Friday, August 7, 2015

Oops! That was a mistake!

                                   Good Day World!

Mistakes - we all make them.

They range from being embarrassing, to downright deadly.

Walking down the information highway today, I discovered three good examples regarding how mistakes can affect our lives.

Let’s start of with this story:

An Arizona bounty hunter was booked after he and his team mistakenly raided the home of the Phoenix police chief while looking for a fugitive, authorities said.

(Photo-Brent Farley/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Brent Farley, owner of NorthStar Fugitive Recovery in Mesa, along with members of his team and those from Colorado-based Delta One Tactical Recovery surrounded Chief Joseph Yahner's home late Tuesday night, police said.

Farley was charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Can you imagine how pissed off that police chief was? They woke him up in the middle of the night pounding on his door and shouting curses. He answered the door in his underwear and a police baton.

I’m betting Farley vets the next case a little more carefully.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently launched a website to attract female fans (Red) but I think it’s a big mistake.

You be the judge:

The team’s website has a feature on the “Red Women’s Movement” th01102da90eb68a718688e686ac79b920at the Bucs hope will change the way football is enjoyed by women.

(Photo - Getty Pictures)

This program’s kickoff party includes a few reasonable and non-insulting things such as an “Insider’s Talk” with General Manager Jason Licht, and some appearances by former Buccaneers.

But it quickly devolves into: “…gameday style tips from local area experts, and even a RED Lifestyle Lounge session to educate attendees on the art of incorporating their passion for the Bucs into their other lifestyle interests such as tailgating and home entertaining.”

So, in case you’re one of the female of the species in greater Tampa, who is looking for the right blend of Warren Sapp with a parrot on his shoulder and Martha Stewart for her home, they’ve got you covered.

They’re also here to help the ladies with technical football concepts like the “play clock,” since girls can’t possibly understand such subtle nuances of the game.

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Deaths by medical mistakes hit records

More than a 1,000 people die each day from a medical mistake.

It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year.

It's not just the 1,000 deaths per day that should be huge cause for alarm, there's also the 10,000 seriously complicated cases resulting from medical errors that occur each day. 

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why Americans Will Proudly Continue to Lead the World in Gun Deaths

Good Day World!

No matter what sources you want to tout there’s no doubt that the USA leads the world in gun deaths.

You know why? We love guns.

Excerpt from Happiness is a Warm Gun by The Beatles

“Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun.
Happiness is a warm gun
Happiness is a warm gun
When I hold you in my arms
And I feel my finger on your trigger
I know nobody can do me no harm
Because happiness is a warm gun.
Happiness is a warm gun
Yes it is.
Happiness is a warm, yes it is, gun.
Well, don’t you know that happiness is a warm gun, mama.”

But guns aren’t really cuddly. The USA sets the standard for the planet when it comes to mass killings on a regular basis. We’re putting little third world countries to shame when it comes to slaughtering our own on a monthly basis!

Beyond the fact that we love our guns, here’s some more answers to a few questions you might have about guns and mass shootings, including:

How common are mass shootings in this country?
How many people own guns?
Are mass shootings becoming more common?
When were deadliest shootings in U.S. history?
Is the United States an especially violent place, compared to other countries?
Where is violence most common in America?
Is the number of guns related to the number of homicides?
Is gun control?
Is there public support for gun control?
What about for particular gun control policies?
How do mass shootings affect public opinion on this issue?

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

They really didn’t do that….did they?

                                                Good Day World!

Barnum and Bailey would be proud.

The 2016 presidential election is already a 3-ring circus despite being over a year away.

We’ve got a ringmaster, Donald Trump, setting his GOP opponents on fire with his hair-blazing comments. In response, his opponents have been jumping through hoops to get their moment on center stage.

What a show. You won’t believe some of the antics thus far. As a matter of fact your first response will probably be, “They really didn’t do that…did they?”

Ted Cruz Making Bacon

In a minute-long video released Monday, the 44-year-old senator from Texas, decided not to address political issues.

"There are few things I enjoy more than, on weekends, cooking breakfast with the family. Of course in Texas, we cook bacon a little differently than most folks," he said over music that could have been from the opening of an action film.

The video then shows the conservative candidate wrapping a slice of bacon around the barrel of an assault rifle and covering it in aluminum foil before emptying two magazines in a barrage of shots fired at an indoor target.

"There's grease coming down," Cruz declares, satisfied that the gun has gotten hot enough to cook the bacon.

Rand Paul’s Chainsaw Attack

Sen. Rand Paul took a chainsaw to the tax code, literally. But even a slickly produced campaign video couldn’t cut through the frenzy over Donald Trump.

The Kentucky Republican released an edgy video Tuesday called “How would you kill the tax code?” Sporting a black “Detroit Republican” T-shirt, Paul talks about creating a one-page tax form with a 14.5% flat tax and destroying “all 70,000 pages” of the U.S. tax code.

Then, for dramatic effect, he sets stacks of paper on fire, shoves them in a wood-chipper and takes a chainsaw to them, while an electric guitar squeals the national anthem.

Lindsey Graham Clobbers Cell Phone

Graham is trolling Trump in a video for IJReview, a conservative news site.

Using fire, a toaster oven, a golf club, a cleaver, and other fun but totally unnecessary methods, he destroys a bunch of flip phones—and one unfortunate blender.

"Or if all else fails, you can always give your number to The Donald," Graham says in closing, before hurling one last phone off screen "for the veterans," a dig at Trump's attack on Sen. John McCain's time as prisoner of war.

Three examples are enough for now. If you’d like to add one, please let me know. I have a hunch there’s a whole slew of ridiculous stunts upcoming before this election is over.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

3 Suggestions: You might as well smile, or better yet laugh!

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Good Day World!

War, famine, plagues, global warming, and a looming presidential election are some pretty heavy subjects to consider.

They defy us to smile. They’re in our face in the main stream media and the social media, dragging us down…and depressing us. If we let them.

First suggestion; take a chill pill and breath before surfing the net, TV, and talk show radio shows. Most of what you’re going to encounter is propaganda driven by corporations with special interests.

After you realize you have a choice – negative or positive - to make, you’re on the road to empowerment.

You can let all of these terrible things harsh your high daily if you get too serious about them. It’s one thing to recognize what’s happening in the world around you, and another to put it into perspective.

Be real. When your best friend dies, smiling isn’t on your mind. Perhaps later when you recall good memories laughter will come and help you to heal.

Second suggestion; seek your inner funny and start putting humorous spins on all of these terrible challenges. You can’t joke about everything…or can you? Laughter is the best medicine for combating what life throws at you – both in the media and your own personal life.  

Third suggestion; because your not a god and you can’t do squat about most of these challenges, cut yourself some slack. Those personal challenges you face will get easier if you go at them in a positive manner.

Oh yeah…work on that smile so when someone tells you that Russia is going to attack any moment you can come back with a snappy reply like;

“Sarah Palin, the USA’s unofficial Russia-watcher, has assured President Obama that she can see Putin from her front porch and if any funny stuff goes on she’ll know it and warn us!” 

Be happy.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Saturday, August 1, 2015

In an Alternative Universe: President Trump and his Cabinet

Editor’s Note: I’m taking Sunday & Monday off, but will be back on Tuesday August 4th.

                                     Good Day World!

Donald Trump recently said he'd "love" to include former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president. That got me to thinking, what if he were elected president – even if it was in another universe?

Try this on for size:

President Trump and his new cabinet:

Chris Cristie was selected because he was fatter than Trump and wouldn’t upstage him in photo ops. Plus, he’s bald and won’t compete with Trump’s toupee.      

Sarah Palin will be the Secretary of the Interior because of her concern for the environment (motto - Drill Baby Drill).

Michele Bachmann will be the Secretary of Health and Human Services because of her backround in women’s reproductive rights, and claim that Terri Schiavo was healthy when she was in fact brain dead.

Rick Santorum will be the Secretary of Agriculture because he believes weed should be illegal everywhere and that Jesus wouldn’t approve of pot like he does of alcohol (wine).

Mike Huckabee as USA Ambassador to the Mission to the United Nations because he has been "to the ovens." 

John McCain is the Secretary of Defense. His motto can be bomb, bomb, bomb Iran and anyone else because bombing should always be the first line of defense.

Ted Cruz is Secretary of Homeland Security because of his concerns about the Canadian border not being secure from illegal immigrants.

Scott Walker can be OMB, Dept. of Labor and Small Business because he has shown how to go from a slight surplus to a few billion in debt in Wisconsin.

As crazy as this administration soundsit would probably be a hit with with some conservatives today. Now that’s scary.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Friday, July 31, 2015

Another Assault on Obamacare Fails – 49 More to Go?

Good Day World!

For those of us who need a reminder of what stupidity is:

Stupid is trying to do the same thing over repeatedly, and expecting a different result each time.

Enter senate Republicans.

They planned on using a must-pass highway bill to try to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate rejected a GOP-led amendment to repeal ObamaCare that fell several votes short of a 60-vote threshold to advance.

For the record, the House has voted more than 50 times to repeal the health law in full or in part. You’d think after this many rejections the GOP would get the idea. But no…

The takeaway:

Republicans are willing to let our infrastructure continue to crumble in order to repeal a health care law that’s provided over 8 million people with insurance who wouldn’t have been able to afford it.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who leads the Senate’s ACA Works campaign, blasted the Senate’s vote.

“Repealing the Affordable Care Act has no place in a discussion about the highway bill. It's time for Republicans to move on,” he told reporters afterwards.

This marks the first time the senate has tried to repeal ObamaCare since Republicans took control of the chamber in January. Let’s hope we don’t have to suffer through 49 more doomed attempts to match The House record of 50.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hunting for food is one thing, hunting for ‘sport’ is another!

Local authorities allege that Cecil the lion was lured from a protected area and killed in early July, and Zimbabwean conservationists said Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to kill the lion. Two Zimbabwean men are scheduled to appear in court for their role in the hunt. (Screen grab from YouTube)

                                       Good Day World!

I don’t see anything wrong with hunting animals to eat. While I’m not a hunter, I can see the rational behind killing an animal to put food on your table.

It’s the hunters who kill just for the so-called sport of murdering an animal that disgust me. They hang animals heads as trophy’s of their one-sided hunts. They take pictures next to dead animals to show what tough guys they are.

What really riles me is hunters who pay to kill protected species like lions. An American tourist recently killed, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

The two men have been arrested for poaching. They weren’t real guides. And as for that hero who shot Cecil the lion, he’s back in the states with Cecile’s head and skin hiding somewhere right now.

Big game hunter Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Minnesota (who closed his doors after this incident), has killed other protected species in the past.

Palmer who has a felony record in the U.S. related to shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, is being sought on poaching charges, but Palmer said he hasn't heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean authorities yet.

Laury Parramore of the Fish and Wildlife Service said the agency is "currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested."

According The Associated Press, citing the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, the dentist was also the subject of a sexual harassment complaint settled in 2006. He admitting no wrongdoing and agreed to pay a former receptionist more than $127,000, the AP said.

He was also convicted in Minnesota court in 2003 for fishing without a license.

The takeaway:

As long as you have enough money you can get away with anything. Even murder.

It’s sickening to me to see this dentist whose dreams are nightmares for unprotected animals. One can only speculate how many small animals he murdered while growing up.

If it’s that hard for the guy to get an erection (must kill something big) he should be taking little blue pills for the problem – not hunting animals.

I don’t see a sportsman in Palmer. I see a coward collecting animal parts to boost his ego.

Related:

Cecil the Lion's Death by Walter James Palmer May Result in 10 Cubs Killed

Time for me to walk on down the road… 

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jailbird PAC Formed to Help Conservatives

                                         Good Day World

Seems like everyone is jumping on the PAC bandwagon and forming new ones these days.

Perhaps the most unique PAC formed yet is the brainchild of a convicted cyberstalker and extortionist. You gotta ask yourself, who would donate to a PAC being formed from a prison?

The only thing I can think of is this PAC is for people with extreme ideologies and the ability to turn a blind eye to criminals as long as they follow the conservative brand.  

This article from the Center of Public Integrity explains what’s happening:

“For the first time, a super PAC is being masterminded from behind bars.

Adam Savader this week formed Second Chance PAC — it may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections — even though Savader himself can’t vote. That’s because Savader is serving a 30-month sentence in federal prison for cyberstalking and extortion after pleading guilty in November 2013 to the crimes.

A budding political activist who attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Savader had previously volunteered for the 2012 presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Around the same time, Savader was hacking into women’s email accounts, stealing nude photos of them and threatening to publish the pictures unless they sent more, according to court filings.

Several campaign finance lawyers, normally a tough bunch to surprise, said this appears to be the first super PAC set up by a jailbird.” (source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

About Trump Bumps, Calling Competitors Chumps, and GOP Lumps!

Satire: The imaginary history of Donald Trump’s previous runs for president.

                                     Good Day World!

It’s a hot summer full of Incinerating political comments.

The great race to select our next Commander-in-Chief started like a small brush fire, but quickly became a full-on forest fire when Donald Trump declared he was running for president.

There’s nothing inspirational coming from any of the candidates. Instead would-be voters are invited to sit back, eat popcorn, and watch trumped-up dramas unfold like soap operas.

Donald Trump who owns the headlines is burning the Republican brand like an arsonist armed with a flame-thrower. The GOP is withering away under the extreme heat caused by Trump’s racist and anti-POW comments.

Fellow Republicans are turning on one another like piranha - either defending or attacking The Donald. Jeb Bush, a front-runner is suddenly losing ground to Trump. He seems dazed and confused. Reminds me of his brother.

Trump has dumped on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, John McCain, Lindsey Graham to name a few.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz is trying to get attention by emulating Trumps bombastic style.

Trump gets a bump in the presidential polls right now in some primary states, but the numbers are meaningless. As are all the national polls right now.

You just have a group of people who don’t mind being polled a year before elections, and a good percentage of them are pissed off at the status quo. As for the general electorate, they’re sitting back and watching the circus/popularity polls.

From the fires a new president will emerge…

What could possibly go wrong?

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Monday, July 27, 2015

Town Creates Magna Carta for Animals, Giving Them Rights

Good Day World!

Big news today for animals.

And animal lovers.

Trigueros del Valle, a small town in Spain, has voted to give dogs and cats the same rights as their human owners. The town is the first in the world to extend such rights to animals.

The bill also bans bull fighting, and “any action that causes the mutilation or death of a non-human resident.” Bull fighting has long been a hot topic in Spain amongst animal rights activists and there is hope that this landmark ruling could spread to other towns.

MEANWHILE BACK IN THE USA

For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively rendering the animals as legal "people" in the eyes of the law.

New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe said that the apes, held at Stony Brook University for research purposes, are covered by a writ of habeas corpus — a basic legal principle that lets people challenge the validity of their detention.

According to Science, the judge who said that a pair of chimpanzees were covered by a writ of habeas corpus has amended her court order to remove that wording.

The chimps fate awaits a final ruling.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Something New to Worry About When You Get in Your Car

                                         Good Day World!

I never thought I’d see the day when I would have to worry about traveling in a car.

I’ve been driving for 50 years and always considered it the best way to travel. There’s a lot of good memories gathered on road trips across America.

Frankly, I’ve always loved cars. They meant freedom to see new places. Drive-In theaters were the best places for cars to gather when I was growing up.

So it’s sad for me to admit that I’m concerned about some new vehicle technologies. They pose hazards you should be aware of.  

What’s happening is automakers are adding new technologies to their vehicles at a prodigious pace, everything from radar-controlled collision warning to advanced infotainment systems.

They're also opening up a number of new channels into the vehicle, “noted Saar Dickman, CEO of TowerSec, an Israeli-based firm developing automotive security technology.” (source)

Experts point to the new 4G LTE systems offering cellular connectivity that Chevrolet, Audi, Chrysler and other manufacturers are adding.

Then there are channels normally open to satellite radio broadcasts that could be hacked. Even the tire pressure monitoring systems now required for all new cars potentially could be used to gain entry into a car's complex computer network.

DID YOU SEE THIS?

The risk was highlighted last week when hackers gained access to a 2014 Jeep Cherokee driven by a reporter for Wired magazine.

WHAT’S BEING DONE?

If vehicle security followed the conventional path, motorists would have to sign up for anti-spam and anti-virus software similar to on their desktops, laptops, and even tablets and smartphones.

But as recent hack attacks on online retailers like Target and even seemingly "hardened" systems like the Pentagon have shown, that approach is less and less effective.

Several alternative security systems are under development. But as of this time, there’s nothing to be done – with the exception of vehicle recalls like Chrysler had to do with 1.4 million Jeeps after that reporter from Wired magazine exposed their vulnerability. 

I can’t help but feeling uneasy with the dangerous possibilities these new innovations are bringing to my driving experience.

Related:

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Connected Cars from Hackers

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Blog Break: Stress Has Me on The Ropes

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