Friday, October 29, 2010

Obama declares: " Redistribution of hormones is good for the country"!

A hormone found predominantly in wealthy people was linked to a longer life, according to British research published Thursday. Scientists from University College London studied thousands of over-50s for the English Longitudinal Study of Aging and found that wealthier participants had higher levels of the life-lengthening hormone DHEAS.

This startling development was pounced on by the White House as the answer to a dream. A spokesman for the President stated: "Along with our plan for the redistribution of the money of wealthy Americans, we will now be able to redistribute their longevity as well.  By taking the hormone from these undeserving rich folks we can produce a synthetic DHEAS for injection into the less fortunate among us."

Obama has plans to create another agency to handle this genetic engineering program. The new head has yet to be announced but the position has already been dubbed "The Heredity Czar". The administration has rushed this program into existence as a way of helping the flagging fortunes of many democrats in Tuesday's elections. When reached for comment about the new program, the democratic candidate for Governor of Rhode Island was heard to say: "Obama can take his hormones and reproduce himself !!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Moral: A stolen stone gathers no moss --but the cops do.

This is a mugshot of Gregory Liascos, who was recently arrested for breaking into the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Oregon.

Police found Liascos drilling through the men's room wall in an attempt to get to the museum's quarter million dollar gold collection. They assume Liascos was thinking he would blend in with the exhibits, you know, sort of a "cloak of invisibility" approach.

On a more positive note, Liascos hopes to be released in time to market his disguise for Halloween.  Advertising slogan: "Be the first in your neighborhood to go as a bird's nest". My guess is it will lay an egg.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A new medical term?

Keyboard dyslexia. Ever had it? I do.

How can someone who has no problem reading or speaking be so inept at typing. It may be because I type too fast but a real typist would laugh at that notion. Maybe I should not look at the keyboard so much. I actually seem to do better when I don't. But still there are the transposed letters, missing letters, extra spaces and at times, totally cryptic words spilling out of my fingers.

Before the word processor, I would spend more time correcting mistakes than actually typing new words. Now, at least, with the processor, I can fix my mistakes so fast that I can finish within a reasonable time. Except for this unsolicited confession you probably wouldn't have suspected. Thank God for spell checker. Between that and several proof readings I can appear to be coherent. Even at that, I still see mistakes after I post something and have to sign back in to correct them.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Free speech -- NPR style

The latest lightening bolt of liberalism struck one of it's own. Juan Williams, a contributing Senior Political Analyst for National Public Radio, was fired yesterday for comments he made during an appearance on Bill O'Reilly's show. Williams is moderate liberal who is one of the few liberals who will invoke common sense into a discussion. He was talking with O'Reilly about the host's now celebrated stint on "The View" during which two of the moderators walked off the set. All because of a comment about how it was Muslims that killed Americans on 9/11. Well, duh. It was the Japanese that bombed Pearl Harbor. It was the Germans who systematically exterminated Jews. Are we so damn politically correct that we have to state the obvious that it was the extremists among them who committed those acts?

Anyway, Mr. Williams allowed as how when he is flying, he becomes a little nervous or fearful if he realizes that self-admitted Muslims in their traditional garb are also passengers on the flight. For this honesty he was fired by the government supported NPR. Can you say censorship? The very group who hails free speech and dissension as basic American rights, now decides who amongst them may say what.

I have a question for those of you who read this blog. Since 9/11, have you ever had a flight where it was obvious there were Muslim passengers. If so, did you not have just a little hint of apprehension about what could happen if they were the extremist type? Did you not wonder to yourself, just for a moment, what must it have been like that day? You know you did. Whether or not you will admit it is the question.

For Juan Williams, this admission cost him his livelihood. I'm not exactly crushed that there will be one less liberal pontificating on NPR. And I won't shed a tear if the liberals start killing off their own, but the trampling of this man's rights is disconcerting.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The party of 'no" versus the party of "gimme"

I hear it all the time. Republicans are the party of NO. They vote against Obama's programs in Congress just to be belligerent and make him look bad. Or are they just being a concerned parent?

To me, the spending issue is more like the difference between a parent who is too lenient and a parent who practices discipline. There are a few different definitions of discipline but the one that strikes at the heart of it is "training to increase strength and self-reliance". Parenting is the hardest job in the world. It takes great inner strength to say no to your child when you would much rather just see them happy. It would make your life so much easier to give your child anything they wanted. Teaching them to earn their way and watching them struggle to do it takes a lot of faith, courage and heartache. But it prepares them for the real world.

Our government is the lenient parent. It needs to be the disciplining one. It's sure easy to say yes to all the groups looking for handouts. Not only does it give you a warm fuzzy feeling, it will probably get you elected. But it creates many a disincentive and many a "spoiled child". As you parents know, once you have said yes to unlimited spending on a child and then try to reign them in, there's hell to pay. You can see this happening right now to our government. When is the last time you heard about a government welfare program being discontinued? We never seem to terminate one to add another. We just add it on anyway. And the debt continues to skyrocket as more groups line up at the treasury trough.

The party of no? I think after November 2nd it will seem more like the country of no.  Or, to put it another way, parenting at its best.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

And this is the government you want "taking care of you"?

Here are just two articles from the past week or so:

1. "As states slash support and stimulus dollars are funneled through targeted grant programs, local governments must simultaneously give pink slips to veteran employees and opportunities to fresh recruits." -- Washington Post

And never the twain shall meet.

2. "The federal government last year sent about 89,000 checks of $250 each to dead or incarcerated people through the Obama administration's economic stimulus program, according to a watchdog report."  -- Associated Press

Let me do the math for you. That's $22,250,000.00. Every taxpaying household in the country just gave 16 cents to a dead person or a convicted criminal. And some people say Americans aren't generous!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beautiful moment ---- beautiful people!

You have often heard me refer to the "dark side" of human nature when discussing events around the world. With terrorism and drug cartels and saber rattling always in the news, it makes one almost ashamed to be part of the human species. That's why it's especially gratifying when the best of human nature takes center stage, as it is now doing in Chile. I know you all are feeling the same heart-warming emotions as me watching these brave men return to the earth's surface from one-half mile below. Words coming rushing forth at this incredible display of human endurance and ingenuity meeting face to face. Words like courage, composure, compassion, spirit and many many more.

I know little of this sliver of a country but I think I now know all I need to know. These are wonderful, intelligent and beautiful people. The bravery of the miners is honored by the determination of the rescue team and the dignity of the families. And the president is showing his remarkable common touch by just being one of the crowd and hugging each miner as they gain back their freedom. This is no photo op; this man cares.

This is ongoing and we hold our breath as each man bravely endures a terrifying journey to be reunited with his loved ones. The trials these men have faced are not over. The difficulty they will have adjusting to their "new" life is well documented. But for now, it is a scene that only the coldest of hearts could keep from appreciating. And, for a change, we can be proud we belong to the human race.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Forget baseball - America has a new pasttime

It's called Road Rage! I just finished a 1500 mile trip through New England. I didn't fly but I still kissed the ground when I got home. There's nothing like a long road trip to remind you that there are many, many really crazy people out there with a one ton weapon at their disposal.

I actually had to stop and check the back of my car to make sure some prankster didn't put a "please run me off the road" sign on my bumper. I mean, I'm not responsible for pot holes, road construction, speed limits, radar traps or any other highway problem another driver might have. Why do they want to take out their frustration on me? Oh, and for those of you who read my other posts, I didn't once leave my blinker on for an extended time.

We've all seen him. The dreaded "weaver".  I had drivers who apparently thought I was out to ruin their whole day pass and cut in front of me with mere inches to spare. There's little I can do at that point but I will not give them the satisfaction of honking at them afterward. That would acknowledge that they had accomplished something. And of course, if they are crazy enough to drive like that, they are probably also crazy enough to have a loaded AK-47 on the front seat with them. As the man said, "discretion is the better part of valor". Anyway, there are other ways of getting even with those miscreants.

Well, I"ve got to end this post. I have to go outside to try to get the blood off my front bumper. Drive safely!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

No fries....cheeps!

This just in from Tennessee: Bruce Tuck, who confessed in December to a series of rapes in Martin, TN, and was sentenced to 60 years in prison, and who faces still more charges, tried to withdraw his confession in June. He complained that he was not of sound mind at the time because, though weighing 275 pounds, he was being held in jail on a “lettuce-only” diet. Thus, he said, he was unusually vulnerable when a detective offered him a bag of chips to admit to the charges.

This is the old "potato chip" defense and the coppers fell for it. When will these flat foots learn anyway? Can't they see they're be set up for an appeal with this kind of bribery. What 275 pound "alleged" sexual deviant wouldn't give a false confession for a bag of chips. This is entrapment at it's very worst. Forget about water boarding, this is what torture is all about. What kind of a cruel mind denies a man his junk food and insists he eat something healthy instead? This appears to be the most egregious kind of police brutality since Rodney King.

In his comments to the press, Mr. Tuck was heard to say "can't we all just have some chips"?

P.S. For me, it would be donuts.