Feb 28, 2010

A group of musicians go into a bar....

Subject: For musician's

For musicians only and others who appreciate music.
C, E-flat and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "sorry,
but we don't serve minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G
have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the
fifth is diminished and G is out flat. F comes in and tries
to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.

D comes in and heads for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me.
I'll just be a second." Then A comes in, but the bartender
is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor.
Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the
bar and says, "Get out! You're the seventh minor I've found
in this bar tonight."

E-Flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with
nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, "you're looking
sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major
development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit
and everything else, and is au natural.

Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's
under a rest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of
contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years
of D.S. without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

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Feb 27, 2010

Stupid Health Insurance Companies raise rates NOW???.

Am I the only one who thinks it's a pretty dumb move for the health insurers around the country to be raising their rates 30-50 percent right before a Congressional VOTE?   Leaving the Dems the chance to say "I told ya so?" as they force a 51 percent up or down vote?  Making the Republicans look like FOOLS?

I thought the Republicans looked like stubborn little girls at Obama's little show the other day.   He the voice of reason, asking them to look for agreement.  They the party of no, every one obediently staying on script.  All of em saying the same words, exactly like was in the notes they were handed.  Start Over.  Clean sheet of paper.  Start Over.  Clean sheet of paper.  One Republican screwed up the words and had to read them off his note.  Clean sheet of paper!   They should all be fired during the next election.

I learned during the Clinton years that the Republicans aren't fit to govern... that they just want to keep ANYONE from governing.  I haven't changed my mind!

Demented Snow Shoveler

December 8 6:00 PM

It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It lookedlike a Grandma Moses print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9  

We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape.
What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Living here is the best idea I've ever had!  Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like aboy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow camealong and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again.  What a perfect life!

December 12

The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment! My friend Larry tells me not to worry-we'll definitely have a white Christmas..  No snow on Christmas would be awful! Larry says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Larry is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our friend.

December 14

Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20.  The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life!  The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.

December 15

20 inches forecast. Sold my ax and bought a ax Chevy Pic-up. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer Charlene wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.

December 16

Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17

Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at Charlene and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20

Electricity is back on, but had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn snowplow came by twice.  Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying Larry says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.

December 22

Larry was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it's so cold, it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Larry who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

December 23

Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. Charlene wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts?!!   Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.

December 24

6 inches - Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snow Plow, I'll drag him through the snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling, and then he comes down the street at a 100  miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight, Charlene wanted me to sing Christmas Carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow

December 25

Merry f---in Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn slop tonight - Snowed in.  The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow!  Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation, and I hit him over the head with my shovel. Charlene says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a  frisking idiot. If I have to watch "Days of our Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26

Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea.  She's really getting on my nerves.

December 27

Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.

December 28

Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!!

December 29

10 more inches. Larry says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30

Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only for the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. Charlene went home to her mother's. Nine more inches predicted.

December 31

I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8

Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep givin me. Why am I tied to the bed?

Pictures of Union Pacific Stupidity: Rules are RULES!

Good news:  It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, KS when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina. 
The Bad news:  Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail. 
The Good news:  A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules. 
The Bad news:  The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.

The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train! 
They were instructed Rules prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!

(Don't let common sense get in the way of a good disaster!)
Most of our government agencies work in the same mode.....

Feb 26, 2010

Could this be Darla Jaye? OMG, a body for radio!

I don't  follow KC's self promoting playuh, Alonzo Washington, but he made a comment about radio and I clicked on it when I saw it linked on TKC.

Now many of us have heard the KMBZ and Channel 9 partnership of convenience...which ordinarily trades news soundbites on TV for call letter mentions on the radio.  But Alonzo mentioned something about putting cameras in at KMBZ.  Apparently to beef up Channel 9's morning show with easy remote views.  Or pork up.

Its one thing see the sexy Ann Coulter and Laura Engraham as they white wing want on the wadio or TV.  We can at least watch them and turn down the sound.  Darla Jaye will not help HER cause anymore than Janet Reno helped HERS!  Darla needs both a fashion and political onsultant.

And then, there was an old saying, "I've got a face for radio", meaning NOT a face for television.  Darla's made some money on the radio, as other hefty radio people have promoting a weight loss program.  Well first, KMBZ's Darla Jaye appears to have gained her weight back from this before/after picture from some time ago.  .   

Understand, I wouldn't normally talk about a woman's weight or appearance, but she brought it up when she started shilling for diet programs. Here's what Alonzo posted today... and if this is TODAY's Darla Jaye, I'd suggest Slim for Life ask for a refund on what they paid her to do "I lost fifty pounds" spots the last couple years.

Feb 25, 2010

10 Best or Worst Bosses: Which are YOU?

From Monster.com

A wife's lasting love

  A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death's doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs.

     He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed.  Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.

    With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen.  Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven.

    There, spread out on newspapers on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies.

    Was it heaven?  Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

    Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table.  The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when he was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.

    "Stay out of those," she said. "They're for the funeral.

Two Woodpeckers learn a Life Lesson from Tiger Woods

Two Woodpeckers...

A Mexican woodpecker and a Canadian woodpecker were in Mexico arguing about which country had the toughest trees. The Mexican woodpecker claimed Mexico had a tree that no woodpecker could peck.

The Canadian woodpecker accepted his challenge and promptly pecked a hole in the tree with no problem. The Mexican woodpecker was amazed.

The Canadian woodpecker then challenged the Mexican woodpecker to peck a tree in Canada that was absolutely 'impeccable' (a term frequently used by woodpeckers ). The Mexican woodpecker expressed confidence that he could do it and accepted the challenge.

The two of them flew to Canada where the Mexican woodpecker successfully pecked the so-called 'impeccable' tree almost without breaking a sweat...

Both woodpeckers were now terribly confused. How is it that the Canadian woodpecker was able to peck the Mexican tree, and the Mexican woodpecker was able to peck the Canadian tree, yet neither was able to peck the tree in their own country?

After much woodpecker pondering, they both came to the same conclusion: Tiger Woods was right -- Your pecker DOES get harder when you're away from home!

Feb 24, 2010

NSFW: Ned calls the Gay and Lesbian channel at Time Warner Cable

This just HAS to be a radio bit... but no radio station could play this and stay on the air!!

Feb 23, 2010

GALLUP Statistics about us who are EMPLOYED, and us who are UNDEREMPLOYED

This is a good read...

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gallup's daily measure of U.S. employment reveals that 19.9% of the U.S. workforce was underemployed during the month of January, translating to close to 30 million Americans who are working less than their desired capacity. Those who were underemployed reported spending 36% less than those who were employed, $48 per day versus $75 per day.
Average Daily Spending Among Employed and Underemployed, January 2010
These results are based on January interviews with more than 20,000 adults in the U.S. workforce, aged 18 and older. Gallup classifies respondents as "employed" if they are employed full time or are employed part time but do not want to work full time. Gallup classifies respondents as "underemployed" if they are employed part time but want to work full time or are unemployed.

Read much more, worth the read....Gallup poll, click here...

Feb 20, 2010

Funny Fotoshopping of Barack Obama

I may be an Oman supporter, but these are too funny not to pass on


Joke: Obama decides to honor GWBush!

It was announced at today's White House Press Conference that the Obama Administration will be honoring the 43rd President of the United States by naming the gap between the tectonic plates beneath the island of Haiti after him...
This unstable geologic formation, which was responsible for the horrific earthquake in that country, will now officially be referred to as "Bush's Fault"

Feb 18, 2010

Republicans and KS Sen Pat Roberts RESPONSIBLE for 9-11

Posted by rman on 2/18/2010, 6:53 pm, in reply to "more discussion needed"

Republicons are always quick to scoff at notions that GWB or the government were responsible for 9-11. Heard KMBZ's Scott Parks, a GOP friendly, propagandist, was scoffing about it just tonight.

I'm not prepared to say GWB was responsible, given that he was a lightweight and we all knew it but elected him anyway.

HOWEVER... I absolutely think the GOVERNMENT and the POLITICIANS RUNNING IT, in alliance with the NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA were absolutely responsible. Not for what they DID, but for what they FAILED to do.

If now, more than before, everyone knows that politics between the political parties at war with each other DO INTERFERE and they deliberately KEEP GOVERNMENT FROM DOING IT's JOB.

Yes, I'll build my case.

I'm quick to point out that it was no secret that Intelligence agencies, like branches of service, are too competitive to work together. Surely Sen, Pat Roberts (R-KS) who was on the Senate Intelligence Committee, knew it, BUT FAILED TO DO ANYTHING! And in fact he was CHAIRMAN of that committee when the Intelligence Community falsely reported that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.  May I remind you, we have lost thousands of US soldiers, needlessly attacked a country and got ourselves a horrible reputation based on FAULTY INTELLIGENCE that Pat Roberts was supposed to be overseeing!!

And of course, republican-friendly KMBZ loves to have Roberts on, to make him look good to their right leaning listeners. An conveniently make them seem so well-connected to friendly politicians like Republican senators --  who know they'll get publicity and easy questions!

So in a left-handed sort of way, KMBZ TOO (along with so many other talk show stations) are responsible for 9-11 or the NEXT attack -- not for what you DO, but for what you FAIL to do. Which is give politicians you LIKE a free ride, but distract those who you DON'T like.

Back to the point. Even well before 9-11-- but certainly AFTERWARDS --  everyone knew our spies were paralyzed, yet the Washington brain trust --run by the Security First crowd-- didn't fix it.

If not Pat Roberts job to fix it, then who???? Did he go to jail for FAILING TO DO HIS JOB when the Republicans were in charge of the Clinton and early Bush congresses? To Fix our intelligence agencies? No. Everybody ran for cover, pretended indignation, but no one took responsibility. And the lightweight media let them get away with that! OMY GOSH, How could we have known? Well that's your JOB to know, Senator. That's why we RE-ELECT YOU every six years.

Before that, the Republicons and their henchman, Ken Starr, instead of doing their jobs, KEPT CLINTON DISTRACTED for weeks, months on end over Monica Lewinsky's crush --  instead of doing his job... which was protecting America!   All about politics and winning back the White House next time.

Did any of them, who went on CNN every night, and CNN willingly keeping the controversy fanned, take responsibility?  NO!   It would have been better had we learned more about AlQueda, and less watching Ken Starr and his briefcase coming out of his house every morning on the way to work to try to find something against our president! Starr, you BAD! You and Monica's right wing mentor, the ugly broad who blew the whistle and started the fire, and John Ashcroft and all the rest of the assholes distracting the ONE GUY we elected to protect us!

We were watching the impeachment of a president over a stupid blow job while Arab men, who had been noticed by an ignored FBI, were learning how to fly jetliners into buildings.  How did that happen?

My view is that anyone who distracts the busiest man in the world, the keeper of world piece, guardian against Iran and presider over national security... ANYONE WHO DISTRACTS HIM FOR POLITICAL REASONS... is responsible for keeping him off focus.

We're all tired of this political crap that's keeping the banks and insurance companies stealing from us... and foiling attacks. The Republican opponents of this government sure don't ACT like we're at war! Even, when out of the other side of their mouths, they claim he isn't doing enough to protect us.

What assholes they are. I'd love to have said that on KMBZ to point out a couple of obvious things that should have occurred to neocon Scott Parks, but it was 5:55, and her heinous, Darla Jaye was about to take over the studio for more of the same, but even more radical.

Wish I had time and money to file against Entercom for that license at  KMBZ's license renewal time with the FCC.  But I'm one veteran who thinks KMBZ should get rid of their one sided ways and learn to appreciate Democracy and the OPEN exchange of ideas to decide how we will run the joint!!

Feb 15, 2010

Paul Volker's my new hero. Screw the rich bankers. Shut em down!

So.  People are upset because Kansas City's new school superintendent from Pueblo COLORADO wants to close schools and cut teachers because of the max exodus of students from the overpaid, overfunded KCSD!  Funkhauser's an accountant.  Accountants know you can't take ten pounds of money out of a five pound bag!   Everybody in America has cut back except the bankers.  And the KCMO school distruct.

I've cut back. Love to have a new car but more than one payment is enough for us. And a bigger, big screen TV, now that prices are low enough to just write a check for it. Remember when they were at Sears for $9.995 not that long ago?

We Americans need to get used to cutting back. Did any of you see Paul Volker former Treasury guy on Sunday talk?

He's right. We need manufacturing jobs back BUT IT WILL NEVER BE THE WAY IT WAS!. Asia will work for pennies because they don't have all this Five Star Health Care, private room with cable and triple the number of body scans, and two car garages and cars to fill em.

Fact is, NO body scans.  And families bring food to their hospitalized kin.  And buy fancy medical heart parts off the black market. Surgeons will INSTALL  them but hospitals won't BUY them.    In China, you're only allowed once child.  Chinese are very serious when their only child is in medical deep shit!  People take high speed trains to work, built by the government and US import dollars.  And willing to love modestly, and with grandma.
No state Medicaid-paid, nursing homes HERE for Grandma!!  She just dies without a valient $50,000 last ditch ICU effort to save her so she can go back to the nursing home for a few more months.  

STOP.  So this. This isn't China.  This is AMERICA, JACK!   Do you want to pay for a few more nursing home months for grandma with all those incidents of shortness of breath, or heart palpitations, and nurse aids feeding her babyfood.... , or  spend those same state TAXDOLLARS  to pick up a  FULL TUITION RIDE  for  her grand-child to get a college degree, or trade school skills and then a good lifetime job?

Whereas US families today expect a cab ride to a hospital paid hotel! What a bunch of shit we ratepayers have to pay for spoiled, demanding Americans who are too quick to sick channel five on the health care industry for being 'uncaring!!'

Darla Jaye, a lightweight former disk jockey who does right wing KMBZ talk radio at night from high atop the 3rd floor of KMBZ?  She has no clue. Business is unwilling to throw extortionists out of the building because Channel 5 is so willing to take up the cause of the little bittcher guy, especially during February rating sweeps!!

The right, and their minions, need to STFU and lisen to reason. Ya can't have it both ways. Can't support NASA engineers on space travel to do experiments in the space lab, and say that alcoholics here in town can't get heath care when all of them need to do inpatient treatment if they have any hope of getting off the bottle.

?What screwed up thinking Republican elitists have! Can't wait for their banks to call in their Olathe and Leawood mortgage loans and seize their houses after they're beached from their six figure job for a few months after taking long-shot, greedy, financial risks !

I loved what Paul Volker said last Sunday. Don't bail out the bankrupt banks. Liquidate them. 

Put all those bad decision-makers out of work!  Whatever you do, don't REWARD them with a government bailout!

What a great idea! No problem with unjustified bonuses a few months later.

That was a GREAT idea!
2/15/2010 07:16:00 PM

Feb 14, 2010

Real! Words to live by

 Several e-mails have circulated in the last few years attributing comedian Steven Wright's one-liners or famous quotes to Larry the Cable Guy.  I received one of these erroneous e-mails just the other day.  Misquoting Steve Wright is just plain Wrong! 

The following are Steven Wright quotes.  Nothing against Larry The Cable Guy — his routine on buying 3 pair of edible panties before visiting his girlfriend, but he ends up eating two pair before he gets to her house — came close to putting me in the emergency room, I was laughing so hard.

That could very well have been me, many years ago. (I liked the black cherry ones best too)  Larry The Cable Guy hits me close to home and cracks me up.  If he would have gone back to the store to buy a couple of more pair of black cherry flavors but ended up eating them too, I would be six feet underground now from laughing, wheezing, & farting myself to death. 
But these are some of Steven Wright’s lines, and should be contributed to him.  I think Larry The Cable Guy would agree. 
I was subbing school one day and the room was full of those ridiculous motivational posters that make you want to puke.  I made an recalcitrant kid write on the board 25 times one of my favorite Steven Wright lines: "Eagles may soar, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines." He enjoyed even more extra attention and hopefully learned some penmanship too ...  and it shut him up for awhile ... and maybe the other kids learned something too.

Steven Wright Quotes

(He’s a weird dude!)

1.A day without sunshine is like night.  

2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.  

3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. 

4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.  

5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.  

6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.  

7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.  

8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.  

9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture most people have.  

10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.  

11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.  

12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.  

13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.  

14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?  

15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.  

16. Hard work might pay off in the future, but Laziness pays off now.  

17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges sucking up all that water?  

18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.  

19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?  

20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?  

21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, "What the heck happened?"  

22.. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off. 

23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear to be very bright until you hear them speak.  

24. Life is nothing like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.

Man, ain't that the truth!

Feb 13, 2010

A hundred reasons to kill people

Not that the Star has any staff to do it, but I think it would be interesting for someone with lots of energy in detail work to go down to the cop shop and compile a list of the reason that triggered each KC murder last year.  Were they mostly drug killings, drunken arguments at bars, disagreements over what to watch on TV or street justice by people who don't believe in suing each other?

Feb 12, 2010

Lets keep calm thoughts of the KCK police shooting a teenager

Family upset their teen boy shot by police...read the media story

Radioman sez:
We should withhold judgment on this. Any cop can get a little wound up in the excitement, use his gun when he should pull his punch, and then to keep out of jail, to mumble quickly, "oh he pointed a gun at me so I had to shoot him."

And then his superiors, to protect their people, will be quick to say "Oh yes, he acted properly." When they weren't there and have nothing but the patrolman's after-the-fact word on how shit came down.

Maybe he did, maybe he didn't. We all watch TV. In cases like this, everybody's going to say what they have to say to keep out of trouble. Police love everyone to assume they're above reproach, but lets face it, soldiers, and cops ARE SOLDIERS, do like to be in the shit. They didn't sign up to direct traffic and work car accidents!

Until the video comes out if there IS any, we citizens should all ALSO hold our punches.

When cops ARE proven to have lied, then they should go to prison like everybody else, and in general population to get what they deserve.  For they are not privileged, but common criminals.

I have no sympathy for people in uniform who signed up to be control freaks, who carry guns, have laws favoring their power, armies of taxpayer paid lawyers to exonerate their macho rowdiness when they screw with us taxpayers. Even when they shoot teens who should have been home doing their homework.

I dunno if that kid was challenging the cops or in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong crowd.

I draw no conclusions. I've known too many cops lie to cover their excesses. To say, "oh he's just a drunk, he didn't feel it."   Many cops do love to bust heads just as Marines love to take out the bad guys they were trained to take out!    And lots of cops are ex-Marines!  

Oh WAIT!  Way too many families are too fast to declare police malpractice to cover up their kids' bad behavior, and their lousy parenting!  DID their beloved cherub actually have a gun?  Why wasn't he home taking care of his schooling, his homework, his kids, etc, etc.  So was your kid out wilding with the bad boys and so either deserved it or was with the wrong crowd?  And how come he wasn't so smart?  What did YOU fail to do?

Let's give them ALL due process, what we ourselves hope for when the shit hits the fan.

2/12/2010 07:02:00 PM

Feb 9, 2010

Letter from Farm Kid Marine

Dear Ma and Pa, 
I am well.  Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.
I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m. But I am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things.  No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay. Practically nothing.
Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.  Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon   when you get fed again. It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much.
We go on 'route marches,' which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us.  If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different.  A 'route march' is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. 
The sergeant is like a school teacher.  He nags a lot.  The Captain is like the school board.   Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don't bother you none. 
This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.  I keep getting medals for shooting.   I don't know why.  The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.  All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it..  You don't even load your own cartridges They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training.  You get to wrestle with them city boys.  I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.  It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home.  I'm about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once..  He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6' and 130 pounds and he's 6'8' and near 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter,

Feb 8, 2010

LOCAL KC Media is dying. KC is in deep shit, like New Orleans, Chicago and other corrupt cities!

KC Radio, TV and The Star are now asleep at the wheel and waiting for instructions from their home offices on what to do, what to broadcast or print... and the main instruction is "Do it as cheaply as you can!"   Why?  Because we have stopped subscribing to our local paper!

Like other corrupt cities as NY, Chicago and New Orleans, their problems are because of a weak local media. Media that was underfunded or which sold out to local government politicians.    In New Orleans, the local paper, the New Orleans Picayune, as well as profit- oriented local affiliate (national corporate) broadcasters are to blame for the destruction of that great southern city.

Expect more of the same GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION across the country now that local newspapers can no longer afford to watchdog the governments in their cities.  Including Kansas City!  And broadcasters pretty much shill for the local police departments who hand them their local video crime stories every night.

KC isn't that far behind the most corrupt city/media love-affairs. Expect infrastructure to disintegrate here and corruption to increase, like it did in New Orleans and Chicago.  We're all in deep shit. And NO, blogs don't have the readership to bring real reform and watch dogging to keep government afraid to be corrupt.

We should all lament for the financial disaster happening to free, aggressive newspapers who are laying off their best investigative reporters... people who have tirelessly worked to keep our government's honest all through their careers.

No one is happier about the death of investigative reporting as are government bureaucrats who want to malpractice their power-broking in darkness!

Goojje: Chinese Knockoff of Google. But an Inspiring Music video!

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Google Inc has sent a cease and desist letter to the operators of a Chinese search website whose logo bears a close resemblance to its own.
Goojje's home page is adorned with a Google-styled logo and the familiar paw print logo of China's top home-grown search engine, Baidu Inc.
The website, whose name is a play on words with the final syllable "jje" sounding like the Chinese word "older sister," while the "gle" syllable of "Google" is pronounced like the Chinese word for "older brother," provides search and social networking services.

A Google spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the company has officially asked Goojje to stop copying Google's logo, which is protected by trademark.

China has a notoriously poor record at protecting intellectual property rights. Pirated software, music, movies and clothing, among a host of other goods, are widely available throughout the country despite repeated government crackdowns.

Goojje has already stopped using its original URL, www.goojje.com. Visitors typing in the address now get automatically redirected to dierqi.com, though the content appears to be the same.

Last month, Google threatened to pull out of China over censorship concerns and what it said was a serious hacking incident that resulted in the theft of its intellectual property.

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Superbowl Audi Ad: Green Police!

Feb 7, 2010

The required Superbowl blog response

I'm not even big about football, and neither of these teams have caught my loyalty before tonight.  But I'm pleased that New Orleans was gutsy and prevailed.   And as tough a time as the city has had since Katrina, I'm pleased they won, if only for THAT!   It was a great Sunday night of entertainment.

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