Saturday, August 29, 2009
I was laughing when I read this article in the NY Times Online today. I got the link to it from Consumerworld.org 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.
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
Mary Jo Kopechne Born: 26-Jul-1940
Birthplace: Forty Fort, PA
Location of death: Chappaquiddick Island, MA
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile
Remains: Buried, St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville, PA
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
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
LITTLE RALPHY ON MATH
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 ON MATH
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 ON ENGLISH
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 ON GRAMMAR
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!”
LITTLE RALPHY ON GRAMMAR
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 ON GETTING OLDER
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 Superficialgallery.com on 24 Aug 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
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
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 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!
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
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!