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Thursday, September 25, 2008
  Is PETA over the top or what?
I just found a crazy news story this morning and since I live one town away from the headquarters of one of the craziest groups ever, I thought it was only fair that I share this with you.

PETA wants Ben & Jerry, the founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to start using human breast milk in their ice cream instead of cows milk!

Now, I may be just a little bitter about this topic, as I didn't find out until very late in life that I wasn't a breast fed baby. I always assumed I was because my little brother was and he's eight years younger than I am. I also always assumed I was because I grew up pretty healthy.

I had the usual childhood diseases. I remember getting the chicken pox and the mumps when I was a kid, but other than that, one of my claims to fame as a child was perfect attendance in school for a lot of the years I went to school.

I will say, that by the time I finished up in a public HS, my attendance had dropped significantly, but that had nothing to do with illness. It was more about just not going to school!

But, if you're interested, you can read the story here. I'm now convinced that PETA is a group that can safely be put into the category of crazier than a shit house rat!!!

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Friday, September 19, 2008
  Something you have to see!
My youngest daughter turned me on to this video yesterday. It's a very cool story of a lion cub rescued from a pet store and eventually reintroduced into the wilds of Africa.

It might even touch your heart!

I'm not a big cat person...I prefer dogs to cats....but I sure could go for a pet like this one!

Watch this video and meet Christian the lion...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008
  Got this in an email....
It's at least a little humorous...

BEAUTY PARLOR:
A place where women curl up and dye.

CANNIBAL:
Someone who is fed up with people.

CHICKENS:
The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

COMMITTEE:
A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

DUST:
Mud with the juice squeezed out.

EGOTIST:
Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

GOSSIP:
Never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.

KLEENEX:
Cold Storage.

INFLATION:
Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

MOSQUITO:
An insect that makes you like flies better.

RAISIN:
Grape with a sunburn.

SECRET:
Something you tell to one person at a time.

SKELETON:
A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

TOOTHACHE:
The pain that drives you to extraction.

TOMORROW:
One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

YAWN:
An honest opinion openly expressed.

WRINKLES:
Something other people have. You have character lines.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
  Earth, Wind and Fire!
I just recently heard this term in reference to the three headed monster that is the Superbowl Champion New York Football Giants running attack.

Big Brandon Jacobs, who runs over defenders is Earth. Derrick Ward, a little smaller than Jacobs, but just as hard a runner is the Wind. And on Sunday, Giant fans got their first taste of Fire this season when Ahmad Bradshaw came in in the fourth quarter and burned up the Rams defense. Between the three of them, they rushed for over 200 yards!

Now all we need is a nickname for the awesome defense!

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Friday, September 12, 2008
  Some powerful words from the next president.
Republican John McCain, in Shanksville, Pa. September 11, 2008:

No American living then should ever forget the heroism that occurred in the skies above this field on Sept. 11, 2001. It is believed that the terrorists on United Flight 93 may have intended to crash the airplane into the United States Capitol. Hundreds if not thousands of people would have been at work in that building when that fateful moment occurred, and been destroyed along with a beautiful symbol of our freedom. They and, very possibly I, owe our lives to the passengers who summoned the courage and love necessary to deny our depraved and hateful enemies their terrible triumph.

I have witnessed great courage and sacrifice for America’s sake, but none greater than the sacrifice of those good people who grasped the gravity of the moment, understood the threat, and decided to fight back at the cost of their lives.

I spoke at the memorial service for one of them, Mark Bingham. I acknowledged that few of us could say we loved our country as well as he and all the heroes of Sept. 11 had. The only means we possess to thank them is to try to be as good an American as they were. We might fall well short of their standard, but there is honor in the effort.

In the Gospel of John it is written, ‘Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ Such was their love; a love so sublime that only God’s love surpasses it. I am in awe of it as much as I am in debt to it. May God bless their souls.

http://www.salon.com/wires/ap/2008/09/11/D934J8V80_candidates

Barry sent an email. How nice.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008
  Some days, it seems like only yesterday...



Has it really been seven years? It seems like it happened only yesterday. I know I think about it often. It’s kind of hard not to when you see memories of it on TV all the time. Plus, I have that counter and it reminds me all the time.

I’ve actually read comments that said that we, I guess the “we” is the U.S., need to get over it. Can you believe that shit? Get over it? I think the only response to that is, Get over this! I won’t tell you what I’m grabbing as I say that, you can figure it out.

You see, it’s like this. I can actually get over the attack on the Pentagon, no offense to those that were in that building on 9/11, but it is, in all reality, a military target, fair game in war, so to speak. But the Towers were not a military target. Those buildings were full of civilians. Men, women and children that had no beef with al Qaeda, died that day.

If you’ve never been to the Twin Towers, World Trade Center, Ron Zoni Boxes (they looked like two boxes of spaghetti stood on end), whatever you want to call them, then you just can’t comprehend what was there. I grew up watching those towers being built.

Every other week, we drove to the city from the Jersey shore to visit family. When you drive north on the Jersey Turnpike and take the exit for the Holland Tunnel you get as close to the New York City skyline as you can without being in the water. They just kept getting taller and taller, kinda like me at the time. I remember thinking that they weren’t all that good looking, but damn they were big!

I’ve stood at the bottom and looked up. You could actually see a little sway on a windy day. I’ve stood at the top and seen the Jersey shore and the rest of the city skyline on a clear day. It really was an awesome view. The elevators ran so fast that your ears would pop on the way up or down. Think about it, each floor was an acre. An ACRE! I don’t even own that much property and there were 110 floors in each building!

I lived in Surprise, AZ on September 11, 2001. Surprise is right outside Phoenix. At the time and I think still today, the tallest building in downtown Phoenix is or was the Bank One Building. It stands forty stories tall and takes up a quarter of a city block. You could fit 12 Bank One buildings inside one of the Twin Towers. Many of my neighbors back there in Surprise had never been outside AZ. They really had no concept of how big these buildings really were!

I’ve been back to the city since September 11, 2001. A few times in fact. It hurts deep inside every time I go back. It’s getting better though. The first time I went back was the day before they pulled down the last big piece of wall. The PATH wasn’t running yet. They were still cleaning up the mess. The next time I went back the hole had been cleaned out, the PATH was running again and we rode it from Newark, NJ to its first stop in NYC. The stop used to be called WTC. I believe it still is.

It was incredible. The train comes up out of the hole that used to be the basement for the WTC. You really don’t get a sense for the size of it until you step outside and see one of those trains running down there. That gives you some perspective of how monstrous the buildings were and the hole actually is.

I honestly don’t care what the reason was for the attacks of 9/11. There is no justification for such an atrocity. I hear, we don’t understand them. This is true. Is there ever a reason to even try to understand the motives of madmen other than to use those motives to catch the madmen? What’s to understand about a people that want to stay in the Stone Age and bring the rest of the world back there with them?

According to the top of my blog it happened 2556 days ago. It seems that these days there are many in our country and abroad that forget that we were attacked on September 11, 2001. They like to say that our current president has done nothing for our country. I say, we haven’t been attacked in two thousand five hundred and fifty six days. So, to say he’s done nothing isn’t really fair, is it? He’s kept us safe at least.

I get a little misty, as I heard Mel Gibson say in a movie once, on this anniversary. I feel it deep in my bones.

this article was originally published on BlogCritics.

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  Got this in an email...
It's really impressive.



Amazing creatures they are.

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Monday, September 08, 2008
  Is it just me?
I really tried to watch MSNBC. I did, honest! But Keith Olbermann drives me nucking futz! Every other word out of his mouth seems to be something disparaging against FoxNews. I get it Keith, you don't like Bill O'reilly or the FoxNews channel. Goody for you! The problem is, you're supposed to be a news caster.

Apparently, NBC heard the cries of some of their viewers and have made the decision to remove Olbermann from future presidential events in the near future. That creates a big problem for football fans that don't like Mr. Olbermann.

Now we have to see him and hear him on Sunday nights. He has such a condescending tone, it drives me crazy! He can't even report sports without sounding like an ass! I've done my part. I sent an email to NBC and let them know that Keith needs to be retrained. They need to find a way to keep him off the air.

If I'm lucky, the same thing that happened when I sent an email to ESPN will happen this time. A couple of years ago, I sent an email to ESPN letting them know what I thought of Joe Theisman and his color commentary. I always thought that LT should've broken his jaw instead of his leg. Soon after I sent that email, Joe was gone!

Yeah, sure, it was probably just a coincidence, but it made me feel better! And the bottom line is, I don't have to listen to that idiot anymore!

Hey, guess what? The Superbowl Champion New York football Giants are in first place!!! I don't wanna hear it cowgirl fans...which team has the better divisional record??? that's right, the only one that played a divisional game...that would be the Superbowl Champion New York Giants! Na na na na na na!!!!

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Thursday, September 04, 2008
  Thank goodness for my Cox DVR!
I have a small problem. Football season starts tonight... But I really wanna watch McCain's speech. Luckily, I have a DVR. that's digital video recorder for you folks still in the stoneage. That means I can watch the game and record the speech! Or should I record the game and watch the speech? Nah! I wanna watch the game!

The Giants are favored tonight. Not usually a good thing for the G-men. At least it wasn't last year. Even worse, they're the home team, which wasn't a good thing last season either. Hopefully, they'll turn that all around this season.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

GO GIANTS!!!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
  They sure do seem to be beating her up!
Every time you turn around there's another scathing article out there about John McCain's new VP choice.

Let's see what I know about Sarah Palin so far...

She's a first term governor from Alaska.

She has five children ranging in age from 19 to 4 months old.

She made the decision to have her youngest even though she knew the baby would be born with down syndrome.

Her oldest daughter is 5 months pregnant. Somehow, this is the biggest news story of the freaking millennium!

She's a former Miss Alaska runner up. Would've been better if she'd won.

Her husband had a DUI 22 years ago.

She tried to get a state trooper fired that was going through a messy divorce with her sister. Apparently, he's a real ass too!

Oh yeah, apparently, she went to an Alaskan Independence Party convention. Some in this party want a vote on whether Alaska should secede from the union. Maybe, if Obama gets elected, they should! Funny, but no one in the MSM has a problem with Obama and every other democratic candidate for president attending the DailyKos convention. If you're not familiar with these crazy bastards, then you need to get familiar! But if you really want to get a taste for this website, read the comments that follow the articles, that's where the real moon bats hang out! I'm not putting in a link, find it yourself.

These are the kinds of stories that are coming out of the MSM these days.

Now, what I hear from republicans is that she's a reformer.

She fought the establishment in her state and won. She ran against an incumbent republican governor and won, as a republican. This is the kind of thing you don't hear about all that often in politics. She's fought corruption in the Alaskan Republican Party as a Republican. Most politicians wouldn't get away with something like that, but she did.

She has a near 80% approval rating in her state.

She's a life long member of the NRA.

She cut 15% worth of pork from the Alaska state budget. A budget that's by the way, a lot bigger than Obamas campaign budget. Alaska's budget for this year is $11.2 billion!

Here's one I heard in answer to who has more experience. You see, Obama has no executive experience. He's never run anything. Not a town, city, or state. So, in answer to the democratic complaint that Palin has no experience, the republicans fired back that she's run the state of Alaska for the last two years. Obama's response to this was that he's run his campaign for the last two years. So now, that tells me that applying for a job is good enough experience to have the job.

Here's how it works. I decide I want to be a brain surgeon. I apply for the job of brain surgeon and tell you that my qualifications for being a brain surgeon are that I've been applying for the position for the past two years so I must be qualified...You ready? Come on, lay on the table.

So, the next scathing news story you hear about Palin keep in mind the picture shown below. PDS stands for Palin Derangement Syndrome. Something the MSM is suffering from lately.



Picture courtesy of Lundedesigns.com

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