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A Few Things to Make You Say “Hmmmmmmm…”

Each of these could be a blog piece by itself (and probably will be eventually).  But for now, here are some things to make you say “hmmmmmm,” or scratch your head, or go buy a stiff drink…

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOOD AT PICKING WINNERS (part 1):  The government has ordered the phasing out of the trusty incandescent light bulb, which means we all have to go out and get the curly-looking compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.  Sure they are more energy efficient.  But they also have a small amount of mercury in them.  Broken one lately?  Have you seen the steps involved to clean up after one breaks? But that’s not the worst part. Because of the government mandated change, GE has closed all of their incandescent light bulb plants in the US. At a time when unemployment is already high, that’s more jobs lost.

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOOD AT PICKING WINNERS (part 2): The search for alternative fuels is very worthwhile. Except when the government is subsidizing it. Let’s talk ethanol. First, the government subsidizes ethanol production with taxpayer dollars. Second, there is a tariff placed on the importation of Brazilian sugar cane ethanol, as a way of protecting US production (it would be cheaper otherwise). The result? Not only are food prices (especially corn) higher because farmers are spending more time growing corn for ethanol, but the end product has been found to damage small engines over time. Oh, and then the government tells us ethanol is cheaper per gallon. Right.

HE’S TALKING ABOUT THE TEA PARTY, RIGHT?: Here is a recent quote from Senator John Kerry:

“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.”

“It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?”

Let me guess. The press should ignore the Tea Party, their supporters, and maybe even the GOP because they lie, right? Got it. By the way, Senator, would you apply that standard to your own party? Because I’m sure we’d see a lot less of some of your pals.

SPEAKING OF LYING…: This one came to my attention earlier today. Senator Harry Reid said earlier this month that there were 8 million jobs lost during the Bush years. Unfortunately, it is an easily provable lie:

As always, we looked at jobs numbers compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the government’s official source of employment data.

During Bush’s eight years in office — January 2001 to January 2009 — the nation actually gained a net 1.09 million jobs. (Because there were gains in government jobs, the private sector actually lost 653,000 jobs during that period.)

This isn’t remotely close to what Reid claimed. Reid’s office didn’t respond to our request for information, but we think we know what he was referring to.

From the economy’s peak to its low point, the nation lost 8.75 million jobs. Here’s the problem: The peak for jobs came in January 2008, while the low point for jobs came in February 2010.

This means the starting point for Reid’s measure came seven years into Bush’s eight-year tenure, and the low point occurred about a year into Barack Obama’s tenure.

‘Nuff said.

ON TAXING THE RICH:  According to the IRS, there are over 8,200 income earners that earn more than $10 million per year.  Their combined income is $240 billion/year.  If you taxed them at 100%, it would be enough money to pay for government spending for a whopping 22 days.

Finally, I leave you with this thought, which most definitely will take on a life of its on another day in another post…

PARTISAN VOTERS HAVE NO CLUE WHAT AN INDEPENDENT VOTER IS: We get accused of straddling the fence, or of taking no stance. Even worse, we get attacked by both sides if we actually accept a view held by one party over another. But it’s simple. We look at the views and candidates available and choose what we like, regardless of what side it represents, and it could vary from week to week, from party to party, or from election to election. I’ve learned that instead of constantly fighting accusations that I’m not independent, I will simply stop feeding the trolls and continue business as usual.

Party on, dudes!

Random Thoughts: White House and the Ratings Downgrade, Al “global warming” Gore Unhinged, Wisconsin Recall Elections

Just a few thoughts and observations:

With the recent downgrade of the country’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, the White House had to blame someone for what happened.  So they complained loudly about how S&P had made a mistake with the downgrade, even pointing out an accounting error that S&P made that made things look worse than they really are.  Then, they came out and blamed the Tea Party for causing the downgrade.  I’m confused.  If S&P made a mistake, it would have nothing to do with the Tea Party, right?  Then again, everything is the Tea Party’s fault, from what I hear.

The other day, President Obama did a press conference to address the credit downgrade.  While he was giving his speech, the stock market dropped 200 points.  Ouch.

Speaking of Standard & Poor’s, how do you go forward with a downgrade even after you’re told you made an accounting error?  Simple.  Just blame the politicians!  Say it’s because Congress can’t work together.  Come up with a worthy excuse.  But just don’t own up to it.  By the way, they didn’t downgrade Lehman Brothers until AFTER they imploded…

Former Vice President and current Global Warming–uh,  Climate Change– crusader Al Gore was giving a speech recently and ran off the rails.  Seems he was calling BS on those who don’t agree with him, and called the scientists who put out anti-warming info fake.  I could’ve sworn that the main basis for the argument is whether or not the changes occurring are man made or natural.  But I digress.

It’s recall season in Wisconsin.  Democrats, angry that the Republican-led Legislature changed collective bargaining law, were able to collect signatures to force a recall election for 6 Republican state senators.  In order to have a chance at taking control of the state Senate, they needed to win 3 of the seats up for recall.  Unfortunately for them, they only won 2.  There are more elections coming but they will have no chance at winning control until the next election.  If the Dems had succeeded, I think it would’ve sent shockwaves nationwide.  Having said that, pay attention to the redistricting fights going on in the states.  Redistricting happens every 10 years and the party in power at the time in a particular state usually tries to stack things in their favor.  Look and see how strange some districts end up looking just to accomplish either keeping a rep in office or getting the opposition OUT of office.

Just Random: A Fresh look at Hitler and the Third Reich

Yes, with all that is going on in politics, talking about Hitler and the Third Reich is totally a tangent.

I am a World War II buff (much to the chagrin of my wife, who makes me go watch the History Channel in a separate room).  I recently watched a 2 part series on the rise and fall of the Third Reich.  I knew the general idea of how Hitler rose to power, the wanton killing the Nazis did to hold power, the extermination of Jews across Europe, and the subsequent mudhole stomping they received from the Allies by the end of the war.

But this was different.  They showed things from the perspective of home videos, shot by people in Germany at the time, as well as those shot by soldiers in the war.  What jumped out at me most:

  • Hitler and the Nazis ascended to power very quickly.  Two weeks after Hitler lost an election attempt to run the country, he was able to become Chancellor.  52 days later, he was head of Germany
  • It is amazing how much Hitler had Germany in the palm of his hand.  People believed whatever he told them.  Whether it was justifying killing and displacing Jews, or the whole idea of a master race, they ate it up.  Women wanted to marry him.  Kids wanted to be just like him.
  • At one point there were 20,000 concentration camps.  And the people in the towns near them claim they had no idea what was going on.  When the allies captured Germany, they made the townsfolk walk through the camps and see first hand the cruelty.  They also made Nazi party members buy the dead.
  • The German people were convinced nothing could go wrong.  That is, until their cities were getting bombed and the German army got routed by the Russians.
  • By the end of the war, Germany had lowered the drafting age to 13.  Kids were in the streets fighting to protect Berlin.  Any kids caught hiding from duty were hung.
  • Other countries knew was was going on with German Jews, but turned them away when they came looking for refuge.  That includes the US.

There is more, of course, as the show was 4 hours long.  It’s not for the faint of heart, as there are many disturbing images.  but I highly recommend the program.

Wrapping My Head Around This Long Dollar Mess

Today, a bit of non-political talk.

I’ve probably talked this subject to death lately on my Facebook page, but needed one more time to get everything out in a flood as opposed to a few words at a time.  In case you missed it, or you don’t live in Atlanta, here is the jist of the situation.

Bishop Eddie Long is pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in Atlanta.  Months ago, 4 boys came forward and filed a lawsuit, accusing Long of inappropriate behavior that he engaged in with them.  Pictures released that Long had sent to the boys didn’t help him much.  Long denied the charges, taking to his pulpit and telling everyone listening that he was like “David fighting Goliath” and that he was going to fight the charges.  I, along with many others, figured he would let the furor die down and settle, but since he said he would fight, we had no choice but to take him at his word.  Meanwhile, members of his church begin to trickle away, as the combination of the leaked pictures and the compelling stories told by the victims paint Long in a very bad light.

Fast forward to recent weeks.  Long settles the lawsuit with his accusers and the settlement is sealed.  Despite that, the number leaks out:  $15 million split among the accusers.  Later, the number jumps to $25 million.  For people like me, it seems that not only did he talk a lot about defending himself then roll over, but that the sheer amount of settlement money did nothing to assuage the idea in our heads that he is guilty.  Personally, I’m aware that people settle out of court all the time to make cases go away.  But I’ve never heard of anyone or any company agreeing to pay $25 million in hush money willingly.

Here is where Pastor Creflo Dollar comes in.  He is the head of World Changers Ministry, another megachurch in Atlanta.  After the settlement was announced, he took to the pulpit and said something I have never heard a minister say outloud:  “I don’t want you here.”

When I read that, it sent me reeling.  After all, what is the job of a pastor?  In my mind, be a shepherd to the sheep in his flock, minister to them, and assist them on the path to be like–and eventually with–Jesus.  When things are bad, the church is refuge, and the pastor is always waiting with open arms.

Except when you’ve left his friend’s church.

I won’t go quote for quote on what Dollar said (you can see some of it here ).  But to summarize, Dollar directed some chastising remarks at any ex-New Birth members in his congregation that sunday, saying Long had had a “wreck” and that since everyone has wrecks, they were wrong to leave New Birth when their pastor needed support.  He described them as being “self-righteous” and “judgemental.”  He told them to join where they belong–telling them to go back to New Birth. Then he said those words.

“I don’t want you here.”

No disrespect to my friends and family that are either in the ministry or members of World Changers, but this is absurd for many reasons.  First, I want to ask him if he felt this way about members of other churches where pastors were found to be maintaining inappropriate relationships with underaged members.  Should the parents and relatives of those kids simply choose to stay and support the pastor and help him through his “wreck?”  is there a difference between a “wreck” and, say, a “pileup?”  And since he also mentioned in his remarks that there was a difference between a “wreck” and a “lifestyle,” exactly how may incidents of inpropriety constitute a lifestyle?

Second, how is it ever appropriate to turn away people who are looking for a church home, looking for peace and healing from whatever they have had to deal with?  I’ve spoken to friends who are in the ministry, related to minsters, or just well connected to the heartbeat of the Atlanta church community.  I was surprised to hear that the idea of not wanting certain people in a congregation is not new.  I guess I can understand not wanting troublemakers around.  But it seems to me that a minister should recognize that having people turn their backs on you for one reason or another is simply a hazzard of the job.   And if they can’t take it, maybe the ministry is not for them.  Besides, I would be curious to hear how they would explain such actions, comments, and thoughts if they found themselves face-to-face with the Lord Himself.  Do you think Jesus would give Creflo and “attaboy” and a pat on the back for that one?

Third, what does it say about us as people that members were clapping and laughing when Dollar made his comments?  Have we gotten to a point where we are ok with a lack of compassion coming from the pulpit?  Or is it that we are so programmed in the “that’s my pastor!” mentality that the rest of our brains disengage?  I personally can’t imagine my own pastor (and friend) saying those words from the pulpit.  But, I’m sure I, along with a few others I can think of, would be standing right outside after church waiting to have a word or two with him.  Unfortunately, a downside of being part of a megachurch is that getting one-on-one time with the pastor can be challenging, so I doubt anyone confronted him.

This entire situation has been disturbing.  Pastor Dollar will probably lose a few members over his remarks (most likely just the folks that had just gotten there from New Birth, unless they will stay and continue to be the target of ridicule).  Bishop Long not only remains in the pulpit at New Birth, but has announced that the church will expand.  And life goes on.  But, as one of my friends said, I guess in the end, the only one they are really accountable to is God.

Here’s hoping they can be “wreck-free” between now and that meeting.

From Contributor “ODA3”: Why I am less qualified to be President than President Obama! – 10 Red Flags

In the midst of all of the Birther nonsense, I decided to look at my own “Birth Certificate” to see if I would be eligible to run for the Presidency of the United States. To my surprise, with the information I know about our President’s birth certificate I think I might receive even more scrutiny than he has.

First off, there is a lot of controversy over “Birth Certificate” vs. “Certificate of Live Birth”. Well mine says “Copy of Record of Birth” (RED FLAG 1). Oh boy, I get the feeling the Birthers would have a field day just with that alone! The date on this copy is April 1990. I’m sure my mom needed it to get me a passport or something and most likely lost the original somewhere between moving up and down the east coast. It has a raised seal and most of the information seems to be in order.  My full name is spelled out. Date of Birth and Place of Birth as expected. Time of Birth: BLANK (RED FLAG 2). Sex: M. Good. Color: BLANK (RED FLAG 3). Wait, what’s going on here? Surely the people at the hospital knew when I was born and that I was Black. And why haven’t I noticed all of this earlier?

Now here comes the good stuff.

Understand my parents were not married when I was born. They were married 3 days later. But that’s okay. To my knowledge I was born in a hospital. But when I look at the Copy of Record of Birth, I noticed that my mom’s name is written with my father’s last name and her maiden name in parentheses. I would have expected to see her name with her maiden name last or her previous married name (RED FLAG 4). Not so. How did that happen? And what’s this: Date of Original Record July 18. I was born in June (RED FLAG 5)! Date of Amendment: BLANK (RED FLAG 6). So the record was generated a month after I was born. This wouldn’t be likely if I had been born in a hospital. Was I smuggled in from Canada?

Officials in Hawaii have certified that not only does the long form of President Obama’s certificate exist, but there are both typed and hand-written notes in the file from the doctor who birthed him, as would be expected. My Copy of Record of Birth doesn’t say what time I was born, what color I am, and…what’s this? How did I miss this before? THIS IS MY MOTHER’S HANDWRITING!!!!! No doubt about it! The majority of this form was written by my own mother! I’m sure of it (RED FLAG 7). The only think not is the signature of the Registrar of Vital Records and Statistics who official swears by the facts for the Department of Public Health. So maybe the process was: you fill out the document and the registrar verifies and signs it? Yes that’s it. Interestingly, there’s a grease stain right on top of the signature (RED FLAG 8). It must be to cover up the white-out I used on the signature.

I talked to my mom about this Easter Sunday. It turns out I was not born in a hospital as I have been telling people for 30 years. It was a women’s clinic (RED FLAG 9). It wasn’t Planned Parenthood but I’m sure that’s what the GOP do-gooders are thinking. My mom and dad took me and the information to the proper agency to get my birth certificate, and at the same time, they also changed my older sister’s last name (which had been my mother’s previous married name). It all sounds plausible. But where is the proof that I was born in the US? Not that it matters, both of my parents are US citizens. My mom has never left the country in her life.  None of those facts would matter to a Birther though. Facts are simply annoyances to them.

So maybe there’s nothing for a Birther to be worried about. After all, my Copy of Record of Birth was good enough to get me a passport, why not a ticket to the Oval Office. Oh, did I mention that my mom used to work for the US Passport Office? Yep. Didn’t even have to wait in line! And I’m sure that in no way had any effect on the scrutiny that my application received (RED FLAG 10).

Sorry, Michael Moore; Taking the Billionares’ Billions Won’t Bail Us Out

Mary Katherine Ham took Michael Moore’s idiot idea of confiscating wealth and using it as a “national resource” and basically showed how much of an idiot he is

The grand total of the combined net worth of every single one of America’s billionaires is roughly $1.3 trillion. It does indeed sound like a “ton of cash” until one considers that the 2011 deficit alone is $1.6 trillion. So, if the government were to simply confiscate the entire net worth of all of America’s billionaires, we’d still be $300 billion short of making up this year’s deficit.

Read more: Michael Moore’s National Resources

“The president…is most likely the beast spoken of in the Revelation.”

If there is something that has bipartisan agreement, then it’s this:  the Westboro Baptist clan is crazier than Charles Manson and his group of followers ever was.  This group of…Christians (so they say, but who am I to judge?) goes around protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers, spreading their “God hates gays” message to the masses.  The Church has approximately 50 members, and I think that in their eyes, there will only be 50 people in Heaven after the Rapture.

Fresh off of a Supreme Court win that affirmed their free speech protections, one would figure they would be quite appreciative to the Supreme Court justices.

Not so fast! Evidently, they are all destined for the fiery pits of Hell. But they won’t be alone:

“So the justices are going to hell? The president is going to hell?” asked Fox host Chris Wallace.

“Absolutely on the president,” Margie Phelps replied. “The president is going to be king of the world before this is all said and done, and he is most likely the beast spoken of in the Revelation.”

Yep. I guess now we know why President Obama’s hair is turning gray. It’s to cover up the “666” stamped somewhere in his hairline.

Read the story here: “Westboro Attorney: Obama, Justices Going to Hell”

Is there ANY proof that Birthers will accept?

After hearing about a bill in the Georgia Legislature to require citizenship proof for a presidential candidate (which we all know is an effort to keep Obama off the 2012 ballot), I had to scratch my head.  What’s with these people??  Do they not realize how dumb they come off?  Anyway, soon after, I heard someone call into a radio show and ask a question that shuts the entire Birther argument down:  if Obama’s mom was an American citizen, doesn’t that make Obama an American citizen?”

Game.  Set.  Match.  If she was a citizen, it doesn’t matter WHERE she gave birth.  He’s a citizen.

Anyway, since Google is my friend, I did a little looking and came across what is (in addition to the info above) the ultimate “shut up, Birthers!” argument.  Never mind that they can’t prove their own argument (notice they always ask Obama for proof instead of offering up their own proof).  The article lays out every main argument by birthers– then shoots them down one by one:

Based on this working understanding of U.S. citizenship, three things have become obvious to me:

1. Those promoting the Birther fiction don’t have the first clue about almost anything having to do with how American citizenship really works.
2. Given that Dr. Orly Taitz (one of the main poo-stirrers spinning the fan in this fracas) is herself both an immigrant and a licensed member of the California bar, she should presumably know this stuff cold. But the national case that she’s built almost entirely on spurious legal fictions is one of incompetence.
3. The Google’s been around for over a decade now, but nobody on the right seems to have figured out how to use it yet. You can find confirmation for most of what I’m about to tell you in about 0.86 seconds, assuming you can type and spell and think well enough to concoct a basic search string. Apparently, nobody in Birtherland has that level of skill.

Link: Firing Back on the Birthers: Where’s Their Evidence?

More on the Wisconsin fiasco

The wackiness in Wisconsin over proposed changes to collective bargaining for government employees just keeps getting…wackier.  Is that a word?  Well, for today, it is.  Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate have been on the lam for 3 days, preventing any further work in the Senate.  Attempts to have then retrieved and compelled to attend by state law enforcement were stymied by a simple counter move:  all 14 of the Dems in question jumped on a bus and have taken “refuge” in Illinois.  By crossing state lines, Wisconsin troopers can’t come get them, and Illinois law enforcement isn’t going to get involved.  From the Dems:

“This is a watershed moment unlike any that we have experienced in our political lifetimes,” Miller said. “The people have shown that the government has gone too far. . . . We are prepared to do what is necessary to make sure that this bill gets the consideration it needs.”

Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) said the decision on when to return had not been made yet. Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) said Democrats were prepared to stay away “as long as it takes.”

In a situation like this, one has to wonder which set of “people” should have the most say in this? The people that are part of the union, with something to lose? Or the people that elected the politicians (and in this case put Republicans in power in Wisconsin)?

Another great article on this comes from Patrick McIlheran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called Unions want to overturn election result where he not only makes the point about the will of the electorate, but also makes a very important point in regards to public sector unions:

They insist this is the end of unionization in government, something to which they have as much right, they say, as anyone else.

But they miss a bedrock difference. Unions in the private sector are a way of organizing private interests, those of employees, against other private interests, those of a company’s owners, for economic gain and for protection against unfairness. In government, workers are already protected against unfairness by civil service laws, and Walker has supported expanding those. Economically, government unions pit a private interest, that of employees, against the public’s interest, that of taxpayers and voters.

Private sector unions are one thing. But personally, the idea of a group demanding more perks, paid for by taxpayer money, that are over and beyond what the normal taxpayer gets, gives me pause. Isn’t it enough that public sector unions use what is essentially taxpayer money to support candidates of their choosing, donating millions to politicians that will further their interests?

Wait. That’s another story for another day.

Michael Moore on why people own guns

Here comes Michael Moore again.  The last time we saw him, he was telling us how great health care is in Cuba.  Now he is explaining to us that the reason people own guns is because they are scared of a poor person or a black person breaking into their houses.  I always love it when people use verbal slight-of-hand to denigrate a group of people.  And in this case he managed to not only throw in some class warfare (don’t let them poor people steal my stuff!), he also managed to label gun owners as bigots.  Gotta love him!
Why people REALLY own guns

Crazy man shoots congresswoman–and its Palin’s fault??

By now most people have heard that a crazy lunatic, Jared Loughner, showed up at an event being hosted by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and not only shot her in the head, but killed 6 and wounded others.  People who knew the guy describe him as being mentally disturbed.  He’d been kicked out of school due to his behavior.   As far back as 2007, a person in a class he was taking described him as being a “left-wing pothead.”  Another said he was the type of person one would see on TV who shot up a classroom at school.  In general, he is a guy whose brain is not firing on all cylinders.

Evidently, that doesn’t matter to supporters of the left anxious to find an explanation.  Who is to blame for all of this?  Why, Sarah Palin, of course!

Palin posted on her facebook page a number of congressional districts that were to be targeted by Republicans, and they were put in crosshairs.  In spite of no evidence that the shooter had even seen this, left-leaning bloggers and journalists immediately blamed Palin and her webpage (along with the harsh level of political rhetoric flying around these days) for the shooter’s behavior.  Logic would say that this is a reach.  But who says folks are logical?

The behavior is totally opposite to the call for calm that came after the Fort Hood shooting in 2009:

On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at a troop readiness center in Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 people.  Within hours of the killings, the world knew that Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before he began shooting, visited websites associated with Islamist violence, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered U.S. forces his enemy, opposed American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as wars on Islam, and told a neighbor shortly before the shootings that he was going “to do good work for God.”  There was ample evidence, in other words, that the Ft. Hood attack was an act of Islamist violence.

Nevertheless, public officials, journalists, and commentators were quick to caution that the public should not “jump to conclusions” about Hasan’s motive.  CNN, in particular, became a forum for repeated warnings that the subject should be discussed with particular care.

“The important thing is for everyone not to jump to conclusions,” said retired Gen. Wesley Clark on CNN the night of the shootings.

“We cannot jump to conclusions,” said CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell that same evening. “We have to make sure that we do not jump to any conclusions whatsoever.”

So, let’s get this straight.  A person that can be tied to those we all consider terrorists goes and shoots up a base, and people are saying “let’s not jump to conclusions.”  A person with no obvious ties goes and shoots a Democrat member of Congress, and we get “it’s Palin’s fault.”  Yes, that makes a whole lot of sense to me.

QuickHit: Just a question or 3

Why is raising the retirement age for earning Social Security such a big deal, when the changes wouldn’t be implemented until 2050 and 2075?  That means the folks most affected by the changes either a)haven’t had much chance to start contributing to social security or b)haven’t been born yet!  Further, where is this idea coming from that keeping the retirement age where it is is some kind of right?

Speaking of rights, do people realize what the concept of a “right” is?  Its as though anything that someone feels a person should be entitled to is a right, even if it involves forcefully taking time, talent, or treasure from someone else.

Is it not possible that allowing the tax rate cut for those over the $250k mark may not end up costing $700 billion over ten years?  Can we really predict how people and revenues will behave 10 years out?  If the economy improves, wouldn’t that number come down?

And finally, will someone recognize that the problem isn’t just revenues, its also spending?  That the main excuse for wanting to let the cuts expire and supposedly bring in the $700 billion is to try and fund the government WITHOUT cutting spending?

Just a few thoughts.

Alvin Greene for President??

Alvin Greene. A name that makes democrats in SC simply cringe. I won’t go into his backstory here, but now he’s considering another run…

Alvin Greene might run for president.

Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina who lost overwhelmingly to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint last week, called the state Democratic Party on Tuesday to ask how much it would cost to run for president.

Read the rest here (and scratch your head): Alvin Greene Mulls Presidential Bid

QuickHit: Smoking causes insanity

It’s official–smoking causes insanity.  Proof?  Even on the coldest, rainiest, nastiest day, you will see folks standing outside a building, freezing to death, all to get a hit of nicotine.  When someone is willing to risk pneumonia to get a smoke, that’s insanity.   And we won’t go into those folks who can barely afford necessities, but will go and by smokes by the carton…

Please…someone kill the ShakeWeights!

As if the Shake Weight wasn’t bad enough, they now have Shake Weights for Men. I’m not even going to comment–just watch the videos and…well, you’ll see.