June 29, 2012

Try Sleep TODAY!

June 16, 2012

Can you take responsibility for saying such boggleworthy crapola about Obama in the past?

“We have an amazing story to tell,” she said. “This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
– Michelle Obama

“Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”
– Politiken (Danish newspaper)

“No one saw him coming, and Christians believe God comes at us from strange angles and places we don’t expect, like Jesus being born in a manger.”
–Lawrence Carter

“Many even see in Obama a messiah-like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama.”
– Dinesh Sharma

“We just like to say his name. We are considering taking it as a mantra.”
– Chicago] Sun-Times

“A Lightworker — An Attuned Being with Powerful Luminosity and High-Vibration Integrity who will actually help usher in a New Way of Being”
– Mark Morford

“What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history”
– Jesse Jackson, Jr.

“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
– Barack Obama

“Does it not feel as if some special hand is guiding Obama on his journey, I mean, as he has said, the utter improbability of it all?”
– Daily Kos

“He communicates God-like energy…”
– Steve Davis (Charleston, SC)

“Not just an ordinary human being but indeed an Advanced Soul”
– Commentator @ Chicago Sun Times

“I’ll do whatever he says to do. I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.”
– Halle Berry

“A quantum leap in American consciousness”
– Deepak Chopra

“He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century.”
– Gary Hart

“Barack Obama is our collective representation of our purest hopes, our highest visions and our deepest knowings . . . He’s our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence.”
– Eve Konstantine

“This is bigger than Kennedy. . . . This is the New Testament.” | “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event.”
– Chris Matthews

“[Obama is ] creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom . . . [He is] the man for this time.”
– Toni Morrison

“Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. . . . He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh . . . Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves.”
– Ezra Klein

“Obama has the capacity to summon heroic forces from the spiritual depths of ordinary citizens and to unleash therefrom a symphonic chorus of unique creative acts whose common purpose is to tame the soul and alleviate the great challenges facing mankind.”
– Gerald Campbell

“We’re here to evolve to a higher plane . . . he is an evolved leader . . . [he] has an ear for eloquence and a Tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth.”
– Oprah Winfrey

“I would characterize the Senate race as being a race where Obama was, let’s say, blessed and highly favored. That’s not routine. There’s something else going on. I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered. . . . I know that that was God’s plan.”
– Bill Rush

June 11, 2012

Track and Field

Connor participated in the Special Olympic Track and Field events Saturday last.  He got a Silver in 400 meter and Bronze in Shot Put.

Early on I had suggested him for the 400 meter as he can run for quite a distance.  I feel he could have had gotten the gold...

At the start of the race he took off in the lead.  After the first bend he slowed down and let the first guy catch him, he began to talk to the first guy.  Who decided to run on ahead.  So Connor started talking with the next guy, keeping just ahead of him.  Until the far turn, when Connor decided to run to the finish.  Not at a fast pace but at his signature lope, which is actually pretty fast.

He finished without being out of breath...  So yeah...  If he understood the nature of a race, he would have finished first.  Gotta love this kid, he was all smiles.

June 04, 2012

Reasons why Unions are the problem. #2461

 Unions are now successfully hawking the same types of credit cards and lending schemes they deem “predatory” and “greedy” when offered by Wall Street bankers.

June 03, 2012

Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else

Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else

To paraphrase E.B. White, the perfect sentence is one from which nothing can be added or removed. Every word plays its part. In my more giddy moments I think that a simple comic strip featuring Calvin, a preternaturally bright six year-old, and Hobbes, his imaginary tiger friend, features some of the most lucid sentences committed to print. And when I sober up, I usually think exactly the same.
Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes ran between 1985 and 1995. His comic strip managed to infuse wondering (and wandering) on a cosmic scale into an ageless world of lazy Sunday afternoons, snow goons, and harassed babysitters. I’m not saying that you should take moral and philosophical guidance from the inventor of Calvinball (a game that runs on chaos theory), but you could do much worse.
So here, in no particular order, is a selection of quotes that nail everything from the meaning of life to special underwear. Enjoy.
On life’s constant little limitations
Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.
On expectations
Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
On why we are scared of the dark
Calvin: I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.
On the unspoken truth behind the education system
Calvin: As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.
On the cruel reality of commercial art
Hobbes: Van Gogh would’ve sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them.
On the tragedy of hipsters
Calvin: The world bores you when you’re cool.
On the tears of a clown
Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?
Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.
Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.
On the falling of sparrows (or providence’s lack of a timetable)
Calvin: Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.
On why winter is the cruellest of seasons
Calvin: Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.
On the gaping hole in contemporary art’s soul
Calvin: People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.
On playing Frankenstein with words
Calvin: Verbing weirds language.
On realising God is more Woody Allen than Michael Bay
Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.
Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.
Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.
On why ET is real
Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
On looking yourself in the mirror
Hobbes: So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?
On the future
Calvin: Trick or treat!
Adult: Where’s your costume? What are you supposed to be?
Calvin: I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak. Am I scary, or what?
On the truth
Calvin: It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy…Let’s go exploring!

Democrat war on Women?

According to publicly available salary data at the website Legistorm, Pelosi’s female employees earned an average annual salary of $96,394 in fiscal year 2011. Male employees earned $123,000 on average, a difference of 27.6 percent.
The gap is even larger if calculated using the median salaries for men and women. For Pelosi’s female employees, the median annual salary was $93,320 in 2011, compared to $130,455 for male employees—a difference of $37,135, or 40 percent.
Pelosi’s entire staff—men and women—earned an average annual salary of $108,150 and a median salary of $114,662. By both measures, women made considerably less.

Last week, Pelosi was asked about reports that female staffers for Senate Democrats are paid less than male staffers. Pelosi’s response was that she can’t speak to what goes on in the Senate, and it’s “another world”
Women are being paid less than men for the same jobs just across the street from Pelosi and that’s “another world” and none of her business, but if somebody suggests pay disparities exist in, say, a Paducah Wal-Mart, Pelosi believes it’s her duty to aggressively address the problem?

Thanks Doug Powers.

Assistance technique

A couple of days ago a gentleman came into the Major Sales department at Costco with a question about hooking up a TV to a computer.  His complaint was "nothing happens".  We went to the Demo model of the TV he had purchased and I went over the ports in the back to get an idea of how he was hooking up his computer.  He was using an HDMI connection.

After a bit of discussion I opted to move the TV over to the laptop table and hook one up.  The TV powered up and I changed the inputs and viola, the TV showed the PC screen.  The gentleman was impressed with the simplicity and frustrated by his own experience.  For me it boiled down to either an older generation HDMI cable or some computer switch that needed to be toggled.  The HDMI was an issue as this was a Mac and he had purchased one specifically for his computer.  Also, not being familiar enough with the Apple OS I could not specifically state any keyboard shortcuts.

At least the member had some things to try out...

Yesterday, the same man came in with his Apple laptop.  Saying it was doing the same thing.  So we hooked it up to the TV and the desktop wallpaper immediately showed up.  This did not surprise him, which made me curious.  He did a few things to show me how the TV screen was not working.  However, I was pretty sure it was.

So with his permission I drove, and dragged a window to the right of his laptop screen and lo it appeared on the right.  At this point he became chagrined.  I went into a talk about the different types of dual monitor setups.  Extended desktop and mirrored.  I was able to find and change the settings so he could do both. As needed.

I probably got too much enjoyment out of solving this issue...