Monday, April 18, 2016

NBA Bias??

The NBA Board of Commissioners will meet today to discuss the NC HB2 and whether it will impact next year's NBA All-Star game in Charlotte. The NBA has said that the law is discriminatory.

So the NBA thinks that we are discriminating in North Carolina? Lets look at the facts about the NBA. Is the ratio of white and black players reflective of the nation's ethnic makeup? How many players are of Hispanic and Asian ethnic background? How does the ethnic makeup of the head coaches compare to that of the players? Does the NBA have an affirmative action plan in place to help those under-represented ethnic groups?

Want to talk about sexual discrimination? Quick, name an openly gay NBA player!! There are many openly gay lesbians in the WNBA, but no gay men in the NBA. Given the law of averages, how does this happen? How many transgender players are in either league??

Here's some advice to the NBA lords. Shut up and play basketball!! Your own record on discrimination is abysmal. Call me when you want to have a factual discussion

High School Memories #1

To my Class of 1971 classmates. The biggest issue regarding restroom use in 1971 at Leto High School was fighting your way through the cigarette smoke and hoping there was toilet tissue in the dispenser in the stall. I miss the simpler times
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Today Ringo Starr cancelled a concert in Cary, NC. Do you think that these stars use the same restrooms that the rest of us use?? No, they have some private spots backstage. Probably use Perrier in the flush cycles. I doubt that the toilet tissue has the texture of recycled newsprint and that the paper towels are recycled sandpaper.

I have been to a couple of Kenny Rogers concerts. Never met him waiting in line at intermission. How many entertainers have you met waiting in line at the restrooms?? Entertainers are like politicians. Politicians don't think you need guns. However, they are guarded by people with guns. Entertainers are all upset about the restroom issue, but they have private ones to use.


If you had told me 45 years ago that restrooms would be the national controversy for this year, I would have had you committed. But here we are.


Here's a simple solution. Put a picture of a penis on one door and a picture of a vagina on another door. Look at your equipment, if you must, then match it up with the drawing and use that door.
I understand that this will not sit well with those in the LGBT crowd, but that's the way it goes.


Mom said it best, "You aren't always going to get everything you want. Get used to it!!"

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Reflections from the Road

I made a road trip to Louisiana last week. Left home on Tuesday morning and checked on my Aunt Kitty in Charlotte to start my day. Leaving Charlotte, I headed south.  I visited with friends in Newnan, Georgia on the way down there. The next day I went to Destin, Florida to visit my sister and her husband for a couple of days.  Finally made it to Prairieville, Louisiana on Friday.

Visiting the guy who claims to be my only friend, Ken, is always an experience. Nothing like a couple of fat guys bellying up to the buffet at the Golden Corral to make it an interesting evening. I think that the lovely Mrs. Ken   (Teddy) limits Ken's outings to the Corral to days that I am visiting. We all probably ate too much.

I won't say that Ken is pretty well armed, but  I sleep better knowing that if a Jihadist group shows up at the door, we will have them outgunned.

What did I learn visiting Ken in Newnan? If you have a breakfast at the Waffle House with Ken, sit at the table for four, not the one for two. You need the plate room.

Thanks to the guys at the gun counter at Academy Sports in Newnan for obeying the federal gun laws!! While Ken was looking at guns, a couple came in to look at guns. The man decided on one. When the employee pulled out the forms to have the buyer fill out, the lady announced that she was the purchaser and was going to give the gun to him. The employees told her that would be a "straw buyer" situation and was illegal. The man got hostile and told the employee that it was legal and that he was going to call the police so they could tell the store they had to sell him the gun. The employees told him to call the police. We left before the police arrived.

Headed to Destin on Wednesday. I love the ride from Montgomery to Florala on US 331. But once you get to I-10 in Florida, it's pretty much a nightmare. It was spring break and Easter week in Destin. We had dinner at Lulu's in Destin. It's owned by Lucy Buffet, Jimmy's sister. Just because your brother sings doesn't mean that you should be in the restaurant business. We had chili dogs at home the next night. The food and service were better than Lulu's.

Cakemasters Bakery in Fort Walton Beach is worth the trip from almost anywhere. I made two visits while in Destin. Their Napoleons are incredible!! I snacked on one on the ride from Florida to Louisiana.

All of the billboards along I-10 in Mississippi are advertising the casinos in the Biloxi area. It beats all those damn billboards in Louisiana and Alabama advertising attorneys or ambulance chasers. Use the term that you prefer!

I didn't get my Cain's fix in Louisiana. They were closed for Easter Sunday. We went to Popeye's for my fried chicken fix instead. 

Any thoughts that Louisiana is a Southern state went down the crapper on Sunday morning when I went to McDonalds for a gravy biscuit and found that they don't have a gravy biscuit in that area. I had a Sausage McGriddle for the first and last time.

I will cover the return trip another day. I hear my name being called!!



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Anchor fired for facts??


A television anchor in Pittsburgh was fired over comments that she posted on Facebook about a shooting that occurred in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago.
The odds are overwhelmingly in favor of her being correct in her remarks. What will Hearst Television do if it turns out that she is correct?? How can factually based comments be" inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standard"? Wait, we are talking about the mainstream media !!
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the murder... rate in 2016 is 84% over last year. Wendy, don't bother applying at a Chicago station.

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh television station WTAE said it has ended its relationship with anchorwoman Wendy Bell over racial comments she posted on Facebook about an ambush shooting at a cookout that left five people and an unborn baby dead.
In a statement Wednesday, parent company Hearst Television said Bell's comments were "inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards."
Bell, who is white, speculated about the identities of the two men who fatally shot five black people in the poor Pittsburgh suburb of Willkinsburg on March 9.
In her March 21 post on her anchor Facebook page, she said in part: "You needn't be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. ... They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They've grown up there. They know the police. They've been arrested."
In the same post, she also praised a black restaurant worker in a way some readers felt was condescending.
After a social media backlash, Bell apologized, saying her words "were insensitive and could be viewed as racist." The station also apologized, saying Bell's remarks showed "an egregious lack of judgment."
Authorities have not made any arrests in the killings or provided a description of the possible suspects. Siblings Jerry Michael Shelton, 35, Brittany Powell, 27, and Chanetta Powell, 25, along with two cousins, Tina Shelton, 37, and Shada Mahone, 26, were killed in the ambush shooting, police said. Chanetta Powell was nearly eight months pregnant.
On Wednesday, Bell defended herself, saying she didn't get a "fair shake" from the station, and that the story was not about her, but about "African-Americans being killed by other African-Americans."
"It makes me sick," she told The Associated Press when reached at her home on Wednesday. "What matters is what's going on in America, and it is the death of black people in this country. ... I live next to three war-torn communities in the city of Pittsburgh, that I love dearly. My stories, they struck a nerve. They touched people, but it's not enough. More needs to be done. The problem needs to be addressed."
Bell joined WTAE in 1998 and has won 21 Emmy Awards.
Her post drew mixed reactions from viewers. Some saw her comments as offensive and called for her firing, while others said the comments were not racist and applauded her honesty. Facebook pages in support and opposition of Bell were created in the wake of the incident.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

More on Climate Change

This column is from Tom Jackson of the Tampa Tribune.

Ginning up war on prosperity, liberty


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Published:   |   Updated: December 6, 2015 at 05:36 PM

Declaring whether human-induced climate change is Armageddon right around the corner or the most elaborate hoax in history is above my pay grade. I’m no scientist.

Then again, neither are the world leaders who preened at the climate-fest last week, so there you go.

Yes, nothing says concern for the planet quite like the world’s potentates jetting to Paris at Christmastime with the notion of carving up the riches of developed nations whose successes are based in the rule of law and individual property rights.

As India environment minister Prakash Javadekar remarked, scoffing at the U.S. pledge of a $100 billion annual fund to salve the shift to green energy among emerging economies, “The cost of action ... is trillions; $100 billion is just a reparation.”

So, yeah, science.

What I do know is the last time anyone in the majoritarian side recommended prosecuting anyone with a contrary opinion — as climate scientists and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse have urged — Galileo was fiddling with his telescope. And soon enough, settled cosmological science was replaced by a fresh, humbling paradigm.

So when President Obama pummels us with hockey sticks of “consensus” and “97 percent of climate scientists,” understand that the terms are scarcely worth the carbon dioxide expelled to render them.

The latter, in particular, is a pernicious myth, generated from a single survey of abstracts from climate studies, the results of which have been shrewdly mangled to produce a desired result: separating you from the liberty and prosperity generated by cheap, abundant and technologically scrubbable fossil fuels.

But what happened in Paris last week is not about your quality of life, or even that of your children about whom Obama speaks with such concern. It was, and the way forward is, less about avoiding climatic catastrophe than snuffing the economic system that has proved singularly beneficial to the sharp rise of human achievement: free market capitalism.

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, daughter of Costa Rica, declared the naked purpose of the warmist cult last February: “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

You can’t make it much plainer than that.

What’s chilling is President Obama has been an eager and leading participant in this conspiracy against a fundamental American virtue. And for what? His ego. Even The New York Times says so, describing his ambition “to make climate-change policy the signature achievement of his, and perhaps any, presidency.”

Yeah. For the fawning Times, securing the union (Lincoln) and defeating the twin threats of German Nazism and Japanese imperialism (FDR) are thin gruel by comparison

Luckily, nothing resembling the 1998 Kyoto Protocol has emerged from Paris — the parties last week agreed only on voluntary reductions — and Obama’s time in office grows short. Perhaps the next U.S. president will have a more American-centric view of energy’s link to freedom and prosperity ... and the cleaner environment that emerges as a result

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Concealed Carry??

The following item was posted on Facebook by the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.

"I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face...and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to ...you. I won't shoot you. My gun won't pull it's own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can't just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may freeze up. I may piss my pants. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger...but, I won't die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child's life. I won't be that victim. I choose not to be. As for you, I don't ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don't. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too..." -Brian Cerny

Friday, December 04, 2015

Climate Change on Facebook

There was a post on Facebook the other day from the NRDC. That's the National Resources Defense Council. Sounds like some official government agency, right? It isn't. They wanted people "to take bold action" and sign a petition. They wanted us "to stand with Robert Redford" and they would deliver the petition to the Paris conference "Climate Change" or "Global Warming" or whatever it is this year. Below is an exchange of ideas on the issue.



Gilbert Jones At one point in history, almost all the scientists believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Many also believed that the earth was flat. We can't cure cancer. We can't change our behaviors to stop AIDS. We can't feed the poor. We can't stop nations like Iran and North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. Why are we worried about a "carbon footprint"? Some moron on the local news tonight ridiculed some Americans for not believing in "global warming". If it is any consolation Justin, I don't believe in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, or that socialism works. Robert Redford needs to pack it in and gracefully exit the public stage.
 
 
Daren Scot Wilson No, there was little belief in the past about a flat Earth. It is a popular misconception that anyone thought that long ago.. But the Sun going around the Earth, yes, that was believed in for a long time.
 
Zach Drejza gilbert, smartest statement on this post, hence none of these morons being able to even respond to you. thank you

Diane Ellis McRoberts Wrong, Gilbert Jones! People CAN change their behaviors to stop AIDS. It's a matter of maturity and choice. We CAN feed the poor. And, MANY Americans know that global warming is a REAL issue. Also, feel free to keep your childhood fantasies of Santa, Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy alive. You don't seem to be living in reality elsewhere. Why not continue to believe what children believe?

Gilbert Jones Diane Ellis McRoberts Pardon me honey, but apparently you have drank all of the Kool-Aid that the "climate change" crowd is passing out. If we can change behaviors to stop AIDS, why haven't we? If we can feed the hungry, why don't we? If we can cure cancer, why haven't we? TODAY, more people will die from those causes than will die from climate change. "Climate Change" used to be called "global warming" before that theory lost traction. Obama flew to Paris to talk about "climate change". That took TWO 747's (Air Force One and its backup) and several cargo planes to carry the limos and Suburbans that make up the Presidential motorcade. Add the number of people in his entourage and the reporters covering the President and then measure the "carbon footprint" of that trip. What's the hypocrisy level there? Climate change?? Do you think that has never happened before? Did the Vikings call Greenland that just out of sarcasm? What caused the climate to change before the Industrial Age? Are you so vain as to believe that man can significantly alter the climate on his own? The "Climate Change" crowd only has one fact going for them. Barnum was right. There really is a sucker born every minute

 

 

 





 
 

 
 

 

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Eliminate the box??

In today's news, Obama wants to "eliminate the box" on federal job applications where applicants have to disclose if they have a criminal record. Sounds like another idea from a man who has never run a private sector business.

Here's my side of the story. Over the last 40 years, I have employed several people who were in prison and on work release. I have employed several people who had been in prison and many who had criminal records. My experience is that they fail or succeed at about the same rate as the rest of the population.

I also want to know about whether applicants graduated from high school and where they have worked before. Will Obama move to remove that information from the applications for federal employees also? Why bother having them apply? Just hire anyone who shows up!!

Come to think of it, this is how the electorate hired Obama. Can't prove where he was born, can't find out details about his education, there is more solid data about vampires than Obama's past. He just seems to have fallen out of the sky and into his job. Should we follow this path with all federal employees?

Climate Change??

Climate change?? I have caught my limit on this subject for this lifetime. Forty five years ago, I sat in an Advanced Physics class at Leto High and struggled to stay awake as Rufus Noble Dillard droned on and on about something.  Then one day, we had a discussion about climate change. That was probably when Al Gore was in Vietnam as a photographer, so we didn't discuss global warming. Instead we discussed a growing theory that we were headed towards another Ice Age. I thought that it was BS then and I think that it is BS now.

Anyway, in the foodservice management business, we have people who practice what we call "snapshot management". They come in for about five minutes and determine how everything is running based on that observation. This is what scientists are doing today. They are taking data from today and extrapolating that data to fit long term scenarios. They want us to believe that they are all knowing.

If you believe in science that strongly, watch how often your weather forecaster on the evening news is wrong. They are only forecasting the next day!! They couldn't tell us that Katrina was going to turn or that Super Storm Sandy was going to maul the Northeast.

So what's climate change all about? Control and cash. Control is the first issue. There is no aspect of your life so small or so large that the government doesn't want to control it. That's just the nature of the beast. The ruling class travels in limos and yacht- sized cars while urging us to walk or take the bus. This is the old Soviet Union way of government and life. For Obama to go to Paris with the entourage that Presidential travel entails and then talk carbon footprints, brings hypocrisy to levels so high that they have never been seen before.

Then there is the biggie, cash. This is all about money. Governments have realized that they can tax this "carbon footprint" crap. We are going to have carbon taxes.  Businesses will be able to buy "carbon credits". Where is all of this money actually going to go? Don't tell me where they are promising us where it will go. In the coming edition of Roget's Thesaurus, "Climate change" will be listed as a synonym for bullshit!! Those in the know will be saying, "That's just C.C." instead of BS.

I am going outside to burn my last can of Freon..