Blaming Others for Your Poor Life Choices

Today’s case of mind-boggling stupidity (and a blatant socialist agenda) comes from an opinion post courtesy of the Washington Post.

In her ranting, JoAnn Wise is heavily against Andrew Puzder (the CEO of CKE Restaurants) becoming the new Labor Secretary in President Trump’s administration.  After all, Joann claims to have worked for Hardee’s for over twenty years, and her pay has basically been just above minimum wage the entire time.

Wait.  What?

She’s been there for over twenty years and hasn’t advanced further in the company?  And we’re supposed to care about her obviously negative attitude towards the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., and Red Burrito?

In the Washington Post article, JoAnn says that she was initially hired as a cashier, and after a month she was promoted to a shift manager.  And that’s basically it.  Keep in mind that in the CKE Restaurants (my wife is the general manager of one of them), the shift managers (now called shift leaders) are NOT salaried positions. They are technically hourly workers who have management responsibilities when the general manager and assistant manager are not in the store.  It’s a part-time position where the workers can easily quit and change jobs at the drop of a hat.

Despite the pay remaining low (shift managers are NOT entitled to any bonuses), she chose to remain at the job, and to continue working at that low rate of pay for what I’m guessing is the brunt of her working career.  The decision to keep working there was on her, not the company. Read more…


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What would you do if an Asteroid was about to hit Earth?

Recently there have been some conspiracy theory news stories about how asteroid 2016 WF9 (or possibly a comet, astrologists are still trying to determine exactly *what* is flying through the solar system right now) may strike the Earth sometime in the next few weeks.

Asteroid 2016 WF9 on February 25, 2017.

Thankfully, an Earth impact will not happen (this time) as the asteroid’s orbit is only going to bring it to around 32 million miles from the Earth on February 25, 2017.  A distance of 32 million miles is nothing to worry about.  That’s roughly the same distance as the Earth to Mars when the two planets are at their closest (a term known as “opposition”).

But what about 2016 WF9’s return visit in 4.9 Earth years?  What about the asteroid’s orbit after that?  How about its path after that?  And after that?

It stands to reason that if 2016 WF9’s orbit remains perfectly stable and consistent, then at some point in the future it’ll have an extremely close call or possibly impact with Earth, causing catastrophic damage.  It’s just a question of when such an event occurs.

The million dollar question is, What would you do if you knew that an asteroid was going to strike the Earth in a couple of weeks? Read more…

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The Death of Retail Shopping

Recently, an article discussed how Amazon (and other online companies) are going to basically destroy a large percentage of jobs in retail stores.

Sadly, shopping in retail brick and mortar stores (a physical store in your town) has been on a decline for decades.  You can trace the start of its decline with the opening of shopping malls, and a steeper decline with the rise of all-in-one megastores like Walmart.  As we advanced into the Internet Age, the shopping trend shifted that way as well, and retailers quickly learned that it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to simply list items on a website and then ship them to the customers, saving tremendous money by not needing a physical store.


Today, online shopping is more popular than ever thanks to reliable sellers, cheaper prices, and fast and reliable shipping through not only the USPS, but UPS and FedEx as well.  It’s never been easier to order items and have them delivered to your address a few days later.

As companies such as Amazon and eBay continue to grow, just how much of a threat is that to the retail shopping world? Read more…

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The Dawn of a New Day


2017 is here and we’re witnessing the transition towards a better tomorrow.

It’s inspirational.

It’s motivational.

And it’s time to finally do something to take advantage of this awareness and positive feeling spreading across the country.

For me, that means getting back into my websites and taking them to the next level.  I’m also aggressively expanding my eBay business, and I’ve started dieting and working out again.  It’s not that I’m overweight — it’s just that I’m not happy with my weight and lack of physical conditioning.  It’s time to change that, and that change begins right now.

Why not start dieting and working out at the first of the year? Read more…

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How Much Money Does It Cost These Days To Watch Sports on Television?

Last weekend I had the desire to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

I knew that it was that time in the season for NBC to take over coverage of the races.

Okay.  No problem.  I’ll just check the local NBC channel and . . . . . . . there’s no race coverage.

Strange.  I’ll check it again.  Maybe it’s a race on the west coast and it has a later start time.

Nope.  There’s no mention of any NASCAR race at all on NBC on Sunday.  That’s rather peculiar since the local NBC channel has been covering races in the second half of the season for years now.

Just for fun I decided to do a search for “NASCAR” in the program guide for television.  Sure enough, it was listed.  It was being broadcast live on an NBC channel.  The only problem was that the race was being broadcast on NBCSN, NBC’s premium channel that they use for live sports.  As you can guess, my wife and I don’t receive that channel.  We just have a basic package with Dish Network.

So no NASCAR races for me while they’re being broadcast on NBCSN.  That’s not really a problem as NASCAR has been going downhill for a while now, and it’s actually difficult to sit and watch a race from start to finish.  These days I’ve mainly had the races on television as a background noise while I’ve been working on my computer.

It’s still annoying though that as long as NBCSN is broadcasting the races, then I won’t even have the option of watching them unless I upgrade to Dish Network’s “America’s Top 200” package (or higher).  I’m sorry, Dish Network, but we cannot justify spending the extra money on a vast majority of extra television channels that we will not watch.  It’s not worth it paying the higher monthly fees just for a couple of extra channels. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - July 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

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Gay Adoption — Is It Right For Children To Be Raised By Gay Parents?

As some of you may have already noticed, Coca-Cola has started a new marketing campaign focused on happiness.

Using the Twitter hashtag #choosehappiness, people can talk about what makes them happy along with happiness in general.  It’s meant to be a positive and uplifting message, something that people can proudly share on social media.  Naturally, the message of happiness is supposed to occur when said person is drinking a Coca-Cola product, but that’s optional.

Choose Happiness. What Are You Waiting For?

What brings us here today is that this new marketing campaign for Coca-Cola isn’t limited to the United States.  People in Europe have been seeing the same advertising.  That’s also where things have become very controversial.

Coca-Cola #choosehappiness advertisement featuring a gay couple with a child.

Coca-Cola #choosehappiness advertisement featuring a gay couple with a child.

In the Netherlands, some of Coca-Cola’s #choosehappiness posters have featured gay couples with (presumably) adopted children.  The message on the poster states, “We choose happiness ~ over ~ tradition.”  Of course, that’s not the only message being portrayed in this latest advertising campaign.

Statements like this are going to make people talk about not only gay marriage, but gay people adopting children as well.  Are we going to be seeing more messages like this soon?  More importantly, is gay adoption going to be the next movement to sweep across the country? Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - June 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm

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2015 Baltimore Riots — Politics, Racism, and Pure Hatred

For almost a week now, news reports have been focused on the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

City of Baltimore - 1797

What began as organized protests against police brutality and the recent death of Freddie Gray turned into a day and night of violent rioting and looting.  Thugs basically had free reign over parts of the city as the police stood by and watched it happened.

So what really happened in Baltimore?


On April 12, 2015, Baltimore police officers encountered Freddie Gray, a known criminal with a long history of being arrested.  It’s not known why the officers stopped or wanted to speak with him.  For whatever reason, Freddie took off running and the police gave chase.  Freddie was captured, placed under arrest, and put into a police wagon for transport to a nearby police precinct.

New video shows arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Notice in the arrest video that Freddie is not (or just barely) moving his legs.  The officers have to pick him up by the arms and literally carry him into the police wagon.  Was Freddie injured during the capture and arrest, or was he just being uncooperative and refusing to walk into the wagon? Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - April 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

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$15 Minimum Wage Protests

It’s April 15th and you know what that means . . .

No, we’re not talking about how the high tax rates continue to push average Americans to the breaking point.

These days the focus is on the opposite end of the spectrum, towards those people working entry-level jobs and expecting to receive high rates of pay.  We’re talking about the MINIMUM wage.

Protests, protests, protests, and yet more protests.  These have occurred all across the country today.

I don’t know exactly when this trend started, but for the past couple of years now people are walking out of their jobs (the vast majority of these people are hourly workers at fast food restaurants) and DEMANDING the government to simply raise the minimum wage to that of $15 an hour.

Raise the minimum wage.

That’s right.

These are low-level, hourly workers who are demanding that they receive not just a good wage, but a damn good wage for doing extremely simple work that literally any idiot can do.

All of these businesses are owned by greedy rich people, right?

Why shouldn’t they simply pay their hourly workers more money?  Aren’t all of those business owners being greedy as the hourly people break their backs doing the physical work?  Why can’t they pay the hourly workers a lot more money?

Believe it or not, but those are very real questions that people are asking when they talk about wanting to raise the minimum wage.  Unfortunately, they have no clue about what such a raise in money like that would do, especially a jump that high in wages.


First of all, these hourly, entry-level jobs are *not* meant to be full-time jobs.

Unless you’re sixteen years old and have a desire to work your way up through the ranks and be a fast food general manager, that job you take at McDonalds or Burger King is not going to be your job for the rest of your life.  You’re going to work there for a little while, prove you’re a responsible and a good worker, and then you’ll move on to a better job.

That’s how it is supposed to work in a good economy. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - April 15, 2015 at 6:21 pm

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Switching from Virgin Mobile back to TracFone

The other week when I was helping my wife look for a new cell phone, it got me interested in the other phone options as well.

I had been with Virgin Mobile for a few years now.  For $25 (plus tax) I had a monthly plan that included 300 minutes, unlimited text and unlimited data.  The 300 minutes of talk was more than enough for me as I don’t talk on the phone like I used to.  These days I’m more of a “texter” and prefer to send brief messages and quick photos back and forth between friends and family.  When I do speak on the phone, I tend to keep the calls short and to the point.

The bottom line was that I was paying over $300 a year for a cell phone service that I barely used.  On top of that, my Samsung Intercept cell phone was ancient by today’s standards and badly in need of an upgrade.  Of course, if you upgrade your phone, your cell phone company is going to bump up your phone plan to whatever is equivalent, including the new cost of your phone bill.

IF I was to stay with Virgin Mobile, the cheapest single-line plan that they have costs $35 per month.  That means that in addition to purchasing a new cell phone and paying the activation fee, I would also be spending an extra $120 a year to continue my casual usage.  That first year alone would be the cost of the phone + the cost of the activation fee + $420 for twelve months at $35 a month.

Obviously there has to be a cheaper way to have phone service considering all of the advances in today’s technology.

The answer for me turned out to be TRACFONE.

Years ago I was a TracFone customer.  Although the company and its cell phones were simple and incredibly inexpensive, the company worked for my situation.  But that was years ago.  What can the company offer people today?

After doing a little bit of research, TracFone still appeared to be a simple and inexpensive (for casual users) cell phone company.  The extra minutes are still readily available at the local Walmart, and so are some really cheap phones.  In fact, the couple of TracFones sold at our Walmart looked so cheap and clumsy that I almost turned down the company right then and there.  However, something inside of me said to check online and see if there were any other options available with TracFone.

That, my friends, is what brings us here today.

It turns out that TracFone now has smartphones available for sale.  And they have some really good ones, too.

Amazon.com --- LG Ultimate 2 L41C TracFone with triple minutes and bonus 1200 minutes/texts/data

Amazon.com — LG Ultimate 2 L41C TracFone with triple minutes and bonus 1,200 minutes/texts/data

I purchased the LG Ultimate 2 L41C TracFone with the triple minutes feature.  That means that every minute package that I purchase is multiplied by three for my phone.  A 60-minute card will give my phone 180 minutes of talk, 180 texts, and 180 MB of data. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - March 1, 2015 at 9:55 am

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Bad Experience at MetroPCS Store (Corporate Store in Duluth, Georgia)

About a week (or two) ago, my wife and I visited a corporate Metro PCS store so that she could purchase a new cell phone.

Her current phone had a bad battery that was having problems holding a charge throughout the day.  Her phone was a couple of years old and was in need of upgrading anyway thanks to MetroPCS switching and using the T-Mobile cell phone towers.  Other than the battery and the fact that her phone was a CDMA phone, the phone itself was still working fine.

We visited the corporate MetroPCS store in Duluth, Georgia.  The store’s address is 3780 Old Norcross Rd, Duluth, Georgia, 30096.  It’s in a shopping center at Old Norcross Rd and Steve Reynolds Blvd.

When we walked into the store, we were immediately greeted by a customer service worker.  The store didn’t look too busy as there were only a couple of customers and about seven or eight MetroPCS workers behind the counter, but we were informed that it was going to be a short wait before a worker could help us.

MetroPCS LG Optimus F6 cell phone --- $49.99

MetroPCS LG Optimus F6 cell phone — $49.99

No big deal.  We walked around the store and found the LG Optimus F6 on display, the exact phone that my wife wanted.  It was priced at $49.99, just as the MetroPCS website claimed that it would cost if you purchased the phone at a MetroPCS store.  Had we purchased the phone online, we would have had to use a $50 mail-in rebate to bring the total price down to $49.99.  Going into the store eliminated the need for the mail-in rebate, plus we would have the phone that day without waiting for it to be delivered in the mail.

Obviously, going to the store to purchase the phone was the best, and fastest, deal.

A few minutes later, a MetroPCS worker approached us and began asking my wife a few basic questions about her cell phone needs.  I cannot remember this lady’s name, but she looked like she was from southern Asia (India, Pakistan, etc.), and she spoke with an accent from that region.  This lady also had a nose ring and, if I remember correctly, several rings in her right ear.

This worker didn’t believe my wife when she claimed that she barely used her cell phone outside of talking, texting, and sending the occasional photo in a message.  Her phone was mainly used to talk to her family and her co-workers.  No, she didn’t use her phone for streaming music.  No, she really did not use the Internet from her phone.  Believe it or not, but not everybody lives constantly on his or her cell phone.

That’s a big reason why my wife had a basic MetroPCS phone plan.  Her plan cost $30 a month for unlimited talk, text and web, not that she ever used the data.  This was a promotion that was available a couple of years ago.

Right off the bat, this MetroPCS worker told us that we were NOT ELIGIBLE for the $49.99 price of the LG Optimus F6.

Wait.  Huh?

Why aren’t we eligible? Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - February 28, 2015 at 9:33 pm

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How To Find Your Nine-Digit Account Number With Virgin Mobile Phones

In the world of phones and keeping your number when you switch carriers, one of the most critical pieces of information is knowing your account number.

You need not just your cell phone number, but the actual number of your account with the phone company.  You cannot switch companies and port (keep your phone number) without it.

Those of you with Virgin Mobile may have noticed that your account number is nowhere to be found.  It’s not on your billing statement (my billing statements only had my ten-digit cell phone number); nor is it listed on the Virgin Mobile website when you log in to your account.

If you’re planning on switching cell phone companies and still want to keep your phone number, then how do you find out the nine-digit account number?

One way is to simply call Virgin Mobile at 1-888-322-1122 and to speak with a representative.  Of course, this means speaking over the telephone with somebody in an international call center.  I had to do that when switching *to* Virgin Mobile, and I had a difficult time understanding the person over the phone.

If you choose to call the call center, the person is going to ask you why you need to know your account number.  A simple answer is, “I want to know the account number for my own record.”  They really cannot argue with that response.  Saying anything else (especially if you mention that you’re switching to another company) is likely to cause the call center person to keep talking, asking you follow-up questions, and wasting more of your time.

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering if there’s an alternate way of learning your Virgin Mobile account number, one that does not involve calling the company’s call center.

Fortunately, there’s an alternate way that’s both quick and easy.  All it takes is a computer with Internet access, and Chrome, a free web browser.  (This trick also works with Chromium.)

Using Chrome, go to Virgin Mobile’s website (www.virginmobileusa.com) and log in to your account.  After you’ve logged in to your Virgin Mobile account:

1) Right-click on the page (in the background of the page, and not on any of the links).

2) From the menu by your mouse’s cursor, select “Inspect Element.”  This will create a new box with developer tools on the right side of the page.  Go ahead and expand the box it so you can see things better.

3) On the top of that new section click on the “Resources” tab.

4) Expand the “Cookies” group.

5) Look inside of that group and select “www2.virginmobileusa.com.”

6) Scroll down the listing until you see the name “ban.”  Inside the column immediately to the right of the name “ban” is your nine-digit Virgin Mobile account number.  Hooray!

There you go.  The instructions may sound complicated, but it’s really fast and easy to use this trick to find your Virgin Mobile account number.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - February 26, 2015 at 8:31 pm

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2015 Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and Ash Wednesday

Another Mardi Gras has officially ended and now it’s Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Mardi Gras mask.

While I’m not an official member of the Catholic Church, I’ve been doing independent research into certain holidays and traditions, and I’ve always found Mardi Gras to be particularly interesting.  From the earliest days of Mardi Gras to its dominance in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, to even the French language and culture itself, this is just a really fascinating holiday.

In the spring of 1999, I had the pleasure of joining my college’s Air Force ROTC unit and marching in a daytime parade in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.  I have forgotten which exact day or parade we were part of, but that was an awesome experience.  We got to march in a parade during the day and then party on Bourbon Street that night.

I’d love to return to New Orleans one day and spend more time exploring the city’s rich history.

Mardi Gras officially ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday

Anyway, I’ve always thought of the transition from the stroke of midnight on Mardi Gras and the quick transition to Ash Wednesday to be like the “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Ave Maria” musical segments in Disney’s Fantasia.

Traditionally, Mardi Gras is about the feasting before the self-sacrifice during Lent.  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) itself is the last day of feasting that a person does before fasting on Ash Wednesday, and then withdrawing one’s self from personal luxuries (from meat and poultry to other cravings) throughout Lent and until Easter Sunday.  Lent is supposed to help Christians replicate the sufferings that Jesus Christ went through when he spent 40 days fasting in the desert and enduring temptations by the Devil.

Today’s version of Mardi Gras seems to be more focused on the debauchery, sex and alcohol, and less on the fasting and preparation for Lent and Holy Week.

Take New Orleans for example as it’s basically the focal point of Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - February 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

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The Last Two Months – Updating Florida-Project.com

It seems like forever since my last posting on this website.

We’re now in the middle of February and my last article here was just after Christmas.

As you can guess by the title of this article, the reason for my absence here is related to one of my other websites, Florida-Project.com.

Back in December, I received a notification from my software that as of December 31, 2014, there would no longer be any more updates for that particular website software.  It was time to update or face the wrath of whatever security problems may occur in the future.  Obviously, the decision was made to update the website.

The previous version of Florida-Project.com was good and full of material, but there were many areas that needed improvement, from the design of the website itself to accessing material and the general flow of information.  The website has been in need of an overhaul.  It was just a matter of finally taking the time to give the website a full update.

Anyway, I proceeded to update the website’s software when, uh oh, there was a problem.  There was a small problem that crashed the website.  I tried to load a backup copy of the website and database, but that wouldn’t work either.  Apparently I didn’t save something correctly when making backup copies a while ago, and now the entire website was broken.

At that point in time the website was broken and completely useless.  It was time to quickly save all of the pages so that I could copy and paste most of the old content when building the new pages.  After that it was time to remove the entire website from my server, upload the latest version of the software, and begin building the new version of the website.

It took a few days to get a basic version of the website operational.  A) I haven’t built a website in a long time, so it took a little bit to get back into that mode again.  B) It also took a little while to create a new logo and some custom artwork.  C) I actually created TWO versions of the website: A fancy version and a simpler version for those people using Internet Explorer as their Internet browser. (The fancier version of the website was later removed.)

My philosophy for creating the newer version of Florida-Project.com was based on a few critical factors: Read more…

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Day After Christmas Mall Fights – Random Violence OR Planned Terror?

Last night while sitting in bed, I cruised through headline news stories using an application on my phone.

A quick headline about there being a mall fight caught my attention, but I didn’t think much of it.  Then there was a second headline from a different mall.  That was followed by two more violent headlines, each of them being reported from different shopping centers across the county.

Once is an isolated incident.  Twice might be a coincidence.  Three or more times means that this could have been an organized, large-scale event carried out throughout the country.

The mall fights took place at Monroeville, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; Independence, Missouri; and Sacramento, California.  Three of them (Monroeville, Memphis and Independence) seem to have the same story written for each incident.  In addition to the mall fights, there was also a major fight involving teenagers at the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.

Monroeville, Pennsylvania:

In the news article, it was reported that hundreds of “teens” (the media’s current term for describing *black* teenagers and young adults) suddenly began arriving at the Monroeville Mall around 4:30 or 5 p.m.  It was estimated that as many as 1,000 “teens” were then in the mall at one point.  Some of them began fighting on the lower level, and some of the fighting escalated to the upper floor.  Stores were forced to quickly close their security gates to keep their workers safe and to prevent any looting.

Perhaps the most important part of the story is that the article states, “The chief said his officers learned later Friday that through social media, hundreds of teens were showing up at the mall, with the influx starting about 4:30 or 5 p.m. and reaching as many as 1,000, according to mall security officers.

Some of the fighting at the Monroeville Mall Read more…

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Assassination Of Two NYPD Police Officers In Brooklyn

Earlier today two New York Police Department (NYPD) police officers were ambushed and assassinated during a brutal, execution-style shooting attack in Brooklyn, New York.

The police officers, Wenjian Liu and Refael Ramos, were sitting inside of their patrol car when they were suddenly approached and shot point-blank by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, a 28-year-old THUG who also shot his ex-girlfriend earlier today.  She is expected to survive from her attack.  After shooting both of the police officers multiple times, Ismaaiyl Brinsley fled into a nearby subway station as other police officers quickly arrived.  When Ismaaiyl was trapped by the police in the subway station, he took his own life and committed suicide.

The Daily Mail website has an informative article about the murder of the officers as well as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reaction.  It’s doubtful if any of our American news agencies will have any detailed articles like that.

So far there hasn’t been a whole lot of information released about Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s motives and the extent of anybody else connected to his murders, but it is believed that the death of Eric Garner and the protests by the public influenced his actions.

How do we know this?

Simple.  Ismaaiyl allegedly posted his intentions earlier today on Instagram.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley's posting on Instagram hours before he shot and killed two NYPD officers in Brooklyn.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s posting on Instagram hours before he shot and killed two NYPD officers in Brooklyn.

The posting stated, “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today.  They Take 1 Of Ours …… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown  This May Be My Final Post  I’m Putting Pigs In A Blanket“.

Shoot the police . . . shoot the police . . .

Why does that sound familiar?

Oh yeah.  Now I remember.  That’s exactly what people were shouting when marching in a recent protest through New York City.

What do we want?  DEAD COPS!  When do we want it?  NOW!Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - December 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm

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The Death of Eric Garner – Was His Death Caused By Police Brutality?

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was in Staten Island, New York, when he was questioned by a pair of undercover NYPD officers on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.

During the questioning, Garner stated that he was not selling cigarettes, and also that he was tired of being harassed by the police.  He told them that the harassing was going to end today.  When the police moved in to arrest Garner, he resisted and continued claiming his innocence.  At that point Officer Daniel Pantaleo moved behind Garner, wrapped his arms around Garner’s neck and shoulders, and used a submission hold to help subdue the suspect.  Eric Garner was 6’3″ tall and weighed 350 pounds.

As Eric Garner fell to the ground, he continued resisting and more police officers swarmed over him, trying to hold him still so they could handcuff his arms behind his back.  At that point in time Pantaleo had moved his arms, but he still had one of his arms wrapped around Garner’s neck in an alternate submission hold.  He immediately releases this hold when Garner’s free arm is finally cuffed behind his back.  When that happens Garner stated the words, “I can’t breathe.

The arrest was recorded on video, and it has been posted online for the world to view.

The arrest video of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014.

At 1:20 in the video you can clearly see Officer Pantaleo wrap his arms around Garner’s neck and shoulder.  Garner is then wrestled to the ground.  Ten seconds later at 1:30 you can see that Officer Pantaleo has his left arm wrapped around Garner’s neck in a slightly different hold than the one he used a moment ago.  That second hold is released a few seconds later when Garner is rolled onto his right side and his right arm is finally cuffed behind his back.  While his arm is being cuffed, Eric Garner is on his stomach, officers are holding him against the ground (using their hands and knees to press against his head, chest, and torso).  That’s when he utters the words, “I can’t breathe.”

The ending of the video shows that Eric Garner became unconscious just after being handcuffed.  The final scenes show him lying on his side as officers keep an eye on him while waiting for paramedics. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - December 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm

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Black Friday Fights 2014 – Are People *Really* This Stupid?

These days the arrival of Thanksgiving means only one thing to way too many people — shopping deals on Black Friday.

Of course, shopping deals are only deals if you believe that you’re really saving money on a product that you desire.  The smart shoppers will actually research the exact models that are being sold, and then determine A) If it’s a good deal, and B) If it’s worth losing the tradition of Thanksgiving and standing in lines to fight with crowds over said product.  Everybody else will flock to the stores and just blindly purchase whatever is on sale, whether it’s a true deal or not.

It’s that secondary group of shoppers that has given Black Friday shopping such a negative experience these days.  It’s a shopping experience full of aggressive people pushing their way through stores, vulgarity, poor attitudes, and the occasional fight and involvement by the police department.

Let’s take a look at some Black Friday 2014 highlight videos of these jackasses in action.  Of course, all of these videos are technically from Thanksgiving / Gray Thursday and *not* on Black Friday.  Most of the stores were having their main sales around 6 pm on Thanksgiving.

This first video was allegedly shot in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  The poster claimed that two people were fighting over a parking spot and then things escalated until the police arrived.


This next video was allegedly at an Urban Outfitters store in a shopping mall.  When the gate opens the mob of people rushes into the store.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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No Justice, No Peace Riots and Protests

Last night it was announced that the Grand Jury had decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

What promptly followed was a state of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as the more violent and troublesome of the protesters decided to go into action, destroying private property, looting stores, heavily damaging police cars, firing handguns and other firearms at the police officers, and starting numerous fires.

In short, Ferguson became a war zone, a place where law and order became a piece of ancient history.

It was anarchy.  The rioters had a field day breaking into businesses and stealing whatever they called, all with NO THREAT of being stopped or arrested.

Where was the National Guard during all of that rioting in Ferguson?

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a point of mobilizing some of them a few days ago.  He knew what was going to happen should the Grand Jury not indict Officer Wilson.  The writing was clearly on the wall in this case.  It was not going to be a night of quiet protesting.

Why didn’t Governor Nixon send in the National Guard to protect businesses and private property?  According to some sources, the mayor of Ferguson repeatedly asked the governor to send in the troops last night, but those calls for action were denied.  Was it Governor Nixon’s decision to not send in the troops, or did that order come from some place higher like the Department of Justice or even the White House?

Sadly, the story was a dream come true for the media and for the civil rights leaders that had been pushing for just this type of action should the outcome of the Grand Jury go against their wishes.

But that’s just it.  The Grand Jury fully listened to all of the witnesses, examined all of the evidence, and the team of people decided that Officer Wilson would not be brought to trial on ANY of the criminal charges ranging from homicide to manslaughter.  Those people determined that Officer Wilson was acting in self-defense when Michael Brown approached him, refusing to listen to the officer’s instructions to stop in his tracks.

Nearly all of the *witnesses* were proven to be LIARS.  When the evidence was carefully examined, it was determined that Officer Wilson’s account of the incident was the most accurate one.  He was forced to shoot and kill Michael Brown, otherwise it was highly probably that the so-called “gentle giant” was going to viciously attack and possibly kill the police officer.  Remember that Michael Brown had already attacked Officer Wilson while he was still sitting inside of his police car.  There was no telling as to how far Brown was most likely going to take his next attack.

None of that matters to the Ferguson protesters.  They want the blood of Darren Wilson.  Their anger has reached extreme levels, and we saw that action in last night’s riots.

THE TRUTH —- It’s all about RACISM.

We’re talking about black-on-white racism, something very much real but rarely, if ever, discussed by the media, talking heads, and political leaders. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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How Much *Violence* Is Expected In Ferguson, Missouri?

Today it was announced that the Jennings School District in Clayton County Missouri has cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday of next week.  An article by the St. Louis Online-Dispatch outlines the recent announcement.

No, the schools aren’t being closed because of any inclement weather.

Nor are the schools closing early just to extend the Thanksgiving break, though this is a popular conspiracy theory right now.

Instead, the decision was made the close the schools because it’s *believed* that the Grand Jury is going to finally make its announcement about whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  And, should Officer Wilson *not* be indicted, then it’s widely speculated that there will be significantly more rioting.  Therefore, because it’s expected that people are going to riot even though technically it has yet to be announced *when* the Grand Jury is going to make its announcement, the Jennings School District is going to play it safe and close the schools for Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Either the school district has received advanced warning of the upcoming Grand Jury’s announcement, complete with the verdict, or the school district is being lazy and cancelling classes to give the teachers a longer break.  It has been widely rumored that the school district was going to be given a warning about 48 hours before the announcement of the decision by the Grand Jury so the parents and students could hunker down in case of rioting.

The announcement of the schools being closed goes along with two other announcements in that area:

1) The partial mobilization of the Missouri National Guard and their deployment to Ferguson in anticipation of the Grand Jury’s decision.

2) The deployment of 100 FBI agents to Ferguson in anticipation of the Grand Jury’s decision.

Considering the closing of the schools, the deployment of the National Guard, and the addition of 100 FBI agents to the town, just how much violence is the government expecting to take place in Ferguson should the Grand Jury *not* indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown?

The article by the St. Louis Online-Dispatch mentioned that although the classes were cancelled, the school buildings would still be open to serve meals to children in need.  The classes were cancelled in order to help keep children off the street should there be violent rioting, yet, in a district that has many kids that walk to and from school, the “children in need” are still allowed to walk to and from the schools to receive their free (or heavily discounted, whichever way they do it these days) breakfasts and lunches for Monday and Tuesday.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.  Keep the kids off the streets because there might be rioting and chaos, but still allow them to visit the schools and receive their meals for two days.  Right.

Of course, these kids would be better off staying in school, attending classes, and actually receiving a decent education rather than paying any attention to the psychopaths and anarchists in the streets calling for the death of Officer Wilson.  The DEATH of the police officer?  Really? Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

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Testing Yourself For HIV Is A Christmas Event, Right?

At least, that’s how it appears to be presented in a recent television commercial for the product OraQuick.

OraQuick website --- www.OraQuick.com

OraQuick website — www.OraQuick.com

In a recent TV commercial for OraQuick, an in-home oral HIV test kit, the slogan says, “Let’s make this the Season of Knowing with OraQuick In-Home HIV Test.”  Although this particular commercial is not available on YouTube (I didn’t find it on YouTube, but it may have been listed differently), this same holiday slogan is used on the product’s website.  Near the top of the website it states, “This holiday season, the makers of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test invite you to join us in making this the Season of Knowing . . . your HIV status.

Is it just me, or is it odd that the advertisers are making this into a *Christmas* event rather than, let’s say, something that’s extremely beneficial to know year-round?  Last time I checked, knowing if you’re infected with HIV is a life-changing event, something that will change the way that you live for the rest of your life.  What difference does this make if you learn that you do or do not have HIV in November/December rather than February or May or July?

I can picture it now.  Somebody with a troubled lifestyle thinks that he may have been exposed to HIV, but for some reason or another he doesn’t want to get himself tested.  Perhaps he’s just going to stay in a state of denial, convincing himself that he really wasn’t exposed to HIV.  If he’s never tested, then he’ll never have to tell anybody about his behavior.  Whatever.  But along comes this advertisement and suddenly he’s motived to finally get himself tested, not necessarily for the sake of knowing right now, but because it’s the Christmas season!  It’s “the Season of Knowing!”  Yeah!

The fine print near the bottom of the website warns that, “A negative result with this test does not mean that you are definitely not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure may have been within the previous 3 months.Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

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