Friday, July 29, 2005

A note of concern

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that terrorists come "in all sizes and shapes and forms" and it wouldn't be fair for police to profile terrorism suspects on the basis of a Middle Eastern appearance.
This after NYC started up it own mass transit search in the wake of the bombings in London.  Wake up Mister Mayor, let us take a look at recent acts of terrorism to see what "shapes and sizes" they come in.
4 bombs, 4 mid 20's arab men of Muslim faith
London: failed
4 bombs, 4 mid 20's arab men of Muslim faith
Iraq: various
Various bombs, various mid 20's arab men of Muslim faith
USA: 9/11
4 planes, mid 20's arab men of Muslim faith
You are right Mr. Mayor, all shapes and sizes.  I can now see why strip searching Grandma and confiscating nail clippers from that Asian mother of 4 and taking the lighter away from the black man with son going on a fishing trip has made us all so safe.  Checking the backpack of the Indian women but letting the mid 20's Arab man with backpack and heavy coat in 90 degree weather through because he was person number 3 and we don't want some pussy ACLU Lawyer calling your office crying foul:  "Why yes he did have 'explosives' but they were for personal use and he feels he was picked out of the crowd because of his looks....."
You fucking disgust me, you and your ilk are what will destroy us in the future!  Let us not offend, BULLSHIT.  You people will not be happy until a dirty bomb or full blown nuke is set off in a major metropolitan area and millions dies while the Middle East and our Arab 'allies' do cartwheels in the streets and praise Allah that this happened to innocent American citizens, when it is YOUR DUTY TO PROTECT AND SERVE THOSE AMERICANS!!!! I hope to God every officer and every citizen in the great city of New York ignore your blatherings and keep a sharp eye out for mid 20's arab men of Muslim faith wearing heavy coats, or carrying backpacks or have loose wires coming out of baggy clothes.  I hope every police officer follows the great example of the London police and not give these fanatics a chance and take the head shot.  Will it be sad when an innocent is killed like in London, yes; should the man have hit the ground when ARMED cops point a gun at you and say freeze, yes....would I feel more secure in riding a subway or bus knowing this, yes.....  As an officer once said to me after 2 hours of grilling for a crime I did not do ( a wallet was stolen from a movie theater I managed, an usher later committed to doing it and returned the wallet and money but I was the manager on duty at the time),  you have to break some eggs to make the omelet...

Friday Favorites

What is your favorite odd...

1. ...Sandwich combination? (i.e. peanutbutter & cream cheese)

I would say I love Peanut Butter and Bananas. I have been making them since childhood. Sometimes peanut butter and honey will hit the spot and for lunch meat it is Liverwurst and Potato Chips...and those chips better be pain old Lay's

2. ...Snack combination?
Again with the peanut butter, it is either peanut butter and ice cream or peanut butter and oreo cookies. The PB and Oreo are delish but hard to dunk!

3. ...Joke?
Mickey takes Minnie to court for a divorce. The judge says "Mr. Mouse I cannot grant a divorce on the ground you say your wife is crazy." Mickey responds, "Crazy! I didn't say she was crazy! I said she was fucking Goofy!"

4. ...Game you play inside your head? (i.e. don't step on any colored tiles)

The one and only "What would I do with 1 BILLION dollars......

5. ...Thing you hum to yourself?

Usually the last thing heard on the radio and it is stuck in my head ALL DAY LONG!!!!!!! I am told and it works, it sing the Gilligan's Island theme in your head when something gets stuck there and by the time you are done it is gone!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


It has been so hot here these past few days. It hit 105 on the heat index yesterday and this weekend was brutal!!! The In-laws are coming so we spent the whole weekend cleaning house. It looks good and got a bunch of projects finished (update Powder Room, hang ceiling fans, put handles on cabinet doors in kitchen). I wanted to get outdoors but it was way too hot to mow and work outside so I waited until early evening and mowed around 7:30 to about 9:00, how did you do that you ask, well I have headlights on the tractor and thank god for that, nice and cool and the lawn got done ;-)

True Story:

Year ago when we first moved into our first home in NY we have no A/C. One summer it was so hot we decided when we upgraded the furnace we would see how much it cost to add A/C. Well that summer was terrible, we had one ancient AC unit in the master bedroom. It was from about 1956 and we were scared to turn it on but they had tossed the window pane when they installed it and we did not have something besides plywood to put in the window, so the unit stayed. My Grandmother came to visit and it was so goddamned hot that we finally plugged the unit in and closed the master door. Well that puppy churned out icy cold air and the small room was soon filled with the entire family. We moved the boy and the TV into the master bedroom and other than my grandmother sleeping downstairs with several fans (we offered our bed but she refused) noone left that room for almost the entire visit. It was cool, had a master bathroom and a TV. Shortly after she left we finally had money to upgrade the 1945 Furnace and we got the best bid to come in and do it. When they asked about AC we told them we would think about it. The day they came so we could sign the papers it was 8:30pm and our thermostat said it was 96 degrees in our family room, which was always about 5-10 degrees COOLER than the upstairs bedrooms! Needless to say the AC was install the very next day!

Stay Cool!!

Friday, July 22, 2005


Yes I changed looks again, did not like the dark font on dark background and the dots, lord the dots. Not original, generic Blogger template but I like it and am adding to the sidebar daily.......


Friday Fiver: PetConnection

1. Are you a dog or cat person?
A Dog person, I have had 6 dogs in my family, both as a childen and a father. I currently have one loyal loving Border Collie. And yes I have a pic of her on my desk.

2. How many pets do you have?
Just the dog.

3. What’s the best thing about your pets?
Loyalty, love, companionship and someone in my house who will actually listen to me when I speak ;-)

4. What’s the weirdest thing your pet has done?
She learned how to open the back sliding door in our home in NY. When we were gone and she heard the neighbors outside she would open the door and go over with her ball and play. They always assumed I was on the other side of the house working on something (in 4 years I put on new siding, windows, 2 decks, garage door, roof and general landscaping) as she was always with me and decided to come to thier yard and play. She did this for sometime until our neighbors noticed one night we had left and then she came over to play. Funny thing was she always returned into the house before we got home and were none the wiser.

5. Plans for any more pets?
Would love a Salt Water tank for the den. I've had fish before but I want to try my hand at a) a salt water tank and 2) a coral tank with only a few salt water fish. We'll see what happens.

Friday's Feast

What kind of car do you drive? If you could make an even trade for any other car, what would you want to drive?
I drive a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue. I have owned/driven 12 different cars in the past 19 years. Right now, even trade I would pick a Dodge Magnum, looks cool.

Take your phone number and add each number together separately (example: 8+6+7+5+3+0+9=38) - what's the total? 31

When were you last outside, and what were you doing?
Mowing the lawn in the heat!

Main Course
What is your favorite restaurant, and what do you usually order there?
I would say Logan's Steakhouse right now, NY Strip (MW), Baked Sweet Potatoe, Onions, mushrooms and a Sprite.

Name 3 things in which you occasionally indulge.
Popcorn, books and Root Beer. Nice combo!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Man Lands On The Moon

Yes I know I am a day late and a dollar short. Been drugged up for my Upper Endoscopy (more later), but yesterday was the Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the new Google Maps went all out and brought us Google Moon. Check It Out!!!

Beam Him Up

Yesterday James Doohan died, known as Scotty from the original Star Trek. Google and search and you can find out a lot more about him than from me. Needless to say it is sad to see his passing. He was always my favorite character. He seemed like a nice, happy with life guy that the wolrd will be a little poorer now that he is gone.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I Believe...

In Capital Punishment.

I believe you need to pay for your crimes. I believe in turning the other cheek but I also believe in an eye for an eye in certain cases. If you murder someone, and I don't mean, heat of the moment, or bad accident, or self defense, but cold blooded, put the shovel and tarp in the trunk and sit and wait in a closet murder, then you deserve to die. You drive by a rivals house and let lose with your Mac-10 and hit several kids and a grandma next door, you deserve to die. You kidnap a 12 year old, torture and rape them then leave them for dead, you deserve to die.

The problem with our court system and prisons is that we have no balls. We are afraid to go for the death penalty, we give criminals the chance to go out and commit crimes again; when they get a 12 year sentence and do 4, when they have cable TV, gyms, access to drugs, internet and other luxuries, it is a cake walk. Prison should be a 10x6 cell, bread and water, chain gangs and forced manual labor. All time should be hard time and all time must be served. Embezzled millions from your company, bam, you now work for us pal doing taxes, payroll and such and if you screw that up we add years to your sentence. Like to steal cars and chop them up, you are now in the motor pool helping keep the state's fleet of vehicles running. Too stupid to finish High School and get a proper education cause you're out selling dope and shooting up the street of your own neighborhood, buddy we got tons of roads that need fixing and fields that need to be plowed and streets that need to be cleaned. Chained up to the rest of the scum and if you try to make a break for it you'll end up with a bullet in the head. That's how I would run it. You serve time away from your home, no gang members serving in same blocks and limited access to 'free time'. Repeat offenders double their previous stay no matter what the crime and the time is harder for them. No time reduced for good behavior but time extended for bad.

As for the big time criminals you get the chair. You get sentenced to the death penalty you get 1 year tops to prove the court wrong, then you walk down the hall and take the long sleep to hell. None of this drag it our bullshit, that is why jails are overcrowded and the courts backed up. And if you are found covered in blood, with the knife in hand and the heads in the fridge, 3 weeks tops and you are strapped in and fried.

I also believe in lethal force on the streets. Cops are put in a position between fellow man and criminal and if they have exhausted all other options, then take the shot. As a member of the media I have seen my fair share of police involved lethal shootings. I feel bad for the families that lose a member but they must understand he/she was taken down because they endangered lives and the police were doing their job. Your loved one comes running out of the house with a knife to the throat of a 5 year old and the police take him out, I'd much rather give condolences to the criminal's family then the 5 year olds'.

"He was a gentle man, would never hurt a fly, except for that time he strapped dynamite to his back and held up that 7/11 store and held 5 people hostage with a shotgun to their heads, but he was really quiet and the kids loved him."

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

So we went this weekend to see the new Willy Wonka...let me correct that then new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While they share the same characters and roughly the same storyline Charlie and Willy are two seperate movies. When I heard that Tim Burton was 'redoing' Willy Wonka I was very upset. First off, I am not a big Burton fan, while I do like some of his movies I am not a big fan of 'him'. Second I am so pissed at Hollywood for not coming up with an original idea in the past few years that the last thing I wanted to watch was ANOTHER remake. And while some may qualify this as a remake, I do not. Well made, great acting, great story and an incredible soundtrack make this a don't miss film. If you have seen Willy Wonka then you already know what happens but Burton out did himself this time and created an enjoyable film for all ages. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

And if you do not get chills when Charlie finds the Golden Ticket you have no heart!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Saturday Morning

Yes, we stayed up till midnight and got the new Harry Potter book, no we did not dress up or stand in line forever. We showed up at 11:15pm, got a number (222) and found a seat and read a few books I've been thinking of getting. Lights flashed at 12:00 and they started calling up groups of numbers, we were in the car and on the way home by 12:34....not bad at all.


T-storms woke me up at 5am. Still a little tired, but I will manage...must get something to eat now, just a quick howdie do to you all and wished for a good and relaxing weekend, cause I know I am working my butt off.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A Presidential Visit

I got to see the President today, he spoke at a convention in downtown Indianapolis in front of the Indiana Black Expo.  An interesting choice for this or any President as the engagement was sold out BEFORE the President announced he was to speak here.  No hand-picked supporters, no standing O at every point, not even an assurance of polite clapping during your speech, a bold move.
I got to see it from the director's chair as we did wall to wall coverage at the station from minutes before the touch down of Air Force One to wheels up and back to Washington.  A quick visit to be sure but a decent speech that touched on education, the American Dream and the faith of the American people.  Since I was working I did miss some of the talk but he seemed very relaxed and did a fine job at the podium.
I catch the analysis on the news this evening. The best part was that this was not a State of speech or a campaign speech but a chance for a President to talk to his fellow Americans and let his feeling be known.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Good News Bad News

Yesterday a K9 Officer (some will say it is only a dog but I believe as a trained member of the police department it is a police officer) was shot in the line of duty. While on a search that turned into a pursuit, Officer Arco was sent into a shed where the suspect had hidden. The suspect opened fire on police (not the first time he has done this) and struck and killed Officer Arco.

The Good News is that police returned fire and struck and killed the son of a bitch that had opened fire on them and killed one of their own. Thankfully no other police officer was injured and the taxpayers of our fine city were saved the expense of jail time, court costs, appeal costs and parole costs for this bastard. One less piece of shit on the streets for Joe Citizen to worry about. The shooting officers should get recognition and Officer Arco should be laid to rest with honors.

The dead criminal should be buried at the families expense or if they cannot afford it, burned and tossed in the trash where he belongs.

Saturday, July 09, 2005


We just returned from Summer Camp, well just as in 7 hours ago but I took a shower and passed out on the bed and awoke to find the boy and wife gone (out to dinner and church). Many a thing occurred while in the woods, both to me and to the world, London got the Olympics then promptly received a big congrats from terrorists, a hurricane, unemployment DOWN, Stock Market bumpy, gas up .30 cents a gallon here and my dog missed me.

I have photos and stories but the long and short of it is, the boy and his Troop (101 scouts) had a blast, the adult leaders (about 50) taught over 430 merit badges and almost every scout advanced at least one rank! Bonding, maturity, lessons learned and just a grand old time was had by back to bed for 2 more days.....


Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 4th!

My Fellow Americans,

Enjoy the bar-b-ques, the family, the fireworks and remember one thing, it is WE THE PEOPLE that makes America great! Celebrate the boldness of our Founding Fathers in taking that huge step and standing up for what they believed in and saying enough is enough, this is the country we want to live in not yours King George, and we will do everything in our power to ensure our freedom!

Me, quiet morning with wife then off to work.....

Happy Birthday America!

Weekend Ramblings

The boy left for summer camp and the wife and I are alone. I will be joining him on Wednesday and have spent the week getting ready for several days in the woods. It's been hot around here, too hot to do anything really, so we have hunkered in the A/C and hung out, movies and such.

Our big project was the powder room downstairs, for those not in the know a powder room is a small bathroom off the foyer on the main floor for guests to use and not have to go upstairs to your main bathroom, or for us men the downstairs bathroom. The wife found a nice sink that she wanted placed in their and while we are at it paint, floor, replace mirror, light fixture, tower bar and toilet paper holder, not to mention the vanity, sink and faucet (complete with new plumbing). Hoping Lowes is open today as I need new water lines and p-trap to complete, oh and 25lbs load hangers for new mirror.