforcement departments. They go from the meter readers to the people that guard you and your family's lives. Think twice, ask twice, speak once!