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Father’s Day was wonderful. I was able to spend the day with the family which means a lot to me. We went to church and then lunch together. Lunch included my family, my Sister’s family and our parents. Somehow the Old Man still managed to pay which was not what we wanted but it made him happy. We were then able to have a wonderfully lazy day including a short nap and a good amount of time playing with my daughter. There is nothing like the giggles that a child gets when you are chasing them to tickle them.

I was lucky that I got to spend the day with family. We have Countrymen who don’t have that ability. I want to thank them for the service that they give. I think many people forget what they do on a daily basis. I hope that I am able to remember in the future.

They say that Stress is a big problem in the United States. In the past 2 weeks I have been in a very stressful situation at work. We have very expensive printers which accounting wise are written off in 2 years. If you are lucky they can last 10 years. We just finished paying off one of the printers about 3 months ago taking 5 years to do it. You would think that we would be happy but little more than 45 days after the warranty coverage is over we have major repairs. The stress is trying to decide what to do. These printers really aren’t disposable but the part that is broken is the most important. Now we are comparing the quality of the new printers on the market, price, repair price and availability. Just a few days and we will be free of this stress then on to the new one.

I read yesterday that President Obama has put his name in the hat for president in 2012. USA Today was very kind in their writing saying that President Obama has a great chance to win. Looking at the history of presidential elections only 1 president has won re-election when the Jobless rate is above 6.6%. Even if you take into consideration that it is his own people releasing the numbers President Obama has been leading a country with an jobless rate of at least 8.8%. I have posted before about how I am not 100% of this number when I know in Kentucky we are still hovering at over 10% and very few locations are lower.

It will be difficult for anyone to run against President Obama. Why? Well, he does have money and can spend it. Well, he does have money but really he has the support of well financed people. He is already asking his top fund raisers (over 250 of them) to try to collect 250,000 each. If they are successful they will have gathered a lot of funds for advertising.

I just hope that the population sees what “Great” changes we have seen in the past 2 years and are ready for more.

I spent the evening reading last night reading an letter to the Henry County Local newspaper. The letter was from Rick Rand, our representative. What annoyed me most was that he wanted to make the entire session this year about Democrats vs Republicans. Even the extra time (and pay) was truly about that but not helping us. The letter just said again that the Republicans tried to balance a budget via cutting Teachers and not funding any social service groups without any numbers or proof. Quit playing games and do the work. If it was truly the republican’s fault, why isn’t Rick offering to return his pay?

Just a little rant from the Worker Bee.

So I was watching the news tonight and heard that the Democrats are back in the house in Indiana. My wife and I are pretty upset by this. The short of what we see is that they RAN AWAY instead of doing their jobs. I only wonder what would be said of Republicans or Tea Party members if they ran after loosing the majority control. They weren’t working within the system, they were keeping the system from working, blackmailing as another word, it to make it do what they wanted.

I was happy to see that they were being fined. I know that they were still paid, so the fine ended up being less than they were paid. Meaning as they ran they made money. Is that right? I think they should forfeit their pay and pay a fine. But that’s me.

Eminence is looking at Wi-Fi options… Is this really how we want our tax dollars spent? I know that everyone these days wants access to information and high speed internet access gives that but is it really right for our tax dollars to support this? Do they plan to charge to make up for it which many will not pay for? A laptop owner who really needs this service would be willing to get that through their cell phone companies, AT&T and Verizon offer this as a service.

Reading the article about how Eminence is looking into this in the Henry County Local really made me think. The quote was that the units are $150.00 per access point. That is only the hardware cost. What is the monthly charge for High Speed. Not only are you looking at $150 per access point but what about the $30.00 per month per access point to offer the access, if it truly is only $30.00. What if it is $200.00 per month. That is money that will be attached to the budget annually. Does this truly offer such a benefit as to offset the cost? I doubt it.

They say math is the universal numbers because they can’t lie. Is that really true. I would say that some of that is truth and more is truly a lie, but it really depends on how the numbers are presented. Why am I off on this diatribe? Mainly because I am sick of how I see the numbers being used to say things are better when they haven’t changed. In the Henry County Local on February 16th appeared an article about how Unemployment in Henry County has dropped below 10%. I truly hope it has but the report fails to mention how these numbers are gathered and how they could truly be presented so that we see this as good news. I personally do not see this as great news.

When the Government reports the unemployment rate they are asking certain questions to a select few which could make this number appear to be good when in fact it is heart stopping. The first example is age related. They don’t ask anyone over the age of 65 if they are looking for work. Most people hope to be retired and have everything put away and ready to be out of the work force by this point. Many are not ready and still work. Some are happy working at a local restaurant just to have a place more than the income. They are not counted in this unemployment rate. But more importantly are the group of people who have quit trying to find work. Fully able workers, many of which had jobs who have just stopped trying as they think they can’t find a job that suites their skill level. Let me use numbers. If 10,000 are in this survey and 9,000 have jobs then the unemployment rate is 10% or 1,000 people. Now if 5% of the people stop looking then the numbers become 9,950 are interviewed and 9,000 are employed. Now only 9.95% are unemployed. Great news, we are under 10 % but in reality the economy has 50 people who have given up trying. Not good news. Give us to reasonable fact government. Please…

I got this email this morning and had to post it here. — PS: I checked Snopes.com and this is real…

DON’T DELETE THIS WITHOUT READING, PLEASE. IT WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU READ TODAY!

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?
Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge’s comments on TV or Radio?
Didn’t think so.!!!

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his ‘allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,’ defiantly stating, ‘I think I will not apologize for my actions,’ and told the court ‘I am at war with your country.’
Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

Judge Young: ‘Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.
On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively. (That’s 80 years.)

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that’s an aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government’s recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.

Now, let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not—– you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You’re no warrior. I’ve known warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said: ‘You’re no big deal. ‘

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing? And, I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom’s sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done. The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That’s the flag of the United States of America . That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.

So, how much of this Judge’s comments did we hear on our TV sets? We need more judges like Judge Young. Pass this around Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.

A DC ‘airport ticket agent’ offers some examples of ‘WHY’ our country is in trouble!

1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)

2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman’s (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Cape Town. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ”I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Cape Town is in Massachusetts ..”

Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ”Cape Cod is in Massachusetts , Cape Town is in South Africa .”
His response — click..

3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando . He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that’s not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.

He replied, ‘Don’t lie to me!, I looked on the map, and Florida is a very THIN state!!” (OMG)

4. I got a call from a lawmaker’s wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ”Is it possible to see England from Canada ?”

I said, ”No.”

She said, ”But they look so close on the map” (OMG, again!)

5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas .. I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas … When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ”I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.” (Aghhhh)

6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.

I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois , but she couldn’t understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.

7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ”Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?” I said, ‘No, why do you ask?’

He replied, ”Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I’m overweight. I think that’s very rude!”

After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno , Ca. is (FAT – Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage..

8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii . After going over all the cost info, she asked, ”Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?”

9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright from Ala who asked, ”How do I know which plane to get on?”

I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ”I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.”

10 Senator Dianne Feinstein called and said, ”I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola , Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?”

I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola and fly on a commuter plane.

She said, ”Yeah, whatever, smarty!”

11 Mary Landrieu, La. Senator, called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China . After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. “Oh, no I don’t. I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.”

I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ”Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!”

12 A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ”I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .”

I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ”Are you sure that’s the name of the town?”

‘Yes, what flights do you have?” replied the man.

After some searching, I came back with, ”I’m sorry, sir, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a rhino anywhere.”

”The man retorted, ”Oh, don’t be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!”

So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ”You don’t mean Buffalo , do you?”

The reply? ”Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.”

Now you know why the Government is in the shape it’s in!

Could ANYONE be this DUMB?

YES, THEY WALK AMONG US, ARE IN POLITICS, AND THEY CONTINUE TO BREED.

I don’t write it, I just offer it for your consideration. Like manure, you just gotta spread it around.

Puns for Educated Minds 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian . 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. 5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery. 6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering. 7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. 8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. 9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. 11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’ 13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. 14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said, ‘Keep off the Grass.’ 15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. 16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. 17. A backward poet writes inverse. 18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes. 19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. 20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine . 21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’ 22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says ‘Dam!’ 23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too. 24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’ 25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication. 26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.