Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Caroline Kennedy Withdraws Bid for Senate Seat

UPDATE - 1/21 8:00PM:

The New York Post is reporting that the real reason Caroline Kennedy withdrew her Senate seat bid was because she learned she wouldn't be picked by NY Governor David Paterson. The paper reports that her concerns over her uncle Ted Kennedy's health are not the main reason for her withdrawal:

Caroline Kennedy tonight withdrew her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn't going to choose her, The Post has learned...

Sources said the reason Paterson had decided not to tap the daughter of John F. Kennedy was her poor performances in media interviews and in in private sessions with various officials.

Huffington Post.

Hillary Clinton Approved by Senate

Hillary Clinton was approved by a 94-2 vote to become Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Final details and concerns were addressed on a priority basis in order for Pres. Obama to begin to address international issues with his Sec. of State in place.

Bush Pardons Osama bin Laden Before Leaving Office!

WASHINGTON, DC: In a stunning late-hour development, President George W. Bush has granted Osama bin Laden a pardon for the murder of more than 2,700 Americans in the fall of 2001.

"This kinda came out of nowhere," said a White House aide who requested anonymity. "I wouldn't have put bin Laden on the short list myself. On the other hand, maybe this is the president's way of finding closure. Because ... y'know ... he wasn't actually able to kill bin Laden, or capture him, or even keep him from making all those (expletive) videos. I mean, jeez, let's face it: Osama bin Laden is basically a one-man Netflix of cave movies."

The aide paused, then went on to say, "Can you believe this dude (Bush) was actually president for eight (expletive) years? What were we thinking? Seriously, what the (expletive) were we thinking?"

The aide began weeping quietly. "May God have mercy on me for my role in the unfathomable travesty that was the Bush administration."

Conservative columnist William Kristol insisted the pardon made sense.

"George W. Bush is a brilliant strategist. I'm sure he has a good reason for this pardon. I'll figure it out."

Kristol sucked his thumb for a few minutes, lost in thought. He was then distracted by a brightly colored piece of string.

A passerby, told of the bin Laden pardon, offered a possible explanation:

"Maybe Bush is trying to smoke him out. Wasn't that the plan?"

Article by David Rees/Huffington Post (Posted January 19, 2009 | 10:55 PM (EST))
I was too dumbfounded to write my own article about this!

aka satire! :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tampa Fox 13 Anchor Arrested

Tampa, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Russell Rhodes, a WTVT FOX 13 news anchor was arrested Friday night after he tried to run from deputies during a drunk driving stop. Eats pavement after resisting arrest.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a deputy pulled Rhodes over after seeing his 2006 BMW driving recklessly, according to the arrest report.

When the deputy stopped the car, Rhodes allegedly exited the vehicle with his pants and belt undone. As the deputy attempted to discuss the reason for the stop, Rhodes tried to walk away from the deputy twice before deciding to run away entirely.

Investigators say, the deputy caught up to Rhodes and asked for his car keys, however Rhodes refused. When the officer attempted to take the keys, Rhodes allegedly jerked them away, prompting the officer to place him under arrest. Rhodes was reportedly knocked to the ground, as the officer attempted to handcuff him.

Rhodes was arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and obstructing or opposing an officer without violence.

He was transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment and then booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. He was later released on a $500 bond.

Additional data:
Mr. Rhodes was later officially charged with DUI, when it was determined after a blood test, that his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

We Still Have Heroes!

Pilot Chesley Sullenberger, 01-15-2009, US Airways flight 1549, Hudson River, New York

NEW YORK – The pilot of a crippled US Airways jetliner made a split-second decision to put down in the Hudson River because trying to return to the airport after birds knocked out both engines could have led to a "catastrophic" crash in a populated neighborhood, he told investigators Saturday.

Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger said that in the few minutes he had to decide where to set down the powerless plane Thursday afternoon, he felt it was "too low, too slow" and near too many buildings to go anywhere else, according to the National Transportation Safety Board account of his testimony.

The pilot and his first officer provided their first account to NTSB investigators Saturday of what unfolded inside US Airways Flight 1549 in the moments after it slammed into a flock of birds and lost both engines.

Co-pilot Jeff Skiles, who was flying the plane at takeoff, saw the birds coming in perfect formation, and made note of it. Sullenberger looked up, and in an instant his windscreen was filled with big, dark-brown birds.

"His instinct was to duck," said NTSB board member Kitty Higgins, recounting their interview. Then there was a thump, the smell of burning birds, and silence as both aircraft engines cut out.

The account illustrated how quickly things deteriorated after the bump at 3,000 feet, and the pilots' swift realization that returning to LaGuardia or getting to another airport was impossible.

With both engines out, Higgins said, flight attendants described complete silence in the cabin, "like being in a library." A smoky haze and the odor of burning metal or electronics filled the plane.

The blow had come out of nowhere. The NTSB said radar data confirmed that the aircraft intersected a group of "primary targets," almost certainly birds, as the jet climbed over the Bronx. Those targets had not been on the radar screen of the air traffic controller who approved the departure, Higgins said.

After the bird impact, Sullenberger told investigators he immediately took over flying from his co-poilot and made a series of command decisions.

Returning to LaGuardia, he quickly realized, was out. So was nearby Teterboro Airport, where he had never flown before, and which would require him to take the jet over densely populated northern New Jersey.

"We can't do it," he told air traffic controllers. "We're gonna be in the Hudson."

The co-pilot kept trying to restart the engines, while checking off emergency landing procedures on a three-page list that the crew normally begins at 35,000 feet.

Sullenberger guided the gliding jet over the George Washington Bridge and looked for a place to land.

Pilots are trained to set down near a ship if they have to ditch, so they can be rescued before sinking, and Sullenberger picked a stretch of water near Manhattan's commuter ferry terminals. Rescuers were able to arrive within minutes.

It all happened so fast, the crew never threw the aircraft's "ditch switch," which seals off vents and holes in the fuselage to make it more seaworthy.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Reach Out and Touch Someone!

Who would have ever thought that these words, as advertised by a major telephone company many years ago, would still be true today. The names were changed to protect the innocent! Well, maybe more than the names as I will try to elaborate on here. The venue is the difference in todays changing advertising marketplace. This is the era of the blog! That's right, the web pages of the citizenry of every country that has access to the world wide web of information, the net! There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of marketing companies out there ready and willing to help budding Internet marketers ply their prospective trade to you, the blog readers. You know who you are, your the ones that are reading this right now. You are the marketplace! There are many companies, like I previously stated, but let me extract one of these companies that I have had some limited exposure with and try to show you the mechanics and visualizations of how a blog advertiser works with bloggers.

The first thing you will notice are the links that are provided for your convenience. That's right, I said YOUR convenience. They make it easier for you to get further information on such things as advertising and blogs! Wasn't that easy? I have followed many such links provided to me and found some sites I didn't like but many more that I wanted more information on because of the way the sites were presented. The cheaper and flashy sites are a dead give-away to RUN! The sites that give you up front data are worth looking at because you aren't obliged to do anything until you sign up and even then no one is putting a gun to your head to do anything you don't want to do. I always stay away from the sites that want the dreaded credit card information that may be used to "establish you are who you say you are" or the "you are a legal adult" scenario. Homey don't play that game! If I'm not buying merchandise, I'm not giving up my numbers!

Web sites that undergo 'face-lifts' are usually a sign that they will be staying around for awhile. The cheap looking ones will be lucky if they're still there by the time you log into them. What does it mean when you get paid to blog? Does it sound fishy? Does it sound too good to be true like the old saying goes? You must be the judge. I would like you to take a look at this page on Paying Post because it does a good job of explaining what getting paid to blog means, just click on this link for the proper page. Probably the most frequent complaints I hear on a regular basis is that blog reviews and ads are meaningless fluff and words are typed to fill up required space for the advertisers. The answer to this is that it's true! There are a lot of fly-by-nights and quick in and out of business sites that just don't care so long as they get their money. To be successful on the web you need to follow one important mantra, believe in your content! Content is king in the vast world of information because without it you will have one reader, you! Good solid content that actually has meaning to it will bring readers back day after day to your site and they will refer new readers which in turn will give your site the potential to be a hard line money maker, with a conscience. Honesty and getting to the point is a much appreciated commodity because people want to make their circuit of blogs in one day and walk away satisfied. The fluff sites may get a look but time on site will be minimal, no guts-no glory! The purpose of blog marketing is to provide either a service, a product(s), or both to consumers looking for these things, whether they realize it or not. No, I'm not being cynical, most people will buy things on impulse and companies know this which is why they want to tap into the blog market that's full of millions of potential customers! That's not greedy, that's good business and that's where the world is going. People want to shop without leaving the comfort of their homes, and why not have more time to do the things you want to do instead of shopping in long lines and trying to park just as it starts to rain. You know what I mean. I'm one of those shoppers and why not develop real income in return with the Internet as well.

I can tell you this because I went the way of the quick blog marketing scene when I first wrote my original blog. I have since gone back and eliminated about 90% of the paid 'low content' ads once they had run their service time. I have linked with marketing companies that allow me to write about the things I want to write about and their request is that I mention, if possible, their advertiser into the context without affecting my content. is one of the sites I do work for and yes, this is part of an assignment I requested to do. This is an evaluation of blog marketing using them as the example. That's taking a big risk as far as I'm concerned. People that regularly read my blogs know that I don't pull any punches and if I don't like something I'll say so. For these people to request a review of their site by explaining concepts and business I have to give them a thumbs up. I read everything that I have proposed for you to read, before I decided to start taking work from them. Like I mentioned before, the 'other' companies are out there and many of us have been burned and/or frustrated with them and to date I have had no problems here and with a few others sites only because I took the time to read what they had to say. The link for the 'get paid to blog' portion is well worth the time to read because it should be the same for any site you work with, nothing more-nothing less. I know I've droned on too long but when I get started typing it's hard to stop, that's just me. Thank you for staying with me and click the links if you like, they're a quick read. Expect nothing less from any company you deal with the way it's explained here. If they won't tell you something or it's hard or impossible to find, just click to somewhere else quickly!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Just when you thought it was garden!

I guess, as things go, that my household has been fortunate today. Where my mother in law would have been gardening, if she weren't in England for a funeral with my wife, at very large pine tree saw fit to fall onto my pool enclosure and taking out the whole rear corner. This is also where she was going to be doing gardening if she hadn't been called away for the funeral. If she were home it could have been her funeral. It does seem odd that a second micro burst hit this area twice in less than 6 months and each time a long standing growth came quickly down to the ground. I called the insurance company, reluctantly, to have an appraiser come to see it and let me know what my options are. If I'm not covered I will withdraw the claim and get a tree hauler to cut away the tree(25' tall by 4' around) so I can tarp the enclosure to keep my critters in and the wild ones out, then see about securing parts and a screener to replace some screens. I have a feeling the deductible will be as much as the repair. Oh well, at least it's something inanimate and everyone is unharmed by it. I'll post when I get more details from the insurance company. Guess I'll be taking some time off from work!

Friday, January 2, 2009

My Mechanic is an Idiot!

Here's the story, I'll keep it as brief as possible. A few months ago I went to the garage to get an alignment done and replace two Sumitomo HTR tires that were going smooth. Yeah, that's a good word, smooth. I told the garage owner he may as well replace the four tires and keep them balanced and he said it wasn't necessary right now because the two remaining tires were fine. That was my first mistake because I should have pushed the issue and forced my money on him. That was then and this is now!

Needless to say, those two 'fine' rear tires are now smooth and the Goodrich Radial T/A front tires are still beefy with nice deep tread. I like good tread depth because I travel the highway about 75 miles a day for work and I don't need rain issues. Okay, all well and good, just call him up and have him order me two more Goodrich Radial T/A P185/70 R14's. Right? If I pissed on a live electrical circuit I'd have better luck! "Oh, I'm sorry," I'm told by the helpful girl at the garage, "those tires are discontinued and there isn't anything similar for your car available"! Now I'm really pissed off! I asked her what we could do since these tires are still in excellent shape and she said I could take time out from my workday and go there to look at tire pictures and pick something close. In a pigs eye!! I said thanks and ended the call. I wasn't going to get mad at her since it wasn't her call about the tires before.

Let's skip ahead to today. I went to Tire Kingdom and they had nothing appropriate but they could order me 'something my size' and I said thanks, I'll call you. I went to Topline and had the same results. My next step was the internet for Kauffman tire. Topline said they were one of their suppliers so I figured it was probably cheaper to straight to the source. You can probably guess the result there as well, only worse. Way back when I had to decide on the Sumitomo tires the other choice was the Pirelli P4 tire. The HTR's were on sale at Sears so they got the nod. These tires were not a good investment for all my highway driving.

There is a silver lining! I figured the Pirelli's are still available so let's see the price on them now. I saw listings from $ 115 to $ 73 per tire and that was going to be the deal breaker again on the P4's. One last tire website I saw a recommendation from a happy person talking up this site. I never heard of but then again nobody ever heard of me before and now I have page rank on Google. I looked them up and to my chagrin, the P4 price was $ 58 per tire with free UPS standard delivery. I almost crapped myself when I saw that. I got out the Discover card with the lowest balance and placed the order. The screen said 2 were available immediately and the other 2 would ship when their order came in. I can deal with that since I needed 2 right away.

The bottom line is this, don't give up looking for a better deal because there's usually one out there, if your persistent. This story is not a paid article for any company or service, it's my real life experience that happened today! I don't care if you go to Goodrich, Firestone or if your really stupid, a shopping club that gets tires like the low grade stuff that Walmarket sells. Be the smart consumer and save when you can, after all, surfing the net is free, over paying for merchandise isn't.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Immunity from Prosecution? Why?

The parents of Casey Anthony, the alleged person in the filicide of Caylee Anthony, have requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony in the disappearance and death of little Caylee. I'm curious as to why they went to California to seek 'a lead' for Caylee when it now appears they they already knew the fate of their granddaughter. In my country, which I thought this was, they would be held as accomplices after the fact, at the very least. To withhold evidence to a crime with forethought is still a felony here, if they helped in the death it would still be 1st degree murder with the death penalty as a potential verdict and sentence.

The feces in this case is piling up thick, tall and steamy. A dream team of attorneys will attempt to debunk any and all hard evidence against Casey in an attempt to bring notoriety to themselves in the legal community no doubt.

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to wish all my readers and followers and very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2009!