Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Go Mr Paul!

Ron Paul rips NRA plan for officers in every school | Fox News: ""Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners and warrantless physical searches? We see this culture in our airports: witness the shabby spectacle of once proud, happy Americans shuffling through long lines while uniformed TSA agents bark orders. This is the world of government provided 'security,' a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse," Paul said. "

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Child psychiatrist recommends intangible holiday gifts - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Child psychiatrist recommends intangible holiday gifts - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader: ""Maybe buying tickets to go somewhere or taking your kids to the park or sitting down with your kids even to watch TV, or to share a meal, I think that's a gift that kids remember a lot more.""

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Stop Being Rude: The New Rules of Social Business

Stop Being Rude: The New Rules of Social Business: "4. Meetings—don’t give them a chance. Do you know why your team would rather be on Facebook or texting with that hot number from the bar last night? It’s because your meetings suck. They’re boring, time-consuming, and without purpose. Restructure your meetings so they take 20-minutes, tops. Require only that required people attend. And… make everyone leave technology at the door (including your boring PowerPoint presentations)."

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

The People vs. the United States

The People vs. the United States: "In the new subdivision a television blares. Husband and wife sit on a couch, watching a sitcom. Right next to each other, but they might as well be alone. Upstairs, in his room, one child plays video games. In the next room, another child listens to her iPod and sends text messages to a friend who lives on the next block. They have nothing to say to each other. They only know how to be spoken to. They are desperate for the loud devices that drown out the silence, and that electronic noise is the only thing really at home here; the people are all strangers. For them, family is a conspiracy of deception, a temporary resting ground from their lives, dominated by the institutions of school or work, lives they are simply passing through as though it were the scenery outside a car window. They provide one another company to ignore that they are totally alone."

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

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       There. Heard it enough?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hello? Syria? Anybody there? Come back soon.

I am adding to this post. I would like to say that if my government shuts down my access to the internet I would hope there would be somebody outside trying to correct that bullshit. I wish I could help the regular people in Syria. So, I am going to look for sites that are owned by the government there and at least go to the site. If everyone did it at least once then the site would be overwhelmed. Denial of service attack? I guess you could call it that but that is what is being done to the people. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sanctuary: Florida church invites fugitives to surrender | Fox News

   I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea! Being afraid of the police in this country is a very real problem. This doesn't fix that problem but is sure does help. I once had a misdemeanor warrant(failure to appear when I was sued) and when I went to the police station to pay the fine-bail I was treated like crap. It took over twelve hours for them to process me and I was standing there with cash in hand. All in a holding cell. This is what people like me need. Somebody on our side when we try to do the right thing.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

NYers are stuck up

Oh, the mess left by Sandy! OMG! Oh wait, that's not NYC. That's Syria. But we don't care about them, do we? It is not NY so it is ok. Let those people die and get flooded out and so what. Hell, New Yorkers don't even care about their own country. Haha I mean, Isaac, was a stronger hurricane and hardly any news, but if it is New York........... Get over yourselves. Yes, it was a storm. It caused some damage. The rest of the world calls it nature. Clean up now. Carry on.

   "Gonzalez shook her head at how shellshocked New Yorkers were after the storm. "I'm from Florida. Hurricanes come, and then they go. People are freaking out," she said."  


Isaac (NOLA)

And let's not forget 500 million without power. But it is ok, it's not NYC. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tired of greed

What I buy, with my own money, is mine. I will do whatever I want with it. That includes tangible or intangible assets. I will not pay a company money for a product and then have anyone tell me how or what I can do with it. So, if you are a company that has a problem with that, don't sell me the product. And if you are a dick about it, I won't buy it.(Are you listening Apple and Chase? To name a couple.)

Easy as that.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A very paranoid bank

  I received an email from a Certain Bank employee. (Certain bank does have some really nice people working for them, by the way.) Anyway, I couldn't help but laugh at the legalize in the 'signature' of the mail. Not only is it long, drawn out, and paranoid, but they go on to repeat it!! And the repeat is even longer! Too funny. Now if I have a workman come to my house and they start in on all the things they are NOT responsible for, and tell me don't tell anyone what they are doing, I am gonna be a little suspicious.  lol  Just Sayin'

This message may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient , or the employee or agent responsible for delivery of this message to the intended recipient , you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify the sender and delete this e-mail message from your computer.

This transmission may contain information that is privileged, confidential, legally privileged, and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein (including any reliance thereon) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Although this transmission and any attachments are believed to be free of any virus or other defect that might affect any computer system into which it is received and opened, it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that it is virus free and no responsibility is accepted by Certain Bank & Co., its subsidiaries and affiliates, as applicable, for any loss or damage arising in any way from its use. If you received this transmission in error, please immediately contact the sender and destroy the material in its entirety, whether in electronic or hard copy format. Thank you.

COPYRIGHT CREDIT: The 'signature' above says that I am not to disclose the 'message'. I get it and did not and won't. However, I believe that the 'signature' was written to me, personally, and does not fall under the 'message' they are referring to. The link to actual email cannot be provided so credit cannot be given.(They said so themselves)  'Certain Bank'. is not the real name of said bank. According to the copyright laws used on my blog(see link above)  I feel that I have followed the spirit of the law to the best of my ability. If not, said bank can contact me about it.
Geez, my legaleze is almost longer than theirs!  lol  But, they have better lawyers.

When ‘God’s will,’ rape and pregnancy collide – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

When ‘God’s will,’ rape and pregnancy collide – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs: "“If you believe she has no right to terminate that pregnancy, you're free to believe that,” Kushner said. “But for you to write your preferences into law and compel another person to mess her life up because of what you believe, I think you're going too far.”"

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Friday, October 5, 2012

We had a club

   We had a club. It was called the 'Blue Roses'. Oh, we had a great time. You see, my friends and I have always loved Blue Roses.. So pretty. Our motto, borrowing from William was, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet but a blue rose....Wow".  We had weekly meetings to show off and talk about our roses. Growing tips and ways to make the roses blue.(loving hands help a lot) We helped each other in our gardens. We turned white roses into wonderful and beautiful blue roses.
   We went to flower shows all the time. Beautiful roses there. All colors. White, red, yellow. Roses are the best and most beautiful flowers. We just think blue is the best. :) Sometimes we won awards for our blue roses, sometimes not. We showed them off every chance we got. We gave to weddings and sometimes, sadly, to funerals. We had blue flowers at birthdays and anniversaries. We were so proud to have our blue roses in with all the differents kinds of flowers and colors. Blue Roses.
   So, one day, we had this really nice lady come to us and said she wanted to join our club. We were glad to have her. We like all types of people that like roses. She had a garden. She had her own watering can. So we signed her up and all was good. She came to a meeting or two without a rose but that's ok. Our club is to be with others and share your love of blue roses. It was the good feeling that blue roses create that we were getting together for anyway.
   Then it happened. We had gotten together for our usual Wednesday meeting. That really nice lady had shone up. She had brought an orange rose. Let me tell you, that was one great rose. I mean, it was perfect. The yellowish orange starting on the bottom flowing into the bright orange at the top of the petals was outstanding. The petals didn't have a blemish on them. The stem was the perfect green. One of the best examples of a rose I had ever seen.
   But it was not blue. Now everybody hemmed and hawed about how nice it was and how well tended it had been, but the fact was, it was not blue. Nobody said anything to her at the meeting but at coffee after, a couple of us brought up the fact that she had brought an orange rose to the Blue Rose club. We agreed that although orange roses are indeed a great flower, this was the Blue Roses club. We also agreed to ask her not to attend if she was going to continue to bring different color roses. She was still welcome but we all wanted to stick with blue. It seemed pretty straight forward. I mean, We are the Blue Roses. Only blue roses were at our meetings. Posters of coloring techniques on the walls. So if you would like to see other colors of roses, then by all means, go and see them but not here. At least that is what we thought. So we let her know.
  A few weeks later I get a letter in the mail. From some government agency. Office of Discrimination or something like that. I am wondering why did they write me? Maybe some blue roses for one of their 'conferences'? haha  Nope. It seems that the Blue Roses club practices discrimination. What? Well the lady with the orange rose says we violated her rights by not allowing her color rose at the meetings. What? I am not sure how we did that. What is the name of the club? Was anybody confused as to the nature(pun) of our club. Did she miss the posters and lectures about the color of our roses?
   Well, that office says since we allow roses at our meetings we have to allow all colors of roses. Although we promote the color blue, the law says we have to allow all colors so that each has equal rep. I am not sure I understand. We like blue roses. We like to hang around people who like blue roses. Although liking other colors, we like to spend some time with just blue roses. And we are wrong? And why would she want to join our club when she could just easily join the orange rose group? (I wouldn't go to it but she could.) What happened to our rights?
   Well, we tried to talk to that office about it. Explained our side. Not hurting anybody and all. Free association, birds of a feather, that sort of thing. But the government has more money and apparently, a lot of free time, so we were judged to be wrong and told what we will do in the future. We kinda figured that would happen. Government and all.
  We changed the bylaws and allowed anybody with any color rose in. Just wonderful. All the colors of roses and after awhile they let in other flowers as well. But the club lost sight of the original feeling, the love, for the blue rose.The whole reason for the club was gone. I, and a few of my friends stopped going. It just was not the same club anymore. It was not our club any more. But people's rights to have different colors are well secured, so I should be glad.
  Eventually the club was sued by the nice lady. Emotional distress caused by the way the club had treated her color of the rose, she said. She claimed that she could no longer grow orange roses after that. She won and the club had to fold due to bankruptcy. She won twice, but destroyed it all. Nice lady. (I heard she is trying to join the Boy Scouts now.)
  My friends and I still meet with our beloved blue roses. The government can't really stop that. We just don't tell anyone and we don't call it a club.
  If we did we might 'offend' someone. Couldn't do that, could we?


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Korea peninsula could face 'thermonuclear war', North tells U.N. - chicagotribune.com

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un sits in a wooden boat with other soldiers as he visits military units on islands in the most southwest of Pyongyang
(Shortayyyy) Aww shit
Get your towels ready it's about to go down (shorty, yeah)
Everybody in the place hit the fuckin deck (shorty, yeah)
But stay on your motherfuckin toes
We runnin this, let's go

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Friday, September 28, 2012



Iranian: 'Our money is becoming more and more worthless every day' - World News

  I would like to help out the average citizen of Iran. NOT the government, but ordinary people. I do not believe the people are so bad as my government says they are. They are ordinary people with lives and hopes like the rest of us. Just because their higher ups wanna be fools and such shouldn't mean that the little person should starve. So, to that end, I have an offer. Now, remember that I am poor but not out. My offer is.........I will pay $1 for every 10,000 Rials. At that rate I can only afford to buy 200,000 Rials at this time. That is almost 3 times the going rate. (On Tuesday the currency hit an all-time low against the U.S. dollar, trading at 26,500 to the U.S. dollar on the open market).
  Now remember, this is a private transaction between two people. I, in no way, support the actions of the country of Iran. I will not import or export anything to Iran. My country has laws and such that say what I can and cannot do in relation to Iran and several other countries. I will abide with that.
   I just don't think the ordinary person should have to suffer for the actions of a few old men. With that said, leave me a comment or whatever and I will get back to you. 

Iranian: 'Our money is becoming more and more worthless every day' - World News:

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

 If you can read this-thank a teacher; If you can read it in English- thank a military veteran(esp. a WWII vet)

I have seen this written before but just wanna say it again. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Can't blame Canada

US soldier who refused to go back to Iraq arrested on return from Canada - World News:
Tutu: Iraq war based on 'a lie'
Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, famous for campaigning against apartheid in South Africa, made a last-ditch plea for the Canadian authorities to allow Rivera to stay. "“When the United States and Britain made the case in 2003 for the invasion of Iraq, it was on the basis of a lie. We were told that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and that these weapons posed an imminent threat to humanity,” he wrote in The Globe and Mail newspaper Monday.
“But those who were called to fight this war believed what their leaders had told them. … U.S. soldiers such as Kimberly Rivera, through her own experience in Iraq, came to the conclusion that the invasion had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction. Indeed, the presence of U.S. forces only created immense misery for civilians and soldiers alike,” he said.
“Those leaders to whom soldiers such as Kimberly Rivera looked for answers failed a supreme moral test. More than 110,000 Iraqis have died in the conflict since 2003, millions have been displaced and nearly 4,500 American soldiers have been killed,” he added."

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Shhhh, the Archbishop is talking. Listen up.

Friday, September 14, 2012

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I took a check, to be cashed, to CHASE BANK. A law firm had written me a check from their account at CHASE BANK. I took it to CHASE BANK because it was a CHASE BANK check. I presented proper ID and they said no problem. But there would be a SIX DOLLAR charge to cash it! WTF? It is their check but I have to pay because I am not a customer? No f*cking thought to the 'customer' whose account the CHASE BANK check was written from? And my unemployment debit card, handled by CHASE BANK, does not count as an account? I was owed money, was paid money, and CHASE BANK thinks they need to have some of it too. So, F*ck you, CHASE BANK! Keep the $6. Maybe I should thank you for not charging me to get my unemployment check? A**holes.

I am freaking tired of companies thinking that they have a right to my money. Every little thing has a fee. They take my money at the drop of a computer key but take forever if they owe me money. Hey, CHASE BANK and all you others, I can see, on my computer, that my transactions are in an instant. You take my money at that moment, so don't give me no lame ass excuse about how it is gonna take you so many 'business days' to get my money to me. It is total BS and I and other people know it. We are not idiots. I hate banks.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Netiquette: Five texts you should never send - CNN.com

Netiquette: Five texts you should never send - CNN.com: "Texting was supposed to save us time by letting us bypass the phone call and just instantly telegraph the important stuff. But we've grown so reliant upon it that we obliviously miss, Mr. Bean-like, the conversations that could happen expeditiously over the phone.
So often, we put our thumbs to work typing out long and convoluted messages that warrant a detailed, meticulous volley of responses, when wagging our tongues would have cleared things up in 30 seconds flat. More than half of texters have "long, personal text message exchanges," according to a 2010 survey. They are all wasting time.
Our rule of (red, raw, overused) thumb: If your text is longer than two sentences and it demands a response other than a simple yes or no, just hit Call. You'll save everyone a little time and a lot of confusion."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My house? In rockford down 19% :(

Time to buy: The most affordable housing markets - Bottom Line: "3. Rockford, Illinois
 Home price as percent of family income: 132 percent
 Median home price: $80,000 (fifth lowest)
 Median family income: $60,000 (76th lowest)
 Unemployment: 11.6 percent (17th highest)
For decades, Rockford’s economy has relied primarily on a strong manufacturing base, but in recent years it has struggled with high unemployment due to the manufacturing industry’s decline. Rockford’s unemployment rate of 11.6 percent is the highest of all metro areas on this list and the 17th highest of all metro areas surveyed. This, along with a median family income below the U.S. median income, has led to cheaper home prices. The high unemployment rate could depress the housing market for some time. Median home prices are only expected to rise by 2.4 percent in 2013, less than the 5.0 percent price increase expected nationally. However, between 2012 and 2017, home prices are expected to grow at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent, besting the U.S. rate of 3.9 percent."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Just a summers day

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Technology | Futility Closet

Technology | Futility Closet: "Douglas Adams’ “rules that describe our reactions to technologies”:

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things."

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Monday, July 30, 2012

WTF? And I can't pay my electric bill!

The M1 Abrams: The Army tank that could not be stopped - Open Channel: "The $3 billion at stake in this fight is not a large sum in Pentagon terms – it’s roughly what the building spends every 82 minutes. "

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Say it again, out loud. 3 BILLION(!) EVERY 82 MINUTES!  I made less than 10 thousand IN A YEAR! Geez.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Well said

  • Lance Stoff

    These same incidents DO happen around the world. These acts of violence are not unique to the United States.
    What is unique to the United States is the amount of National and International attention that are given to these acts by our our 3 ring circus masters: the Media. While these acts are horrible and do need to be reported on, our media tends to sensaltionalize these things in a manner that is as over the top as a Rogers & Hammerstein musical.
    Our Media is like a teenager full of angst shouting for attention "Hey look at me".
    It is the MEDIA that make this a political issue by giving these incidents so much "over the top" attention.
    A dozen people were killed in Colorado. yes it is a horrible thing.
    How many people were killed all over the world that day?
    How many soldiers were killed and injured?
    How many were killed or injured with something other than a firearm?
    Let's suppose the perpetrator didn't have a gun.
    As determined as he was to commit this act of violence, he would have found another, possibly even more deadly way to commit this heinous crime.
    Think about it.
    Suppose he had:
    Walked into the theater, lit a flare and used it to light several pipe bombs he had made and had thrown them into the crowd.
    Chained the doors to that theater shut and started it on fire with some sort of accelerant.
    Drove a vehicle into the building.
    Remember Timothy McVei? or the guy that flew his plane into the IRS building?
    Are we going to have tougher pipe buying laws? gasoline buying laws? car buying laws? Truck Rental laws?
    Just think for a moment, what the outcome MAY have been, if there had been armed, trained civilians in the theater that night.
    Perhaps the body count would have been less and perhaps the perpetrator would have been amongst them. But alas the theater was filled with a bunch of neutered people, who have had it beaten into them that defending yourself is bad.
    Texas has the right idea. if everyone has a gun, it's kind of like Nuclear Deterant: You have a gun? so do I, now what?
    Our politicians could not care less about the people killed and injured.
    To the politicians they are a nameless, faceless "thing" to be exploited, to rally some segment of voters to their camp so they can gain what they desire: poloitical power.
    I was taught to stand up to bullies. If you stand up to a bully, you might get beat up, but if you don't stand up to them, you DEFINETLY will get beat up.
    (I believe this applies to politics as well, politicians are just bullies armed with money instead of guns)
    It bothers me that the ones pounding the pulpit saying it would be safer if noone had guns, are people who live in a completely different world from the majority of the population, and are a lot less likely to be a victim of this type of violence.
    To them it's ok that the average citizen doesn't have a gun to defend themselves.
    They sit back with security, fences, gates, armed guards to defend them.
    I bet when they call 911 the cops show up to their house a lot faster than they do to mine.
    Does that guy in the White House go to movies at a Cineplex? how about any of the other candidates, in fact, how about any of the influential people who want gun control? No, I'm sure the majority go to prvate screenings & gala event premiers.
    They have as much chance of being the victim of a home invasion as I have of walking on the moon tomorrow.
    So lets say it comes to pass, gun regulation up the wahzoo.
    Only 1 out of 100 homes has a gun.
    Has that stopped people from illegally obtaining guns? probably not.
    What it has done is to give criminals a much larger flock of sheep to prey upon.
    Would you be more or less likely to attack someone if they were a very high probability that they were armed too?
    A change in gun laws? you bet. start teaching our children gun safety in school at an early age. Train them to be proficient in their use. teach them firearm responsibility. Maybe, just maybe, we would go from being a nation of unarmed potential victims, to a nation of armed potential heroes.
    Taking guns away from law abiding citizens so that criminals won't be able to get ahold of them, is like saying we should take away cars from everyone so a thief can't steal it and use it to commit another crime.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

So true, it's funny!

Top 10 Tech Stupidity Taxes You Should Never Pay: "Perhaps your friends don't have the guts to tell you this so I will. Nobody wants to hear the Macarena while waiting for you to pick up the phone. Ringback tones may be priced at only a couple of dollars each, but those charges add up quickly as 10 ringback tones cost as much as something truly valuable, a whole month of unlimited texting.

Even worse, these embarrassing tones will cost you the respect of your friends and colleagues. While you're at it, why don't you leave an outgoing voicemail message for your callers with the voice of Clint Eastwood saying "Go ahead. Make my day?" Hilarity is sure to ensue."

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And, there is absolutely no reason to pay for ring tones. At all. Ever. For that same two dollars I will show you how to never pay for ring tones again. Totally legal. Email me or use the call button in this blog if you need to. (My ring tone is an old fashioned desktop phone, in case you wanna know.)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

This is happening in America.

Japanese parliament report: Fukushima nuclear crisis was 'man-made' - CNN.com: ""What must be admitted -- very painfully -- is that this was a disaster 'Made in Japan,'" the report said. "Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to 'sticking with the program.'""

This is an American problem also. And it is getting worse.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scriptures tell them to do good, love their neighbors, be faithful to their husbands and wives. They tell them not to steal or kill.

All good things. Very good basics. Church can be good. And then they get out of hand. Got to be in everybody's business. Follow those rules above and you will go far, simple as that. You don't need a church to validate if you are doing good, you will know it. What goes around, comes around. Karma.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lying to our kids

Thanks, Kevin, for doing the typing. Highlights are mine.

Throughout elementary school I was inundated with ostensibly true, but very misleading evidence against the use of marijuana. What I most remember was being told that it contained "over 100 chemicals," and therefore was tantamount to drinking from the colored bottles under the sink. Up until high school I was under the impression that marijuana was very addictive, as much as heroin, and would inevitably lead to harder drugs. When I found out through my own research and personal experience that this was not true, I felt (and still feel) deceived.
If we're going to speak about a moral imperative to keep marijuana illegal, I'm puzzled as to why we, as a society, felt (feel?) it's ok to mislead children in the interest of some greater good. In fact, I believe I started using marijuana at the age I did because I found out I was deceived as a child. When I learned that many of the dangers that those anti-drug campaigns ingrained into me were made up, I questioned everything I believed. I do not think there is enough discussion about the message we tell our kids w/r/t drugs, and I really believe that honesty is the best policy. Not simply from a moral perspective, but from a practical one. When we lie to our children, they will find out, and they will not believe us in the future. I don't think young people should use drugs for two reasons: 1) it is physically harmful to anyone who uses it, and more physically harmful to a person who is still developing physically, and 2) there are many more productive things a young person can do with their time and their friends than use drugs (sports, schoolwork, art, building a good college application). I do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug in the way that it is typically portrayed, I do not believe it is immoral to use by an adult who is aware of the dangers involved, and I do believe that some drug use can be beneficial for a person psychologically/spiritually. This is the message I will tell my kids: it's honest, and it will help them understand why I won't allow them to smoke weed if they're not ready. When they are ready, it will be up to them.

Change of Subject: Google search sends pot reform fears up in smoke:

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

A kinder, gentler Ku Klux Klan? 'We do not hate anyone,' imperial wizard says – In America - CNN.com Blogs

A kinder, gentler Ku Klux Klan? 'We do not hate anyone,' imperial wizard says – In America - CNN.com Blogs: ""We're not racists," Chambers told CNN Monday. "We just want to be with white people. If that's a crime, then I don't know. It's all right to be black and Latino and proud, but you can't be white and proud. I don't understand it.""

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

#1) Think for yourself. Be skeptical of everything. Most people, corporations, governments and institutions are lying to you. There is much good in the world, but there is far more selfishness and greed which is falsely presented as that which is good.

#2) Follow your inner truth, not some external guru. Any guru who demands your obedience is a false prophet. A real teacher is one who empowers you and sets you free to explore your life experience with complete freedom tempered by a code of morals and personal responsibility.

#3) Serve in the protection of life, with or without a church or spiritual group. You can protect life every day in your own garden. Resist the seduction of profit and power that comes from serving darkness (i.e. working for Big Pharma). Seek to protect life, which is sacred and precious.

#4) Value all living things, including animals and plants. You are their shepherd. Protect the diversity of life and the integrity of the continuation of life. (For example, resist GMO and plant only non-hybrid seeds.)

#5) Live an authentic life. Practice what you teach. Walk your talk. Do not speak with one face and then secretly act out another. Spiritual strength comes from spiritual authenticity, and even if the world isn't aware of what you do when no one is looking, God and the universe most certainly are. Karma counts.

#6) Defend the innocent. Stand your ground against bullies. Resist tyranny. Promote freedom, liberty and justice. Help others when you can, and seek to empower others with the skills and knowledge they can use to support themselves rather than creating dependency.

#7) Tell the truth. It is powerful... perhaps the most powerful thing in the universe. The truth unfailingly outshines lies and deceptions. And even when the people around you may not see the truth, the greater universe does. By telling the truth, you empower yourself in all areas of your life, and you bring yourself closer to true spiritual understanding.

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/036112_sociopaths_cults_influence.html#ixzz1xPDysmFn

NYT: Prescription pills abused for better grades - Health - The New York Times - msnbc.com

  Once again, 'legal' drugs. Don't get me wrong here, many drugs are wonderful and have been a savior for humans everywhere, but just because a doctor or any other so called expert says it is ok does not necessarily make it a good thing. I fail to understand how we can listen to experts telling us the danger of drugs and then writing prescriptions for other more dangerous drugs and we just say ok. They know more than us so it must be ok? These same people to whom it is a real possibility that they used drugs to get the degree? (going by the article) When I was a drunk the best advice I had for life's challenges was another drink. Gave that advice to anybody. My stupid brain thought that. For some people that advice is fine and won't be a problem. But for a lot of people that is the worst thing I could say. But I was convinced I was right. I am a smart guy and an expert at drinking so I must be right, yes? If you know how silly that sounds, why do you just take your doctors word? They are human too, after all.
   So go ahead and freak out over a little pot and a drink or two. Watch your children all the time. No sex and god help them when the are a little late for curfew. Really clamp down when their grades are low. Don't let them be kids. They have to learn to be good adults. And if that kid does not live up to your standards, drug em. Sorry, medicate em. They will understand. Rehab will explain it.

NYT: Prescription pills abused for better grades - Health - The New York Times - msnbc.com:

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Opiate addiction: How prescription painkillers pave the way to heroin - Vitals

Wow. I had thought they said pot was the 'gateway' drug. Ya know, smoke a joint, end up in an alley talking to your hand? And now it seems that the straights forgot to look at themselves. At their own 'drug dealers'. And now some of those same people say it is alright to give drugs to our kids. Maybe it is. I wonder.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

 "“I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.”
― Carl Sagan"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

U.S. News - Fire captain demoted for Trayvon Martin Facebook post

. Grown ups acting like whiny little kids, I swear to God.  

Ok, you speak out, with quite possibly the truth, and you are punished. This is America, aint it? Free speech sometimes includes thing you don't want to hear. And always, you are gonna say things I don't like.(I just ignore you) This 'PC' speak is ridiculous.  This old kids chant says it, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"  Now that is American 'PC'.

U.S. News - Fire captain demoted for Trayvon Martin Facebook post: "Besides having disparaging words for the prosecutor, the post also said: "I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, (expletive), ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug,” he posted."

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations. - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations. - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Seriously, folks, there are legitimate debates about the problems that plague the black community from high incarceration rates to low graduation rates to high out-of-wedlock birth rates. But it’s clear that they’re not happening in black-studies departments. If these young scholars are the future of the discipline, I think they can just as well leave their calendars at 1963 and let some legitimate scholars find solutions to the problems of blacks in America. Solutions that don’t begin and end with blame the white man."

Naomi Riley caught my attention from the following link. Very good points made. I think I will keep reading her stuff.

This is her answer to the criticism of the above blog post.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Taking pics makes you a pervert.

Read the article. This lady took a picture out her car window. That is all. Nothing weird. What are we coming to when taking pictures gets the police involved? I once was taking pictures of my son at the park and someone came up and said I could not take pictures of the children. Like I was some kind of pervert. Now I know that we have to watch out for the kids but this is getting out of hand. Not every middle age white guy is a pedophile, (in this case, a woman) and I am getting tired of people acting that way. You should see the looks I get when I am out with my grandbaby. I know, I know, better safe than sorry. Well, let me hear you say that when it is you they are looking at.

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College grads are more honest? Yea, right.

Residents get a chance to comment at Dixon council - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader: "One thing every speaker agreed on was that Rita Crundwell deserved severe punishment. Crundwell pled not guilty to charges of wire fraud for allegedly stealing 53 million dollars from Dixon over the course of 22 years.

"I do not understand why a non-college graduate was allowed to be the comptroller," said another woman."

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

"In every single group of human beings, you have a certain percentage of crazy shitheads. Find me an organization of a million charity workers who have devoted their lives to saving homeless golden retrievers, and I'll bet my life that within that group I can find a faction of crazy shitheads. Hell, I'll bet I can find at least one in any group of a dozen people. Liberals, conservatives, moderates, weed advocates, anti-drug advocates, cupcake bakers, window washers. They all -- all -- have their crazy shitheads that can be pointed out. I bet I can find at least one in your family.
Therefore, their existence proves nothing about the group as a whole. And, therefore, it is always wrong to dismiss a political movement by simply pointing at their craziest shitheads and saying, "See! That is what (insert group here) is REALLY thinking." It's a cheap shot, anybody can do it and it's an outright lie."

I could not say this any better. It is also true of religion. And race.

5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds | Cracked.com
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

5 arrested for allegedly trying to blow up Ohio bridge | Fox News

5 arrested for allegedly trying to blow up Ohio bridge | Fox News: "It is unknown if the bridge incident was connected to Occupy Wall Street's plans for nationwide protests Tuesday."

Now why did FOX have to say that? It's also unknown if the bridge incident was connected to the Christians plans to hold services on Sunday either. How about the scouts? Seems these nuts seem to be just that. Nuts. Why would someone insinuate that a particular group might be connected? To make them look bad? It rained today, maybe it is connected to Occupy Wall Street. Car won't start, could be Occupy. Geez.
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Tired of being the entertainment director

  I head out to the yard and start 'playing'. Kids too. No problem. If I quit, the kids will too. If someone is not with them they quit. Within minutes, both will drift back in and sit their ass in front of the TV.
  I have two kids like this and I don't understand. They always have to have something entertaining them. Something electronic. No thinking. They don't know how to find things to do. I got one who won't go outside because there are no other kids out. What? (I picture other kids, sitting in their house, saying the same thing.) And they act like sitting in front of whatever device is a right. A right?  And if I want them to do anything else, I had better provide it. Screw that!
 READ A FREAKING BOOK! Go outside. Go fishing. Ride a bike. Draw. PLAY! Anything.

(If you don't, I am gonna severely restrict the internet access in this house. I am under no obligation to provide it.)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Do Gooders

“I’ve come to believe that Take Your Daughters And Sons to Work Day is largely a feel-good exercise for the privileged,” she wrote.

   I completely believe that a number of charities have come to this.(see earlier post) Personally, when I hear 'Silent Auction' at a fund raiser I just know it is rich people at Giovani's or Cliffbreakers trying to ease their guilt. Events at a cpl hundred dollars a plate does not equate to charity work. And they need to quit acting like it. Time AND money are needed. And I really believe the money is the least important of the two. 
   I got a suggestion. Bring your money and your body straight down to the church or food bank  or where ever and just jump right in! Quit enabling the Do Gooders.


Monday, April 23, 2012

 I am beginning to wonder if our next generation is so pampered by the success of the previous generation's hard won accomplishments, that they just expect exploration of Mars to magically happen? Or are they so entertained by their video games and iPod fantasies that they don't even care?

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11292047-astronauts-revisit-the-shuttle-debate   Mark S-2582942

Monday, April 9, 2012

MELD disses volunteer!

   I just gotta say this . Something aint right. Now normally I don't interfere with my wife's personal affairs, but this time I gotta. Two years ago she was out of work. Sad and mopey, so she says "I am gonna volunteer!" She likes babies and is a caring person so after some thought she decides on MELD. Great place. As much as I know they help young mothers and fathers with their babies. That's a good thing. More power to them. So she goes down and everybody agrees and she starts going on Monday nights and takes care of the kids while mom and dad have group sessions. Even after she got another job. Every Monday, rain or shine, winter and summer she is there. She loves it. She even sets up her blog for donations to get clothes and toys for the babies. At one time she had her sister working too. She talks about the MELD babies all the time. Nothing personal, just the love and caring.
   Are you getting this? A volunteer who shows up everytime for over two years, donates clothes and toys, Loves doing it and what? Nothing. No thanks. No atta girl. No how are you doing. Not even a freaking Coke cola. 2 years!  Nothing. And you may say that she was volunteering and so she should expect nothing. Yep, you are right. And she didn't want anything. But would it have hurt? Isn't that common courtesy. Wouldn't you want to encourage people giving you free help?  But that aint all. They FIRED her!!  She went to the head dude and told him she was getting tired and maybe she cut cut down to every other week and he said that happens and he took her off the schedule! Pretty much said go away.That is fired as far as I can tell. And did he say thanks for your help and we appreciate it? Nope.
   My take on why he didn't want her anymore? He didn't like what else she had to say. Was not his way so it was gonna be no way. Some charities that do good, get what I call a histronic tunnel vision. They get so into the fact that they are being good that they fail to see others doing it too. If it aint their way of doing good then it is not the way. Full of themselves. "I am so good that everything I do is good. I cannot be wrong. My good is better than any other good." I think her suggestion implied that maybe the group needed a little redirecting and some suggestions for helping the moms and dads, but that just didn't fit in with MELD's way of doing good. I could be wrong.
  She doesn't regret volunteering for MELD. In fact, she is totally supportive of them. She will most likely look for some other place that might need and appreciate her and the work she does. I just think MELD should step back and review the way volunteers are taken care of. Caring people should be welcome and, for sure, free help should never be turned away.
   Please, MELD, and anybody else, tell me what you think in the comments below.

Friday, March 30, 2012


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Thursday, March 29, 2012


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Trayvon Martin

Does anybody else see the similarities between these protesters demanding an arrest and an old time lynch mob? One difference is that he won't be strung up in an old tree, will he? Mr Zimmerman may well be guilty, and to me it looks like he is, but WE DON'T KNOW! The 'mob' seems to be acting like a judge, jury, and executioner. It appears that Zimmerman assumed that someone was guilty and now the mob seems to be doing the same thing. We need to see the reports and know all the facts before making judgments. These two men, before that fateful day, were both law abiding citizens legally and morally going about their business. Then something went horribly wrong. We don't know what happened.  We were not there. And until we get those answers, I don't think a lynching is in order. RIP Trayvon.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

And as for me, I can forgive my dad, but can never forget. And maybe my revenge is knowing that he's somewhere, watching me out-parenting him so hard that it makes his parenting skills look like a big pile of shit
John Cheese
Does the thought of going without alcohol scare you? 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Park here

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Saturday, March 17, 2012


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Friday, March 16, 2012

My backyard

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Rich people, and poor, should really read this. It makes a lot of sense. I could stop my bitching about 'rich' people if we could all do this. It was written by a 'rich' guy.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Matthew 7:12 Luke 6:31

My neighborhood has crime. Most do. So one morning I wake up to this.  >>>>>>>>>>>>

Not really. No neighborhood in America is going to think this is a good idea to fight crime. But this is what we do, as a nation, in other countries! Everyday, places where our military are, the people of that country see this. No wonder they don't like us. What if another country did that to us. No way! But we do it to them. Why? Do we not see?
In my town the police deal with the few idiots who disrupt and pretty much leave the rest of us alone. Most of the time I don't even know they are out there protecting me. That is good. I like it that way. But if every day, I see police, armed to the teeth, cruising around in armored vehicles rousting me at 'safety' checkpoints all the time I am gonna be damn pissed! Planes overhead all the time? Ones that could kill you any second? Are we surprised that they don't like us? I really think we need to take a step back, and take a look at ourselves. We may be taking our 'goodwill' to far. Seriously.

Picture credit to   http://blogs.aljazeera.com/asia/2012/02/29/serious-misstep-afghanistan

Friday, March 2, 2012

I am a veteran

This article is totally worth reading. The military has changed so much since I was a kid. In a lot of ways , much worse. Some ways a lot better. I could go on and on about the failures and how we have become almost no better than the people we fight but this does a lot better job than I can. Don't get me wrong here, I am very proud of my country and the fact that I did serve, but I must admit I am becoming a little disillusioned with the whole thing. Anyway, read this if you want. Comment if you want.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Think smoking laws.

“It’s difficult if you represent an alleged terrorist or a pedophile, because people don’t really care about the rights [including privacy rights] for these type of people,” Steir said. “But once we erode the rights of a group of people we don’t like, we effectively have started down a path where other people’s rights can be similarly denied.”

  I am not suggesting that smokers are as bad as terrorists or pedophiles although sometimes I have felt like I am being treated that way. The quote is to make a point. 
  My point here is those pesky rights. You HAVE to give them even if in doing so makes you sick cause you sure as hell are gonna want them if you are ever accused or some people decide what you like is not to be. There are lots of things and ways stuff are done that I don't like and I could care less about those people.(Tax soda to death, I don't drink it so I don't care. lol like my cigarettes) Screw em, do whatever, I don't care. NOT.
   I have to allow them so that I am protected also. I will stand up for their right to be a dickhead. I have to. That is what this country is all about. And with that, I should expect them to stand up for mine. The majority may rule but that same majority have to protect the rights of the minority no matter how distasteful it may be. It could be you.

Read the full article containing quote here   http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/12/10386205-200-priests-suspected-of-abuse-living-in-california-victims-lawyer-says

Sunday, February 5, 2012


  I have never liked Facebook. No surprise, to anyone who knows me. Way to personal for me. I ain't talking about addresses or names, or maybe where you work. I am talking about the 'personal' things. Not like a perv or weirdo things altho some have those to. lol  There was an episode on Seinfeld where George is upset that his two worlds were gonna collide. Relationship George and regular George. That's how I feel. There is husband Tad, Tad the dad, working Tad, Tad who plays,and others too. And that doesn't even count the people always talking to me in my head! hahah  Some of these Tad's should not be together. Playing Tad might get working Tad fired or working Tad could be a real bore at the park. This Tad wouldn't show that photo album to Tad's mom. 
   "Shaun Saunders, CEO, GraffitiPR: It makes you unproductive, fries your brain, ruins relationships, makes you say and do things in an open source environment that you wouldn't normally say or do. What good are you to Procter & Gamble if any of above things are an issue?"
  All of these Tad's together at the same time would be a real screw up. Some of my worlds just should not be together. We all have our own little worlds. You know what I am talking about.
    But that is what Facebook does! Throws all those Tad's into the same pot and that can't be. So I have stayed away. People have thought I was a little nuts about it. But after seeing some of the trouble people have gotten into I don't regret my choice. Now there is some proof that FB may be sliding.(Can you still get into your Myspace acct? lol)
   "3. Matthew Crowe, Founder/CEO, Ahhha.com: It's time is short-lived. It provides no "real" value and while Zuck claims to bring people "together" on FB, it in fact is making people less and less connected in actuality."
   Facebook has become more and more childish. I know one guy who creates female profiles to make his girlfriend jealous. I know of people who keep up with exes and then sit around mad. I know of one person who posts every picture of her cat that she ever took. I don't even know what to say about Farmville. It all just seems so petty.
 Well, I have never been able to convince people about the 'evils' of FB. haha I figured I would just wait and see. More and more people are starting to say the same thing. I know FB is a lot of fun for a lot of people so it is not all bad. It has it's good points. We just don't know how all this 'openness' is going to effect society as a whole. It seems to be slowing down. I am glad. I am tired of hearing about Facebook.

Here is the link to the article containing the quotes above. There is also numbers showing the slowdown. Not only less people signing up but spending more to get them to sign up. http://www.wrex.com/story/16669649/10-reasons-not-to-invest-in-facebook

Thursday, February 2, 2012

 The church regards artificial contraception as a violation of the natural order, insisting that "each and every marital act must of necessity retain its intrinsic relationship to the procreation of human life."

Just a weird statement, at least to me. Screw all ya want, but make babies when you do. Ok.....

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I Love Mymy

There was a little girl

There was a little girl,
            Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
            When she was good,
            She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

Friday, January 27, 2012

I agree

At nearly 62 years of age I do not know why any of this should surprise me, but it always does. Those who profess the strongest faith, fail to follow the teachings of that faith. Hypocrites, thy name   is 'Christian'.                      skip Nicholson, Oklahoma City


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off from Rockford International Airport today bound for Ireland. Stopped here to show off. Hamilton-Sundstrand, here in Rockford, provides a lot of parts. Beautiful airplane. Quiet.

Click here to see the actual take-off.(Right before I took that pic) And this is the landing, about 6 hrs later, in Dublin, Ireland. Notice that it is dark there. We are -6 GMT(their time), so that means that they took off at 815am(local time) and landed about 815pm (Local time) in only 6 hrs.. Time travel?