Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shepherd Smith Drops the F Bomb and Bush Photo Waterboarding!

Shepherd Smith says the U.S. does not torture! Hmmm, interesting picture above.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bush Admin Torture Documents for Detainees.

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Reprinted from article in The Huffington Post and can be viewed in it's entirety here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sarah Palin and the KKK Connection?

Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general once wrote a column defending the statue of a KKK figure as an expression of free speech and mocked the psychology of a college student who protested the display.

Wayne Anthony Ross has come under intense scrutiny since the Alaska Governor and former vice presidential candidate announced his nomination. His resume includes derogatory remarks about homosexuals, accusations of sexism, and bizarre comments downplaying the fallout of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. But his most controversial incident may have come in December 1991, when he penned an op-ed for the Anchorage Times, a copy of which was obtained by the Huffington Post (see below), entitled "KKK 'art' project gets 'A' for courage."

The crux of the piece, reported also by Max Blumenthal at The Daily Beast, is a defense of one particular art student's statue of a KKK figure -- created for a class assignment to "depict a monster" -- that the University of Alaska-Anchorage had put on display. In the process, Ross insisted that he was no racist. "I am a card-carrying member of the Congress of Racial Equality," he wrote. "I have never supported David Duke, and never will."

But the column was filled with racial and political insensitivities that, even in the relatively homogenous Alaska, were bound (perhaps designed) to stir the pot.

Ross repeatedly chided one particular student, Clara Bynum -- who, Ross noted, was a member of the Afro-America Student Association -- for having the gall to protest the statue.

"A 35-year-old psychology student," he writes, "Ms. Bynum was obviously letting her inner hostilities rise to the surface. Perhaps by the time she completes her psychology studies, Ms. Bynum will have the training and desire to control such emotions."

At one point, he accused her of seeking to trample on the art student's right to expression of free speech by threatening to take the statue down -- a legally provocative stance for the leading law-enforcement official of the state.

"In fairness to Ms. Bynum, her threat to tear down the KKK figure... could have been viewed as a symbolic protest against the KKK," Ross wrote. "But to achieve civil rights, we must ensure the civil rights of others. Ms. Bynum's actions would have violated the right of expression granted Mr. Hamilton under our First Amendment. Does she really believe that civil rights for one group can be achieved by trampling on the rights of others?"

Reprinted from The Huffington Post and can be viewed in it's entirety at this site.

Follow-up Note:

After weeks of losing ground, the joint body of the Alaska legislature has voted to reject Wayne Anthony Ross as Attorney General.

Our representation has debated at length Governor Palin's controversial appointment and they have been distracted from state business in the critical waning days of the session. I believe that was part of the design of the appointment.

They have denied Wayne Anthony Ross.

The Combined Vote: 23 yeahs 35 nays. DENIED.

Nothing more to read but here's the link.

Monday, April 13, 2009

How About a Game. Pick Your Game!

Here's the story, I'll keep it as brief as possible. The last time I owned a game console was about 8 years ago and ten years since I played with one. I gave it away before moving to Florida to my buddy who has two kids(don't say it, I know they're not baby goats, it's just an expression)and they would have some free enjoyment. I had one of the gray Nintendo game consoles. Nothing fancy but it served a purpose. I see Nintendo even has the Wii system now that lets you play tennis, dance, exercise, golf, and I'm sure a zillion other things. That's cool, but it's not for me. I'm a first person shooter fanatic! That was then and this is now!

Needless to say, it's still the same and that's all I want. I don't want Madden or any of the sports games. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with them mind you, just not for me. I know many people that love Madden football. That's cool! I made my decision as to what console I was going to acquire way back when and I've been waiting for some deals on a Playstation 3. I know Sony products and they've never let me down before and I want to get maximum bang for my buck. No pun intended, you know, bang - first person shooter....never mind. I did find a good site to do my research at and use them as a best price location. I don't do stores and malls when it comes to electronics except to lay hands on and see how it feels and looks.

Let's skip ahead to games that are available! I can get loads of titles in different genres to satisfy me every need, so long as it's a first person shooter like Call of Duty 3, which is one I want to challenge soon. I can access more stores than I need to see to decide on for my value shop-fest! I got prices from 13 shops with prices ranging from 5.99 to 29.99. No brainer there!

My problem, getting back to the particular genre that I happen to like. I have a bad history when it comes to controllers, particularly when my hands are getting warm and sweaty from the tension of battle in the game/sim. I want to get one necessary upgrade in particular because it keeps your hands cool while you play, the PS3 Chillstream game controller. I don't want to slip when it comes time to 'take that shot' at whatever creature or other target presents itself. By the way, the Chillstream price ranges from 8.00 to 35.00 and shows up for 17 merchants. I'm getting psyched to start playing. I'm not going to worry about some of the more elaborate accessories like bigger hard drive or DVD drives or Blu-Ray or any of that. I just want the console, the controller - 1 please :), and the game!

Is there a bottom line? Let's find out.

The bottom line is this, don't give up looking for a better deal because there's usually one out there, if your persistent. I don't care if you go to this store or that one or if your really stupid, a shopping club that gets game systems 'on special low prices' that are stripped bare like the lower grade stuff that that big box store sells. Be the smart consumer and save when you can, after all, surfing the net is free, over paying for merchandise isn't.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Additional Assistance for Younger Drivers.

When I got my first car I was elated. It was a very used(father to brother to me) 1964 Chevrolet BelAir, which I wish I still owned, but that's another dream in the box. We exchanged papers and I got the title for $1.00. My insurance for the car cost me about $150/year. Wow, I really wish I had that back! The current economic situation in the United States, not to mention the majority of the world, is somewhat restrictive right now. There are signs of improvement but it will take time. Buying a car for newly licensed teens will be harder and insuring them will be another hurdle.

How many jobs, part time while students, will it take to pay for the car and the required insurance necessary top put a car on the road legally. Lawyers are getting fat on litigation caused by under-insured motorists and teens are getting the biggest hit due to inexperience behind the wheel. I can't say I completely agree with the logic that all teens are reckless because living in Florida I have sen MANY elder drivers get caught up in as well as cause accidents due to poor judgement and/or slow response time to situations. One woman was stopped because she had someone caught on her car and drove about 2 miles before a deputy saw them holding on and stopped her. She said she never heard or felt anything on her car or heard the man screaming to her. I'm not saying all elder drivers are hazards, just some and I defy anyone to deny they haven't seem a few of their peers drive badly in their time.

The problems inherent with teens are speed and distractions. The normal teen, and I felt the same way then, feels invincible behind the wheel and nothing will happen to them. Sorry, too many news stories about teen deaths on the roads. The roads in Florida are full of crosses with names and ages on them of young drivers or passengers that were once immortal. Many youthful injuries are crippling for life as well. Unless you have the needed coverage, even if you are considered a risky driver due to tickets or whatever, you could financially cripple yourself and your family with just one collision. I have provided some useful links in this post for newer and not so new drivers to use to get properly insured. They have many useful levels of information and definitions of things like what makes up the cost of insurance and why. They are not an insurance company but rather a resource for finding what you need, nationwide. I would not mention them if I didn't think they had anything useful to offer my readers. Let me know what you think. Dave

Friday, April 10, 2009

Stop Using Pet Doors! Here's why!

APRIL 9--A Florida woman who used a live Internet video feed to monitor the interior of her home was shocked yesterday when she saw two men burglarizing her residence in real time. Jeanne Thomas, 43, was seated at her office desk when two strangers appeared in her living room (the intruders got into Thomas's Boynton Beach house through a doggie door at the rear of the home, according to the probable cause affidavit). Thomas, who set up the live video stream after her home was burglarized last October, immediately called 911 to report the burglary. Cops raced to her home and arrested the two men inside the house: Curtis Williams, 20, and Steven Morales, 19. Two other suspects--Scott George and Jonathan Cruz, both 20--were nabbed at a nearby residence and charged with helping plan the burglary. The amazing surveillance video from inside Thomas's house was uploaded to YouTube by the Boynton Beach Police Department and can be seen here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Kill Them All?! That's Their Answer?

I work with some of the 'not so happy McCain lost the election' crew. I have never been so ashamed of fellow American's as I have been lately. There is one fellow who is pouring out Glen Beck 'gloom and doom' because Elected President Obama is holding up our proverbial throats to the middle east, to slash them deep and allow us to be savagely attacked by Muslim sappers. Today, I got the answer to all questions regarding the Muslim faith. I explained to this person that Southeast Asia has quite a few Muslims that have never bothered us, and if it weren't for a Republican president pulling all assistance out of Afghanistan when they were fighting the Soviets, the Taliban would probably be still be our allies, as they once were. I reminded him that George H. W. Bush was CIA chief when we sold Saddam his WMD's for his issues with Iran and that we're probably being shot at with some American ordinance we sold them. To make a long tedious story short, his answer for all answers is to "use neutron bombs on all Muslims wherever they may be and end it once and for all". I told him that we would be butchers of the world at that point and the enemy of every nation on Earth. His answer was "bomb them too". What brought otherwise normal people to this point. I'm positive that the majority of decent Americans honestly believe that to have peace, someone has to hold out an open hand first. Why can't we finally be the peaceful peace makers that we should have been a long time ago. He says that National Health is Socialism but the country's I see that have it are all Democracies. The purveyors of hate and lies need to be stopped. It's one thing to speak your mind, it's another to provoke needless hatred. I don't support censorship or losing our Constitutional rights but something has to be done to silence the Limbaugh's, Beck's, and other conservative rabble-rousers who seek to cause unrest, discontent, and in a few instances violence without merit in their statements. Back it up with unbiased facts guys and maybe I will listen some day, until then I choose to tune you out.

Did I fail to mention that these guys are financially independent, some more so than the others! Right, Rush? $45 million is a strong motivator, huh?

Mother Shoots Son For What?

The attached video shows a mother and son at a shooting range just after they rented two handguns and were going to shoot at some targets. What the son didn't know is that his mother was going to do him a great favor, she was going to send him to heaven. She felt she failed God after he made her an angel. Due to her failure she was convinced she was now the Anti-Christ and needed to send her son to heaven while she could.

Warning: If you are easily upset by actual violence on film, do not view this video!

This Video courtesy of YouTube!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sarah Palin Attacked Again! Wait a Second.

After taking about sex on "The Tyra Banks Show," Johnston – the 18-year-old father of Bristol Palin's baby – was hit with a blistering response from Bristol's mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," says the statement from the Palin family rep.

I am sorry, I thought this was an attack on Palin again. It sure looked like she was the one these charges were thrown out at, you know, fame, fortune, lies, exaggeration, and relationship distortion. Now that's the pot calling the kettle black!

Story taken from news story 04 April 2009, with thanks and gratitude.

Bikini Jeans!? What About Nudist Jeans? lol

Okay, it's time to tell Brazil that they will not be allowed to make Bikini Contractors Jeans, plumbers crack would hit new lows with that. I'm not going to bore you with opinions on this NEW product, I'll let you decide.

Friday, April 3, 2009

What is Wrong With National Health in America? Besides Profits!

Note: I have links in the body of this post for further information only, not to advertise anything!

I don't know if it's as bad as the pundits say it is. One side will always declare an emergency, of course it's one brought on by the other side. By sides I refer to our petty political system that we have currently in this country, the once Good Ol' USA! Don't get me wrong, I love my country and would fight to keep it free but the powers that 'were' have put us in a precarious position where we may need to adopt some of the more nationalistic (some say Socialistic) methods of taking care of our countrymen, and women! National health is one thing that we desperately need in this country. I know MANY people, including myself, who have job shopped and put money second only to benefits. Benefits means health insurance and retirement account opportunities.

We do not have an adequate system to care for our fellow Americans. We have abject poverty and desperate families praying for good health to follow them because they cannot afford health care. Our own people are suffering and we call ourselves Americans? Look at the United Kingdom (Parliamentary Government, not Socialist or Communist), look at Australia (Parliamentary Government, not Socialist or Communist), look at Canada (Parliamentary Government, not Socialist or Communist), look at, well the list goes on. Non of these major nations have fallen to Socialism but have extrapolated inherent ideas from them and tweaked them to work in a Democratic Government where leaders are voted in with open elections, just like the U.S. Here's an interesting segue? So why are our citizens compelled to abuse drugs and alcohol without immediate treatment to eliminate the addiction? An outlet maybe or is it a feeling of boredom and being left out. We do have alcohol treatment centers, drug rehab centers, and even centers for the families of these misdirected individuals. Drug addiction and alcohol addiction CAN be treated without the old preconceptions of what an addict is, but rather the person they can return to be again.

We can either take care of our own population now and get our old stature back or we can let the rest of the world become healthier than one of the greatest nations on Earth. That's not so great!