Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Please check out these sites and see how this woman chooses to live her life. In addition, check out some of the comments left by visitors. WARNING: They are not for the faint of heart.
Blog with article and photo of Low-Life Mother and her daughter. (added to this blog on December 30, 2007 1:32pm CST)I am ready to see someone wipe that silly little smirk off her face.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Mary Drolet, chief executive officer of Club Libby Lu, the company aimed at "tween" girls that sponsored the contest, announced Saturday that the prize was being withdrawn. The announcement came a day after a Club Libby Lu spokesperson initially said the company would honor the prize even though the girl's father was not a soldier and did not die in Iraq, as the essay said.
I am glad to see this. The loser mother and her daughter do not need to win any prizes. I feel sorry for the young girl; however, her mother is a piece of work.
Earlier today, I found her MySpace page and it was filled with gang-banger, bling-bling trash that showed her true nature.
Media has reported that members of her family had been involved in criminal activity and has criminal records. I would be willing to bet this woman is following in the footsteps of her relatives.
The girl's mother, Priscilla Ceballos, refused to comment at the store Friday or when reached at home Saturday. A woman who answered the phone at Ms. Ceballos' home referred calls to an attorney but did not provide contact information.
A few questions come to mind:
1. Was there ever a father of the daughter in the picture?
2. Was the father actually in the military?
3. Who is Jonathon Menjivar, the man listed at the father who dies in Iraq?
4. Does this woman have a criminal history?
5. Are she, her daughter, and the relatives who live with her legally in the country?
6. Will she face criminal charges as a result of this attempt fraud?
I will keep abreast of this story and post further finds as soon as they become available.
But the girl's mother, Priscilla Ceballos, now admits that the essay, along with information she supplied about the supposedly deceased soldier, is false, said Robyn Caulfield, a spokeswoman for Club Libby Lu.
This is just symptomatic of the attitude of today's generation and their view that anything is acceptable to achieve a result.
Some have stated in various forums that this woman made a mistake and she perhaps did not understand the rules of the contest. Others state that this incident is not typical of this generation. I responded to these comments as follows:
Every generation has good apples and bad apples. However, there is a distinct attitude among this current generation that anything goes and that the end justifies the means. I think it may have to do with the fact that the current generation has never had to face hardship like its predecesore.
My generation had Vietnam and the Cold War, our parents faced WW2, our grandparents dealt with WW1 and the Depression.
This current generation has never had to do without and face TRUE hardship. I, and I am willing to bet many others, feel the same way. The sad fact is that this generation will not realize its current situation, behavior, and attitude will be a detriment to themselves and society.
I think they will eventually figure it out. After all, Winston Churchill said, "If you are not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you are not a conservative at 40, you have no brain."
My message to this generation..."Grow up, look around, and fly right. The world does not center around you."
This woman is a piece of trash. She deserves all the condemnation and criticism that she receives.
I will keep up on this story. It seems that there must be criminal charges in this woman's future.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
They are posted below. I have also listed a link to their information page on the Chronicle's web site. Click on the poster's name to link to their page.
PS: Their comments are posted EXACTLY as they were on the Houston Chronicle's website.
lily1 wrote: Regarding the sanctuary city label, I believe that every city and town should be a sanctuary when it comes to compassion towards a human being. No one should ever be denied assistance. This does not mean an endless free ride, just a helping hand to get past a crisis. And O'Reilly? He is nothing but "info-tainment." He needs to retire. He is old hat, destructive and judgmental, in addition to being a phone pervert.
jackdempsey wrote: O'R sells ratings and viewers...Have you ever known Billy to get any fact right?1st off, Pasadena has its own PD with chief (who, by the way is a star and a great chief); 2nd, obviously, Brain Billy O, it logically would make sense that illegals would be in the cities by the border. Does the clod think the Federal Funding should go to Omaha?What a ditz. His show is so filled with spite and inaccuracies. and false half truths, that anyone who would listen to his trash is crazy. Long live the PD chief of both Houston and Pasadena
Lib_RDR wrote: It just amazes me how ignorant, prejudiced, bigoted and xenophobic some people are. I have spent the last several minutes reading this article and ALL the comments that have sprouted forth from it...and all I can say is that I am so disappointed so many of my fellow Houstonians/Texans.
ejefebob wrote: What is it about right wingers that they have to deny and rewrite history? First it was all the kerapp about the US being a "Christian nation" which is patently false, now we're denying that slavery had anything to do with the civil war? Please. As I said twice now, there were multiple issues that started the war, but slavery (or the attempt to abolish it) was in the center of the conflict.
otto_smidlapp wrote: Have we forgot what time of year this is and that we are celebrating thebirth of Jesus. He was asked, "What are the greatest comandments?"His answer. "Love God and love your neighbor". How would He treat illegalimmigrants? As criminals or as part of God's creation?North America was a sanctuary for the first Europeans that settled Jamestown.In the eyes of the native Indians that were here first, they were illegalyet they were treated with Christian kindness and they knew nothingabout Christainity.
As I have stated in previous posts, there are some crazy people out there. I wonder what color the sky is in their world?
Bill O'Reilly had a piece on Joe Horn and in it, alluded to the fact that Houston is a sanctuary city. Much is bring posted on his comment and the debate on Houston as a sanctuary city.
I have been reading and posting on that forum. It is amazing some of the left wing views that are posted. Everyone knows that the Houston Chronicle is blatantly left wing.
Click on over and read some of the posts. I will be posting some of the better ones on this forum.
By the way, I post as "TexasTruthSayer" on that forum.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
DING DONG THE TRASH IS DEAD
(lyrics adapted by Texas Truth)
Citizens of Pasadena, Texas:
Ding Dong! The Trash is dead. Which old Trash? The Criminal Trash!
Ding Dong! The Criminal Trash is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Criminal Trash is dead. They’ve gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Criminal Trash is dead!
Mayor of Pasadena:
As Mayor of the Pasadena City, In the County of the Land of Texas, I welcome you most regally.
Joe Horn’s Lawyer:
But we've got to verify it legally, to see
Mayor of Pasadena:
Joe Horn’s Lawyer:
Mayor of Pasadena:
Joe Horn’s Lawyer:
Are morally, ethic'lly
Legal Pasadena Resident Number 1:
Legal Pasadena Resident Number 2:
Citizens of Pasadena, Texas:
Undeniably and reliably Dead
Harris County, Texas Coroner:
As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined them.
And they’re not only merely dead, They’re really most sincerely dead.
Mayor of Pasadena
Then this is a day of Independence For all Pasadenaians and their descendants
Joe Horn’s Lawyer:
Mayor of Pasadena:
Yes, let the joyous news be spread The Criminal Trash at last is dead!
Quanell X showed up with his band of merry men to protest in Pasadena this past Sunday and Texas Truth has found uncut raw video of the protest.
It has also come to light that Joe Horn allegedly shot the two criminals in the back.
It does not matter to me that Mr. Horn shot and killed these two men (and I use the word "men" with a very liberal tone). They were criminals and deserved what they got. If they had lived a more honest life and been a productive member of OUR society, they would be alive today.
The fact is that these two pieces of trash were not productive members of our society. They were criminals. They were criminals for breaking into the house. They were criminals for robbing the house. They were criminals for being in our country illegally. I could not care less that they are dead. Two more pieces of trash are off the streets.
TWO CRIMINALS DOWN...MANY MORE TO GO!!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston has a story about Miguel DeJesus, one of the two criminals caught breaking into a home and were shot and killed by Joe Horn.
The article is highlights below in italics and my comments and thoughts are posted below.
The fiancé of one of the two burglary suspects shot and killed by a Pasadena homeowner denies he was part of an organized gang.
She’s responding to a report that the suspects were being investigated by federal authorities.
The denial comes one day after an exclusive 11 News report revealed new details about the Pasadena burglars gunned down by an angry neighbor.
Stephanie Storey talked about what law enforcement sources have said about Miguel Dejesus.
According to those sources, he is Colombian and had applied for a Texas driver's license using Puerto Rican documents.
Storey says, to the best of her knowledge, the Pasadena break-in was her fiancé’s first. “To insinuate that he was in some kind of criminal activity, as far as weapons, I know that’s false.”
Storey insists Dejesus could not be part of the organized syndicate of Colombian burglars and weapons dealers that a special task force is looking into here in the Houston area.
But 11 News discovered a Texas Department of Public Safety memo about the investigation into Colombians using fake documents to obtain Texas licenses.
Dejesus and the other man shot by Joe Horn, Diego Ortiz, were both Colombian.
“This doesn’t change the fact of who he was, what kind of man he was,” said Storey. “This doesn’t change anything for me.”
“We condemn the burglars but we believe that crime can never solve crime,” said local activist Quanell X.
Quanell X says the actions of Joe Horn outweighed whatever crimes Dejesus and Ortiz could have ever committed.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I am going to keep abreast of this proposed show. If this is indeed true, perhaps someone should look into the legality of this. Below is the article from Reuters.
A Los Angeles company is touting a new reality game show called "Who Wants to Marry a U.S. Citizen" that aims to create televised matrimony between legal citizens and immigrants who have temporary visas.
The show's backers at Morusa Media hope to make a sort of love match between reality TV and a national obsession with immigration. But the producers make no promise that a marriage will occur or lead to U.S. citizenship.
Show creator Adrian Martinez said that Morusa Media has not yet found a network to produce or air the show, but he is currently in talks with one cable TV network and already has signed up contestants for six episodes.
"It's this generation's 'Dating Game,' but with a twist -- it aims to show love knows no borders," Martinez told Reuters.
As in the "Dating Game," which ran on network TV for more than two decades starting in the 1960s, a single U.S. citizen gets to ask contestants various questions. Toward the end of the show, he or she decides which one to select as a potential mate.
So far, most of the contestants are Hispanic immigrants, although at least one is from the Philippines, Martinez said.
In a statement, Morusa said that while it does not guarantee marriage or legal status, it will pay for a wedding party and honeymoon should a marriage result.
"We're just out to play matchmaker," said the show's host, Angelo Gonzales. "There are thousands of U.S. citizens seeking a spouse, and just as many immigrants seeking the same. So we want to make it a win-win situation for all involved."
Thursday, November 22, 2007
My mother-in-law is an old fashion woman and loves old time country and western music. The song she was listening to was sung by The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Kris Kristopherson, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings). I am not a fan of old time county music, but I do like this song.
Listen and watch below. It is the official video for the song. I think you will agree with me that this is a great song. It really has a red-blooded American appeal to it.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
As I listened to her and Laura go back and forth, all I could think was how much of a wacko she (Taylor) was.
She is completely out of control; a real nut case. The more she talked, the more ridiculous she sounded. I am going to keep my eye and ear out for her. She certainly sounds like a dangerous young woman and reminds me of some of the radical hippies of the 1960s.
Here is a link to her blog. I do not know where she gets her material, but it seems she has a great deal of hate in her. The sites I have linked above have some very dangerous ideas and thoughts on them.
Below is the clip from the Houston Chronicle.
Houston woman charged in the fatal shooting of a cabdriver is in police custody, arrested late Tuesday night outside a convenience store, hours after authorities released her name.
Investigators received a tip that Lauren Raychelle Kirkman was at the store in the 9700 block of Beechnut. The 18-year-old is charged with capital murder in the Nov. 13 death of Derick Bernard Byers. Byers, a subcontractor for Yellow Cab Inc., was shot in the back of the head. He died on Friday.
Police on Wednesday said Kirkman was belligerent when officers tried to arrest her about 11:15 p.m. Officers deployed a Taser on Kirkman, who police said was not armed when she was arrested.
Byers had been dispatched to the 6700 block of Sidney in the Third Ward, where he picked up Kirkman.
Kirkman is accused of pulling a pistol and shooting the 39-year-old cab driver She also is accused of pushing him out of his cab at 10441 Westheimer. He was found in the parking lot of a Westheimer bank and was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital.
Investigators later found the taxi abandoned in the 9800 block of Pagewood at the Westchase Forest Townhomes.
It is unusual to have a female thug. However, society is seeing more of these "animals" evolve to terrorize good people. It is the typical action of low-lifes like this to blame others for their problems and lash out any anyone and everyone.
She has been arrested. Now have a trial, convict her, and give her the needle. Soon she will not have to worry about all her troubles. She will be joining Miguel Antonio DeJesus and Diego Ortiz in the hereafter.
I wonder if Quanell X will show up to condemn the killing of Derick Bernard Byers? Probably not!
I felt it was again time to list the immigration laws of Mexico. Please remember that these laws come from a country that encourages millions of it citizens to invade the United States and threatened to take the USA to the United Nations for building a fence on American soil.
The laws state that immigrants must meet the following requirement to be in Mexico:
1. be in the country legally
2. have the means to sustain themselves economically
3. not be destined to be burdens on society
4. be of economic and social benefit to society
5. be of good character and have no criminal records
6. be contributors to the general well-being of the nation
Their law also ensures that:
1. immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor
2. foreign visitors do not violate their visa status
3. foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country's internal politics
4. foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported
5. foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported
6. those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison
If a politician would step up and propose the United States follow the same laws as Mexico, I would throw my total support behind them. He or she would get my vote, no matter what else they proposed (well, within reason).
Saturday, November 17, 2007
A comment was left by "anonymous" stating the my title "Who Should The Government Take Care Of?" was not grammatically correct. I have corrected it and give him full credit for catching my error. Just like the "Unknown Solider" buried in Washington, DC, this kind individual will have to remain "anonymous" to the world. Thank you for helping me be a better writer and thank you for doing it in a polite and courtious manner. I sincerlely appreciate it. Now on to the post.
After watching the Democratic debate in Las Vegas the other night, I started to think about a theory I developed many years ago. I believe that it is as true today as when I first came up with it thirty years ago.
The liberal Democrats want money, money, and more money for their pet projects. They want to be everything to everyone and they do not care what it costs.
I believe there are four groups of people whom the government need to take care of and protect. I do not mean 100% care and 100% protection. I mean if they need help and have no one else to turn to, the government should be there to help, within reason.
1: CHILDREN: The government needs to take care of children in matters of education, child abuse, and their general wellbeing. This does not remove the biological parents or family from their responsibility for the children. The family should be the primary resource for child rearing.
2: ELDERLY: The government need to help the elderly when they can no longer take care of themselves. This does not mean a free handout for those who chose to sit on the asses and not accomplish anything in their lifetime. This does not remove the biological family from their responsibility for the elderly. The family should be the primary resource for caring for the elderly.
3: PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES: People who have physical and mental disabilities should be taken care. However, the family should have the primary responsibility for them. The government should look out for them and make sure they are not abused or denied basic services. This does not include those who placed themselves in this state, such as alcoholics and drug users.
4: PEOPLE WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY: People who defend our country should be taken care of for life That should be a basic benefit for those who serve in the military.
As for everyone else, they can get off their lazy butts and get a job. If they choose not to work, they can starve. I could not care less. If you are able to work, then work If you refuse, do not expect a handout from the government. That goes for your family too.
I expect some people to agree with me and others to disagree. Let me know what you think and please remember to keep it clean (or relatively so.)
The criminals were Miguel Antonio DeJesus, 38, and Diego Ortiz, 30, both of Houston.
Click here to read a story on the incident.
I have been to Pasadena many times over the years. It used to be a middle class working town where families raised their children and lived their lives.
In recent years, Pasadena has turned into a third world country. It looks like Little Mexico. The old part of Pasadena, which once had beautiful houses and neighborhoods look like Tijuana, Mexico.
Crime is up and many of the long time residents have moved away. When I was surfing tonight and read this on a news site, I was not surprise that this happened in Pasadena.
This man did what more good citizens should do. If more people did what he did, we would not see so much crime.
I will keep abreast of this story and make future posts as to its progress.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Below is an excellent post I found about Tibbets on the SonicBomb website.
Paul Tibbets, the commander of the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, has died at the age of 92 after several months of failing health. Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr died at his home in Columbus, Ohio..
The five-ton "Little Boy" bomb was dropped on the morning of 6 August 1945, killing about 140,000 Japanese, with many dying later from injury and disease.
Gen Tibbets had asked for no funeral nor headstone as he feared opponents of the bombing may use it as a place of protest, the friend, Gerry Newhouse, said.
On the 60th anniversary of the bombing, the three surviving crew members of the Enola Gay said they had "no regrets".
On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, the surviving members of the Enola Gay crew - Gen Tibbets, Theodore J "Dutch" Van Kirk (the navigator) and Morris R Jeppson (weapon test officer) said: "The use of the atomic weapon was a necessary moment in history. We have no regrets".
Gen Tibbets said then: "Thousands of former soldiers and military family members have expressed a particularly touching and personal gratitude suggesting that they might not be alive today had it been necessary to resort to an invasion of the Japanese home islands to end the fighting."
In a 1975 interview he said: "I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did... I sleep clearly every night."
In 1976, Gen Tibbets was criticised for re-enacting the bombing at an air show in Texas.
A mushroom cloud was set off as he over flew in a B-29 Superfortress in a stunt that outraged Japan. Gen Tibbets said it was not meant as an insult but the US government formally apologised.
In 1995, Gen Tibbets denounced as a "damn big insult" a planned 50th anniversary exhibition of the Enola Gay at the Smithsonian Institution that put the bombing in context of the suffering it caused.
He and veterans groups said too much attention was being paid to Japan's suffering and not enough to its military brutality.
I consider Tibbets to be one of the "true" heroes of World War 2. He was given a mission and carried it out to success. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan brought about the end to the war and saved countless American lives.
It has always bothered me that revisionists attempt to put a negative spin on the use of atomic bombs in WW2. It was a necessary action and brought and end to the war.
In the above quote from SonicBomb, Tibbets denounced as a "damn big insult" a planned 50th anniversary exhibition of the Enola Gay at the Smithsonian Institution that put the bombing in context of the suffering it caused.
I couldn't agree more. Hell, the Japanese started the war and we ended it. That is all that needs to be said.
Perhaps if we had some politicians of recent generations that had the balls to do something similar, we would not have the problems we have today.
Rest In Peace General Tibbets. I, for one, am thankful for what you did.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I can only hope the prize money was substantial. In any case, I wonder how much they did receive? My only though was it would take at least 5 figures for me to do that.
This from the county that brought us Toyota, Fuji Film and World War Two. Oh my, how times have changed!
First the tradition story of the Ant and the Grasshopper:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!
Now the story updated to current times:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, "It's Not Easy Being Green."
Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome." Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.
Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer!
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.
Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2008.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
John Edwards says if he's elected president, he'll institute a New Deal-like suite of programs to fight poverty and stem growing wealth disparity. To do it, he said, he'll ask many Americans to make sacrifices, like paying higher taxes.
Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, says the federal government should underwrite universal pre-kindergarten, create matching savings accounts for low-income people, mandate a minimum wage of $9.50 and provide a million new Section 8 housing vouchers for the poor. He also pledged to start a government-funded public higher education program called "College for Everyone."
He knows he has a snowball's chance in Hell of reaching the White House, much less receiving the Democratic nomination.
I guess he figures he will throw out some "ideas" that will appeal to the poor and low educated, and hope for their support.
If he wants to do these things, why doesn't he open his wallet and pay for them himself. He does not need to use MY money to fund people who are too lazy or unmotivated to do it for themselves. That is why I think welfare programs should be handed by the private sector and not the government.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I will watch and post some thoughts after the debate.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Well, here I go. Take my statements for what they are worth and make any comments you feel you need to. If you agree with me, that is fine. If you don't, then that is okay too. Just read on and think about it. I tfeel some readers might get a little laugh out of this.
First, Saturday Night Fever. My lovely bride and I settled down in front of the television tonight and started flipping channels. On VH1 Classic, Saturday Night Fever was on. We quickly switched channels. We both LOVE this movie as we were in college during the heyday of disco and it always brings back many memories.
Now I know some of you cannot picture a true red-blooded American conservative like Texas Truth actually going to discos, dancing, drinking and trying to pick up women. YES..I actually did. I even had shirts, pants, and shoes similar to the ones John Travolta wears in the movie. I took disco lessons and in my humble opinion, was not bad. I was not what one would call a great dancer, but I learned at an early age that any guy that can dance was better able to impress and score with the girls/ladies than one who could not.
Never the less, I was one of those "horny" guys in my younger days. I would even go so far as to state that if any daughter of mine ever showed up with a guy like I was in college, I would drop kick his butt into the next county. I don't know of ANY man today that would allow his daughter to date a guy like he was when they were younger. That is a FACT!!! Ask anyone over 40 and I bet you will get the same answer.
Okay, back to SNF. My bride asked me during the movie if Tony Manero (played by John Travolta) ever did love Stephanie Magano (played by Karen Lynn Gorney) or was just using her? I responded that I did not think any 18 or 19 year old male could actually be in love. He may think, in his head, that he is, but actually the only head he is thinking with is the one that is on the third appendage in his pants.
She started laughing hysterically and told me that was a very diplomatic way of putting it. That is one of the things I love about my wife. She can tell me that I have a unique way of putting thinks without making me feel like a total idiot for making a crude statement.
I would never think about making a comment like that around anyone except very close friends or my wife. As my father used to say, "There are things you only say around family and things you only say around males and there are things you can only say to your wife. But when you do say them to her, make sure she understand EXACTLY what you mean, or you might end up sleeping by yourself on the couch for a few nights." My father was a smart man. I am glad I came to believe that and take some of his words to heart before he died.
Now, on to erectile dysfunction. My wife and I have always laughed at commercials on erectile dysfunction and feminine hygiene products. They have just always struck us as funny. We would have never seen such commercials on television 30 years ago. These are things that were were discussed in polite and/or mixed company.
In the commercials about erectile dysfunction, they warn that if an erection lasts more than four hours, the person should seek medical attention. Our question is "Why would you seek medical attention for getting something the pill was designed to give you?" That statement is funny to us.
In addition, why would any red blooded American male who had that problem after using the pill admit his erection lasted too long. I realize that there could be a medical problem with the length (time) of the erection, but the statement in the commercial is comical.
In a related note, while surfing thought the online versions of the major metropolitan newspapers published in Texas this past week, I came across an article related to the commercials on erectile dysfunction . The Houston Chronicle has an article that stated that certain impotence drugs risk a sudden hearing loss. You can link to the article here.
The Food and Drug Administration alerted physicians Thursday to rare reports of sudden hearing loss in men taking popular impotence drugs from Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Bayer.
FDA said it is unclear whether the hearing problems are directly related to drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. However, at the agency's request the drug makers added more prominent precautions about hearing loss to product labels. (This is a direct quote from the article in the Houston Chronicle.)
What makes that funny to me was that if a man is having erectile dysfunction or impotence problems, and there is a chance he might suffer from sudden or temporary hearing loss, do they think it will stop him from using the drugs? I THINK NOT! Some might, but I would be willing to bet not many would.
Now for the relationship between Saturday Night Fever and erectile dysfunction. Tony Manero would be in his early 50s today. If he had erectile dysfunction, would he take one of the many drugs on the market to help his condition? I think he would, along with many other men with the same problem. I do not think that any of them would care about a sudden or temporary hearing loss. I know that the there are numerous side effect to any medications, but I cannot see a hearing loss as one of the reasons a man stops taking the medications.
As always, I welcome your comments. However, please remember, I am not making light of anyone who suffers from these conditions. They are tragic and I cannot imagine what I would do if I was in the same situation. But I know a possible hearing loss would not make me take any less of the drug. After all, I am still that red-blooded American boy I was 30 plus years ago.
And you know what they say, you can NEVER take the boy out of the man!!!
He writes about the Bush administration's concern for IEDs (improvised explosive devices) being used in the United States against American citizens. Click here to read his post on the subject. He makes some very interesting points and raises some important questions.
His writing and the accompanying comments did make me think. I cannot count the number of times since 9-11 I have pulled into the parking lot of my school and wondered how vulnerable it was to terrorism or a hostile action such as occurred at Columbine High School in 1999.
I am always watching whenever I am out and around, looking for anything out of the ordinary. It is not that I am paranoid but I have always been aware of my surroundings. IEDs are impossible to detect in America and it is only a matter of time until a terrorist detonated one domestically. Many more will follow the initial occurrence. That is a fact.
If Bush and his staff have a plan to deal with them, the troops in in Iraq would currently be using it. The only way I see to deal with domestic IEDs is to watch your surroundings, your back and to do the same for your loved ones.
We could round up and deport anyone whom we consider a threat. It is unfortunate that the liberal Democrats would not stand for that. They would have the ACLU all over everyone.
Right after I got it, I sat down and began reading. I could not put it down. I highly recommend it to all educators, parents, and any one who has dealings with students of any age.
He did an excellent job. My only regret is that I did not write the book. I have seen everything he describes in the book in my 30 plus years as an educator.
This book is a great read.
After scanning the paper, we decided to see "The Kingdom" with Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner. I have never been a big fan of either performer, but I had seen some of the previews for the movie and felt we would enjoy it.
The movie was excellent. I recommend it to everyone. It had action, intrigue, and just the right amount of suspense. Go see it if you enjoy those types of movies. All the performers did an excellent job.
What made me post about the movie was a line from a scene in the movie. Without giving away the plot, the scene had a high ranking Untied States government official in a meeting with the head of the FBI. The official was accusing the FBI director of some sort of impropriety. As their conversation progressed, the FBI director commented about his time as a government employee and his service in Vietnam. He states that when he was serving in Vietnam, his commander (General William Westmorland) had all his officers write their own obituaries.
The FBI director stated that after that happened, they realized that their job (and life) was finite and it was going to end sometime. Once that fact was realized, they (the officers) were at peace in their minds they didn't worry about dying as much.
He further stated that he viewed his job with the FBI as finite and it was indeed going to end sometime in the future. He knew that fact and accepted it. The only question in his mind was whether he was going to leave the job on his knees or on his feet. He felt confident that everything he did was correct and had no regrets about what his decisions had been.
My description of this scene may not be exactly correct, word for word, but it did make my loving spouse and I discuss it on the ride home as it related to our jobs as educators.
A great deal of "CRAP" has been piled upon us and many other teachers in recent days, months and years. Moral around both of our schools is very low, and we are only half way through the fall semester. Pressure about TAKS testing, student discipline and "No Child Left Behind" is giving many educators sleepless nights and stress they do not need.
Many high ranking education officials seem only interested in pushing their objectives and desires with little regard for what is truly needed to educate students.
We both talked on the ride home and decided that his statement indeed applied to our jobs. We, along with many other teachers, are concerned that we are dinosaurs and will be forced out because of our conservative views and high standards that we demand from our students. If this does happen, then it happens. We are going to go out on our feet.
Indeed, we will not be in our current positions forever . Yes, we are comfortable in our current positions and very much love our jobs. But when that day does come and the "powers that be" decide that we are no longer a part of THEIR objectives for education, our time will come to an end.
That will then be the time for us to move on and try something else. After all, we are are both educated individuals and can find other jobs and positions. Looking at all the people out in the world whom can hardly function with their education level, but indeed do, I know we will be fine.
We are both going to go out on our feet, knowing that we did the very best job we could for the students we taught.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I began reading the blog of one of my favorite bloggers, Ol' BC, and came across this interesting quiz. He had posted it as a link from another blogger, Delftsman.
Please take a few minutes to answer the questions. They will really make you think. The answers are posted as comments in the "comments" section of the post.
Have fun and enjoy.
It's been said that if you don't learn from history, your doomed to repeat it, so here's a little history lesson; If you don't know the answer make your best guess. Answer all the questions before looking at the answers. No fair peeking!
Who said it?
1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above
2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few...and to replace it with shared responsibility for
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above
3) "(We)...can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above
4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own...in order to create this common ground."
A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D. None of the above
5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
A. Karl Marx
D. None of the above
6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above
Now click on the "comments" section below. See if you did as well as I.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Veteran Jim Broussard heard a Mexican bar in Reno, Neveda was flying a Mexican flag above the United States of America flag. He did what many good American would and what many of us would have done if this "situation" had occurred in our community.
He showed up outside the bar, pulled out his trusty Ka Bar knife and cut the flag down. He took possession of the American flag and threw the Mexican flag down on the ground. He states he was taking the American flag and dared anyone to take it from him. The bar owner stood there, looking totally stupid and refused to comment for the camera.
This man did what needed to be done and took care of it in "good old American fashion." This crap of Mexican thinking this is their country MUST BE STOPPED!!! If they are so proud and loyal to Mexico, they need to to get back to Mexico. There is no way that ANYTHING in Mexico can live up to the United States.
Some news accounts state this man might be charged with theft, trespassing, and/or assault with a weapon (knife). If he is, we need to stand by and support him in whatever way he needs. That include contributing to his defense fund and legal costs.
On a humorous note, if I ever have the pleasure of meeting this man, he can count on me to buy him numerous rounds of his favorite adult beverage. In fact, he should never have to buy his own beer again.
THANK YOU JIM!
WE ARE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!
ALL TRUE AMERICANS ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
It was much the same and much different after thirty years. One thing I remember was parking. Back then I only paid $2.00 to park. Now it is $10.00. Oh well, inflation happens to everything.
This weekend was also the annual Prairie View A&M versus Grambling football game at the Cotton Bowl. As we walked around the fair, we could hear the PA announcer inside the stadium.
After the National Anthem, the annoucer asked everyone to remain standing for the Black National Anthem. I though WOW!!! I did not know there was such a thing.
After I got home tonight, I googled it and found the following words.
My question is: "Why do blacks, or anyone for that matter, need a separate national anthem for their race?"
What is coming next, the Mexican National Anthem every time the United States National Anthem is palyed?
Below are the words.
Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies,
Let is resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faitht
that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope
that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,bitter the chast’ning rod,
Felt in the days
when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,have not our weary feet,
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way
that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our paththro’
the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from a gloomy past,
till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam
of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by thy might, led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places
Our God where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world
we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Congratulation to ICE for doing their job. In fact, they should be doing this a great deal more.
Click on the title of this post to go to a blog in the Houston Chronicle on this issue. As far as my thoughts, well.....here goes.
ARREST THEM ALL!
SEND THEM TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN!
AND SEND THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM!
To quote George C. Scott in the movie "Patton,
"Alright. Now you sons-a-bitches. You know how I feel."
Sunday, September 23, 2007
One of my favorite movies is "The Paper" staring Michael Keaton, Robert Duval and Marisa Tomei. It is about a New York newspaper and a typical day of it's employees. In the opening and closing of the movie, they play a radio broadcast from radio station 1010WINS in New York. About a year ago, I was in New York City and listened to the station. I now listen to it on the web and visit their web site whenever I can.
Going to their website this evening (early morning) I found the below post on their main page. I read it and couldn't believe it. Here it is:
Lesbian Tryst Between Marcia and Jan?
In a new tell-all book, "Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick, who played the TV family's oldest girl Marcia, will reportedly reveal a steamy on-set sexual relationship with Eve Plumb, the actress who played her younger sister Jan.
The book, titled "Here's the Story," which is due out next year, will detail how a crush between the two actresses turned into a physically intimate relationship, according to published reports.
This isn't the first we're hearing of a possible tryst between the two. Back in the late nineties, McCormick admitted to kissing Plumb during their "Brady" days, but it was later downplayed by her publicist.
The biography will apparently also touch on topics such as McCormick's battles with bulimia, cocaine addiction and depression.
McCormick, now 51, is married with an 18-year-old daughter and lives in Southern California.
My question is: Why does she think she needs to reveal this now? It makes no sense to me. This happened over 30 years ago. Could she be trying to generate interest in her book or use the publicity to get back into the limelight? I hope not, but time will tell.
What do you think? This can do nothing but tarnish the Brady Bunch image. If this all turns out to be true, I might have to alter the statement in my sidebar about going back to the days of the Brady's. It is possible that the days of the Brady's perhaps were not so innocent after all.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Earlier this evening, my lovely spouse and I were sitting in a park pavilion by the bay near Houston, watching the boats and sunset, having a small evening picnic, and listen to the UT-Rice football game on the radio. In the activity center building next to the park, people were putting the final touches on a quinceanera. We were commenting on it and thought about the article that was in today's Chronicle.
After we left, I decided to reread the article and post my thoughts on it. So here I go. Please feel free to leave your comments, as usual.
The idea of spending even $5000 to have a "coming out party" is totally ridiculous, no matter what culture and race is involved. Some of these families don't even have that kind of money to spend, so they have relatives pitch in to help. I would be willing to bet that some of these people are on public assistance, food stamps, or free lunch in school. It is amazing that some families can find the money to put on a "coming out" party for their little "princess" but don't have enough money for the necessities of life.
I have no problem with families hosting parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthday, but the amount of time and money spend on these "displays of their daughters" is crazy, as it is for any coming out party, regardless of race, culture, etc. It is nothing more than trying to show off, to act like something or someone you are not, and trying to keep up with the family down the street. If some took that money and invested in something that might bring a better life to their families in the future, like an education, perhaps people would not look down on them and their culture so much.
I have many friends who see it the same way I do. Invest in the things that are truly important in life and raise your family to the next level in society.
To quote a sidebar of the article: "A traditional quinceañera includes a religious ceremony followed by a reception. Certain elements of the quince, as the ceremony is often called, have remained largely untouched - the ball gown and tiara, the presentation of her last doll, a Bible, the bridesmaid-like damas and chamberlains."
If this "celebration" is such a religious ceremony, then why are young boys hired to dance and flirt with the girls?
Sunday, September 16, 2007
O.J. Simpson was arrested today in connection with an alleged armed robbery at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The case involves sports memorabilia items taken from a room in the hotel, items that Simpson says belonged to him. Police have seized two firearms they believe were used in the case.
O.J. is a criminal. He always has been. If you look at his record of past encounters with the law, it does make one think.
HELL...I don't need to think about it. He is a CRIMINAL! Throw his butt in prison and never let him out.
July 4, 2005: A neighbor who went to Simpson's suburban Miami home to help jump-start his girlfriend's car ended up calling police to report a fight. Police showed up but no charges were filed.
March 8, 2004: Satellite television network DirecTV Inc. accused Simpson in Miami federal court of using illegal electronic devices to pirate its broadcast signals. The El Segundo, Calif.-based company later won a $25,000 judgment and Simpson was ordered pay $33,678 in attorneys' fees and costs.
Jan. 18, 2003: Police said they arrived at Simpson's Florida home after his teenage daughter placed an emotional 911 call after an argument with her father. Sydney Simpson, then 17, was crying when she asked police to assist in what she termed ``an abuse thing.'' When they arrived, the teen said she and her father got into an argument over family issues. No charges were filed.
Nov. 22, 2002: Simpson paid a $130 fine for speeding through a Florida manatee zone in a 30-foot powerboat on the Fourth of July. An arrest warrant was briefly issued.
Oct. 24, 2001: Simpson was cleared of all charges in a Florida case involving an alleged road-rage incident.
Oct. 3, 1995: Acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, Simpson was later found liable for their deaths in a civil case and ordered to pay $33.5 million.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I want to thank Marvin's Word for reintroducing me to this clip. I remember seeing it sometime in my past, but I cannot recall when. In the high school classes I teach, everyone stands but most do not recite the pledge. That bothers me. The liberals have made it possible for a person to live in this country and not require ANY respect or allegiance whatsoever to the country that is providing the opportunities to learn, earn, and obtain the things that they have and desire. I would love to give them a lecture about respect for the flag and our country, but I would be called on the carpet for not being tolerant and understanding. My belief is that if you cannot pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, you need to leave and go back to whatever "hell hole" country you or your family came from.
To quote George C. Scott in the movie "Patton,"
Alright. Now you sons-a-bitches. You know how I feel.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, both of whom are fluent in English, will ask their questions in Spanish. The candidates will respond in English, with their answers translated into Spanish. Viewers who want to hear the forum in English can watch it using the closed caption service on their TV.
The debate in being done on a Spanish language network with the questions in Spanish and the answers in English.
My question is why are the candidates not answering in Spanish? If they want and need the Hispanic votes, why do they not answer in Spanish? Perhaps it is because they do not know Spanish.
NEWS FLASH: President Bush DOES speak Spanish. Imagine that, the President whom they don't like speaks Spanish and the candidates they support don't speak Spanish?
This is some food for thought.
Friday, September 7, 2007
It is a bit over eight minutes long but I found it to be very motivating. It is a shame I cannot show it to my classes. The administration and left wing crazies would go nuts and I might be looking for a new job if I did.
Monday, September 3, 2007
I wonder how many other Clinton supporters have a dubious past? If Hillary cannot keep track of their supporter and their money, how can she be expected to run the country? All of you out there know the answer to that question.
Former President Bill Clinton said he was "shocked" by revelations that a top fundraiser for his wife is a fugitive from justice and claimed he didn't even know what "HillRaiser" Norman Hsu did for a living.
"You could have knocked me over with a straw, especially when I heard the L.A. people had been allegedly looking for him for 15 years when he was in plain view," he told Newsday while touring a county fair in rural New Hampshire Sunday.
"I never knew how he made a living or anything, but I was shocked," said Clinton of Hsu, who has made millions as an investor in tetxtile and other businesses.
Hsu has been a fugitive after being accused of fraud in the early 1990s in San Mateo, Calif.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton donated $23,000 in Hsu contributions after his criminal history was revealed by the Los Angeles Times last week.
Clinton said it wasn't necessary to return $100,000 or more collected by Hsu from other donors.
"I think she did the right thing giving the money back pending resolution of his case," Clinton added. "If the other people say they gave the money of their own accord then I think she should keep it."
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It is obvious to me, from her demeanor, comments, and appearance, that she felt she was just a bit better than everyone else and she could pretty much do anything she wanted. I have seen it repeatedly from administrators and people of power. Look over the years the trouble and scandal that has come out of TSU?
It is obvious to me that the authorities at TSU cannot run the university and what little they do accomplish is more of a benefit to themselves instead of the students and the community.
Slade needs to be tried, and if found guilty (a highly probable occurrence) should do hard time in prison. Then the state needs to take over the university and place it under their own system. Since when in this day and age do we need a rouge university with self indulgent administrators.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
It is of Montgomery Gentry singing "Lucky Man." I hope you enjoy it.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that Elvis had died. I was at work and it came over the radio. It did not mean as much then as it does now, but it was a classic example of how one views an event over the passage of time.
At the time, I listened to his music but was not as "into" it as I was Chicago, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Iron Butterfly.
As I got older, I found myself drawn back to the music of Elvis and his movies. Good clean entertainment that is so rare today.
Yes, I know he died from a drug overdose, but I still liked his music and films.
I guess that might make me a hypocrite because of my views about drugs. However, I am human and I like how his music and film did and still does make me feel.
It takes me back to simpler time when things such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness meant something in society.
I wonder how Elvis would view all the problems we are dealing with in the year 2007?
I have a feeling of how he would view all of this, and will reserve it for a future post.
For know, I am sitting back and watching the Elvis marathon on Turner Classic Movies. After all, that is what I am doing and I am enjoying every minute of it.