Friday, November 21, 2008

No is no, now take your private jets and go home

Congressional efforts to rescue Detroit's auto makers collapsed Thursday, with lawmakers saying the industry lacked credible plans to return to profitability.
The decision came after two days in which leaders of three of America's largest corporations pleaded for a taxpayer-financed rescue from lawmakers in front of a national television audience. The spurning of their pleas leaves in question the future of companies that have been synonymous with American industry for decades and together employ 239,000 people in the U.S.
"Until they show us the plan, we cannot show them the money," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat.

I can't stand Nancy Pelosi but I have to agree with her on this one. My first question was, "what are they going to do with the money?" Most likely they would have spent it on bonuses and advertising. And probably not as it should by ridding themselves of the contracts with the UAW, supporting the pension plan, and modernizing their business practices.

She says, "Wash your hands." And so do I!

Doctors in Arizona thought a Phoenix-area woman had a possible brain tumor, but it turned out there was something else penetrating her brain – a worm.

This is right up there with the stories we were told in parasitology at OU. My favorite was the lady at a very formal dinner who started coughing and when she was done had coughed out on to her plate a wayward liver fluke. Awesome!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Charges Could Be Dropped in OU-Texas Bar Fight Case


OKLAHOMA CITY -- The attorney for a University of Oklahoma football fan accused of nearly castrating a Texas fan during a bar fight in Oklahoma City says prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the charges.

I thought for sure I had reported on this story in the past. But either the search engine fails find it or I suck and didn't report on it. Anyway it seems cooler heads have finally prevailed. But that bit of a sticky wicket involving the civil suit is not yet sorted out.

Break off a big ol' piece of that and chew on it Taxpayers


All three CEOs - Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler - exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM's $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.

Wagoner's private jet trip to Washington cost his ailing company an estimated $20,000 roundtrip. In comparison, seats on Northwest Airlines flight 2364 from Detroit to Washington were going online for $288 coach and $837 first class.



Dig it, Ford's CEO flies home to Seattle every weekend and back to Detroit. Now that's some judicial use of a corporate jet if I ever heard of it.

We are all doomed


The American populous is stupid.
There, I said it (again).

You know this because you see stupid people every day.
• You see them driving cars, badly.
• You see them standing in the express lane of the WalMart with 42 items in their basket.
• You see them when they fail to get your order correct at Jack-in-the-Box.
• You see them texting wildly on their cell phones while driving 52 miles an hour in the fast lane on the interstate.
• You see them spending 300$ on an iPhone but they can’t manage to have car insurance for that piece of crap they drive, badly, while texting.
• And lastly you hear from them every Monday when they call in because in two short days over the weekend, they forgot the password they have used EVERY DAY for the past month and have written on a dozen sticky notes all over their office computer.
Stupid people are everywhere, maybe you just haven’t noticed.

If 100 is the median score on standardized IQ tests then just a little less than half of everyone you see out in the world has only two numbers in their IQ score. Does that scare you, I think it should.

Contrary to what you see in the above video this blog entry is not a commentary on Obama voters. This is a commentary on all stupid Americans. For every Obama voter that can't tell you who the Speaker of the House is, there is a McCain voter that also doesn't know.

I dug and dug but could not find a survey of the American people that reflected their ability to name the major players in Washington. I'll put up a few and you can test yourself....
Speaker of the House?
Vice President of the United States?
Name your Congressman?
Name either of the Senators that represent your state? If you didn’t know there were two subtract 2 points from your score.
Who is the current President of the Senate?
Who is the current Senate Pro Tem?
Name your current State Legislator?

A political science professor I had in college (University Oklahoma circa 1984, did not graduate) said only 1 in 4 Americans could name the President of the United States. I thought that was insane and couldn’t possibly be true. He also said, only 1 in 8 could name the Vice-President. Only 1 in 16 could name the Speaker of the House. And it gets worse from there. I thought how could anyone be so poorly informed about such vitally important information?

Does the inability to answer these little civic facts about YOUR government make you a "stupid person". No, probably not. But it does make you an uninformed person. I can forgive some stupidity. I mean that’s how most of us learn, by doing “stupid things” and adjusting to the consequences. But to be completely UNINFORMED and able to cast ballot is unforgivable.

Michele Malkin (take her or leave her) has a compilation of links on "How Obama Got Elected". One of those is on ScoopThis.Org where you will find the above video. They contend that stupid people elected Obama. I cannot and will not vouch for the material presented but, at a minimum some very UNINFORMED people bought the media presented talking points of the two parties and a majority of them voted for Obama.

As you my very informed readers already know, there are problems in Washington DC. Lots of problems and we have it ALL. Corrupt officials under indictment for a litany of crimes. Staffers hired by your elected officials violating lots of laws. Lobbyists running amok in the halls of Congress peddling a million special interest projects and greasing every palm they can touch.

Here's a lovely list of Congress and some staffers currently under indictment.

Congress has tied the all time low in Approval Ratings this year.



















The approval rating of the President is low as well. In fact he has the highest approval rating ever by a President and the lowest. 92% and 19%. Today with all the financial mess the President's approval rating is 28%. I think we can safely say those are the president's fans.

So with all these stellar representatives in Washington representing US, who do we blame for the current mess in America (or the world for that matter)?
Of course it's the other guy's fault. That other guy is anyone you don't like or politically on the other side of the fence from you. It couldn’t possibly be the ideologue you voted for and sent to represent you, nah it’s the other stupid guy’s ideologue that he voted for that’s screwing up everything.

We, as Americans, need to demand a better class of representative. But where are these guys and gals? They are home with their family, that’s where.

Let’s do a thought experiment.
A fellow in a small town thinks he would make a good representative. He has the support of his family and friends. He figures out how he’s going to fund his campaign and picks an office to run for.
Now the local media doesn’t want this candidate. And his opponent wants to win. So they start digging up stuff on our thought experiment candidate.
They find out he got arrested when he was 20 years old for public drunkenness.
Does this make him a bad candidate? Not necessarily, unless you are a staunch advocate for sobriety.
They also find out supplemented his income while in college by scalping concert tickets.
Does this make him a bad candidate? Not necessarily, unless you are a concert promoter or a staunch advocate for the laws against scalpering.
They also find out his wife once filed for bankruptcy.
Does this make him a bad candidate? Not unless you have a strong position for personal financial responsibility.
Maybe the candidate sold some land to an “investor” that maybe looked a little shady on the surface but wasn’t illegal according to the letter of the law. Does this make him a bad candidate?

You can see where this is going. Do you want every little thing YOU ever did brought before a public forum? Most people don’t. And back in the day most people let “sleeping dogs lie” and didn’t empty the closet of every skeleton in there, not even the little ones. Every one has something in their past they are ashamed of. And the good candidates are sitting out there in the stands thinking about those things and don’t believe the benefits to society are bigger than the damage to his family and supposed reputation.

Obama’s election was billed as an election for change. Change in Washington, DC. Change in the way things are done. Change for “the better”. And that was just the hook he needed in a climate of failed policies of several past presidents and the in action of multiple Congresses to address the problems we face as a nation.

Voting is our right, bought and paid for by hundreds of thousands of lives. And when you vote it is your OBLIGATION to do the work and know WHAT and WHO you are voting for. You don’t vote for a catchy phrase or a one-liner or which candidate is “cuter” or how old the candidate is. You vote for a representative with a past and a present and for his or her promises and positions on the issues.

It’s time for we the voters to demand a better product from our mass media. It’s time for us to tell them we don’t want their partisanship, we want facts, good facts and bad facts presented in an objective way that allows for the smart people and more importantly the not so smart people to weigh the issues and be better informed.

Wow, I feel better. Have a nice week.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

If the Matrix ran on Windows

Meh


LONDON – At least someone is excited about "meh."

The expression of indifference or boredom has gained a place in the Collins English Dictionary after generating a surprising amount of enthusiasm among lexicographers.

The origins of "meh" are murky, but the term grew in popularity after being used in a 2001 episode of "The Simpsons" in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa.

"They both just reply 'meh' and keep watching TV," said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.

Maine man drops 140 lbs. in 11 months to fulfill dream of serving country as Marine


Army and Navy recruiters took one look at 330-pound Ulysses Milana and told him to forget about joining. "'You've got to lose weight,'" Milana remembers them saying.

But Marine recruiters were willing to work with him as he began his weight-loss journey in December 2007.

Now, 11 months later, Milana is 140 pounds lighter as he leaves Monday for Parris Island, S.C., to begin boot camp.

OOOrah. That's the Biggest Looser hard corps style. And I thought loosing 40 pounds in a year was hard.
Thank you for your sacrifice for our great country.

Scarlett Johansson 'Flattered' to Know She Inspired Katy Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl'


Scarlett Johansson is the kind of girl who has men swoon over her on a daily basis, but apparently she also inspires women to write fantasy songs about kissing her. In fact, according to People magazine, Johansson inspired the mega-hit “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry.

The Fark.com submitter nailed the headline with this submission:
Scarlett Johansson is "flattered" to find out that she inspired the song "I Kissed A Girl". Submitter would love to hear what she thinks of the song he wrote entitled "MOTORBOAT"

Somewhere a malpractice lawyer just started drooling

A NORTHERN Territory woman says she will have nightmares for the rest of her life after an horrific operation gone wrong at the Alice Springs Hospital.

During the ordeal Rebecca Jones, 24, claims she woke up during abdominal surgery and could feel every cut of the surgeon's knife, the Centralian Advocate reports.

As it was Australia, they probably have reasonable limits on malpractice. Not like here in the states where she would have been awarded a very fair and reasonable 10 billion dollars.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Leaving Iraq

Iraq's cabinet approved a pact on Sunday that will let U.S. troops stay in the country until 2011, setting a final date to end a military presence that began with the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The pact, agreed upon after nearly a year of gruelling negotiations with Washington, must still be approved by the Iraqi parliament, but Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said he expected that to happen by the end of the month.

I hope the final withdrawl doesn't look like the one when we left Saigon. I have the utmost confidence it WILL NOT.

The Iraqi people will have a better chance to create a working society for all the work our brave men and women have done there.

Now on to Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban.


What.The.Hell?


Most of the fans already had left the stadium. Quarterback Jarrett Lee had been booed and benched in the first half. But somehow, LSU found a way to follow one of its most disheartening losses with the biggest comeback in school history.

The days of the second tier football team being kicked around by the "first tier" teams is over. We've seen too many upsets this season to discount the fact that, on any given Saturday, any team can beat any team.

It just seams that this Saturday a team that has been a perennial warm up game nearly beat a wounded LSU team IN THE BAYOU.


Good work Troy and next time remember there are FOUR (4) quarters in a football game, not three.

Dunwoody to be first female four-star general


WASHINGTON – From its humble beginning 33 years ago at Fort Sill, Okla., the career of Ann E. Dunwoody is ascending to a peak never before reached by a woman in the U.S. military: four-star general.
At a Pentagon promotion ceremony Friday, Dunwoody was adding a fourth star and later, at Fort Belvoir, Va., — her birthplace — being sworn in as commander of the Army Materiel Command, responsible for equipping, outfitting and arming all soldiers. Just five months ago, she became the first female deputy commander there.
Good for you Ann.
The desire to make a joke that has something about her ability to match shoes with pants or fashion because she's a woman is overwhelming.
But I have discipline and will refrain.
Not only is she in charge of clothing but she is in charge of providing EVERY FREAKIN' THING the Army uses. Guns, jeeps, planes, bullets, underwear, bras...EVERYTHING.
And that's a big deal. Thank you for your service to our country.

You know there's another meaning for that...don't you?


President George W. Bush poses with members of the Arizona State University Men's and Women's Track Team Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, during a photo opportunity with 2008 NCAA Sports Champions at the White House. White House photo by Eric Draper.
You know there is another meaning for a hand gesture that is very close to that one? I know the kids in the picture know.