Currently generating a new wish list, since all my wishes were granted over the Holidays.

Friday, August 26, 2005

A really fun game

This game is a great time waster. Being a movie buff myself, I figured I would try it out. It is an excel spreadsheet with 72 movie stills with the Actors heads removed. The goal is to fill in the movie title.

Currently I am at 31, will update my progress as I go along.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

One thing has bothered me for awhile

George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, and other past presidents have lead men on the battlefield. I'm sure past legislators have done so as well. I don't necessarily think military service should be a requirement for political office, but I would like to propose a law that might make our current legislators actually think about the human costs of war.

Any legislator who votes for a war, has to go fight the war, or if they are physically unable they must commit their children or a loved one to the war. If the war is really worth fighting they should be willing to put themselves or their loved ones at risk.

This law may give some people second thoughts about running for office, but that is good, because if one is willing to serve the country then they should be willing to actually SERVE THE FRICKING COUNTRY!

I have one question for anyone out there, If this was actual law do you think we would be in Iraq right now?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

When Big Corporations Do Good Deeds

I have a tendency to only point out the bad deeds done by big corporations. There are a lot of them and they usually get more news coverage than the good deeds.

I think it is time to report the good deeds done by the big corps. just to show both sides of the story and that corporations can do good if they try.

Radio One Inc. gets the award for today. Radio One had bought the rights to FM 107.9 in Philadelphia that had belonged to Haverford High School since 1949, it was the oldest High School radio station in the country. Read the article for the entire story, but it seems that Radio One Inc. helped the high school pressure the FCC to grant them a special license to get a new station on FM 99.9. After the year long process finally was complete and the Haverford High station was set to get back on the air, Radio One Inc. also donate newer radio equipment to help the High School out in their endeavor.

I would like to pat Radio One Inc. on the back for doing something they didn't need to do and something that probably won't improve their bottom line, but I'm sure it will make some high school students and alumni very happy.

What's the deal with Oil?

This is ridiculous!

Where is the outrage at these gas companies reporting record profits? Where is the outrage at our public servants for continuing to subsidize oil companies?

The average gasoline price is about $0.80 greater per gallon than it was last year. Is it any wonder that these Oil Companies are posting record profits? Does anyone else find it ridiculous that we are paying multiple times to fatten the pockets of these Oil Companies? We pay once at the pump and then again in our tax dollars that go to subsidize the Oil Companies.

With the impending shortage of oil, this problem will no doubt worsen. As Oil Companies raise prices to maintain profit margins while also demanding more subsidies to increase their net income, have to worry about those shareholders.
They will milk our oil dependency to the last drop, wasting precious time and government money, that could be spent on reducing our oil dependency.

What is the solution to alleviate our dependency on oil?

First, the oil companies should become government property or prices should be regualated and established by the government. This will prevent Oil Companies from recording record profits at the expense of American Taxpayers. This would enable the government to maintain affordable gas prices for the average american, especially the poverty stricken who are affected more severely by high gas prices.

If gas becomes a government run business, it will create more of an incentive for private companies to invest in alternative sources of energy that are not derived from oil. It will also give the big oil companies more of an incentive to spend money from their deep pockets on researching renewable energy sources. By taking away a huge chunk of their profit, Oil Companies will invest more resources in new enery sources which are bound to be more profitable than gas if prices are regulated by the government.

It is imperative to give Oil Companies an incentive to accelerate their research on new non-oil derived energy sources. Currently they have no incentive to do so, since their profits are guaranteed to be maintained because of our dependence on oil and the govenrment subsidies they continue to receive. The only solution is to take away the record profits of Oil Companies, by enacting new regulations on gasoline prices and ending subsidies. This will force Oil Companies to use their deep pockets to fund other sources of energy and ease our dependence on Oil.

This is an issue all Americans will unite behind. Whether you are Democrat, Republican, or Other, the cost of Oil and our dependence on Oil affects us all. Even if you don't drive a car you are dependent upon oil, most of our technology, such as this computer I am typing on takes barrels of oil to produce. To improve the quality of life for all Americans it is necessary to take this first step, in order to accelerate the development of non-oil derived sources of energy.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Update: Karl Rove has been spotted hiding in Canada

And he is fondling young boys!

Why can't we be more like the Canadians?

Instead of using fear to debate policy issues Canadian's use humor, to be more specific potty humor!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Steroids and our President: Why is George trying to hurt our Children?

In the wake of the news surrounding Rafael Palmeiro's steroid suspension I felt it necessary to examine our President's relationship to steroids in baseball.

Here are Bush's remarks about steroids from his 2004 State of the Union Address:

To help children make right choices, they need good examples. Athletics play such an important role in our society, but, unfortunately, some in professional sports are not setting much of an example. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message -- that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now

The interesting thing surrounding the steroid controversy in baseball is that Texas seems to have been a breeding ground for many of the alleged steroid users. The list includes Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, and the list could continue. Most of these players except for Mr. Canseco, who implicated the president in the steroids scandal, can call Mr. Bush a friend. The president maintains a good relationship with Palmeiro, calling him most recently to congratulate him on his 3000th hit.

What kind of message is the president sending to our children when he maintains a friendship with proven performance enhancing drug users? For our children's sake our president must show resolve and admonish his friends? He must ensure that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our we to assume that those words he spoke in his state of the Union address were hollow? Does our president stand for anything other than ensuring the advancement of his friends?

Our president has a chance to set the record straight and set a good example for our children by letting his good friend Raffie know how he feels about drug use.

If George W. Bush cannot stand against the steroid users, then he must be for steroids.

I will close by asking the question:

Why does George W. Bush insist on hurting our children?