Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Good News / Bad News

• Hallelujah!! I can clip my nails on an airplane again!!

Click: “Sharp Objects May Be Allowed on Planes”

• On 9/11 planes WERE hijacked and used as weapons by terrorists with box cutters, which I presume would be allowed again?
• The Feds’ income stream from sales of confiscated “contraband” will be severely curtailed.

Monday, November 28, 2005


STUPID THINGS WE SEE EVERY DAY (but aren’t likely to change)

Who the &@#%$&^* came up with this lunacy?
• Gasoline in the US priced at “$.$$9” per gallon? Does anyone have any fractional pennies to use for the 9/10 of a cent when buying gasoline? Do our credit cards get charged fractional pennies for this 9/10 of a cent? What idiot came up with that nonsensical standard in the first place!??!
• Highway signs that tell us such-and-such a street is at the “NEXT Exit” when it’s actually at THIS exit where the sign is, not the next one? (I know, I know, if you look at the dictionary, paraphrased, the word “next” can be used to mean “this” OR “the one after this one”, so it’s a bit of English-language lunacy. Regardless, a more sensible standard could have been established 100 years ago or so by whoever painted the first signs this way.)
• Stores and other buildings with expensive double entrance doors, one of which is always kept locked so we smash into them expecting them to actually work. Is it laziness, just too much trouble for whoever opens in the morning to turn the key twice instead of once?
• Ditto with major event venue parking lots where thousands of vehicles dangerously block roadways while crawling past half a dozen chained gates to funnel through the one or two that are open for a football game or whatever. (Ever see someone try to cut into the line? Wonder where road rage comes from?) Then how many locked building entrances do you hike past to get into the ^@$#&* place? And who among you can say you’re certain all of the elevators are actually turned ON once you get inside? Memo to building and stadium planners: don’t bother with traffic/pedestrian studies to optimize entrances and circulation. You’re wasting your time and money.
• And unmanned (unwomanned?) store check-out counters? Don’t EVEN get me started!

OK, where’s my blood pressure medication? I think I need two… maybe three…

More to come as I run into them…………..

Sunday, November 20, 2005

What DO Kids Learn In School?

Just what is it that kids learn from school these days? The “Three Rs” are out, that’s for sure… based on the story of an Ohio family being sued by their school district for “out of district tuition” to the tune of $35,000 because their house straddles the line between two districts, the kids learn that common sense, fairness, integrity and competence are not requirements for running a school district. In spite of the State of Ohio ruling in advance where the kids should attend and the family complying, they were sued anyway, TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE FACT. Seeing a chance to make an easy chunk of change, they got the state to change their ruling long after the kids were gone.

Click for Cincinnati Enquirer article.

So, we learn that:
  • the bullies in the schoolyard taking the little kid’s lunch money aren’t the ONLY bullies

  • the word of a State Agency is of no value

  • there’s no statute of limitations on money-grubbing

  • greed is good if you can collect

  • it’s OK for the government to take advantage of citizens

  • you can find a scumbag lawyer who will argue anything for a buck

  • you can find a moron judge who will buy any slick argument made by a scumbag lawyer if it victimizes an honest citizen who does everything right.

If school districts spent half as much energy on actually trying to teach stuff to kids as they do with $&^$%^$@!$#$^ like this, the students would be GENIUSES.

Friday, November 11, 2005


Yep, one of the most brazen and insidious spyware purveyors ever is headed to court and has thoroughly trashed a formerly clean reputation. They're going DOWN!

Whatever they think they might have accomplished by joining the ranks of the distributors of computer viruses, Trojan Horses and worms they will lose a thousandfold in the backlash of this TOTALLY STUPID / MORONIC / IDIOTIC move on their part. They deserve it, fer sher.

Click for Yahoo News Story

I suggest you run Ad-Aware, Norton Antivirus and Spybot NOW, even if you think maybe you have not played a Sony CD on your PC... (I've got an Ad-Aware scan in progress.... it has found 14 new critical somethings so far...)


Farts are the fuel of the future! An inexhaustible supply of combustible gas that will actually reduce the greenhouse effect and save the world!!!!

Bottle YOURS now!!


OK, so here it is, my PERSONAL place to vent... I'll be putting my 2 cents' worth in here from time to time, but don't expect to see anything with any kind of regularity.

1- I'll occasionally enter my thoughts on DWI -- Dealing With Idiots

2- I'll lambaste the fools we elect to public office (see #1 above)

3- I'll have a thing or two to say about the Media (see #1 above)

4- And I might comment on celebrity behavior (see #1 above)

Feel free to vent right back... of course, I may agree with you but I might consider your post to be another case of "DWI", so I hope you don't offend easily...