Finals Week

May 5, 2010

 

BLAH!!!

Not only do I have finals, but I am also doing my annual training with the National Guard.  Oh, well.  I probably won’t post anything new until next week for those of you who are apparently visiting regularly (my handy “hits” counter on the home page tells me so).  Unless something comes up that I just have to write about (like THAT ever happens) , I’m pretty sure the next post will be about taxes, the Constitution, and the knife that is Congress cutting deep enough into our pockets that we should regularly check for arterial bleeding.


On the Plus Side

April 23, 2010

 

Every now and then I gotta’ take a breather and do something fun.  Few things could be more fun than a quick blurb on lingerie!

There’s a story that Lane Bryant has a new commercial which has experienced some bumps and curves with a few networks.  Apparently, Victoria’s Secret models somehow tip the scales on fairness.  After some weighty discussions, though, it seems all networks will air the commercial.

OK, OK, I’ll stop with the puns.  In my very humble opinion, Victoria’s Secret models could exchange a couple celery sticks for some solid home cookin’!  I hope to see this commercial take on a following so that the likes of Michelle Obama will have its edge dulled a bit.  Don’t get me wrong, I think people should strive to be heathy, but Hollywood thin is generally not healthy and most kids along with many adults certainly don’t need to be freaking out about their weight.

As for me, I’m going to get a bowl of pocorn and a Pepsi and wait for the next LB commercial to air!


The Limits of Freedom

March 31, 2010

 

As a person who identifies strongly with Libertarians, one might wonder what I mean by limitations of freedom.  Consider this article about a father who has been ordered to pay $16,000 to Westboro Baptist Church after it won an appeal against a ruling originally in favor of the Marine’s family.  The radical and highly controversial church, founded by Fred Phelps, goes out of its way to protest the funerals of service members killed in action under the supposed effort to speak out against homosexuality.  The ruling alone is disturbing and does not reflect well upon Maryland or this nation:

“The protest was confined to a public area under supervision and regulation of local law enforcement and did not disrupt the church service,” the circuit court opinion said. “Although reasonable people may disagree about the appropriateness of the Phelps’ protest, this conduct simply does not satisfy the heavy burden required for the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress under Maryland law.”

WHAT?!?!

Let’s briefly consider the facts.  A service member dies in combat for no political allegiance except to his/her country.  This “church” claims it has a beef with policies governing homosexuality.  The church members then find funerals of service members who have died in combat (a punishment by God) and wave signs at grieving family and friends that speak such poison as “You’re going to Hell” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”.  What about this is NOT intentional infliction of emotional distress?  How can any reasonable person correlate homosexual legislation with the death of a service member?

A pure Libertarian could argue that we must acknowledge the church’s religious teaching that God specifically punishes Soldiers for perceived failures with homosexuality.  Fine, let’s also recognize Satan worshippers who need to ceremoniously sacrifice a human.  The Old Testament teaches that we should stone a person to death who is caught working on Sunday…it’s religious freedom, don’t worry about it.  Perhaps if NAMBLA decides to start a church to share a ceremonial connection between an adult and a child we should just recognize their religious right to do so.

If God is punishing the nation by killing Soldiers, then what immeasurable level of arrogance must be exercised to assume that any help is needed with that punishment?  These folks openly consider themselves prophets, but their actions clearly demonstrate that they see themselves on par with God.  How very, very dangerous.

Rights without responsibility are anarchy.  These folks would be the first to attempt to dominate the nation in the event of a catastrophic loss of government.  Their rules, their way.  Guess what…we are far from that and these folks need to be provided a solid dose of humility to remind them of that.

God Bless our fallen service members and their families!


Homework Assignment

March 29, 2010

 

If this works, this post will satisfy a requirement for one of my online classes, Principles of Supervision.  I did a written book review on the book You Can Negotiate Anything and this video is the second half of the assignment.  Wish me luck…

If this works, the video should be somewhere around …here…

OK, doesn’t upload WMA.  Hooray for Microsoft.  Let’s try a PowerPoint…Principles of Sales Video

Now to test it…

Yeah, it works!!  For all you techno studs out there I am obviously not too proficient on this stuff so cut me some slack, alright?

Professor Gray, any chance we could not ever do something like this again?

C’mon!  I just found out that the stupid video won’t upload because I have to pay an additional $60 for the feature!  Apparently, the video works on my computer because the link is attached to the file on my system.  LAME!  What really sucks is that I am contemplating purchasing it.  Trouble is, I hardly ever have the inclination to attach video.  Hell, I haven’t even been keeping up with my basic posts.  Whatever…if the link works in the near future it’s because I got desperate.

HA!  I posted this on YouTube and now I’m going to link to it > HERE <.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

December 25, 2009

I haven’t posted in a while, though plenty of ideas are on the burner. Whatever you spiritual persuasion, I hope the season is good to you with all the blessings of peace.


The First Step

October 20, 2009

So, this is my first blog post.  Can’t say I know what the hell I’m doing.  I’ve agonized for weeks about what to write first.  Should I write about the rediculous legislation that is being considered for “universal healthcare”?  Perhaps I should comment on the ever prevalent acknowledgment of homosexuality in American culture.  Federal trampling of clearly set Constitutional limits would be a good start.  Instead, I’m spewing thoughts about nothing.

I’ll just use this as my “test” post.  There are a lot of details on my page that I am not certain of how to customize, but asking for help from technical support would feel like some sort of surrender.  I’m quite jealous of other bloggers who have established their home pages into tidy reflections of their personalities.  Then again, I have to acknowledge that my personality is anything but tidy.  In fact, blogging is part of a personal effort to commit to projects on a long term basis in a structural manner.  Will it work?  Let’s find out…