Monday, October 3, 2011

Stuff You Probably Didn't See on the News


An ode to civility from James Carville - There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea party collectively orgasm,” "As I watch the Republican debates, I realize that we are on the brink of a crazy person running our nation,” “I sit in front of the television and shudder at the thought of one of these creationism-loving, global-warming-denying, immigration-bashing, Social-Security-cutting, clean-air-hating, mortality-fascinated, Wall-Street-protecting Republicans running my country.”

America's Mark Twain Conservatives

.......Here’s where Mark Twain comes to the rescue, especially since he was too busy mocking others to care about what others had to say about him, and his attitude toward politicians of every stripe pretty much says it all: “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” Likely his observations of today’s congressional shenanigans would leave him rolling on the ground with laughter—or breaking down in tears. Either way, he would make great fun of it, no doubt with incredulity, skepticism, and no small amount of contempt. But does this make Twain a conservative?

My Take - Mark Twain has been my favorite author for most of my life.  I think the only thing he wrote that I havn't read is U.S. Grants life story.  If you wish to get the flavor of Twain don't start with his books.  Go out and buy The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain.  Great...great ..great stuff! RK

Bee attack kills 1,000-pound hog in Arizona

A southern Arizona hog farmer said Thursday that she watched in horror as thousands of bees swarmed a 1,000-pound hog during an attack that lasted about two hours. "I went out three times to hose him down," June Hewitt told The Associated Press. "The very last time I went, he lifted his head when I called his name, flicked his ears, and that was the end." Farmers were trying to move a hive that weighed around 200 pounds when about 250,000 Africanized bees swarmed like a black cloud and attacked animals and workers…..Hewitt said the attack killed her male pig, Franklin. An 800-pound pregnant sow nearby also was stung so many times that she went into a coma and lost her litter.

My Take - Two things! First; what in the world would possess any sane person in the world to keep Africanized Honey Bess in the first place? Secondly; didn’t anyone there have any foggers or aerosolized pesticides to drive them off? Oh…wait ….. I know…..they were practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and wanted to make sure that pesticides were used only as a last resort. And of course Franklin the pig was so grateful that they didn’t use any pesticides on or around him. That way he could die without becoming contaminated. Or perhaps while in Franklin's death throes he “lifted his head” and “flicked his ears” because he was wondering what he had done that was so bad that he deserved this kind of betrayal.

They said their mommy was terrible becuase she failed "to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then-7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, ‘haggling’ over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.”  Even worse...... they became embarassed when the mommy changed her name after the divorce from the lawyer husband who represented these brats for free.  This went on for two years.  This quallifies as a, "We Really Have Lost Our Mnds" award winner. 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker performs a ceremonial bill signing of the new budget law outside his office at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 11, 2011 in Madison. The new law helped the Hartland-Lakeside School District save money on health care costs by switching providers.The Hartland-Lakeside School District, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee in tiny Hartland, Wis., had a problem in its collective bargaining contract with the local teachers union.

The contract required the school district to purchase health insurance from a company called WEA Trust. The creation of Wisconsin's largest teachers union -- "WEA" stands for Wisconsin Education Association -- WEA Trust made money when union officials used collective bargaining agreements to steer profitable business its way.   The problem for Hartland-Lakeside was that WEA Trust was charging significantly higher rates than the school district could find on the open market. School officials knew that because they got a better deal from United HealthCare for coverage of nonunion employees. On more than one occasion, Superintendent Glenn Schilling asked WEA Trust why the rates were so high. "I could never get a definitive answer on that," says Schilling.

My Take - It might be noted that once they were able to farm out the health care WEA said they could do much better in spite of the fact they had informed everyone that there was going to be a rate increase. Amazing what capitalism can do. Socialism costs....a lot!  You might find this interesting also; California Legislature Tries to Stop Cities From Privatizing Their Own Libraries

A nearly-300 pound man is suing White Castle restaurants, saying that their booths are too tight to accommodate someone of his size. The man’s suit, filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act, claims that the tight squeeze at White Castle is a violation of his civil rights.


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