Friday, April 25, 2008

Lovin' Alaska

Yesterday the lawn was completely clear of snow and the day before it was 60 degrees.
Most folks have already replaced their studded snow tires with their summer tires.

Today it has snowed a foot and we expect another foot by tomorrow morning. And it's that heavy wet heart-attack snow.

Work tomorrow is going to be nothing but accidents and vehicles in ditches.


Another Panhandler Story

This one from Salt Lake City, Utah

Needy or Greedy? Panhandler Seen By 2News Living In Sugar House

The story describes a young woman who makes, roughly, $50 per hour and instead of being homeless, as her sign suggests, she lives at her mother's house.

I'm a liberal so I'm all for charity. Do I give enough to charitable organizations? Nope. Should I give way more? Yup.

But, as I've said many times before (list of panhandler stories), panhandlers piss me right off.

You've been warned, people, if you give money to panhandlers you are perpetuating the problem. You are being duped. You are undoubtedly a well-meaning person but you are being taken advantage of. Oh and here's a story out of Denver, Colorado with more numbers.

Better to spend you money on hookers, at least they WORK for a living.


Friday, April 18, 2008

A Baby Boy For Skinny G

Alaska Governor Sarah "Skinny G" Palin is the proud mother of newborn boy:

Trig Paxson Van Palin

The story is here: Gov. Palin gives birth to son

It remains unclear where "Trig" comes from but "Paxson" is a teenie-tiny Alaskan town north of Glennallen (which is also a tiny town).

And yes, the "Van" is because "Van Palin" sounds cool to the Governor who loves her 80's rock bands.

Best wishes to Skinny G and the whole Palin clan from her friends at the Panic Blog

Friday, April 11, 2008

Never Mess With an Angry Chicken Flinger

Clemson woman allegedly acts out during Wal-Mart termination process

By Pearce Adams (Contact)
Originally published 10:49 a.m., March 31, 2008
Updated 10:49 a.m., March 31, 2008

— A Clemson woman is facing charges of going “postal” at Wal-Mart in Anderson, causing $2,800 in damage when store managers terminated her from her job in the store's delicatessen.

Shanay Buie allegedly became upset about 3:30 p.m. Friday at 3812 Liberty Hwy.

“She returned to the deli and threw 2 chickens at 2 customers,” according to the
incident report. “At that time, she also threw on the ground 2 printers worth about $1,000 each. She also threw to the ground 2 sets of dishes worth about $400 a set.”

An arrest has not been made, according to records at the Anderson City Jail.

News from The Independent Mail
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(and I don't get anything for shilling for them but since I'm using their picture it seems only fair to plug them)

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Silly Poetry Saturday

not haiku, just three line poems

Your warm embrace protects me

like gelatin surrounding Vienna Sausages

to prevent their damage in transit


Gas prices are high

but not as high as the gas price paid

after eating too much Mexican food


Vienna Sausages

Mexican Food

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Why I Hate Politicians , example #1

I want to like John McCain, I really do.

War hero: undeniable

Not a Christian Conservative Zealot – also a plus

And yet… well, just read this quote:

Weaver is John Weaver, [McCain's] senior adviser
Brian is Mr. Jones, [McCain's] press secretary

Reporter: “Should U.S. taxpayer money go to places like Africa to fund contraception to prevent AIDS?”

Mr. McCain: “Well I think it’s a combination. The guy I really respect on this is Dr. Coburn. He believes – and I was just reading the thing he wrote– that you should do what you can to encourage abstinence where there is going to be sexual activity. Where that doesn’t succeed, than he thinks that we should employ contraceptives as well. But I agree with him that the first priority is on abstinence. I look to people like Dr. Coburn. I’m not very wise on it.”

(Mr. McCain turns to take a question on Iraq, but a moment later looks back to the reporter who asked him about AIDS.)

Mr. McCain: “I haven’t thought about it. Before I give you an answer, let me think about. Let me think about it a little bit because I never got a question about it before. I don’t know if I would use taxpayers’ money for it.”

Q: “What about grants for sex education in the United States? Should they include instructions about using contraceptives? Or should it be Bush’s policy, which is just abstinence?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “Ahhh. I think I support the president’s policy.”

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

Q: “I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?”

Mr. McCain: (Laughs) “Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraceptionI’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.”

Q: “But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: ‘No, we’re not going to distribute them,’ knowing that?”

Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) “Get me Coburn’s thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn’s paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I’ve never gotten into these issues before.”

Originally from Adam Nagourney at The Caucus, The New York Times Politics Blog
But I saw it first on First Door on the Left


Firstly: "I've never gotten into these issues before?" This cannot be the first time he's been asked about abstinence-only sex education and contraception. So he's either daft or a liar.

Secondly: "I refuse to answer until I have LexisNexis and Google'd all of my prior known statements on the issue," should never be an acceptable answer. Would John McCain rather be known as daft or as a liar than be known as a flip-flopper? Can't we just let our politicians (our prospective commander in chief) change their minds over their career on issues?

In this case I'm blaming both the playah and the game.

Thank you, Senator, for being honest enough to tell us why you are not going to answer on this issue but shame on you for not answering at all.

Straight Talk Express, my ass.

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