Monday, August 30, 2010

That was Cool

I just had to share this, I only wish I had my camera with me. I was outside just a few minutes ago picking a few tomato when all of a sudden these two humming birds turned up. They seem to like the blossoms on the tomato plants. I just stood there complete still and watched as they went from flower to flower. It was pretty damn cool, they are such elegent and agile creatures in the way they fly and look. I'm sure I could go and stand there everyday with my camera and I would never see them again. It was just one of kind type of experiences. Mother Nature is awesome. I guess I better get ready for work. I can tell today will be a good day. :)

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Just checking in

It's the start of new week nothing really to report here but I had some time so I figured I'd check in. First off today is my Mom's Birthday I want to wish her a Happy Birthday, I already spoke to her this AM.

In the MLB the races to the pennant are starting to heat up. There are a few races that are really close this year especially in the NL. The wild card there is still in play and right now is owned by Philly, but Giants and Cardinals are only 2 games out. The AL's wild card is owned by the TB Rays right now, but this last time last week it was the Yankees'(they only have a 1 game lead in the AL East). So we'll have to keep watching there have been some really good games over the last couple of weeks. The pitchers have been awesome and a pleasure to watch along with some fine young prospects.

Yesterday was the last game for the Cubs Manager Lou Pinniella and I wish him the best. He's had a pretty good career and was a pretty stand up guy. But, being the manager of the Cubs would probably wear on anyone, especially this year. If you haven't noticed they SUCK!, but are far from being the worst team in the league, the Pittsburgh Pirates own that dishonor. I guess yesterdays loss to the Atlanta Braves was just the straw that broke the camels back, the Braves won 16-5.

This has to be the quote of the year "I'm retiring. ... Until I don't show up next year, nobody's going to believe me. Brett Favre's f-ed it up for everybody," It was from Braves Closer Billy Wagner.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Nigerians' Are Back

I thought they didn't love me any more and then low and behold they sent me a lovely email today. I better get back to Alfred pretty damn soon I'd hate to miss out on my payment $10.5M dollars. In-case you hadn't figured it out I'm being sarcastic and no I will not be sending them one digit of personal information. I hope that if you received an email like this too that you don't reply to them. That is unless you want your life ruined, but hey it's a free country and I tried to warn you. I'm just glad that my long lost relative twice removed is still okay.

FOREIGN PAYMENT INVESTIGATING UNIT.
...
From:
MRS. ALFRED MARY
...
Add to Contacts
To: rob02190@yahoo.com
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
TINUBU SQUARE LAGOS

From the Desk Of:
Mrs. Alfred Mary,
LEGAL ADVISER (CBN)

ATTENTION:

PAYMENT INVESTIGATING UNIT.

From the records of outstanding payment with the Federal Government of
Nigeria, your name was discovered as next on the list of The outstanding
beneficiaries who have not received their payments.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be
released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from
my record in my file your outstanding payment is US$10.5, (Ten Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) Please re-confirm to me
if this is Online with what you have in your record and also re-confirm
to me the followings.

1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) company\'s name,position and address.
4) profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int\'l passport or any scanned identity to prove yourself.

As soon as this information\'s are received, your payment will be made to
you in a certified bank draft from central bank of Nigeria and a copy will
be given to you for you to take to your bank and confirm it,

YOU ARE ADVISE TO CONTACT Mrs. Alfred Mary TELEX DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL
BANK OF NIGERIA SHE IS IN CHARGE OF THE BENEFICIARIES FUNDS: Tel: 234
809-185-9988.

THIS WILL ENABLE THIS OFFICE TO EFFECT YOUR PAYMENT.

YOURS SINCERELY,
Mrs. Alfred Mary,
LEGAL ADVISER TO CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)



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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Keith Olbermann Special Comment: There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque' - 08/1...

This is all I'm going to say about the Mosque that has been proposed in New York. I really feel what Mr. Olbermann has to say hits the nail right on the head. Now I'm not religious, but I feel that each of us has right to be as spiritual as they want. What is more detrimental to society is fundamentalism in all religions; Christian, Jewish, Muslim, so an so forth. It is these fundamentalist I fear most. It's those that feel that "I" should worship their god. Hasn't history taught us enough lessons? Are we that pathetic of a society that we can't learn to Coexist with each other? I know I look at a bright and shiny version of the world but I can hope. Religions give us faith and some hope for a better world. Wasn't Jesus himself persecuted because he worshiped a differently from the Romans and Israelites? I know the US Constitution says we all have the freedom to worship with out the government interference. My biggest fear is if this Mosque is built that more innocent people will be hurt because of religion. Maybe at Ground Zero is such "Hallowed Ground" than nothing should be built there but an interfaith memorial to the victims.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Boycott

I'm really getting tired of this not to mention the fact I'm running out of retailers, companies, States, and Countries to do business with. I'm talking about the recent call to boycott Target because of their bad decision to give money to anti-gay political candidate in Minnesota.
The Real Lesson In Target's Campaign Cash Trouble
NPR
by Peter Overby


During this election season, there's likely to be a lot more corporate cash in politics, following a Supreme Court ruling last winter that lifted restraints on companies and labor unions.
Already, a case involving Target Corp. and the gay-rights movement has provided one picture of how American politics works in the wake of the Citizens United decision.

Target gave $150,000 to an independent group, which spent some of it on an ad supporting Republican Tom Emmer's bid to be Minnesota's next governor. Target regarded Emmer as pro-business. But as a state legislator, he also built a solid record opposing gay equality.

And it's expected that Minnesota's next governor will have the chance to sign or veto marriage legislation, notes Fred Sainz with the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129236311



So protesters beat a path to Target stores.
Now according to a recent US Supreme Court decision on Corporate freedom of speech this is perfectly with in their right. But they also must be willing to pay the price, campaign donations are public record and if a political or business adversary could use this to their benefit. Now I'm not saying that Kmart or Walmart did this but I wouldn't be surprised.

Now back to the boycott where am I going to shop? Seriously to some point these do get out of hand and do they really work? This year alone we're encouraged to boycott anything in or from the State of Arizona, The Mormon state of Utah, BP, Best Buy, and Target. I'm sure there are one of two companies that I must be missing. A few years ago, I can remember the Crazy Baptist's boycott of Disney and did that really work? No, they ultimately end up dropping it.

Personally I've had these boycotts going on for years Walmart (Market practices and worker treatment) Exxon (Consumer bludgeoning) and Coors products (Anti-Gay Political Contributions) and neither of those companies have gone under. Yeah the Coors family did separate from their company because of similar donations as Target. I try to think before I shop and see if certain companies share the same community standards as myself. Which may change where I go, this could cause me to go out of my way or spend more than I like for an item.

Now what if you worked for such a company as Target? It's not like you could afford to quit your job in this economy, well maybe you could and all the more to you. But if you can't how do you protest? Are you going to call in and say your not going to work until they change their policy. They would probably just can your ass and find someone more willing to take your place.

Well anyway, I've been gabbering on for sometime now and I hope you get my meaning. As a company Target is well in their right to contribute political to whom they want. Do I support it, HELL NO! Will I be boycotting them if I have a choice I'll look elsewhere. I guess we'll have to wait and see if this actually works. I guess the bad publicity and shame may go further. I mean hell I'm running out of place to shop.



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Monday, August 16, 2010

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hits Lesbians Hardest

Things will be a lot better once this stupid policy has been thrown to the wayside. The President really needs to press congress to eliminate this faulted policy. They just continue to dick the dog and conducting bullshit studies while more valuable personnel are lost. Each time someone is discharged a replacement must be trained, and in the mean time that military unit is left undermanned. Why is that the congress and the military brass can't just ask one of our NATO allies how they handled it. It would probably save a whole lot of damn money to boot.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hits Lesbians Hardest

Andrea Stone

Andrea Stone Senior Washington Correspondent
AOL News
WASHINGTON (Aug. 16) -- The military is throwing out women disproportionately under its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, even as the number of service members discharged for being gay reached a new low last year.

According to Pentagon statistics released by the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 428 service members were discharged in 2009 under the policy that President Barack Obama has vowed to end. That's the lowest number since the policy began in 1994 and continues a steady decline that began after the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile, the Army lost one of its top West Point cadets this past week when Katherine Miller, a lesbian, resigned because of the policy.

embers of the U.S. 56th RQS (rescue squadron) arrive for a training flight with a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter on January 15.
Pierre Andrieu, AFP / Getty Images
Members of the U.S. 56th RQS (rescue squadron) arrive for a training flight with a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter last January in La Teste-de-Buch, southwestern France.
More than 13,500 gays and lesbians have been discharged since the policy began. In 2001, the peak year for discharges, 1,273 were removed from the military for being gay.

As in past years, the policy affected women in greater numbers than men:

Army: Lesbians accounted for 48 percent of 195 discharges under the don't-ask, don't-tell policy, even though women make up only 14 percent of the force. That's up from 2008, when women represented 36 percent of Army discharges under the policy.

Air Force: More than half, 51 percent, of those discharged were women, who make up 20 percent of the service.

Marines: Nearly one in four, or 23 percent, of discharges under the policy were women, who make up just 6 percent of the Marines. That's up from 18 percent the year before.

Navy: The sea service discharged 22 women, or 27 percent of the total ousted for being gay. Women comprise 14 percent of naval personnel.

The data also showed that in the midst of two wars, the military continued to discharge highly trained service members in mission-critical areas. Among those ousted for being gay: seven combat engineers, eight linguists, 20 infantrymen and 16 medical aides.

"These data show, yet again, that 'don't ask, don't tell' undermines national security," said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a gay-rights advocacy group that focuses on military issues. "Why are we firing linguists and infantrymen in the middle of two wars?"

The statistics were released a day after the deadline for service members to return surveys on the Pentagon policy. Despite sending out 400,000 questionnaires, just over one in four were returned. The results will be considered by a Pentagon working group that will report its recommendations on how to lift the policy no later than Dec. 1.

The numbers don't include Miller, a sophomore from Findlay, Ohio, who was ninth-ranked in her class of more than 1,100. She said the law against gays serving openly in the military led her to resign.

"I intend for my resignation to offer a concrete example of the consequences of a failed law and social policy," she wrote, according to The Associated Press.

Miller has a grade point average of 3.829 out of 4.0 after two years, ABC News pointed out. She attended the U.S. Army Airborne School and has written for a Washington Post blog.

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/dont-ask-dont-tell-discharges-hit-lesbians-hardest/19595073

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