It’s been several days since the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, had the shootout with Boston cops and then put the city under siege and martial law until the surviving brother, Dzhokhar, was finally captured.
According to the media, the case is basically closed. The vast majority of news stories have painted the picture of two boys originally from southern Russia who came to America and later decided to strike back against this very country. They allegedly became “brainwashed” with a radical faction of the Muslim religion and carried out a personal jihad against the USA. The Tsarnaev brothers placed IEDs constructed from pressure cookers (as described in online publications), and detonated them near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
It seems simple enough of a plan, especially when you look deeper into Tamerlan’s past including his mysterious trip to Russia that lasted for six months and the violence he’s used against his wife, a woman who was forced to convert to the Muslim faith. New articles online hint that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may also be the person behind a still unsolved triple homicide that occurred back in 2011.
2013 Boston Marathon bombing
It seems so simple: Construct pressure cooker bombs. Start a fuse. Place bombs amongst the unsuspecting crowd watching and cheering for the runners. Walk away. Flee with the masses when the bombs detonate. Avoid capture and live to strike again (failed for these two starting with the chain of events that began early Friday morning).
But to many people, there’s much more to the Boston Marathon bombing than we’re being told by the media and politicians.
Saudi Arabia connection
Let’s start with a Saudi Arabian named Abdul Rahman Ali Issa al-Salimi al-Harbi. Read more…
The other day my girlfriend and I were walking through a shopping mall when a new sign for Dave & Buster’s caught our attention. One word was definitely wrong but the advertisement was also in desperate need of some key punctuation marks.
Did you notice anything wrong with the grammar and punctuation?
How about now?
Obviously not every phrase and sentence on an advertisement like this needs punctuation, but you really need to have some punctuation in key areas like after asking a major question or stating a proud selling point. As far as the your/you’re error, that’s a common problem for a LOT of people these days, and nobody seems to care about correcting it. Read more…
The other day my girlfriend noticed an interesting package deal for the Florida theme parks, and we’re seriously considering the offer. It’s a decent price and we’d both like to spend some time again down there.
The company’s website (not listed here but it’s a reputable Orlando-based company) is okay at best when it comes to information about the promotions and theme park ticket prices. It has the basic information, but some things are a little bit vague. I had to send their customer service department an e-mail to clarify some of my questions.
I sent the company a clearly worded and nicely formatted e-mail addressing my concerns. What I received back was a heaping pile of crap that was a blend between an automated response and somebody with Kindergarten-level grammar skills.
Here’s the company’s response:
“Good Day [REMOVED]:
My name is Irene; I am your personal Vacation Planning Specialist with [REMOVED]. It is my pleasure to answer your questions and ensure that you have the best possible experience with your purchase.
Regarding your email below for [REMOVED] tickets that we provide don’t have an expiration date on them, so if you are able to use them they will never expire, from the first day you use your tickets your will have 13 days to finish up thet rest of your days. Our prices are subject to change at anytime to better assist you, you are more than welcome to contact me at my direct telephone number listed below. Read more…
Yesterday it was announced that the students, teachers of faculty will be using a nearby school for the remainder of the school year.
The students will be using Chalk Hill Middle School as their new school. It was mentioned that this school has been sitting empty for the past two years as the previous students were moved into a new school. Apparently this school is large enough to handle the necessary number of classrooms and space needed for the Sandy Hook Elementary students.
So what’s going to happen to the Sandy Hook Elementary School after the police finish their investigation?
Will it ever be used as a school again?
Those questions and more are still being debated by that the parents and administrators in that school’s district. As far as I know, no official decisions have been publicized yet as it’s still very early into the decision making process for the future of the school. All of the investigations have to finish before a final decision about the future of the school can be agreed upon.
I’ve been reading the comments for articles about the school and what other people are saying for the future of the school. Some people are on the bandwagon where the school building should be demolished and they need to build a playground and memorial on its spot. Other people say that the students shouldn’t have to set foot inside the building again since they’ve been traumatized enough by the massacre.
The key thing here is that it’s best for both the students and teachers to get back into the normal routine of being in school again. It’s obvious that the classes for that school are cancelled for this week with respect to the funerals and those who lost family and friends in the shooting massacre. This is a tough week for everybody associated with the school. Although the Christmas and New Year holidays start less than a week from now and won’t be joyous for those people, those couple of weeks off will help the victims’ friends and families begin the recovery process. Read more…
Today’s school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut was an evil event of an epic scale.
It’s horrible enough when a single innocent life is lost because of an evil person. When you multiple that by twenty-six (including TWENTY elementary school children), it’s no longer a tragedy or disaster. We’ve moved well beyond those terms. An event like this is simply indescribable.
We know that the parents, siblings and friends of those murdered today are in a living hell right now. A sudden death in the family is not easy to cope with, especially when it occurs to somebody so young with their whole life ahead of them. To have that life stolen because of somebody else’s actions is simply horrific.
As the parents and acquaintances are grieving in pain, some people are already getting back on the wagon for universal gun control. Not just assault weapons, but ALL firearms.
We heard sports commentator Bob Costas go on an anti-gun rant after Kansas City Chiefs’ player Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide on December 2, 2012.
We heard more anti-gun talk after the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting during the premier of The Dark Knight Returns on July 20, 2012.
And of course, we heard more anti-gun talk after Jared Lee Loughner tried to assassinate Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011.
Whenever major shootings occur, people jump to the conclusion that the guns are the problem and therefore guns must be removed from society. This is typically a knee-jerk reaction that normally doesn’t gain much momentum, but we’re seeing more and more people calling for such an action after more of these high-profile shootings occur.
The truth is that gun control laws aren’t going to do a damn thing about this problem in society. Read more…
Recently I caught sight of Best Buy’s TV commercial featuring Apple products and the Christmas theme.
It’s one thing to advertise your selection of products in a store. It’s another to demonstrate the products in such a manner that children are indirectly placed in grave danger. At what point does an innocent TV commercial become a parent’s worst nightmare?
This commercial for Apple products at Best Buy tries to be innocent with Santa Claus as the person that the boy is trying to meet. We see how easy it is for a child to try to not only find a person’s address (Santa Claus in this case), but also book a flight (or at least attempt to), send that person an e-mail, or even conduct a video chat with that person. When you take into account the dangers of child predators and deranged people who intentionally alter their identity online, with the goals of deceiving and trying to harm others, all of a sudden this Best Buy commercial is quite disturbing.
Best Buy TV commercial – “Gifts That Do: Finding Santa”
Best Buy TV commercial (2012) – Gifts That Do: Finding Santa
The Best Buy TV commercial starts out innocent with a Best Buy worker telling a mother that their store has all the latest Apple products, and you can do anything with those gifts. This gets the attention of the mother’s son and the commercial goes downhill from there. Read more…
As part of this past Tuesday’s polls in the 2012 presidential election, residents in the states of Washington and Colorado had an important matter on their ballots concerning the current War on Drugs — the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
In the state of Colorado this was known as Amendment 64. In Washington this was Initiative 502 on the ballot.
And in both states, the legalization of marijuana was approved by a majority of the voters.
Of course, many details need to be worked out by the state legislatures before people can safely enjoy a joint without worry of being hauled off to jail. Following the approval of marijuana for medicinal use, this passing of marijuana for recreational use is a major step in finally ending the War on Drugs.
Wait a minute!
Ending the War on Drugs? Aren’t drugs evil? Aren’t all of us conservatives supposed to be supporting the War on Drugs because we need to protect society and tell people what’s good and bad for them to put in their body?
Before I go any further, let me tell you that I’m NOT a marijuana smoker. I don’t smoke anything for that matter, but certainly not marijuana. Some of my college days involved living next door to a marijuana dealer, and my neighbors today enjoy the occasional joint or two when they host social events. But I have not tried marijuana, and nor do I want to in the future.
Nor am I in favor of using any other drug such as cocaine, heroin, PCP, barbiturates, steroids, methamphetamines, or anything of that nature. I am a social drinker and enjoy my beer like the next guy, but that’s pretty much it when it comes to me using controlled substances outside of medical prescriptions.
Since I’m against using drugs, does that mean I’m for the abolishment of it for everybody else? Certainly not. Read more…
Attention politicians within the GOP!
What we saw yesterday in the elections was a clear sign that the Republican voters are still unimpressed with the choice of candidates. This current attitude of allowing “moderates” to act under the Republican name MUST END IMMEDIATELY!
John McCain’s weak stance and liberal mentality was a horrible choice back in 2008. Don’t forget that McCain was a Democrat for the longest time until he eventually switched political parties before running for president. His party didn’t leave him. His voting record and stance on issues showed that he left that party. Twenty-four hours ago, we watched Mitt Romney, another “moderate” working in the Republican name, lose the popular vote and electoral college to President Obama, a liberal radical.
There’s a pattern here. The Republican voters are tired of seeing these spineless moderates trying to appease the Democrats and still keep the conservative voters. I’ve got news for you, GOP. This current tactic still ain’t working. The Democrats are laughing at your picks and the voters aren’t buying it either. You’re just going to continue losing more elections until you find honest candidates with a proven record of true conservative values.
Here we are still in the doom and gloom of an economic fiasco that began years ago. Taxes are slated to rise again, the dreaded Obamacare is right around the corner, unemployment is high, spending and national debt are skyrocketing out of control, and needless to say, the economic outlook looks grim.
And according to the 2012 voters, the solution to these problems is . . . more of President Obama’s government? Read more…
Recently, Monster Beverage Corps, the famous energy drinks loaded with caffeine, came under fire when it was revealed that the Food and Drug Administration is investigating five deaths that may be associated with the energy drink.
The news article also points out that a fourteen-year-old girl died several days after drinking two large cans of Monster Energy within a 24-hour period. The spike in caffeine supposedly triggered a fatal cardio event that claimed the life of the young teenager. As it states in the NBC News article, her parents are suing Monster Beverage Corps “. . . for failing to warn about the product’s dangers.”
Depending on which news article you read, it sounds like the girl and/or her family knew about the teenager’s pre-existing heart condition. As we all know, those of us with heart conditions need to be especially careful when it comes to the consumption of things such as caffeine and alcohol. An excessive consumption of caffeine can easily trigger heart palpitations, and depending on your specific condition, this could lead to cardiac arrest followed quickly by death.
Is Monster at fault for failing to warn people about the dangers of consuming excessive amounts of caffeine? That’s a debate for another time.
The problem here is that today’s teenagers and young adults are addicted to stimulants such as caffeine in the first place. The energy drinks loaded with caffeine are very popular and trendy, and many of their TV commercials are misleading.
Take 5-hour Energy for example.
5-hour Energy TV commercial
If you were to take this commercial literally, you’d believe that the average person is drinking a bottle (a bottle = 2oz energy “shot”) of the 5-hour Energy at least once or twice a day. The company’s website recommends drinking only HALF a bottle of 5-hour Energy for a “moderate” boost of energy, or the full bottle (remember, it’s only two ounces of liquid) for “maximum” energy. The website warns against exceeding consumption of more than two bottles of 5-hour Energy on a daily basis.
So the question is, just how much caffeine is in a single bottle of the regular version of 5-hour Energy? Read more…
Despite the stock’s continued downfall, the social networking website, Facebook, is still more popular than ever.
From staying in contact with distant relatives to re-connecting with past friends to chatting with current friends, neighbors and co-workers, Facebook can be a really handy website. Although my own usage of the website has greatly diminished over the past year, I still keep my account open to see what other people are up to from time to time. And of course, Facebook’s features helped spread the word during the darkest of days two years ago.
But there are those people and companies and organizations that take Facebook way too far.
From the more vocal people who feel the need to share every single detail and thought with the FB world to those companies that keep insisting that you “like them on Facebook,” the novelty of FB is long gone. These days the website is so saturated with mindless crap that the mere act of visiting the website can be a frustrating and annoying experience.
Let’s take a look at a few examples about how Facebook has lost its novelty and really become a pain in the ass.
The presidential election is coming up this November. We’ve already made it past the primaries, and both candidates have been on the campaign trail for several months. The political mud slinging is in full force.
Many of my friends on FB share similar political views that I do. Other friends are on the opposite side of the aisle. A few friends still claim to be “independent” though almost all of their postings clearly point to a non-independent view. Read more…