Thursday, February 28, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
OK, time to chat about politics again.. Listening to POTUS '08 all the time, you think you hear every political argument from every perspective. But, I had a thought come to me, and I want to get your thoughts on it....
For weeks now, pundits are concerned that John McCain isn't conservative enough to draw the right wing GOP to the polls come November. That the party is downtrodden and unhappy with it's choices. I've heard it so much, it made me think - What about Blue Dog Democrats? Are they really excited with Hillary or Obama?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Blue Dogs are Democrats with some sense of sanity - fiscal conservatism, pro defense, and a dash of environmental concern. While there may not be a slew of them in Congress right now, my guess is that you're describing a majority of Democrats in those terms. Keeping that in mind, does that describe Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama at all? I didn't think so either.
While the Blue Dogs might have had their person with Bill Richardson or Joe Biden, they might be sacrificing their core beliefs by supporting Obama or Clinton - two of the most liberal members of the Senate. Two firm believers in the thought that the government is responsible for trying to fix everything, and to regulate everything.
Sure, McCain has some work to do, but the thought that Right Wing Republicans will sit at home or vote for a hardcore liberal is crazy. Maybe the media should be more concerned about middle of the road Democrats defecting , rather than the GOP. We're coming for ya, Dog !!
Pretty nice, eh? If you want to see some live, my best suggestion is to go anywhere between Upstate New York and the Arctic Circle and just look up.
Friday, February 22, 2008
It sounds like something the talking doll Chucky from the movies might say: "Kill James!" Instead, a Florida family says the threat to their toddler is coming from a talking Elmo doll.
The Bowman family, of Lithia, Fla., said an Elmo doll belonging to their 2-year-old son, James, began to spout death threats towards him after they changed its batteries, TBO.com reports.
The Elmo Knows Your Name Doll started saying "Kill James!" in a sing-song voice, the site reports.
"It's not something that really you would think would ever come out of a toy," James' mother, Melissa, told the site. "But once I heard, I was just kind of distraught."
The toy's manufacturer, Fisher-Price, said it will issue the Bowmans a voucher for a replacement doll, TBO.com reports.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
So, to make up for it, here's s different scene.....
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
You probably heard about this already, but just in case. Firefighter Barry McRoy was leaving after having his greasy breakfast that leaves you running for the bathroom, when two guys entered. The two of them were apparently fighting for control of a handgun (all together - WTF??), when it went off. It struck McRoy in the chest, but the bullet or fragment of it was stopped by a DVD he had in his pocket. Lucky guy....
While most people are amazed by the odds of a DVD stopping a bullet, my first thought was - WHY DOES ALL THE CRAZY STUFF GO ON AT THE WAFFLE HOUSE ??? Seriously. Nothing good ever seems to go on. I know, chances are that it's the only open at 4AM where you can get that ever important omelet after a night of heavy drinking, but the Waffle House seems to be the one that attracts that special class of clientele that thinks it's OK to bring a loaded gun to a restaurant..
Now, maybe some of y'all are looking for that kind of fun when you go out for a diahrrea burger, but personally, I try to stay away from flying bullets and chairs...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
VIVA CUBA LIBRE !!!!! Well, not quite. Yes, Jim's buddy Fidel Castro has decided to not 'run ' for President of Cuba. Will it lead to a free Cuba? No, at least not yet. Raul is the equivalent of Yuri Andropov after Leonid Brezhnev died. He's a temporary fix who's sole purpose is to continue Fidel's old policies. The real chance for change will come after Raul kicks the bucket, and they find someone who isn't named Castro..
So, it looks like we'll be dealing with a Cuba that has no interest in entering the real world for at least another five or so years. It's a shame, because there are a lot of possibilities for Cuba - possibilities that it had 50 years ago when Castro took over. Possibilities that haven't been restarted since then. Mayeb Jim can go down to Havana, sit down with Raul, and fix Cuba. Maybe not......
Monday, February 18, 2008
I've written a post every day for 71 consecutive days, so to keep the streak alive, I'm going to write a short one. I caught the flu Sunday, but I got it full-blown this morning. For the first time in about six years, I went to work, stayed for about a half-hour, then went home.
The Airborne and Advil seemed to be working pretty good, but I'm still far from 100%. Wish me luck, because I can't afford to skip two days of work. I'm going back to bed.... Sorry for not adding much to chat about today..
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
We had another shooting at a college this week, and word is that it was from a troubled student who stopped taking his meds. Now, I'm not the world's authority, but I can tell you a lot about meds for problems like these.
I've heard a lot about the opinion that taking antidepressants can cause you to attempt suicide. This might be the biggest pile of crap I've ever heard. The drugs don't make you try to kill yourself - they just didn't work. The person on antidepressants is depressed, so the kernel of what makes you want to die is already there. The drug doesn't enhance it, it just might not eliminate it enough for full success. Quitting them is another story....
Ever try to quit smoking, or coffee. If I go two days without a Pepsi, I get headaches. Stopping your meds is way, way worse. Your brain goes haywire, you can't think straight, your thoughts race, and you can't control your emotions at all. Tom Cruise is an idiot..... If I didn't take my Effexor, i wouldn't be able to hold down a job, or probably even leave the house or talk to women. Some of us don't tick the same as everyone else. The worst thing you can do is stop taking the one thing that probably helps.
That being said, you can't blame him skipping his meds exclusively. He only stopped recently, and there are other signs that this was planned long before. He bought the guns legally months ago, so this was something he had been thinking about for some time. Like most events like this, there is no magic bullet that can singularly explain or solve it. We'd all like to say 'if we just did this or that' , but .......
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Lauren: She Makes Getting Up at 6AM Worth It...
I used to watch Channel 13 News all the time... Living in Florence, Channel 13 was the local news station, and Kimberly Gill was the first person to ever interview me, so I stayed pretty loyal. But, Kimberly is now in Cleveland (congrats to her), and one day Bobby gave me some sage advice..... "Dude, check out the babe on Channel 15." Thus , I was introduced to Lauren Lowrey. All I gotta say is YOWZA !!
I'll try to be gentlemanly and respectful here, gang. Lauren is a pretty darn good broadcaster - she doesn't sound like an anchor. She's fun, casual, and doesn't sound like she's reading off a teleprompter - which means she'll probably get gobbled up by a bigger market soon, so you best check her out before she leaves town. She may be a Pawley's Island native, but if Atlanta comes calling, you take the gig....
Now to the obvious........ SHE IS HOT !!!!! Check out the pic - she's posing like a Bond Girl !! And how do I say it... well, you see 'em - don't act like you ain't looking at 'em !! I got the pic from her MySpace page. I have a pet name for the AM News with her and weatherman - uh, meterologist - Ryan Stack. I call it Stack'd and Stack.... It's got a nice ring to it, don't you think??
So, if you HAVE to get up at 6AM, watching Lauren almost makes it worth it... She's also on the midday news, but I'm already working by then. Speaking of which, it's naptime. See you on the tube, Lauren !!
It's getting late on Valentine's Day, and you say you haven't gotten a gift for that special lady? Here's a novel idea..... How about Cancer Insurance? Or Personal Indemnity coverage? Sure , maybe you haven't gotten your brain out of that roses/chocolates/jewelry rut, but I'm here to help....
Think about it guys.... Long after the roses have died, the chocolates have made their way through her digestive track, and she forgets exactly WHERE she got that bracelet (if she hasn't lost it), Insurance will still be there. It's the gift that keeps on giving, month after month, year after year.
Just imagine the look on her face as she opens the policy jacket for a Disability Income Protector policy... Priceless !! Does she have teeth that look like a jackal? Try a Dental policy on for size.. Maybe things aren't going so well between the two of you - sounds like a Life Insurance policy has her name all over it, with you as the beneficiary!
Now that I've convinced you, where can you find help? Me, of course - your friendly AFLAC dude. Even if you have insurance, you still have deductibles, co-payments and those pesky things that aren't covered. That, and think about how you'd pay for everything if you were out of work due to illness or injury. If you're like most, you can't. That's where me and The Duck come in.
AFLAC - protecting your assets, and making your love life even better........
Here is the Very First AFLAC Ad..
and the one with Yogi Berra...
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Yes fans, it's time to pry into the world of the most loving couple in America - Bill and Hillary Clinton !! Call them Bill and Hill or Billary, but we just can't help but be fascinated at the love between the two.
It's easy to play What is Bill thinking... Just look at the picture above, and choose which of the three choices the former president most likely has going through his mind - or just make one up of your own.. Here they are:
1. "Why did I marry her? Why didn't I just put a loaded gun in my mouth? Why God, Why?"
2. "Holy crap, look at that ass. Somewhere, a semi-truck is missing its 'Oversized Load' sign.
3. "Somewhere, there's two girls naked in a hot tub and I'm stuck here listening to her jabber on about health care. "
Thanks, Bobby. The rest of you, enjoy!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
First, they close down the Bo Bo Spa in Marion - now this !! It seems that city officials in perhaps the sleaziest city in Europe are getting tired of their city's bad reputation. It looks like like Amsterdam is starting to close down their famous prostitutes in the windows. Here is the AP link:
If you can't pick a hooker up from behind a neon glass window anymore, there just isn't a reason to go there. This clearly is a sign of the Apocalypse. What we need here is a Hero.. SC6 has him.........
I give you JEAN-CLAUDE VAN HAMSTERDAM !!!!!!
Friday, February 08, 2008
Okay, we're down to less than a week before Valentine's Day is here. Not that my dance card is full this year. But still, we're here to assist however we can. Most guys have no idea what to get. Worse yet, they don't think about what might be an appropriate gift for their girl. It depends on what point in a relationship you have.
Women read a lot into what the gift you give is saying - yes, a gift says something to them. Men have no idea... Say for instance, buying roses, lingerie, jewelry and other stuff for a woman you're not dating might be a little bit much !! Uh, it wasn't me - it was someone I heard did that....... Anyway..
With that in mind, AskMen.com has a website aimed at giving you a few ideas for Valentine's Day gifts for your wife, fiancee, girlfriend - even your booty call girl ! Here's the link....
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Don't think Barack Obama wants to be a rock star? Take a peek at this clip on YouTube. It's a video made by Black Eyed Peas frontman Will i. Am. He took Obama's "Yes We Can" speech after the New Hampshire Primary, and he put it to music.
It's a bit like Wyclef's "Gone til November" - but not as good. At least he got some help from buddies like John Legend and Scarlett Johanssen. Still, it's towards the boring side, although the Cool Factor of having Black Eyed Peas write a song for you helps. You can't blame Obama for Will i Am writing a crappy song, after all......
Here is the clip:
Speaking of Black Eyed Peas, here's a far more interesting clip of Fergie when she peed herself onstage...
Sorry for sounding mean, but Quit Romney was too appropriate to pass on today... Mitt Romney put an end to his campaign today. Trailing to the point that it would be nearly impossible to catch John McCain, Romney decided that $35 Million was enough of his kids inheritance to spend.......
For all the talk about flip-flopping and acquiring Conservative values for the sake of political convenience, I have to credit Romney for getting out. He was getting tag-teame by McCain and Mike Huckabee, and no amount of cash was going to overcome it.
With the lack of a true conservative, why didn't Romney catch on more? Well, I think the money had a lot to do with it. He did a pretty good job of raising cash, but when you have $250-400 million of your own moolah, who is going to contribute? That, and having that kind of cash makes people resent you to a degree. Ever have a rich kid in your school? How many of the other kids liked them - not usually too many. My school didn't have rich kids, but we sure hated the more affluent schools 10 miles away. Even the GOP can have a bit of a class warfare. It happens here in Florence all the time. We have the local GOP party, then there are all the Doctors, Lawyers and Businessmen who have their own circle.
Romney did run a pretty good campaign. In such a packed field, he managed to differentiate himself from the others, and to have good showings in almost all of the states - in very few places did he get a sixth place/ 3% finish. But, he didn't get the big win needed to be a frontrunner. Perhaps this is a sign of the strength of the right wing of the GOP. It was either fractured among numerous candidates - Thompson, Romney and Huckabee - or, it is not quite as big as it used to be. It could be a sign that the GOP is centering it's stance as a whole. OK, time for your opinion.........
If You Want One of These...............................Stay Off One of These !
Guys, you have been warned... According to a study done by the famed Cleveland Clinic, study of 364 men have shown that those who use a cellphone heavily have significantly lower sperm counts and poorer quality sperm than those who don't use a cell phone. Can you hear me now??? Good !
Yep. It seems that either the electromagnetic pulse, or the heat emitted by cell phones cause a nearly 25% drop in sperm counts, and 40% lower motility factor for those who spend 4 hrs or more on their i-Phones.. In other words, you have less and lazier joy juice.... Boy, am i glad that no one ever calls me - not that it really matters anyway.....
Now, before I scare the crap out of you, I'll pull back a bit here. While the study is conclusive, it does not say that cell phones can kill sperm counts or make you sterile. Then again, they still haven't proved the cellphone/brain tumor rumor either. So, until your brain explodes, or you are shooting blanks in bed, fell free to use that 10,000 minute a month phone plan !
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Crank up the Freddie Mercury, baby ! Despite not having much of a running game, despite Plaxico Burress only getting two receptions, the Giants played one hell of a defensive game and beat the New England Patriots tonight. It's a good day......
No doubt those old Miami Dolphins are breaking out the champagne once again. The Patriots may have been knocking on Mercury Morris' door, but they didn't have the key to get in... This season has been one of those really nice suprises. I thought they wouldn't even make the playoffs after those first two losses, but the rookies came up big this year, and now they've got a big, shiny trophy to take home....