A Patriotic Blog Look

Ok, ok, I can hear it now – he changed the blog again!!! Yes, I did, and hope everyone likes it.

Dusted off the HTML code book & editors, & wanted to see what could be done to make the “look” a little more manageable.

Hey, programming is still a hobby as well as a job! At least I like my job, unlike a lot of other people.

If anyone has a problem viewing the blog, please let me know your browser and display settings, and I’ll work on it.

Thanks again.

Interesting Articles

Saw these articles on AOL, & thought all 6 1/2 readers of this blog would like to read and/or comment on them.

First, Judge Souter’s participation in the eminent domain decision may come back to bite him in this article. Should be interesting to see how this one works out…

Second, is your American-made car really American made? This article makes you think otherwise, and just makes globlization that much more of a problem than what you would expect.

Last, if there is anything in the news or the articles that you would like to see me comment on or rant about, please email me or comment below.

Thanks!

Idol Discrimination

Another season of American Idol kicked off this week with the tryouts to make it to the next round in Hollywood. People that showed up to audition were like the title to a Clint Eastwood movie – “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.” Like a box of chocolates, you never really knew what to expect.

Of course, there were a lot of bad performances. Invariably, the majority of the people shown that didn’t make it to the next round were pissed off that they didn’t get picked. They usually went down the path that the judges didn’t know talent when they saw it, they should have been picked, it was nothing they did, yadda yadda yadda… It wasn’t until the boy who literally looked & sounded like a girl, got rejected, & started mouthing off that it hit me – this show discriminates!!

Of course this show discriminates! Exactly what do you think it should do? Give everyone a pass on bad notes, bad attitude, bad looks, & bad performances? Considering that some of the performances were so bad that my wife muted the TV just goes to show that not everyone who gets their 15 minutes of fame deserves it.

To those of the contestants that were rejected, I would like to ask: Did you or did you not sing into a tape recorder and listen to yourself? Really listen? How many of you actually came prepared, practiced your song, and had that critical eye on yourself? From what was shown, not many.

Talent aside, this show did not boost the majority of the loser’s self-esteem. Sorry, life is harsh & does not give warm fuzzies to those who don’t measure up. This is a lesson that seems to have been lost on lots of people. For example, my son’s high school has a mission statement that goes:

“The mission of XXXXXX High School is to teach for understanding so that all students learn for a lifetime. In this task, a positive learning environment will be continually promoted, evaluated, and adjusted in order to provide opportunity for achievement and self-esteem.”

Awwwww – doesn’t that just give you a warm feeling? They care about your child’s self-esteem, will not bruise his or her ego, and make sure that the environment that they will (hopefully) learn in will be encouraging. What about being held to an educational standard? Oops, can’t do that – it’s not in the mission statement! But I digress…

The point is that a lot of these people have gone through life getting their ego stroked, never really were held to a standard, and when they don’t measure up, take the classic “it’s not my fault” mentality, and blame someone else for them not succeeding. Sound familiar?

Finally, comments to the aforementioned boy-dress/sounds-like-a-girl contestant: The judges were not racist, not accepting of you or anything else that you spouted off about after the audition. In fact, they were damn courteous compared to some of the other people that auditioned. You were OK in your performance, but you didn’t measure up to their standards, and you definitely confused the hell out of them with your appearance. Think of this as a prelude to a job interview – if you confuse the interviewer and have a mediocre interview, don’t expect to get hired. Last, if you truly believe that Americans are racist, don’t accept you for who/what you are, or any of the other drivel that you sobbed about, I would suggest that you find another country that would accept you as you are and emigrate. Hate to break it to you; other countries are not as accepting as the US. I know – I’ve been to several.

OK, ranting is over (for now).

Assisted Suicide or Murder?

My cats are smart.

They listen to the news, and followed with some interest on the latest Supreme Court’s decision on assisted suicide using perscription drugs. They had a toy mouse that needed to be put out of its misery, but they didn’t want to go to the vet to get a perscription. They decided to do something else.

They dropped it in a water dish…

Democrat Meltdown

There has been so much stuff happening with the Democrats since the Alito hearings, I just wonder if they are undergoing a nuclear meltdown. For instance:

Ray (there was a hurricane coming?) Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, made a speech in which he stated thatNew Orleans should be rebuilt as an African-American city. Let’s forget about the parsing of the “chocolate” reference – that is exactly what he said in this speech. How many “vanilla” and other foods & flavors did he offend? Of course, he backtracked like crazy. Doesn’t exactly inspire me to visit New Orleans even after it’s rebuilt…

Hillary Rodham Clinton (ugh – need to wipe the keyboard down after typing that name!) stated in her recent speech that the House is run like a plantation, denying full discussion of bills, procedural errors, and the like. First of all, her Party did the same things when they had control of the House AND the Senate. Second, to raise up the specter of slavery in front of a predominately Black crowd is playing the race card once again. Personally, I’m sick of it being played because all this causes is division and tension, not unity and tolerance that the Liberal Democrats keep saying that they champion. Again, HRC (better…) explained, backtracked, etc… away the inflammatory reference.

Al (I’m a tree-hugger and inventor of the Internet) Gore flamed the Bush administration for domestic spying, even though the Clinton-Gore administration did the exact same thing! Excuse me, but exactly what planet is he from again?

The bad behavior from the miscreants listed above can be explained by the following:

  1. We Hate Bush.
  2. We made fools of ourselves and our Party in the Alito hearings.
  3. We really Hate Bush.
  4. We are politicians, and it’s our job to behave like idiots to get more votes for ourselves.
  5. We Hate Bush so much we can’t see straight and keep our lies in check.

One final news flash on bad Democrat behavior – Ted Kennedy has a love-child.

Excuse me, but I need to get some Pepto…