Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tony Curtis (June 3, 1925 – September 29, 2010) was an American film actor. He played a variety of roles, from light comedy, such as the musician on the run from gangsters in Some Like It Hot, to serious dramatic roles, such as an escaped convict in The Defiant Ones, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. From 1949, he appeared in more than 100 films and made frequent television appearances.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Today I went for a walk while my husband slept. I decided to take three dollars with me to force myself to walk to the closest convenience store. It's a longer walk then we have been taking and I feel I need the exercise.
Now let me say right here that I do not normally buy lots of lottery tickets but when I get coupons for lottery tickets I will buy them or maybe once in a while when I get the urge but usually no more than one ticket once every month.
Recently I had a bright idea that if I saw three of the same scratch off tickets maybe I should buy one because your odds of winning are 1 in slightly more than three of winning at least a free ticket. I've used this method two previous times and won $4 once and two free tickets the second time.
When I arrived at the convenience store I bought one $2 lottery ticket and one $1 ticket. I scratched those two tickets and didn't win anything. Dumb me, I told myself. I shouldn't have bought any tickets because I really hadn't seen any used tickets.
Then just as I was leaving I decided to buy just one more scratch ticket. On this ticket each line was a winner. I wound up winning $6 which was $2 more than I had when I walked into the store.
I was also happy to see that a book I had won arrvied. It's called Matched by Ally Condie.
I'm looking forward to more wins soon
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Today's story is about a man who could appear on the Maury show every day for a month without ever hearing the words "You are NOT the baby's father."
Howard Veal has fathered 23 children with 14 women, and is more than $533,000 in arrears in his child-support payments, according to the attorney general's office,
On Thursday, Judge Dennis Leiber sentenced Veal, 44, to two to four years in prison for failure to pay child support, a felony. With this sentence, the judge far exceeded the state guidelines, which called for Veal to get no more than six months in the county jail.
In a case of stating the obvious, the judge told Veal "You're an insult to every responsible father who sacrifices to provide for their children."
"I was stunned and amazed," said Leiber of the scope of Veal's fatherhood, and his failure to pay anything but a scant amount to most of the mothers.
"Animals procreate, human beings are supposed to nurture their children."
The case Veal was sentenced on stemmed from his guilty plea in July to owing more than $60,000 in child support to Grand Rapids resident Sherri Black, to whom he made one $87.75 payment over the course of seven years, according to the attorney general's office.
Wood said their investigation revealed that between 1989 and 1999, Veal impregnated at least one woman every year. "Incredibly, in three of those years, the defendant impregnated three women per year ...," the memo said.
Wood said Veal was unable to remember the names of several of his children and could not say specifically how many he fathered.
Black, the 38-year-old mother of two of Veal's children, ages 16 and 11, was delighted to see Veal going to prison, but she said getting the money would have been better.
"I'd rather have him pay the money," she said. "Now my taxes will go to support him in prison."
"My daughter doesn't even know him," she said.
Perhaps, instead of jail time they might offer him a vasectomy. That might be the best option for everyone all the way around.
File this story under Customer Outreach - FAIL
It seems a Syracuse area critic posted negative comments about an unnamed area Price Chopper.
What might have wound up being a begnign post to a limited number of twitter followers went viral.
The tweet read in part, “Every time I go into a @PriceChopperNY I realize why they are not @Wegmans. Tonight — bare produce areas” and a picture of a sign that the customer thought showed poor store organization
Now the Twitter chatter is going viral.
The dispute erupted after the customer posted a tweet on Price Chopper’s Twitter page that criticized the supermarket chain. A Price Chopper employee reacted by contacting the customer’s employer and requesting he be disciplined.
This dispute reached blogospheric heights in part because the customer is a friend of Anthony J. Rotolo, assistant professor of practice and social media strategist at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.
Rotolo said he was approached by his friend last week after a representative of Price Chopper contacted that person’s employer about the tweet.
Rotolo put the whole affair in a blog, with a photo of a Price Chopper supermarket with “fail” stamped on it.
What happened next is almost unbelieveable. Someone from Price Chopper’s public relations team contacted the customer’s employer (which was mentioned in the individual’s Twitter bio) and requested disciplinary action be taken against the individual for their negative post.
Uh who died and left you boss? This guy needs to lose his job. Contacting the guy's employer and asking he be disciplined crosses the line
Heidi Reale, director of consumer insights at Price Chopper, posted on Rotolo’s blog, “This associate (the Price Chopper employee) had no responsibility for, or permission from, Price Chopper to address customer complaints or the customer’s employer. This is why we knew nothing about it when it was tweeted at us today. We are sorry for this unfortunate incident, and we are working to take the appropriate actions to repair the trust that has been compromised by this associate.”
Price Chopper did man up to its mishandling of the whole cyber mis-step. It's troubling that these stories are becoming more common (e.g. the guy that was sued for libel because he gave negative feedback on ebay)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Eddie Fisher passed away Wednesday night at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery.
In the early 50s, Fisher sold millions of records with 32 hit songs including "Thinking of You," "Any Time," "Oh, My Pa-pa," "I'm Yours," "Wish You Were Here," "Lady of Spain" and "Count Your Blessings."
He will forever be remembered for the scandal of his marriage to Liz Taylor. Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This summer we went up to Virginia to visit my sons. We had a great time. We took the family on a rafting trip down the Shenandoah and we also visited Gettysburg.
It's always a great time when we get to spend time with the kids. I miss them so very much and I feel awful watching my grandchildren grow up without me.
This post is part of the TravelingMamas.com Tripapalooza Contest.
Teresa Lewis is scheduled for execution at 9 p.m. and has requested fried chicken, sweet peas and Dr Pepper, and either German cake or apple pie for dessert.
Teresa Lewis has admitted to her role in slaying her husband and stepson for money. The governor of Virginia and the US Supreme Court have both sided with the Virginia appeals courts, which upheld the conviction and the sentence.
All signs seem to point to the fact that tonight Teresa Lewis will be the first woman in Virginia to die by the state's death penalty since 1912.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Alas this is not the story of lovely Rita, Meter Maid. Instead this video features a Delray Beach parking attendant losing his temper while writing tickets in Del Ray, Florida.
The whole incident stems from an event that happened earlier in the day when Andi Evans says she stepped about 20 feet away from her car to wave her friend down and when she turned around to put money in the meter the attendant slapped a ticket on her car.
"I was like wait a minute," Andi said. " I told him I stole quarters out of my daughter's piggy bank for the meter."
Andi says the meter maid didn't care and started yelling at her and taking pictures of her. She says he even followed her as she moved her car.
"He started following me to my next parking spot and continued to take pictures of me," she said. "I was crying."
Andi then called her husband who drove to the beach to look for the meter maid. When he found him, he started recording him with his iPhone.
The video shows the unnamed Meter Man was non too happy to be videoed.
I feel Andi's pain. When I was in college I had to take a couple of night classes. I didn't want to have to park on the other side of campus by myself in the dark so I had to park at a metered parking space near the Knutti Hall Bldg. Since I knew the class was 90 minutes and back then I believe you could only get about two hours worth of parking on the meter I thought I would be OK since I'd have time to spare. That would factor in to the walking from the space, then upstairs to my class and then of course the trip back to my car. I misjudged things that night because of course I wound up having to speak to the professor about a project. This threw my schedule off by less than ten minutes.
Since these were the last classes of the day and obviously plenty of parking space available on campus you would think that the local cops would have had something better to do with their time besides ticket a car.
I was barely out of the building when I noticed a dark figure near my car and fear seized me as I yelled, "Hey what are you doing near my car." Other people were coming out of the building so I felt a little brave. When the figure moved ever so slightly the light caught him and I realized he was the cop and he was writing me a ticket. I began heading towards my car and he handed me the ticket telling me that I was parked at an expired meter.
He didn't want to hear excuses, he didn't want to hear that it had just expired he handed me a ticket and said in a surly voice, "Have a nice evening young lady."
Two days later I went to the bank and pulled out pennies to pay my fine and then unrolled them sticking them in a jar. When I went to use them to pay my fine, I was told that doing that was a criminal offense according to some law on the books. I was told to roll the coins or be arrested. I rolled the coins.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, damn you, you racist, xenophobe, teabagger.
Well before you lay that title on me let me tell you who said exactly that. His name is Martin Peretz. Ah ha! More proof that Republicans are race baters and of course haters. EXCEPT...
Except for the fact that Martin Peretz who is a liberal, editor of the New Republic, who supported Barack Obama
In his September 4th blog post he said:
But, frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf [head of the group proposing the Lower Manhattan Islamic center] there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood.
Well imagine that,some liberals don't want the mosque built near ground zero. Which begs the question, if a liberal says doesn't want the mosque built does the liberal press hear it?
Friday, September 10, 2010
File this story under, "Do You REALLY Expect Me To Believe That?"
Keith R. Griffin, 49, of Jensen Beach claimed his cat downloaded porn on his computer: He said he would leave his computer on and the cat would jump on the keyboard and just like that, the images would appear.
Ah ex-squeeze me? Your cat is a skeezer?
Turns out that cops charged Griffin with possession of child pornography in August 2009 after a detective found more than 1,000 child pornographic images on his computer.
One busy cat wouldn't you say?
Fortunately Griffin decided to take the blame for Evil Kitties actions and he was ordered to serve 12 1/2 years in prison after pleading no contest to 25 felony child pornography charges.
In the meantime, if your cat looks like he's swallowed the canary, better check your computer's history. He may have been cruising inappropriate websites.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Teresa Lewis of Pittsylvania County is schedule to be put to death September 23rd for plotting to have her husband and stepson killed in 2002 so she could collect a $250,000 life insurance policy.
On October 23, 2002, the defendant met Shallenberger and Fuller at a shopping center in Danville. The defendant went to a bank and obtained $1,200 in cash that she gave to the men to use to purchase firearms and ammunition to kill Julian Lewis. Antwain D. Bennett, an acquaintance of Shallenberger, used the money to purchase three firearms. Two of the firearms were shotguns. Additionally, Bennett purchased ammunition for the weapons.
On that same date, the Teresa told Shallenberger and Fuller the route that Julian Lewis traveled from his place of employment to his home. The men planned to kill Julian Lewis and “make the murder ․ look like a robbery.” While the defendant remained at her home, the men were “to follow and stop Julian Lewis on the highway and kill him.” The plan, however, was unsuccessful.
Consequently, Lewis, Shallenberger, and Fuller decided to kill Julian Lewis at his home on October 30, 2002. They also decided to kill his son, Charles Lewis, when he returned to Virginia to attend his father's funeral and share the proceeds from Charles Lewis' policy of life insurance. However, when the conspirators learned that Charles Lewis would be with his father at the mobile home on October 30, 2002, they decided to kill him and his father simultaneously.
Fuller entered a room that was occupied by Charles Lewis. Fuller shot Charles Lewis three times. Then Fuller went to the kitchen where he observed the defendant and Shallenberger “pulling money from a wallet.” Fuller told the defendant and Shallenberger that Charles Lewis “wouldn't die.” Fuller got Shallenberger's shotgun and returned to the bedroom occupied by Charles Lewis where Fuller shot him two more times. The men retrieved most of the shotgun shells, and they divided $300 in cash that had been taken from Julian Lewis' wallet.
After shooting the victims, Shallenberger told the defendant that he was sorry she “had to go through something like this; hugged her and kissed her; and the men left.” The defendant waited about 45 minutes after the “last shot was fired,” and she made a telephone call to her former mother-in-law, Marie Bean. Next, she made a telephone call to her best friend, Debbie Yeatts
On Wednesday morning, October 30, 2002, approximately 3:55 a.m., the defendant placed a telephone call to emergency response personnel in Pittsylvania County. She reported that an intruder had entered her home and shot her husband and his adult son. She stated that both men were dead. She said that she had been in the bed with her husband when an intruder armed with a pistol entered her bedroom and said, “Get up.” Her husband told her to go into the bathroom, and her husband asked the intruder, “What's going on?” The defendant said that her husband was shot four or five times while she was in the bathroom. She reported that the shooting had occurred at 3:15 or 3:30 a.m.
Sheriff deputies Harris Silverman and Corey Webb arrived at the murder scene at approximately 4:18 a.m., 23 minutes after Teresa made the telephone call to the emergency response personnel. The deputies met Teresa at the front door of her home, and she stated that her husband's body was on the floor in one bedroom and that her stepson's body was in another bedroom. When Deputy Webb entered the master bedroom, he learned that Julian Lewis was alive. Julian Lewis “made slow moans” and uttered, “[B]aby, baby, baby, baby.” Deputy Webb asked the victim his name, and he responded, “Julian.” Deputy Webb asked Julian Lewis if he knew who had shot him, and the victim responded, “My wife knows who done this to me.”
Teresa Lewis has an IQ of 72, close to the level of intellectual disability that would exempt her from the death penalty. She has been diagnosed with a dependent personality disorder that meant she looked to others for help and direction, and she was addicted to prescription drugs at the time of the crime.
Lewis pleaded guilty to capital murder, allowing a judge to determine her sentence. Her attorneys believed she stood a better chance of getting a life prison term from the judge who had never sentenced anyone to death, than from a jury.
Will Teresa be executed on September 23? I am not certain but I believe there will be a delay to hear her appeal.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Don't let James Lee's statements about illegal aliens fool you into thnking he had some right leaning tendencies. It turns out that he was once arrested and imprisoned for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country from Mexico.
In 2003 Lee told a judge that he became a human trafficker after he was choked and robbed in Tijuana and then offered the job by his assailants. "For one brief moment in my whole worthless life I felt good about myself,” he told the judge. “I felt like I was really helping people.” He was arrested when he was caught trying to smuggle a woman into the U.S. in a hidden compartment of his car through the San Ysidro border into southern California.
The day James walked into the Discovery Channel's office he was carrying two non-firing starter guns and an explosive device. It was the explosive devices that wast he real danger as it was capable of killing someone, had it detonated.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams searched James J. Lee's rented residence on Thursday and found four additional devices detonated them remotely and safely.
As for the media reporting on Lee's inspiration, Al Gore.....crickets chirping.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Isn't it peculiar that when people who have conservative leanings the news focuses on his "right-wing" leanings. For days we hear first about the criminal's actions and then for weeks on end about how Beck, O'Reilly, and Hannity inspired the terrorist, fed into his inner hate.
Oddly enough this does not happen with left-leaning terrorist. As a matter of fact the press NEVER identifies him as Left-Wing. As a matter of fact I noticed a certain site that caters to Dems even joked that the guy was probably upset because Sarah Palin's show hasn't aired yet.
Yes, of course ALL terrorists are right wingers...you betcha! That's why the last several acts, including the recent slashing of a cab driver. Don't forget Andrew Joseph “Joe” Stack III who flew his plane into a building because of a tax beef.
Since I am not part of the press I will identify James Lee not only as a terrorist, I will identify the person who inspired his rampage. Would you believe none other than Al Gore? Yes that Al Gore, the one who is warning evil humans about how they are destroying the earth.
Mr. Lee has a website called SAVETHEPLANETPROTEST.COM.
Here is his rambling manifesto:
The Discovery Channel MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet and to do the following IMMEDIATELY:
1. The Discovery Channel and it’s affiliate channels MUST have daily television programs at prime time slots based on Daniel Quinn’s “My Ishmael” pages 207-212 where solutions to save the planet would be done in the same way as the Industrial Revolution was done, by people building on each other’s inventive ideas. Focus must be given on how people can live WITHOUT giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution. A game show format contest would be in order. Perhaps also forums of leading scientists who understand and agree with the Malthus-Darwin science and the problem of human overpopulation. Do both. Do all until something WORKS and the natural world starts improving and human civilization building STOPS and is reversed! MAKE IT INTERESTING SO PEOPLE WATCH AND APPLY SOLUTIONS!!!!
2. All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions. In those programs’ places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it.
3. All programs promoting War and the technology behind those must cease. There is no sense in advertising weapons of mass-destruction anymore. Instead, talk about ways to disassemble civilization and concentrate the message in finding SOLUTIONS to solving global military mechanized conflict. Again, solutions solutions instead of just repeating the same old wars with newer weapons. Also, keep out the fraudulent peace movements. They are liars and fakes and had no real intention of ending the wars. ALL OF THEM ARE FAKE! On one hand, they claim they want the wars to end, on the other, they are demanding the human population increase. World War II had 2 Billion humans and after that war, the people decided that tripling the population would assure peace. WTF??? STUPIDITY! MORE HUMANS EQUALS MORE WAR!
4. Civilization must be exposed for the filth it is. That, and all its disgusting religious-cultural roots and greed. Broadcast this message until the pollution in the planet is reversed and the human population goes down! This is your obligation. If you think it isn’t, then get hell off the planet! Breathe Oil! It is the moral obligation of everyone living otherwise what good are they??
5. Immigration: Programs must be developed to find solutions to stopping ALL immigration pollution and the anchor baby filth that follows that. Find solutions to stopping it. Call for people in the world to develop solutions to stop it completely and permanently. Find solutions FOR these countries so they stop sending their breeding populations to the US and the world to seek jobs and therefore breed more unwanted pollution babies. FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEM TO STOP THEIR HUMAN GROWTH AND THE EXPORTATION OF THAT DISGUSTING FILTH! (The first world is feeding the population growth of the Third World and those human families are going to where the food is! They must stop procreating new humans looking for nonexistant jobs!)
6. Find solutions for Global Warming, Automotive pollution, International Trade, factory pollution, and the whole blasted human economy. Find ways so that people don’t build more housing pollution which destroys the environment to make way for more human filth! Find solutions so that people stop breeding as well as stopping using Oil in order to REVERSE Global warming and the destruction of the planet!
7. Develop shows that mention the Malthusian sciences about how food production leads to the overpopulation of the Human race. Talk about Evolution. Talk about Malthus and Darwin until it sinks into the stupid people’s brains until they get it!!
8. Saving the Planet means saving what’s left of the non-human Wildlife by decreasing the Human population. That means stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies! You’re the media, you can reach enough people. It’s your resposibility because you reach so many minds!!!
9. Develop shows that will correct and dismantle the dangerous US world economy. Find solutions for their disasterous Ponzi-Casino economy before they take the world to another nuclear war.
10. Stop all shows glorifying human birthing on all your channels and on TLC. Stop Future Weapons shows or replace the dialogue condemning the people behind these developments so that the shows become exposes rather than advertisements of Arms sales and development!
11. You’re also going to find solutions for unemployment and housing. All these unemployed people makes me think the US is headed toward more war.
Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what’s left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture.
For every human born, ACRES of wildlife forests must be turned into farmland in order to feed that new addition over the course of 60 to 100 YEARS of that new human’s lifespan! THIS IS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE FOREST CREATURES!!!! All human procreation and farming must cease!
It is the responsiblity of everyone to preserve the planet they live on by not breeding any more children who will continue their filthy practices. Children represent FUTURE catastrophic pollution whereas their parents are current pollution. NO MORE BABIES! Population growth is a real crisis. Even one child born in the US will use 30 to a thousand times more resources than a Third World child. It’s like a couple are having 30 babies even though it’s just one! If the US goes in this direction maybe other countries will too!
Also, war must be halted. Not because it’s morally wrong, but because of the catastrophic environmental damage modern weapons cause to other creatures. FIND SOLUTIONS JUST LIKE THE BOOK SAYS! Humans are supposed to be inventive. INVENT, DAMN YOU!!
The world needs TV shows that DEVELOP solutions to the problems that humans are causing, not stupify the people into destroying the world. Not encouraging them to breed more environmentally harmful humans.
Saving the environment and the remaning species diversity of the planet is now your mindset. Nothing is more important than saving them. The Lions, Tigers, Giraffes, Elephants, Froggies, Turtles, Apes, Raccoons, Beetles, Ants, Sharks, Bears, and, of course, the Squirrels.
The humans? The planet does not need humans.
You MUST KNOW the human population is behind all the pollution and problems in the world, and YET you encourage the exact opposite instead of discouraging human growth and procreation. Surely you MUST ALREADY KNOW this!
I want Discovery Communications to broadcast on their channels to the world their new program lineup and I want proof they are doing so. I want the new shows started by asking the public for inventive solution ideas to save the planet and the remaining wildlife on it.
These are the demands and sayings of Lee.
On Lee's MySpace page, he lists his heroes as James T. Kirk and Daniel Quinn. (btw his myspace page has been taken down now a has his save the planet site)