Monday, July 30, 2012

How Boobs Got their name

Brilliant, you learn something everyday
No need to thank me.....
Just trying to keep friends informed and educated.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Just another one of my Opinions

I think that today I have reached my limit of the amount of stupidity that I can actually stomach.  So to get this off my chest here are some things that have to stop: (Yes I know Dr. J. Johnson, this is not proper blog format.  FYI you should check out her mediaRhetoric blog.)

  1. People stop posting the "when I was a kid" images.  It is no longer like that in America 'Thank God'.
    (Perhaps not wearing a helmet when riding your bike is what created all the stupid people today.  Lets face it a certain percentage of those kids fell off their bikes.)
  2. The fact that some guy shoots up a movie theater and some people die.  I understand why he did it.  It was because the news media glorifies such activity.  Just watch the news after one of these events.  It is all they can talk about for days.  Hell, he wanted Fame and dare I say fortune just like everyone else in America. (Can you say movie deal?)
  3. This is America, we are allowed to donate our money, as well as voice our opinions, no matter what the cause or opinion we may support.  So for all the self righteous assholes out there, you need to get off your high horses.
  4. And one last gripe;  Stop informing the world on Facebook that you are going to bed, eating, watching TV, or other mundane activity.  We don't give a SHIT! STOP IT!

Wow that certainly made me feel better.  Plus, for you stupid people that actually read this post.  Perhaps you have learned something today.  Which will make you less stupid? (Is that correct Dr. J?)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A study in Small Business America

I have included a screen shot of the rhetoric that my last post created on Facebook.  I would like to say that my younger sister (Janet) fights hard to stand up for me in the above post.  She defends me, yet this is exactly the conversations I want to see, this is the entire reason I post to this blog.  This gentleman (name removed for privacy issues) brings out some very valid points.

I have said this before and I say again now.  I am a newbie blogger.  I have talked about my rash comments and posts before.  Here is my confession.  The last post I made definitely has a rash and uninformed tone.  I have researched the comments and perhaps I have been rash in my assessment.  I want to include here the full speech given by the President.  Where you will hear his comments.

I have listened to this speech and for those of you who are conservative, I know that it is a campaign speech. However, the comments made about how small business owners did not build it was taken out of context and when taken in context means something different. Here are the comments that I am specifically referring to:

I think what he is actually trying to say within this entire speech is that America is great and was created by all Americans. The other side (Republicans or Romney camp) obviously took that one section and created a social media hoax. Creating conversations that includes a number of funny yet incorrect images. Here are a few:

So the real question here is -- Why am I so offended by that comment?

In his speech he was obviously trying to inspire all of America. So to answer this question you need to understand the small business owner. Being a small business owner is a high risk, long hours job. I should know, I am a small business owner since 1997.
Here is what you can count on from a small business owner:

1. Lives and breaths his business. Will go to sleep thinking of their business.

2. Will forgo pay in order to make his employees payroll.

3. Will hold off layoffs even when the sales forecast is poor.

4. Will dump more investment into the business during recession times.

5. Will cut all expenses possible before cutting staff.

6. No long vacations for the owner, how can you run the business if you are not there?

Did I receive help and encouragement during the development and running of my business? Has the internet, roads and bridges helped build my business? Yes of course. In fact I must credit my family for accepting the sacrifice we made to start. When we were not sure where our next mortgage payment would come from or forgoing a vacation to help the company stay alive. The friends that not only offered encouragement but also valuable advise, as well as word of mouth advertising for the business. Did these people help build my business? Of course. In fact, I have helped, in the same way. I have given advise and good recommendations to a number of small business'. I always try to shop small and inject my purchases into business' down main street. I give back in the same manner that I have received.
Even taken in total, should I be upset?

Well sort of. I think he should have chosen his words better. Here's the deal, when you pour your life, time, money, blood, sweat and life force into your business over many years. With the economy in the dumps for 3 years and every month is a fight to keep the doors open. It is hard to keep the faith. I admit there are some times where I just want to get up and walk away. Just say "Screw it" I'm done and yet in the next breath I re-motivate myself to continue the fight. I don't know where the motivation comes from, perhaps it is more stubbornness or ego. I'm not sure.

So when anyone, including the President of the United States makes a speech and says that I didn't build that. I do take offense. I don't know if the economy is his fault or if anything he has done will solve Americas problems. Only time will tell. I do know that in my slice of America things are tough, business is sluggish but I made my choices and I lay blame on no one. I am an American; when the going gets tough the tough get going. When shoved down we pull ourselves up by our boot straps and work even harder.

Let me set the record straight on this point, I will NOT vote for Obama nor am I happy with the republican offering. In conclusion, I think that South Park said it best when making fun of the 2004 Presidential election:

It is always a choice between a Douche bag and a Turd Sandwich.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Oh great Obama, I bow down to thee

OBAMA: “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks in Roanoke, VA, 7/13/12)

Thanks for the support
Oh great Obama, I bow down to thee. I kiss the ground you tread on. Thank you for allowing me to make money. How could any of us survive without the government creating success for us? Thank you for allowing me to vote. I want to thank you for giving me the privilege of sending in my yearly donation.........

Wait one second. I need to check something before I continue............. Hey I live in America. Oh guess what. I get to vote. So let me get this straight. My hard work and risk taking had nothing to do with how successful I am or can become?????.......... The last time I checked, which is just a few minutes ago. The only jobs that depend on the hard work of others to be successful is politicians jobs. So Mr. President you should know that your success in November will be a result of .... "you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." We the people decide whether or not you continue to be successful or in your case try to be successful.

If I recall, I have been donating money to the government every year on April 15th. So that means that if the government built the internet with government money (my money), it is technically built by ....... Me and my hard work. So by making money on the internet I am utilizing my portion of the hard work.

I think you might be too wrapped up in the Washington DC thing. You need to get out more. Talk to people that actually have to work to make a living. You might find that you are a bit out of touch. Besides how do you justify all of the hard working small business owners that have failed? How do you justify that?

Remember people, Obama is not going to pay your bills for you. Money does not grow on trees. His ideology does not work. We have witnessed it in Greece. Lets get out in November and show Obama that we are tired.

I leave you with one final thought, the US Chamber of Commerce puts out a Small Business report every quarter. They survey small business owners, compile the information and publish a report. Here is the report. It makes for interesting reading. I did find one section that was very interesting. Take a look at the graph below:
I think this says it all.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

“It’s very clear that private sector jobs are doing just fine.”

Really Sen. Reid,  Did you come up with this statement by yourself?  Perhaps a little research will be in order.  Get some of your interns on researching what is actually happening in the real world.  Why just in June 2012 we had some of the worst retail sales numbers in 3 years.

Here is a quote from that article:

"June’s disappointing sales “may be harbinger of more summer weakness,” said Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics"

Yup, better buckle down and put our heads to the grindstone.  Things definitely do not look promising over the next 6 months.  Oh, and lets not forget about the biggest tax increase in history imposed on the American people to take effect in 2014.  Good thing its Constitutional.......... Nuff said.

Monday, July 2, 2012

How to make your man feel....Crazy about you???

My sister shared this article on Facebook today,  60 Ways to Love Your Man Better and Make Him Feel Crazy About You.  I read it and quite frankly can only say .... Bull shit.....

Let me explain, here is the list posted on the article:  Skip to Rules number 61 and 62.  They are really all you need to know.

  1. Laugh. Laugh at his jokes as loud as you can, even if you’ve heard the jokes 20 million times.

    No... That's creepy.  
  2. Text him, better still sext him.

    I don't own a cell phone.  So No
  3. Tell him that he is your hero and you wouldn’t be happier with any other man in the world.

    This is gay
  4. Start a hobby together. Hobbies can be a unique bonding experience and will let you learn more about each other.

    This is even more gay.
  5. Cook his favourite dish. You know what they say: “The way to the man’s heart lies through…”

    Yeah, sorta kinda but wont make me crazy.
  6. Sign up for pole-dancing classes and show him couple of tricks next time you go to the night club with the pole available.

    See rule #61 below
  7. Listen. Listen to what he has to say. Sometimes it is so easy to drift off while he is talking, make the effort to listen. It is worth it.

  8. Surprise him in the bedroom. Striptease dance — and maybe introduce whipped cream or chocolate.

    See rule #62 below
  9. Learn the new technique of kissing him (anywhere) and next time you are in the bedroom show it off.

    See rule #61 below
  10. Send him off to the quest. Give him a big problem to solve and then admire the results. Men are born doers.

  11. Let him spend time with his male friends. This time is very important for him. Respect it.

  12. Get him a pet he has been dreaming of.

    super gay
  13. Let go of his annoying habits. Just ignore or completely forgive him for these habits.

    Duh, we have no bad habits
  14. Give positive reinforcement. Instead of criticizing him, find what he is doing right and praise like crazy.

    What are we toddlers?
  15. Play Monopoly (or any other board game) together.

    Not even sure how to respond..... NO
  16. Go for a walk together. To the ocean, forest or park. Enjoy holding hands and being outside.

    Another gay thing
  17. Never throw away his stuff, even if it looks way too old (and I mean ancient). Always ask him first.

    See rule #61 below
  18. Play a game of strip poker. He will really appreciate it.

    See rule #61 below and save some time
  19. Look after his health. Cook healthy foods, make sure he eats healthy lunches.

    See rule #62 below
  20. Organise a naughty night with cigars and alcohol. Make love like crazy. You can dress up for the occasion too.

    Again see rule #62 below
  21. Go on a detox together. This gives you both the opportunity of sharing torturing but insanely useful experience and gives you amazing support.

    Slap me silly and call me a bitch.
  22. When he comes back home from work, run out, jump on him Hollywood “I was waiting for your for ages” style and give him a long kiss.

    Again see rule #61
  23. Send him an e-card with an inside joke — or just to say “I love you”.

  24. Sign up for a gym — or for any other sport activity together.

    Questionable,  I think rule #62 applies here.
  25. If you want something, just tell him. Do not hint. Hints are a waste of time.

    Again Rule #62
  26. Watch his favourite movie together. And if he laughs, at least smile even if it isn’t funny for you. If you find it amusing, even better.

    LOL, Rule #61
  27. Give him some space to be alone and enjoy his favourite book or hobby by himself.

    Never, see rule #62
  28. Pack a surprise love-you note in his lunch box.

    See Rule #61
  29. Organise a romantic night. Candles, romantic dinner, massage. Even if the night ends up with you falling asleep after all that food. He will appreciate the effort.

    See Rule #61
  30. Clean his car for him. And add some nice touches, for example a post-it note with your lip prints.

    See Rule #61
  31. Give him a face massage, manicure or pedicure. Insist — even if he seems apprehensive; as you know how to look after yourself in that regard and he is less likely to know.

    See Rule #62
  32. Wear a matching outfit. Why do we save matching outfits only for weddings? People will definitely notice and compliment you on “being a great fit to each other”.

    This is about as gay as it gets
  33. Read something new in the area of his interest and discuss it with him.

    As long as it involved rule #62
  34. Learn new things and talk to him about it.

    See Rule #61
  35. Make sure that you have enough of energy for yourself, so you can share. Remember, we can give only the things we have.

    See Rule #61
  36. Inspire and empower him by reminding him about his past successes.

    See Rule #61
  37. Joke with him.

    See Rule #62
  38. Plan your next vacation together.

    See Rule #62
  39. Have a raunchy photo session for two. He is the photographer, you are the model. Use your camera (especially if you are still at the girlfriend/boyfriend stage).

    See Rule #61
  40. Start working on reviving your passion. Try unexpected places, scenarios, role-plays.

    See Rule #61
  41. Send your children to their grandparents and have a romantic weekend together.

    See Rule #61 and #62
  42. Compliment him often and tell him he is (still) very manly. Being a man in 21st century is not easy.

    See Rule #61
  43. Kiss him and hug him for no reason.

    See Rule #61
  44. Make herbal tea and enjoy it together on the balcony/garden/backyard.

    See Rule #62
  45. Look at him when he is talking. Give him undivided attention.

    See Rule #61
  46. Do not floss your teeth in front of him.

    See Rule #61
  47. Brag to your mother about something he has achieved recently, preferably while he is within earshot.

  48. Wear his favourite dress/the dress he bought for you tonight.

    No  See Rule #61
  49. Buy something nice and useful for his hobby (you might need to do some research here).

    See Rule #62
  50. Make a nice “crafty” present. Involve your children or do it yourself.

    See Rule #61
  51. Get some nice lingerie. It will be a present for both of you.

    No,  See Rule #61
  52. Make it a habit to kiss him every time you leave a room or the house.

    See Rule #61
  53. Get him a good pen. Every time he writes something, he will think of you.

    See Rule #62
  54. Have a photo session together and frame the best picture so he can take it to his office.

    See Rule #61
  55. Ask for help — men love to feel needed.

  56. Order balloons to be delivered to his office (for his birthday, your anniversary or just for no reason).

    See Rule #61
  57. Cuddle up to him while watching a movie and tell him that you are not scared if he hugs you.

    See Rule #62
  58. Ask him for advice. We all love to give advice even if people do not ask for it, so give him this opportunity to express his opinion.

    See Rule #61
  59. Defend him like a tigress if your family or friends try to criticize him.

  60. Nothing says “I love you” like a power tool. Let him choose and then buy one.

    See Rule #62
  61. Show up Naked.
  62. With Beer.
  Number 61 and Number 62 are the only rules you need to follow to "make your man crazy about you.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bullied Bus Monitor and Punishment?

I have to comment on this situation.  Apparently, a Bus Monitor was taunted on a school bus by some of the kids.  Here is the video that was taken by another kid while the bullying was occurring.

Now I am not saying that what occurred was right.  It was mean and disgusting.  What I want to comment on here is the events that followed.  Specifically the fund created to send this lady on vacation.  Which in itself makes sense.  We should collect $5,000 and send her on a nice vacation.  Although I still do not believe that is acceptable I would not argue for or against it.

What did happen was a total of $600,000 + was collected from all over America...... REALLY!  In just a few days this money was given.  Probably in $5 or $10 small donations.

My question here is ...... Why?  I mean, after all, there was no physical injury.  She is in charge of the bus.  Isn't it her job to keep the bus kids in order?  Her job is to control this exact situation.  So let's analyze this,  Some questions we need to ask:

1.  Are you the right person for the job?
2.  Did you do your job?

I mean to say that if I am hired to control kids on a bus, hence the title 'Bus Monitor'.  This isn't a one-time occurrence, she lost control of these kids way before this incident.  What should have happened?  Well at the beginning of the school year, keep a tight rein on the kids.  Report anything that seems like the beginning stages of bullying to the proper channels.  Perhaps it is a lack of training or maybe the fact that she just shows up to collect a paycheck and doesn't really want or need to understand what bullying is.  A case in point is during an interview with her she said that she did not even realize it was going on at the time of the video.

This people is in fact what is wrong with America today.  So in conclusion of this rant I would like to state that what should have happened was that the kids that were doing the bullying should be punished, perhaps a summer of mowing grass and pulling weeds in this lady's yard every week as well as working in community service of picking up trash on the roads and parks.  Then, the school district should fire this bus monitor and hire someone that can do the job.

I'm not saying that those kids were right in what they did.  I am just saying that the bus monitor allowed it to grow to the situation.