29 dicembre 2006
27 dicembre 2006
26 dicembre 2006
23 dicembre 2006
1. Now the U.N. is involved, beeatch!
2. Screw kicking your ass up and down the Persian Gulf, I'm gonna sue your ass.
3. What, me worry? I'm gonna fiddle while the world burns.
1. Gee, only 17 or so more resolutions before they back out, right?
2. Typical leftie/lawyer mentality. Newsflash: The world don't care.
3. I'm all for a good party, but a party to "introduce" or "define" yourself?
Isn't that called a cotillion?
15 dicembre 2006
Certainly not the greatest, but you get the idea..
As much as I hate the fact that there are like 16 Spanish-language channels on my Directv, I swear the only requisite they have is:
If you're a babe, you're on.
Have you seen the guys? Damn, even I look good.
Nothing to see here.
Buckle up, folks. This will be what you leave your children.
Get a clue: THIS IS INDEPENDANT OF THE CURRENT WAR.
Those that believe otherwise, feel free to tell me how the war influenced Ahmadinejad's beliefs on the Holocaust.
13 dicembre 2006
First they set it up by saying things like:
"Circumcising adult men is an effective way to limit transmission of the virus" &
"We now have confirmation — from large, carefully controlled, randomized clinical trials "
But then they tell us..
"This finding appears to apply only to heterosexual transmission which is the main mode of spread in Africa."
THIS is a large, randomized, carefully controlled study???
How 'bout "Don't have unprotected sex?"
Was that too much of a stretch?
Did they not think the participants of the study could handle it?
I smell global warming.
05 dicembre 2006
01 dicembre 2006
Since the lefties rode that threat of the red tsunami so well last election, I'm guessing they are just trying to get an early start on the next one.
Kinda like the Christmas advertising before halloween or thanksgiving.
29 novembre 2006
28 novembre 2006
Folks, don't for a second think these BS lawsuits will stop here.
Sure, we're fighting a war. Sure, we need to solve thousands of problems.
But hey, if we can make it illegal to ban CO2, why not!! Not like we have anything better to do. 300 million down, 5.7 Billion to go! Idiots.
For the record, lefties, lets review: Islamic fascists want to see you die too and you also regularly give off CO2!
Just a thought.
22 novembre 2006
This is his Clinton-esque way of "fighting" for the common man:
"Doyle also said a proposed $80 annual fee to register vehicles each year - up from $55 - is "too high" and a $10 increase would be "more reasonable." The $80 fee was recommended days after the election by the state Department of Transportation."
This comes from the same brain trust that told you to vote for DJ because he balanced the budget. Now some guy in the inner city with an '87 Ford Tempo or a guy with not alot of money (like me) can pay the same amount as some "richie" does on his 3 Land Rovers.
I'm done pussy-footing around. The folks that voted this laying sack of dog feces (apologies to actual dog feces for the offense) are just friggin' morons!
Doyle voter: "Huh? What? I didn't see that coming at all...the budget was balanced, see..."
You are (mostly) the same morons that nearly elected a fellow moron as the DA. Good news, tho, she'll still be in the Diamond Jim network and the head of the DNR...but that'll be a post for another day.
21 novembre 2006
19 novembre 2006
Whenever someone mentions to me the “Munich Olympics” I think – “sure, the one where the Jewish athletes were kidnapped and killed. I’ve heard of it.”
Could I seriously be more messed up in think of it as that simple?
I just finished watching a documentary this morning on IFC of all places (shoot me, I’m a very early riser) called “A Day in September.” A couple of thoughts:
Holy Clusterfuck, Batman!
Sorry, that is the only way to describe the lack of communication, inaction and ineptness of the Germans during this whole conflict. The top 3 being:
i. We don’t need to tell our snipers that there are 8 kidnappers instead of 5
ii. We’ll just order the armored cars to arrive at the airport about an hour after the shooting starts
iii. We don’t really need communication with all our “response forces.”
They though that they could “negotiate” with the terrorists after the shooting started.
This was such a ridiculous idea, even one of the German officials who was interviewed for the documentary started chuckling at the fact that the terrorists started shooting at the “negotiator” while he was talking. The German official chuckled, “I’m sorry, it is all kind of funny to me now.” Apparently, he could still chuckle after a grenade was thrown into one helicopter filled with tied-up Jewish athletes and machine gun was emptied into the other ‘copter.
What happened after was just as repulsive as what happened during.
Three of the terrorist/murderers were captured, but would never stand trial. See, shortly after the incident, a waaaay under booked Lufthansa flight – with no women or children on board, even – was hijacked. Guess what the hijackers demanded? Yup. The release of the 3 remaining Munich terrorists. Without consulting – let alone notifying the Israeli government, or any other – they were released.
Later, one of the hijackers admitted that it was a set up (no duh) by the German government so they wouldn’t be terrorized again. I guess training doesn’t count. The same “chuckling official” from above was asked about the hijacking. As a somber look crossed his face, he replied with “I can’t comment on that.”
Disgusted by the actions, the Israelis set up an assassination squad to find and kill the remaining 3 terrorists. 2 were found and killed. The third appeared in this documentary “for the first time since” and is currently hiding in Africa. WHAT??! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? Isn’t that aiding and abetting of some sort????
I thought Hollywood made a movie about this, so I went off to IMDB to find “Munich.” It was sad. “Justice or revenge?” it cried.
Personally, I think both. You kill 11 people when all they want to do is go to a sporting event, then I’m taking away your breathing privileges. Is that justice or revenge, I don’t rightly care. Both, probably.
But what I do know is that the Germans handled the actual kidnapping like crap and then made it worse by their actions on the Lufthansa flight.
25 ottobre 2006
10 ottobre 2006
09 ottobre 2006
08 ottobre 2006
I invite you to read the first couple of paragraphs.
We are told the Camp David (that’s a vacation home, right?) Accords were “supposed to be the beginning of the end of the Middle East’s terrible conflicts” and yet “the killing goes on.” (Is this like Billy working “40 man hours” to broker peace in our time?…but I’m getting my martyrs confused and I digress…)
Well I have to say, I’m certainly shocked. Who do those people think they are?? I thought the “don’t follow the rules” thing only happened because of American involvement in Iraq, et. al.?
This guy is a joke.
Funny how when Gary Glitter and Michael Jackson were accused of the same type of things, they’re behavior didn’t threaten to “bring down” the ENTIRE entertainment industry.
The media is a manipulating joke.
Funny how this wasn’t as big a deal when Gerry Studds did it, eh?
He actually DID the things, not "IM" or email them.
Trust the BS these people are dishing and you deserve what you get.
THEY THINK YOU ARE STUPID AND YOU CAN'T THINK FOR YOURSELVES, PEOPLE.
05 ottobre 2006
27 settembre 2006
I'm sick of this.
Don't mess with "Wolfie", dammit, he's my fav.
I just heard about a movie that had no swearing, sex or nudity that got a "PG" rating from the MPAA-CCCP simply becuse it had too many references to God.
WTF is going on??!?!?!?
24 settembre 2006
22 settembre 2006
1. If the ozone layer is about to reach "near record" size, does that mean that at one point it was smaller?
2. If we are still in a "dire" situation (as AG is prone to say), why aren't we having anymore "ozone action days?"
Hey, maybe what we really need is some do-gooder gazillionaire (and I really liked this guy, too) to donate some more money to act as a plug, rather than to solve stupid problems like cancer, poverty or famine.
20 settembre 2006
Should the White House respond to Venezuelan President
Chavez’s comment calling President Bush "the devil"?
well, let's see...
Preferably with a 2x4 to the back of his head.
The U.N. is pretty much a puppet regime, anyway, right?
These a-holes hate the U.S. so damn much...GIVE IT TO THEM and let Trump turn it into condo's.
What a joke.
18 settembre 2006
Religion of peace, dontcha know.
RELIGION OF PEACE MY ASS.
I am tired of the PC police telling me that I have to be "understanding."
Take the "understanding" and shove it.
All the "extremists" (I prefer to call them "crazies") ever want is the annihilation of the west BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Newsflash, folks, none of "them" give a rats ass about any of you. Only how fast they can kill you to promote their ideas.
I am so sick of the "small minority" hijacking a great religion bs. Muslims, you dont like it? THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, THEN!!! Even speaking out about it would be something at this point.
1. How long does the Pope need to apologize for quoting the warnings of a long-dead dignitary?
2. Does the Pope need to knock on every "offended" person’s door individually?
3. What were to happen if Mohammed were depicted in a jar of urine?
It would seem that the goal of the entire religion is to destroy what they don’t have and is not them. With death and/or assimilation being the only option (see Borg). Its disingenuous to think other wise. There is no rationality. No appeasement. No satisfying other than the destruction of all things not Muslim.
Harsh, I know, but I'm tired of being "understanding." How many more exhamples do we need?
Can you tell?
31 agosto 2006
Tiger, T.O., NBAers....you listening?
Anyone that thinks tennis is a wimpy sport should take a trip to their local HS and see how fast the ball is coming at you.
Now triple it and you'll have some idea.
We should let all criminals out of jail, right? Just because they decided to not follow societal norms, mores and laws shouldn't be any reason to "sanction" them...right?
They have the right to sell the enriched uranium to anyone they damn well please! (hey, who's that tall dude in line?)
So...who wants the local "alleged" murder that's now in jail moving next door?
24 agosto 2006
My question to them is simple:
What is the exit strategy for the Islamo-fascists?
They attacked our land on 9/11, they attacked the embassies, the Cole...and so on...
So please, tell me the negotiations that need to take place for them to stop attacking.
Theirs is the ultimate exit strategy, make no mistake.
First convert. Then you die in the name of Allah.
Or just die.
You want to be fair, understanding, civil, negotiate?
Sure. You die too.
Holy screwy spin, Batman!
Unwanted pregnancies due to a careless Friday/Saturday night inebriated romps can now be classified as “Oopsie! Don’t know how that happened?! Time for plan “B!”
OR: can a man force a woman to take the pill after consensual sex - "just to be sure"?
I can’t believe I just wrote that. We now have a choice to bypass a doctor all together. I guess everyone wins.
22 agosto 2006
Then he wants to go face his punishment.
Now he doesn't.
This ass clown is a scumbag anyway you slice it. He couldn't wait to get out of a Thai prison and now he's fighting extradition to Colorado? Whether he did it or not, I don't really want this guy ever to breed…further. How much time, money and resources has he wasted? While I’m at it, I don’t really like this guy using my oxygen.
Oh, yeah, whether you think her parents did it or not, she did have a family – that is now going through this crap again. Send him back to Thailand and at least they can salvage the emotions being wasted on this guy.
21 agosto 2006
My gambling instincts tell me he'll have a college "scholarship" ready for him...when he's freakin' old enough! !
19 agosto 2006
16 agosto 2006
Holy cow, I've been a geek long enough to think this is a dumb-ass idea. Even the guy that discovered one of the planets thinks is convoluted. Look, I'm all for adding newly discovered planets to our lexicon, but Ceres? Isn't that Latin for "biggest rock among other rocks?"
15 agosto 2006
Is this the "appearance" of impropriety that the Clintons were talking about?
We now have to worry about what somebody might interpret , if extrapolated far enough, could be considered – somehow, someway – offensive.
I can’t even comment. All I know is that these people couldn’t possibly get through grade school let alone a political race. Get over yourselves, morons.
11 agosto 2006
Why is profiling Arab males between the ages of 18-35 is wrong?
If the PC crowd doesn't get over themselves, all we'll ever do is tread water rather than move forward.
10 agosto 2006
Notice how it says the death toll was at 2....and they have the "rainy season."
Maybe their FEMA is better?
Please explain to me how "2 dead" is huge but in N.O., they cant evacuate, but can sure blame the folks "in charge" afterwards. (Newsflash, kiddos - Mother Nature is, was and always will be in charge.)
The population of Greater New Orleans stood at 1,337,726 in 2000.
Reality: As usual, I'll say what everyone is thinking. Either these people were too stupid to get somewhere else when they knew a storm was coming or.....(ya think the people in the photo are runnin' to a bus?)
08 agosto 2006
Now I remember in my youth when it was soooooo incredibly hot, we knew that we had to “save the earth” and there for took steps to “do our part.”
With that in mind, I have a question:
What ever happened to "Ozone Action Day?"
Is the ozone layer not important anymore? Have we managed to “fix” the ozone layer? Is the ozone layer no longer the darling of the media? Can anyone remember the last time we had one?
Reality: I want someone to show me how some donkey not mowing his grass in Nebraska can do more to fix the ozone than the countless factories in developing nations. Anyone?
04 agosto 2006
Yeah. Ok. ... yeah.
Apparently, the experts have revised their predictions.
I don’t believe them.
How can I?? These are experts who are "in the know" and certainly smarter than anyone reading this (or writing this for that matter). No, I think their prediction extrapolated from one whole year of devastating hurricanes and the absolute chaos that they promise me is caused by global warming (extrapolated from roughly 1/10,000,0000th of the world’s history - so you know it has to be accurate).
Huh? What did you say? The season's not yet over? Global warming is for real even if this season isn’t as bad as predicted??
With "expert" predictions going from global cooling to global warming in just about 35 years, how many of these "blips" in expert predictions do we endure before they are debunked? An old HS history teacher of mine once said (paraphrasing, of course): All the "save the earth" people cannot be trying to save the earth. It will be here for the next 5 billion years or so - with or without humans. If we have an all out nuclear war tomorrow and kill all the humans, the world will go on. We should be trying to use what we have to our advantage to move forward, not try to "conserve" the earth. It'll still be here, with or without our help.
By the way, is it just my gnat-like brain that sees a downward trend in this graph over the last 15+ years?
01 agosto 2006
Reality: The speechless part comes in when what our "news reporters" think qualifies as news these days. What a joke.
If anything, the news is that the "reporters" metaphorically fiddle while Rome burns then wonder how the "newsmakers" could be so sly as to sneak something past them.
31 luglio 2006
Which one of these incidents will get you the most consternation and scrutiny in Hollywood:
1. A liberal getting busted for heroin, repeatedly. (one of many links available)
2. A liberal getting busted for cocaine, repeatedly. (one of many links available)
3. A liberal getting busted for child molestation, repeatedly. (one of many of his links available)
4. A liberal getting busted for killing his wife, well only once so far. (one of many links available)
5. A conservative busted for drunk driving and alleged comments, once. (still, one of many articles)
Reality: Whether he said those things or not, the libs are drooling right now knowing that they can get rid of another conservative in Hollywood. ('specially one with more dough than them)
So the Isrealis "reneged" (thanks to dannyspellcheck for the correction) on their word, and the Arab world is shocked??
This from the pillars of the "all-we-want-is-'our'-land-back" Arab honor community.
Give me a break, now, the're saying they want to play by the rules and treaties?
"Oh, sorry, we didn't really think you were capable of bombing us into glass. So sorry."
Give me a freakin' break.
Reality: If you continue to slap your opponents cheek and he runs out of cheeks to turn, its like poking a sleeping dog or cornered raccoon. Don't act surprised when they attack with pent up years of aggression and kick your ass silly.
29 luglio 2006
1. What do all these listed countries have in common?
2. Who is missing from this list?
Anguilla - Ireland, Northern - Singapore - Antigua and Barbuda - Ireland, Republic of - Solomon Islands - Australia - Jamaica - South Africa - Bahamas - India -Kenya - Swaziland - Barbados - Lesotho - Tanzania - Belize - Liberia - Tonga - Bermuda - Malawi - Trinidad and Tobago - Botswana - Malta - Turks and Caicos Islands - British Virgin Islands - Mauritius - Uganda Cameroon - Montserrat - United Kingdom - Canada (except Quebec) - Namibia - Cayman Islands - New Zealand - Vanuatu - Dominica - Nigeria - Wales England - Papua New Guinea Zambia - Fiji - St. Kitts and Nevis - Zimbabwe - Gambia - St. Lucia - Ghana - St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Gibraltar - Scotland - Grenada - Seychelles - Guyana - Sierra Leone
1) Title of this post.
Reality: Truth is sometime stranger than fiction, eh?
28 luglio 2006
Let’s further say you have a neighbor who has told you he wants nothing less than you leaving “his” neighborhood.
This neighbor makes no qualms about letting all your other neighbors know this. In the past, he has:
- spray painted “Die” on your front door
- firebombed your car
- threw countless rocks through your window
- egged and TPd your house
- taken a baseball bat to you mailbox
- put salt on your front lawn
You finally give up and move to a different house, down the block. Figuring if you just ignore this neighbor and don’t respond to him, he’ll go away.
Now said neighbor decides to take your dog.
At this point, you’ve had enough, so you decide to go over to his house with some of your friends and firebomb his car, pour salt on his lawn, baseball bat his mailbox, and egg his house.
Now your subdivision committee president decides to finally speak up and tell you that your response is unwarranted.
Some of your neighbors across the street from where you used to live agree with your subdivision president. They ask “How could you do all those terrible things?!”
Now, there was one, lonely sympathetic neighbor who has watched all the abuse you’ve taken since you moved to the sub-division and stands by you.
This friendly neighbor, however, is scorned by the sub-division president.
You have tried going to the police in the past, only to be told that you complain too much and you are making too much of a big deal about these minor incidents.
So, if anyone is reading this, I ask you:
What is this neighbor to do?
27 luglio 2006
He made up an almost inconceivable amount of time in the Alps to go from 11th to 3rd.
Reality: I will continue to believe Greg Lemond (who I originally thought was a crybaby, but it turns out I couldn't be more wrong) is the only legit American winner of what I consider the toughest sporting event in the world.
25 luglio 2006
THIS, if nothing else, will be interesting as...uh...hell.
So, if you just want a good time and need to get away from the mundane (or just need to get away from dealing with the everyday hell that may be happening), please join the party. For more info, visit the sponsor.
Reality: The beer, she will be a-flowin', and memories will be made, I'm sure!
24 luglio 2006
Gee, aspiring actress. I'm shocked. I'm awed. Ok, obviously a hottie.
Still, this contestant buckled my knees.
Reality: mmmmm....Swiss Miss. mmmmmmmmm
23 luglio 2006
The MALE dean of a university suggesting girls might have different "wiring" in their brains than boys and he is ousted in shame as a bigot. But if a FEMALE professor writes a book suggesting as such she gets lauded as a visionary.
What the ****!!?
Reality: People need to get over themselves. PC garbage will only lead us to stop examining all aspects of any issue for fear of offending anyone. Or even the appearance of offending anyone.
21 luglio 2006
17 luglio 2006
When I first read this headline, I fully expected to see some sort of tie-dyed creation that the tree huggers were going to use to tell us how everything we do is bad for the environment.
Turns out I couldn’t be more wrong.
Reality: is sometimes stranger than fiction.
16 luglio 2006
Should the United Nations pursue further action against N. Korea beyond Saturday's resolution of condemnation?
Reality: Naw, of course not! We just need to slap some more of those tough-as-nails, airtight resolutions on N. Korea's wrist....just like they did to Sadam. Or Hitler.
07 luglio 2006
Is this guy just not far left enough for the Dems?
Wasn't the media on his side?
Um.....why isn't the guy that picked him to "help" co-lead the country endorsing him rather than his opponent just a few short years later?
(unlike his former boss, he decided against having his wife help....say, does anyone remember how "Tipper" was vilified for wanting to put those "censorship" labels on records? I recall lefties hated that...)
Reality: Lefties, don't you dare stray too far from the extreme left or your "party" will bale on you.
05 luglio 2006
04 luglio 2006
30 giugno 2006
25 giugno 2006
I have been following them for my entire life. It has been the home of many lengendary Italian soccer players. Recently, they won their 29th championship. In American terms, this is akin to the Yankee dynasty - only more dominant.
The goalie for Juventus, Gianluigi (Gigi) Buffon, is one of the best in the world and is currently the goalie on the Italian national team at the World Cup.
He's young, loaded, famous (other than the U.S.) and well...
Reality: Truth be told, I'd rather be rich and famous.
Truth be told, I don't even watch soccer until the World Cup.
Is that because I don’t like it?
If the Italian “Serie A” were to be televised in this country, I would definitely be watching. The same would be true if the Spanish or German premier leagues were televised. While it’s true that British Premiere League is televised (at a premium on Directv…God bless America…), it’s not readily accessible. Translation: it ain’t free.
This happened in the overtime yesterday of the Argentina vs. Mexico match.
I don’t understand it's the only “video” I could find, but here is the description. Keep in mind, the ball never touched the ground from pass to back of the goal:
“As a deep cross from Juan Pablo Sorin drifted from left to right, Rodriguez waited, caught the ball on his chest and, half-turning inside, sent a glorious left-footed volley away from the diving Oswaldo Sanchez into the far corner to earn a meeting with Germany in the Berlin quarter-final on Friday.”
As far as soccer being a glorified kickball, yeah, it is. I remember doing this all the time. Pfft..
Furthermore, as much as I'm sick of hearing about Brazil and their single-name players like "Ronaldinho", I gotta admit: this guy's very,very good.
How is he different than Jordan? Oh, yeah, he doesn't use his hands.
Don't get me wrong. They have bloopers, too. And...uh...er..."fans"
Reality: Sometimes people just don’t understand/want to understand what they don’t know. True when people meet someone different from themselves. True when people are exposed to different sports. True whenever they are exposed to anything out of their “norm.”
24 giugno 2006
First off, I just want to say that I am sorry for the death of this little boy.
The problem I have is with the interview this woman gave. Maybe it’s just me, but I got no sense of loss or grieving from this woman.
She says things like:
“…he was doing great the first couple of times it went around then he panicked and got scared”
“…the guy that was handling it, he let him go on his own…”
Now she wants “stricter safety guidelines” or “locks on those doors.”
A lock on the door would have prevented her son from falling 80+ feet?!!?
Lady, how about noticing all this before you let your 6 year old son on a 90-foot Ferris wheel alone???!??
Anyone else wanna bet on the over/under until she files a lawsuit blaming the "carnie" for letting her son go up alone? I say 5 weeks. Tops.
Reality: Some people should not be aloud to breed. Unfortunately, it’s the innocent that pay for their stupidity.
19 giugno 2006
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
Believe it or not, this is the fabled “First Amendment of the Constitution.”
Most people wouldn’t know it from their Wal-mart receipt, but, here it is in its full glory.
Look at it.
Amazing that just a few simple sentences/clauses give the citizens of the U.S. the power that they do, eh?
Believe it or not, other nations envy us. For you non-believers, name another country you want to live. Now tell me why you haven’t moved there already, you are certainly free to. Thought so.
Anyway it basically says that “Thou shalt not be exposed to G---“
What the hell? I got censored?! What horseshit! Je---------!!
I can swear all I want but I can’t mention G….er….any organized religious being??!? Bull shit!!
Well….can I say “Allah?”
How ‘bout “Yahweh?” “Jehova?”
……Ok, so I can say those names but not J----------?
So to be clear, I can’t mention any omnipotent Christian being?
(phew…I snuck “Christian” in)
Wait, let me re-read that stupid first amendment…no law…yadda..yadda…exercise…yadda..yadda…of grievances. Got it.
No, wait. I don’t.
Oh, there it is!
Separation of Christian church and state. How could I have missed that?!?!!?
Man, I really am stupid.
How ‘bout you? Did you see it? Or did you miss it too?
How about fucking A.C.L.U.? Can I say that?
Thank you for giving me the right to tell you to F’off, A.C.L.U.
Reality: In the warped world of the A.C.L.U. only God and Jesus Christ are the real enemy.
God bless America.
18 giugno 2006
The outcome, however, is up for interpretation. The final score was a tie, 1-1.
What was surprising to me was the spin carried out by the American media.
MSNBC: “Bloodied, short-handed U.S. ties Italy”
CNNSI: “Point taken -
United States draws with Italy in ejection-filled match”
ESPN 1: “Bloodied McBride is our hero: Keller”
ESPN 2: “Refs favor football superpowers, complains Arena”
While across the pond, you get this:
"Italiani, non perdete fiducia in Azzurri" – that from the Italian coach, “Italians, don’t lose faith in the Azzurri (weird, but the “blue” is what Italians call their nationals…I think it has to do with the “blue angels” or “angeli azzurri”)
While watching the game I heard the commentators talk about the “valiant effort” of the US squad being “dominant” to keep the Italians “on the run.”
Reality: 98% of the first half was played with the US having an 11 to 10 advantage and still the only goal they managed to score…wait, they didn’t. It was scored by the Italians, in their own goal. In the 2nd half, there were certainly some loose red card action, but “dominant?”
I guess we’ll see in the next round.
09 giugno 2006
Grunts and Jarheads be damned – they can wait.
Who gets to decide that, again?
I have long said, to plenty of head-shaking, that we can solve just about any problem we have if we just set some type of priorities – even if just for a limited time.
- Could breast cancer research use an extra $200,000?
Well, sure, but we need another couple episodes of “The Amazing Race.”
-Could MS research use an extra million in research funds?
Of course, but how will we live without seeing yet another “Star Trek” spin-off?
- Could the fight against world hunger use the extra $20 Million?
You betcha! But then we couldn’t pay Cameron Diaz – who insists she isn’t “greedy” – her appearance fee? A movie just isn’t a movie without Ms. Diaz, right?
I hope this is making my point.
We, as Americans, live in a fantastic society where we will donate to worthy causes, sometimes at the expense of our own advancement.
We also seem throw money away on pastimes and moronic endeavors (Police Academy 4..?!!?) rather than putting it to good use.
What were to happen if Hollywood donated these funds for HIV research and providing financial help to those that needed the current meds? They talk a big game, but, have you watched any of the Oscars? Sure, they claim that its all done for free and any proceeds go to charity. Really? What about the “gift bags” worth upwards of 5K that the nominees receive? (to my knowledge, George Clooney was the only one who donated his last year. I’m sure there were more, but how many homeless need a crystal vase?).
Reality: We all talk a big game. The solutions to our problems are usually in front of us, we just make choices without regard to real priorities.
08 giugno 2006
02 giugno 2006
Disclaimer #2: As a driver, I tend to have a strong personality. Yes, I am a tad bit embarrassed about it. I certainly don’t want that to be the example to my nephews.
When I turned on the road leading to my apartment, I noticed gaggles of children leaving the local school. This mass exodus thinned as I approached my home, except for 2 children riding their bikes. As an avid cyclist, I tend to be a bit more flexible on what I will allow as far as “road manners” in respect to the motorized vehicle folk. However, in this particular instance I felt it was a bit much.
As I approached the children, I noticed both of them were on the wrong side of the road, my left. One of the children was staying close to the curb while the other swerving and swaying past the median into my lane. The closer I got, it became apparent to me that the child that was swerving all over the road had no intention of taking notice of anyone that may have been coming down the street behind him – like me, for instance.
Once I got to within 20 feet of the child, I noticed that I could sneak by him without harm – even though he was on my side of the road. I was getting irritated that he still had not looked back to see if anyone was approaching. When I drove by, I honked my horn.
The boy proceeded to yell something vile at me. I slowed the car to a near stop and rolled down my window. This was the exchange that ensued:
Me: What did you say?
Him: Why are you honking at me?
Me: Why are you riding in the middle of the road and not noticing anyone approaching?
Him: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Me: You wanna tell that story to your parents??
The boy that was riding near the curb looked Hispanic, the one that I almost hit and having my exchange with, was black.
I had, at this point, come to a complete stop in front of an very elderly African-American lady who was tending to her lawn. She stopped tending and was watching/listening to the exchange between myself and this boy. Also at this time, a small crowd of children had started to gather, also listening in on our exchange. To continue:
Him: I don’t live near here.
Me: No problem! I have time, let’s go.
Him: Man, why you gotta get all racist on me!?
I can’t begin to tell you how mad I got. I cannot. I looked at the elderly lady, looked back at him and, I admit, I lost it.
Me: What the f… did you say??!?!! What the f… did you say??!?!!
Me: (voice noticeably louder, head now practically out of the car) That’s the best you got??! That’s the best you got??!
(I pointed to one of the blonde kids that had gathered) You think I would have cared if it was him riding in the middle of the street? What you did was stupid. I don’t care if you’re black, white or green. Stupid doesn’t have color. Actually, you’re lucky I’m not a racist. A racist would have hit you!
At this point he got an apologetic, foolish look on his face. And the elderly lady chimed in:
“I see this all the time. These kids ride around here all the time like that. Its about time someone said something to them.” I don’t want to say that I felt vindicated, but it sure felt nice.
The boy became more contrite, approached my car and was as apologetic as he was going to be without losing face in front of his friends. The lady smiled at me and as I told her “thanks” and “have a nice day, ma’am.”
Is it me?
His default setting is "you're a racist?"
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!?!?
Reality: If we continue to teach our children this default setting, we will never, ever come together as one society.
31 maggio 2006
21 maggio 2006
So, needless to say, a lot has kept me busy. Not the least of which was getting engaged (yeah, yeah…I feel sorry for her too). I don’t even know if anyone still comes to this blog, but I appreciated everyone that did in the beginning. Life just got out of control there for a bit.