Jun 26, 2011
While 22-year-old Rory McIlroy was teeing up on June 16 during the first round of his historic victory at the U.S. Open, another drama was unfolding outside Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
A Montgomery County inspector busted some kids for running a lemonade stand at which they were setting aside half the proceeds for pediatric cancer victims. The charge? No permit.
One of the dads involved got a $500 fine. After a TV station’s tape of the bust went viral, the county backed off, canceled the fine and let the kids set up on a side street. The children decided to donate the entire take to cancer kids.
Although it ended well, the incident became news because it illustrates how bureaucrats can abuse power and bully citizens - even kids.
Along the same lines, many Americans were outraged upon seeing footage in April of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent patting down a 6-year-old girl at the New Orleans airport and of an 8-year-old boy being patted down in Oregon's Portland International Airport.
But wait. TSA topped that in Kansas City, where agents patted down an 8-month-old baby on May 7 after the infant’s stroller caused the scanner to beep. A pastor, Jacob Jester, who was in line, snapped a photo and tweeted it.
What got into those agents? As far as I can see from the picture, the baby was not dressed in a black burqa with a suspicious bulge, nor maliciously brandishing a bottle or pacifier. Mr. Jester, who said he respects the TSA for trying to ensure everyone’s safety, commented, “I’m not out to embarrass the TSA. But I do believe there has to be a line drawn. I do not believe that an 8-month-old constitutes a security threat.”
Stung by criticism, the TSA blog responded: “Our officers followed proper current screening procedures by screening the family after the alarm, who, by the way, were very cooperative and were on the way to their gate in no time. The child in the photo was simply receiving a modified pat-down. …” Oh, well then.
To cut the TSA some slack, its agents are more skittish than a hockey goalie in playoff overtime. They’ll be blamed if something - anything - slips by to bring down an airliner. And they know that Muslim extremists use children as suicide bombers. Of course, the kids in these American airports have not been dashing through gates with explosives strapped to them.
Public exposure and outrage is the best medicine for curbing overzealous bureaucrats. On June 22, the TSA said it would do less intrusive checks on children. This will reduce but not abolish such procedures. Wouldn’t want al Qaeda to get the green light to hot-pack the Pampers.
Another bureaucratic outrage is simmering in the Midwest, where a family has been threatened with a potential fine of $4 million for raising bunnies without permission from the federal government. Blogger John McCarty, who publishes on BigGovernment.com, has been following the story, abbreviated here:
John and Judy Dollarhite of Nixa, Mo., wanted to teach their teenage son about management...Go here for the rest of the story.
Jun 21, 2011
I like it when my friends bitch and moan in my comments. I just delete my enemies bitching and moaning. Woe be unto the jackwagon spammer terd.
Jun 18, 2011
Time for chocolate cake!
This is what you get! Follow instructions!
Credit: Donald Pennington
Who doesn't love some chocolate cake so good, it's almost evil? Who doesn't find themselves wanting some cocoa-flavored goodness so much, they'd be willing to carry it around on their thighs for a month? You just better grab a saucer, fork, cup of milk, and a seat at the table when you see this chocolate cake. You just “gotta getcha some!” You'll see. This dessert won't last overnight in your fridge.
What you need to make some evil-good chocolate cake
Any chocolate cake mix or recipe
Up to a cup of the cheapest beer in the store.
1 tiny, little, bit of a pinch of chili powder
8 oz of chocolate pudding, any brand
1 small pinch of salt
What you do to make some evil-good chocolate cake
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or whatever the original cake recipe calls for..
Prepare the cake as normal, with the exception of replacing any water or milk called for, with the cheap beer. Go with the cheap beer since what might not be worth drinking, usually makes for some delicious baking.
While mixing, add the dash of salt, and the tiny bit of chili powder. When it comes to the chili powder, you really want to try for just a few/less than a dozen little flakes of the stuff. The ittiest-bitty bit of it is what you want.
Once mixed correctly, add the 8 oz. Of chocolate pudding. Whip it in well, stirring more than you think you might need to. The frothier, the better, in this case. Scrape your cake into a lightly-greased cake pan, and bake according to the original cake recipe's instructions.
Cool before frosting. I leave the frosting up to your own creative genius (Hint: any pudding and powdered sugar, whipped together, makes an interesting glaze.)
Originally published on Wikinut.
Jun 16, 2011
With their work cut out for them, repair crews around Georgia are answering calls for jobs like removal of this tree from a home. It's not just a part of the tree. It's the whole tree, right on top of the house, itself. Not only does this speak to the power of last night's storms, it also speaks to the quality of old-fashioned construction craftsmanship.
Those repair crew personnel are just amazing! Three stories up, this gutsy, and well-balanced guy is tackling the removal ~ bit-by-bit ~ of another log off from on top of an unidentified house. Of course, all of the houses in these scenes are unidentified. Why should we add any risk of embarrassment?
Well, progress is made, one step at a time. Hang in there, buddy, and keep up the good work.
Some homes got off much easier, than others. Fortunately for everyone involved, they're living in one of the friendliest, most-caring states in the Union.
Still, others were just lucky to only suffer some minor roof damage.
Of course, few trees in these parts of Georgia were spared a bit of the storm's furies.
All images credit: Donald Pennington
Residents all over the state of Georgia are just the latest to suffer a series of powerful storms.
Video source/credit: 11alive.com
Also in the mix for folks in the area, was a barrage of hailstones, which damaged property, of course. That's what hail is known to do. We can be confident our friends in Georgia will likely recover from these weather events somewhat easier than those in the Midwest, dealing with heavy flooding, and rebuilding from the sog. But, still, let's all keep our ear close to the ground, so we hear if Georgia begins calling for help, too.
According to a CTV video on CTVBC.ctv.ca, we hear a report on the mass upset felt, by police inability to quiet the riot. Some call for Canadian government officials to call in the military.
They didn't bring in these guys.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photographer: Glen Larson
As of 11:15 p.m., local time (PDT), police were responding to rioters with tear gas and flash-bangs, rather than tolerate those who would flip over a car and damage other property, over something so fleeting as a trophy. Perhaps a bit of tuning up all actors with one wallop, could perhaps make those “not-really-so-brave” others, think a bit on their actions.
It's a just a game trophy, for crying out loud! Whomever it was who first suggested damaging any property whatsoever, should face charges. If it's hundreds of Canadians, so be it.
Jun 11, 2011
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Jun 10, 2011
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Jun 8, 2011
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Jun 6, 2011
So tickled was I to read something which might be good, I saved the future search term “dichloroacetate,” as a status update on Facebook. I knew a Facebook status update would never go away. I wonder how many people thought I was just talking to myself, again.
So readers know just what I'm talking about, Here's the article. Those of us who've written for other sites, recognize a hub page. So, it should be obvious that not a lot of vetting the details of the report are going on. For the sake of others who perhaps have not written for a variety of sites themselves, Hub pages is a web site ran by bored old housewives, who pretend they're more intelligent than they likely are.
I'm not saying they're not “nice.” I'm saying they allow bad information onto their pages, unaware. With that being said, I'm still willing to read the report on a possible cancer cure. But, having looked into the piece on dichloroacetate as a cure for cancer, I'm heavily disappointed.
The information shared is sloppy, untrue, inaccurate, and just plain shitty. How's that for a take? Oh. I'm sorry. Is that wording offensive? Well, imagine the emotions of someone hoping for once, someone put up some truly worthwhile “alternative news.”
DCA is a possible lead, towards a successful strike against cancer. And according to PZ Myers, it just might warrant a bit of research. Of course, that'll be more likely in the case of non-industry supported research. But that's just because a product like DCA isn't patentable, and big pharma does deserve a return on their investment. They're in business like everyone else.
Here's to hoping that, before you share that next article on Facebook about a cure for cancer, you take a second and check if they're on a credible news site, of any sort, and then check the information itself. Too many times, a piece of crap is passed on as a piece of information, thanks only to a headline. Your IQ should be THIS HIGH before clicking the “share” button on Facebook.
We see reports in the leftist-news which portray Michelle as some sort of an authority on food - HOW? Even if she has the education geared towards making healthy fodd choices in the first place - Which would sorta factor in if we want a food czar who knows what the hell they're talking about anyhoo - EVEN IF she's at all qualified, who the hell elected the First Lady to take on any sort of responsibility in engaging in food/nutrition choices, for individual Americans?
We need to take the clock back all the way to Hillary Rodham Clinton to find another Food Nazi (Fud Nutzy) who wanted so much in power, and having deserved none whatsoever.
Why do we so quickly turn over, and surrender to the demands of the president's wife (no you don't capitalize it like that, anymore)? Why are we just so easily caving in to the demands of someone who just wants the thrill of telling folks what to do? We can't even rely on an objective viewpoint from the mainstream media these days. You might enjoy meeting this guy.
But i for one wish to bring up the inconvenient fact that any legislation pushed by Michelle Obama, or the spouse of any sitting president, isn't really legitimate. Screw it. I won't obey. I won't comply.
I guess I'll just wait until I get enough followers, to get a response.
I'd planned to do this. But, not one follower responded. Not one. Nobody joined up. Feh.
One friend on Fb did mention an interest. But, still I saw nothing.
So, like I said, I'll just try it to , say, celebrate my 100th reader. Then it'll be more fun.
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