Friday, August 28, 2009

California pays 5,115 retired employees $100,000+ per year. How much will you earn when you retire?

It’s no wonder the state of California is bankrupt.

CALPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System, is now paying annual retirement benefits of more than $100,000 to 5,115 employees, including nearly $500,000 to the most highly-compensated former employee.

This idiocy will only get worse, because the state government has grown so dramatically in the last few years. More current grossly overpaid bureaucrats lead directly to more more future grossly overpaid retired bureaucrats.

CALPERS’ most highly-paid retiree is Bruce Malkenhorst, former city administrator of Vernon, California, whose pension pays $499,674.84 per year.

Never heard of Vernon, California? Well, no wonder. It the smallest incorporated city in Southern California with a population of just 91. Yes, you read that correctly.

And you wondered why California is going bankrupt. Wonder no more.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Death Calculator


A new web site claims to give the odds on you dying next year, or for whatever period you select, based on a few simple questions.

The site, DeathRiskRankings.com, is the brainchild of researchers and students at Carnegie Mellon University. It provides answers based on publicly available data from the United States and Europe, comparing mortality risks by gender, age, cause of death and geographic region. Put your info in, and it produces the probable causes of your demise and provides insight on the timing of that unfortunate event.

The site can compare such things as the odds of death next year by breast cancer for, say, a 54-year-old Pennsylvania woman or her counterpart in the United Kingdom.

Of course the results produced by the web site speak to groups of people and cannot predict with accuracy when you might actually kick the bucket. The timing of your own end is based on many uncharted factors, from heredity to lifestyle to untimely accidents.

Fun for the whole family! Click the link and play along!
DeathRiskRankings is reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllly slow. So click this one instead.

I'll see each of you on the other side on
Friday, July 23, 2038. That puts me at 73 years, 9 months. I intend to beat that by at least 10 years.

Truck Driver Fail of the Day

There should be an automatic license revocation on this type of stupidity.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Edward Kennedy, Liberal Senator, dead, 77, cancer

BOSTON – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was a Democrat's Democrat, so much so that he became a rallying point for those in his party and an object of derision for Republican opponents.

Yet his affability and capability to span the partisan divide on an array of legislative matters prompted an outpouring of condolences from those in the GOP as well as the Democratic Party following his death Tuesday at age 77 from brain cancer.

President Barack Obama led the Democrats, saying in a statement: "For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts."

Finally the Kennedy era has come to an end. Say hi to Mary Jo for us.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pipe bombs detonated at Hillsdale High


Police arrested former Hillsdale student Alex Youshock after two of the bombs went off in an empty hallway at Hillsdale High. No one was hurt. Officers had to cut eight bombs off of the 17-year-old before they could take him into custody. They got him because three teachers threw themselves onto him and held him.

The explosion set off fire alarms in the school. Two teachers who heard the explosion tried to confront the individual. A third teacher tackled the suspect to the ground as he was leaving. The suspect still had eight pipe bombs strapped to his body at the time.

Fark.com's tagline was great:
Teacher tackles suspect who detonated two pipe bombs, and had eight more and a chain saw, but no hall pass

If this was a cry for attention...I bet he gets lots of attention now.

Missouri Legislators Fail Chemistry


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A law taking effect this week could make criminals out of those who bring Tupperware onto many Missouri rivers.

The white foam coolers commonly called "Styrofoam" are made from expanded polystyrene. But the law bars polypropylene. That's a plastic found in things like dishwasher-safe plastic containers but not usually used to ferry drinks down a river.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say they probably failed English Comp too.

Jurassic wrote:
Who would toss Tupperware...it costs too much to abandon. But you'll surely more of that crappy styrofoam all over the rivers.

mtbike wrote:
anyone know who wrote and or sponsored this so they can not get my vote next election? I'm sure if this wasent a goof up some political name would be all over the story.


I think this commenter nailed it.

Sideplate wrote:
It just occured to me that they will blame the error on "staff". But how many staffers missed this? How many legislators voted on this? How many of them (staffer and legislators) actually read the bill? Imagine how many people it took to not do their job in order for this to occur?


It's good to know this dress is illegal in Missouri rivers.

Jessica Biel named `most dangerous celebrity'


NEW YORK - Jessica Biel is the most dangerous celebrity on the Web.

Security technology company McAfee Inc. on Tuesday reported that searches for the 27-year-old actress are more likely to lead to online threats such as spyware and viruses than searches for any other celebrity.

One article I read about this said you have a 1 in 4 chance of being directed to a webpage designed to damage your computer when clicking links for Jessica Biel.

I was hoping this was a funny story about how dangerous she was to be around when filming. Sort of like being around the Three Stooges. But it wasn't. Imagine my disappointment.

Also notice that there is no image on this site for Jessica...I wonder if they were scared to click the images they trolled the web for?

"Get me that tire iron...."
Classic!


Following Biel in the report, in order, were Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Brady and Jessica Simpson.

Jennifer Aniston....yeah.