Jun 30, 2010

21 things you should NEVER BUY NEW!

, On Monday June 28, 2010, 10:24 am EDT
If you're looking to get the most value for your dollar, it would do your wallet good to check out secondhand options. Many used goods still have plenty of life left in them even years after the original purchase, and they're usually resold at a fraction of the retail price, to boot. Here's a list of 21 things that make for a better deal when you buy them used.
[Slideshow: 10 Things to Splurge on This Summer.]
1. DVDs and CDs: Used DVDs and CDs will play like new if they were well taken care of. Even if you wind up with a scratched disc and you don't want to bother with a return, there are ways to remove the scratches and make the DVD or CD playable again.
2. Books: You can buy used books at significant discounts from online sellers and brick-and-mortar used book stores. The condition of the books may vary, but they usually range from good to like-new. And of course, check out your local library for free reading material.
3. Video Games: Kids get tired of video games rather quickly. You can easily find used video games from online sellers at sites like Amazon and eBay a few months after the release date. Most video game store outlets will feature a used game shelf, as well. And if you're not the patient type, you can rent or borrow from a friend first to see if it's worth the purchase.
4. Special Occasion and Holiday Clothing: Sometimes you'll need to buy formal clothing for special occasions, such as weddings or prom. Most people will take good care of formal clothing but will only wear it once or twice. Their closet castouts are your savings: Thrift stores, yard sales, online sellers and even some dress shops offer fantastic buys on used formalwear.
5. Jewelry: Depreciation hits hard when you try to sell used jewelry, but as a buyer you can take advantage of the markdown to save a bundle. This is especially true for diamonds, which has ridiculously low resale value. Check out estate sales and reputable pawn shops to find great deals on unique pieces. Even if you decide to resell the jewelry later, the depreciation won't hurt as much.
6. Ikea Furniture: Why bother assembling your own when you can pick it up for free (or nearly free) on Craigslist and Freecycle? Summer is the best time to hunt for Ikea furniture--that's when college students are changing apartments and tossing out their goodies.
7. Games and Toys: How long do games and toys remain your child's favorite before they're left forgotten under the bed or in the closet? You can find used children's toys in great condition at moving sales or on Craigslist, or you can ask your neighbors, friends, and family to trade used toys. Just make sure to give them a good wash before letting junior play.
8. Maternity and Baby Clothes: Compared to everyday outfits that you can wear any time, maternity clothes don't get much wear outside the few months of pregnancy when they fit. The same goes for baby clothes that are quickly outgrown. You'll save a small fortune by purchasing gently used maternity clothes and baby clothes at yard sales and thrift stores. Like children's games and toys, friends and family may have baby or maternity clothing that they'll be happy to let you take off their hands.
[See 20 Things You Should Never Buy Used.]
9. Musical Instruments: Purchasing new musical instruments for a beginner musician is rarely a good idea. (Are you ready to pay $60 an hour for piano lessons?) For your little dear who wants to learn to play an instrument, you should see how long his or her interest lasts by acquiring a rented or used instrument to practice with first. Unless you're a professional musician or your junior prodigy is seriously committed to music, a brand new instrument may not be the best investment.
10. Pets: If you buy a puppy (or kitty) from a professional breeder or a pet store outlet, it can set you back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. On top of this, you'll need to anticipate additional fees and vet bills, too. Instead, adopt a pre-owned pet from your local animal shelter and get a new family member, fees, and vaccines at a substantially lower cost.
11. Home Accent: Pieces Home decorating pieces and artwork are rarely handled on a day-to-day basis, so they're generally still in good condition even after being resold multiple times. If you like the worn-out look of some decor pieces, you can be sure you didn't pay extra for something that comes naturally with time. And don't forget, for most of us, discovering a true gem at a garage sale is 90% of the fun!
12. Craft Supplies: If you're into crafting, you probably have a variety of different supplies left over from prior projects. If you require some additional supplies for your upcoming project, then you can join a craft swap where you'll find other crafty people to trade supplies with. If you have leftovers, be sure to donate them to your local schools.
13. Houses: You're typically able to get better and more features for your dollar when you purchase an older home rather than building new. Older houses were often constructed on bigger corner lots, and you also get architectural variety in your neighborhood if the houses were built or remodeled in different eras.
14. Office Furniture: Good office furniture is built to withstand heavy use and handling. Really solid pieces will last a lifetime, long after they're resold the first or second time. A great used desk or file cabinet will work as well as (or better than) a new one, but for a fraction of the cost. With the recession shutting down so many businesses, you can easily find lots of great office furniture deals.
15. Cars: You've probably heard this before: Cars depreciate the second you drive them off of the dealership's lot. In buying a used car, you save money on both the initial cost and the insurance. It also helps to know a trusty mechanic who can check it over first. This way, you'll be aware of any potential problems before you make the purchase.
[See 20 Tips for Cleaning on the Cheap.]
16. Hand Tools: Simple tools with few moving parts, like hammers, hoes and wrenches, will keep for decades so long as they are well-made to begin with and are well-maintained. These are fairly easy to find at neighborhood yard or garage sales. If you don't need to use hand tools very often, an even better deal is to rent a set of tools or borrow them from a friend.
17. Sports Equipment: Most people buy sports equipment planning to use it until it drops, but this rarely happens. So when sports equipment ends up on the resale market, they tend to still be in excellent condition. Look into buying used sporting gear through Craigslist and at yard sales or sports equipment stores.
18. Consumer Electronics: I know most folks like shiny new toys, but refurbished electronic goods are a much sweeter deal. Consumer electronics are returned to the manufacturer for different reasons, but generally, they'll be inspected for damaged parts, fixed, tested, then resold at a lower price. Just make sure you get a good warranty along with your purchase.
19. Gardening Supplies: This is an easy way for you to save money, and all you need to do is be observant. Take a look outdoors and you'll likely find such gardening supplies as mulch, wood, and even stones for free or vastly reduced prices. Used garden equipment and tools are also common goods at yard sales.
20. Timeshares: Buying timeshares isn't for everyone, but if you decide that it suits your lifestyle, purchasing the property as a resale would be a better deal than buying it brand new: on average, you'll save 67 percent on the price for a comparable new timeshare. If you're new to timeshare ownership, give it a test run first by renting short term.
21. Recreational Items: It's fairly easy to find high ticket recreational items like campers, boats, and jet skis being resold. Oftentimes, they're barely used at all. As long as they're in safe, working condition, they'll make for a better value when purchased used than new.
Lynn Truong is the co-founder and Deals Editor of Wise Bread, a blog dedicated to helping readers live large on a small budget. Wise Bread's book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, debuted as the #1 Money Management book on Amazon.com.

Jun 29, 2010

Fact is, upscale DC people just can't STAND it that Obama is a regular guy!

Remember when the BUSH people had no concept of how ordinary people live?  Today's Washington BLUE BLOODS dont know America either.  And they just don't know what to think about a President that likes to live like MOST of us do!  Going out for BURGERS, FRIES, tacos, Chicken Fingers, and uh, REGULAR LIFE!


Jun 28, 2010

KC: Pick one, a big new downtown hotel, or mass transit from home to WORK?

Times are tough.  The KC Shitty Council is listening to developers who want it easy... build a 1000 room hotel to help the local downtown restaurants and get a pile of KC dollars... or instead,  design a mass transit system for the metro that will keep us getting to WORK, when war in the mideast brings us $6 a gallon gas!


Seems like a no brainer to me.  Let me build my case.

The KCMO Shitty Council is not even wrong about a thousand-room hotel, but it should have been done twenty years ago when Bartle's paint was fresh.  Pretty tough today, getting someone to take risks when we're not sure if the western economies might still go bankrupt during a mideast war.  Frankly, it's probably too late for the hotel dream.

Our priorities need to CHANGE... we need to prepare ourselves to GET ourselves to WORK because  any interruption in our gasoline will skyrocket prices or cause long lines.   And cripple your ability to get to work!

The issue isn't about tourists with a new hotel where we'll never even visit,  or business for local convention restaurants, cab companies, and illegal aliens making their beds at the new hotel!

REALITY:  TROUBLE, RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY!   These days, people are stashing gold, and dollars under their mattresses  The business mortgage collapse hasn't even happened yet.  I think maybe the Shitty Council doesn't read the financial pages!  Not a good time for long term borrowing, even at THESE interest rates.   And to risk taxpayer money when KC is the incredible shrinking urban city when everyone's fleeing the black gang kids for the suburban college-prep schools?   This isn't 1955!  

Forget about saving KCMO.  We're PAST THAT already!
  Kansas City Missouri is about over with.  More and more, it's becoming a slum city like Detroit.  No, it's not about race.  It's about cultures who would rather stay dumb, shuck and jive, as opposed to cultures who want their kids to earn six figures in a high tech field in the suburbs!  Time to quit bullshitting each other.  It's not about race.  It's about expectations and achievement for our two little cherubs!

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 MASS TRANSIT should NOT be KCMO centered.  But Johnson County Centered-Metro Centered!  AND KCMO is no longer the metro's center city!  (Sorry.)

If Johnson County wants to call the shots, they need to either consolidate small suburb governments into ONE WEALTHY CITY,  or the JOCO Commission needs to start workin out and build some MUSCLE MASS, and Exercise it!! 

The Funk and KC's effete political influence should be easily dismissed for they hold very little ACTUAL power, other than media attention because they speak for the city name on the traditional US map!   Kansas City MO has no real influence except for the wealthy south of the Plaza. 
And more and more of it is WEST of State Line these days.   Blacks can make TV NOISE but they have no real money power!  The rest is just an illusion of power, by the Star and people like TKC!

The new downtown is along the College Blvd Corridor in KANSAS and if anybody would build a train, it should be along College Blvd, up the 435 medial strip to KCI and back.   With huge parking lots at 63rd. 75th, 87th and College.

If they want to swing it over to 71 and then north  to parking lots in Mo at 95th, 63rd to east of downtown and then on up to a Gladstone lot, and then KCI, well fine.

I'm sure some bureaucrat with a computer map knows where the employment clusters are located in the Metro, and can drop train stops there, with bus pickups to the secondaries, and commuter parking lots like they have on Long Island where people PARK CARS and take the train into the city, to their jobs!  (like to Lees, College Blvd, 87th, 95th, Downtown).

But it's clear, this is way bigger than Waldo, Brookside, Plaza trains to NOWHERE important!  If they'd lay the track for the whole thing at once, and build the parking lots, once war in the mideast happens, and gas hits $6 bucks, well, the trains and buses will be full all right THE VERY FIRST DAY, because people have to EAT!  Can't build a partial solution and wait six months for the rest of it.  

WE HAVE TO BUILD THE ENTIRE SOLUTION AT ONCE, or it won't work at all!!  TRAINS, cross-town BUSES, car parking lots by the train stops.  Drops by commuters' office buildings and back home, in sun or snow.  And not too much waiting time.  THE  FULL SOLUTION!

Jun 27, 2010

Bill Maher: there just AREN'T always two equal sides to a discussion!

Al Gore must come out with a sequel to his movie about climate change and call it, "An Inconvenient Truth 2: What the F**k is Wrong with You People?" I say this because a bunch of depressing new surveys reveal that people in droves are starting to believe that global warming is a hoax. And this time, it's not just us. You know, people are always accusing me of hating America and calling it stupid, so tonight I'd like to take a few moments to hate England and call it stupid.

Because now the Brits don't believe in global warming either. I thought they were smarter than that. This is the home of Newton and Darwin. I can't believe we let these people build our exploding oil platforms. And, even scarier is why people have stopped thinking global warming is real. One major reason, pollsters say, is "we had a very cold, snowy winter." Which is like saying the sun might not be real because last night it got dark. And my car is not real because I can't find my keys.

And that's the problem with our obsession to always see two sides of every issue equally, especially when one side has a lot of money. It means we have to pretend there are always two truths, and the side that doesn't know anything has something to say. On this side of the debate, every scientist in the world; on the other, Mr. Potato Head.

There is no debate here. It's just scientists versus non-scientists. And since the topic is science, the non-scientists don't get a vote. We shouldn't decide everything by polling the masses. This is the fallacy called argumentum ad numerum, the idea that something is true because great numbers believe it. As in, "Eat s**t: 20 trillion flies can't be wrong."

Or take this recent headline: "TV Weathercasters Divided on Global Warming." Who gives a s**t? My TV weathercaster is a bimbo with big tits who used to be on a soap opera on Telemundo. Mainstream media, could you please stop pitting the ignorant versus the educated and framing it as a debate?

The other day...I saw a professor from the Union of Concerned Scientists face off against a distinguished expert on "tea partying" whose brilliant analysis, recently published in the New England Journal of Grasping at Straws was that we shouldn't teach climate science in schools because kids find it scary. As they should. I hope they're peeing in their pants.

Because the last decade, year and month are all the hottest on record. And then there's the floods, the killing of the oceans, category 5 hurricanes, giant wildfires, the vanishing water supply...you know, the little things. And yet, deniers say, it's just a theory. As is gravity. You know, for progress to happen, certain things have to become not an issue anymore, so we can go on to the next issue.

Evolution was an issue until overwhelming consensus among scientists made it not an issue. When I was six years old, it was an issue how babies were born. There were conflicting theories. There was no consensus. Some thought a stork brought babies. Others contended you bought them at the hospital. The Catholic boys said the Holy Ghost brought them. And one kid said that girls had sort of a - as he described it - "flap" in front, and that men put their penises into it. This seemed the least likely.

And yet, by the time we had all reached age eleven, even though we still none of us had actually seen the flap, the consensus of opinion was overwhelming for the penis-vagina theory. It was no longer an issue.

-- Bill Maher

Video: Bill Maher on Freedom of Speech and Religious Nuts

Heretical Ideas had this first, but I wanted to stick it in here in case you missed it.  Bill Maher's video from one of his last shows this season.  A good watch.

Jun 26, 2010

Arizona Gov on Drugs: tells Obama: DO YOUR JOB!

AZ Governor and others say Mex infiltrators are bringing in Drugs  (they should be bringing in OIL, or at least a bottle of Dawn!)

By PAUL DAVENPORT

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday that most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border, an assertion that critics slammed as exaggerated and racist.

Brewer said the motivation of "a lot" of the illegal immigrants is to enter the United States to look for work, but that drug rings press them into duty as drug "mules."

"I believe today, under the circumstances that we're facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in," Brewer said.
"There's strong information to us that they come as illegal people wanting to come to work. Then they are accosted and they become subjects of the drug cartel," she said.

"Unless Gov. Brewer can provide hard data to substantiate her claim that most undocumented people crossing into Arizona are 'drug mules,' she must retract such an outrageous statement," said Oscar Martinez, a University of Arizona history professor whose teaching and research focuses on border issues. "If she has no data and is just mouthing off for political reasons, as I believe she is doing, then she must apologize to the people of Arizona for lying to them so blatantly."

Sen. Jesus Ramon Valdes, a member of the Mexican Senate's northern border affairs commission, called Brewer's comments racist and irresponsible.

"Traditionally, migrants have always been needy, humble people who in good faith go looking for a way to better the lives of their families," Ramon Valdes said.

A Border Patrol spokesman said illegal immigrants do sometimes carry drugs across the border, but he said he couldn't provide numbers because smugglers are turned over to prosecutors.

"I wouldn't say that every person that is apprehended is being used as a mule," spokesman Mario Escalante said from Tucson. "The smuggling organizations, in their attempts to be lucrative and to make more money, they'll try pretty much whatever they need."

RMAN sez:  Illegals should not be allowed into the US unless they carry with them a 55 gal drum of OIL!

Jun 25, 2010

86 yr old bedridden woman tazered by Big Bad Wolf with Badge

   (CN) - Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn't breathe, after her grandson called 911 seeking medical assistance, the woman and her grandson claim in Oklahoma City Federal Court.

Though the grandson said, "Don't Taze my granny!" an El Reno police officer told another cop to "Taser her!" and wrote in his police report that he did so because the old woman "took a more aggressive posture in her bed," according to the complaint.

     Lonnie Tinsley claims that he called 911 after he went to check on his grandmother, whom he found in her bed, "connected to a portable oxygen concentrator with a long hose." She is "in marginal health, [and] takes several prescribed medications daily," and "was unable to tell him exactly when she had taken her meds," so, Tinsley says, he called 911 "to ask for an emergency medical technician to come to her apartment to evaluate her."

     In response, "as many as ten El Reno police" officers "pushed their way through the door," according to the complaint.

     The grandma, Lona Varner, "told them to get out of her apartment."

     The remarkable complaint continues: "Instead, the apparent leader of the police [defendant Thomas Duran] instructed another policeman to 'Taser her!'  He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff  'took a more aggressive posture in her bed,' and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.
     "Lonnie Tinsley told them, 'Don't taze my Granny!' to which they responded that they would Taser him; instead, they pulled him out of her apartment, took him down to the floor, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car.

     "The police then proceeded to approach Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.

     "The police then fired a Taser at her and only one wire struck her, in the left arm; the police then fired a second Taser, striking her to the right and left of the midline of her upper chest and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out.

     "The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her.

     "The police freed Lonnie Tinsley from his incarceration in the back of the police car and permitted him to accompany the ambulance with his grandmother."

     Tinsley says the cops capped it all off by having his grandmother "placed in the psychiatric ward at the direction of the El Reno police; she was held there for six days and released."

     "As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, the plaintiff Lona M. Varner suffered the unlawful restraint of her freedom, bodily injury, assault, battery, the trashing of her apartment, humiliation, loss of personal dignity, infliction of emotional distress and medical bills."

     They seek punitive damages for constitutional violations, from the City of El Reno, Duran, Officers Frank Tinga and Joseph Sandberg, and 10 Officers Does.

     They are represented by Brian Dell of Oklahoma City.

RMAN SEZ:  Five buck sez they're ex-Marines missing their time in the shit !   Prison time if found guilty?

Jun 24, 2010

Finally, a Cell Phone for Seniors!

Don't Let the McChrystal Frenzy Obscure the Dirty Truth About Afghanistan

RMAN:  Obama's been sucked in like so many presidents to our Military Industrial Complex.  And I'm afraid the guy we hoped he would be, has gone to the dark side.  THIS, from Alternet:

While we’ll be treated to plenty of blather about the McChrystal incident, the most important part of the story is largely being ignored by the corporate media.
June 23, 2010  | 

US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal speaks during a press briefing with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs (rear) at the White House in Washington, DC. McChrystal said Monday there was intelligence Iran was guilty of some "malign" activity in the country, but added that most of its role was legitimate.


It should come as no surprise that General Stanley McChrystal’s return to Washington to explain a series of derogatory comments he and his staff made about the White House has ignited a media frenzy. 

The story has everything a reporter could want -- tension within the administration, a very public clash between civilian and military leaders over just what we might hope to accomplish in Afghanistan, and even some echoes of Truman's historic clash with General George MacArthur during the Korean conflict.   

But the story by Rolling Stone reporter Matt Hastings also reveals just how narrow the discourse about our Afghanistan adventure really is. Because while we’ll be treated to tens of thousands of column inches and hours of cable news blather about McChrystal’s “insubordination,” or whether Obama looks “tough enough” in handling the situation, the most important part of Hastings’ article is largely being ignored by the corporate media.

Hastings told a tale of a project with no hope for success. His story shows us that the U.S. presence in Afghanistan is all about tactics dressed up as a strategy. It’s a profile of a military establishment running on inertia -- unable to withdraw because withdrawing is an admission of defeat, but also unable to accomplish the wholly unrealistic tasks put before it. 


This is perhaps the most revealing passage from Hastings’ report:

    "[Team Obama] are trying to manipulate perceptions because there is no definition of victory – because victory is not even defined or recognizable," says Celeste Ward, a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation who served as a political adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq in 2006. "That's the game we're in right now. What we need, for strategic purposes, is to create the perception that we didn't get run off. The facts on the ground are not great, and are not going to become great in the near future."

Jun 23, 2010

THERMODYNAMICS OF HELL

THERMODYNAMICS OF HELL

Follow this reasoning carefully -- it's sound! (And funny as h*ll!)

The following is an actual question given on a University of  Washington chemistry mid term.

The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question:  Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law, (gas cools off when it expands and heats up when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate that souls are moving into Hell and the rate they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave.  Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, lets look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.

Since there are more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase  until all hell breaks loose.

2. Of course, if Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

 So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Ms. Teresa Banana during my Freshman year, "...that it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I still have not succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then, #2 cannot be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and will not freeze.

   The student received the only "A" given.

Leagle Website Vote: So far supports police immigration check 55-45 pct

Leagle is a legal website frequented by lawyers and paralegals.  They're taking a survey which so far shows YES (55 pct) ahead of NO (44 pct) to the question, "Do you support a lwaw that requires police to determine someone's immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" that he or she is an illegal immigrant?"



Jun 22, 2010

How much do we LIBS expect the PRES TO DO?

I grow tired of people expecting the US President to get them jobs, solve immediately all natural or other disasters and keep our lives happy and on target.

Maybe we ask too much of our President!


Lets face it, Obama didn't cause the gulf leak.  Or hurricanes and heat waves.  Or foreign wars.  Or even the bank failures, and layoffs while our bosses send our jobs overseas to foreigners who will work for five bucks a DAY!.

Only Republicans want to blame OBAMA (or whatever Democrat in power)  for all this stuff because THE GOP WANTS the PRESIDENT's JOB BACK, and then, they'll be fast to say these things would NOT be THEIR PRESIDENTs' fault.  I'm tired of all that political, finger-pointing shit!

Time to quit looking for the President to solve your problems.  Pay off your OWN debts.  Enjoy your family.  Plan for your kids' educations.  Don't buy more HOUSE or CARS than your income can comfortably afford.  Make sure you have a SECURE job that pays your bills and socks away a few dollars.  And then don't worry about it!

Remember... when the GOP takes over, they don't want the Government/Pres responsible for ANYTHING.  Smaller government, right? 

So if you have a problem with BP, write the OIL COMPANY, not your congressman or president!

All about FARTS!

Double Click this picture to get it FULL SIZE so you can properly read it.



Now, all about OLD FARTS:

I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only old fart receiving it.

Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will see. Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. Old Farts remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment.  They know the words and believe in them.

 Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.

 If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old Farts trust strangers and are courtly to women.

 Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

 Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

 Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.

 It's the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

 This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

 We need them now more than ever.

 Thank God for Old Farts!
 
Pass this on to all the Old Farts you know.
 
I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.
 

Jun 20, 2010

As if BP and the Gulf isn't Enough, Iran's posturing with the US and Israel! over a naval confrontation!

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu


Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi.  (at right, one of the ships the carrier Truman)

One day prior to the report on Saturday, Voice of Israel government radio reported that the Egyptian government denied an Israeli request not to allow the Iranian flotilla to use the Suez Canal to reach Gaza, in violation of the Israeli sea embargo on the Hamas-controlled area.

International agreements require Egypt to keep the Suez open even for warships, but the armada, led by the USS Truman with 5,000 sailors and marines, was the largest in years. Egypt closed the canal to fishing and other boats as the armada moved through the strategic passageway that connects the Red and Mediterranean Seas.

Despite Egypt’s reported refusal to block the canal to Iranian boats, the clearance for the American-Israeli fleet may be a warning to Iran it may face military opposition if the Iranian Red Crescent ship continues on course to Gaza.

The warships may exercise the right to inspect the Iranian boat for the illegal transport or weapons. Newsweek reported that Egyptian authorities could stop the ship for weeks, using technicalities such as requiring that any official documents be translated from Farsi into Arabic.

The magazine’s website also reported that the Iranian navy is the weakest part of its armed forces. Tehran has already backed down from announced intentions to escort the Iranian ships with "volunteer marines” from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The Iranian news site Hamsayeh.net reported, “The move might be in connection to U.S. self-inflicted embargo against Iran aimed at inspecting Iran bound ships for suspected goods related to the country’s nuclear program.”

Another battle on the high seas may involve one, and possibly two, Lebanese vessels that are aimed at challenging Israel’s sovereignty over the Gaza coastal waters. Hizbullah, gearing up for a reaction to a possible clash between the Israeli Navy (pictured) and the Lebanese boats, has delayed rocket units near Lebanese ports, according to unofficial military sources.

Israel has warned U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Israel will use force, if necessary, to stop the boats, one of which is carrying approximately 70 women passengers and crew organized by Hizbullah support Samar al-Hajj. Her husband is one of several jailed suspects involved in the assassination for former Lebanese anti-Syrian Prime Rafik Hariri.

Hizbullah has denied it is connected with the Lebanese flotilla, but it has been reported that Al Hajj met with Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah last month. (IsraelNationalNews.com)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138164

RMAN Notes:  Has it slipped past the Israelis that for the prophesy to bring Armageddon, Their homeland will be lit up in Biblical proportions by the Third Antichrist?   This seems to be act four.  Are these people nuts?  Are they all just doing this to make Nostradamas look good, OR WHAT?  

For one, I'm going to just HATE Six Dollar a Gallon gasoline!

Jun 18, 2010

Rep wants to go after Obama like they did Clinton--looking for dirt at taxpayer expense

Another Impeachment Attempt?
Sick'em GOP Doing ANYTHING to win!

HERSHEY, Pa.— Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative firebrand whose specialty is lobbing corruption allegations at the Obama White House, is making plans to hire dozens of subpoena-wielding investigators if Republicans win the House this fall.


The California Republican’s daily denunciations draw cheers from partisans and bookings from cable TV producers. He even bought his own earphone for live shots. But his bombastic style and attention-seeking investigations draw eye rolls from other quarters. Now, he’s making clear he won’t be so easy to shrug off if he becomes chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2011.


Issa has told Republican leadership that if he becomes chairman, he wants to roughly double his staff from 40 to between 70 and 80. And he is not subtle about what that means for President Barack Obama.


At a recent speech to Pennsylvania Republicans here, he boasted about what would happen if the GOP wins 39 seats, and he gets the power to subpoena.


“That will make all the difference in the world,” he told 400 applauding party members during a dinner at the chocolate-themed Hershey Lodge. “I won’t use it to have corporate America live in fear that we’re going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing.”

In other words, Issa wants to be to the Obama administration what Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) was to the Clinton administration — a subpoena machine in search of White House scandals.


Even if Republicans don’t take the House, Issa has other ambitions. Those close to him say he is eyeing a potential run for a leadership post, even though he’s a two-time loser for Republican policy chairman.

Issa also is trying to build his national brand, traveling to Pennsylvania for a summer Republican meeting. He basked in praise for his role in creating “Job-gate,” a mini scandal that forced the White House to admit that former President Bill Clinton tried to coax Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania by offering him an unpaid job.


After calling the White House “corrupt” and Obama’s presidency “failed,” Issa reiterated his claims that — despite a contrary assessment from most experts — the administration violated federal law with the Sestak imbroglio.


He also mentioned e-mail from White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina to Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff about three possible administration jobs as the administration apparently tried to steer him away from a primary challenge against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38697.html#ixzz0rE5wyO3l

GOP:  
Unwilling and Unfit to Govern!

Jun 17, 2010

The Contest is ON: Design a logo for GObP! This is great.

Fox probably will ignore it as will local blogdittohead Conservatism with Heart (an oxymoron if there ever WAS one.)

 MSNBC is First Out with a GObP logo, as seen tonight on Keith Olbermann

Not wanting to be outdone, one of my favorite TEESHIRT and BUMPERSTICKER makers, Cafe Press, has also come out with a full line of Tee-shirts, mugs and other souveneirs just hours after Joe Barton (R-TX) stuck both of his oil soaked shoes in his mouth!

  Just a few months ago everything was Obama "Eyes Yo New Pres!"  But things can change in a heartbeat.

1812 War Revenge: BP Exec gets NAILED in Colonial Congressional Committee

BP Top Officials learn before the hearing from their Consigliari how to stonewall.

Friday Update:  BP's 7 figure CEO  Tony Hayward gets demoted after not stonewalling well enough.  Replaced by some other Londoner.  Oh well.  Hopefully his Parachute will be made of gold for he should get an Oscar for escape and evading to assure he didn't purjure himself or  cause BP any further legal risk.


This will tell you why I usually call Republicans "TORIES" (America's early colonists loyal to Brit's King George III during the Revolutionary war!)

Bigger story Thursday: Texas Republican in Big Oil's pocket issues an Apology to BP!!  Partisan politics backing the foreign corporation and paying back for campaign contributions show the GOP is just an aging hooker in a pinstriped suit!

Drill, Baby Drill!  Eat THAT during the fall Election!

Covering up the Nation's Biggest Oil Spill

4 Ways BP and Officials Are Working to Suppress the Outrageous Facts About the Gulf Disaster

From intimidating reporters to trying to enforce no-fly zones, there seems to be a concerted effort to block public access to information.
June 17, 2010 

With BP's oil gusher in the gulf approaching two months, public anger is approaching the boiling point. When will the oil spilling into the gulf be stopped and what remediation can be done for the ecosystem and the local economy? Those of us who aren't at ground zero have to rely on what the media is reporting -- which is turning into an outrageous scandal of its own.

"Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, and not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials," wrote Jeremy W. Peters for the New York Times. "To some critics of the response effort by BP and the government, instances of news media being kept at bay are just another example of a broader problem of officials' filtering what images of the spill the public sees. Scientists, too, have complained about the trickle of information that has emerged from BP and government sources. Three weeks passed, for instance, from the time the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and the first images of oil gushing from an underwater pipe were released by BP."

So what's really going on? Is there is concerted effort to block information from reaching the public? Here are four examples that point to a widespread effort to suppress public access to information about an environmental disaster -- we may still not yet know exactly how bad this thing is, or how bad it's going to get.

The rest of the article from Alternet

So whats a Big 12 that's only 10?

Shall we keep calling it the Big 12 in hopes maybe Park College and DeVry start sports departments and join?  Or call it LITTLE 12,  or Little 10?   or Twelve Minus Two?

We need a contest.  Name that League!!

Jun 16, 2010

Urban Slang: ' Roommate Chicken' Defined

If you had checked out the LEARNING page of my awesome website, you'd have run across this little tidbit as posted on the URBAN SLANG dictionary site which is just one of the MANY fabulous links I offer for your shopping convenience:

ROOMATE CHICKEN:  The condition where a group of people sharing a living space each avoid doing a household chore for an extended period because each believes it's someone else's responsibility. The idea is that eventually the situation will reach a critical mass where the guilty party will cave in and do the chore. In practice, the situation can escalate to extreme levels.
"I'm not going to do the dishes. It's your turn." "Yeah, but 90% of them are from the dinner you made for your girlfriend. I'm not cleaning up your mess." "I'm not playing roommate chicken with you on this. Clean it up!" "I'll die before I clean your mess." "Fuck you!" "Fuck you!" 

And the website?   http://sites.google.com/site/radiomankc/Home

Jun 15, 2010

Maybe the Obama Admin should start watching TV about the oil spill!

We noticed that during Hurricane Katrina, CNN was way ahead of FEMA and Bush's White House.  We're seeing this again.... reports on CNN and MSNBC of really shitty response to the oil spill.

When we watch our own news networks and their VIDEO of booms not being effective, of coastal areas not being protected... well then when we hear Obama and BP saying they're doing all they can, WE REALIZE THEY ARE POLITICAL LIARS!   So maybe NETWORK TV has its shit together more than our GOVERNMENT!   Why the hell is that, as much as we're paying them to stay on top of shit?



Don't CENSOR the MEDIA.  REACT TO THEM with RESULTS, not statements!  With more resources.  Do it by TOMORROW!  Or plan on your alter-career after the election!

NOTE TO BARACK OBAMA:  Maybe you should assign someone to watch RACHEL MADDOW ON MSNBC!  Maybe she's ahead of you on the gulf pollution!  Maybe SHE should be in charge since no one ELSE seems to be!

  That doesn't give me much comfort about what's being done with that April 15th tax check that I wrote!   Sigh.

Jun 11, 2010

CYBER ALERT: Now Flash!

National Cyber Alert System Cyber Security Alert SA10-162A
Adobe Flash and AIR Vulnerabilities

Original release date: June 11, 2010

Systems Affected
* Adobe Flash Player
*Adobe AIR
Other Adobe products that support Flash may also be vulnerable.

Overview

There are vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash player and AIR. An
attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of
your computer.


Solution

Update Flash Player and Adobe AIR

Adobe Security Bulletin APSB10-14 recommends updating at the Adobe Flash Player Download Center and Adobe AIR Download Center. Both Flash Player and AIR support automatic updates. This will update the Flash web browser plug-in and ActiveX control and AIR, but will not update Flash support in Adobe Reader, Acrobat, or other products.
To reduce your exposure to these and other Flash vulnerabilities, consider the following mitigation technique.  Disable Flash in your web browser.
Uninstall Flash or restrict which sites are allowed to run Flash.  To the extent possible, only run trusted Flash content on trusted domains. For more information, see Securing Your Web Browser.

Description

Adobe Security Advisory APSB10-14 describes vulnerabilities in Flash Player and AIR. This Flash content could be on a web page, in a PDF document, in an email attachment, or embedded in another file.  By  convincing you to open malicious Flash content, an attacker may be able to take control of your computer or cause it to crash.

References

* US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA10-162A -
* Security update available for Adobe Flash Player -
* Adobe Flash Player Download Center -
* Adobe AIR Download Center -
* Securing Your Web Browser

Video: Lowest Price Tooth Extraction!

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Obama misled by BP: not his fault for GOP charges he was slow to act

We've learned time and time again that BP's estimates of how much oil was pouring out of the sunken platform's pipe at the bottom of the sea has been understated.  And understated again.  And again.  And again.  That has damaged BP's reputation more than anything, and just manages to reinforce our assumption that corporations will always lie to protect their stock prices.

Cut the Oman some slack.  We've ALL been misled by big oil.  And too many politicians have under-regulated them over the years in loyal payback for generous oil company contributions.  This whole thing sucks and the Republicans, you'll notice, have been uncharacteristically quiet about it.

The ORIGINAL Homeland Security!

Jun 10, 2010

1 picture worth 10,000 words!

CYBER WARNING: This time Microsoft

Cyber Security Alert SA10-159B
Microsoft Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities

   Original release date: June 08, 2010
   Last revised: --
   Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected
     * Microsoft Windows
     * Microsoft Internet Explorer
     * Microsoft Office
     * Microsoft SharePoint Services
     * Microsoft .NET Framework
Overview
   Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in
   Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office,
   Microsoft SharePoint Services, and Microsoft .NET Framework.
Solution

   Install updates.   The updates to address these vulnerabilities are available on the
   Microsoft Update site (requires Internet Explorer). We recommend
   enabling Automatic Updates.

Description
   The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for June 2010 describes    vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office,    SharePoint Services, and .NET Framework. These vulnerabilities may
   allow an attacker to gain control of your computer or cause it to crash.
References

 * Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for June 2010 -
   <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-jun.mspx>

 * Microsoft Update - <https://www.update.microsoft.com/>

 * Microsoft Update overview -
   <http://www.microsoft.com/security/updates/mu.aspx&gt

Jun 9, 2010

GOVT WARNING: Adobe Reader targeted by hackers

                    National Cyber Alert System  Cyber Security Alert SA10-159A
Adobe Flash, Reader, and Acrobat Vulnerability    Original release date: June 08, 2010

Systems Affected
     * Adobe Flash Player
     * Adobe Reader and Acrobat
     Other Adobe products that support Flash may also be vulnerable.
 
Overview
   There is a vulnerability in Flash Player that also affects Adobe  Reader and Acrobat. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to   take control of your computer.
 
Solution
 Disable Flash in your web browser

   Uninstall Flash or restrict which sites are allowed to run Flash.    To the extent possible, only run trusted Flash content on trusted  domains. For more information, see Securing Your Web Browser.   Disable JavaScript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat


   Disabling JavaScript may prevent some exploits. To disable  JavaScript in Acrobat, do the following:

   1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader.
   2. Open the Edit menu.
   3. Choose the Preferences option.
   4. Choose the JavaScript section.
   5. Uncheck the "Enable Acrobat JavaScript" checkbox.

 Disable the display of PDF documents in the web browser

   Preventing PDF documents from opening inside a web browser will    partially protect you against this vulnerability. Applying this  workaround may also protect you against future vulnerabilities.

   To prevent PDF documents from automatically being opened in a web  browser, do the following:

   1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader.
   2. Open the Edit menu.
   3. Choose the Preferences option.
   4. Choose the Internet section.
   5. Uncheck the "Display PDF in browser" checkbox.

 Do not access PDF documents from untrusted sources

   Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected PDF documents, particularly    those hosted on websites or delivered as email attachments. Please  see Cyber Security Tip ST04-010.

Description

   Adobe Security Advisory APSA10-01 describes a vulnerability in    Flash Player that can also be exploited using Adobe Reader and  Acrobat. This Flash content could be on a web page, in a PDF  document, in an email attachment, or embedded in another file.

   By convincing you to open malicious Flash content, an attacker may  be able to take control of your computer or cause it to crash.

References
 * Security Advisory for Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat -   <http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa10-01.html>

 * US-CERT Technical Alert TA10-159A -
   <http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA10-159A.html>
 ____________________________________________________________________
   The most recent version of this document can be found at:  <http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/alerts/SA10-159A.html>
 ____________________________________________________________________
   Feedback can be directed to US-CERT Technical Staff. Please send  email to <cert@cert.org> with "SA10-159A Feedback VU#486225" in
   the subject.
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KCTV News Irritating!

Live!  Late Breaking!  Investigative!  And Irritating!

Well most people in town already knew that.  Still, this is pretty funny from Bottom Line Communications

Jun 4, 2010

PHONE REPAIR S

Lawrence ,   Kansas, December  12, 2008

A Kansas farm wife  called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when  her friends called - and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her  dog always moaned right before the phone  rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene,  curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone  pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's  house.

The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog  moaned and the telephone began to  ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone  repairman found :

1 . The dog was tied to the telephone system's  ground wire with a steel chain and  collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was  loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling  current when the number was  called.

4.. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start  moaning and then urinate.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus  causing the phone to  ring.

Which demonstrates that some  problems CAN be fixed by pissing and  moaning.

Thought you'd like to  know.

Jun 3, 2010

More Mexican games being played. But at least we have their attention!

The Mexican government is opening a satellite consular office on Catalina Island -- a small resort off the California coast with a history of drug smuggling and human trafficking -- to provide the island's illegal Mexican immigrants with identification cards, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The Mexican consular office in Los Angeles issued a flier, a copy of which was obtained by The Examiner, listing the Catalina Island Country Club as the location of its satellite office. It invites Mexicans to visit the office to obtain the identification, called matricular cards, by appointment.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican whose district includes Catalina Island, said handing out matricular cards will exacerbate an already dangerous situation.

"Handing out matricular cards to Mexicans who are not in this country legally is wrong no matter where it's done," he said. "But on Catalina it will do more damage. It's a small island but there's evidence it's being used as a portal for illegals to access mainland California."

Rohrabacher added, "If there were a large number of Americans illegally in Mexico and the U.S. consulate was making it easier for them to stay, Mexico would never permit it."

Mexican officials with the consular office in Los Angeles could not be reached immediately for comment. The matricular consular identification card, is issued by the Mexican government to Mexican nationals residing outside the country, regardless of immigration status. The purpose is to provide identification for opening bank accounts and obtaining other services. But the cards are usually used to skirt U.S. immigration laws, since Mexicans in the country legally have documents proving that status, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

In 2004 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI officials called the card an unreliable form of identification. The agency said that Mexico lacks a centralized database for them, which could lead to forgery, duplication, and other forms of abuse.

Officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said their agency was asked by Mexican officials not to enforce U.S. immigration laws on the island while the cards were being issued.
"It amazes me every time that the Mexican government has the gall to tell us what to do," said an ICE official, who asked not to be named. "More surprisingly is how many times we stand by and let them. This is just an example of one of hundreds of requests we've had to deal with."

In April, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies seized a boat carrying large quantities of marijuana and detained three Mexican nationals who said they were being smuggled into the United States.
The island has a sizable Mexican migrant population. Most are undocumented low-income workers.

BP OIL SPILL: Way bigger than they've told us!

BOULDER—A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.




This is animation d(above) shows one scenario of how oil released at the location of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico may move in the u pper 65 feet of the ocean. This is not a forecast, but rather, it illustrates a likely dispersal pathway of the oil for roughly four months following the spill. It assumes oil spilling continuously from April 20 to June 20. The colors represent a dilution factor ranging from red (most concentrated) to beige (most diluted).  The dilution factor does not attempt to estimate the actual barrels of oil at any spot; rather, it depicts how much of the total oil from the source that will be carried elsewhere by ocean currents. For example, areas showing a dilution factor of 0.01 would have one-hundredth the concentration of oil present at the spill site.
The animation is based on a computer model simulation, using a virtual dye, that assumes weather and current conditions similar to those that occur in a typical year.

It is one of a set of six scenarios released today that simulate possible pathways the oil might take under a variety of oceanic conditions. Each of the six scenarios shows the same overall movement of oil through the Gulf to the Atlantic and up the East Coast. However, the timing and fine-scale details differ, depending on the details of the ocean currents in the Gulf. The full set of six simulations can be found here. (Visualization by Tim Scheitlin and Mary Haley, NCAR; based on model simulations.)  [Download  high resolution video]
The research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation, NCAR’s sponsor. The results were reviewed by scientists at NCAR and elsewhere, although not yet submitted for peer-review publication.

“I’ve had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?’” says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. “Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood.”

The computer simulations indicate that, once the oil in the uppermost ocean has become entrained in the Gulf of Mexico’s fast-moving Loop Current, it is likely to reach Florida's Atlantic coast within weeks. It can then move north as far as about Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with the Gulf Stream, before turning east.

Whether the oil will be a thin film on the surface or mostly subsurface due to mixing in the uppermost region of the ocean is not known.

The scientists used a powerful computer model to simulate how a liquid released at the spill site would disperse and circulate, producing results that are not dependent on the total amount released. The scientists tracked the rate of dispersal in the top 65 feet of the water and at four additional depths, with the lowest being just above the sea bed.

“The modeling study is analogous to taking a dye and releasing it into water, then watching its pathway,” Peacock says.

I have a relative engineer who is of the view this may reach EUROPE!

IN-tel Failure: Detecting terrorists...

Dr Hasan was the Army Major, a psychiatrist, that shot up the Fort where he was stationed last year and the army didn't seem to notice his weird ideas.

Jun 2, 2010

We are 12 hours away from $6 dollar a gallon gas!

You could wake up ANY DAY and find that Isreal has attacked Iran and its nuke sites, and Iran has obliterated Tel Aviv, with conventional missiles, Obama is wringing his hands, and the European and Asian stock markets have COLLAPSED!!!!

Wall Street opens DOWN 50 PERCENT... because of an overnight war.  Obama freezes the markets, but the damage is already done!  The financial types have panicked already!

Yup, you can wake up with your retirement worth HALF THIS MORNING what it was worth YESTERDAY!  And worse...the local economy could go to SHIT by midday if gasoline prices double!  Not to mention the grocery store and gasoline line panics!


Keep lots of cash in the house, your gas tank, and refrigerator full, and plenty of food in the pantry.  Never drive on almost empty or have an empty pantry these days!

BP hopes to hide the cruel death of gulf wildlife

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill

BY Matthew Lysiak In Grand Isle, La. and Helen Kennedy
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Originally Published:Wednesday, June 2nd 2010, 12:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 2nd 2010, 10:22 AM
Carcass of a decomposing dolphin on rocks at Queen Bess Island in Gulf of Mexico.
DelMundo for News

A sign expressing hatred towards BP stands on the side of Highway 1 in Grand Isle.





The usually crowded Grand Isle beach on Memorial Day is empty due to the impact of the oil spill.  DelMundo for News









Here's what President Obama didn't see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds.

"When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it. It was the saddest darn thing to look at," said a BP contract worker who took the Daily News on a surreptitious tour of the wildlife disaster unfolding in Louisiana.

His motive: simple outrage.

"There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don't want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It's important to me that people know the truth about what's going on here," the contractor said.

"The things I've seen: They just aren't right. All the life out here is just full of oil. I'm going to show you what BP never showed the President."

The day was 85 degrees, the blue sky almost white with sunshine, the air fresh with salt tang.

After checking that he was unobserved, he motored out to Queen Bess barrier island, known to the locals as Bird Island.  The grasses by the shore were littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others struggling under a thick coating of crude.

"When you see some of the things I've seen, it would make you sick," the contractor said. "No living creature should endure that kind of suffering."

Queen Bess Island was the first place where fledglings were born when the beloved, endangered Louisiana brown pelicans were reintroduced in the 1970s. Their population rebounded and was finally declared stabilized in 2002.

Now their future is once again in doubt. In what had been such an important hatchery, hundreds of pelicans - their white heads stained black - stood sentinel. They seemed slow and lethargic.

"Those pelicans are supposed to have white heads. The black is from the oil. Most of them won't survive," the contractor said.

"They keep trying to clean themselves. They try and they try, but they can't do it."

The contractor has been attempting to save birds and turtles.

"I saw a pelican under water with only its wing sticking out," he said. "I grabbed it and lifted it out of the water. It was just covered in oil. It was struggling so hard to survive. We did what we could for it.


"Nature is cruel, but what's happening here is crueler."

The uninhabited barrier islands are surrounded by yellow floating booms, also stained black, that are supposed to keep the oil out. It's not working.

"That grass was green a few weeks ago," the contractor said. "Now look. ... This whole island is destroyed. How do you write a check for something like this?"

He said he recently found five turtles drowning in oil.

"Three turtles were dead. Two were dying and not dead yet. They will be," he said.

As the boat headed back amid the choppy waves, a pod of dolphins showed up to swim with the vessel and guide it to land.

"They know they are in trouble. We are all in trouble," the contractor said.

BP's central role in the disaster cleanup has apparently given the company a lot of latitude in keeping the press away from beaches where the oil is thickest.

On Monday, a Daily News team was escorted away from a public beach on Elmer's Island by cops who said they were taking orders from BP.

BP spokesman Toby Odone denied the company is trying to hide the environmental damage; he noted BP has organized press visits to the spill zone and said BP cannot tell cops what to do.

The contractor for BP said the public needs to see the truth.

"BP is going to say the deaths of these animals wasn't oil-related," he said. "We know the truth. I hope these pictures get to the right people - to someone who can do something."

hkennedy@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/02/2010-06-02_the_hidden_death_in_the_gulf.html#ixzz0pjDOh4ua