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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Obesity Around the World

The U.S. might be at the top of the list when it comes to the increasing rates of obesity, but it’s nice to know that other countries are trying to catch up.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Devout Lacking Knowledge on Religion

Here is a bit on news that isn’t really all that surprising, “A new survey of Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions.” For example, more than half of the Protestants involved didn’t know that Martin Luther is the one who instigated the Protestant Reformation.

When it comes to Christianity and religion the United States claims to be one of the most religious countries in the world. Which of course, makes it even more interesting that our devout scored worse on the test than atheists and agnostics who scored higher than Mormons or Jews, with Catholics scoring the worst.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Spreading of the Rally to Restore Sanity

Last month Glen Back and his flock of mindless followers held a rally to spout off and prove that most Americans are ignorant mindless sheep. Now Jon Stewart and the Daily Show are jumping in the rally race, along with his partner in crime Stephen Colbert.

On October 30th Stewart is holding his rally for the people who aren’t extremist right-wingers or just as extreme on the left. The Stewart rally is going to be held in Washington D.C. and is for those who don’t run around spouting off nonsense all the time, those whose views aren’t told to them by loud-mouth douche-bags. A rally for those in the middle of the spectrum who don’t get a bunch of time in the media, for those Americans who view politics as the joke they are.

On the same day, of course, Stephen Colbert is having is parody rally dedicated to keeping fear alive, which is what the Glen Beck rally should have been called, as his form of conservatism is all about fear.

For those of us in the Pacific Northwest who can’t make the trip to D.C. there is going to be a similar rally in Seattle. The Seattle rally, like the others will forgo the hate signs like the Beck one with pictures of Obama as Hitler or the joker. Instead these rally signs will be more appropriate to the way we should be speaking to each other like, "I Disagree With You, But I'm Pretty Sure You're Not Hitler" and "ALL America is REAL America.”

It’s time people! It’s time for normal Americans to take back this country! It’s time for us to stop reading and watching news if it mentions one of these extremists, it’s time to turn away from Fox and back to news organizations that actually report the news. There is a rally in Chicago, and other rallies are popping up all across this country. Get out, participate, and tell those tea-baggers and tree-fuckers that we want our government to be reasonable in its debates. Tell them that we don’t want a party of no on one side of the isle, who vote only to block legislation by the other party. And we don’t want a party, who is so worried about hurting anyone’s feelings that every bill they pass is so watered down as to be worthless.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Eff Mukilteo

There’s this lovely little city called Mukilteo, maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s down by the waterfront just west of Everett and Lynnwood?  Cutest little place, it really is.  You can go there and visit the historic and quaint lighthouse or the well-manicured lighthouse park.  You can eat at any number of fine-dining establishments or go throw some peanuts on the floor of the local brewery; there’s just no end to the fun one can have down there in Mukilteo.

It’s also a commuter-laden city.  Mukilteo just so happens to be one of the only portals to Whidbey Island, an island full of people who need to work and an island depleted of any worthy jobs.  So, the daily rush on and off the island in search of the money to maintain is endless and chaotic.  There are buses from three different companies, a commuter train, tons of cars and trucks, and the random bicyclist or walker.  If you are trying to find a commuter parking space, good luck, there is a list that will necessitate someone’s death in order for you to get a slot.

Since I am currently making the commute from Whidbey to Lynnwood every day, I am one of those poor fools who gets to contend with all this madness streaming off of the ferry boat every morning and back on again in the evening.

I, however, am a cheeky little squirrel who has found a hidden nut. 

There is a street not far from the boat that has ample parking, day and night, for all of us to use up.  Why isn’t anyone parked there already, given all these commuters and lack of parking spots? I often wondered, but have been using the spots on and off for years and everything has been grand.  Until now.  Until I became a daily commuter. Until I found out just why no one messes with these spots.

There must be a secret alliance of Mukilteo citizens and Mukilteo police officers because, all of a sudden, just within the past month, I have received four parking tickets.  Two of them in the last two days.

The tickets are given to me even though I have video footage and pictures of my car, in its spot, with not a single no parking sign of any kind any where even remotely close to my car.


The only parking signs that exist are on the opposite side of the road and, as any idiot can tell you, those signs are specifically for that side of the road.  I know, I’ve seen people take it to court before and win. I’ve found the RCW, number 46.61.050, which specifically states:

No provision of this chapter for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible or visible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person.
Bold and italics are mine.  They are mine because I want to scream them at anyone who will listen.

So, I’ve done what any stubborn person would do: I’ve sent every single ticket back to the court requesting a court date so I can contest the tickets.  This will waste countless dollars of tax-payer money and I don’t feel bad because I know what this conspiracy is all about and I’m unwilling to be bullied.

The people of Mukilteo have long hated all commuters because we take up every available parking spot that we can.  Boo-freakin-hoo! What a bunch of whiny brats.  My god, like you couldn’t have guessed, moving in to a commuter portal of a city, that parking would be sparse?  Like you couldn’t have guessed, starting a business in the area, that you’d have to buy your very own parking lot? Grow some brains and then put up some parking signs but do not, unless you want my forthcoming harassment lawsuit up your ass, try to kick me out of lawful parking by giving me trumped up tickets and expecting that I’ll be too overwhelmed by their repetitiveness to fight back.

I’ll see all of the morons in court and they’ll drop the whole thing and then I’ll file my lawsuit, representing myself, just to show them how much time I can waste if that’s what they really want to do.

Did I mention the tickets are only for $10 each?  That’s the best part.  I’d rather not pay a falsely given ticket.  I’d rather make them wish they’d never either A) misunderstood the law so completely as to make us all wonder who exactly they’re willing to put on a police force these days or B) knowingly given me a ticket that was bogus just so I’d stop parking in front of someone’s home or business, even if it was only $10.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Did You Hear?

The recession is over! Celebrate! Break out the champagne and caviar and dance the night away! What’s that? You say you can’t afford champagne? Get some Brut! What? Caviar is too rich for your pocketbook? Maybe some Cheez Whiz will do? Wait, you can’t dance the night away because the only job you could find is the graveyard shift at the 7-11 for minimum wage, even though you have a PhD in Astrophysics? Join the club, we’ll meet you in the morning!

I don’t know which standards are used to determine whether or not a recession is over, but it seems like the only idiot retarded enough to really believe that phooey is Christine O’Donnell. You must have some ruby encrusted blinders on to not see the thick misery, spread like a fine mist across the nation in these deeply troubling economic times.

Did any of us ever really believe that these jokers were dealing straight with us? I hope not, because, according to them, not only is the recession over, it has been over since July of 2009. That’s a year and a half ago.

The only thing stopping me from screaming obscenities is the fact that these shmucks are so deep in their own delusions they have no actual connection to the real world and, thus deprived of all real sensation, could never hear my frustrated, grunt-laden cursing.

I mean, I’m no economics major here, I barely understand how my credit card works, like most good Americans, but I can see a few things real clearly:
  1. I have a master’s degree and still can only find .4 of a full time job in my chosen profession and am, therefore, living under the official poverty line
  2. The Food Bank I now have to go to in order to survive has half the product on the shelves and in the freezers as it did when I was, much more happily, volunteering there a mere two years ago
  3. No one I know is secure in their job unless they are very close to retirement and, in their cases, the opposite is true and they are so secure in their jobs they just might stay there a few more years in order to try to recoup some of the major losses they suffered to their retirement funds in the general malaise of the manic markets over the past few years
  4. Most people I know who are looking for work can find nothing even close to the jobs that they would’ve expected to be able to find at this point in their careers and, therefore, are being forced to either stay, indefinitely, on unemployment or, disgustedly, accept jokes of jobs for a pittance
  5. Stuff costs way too dang much. The same amount of money I had just a few years ago lasts me half the time it used to, even though I am buying less unecessaries
  6. I don’t get fifty two credit card offers a month
  7. People I know are losing their homes
  8. People I know can’t find affordable housing
  9. States cannot support the basic programs that we rely on like education, law and social services.
  10. Shops are still empty in my home town, too many shops.
So, I’d like to know what these other fools’ ideas about the economic recession are. What, exactly, do they base their findings on? What are the criteria? The stock market? Whatever. If recession is defined by arbitrary criteria or other characteristics that don’t actually affect our everyday lives, what is the reason I could ever have to actually listen to these money-monkeys’ ideas about what is or is not a recession?
Let’s just change the terms. This is a bad economy. Period. People are poor and unable to meet their own basic needs to a level that is unsatisfactory. The economy will be good when this is no longer true. Perhaps the recession is over for Wall Street, but the bad economy trundles on for the rest of us. Cheers to false cheese frostings on Saltine crackers, hope you don’t get shot tonight at the corner mini mart.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ines Sainz Feeling Uncomfortable in a Room Full of Men

If you follow sports, you’ve probably already heard about Ines Sainz a reporter who has created a windstorm of sexual harassment allegations against the New York Jets by stating, “I felt very uncomfortable ... Women should be treated professionally, and they deserve to be treated with respect," upon entering the locker room of the team. For those who don’t know, Ines Sainz is a Miss Universe Pageant participant and sports news reporter. A job I'd be willing to bet she got based more on her looks, than her sports reporting ability, as she happens to have nice tits and a sexy ass. Something we can all see as she has no problem wearing tight shirts and pants that accentuate her body.

The supposed harassment consists of statements like calling her beautiful, and hooting and hollering at her when she walked into the locker room, and during practice. The question I have is, how is it that she has walked into locker rooms before and not been hooted and hollered at?

The world of course found out about this when she tweeted, “Jeans and a white button-downed blouse with boots is not wearing something inappropriate.” Apparently she has no concept of what appropriate is.

Ladies here is some news for you: you can’t run around in skimpy outfits with your tits hanging out all over the place then be offended when someone looks at them. If you don’t want to be checked out by men wear a burqa, or for the less extreme maybe you should consider not dressing like a stripper. Why do buff guys wear tight t-shirts? For the same reason to get checked out by the ladies. But they don’t cry about it when a girl actually does check them out, they take it as a compliment.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Terry Jones, Adding to the Flames of Hatred and Intolerance

In two days it will be September 11th, a day that most of us will take a few minutes to remember where we were and how we felt about the twin towers attack. Others will take time to remember the loved ones no longer with us. And for the religious, they will say a prayer for those lost and those left behind. Well, most of the religious will be doing that. Reverend Terry Jones and his mindless flock will be spending the day fueling the flames of hatred and intolerance… literally.

I use the term reverend loosely, as he is obviously not a man who actually believes in Christian values. Jones has decided to declare tomorrow international burn the Koran/Quran day. And by international he means his small church is Florida, as I would imagine the rest of the world won’t be honoring his attempt at a holy war.

Already we’ve seen anti-U.S. protests in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Afghanistan, has stated that Jones’s Quran burning could lead to violence against U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East. Not to mention any possible repercussions to U.S. citizens around the world or in this country. Yet, this so called reverend doesn’t care about that. No, what he cares about is getting his name in the papers, and preaching his hatred and intolerance to those stupid enough to listen.

There are times that it makes perfect sense to me that so many other nationalities around this world hate North Americans. As a citizen there are times that I’m disgusted with my country as well, this being one of those times.

When September 11th happened, there was a massive outpouring of sympathy and love to this country and its people. And all we’ve done since then us burn that affection away like the pages in Terry Jone’s bonfire.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Miscellaneous Items Charged at the Holiday Inn

Have you ever spent the night at a Holiday Inn and thought to yourself, “Hmm, I wonder if they would sell me that blow dryer?” Well, now we know the answer. Yes they will sell it to you, and this is how much they will charge for it.

What they really should be saying here is, “if you steal any of this, this is how much we are going to charge you.”

Monday, September 06, 2010

Veal Production

Personally I’ve never eaten veal, but for those of you that do here is something to think about next time you are down at the store.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Another Oil Rig Explosion

“They are safe.” They tell us. “The BP rig explosion was a fluke, an unusual occurrence that most likely won’t happen again.” “That was a problem with BP’s record of safety; the other companies have a better record.” Well, it did happen again. Another oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. This one owned by Mariner Energy. Yet will our government do anything about it? Will they enact laws moving us off of oil energy into something better? Of course not, Obama will make some speeches, people will complain, and everything will go back to business as usual. Just like what has happened since the BP spill.

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