Archive for June, 2009
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!
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.
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
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.
Bonny Eagle High School
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.
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.”
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.
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.
And the Winner is…
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desert tortoise nor the white-sided jackrabbit can afford to
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WildEarth Guardians is working to protect the tortoise and the
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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
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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
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those we first came to love through childhood fables:
For the wild,