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His Honor, Jeff Grillo Passes Judgement

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If this story doesn’t get you all bananas, then I’m not sure what will.  It is another example of how litigious our society has become.  The United States of America has become an ‘entitlement state,’ or as I like to call it, a ‘gimmie state.’

A case out of Iowa is on it’s way to the US Supreme Court.  Basically, a Federal Court has already ruled that an 8 year old girl is not eligible (entitled) to $150,000 in social security benefits from her deceased father.  Here’s why…This little girl was born TWO YEARS after her father passed away from leukemia.  Yes, that’s right…I know you did the quick math… 2 years after his death!  Apparantly, mom decided to VOLUNTARILY go through with IVF (invitro fertilization), again, a completely voluntary decision.

Ok, after a brief pause to sip my delicious cup of coffee, I’m ready to continue.

So, here’s my issue with this insanity.  Why in the world should this mom think that she/her child, is in any way shape or form entitled to any death benefit from her dead dad?  Now sure if she was the product of natural conception and was born say several months after her dad died, yeah, give her the benefits that are due under the law.  However, the mom made a clear cut decision…I will assume and give the benefit of the doubt and say that she got fertilized out of a sincere desire to be a mom to her beloved deceased husband.  I’m ok with that.  I think.  But to consciously make the decision and assume that somehow, now, her personal decision is somehow now the responsibility of the US Federal Government is undeniably absurd!  How about ma’am, that you figured out a way to pay for your own little crumb muncher?  Why not do what you have to do to pay your own way through life?  I’m sorry, but if I’m a judge i have to rule against you.  My ruling would be based on the voluntary nature of your decision to be fertilized via a medical and therefore un-natural process to conceive a child.  That decision was made without duresss, with full knowledge that your dearly departed hubby was no longer in the picture and therefore unable to provide for this child.  Furthermore, if you consciously decided to begin this life long commitment with full knowledge thatyour husband is long gone and therefore so is his financial benefit under US law….I’m sorry, so sad, too bad.  Next case.

Again, I don’t judge the woman for wanting a child.  I’m unsure about how i feel about the whole IVF thing.  To me, it’s weird, but I’m not willing to condemn another person for wanting to do that…IF they are prepared to parent on their own, and can handle the challenge.  What I am willing to pass judgement on however, is the deeply engrained entitlement mentality that this nation hasdevelped.  Great society?  I think not.  A fantastic plan to bankrupt the nation?  yep!

Well, I certainly can’t be the only one that thinks this is nuts…but, then again, you never know.  Please let me know your thoughts.  Sure I want to hear from those who agree.  But, if you think I’m the one thats nuts.  Let’s hear from you too.  Just keep in mind, if you cuss me out, I wont post your comment.  Be clean!

Hey Iowa mom….sounds like you need my new website.  You know, the one for Win at Life!  It is designed to help people facing life’s toughest challenges.  http://www.winatlife.us

Nice segue huh?

Beauty Is Skin Deep…But UGLY Goes Straight to the Bone!

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Life is an amazing thing.  Perspective is also pretty amazing.  I love how you can have multiple people witness the same event, separate them, and then have them tell what happened.  Invariably, you will get as  many different stories as you have witnesses.  So, it doesn’t surprise me that I find myself having to blog about the topic of ‘ugly’ today.

There is a professor of economics at the University of Texas/Austin by the name of, Daniel Hemmermesh.  He wrote a book called, “Beauty Pays.”  He is advocating adding the classification of ‘ugly’ to affirmative action, putting it on par with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).  He maintains that ‘ugly’ is as immutable as a persons race, or disability, and therefore concessions ought to be made to protect the ugly.

Personally, I have no idea how to take this.  On the one hand, as a legally blind person I am appalled!  On the other hand, being that I have a number of years under my belt as a radio personality…and have been told I have a ‘face for radio’…I think, hmmm….more opportunity.  Thankfully, good sense is winning out here.  What the h eck?!  I can only hope that th is is some sort of ‘stunt’ aimed at getting attention to drive book sales for this guy.  I tend to think this is part of the problem with education in America today.  It also speaks loudly to why America is in such economic crisis.  We have guys like this clown teaching us economics!

Where does this end, I ask?  Are companies going to be required to hire ugly folk to act in their commercials?  Will strip club owners be forced to hire overweight and butt ugly women to twirl about those poles?  What’s next?  Affirmative action to cover the lazy?  The stupid?  Come on!

On behalf of blind, ugly, overweight, lazy butt dummies everywhere…I say, stop the madness!

 

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August 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

OMG, the MTV VMA’s

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Where do I begin?  I guess I’ll start out with my disclaimer.  I know I’m getting older, but definitely not old.  Perhaps we can blame some of the basis for this rant on age, but what about the rest?

For starters, I tuned into the VMA’s last night, and man was I shocked at the utter crap this awards show has become.  MTV hang your head in shame.  The first thing that struck me is the total crap work the audio engineer was doing.  For instance, the voice over guy should be ticked off!  You get a great, highly visible gig, and then the incompetent audio guy screws it all up by having the music way too loud and the voice over way too low.  To be certain it just wasn’t me, I turned to my wife, and she agreed it was very difficult to hear what he was saying.  Wow!  Horrible.

Next, why in the name of all that is right in the world do we get so called ‘good Christian girls’ that allow themselves to be turned into massive whore machines…then take to the stage and want to give credit to God!  OMG!  Case in point, we all know Britney Spears has gone off the rails of the Christian train long ago.  She has whored it up for quite some time, changed religions, sucked face with Madonna, sung about, and glorified group sex and then last night thanks god for the blessings she has.  Come on!  If you are going to give thanks to ‘god’ can you at least be a little more specific.  Like, thank you ‘god’ of this world Satan!?  Because the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, part of the Holy Trinity Father, Son and Spirit is NOT glorified in any way shape or form by you parading yourself around as a slutty princess.  Furthermore, He is not going to ‘bless’ that behavior.   So let’s call it what it is…your ‘god’ is blessing you to keep you off track from fulfilling your God purpose.

Next up was our little Katy Perry…  If you search Katy Hudson(Katy Perry’s real name) you will find some pretty decent Christian songs from her Christian artist days.  The sad  part is that in one of her interviews she warns against becoming seduced by the world, and standing firm in your faith.  Then last night she wins an award for collaboration with Kanye West for ‘Extraterrestrial.’  She is so thrilled with winning her first idol (the moon man).  The bitter irony here is that she finishes what she had to say and Kanye….KANYE remembers to thank god…then Katy says, oh yeah, and god.  Holy Crap!  Let us remember the line from the Bible here that says, or rather asks the question, ‘what does it profit a man to gaint he whole world, but lose his own soul?’

I hate to be a voice of judgement.  I certainly am smart enough not to pass judgement here, but we are supposed to know them by their fruit.  What concerns me is that millions of kids around the world watch this garbage and look up to these people.  They hear and see things like this and think that God somehow condones ‘christian girls’ dressing like prostitutes and prancing about singing about 3somes (TGIF – Katy Perry and 3 by Britney Spears).  Gimmie a break.

Let us pray for these two to see clearly again.

Moving right along…maybe I am getting old, because I didn’t get the whole thing.  I turned off the tv and went to bed after the whole Kanye /Katy thing.  But up until that moment, there wasn’t even a host?  What’s up with that?  Plus the live performances were just so…I dunno…weird.  Oh and here’s a great one…I’m mr. rocker from way back.  When they announced the nominees for best rock video…I only recognized one artist(group), and thank God they won!  The Foo Fighters.  But, again, I didn’t know the particular song.  Wow, I’m out of touch!

Here’s a sad commentary on the show insofar as I watched it.  The best moment for me was that shaker weight commercial.  The one where they brought back Beavis & Butthead!  Classic.

It really made me long for the old days.  In 1999 I had the great honor to attend the VMA’s.  I was a guest of my aunt who was a writer for a cable tv trade magazine.  At the time, I was a morning show host of a top 40 station in Grand Cayman, Z99.  Chris Rock hosted.  Yes, they had a show host for 9.9.99!  The show was actually entertaining from Blink 182 performing live outside teh Lincoln Center, to Chris’ performance.  The live acts included greats like Nine Inch Nails, TLC, Kid Rock with Run DMC, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and even a performance by the lip syncing queen herself, Britney Spears.  Presenters included the likes of Madonna, Prince and David Bowie.  And Sir Paul McCartney got the lifetime achiement award and was there in person to receive it.   Ahhh, the good old days.

Is Tom Freston still the president of MTV?  Well, whoever it is, wow, try to run a tighter ship next year ok?  I know I’m out of your target demographic, but geesh!

Oh, and one last question.  Where are people seeing music videos anyway?  How are they voting on something they dont even show anymore?  When was the last time you saw a video on MTV, or M2???   If it wasn’t for youtube, i would see any of them.

good day!

Obama-Thy Words Shall Bite Thy Hind End

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Why don’t politicians realize that they ought to watch what they say?  Also, why don’t they stop trashing each other, and just tell the American people what THEY plan to do.  That sort of behavior would avoid people like me blogging the following.  Oh yeah, and keep the real media off their backs!

When Senator Obama was running for President, he made a speech trashing former President George W. Bush for his handling of the economy and US debt.  I’ve decided to get the actual quote and list it here, so you can see it for yourself.

“…The way Bush has done it for the last 8 years, is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China, in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from 5 trillion dollars from the first 42 Presidents-number 43 added 4 trillion by his lonesome so that we now have over 9 trillion dollars in debt-that we are gonna have to pay back.  $30,000 for every man, woman and child.  That’s irresponsible.  It’s unpatriotic.” – Barak Hussein Obama

So, allow me to elaborate, even though it’s probably unnecessary due to the fact that it should be pretty obvious.  He blames Bush for adding $4 trillion to the debt over EIGHT years.  Let’s remember that the economy was booming for MOST of those 8 years, and debt was a mere 36% of GDP (gross domestic product).  Not bad in comparison.  Obama has added over $4 trillion in only 31 MONTHS!!!  And according to the Congressional Budget Office his healthcare mandate will add another $10 trillion over the coming years.  Obama has raised the debt 152% in his first term thus far.  So by his own words it is clear that Obama is IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNPATRIOTIC.  Thank you Mr. President for making that clear to all ofus.  And please don’t whine about how you inherited a mess.  Bush inherited a little mess called 9/11 ring a bell?  War is expensive, but still he kept the debt to 36% as I mentioned.  Let’s look at debt to GDP under Obama.  Your first year our national debt jumped to 54% of GDP.  Your second year your failed policy elevated our debt to 62% of GDP and is currently 70% of GDP with projections being over 72% by the end of year.  Good job sir.  Thank you for pointing out in advance that your own policies could, and should be viewed as irresponsible and unpatriotic.  I just hope for the sake of our nation that I’m not the only one that understands this.

Let’s hope those Gallop Polls are right.  If they hold true, you will go down in history as the worst President in US history.  Let us pray for the sake of the Union that you are a one term President.  I wish you well in your future endeavors.  Thank you for your service.  But, America can no longer afford your services sir.

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August 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Tree-Huggers Gone Wild

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Just when I thought I might be in store for a normal week, I get hit square in the face with this one.  Thank you environmental greenie wacka-doodles for this one.

According to FOX News this morning, the State of New York has once again topped the stupid meter.  As most states across this nation, and indeed, the nation itself is in financial crisis, we have found yet another brilliant way to toss away hard earned funds from the tax-payers.  Get this, the department of transportation in New York has spent tons of money, (money they don’t have), on new road signs.  Keep in mind, money is needed for more worthy projects like infrastructure, education and public services.  These signs are being placed along roadways near lakes and ponds, and other bodies of water.  Basically, they are signs warning drives to proceed with caution on account of the fact that FROGS may enter the roadway!  Holy stinkin’ cow, for real?!

But wait, there’s more.  These brainy elites in government have figured out how to waste even more money on this stupid project.  The signs are all hinged in the middle.  Why you ask?  So the state can pay workers to go out as the weather gets cold and fold the sign down, so as to not be visible.  Why you ask?  Because frogs don’t hop in the snow!  Oh, and obviously, the state will have to pay workers to go around again in the spring to fold the signs up.

Thank God for these geniuses in government that are on this mission to save us from ourselves.  I mean, what would we lowly citizenry do on our own?  I would have thought to myself that perhaps the frog wanted to die.  Maybe he is on a little froggy suicide mission.  Maybe tadpole mama was  caught creepin with the froggy milkman.  Who knows?  Not for me to judge, but if froggy is lookin’ to go to that lillypad in the sky, who am I to stop him.  But no!  Big government wants me to swerve into oncoming traffic risking the lives of pesky humans to save this little amphibian. Hey, I guess these gifted folk in leadership haven’t thought that by swerving out of the way, that perhaps we would turn right and go off the road and damage a tree!  There goes the ozone, and hello more global warming, right?  Come on already people!  Can we just get along with our lives without being freaks about every goofy idea that pops into a liberals head?  I’m all for the sanctity of life, don’t get me wrong.  But, here’s an idea for you.  How about we start with placing some value on human life and stop killing babies in the womb?  Maybe we could stop the slaughter of human innocents for, oh I don’t know, a minute or two?  Could we maybe get on that trip for a while?  Maybe instead of spending millions upon millions of tax payer dollars on saving frogs, and we could also save countless millions of tax payer dollars by not supporting abortion clinics, and planned parenthood.  Then, with all that money saved, maybe we could balance the books?  Or hey, here’s an idea liberals.  If you can’t get over NOT spending other peoples money, then spend this money on things like saving unborn children!  Maybe put some money into adoption agencies.  Or parenting education.  Nice idea hmmm?

Well, I gotta jump off my soap box.  Time to get in the car and run down a few amphibians and reptiles…and maybe a squirrel or two as I head out to lunch.  Oh yeah, I’ll be doing this in my Cadillac SRX.  Yes sir, it’s an 8 cylinder monster gas guzzler.  Just trying to do my part.  Don’t worry Canada, y ou don’t have thank me.  Maybe this year you guys won’t freeze to death!

I Just Don’t Get It!

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Yesterday wrapped up week #3 of my marathon training program.  Only 23 weeks to go…sweet.  Now, weeks 1 and 2 made sense.  Lots of struggle, sweat, near death experiences and so forth.  I even lost about 5 to 5 1/2 pounds.  Nice start.  But week 3, obviously the most grueling to date, as each week progressively ratchets up the torture level.  Despite the increased distance and intensity, I somehow managed to gain about 2 pounds.  What in the name of all that is right in the world is up with that?

My wife offered up, (unsolicited by the way), that it could have something to do with the 2 donuts I choked down on Saturday.  I’m certainly not delusional enough to think that I have gained any muscle of significance,  but, how in the name of Dunkin’ Donuts can you gain 2 pounds from that?  I know they are high calorie treats, but 3,500 calories each?  No way.  There is some other conspiracy at work here, and i’m not sure what it is, but when I get my arms around it, I’ll be sure to report it here first.

2 pounds indeed!

i guess the glimmer of hope, and good news is that I improved my 1.5mile running time to 17:11.  Now, I mentioned in an earlier post that I was approaching ‘average.’  But, it turns out I was sadly misinformed.  I pulled out my old manual from the NSCA (national strength and conditioning association), and looked up the normative date.  For my age group, my time on the 1.5 mile run just put me from ‘very poor’ to plain old ‘poor.’  Holy cow!  I still have to go through poor, make it through ‘fair’ and then I will finally achieve average.  How sad.  Funny how good news of improvement can ruin your day!

But, as Paul the Apostle wrote…’I press on towards the mark…’  I’ve got today and tomorrow off, but a crazy rest of the week when it comes to running.  I cap it all off Sunday with a 5 mile pre-church run.  Here’s to even better news next Monday.

 

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August 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Potty Animals

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Nothing says ‘Friday night’ like a ‘Pull-Ups’ training DVD.

Alright, so it is one of those understood things when you decide to procreate and raise offspring, that you will give up certain things.  These ‘certain’ things can pile up and become many things, but one thing is for sure, it is all worth it.  That being said, the ‘worth it’ part, for me anyway, isn’t realized until after the fact.  What I mean is that during the torture of watching my beautiful 50″ Sony HD DLP and surround sound tied up with images of potty training… I tend to lose the joy of it all.  Don’t get me wrong, I guess I would rather live with the agony of watching what amounts to a stinkin’ infomercial for Pull-Ups, than to endure the teen years changing Depends.  So, in that sense, it’s all good.

It’s just that I used to be so cool.  My Friday nights would be filled with fun, socializing, and then there were my days as a radio jock.  Those were my years of ultimate coolness.  Funny how time flies, and things change!  My wild Friday night blogging just to avoid watching potty training videos again.  Oooooh, exciting.

Trust me, I’m not complaining.  I’m blessed with the two greatest kids to ever walk this earth…at least since I was a kid!  ha ha!  But seriously, they are the most wonderful thing ever.  I am just pointing out how things change and even though the action packed social life is all but dead, what it’s replaced with is beautiful and lovely.  Except for the potty training!

I’m guessing the video is close to done, so I’m off to scoop up my little one and enjoy her before beddy bye time.  Then, it will be time to slaughter my son at a heated game of Trouble.  Remember that game?  That’s the cool part of parenting.  Getting to enjoy the toys you grew up on all over again.  Anyway, if you haven’t read my post titled, “Nothing Like a 7 year old to Make a 41 year old Act Like a 2 Year Old”!….I suggest you go check it out.  You’ll get a glimpse of the rest of my evening at home.

In case you didn’t know, I launched a new website.  Please check it out.  http://www.winatlife.us

Have a great weekend potty animals!

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August 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm