Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hello...Justice Department? Yeah...Who the hell is in charge there?

While the US Justice Department is busy suing a school district for denying a Muslim teacher with nine months on the job, a three-week vacation to travel to Mecca (denied because it would cause an undue hardship on the teaching needs of the small school), it is at the same time neglecting other more serious Constitutional obligations, oh like keeping illegal aliens from crossing our borders.

According to this exclusive (click on the link):

"An Arizona sheriff says U.S. Border Patrol officials have repeatedly told him they have been ordered to reduce -- at times even stop -- arrests of illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the U.S. border.

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever told that a supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol told him as recently as this month that the federal agency’s office on Arizona's southern border was under orders to keep apprehension numbers down during specific reporting time periods.

“The senior supervisor agent is telling me about how their mission is now to scare people back,” Dever said in an interview with “He said, ‘I had to go back to my guys and tell them not to catch anybody, that their job is to chase people away. … They were not to catch anyone, arrest anyone. Their job was to set up posture, to intimidate people, to get them to go back.”

I guess this is the era of the kinder, gentler Justice Department.

Perhaps at some point in the near future, our esteemed President would be interested in presenting this lovely (and hopefully parting) gift to Eric Holder:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Anything flammable or with the potential of being a projectile is fun...

Nobody will dare mess with you when you've got a kickass spud gun. I seriously need to make one now. Maybe hang it on my office wall or keep it in the car for those oh-so-annoying traffic moments. LOL

What's a Spud Gun? Click here to find out. Damn if only we'd had these when we were kids!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Libya question...

Click here for a transcript of the President's speech.
Click here to watch the video.

In reading the speech I could not help but pay close attention to this part:

It’s true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs.  And given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action.  But that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what’s right.  In this particular country -– Libya  -- at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale.  We had a unique ability to stop that violence:  an international mandate for action, a broad coalition prepared to join us, the support of Arab countries, and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves.  We also had the ability to stop Qaddafi’s forces in their tracks without putting American troops on the ground.

To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are.  Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries.  The United States of America is different.  And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.

Moreover, America has an important strategic interest in preventing Qaddafi from overrunning those who oppose him.  A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.  The democratic impulses that are dawning across the region would be eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship, as repressive leaders concluded that violence is the best strategy to cling to power.  The writ of the United Nations Security Council would have been shown to be little more than empty words, crippling that institution’s future credibility to uphold global peace and security.  So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.

Now, just as there are those who have argued against intervention in Libya, there are others who have suggested that we broaden our military mission beyond the task of protecting the Libyan people, and do whatever it takes to bring down Qaddafi and usher in a new government.

Of course, there is no question that Libya -– and the world –- would be better off with Qaddafi out of power.  I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means.  But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.
The task that I assigned our forces -– to protect the Libyan people from immediate danger, and to establish a no-fly zone -– carries with it a U.N. mandate and international support.  It’s also what the Libyan opposition asked us to do.  If we tried to overthrow Qaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter.  We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission, or risk killing many civilians from the air.  The dangers faced by our men and women in uniform would be far greater.  So would the costs and our share of the responsibility for what comes next.

To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq.  Thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about Iraq’s future.  But regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars.  That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.

While Libya has clearly violated UN resolutions some ask why NATO is suddenly a part of this. Well NATO is designed to fight war to defend peace while the UN is designed to avoid war in order to maintain peace. Make sense? NATO is military backed while the UN is civilian backed. According to Derek Boothby at the UN Department of Political Affairs, "The effectiveness of NATO is directly proportional to the amount of military force available for use; whereas the effectiveness of U.N. peacekeeping is inversely proportional to the amount of military force used. "

Just thought I'd include that bit to help those of us who were wondering why NATO was suddenly involved.

I think the question I have is what constitutes the necessity to intervene? How is that decision made? According to the President, we are measuring our interests against our need for action. What are our interests in Libya? If it was purely of a human rights nature, we'd be in every nation in the world dropping bombs on the oppressors. In this case, is it about oil?  I am not saying it is, rather I'm asking the question. Is this just about doing what's right? Does the United States have the right to go into any nation it chooses and assist in revolution against a tyrannical government? Is it right? Or is it wrong? When is it right? And when is it wrong? 

Our goal in this isn't a regime change but seriously how this be anything but that? We're not spending all this firepower and financing to help the rebels just to result in Qaddafi staying in power right? Regime change is endgame here. It has to be endgame otherwise this is all for naught.

What do you think?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where we are now, others have been, and others will surely be...

Sometimes we get so caught up in the drama of life it's easy to believe we're the only ones experiencing it. The truth is that where we are now, others have been and where we are now, others will be eventually.  It's only a matter of time.

Just the other day I was having a talk with a friend I see every few months when she does my hair. When we get together in her small but charming shop on main street in a rural Mayberry-like town, we have wonderful conversations about life.  Recently my friend shared some experiences of her life in an effort to help me understand I am not alone. Not only do we share similar experiences but we share similar reactions to them as well. When I realized that my reaction to certain events in my life was also shared by others, it made the burden a little lighter. It was just nice to know I wasn't alone.

And so it was at that moment I realized how important it is to share our experiences; not only to release our own frustrations and lessen our burdens; but that helping another person understand that they are not alone in their experiences and feelings empowers them with something they might not otherwise have had, and that is hope.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Last night I dreamed my dad died a second time.

I had this dream last night. I know I've had it before. I need to write about it before I forget it.

In the dream, my dad died of a heart attack. I was in mom and dad's house unpacking this bag he had that he used to take to work with him, to change clothes. It had clothes, coins and other things in it. I was stacking everything and going to put it away. I recall I was going to separate the coins and put them in different jars according to the type of coin because that's apparently how dad had done it in the dream. Dad's sister Annette and husband Mac were there and so were some of my other relatives from Georgia. Annette wanted to talk to me but I just had nothing to say to anyone. I was so sad. I didn't want to talk to anyone.

I recalled while I was doing all that unpacking that it was a year earlier that dad had suffered a stroke and at the hospital he died. I had told everyone my dad was dead and the paper even printed an obituary but maybe hours or a day after he supposedly died, he woke up and he was fine. I remember having a dream like this months ago that it actually happened that way. So technically dad died twice according to last night's dream. I kept thinking how weird it was that he we all thought he was dead and came back to be alive and well for a year then keeled over from a heart attack.

It was so strange. So very strange. Thoughts?

Monday, March 21, 2011

David Shore...are you trying to drive us crazy? LOL!

It's because we do love our favorite crazy, misanthropic, pain-in-the-ass brilliant diagnostician House and his faithful sidekicks/best friends Cuddy & Wilson so much that we feel it is our duty to impose a little Wilsonian tough-love upon you.

Here's what Dr. Gregory House thinks of your latest "gamechanger" storyline...

and frankly....

Now just because you run the show...

...doesn't mean you can run away with our favorite characters and give us some crazy ass-make-no-sense storylines and screw with all the great developments we've seen in the last seven years. Seriously, the upcoming episodes and especially the season finale better in May had better be a whopping shocker that makes us all happy to forget what you've done recently or we're going to go....

.....well I think Dr. Lisa Cuddy said it best....

That's right. We're going to go all "Angry Cuddy" all over your ass. And we know that you know what an angry Dr. Lisa Cuddy can do....LOL!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I guess assault & battery laws don't apply in the public school system...

I can only imagine the outrage felt by Brian Randle of Union County, Mississippi when one of his family members told him about a video on facebook showing his son being sucker punched in the face by one of his classmates. Not only was the punch caught on cell phone camera and posted on the internet but someone in the background laughed and NOBODY jumped in to help the Randle boy.

The school superintendent Ken Basil suspended the two teens involved in the incident and said, "The incident was investigated, and we have disciplined the students involved. We're done with it."

Meanwhile the Union County Sheriff's office indicated their hands are tied because there was no bloodshed.

Are you kidding me?

Suppose this incident happened on the street, in public, and not inside a school. Do we think the police would just let it go because there was no bloodshed?


Just because this happened inside a public school doesn't mean these teenage thugs should not be held to the same standards of justice that exist outside the walls of that school. The laws exist for a reason and should apply everywhere. The thugs should have been arrested and thrown in jail. Time to send this younger generation a message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated, period!

I'm glad that Brian Randle is continuing to pursue this matter and I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say we support him all the way!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I'm on the run from the mafia and the FBI.

I was in this hotel and somehow I recorded an incriminating call on the answering machine. In order to protect myself, I took the micro tape and made a copy on VHS. Then I carried them both around with me. The FBI and the mafia wanted to get their hands on the recording, I kept the mini-tape hidden in my clothing and the VHS tape under my jacket. Mom and sis were with me. I think my brother was there too, I can't recall. All I know is that we had to go on the run. We went to this hotel and hid out. We were hungry but you had to have this code to get into a secret room where the food was. Then we had to leave that hotel and go to another one because they could see us through the windows and hear our conversation.I remember being at FBI headquarters attempting to find out where my family was but they wouldn't tell me anything. I thought I saw my mom in a room but it turned out to be a decoy, someone dressed up to look like her. I was getting really pissed at the FBI. I was yelling at them but they didn't seem to give a damn.

I remember seeing these men who would show up where we were. I was eating breakfast I think and this guy was at the bar and I tried asking him his name but he wouldn't answer. Actually none of the men following us would answer. The mafia weren't very helpful LOL and neither were the FBI.

Mom, sis and me and whomever else with us drove to a motel in Iowa and there I was trying to figure out how far I was from Dubuque because my friend Sarah is there. I was looking on this electronic map at the hotel and it turns out we were thirty miles from Dubuque. But I couldn't remember Sarah's last name to call her and see if she could pick us up because we were having difficulties getting our hotel room. When we got into the hotel room, the hotel folks made us turn off all the lights, the A/C and everything. In an effort to save money. I was pissed because it was warm in the room. Somehow our mafia connections or the FBI told the hotel to give us power and so we were ok.

Because they were on our tail, we wound up fleeing with the FBI to some remote location where they had these beautiful log cabins in the woods, on an estate where the FBI was located. There were agents and guards everywhere, and no way you could get back to the remote area in the woods where the cabins were. There was no way anyone could get to us there. It was really beautiful there in the woods. I got there on my own but my mom and the rest of my family weren't there and I got worried. Inside this building at this desk I talked to this lady and asked her about my family. They said we all had to be interviewed prior to going to our cabin. But then I was told my family was showing up, at least part of them anyway, everyone was spread out all over the place. The lady at the desk said they only had two minutes to interview those who were arriving. The agents asked me if I had been cleared through the electronic detectors and I lied and said yes because I had the tapes on me and didn't want them being detected or erased. Apparently I was a good liar because they believed me. Then I remember walking through the path in the woods to get to the cottage. The woods were not overrun with weeds, it was cleared, very nice.

And then I woke up.

There's more but just an hour later it's all kind of fuzzy. I did a lot of fighting with the FBI and I had to lie to them in an effort to get what I wanted from them and then there was all that running from the mafia. Oy vey!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You decide for once to try and be a kinder, gentler doctor and this is what you get for it...

As you will see, this particular patient is why doctors like Gregory House spend so much money and years of training in med school. Purely for the joy of healing the sick! LOL

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

[H]ouse, M.D. Episode 7x16 "Out of the Chute"

First, LOVED the opening scene, that was amazing! Great shots and editing there!

Second, poor Masters, she can't get a break. But she's trying. I almost hoped that cowboy would accept her modest proposal to go out sometime.

Third, Foreman and Chase, I love them. They are great together!

Fourth, once again the title of the show corresponds perfectly to the POTW and to House.


Last night we finally saw just how deep House's pain really goes. He is simply reacting and going through the motions and I felt so bad for him.

House is sad, terrified, confused, angry, lonely and empty inside. I don't think I've ever seen House as angry as I saw him last night, especially when he talked to Cuddy and told her to get the hell out of his way. He is a very depressed man who looks and feels completely LOST. I felt so bad for him. It was evident from the beginning he was trying to wallow in self-pity in an effort to feel better. The amount of cash that lay in the bowl on the table in his hotel room to be used at his whim for any and everything, the number of hookers (6) that he went through, the amount of pills and alcohol, using the bow and arrow, everything he did was some method to ease his pain. The hookers were just bodies for him to use, there was no feeling, no real satisfaction, just an attempt to remove himself from feeling his pain. All the methods he used last night were superficial and an attempt to feel something good. Sadly none of them worked, nor did saving his patient's life which for House is usually a big deal. In the end he was left with a huge void he could not fill. The only thing that did make him feel alive again was "living on the edge". The look on his face when he jumped, when he was underwater--I knew he was in big trouble. Living dangerously is the only thing that will give him excitement now. He's going to take risks he never took before and he's going to make hasty and not very well-thought out decisions. Living this way could cost him everything--his job, Cuddy and Wilson as his friends, and his life. And in the end I really don't think he wants to lose any of them, no matter how bad he feels.

I'm hoping the return of Thirteen helps him. If anyone knows what it is like to live on the edge, she does. Her excuse? She's dying. But I think Thirteen went away not to live dangerously but to think and ponder and maybe enjoy her life. I hope she comes back and in some small way can help House. If anyone knows what it's like to face her fears head-on (after having lived in denial for so long) it's Thirteen.

I felt awful for Cuddy too in this episode. She hurts as much as he does because she loves him so much. I do not believe that Cuddy has convinced herself completely that she is better off without him and made the right choice. I think she wants to believe it, but the heart wants what the heart wants. I think this is probably one of the hardest things she's ever had to do because she does love him and does care so much about him. No doubt she already misses their friendship as does he. They really thought they could work and frankly I think they could have if TPTB would have given them a chance and I still believe there is hope for them. I was torn for Cuddy when I realized she wanted to give House a second chance but remained firm that this was about what she deserves too. But let's face it, Cuddy is as dysfunctional and screwed up as House. She is a control-freak and a perfectionist and has certain expectations about a relationship which she refuses to bend. That's fine as long as you understand your partner isn't perfect and you are willing to work with them. Like House, Cuddy sucks at relationships. I really believe Cuddy wanted this relationship to work, they both did. From the beginning though both seemed to do little things to sabotage it, probably because from the very beginning they went into it thinking it wouldn't last. If you go into a relationship with that attitude, it won't last because both parties are constantly walking on eggshells wondering when the end is near.

House and Cuddy are made for each other because they are so damn dysfunctional. They can't help but be drawn to each other. For all his flaws House has a lot of redeeming qualities about him which Cuddy loves and admires. Actually I think she somewhat admires some of his flaws too. House is the one person she could always be herself with and the one person who knows her better than she knows herself. (Lucas, while he may have loved Cuddy never truly understood her like House does). House always accepted Cuddy and her dysfunctionality and perfectionism. Oh it annoyed him but he accepted it as she accepted his faults, going so far as to protect him every chance she got. Neither Cuddy nor House ever had to pretend with each other. They can be at each other's throats one minute and be laughing the next. They accepted each other, they trusted each other and they were comfortable with each other. They could always read each other's thoughts and call each other's bluff. They also knew how to support one another when need be and how to get on each other's last nerve when called for. House on many occasions pushed Cuddy to be a better administrator and doctor because he knew that she would accept no less, from him or herself and in return Cuddy was the "no" that House needed on many an occasion. House and Cuddy are without a doubt, each other's conscience. It's why they are so perfect together because they are so flawed. But each individual has the ability to make the other a better person. Mind you NOT perfect, but better and that's ok.

Remember the episode earlier this season titled "Unwritten"--when House was desperately trying to find things they had in common and Cuddy confronted him and told him that she likes uncommon because common is boring and he makes her a better person and hopefully she makes him a better person, that she likes what they have and has never been happier. Where is that House and Cuddy? These are not weak people, they are strong, much stronger than they are being portrayed. I don't mind seeing them go through angst but tearing up their relationship like this and pitting them against each other is nonsense. Let's get back to the strong characters we have known for nearly seven years, strong characters who have been in a relationship for over twenty years. And yes, House and Cuddy may not have been lovers but they have had a relationship that has spanned nearly half their lives, that MEANS something here. The idea of throwing it all away after six months makes no sense at all. There were developments all along seasons 1-6 that brought them slowly but surely closer together. And in Season 7, they both tried so hard, though they are flawed, they wanted this to work. So we just erase all strides made since the beginning? I don't get it.

I can't tell you how awful I felt for House last night watching him abuse both his body and his mind with alcohol, unfeeling sex and drugs, in an effort to fill a void left by the woman he loves, but at his core a void which was begun a long time ago long before Cuddy, Stacy or the infarction came along. I can see where House may do some really stupid things to himself and others while he's feeling like this but we were told via interview that people would get worse before they got better. I'm counting on that. I'm counting on the long friendship House has had with both Wilson and Cuddy to help him through this. I'm also counting on House and Cuddy hurting each other but eventually finding their way back to each other once again, eventually when the time is right. Because I really feel like she's the only woman who can soothe his soul.

So, what do TPTB plan to do NOW? Our three major characters are in turmoil. The first is living dangerously on the edge, the second is feeling guilt-ridden over having caused it, and the third is watching his two best friends fall apart literally before his eyes and there's nothing he can do for them.

In addition to some good POTW stories, there are stories here about these three that need to be told. There's more to them than we're seeing here. Time to explore this.

I am hoping that TPTB are moving us in a forward direction here. I really do hope so. I also continue to hope they begin to explore House's inner turmoils (as I mentioned last week) because there's more behind recent reactions than just Cuddy breaking up with him, this self-destructive behavior has gone on for years. It doesn't seem logical that the brilliant genius like House would be codependent, needy and self-destructive for so many years prior to Cuddy because of Stacy or his leg because of his leg. It goes deeper than that. The trust issues he has with people, the fear of loving and being loved, or opening himself up to feelings are at the very heart of his problem. Why does he not trust anyone? Where did that come from? And how can it be resolved? Again, NOT asking for a perfect happy House, just asking for a House who has worked his ass off to be clean for two years, who has really tried to find something meaningful in his life, to be given a chance to work towards that, even if he has to take a few steps backwards to do it. And in the meantime he deserves to have his two best friends beside him through this journey as painful as it might get for all of them.

This idea that people don't change is ludicrous because people do change. We've seen our three major characters change over the last six and a half years. Sometimes they took steps forward, sometimes back but no question these three endured a metamorphosis since day one based on the experiences they've been through. Oh sure, at their core there are still some things about them that will never change, it's part of what makes them who they are. Wilson will always be a mother hen, Cuddy will always be a control freak and House will always be a sarcastic pain in the ass, but regardless, they all have changed. Change doesn't have to be bad, it can be good.

I'm keeping the faith that my favorite show, one I have followed faithfully since day one, is not losing its edge, but rather playing this out to a deeper much more meaningful season end. The House we saw last night is a House in pain, and we've seen that same House through the last six and a half years. It was hard to watch then it's damn painful now because, despite claims by TPTB, we KNOW House can change when he wants to change, when he has a reason to change. The key is for it to stick, House he has to do it for the RIGHT reasons. House was clean for two years, and even though he was still an ass, he did make some important changes in his life. He did it because he wanted to be happy. He still doesn't think he deserves happiness but he was trying. He can still be an ass, but I think his character deserves some credit for the two years he worked his ass off to stay clean and try to improve his personal relationships. If he could do it then for Cuddy, he can do it now for himself. If he can find a way to do this for himself, he can have what he wants. I don't expect his journey to be easy, but I expect it to make sense.

Based on the previews, good grief, there's no telling where this is going next week. House marrying this Dominicka chick? The only thing I can come up with is he met her at some bar and she needs a green card, and she'll promptly haul ass after a quickie annulment/divorce and we'll never see her again. Menwhile, he's doing this to hurt Cuddy? That's just not like House. The House we once knew was an ass but never did anything to intentionally hurt Cuddy. He only ever hurt her when he was in pain just as she never intentionally hurt him either unless she was in pain. So now where is this going? Are these two going to battle it out and spiral out of control to the point where one or both of them gets hurt much worse? Are they going to hit rock bottom? Will they be able to find their way back to what they once had? And not just as lovers but remember they had lot more than that for over twenty years, that you can't erase in six months. They have a long standing friendship and they trusted one another. How far will they go? Are TPTB going to take our favorite characters on a wild "out of character" ride where we don't recognize them anymore?

Last night I felt the pain of House, Cuddy and Wilson and THAT is because three amazing actors are giving three AMAZING performances! That is why I stick around because they are so incredibly talented. They take these scripts and perform pure magic with their words and actions! We're talking Emmy-worthy here! Again, I am awe inspired by Hugh, Lisa and Bob's incredibly amazing performances. We may not like some of the scripts they're reading right now but the acting is superb in every way!

For all my pals who spend countless hours trying to figure me out...

Yep, every day. LOL!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's never too late...

The need to find oneself isn't restricted to youth. Generally when we think of breaking away, we picture 18-year olds wanting to break free of mom and dad's reign and seek their own individuality and dreams in life.

I'm 41 and it hit me last year, I'm still trying to break free, but not from my parents, from myself. For so many years I reigned myself in out of fear. The fear of failure is powerful. Taking risks is not something that's ever come easy to me and I generally shy away from it. What I could never accept was failure or defeat. All that time I was missing the point of the journey, it isn't about what lies at the end of the road, it's what is learned getting there.

That is what life is all about. 

I have been fortunate in my life to have a great number of people who have supported and encouraged me through both good and bad times. There are people who have seen my potential and nearly s-p-e-l-l-e-d it out for me but I never paid attention. I never thought I was good enough. I never thought I could do it. And finally when I began to think I could do it, I worried it was too late.

Or so I thought. 

It's never too late. 

I've been on this journey of self-discovery for what I thought was just the past year, but as it turns out it's been going on my whole life. It has taken me all these years to get to this moment.  There is so much more for me to know about myself. There is still time to accomplish my hopes and dreams. 

Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I'd just stare out my window

Dream of what could be
And if I'd end up happy
I would pray

Trying hard to reach out
But when I'd try to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me

Wanted to belong here
But felt something so wrong here
So I pray
I could breakaway

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget all the ones that I loved
I'll take a risk, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean

Get onboard a fast train
Travel on a jet plan, far away
And breakway

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget all the ones that I loved
I'll take a risk, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

Buildings with a hundred floors
Swinging 'round revolving doors
maybe I don't know where they'll take me but
Gotta keep moving on, moving on
Fly away, breakaway

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a chance
And breakaway

Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget the place I come from
I gotta take  a risk, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway, breakaway, breakaway

~Kelly Clarkson~

Thursday, March 10, 2011

For all the "House" fans left shell-shocked by "Bombshells"

This is for you...

A little tweaking of the photo from the "House" cast Thank You video their People's Choice Awards for Favorite Drama Series, Favorite Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Hugh), Favorite Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Lisa) and Favorite Doctor (Hugh)...goes a long, long, way.

Click to enlarge...for the full effect :)

Heading into the last eight episodes in this season, we better hold on, it's going to be a BUMPY ride.

Credit for this LOVELY pic goes to Credit goes to

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Some moments call for a South Park episode...

...because there are times in life when you just have to throw caution to the wind, toss aside all rational thinking and say to hell with your sensitivity training...

If you've never watched the South Park episode The Passion of the Jew (click on the link) you really should. ROFL it's got to be, hands down, one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Poor Cartman teases his Jewish friend Kyle into seeing the movie by telling him how the Jews murdered Jesus. So Kyle goes to the movie and is traumatized for life. So now Kyle's suffering from PTSD over this, he's on a mission to teach people the truth and Cartman in the meantime is well....let's just say I nearly lost it when Cartman kneeled on the floor praying to a life size picture of Mel Gibson in full Bravehard costume and singing his praises, "I will organize the masses, so we may do thy bidding, hail Mel Gibson, Amen"  and then of course of course minutes later shows up, in full Hitler regalia, as President of the Mel Gibson fan club.

A few of my favorite lines...

Did God send Jesus to die? Or did Jesus kinda get screwed over?

That movie sucked ass, give us back our eighteen dollars. That wasn't a movie that was a snuff film. You cant charge people to watch a guy get tortured for two hours.

 Wow I never realized how horrible Christs death was, oh honey lets be good Christians from now on.

I think if more people saw the Passion they'd have faith in Jesus. Yeah it really guilt trips you into believing.

This is America and in America if something sucks you're supposed to get your money back.

If I have a really twisted sense of humor, I take full responsibility for it. Look, sometimes, you just have to go with the flow and say screw it to the politically correct, sensitive crap and have a good laugh. Works just fine for me.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I have a sense of humor.

Shocking isn't it?

Shut up!

Lately it hasn't showed because I've been stuck in the trough of a rather large-ass wave and please don't make me explain that metaphor. I needed a lift and while perusing a couple of House fan forums I found something that had me laughing my ass off, it was just what I needed. It's in completely bad taste but funny as hell. It's a clip from a movie about Hitler with a few slight changes. You see, apparently someone pissed off about the most recent episode of House got the brilliant idea of changing the subtitles to reflect Hitler's angst about this recent episode. It's been making the rounds and when I saw it I was laughing my ass off. I was eating pizza at the time and let's just say it got messy in the process. But I was laughing the entire way through the video. It was funny, I couldn't help it, sue me for having a screwed up sense of humor.

Now really only House fans will understand and appreciate this video so all others need not even view it. And if you view it and you don't like it because Hitler's in it just suck it up, it's called sarcasm, deal with it! Because I'm about to embark on a really great South Park video hunt....I know there's something out there that will be a significant mood enhancer!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Doing one of the things I do best: Exposing fraud

If it's one thing I take pride in it is exposing fraudulent companies because if it's one thing I hate is people taking advantage of other people. Over the years I've written about a variety of shady companies and organizations. For example, if you Google "Swinton Avenue Trading" you will find that the #1 hit on the internet every time is my blog post about the company. If you're interested, you can click here to read my original post which has generated thousands of hits and hundreds of responses.

It's been awhile since I've felt the need to take action again but three days ago I received a rather important looking piece of mail that caught my eye. At first it looked like a recall notice for our Toyota Corolla. Upon looking inside, I immediately knew what it was---it was a fraud.

It starts on the outside with "Request for Immediate Action - Time Sensitive Material Enclosed." I've taken a few photos and posted so you can see what it looks like.

Note the important looking: "Warning: $2,000 fine for any person interfering or obstructing with delivery of this letter. US Mail TTT. 18 US Code"

It's just another tactic to make the recipient think it's something extremely important that must be addressed immediately!

My Toyota Corolla is five years old and has 150,000 miles on it so the factory warranty expired on it a long time ago and no I've never been interested in an extended warranty. Why? The Toyota Corolla is an excellent vehicle with very few, if any, problems. It's one of the reasons I purchased it. It is known for its durability and reliability. It's not likely something serious will happen to it that would warrant major engine or powertrain repairs, not for a long time.

Anyway, I opened the urgent and official looking piece of mail to read "This letter is to inform you that your factory warranty has expired, or may be about to expire, and you may extend the coverage on th behicle with a service contract. coverage offer expires on 26 Mar 2011" and shows an expiration date of 26 Mar 2011 and lists my coverage request as "Pending." Interesting considering I never requested any information from them. 

Naturally even though I knew it was a big fat scam, as always I called because I love to call these types of companies, get the 411 on their fantastic offers, then I harass them over their unethical business practices, after which they hang up on me because they know I'm right. The representative I spoke to asked me a series of questions, nothing personal, I wouldn't have given him that anyway.  I told him the mileage on the car and he said I was not eligible for coverage because their cap is at 140,000 and I have 150,000.

I tried telling him that their letter was so "official looking" that it could be viewed as misleading. I thought about the number of elderly people out there who get things like this in the mail and they don't have much money and they worry about their vehicle breaking down.  I can see where it is possible that a person who doesn't understand these things, would think this was an official and urgent document requiring immediate attention--that attention being that they risk losing the factory warranty on their car, when in fact, the factory warranty probably expired years or miles earlier.

I'm not the first person to receive this notice, nor will I be the last. But at least I am wise enough to spot a scam a mile away, a lot of people aren't. To their credit, ConsumerMan on MSNBC did a story exposing companies like this a few years ago. Click here to read the story.  Also RipOff Report and other websites have covered this and other companies in detail.

Also click here for a sample of the CarSafe contract.  Nine pages of nonsense. In the end, it's a ripoff.

This post is just my way of reminding folks to be on the lookout. A lot of us have elderly relatives, friends, neighbors who receive this type of mail and we should be looking out for them too in an effort to make sure they don't get duped over this kind of crap. In the meantime, stricter mail standards should be enforced to prevent this kind of unethical business practices.