Saturday, December 03, 2011

How to lose weight the easy way

Watch this video before every meal. If it doesn't make you nauseated, you probably need to opt for liposuction

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

About ten years ago, I was in municipal court for a speeding ticket (52 in a 35). As I sat there were at least 20 DUI's being prosecuted that night. About five of them were illegal immigrants who needed interpreters to understand the proceedings.

I couldn't believe my ears as the magistrate just went from one to another and said $500.00 three days in jail plus court costs ($110.00). It didn't matter if you blew a .04 parked in your driveway or if you blew a .29 parked in someone's bedroom, it was clear to me that it had less to do with getting drunk drivers off the streets and more about keeping that cash register humming........

Of course by even mentioning it, I will be perceived by some as soft on drunk drivers. Which is how law enforcement extracts it's money from the public.............

Drunk driving enforcement in this country has become a racket. It’s not about safety, it’s about money. Actually, the drive over the past two decades to lower the legal limit of alcohol for drivers has likely made traffic less safe. It has undoubtedly, though, put millions of dollars into the coffers of various jurisdictions via fines and vehicle confiscation. Additional millions have lined the pockets of police officers via overtime pay to appear in court and to man sobriety checkpoints.

The cynic in me says that as long as police officers and municipalities see drinking drivers as cash cows and hide behind the fig leaf of “traffic safety”, arbitrary standards based on BAC will continue even though they may be counterproductive. In fact, after there was a national push by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to lower the legal BAC limits nationally from 0.10% to 0.08%, backed up by federal pressure on states, alcohol-related traffic fatalities went up in 2000, after 20 straight years of going down. That increase shouldn’t have been surprising. The push for a de facto national limit of 0.08% came after a 1995 NHTSA study already showed that some states that lowered the BAC limits were less safe than before. Those lower limits may have meant a windfall of revenue to jurisdictions and individual police officers, but they didn’t necessarily make us any safer. They may have led to more booze related driving injuries and deaths.

How do lower BAC limits mean more alcohol related accidents?  Because those lower BAC limits in most cases led to the institution of sobriety check lanes, legal in all but 9 states. Assuming that the purpose of those checkpoints is genuinely to catch drinking drivers and not just put money into municipal coffers and cops’ pockets, I think it stands to reason that the rationale is to catch those drinking drivers that conventional on the road enforcement wasn’t catching. The idea, I suppose, was that if you check every driver, you’ll find the ones who have been drinking but aren’t impaired enough to catch attention from police or other drivers. In other words, the purpose of the check lanes is to catch drivers who aren’t driving dangerously, except for the fact that they have a particular amount of alcohol in their system.

Read the rest..........

Adam Carolla explains the OWS Generation

Who did she vote for?

Meet Arlene Ackerman. Why is Dr. Ackerman in the news?

Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who was given a nearly $1-million buyout earlier this year, has applied for unemployment.

School District spokesman Fernando Gallard today confirmed that Ackerman wants to collect state unemployment benefits.

“The former superintendent did apply for unemployment,” Gallard told KYW Newsradio today.
This comes after taxpayers funded a $905,000 buyout when she was shown the door in August (see related story).

As part of her separation agreement, the School Reform Commission agreed not to contest any unemployment claims she might file.

So in 2008, did the good Dr. vote for Obama or McCain?

From The Desk Of Donald Trump: Inconsiderate Obama

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Issue 2 aftermath

For the past three months, voters in Ohio were bombarded with commercials from the unions saying that if Issue 2 passed it would result in fire fighters and police layoffs.

Well Issue 2 went down but yet somehow police and fire layoffs are coming anyway.............

The Middletown City Council voted 3-4 to eliminate nine Middletown firefighter positions as part of the 2012 budget.
Local 336 says it will continue to find a solution to prevent cuts and reach out to city officials.
Wow, if the city would have been able to save money by having these guys pay for more of their benefits maybe they would have enough money to save a cop or two..........

Governor Christie: What the hell are we paying you for?

Monday, November 28, 2011

PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals

How do I get a reservation?

Something about Tim

I try to not watch the NFL. Any business model that can line the pockets of a douchebag like Mike Brown doesn't need my support.

None the less, I am an avid sports fan and I do listen to talk radio when the topic isn't exclusively pro sports.

With that said, what the hell is it about Tim Tebow?

I couldn't tell you the names of quarterbacks in San Francisco, Seattle, Jacksonville, Tampa, etc. yet I know every thing about Tim Tebow outside of a rectal exam.

What's most unnerving is the negative, almost mocking coverage of this guy. For the past few weeks I've heard Merrill Hoge, Colin Cowherd, Mike and Mike, etc. flat out make fun of this guy as some sort of freak show disguised as an NFL quarterback. And all he's done is win games for his team.

But it really goes beyond the sports talking heads of ESPN. People who have little, if any, knowledge of sports have to ridicule this guy. Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and, for all I know, Joy Behar mock this guy. Why?

I've come to the conclusion that it's because he's an outspoken Christian. Seriously, do you think any of these people would spend one moment trying to drag this guy down if he were your garden variety NFL thug?

When I was involved in a number of Bible study groups, many would speak figuratively of "evil winds" that were always whirling and circling looking for opportunities to bring down the devout. The Screwtape Letters is an excellent book describing how Satan uses opportunity to bring people down. For some reason, I've always tended to minimize the impact of evil in the world. It's always felt like a way to minimize our own failures to temptation.

But when you see all these media types praying to their non existent god that Tim Tebow be cast into their non existent hell along with Sarah Palin, it really starts to make you a believer.

So you keep going Tim, win more games. I will always be a huge fan of anyone who pisses off Bill Maher.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Getting back in shape sucks

For the past couple of months, my blog posts have been few and far between.

There's a couple of reasons for that but the first has been my fitness commitment to get myself back in shape.

Since April 15th, I've lost 50 lbs and after some of my workouts, all I can think of doing is going to bed.

My workout regimen culminated with a Thanksgiving day 10k run.

Here's my result if you are interested.

As I was running Thursday morning, it dawned on me that there's some fairly clear barometers that tell you that you're not quite in the shape you want to be.

1) When a guy in a turkey suit passes you.
2) When a bunch of 70 year old shriners wearing fez's are running figure 8's around you.
3) When a homeless guy runs up to you asking you if you'd like a drink.
4) When you've been running for 6 minutes and you haven't even passed the starting line.
5) It's three days after the race and your quadriceps still feel like someone shot you in the legs.

Hopefully, I'll get back to blogging soon but for now, I'm going to keep up my Thanksgiving day size consumption of ibuprofen.