Tuesday, November 25, 2003

looks like someone from europe or something was looking at my webpage. my stats tracker had the following referal URL in it: http://search.msn.no/results.aspx?ps=ba=(0.1.0..29)0......&co=(0....15)

looks like someone from europe was looking at my webpage. my stats tracker has the folloing referal URL on it: http://search.msn.no/results.aspx?ps=ba=(0.1.0..29)0......&co=(0....15)

Monday, November 24, 2003

I just wanted to let you know that on Monday November 24 my transfer to another department was successful. I will continue to work for Electronic Data Systems on the Bank of America account, just for a new manager in a different building. The new building is much closer to my home, which is a plus. I�m hoping to get on the day shift, which would be another plus. I will start on Monday December 1st and will retain the same level of pay and keep the 3 years seniority.

Heheheh... copied the above right out of an email I sent to all my buddies. Pretty slick eh?

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Looks more like dig chunks out of your butt to me! Somebody needs to hire a new artest!

Monday, November 03, 2003

I lost my job on November 3rd 2003, so now I'm looking for a new one! You best not ask me my opinion of my former employer, EDS. I don't like them very much at the moment. Life goes on and I'm sure my next job will be better. Although I'm not sure I'll ever work with as wonderful a group of people as I just did. They are the best!

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Tried loging onto AOL Instant Messenger tonight and got the following:

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Inabeanpod's days may be over with AIM...

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Fresh off the Email Press!

Now that Uday & Qusay have been eliminated, a lot of the lesser-known family members are coming to the attention of American authorities. Among the half-brothers and cousins:

Sooflay ............the restauranteur
Guday...............the half-Australian brother
Huray...............the sports fanatic
Sashay..............the gay brother
Kuntay & Kintay.....the twins from the African mother
Sayhay..............the baseball player
Ojay................the stalker/murderer
Gulay...............the singer/entertainer
Ebay................the internet czar
Biliray.............the country music star
Ecksray.............the radiologist
Puray...............the blender factory owner
Regay...............the half-Jamaican brother
Tupay...............the one with bad hair

Among the sisters:

Lattay..............the coffee shop owner
Bufay...............the 300 pound sister
Dushay..............the clean sister
Phayray.............the zoo worker in the gorilla house
Sapheway............the grocery store owner
Ollay...............the half-mexican sister
Gudlay..............the prostitute

Finally, there is Oy vey, but the family doesn't like to talk about him...

Tuesday, August 12, 2003


KC wins 12 to 9.

Before the game, "Royals trainer Nick Swartz was accidentally hit on the side of the head during batting practice with a ball thrown by manager Tony Pena. Swartz was talking to general manager Allard Baird and Pena was playing catch when the ball got away from him and hit the screen above where Swartz was sitting. It bounced down onto his head and left a large red spot."

I say if that's what it takes to beat the evil Yankees, then hit Nick in the head before every game!!

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Today I got rid of one of my mowing problems. I no longer have a jungle gym/play ground in my back yard. Yea! Should be a bit faster mowing back there now. On less thing to go around. I gave the "Entertainment Deice" to on of the teachers that my mom works with. Her boys are going to have a blast playing with it. More fun than I ever had on it! If anyone is intereted I have some fully grown trees and some nice hills that you can come and take off my hands if you want ;)

Monday, August 04, 2003

Is it possible to be 25 and seanile? I am always forgetting something. I need to write things down so I can remember to do them, but then I tend to forget to write things down. Maybe I need to get a palmpilot? Maybe I need to write notes on my body limbs like that guy in Momento (a movie which I really liked). Sometimes I completely forget things, other times I remember much later at a time when I can't do anything about it. Take this weekend for example. On Saturday I was out and about with some buddies goofing off and causing problems for the world, when we stopped off for some dinner. I didn't quite finish all of mine, so I though I'd save the rest and take it to work later that night and finish it there. Being smart I stuck the leftovers in my buddies fridge, to keep things nice a fresh for later. Time came for me to go to work, so I did... without the leftovers. Did the same thing again tonight with printer supplies. Forgot em. I remember now, but its kinda late to call and say "hey I forgot the stuff I'll be right over to pick it up."

the joys of growing older?

Sunday, July 13, 2003

It must have been a new trash crew that came this past week as they took my bag of trash. Now I don't feel so picked on anymore. :)

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Well... looks like the trash guys are picking on me agian. Trash Day is Wednesday. That means when I come home from work on Tuesday night (actually 12:30 AM Wed.) I take the trash out and set it right next to the curb. Sometime on Wednesday the trash guys are supost to come get it and put it in their big truck and take it away. Sometimes the trash is gone by the time I leave for work on Wednesday, 2:30 PM and sometimes its still here when I get home Wednesday night (actually 12:30 AM Thurs.). Tonight I happened to notice that all the trash on my street was taken, but mine. I guess it shouldn't have made me as upset as it did, but it's not the first time this has happened. Maybe there is a rule I don't know about like: Never pick up a single black trash bag from the house on the corner. I really do feel picked on. I'm just going to leave it there until someone takes it. As far as I'm concerned, as long as I have it out before the trash guys come, then its not my problem.

testing 123...

Monday, April 07, 2003




Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Got this in my email today:

Who Has the Brains Here?
by Cindy Osborne

The Hollywood group is at it again. These anarchists are holding antiwar rallies, screaming about the Bush Administration, running ads in major newspapers, and defaming the President and his Cabinet every chance they get. These ingrates will talk to anyone and everyone who will listen.

These Hollywood instant political scientists publicly defile our President and call him names like stupid, moron, and idiot. Jessica Lange went so far as to tell a crowd in Spain that she hates President Bush and is embarrassed to be an American. Why won't she just leave!

So, just how ignorant are these people who are running the country? Let's look at the biographies of these stupid, ignorant, moronic leaders, and then look at the celebrities who are castigating them.

President George W. Bush:
Bachelors Degree from Yale University
MBA from Harvard Business School.

He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career
in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic reelection victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998, winning 68.6 percent of the vote. In 1998, Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women. He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other that Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo. (Someone began circulating a false story about his IQ being lower than any other President. If you were dumb enough to believe it, you might want to go to URBANLEGENDS.COM to see the truth.)

Vice President Dick Cheney
B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1966, both in political science.
Two years later, he won an American Political Science Association congressional fellowship.

One of Vice President Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members
of Congress, and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen our economy, secure our homeland, and win the War on Terrorism. In his official role as President of the Senate, Vice President Cheney regularly goes to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to work on the Administration's legislative goals. In his travels as Vice President, he has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism is placing on the men and women of our military, and he is proud of the tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.

Secretary of State Colin Powell
New York City public schools
City College of New York (CCNY), B. S. Degree in Geology.

Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University. Secretary Powell also joined ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. He is the recipient of numerous US and foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary Powell's civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor, and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Princeton University (on scholarship) A.B. 1954
US Navy (1954-57), Naval aviator
Congressional Assistant to Rep. Robert Griffin (R-MI), 1957-59
US Representative, Illinois, 1962-69

He has also held many public service posts including Assistant to the President, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Director of the Cost of Living Council, 1969-74, US Ambassador to NATO, 1973-74, head of Presidential Transition Team, 1974, Assistant to the President, Director of White House Office of Operations, White House Chief of Staff, 1974-77, Secretary of Defense, 1975-77.

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge
Raised in a working class family in veterans' public housing in Erie.
Earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967.

After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, drafted into the US Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor.
After returning to Pennsylvania, earned his Law Degree and was in private practice before becoming Assistant District Attorney in Erie County.
Elected to Congress in 1982.
First enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the US House, overwhelmingly reelected six times.

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver 1974.
Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975.
Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.

(Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude. She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in
Political Science. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the
University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include "Germany Unified" and "Europe Transformed" (1995) with Philip Zelikow, "The Gorbachev Era" (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and "Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army" (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the US Ambassador's
Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender, Integrated Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She
is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. She resides in Washington, D.C.

So who are these celebrities? What is their education? What is their experience in affairs of State or in National Security? While I will defend to the death their right to express their opinions, I think that if they are going to call into question the intelligence of our leaders, we should also have all the facts on their educations and background.

Barbra Streisand: Completed high school
Career: Singing and acting

Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade.
Career: Singing and acting

Martin Sheen: Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton.
Career: Acting

Jessica Lange: Dropped out college mid-freshman year.
Career: Acting

Alec Baldwin: Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal
Career: Acting

Julia Roberts: Completed high school
Career: Acting

Sean Penn: Completed High school
Career: Acting

Susan Sarandon: Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America
in Washington, D.C.
Career: Acting

Ed Asner: Completed High school
Career: Acting

George Clooney: Dropped out of University of Kentucky
Career: Acting

Michael Moore: Dropped out first year University of Michigan.
Career: Movie Director

Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School
Career: Acting

Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School
Career: Acting

Mike Farrell: Completed High school
Career: Acting

Janeane Garofelo: Dropped out of college
Career: Stand up comedienne

Larry Hagman: Dropped out of Bard College after one year
Career: Acting

When comparing the education and experience of these two groups, we should also remember that President Bush and his cabinet are briefed daily, even hourly, on the War on Terror and threats to our security. They are privy to information gathered around the world concerning the Middle East, the threats to America, the intentions of terrorists and terrorist-supporting governments. They are in constant communication with the CIA, the FBI, Interpol, NATO, The United Nations, our own military, and that of our allies around the world. We cannot simply believe that we have full knowledge of the threats, because we watch CNN!! We cannot believe that we are in any way as informed as our leaders.

These celebrities have no intelligence gathering agents, no fact finding groups, no insight into the minds of those who would destroy our country. They only have a deep seated hatred for all things Republican. By nature, and no one knows quite why, the Hollywood elitists detest Conservative views and anything that supports or uplifts
the United States of America. The silence was deafening from the Left when Bill Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory outside of Khartoum, or when he attacked the Bosnian Serbs in 1995 and 1999. He bombed Serbia itself to get Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo, and not a single peace rally was held. When our Rangers were ambushed in Somalia and 18 young American lives were lost, not a peep was heard from Hollywood. Yet now, after our nation has been attacked on its own soil, after 3,000 Americans were killed by freedom hating terrorists while going about their routine lives, they want to hold allies against the war. Why the change? Because an honest, God-fearing Republican sits in the White House.

Another irony is that in 1987, when Ronald Reagan was in office, the Hollywood group aligned themselves with disarmament groups like SANE, FREEZE, and PEACE ACTION, urging our own government to disarm and freeze the manufacturing of any further nuclear weapons, in order to promote world peace. It is curious that now, even after we have heard all the evidence that Saddam Hussein has chemical, biological and is very close to obtaining nuclear weapons, their is no cry from this group for him to disarm. They believe we should leave him alone in his quest for these weapons of mass destruction, even though it is certain that these deadly weapons will eventually be used against us in our own cities.

So why the hype out of Hollywood? Could these celebrities believe that since they draw such astronomical salaries, they are entitled to also determine the course of our Nation? That they can make viable decisions concerning war and peace? Did Michael Moore have the backing of the Nation when he recently thanked France, on our behalf, for being a good enough friend to tell us we were wrong? I know for certain he was not speaking for me. Does Sean Penn fancy himself a Diplomat, in going to Iraq when we are just weeks away from war? Does he believe that his High School diploma gives him the knowledge (and the right) to go to a country that is controlled by a maniacal dictator, and speak on behalf of the American people? Or is it the fact that he pulls in more money per year than the average American worker will see in a lifetime? Does his bank account give him clout?

The ultimate irony is that many of these celebrities have made a shambles of their own lives, with drug abuse, alcoholism, numerous marriages and divorces, scrapes with the law, publicized temper tantrums, etc. How dare they pretend to know what is best for an entire nation! What is even more bizarre is how many people in this country will listen and accept their views, simply because they liked them in a certain movie, or have fond memories of an old television sitcom!

It is time for us, as citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves about the world around us. If future generations are going to enjoy the freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us, if they are ever to know peace in their own country and their world, to live without fear of terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure that this nation remains strong. We must make certain that those who would destroy us are made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.

Yes, it is a wonderful dream to sit down with dictators and terrorists and join hands, singing Cumbaya and talking of world peace. But it is not real. We did not stop Adolf Hitler from taking over the entire continent of Europe by simply talking to him. We sent our best and brightest, with the strength and determination that this Country is
known for, and defeated the Nazi regime. President John F. Kennedy did not stop the Soviet ships from unloading their nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962 with mere words. He stopped them with action, and threat of immediate war if the ships did not turn around. We did not end the Cold War with conferences. It ended with the strong belief of President Ronald Reagan, peace through strength.

And we will not even mention the Dixie Chicks!

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Anyone who knows me knows i'm not much of a country music fan... in fact I like to call it "music of the devil." Clint Black has gone a writen a song that I like, even though he's a county music singer.


Words and Music by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas











Bob Barnett: "At a time when we should be coming together as Americans we're being distracted by ignorant comments from entertainers. Should we put so much stock in the comments of these people who are basically modern day court jesters?"

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Scientists: Internet speed record smashed

Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center used fiber-optic cables to transfer 6.7 gigabytes of data -- the equivalent of two DVD movies -- across 6,800 miles in less than a minute.


Friday, March 07, 2003

Knowledge Base


i have tried to change the template a couple times but whenever i check if it worked, it hasn't changed. what do i do?


Sometimes this is as simple as needing to post and publish. Changes are not visible on you blog until they are published.

Additionally, but infrequently, we have had difficulties with saving template data. This is usually cleared up by the following day. If you encounter this problem, please wait a few hours or until the next day and try again. Also, please check the list of documented errors to see if your specific problem is explained:

Possible error list

I guess I need to keep posting random things until it works eh?

...no dice.
Ok, so I've been goofing around with the blogger template to see if I can get my post's a bit more seperated (I thought they all kinda ran together)... So far I haven't seemed to get it to work right. Currntly looking in the help area's of bloggers webpage...
...suggested I need to publish and post to see the changes I've made...
...here goes...
Police: Child Porn Found On Principal's Computer Elementary principal arrested after child porn found on school computer...

NEWFIELDS, N.H. -- The former principal of Newfields Elementary School was taken into custody Thursday morning after child pornography was allegedly found on a school-issued laptop computer.

Police said 84 pornographic images were found on the laptop, including children engaged in various sex acts with each other and adults.

Whoa! I wonder how many of my principal's were in to child porn?!? This idiot should have founds something more constructive to do with his spare time. Doesn't it make you feel good to know that Newfields' school tax money was put to good use?
Canoga High protest turns into looting

Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - An anti-war march against the U.S. policy on Iraq by about 500 Canoga Park High School students turned ugly Wednesday when some in the crowd started looting a gas station convenience store and disrupting traffic.

A group of students who skipped class to participate in the lunchtime protests stole candy bars and knocked over displays at the Mobil gas station at the corner of Topanga Canyon and Victory boulevards, officials said. Five of them were detained on suspicion of vandalism and theft, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman.

Store owner Masood Behroozi said his clerk saw several students knocking over racks, breaking glasses and swiping snack foods. The whole incident was recorded on a surveillance tape that was turned over to police, he said. "They were just joking and laughing and doing this for fun."

"I know they are kids and they are young, but if they really love peace, they should show that they at least believe what they say," Behroozi said.

Mr. Behroozi's right, they don't believe what they preach! Actions speak louder than words. The actions of these public school kids tells me that they are idiots. Just plain old idiots.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

How it works
You develop an attraction to someone. To nurture that attraction, you create a web of � well, let's call them rationalizations � that support and perpetuate your belief that he or she is "The One." These rationalizations enable you to attach great significance to sharing a favorite song, travel destination or pizza topping. So much significance, in fact, that you ignore your inevitable differences, treating them as mere distractions. from Soul mates: Fact or fiction?

Hmm... seems true enough to me. Kinda changes my prespective on the girls I'm attracted to. I've never thought of things like that before. Hmm...

http://www.intothematrix.com/ The 2nd Animatrix short is online!! YEA!

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Working on that silly little programing/codeing/plain old silly mistake on my webpage... go see if I've fixed this page yet or if you can find my little error :)

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Found a slight programing/codeing/plain old silly mistake. sigh! Oh well, I'll fix it later.

Friday, February 28, 2003

Washingtonpost.com has stated the following:

Bill Gates leads the list for the 9th straight year, but the Microsoft co-founder's net worth fell 23 percent from a year ago to $40.7 billion. Investment guru Warren Buffett remained in second place with $30.5 billion, a 13 percent drop from last year.

Gates' personal wealth, much of it in company stock, has diminished by 60 percent since April 1998, when it briefly reached $100 billion. His worst year was 1999, when it plunged by a third as the government pursued an antitrust case against Microsoft. Forbes notes he is also the world's biggest giver, donating $1 billion annually to charity, largely to vaccine research.


Is it time to start bashing Gates again just because he's rich? I think not! I sure wish I could donate a billion dollars!
Public schools stike again!



Robert Stacy McCain


Members of the Maine National Guard, called up to prepare for an attack on Iraq, have asserted that their children are being harassed at school by teachers who oppose the war.

Guard members say their children are "coming home upset, depressed, crying," said Maj. Peter Rogers, a spokesman for the Maine National Guard. "This was based on some incidents that were happening in school, both in the classroom and on the playground."

In an e-mail sent to the parents of one child who had complained of harassment at school, National Guard officials said they had "over 30 complaints that name schools and individual principals, teachers and guidance counselors."

It was still not clear yesterday whether the state will discipline any of the named teachers or schools over the incidents.

"In Maine, local superintendents make local policy for local schools," said Tammy Morrill, assistant to J. Duke Albanese, state commissioner of education.

A "fact-gathering" process about the incidents is under way, Maj. Rogers said. The incidents involved students in elementary and middle schools, some as young as 7 years old, he said.

"What we're hearing is that some of the educators are talking about the possible war in Iraq being unethical and that those who would fight it are unethical," Maj. Rogers said.

The state commissioner of education has urged school officials to be more "sensitive" to military children.

"Recently it has been brought to our attention that some school personnel ... may have been less than sensitive to children of military families regarding our continued strained relations with Iraq," Mr. Albanese wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to all superintendents and principals in Maine.

"In some cases, parents � who are about to be deployed � have observed added stress and anxiety among their children who perceive a staff member or their peers as being insensitive to their beliefs and the potential danger to loved ones," Mr. Albanese wrote.

The commissioner said that, while supporting "the right to discuss controversial issues," he wanted "to remind school personnel ... that the families of military personnel need our sensitivity."

Complaints about harassment in schools first surfaced, Maj. Rogers said, after two of Maine's Army National Guard units were mobilized recently for deployment to the Middle East.

"About a week ago, we started doing our family-assistance-center briefings," Maj. Rogers said, explaining that the centers provide support for the families of Guard troops on active duty. "In these briefings, a number of families came forward and talked about their children coming home upset, depressed, crying."

Maj. Rogers said the state commissioner's office "has been very supportive" of the military families in responding to the complaints. "We're hoping [Mr. Albanese's letter to school officials] will end the issue," Maj. Rogers said. "We're not looking at pointing fingers or anything."

Mr. Albanese told the Bangor Daily News that only one complaint involved classroom remarks, after the child of a Guard member became upset during a discussion of Iraq when a teaching assistant "took up the anti-war" argument.

Other incidents, according to Mr. Albanese, involved a child who had requested to leave school early for a military-related activity and a student who was teased on a school bus because he has a parent in the military.

Teachers across the country have tried to find proper ways to teach children about the war on terrorism. Last year, the National Education Association was criticized for posting a link to an online lesson plan for the September 11 anniversary recommending that teachers discuss "historical instances of American intolerance" so that America could avoid "repeating terrible mistakes."

The incidents involving the children of National Guard members in Maine were "a surprise to us," Maj. Rogers said. "We are certainly hoping that none of it was done maliciously. ... We certainly value the freedom of speech and fight for it, but we hope that people would be sensitive to the kids."

This article was mailed from The Washington Times
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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Oh those poor silly Canadians!

MP Carolyn Parrish was speaking to reporters about Canada's diplomatic initiative on Iraq. At the end of her comments Parrish said, "Damn Americans � I hate those bastards."

Late last year, the prime minister's communications director, Francoise Ducros, resigned after calling U.S. President George W. Bush "a moron" during a conversation with a reporter in Prague.


Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Danish pizzeria bans French and Germans

A Danish pizzeria has banned French and Germans from dining there because of their country's stance on a war with Iraq.

Aage Bjerre, who owns Aage's Pizza on the island of Fanoe, said he's tired of French and German attitudes toward the United States.

Aage said: "Hadn't the United States helped Europe in defeating Germany, there would have been photos of Adolf Hitler hanging on the walls around here."

Danish pizzeria bans French and Germans

Friday, February 14, 2003

A letter I found on wnd.com points out some good reasons why we shouldn't let France be an ally any more.



France's history of military failure


The military history of France:

Gallic Wars � Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2,000 years of French history, France is conquered by, of all things, an Italian.

Hundred Years War � Mostly lost, saved at last by a female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare: "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman."

Italian Wars � Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians. Wars of Religion � France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

Thirty Years War � France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

War of Devolution � Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

The Dutch War � Tied.

War of the Augsburg League / King William's War / French and Indian War � Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Francophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

War of the Spanish Succession � Lost. The war also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.

American Revolution � In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome," and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare: "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."

French Revolution � Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

The Napoleonic Wars � Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

The Franco-Prussian War � Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

World War I � Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.

World War II � Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel song.

War in Indochina � Lost. French forces plead sickness, take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu.

Algerian Rebellion � Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a Western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare: "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

War on Terrorism � France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?" but, rather, "How long until France collapses?"

G. Kilber
AOL/Netscape had the following story... I though I'd add my comments...


No Valentine?
Diversions for Singles
8 Ways for Singles to Beat the Valentine's Day Blues

By Patty Lamberti

So you don't have a date for Valentine's Day? No worries. February 14th is nothing but another way for card companies to rake in more money. But we have a feeling that when the clock strikes 6pm, and you're sitting in your apartment, alone, knowing this won't make you feel much better. So here are a few ways to have some fun, either alone or with a lonelyheart of the opposite sex, on this manufactured day for lovers.

February 14th is nothing but another way for card companies to rake in more money. Preach it sister!!

Go to the movies. There's no better way to entirely forget your own life than sitting in a darkened theater. There's a caveat : don't watch a romantic comedy on Valentine's day. The movie theater has an added benefit. It's an often-overlooked place to meet another single. Go with a buddy and perhaps you'll run into two members of the opposite sex in the popcorn line. Ask them out for a drink after the movie.

Couple problems with this... I work. At night. How many members of the opposite sex will my buddy and I meet at the noon show? Odds are I'd go to jail for trying to take a 12 year old out for drinks after the movie.

Belly up to the bar. Plenty of single men and women spend Valentine's drowning their woes at a bar. Let's not mince words - most of them are there to hook up. This is the only night of the year during which a line like, "I can't believe you're alone tonight" will work.

"I can't believe you'er alone tonight" might work, but then it will probably work everytime you try it on someone who's stone cold drunk... Anyways I don't drink. There are much better ways to wast my money.

Tire yourself out during the day. Go running, rock climbing or skiing so that the last thing you'd want to do at night is romance someone. In the morning, you'll be well rested as you listen to your coupled friends tell you Valentine Day horror stories.

Great plan if only I didn't work the night shift.

Rent movies with femme fatales. Every film noir has a femme fatale, a woman who entraps men with her seductive ways, then eats them alive. Modern movies with femme fatales include The Last Seduction, Body Heat and The Man Who Wasn't There. Be glad you are alone. If you had a blind date tonight, she might be fatal.

Let me get this straight. You think I should go rent some crappy moive I don't really care to see? That's supose to make me feel all happy and perky on the most depressing day of the year? Oh yeah, what if I was a girl?

Go out clubbing. Clubs are full of single people on Valentine's Day. There's nothing like sharing sweat to instigate an intimate moment.

Again there is the work issue. Also I've not heard of too many girls who like sweaty guys.

Plan an auto erotic night. You don't need someone else to physically gratify yourself. Afterwards, you won't have to talk or share a cigarette.

I guess Patty's going to be doing the female version of spanking the mokey or the hand jive... I guess this is supost to go along with renting dumb kinky moives that we really don't want to see. I guess if this way to have fun isn't talking about masterbation, then physically gratifying myself must mean holding my own hand? That doesn't sound like very much fun.

Chat online. Lots of lonelyhearts visit chat rooms on Valentine's Day. Maybe you'll find one to hang out with by Memorial Day.

Finally somehting that might work for me... but I'm not going to do it :)

Plan ahead. Get a date before Valentine's Day. Don't tell us you can't meet anyone. Maybe it's time to try your luck in a personal ad. Our personals site has lots of great singles, waiting for someone like you.

I've got a personal add. They don't work.

Copyright 2003 Fun Online Corporation.

Monday, February 10, 2003

Hey! I just got spammed! Logged onto Hotmail to check my email and had about 25 emails that had bounced back to me. They were of the typical nasty spam sort about making something or other bigger and more attractive to women. Slight problem. I didn't send them, but they bounced back to me anyway. Some lousy spammer forged my email in the return address of their mass mailing. I took a screen shot of my Hotmail inbox at work. I'll see if I can't it posted on my webpage later after I get off. I guess there is an odd chance that I could lose the Hotmail account, but that's why I have 4 or 5 backup email accounts :)

Thursday, January 09, 2003

An email I just got says the following....

How Taxes Work

The author of the following article is: Thomas L. Davies, LL.M., M.P.A.,
C.P.A., Professor and Chairman of the University of South Dakota School of
Business, Accounting and Business Law Division.
(In South Dakota, it is obviously too cold to play outside. You don't see
stuff like this coming from any warm-weather area educator.)

You might like this....

This is a VERY simple way to understand the tax laws. Read on - it does
make you think!!

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every
day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they
paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men -- the poorest -- would pay nothing; the fifth would pay
$1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18
and the tenth man -- the richest -- would pay $59.

That's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant
every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement -- until one day,
the owner threw them a curve (in tax language, a tax cut).

"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the
cost of your daily meal by $20." So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the
first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what
about the other six -- the paying customers? How could they divvy up the
$20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"

The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they
subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth
man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner
suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the
same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid
$5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a
bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59. Each of the six was better off than
before. And the first four continued to eat for free.

But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man, "but he,"
pointing to the tenth, "got $7!" "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth
man, "I only saved a dollar, too...it's unfair that he got seven times
more than me!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man, "why should he get $7 back when I
got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the
first four men in unison, "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night he didn't
show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it
came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late, what was very
important. They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill!

Imagine that!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the
tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most
benefit from a tax reduction.
Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy,
and they just may not show up at the table anymore.

Where would that leave the rest? Unfortunately, most taxing authorities
cannot seem to grasp this rather straight-forward logic!

T. Davies
Professor of Accounting & Chair,
Division of Accounting and Business Law
The University of South Dakota
School of Business
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Subject: Taxes

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered
that ball-point pens would not work in 0 gravity. To combat this problem,
NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 million developing a pen that writes
in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including
glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil.

Enjoy paying your taxes.

Strangest state tax laws

You'll pay taxes on illegal drugs in 'Bama and on Pepsi in Chicago. But wait, there's more.
January 7, 2003: 1:26 PM EST
By Annelena Lobb, CNN/Money Staff Writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) � Like it or not, taxes are a fact of life. From paycheck deductions to the added cost of eating out, it's the price we pay for social programs, highway maintenance and public schools.

Not all taxes, however, are rooted in common sense. Some, in fact, are downright bizarre.

In certain parts of the country, you'll pay the government special taxes for takeout food, for buying a deck of cards, or even for possessing illegal drugs. And with state budgets becoming increasingly pinched, experts say miscellaneous taxes are on the rise -- from a new "jock tax" in Cincinnati to a 200 percent increase in sales tax on liquor in Alaska.

"Many of these taxes are desperate measures states [undertook] to raise funds," said John Barry, chief economist at the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

Here are some of the most peculiar taxes around.

Illegal drug tax
So you pay a tax and get prosecuted? Well, yes. Seventeen states, including Alabama and North Carolina, tax people involved in illegal drug transactions, from use to possession to distribution and sales. The rate varies according to the substance you (well, not you, of course) have, said David Hoffman, a Tax Foundation economist who studies miscellaneous taxes.

In Alabama, marijuana gets taxed at $3.50 a gram. (Other tax values are determined from the marijuana tax values -- if a gram of cocaine, for example, costs 10 times what a gram of marijuana costs, then cocaine would be taxed at 10 times the tax for marijuana, or $35 a gram. Confusing, but true.)

In North Carolina, the rules are stranger still. Within 48 hours of obtaining a fixed quantity of illegal drugs or alcohol, buyers must purchase stamps from the state and affix them to the controlled substance. If the person gets busted without stamps, they still must pay the tax.

Those who purchase the stamps need not provide personal identification information to the Department of Revenue. Still, there aren't lines outside the door.

Since the law was enacted in 1990, just 63 people have purchased drug stamps -- many of whom are believed to be collectors. Meanwhile, the state has assessed some 60,000 fines for failure to display the stamps, collecting nearly $68 million in revenue to date.

Oh, by the way, according to the Unauthorized Substances Tax Web site, purchasing stamps doesn't give you legal possession of the drugs. It only fulfills your "civil unauthorized substance tax obligation." Stamps or no stamps, you're still breaking the law.

Jock tax
Cities and states also levy taxes on the income earned by athletes, entertainers (OK, not just jocks) and their various entourages. Any money earned while playing in that particular city or state gets taxed. California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, right after the Chicago Bulls beat the L.A. Lakers. (Chicago quickly responded in kind.)

Cincinnati just passed a jock tax two weeks ago of 2.1 percent, intended to help close a $35 million city deficit, Hoffman said.

"If the Dallas Cowboys play the Bengals in Cinci, and they're in town Friday through Saturday, then each player, as well as everyone else traveling with their team, will be taxed on three days salary � and the Cowboys are from a state with no income tax," Hoffman said.

Today, every state with a professional sports team and an income tax has a jock tax.

Playing card tax
If you want a deck of cards in the state of Alabama, be prepared to shell out an extra dime. The state government has levied a 10-cent tax on the purchase of a playing deck that contains "no more than 54 cards". If you object to this, get your playing cards in a different state, or buy a deck with an extra joker.

Wagering tax
Speaking of cards � and chips � and dollar signs, most people know they'll have to report gambling winnings and pay the piper on April 15. But you might also pay a tax just for entering a casino, even if you don't gamble. Consider it a cover charge.

The "wagering tax" typically is levied on the state level, in states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Illinois, which all have legalized gambling. It's initially levied on casino or track owners, Hoffman said. But they pass it along to consumers in admissions prices. Sometimes consumers pay the tax directly: in Illinois, for example, the gross receipts of riverboat casinos are taxed, and so are individual admissions.

Takeout tax
Would you like fries with that? The City of Chicago has levied a 0.5 percent charge on all carryout food, technically called the "anti-litter" tax. This applies to everything from your Happy Meal to a vendor-sold hot dog. Washington, D.C., has the takeout tax as well.

Fountain soda drink tax
This one also hails from Chicago. If you buy a "fountain soda drink" � your basic Coke or Pepsi, as long as it's not from a can or bottle � you'll pay a flat rate of 9 percent on it to the city of Chicago.

Amusement tax
Ever wondered about the extra tax you pay on stadium seats? That's the amusement tax, often levied at both city and state levels. Most states, including Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland, and cities like New Orleans, have amusement taxes on tickets sold at any venue with more than 750 to 1,000 seats.

Amusing, isn't it?