Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wow! Did it really take all that police power to get her to the hospital?

I'm just amazed that it took more than a dozen motorcycle cops, two police squad cars and two police helicopters to get one somewhat depressed, slightly mental but otherwise harmless 27 year old woman into an ambulance and to the hospital.

Couldn't all but one or two of those police officers been more useful elsewhere in the city? I mean uh--hello--have you ever been to LA at night? It's not like there's suddenly no perps walking the streets awaiting the chance to attack innocent victims!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

If you're this stupid, you deserve what you get...

Vernon & Marty Ummel of San Diego are filing a lawsuit against the realtor who sold them their new $1.2 million luxury home--back in 2005.

Mrs. Ummel claims the realtor didn't give her a written appraisal until after the deal went through, that he had told them the appraisal value and they took him on his word. She claims other homes in the same subdivision are going for $105,000 to $175,000 less than what their house is actually worth.

They're asking for $105,000 in damages.

I don't even have to go into the whole "buyer beware" and "get everything in writing" now do I? I mean for most adults, that's just common sense. Unless of course you're so wealthy that you don't have to have common sense, in which case you hire someone to have it for you.

I hope they lose this one, what a lesson eh?

Monday, January 28, 2008

It's called a DO NOT CALL REGISTRY for a reason!

Twice tonight while I lay in bed sleeping I received phone calls from a number 631-277-7025. I didn't pick up the phone, but did find the number through *69. Then I googled them and found out they were some asshole telemarketers called "Marketing Incorporated"


So after I woke up the second time, I went to the national do not call registry site and filed TWO complaints, one for each call. From the info I found on Google, apparently there's a LOT of people complaining abou them. Friggin assholes! Maybe I could call their CEO while he's sleeping and see how he likes it!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Finally I can get some revenge...

The phone number DH and I have had for nearly seven years now was once owned by a couple named Aaron and Penny F.

Not long after the phone company assigned us that number, we began receiving calls almost daily fom collection agencies looking for Aaron and Penny. On occasion one asshole company would even claim I was lying and that I was Penny! We began leaving nasty outgoing messages telling people "this is NOT the home of Penny F so please do NOT leave a message!!" and still they would leave messages. And one time about two years ago we received a call from an insurance company in Virginia about a recent auto accident. It troubled me because at that time we'd had the number at least three years. I began to worry she was intentionally giving out her old number so people couldn't find her. Which of course I would not doubt for a moment!

We hadn't heard a peep from anyone in over a year when on Friday, of the blue I got a call for her, it was from a collection agency who left an automated message. Rather than ignore it, I called them and asked them to take our number out of their system which they said they'd do. Too bad I didn't have Penny and Aaron's new info when all those assholes used to call us day and night. For years, Penny wasn't current in public records, I couldn't find them, they were probably laying low.....but ahh....I found them FINALLY and with a recent address.

So next time I get calls from her collectors I'll let them know exactly where they can be found!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

PSA: The IRS does NOT send you email!!

Guess it's time to do some community service here with a PSA. Anytime I can save some poor schmo from being duped, I take the opportunity to do just that. I received not one but three emails today to my hotmail account from the "Internal Revenue Service" at IRS.ORG with the subject line Internal Revenue Service Online Refund Form. Of course I already knew it was a scam, because first of all the IRS doesn't send emails asking you to file online and second the official IRS site is IRS.GOV.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $375.20. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 3-9 days in order to process it. A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.To access the form for your tax refund, click here.
Even though the linked page at looks like the IRS website and even uses the IRS logo, it is not, I repeat, NOT the IRS website. But some poor schmuck isn't going to realize that and is going to attempt to file online using personal information which will be logged and stolen by the people who run the fake site. I reported the emails to the IRS who has folks who track down and shut down phishing scams. But maybe this post will help somebody. That's why I've put it here...

If you receive one of these emails, go here to the real IRS site and report the scam!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sly Stallone still my hero...

Since I am a HUGE lifelong fan of Sly Stallone, I gotta post my excitement about the new Rambo movie on January 25th!

Click here for the recent radio interview with him on The Savage Nation with host Michael Savage. Click the first screen for part one of the interview, and when it's over click the second screen below it.

Great interview. Sly's a good guy and a great actor and director. He takes his profession seriously especially the Rambo films. The movie has a real objective, it's shocking and thrilling! Not only is he a great actor but director as well. I've always known that, though so many still underestimate him.

Can't wait till the 25th! Oh wait that's TODAY!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

This is the hardest semester so far...

Without a doubt this is the toughest semester so far in my college years. Even last term with three courses and a full-time job, a house, husband and two cats to care for, I managed it. This term, I seem to be in the books all the time, even at work, with never enough time to keep just a chapter ahead. I've got my time managed, I keep the schedule over my desk in my home office where I can see it. DH works with me to help out. And still I cannot manage to catch up. Memorizing formulas consumes half my time while the other half is taken up by a ton of reading and writing assignments.

What am I going to do?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The professor asks: "What does the Declaration of Independence mean to you?"

My official written response to the discussion question...

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

...Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration was the official resolution put forth by the new American nation declaring that the people would stand for the King's tyranny no more. As stated so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson, the purpose of the resolution was "in order to place before mankind the common sense of the matter in terms so plain and simple as to command their assent."

The main reasons for putting forth the declaration were simple--the American colonies were declaring to the world their grievances against King George and their intent to separate and become a free nation. The war for independence was on, the American army was outclassed and outnumbered by the British and at times support waned, even among the weary troops, who though malnourished, tired, and weary, persevered and kept going. The Declaration was essential because it unified the colonies as one nation with one common cause--freedom. And it was also essential to the troops--it showed them they were really fighting for a cause and that their government and their countrymen were behind them in this fight.

The 56 men who signed the Declaration were prominent men. A look at their biographies shows the signers were of a variety of professions including doctors, lawyers, military officers, legislators, lawmen, assemblymen, judges, surveyors, and bank presidents. These were men who held standing in their community and were well-respected. Signing their name to a traitorous document such as the Declaration of Independence was surely a death sentence should they be captured by the British. And still knowing the risks, they signed it anyway. These men, with all their wealth, fame and prominence and with so much to lose should America lose the war, put their lives on the line to stand up for what they believed in.

Over two hundred years and several generations later, we are still fascinated by it. That these men had the courage to put everything on the line--their status, their families, their very lives--makes me wonder if I could do it too. If I were faced with having to make a choice such as they did which would put everything I hold dear at risk, including my own life, would I have the courage to stand up for my convictions? I'm very opinionated and have strong beliefs about many issues and I often wonder if in the face of adversity, would I have the courage to stand up for what I believe in? I'd like to believe I would. I keep reminding myself that others have done it throughout our history. I believe it's a part of the American spirit and it will never die, no matter how rough things get in this country.

With every passing year of my age, I appreciate freedom so much more than ever before, I feel blessed to live in the most free and prosperous nation in the world, and I am thankful to history for giving us role models like the men who signed the Declaration and the men who fought in the American war for independence, and all those who have come and gone since then who have had the courage to do what they believed was right even when it might have seemed unpopular.

It is a constant reminder to me that if they could do it, I can too.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Just senseless...


Deaths of Key Deer probed


KEY WEST - Wildlife officials are investigating the killings of several endangered Key deer, the tiny deer that live exclusively in the Florida Keys.

In one incident last month, a Big Pine Key resident found three severed Key deer heads on federal property. In a second incident, a deer was found alive but with a 3-foot-long spear in its neck. The deer had to be euthanized last week.

Investigators do not think the incidents are related. A count conducted in 2001 found approximately 700 of the deer. Killing Key deer is a crime under the Endangered Species Act and punishable by fines or jail time or both.

The Key Deer are precious, harmless and endangered. They are the smallest of the deer species in North America. The adult males stand about 30 inches high while the females are about 26 high at the shoulders. They are harmless and enjoy wandering about feeding on native plants and grasses mostly at dawn and dusk.

The maiming and killing of these deer is senseless and cruel and only cowards partake in it! It's easier for the perp bastards to abuse and kill something that can't fight back. People who abuse, torture and murder innocent animals are bad people, period. They are worthless to society and likely to commit even more heinous crimes--on people. They don't even deserve to live.

Yes I know, innocent people are killed every day, people who did nothing to deserve it. But there's something especially ruthless about a person who takes pleasure in torturing and killing animals. Animals have no conscience, no malicious intent, they usually harm or kill only when hungry or defending themselves and their young. But the men who commit such acts upon them---are much more vicious and dangerous to society.

Read more about the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Make Fort White High School an example...

This story out of a local town, Ft. White, is appalling.

A group of bullies which included a few of the school's athletes beat up a freshman because they thought he was involved in some recent thefts in the gym. The perps went to a classroom where the teen was, knocked on the door which was opened by another student, went in, confronted the freshman, checked his belongings, then beat him up. Despite the fact a teacher was in the classroom at the time and tried to get between them, the perps beat up him up anyway and wouldn't stop until several teachers and students got involved and put a stop to it.

The victim had absolutely nothing to do with the thefts. Now his mother has taken him out of that school and put him in another one, because he's scared. Makes no sense that this poor kid has to leave the school and eventually the other kids, the asshole bullies will get to go back.

Even though a couple of the students were arrested and some suspended, I don't think it's enough. Time to send a message. You bully other kids and beat on them---you're history.


There's absolutely NO room in school for this kind of behavior.

If schools can use zero tolerance as an excuse to suspend a little girl for bringing a steak knife to school to cut her steak at lunchtime, then surely they can use zero tolerance in this case and send a message that bullying and beating up other kids will not be tolerated, whether it be by star athletes or anyone else.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Can we really afford a rebate right now?

The President wants to give us back $800 per taxpayer in an effort to boost the economy. Congress thinks the money should be given only to those who make less than $150,000 per year.

First off I disagree with it in the first place but if it is done, everyone who pays taxes should receive it. I have to wonder how many people who either don't file or pay taxes or who actually wind up with zero liability after all their earned income, child and other credits will be getting these checks? I say uh-no, why should you get money back if you don't even pay into the system?

Second, man we're in a deficit here. We've got the biggest government expansion in decades, I know for sure in my lifetime. We're financing a lot of programs, our forces in Iraq, aid to other countries, and so many thousands of other things----how in hell can this government afford to give BILLIONS back to the American people? I mean come on, if they really don't need it, then perhaps we need to be revisiting the issue of federal income tax? After all if we've got such a surplus, maybe it's time to seriously consider scrapping the current program and going with the FairTax.

What would DH and I do with ours? Well, we'd either put it in our IRAs or we'd pay down a credit card. Either way, we won't be going out and BUYING anything with it, which is what the government wants us to do. I think one of the best things people could do for themselves and the economy is use it do pay down some of their debt but the government doesn't want that now do they? Just think of all the advertisements for discount items in Wally World and Target once the rebate checks are mailed....

Oy vey.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

$50,000 an hour for what?

Not much.

Jack Kevorkian spoke one hour last night, mostly about politics and earned $50,000 for it. It would have been a parole violation to discuss details of the assisted suicide, so really what else was there left for him to say?

Sure it's funded by student government but still they couldn't get someone else just as controversial who could say more for less?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Update on Maria Lauterbach...

An update on the case of murdered Marine Lcpl Maria Lauterbach:


Lauterbach had accused Laurean of raping her. She had a protective order against Laurean, but it expired September 24, military records show.

In the military protective order, Laurean was forbidden from contacting Lauterbach in any manner, including through a third party, and ordered to stay at least 1,000 feet from her.

The order also showed Lauterbach and Laurean worked in the same unit at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Ok the Marine Corps did issue a protective order against him but it should have been in place until the Marines investigation was over, or was it over at that time? Also, if it was still ongoing, they were still stationed together. He was still a threat to her.

Somebody out there knows where this bastard is....I hope he fries for what he did.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Can I just say....

I have no idea who will be receiving my vote for President this year. They all talk about change but still I see a lot of the same old shit.

What's a person to do?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

When the government becomes too powerful...

This story is a fine example of what happens...

I've read several sources on the story of the SWAT team invading the Colorado home of the Shiflett family and holding them at gunpoint, and all stories seem to say the same thing. And interestingly enough, although the Sheriff justifies his actions by saying Mr. Shiflett has a violent history, when asked, the Sheriff can't seem to recall any incident (outside of one in 2005) in which John Shiflett has been violent. In the 2005 case, a man was in Shiflett's house threatening him and Shiflett himself called the cops and chased the man out with an axe. While the Sheriff has been cited as saying John Shiflett has a history of violence, there's no record before or after the 2005 incident in which the man was simply running off a threat to his family. would you feel if your child were hurt and you knew how to care for him or her and a nosy neighbor called the paramedics, they showed up at your door and when you told them you had medical training and knew how to take care of it, they called the police on you?

How would you feel if the next day, while your son is doing just fine, a social worker appears at your house insisting she see your child alone? (Because we ALL know what happens when the dreaded social worker shows up at the home of an innocent person). How would you feel if when you refused to let her in, the DA got a judge issued a court order and sent the SWAT team over to your house?

How would you feel if the SWAT team armed with guns barged into your home, dragged your daughter by the arm down the hallway into the living room and threw her on the floor, put guns in the faces of you, your spouse and children?

How would you feel if the SWAT team began rifling through the cupboards throwing all alleged weapons like knives and other sharp objects on the floor where you can't get to them?

How would you feel if when you insisted that you have a right to a phone call, one of the SWAT members told you that only happens on television?

How would you feel if when your child was finally forced to see a doctor, the doctor prescribed tylenol and an ice pack---which is just what YOU were doing before your home was invaded.

How would you feel?

I know how I'd feel. I'd be scared to death, one wrong move and your whole family is dead. And when it was all over, I'd be pissed and wanting heads to roll, starting with the neighbor, the paramedics, the social worker, the judge, the Sheriff, the DA, and the SWAT team.

These people live in a trailer park, homeschool their kids and go to church. Makes me wonder if they're perceived as some kind of fanatics. Because you know of course all people who go to church, homeschool their kids and have a general distrust of government are dangerous, right?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beware the little voice...

DH and I have been telling Peeps and Pebs all week that on Saturday they were going to their annual appointment at the "beauty parlor" which is in fact human terminology for "V-E-T"

Like the cats don't know what we're talking about eh? Uh-huh!

Ok so we got there today in one piece without incident and we're walking in with their carriers and whom do I see?

My junior high and high school math teacher (and coach) who I hated all through school.

My biggest problem with him? During that time he was also a Sunday preacher in the community and to me it seemed he judged me in the classroom for the little trouble I'd get myself into and I believe the perception of judgment affected how I performed in his class. That of course and the big "F" grades in bright red ink on my math assignments.

Was he a good math teacher? Probably. But it's hard to tell when you hate your teacher and think your teacher hates you. What a kid doesn't need is to walk into class feeling like they're teacher is judging them for all the stupid shit they've done in school. Peer pressure is hard enough and when a kid gets into trouble, it's really embarassing when the other students make fun of him/her but when the teachers seem biased too...that sucks.

It's not like I smoked pot. I didn't.

It's not like I drank beer. I didn't. (Well except for that time dad let us have a sip of Busch--YUKK!)

It's not like I was part of a gang! Gangs? At my school? Please!!!

I just did stupid shit. But I didn't need teacher-almighty judging me.

Anyway he was in the vet's office with his dog and sure he looked 20 years older, but generally looked the same. As I walked past him with this feeling of dread, I said "Please don't let him recognize me" cause I really didn't want to talk to him. And so when it was time to check in I asked DH to go to the counter so they wouldn't want to know my name. The less said, the better.

I wish I could have had the courage to confront him but over 20 years later, what's the point? And what would I say? I am 38 years old now, he's probably close to 60. He wasn't a bad person, just a teacher trying to do right. He was well-respected in school and in the community, his wife and kids were very nice. And I'm sure maybe, just maybe, I perceived more than what was actually there. Even I can admit that. Hell, I was a kid, it was over 20 years ago. We perceive things much clearer as an adult than as a kid.

But still, sometimes you can't help but remember and even though you try to tell yourself, it was a long time ago and we were ALL different and our perceptions as children are much different and there's much we don't understand at that age....still it's hard to put it in it's proper place and go over and introduce yourself again, smile, ask how the family's doing and act as if it never happened. Because deep down somewhere there's that little voice and it's saying........

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Corps failed LCpl Lauterbach...

According to this latest story from CNN regarding the missing and presumed murdered Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, who reported to Marine officials that another Marine, Cesar Armando Laurean had raped her eight months ago...

Military officials said Laurean was not taken into custody after Lauterbach reported the alleged rape because there was information the two carried on "some sort of friendly relationship" after she filed the complaint against him.

"The information ... leads us to believe that she still had some kind of contact" with him, said Paul Ciccarelli, agent in charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Camp Lejeune, this week.

It's been a while since I've been in the military but my common sense tells me that regardless of an assumed friendly relationship, they should have been separated and given orders not to be in contact with one another. This would protect both parties during the course of the investigation (after all a person is innocent until proven guilty). I can't believe that they left the two stationed at the same place and allowed to have contact during the investigation.

How could the Marine Corps officials assume the friendship was mutual on both sides? What if one party felt intimidated by the other and had no choice but to be friendly? You just never know and therefore, the Marine Corps had a responsibility to do more here. The assumed friendly relations may have led them to believe the complaint may not have been valid but once the crime was reported, it had to be treated as a criminal investigation regardless of the actions, words or behavior of the individuals involved.

The way I see it as of now, the Marine Corps really screwed this one up by not automatically separating the two Marines involved. They had the ability to do it, they just chose not to. And now they have to live with the consequences.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Rabbi's son had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his fatherabout use of the family car.

His father said, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Talmud a little, get your hair cut and then we'll talk about it."

After about a month, the boy came back and again asked his father abouthis use of the car. The rabbi said, "Son, I am very proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied the Talmud diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut."

The young man replied, "You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair."

The Rabbi said, "Yes, and everywhere they went, they walked."

Monday, January 07, 2008

More crappy customer service ""

On December 29th my dad ordered a $17.00 DVD from a yahoo online store called The Small Screen whose motto on their own website is:



Dad gave them his debit account number (I know, I know, there are risks) and awaited them to ship the movie. As of today, they've charged his checking account for the $17 but have not shipped the movie. He has notified his bank and they are keeping an eye on his account. refuses to return emails and their voice mail is full. When dad visits their website, he gets a screen that requires username and password. I found a way around it by searching them on google then clicking on the cached page which is here. When you click on that, the password screen comes up, but if you click "cancel" four times, the actual cached page with contact and other info will come up. is a fraud, I would highly recommend NOT shopping online with these crooks. And I will continue to talk shit about them even if they make things right. This is not the way to do business.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Leave Britney alone...

This is just one of many reasons I loathe the news media:

This it the ruckus outside the ambulance which carried Britney Spears to the hospital yesterday. Whether or not you're a Britney fan, wouldn't you agree that this woman deserves her privacy? And what about her kids? Is it really necessary to be taking pictures of her small children and plastering them all over the internet? So she's got problems, who of us doesn't? But how would we all like it if in the midst of those problems, people were taking videos and photos of us at our worst and writing terrible things about us?

I'm not a fan of her music but I do believe that Britney deserves to be left alone. Maybe if these hounds let her alone, and if her family actually took some sort of action in the form of intervention and helped her get herself together, she'd be in better mental shape. I think her family let her down, especially her mother, who pushed her through show business at such a young age. Let this be a lesson to parents everywhere who want to throw their young child into the spotlight, into the midst of fame, fortune and fans. Once it's done, it can't be undone. Many young people can't handle it. I think Britney was one of them. Sure Britney's an adult but when she was a child, she was unable to understand the consequences of her stardom. But her mother knew and I believe that what she did propelling her child into stardom at such a young age, was irresponsible and just plain bad parenting.

Is it wrong to want your child to be successful and happy? Of course not! But...parents have a responsibility to protect their children, teach them right from wrong, educate them, be good role models, and give them the tools which will help them make the right choices in life. Sure, not all children who become adults make the right choices, but I question whether or not Britney was ever given these tools to begin with. Seems to me, Britney was short-changed in her upbringing. Thank goodness her mother opted to put the child-rearing book on hold. The world really doesn't need her advice on raising children. Look at the mess she's made already with her own kids? Do you want her giving you advice? And by the way, where in hell was her father in all this? And why didn't he put a stop to it?

Sadly, and I hate to say this, but I think Britney's going to wind up dead if she doesn't get some professional help. I really don't want to see that happen, she has her whole life ahead of her and she can survive it. I wish she could check herself into some institution where she could just be away from the public, her family, and friends so she could work on becoming the person she wants to be. She's young, it's not too late. She doesn't have to come back and be famous again, she can be anything she wants to be but most importantly, just be alive and happy.

Right now Britney Spears isn't living any kind of life and it's very sad to see such a young person with her whole life ahead of her sink so deeply into a pit of despair from which is so difficult to return.

He's baaaack!!!

Yep, he's back allright, in full swing.
The one.
The only.
Officer Asshat.

Several months ago I posted about Officer Asshat, the friendly neighborhood man in uniform who used to drive like a maniac to work and whose driving was putting the lives of the rest of us average law abiding citizens, in danger. I complained about it once, nothing was done. So what gives? I don't know what happened but shortly after that post we didn't see him anymore on the road.

This morning he returned.

And well it's nice to know that some things never change.

Same car, same erratic driving, same asshole.
He attempted to get around us and cut us off so he could get to the interstate first. Gee, funny how he drives so erratically, we drive so carefully and yet we both wind up at work at the same place at the same time!!
DH prevents me from saying anything to him that because guy has arresting powers.
I say "What? He's going to arrest me because I ask him why he drives like an asshole?"
Ok so maybe he would but still I would love to say it to him---just once!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

For Fred Thompson fans!

Ok I thought this was great. I've always liked Fred Thompson so I got a kick out of this! Click play and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

I'm thinking of changing my name...

just kidding, I like my name, it suits me!

The latest heartwrenching story is about baby name remorse.

I think it's funny that three year old Caroline, who was born Emma, but her parents changed her name because it didn't sound right, actually plans to call herself Emma because she likes it better.

When I think of baby name remorse Emma, Luke, and Sophia don't even come to mind. I can think of those names which are much worse ....

Government discrimination against smokers?

The county government in Marion County, Florida (which includes Ocala, for the geographically challenged) will no longer hire people who use tobacco in any form. Potential employees must sign an affidavit swearing they have not used tobacco products within a year prior to employment. The rule applies to all departments under county government but does not apply to current employees of the county government or current/future employees of the county's constitutional offices (such as the Sheriff's office, tax collector's office, etc).

The powers that be say this is being done to cut health insurance costs. Ok fine, I can go along with that but I'd actually like to see the data. Are health insurance premiums for companies and government agencies actually reduced if the employees do not smoke?

What about people who drink? Smoking is becoming less frequent these days but people still drink. And drinking can cause problems just like tobacco. Are we

When will it end?

And what IF a person applies for employment in the Marion County government and elects not to choose the county health insurance program because perhaps their spouse has a better insurance with their job or for some other reason. Are they still not able to be hired? I mean after all if they're not insured through the county there's no risk right? If this reason for not hiring tobacco users is solely because of health insurance, then that person shouldn't be excluded from hiring if they are qualified.

Personally I think that a private company should be able to hire whomever they want just as I think landlords should be able to rent to whomever they want and so on and so on. However the government, which provides services to all of us, and to whom we all pay taxes to, should not be in the business of discriminating against individuals because of personal habits.

However.....there is the insurance I am wondering, is this ok?

Comments? Anyone?