Apr/03
2011
Jazlyn Freel's teacher taped her mouth shut because she lacked the ability to keep it closed herself in class. Jazlyn told her Mommy, Leah Freel, what the big bad teacher did to her and they went running to the administration. The Freels want an apology from the teacher. "It wasn't a really good experience, and I hope that it doesn't happen to anyone else," Jazlyn said. (Video) Mommy says they aren't staying quiet - I think there in lies the problem. Like mother like daughter. Boo, hoo, hoo. I think both the Freels need to STFU. Jazlyn is 13 and she is not a "child" as her mother puts it. She is old enough to know right from wrong and be learning how to control herself. Unfortunately Mommy is too busy worrying that her darling is being "abused" by a simple piece of removable tape to teach her daughter that the world is not going to tolerate all of her behavior unconditionally. Of course Mommy may need to learn that lesson first. Jazlyn has a few years to learn that she will need to conform to certain rules of society. Endlessly talking when you should shut up is one of those. Most bosses will put up with that for only so long. Difference is a boss will tell Jazlyn to pack up her desk and get out if she does it too much. I'm sure Mommy will tell Jazlyn that the big bad boss should hire her back and apologize. Honestly, I think Jazlyn is in for a lot of experiences that are not really good because the real world is a lot tougher than a teacher with a roll of tape.
Mar/31
2011
No, you are just the scumbag CEO of GoDaddy. You obviously ENJOYED shooting an elephant, proudly smiling near your kill. The poor SoB didn't see it coming. For those that can stomach it Are there problem elephants? I'm sure there are. Do they cause a hardship for the farmers? I'm sure they do. I don't have a problem if those farmers kill a rogue bull elephant in an area where there are ample numbers. Especially when the village doesn't leave that elephant to rot and they get a good meal out of it. However, let's be honest, Mr. Parsons was not merely lending a helping hand to his poor African brethren. The grin on his face was not from satisfaction of helping save a man's field and feeding a village. I know a smug, can't wait to show the boys back home, grin when I see it. And there is my problem with Mr. Parsons (and people like him). Mr. Parsons is nothing but an obscenely rich scumbag. He has money to burn and an urge to show what a big man he is. People in that category have to show their manhood in large flamboyant ways such as shotting a very large animal. Yes, Mr. Parsons is the last of the great white hunters. Perhaps if the next elephant gave him an enema with one of its tusks then it would at least be a tie. However, it is doubtful Mr. Parsons would ever put himself in that much danger.
Mar/31
2011
Most people these days just talk on their cell phone any time, any place, any where. They have no problem belting out all sorts of personal issues in a crowded place like a restaurant or air port. I've heard all sorts of personal issues drift by, marriage, dating, funerals, divorce, friendships on the rocks. You name it, I've heard someone chatting about it, out loud, like a performance artist on display. Which is O.K. in my mind because if you're gonna put it out there for public consumption then, clearly, you're also O.K. with what people think about you too. Unless of course you're the guy I encountered today. He was outside the building with his cell phone. Now usually something like that screams "I'm interviewing somewhere else and I can't let anyone else in the office hear me." Alternatively a person might be outside to have a butt and decide to place a call to pass the time while they smoke, but this guy didn't have a cig in his hand. Nope, instead he had his cell flipped open and about four inches away from this face, talking into it at full volume. Basically just short of yelling. And he had it on speaker phone so from fifteen feet away I could easily hear the replies to his caterwaul. He turned and glared when he finally noticed my approach. Barked a quick good bye and flipped the phone shut with a snap. Then bolted back into the building. He was no where in sight when I opened the door. I don't get it. I've seen other guys do it in the car, pretend their phone was a walkie talkie, holding it in front of their face instead of to their ear. I just figure it some sort of fetish. But Loud Talker was clearly annoyed that someone might: a. use the entrance to the building he was standing in front of and b. overhear his larger than life interaction with a 4" phone. Truthfully, had he stood his ground, I might have been hard-pressed not to slap it out of his hand as I walked by. I guess I owe him that, since he had the common sense to glare-and-run. Morons abound in this world. If you want privacy for your call, then go to your car, your house or some other enclosure (handicapped bathroom maybe?) if you need your alone time. Maybe you own this world, but the rest of us have to live in it too.
Mar/30
2011
Bitchin' Bike Exhaust? 92 db. Happy Kitty? 73 db. But ask me which I'd pre-furr....
LONDON (AP) — No need to bell this cat: A gray-and-white tabby by the name of Smokey has cat-apulted to fame with purring so loud it has been recorded at a potentially record-setting 73 decibels. The British community college that measured the sound said it peaked at 16 times louder than that of the average cat. By some estimates, that is about as noisy as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner. The 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline first came to national attention last month when her owner, Ruth Adams, decided to run a local competition for the most powerful purr.
For better or worse Smokey is happy almost *all* of the time. Her owners say that she even purrs while eating. Noise cancelling headphones? Eh. Who needs em so long as kitty is happy. That's what I'd call a purr-fect solution to noise pollution.
Mar/30
2011
Virginia Tech fucked up in their handling of the 2007 shootings that left 32 people dead. Even though the administrators knew that a student had shot and killed people in a dorm they decided not to issue a warning until too late, and even then it was completely ambiguous. As a result the school was taken to court over it's lack of reasonable action, found guilty and fined a pittance: 55k - less than the 4 year tuition of 1 in-state student. But they're going to fight it. Because they won't admit, no matter how many people died, that they did anything wrong.
Virginia Tech argues that, relying on campus police, it first thought the shootings were domestic and that a suspect had been identified so there was no threat to campus. The university argued that the Department of Education didn't define "timely" until 2009, when it added regulations because of the Virginia Tech shootings. University spokesman Larry Hincker outlined six other serious cases at other college campuses before and after the Virginia Tech shootings in which notifications were not given for hours, or in some instances the next day, and the schools were not punished.(AP)
I'm sorry but the "well the other people didn't provide timely notifications" isn't a valid justification for *your* fuckups. The court case is about Virginia Tech, not a comparison of who sucks most, because you win that category outright. VT, you were taken to court, you lost. Learn your lesson and move on.
"This is in black and white," said Suzanne Grimes, whose son Kevin Sterne was injured in the shootings. "They're going to spend more money appealing it than just paying the fine, because they do not want to admit they did anything wrong."
And that is exactly what got them into trouble in the first place, isn't it?
Mar/30
2011

Gasp, Gasp, Wheeze

Our building is a non-smoking facility, like most places of work these days. But you wouldn't know it from walking into the lobby. It was as if a cloud nicotine stench hovered in the air. I almost choked on the way in. The odd thing was that there was no one else in the entrance, other than the security guard that is, and I know for a fact that they don't smoke. I passed through the door into the main building and the stank followed me. Or I was following it. Ugh. How rank. A quick dive into the stairwell didn't improve matters. It was equally nasty in there, so I bolted up the stairs two at a time. It's only two flights up to my floor after all. And I almost made it too, that is until I ran up against a woman huffing, gasping and wheezing her way up one... painful... step... at... a... time. It was like taking a drag on a dredged-up butt off the ground being behind her. Now I knew the origin of the miasma. She didn't get off at my floor, thank the gods. I wondered if she seriously was going to make it up the next flight without being airlifted in an iron lung. It's pitifully sad, but she's obviously too far gone to care. Why do that to yourself? Honestly if I was that pathetic I'd either check myself into a hospital or throw myself down the stairs headfirst. Either action would reduce my suffering and be a better choice than being unable to breathe or lift a foot without gasping. Someone needs to tell her that smoking isn't addictive, and that it doesn't lead to long term health problems. After all isn't that what they tell us?
Mar/29
2011
You gotta read it to believe it. Me? I had to read it several times before I could believe that someone could really be this much of a moron.
Rick Santorum the former Pennsylvania senator who is eying a bid for the Republican nomination for president, blamed part of the insolvency problems related to social security on abortion. He says the system would be stronger if not for the 53 million abortions that have robbed the nation of potential workers who would be contributing to the program. Santorum’s comments came during an appearance at an event in New Hampshire, the site of one of the first primary election battles. “The social security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period.” [..] Santorum cited the “abortion culture” and said “we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion.”
Wow. That's a new one eh? America is in a hole because of abortion! We need more crack-babies, more unwanted births, more offspring to young, poor, and uneducated mothers who are the main abortion demographic. Yeah, why didn't I see it before? The more low I.Q. workers we have the sooner we can push illegal aliens off the fields and out of the factories. Sure they won't be able to read, write or maintain a steady job. Sure they'll be more interested in drinking, drugs and abusing each other. And maybe we'll have to expand our prison system but hey, we'll have all the elder-care workers we need to tend to the dying herds of Baby Boomers. Yeah I'm sure all those disadvantaged kids, like the ones born to welfare moms today, would be eager, honest, law abiding citizens happy to pay into dwindling government pot, ready to take it on the chin for their elders. Damn Rick, but you're a flaming, fucking retard. Please run for President?
Mar/29
2011
Or go fuck yourself. Whichever comes first. I know you want to "start a trend" by being the first major online news company to charge a subscription fee but face it, while CNN, Fox and all the other news services are out there, while RSS feeds exist for Google, Yahoo and Bing, I don't fucking need to pay for access to the New York Times. Really. You're not all that. And your twenty-articles a month cap? Ha! Don't make me laugh. You want to push people to take their reading elsewhere? Fine by me. You've gotten my hits for over fifteen years. Maybe it's time I tried someone else for a while. So thanks for the incentive to take my clicks somewhere else. You're not getting my money. And if you really believe all those Fox-News-Fakes who claimed to members of your readership encouraging you to pay-per-view? Sucka!
Mar/29
2011
More stupid. Obviously.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union negotiators on Tuesday abandoned widely popular new legislation that would have banned cloning animals to produce food, after all-night talks bogged down in disagreement. Last-ditch negotiations ended at 7 a.m. after representatives of the European Parliament and the EU governments could not find a compromise on how to treat the offspring of cloned animals — despite overwhelming agreement on banning food from the actual clone.
I'm not sure what people are really all that worried about. No one cares if you eat twin cows, twin pigs or twin sheep so wtf is wrong with eating clones? Further how the hell can you even *tell* if an animal is a clone? They don't emerge instantly, looking just like their parent. They're born so other than a genetic test who the hell is gonna know? And yeah, once they start reproducing themselves (naturally of course, since everyone is so squeamish) then what? You can eat their offspring but not the parents? Get over it people. It's not worth wasting your little brains on. Clearly it's more than you can manage. If it's meat, and it's not green or rotty then just fucking eat it. Sheesh.
Mar/29
2011
Many southern US farmers are going to grow cotton this year. It's a bit better than growing McMansions, but it still will not help feed those that are struggling to buy food due to problems growing food crops in other countries. I'm glad the land is being used for farming. I'm glad that farmers might actually do well this year. I'm sad that a commodity like cotton produces more revenue per acre than a food crop, such as wheat. What does it say about our priorities?
Mar/28
2011

SUV Homes

They're still building 'em. You know what I mean, the stupid McMansions that are oversized monstrosities, wedged into ordinary neighborhoods like the cuckoo's chick trying to squeeze out the resident baby birds. I'm pretty astonished that developers are still pushing these icons of greed and waste, as if nothing has changed in the housing market in the past few years. Who in their right mind is going to fork over a million dollars when the houses next door can't sell for half that? Well the same developer right? By buying out more and more of the classic ranch, colonial, split and bungalow's they can shoe-horn in yet another glossy behemoth into the neighborhood. That way the last person isn't stuck with the most expensive house on the block, the next guy is. The developers today need a good bitch slapping for the greedy fucking bitches they are. Sure the modern materials are more durable, and provide better insulation, but the cathedral ceilings over the "great rooms" (note, please don't call them 'dens' any more) cost "great money" to heat. They're wasteful in terms of space and represent nothing but over-the-top consumption at their finest. Hell, in my day I knew plenty of families that managed to live perfectly comfortable lives in the classic three bedroom, two bathroom, two-car garage homes of the 60's and 70's. No one felt the need to hear their voice echo off the uncleanable, unreachable attic-level windows. I don't get it. There's a housing crisis, but from seeing the new homes getting put up (then put on the market typically less than a year later) no one appears to be going after the developers who are flooding the market with overpriced houses. Clearly these guys haven't suffered, in fact they want to believe that nothing has changed. I can't believe that there are still suckers out there willing to buy these SUV homes, but even if there are they can't last forever. And like the vehicles themselves someday soon the market will burn itself out. That day can't arrive too quickly.
Mar/28
2011
Remember this bumper sticker? It's still popular enough that you can buy it in a number of places. I find it unusual in the anti-bully era that we live in today that this kind of thing still sells. It's not a problem per-se, since any parent dropping their kid off with that kind of sticker (and not sporting a gun rack) will probably become the target for snide remarks from other parents and on the receiving end of "additional time with the counselor." Hell, why not just stick a dunce-cap on yourself and your kid while you're at it? It's probably an accurate description of your family's mental acuity anyway.
Mar/28
2011
TOKYO (AP) — Workers have discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex that officials believe are behind soaring levels of radiation spreading to soil and seawater.
Godzilla, if my recollection serves me, was prehistoric but he got his radiation-breath and extraordinary size from nuclear exposure. With global warming and the polar ice melting, the addition of a radioactive cocktail from the damaged reactors fits the story line in an uncomfortably close fashion. Frankly, given the state of things, I think most of us would welcome his appearance.
Mar/27
2011
Whoopi Goldberg doesn't like a law that would restrict her right to buy a puppy from a pet store. She stated this opinion on the March 18th episode of the View. She hinted that a buyer knows what they are getting when they buy a pure breed dog. This shows just how woefully ignorant Whoopi is on the subject. I won't even get into the almost endless supply good companions someone can get from a shelter. First, buying a puppy in a pet store is a pig in a poke. You may know what breed it is and you may have researched that breed and think it's right for you, but the majority of puppies in that corner pet store are from puppy mills. The puppies from these mills have likely been breed in filthy conditions from parents that may or may not have health issues. These are not the shining examples of their respective breeds that you see in the Westminster Dog Show. You may know the breed, but you don't know the conditions it was bred under. You are perpetuating a disgusting occupation nearly as bad as dog fighting when you buy a dog from a puppy mill. Second, eliminating the ability of pet stores to sell puppies in no way diminishes a person's ability to buy a pure breed dog. You are always free to find a reputable breeder to get the pure breed of your choice. You should commit to being that dog's caretaker for life so taking the time to find a good breeder and visit that breeder and see it's parents should not be a huge burden. Saying that your right to purchase that doggie in the window is like saying I want to be able to make an impulse buy when walking through the mall. The only difference is that a dog is not a necklace or a pair of shoes. It needs care and feeding and it feels pain not unlike you do. Whoopi, you are free to state your opinion whatever that might be. However, it might be nice if you did a bit of research first. Unless of course you think that being locked in a small cage and forced to give birth to as many babies as you body will allow is fine. If that is the case, then in my opinion you are morally corrupt.
Mar/26
2011
Perhaps a union that looks more like the type of union formed a 100 yrs ago? Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that killed 146 people. Most of those were young immigrant women. They were "disposable" to the companies for which they worked - a commodity to chain in to make sure they got their money's worth. Even before the fire, many knew the dangers the that the working conditions posed and they were trying to correct those problems before tragedy struck. However those who led strikes were beaten by the police and thugs hired by the companies. It took a tragedy such as the Triangle fire to finally get the ear of those that could effect change. What does that have to do with unions today? Many unions today have become as corrupt as the parties with whom they bargain. The union bosses are more concerned about what they can put in their own pockets rather than the best interest of the employee they supposedly represent. Many union bosses, not unlike the CEOs of companies, have rarely worked along side the people they "lead". They have never experienced the business at the ground level. Workers need to take back their unions. Granted, we don't have anything as dramatic as dead bodies to point at, but workers laid off as their job goes overseas kills a person's spirit. Furthermore, unsafe work conditions are alive and well. I have seen it. OSHA exists, but its ranks are spread thin. If one digs below the surface, one may find that many industrial accidents that are attributed to "worker error" may have been the due to fatigue or insufficient people assigned to do a job safely. Many times the people blamed for the "worker error" are not around to give their side of the story anymore. Some may think unions have become a burden to business growth. They may be right to some extent, but workers still need representation. The battle now is to keep jobs here on US shores. It is time for workers to take back their unions and it won't be easy because this time the goons beating them down might be hired by the union bosses who are supposedly representing them.
Mar/25
2011
You have to hand it to Elizabeth Taylor, her sense of humor, sense of dramatics and flair were so replete that they flowed over from life to death. Yes, it was oft said that she was the type of person who would be late for her own funeral. And thus she made it so...
The service was scheduled to begin at 2 pm but at Miss Taylor's request started late. Miss Taylor had left instructions that it was to begin at least 15 minutes later than publicly scheduled, with the announcement, "She even wanted to be late for her own funeral." (USA Today)
You can't beat that and no one will ever be able to repeat that final act. Even if they die trying.