Mar 31, 2010

Abortionist killer Roeder needs to disappear!

Of COURSE Wichita abortion crazy Scott Roeder faces life for killing Wichita abortionist Dr George Tiller last year.  Why give him any MORE publicity until the sentence?  Hasn't he had publicity enough?

He's a common criminal or else a terrorist who needs to disappear into obscurity until he dies of old age.  Don't play into his martyrdom strategy.  He should rot at Gitmo as a Terrorist but we American's haven't figured that out that it's okay to treat American terrorists no different than Arab ones.

Anti-abortion terrorists and Michigan militants should be treated like Arab terrorists.  That will teach them what we think of them!  Not heroes, but terrorists!   And they should NOT be allowed on our soil. 

We'll let you know if we need a revolution, but so far, I haven't seen it!  Even after the last presidential election where Americans finally elected a populist president instead of one owned by American Corporations!   That was NOT Armageddon or the end of the world except for GOP campaign strategists who failed predictably and miserably to convince Americans to vote for the nitwits, McCain/Palin..

Lets face it, McCain/Palin weren't even close to being ready for prime time.  Even against that awful Obama black guy from Chicago who has more class and intelligence than any president since Gerald Ford?  McPalin just didn't measure up and so far, no sign yet of a better candidate for 2012 from the GOP still in disarray!  Hopefully they'll put the moron Palin on the right wing ticket!  Oh please do!

Maxine and her Bird Feeder. A lesson in human behavior.

I bought a bird feeder.    I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed.    What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled  it lovingly with seed.    Within a week ,  we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table , and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop.   It was everywhere:   on the patio tile, the chairs, the table.   Everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean.   They would dive  bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And other birds were boisterous and loud.  They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore.    So I took down the bird feeder and in three daysthe birds were gone.    I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be, quiet, serene ,  and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

 Now let's see.

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, free education , and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands. 

Suddenly, our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families;  you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor.

Your child's 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn flakes now come in a bilingual box;  I have to 'press one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory'  are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.

If you agree, pass it on. . . If not, continue cleaning up the poop!

Radioman PS:  Not all liberals (And I'm one) think it's a good idea to teach able bodied people to think they're entitled to get what they want without working for it.

Mar 30, 2010

Government WARNING! Time to do Microsoft SECURITY UPDATES again.

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                    National Cyber Alert System
                  Cyber Security Alert SA10-089A
Microsoft Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities
   Original release date: March 30, 2010
   Last revised: --
   Source: US-CERT
Systems Affected
    * Microsoft Internet Explorer
Overview
   Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to
   take control of your computer.



Solution
   Apply updates
   Microsoft has released updates to address these vulnerabilities.
   Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-018 for more
   information.
   Apply workarounds
   Microsoft has provided workarounds for some of the vulnerabilities
   in MS10-018.
Description
   Microsoft has released updates for multiple vulnerabilities in
   Internet Explorer, including the vulnerability detailed in
   Microsoft Security Advisory (981374) and US-CERT Vulnerability Note
   VU#744549.
References
 * Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-018 -
   <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-018.mspx>
 * Microsoft Security Advisory (981374) -
   <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/981374.mspx>
 * Microsoft Internet Explorer iepeers.dll use-after-free
   vulnerability -
   <http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/744549>
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Radioman's pleased to send you to Microsoft!

How the world works lately ...

How the world works lately ... 
If a man cuts his finger off while
 slicing salami at work, 
he
 blames the restaurant. 
If you smoke three packs a day
 for 40 years and die of lung cancer, your family blames the tobacco company. 
If your neighbor crashes
 into a tree while driving home drunk, he blames the bartender. 
If your grandchildren are
 brats without manners, you blame television. 
If your friend is shot by a
 deranged madman, you blame the gun manufacturer.
And if a crazed person breaks
 into the cockpit and tries to kill the pilot at 35,000 feet, and the passengers kill him instead,  the mother of the crazed deceased blames the airline. 
I must have lived too long to
understand the world as it is anymore.. 

So, if I die while my
 OLD WRINKLED ASS is parked in front of this computer, I want all of you to Blame Bill Gates.

Mar 29, 2010

WWII Cartoonist gets his own stamp.. read all about it

Bill Mauldin stamp honors grunts' hero...

The post office gets a lot of criticism. Always has, always will.

And with the renewed push to get rid of Saturday mail delivery, expect complaints to intensify.

But the United States Postal Service deserves a standing ovation for something that's going to happen this month: Bill Mauldin is getting his own postage stamp.

Mauldin died at age 81 in the early days of 2003. The end of his life had been rugged. He had been scalded in a bathtub, which led to terrible injuries and infections; Alzheimer's disease was inflicting its cruelties. Unable to care for himself after the scalding, he became a resident of a  California  nursing home, his health and spirits in rapid decline.

He was not forgotten, though. Mauldin, and his work, meant so much to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, and to those who had waited for them to come home. He was a kid cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper; Mauldin's drawings of his muddy, exhausted, whisker-stubbled infantrymen Willie and Joe were the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines.

Mauldin was an enlisted man just like the soldiers he drew for; his gripes were their gripes, his laughs were their laughs, his heartaches were their heartaches. He was one of them. They loved him.

He never held back. Sometimes, when his cartoons cut too close for comfort, his superior officers tried to tone him down. In one memorable incident, he enraged Gen. George S. Patton, and Patton informed Mauldin he wanted the pointed cartoons -- celebrating the fighting men, lampooning the high-ranking officers -- to stop. Now

The news passed from soldier to soldier. How was Sgt. Bill Mauldin going to stand up to Gen. Patton? It seemed impossible.

Not quite. Mauldin, it turned out, had an ardent fan: Five-star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces in  Europe . Ike put out the word: Mauldin draws what Mauldin wants. Mauldin won. Patton lost.

If, in your line of work, you've ever considered yourself a young hotshot, or if you've ever known anyone who has felt that way about himself or herself, the story of Mauldin's young manhood will humble you. Here is what, by the time he was 23 years old, Mauldin had accomplished:

He won the Pulitzer Prize. He was featured on the cover of Time magazine. His book "Up Front" was the No. 1 best-seller in the  United States .

All of that at 23. Yet when he returned to civilian life and he grew older, he never lost that boyish Mauldin grin, he never outgrew his excitement about doing his job, he never big-shotted or high-hatted the people with whom he worked every day.

I was lucky enough to be one of them; Mauldin roamed the hallways of the Chicago Sun-Times in the late 1960s and early 1970s with no more officiousness or air of haughtiness than if he was a copyboy. That impish look on his face remained.

He had achieved so much.. He had won a second Pulitzer Prize, and he should have won a third, for what may be the single greatest editorial cartoon in the history of the craft: his deadline rendering, on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial slumped in grief, its head cradled in its hands. But he never acted as if he was better than the people he met. He was still Mauldin the enlisted man.

During the late summer of 2002, as Mauldin lay in that California nursing home, some of the old World War II infantry guys caught wind of it. They didn't want Mauldin to go out that way. They thought he should know that he was still their hero.

Gordon Dillow, a columnist for the Orange County Register, put out the call in Southern California for people in the area to send their best wishes to Mauldin; I joined Dillow in the effort, helping to spread the appeal nationally so that Bill would not feel so alone. Soon more than 10,000 letters and cards had arrived at Mauldin's bedside.

Even better than that, the old soldiers began to show up just to sit with Mauldin, to let him know that they were there for him, as he, long ago, had been there for them. So many volunteered to visit Bill that there was a waiting list. Here is how Todd DePastino, in the first paragraph of his wonderful biography of Mauldin, described it:

"Almost every day in the summer and fall of 2002 they came to Park Superior nursing home in  Newport Beach ,  California , to honor Army Sergeant, Technician Third Grade, Bill Mauldin. They came bearing relics of their youth: medals, insignia, photographs, and carefully folded newspaper clippings. Some wore old garrison caps. Others arrived resplendent in uniforms over a half century old. Almost all of them wept as they filed down the corridor like pilgrims fulfilling some long-neglected obligation."

One of the veterans explained to me why it was so important:

"You would have to be part of a combat infantry unit to appreciate what moments of relief Bill gave us. You had to be reading a soaking wet Stars and Stripes in a water-filled foxhole and then see one of his cartoons."

Mauldin is buried in  Arlington   National   Cemetery .. This month, the kid cartoonist makes it onto a first-class postage stamp. It's an honor that most generals and admirals never receive.

What Mauldin would have loved most, I believe, is the sight of the two guys who are keeping him company on that stamp.

Take a look at it.

There's Willie. There's Joe.

And there, to the side, drawing them and smiling that shy, quietly observant smile, is Mauldin himself. With his buddies, right where he belongs. Forever.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

Mar 26, 2010

Dagnabbit!!! When swearing isn't allowed

Minced oath

Minced Oaths
The English, being a restrained lot, have a long list of euphemistic phrases, many of which became part of the language before it spread to other parts of the world. The root cause of these is a wish to communicate without being explicit. This is something the English are particularly fond of, hence their long tradition of double-entendre comedy. 

Euphemisms aren't all from the distant past though. For every Shakesperian 'beast with two backs' there's a 20th century 'knee trembler'.

Minced oaths are a sub-group of euphemisms used to avoid swearing when expressing surprise or annoyance. If you hit your thumb with a hammer when great aunt Edith is in the room what do you say? It's probably going to be a minced oath. Shakespeare might have resorted to 'gadzooks' (God's hooks - referring to the nails in the cross), we might try 'shoot' or 'freaking heck'.

They are usually, although not exclusively, religious in nature and date from the days when it wasn't acceptable to use the name of God, Jesus or other religious notables in everyday speech. To mince your words, or mince matters, means to choose words so as not to offend anyone. Some example are 'Jiminy Cricket' (Jesus Christ), 'dagnamit' (God damn it'), 'for Pete's sake' (for St. Peter's sake).

It's interesting that, while we continue to generate new euphemisms, new minced oaths are few and far between. Perhaps that's because, while there are still taboos about discussing death, disability, homosexuality etc, the restrictions on swearing out loud when surprised or annoyed have slackened somewhat.

There are many examples:
Begorrah --> By God
Bejabbers --> By Jesus
Bleeding heck --> Bloody Hell
Blimey --> Blind me
Blinking heck --> Bloody Hell
By George --> By God
By golly --> By God's body
By gosh --> By God
By gum --> By God
By Jove --> By God
Cheese and Rice --> Jesus Christ
Chrissakes --> For Christ's sake
Christmas --> Christ
Cor blimey --> God blind me
Crikey --> Christ
Criminy --> Christ
Cripes --> Christ
Crivvens --> Christ defend us
Dad gum --> God damn
Dagnabbit --> God damn it
Dagnammit --> God damn it
Dang --> Damn
Dangnabbit --> God damn it
Dangnation --> Damnation
Darn --> Damn
Darnation --> Damnation
Doggone --> God damn
Drat --> God rot it
Egad --> A God
Figs --> Fuck
Fink --> Fuck
Flaming heck --> Fucking Hell
Flipping heck --> Fucking Hell
For crying out loud --> For Christ's sake
For Pete's sake --> For St. Peter's sake
For the love of Mike --> For St. Michael's sake
Freaking --> fucking
Gadzooks --> God's hooks
Gat Dangit --> God damn it
Gee --> Jesus
Gee whizz --> Jesus
Gee willikers --> Jesus
Godfrey Daniel --> God
Golly Gee willikers --> Jesus
Good garden party --> Good God
Good grief --> Good God
Goodness gracious --> Good God
Gorblimey --> God blind me
Gosh --> God
Gosh darned --> God damned
Heck --> Hell
Holy spit --> Holy shit
Jason Crisp --> Jesus Christ
Jebus --> Jesus
Jeepers Creepers --> Jesus Christ
Jeez --> Jesus
Jeezy Creezy --> Jesus Christ
Jehosaphat --> Jesus
Jiminy Christmas --> Jesus Christ
Jiminy Cricket --> Jesus Christ
Judas Priest --> Jesus Christ
Land sakes --> For the Lord's sake
Lawks a mercy --> Lord have mercy
My goodness --> My God
My gosh --> My God
Odds-bodkins --> God's sweet body
Sacré bleu --> Sang de Dieu (God's blood)
Sam Hill --> Hell
Shoot --> shit
Shucks --> shit
Strewth --> God's Truth
Suffering succotash --> Suffering Saviour
Sugar --> shit
Tarnation --> Damnation
What in Sam Hill? --> What in damn Hell?
Wish to goodness --> Wish to God
Zounds --> God's wounds

Mar 25, 2010

RADIO DID IT! Almost a Quarter of Republicans are Completely, CERTIFABLLY NUTS!

Nearly a Qtr of Repubs think Obama 'may be the Antichrist'!  14 states sue over health care reforms!  Foxers lose their minds!

Americans who suggest Barack Obama should rot in hell are apparently deadly serious.
Nearly a quarter of Republicans believe the Democrat president 'may be the Antichrist', according to a survey.  An even greater number compared him to Hitler.

Should we suspect that TALK RADIO causes listener insanity?

Call the Government.   Alert the CDC!  We're being attacked!  Americans are going crazy.  Even suggesting Revolution.  Send Glen Beck and his black board to GITMO!!     It's Seven Days in May!  Nixon's still alive, isn't he?  Doing us IN!

Layoffs loom for workers that REALLY do the work!

California lawmakers have some tough decisions to make. The current
financial crisis is forcing State and local agencies to make tough
decisions. If things continue for much longer, there's a real risk that we
may have to lay off Jose.  

All Terrorists aren't Arabs. Some are misguided Americans. But terrorists nonetheless.

Mar 24, 2010

Republican's need to START OVER!

Sorry, the bitter losers of the 2008 election need to shut up and LISTEN.  You're deal was voted NO by most Americans.

So then.  Wanna stick around and be a politician?  Then be quiet and let the voters tell you what you need to believe in.  If you can't, then go sell shoes because maybe you should NOT be a politician.  Try something ELSE!   If not that, then change your beliefs and advocate OTHER STUFF!    Sadly, that means you're not really talking from the heart.  On second thought, since you say what  you don't really believe, maybe you should resign from public life.  You're not worthy of our respect!

Dear bitter John McCain: Get OVER IT!

Maybe you should take your bitter ass back to Arizona and quit wasting the time of those we elected to Congress to get stuff done.  

Stay there until your term is over.  You lost.  

Get over it.  Retire if you can't let go of your bitterness!  You LOST.  I don't want to hear it.  Either be a statesman with some class to help pass good laws OR ELSE we need you to disappear into history.  

Don't pout and be obstructionist unless you're just paying back the corporations who contributed to your various campaigns.  We already said NO to your pro-corporate ideas.   Too bad you sold your patriotic service to us to corporate greed.   

Were I you, I would never have done that, but you did. After all that sacrifice, you've offered the John McCain North Vietnamese treachery to  just another corporate campaign to screw Americans. 

What a waste of those horrible dark nights in North Vietnam!  Misguided, you sold your life's experience so cheaply to America's capitalists.

Mar 22, 2010

Republicans have come down with a bad case of cooties.

How long will it be before respectable people will start distancing themselves from the misbehavior of the republican party leadership and their tea party followers?  Grownups who practice junior high bullying!

Moron Republicans voted en mass against the PATIENT BILL OF RIGHTS ACT.  Can't wait to hear the party that LOST the last election to now try to repeal it... to bring back insurance company rights to cut you off because you're sick!

Republicans just don't take the people's "NO" for an answer!

One or two stolen elections where the Republicans wouldn't accept the vote of democracy and so resorted successfully to the courts?  That has taught them to soo disrespect the final vote of the people that they don't have to accept democracy at all.   If anything, Republicans have learned that ENDS justify MEANS.  So any amount of trickery is okay if it brings them back to power.

I'm horribly disappointed that the GOP can't see the Obama election as a voter/democratic decision to CHANGE AMERICA's DIRECTION from the Bush 8 years, and abide by it.  It was so clear.  But they just WON'T take "no" for an answer.  They're so into their own doctrine being right that they won't step back and abide by the people's vote.  No respect for us!

How can we respect the Republicans, then,  if they have no respect for OUR vote and our decision in '08?   And resort to trickery to get their way ANYWAY?  And STOP what we elected the Oman to do?


How can we ever trust them if they'll lie and use slight of hand to win at any cost?   Actually I learned this GOP trait existed during the Nixon years, learning what dirty tricks THAT Republican generation was willing to commit to keep Nixon in office.  It's well documented.  Sadly, wealthy people are willing resort to ANYTHING to stay in power and preserve their wealth even today-- ignoring the lessons that treachery SHOULD have taught them!  Lets face it.

Wealth and morality don't belong in the same sentence.  Even Jesus taught that 2000 years ago!  We just don't want to hear that!

Look to what extent Bush 43 went to wage an unjust war against Iraq a country no danger to us?  That success has only given political crooks even MORE license to do slight of hand for their own political purposes.  Today, we simply accept Republican propaganda and obvious lies, as acceptable.

Like ENDS (winning) justify MEANS (lying, distorting).

Pause.  Think about that one.    

Why are we OKAY with this crap, even when we know they're lying?    We think that's okay?  As a former reporter, I've always trusted my 'bullshit detector' and it appears that the conservatives are unabashed about lying.  It's as if lying is okay, if it results in a WIN.  And they think their base thinks that's just fine if it results in a WIN!  Ends justify means!  OMG!  So much for morality.

If that's the way the Republicans define the rules, then I'd urge the Democrats to play at least as shrewedly, if not as immoral.  The GOP will stop at nothing to subvert democracy to make money so the people need to stay a step ahead of their deceptions!

I only offer one bit of advice:   Don't vote for people who want to keep you poor;  always vote your own financial interest.  

That means very few people will vote Republican because there just aren't that many rich people around.   

Only a foolish man will vote for the wealthy when he's not one of them!  Lord knows, they're not looking out for YOU, are they?

Mar 19, 2010

Tiger Woods First Movie Premieres this Summer!

Dear Speaker Pelosi: Tell him to KISS YOUR ASS!

About Boehner's 'never ever ever' let it pass latest strategy asking you for a Sunday roll call vote, right after their fake "Draft" memo Nixonian dirty trick earlier today that Politico and Drudge swallowed whole?

Tell Boehner Kiss your Ass!  Hang in there.  Good luck.  The GOP shows me over and over they are just not fit to govern and they didn't learn the lesson from last fall's election.  They need to purge themselves of the OLD PARTY aspects of their efforts, else they will go the way of the Whigs.

radiomankc
Kansas City

sent Fri night, copied to hizzoner John BONER!

Rock Chalk JayHawk, NCAA Pick

From duh PITCH!

Barack Obama picks Kansas to win it all, K-State to Final Four


President Barack Obama likes Kansas to get the "One Shining Moment" treatment at the end of NCAA Tournament. The president again filled out a bracket for ESPN, and Obama has the Jayhawks beating Kentucky in the championship game. Just like me!

Also for Obama's Final Four, Obama picks Kansas State and Villanova to meet KU and UK. As for Missouri, sorry Tiger fans. Obama has Mizzou making a second-round exit.

Mar 18, 2010

Reagan on the $50 bill?

Proposal would put Ronald Reagan's face on the $50 bill

Rep. Patrick McHenry's bill to replace Ulysses S. Grant's image with the 40th president's generates controversy.
March 03, 2010|By Richard Simon

Reporting from Washington — Ronald Reagan is honored by, among other things, an airport, a freeway, an aircraft carrier and -- ironically for a critic of big government -- one of the biggest federal buildings in Washington.

Now, some of the late president's admirers are launching a new effort to add another honor: printing his likeness on a $50 bill in place of Ulysses S. Grant's.

In polls of presidential scholars, Reagan consistently outranks Grant, said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), who introduced legislation to make the change.

But at least one Democrat who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where the proposal has been sent, isn't ready to jettison Grant for "someone whose policies are still controversial."

"Our currency ought to be something that unites us," said Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).

Grant admirers, who credit him for leading the Union Army to victory during the Civil War, were none too pleased either.

"I'm very upset," said Keya Morgan, a New York-based Grant scholar who has a Web page on the 18th president. "I have all the respect in the world for Reagan, but what he accomplished is not anywhere as important as what Ulysses S. Grant accomplished."

An earlier proposal to put Reagan on the dime in place of President Franklin D. Roosevelt drew objections from Democrats, for whom Roosevelt is as much of a hero as Reagan is for Republicans. An effort to put Reagan on the $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson drew opposition from Tennessee lawmakers.

A 2005 move to put Reagan on the $50 bill never made it out of the House Financial Services Committee, even though Republicans controlled the chamber at the time.

"President Reagan is indisputably one of the most transformative presidents of the 20th century," McHenry said in a letter to colleagues seeking their support. "Like President Roosevelt on the dime and President Kennedy on the half dollar, President Reagan deserves a place of honor on our nation's currency."

The move comes as efforts are underway in California and Nevada to name mountains after Reagan and as planning gets underway for a yearlong observance in 2011 of the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth.

RMAN:  Maybe they should LEAVE THE FIFTY ALONE and put Reagan's face on the FIVE HUNDRED that now shows McKinley.... or Grover Cleveland's THOUSAND! 

Probably only wealthy Republicans can afford these puppies anyway.

Mar 17, 2010

Matt DRUDGE goes to the DARK SIDE

I'm very disappointed that MATT DRUDGE, who has such a big readership on his Drudge Report, has chosen to take the unabashed pro-capitalist dark side in all his headlines at such a critical time in our history.

What bad timing for all of us Americans!  When big money is on the threshold of overtaking our economy as if nearly crashing it last year wasn't enough. 

And NOW... you've chosen to side with the big companies and the politicians who screwed us for profits and big campaign contributions when we weren't looking!!

But you won't report the truth, try some balance, because you shill for the GOP and you're more about YOUR MONEY now.





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Mar 16, 2010

Drug Wars/Drone Wars: "The Americans are here."


Right now, Homeland Security Drones are just carrying cameras. It hasn't happened yet in THIS version, but it should!

Mar 14, 2010

Tell your Congressm'n to PASS Health Care Reform this week

Obama's right, its all been said and everybody's said it. Help your Congressman sort through the big money interests by telling him/her you just can't afford the industry to take a bigger percent of your money every year. 

We'll have nothing left!  Its pricing our jobs out of world markets.


Pass it. Fix the fine points later. Get it done. You're tired of the lies and scare tactics paid for by people who have too much of our money already.

Thx
rman sed it.

Music Video: The Piano's black keys.... ya gotta hear this

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MY EX-WIFE THE PILOT


My ex-wife started taking flying lessons about the time our divorce started and she got her license shortly before our divorce was final, later that same year. 

Yesterday afternoon, I got a phone call, that she narrowly escaped injury in the aircraft she was piloting. 

Seems she was forced to make an emergency landing in Hamilton because of bad weather. Thank God the kids weren't with her. 

The FAA issued a preliminary report, citing pilot error: She
 was flying a single engine aircraft in IFR (instrument flight rating) conditions while only having obtained a VFR (visual flight rating). 

The absence of a post-crash fire was likely due to insufficient fuel on board. No one on the ground was injured. 


The photograph below was taken at the scene to show the extent of damage to her aircraft.


She was really lucky.
 





Mar 13, 2010

White Wing Talkers embarrass themselves.... again!

Just in case you spent the week in Cancun and missed Beck and Limbaugh get their fingers burned... here's a place you should always go that puts perspective in their right wing antics:  Media Matters.

Media Matters for America March 12, 2010

Media Matters: In which Glenn Beck hosts talk of tickle fights

This may forever be remembered as the week when "tickle fight" entered the political lexicon.

The story stretches back to last week, when Eric Massa (D-NY) announced his resignation from the House of Representatives. It took many people by surprise, including conservative commentators, who initially reacted to the story by trumpeting ethics allegations against him to tarnish Democrats. Sean Hannity compared Massa to disgraced Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), and Rush Limbaugh sounded enthusiastic that Speaker Nancy Pelosi could lose a vote for health care reform.

But the story took an unexpected turn over the weekend when Massa charged that Democratic leaders had pressured him to resign because he was set to vote against the health care bill.

On Monday, Hannity and Limbaugh changed their tune accordingly. Hannity sounded off: "[I]t looks like this is only the latest instance of intimidation to come from the Obama White House." And Limbaugh bragged that he was doing his part "to make it a national story."

Enter Glenn Beck. Massa's allegations against the Democratic leadership appeared to confirm all of Beck's theories about the Obama administration, and Beck soon booked Massa for a full hour on his Tuesday Fox News show. It was at this point that the story turned toxic for conservatives.

Earlier that day, conservative blogger Michelle Malkin had called into Beck's radio show and given him prescient advice not to spend an hour with Massa. Their conversation became tense, as Beck seemed annoyed that Malkin would question his judgment. That afternoon, Limbaugh jumped ship on Massa. After earlier touting Massa's side of the story, Limbaugh now said he wanted Massa to remain in Congress as a Democrat because he was a "loose cannon," a "kook," and a "freak."

But Beck pressed ahead with his hour-long interview. Massa did look like a "loose cannon" during his interview with Beck, in a way that did not reflect well on the host. Massa also walked back his allegations against Rahm Emmanuel and admitted to having "tickle fights" with staffers in a house they shared. Beck couldn't get Massa to name names and accuse other Democrats of corruption. Massa instead talked about the need for campaign finance reform, only further frustrating Beck. Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert gave the following post-mortem:

    Well, in one sense, Beck was right [about devoting an hour to Massa], because yesterday's colossal flop might just make television history. It might go down as one of the most pointlessly absurd -- and yes, truly unwatchable -- hours in cable news. Last night, the snickering had already reached epic levels. And with the can't-watch-TV performance, Beck most likely took the Massa issue off the table for Republicans, since the whole story now looks more like a comedy than an actual scandal.

"The result," Boehlert concluded, was that Beck became a "national laughingstock."

After the interview, Beck apologized to his viewers for wasting an hour of their time. Only an hour, Glenn?

One further note: Limbaugh apparently wanted to make sure Beck didn't get all the Massa attention. On Tuesday, Limbaugh was chatting with a caller about New York Gov. David Paterson appointing Massa's replacement. Limbaugh, never a man to back away from a race-baiting play on words, said: "So, David Paterson will become the massa who gets to appoint whoever gets to take Massa's place. So, for the first time in his life, Paterson's gonna be a massa."

Other Major Stories


The consequences of Rove's Courage

Karl Rove made some media ripples this week with the release of his memoir, Courage and Consequences. We at Media Matters obtained a copy in advance of its release date, which gave us the opportunity to expose its falsehoods before most people could even get their hands on it. What we found would not shock anyone familiar with Rove's history of "play[ing] fast and loose with the facts": Rove's book was another exercise in rewriting the wrongs of the Bush administration.

For example, in Courage, Rove distorts a 2004 Senate Intelligence Committee report to claim that Bush didn't "lie us into war." Rove writes that Bush's claims that Saddam Hussein had ties to terrorism were substantiated by the Senate report. The report actually said that only some of Bush's statements on Iraq were substantiated. The report went on to contradict Bush's claims about an Iraq-Al Qaeda partnership, and that Saddam was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.

With every book comes a media tour, and Rove spent much of the week appearing on what seemed like every Fox News program in the lineup (plus an hour-long appearance on The Rush Limbaugh Show). Talking-head Rove used one of these opportunities to repeat discredited claims about the Valerie Plame leak. Rove also used his latest Wall Street Journal op-ed to repeat some of the same health care reform falsehoods that were in his book.

No rest for the weary: Fishing freak-out and Glenn Beck's musical epiphanies

What happens when an ESPN column makes a far-fetched claim that President Obama would ban fishing? On ESPNOutdoors.com, Robert Montgomery claimed that a federal strategy "could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters."

Conservatives took the bait, and it wasn't long before Limbaugh, Gateway Pundit, Fox Nation, RedState, and Michelle Malkin all forwarded the claim.

Was there any truth to it? Would the White House start sending out Secret Service agents to confiscate our fishing poles and shut down our local bait shop?

To the surprise of absolutely no one with a brain, the story was wrong. ESPN acknowledged its mistake.

But apparently nobody told Glenn Beck, who didn't back off the story. "No more fishing," Beck said, adding: "Forget about the frickin' fish. People are losing their rights. Who's more important: the fish or you?" Eventually, even Fox News debunked the claim.

Beck also exposed us to more of his pop music revelations. A few months ago, Beck explored the meaning of The Beatles' "Revolution" with the enthusiasm of a college freshman evangelizing Dark Side of the Moon. This week, he warned his viewers that Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" is "about a progressive utopia."

The next day on his radio show, Beck and his crew called Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." "anti-American." My Media Matters colleague Jeremy Holden took Beck and his co-hosts to task for their "simplistic version of patriotism" that "leaves little room for any criticism of America, its policy, or the behavior of its people."

For the road

It was a busy week at Media Matters, and some other items deserve attention, too. Former Bush speechwriter and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen continued his DOJ witch hunt with more attacks on the Obama Justice Department. Glenn Beck was called out by the antipoverty group Sojourners for his continued attacks on the concept of social justice. Beck's busy week also had him selling "survival seeds" and stating without irony: "You cannot lie to the American people for very long unless you're really good." And some conservative media figures cast Democrats as "suicide bombers" in their push for health care reform.



Mar 12, 2010

Good Riddance: JERRY AGAR DEPARTS CHICAGO FOR TORONTO

From BottomLine.com  02-23-2010 

JERRY AGAR DEPARTS CHICAGO FOR TORONTO
    Veteran radio talk show host Jerry Agar will depart WLS in Chicago to return to his native Canada to assume duties as the midday talk personality at CFRB-AM.  

   The station is the
 
leading news/talk station in Toronto.

   Agar was replaced by Mike Shanin and Scott Parks as the afternoon talker on NewsTalk 980 KMBZ in Kansas City in 2006 when he took the Chicago position.


    The Manitoba native is good friends with KMBZ evening talker Darla Jaye.



--RMAN:  Now then... is he holding a VISA we can revoke?   There just has to be some rule that says Canadian Libertarians can't come down here and lecture us on how to run our own country.

Predator Drone: something new for the Illegal aliens, Mexicans along our southern border


Watch the CNN MOVIE HOW THIS IS DONE!

Mar 8, 2010

ONLINE TEST: How much do you know about the US government?

This is kind of fun ~ !!!

Below is a link to a 30-question test to see how well you know US Laws. Not exactly grade-school level. Give it a shot, and see how well you do!
Supposedly 96% of all High School Seniors FAILED this test ... AND if that's not bad enough, 50+% of all individuals over 50 did too!! Take the test and be surprised at what we don't know.   Rman got 25 out of 30.  Sigh, good luck!  (Cheater tip: Review the CnstAmndmts before you take this test!  Grin slyly.)

Bad news about the Easter Bunny this year.

Mar 7, 2010

Go Avatar!

Santa Joke I missed last december

Whoops, I was going through the jokes I got in the mail, and look what I found!

Mar 5, 2010

Why does the GOP pay attention to John McCain?

They clearly didn't give him enough power to dismiss lightweight Sarah McPalin... so why are they paying attention to him now?  Don't ya just love them?  Appeal to RICH CONTRUBUTORS EGOS... and appeal to POOR people's FEARS and reactionary ideas!

Finally, right out of their mouths, we learned from GOP leaning POLITICO how Republican strategists USING both their wealthy and their regular supporters... a complete lack of respect for those who vote for them by playing on FEAR and EGO!!    NOW you know how you've been scammed by your GOP heros!


Like I've always said, REPUBLICAN CAPITALISTS JUST AREN'T WORTHY TO GOVERN!  

BUSH- ROVE WAR POLICY on Earth WAS UNAMERICAN!  Let Dems save the country, finally, after eight  years!

Vote all Republicans out for about 4 years to teach them not to be so big for their britches!  If they learn, let them back in.  If they don't, we need a new second party NOT represented by  big corporate money!

Mar 4, 2010

Colonoscopy Journal


ABOUT THE WRITER

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald.



Colonoscopy Journal:


I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.

 
A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through
   Minneapolis.

 

Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.

 
I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'


I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven.  I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of  
America 's enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.

 
Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my
preparation.  In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.

Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep.  You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter
plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons) Then you have to drink the whole jug.  This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture ofgoat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon..

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.'


This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.


MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch?  This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle.. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt.  You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently.  You eliminate everything.  And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.


After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.


The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous.  Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage.  I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?'  How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.


At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked..


Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down.  Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.
 
At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode.  You would have no choice but to burn your house.


When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist.  I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere.  I was seriously nervous at this point.

 
Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.


There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA.  I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate.


'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me.


'Ha ha,' I said.  And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade.  If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.


I have no idea.  Really.  I slept through it.  One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.

 
Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt.  I felt excellent.  I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.



On the subject of Colonoscopies...

Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:


1. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!'


2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'


3. 'Can you hear me NOW?'


4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'


5. 'You know, in  
Arkansas , we're now legally married.'

6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'


7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'


8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'


9. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!'


10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'


11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'


12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.'


       
 And the best one of all:
13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'

Mar 2, 2010