Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Governor Signs Law to Protect Student Athletes from Concussions

NFL-backed law requires more education, formalizes DIAA rules
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image: Governor Markell signingDOVER – Junior high and high school athletes and their parents will get more information on concussions and their effects and coaches will be getting more training on how to spot a possible concussion under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Jack Markell.

The new law also formalizes the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association’s existing policy on requiring a medical clearance before athletes who have received a concussion can return to play.

“When you look at the data and the long-term effects of concussions – especially repeat concussions – it paints an alarming picture,” Markell said. “Sports has gone beyond outdated adages about getting ‘dinged,’ ‘playing tough,’ and getting back into the game. Concussion can be serious, potentially life-changing injuries. We’re stepping up and treating them with the seriousness they deserve.”

The Governor was joined at the signing by Philadelphia Eagles legend Vince Papale as well as lawmakers, coaches, student athletes, representatives of the DIAA and medical community.

Under the new law, athletes and their parents will get information on concussions when they sign sports consent forms. Coaches will be required to receive training on how to spot possible concussions. The new law also puts into state law the DIAA’s current rule requiring athletes, who have sustained a concussion or are believed to have sustained a concussion to receive a medical clearance before they can resume play.

image: Vince PapalePapale said the putting the rule into the law is a good move.
“It is the nature of an athlete to want to stay in the game,” Papale said. “The invincible attitude is why great athletes perform as they do. We need to make sure that when it comes to kids especially, that we look out for their long-term health. We owe them that much.”
An estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are between 1.6 million and 3.8 million sports-related concussions nationally each year, and the CDC says about 135,000 athletes involved in youth sports are taken to hospitals to be checked for brain injuries.

“My son plays a number of sports, including football,” said Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, D-Middletown, the bill’s prime sponsor. “I think he’s learned a lot of valuable lessons from them, but as much as we like seeing our children do something they enjoy, we need to do as much as we can to make sure our children are safe when they’re playing. I think this law helps us down that path by giving coaches the training they need as well as educating parents and athletes about concussions.”

Rep. Rebecca D. Walker, D-Middletown, shepherded the bill though the House and said she thinks it will help keep young people healthier.

“As a nurse and mother of athletes, I know the importance of ensuring the safety of our young people following an injury,” Walker said. “We need to make sure that our kids no longer will be returned to the fields without being properly and carefully examined. This is the type of legislation that will protect our young people and have an everlasting effect on our athletes’ wellbeing. This type of legislation I came to Dover to introduce and have passed and signed into law.”
Studies have shown that young people can take longer to recover from concussions than adults. And, when someone has suffered a concussion, the odds of getting a second concussion increase – especially if they haven’t fully recovered from their earlier concussion. There’s also a growing body of scientific evidence linking concussions to problems, including memory loss and changes in behavior.

And as athletes become more physically powerful, Sen. Joe Booth, R-Georgetown, agreed that protections are needed.

"In my years of playing contact sports, it would seem like this legislation is overdue,” said Booth, who co-sponsored the measure. “The players are bigger, faster and the prevention and attention this bill provides will be a positive step forward."

The new law also meshes with the NFL’s national effort to encourage greater awareness of concussions and their effects. And Jeff Miller, a senior vice president with the league, praised the state for taking action
“The NFL is changing the culture of sports as it relates the head injuries,” he said. “Laws like the one Governor Markell signs today will do just that by making youth sports safer for the boys and girls who play them.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Governor Announces Post-Hurricane Small Business Resources

Creates Small-Business Rapid Response Team, Dedicated Hotline
One-Stop Website Guides Delawareans to the Info they Need Fast

image: Governor Markell
WILMMINGTON – Governor Jack Markell today announced a Small Business Rapid Response Team, a Small Business Post-Hurricane Hotline, and a one-stop webpage for related state services. These three actions will provide information to the public more simply, efficiently and conveniently as homeowners and employers work to repair damages.
“Now that the hurricane has passed, we need to provide up-to-date information to people who are working to clean up,” said Governor Markell.  “Many Delaware small business owners have devoted their lives to creating jobs and offering services for our community. We want to help our employers get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
Governor Markell has created a Post-Hurricane Small Business Rapid Response Team (RRT) that will ensure that small business owners can find the services they need quickly and that they understand how to access them. 
“We have many services already in place to help small businesses, but when you’ve been hit by a hurricane, it’s tough to navigate all of the details.  It’s tough to find the answers you need, and – since most people have never experienced a hurricane – it may be tough to know what questions to ask,” added Markell.
image: small business response team
The team includes representatives from five key agencies, led by the Delaware Economic Development Office’s (DEDO) Business Development Manager, Patty Cannon.  Other team members include:
  • Kim Chesser, Small Business Ombudsperson, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
  • Mark Davis, Principal Assistant, Department of Agriculture (DDA)
  • Ed Durst, Operations Officer, Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)
  • Dawn Hopkins, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Transportation (and former head of Constituent Relations for the Governor’s office) (DelDOT)
  • Stacey Laing, Employment & Training Administrator, Department of Labor (DOL).
“We’re taking this team approach because flood waters don’t stop at agency borders,” said Markell.  “Throughout our response our agencies and our community worked together, proving once again that we’re a state of neighbors.”
DEDO and other members of the Rapid Response Team will staff a Small Business Hotline (877-484-8485) and a dedicated email address ( will go live later this afternoon.
The state has also set up a one-stop webpage, “After the Storm: Resources for Rebuildingdevoted to summarizing the resources available from multiple state agencies for storm clean-up and recovery.  The site is prominently linked from Delaware.Gov and can be accessed directly here: .
The one-stop site will guide Delawareans to resources concerning public health notices, road closures, traffic delays, school closings, yard-waste disposal, damage reporting, dock and pier repair permits, well and septic flooding, agricultural assistance, insurance reporting, fraud reporting, tourism information and volunteer opportunities.  Delawareans can also provide feedback and suggestions to Governor Markell for how the state can improve its response and services. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene

I hope that Irene left you in good condition.  There are some things that I would like to point out that just seems crazy and insane.  I mean I understand why people did what they did but it still seems crazy and insane.  Here is what I am talking about:

  1. All the Gas Stations were sold out of gas.
  2. All Stores were sold out of bread, water, milk, and frozen pizzas.
  3. Bars remained open to the very last possible moment.
  4. Electric Generators sold faster than they could unload them from the delivery trucks.
Yet, the important stuff like:

  1. You could still buy Plywood to board up your windows.  Sales were slow.
  2. There was plenty of masking tape to tape your windows available in the stores.
So I drove around on Sunday afternoon to assess the damage done.  Luckily the hurricane did very little damage in my area.  I saw some flooding on the side of the roads but most roads were open.  I talked to a few people and most of them did not lose power to their homes.  I lost power at about 8:30 am on Sunday morning which was after the storm passed.  It came back on at about 12 or so.  I purchased tape to tape my windows, just in case.  I also had some plywood, nails and a hammer handy to deal with any broken windows.  Yes I purchased a tank of fuel for my car, a loaf of bread however I did not buy anything that needed to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.  Hey the power may go out for days.

Interesting thing is I drove around my neighborhood and no one boarded up the windows nor did they put tape on the windows.  In fact in my travels to Smyrna I only saw one store that took the time to tape the front windows of their store.

So here is my question:

What are these people going to do with all those generators, frozen pizzas and extra gas?


If it were to be a major storm that did damage just imagine the devastation on an unprepared public.

Just sayin......

Friday, August 26, 2011

Here comes Irene

Really makes me laugh.  You watch everyone scramble to the walmart and stores buying anything and everything.  Yesterday the weather channel claimed that the hurricane would hit us at category 2.  well we have been downgraded to a category 1.  By tomorrow it should be just a tropical storm.

When the power goes off how are all these people going to drink that milk they had to buy.  LOL

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Regarding Hurricane mobs

Guess what even though the hurricane is coming to Delaware.  The stores will still have food, the roads will still be there, and yes guess what...... you will survive.  You can boil water to drink.  Your electric may go off so buying 5 gallons of milk is useless.  And how are you going to cook the frozen pizza???  DumbA$$'

Pelosi and Reid spotted in Montana!

Nancy Pelosi called Harry Reid into her office one day and said, "Harry, I have a plan to win back Middle America in 2012!"

"Great Nancy , but how?" asked Harry.

"We'll get some cheesy clothes and shoes, like most middle Americans wear, then stop at the pound and pick up a Labrador Retriever. Then, we'll go to a nice old country bar in Montana and show them how much admiration and respect we have for the hard working people living there."

So they did, and found just the place they were looking for in Ennis , Montana

With the dog in tow, they walked inside and stepped up to the bar. The Bartender Wally took a step back and said, "Hey! Aren't you Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?"
"Yes we are!" said Nancy , "And what a lovely town you have here. We were passing through and Harry suggested we stop and take in some local color."

They ordered a round of bourbon for the whole bar, and started chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen.

A few minutes later, a grizzled old farmer came in, walked up to theLabrador, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders and walked out. A few moments later, in came another old farmer. He walked up to the dog, lifted up its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head and left the bar. For the next hour, another dozen farmers came in, lifted the dog's tail, and left shaking their heads.

Finally, Nancy asked, "Why did all those old farmers come in and look under the dog's tail? Is it some sort of custom?"
"Lord no," said the bartender. "Someone's out there running around town, claiming there's a Labrador retriever in here with two assholes!"

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Breaking News!

BREAKING NEWS: President Obama has just confirmed that the DC earthquake occurred on a rare and obscure fault-line, apparently known as "Bush's Fault". Obama also announced that the Secret Service and Maxine Waters continues an investigation of the quake's suspicious ties to the Tea Party. Conservatives however have proven that it was caused by the founding fathers rolling over in their graves.

Facebook and Google+ Rants and Raves

Well you know that I have to say something about Facebook and Google+.  Both have their good and bad points.  I want to tell you my take on Facebook first then I will go into Google+.  You should know upfront that I understand why they are popular (I will expand on this later).  I just want to say that somewhere between Americans being self sufficient and keeping to themselves and the advent of Cell Phones people have gotten very ignorant.

In any case Facebook was and still is a great idea.  It is great to connect with people that you would not be able to find otherwise, like old classmates, friends and other significant others.  With the Smartphone however, facebook has become a venue of telling us everything minute about the pathetic lives that some people lead.  Quite frankly I do not want to know that you wiped your ass.  Or that you hate mondays.  I really don't care and I eliminate those people from my list.  Keep in mind that the people that do this are a minority.  Since they are the only ones posting this crap it can seem like everyone.  I notice that 5 to 10 friends are responsible for the bulk of the CRAP that shows up in my news feed.  There should be a Bitch Slap button!

Google+ requires that you be a real person with a real name.  THANK YOU Google.  If I put you in my circle I want to know your real name and that you are proud of it.  A flaw in Facebook creation was the ease by which you could create any profile you want and have as many profiles as you have emails.  Now you could probably do that in Google+ but it would be much more time consuming.  In addition the best thing Google did was keep games a secondary section that does not post to your news feed.  Thank God for that. I do not play many games and if I do I do not post it on the feed.

Here are the rules I follow regarding Facebook and Google+

  1. No religious posts.  I really dont care about your beliefs.
  2. No liberal bull shit.
  3. No General dribble about some mundane fact about your life.
Again break these rules and I block, un-friend or otherwise delete you.  People -- Get a life and go outside, get a Hobby, Volunteer at the local soup kitchen, anything that benefits mankind!  Stop posting crap on the Feeds.

I promised to tell you why I think that people do the Facebook posts.  Its because people have slowly, over the years, become lazy -- hence fat people and their problems.  Lazy people stop trying to figure things out and turn stupid.  Hence STUPID people are are problem with Facebook and to some extent Google plus.

Well that's my Rants and Raves regarding social networking.  If you don't agree I really don't give a crap.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Really Joe Biden, you said that?

Rick Perry today issued the following statement on Joe Biden’s comments regarding China’s one child policy:

“China’s one child policy has led to the great human tragedy of forced abortions throughout China, and Vice President Biden’s refusal to ‘second-guess’ this horrendous policy demonstrates great moral indifference on the part of the Obama Administration. Americans value life, and we deserve leaders who will stand up against such inhumanity, not cast a blind eye.”

Joe Biden is an idiot.  That's right I said it.  I am ashamed that he is from Delaware.  An idiot with a DUMBA$$ as a leader.

Come on people Give me a break!

This really shows the stupidity of people when placed in a group setting.  A small after shock on up the east coast and nothing but chatter on facebook and twitter.  GET OVER it people its over.  No damage.  But no people have to create a profile page on facebook -- EarthQuake Survivors Club Really?  There was nothing to survive.

Get a life.  Its Tuesday, lets get some work done and stop chit chatting about nothing!  STOP IT!

Irresponsible readers! RANT for the day!

So I just gave a post yesterday regarding the upgrades to the Blog.  In that update I mentioned that my ad revenue would be donated to charity.  Well, what happened is that either one person or multiple people decided that that was a good idea and did multiple clicks on the ads.  This is not responsible and will have my ads banned by google.  So I have disabled the ads due to a minority of readers.  DUMBA$$'s.

Click responsibly.  Now some needy people will be even needier or some disease will go uncured.  All thanks to the stupidity of some people.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New additions to the Blog today

Taking some time to setup the Blog page.  I have added some google ads.  The revenue generated from these ads will be donated to a charity that I will announce each month.  If you have a favorite charity that you would like to be considered just add your suggestion in the comments below.  DO NOT say that I should send the money to you.  I will delete your comment and mark it as SPAM.  You will be branded a DumbA$$ in a future blog post.

You can now follow me on Twitter.  I do not send many tweets unless something really upsets me.  I do have some rather funny photos of things that happen around me.  In any case I have a lot of posts to make - while working out on my Elliptical I thought of alot of things that irritate me and some things that really interest me.  Stay tuned for some really good stuff.

Bob Johnson's Rants and Raves welcome post

I created this blog to give a place where I can rant and rave about anything I want.  These rantings will include any email that I receive as well as just about anything that I find not right with the world.  There are some things that you need to know about me.

  • I do not really like anyone except for my wife and kids.
  • I am, in my opinion a non-conservative/Liberal
  • If asked I will give you my honest opinion about anything.
  • If I say it I mean it.
  • I don't ask for a hand out and do not expect one.
Anyone (mostly Bob Johnson's) that wish to contribute to this blog just send me an email.

Well that is all that I have to say regarding this new blog that I have begun.