Monday, April 11, 2011

Day 100/101

Weekend of April 09/10:

Federal employees, military families breathe sigh of relief
And I was one of them!!  My pay has yet to reflect that the shutdown didn't happen, though.  I'm still showing only 1/2 pay coming, as are others.

Cleveland airport terminal, planes evacuated after screening glitch
"A little bit of inconvenience"???  Are they kidding??  Have you ever had YOUR flight delayed a couple of hours for something stupid?  I have.  Ended up getting stuck overnight in Denver because of it.  NOT fun!

Women Dem. senators angry family planning funds part of negotiations
I might be really off, but it seems to me like the last sticking point of the gov't shutdown was due to debate over funding abortions/women's health, depending on which perspective you take.  Abortion has often been debated over whether it should be a federal or state-based issue, so proposing to allow each state to choose where their money goes doesn't surprise me.  I'd just like to know what these women had against that particular option.

Trump talks birthers, White House adviser predicts his failure
Dude!  I said it before, and I'll say it again. If there was anything, ANYTHING, to be found regarding Obama not being born in the U.S., then Hillary's camp would have found it back in 08.  They had the big guns out against him.  If they didn't find anything, then there's nothing to be found.  Plus, this article claims that Obama DID release a copy of his Birth Certificate.  If he did, then what's the damn debate???

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Day 99

Friday, April 8

Big surprise for hard-luck couple
I always enjoy reading stories like this, especially on a day like today.

Food or rent? Soldier's wife fears gov't shutdown
My family was also interviewed by a local news channel about being a military family in the throws of a military shutdown.  We had already seen what our pay was going to be, and were less than thrilled, considering the shutdown hadn't even been official yet!

Author of pedophilia book pleads no contest, gets probation
I hope he rots in hell.

Day 98

Thursday, April 7

Jurors begin deliberations in Barry Bonds' perjury trial
I don't think the question is whether he committed perjury, it's whether they can prove it in court. 

Search continues for survivors of boat wreck
I hadn't heard about this either.  200 people???  I guess the Gov't shutdown overshadowed all.

Senator urges lawmakers to give up pay if there's a shutdown
I applaud him for his offer.  I doubt others will follow, as if they couldn't afford it.  Poor, poor senators.

Day 97

Wednesday, April 6

FAA reports another sleeping air traffic controller
Again????  Criminy Christmas, people!  And this one was on PURPOSE!!

New York City lawmaker proposes fast-food toy ban
Didn't New York try something like this already?  I would have sworn they had.

Suspect arrested in Alabama college shooting
I must have been out of the loop.  I hadn't heard about this.

Day 96

Tuesday, April 5

Justin Bieber sets his mom's hair on fire on stage
Not that I care, but you know this is going to be remembered throughout the year. 

Cultures clash as Oklahoma's Hispanic population surges
As a Hispanic that lives in Oklahoma, I have a specific interest in this article.  I moved there from L.A. for college.  I stayed because I liked the way that people cared about eachother, instead of trying to shoot eachother over stupid stuff.  Being Hispanic had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Teen pregnancy rate lowest in two decades
Things that make you go, "Hmmm..."

Day 95

Monday, April 4

Obama launches re-election bid
I wonder if he's going to stick to his "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president" statement.  How many of you feel he's been a "really good" president so far?

Email spamming company gets hacked
I once worked for an internet company as their in-house spammer.  Yeah, I was "that guy".  As such, this sort of article interests me.  Looks like Grandma Gums is gonna have to be more careful with their incoming emails.

Pay attention! Airlines stretch to make safety fun
Oy.  Just....  Oy.

Is it just me, or does he look alot older nowdays?

Day 94

Sunday, April 3:

Colorado wildfire spreads near Fort Collins

Some relatives of 9/11 victims object to repository plan
Ok, can someone please explain what their objection is?  The story somewhat confused me.  Is it that they don't want the remains left as part of the memorial or something?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 93

I appreciate your patience throughout my absence.  Not only did taxes get the best of my time, but work started getting alot heavier since we were going to be affected by the potential government shutdown.  Now that THAT'S over (yeah, RIGHT!!), I'll try to play catch-up on here.

April 2

Large hole discovered in Southwest Airlines flight

I have to admit, when this happened, I didn't hear about it until the following week.  I've been on plenty of flights in my time.  If this had happened to me, I'd probably have needed a change of shorts after we landed.  Then, I'd be a rich man! 

Charlie Sheen booed in Detroit

You pay money (good money, at that!) to see a show that you have no idea about, and you're surprised when it isn't what you wanted???  Morons.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Taxes taxes taxes!!

Hello, all!

I apologize for the lack of postings as of late.  As the subject of this post suggests, I've been focusing on taxes lately.  I should be done soon, and I'll be able to post here more often (hopefully daily, as I originally planned) at that point. 

Thanks for being patient!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 92: April Fish!!!

'Motion-controlled' e-mail and other April Fools' Web pranks

I look forward to Google and ThinkGeek's pranks every year!!

Day 91

Orca that killed trainer returns to Sea World show

I wonder how many people watching this show realized that they were enjoying watching that same whale that killed that trainer lady.  And, if they had realized it, if they still would have watched. 
I wonder if I would want to watch.

Will you commute via 'personal rapid transit?'

Seriously... who wouldn't think this was cool at first???

Day 90

BP loses laptop with private info on 13,000 people
Dang!  Did that flight tower guy get another high-profile job already??

Speaking of flight tower shenanigans...
Controller, airline crew suspended over incident in Florida skies
Apparently there was a small plane that wasn't responding to flight controller radio communications.  So they sent a nearby Southwest Airlines flight to see if they could see into this small planes cockpit.  The FAA flipped their lid.  They say those two planes had to be 3 miles apart, horizontally.   Both planes landed safely.  It didn't say why the smaller plane wasn't responding, though.

Geraldine Ferraro dies
Technically, she died last Saturday, March 26th.  Not much to say about her.  

Day 89

Hole in US Airways plane was caused by a bulletYup!  A bullet.   ZOINKS!

California town calls in FBI to help investigate cross burning
Why do I suddenly picture the Criminal Minds crew stepping off of a charter plane in LAX?

But, seriously, folks.  I'd be willing to wager that this wasn't due to the perpetrators necessarily hating one race over another.  But rather, I suspect this is more like someone wanting to send a message to those individuals specifically.  Don't ask me why I feel this way, it's just a gut feeling.

Day 88

Obama makes a speech on his military force in Libya

I would love nothing more than to comment on this.  However, seeing as I'm currently property of the United States Federal Government (read:  I'm in the Army), it would behoove me to keep my mouth shut on this.  For now.  So, in the interim, I will simply note that the speech was made for future reference, and I will also allow you to make YOUR comments on what was said.

NATO: Libya mission will be to protect, not arm
NATO says, "Hey, America!  You're not the world's police!  WE are!"

Pilot finds hole in plane's fuselage
If memory serves, there was a later article that identified it as being from a bullet.  Yikes!!

Day 87

President focuses on needs of Latino students

I remember a time in my life when such an article would have thrown me in an angry fit.  As an American of Latino descent, I remember when I was still in school.  To me, being Latino was of no consequence of my academic career.  I could have been born with Mexican hair, a Chinese face, an African torso, and European legs... and my ability to study math or science would be no damn different.  I didn't choose to be Latino.  No one chooses their national descent.  So no one should be judged one way or another on it. 

Now that I've gained a few years of knowledge and understanding since then, I can accept the idea that students can come to the United States not knowing much more than a few words of English.  In order to be able to properly learn in school, either the classes now have to cater to their language... or they have to be taught how to acclimate themselves to our school system, so as to have a level playing field.  Ok, now THAT makes sense!

But, if you think about it, that's not because of their heritage.  That's because of the linguistics of their previous geography.  They could have been born Chinese and raised in Mexico, and they'd likely have a similar issue.  I'm just sayin'.