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29 April, 2007

Lunch with Santa

We went to Denny's for lunch. It was Rosie's seventh birthday and she got to pick. She was getting a little rowdy and on a trip to the bathroom I pointed out this man having lunch. He had a long white beard and was wearing a red lumberjack shirt and suspenders.

"Watch it," I said to her. "Santa's having lunch".

That cooled her heels until it was time to pay the bill. As it happened guy with beard was walking up to pay his bill. I pointed and said, "Settle down. See, he's coming."

Then something wonderful happened.

Without a word between us, he turned and said, "You're Rosie, aren't you?"

Rosie froze in her tracks.

"Come here", said Santa.

He then whipped a little card out and began writing in it. On no! Busted by Santa!

He then handed the card to her.

It was an autographed picture. Signed "Santa".

I was just staring with wonderment. What a nice guy. He then handed me a card. It was Santa's Nevada driver's license.

What a nice guy.

When we went to the car I noticed a little red Suzuki parked next to our car. It was bright fire engine red with silver trim. What really got my attention was the window sticker pointing to the passenger side. It read, "ELF".

Now I was hooked. Taking a closer look, the plate said, "O SANTA".
There was a bumper sticker that read...

"Be nice. I'm watching you."

Santa's Story

25 April, 2007

Kryptonite Found

LONDON (Reuters) April 24, 2007- Kryptonite, which robbed Superman of his powers, is no longer the stuff of comic books and films.

A mineral found by geologists in Serbia shares virtually the same chemical composition as the fictional kryptonite from outer space, used by the superhero's nemesis Lex Luther to weaken him in the film "Superman Returns".

"We will have to be careful with it -- we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!," said Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at the Natural History Museum.

Stanley, who revealed the identity of the mysterious new mineral, discovered the match after searching the Internet for its chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide.

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The Five Monkeys

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs underneath it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After awhile, another monkey makes the attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace that monkey with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and another attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another one of the original monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. the previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.

Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they are not permitted to climb the stairs or why or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. After replacing all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana.

Why not?

Because as far as they know, that's the way it's always been done around here.

And that, my friends, is how company policy begins.

Australian Rules

Every now and then I get an email from someone that catches my eye. You know then kind that says, "Send this to everyone you know." Rather than clogging up your in box, I post them here.

Take it or leave it.

Subject: Lets hear it for Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown.

Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you", he said on national television.

"I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia: one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option", Costello said.

Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off. Basically people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off", he said.

Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques Quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians." "However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the 'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia." "However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand." "This idea of Australia being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle." "This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom"

"We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, Learn the language!"

"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture."

"We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us."

"If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like " A Fair Go", then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others.

"This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'."

"If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted."

Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voting the same truths!!



24 April, 2007

Never Discuss Science with a Kid.

You never know where it might lead. My seven year old daughter, Rosie asked where do falling stars hit when they fall? I said, "Stars don't fall, what you see is a meteor."

Things then went all to hell.
Rosie: "What's a meteor?"
Dad: "A rock."

Rosie:"What happens when it hits?"
Dad: "How big a rock?"
Rosie: "As big as a house."
Dad: "Everything dies."
Rosie: "Even your friend, if they live on the other side?"
Dad: "Yep."
Rosie: "I don't think that would happen."
Dad: "It already has."
Dad: "Have you ever seen a living dinosaur?"
Rosie: "Yes. No wait a minute, no."
Dad: "A meteor killed them all."
Rosie: "All of them?"
Dad: "Yes."
Rosie: "Did it kill everything?"
Dad: "Yes."
Rosie:"Then why are we here?"
Dad:"Well, it didn't kill everything."
Rosie: "What was alive?"
Dad: "Little furry animals."
Rosie: "Did the little animals grow up to be us?"
Dad: "Yes."
Rosie: "Were they little monkeys that grew to a bigger one, then a bigger one, then to us?"
Dad: "Something like that."
Rosie: "Why did that happen?"

At this point she has me kind of stuck.

Dad:"Because that is what God wanted to happen."

23 April, 2007

Bizarre Assault

London, England. APRIL 15 2007. One of the most bizarre assault cases I have ever heard of took place not too long ago. A woman by the name of Felicha Marin, an 18-year old woman, was caught trying to steal a pair of shoes from a store named "Lizard", which is located on Hill Street, Richmond.

Once Felicha Marin was caught by police for her shoplifting scheme, she went on to assault the police officers in a rather unusual, unheard of way. Felicha Marin promptly took out her right breast, took aim, and shot breast milk from her right breast at a police officer. Marin was then detained by police and brought down to jail. Marin is being held accountable for shoplifting, and an assault charge for the breast milk incident.

Blue Angel Down

It is with profound sadness that I share that LtCmdr Kevin J. Davis was killed Saturday when his F/A-18 crashed during an air show in Beaufort S.C. Davis was number six on the Blue Angels, the Navy Air Demonstration squadron. Davis was rejoining the formation of six aircraft when he struck the ground.

No cause for the crash was apparent and the NAVY continues to investigate. A Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Angels said Saturday,

"We will regroup."

LtCmdr Kevin J. Davis

Early reports say that eight people were injured on the ground, none serious.

18 April, 2007

40 Reasons for Gun Control

1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.

2. Washington DC's low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control.

3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics."

4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991.

5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid.

6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.

7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.

8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.

9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should "put up no defense -- give them what they want, or run" (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don't Die - People Do, 1981, p.125).

10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.

11. One should consult an automotive engineer for safer seatbelts, a civil engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for internal medicine, a computer programmer for hard drive problems, and Sarah Brady for firearms expertise.

12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917.

13. The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using federally-owned weapons, vehicles, buildings and uniforms, punishing trespassers under federal law, is a "state" militia.

14. These phrases: "right of the people peaceably to assemble," "right of the people to be secure in their homes," "enumeration's herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people" all refer to individuals, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arm" refers to the state.

15. "The Constitution is strong and will never change." But we should ban and seize all guns thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to that Constitution.

16. Rifles and handguns aren't necessary to national defense! Of course, the army has hundreds of thousands of them.

17. Private citizens shouldn't have handguns, because they aren't "military weapons", but private citizens shouldn't have "assault rifles", because they are military weapons.

18. In spite of waiting periods, background checks, finger printing, government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, Sears mail order, no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings.

19. The NRA's attempt to run a "don't touch" campaign about kids handling guns is propaganda, but the anti-gun lobby's attempt to run a "don't touch" campaign is responsible social activity.

20. Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy.

21. A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20.

22. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men but a woman with a gun is "an accident waiting to happen" and gun makers' advertisements aimed at women are "preying on their fears."

23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.

24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows.

25. A majority of the population supports gun control, just like a majority of the population supported owning slaves.

26. Any self-loading small arm can legitimately be considered to be a "weapon of mass destruction" or an "assault weapon."

27. Most people can't be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted.

28. The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.

29. Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and typewriters, but self-defense only justifies bare hands.

30. The ACLU is good because it uncompromisingly defends certain parts of the Constitution, and the NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the Constitution.

31. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA is a cheap lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit.

32. Police operate with backup within groups, which is why they need larger capacity pistol magazines than do "civilians" who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition.

33. We should ban "Saturday Night Specials" and other inexpensive guns because it's not fair that poor people have access to guns too.

34. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over hand guns that private citizens can never hope to obtain.

35. Private citizens don't need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection.

36. Citizens don't need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with cops, need a gun.

37. "Assault weapons" have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. The police need assault weapons. You do not.

38. When Microsoft pressures its distributors to give Microsoft preferential promotion, that's bad; but when the Federal government pressures cities to buy guns only from Smith & Wesson, that's good.

39. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with one on their duty weapon.

40. Handgun Control, Inc. says they want to "keep guns out of the wrong hands." Guess what? You have the wrong hands.

16 April, 2007

Virginia Tech

Had to post that last picture as a last ditch effort to find humor today. Tragedy struck today at Virginia Technical University. Students and faculty gunned down in their classroom by some as of now, unnamed madman.

The media is in a feeding frenzy and is already pointed fingers and searching for blame as sharks follow a blood trail. The Police. The University Administrators? Has George Bush been named yet?

The most asisine statement came from the White House Press Room.

"President Bush supports the private ownership of guns as protected by the Second Amendment, except when crimes are committed. As appears in this instance."

This instance? APPEARS? Let's just look stupid.

What is not being reported ad naseum is that the students had, until recently, been able to carry weapons (read "guns") on campus provided that they had a concealed weapons permit.

As the outcry to ban guns will no doubt build to a shriek, had the victims (maybe just one) been able to return fire this could have been less of a tragedy. This was a case that it was no time to dial 911. There are times like these when we have to defend ourselves. This is not a criticism of how the police reacted. It is said that battle plans are worthless on contact with the enemy. Or in this case the first shot. Hindsight is 20/20 and the police were dealing with a bizarre scenario.

This story will be complex as it unfolds. As you read this say a silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Being called a "Nappy Haired Ho" ain't so bad today is it?

A very wise friend of mine says, "What if you had real problems?"

I suppose that since the casualty rate in Virginia is too high, Pelosi will be calling for a phased withdrawal from Virginia. Sounds stupid, doesn't it? When will America figured out the body count that has been offered up on the altar of political correctness?

There are times when fighting back is necessary. If you disagree with me, you've probably have never been in a fist fight.

Hummer Guys

10 April, 2007

Tennessee Lady Vols Outraged

The Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball team have shown outrage in Don Imus calling them "Cute". Spokeswoman for the team stated, "We're not cute and are hurt by the reference".

We tried to contact the Reverend Al Sharpton to get his views on this slanderous comment on Women's College Basketball. Sharpton was unavailable for comment.

Coach Pat Summitt dresses like a cheerleader

Go Lady Vols!!!


NCAA women's basketball final:
Tennessee 59, Rutgers 46

If you're slow on the uptake, the Lady Vols beat Rutgers to become the National Champions. That's the real headline to the story, NOT this hoo-haa about what Imus said. The Rutgers team come off as sore losers. Maybe they got beat because they played liked Nappy-Haired Hos.

Congratulations to the Lady Vols, truly ladies. Shame on Rutgers for stealing the spotlight.

09 April, 2007

Keith Richards Did NOT Snort His Father

Reversing himself, Keith Richards has announced that he was only joking when he said he snorted his Father's ashes. Disney execs, of all people, were worried that Richard's earlier statement would cast Disney in a bad light. If that's possible. Richards has a role in the upcoming sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean.

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08 April, 2007

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Twelve Step Programs You Might Not Have Heard Of

Not in a Twelve Step Program yet? Here's a list. I sure you'll find your niche.

Anonymous One - Includes a search page for finding Twelve Step meetings.

Bodhi's Buddhist Non Theistic 12 Steps - Site includes a Buddhist or Non Theistic version of AAs 12 step program.

Dual Recovery Anonymous - A fellowship of men and women who support each other in our common recovery from two no fault illnesses: an emotional or psychiatric illness and chemical dependency.

Emotional Health Anonymous - A 12-Step Program for people who suffer from emotional and mental problems not related to substance abuse.

Emotions Anonymous - A twelve-step organization for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties.

Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous - For anyone who has problems with food or weight issues.

Misogynon - A program of recovery for women who are now in, or are surviving the effects of, a violent relationship.

Promises of Recovery Newsletter - Focuses on addicts in prison and the issue of offering treatment instead of harsher sentences for drug related crimes.

Recovering Couples Anonymous - A Twelve Step fellowship founded in 1988. The primary purpose of RCA is to help couples find freedom from dysfunctional patterns in relationships.

Serenity Found - Information, readings, daily spiritual quotes, humor, and links related to Twelve Step recovery fellowships.

12 Step Recovery @ Bella On line - Resources for help, healing, and support. They strongly encourage experience, strength, and hope.

12 Steps to Serenity - An overview of the Twelve Steps with free worksheets for working the Steps.

Twelve Step Home Page - Related information, links to recovery related sites, and recovery products.

Schizophrenics Anonymous - The mission of Schizophrenics Anonymous is to add the element of self-help group support to the recovery of process of people suffering from schizophrenia. We hope that this will contribute to the sense of well being of S.A. members and help us cope with the difficulties imposed by the illness.

Lawyers Anonymous - Dedicated to Lawyers and Judges who are in denial about their alcoholism. This explains a lot.

Divorce Anonymous - Some of us are in a crisis and may appear desperate. We seek relief from the terrible pain we have grown accustomed to feeling. We know that our suffering is related to our broken relationships.

Adult Children of Alcoholics Anonymous - Adult Children of Alcoholics is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.

Still haven't found your program? Try These...

Recoveries Anonymous - RA is designed especially for those who have yet to be successful in their search for recovery, as well as those who have already found recovery and their family and friends.

Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous -OCD is characterized by recurrent, unwanted and unpleasant thoughts (obsessions), and or repetitive, ritualistic behaviors, which the person feels driven to perform (compulsions), people with OCD know their obsessions and compulsions are irrational or excessive, yet find they have little or no control over them.

Narcotics Anonymous - RA is designed especially for those who have yet to be successful in their search for recovery, as well as those who have already found recovery and their family and friends.

Cocaine Anonymous - Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

Marijuana Anonymous - Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

Sexaholics Anonymous - The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.

Vulgarity Anonymous - Group Counseling - This is a copy of VulgAnon 12 Steps. It is free to copy for the public.

Debtors Anonymous - Group Counseling Is your life unmanageable because of credit card debt and overspending?

Clutterers Anonymous - A 12-step recovery program, offers help to the true clutterer, who is overwhelmed by disorder. FAQs, literature, meeting list, and CLA background information provided.

DAFFY - Professional Artists Anonymous - "Drug And Alcohol-FFree, Yeah" is a supportive community of clear-minded professional artists, who are honest with one another.

Spenders Anonymous - Official web site for 12-Step fellowship on addictive spending.

Families Anonymous - Families Anonymous is a group of concerned relatives and friends who have faced up to the reality that the problems of someone close to us is seriously affecting our lives and our ability to function normally.

Gamblers Anonymous - A fellowship support group for compulsive gamblers. Bet You can't quit.

Nicotine Anonymous - A 12 Step Program offering support to those who want to quit cigarettes and quit smoking and stop other forms of tobacco and nicotine addiction. Offers smoking cessation support for men and woman, facts about the effects of smoking, and meeting schedules.

Pagan Anonymous - This is a meeting for Pagans and those of alternative spiritual pathsto discuss issues of Recovery and how to use the12 Steps from a Pagan perspective.

Liberals Anonymous - Given the difficulty in bringing liberals into the light, I thought it might be helpful to provide them with a 12-step program that could make it easier for a successful transition into reality.

Workaholics Anonymous - Workaholics Anonymous is a 12 step support group for people who want to stop working compulsively.

Adrenaline Addicts Anonymous - Those of us in Adrenaline Addicts Anonymous have come to believe that we use our own adrenaline as an addictive drug.

Parents Anonymous - Parents Anonymous® Inc. is a community of parents, organizations and volunteers committed to: • Strengthening Families and Building Strong Communities
• Achieving Meaningful Parent Leadership and Shared Leadership
• Leading the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect lip balm and to help others achieve the same freedom.

Atheists Anonymous - Established in March of 2002, Atheists Anonymous is an internet based support network for people who lack a belief in any kind of supernatural deity. We are dedicated to helping people better understand atheism through open, honest, and intellectual discussion. We also provide a safe place where atheists can comfortably express their non-belief and seek out the advice and friendship of other atheists.

Agnostics Anonymous - So you've got some questions? You're not alone.
Just when you thought God-issues were the last thing anyone would want to ask about, the opposite seems to be true. In our post-modern world, the time has passed when most people knew much about God, but it doesn't seem to have stopped them asking questions. And if that's true, maybe there are people out there in cyberspace, who would like to hear some possible answers. Perhaps people like you?

Christians Anonymous - If you are a friend of a Christian who needs help or are a Christian yourself, you have come to the right place. Within this site you will find the necessary steps that can help you or someone you love free themselves from the mental enslavement of this terrible addiction.

Homosexuals Anonymous - A fellowship of men and women, who through their common emotional experience, have chosen to help each other live in freedom from homosexuality.

Sex Workers Anonymous - Sex Workers Anonymous, formerly called Prostitutes Anonymous, is a 12 Step group of men and women of any age who have a desire to leave any arena of the sex industry, or who find they need recovery after having done so.

Ferrets Anonymous - California ferret enthusiasts have been working for ferret legalization since the mid 1980's. In 1993 a grassroots effort began with the official formation of Ferrets Anonymous.

Chain Letters Anonymous - At Chain Letters Anonymous, we understand the anxiety of breaking the chain. We want to help you overcome "forward-button addiction" and the superstitious intoxication that brings computer networks to a crawl.
Chatters Anonymous - Chatters Anonymous is dedicated to helping people who have become addicted to Internet chat by facilitating a better understanding of the difference between the Internet and reality.

Internet Anonymous - Are you addicted to the Internet? Yes? Well this is the place for you! Here you will find descriptions of the symptoms of Internet Addiction, confessions by Addicts, and even a self-help programme! Navigate your way around the site using the options bar on the left.
If this is for you, what the Hell are you doing on the Internet?

Do you have any that I missed? Add them to the comments section.

Pelosi Flies to Syria

Did not Rudolph Hess fly to England in World War Two to try and negotiate a separate Peace with the Allies? He wound up with a life sentence didn't he?

Oh my the Times are changing.

The Constitution provides the Legislature with the power to ratify treaties. Treaties which the Executive Branch has secured. It is the Executive Branch that the Constitution grants the power to conduct diplomacy with the President as Chief Diplomat.

It this capacity the President can send forth anyone he wishes to conduct such diplomacy. Witness trips by Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter and others who have been dispatched by the President to act in his behest.

Reactions by President Bush clearly indicate that these mechanisms were not in play for the Pelosi junket.

Nancy Pelosi took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution and yet she continues to fly in the face of it.

Pelosi say that the Democrats were elected with a mandate from the People. Fair enough. A mandate to express the views of the electorate to the Executive Branch. Not a mandate to execute foreign policy on her own.

05 April, 2007


"It's not slang", you say. Maybe, maybe not. Many words we use today come from slang used in the military. Here are some I thought you'd like to know.

From the Civil War

Bummer: "man, that was a bummer. Bummer was used in the Civil War to denote deserters, stragglers and looters. Following the Army's predilection to shorten words "Bum" came into use.

Deadbeat: From the Civil denoting anyone exempt from military action, even in uniform.

Fluke: Originally a failure or fiasco. Later used to describe a fortunate turn of events as a result of luck rather than skill or planning.

Mugger: A prisoner who preys on fellow, weaker prisoners.

Red Tape: Official orders were delivered with red ribbon tied around the packet denoted it's official origin and importance of delivery. To do something properly you had to get past the Red Tape. As more and more regulations and orders were issued to subordinate units, these units were said to be buried in Red Tape.

Slum: Not a place but a thing. Slum was a stew made from whatever was handy. If you were sitting there eating, you were slumming. Later changed to a verb for either getting by with little effort or resources or being idle.

Smart Money: Monies paid to soldiers who were wounded. "Not smart enough to duck." Also used to describe payment to avoid military service thereby avoiding the chance of being wounded and receiving "Smart Money".

Tap Out: Originally a drum beat to order all lights in the camp to be extinguished. That is why the bugle which replaced the drums was called Taps. General Butterfield ordered the change and thought the soothing, slow bugle call would express the darkening camp and urge soldiers to snuggle down and sleep. Falling aslepp was therefore referred to as "Tapping Out". Later any reason to fall from the formation was called Tapping Out.

Hooker: During the Cival War and Army in the field would be followed by it's Supply Train and in alot of cases the families of the soldiers. The Supply Train provided a ready source for all the soldier's needs. Fulfilling a need, prostitutes often were in the Supply Train. The Army of Union General George Hooker had an usually large contingent of prositutes and were therefore named "Hookers". The red light district of Washington D.C. was referred to as "Hooker's Division".

From World War Two

Dope: Coca Cola. Someone fond of the soft drink was called a Dope Head.

Goof: Marijuana. Hence...Goof Off, Goof Ball, Goof Head and of course Goofy. Think aboout that the next time you're at Disneyland.

Rat Race: An Aerial manuever. Also known as "Tail Chasing". An open formation usually used in air made turbulent by the planes in front.

Shack Up: To live with a woman you are not married to. Referring to the Native Shacks on Pacific Islands werein you might find eager and willing local women.

Swing Shift: As Industry geared up to support the War an additional work force was added to the workers who went home at 4PM. These folks worked from 3PM to Midnight. The Shift from Midnight to until the Morning shift came in was called Graveyard.

02 April, 2007

Transformers More Than Meets the Eye

Here's a video of some French folk in Transformer costumes. They are actually quite clever. I like the cement truck the best. With the new movie coming out a whole new generation of Transformer fans is in the making.

If you had kids in the 80's you probably had the same philosophical debate I had with my kids. Can the Transformers beat the Go Bots? Can the Care Bears take My Little Ponies?