3/3/11

God Hates Westboro Baptist Church


     The big news of the day is that The Supreme Court ruled that hate speech, as in the kind that Westboro Baptist "Church" spews, is legal.  First let me say that the Supreme Court got it right.  Like it or not, free speech is not just freedom for you to speak your mind, it is also freedom for someone whose philosophy you disagree with to speak their mind.
     That said, I hereby advocate that anyone within a reasonable distance of the so-called "church"'s protest should band together and attend the same event.  Carry signs like the one above. Shout louder than the "church" members.  Just be sure that if it comes to blows that the media is nearby and make damn certain that these jackasses are the ones who throw the first punches.

2/27/11

Global warming, my wet patootie

     A  quick look at my library catalog reveals no less than 89 listings when I typed in "global warming".  Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't one of the causes of global warming the rapid depletion of trees?  So, if each of those books is only one copy, and my library just happens to be the sole possessor of it, maybe that's not a big issue.  But it seems to me that is not how publishers work.  I'm guessing at least 50,000 copies of each one were printed, maybe more.  And surely that is not the complete oeuvre of books that exists.  Given the plethora of books, how does that hinder rather than help move along  the so-called "global warming"?
     Not to mention all the hot air that the speakers are putting out when they spew their diatribes.  I won't even mention that the past two winters here in south Texas have produced some of the coldest days I've seen since I moved here.  (OK, so I did mention it...)  And that  just last month there was snow in Hawaii.  Hawaii!  I bet snow hasn't been in Hawaii in my entire lifetime before this year.  30 years ago we were going to have a new Ice Age, which we are closer to than the oceans rising and drowning us all, but I don't believe even that is coming soon.
     Somebody always has to have some crackpot Chicken Little theory to keep the public worrying.  Remember Y2K?  How'd that terror situation work out for you?  Nowadays, it's the Mayan calendar and the end of the world in 2012.  If you go hide in a mountain cave to wait out the coming apocalypse, be sure to let me know.  I need a new TV.

2/19/11

Did anyone get the license plate of that car?






The worst speed trap towns according to a link on Yahoo listed three towns in the top ten in Texas.  No surprise there since Texas has three of the most populous cities in the the nation. (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio)  What was a surprise was the fact that, yes, Dallas and Houston are in there, but San Antonio is edged out apparently, by..... Austin.

Yes, Austin, the most liberal city in Texas is one of the most greedy when it comes to nailing traffic offenders. (And make no mistake, that's what speed traps are all about.  No city that uses speed traps really gives a flying fornication about your or their citizens' safety.  All they care about is increasing their coffers.)  But it is a  surprise that a town with no real teeth in their homeless laws, allows marijuana use with a wagging finger, but not much else, and various other free-wheeing society actions would be ranked #3 on the list.  (Houston edged out all the rest by double even what the nearest contenders had.)

As a rule, I don't speed, because as recently as 5 years ago I was limited to a bicycle because of a speeding ticket that I got in 1989.  As a result of it, I ended up selling my car and had no good paying job for 15 years so was limited to bicycle to get around.  I personally think people ought to slow down anyway.  But speed traps are the bane of society.  The article I read even mentions that some people have received tickets for doing a mere two or three miles over the limit.  Now that's just ridiculous.  Who among us hasn't had a slightly heavy foot at times?  That's why most police departments usually allow a 5 MPH buffer.  True, some scofflaws push that by riding at that 5 or 10 MPH over limit that those PDs allow, and thus make it trouble for the rest of us.  But given the economic state of the nation as a whole, I think having speed traps to pickpocket unsuspecting motorists is a bit much.

2/16/11

On the subject of fun

     Why is it that nobody wants you to have fun anymore.  People see you enjoying yourself and immediately want to curb your enthusiasm.  I was thinking this while dancing with myself in the canned fruit aisle of Wal-Mart.  (I added that just to see what they'd do to me... )
      You can't smoke anywhere public anymore.  Some cities have even enacted ordinances that you can be fined if you smoke in your own house with the window open.  You can't go to the beach and kick back with some brewskis anymore, because not only will you have to worry about getting pulled over AFTER you leave the beach, some places are even harassing people who haven't even left the beach.  Not a day goes by anymore where there isn't some action being taken in political circles to either increase taxes on, or maybe even outright curb the sales of fast food.
    I say its time to take back the fun from the fun police.  Do something spontaneous and fun.  The more strange looks you get, the better, if you ask me.  Let them know you refuse to be bopttled up in a PC world.  Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go run through the aisles at Wal-Mart (I did it again...) singing "I'm a Little Teacup".

2/13/11


The day after yesterday is the primary increment of time, usually represented by 24 hours, of the remaining sequence that began with my birth and will conclude upon the cessation of my existence.

   With that said, I re-inauguate this blog.  Hope you didn't miss me too much.

8/9/10

First Lady: First Time Traveller?



According to Karl Rove, who was subbing for Rush Limbaugh on Monday's radio broadcast, The First Lady, Ms. Obama, would have been better serving the interests of the people of the United States if she had spent her current vacation in the "Estados Unidos" rather than "Hispaniola".  Those were his words, not mine.

Unfortunately, the First Lady is in Spain (EspaƱa).  Unless something new has happened in the Obama administration, she could not be in Hispaniola even if she wanted to be.  Hispaniola is the former name for the island which now comprises the independent countries of Haiti and Dominican Republic.  It is on most maps I looked at as that, not as Hispaniola. It hasn't been Hispaniola for well over 150 years.

But if I am wrong and Karl Rove is right, then I want to volunteer my services to the country and be the next person to be sent back in time.  Maybe I could be the one to settle once and for all the age old question of who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp.