Friday, June 29, 2012

Once Around

Great, fabulous, AMAZING pictures of The Statue Of Liberty. A must see!



Advice for Abraham Lincoln



Hockey coach deliberately trips 13 year old opposing player. Nice guy.




Did anyone you know, take a real good look at this before saying 'Yep, that'll be our German School logo'??



What's the over/under on this marriage?

Here's a video of some whacky Canadians who apparently, have waaay too much time on their hands and waaay too much Molson Canadian Beer

And in the 'Canadians Are Known For Being Very Nice Department':



Very clever ad for the New Zealand lottery (from 1999)



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

25 Years!

My wife and I are celebrating our 25 anniversary today and it's really amazing when you look back at all the changes that happen over 25 years.

I'd just like to say that I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful wife and four fantastic kids!

To my wife Maureen, I love you, it's been a terrific ride!

To our children Chris, Lizzie, Mandy and Melissa, we couldn't be more proud of you and how you've all grown to be the amazing people you are.

I love you all!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Well, This Is Certainly A Stretch

MSNBC's Ed Schultz took a serious sharp turn off the reality freeway today with this gem:
Eventually, as we know, Trayvon Martin's killer was arrested and will now be tried by a jury of his peers. Who knows if that would have happened if Lebron and team hadn't done what they did. 
So let me get this straight, if LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates didn't wear their hoodies and stand for Trayon Martin, George Zimmerman would have never been arrested?

And now that they are NBA Champions we should all feel good?

OK Ed, that makes sense.

Twitter Link

Once Around (again)








Well, I guess they wouldn't appreciate Harry Potter or Harry Houdini there either



I swear officer, the GPS made me do it!


I don't think so.

This is really, really sad. The Miley Cyrus hat is bad enough for a grown man.




This story is priceless and you must see the video which even though it's in Chinese is worth watching.

The first comment on YouTube was the best:

I would've thought the "Made In China" stamp on it would've been a dead giveaway!


Now that's a courteous guy!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Two Most Unctuous People On The Planet Today

Just a couple of wonderful guys who foist themselves on the American public and both just happen to be the world's biggest jackasses.

Alec Baldwin 

Can this guy just even pretend to stop being an ass every chance he gets?
Now he claims he was attacked by a photographer:

Note the hashtag #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded

Sure looks like the photographer was the aggressor in these pictures, huh?





What a great guy. The same guy who said this to this then 11 year old daughter:

"You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being. I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned. "Once again I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone. You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone."
No Alec, making an ass out of yourself trying to get to a phone isn't the problem, making an ass out of yourself seems to be a full time endeavor for you.



Bill Maher

God's gift to smarm. Somebody really needs to sit down and explain to me how this guy got labeled as a "comedian". Please enlighten me what on earth he has ever said that was remotely funny. I'll even settle for "humorous".

I doubt this is a face even a mother could love. 

Everything that comes out of his mouth is mean, sarcastic, arrogant, smug, elitist and just plain nasty.

Here's some recent quotes:

From an appearance the Conan O'Brien Show:
On Michael Jackson: "When I was 12 years old, I was beaten on the playground, just like the Mitt Romney thing, I was held down and somebody just punched me in the face while other kids watched," he recalled. "If I could go back to 1968 and trade that experience for being gently masturbated by a pop star, I would do it in a second." 
Gee, why would anyone beat up a young Bill Maher? You would think he would have been popluar among his classmates...it does explain a lot though. 
On Mitt Romney's defense of traditional marriage: "Of all the people to be making this claim, a Mormon? This is a religion that is so stupid that Tom Cruise would not join it."

From his vaunted Twitter account:


Why even listen to  on foreign policy? His entire FP experience is 2 yrs trying to brow-beat Frenchmen into joining his cult

Maher is an atheist. Fine. There are plenty of people who do not believe in an afterlife, God, Buddha, Allah, whoever or whatever. I know Maher is supposedly a "comedian" and this is obviously part of his shtick that plays to the buffoons who eat up every pearl of wisdom emitted from his oh so intelligent mind, but trashing religion, any religion is mindless and certainly out of bounds.

What good comes out of constantly deriding people's religious beliefs? I'd be fine with him pointing out the hypocrisy of some religious beliefs or even take down icons and criticize what some so-called religious leaders do and say, but to demonize religions the way he does is just not right. Have a little respect for others Maher, whatever you believe or don't believe in isn't gospel!

Oh and I'm certainly not done with these two either. It's an election year, there's going to be more...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Once Around

Happy Friday!



Sponge Bob Gangsta Pants



Amelia Earhart Mystery Likely Solved

Amelia Earhart reportedly landed on a remote island with her navigator, Fred Noonan and sent out 57 distress signals that were ignored. Man, they must have been pissed!


You learn something new every day!







Leave it to guys to tell you like it REALLY is:







Even if these aren't real, they're pretty funny.


Have an awesome weekend!!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How Hard Could it Be?

Well. This one speaks for itself.

Massachusetts US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on wallpapering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HkkFOnO770&feature=share

This is a 40 second clip of an interview that is undated, but it doesn't matter when the interview took place, it's what she says.

She's tells the interviewer about seeing a bathroom wallpapered in a friend's house and decided to wallpaper her family's bathroom.

At the end of her story Warren quotes an exchange between her and her father:

Father: "Nobody in our family knows how to wallpaper, what are you doing?"

EW:  "How hard could it be? People dumber than us do it every day!"


Once again: 


"How hard could it be? People dumber than us do it every day!"


Were these the "people" she was thinking about??
Let's just forget that this elitist snob makes $350,000 a year as a part time teacher at Harvard University, and there's more than a good chance that she got the gig by portraying herself as a minority which she isn't. 


This clip reveals Elizabeth Warren's twisted vision of how she views regular people. Which is a view that she's obviously held for quite a long time.


On top of all her other "traits" this shows Warren's sense of elitism and entitlement goes way back to her so-called "humble" roots in Oklahoma. What a fraud. I can't wait to see her in a debate. This oughta be interesting folks...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nice Driving "Feet"

What a feet!
Saw this on my way home last night.
This was on the highway and moments before this picture was taken, the driver was slugging down some Mountain Dew.

That is some skill.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Enough With The Vampire Thing. Please.

So yesterday I wanted to sit in my living room while my daughter caught up with her episodes of True Blood, an HBO series about...sigh vampires.

So while I was trying not to pay attention, I couldn't help but watch some of it because I couldn't believe that HBO could put out such garbage.

Not only was this show dreadfully written and acted with a bunch of pretty girl and boy vampires and whatever the other characters are supposed to be, it was predictably just pure dreck.

The acting was just as convincing...
Can't anyone come up with a new idea instead of going over the same old tired vampire theme? I mean, if you want to give people supernatural evil powers to wreak havoc on the rest of mortal society, why the hell do they have to be vampires????

I'm not going to say I've watched True Blood or Twilight or any of the other seemingly endless parade of vampire shows and movies and I'm not about to start either.

And please, don't defend them. They're all crap.

Just when you think there's nothing these idiots could do to make this whole ridiculous vampire story line even worse, they've actually done it.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter?



This has to be the stupidest concept of any vampire/action movie that Hollywood has ever produced. The whole vampire story has been beaten beyond death (how ironic!). For some reason, people keep buying tickets to these inane films like Twilight. I had enough when Anne Rice was writing the idiotic Interview With The Vampire books and movies. She sold millions of books...

Since then we've had Buffy The Vampire Slayer which is probably responsible for the glam vampire trend. Some genius actually pitched making a movie to some studio exec who bought into taking one of our most iconic historical figures into a vampire hunter. Really.

So now someone takes one of the most respected, iconic figures in United States history and churns out a film that depicts Abraham Lincoln as a badass axe-wielding vampire killer bent on saving the US from vampires taking over.

Who's next to be portrayed as a vampire, Babe Ruth?

Please stop, this whole theme ran out of ideas a long, long time ago.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Once Around

Just some random stuff from around the net

The headline says it all:  Swedish beaver rescued after two days on rock




Sad. The Stanley Cup Finals ratings are dismal this year. I must be the only one watching...


Meanwhile, in the not too bright department...

And another MENSA candidate


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Another Possible Fraud (And Why It Matters)

Looks like we have yet another person attempting to pass themselves off as something they apparently aren't.


America's Got Talent contestant Tim Poe allegedly has fabricated his military service to make himself appear as a wounded veteran on the talent show.

I must admit up front that I haven't watched this show nor have I heard of Mr. Poe before this article, but nonetheless, we have what appears to be yet another fraud tugging at America's sleeves for undeserved attention.

The difference between Poe's supposed tall tales and Elizabeth Warren's, is that Poe actually did serve in the National Guard for 9 years (not 14 as he claimed).

Warren claims to be a Cherokee Indian but has produced no proof of ancestry to this date.

Poe also claims to have been injured by a rocket propelled grenade in combat. This also allegedly caused brain damage which caused him to stutter which he can only overcome by singing, thus his appearance on the show.

The website Rickey.org comes right out and calls Poe a fraud.

The Minnesota National Guard released a statement refuting Poe's claims:

"Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports," Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard, said in a statement.
 Poe's ex-wife also chimed in:

“There were no combat injuries,” said Ballard from her Texas home. “I think he developed a ‘feel sorry for me’ stutter.
Here are some other links about fraudulent military service claims:

Daniel Gordon, Rhode Island state representative who claimed he was injured by shrapnel in Baghdad.

Christopher M. Simmance, leader of Occupy Buffalo, also claimed to be an injured war veteran

We could dig up more and more but the point is that when these folks are exposed, there is a price to be paid. Whether it is resigning from a public post or just being shamed publicly, there should be repercussions.

The point of bringing up Poe and all the others is that for some reason, people feel they have to embellish themselves in order to be accepted. Whatever it is they are seeking whether it's fame and fortune or just plain admiration, there's a boatload of phonies out there.

When someone portrays themselves as a military hero or even fraudulently claims to be a veteran and never served, there is (and should be outrage). But for some reason, it's not resonating with some people when a fraud like Elizabeth Warren claims to be a Native American.

Why is that?

Warren's supporters are calling this a smear campaign and dismissing overwhelming evidence as not credible. As I wrote yesterday, The Boston Globe editorialized that tracing Native American genealogy is not as reliable as it is for everyone else. 

I guess for some, it's OK to dismiss the truth when it stands in the way of a good piece of fiction.

Poe is trying to win a stupid game show and get his 15 minutes of fame.
At least Poe is telling the truth that he was actually in the service.
Warren is running for a 6 year term for the United States Senate.
Warren is completely dodging the ancestry issue and cannot prove a thing.

It seems like it catches more people's attention when some guy tries to game a TV show.

Which should have more impact on everyone?

Quotes

I love a good quote that is punchy, pithy and to the point.

Here's a few of my favorites:


"The world is what it is, and men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it" - - V.S. Naipul from his brilliant novel "A Bend in the River"


"I don't create controversies. They're there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention" - -Charles Barkley

"It s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking." -- Irish proverb

"Too often, we lose sight of lifes simple pleasures. Remember, when someone annoys you it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown, BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and bitch-slap that mother.... upside the head. Pass it on..." -- Anonymous

"By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth." -- George Carlin


"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be" -- Marcel Pagnol

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."  - - Mark Twain



"If you're fortunate to live a long life, you're gonna be old for a hell of a lot longer time than you're gonna be young. You'd better get used to it."
- - Mike Ochs 2009



My favorite Humphrey Bogart quotes:


"The only good reason to have money is this: so that you can tell any SOB in the world to go to hell."  

"I hate funerals. They aren't for the guy who's dead. They're for the guys who are left alive and enjoy mourning." 


"The whole world is three drinks behind. If everybody in the world would take three drinks, we would have no trouble." 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Media Bias Boston Style

One of the things you experience living in Massachusetts is the blatant media bias slanted toward any Democrat. I'm sure most of you are aware that MA is a blue state, but how much is the question.

Jon Keller, WBZ Boston News political analyst wrote a book about this called The Bluest State: How Democrats Created the Massachusetts Blueprint for American Political Disaster

The breakdown of state representatives goes like this:


AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
DemocraticRepublicanVacant
End of Previous Legislature144161600
Begin128321600
June 24, 2011[4]1271591
July 13, 2011[5]1261582
June 24, 2011[6]331591
October 18, 2011[7]1271600
October 18, 2011[8]1261591
Latest voting share79.4%20.6%
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_House_of_Representatives#Composition

Just to reiterate the numbers: 79% of the reps in Massachusetts are Democrats!


It's even worse in the state senate with an almost 90% Democratic majority:



AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
DemocraticRepublicanVacant
End of previous legislature355400
Begin364400
October 13, 2011[2]35391
January 10, 2012[3]36400
April 2, 2012[4]35391
Latest voting share89.7%10.3%
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_Senate#Composition

The focus of this piece today is not the party affiliation of Massachusetts politicians, but the media bias of the largest newspaper in the state, The Boston Globe. The above information is just to illustrate how slanted this state is with regard to representation.

By now, if you've followed this blog, you know I am no supporter of Elizabeth Warren. I have emailed the political editor of the Boston Globe privately and chided them about their coverage. The editor insists that they have covered the story about her claims to her heritage and her hiring at Harvard University as fair and thorough.

I disagree.

Here is one excellent example of how in the tank the Globe is for Warren:

Yesterday, Globe reporter Farah Stockman contacted Twila Barnes, a noted Cherokee genealogist who is mainly credited as the source that has proven Warren's claims to be questionable at best.

Stockman contacted Ms. Barnes because she was researching a piece that was published in yesterday's Globe entitled Elizabeth Warren's Wetumka Roots. This article, published behind the Globe's online paywall, was basically written to discredit anything Ms. Barnes has said and written and to portray the whole controversy as a muddied issue hinting that Warren should be exonerated from all the scrutiny.

Thankfully, Ms. Barnes has refuted Stockman's tripe filled missive with another well written well documented reply on her blog, Thoughts From Polly's Granddaughter. The piece is entitled A Cherokee Can't be Found Because A Cherokee Isn't There.

An excerpt from Stockman's propaganda piece:

Race classifications on census records aren’t infallible, according to Billy J. Osborn, author of “Wetumka: A Centennial History.’’
“It is very difficult to determine who is and who isn’t an Indian,” he said.

The basis of Stockman's article is that records for Native Americans are sketchy at best so you really shouldn't be giving much credence to all these Indians and everyone else who doubts St. Elizabeth's claim.

Thankfully, Twila Barnes refutes this article piece by piece with these things called 'Facts'. These are things the Boston Globe tends to ignore when things look bad for one of their darlings.

An excerpt from Ms. Barnes blog:

Did Cherokees refuse to enroll? Yes. Were they enrolled anyway? Yes. Does Farah bother to tell her readers this? No. Does she bother to tell her readers that those who opposed allotment were the Nighthawks, often full bloods, always traditional? No. Does she tell her readers that some Cherokees who tried to avoid allotment were arrested and forced to enroll? No. What she does is apparently try to lead her readers into believing there were people everywhere who refused to enroll so today their descendants are cut out of being able to claim their ancestry. This is not true.There are Cherokee descendants who are not eligible to register with any of the three federally recognized tribes. Some because their blood quantum is too low to meet the minimum required amount and others because they don't have an ancestor on the Dawes Roll but they still have ancestors found on other historical Cherokee rolls. We know this. No one disputes this. But Elizabeth Warren is not one of these people.


After all, Warren's mother told her so, so it must be true.

The litany of lies is dizzying:


Warren is either a pathological liar or completely delusional. You decide.

I personally can't wait for her debates with Senator Scott Brown to see what other whoppers will come out.

We all want honest government even though we all know that's pretty much a pipe dream especially here in Massachusetts. But, when the opportunity arises to expose someone for what they are and not what they pretend, it is incumbent on us as citizens to remove them as viable candidates for public office.

Getting back to the main thrust of this piece, if anyone tries to tell you that the Boston Globe is the paper of record in Massachusetts, they are likely one who blindly goes into the voting booth and pulls the lever for anyone with a D after their name. The reason this phenomenon occurs to this day is the myth that "Democrats are for the working man. Republicans are for the rich" still lives here in the Bay State.
That may have been true in the 50's and 60's but over time the Democrats have devolved into the party for shameless left wing lunatics who know what's better for you that you.


One other thing to note about the political breakdown in Massachusetts:

The last three successive Speakers of The House are all convicted felons.

Thankfully, we still have The Boston Herald.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Statement From Cherokee Solidarity

I've received the following statement from a Massachusetts resident who is Cherokee:



I would like to first make it clear that I am not speaking for any group, organization, tribal government or political party.  I am speaking as an indigenous person who is a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  I would like to make it abundantly clear that I am not a paid operative from out of state hired by Scott Brown or anyone affiliated with him or the Republican party as Kevin Franck, Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party has charged.I understand that the emotions of partisan politics run deep.  What I do not understand is why Governor Deval Patrick, Democratic Senate Nominee Elizabeth Warren and their supporters dismiss the concerns of Native American Peoples as "unimportant".  Our concerns have equal value to any other resident of this state and this country.  The repeated vilification of concerned Indigenous Peoples has the potential of creating a hostile atmosphere toward our community at large. Indian People and our supporters are being declared as unimportant, insignificant rabble-rousers as a whole regardless of our individual political affiliations (for example I am a Democrat).

I do not understand why Senator Scott Brown has ignored accusations directed against Native Americans, that we are working for him.  Senator Brown is equally culpable for the hostility directed at Indian People.  Senator Brown, please man up and let the public know we are not your pawns.

I spent much of today on the phone with friends who are members of a variety of tribes and residents of Massachusetts.  Some are now uncomfortable to leave their homes for fear of harassment or worse because of the repeated vilification and blatant lies being told by Democratic operatives.  Some of my friends are the adult children of Residential School survivors, they are people who are subject to racist comments far too often in a supposedly liberal state.  They are people who are aware that extreme violence toward Native Americans happens far more often that the dominant culture thinks or wants to know about.  These are people who do not have the privilege of hiding their indigeneity.  Historical trauma is a part of our lives. 

Indigenous People who are talking about the issue on the internet are being repeatedly harassed, told to shut up and are being cautioned not to blog about the issue.  This is OUR issue.  We have every right to address it.

I implore Governor Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren, Kevin Franck and Senator Scott Brown to please stop with your cavalier behavior.  Indian People should not be treated as wards of the state who lack the ability to think or act for ourselves.  This is now going beyond a party trying to protect their candidate's future and a politician's desire to maintain his seat.  This is teetering on race baiting. 

My Comments:


I do have to agree with the author especially on one point that I must admit I hadn't considered; Senator Scott Brown should come out and show support for Native Americans. There is a tremendous void within our culture to recognize the discrimination that Native Americans have and continue to endure.

With this issue created by the Elizabeth Warren controversy, I urge Senator Brown and others to make an effort to understand what they are saying and why this is an issue and why this has caused so much pain for Native Americans.

Full disclosure: I am a Scott Brown supporter and intend to vote for him in November. The reason I have paid so much attention to the Elizabeth Warren issue is because to me, this is a character issue. There is more than enough evidence that Ms. Warren received preferential treatment as a minority that she was not entitled to legally or morally. I certainly do not expect Harvard University or the University of Pennsylvania to come out and admit they hired Warren based on her so-called heritage although it does seem to be the case.

That said, Ms. Warren's claims of being Cherokee are a major insult to not only Cherokees, but all Native Americans. She has based her claim on stories her family told her. From all the revelations she's come out with about her family (which I will not go into detail here at this time) that is not the best point of reference for Ms. Warren to rightfully stake her claim as a Native American.

Given that Ms. Warren, a native Oklahoman, has had plenty of time in her lifetime to reach out to Cherokees in her home state and has failed, speaks volumes.

Native Americans are fiercely protective of their heritage and rightfully so. Their intent is to keep their nation alive and to prosper for present and future generations. That is not too much to ask given the history of how their ancestors were treated by our government not too long ago.


We would all like to think that we as a nation have come a long way to include those of all races, creeds and religions. That said, recognition to the plight and treatment of Native Americans has been sorely lacking.

This is not just about prejudice or racial stereotyping, it's about RECOGNITION.


It is time for Americans to educate themselves about Native Americans and understand why this is a major issue.