Friday, October 9

Full Disclosure

The FTC has announced that it will require bloggers to reveal any remuneration they receive in exchange for a favorable mention of a product.

I want to make it clear that this is not and has never been a problem for me. I have never been offered any remuneration for anything written in my blog.


For example, consider that wonderful Blu-ray player I’ve had my eye on – you know, the Samsung BD-P4600 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player.

Let me see if I can rattle off a few of its amazing features - just of the top of my head:
• Plays Blu-ray high-definition discs (selectable output resolution: 1080p/1080i/720p signals available through HDMI output only)
• Built-in audio decoding to PCM for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
• Netflix video and Pandora music streaming (subscriptions to these services required)
• Wi-Fi capable (includes wireless USB adapter)
• Wall-mountable (includes wall-mount hardware)

But one again let me make it clear. I am in full compliance with the FTC new rules for bloggers.

Samsung has never offered to give me a P4600.


Thursday, September 10

Republican Prayer Breakfast

"Our Father"


"who art in heaven,"


"hallowed be thy name."


"Thy Kingdom come,"


"thy will be done,"


"on earth as it is in heaven."


"Give us this day our daily bread."


"And forgive us our trespasses"


"as we forgive those who trespass against us."


"And lead us not into temptation,"


"but deliver us from evil."


"For thine is the kingdom,"


"and the power"


"and the glory"


"for ever"


"and ever"





Tuesday, September 8


I was sitting in fast food restaurant in Eastern Connecticut a week or so ago when I looked out the window at the mall across the street and was startled to see this disturbing sign:

"People's United Bank".

Well, that's it, I thought. The Obama plan to turn the country Socialist has finally come to fruition.

Upon further investigation my friends at Google and I discovered these corporate entities:

  • People's United Financial, Inc.
  • People's Bancorporation, Inc.
  • People's Educational Holdings, Inc.
  • The People's Gas Light and Coke Company
  • Music For Little People
  • People's Drug Mart
  • People's Garment Public Company Limited
  • People Magazine

And the list goes on and on!

The remarkable thing is that so many of these "People's" companies are banks and investment firms. Banks and investment firms are supposed to be about Capitalism. What the hell does that have to do with The People?

A couple of these are far more disturbing than the others.

That one called "Music For Little People" sends shivers down my spine. Once the government gets its hands on our music and our kids, well, turn out the lights, the party's over.

And what about "The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company"?

What are we going to do when the government takes over our light and soft drinks?

All I can say is God help you if you drink Pepsi, Comrade.

Sunday, September 6


There has been so much discussion about the president's health care reform that not much attention has been paid to the dental component.

There is one disturbing feature. Apparently the plan will pay for a consultation with a dental professional so you can "plan" your dental care. These so-called "Tooth Panels" will decide who gets a filling and who doesn't.

I'm sorry, but that sounds like something they might do in England. Have you seen their teeth? Courtesy of the National Health!

Come on, people. We've got to nip this in the bud!

Let's not pull the teeth on Grandma!

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A lot of people don't know about the dental coverage reform plan, but you can get more info here.

Thursday, September 3

When Life Gives You Lemons...

The unemployment rate is way up and frequently people have to find new lines of work after losing a job. This was brought starkly home to me a couple of weeks ago when I was out for a late afternoon stroll.

It was hot and I was thirsty so I was gratified to see a small table on the sidewalk with a handwritten sign reading "Lemonade". Usually these ad hoc beverage vending centers are staffed by 8 or 9 year old girls with happy faces and optimistic demeanors, but in this case the person sitting behind the table was a middle aged man wearing a plaid sport coat, polyester slacks, and white shoes. He saw me eying the condensation-coated pitcher sitting on the table and stood up. He had a smile that made me unconsciously pat my wallet to make sure it was still in my pocket.

"Thirsty?" he said.

"Yep. It's a hot one. How much?"

"Well, what kind of budget do you have?"

"A budget for lemonade?" I puzzled.

He took out a small pad of paper and a pencil. "I'm going to write a number down and you tell me if this is a payment you can live with."

"Payment..." I glance at the paper - "...$199 for lemonade? Are you crazy?"

"That includes zero percent financing, but I might be able to do better. I'll have to talk to my manager. He's delivering a pizza, but he'll be back in a minute".

I tossed the piece of paper back at him and started walking off.

"Hey," he shouted. "What's it going to take to get you into a libation today?"

"How about no money down and $3,000 cash back?" I muttered sarcastically.

"That's doable," he said. "Do you have a trade-in?"

Monday, August 31

Senior Vacation

My wife and I just returned from a brief vacation where I was shocked to discover that I have somehow reached an age where I qualified for what are called "Senior" discounts. Normally I'm all in favor of saving a little money, but on this trip I struggled with the trade-off between gaining a discount and admitting I'm old.

At one eating establishment, for example, the dishes listed on the Getting On In Years menu were only a few cents less than those on the In The Prime Of Life menu. It didn't seem worth the humiliation of ordering an egg white omelet and low sodium turkey bacon so I paid full price for three-egg yolkified omelet and extra porky bacon.

Later we wandered into an amusement park which claimed to be fun for Kids Of All Ages. Discount for Older Kids Of All Ages: $2. Not worth it.

Finally we went to see a movie where the Elder Statesman Discount actually amounted to several dollars and, I decided, well worth revealing my secret shame. When I asked for the discount ticket the young man in the booth, whose concerns about anything to do with age I'm sure revolved around the purchase of alcoholic beverages, replied "No way, man. You don't get the discount unless you're over 60." Somewhat flustered I muttered, "Well, I am over 60." "I don't think so, man," he challenged. There was an awkward pause, then I replied, "Okay, bro', you got me. I thought I could fool you but you're way too smart for me." I forked over the full admission price.

And I didn't mind at all.

Tuesday, August 18


During the debate about health care I've heard a lot of talk about obesity. This country is in the midst of an "epidemic of obesity", some say. "Obesity is the number one health problem" say others. "Hey, fatso, how about a salad?" opines a third.

I'm worried that so-called "experts" are using the overweight as a convenient target to explain why health care costs so much. Now they want to put a tax on soda and candy to pay for health care.

Well, that just smacks of Socialism to me. Godless, Communistic Socialism! What's next? Government appointed "Fat panels" to decide who eats and who doesn't? Who does that remind you of? Hitler and Stalin, that's who!

They are also planning to offer nutrition "counseling" to "explain" to people why that piece of pie you are having for dessert is a threat to the future of the country.

I don't think the founding fathers would approve of the government getting involved when people are making those sensitive "end of meal" decisions.

This is a slippery slope.

It starts with "counseling", and the next thing you know they are pulling the plug on Grandma's toaster oven.

Sunday, August 16

What's in a 9 name

I see two movies are opening this week with similar names.

"District 9" is about extraterrestrials who live in a refugee camp.

"Cloud 9" is about elderly people having sex.

One deals with lumbering, misshapened creatures wandering aimlessly through a world that doesn't want or understand them.

The other one is about extraterrestrials.

Thursday, August 13

Now, where was I?

Well, a dear friend notified me that it has been a year since I've written in my blog.

I knew I was forgetting something.

Well, that's gonna change!

My blog is back, now there's gonna be some chuckles
Hey la, hey la, my blog is back.
The only thing that rhymes with chuckles is buckles,
Hey la, hey la, my blog is back.
Yeah! It's gonna be so funny.
Yeah! It won't be makin' any money.
Hey la, Hey la, my blog is back.
Hey, my blog is back,
oh oh yeah, my blog is back,
WTF my blog is back,
Oh yeah.

Alright, everybody! See you next year!