Saturday, December 31, 2011

I Guess The Weather Forecasters Were Wrong

Earlier this year, the weather forecasters predicted that we would be having the same kind of winter weather as last year: snowy and cold., how is that prediction working out??
From the Reno Gazette Journal: Reno ended December completely dry for the first time in 128 years.
No rain or snow fell at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the official monitoring station, throughout the month, the first completely dry December for the city since 1883, according to the National Weather Service.
Carson City was also completely dry for the month, the first time there since 2000.
It also seems that most of the United States is lacking in snow as well.
Winter is far from over but...

GOP Presidential Candiates Act Like Liberal Crybabies

I am proud to be a conservative, so when a supposed "conservative" acts like a crybaby liberal, it really makes me wonder me wonder if there are that many true conservatives out there.
The latest fake conservative story from Fox News: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in his state's presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.
Meanwhile, four GOP candidates on Saturday joined fellow candidate Rick Perry's lawsuit against the state, urging the Board of Elections to either allow them on the ballot or at least refrain from taking any action until a Jan. 13 court hearing.
Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Virginia primary, a contest with 49 delegates up for grabs. Perry and the four candidates joining the lawsuit -- Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman -- did not. Read more:
These candidates knew what the rules for getting on the ballot in Virginia and they chose not to follow the rules. And now, in the middle of the game, they want to change the rules. Bull crap. This is what many liberals do when they are losing.
Suck it up, Perry, Gingrich, Bachman, Santorum and Huntsman and admit that you made the mistake, not the State of Virginia.
If this is how you are going to behave as a president, then why are you any different than Obama and other Democrats?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Best Places To Watch The New Year Eve Fireworks In Vegas

There are going to be about 315,000 or more people on the Strip and on Fremont St. tomorrow night to ring in the New Year. In case you don't want to be with 315,000 of your closest friends or want to avoid the traffic nightmares- both driving and walking, here are some areas to watch the fireworks int he Las Vegas Valley.
Henderson: Horizon Ridge Parkway, just south of Gibson Road. There is some cleared area to watch and you can park on the side of the road. There is also a small road that goes up about half way up Black Mountain, which will give you even a better view. You may also see Lake Las Vegas's fireworks as well. You can also park at the Jack in the Box and Super Pawn at Horizon and Horizon Ridge and walk about 100 yards down the road and you get a great view of the entire Valley.
East Las Vegas: Hollywood Blvd: Almost the entire Hollywood Blvd has a great view of the fireworks.
Summerlin: Freedom Park, next to Bonner School is a nice place to watch and to let the kids play in the park at the same time.
Northeast: Las Vegas Blvd, by the race track. It's a greater distance, but you can still get a pretty good view.
South side: I'm not sure, though by the M Resort, there could be a good view.
The Strip fireworks will last about 8 1/2 minutes and the weather is supposed to be cool but not cold and there will be clear skies.
And just a reminder, don't shoot off your guns into the sky. A man was killed in North Las Vegas by the cops last year after he was shooting his hand gun into the sky and when the cops came by, he pointed the gun at the officers, who then shot and killed the man.
So, have fun and enjoy the fireworks wherever you are.

Occupy (Name Your City) Intends To March/Riot In rose Bowl Parade

From the Los Angeles Times: The Rose Parade has long been a magnet for protesters looking for global attention for their causes and grievances.Native Americans once threw a balloon filled with red paint onto the parade route to represent the spilling of Indian blood. AIDS activists interrupted the parade by staging a sit-in. One year, a Pasadena mayor wore a "Tournament of Racists" t-shirt to protest what he saw as the parade's lack of ethnic diversity.But this year, Tournament of Roses organizers and Pasadena police are gearing up for something different as Occupy protesters, fresh from their encampments across the country, plan to converge on Pasadena. Like activists in the past, they are hoping to widen their impact with an estimated domestic TV audience of 50 million people and about 700,000 people along the route.Occupy activists have been looking for a high-profile venue since their camps in Manhattan, Los Angeles and elsewhere were removed. Some see the Rose Parade as a logical next step. On Jan. 1, they will meet in Pasadena to prepare for the following day's parade, which is being held a day later because Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday."It's Occupy 2.0 and why not start on New Year's Day in Pasadena?" said Daniel Niwander, an activist with Occupy Pasadena.,0,7810364.story
I have no problems with them marching at the end of the parade because the Rose Bowl has allowed other protest groups to participate at the end of the parade.
However, the Occupy movement has been quite violent, especially on the West coast. So, the Occupy group will have to be babysitted by the cops to make sure they don't interfere with the parade and the parade goers and waste more taxpayer money.
Maybe we should set an over/under on how many occupiers will be arrested during the parade. I say the number should be around 14.

h/t Grandpa John

Year End Quiz From CNN

CNN has a year end quiz:
I got 9 out of 10. I guess I have to study more.

What A Horrible Way To Go

From The Daily Mail, U.K.: An elderly motorist was killed in a freak road accident after she was hit by the severed head of a deer that was hit by another car.
Rosemary Bower, 70, died after a deer's head plunged through her windshield, causing her car to careen off the road in rural Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania.
Police said the deer had become airborne after being hit by another car traveling in front of her.

The impact sent the deer hurtling over a car driven by Rocco Ford and Scott Elgoff.
It landed on her vehicle and the impact.

Mrs Bower's car continued driving until it ran off the road into a ditch in rural Reynoldsville.
Police said the other two drivers involved in the death crash will not face any charges.
Read more:
The poor lady probably never knew or would want to know what hit her.
Deers are dangerous. When I lived in Wisconsin and in less than 2 years, I hit 5 deer and deer hit me. I totaled 2 cars and severely damaged 2 more. In the 5 cases, the deer charged out of the woods and in front of my car and they were hit. Only 1 deer died- strong deer. One time I was stopped to let some deer cross the street and a deer jumped out of the woods and hit my car when the car was standing still. The deer gave me a dirty look and walked away.
So, prayers to the family and friends of the victim, Rosemary Bower.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cheers: Milwaukee #3 Las Vegas #36 Drunkest Cities

The Daily Beast came up with the 40 drunkest cities in the U.S. and Milwaukee was the 3rd drunkest city and Las Vegas was rated 14:
Of the cities listed, I've been to 15 of them. Not sure if that is good or bad.
I can see how Milwaukee is rated #3-I've grew up and lived there as an adult. There are bars and/or liquor stores on just about every block. Milwaukee was ranked #1 last year.
I can also see why Las Vegas is down on the list. You take away the Strip and downtown areas, along with the large casinos, where the tourists like to hang out, there is not a lot of places to drink. There are virtually no corner bars. Many of the bars are located in strip malls or places where you have to drive to. There aren't that many bars you can walk to. We also have a large Mormon population, and that will cut down on the drinking statistics. Last year, Las Vegas was ranked 36 out of 40.
So, congratulations to Milwaukee for being #3 and to "sober" Las Vegas at 14.

WI. Badger Fans: Are You Excited About The Rose Bowl?

A year ago, the Wisconsin Badges were n their way to the Rose Bowl and there seemed to be a lot more excitement than this year. You go to the different newspaper web sites in Wisconsin, even in Madison, and there is barely a mention of the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin blogs don't seem to be that interested in the Rose Bowl either.
There may be several reasons for this: With the exception of 1 play against the Michigan State and a series against Ohio State, the Badgers will be playing for the national championship. So, the Rose Bowl seems like a disappointment.
The Badgers are expected to be blown out on January 2nd against Oregon. Last time I checked, Oregon is a 6 point favorite, which is a lot in a major bowl game. The you factor in the Bret Bielma factor of blowing big games by being outcoached, and most people don't think the Badgers are going to win.
Further, 2 Rose Bowls in a row makes this Rose Bowl seem not as important as last year. The Badgers were expected to be here and they became Big Ten (12) champs. So, there was no surprise. It would be different if the Badgers hadn't been there last year or if they were favored to be in the bottom half of the league.
So, maybe this will inspire me:


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Monk Fight

From the NY Post: The annual cleaning of one of Christianity's holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks feuding over sacred space at the Church of the Nativity battled each other with brooms until police intervened.
The ancient church, built over the traditional site of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, is shared by three Christian denominations — Roman Catholics, Armenians and Greek Orthodox. Wednesday's fight erupted between Greek and Armenian clergy, with both sides accusing each other of encroaching on parts of the church to which they lay claim.

The monks were tidying up the church ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations in early January, following celebrations by Western Christians on Dec. 25. The fight erupted between monks along the border of their respective areas. Some shouted and hurled brooms.
Palestinian security forces rushed in to break up the melee, and no serious injuries were reported. A Palestinian police spokesman would not immediately comment.
A fragile status quo governs relations among the denominations at the ancient church, and to repair or clean a part of the structure is to own it, according to accepted practice. That means that letting other sects clean part of the church could allow one to gain ground at another's expense. Similar fights have taken place during the same late-December cleaning effort in the past. Read more:
They were arguing about who was going to clean a side of the Church. Idiots.

So, Why Was She Charged?

From the Las Vegas Sun: Police in Las Vegas say a 29-year-old woman admitted stabbing her boyfriend during a fatal argument about him staying out late.
A police report made public Wednesday identifies the dead man as Johnny Dewayne Sheffield and says he died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He was found about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in a nearby apartment with a single stab wound to the chest.
Police say Chamel Monique Smith told investigators that Sheffield kicked in their apartment door and she stabbed Sheffield during a physical argument about him staying out late just days after Smith suffered a miscarriage of their baby.
Smith is being held at the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance on a felony murder charge.
Unless there is something more to this story, one has to wonder why this woman was charged with murder.
The dead thug kicks down their door and then attacks the woman. This seems like self defense, unless there is something the cops are not reporting.
My tears are not for the dead thug, that's for sure.

Another Victory For Concealed Carry

From the Las Vegas Sun: A man who apparently tried to rob a pawn shop was shot to death Wednesday morning after exchanging gunfire with a store employee, Metro Police said.
A man entered the Cash America SuperPawn store in the 7000 block of North Durango Drive about 9:30 a.m. in what appeared to be an attempt to rob the store, Metro spokesman officer Bill Cassell said.
The man was armed with a gun and exchanged shots with a store employee, Cassell said.
Nobody else was injured, police said. It is unclear how many shots were fired and whether any customers were in the store.
No arrests have been made, and police were interviewing employees.
The name of the man killed has not been released.
Crime scene investigators were on the scene, and the area has been cordoned off.
There have debates about concealed carry throughout the years and the those who oppose concealed never point to cases like this: A robber comes into a store with a gun and threatens people with a gun and the employee customer pulls out their concealed weapon and shoots the robber dead.
This happens more often than most people think. Since I have been in Las Vegas, this is probably 15th case of a intruder/robber shot dead by people protecting their property and life. There have been few, if any cases in Las Vegas of people abusing their concealed permit during the same time frame.
And for those people who think working in a pawn shop is like the TV series, Pawn Stars, it's not. You have people who are at their wits end, trying to get money and the pawn shop is often the last place they can turn to. You have frustrated customers who think you are trying to rip them off and they will cuss and swear at you.
Then you have the pressure of working at the store- trying to protect yourself, make money for the store while people try and pass off stolen or fake merchandise. And if you are not careful and take in something bad, you can be fired on the spot. Cops hassle you while they look for stolen merchandise and make sure you follow all the rules and regulations. Then you have a lot of cash on hand, so you are a tempting target of robbers, like this thug in the morning.
Trust me, before Pawns Stars made it big time in Hollywood and Vegas, I am sure they had the same problems- thugs as customers, problems with the police and they probably had an armed robbery or two in their 30 years as being pawn brokers. Now, during the day, they don't have that problem. At night, when only the door window is opened and there is no security and few employees, I am sure things change.
So, it was a good day for the employee at the Super Pawn- he goes home to live another day. And the thug that was killed will be buried soon and we will lose him from the DNA pool.
Thank you, concealed carry.

Cheetah Chimp Dies At Age 80

From jsonline: A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at age 80.
The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure.
Sanctuary outreach director Debbie Cobb on Wednesday told
The Tampa Tribune that Cheetah was outgoing, loved finger-painting and liked to see people laugh. She says he seemed to be tuned into human feelings.
Cheetah was the comic relief in the Tarzan films that starred American Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. Cobb says Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller's estate sometime around 1960.
Based on the works of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Tarzan stories, which have spawned scores of books and films over the years, chronicle the adventures of a man who was raised by apes in Africa....
Pretty cool that a chimp can live to the age 80 and probably outlived all of the cast of Tarzan.
Apparently however, the chimp belonged to the Occupy movement: Cobb says Cheetah wasn't a troublemaker. Still, sanctuary volunteer Ron Priest says that when the chimp didn't like what was going on, he would throw feces.

Again, How Different Is North Korea Than The U.S. (Especially Liberals)?

The national media has been trying to report on the death of Kim Jong-il, the dead former ruler of North Korea. Jong-il was a murderous tyrant who ran his country into the ground, with the exception of his military, spying and terrorism. The media is trying to portray the citizens of North Korea as having whitewashed minds and act kind of crazy. But when you read the stories, the North Koreans just don't seem to different from those in the U.S., especially U.S. liberals.
From an article in the Chicago Tribune: The world watched anxiously on Wednesday as North Korea staged a huge funeral in the capital, Pyongyang, for former leader Kim Jong-il, searching for signs of what to expect from the isolated nation that may be close to attaining nuclear weapons capacity.Bleak pictures from state television showed a funeral cortege led by a limousine carrying a huge picture of the 69-year old, who died on December 17, passing serried ranks of olive green-clad soldiers whose bare heads were bowed in homage in the main square of the snow-covered capital.A hearse carrying the coffin was led by a weeping Kim Jong-un, the son and heir, accompanied by Jang Song-thaek, his uncle and a key power-broker in the transition, and Ri Yong-ho, the army chief of staff.,0,4549664,full.story
This would be no different than when a president of the U.S. dies. There would be a somber parade, with the military having a strong presence and the family would follow the hearse. In addition, the media, especially when a sitting president dies, wonders what policies would carry on and which ones would not under the new president.
"Seeing this white snow fall has made me think of the general's efforts and this brings tears to my eyes," Seo Ju-rim, a red-cheeked, weeping female soldier, told North Korean television, referring to Kim.One of the myths surrounding Kim Jong-il was that he could control the weather and state media has reported unusually cold and wild weather accompanying his death.
Well, Al Gore and a bunch of lefties think man has created global warming which in turn has caused natural disasters, thus man controlling the weather. Making it cold or wet on demand doesn't happen yet, unless you include cloud seeding.
Video showed weeping civilians who swayed with grief and shouted "father, father" as black Lincoln and Mercedes limousines and army trucks streamed past the crowds. It was not clear whether the pictures were live or recorded."I wished it was a dream, how can this be true," sobbed one middle-aged woman named Kim. "How can anything like this ever happen in the world?"
God forbid, if President Obama died in a tragic golfing accident on one of his many vacations, people will saying and crying the same way as these people in North Korea. In fact, Obama's hard core supporters probably would even be more emotional.
State television showed Jang Song-thaek walking directly behind Kim Jong-un alongside the limousine carrying the coffin. Jang ranks a lowly 19th in the list of names on the state funeral committee but his public elevation confirms that he will play a key role in shaping policies.
In the United States we do this during a president's State of the Union address- see who's included and where they sit and then guess what that means in terms of who in the president's good graces and who is in his dog house.
The United Nations, in a country program for 2011-15, says North Korea's main challenge is to "restore the economy to the level attained before 1990" and to alleviate food shortages for a third of its 25 million population.Indications from the transition since Kim Jong-il's death suggest his "military first" policy will continue, leading to further hardship in a country that endured mass starvation in the 1990s.
The Democrats and liberals accuse the Republicans and conservatives of doing the same thing, every year, especially at election time. How many times has a Democrat accused conservatives trying to kill the elderly and the disabled because of Social Security and welfare issues?
Official media in the North have built Kim Jong-un, a jowly and rotund man in his late 20s, into a leader worthy of inheriting the crown, naming him "respected general," "great successor," "outstanding leader" and "supreme commander."
And the liberal media have done the same with Obama. From getting him elected (Chris Matthew's tingle up his leg) to ignoring all the scandals in the White House to trying to get him elected in 2012, most in the media are Obama's lap dogs.
This year, dissident groups based in South Korea, citing North Korean refugees and businessmen working in China, linked the youngest Kim to a crackdown on business activities and a tougher policy on people seeking to flee from North Korea.
Well, Obama's policies certainly have hurt small business owners because of regulations, taxes and economic insecurity.
It also gives little hope for the 200,000 North Koreans who human rights group Amnesty international says are enslaved in labor camps, subjected to torture and hunger or execution.
Liberals have said the same thing about Gitmo, until Obama was elected. Now the liberals are silent on the issue. There are also way more than 200,000 people in prison in the U.S.. We have about 2 million people in prison and another 5 million on probation or parole.
"That is especially because of the relative instability of Kim Jong-un's leadership. There might also be persecution as a way of intimidation and discipline."
The same thing happens in the U.S. People who dare dare have a different opinion of liberals, especially, are shouted down or threatened. Just look what has happened and is happening now in Wisconsin. And it happens all across the country. Occupiers, who I am no fan of, have been arrested, sometimes without cause. Of course, they also like to deny people's rights as well when they disrupt traffic, keep people from working or going to a park. And the GOP isn't totally Innocent either, they have fired people who disagree with them.
While there are obvious differences between North Korea and the U.S., the emotions of the citizens are pretty much the same and the roles of the media seem to be the same, especially when it comes to the liberal media of the U.S. And the politicians are not that much different than those in North Korea. When the Dem's are in power, the Dem's bow down to the Dem president and the same for the GOP congress when we have a GOP president.
So, we really are not that much different, after all. What a shock.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bill Maher: Nothing But A Piece Ot Trailer Park Trash

(and my apologies to those who live in trailer parks)
Maher wrote this on Twitter, in an apparent attempt at humor: Wow, Jesus just fucked bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler "Hey, Buffalo's killing them"
Bill Maher has some show on HBO who some very sick people is actually funny. Maher is not funny- he is just a mean old prick who has no career other than being on HBO.
HBO ought to suspend his show for this outrageous behavior. They ought to cancel his show and find someone who is actually funny. Hell, Joan Rivers is available and she is a lot more funny than Maher could ever be.
But I suspect, when Maher's days are numbered here on Earth, he may be having a conversation with satan and then it won't be so funny for him.

Good News Bad News On Las Vegas Economy

From the Las Vegas Sun: Taxable sales in Clark County rose by 9.3 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago, paced by car and clothing sales and business in restaurants and bars. It was the sixth straight month of increases.
The state Department of Taxation reported Tuesday that taxable sales, one indicator of the economy, was up in 12 of the past 13 months in Clark County. In October, taxable sales reached $2.5 billion.
Statewide, taxable sales jumped 12.1 percent, with only Lincoln County showing a decline of 6.8 percent.
For the four months of this fiscal year, taxable sales in Nevada are 8.2 higher than for the same period a year ago.
The hard-hit construction industry in Clark County is starting to show a rebound. Sales of building materials increased by 4.8 percent, the third consecutive month of a gain.
Business in restaurant and bars in Clark County jumped 12.8 percent, the fourth month in the last five in which there have been double-digit increases. Earlier this month, the state Gaming Control Board reported casino gross win in Clark County was up 10.4 percent in October.
Clothing sales rose 13.2 percent in Clark County in October, the fourth consecutive month of double-digit increases.
Auto sales posted a 12.6 percent gain in Southern Nevada, the 14th month of gains. The furniture business increased by 6.2 percent, and general merchandise was up 5.1 percent.
The statewide 12.1 percent gain — about $3.5 billion — is the largest monthly increase this year. Washoe County, where taxable sales fell by 1.4 percent in September, skyrocketed 14.9 percent in October. Carson City inched up 1.5 percent in taxable sales.
The department said collections from the sales and use tax is 2 percent, or $5.5 million, higher this fiscal year than projected by the Economic Forum.
It's great that the taxable income is up, but considering the dive that has happened over the past several years, this increase is a drop in the bucket.
And the bad news: Politicians won't see it that way and they will want to go on a spending spree to prop up failing parts of government. The schools will demand more money, local governments will want theirs and the hardest agencies of State government their share. They will all say that their government agency deserves all the money.
then you will have the public employees, some who are the best paid in the nation, will demand that any concessions they gave up will be given back. But the reality, it just isn't that large enough increase of money to justify any increase in spending at this time.
All of this will look like a scene out of Finding Nemo:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Pawn Stars Review: December 26, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a shout out to the unsung heroes for the day after Christmas workers- trash collectors and the people who work at the return counters at the big box stores.
Two new episodes today. in the first episode, the first guy brought in a Nicholas Tesla Prototype motor, the first one ever made. It had been in a vault at Cornell University. It's an induction electrical motor for AC electricity. For more information: Rick didn't know much about it, so time for an expert, Mark from the Clark County Museum. Mark said it wasn't the original motors and the seller disagreed. There was no sale.
The next guy brought in some anti gravity Nike Mags shoes. They look like the shoes that Mary McFly wore on the Back to the Future II. The guy wanted about $10,000. Chumlee revealed that he had 200 pairs of shoes. Chumlee came back with a bid of $1500 and there was no sale.
The next guy brought in a vintage VW Beetle that did not run. It was black with red doors, not very pretty. The guy wanted $7000 and Rick offered $3000 and then $4000 and that was the selling price. Rick wanted to make it a family project. That didn't work out so well as they had to take it Danny's Kustom Count auto shop because they didn't have the jack or the tools. They had the car working soon and it cost $3300 because it didn't have a fuel pump and starter.
the next guy brought in a Saleman's Sample Ice Box. It's a small ice box, about a foot tall and had a window on the door and was from the 1920's. The guy wanted $1000 and Rick countered $600. The guy came down to $800 and Rick came back with $700 that was the deal.
The next guy brought in a Breguet Lamborghini dash clock. Obviously, no digit, it had the hour, minute and second hands. The guy wanted $3000 and Rick offered $2000 and then $2300 and that was the selling point.
In the 2nd episode, the first guy brought in a 1500's Albrect Duer Print.
No expert available. Rick offered $5000 and the guy wanted $6000. Rick was firm at $5500 and that was the deal. They took the print to Brett for an appraisal. He said that the print was worth around $20,000 because it was not one of the first prints, it did come from original print plate. If it was the first print, it would have been worth about $350,000.
The next guy brought in a Spuds McKenzie light up decoration. Spuds was big seller for Bud Light in the 1980's. The guy wanted $100 and Rick offered $40 and that was the deal. More about Spuds:

The next guy brought in a customized 3 wheel customized hot rod motorcycle, which had just about everything on it. It was a two seater It was an automatic transmission, a Mack truck horn and even a TV. The guy wanted $50,000 even though he put in $100,000. Time for an expert, Danny. Danny said The trike had a Stroker motor and was quite impressed, but not that impressed. He said the bike was worth about $15,000. Rick offered $10,000 and there was no sale.
The next lady brought in a pre-civil war Dageurreotype camera. Rick said it was not a Dageurreotype camera but still was a antique camera. The lady wanted $5000 and Rick offered $15000 and then $1750 and that was the selling price.
The next guy brought in a Boss Hoss trike motorcycle. It had a 1957 read end on it plus a large car engine and a reverse gear. The guy wanted $28,000 and Corey offered $15000. There was no sale.

And The Corruption Continues

From Fox News: Sen. Charles Schumer's brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey -- a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul, The New York Post has learned.
Kevin McNulty, who is married to Schumer's sister, Fran, was named to the U.S. District Court by the
White House late on Friday, Dec. 16. According to a boilerplate quote, President Obama believes McNulty is a "distinguished individual" who "will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice."
New Jersey's two US senators,
Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, followed that up with their own news release heaping praise on the nominee.
What no one mentioned is that McNulty, 57, was the last-minute choice of Lautenberg, who had been leaning toward other candidates until surprisingly submitting McNulty's name to the White House.
Lautenberg and his aides have given no public explanation for the decision to go with McNulty even though the latter had never been publicly touted as a contender for the job, which carries life tenure and a $174,000-a-year salary.
"No one knows why he did it," said one person involved in the nomination process. "Everyone thinks it's all about 2014 and Frank making sure he has Chuck in his corner."
Read more:
From Crybaby Harry Reid influencing the City of Henderson, NV. to hire his son as city attorney and now Chucky Schumer getting his brother-in-law on the Federal Court to many other politicians of both parties using their power to have no bid contracts, free loans or getting relatives hired by the local or federal government agencies, the power of the politicians is getting way out of control. And the politicians don't even hide it anymore- they don't care if people know they are doing something wrong. They know other politicians and the news media will protect them.
There needs to be a revolution in this country and it has to start in the 2012 elections and throw all the politicians who have been in the House more than 10 years and Senate if they have served more than 12 years. They need to be kicked out, no matter which party they are from.
And there needs o be a discussion about term limits for Senators and House members. It works well in Nevada and other states that have them and it would work well with the federal government as well.
If we don't get of the politicians who have been in Washington D.C. for many years, our Country is sunk.

Best Picture Of The Month/Year?

Santa refueling the Reindeer, but I didn't know they could get hay and oats down the pipe.

h/t Grandpa John and he has some of the best photo's on his web site.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Road To The Super Bowl Goes Through Lambeau

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 35-21 tonight and now the Packers have clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
There are going to be a lot of Chicago Bear bettors who are very angry at Lovie Smith. With the clock winding down in the 4th quarter, the Bears were deep in Packer territory and had a 4th down and short. They decided to kick a 30 yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 14 points. the over/under was 13.5 points or so, depending on the casino. If the Bears go for it and make the first down or score a touchdown, the Bears cover the spread and you have a lot of happy Bears fans. But instead of taking the chance, Lovie Smith made a lot of fans out of Green Bay Packer fans who made the bet on the Packers and took the points.
So, to San Fran, Detroit, New Orleans etc, have fun going down the Yellow Brick Road through Lambeau:

Packer-Bear Sunday

Governor Of The Year: Scott Walker

From Governors Journal: In 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker(R) served as the embodiment of the state by state battle to balance budgets and the best symbol of the struggle between the two political parties about how best to meet those fiscal challenges. His first year will extend well into his second year, quite likely culminating in a recall election to remove him from office.
He has dominated the political debate on both sides. Defining the issues. He is cited by both Democrats and Republicans as the best of example of what is wrong, or what is right with a conservative approach to government. Although they will never admit it, many Democratic governors are different from Walker only in a matter of degrees.
Nearly every governor, regardless of party, began the year saying the current path of expensive pension and benefit packages for public employees is unsustainable. The way the issue exploded in Wisconsin is as much a function of the legal and legislative tools at Walker’s disposal as it is about the specific route he chose to take.
This is why Governors Journal has selected Scott Walker as the 2011 Governor of the Year.
It is not accurate to say Scott Walker launched an unannounced attack on public employees. For decades, state and local government leaders have complained about government employee unions: Collective bargaining, growing benefit packages, under-funded pension systems and binding arbitration. The warning siren had howled.
And the Governors Journal is not some right wing blog/journal. Second and third places went to Democrats.
So, congratulations to Gov. Scott Walker for this honor because it is well deserved.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cheap Rose Bowl Tickets Available

From the Wisconsin State Journal: For those still shopping for stocking stuffers, Rose Bowl tickets are selling for less than half of face value.
Online ticket retailers such as TicketCity and StubHub were offering Rose Bowl tickets Friday for as low as $71. Face value for this year's matchup on Jan. 2 between the University of Wisconsin and Oregon is $150.
The university announced Dec. 5, two days after the Badgers clinched a second trip to Pasadena in as many years, that it had sold out its share of 25,000 tickets.
The lower prices didn't surprise Ed Mani, president of Burkhalter Travel in Madison. The travel agency has sold 270 Rose Bowl packages this year, down from 850 last year, when the Badgers lost to Texas Christian.
The 70 percent decline in Rose Bowl packages was identical to the decline between 1999 and 2000, the last time the Badgers played in back-to-back Rose Bowls.
"Last year was more of a frenzy right afterward," Mani said. "This year there wasn't the frenzy."
Middleton Travel did about half as much business as last year, president Mary Miller said.
Miller said last year most packages sold right away, but this year many of the sales happened in the last week or two as people found lower game ticket prices online and airline prices dropped.
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So, if you want to see the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, this may be the year to do it for less money. And watch out for ticket scams.

Joy To The World

Hark The Herald the Angels Sing

Harry Reid's Version Of Rudolph

h/t Real Debate Wisconsin:

The Waste Of School Food

Back in the day, when school cooks actually cooked the food, they would have some decent meals, even though people made fun of them. Fried chicken, Salisbury steak, meat loaf, hot dogs, hamburgers, fish sticks etc were common, and there was a variety of meals- so much so, it was rare to have the same meal in a month.
Now, the food police have taken over and started giving the kids some "healthy" but cheap food. Salads, pizza, hamburgers, tacos salad, burritos and the kids don't like it. As a teacher who spends time int he cafeteria, the most common food items thrown away are fresh fruit, milk, juice and salad.
And it's not only at our school. From the LVRJ: As part of a campaign against obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School District banned sodas from campuses in 2004. It then moved on to nix the sale of junk food during the school day. But this fall, officials took their biggest step to date: feeding their captive charges what authorities consider a healthier menu.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that one day's lunch menu included black bean burgers, tostada salad and fresh pears. But instead of sampling the fare, two juniors pulled three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.
" 'This is our daily lunch,' Iraides Renteria said. 'We're eating more junk food now than last year.' "
What? More unintended consequences of coercion?
"For many students, L.A. Unified's trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop. ... Many of the meals are being rejected en masse," the Times reports.
Participation in the school lunch program has dropped by thousands of students. Principals report massive waste, with uneaten entrees being tossed.
Acknowledging the complaints, L.A. Unified's food services director, Dennis Barrett, announced this month that the menu would be revised. Hamburgers will be brought back, and some of the more exotic dishes are out, including the beef jambalaya, vegetable curry, and lentil and brown rice cutlets. The district is even bringing back pizza -- albeit it with a whole wheat crust, and low-fat cheese.
The bottom line from the editorial: Precisely. Should kids be taught about health and nutrition? Sure. Should they be given healthier alternatives to corn dogs, doughnuts and nachos? Sure. But "alternatives" imply choice.
It just goes to show: If you want to run a successful Nanny State, you've got to eliminate this "competition" business, this idea of "choice." In the end, they're going to end up needing a lot more guards and some barbed wire.

Each day throughout the CCSD schools, hundreds of cartons of milk are thrown away along with juice, not to mention hundreds of pieces of fresh fruit like apples and pears. It would be nice that if the kids do throw away the food and before it gets to the garbage can, is to save it and give it to the poor and homeless, otherwise, it is just food literally down the drain or to the dumpster.

President Obama's Mental Illness

Narcissism describes the character trait of self love, based on self-image or ego.
The word is derived from a Greek myth. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who rejected the desperate advances of the nymph Echo. As punishment, he was doomed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus pined away and changed into the flower that bears his name, the narcissus.
In psychology and psychiatry, excessive narcissism is recognized as a severe personality dysfunction or personality disorder, most characteristically Narcissistic personality disorder, also referred to as NPD.
Which brings us to President Obama. Now, he claims he is the 4th best president in the United States. Ever.

Between Crybaby Harry Reid and Obama, who is the most mentally ill?

Can We Say The Cliff Clavin Of Fed Ex

Westminster Choir: Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Friday, December 23, 2011

My Christmas Gift List To The Following:

Every year, columnists and bloggers with Christmas gifts to famous and people not so famous. So, this is my 2012 Christmas wish list:
To Occupy (name your city): a warm winter followed by common sense- get rid of the hippies and anarchists and truly go after the people who have screwed others including adding to your list: Democrats/liberals, union leaders and George Soros
To President Obama: Time in 2013 to vacation all you like and anywhere you like without tax payers footing the bill.
To Michelle Obama: Realize you are not a queen.
To Mitt Romney: President Romney with a strong conservative as Vice President ala Dick Cheney
To Newt Gingrich: nice history teaching gig at a top university.
To Joe Biden: A brain from the Wizard.
To talk show host Jerry Doyle- no more "Where is Waldo" games.
To the LVRJ: Stop the cheap shots on local law enforcement officers.
To columnist Jon Ralston: Honest reporting during the 2012 election.
To Brian "The Coward" Greenspun- a year long coma, followed by a realization that he is an evil man and changes his ways(he is the pathetic editor of the Las Vegas Sun that wished death and destruction on Florida for political reasons and has made no bones about that he is a dishonest man when it comes to politics)
To blogger Jamie Greenlee: No more computer or electronic problems
To Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin: Some peace and quiet after he wins his recall election.
To the Scott Walker haters: 2 months at Mendota followed by a strong dose of lithium and valium.
To Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval: An improving economy
To Crybaby Harry Reid: Treatment of his dementia/crazy talk
To Josh Reid, new City of Henderson Attorney: Stop having your dad do things for you
To Mike at The Crazy Hermit: 500,000 more visitors to his blog.
To Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl Champs
To the Milwaukee Brewers: Prince Fielder
To Ryan Braun of the Brewers: A damn good attorney
To Wisconsin Badgers football team: Brett Bielma not coaching the Rose Bowl so they can become Rose Bowl Champs\
To Eric Holder: Integrity and resign
To Dwight Jones, Superintendent of CCSD: an apology from me in saying that I was wrong about him (I am) and patience in dealing with the teacher's union
To Station Casinos: A quiet year from the Purple Barney's Culinary Union
To the Culinary Union: Stop stealing from your hard working dues paying members.
To Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 1 victory in 2012 so that my wife Cathy, will get her out of her misery of cheering every week for you with no results.
To Matt Kenseth: NASCAR Championship
To Kurt and Kyle Busch: Serious mental health therapy.
To The NBA: That fans really care two craps about you.
To Dean Heller: Realize that RINO is a 4 letter word.
To Rep. Joe Heck, Mark Amodei and Danny Tarkanian: Election and re-election to the House
To Shelly Berkley: Unemployment until she begins work in her husband's doctor's office.
To our brave soldiers in Afghanistan: A safe new year and no politics in your deployment.
To the Citizens in Iraq: Responsibility
To the Muslim religion: Realize that this is the 21st century and Sharia law has outlived it's usefulness.
To Andy Hafen and the Rest of the Henderson City Council: Realize you are independent of Crybaby Harry Reid
To the Pawn Stars: Another successful year
To Chumlee: Growing a brain
To my favorite bloggers- Fred, Owen, Dad, Mike, Jamie, Charlie, Jill, Patrick, Grandpa John, Capper, Folkbum, Gleaner and Elliot: continued success and entertainment.
To my wife: Patience, love and good health
To my kids: good grades and understanding that you will go through the same things we go through when you have kids.

And to everyone else, have a wonderful Christmas, New Year and a great 2012. And thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.

Buh Bye Righthaven?

Righthaven, the law firm(?) that sued bloggers and other media over copyright infringements is in danger of going belly up very quickly. Federal judges in Nevada have ordered Righthaven to pay attorney fees to bloggers they sued but lost before the case even went to trial.
From the Las Vegas Sun: With the holiday weekend under way, Las Vegas copyright lawsuit filer Righthaven LLC appeared to remain in danger Friday of seeing its intellectual property auctioned off.
That’s because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had not acted through Friday night on Righthaven’s "emergency motion"
filed Tuesday to block the threatened auction.
So far, a court-appointed receiver has seized Righthaven’s website domain name
with plans to auction it. The receiver through Friday night hadn’t announced the auction procedures or when the sales process would begin.
A court has also ordered Righthaven to surrender its 278 copyrights to the receiver to be auctioned. With the appeals court not yet acting on Righthaven’s appeal, it’s unknown if or when Righthaven will turn over the copyrights or whether its CEO will be forced to appear in court to sign them over.
The web site Righthaven lost was nothing really and I highly doubt it will bring in more than a dollar or two, if that.
However, the copyrights that Righthaven has control over now formerly belonged to the Las Vegas Review Journal because they are the one's who wrote and printed the articles.
So, it will be interesting to see if an auction of the copyrights of the articles that Righthaven controls is auctioned off to a Tom, Dick, Harry or Bonnie. Then, can those people who control the copyrights, then demand payment from the LVRJ for using those articles?
I think the goal of Righthaven was well founded- people were stealing entire articles from news sources and did not credit the news sources. Most bloggers who did this, did so innocently and if asked, they would have modified their behavior. However, there would also be some people who didn't care about copyrights and violated the copyright on purpose.
The LVRJ and Righthaven got greedy and included everyone in their lawsuits- innocent bloggers and the blatant violators. Righthaven got some settlements from the likes of Matt Drudge from the Drudge Report, Sharron Angle, from liberal groups, conservative groups and people who blog about puppies and cupcakes.
Once some lawyers got involved, many who volunteered their time, the Righthaven business model crumbled like a house of cards. They lost based on fair use, that Righthaven was not a law firm and that Righthaven did not properly own the copyrights. They also lied before the Federal judges, who then lost sympathy for Righthaven. Even though Righthaven has appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, they have lost at the level as well.
Because of the greed of the LVRJ and Righthaven, they may have destroyed or set back copyright laws for years to come and that is a shame because it will hurt those who have legitimate copyright claims in the news industry and probably writers of books, music, film and others and that is a shame.
So, buh bye Righthaven and see you in bankruptcy court.

TSA: Watch Out For Exploding Cupcakes

From the Las Vegas Sun: A Massachusetts woman says an airport security officer in Las Vegas confiscated her frosted cupcake because he thought the icing on it could be explosive.
Peabody resident Rebecca Hains tells WCVB-TV the Transportation Security Administration agent took her cupcake, telling her its frosting was "gel-like" enough to constitute a security risk. The TSA has restrictions on taking liquids and gels onto flights to prevent them from being used as explosives.
Hains says she had passed through security at Boston's Logan International Airport with two cupcakes packaged in jars. But she says she was stopped Wednesday on her return from Las Vegas with one of them.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez says the agency is reviewing the situation. He says passengers are allowed to take cakes and cupcakes through checkpoints.
Well, I guess the TSA was getting tired of being laughed at for strip searching nuns and elderly women, babies and kids in wheelchairs, so now they want to get more attention by confiscating exploding cupcakes.
I guess they have to justify their jobs somehow.

Ethel M 2011

Ethel M is a chocolate factory in Henderson, NV. Each winter, they put up over 1,000,000 lights in their desert botanical garden and let the public roam their grounds. Their factory is also open to tours where you can watch the candy makers do their magic.

The best part is that's free and beautiful.

I Survived Amateur Shopping Day

I ventured out today to do some last minute shopping at Wal-Mart and the Galleria Mall and drove around the Eastern half of the Valley and the Henderson area.
The traffic was horrendous with people forgetting how to drive and not knowing where they were going. In the shops, people were at the check out line and went "daaaaa", drooled and didn't know how to pay. I saw two cashiers showing people how to use their debit/credit cards.
I went to a McDonald's and stood behind 3 people who apparently never had been to McDonald's because it took them 5 minutes to order for themselves.
It was frustrating but I survived.
On to Christmas.

Well, Maybe If He Didn't Act Like Her...

From The LVRJ: For many people, the dawn of a new year can mean a fresh start, a clean slate. For the politicians running to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate, the view close to the new year is a nearly level battlefield judging from the latest measure of public sentiment.
Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley are all but tied in their bid for the federal office. Berkley holds a 44.4 percent to 43.2 percent lead in the poll of registered voters conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow.
The survey confirms the Nevada race will be among the closest -- and among the hardest fought -- contests in a year in which Republicans are making a bid to grab Senate control.
Maybe if Dean Heller actually stood up for conservative principals, maybe he would be in better position. But instead, he is acting like a RINO ad he is not making the case that he is any different than Berkley.
The latest example is the tax cut in which the conservative GOP House members wanted a 1 year extension but Heller threw the House GOP members under the bus but saying that the House GOP should cave into the Senate 2 month tax cut.
Further, Heller has not signed onto the petition going through Congress in demanding Eric Holder's resignation or firing.
How do these two issues make him any different than Shelly Berkley?
And sucking up to Harry Reid is not going help Heller at all, but Heller thinks that if he plays nice with Crybaby Harry Reid, Reid will be quiet during the election and Heller would be wrong. Crybaby Reid is going to throw Heller under the bus come November 2012 and pull out the sleaze Reid is known for and attack Heller and resort to the same dirty tricks that got Reid elected in 2010.
So, maybe now Heller will finally wake up, grow some b-lls and become a conservative instead of a RINO, otherwise, he will find himself unemployed.

Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel

A beautiful song and one reason why we named our son Emmanuel.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another Bad Month For U.S. Police Officers

In the past 10 days, 13 police officers have died in the line of duty since December 7, 2011, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Of the 13 killed, 9 were killed by gunfire, 3 killed by cars or involved in a car accident and 1 heart attack.
Being a police officer is very dangerous job but there are those who love to second guess police offices and how they do their job. The Las Vegas Review Journal comes to mind as they have run several hit pieces against Metro and the police officers who work there these past two weeks.
So, I thank the police officers who brave the thugs they have to deal every day and night and deal with the pansy reporters from the LVRJ who second guess them

It's Time For Eric Holder To be Fired

From Fox News: Eric Holder is once again under fire from Republicans -- this time for pulling the race card to dismiss critics of his tenure as attorney general.
The attorney general cited race in explaining why a "more extreme segment" of his critics were going after him. "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we're both African-American," Holder said in an interview with The New York Times.

Holder has faced more congressional scrutiny than any member of President Obama's Cabinet. Calls for his resignation on Capitol Hill have mounted as the investigation into the ATF's Fast and Furious gunrunning probe intensifies. The Republican presidential candidates are as united in calling for Holder's resignation as they are in calling for the repeal of the federal health care overhaul. Read more:
No, you moron, when your policies kill a police officer, you need to be fired. When your agencies are out of control, you need to be fired. When you lie before Congress, you need to be fired.
You see, Attorney General Holder, you mental midget, the only reason you haven't been fired is because you are black. A white AG would have been gone a long time ago and rightfully so. Dem or GOP, when your policies kill a police officer, you need to go.
Holder, you have to be the number 1 idiot of of 2011, except President Obama still keeps you employed as AG, so you are only in second place as idiot of the year.

Someone's Not Telling The Truth Here

From Fox News: A 9-year-old autistic boy who misbehaved at school was stuffed into a duffel bag and the drawstring pulled tight, according to his mother, who said she found him wiggling inside as a teacher's aide stood by.
The mother of fourth-grader Christopher Baker said her son called out to her when she walked up to him in the bag Dec. 14. The case has spurred an online petition calling for the firing of school employees responsible.

"He was treated like trash and thrown in the hallway," Chris' mother, Sandra Baker, said Thursday. She did not know how exactly how long he had been in the bag, but probably not more than 20 minutes. Read more:
Ok, on the surface, this looks bad, but...
Baker said when school officials called the family to pick him up, they were told he was "jumping off the walls." Days later, at a meeting with school officials, Baker said she was told the boy had smirked at the teacher when he was told to put down a basketball, then threw it across the room.
At a meeting with school district officials, the bag was described as a "therapy bag," Baker said, though she wasn't clear exactly what that meant. She said her son would sometimes be asked to roll over a bag filled with balls as a form of therapy, but she didn't know her son was being placed in the bag. She said school officials told her it was not the first time they had put him in the bag.

I have to believe that the mom is lying about not knowing that the school did not put the child into the bag. every student in special education has an IEP- Individual Educational Plan- and it describes what kind of education and treatment a child will have over a years time. An IEP is held at least 1 time a year and sometimes more. All the child's teacher's will be there along with the parents, if they decide to attend. The school and the parent must agree with the IEP and then it will be implemented. And if the school was putting the kid in the bag without mom's knowledge and permission, the school will be deep, deep crapola. So, either the mom knows about the duffel bag and is lying or the school is about to be sued and the teachers arrested for not following the IEP. My guess is that mom is not telling the whole truth or even a little bit of the truth.
I'm not saying that this treatment method is the best- I don't know. I do know that some severely autistic kids respond better being in enclosed areas- like being wrapped up tightly in a blanket or other tight areas though, I have never heard of putting a kid in a duffel bag.
So, while this story seems awful, my guess is that there is a lot more to the story and that mom was aware of what was going on and is not telling the whole story.

Update: Heck, Amodei Sign Petiton To Get Rid Of Eric Holder

There is a petition going around Congress Republicans that say that Eric Holder needs to resign or be fired. A couple days ago, I wrote that Dean Heller, .Mark Amodei and Joe Heck had not signed the petition. Happily, it has been reported that Heck and Amodei have signed the petition.
I got this letter from the press secretary of Rep. Joe Heck:
I read your
blog this morning and want to let you know that Congressman Heck signed on the letter earlier this week, but the system hasn’t been updated to reflect this yet.
Darren Littell

And my friend, Mike Chamberlain let me know that Amodei also signed the petition.
So, thank you to Rep. Mark Amodei and Rep. Dr. Joe Heck for signing the petition. Eric Holder is a disgrace to the office of the Attorney General and his policies ended up killing a police officer.

So, now the questions is why Sen. Dean Heller has not signed along with Shelley Berkley have not signed. Are they proud of the way the Attorney General has behaved and how the office has been run? If so, defend the Attorney General in writing. If not, sign the petition, Dean Heller and Shelley Berkley.
Again, thanks to Rep. Amodei and Heck.

Arguing About Crumbs

President Obama, Crybaby Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats and John Boehner and the GOP are in Washington (or at home) arguing about the tax cuts both sides really don't want. They are arguing about crumbs compared to the rest of the real world.
For the average person, we are probably talking about $10 a person per week in a tax cut. Great, argue about that, but let's look at reality.
Gas prices in Las Vegas are running around $3.25 a gallon, much higher than a year ago and certainly much higher when Obama took over.
Food prices are sharply up. A gallon of milk costs almost as much as a gallon of gas. Other food prices are way up.
Non food items prices are also higher than a year ago.
Electric rates are going up about $15 a month starting Jan. 3 in Nevada.
Unemployment is still way over 12% in Nevada.
No large construction is going on.
We have lost millions in investments into green energy while coal fire plants are not being built or are shutting down.
Democrats are putting environment over people.
Restaurant prices are going up or portions are going down.
Washington D.C. wastes money left and right to help government workers but are doing just about everything in their power to cripple small business through regulation and the threat of higher taxes.
Green Energy is given preference over fossil fuels, at the expense of consumers and taxpayers.
Large businesses are eating up small businesses.
Many people are being thrown out of their house through illegal foreclosures.
Many HOA's in Las Vegas are nothing but a money mill for lawyers, contractors and haven for other illegal activities.

And we arguing about $10-20 a month?

What Was Top Chef Texas Thinking?

Today, on Top Chef Texas, (a cooking competition show) their celebrity judge/guest was Patti LaBelle. Patti LaBelle is a diva to the max and she is rude and arrogant. and she and her body guards like to rough up service members and parents of little kids.
From ABC News: A New York City mom is suing R&B legend Patti LaBelle for allegedly abusing her and and her 18-month-old daughter.
A lawsuit filed Monday by Kevin and Roseanna Monk claims that LaBelle screamed at Roseanna Monk while her daughter walked around the lobby of the Donald Trump-owned apartment building where they all lived in November 2010. The Monks have lived there for more than two years. LaBelle stayed in the building last year while performing in the Broadway musical “Fela!”
The Monk’s lawyer, Samuel L. Davis, told that LaBelle approached his client, who was gathering the family’s luggage for a trip, and said, “‘Do you know what your daughter is doing?’ kind of implying that she was a bad mother.”
“My client responded as most people would,” he said. “‘Lady, mind your own business.’”
Then, Davis said, “Patti LaBelle lost it. We have no idea what flew her into this rage.”
According to Davis, the singer “started cursing and screaming” and flung water from a bottle she was holding at Roseanna Monk and her daughter.
And from Fox News: A West Point cadet is suing singer Patti LaBelle and alleging police misconduct after he was beaten up by her security guards in an incident at the Houston International Airport partially captured on videotape.
An attorney for Richard King, 23, says he was on the phone with his brother waiting to be picked at Bush International Airport in the March 11 incident when he was viciously attacked by LaBelle’s bodyguards, while he unknowingly stood next to the star’s luggage and limo. King’s lawyer, John Raley, has released a
surveillance video of the incident. Read more:
She also has no real connection to Texas as she was born in Phildelphia, PA. and grew up there and really doesn't play Texas style music.
So, why is she on the show? Is Top Chef getting that desperate for celebrity judges? There is no one left in Texas who would want to appear on that show?
So, to Top Chef Texas, you picked a loser of a guest and I guess that is what your show is becoming- a losing show.
And same with the Super Bowl, as she is going to appear on one of the Super Bowl stages,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Top 50 Conservatives Quotes of 2011

From Rightwingnews: All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything. That is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something by saying to them, ‘Go get a job right after you take a bath
Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer. Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt. If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy. You have damaged your own race.

Some excellent selections.

Dean Martin's Let It Snow

A lot of places are wishing for this. Meanwhile, the mountains around Las Vegas have 90 inches of snow and the ski resort at Mount Charleston is open for business with lot's of snow to ski on.

Jim Sensenbrenner Is Right

The left is all uptight up a comment by Jim Sennsenbrenner (R-WI) made about Michelle Obama: "She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself."
Well, he is right. Michelle Obama has a large ass and she lectures us about eating right when she goes out and pigs out at different restaurants and state dinners.
Obama epitomizes the nanny state with lectures on what we should eat and how we should run our lives. But yet, she turns around and does the opposite.
But the left is pissed and they act like the empress has no clothes. But I guess the left doesn't have any substance in their issues after ruining the economy, about to raise taxes on the middle class along with their usual lies so they have to hide behind Michelle Obama's butt, which they hope is big enough to hide behind.
So, in honor of Michelle Obama:

Another Reason Not To Vote For Democrats

From the Washington Examiner: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a new rule on power plant emissions, that lawmakers say could cost approximately 1.65 million jobs over an eight year period and threaten the reliability of the electric grid."The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will protect millions of families and children from harmful and costly air pollution," Jackson said today in a statement, "and provide the American people with health benefits that far outweigh the costs of compliance."
"Analyses predict EPA's rules will force the premature retirement of power plants that are needed to provide affordable, reliable power to consumers and our growing economy," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said after the EPA announced the rule. "Other plants will require multi-million dollar retrofits that will result in higher electricity bills."
House Oversight and Government Relations Committee lawmakers believe that MATS, which includes the Utility MACT rule,
could kill 186,000 jobs per year between 2012 and 2020 -- 1.65 million jobs total -- citing a study by National Economic Research Associates. "The Committee is not satisfied that EPA has conducted a good faith analysis of the employment impact of the rule," Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulator Affairs, wrote in a letter earlier this month. "EPA's jobs analysis failed to look at the impact that higher energy prices would have on employment," they added.
Issa and Jordan also suggested that the "EPA has purposefully ignored grid reliability issues." The Wall Street Journal reported that
EPA staffers expressed concern that the rule could contribute to blackouts by weakening the electric grid, but "their political superiors have erased the warnings" in published reports on the rule before it was enacted.
And yet, there is no evidence that the emmissions have killed anybody, and if so, I would like to see the autopsy results.
And if Mercury is so dangerous, why are the Democrats demanding that we have mercury in our new style light bulbs. I would think that would be significanly more dangerous than a power plant.
Liberalism is such a dangerous mental illness.

Who Said This?

He also said the recall is a waste of money, given that his term is scheduled to end little more than a year after the pending recall, meaning voters will have a chance then to weigh in on his performance.
"We're going to go to a special election, we are going to actually spend and waste probably about $50,000 of taxpayer resources on a special election when I am up for re-election next year anyway,", adding he felt the recall was a "personal vendetta".
He also accused signature gatherers of using repeat visits and phone calls to voters to pressure them into signing the petition for a recall.
(modified a little)
Did Scot Walker of Wisconsin say this? A GOP senator from Wisconsin who is facing recall?
Nope and nope.
It's a very liberal city council member from Las Vegas, who by the way, is or was a high level union administrator for a local union and his name is Steve Ross.
I wonder if he now feels that the recall of Scott Walker is justified. Somehow, I don't think he is not smart enough to understand the irony of the situation.

Joe Heck, Mark Amodei, Dean Heller: Why Haven't You Signed?

There is a no-confidence resolution going around Congress that says Eric Holder no longer has the confidence of the Congress.
From Rep. Paul Gosar: Today, Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) announced that in just 5 days, 74 colleagues in the US House of Representatives have joined him to co-sponsor H.Res. 490 a Resolution of No Confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder.
Congressman Gosar said tonight, "Attorney General Holder and senior officials under his command have been evasive, aloof and have outright lied to Members of Congress, the media and both the American and Mexican people. This is just unacceptable and is a dereliction of duties.
“The Department of Justice serves as the top law enforcement agency for our nation and through this operation, the Attorney General, himself has opened the Department of Justice and our nation up to questions about the facilitation of crimes both in the United States and in Mexico. The position of Attorney General and those that hold it, need our utmost confidence. Attorney General Holder has continually acted without integrity with respect to Operation Fast and Furious, putting the lives and the safety of countless Americans and Mexicans at risk.
“This resolution expresses the fact that we have no confidence in his abilities and seek for him to immediately return the office of which he holds back to one of trust to the American people."
Congressman Gosar hopes to accomplish two goals with this resolution: First, the reproval by Congress of an executive official, is a significant statement. Cabinet positions, including the Attorney General, are appointed with the consent of half of Congress, the Senate. Congress is more than entitled to express its approbation, disapproval or censure. This resolution does that for the House.
The second goal is public awareness. By filing this resolution, we are anticipating a debate on the House floor and a floor vote. This will bring needed inquiry, exposure and transparency to the issue itself.
Actually, the number of Congress critters signing is up to 91. So, Joe Heck, Mark Amodei and Dean Heller, why haven't you signed? Are you satisfied with they way the DOJ is being run? If not, why haven't you signed?
I realize that Shelley Berkley and Crybaby Harry Reid are not intellectually intelligent enough to sign, but what is the excuse of Heller, Heck and Amodei?
There is none. So, come on Joe, Mark and Dean, sign the no confidence resolution and take a stand on such a corrupt individual and who policies killed a police officer, Brian Terry a little over a year ago. It's the least you could do.

Knockout: Mayweather Gets 90 Days

From the LVRJ: Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Wednesday was slapped with a 90-day jail sentence stemming from a 2010 domestic violence incident involving his children and their mother.
He is scheduled to report to jail on Jan. 6.
Mayweather, 34, was sentenced by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa after he pleaded guilty to one count of battery-domestic violence and no contest to two counts of harassment.
"I think a period of time in incarceration will send the right message to the community and to his children that no matter who you are you will have consequences to your actions that are appropriate when this level of violence is inflicted," Saragosa said.
Saragosa sentenced Mayweather to six months in jail, 90 days of which must be spent in the Clark County Detention Center and 90 days which will be suspended.
Mayweather was ordered to attend a year-long domestic violence counseling program, perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $2,500 fine and stay out of trouble.
Maryweather is just a cheap rich thug who hides behind his paid thugs.
I wonder if they will show him on Las Vegas Jail?

Crybaby Reid Earns His Nickname. Again

Crybaby Harry Reid certainly knows how to earn his nickname. The latest budget cuts shows this clearly.
The GOP gave =Crybaby Reid, President Obama and the Democrats what they wanted in the latest budget battle.
From the Washington Times: Last week, the House passed a bill to extend this year’s 2 percentage-point payroll-tax holiday through all of 2012, to extend but overhaul unemployment benefits and to extend full payments to Medicare doctors by two years.
But Crybaby Reid says this: Mr. Reid has said he won’t negotiate with the Jan. 1 deadline still hanging over them, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said she won’t name negotiators to the conference to hammer out final details, arguing the only solution is to pass the Senate’s legislation. Mr. Obama on Tuesday also publicly pressed the House to act on the two-month extension.
The only reason why the Democrats want a 2 month extension is so they can play politics every 2 months, up to the election. The GOP has called their bluff and said they want the extension for a year and take this issue off the election table.
So, Crybaby Harry Reid will not consider the House GOP plan because Crybaby Reid is throwing a temper tantrum, just like the crybaby he is.
If Crybaby Reid was a man instead of a crybaby wimp, he would call for a vote on the GOP plan or at least negotiate with the GOP. But the curly toe weirdo, Reid, just wants to cry like a baby.

Jib Jab Year In Review

They've done better. Much better.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why The NCAA Needs To Be Overhauled

The NCAA needs to be overhauled in it's rules and regulations. From the BCS farce in college football and rule breaking coaches who mostly escape punishment as they make thousands if not millions off a university to athletes who go to school only to play sports with no concern for education.
Nw this story of a coach who makes $3,000,000 and wanted to share some of his money with his staff when the university wouldn't pay them.
From ESPN: Believing members of his football staff weren't being compensated satisfactorily, Georgia coach Mark Richt unknowingly violated NCAA rules by paying them out of his own pocket.
Richt's payments to several staffers were among a series of secondary NCAA violations uncovered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a standard open records report released Tuesday.

According to the AJC report, Richt's actions broke NCAA rules on supplemental pay. But discipline was limited to letters of admonishment from the school to Richt and those he made payments to, as well as additional rules education, the report said.
The NCAA considered the issue closed Nov. 30, according to the AJC.
"The report stands on its own," athletic director Greg McGarity said Monday, the newspaper reported. "There's nothing to add. We're moving forward."
Georgia's investigation into the matter determined that Richt made several impermissible payments:
• To former recruiting assistant Charlie Cantor, $10,842 over an 11-month period through March 2011.
• To former linebackers coach John Jancek, $10,000 in 2009 after the previous university administration declined to give Jancek a raise when he turned down a coaching opportunity elsewhere....

According to the AJC report, Georgia did not consider any of the payments to violate NCAA rules at the time because they were made with knowledge of the athletics administration.
So, a coach wants to help his staff with their salary and the coach gets called on to the carpet. It's not like the coach paid his players, which of course would be a serious violation.
Here is a coach who stood up for his former assistants and he gets a letter of reprimand. What a farce and another reason why the NCAA needs to be overhauled.

Christmas In Killarney By The Irish Rovers

Dishonor In The Courtroom Or Newsroom?

The Las Vegas Review Journal has been a running soap opera in the Clark County court system, in which Judge Steven Jones and fired DA assistant Lisa Willardson have been caring on a dating relationship while Willardson was a DA in Jone's courtroom. The articles contain a lot of hyperbole but few facts.
As a disclaimer, I have been in the Family court system in Clark County, before Judge's Bill Henderson and Gloria Sanchez and have been treated quite fairly, even though my ex was represented by lawyers and I represented myself.
I don't know who Jones is, nor Willardson, I am just comenting on the articles that have been written.
So, the LVRJ has been all over this story with several articles and printed another article today in which the writer of the article, Jeff German, throws out some mighty big accusations.
For instance: On another occasion, Jones came to watch Willardson make a courtroom appearance before a hearing master who works under the judge, Stuart said.
So, German, through his ESP powers, determined that Jones was there to see Willardson instead of supervising his employee? Maybe, with German's ESP, he can let me know who is going to win the Super Bowl this year.
Another tidbit: In a sworn affidavit, a county social worker alleged that she saw Willardson lose her focus in the middle of a case before another judicial official on Nov. 22 while Willardson and Jones were repeatedly text messaging each other.
In one of the courtroom texts, Willardson told Jones that he was "hot," said Georgina Stuart, a senior family services specialist assigned to Child Protective Services.
No where in the article does it say how the social worker knew the texts were from Jones. Was she looking over Willardson's shoulder while the court session was ongoing? Did she steal the phone? How did she know what was in the text messages?
Another shocker: On another front, Willardson's former supervisor, Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Cordes, said in a sworn affidavit that he was investigating a request to "reopen or dismiss" a case Willardson had brought against a "litigant" in Jones' court because of a possible conflict of interest over Willardson's relationship with the judge.
"I am in the process of determining whether the case was litigated during the period of time where a conflict may have existed," Cordes said.
He said the litigant told him Thursday that he filed a motion in the case, but Jones denied the motion though Willardson had not filed an opposition.

The reporter never tells us what the motion was. Was it a legitimate issue before the court or was it a motion that was easily dismissed without a response? A person involved in the case can file a motion on anything- like making a motion to have the judge eat oatmeal for breakfast. These kind of irrelevant motions don't need a response from the opposing attorney. Further, the deputy DA doesn't even know if motion was filed when the dating was supposedly going on. What kind of crap reporting is this?
In her affidavit, Stuart recalled that while children were testifying in the Nov. 22 case, Willardson's cellphone was on vibrate and went off frequently. Willardson repeatedly texted back, which diverted her attention from a defense attorney's cross-examination of the children, Stuart said.
"When cross-examination was completed," Stuart said, "Ms. Willardson asked me, 'What should I ask?' and 'Is there anything I am missing?' Ms. Willardson's questions indicated to me that Ms. Willardson had not been paying full attention to the children's cross-examination."
Stuart said that after Willardson left the counsel table to ask the children questions, her phone lit up and vibrated again. The call was coming from Jones.
At one point, Stuart said, Jones texted Willardson asking which courtroom she was in. Willardson told Jones in a text that she was going to win the case because "these people don't know what they're doing."

In Family Court, especially when there is a social worker involved, the attorney's on the DA's side of the case are the second fiddle. The social worker in these cases know far more about the case than the DA. They have interviewed the children, parents and most people involved int he case. They know the issues. So, it would not be unusual for the attorney to ask the social worker what questions should be asked and if she was missing anything. But according to German and the DA's office, this amounts to poor lawyering. Umm, no- bad reporting.
More crapola from the article: Stuart said she had to testify in one of Willardson's cases before Jones that day. Cordes told Stuart that he would be prosecuting the case instead of Willardson, but Willardson ended up sitting in the back of the courtroom to observe.
"While I was testifying, Ms. Willardson smiled and waved at me and gave me the thumbs-up sign," Stuart wrote.
Umm, ok. What is wrong with a lawyer observing a case and showing that a person did a good job?

I think if Jones was dating the DA, it would be bad for her to be in his courtroom- I think that should go without saying.
However, it also appears that the DA and the mouthpiece of the DA, Jeff German and the LVRJ are also guilty of misconduct and borderline slanderous reporting. This is stuff that you find on the View, Geraldo, Jerry Springer and other gotcha entertainment shows.
The National Enquirer wouldn't print the crap German and the LVRJ has written. All the LVRJ and the DA's office has come up with is a photo of the judge's hand underneath a table, while he was sitting next to Willardson. His hand wasn't even touching her. And the photo was taken by a couple of peeping tom assistant DA's.
I don't know Jones, but I do know he may not be the right person for Family Court: He had been arrested for domestic violence along with members of his family, but that alone doesn't make him a bad judge in civil cases. Criminal and Family court, perhaps.
And again, I don't know what is going on because of the horrendous reporting by Jeff German. If German only presented us with facts instead of rumours and innuendos hand fed by the Clark County District Attorney's office, the readers could make a decision based on facts.
I also worry about the quality of the DA's office, that the are spending so much time going to the newspaper, playing games in the media and in court etc, instead of worry about the ongoing cases in Family Court and other courts in the county. They clearly are distracted by this pettiness and it certainly cannot help the children they are suppose to protect. Thank goodness DA David Rogers is resigning next month.
While some people think the Clark County court system is out of control, I don't see this, not yet, at least. I don't support appointing judges because of politics of the appointers, so if anyone thinks we need to get rid of judges, there is only 1 way to get rid of them- vote them out or get them impeached.
But biased and unethical reporting is not going to help matters.