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Wind Energy at Home

Wind power at home is becoming a reality. The EarthTronics Honeywell wind turbine works in “low wind” areas.  For use in homes or small businesses.  Awesome! 
http://www.wservernews.com/0MJ63K/090622-Windmill

June 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

PETA, PETA, PETA…

PETA is not doing anything to further its cause by criticizing people swatting disease-carrying bugs like flies.  Your goal to distance yourself from the average American, make your group seem like a bunch of lunatics we can’t identify with, make us wonder if you are in touch with reality – it’s working.  Criticizing the President for swatting a fly.  PETA is on the way to becoming the Al Sharpton of animal causes.  Stop over-reacting to every minor imperfection that you don’t like. 

As for Obama going for a fly on TV: Yup, that’s a brave move.  Missing two or three times would have been a catastrophe.  Smushin’ it on the first try – nice work!  Getting up an getting a bug catcher like a 6-year old.  Right…..  That’s as realistic and functional as Palin’s ‘abstinence only’ programs. 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090618/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_dead_fly

June 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

Bonny Eagle Diploma Nazi: No Diploma for YOU!

If this rule IS really written – that blowing a kiss to a family member results in automatic denial of a degree…which idiot approved that rule?   How far up your ass must a stick be to produce this kind of decision?  Should all our high-school graduations be ruled with such an iron fist?  It’s like the character of the soup nazi on Seinfeld, where if a customer exhibits the smallest emotion or variation – he kicks them out and screams “No Soup for YOU!”.  Funny when it’s on TV and its about soup… 

Maybe they could keep the kids more subdued and somber if they hired a bouncer to give each of them a jab to the gut just before they went on stage. 

Below is part of the story, the school’s mailing address, phone number, email addresses, and a link to a well-intentioned petition.   

A Very Costly Kiss: Senior Denied Diplomaby Mike Krumboltz
http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92681?fp=1 

For teens, there is no greater joy than graduating high school. Shaking off the shackles of education and claiming that hard-fought diploma is truly an epic day. Unfortunately, for several students at
Bonny Eagle High School in Maine, their natural exuberance has led to some surprisingly serious problems.

On Friday night, when the senior class was waiting to graduate, excitement began to grow. Students bounced a large inflatable rubber duck. The noise level rose. And then came “the kiss.” When called, one student walked on stage to receive his diploma and blew a kiss to his family. The school administrator, clearly not the sentimental sort, sent the student back to his seat … sans diploma.

School superintendent Suzanne Lukas said that “if a student doesn’t adhere to the expectations, then the consequences are clearly spelled out.”


Ms. Lukas recently withheld a diploma from a young man named Justin Denny because he blew a kiss and bowed to his family on graduation day. We expect our school administrators to foster an environment of learning for our children that encourages them to excel, to mature and to become upstanding future leaders of this country. Ms. Lukas has failed in every aspect of her responsibilities as an educator or Superintendent and left a sad mark on this young man’s life. Please join this group to send a message to Ms. Lukas and the Bonny Eagle High School Board that we will not tolerate our educators acting as tyrants. 
http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/FireSuzanneLukas



Bonny Eagle High School
700 Saco Road
Standish, ME 04084
207 – 929 – 3840
 
Principal, Beth Schultz
               Assistant Principal,                
Lori Napolitano

Assistant Principal,
Kevin Harrington

Assistant Principal/
Activities Director,
Mike LeGage

June 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

Palin & Letterman

It wasn’t a very funny joke.  But c’mon…  Palin’s gonna milk it for every bit of spotlight it’s worth.  She wants an apology.  He gave her one, on the air. Along with an explanation.  The joke writers thought Bristol was at the Yankees game and they wrote a line in the nightly “Top 10” about her getting pregnant.  The line says “her (Palin) daughter” got pregnant at the game and while Bristol was implied, it turns out that Bristol at the game, it was one of the other daughters. 

So Dave says he’s sorry, that the joke was targeted at adults, that they should have said “Bristol” and not just “Palin’s daughter”, that he didn’t mean to point it at the other daughter, that he does not think jokes about kids are funny – that this was an accident (intent was for an adult) and he’s sorry for it.   The joke wasn’t even that funny and as Dave said, luckily they don’t have to go to the Hague to defend all of them.  Dave’s been doing the Top 10 lists for about 107 years and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re not.  Did Dave come out wiping tears from his eyes during his apology?  No…it’s a comedy show.

One could take the apology and move on but in true celebrity fashion – Palin keeps that spotlight turned on.  If Sarh Palin doesn’t want the attention and pregnancy jokes, she should step away from cameras and microphones (and maybe she should teach her kids about both abstinency and birth-control).  She comes out boasting about how effective her abstince-only program is and how every school should teach it and every American should raise their kids using this method…and then her own daughter has to drop out of high-school and raise a baby on her own….it’s sets her up for criticism, much less jokes.

June 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm 1 comment

Shock-Jock Wright

Wright, the former pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, said he hasn’t spoken to Obama since he became president. “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me.”

“They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31246353 

Jeremiah Wright is  a loud-mouth, attention-grabbing, spotlight-loving, shock-jock – and he’s got to do what media-whores do. 

Obama told him last year he was done with him.  Does this guy not understand what “cutting ties” means?  He’s a dinosaur, he’s the past.  America doesn’t need him. 

I’m glad Obama has not spoken to him and I hope it continues.  And I hope everyone around Wright does the same. 

So Wright and Brunn don’t like Jews.  So those two racists agree on something.  There’s a whole generation of racists who are in their 70’s and 80’s who are about to make this world a better place….by leaving it.

June 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Prejean: No work, No crown

Associated Press:  “This was a decision based solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization,” the California pageant’s executive director, Keith Lewis, said in a statement.

He had complained at a news conference last month that Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances.

TMZ:  Donald Trump, the pageant’s owner, tells TMZ he OK’d the firing because Prejean failed to fulfill her contractual duties as Miss California — refusing to appear at around 30 events — and because she treated her official handlers “like s–t.”

 Fox News:  “This was a decision based solely on contract violations,” Keith Lewis, executive director of K2 Productions, said in the release. “After our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship. However, since that time it has become abundantly clear that Carrie has no desire to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together.” 

I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so,” Trump said in the same release. “Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision.” 

“They don’t agree with the stance that I took [on Proposition 8],” she told the entertainment news site. “They don’t like me. From day one they wanted me out and they got what they wanted.” 

They got what they wanted because you didn’t show up for work.  They tried to stand by you – but when they gave you an inch you took a mile.  These are grown-ups, kiddo….and there is a line of girls who will take your job – happily.   Welcome to adulthood.

If I was hoping to be a spokesman for the NRA and speak to/for the entire industry of gun makers, distributors, and consumers – then making statements about how assault rifles should be banned, that might cause me to lose favor by the people that industry.  If I’m trying to be a spokesman for the Miss America company and the whole “Hollywood” modeling/acting/clothing designer/hair-makeup thing – then blasting gay people might not be very fruitful. 

 Between jer and that “such as” girl, this is why everyone thinks Miss America contestants are idiots.  Even people that agree with her understand that she was not helping her career with these statements.  She was a friggin’ hero for Republicans yesterday.  Today, she’s just another narcissistic kid who didn’t want to go to work.  Tomorrow, no one knows her name.  

Was it worth it?  She lost the very thing she had worked to achieve. Not just that, but she lost it on a topic that is clearly moving in the other direction.  State after state is granting marriage rights and even many Republican leaders are now starting to progress.  Guliani, McCain, Bloomberg, Gov Huntsman, McCain campaign manager Schmidt, etc.  Even GOP presidential candidate McCain spoke out against gay-marriage bans on the Senate floor in 2004.

June 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Tortoise & Hare

And the Winner is…

Hopefully both.

The race against extinction is one that neither the Sonoran
desert tortoise nor the white-sided jackrabbit can afford to
lose. That’s why we recently filed lawsuits to require the
federal government to protect them under the Endangered Species
Act
. Write a letter to Interior Secretary Salazar by June 21st,
urging him to deliver this protection:
[http://ga4.org/ct/41LBzBY1USz0/]

The facts are in: the Sonoran desert tortoise’s population has
been slashed in half over the past two decades, and surveys have
counted only five white-sided jackrabbits per year. Threatened
mostly by habitat degradation and the climate crisis, both of
these desert dwellers are in need of immediate help.

WildEarth Guardians is working to protect the tortoise and the
jackrabbit as part of our “Western Ark” campaign, where we are
seeking federal protection for a diversity of life forms – from
plants to mussels to mammals – encompassing 19 U.S states,
Mexico and Canada.

Our Western Ark campaign launched last fall, but unfortunately
the Obama administration has not yet brought smooth sailing – at
least when it comes to endangered species. Despite over 300
species awaiting federal safeguards, the Obama administration
has provided just one previously unprotected species with
listing under the Endangered Species Act. Shockingly, the
tortoise, jackrabbit and hundreds of other imperiled species are
not yet even in the queue for protection.

That’s why we need your help today. Write a letter to Secretary
Salazar by June 21st demanding the change we need to prevent
native wildlife and plants from vanishing forever, including
those we first came to love through childhood fables:
[http://ga4.org/ct/41LBzBY1USz0/]

For the wild,
Nicole Rosmarino
Wildlife Director
WildEarth Guardians

June 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

Backpedaling on Health Care Reform

  Look, this kind of tax reduction causes businesses to cut benefits and/or force employees to choose less functional plans.  It’s a back-track on at least 3 campaign promises on a topic that is a ‘top 3’ issue to many voters.  For most, health care and taxes are at the top of the concerns – even above the war in Iraq, homeland security, and evironment.  By my count: (1) There were promises not to raise income taxes.  Now, with other cuts this proposed increase might be offset – but then what’s the point anyway?  (2) There were promises not to tax health insurance costs.  (3) There were promises to improve health care coverage and affordability.   

I know I’m jumping the gun.  I know this is only a proposal.  But to even say that taxing an extremely over-priced & still-sky-rocketing product like health insurance is extremely disappointing.  I don’t really care if this was Reagan’s idea and in fact it may be further evidence that’s is a bad idea. 

Health insurance ‘haves’ to pay for ‘have-nots’?

The idea of limiting the tax break for employer-provided insurance gained momentum last week, when Obama told senators that he’d consider it as one ingredient of the health insurance reform bill he wants Congress to pass by early August, when the Senate starts a one-month recess. While details of such an approach are still sketchy, it would likely involve employees paying tax on a percentage of their employer-provided health benefits. 

Scolding McCain in their debate on Oct. 15, Obama said, “This is your plan, John. For the first time in history, you will be taxing people’s health-care benefits.”

The tax exemption on employer-provided health insurance, which dates to 1943, has already survived one attempt to limit it. An echo of Ronald Reagan In 1984, President Ronald Reagan floated the idea of requiring workers to pay taxes on employer contributions to their health insurance exceeding $2,100 a year. A Washington Post editorial the following year called the proposal “surprisingly lucrative yet eminently fair,” and speculated that “(it) might have helped hold down health care costs in the bargain.” But opposition, especially from labor unions, scuttled the proposal.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31106408

June 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Firefighters, New Haven, & 4 Judges

The case was white people who didn’t want to give raises to other white people!  This is not even a story – not really (not a good one, certainly).  Here’s how our tale goes:

The city council of New Haven, which is 100% white, decided to throw away their test.  This pisses off all the mostly white plaintiffs (one plaintiff was Hispanic).  The mostly-white plaintiffs sue the city.  The court examines the case, determines that no laws have been broken, and rules in favor of the all-white city council.  The city does not have to give out the raises. 

The case is appealled and this time a panel of judges rules in favor of the city council.  At this point, 4 out of 4 judges have reviewed the case and found that no laws were broken. 

Now as a result, one of the 4 judges is “clearly a racist”, as the story is told by Republican writers, talk-show hosts, and bloggers.  Every time the ball doesn’t bounce their way, they’re playing the Race Card.  “Oh, it’s so hard to be white.  A white man can’t get a break.” 

Republicans and their racism….all the time. 

 The question to the court is “Does this city have the legal right to change its test and/or deny promotions”. If someone doesn’t have that straight, they’re either aiming to distort the truth, or they’re confused.

The ruling by the court was that by the law – as its written by the legislators: the city of New Haven did not violate any statutes.

  1. The city didn’t want to give them the promotion.
  2. The plaintiffs sued and the court said:  No laws broken.  The city has the legal right to deny the promotion.
  3. Next….In the appellate court, a 3-judge panel agreed with (1) the city and (2) the ruling by the first court.

This judge didn’t swoop in and deny promotions. The city pulled the test, the 1st court backed the city. Then a team of judges backed the 1st court, which backed the city. This is a non-story.  Republicans, you can go back to burning science books. 

Abigail Thernstrom seems to have mis-understood what the court was ruling on.  But as a member of the conservative think-tank American Enterprise Institute, it’s not surprising that she’s prattling on about how white people are losing power and other races are ruining America and how much better it was in the 50’s.

June 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm 1 comment

Validating Democrats, I

The Republicans continue validating everything that the Democrats were saying for the past 7 years.  The latest is on our war in Iraq.

 June 1, 2009.  Washington (CNN): Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that he does not believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the planning or execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

No SH*T they weren’t involved in it.  Idiot.  We all know he’s a lying piece of sh*t and we’ve known for some time.  You’ve done more damage to this country than the attacks of 9/11 themselves.  It’s litterally true that with conservatives assholes like you in office, we don’t need enemies.    Your stupid, ill-advised, unverified, poorly planned, and even more poorly executed policies have plunged us into a massive quagmire that’s done NOTHING but cost us American tax-payers trillions of dollars and the deaths of 4,300 Americans and the injuries to an additional 31,000 Americans.  Refusing to cooperate with any attempt at oversight, pissing on checks & balances and American laws.  Screw Cheney.  There’s a reason he’s always drawn as the specter of death, as Darth Vader, as Satan. 

“I do not believe and have never seen any evidence to confirm that [Hussein] was involved in 9/11,” Cheney said. 

Does this friggin’ moron think the things he says aren’t recorded?  How about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJiNtpIpD6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SUBGtRIiXo&NR=1 

That being said – I hope that Cheney, and Palin, and Rush, Hannity keep their face on the news.  They are the best thing for the Democratic party in years.  You can’t buy that kind of help.  

I enjoy seeing the death of the bible-thumping, imperialistic, science-hating, overspending, war-mongering Republican party.  I look forward to the birth of the new & improved Republican party. 

To paraphrase McCain’s daughter, for the Republicans to win again, they’re going to have to be more like Democrats. 

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/01/cheney.speech/index.html

June 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

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