Monday, September 28, 2009

Millions of Africans Gone without any Threats

Without a Threat

If you have been paying attention to the news for the past 20 years, Africans are dying by the millions. These reports invariably say that millions upon millions of Africans have:


Some people even believe that AIDS started in Africa. What you don't know is that the media is relying on the W.H.O. (World Health Organization). So then the question is how did the W.H.O. come up with these numbers, millions.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Conan O'brien Injured on the Job, Cancels "Tonight" Show

Conan O'Brien Rushed to Hospital

Friday night the star of the "Tonight" show, Conan O’Brien, hit his head while attempting a stunt during the show’s taping. Mr. O’Brien could not continue with the show and was rushed to the hospital. NBC issued a brief statement saying only that Mr. O’Brien had “hit his head doing a stunt and the show was not finished.” Hopefully this knocked some funny into him. He hasn't been funny since Reagan took office.

No other details were released. One staff member on the show said Mr. O’Brien was expected to be fine and it was likely he would be back to work on Monday. Conan jokingly said, “Last thing I remember I was enjoying the play with Mrs. Lincoln and the next thing I knew I was in bed being served cookies and juice.” One staffer commented he is fine and would be up and running in no time.

As a result of the incident, Friday evening’s show wasn’t completed, and a “Tonight Show” re-run aired. NBC has yet to announce plans for next week’s shows.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Jessica Lange Under the Knife: Plastic Surgery

Jessica Lange for the Win

Well known actress Jessica Lange won her first Emmy Award ever, for outstanding actress in a miniseries or movie, for her performance in the HBO movie "Grey Gardens". The story is based on a documentary done about the character Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, played by Drew Barrymore, "Big Edie" and "Little Edie". However, where the 1975 documentary centered on a riches to rags theme, this movie went back 40 years and explored their life prior to their great downfall. It should be noted that the two were cousins to Jacky O.

The film itself won an Emmy Award for Best Made-for-TV Movie. Also, actor Ken Howard won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a movie or miniseries.

Of course this is all well and good, but the true story here isn't about the excellence of an actress or a movie, the story here is the gossip surrounding Miss Jessica Lange. At age 60 she took the red carpet and she took the stage and everyone was floored how gorgeous she looked.

Jessica Lange Gets Plastic Surgery?

I personally don't see what all the buzz is about: did she or didn't she get plastic surgery. Her manager denies it by the way. Well of course we're talking about actors. Be honest with yourself for one second. Do you really want to pay money to see some fat, average, wrinkled old broad? No. You can walk out your front door and see someone that doesn't take care of themselves any day of the week.

The nature of the beast, is that hollywood is selling "the beautiful people". They are told, with no uncertain terms, "get in shape and look your very best or you don't get work." If she had plastic surgery, who cares. If she didn't have plastic surgery, who cares. That woman has to look her best. I'm not going to marry her nor jump in bed with her, but for a 60 year old woman she looked damn fine.

And that's the word of the day.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Obama Health Care to Cover Illegal Aliens

Joe Wilson Yells You Lie: Obama Lies

Representative Joe Wilson (R) South Carolina yelled out "You Lie" to President Obama as he was giving a joint session of congress address. President Obama was asserting that the health care plan that he is proposing would "not" cover illegal aliens, contrary to popular belief. It was at this point that Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out "You Lie".

HR3200 the Obama Health Care Plan and Illegal Aliens

Let's look into the bill and what it actually does say about illegal aliens and receiving benefits from the ObamaCare plan. The simple fact is President Obama was in fact lying. The method by which illegal immigrants will come to be covered under ObamaCare is through the bill's (HR3200) failure to contain any

  • citizenship verification requirement or
  • enforcement mechanism mandated to verify one's eligibility.
Other federal programs routinely carry language requiring proof of citizenship before allowing access to benefits.

Congressional democrats defeated two bills which actually enunciated a requirement to show proof of citizenship and an enforcement mechanism to verify one's eligibility. The only proof required for the ObamaCare plan pertains to family income. The democrats then crafted the current HR3200 to cover illegal aliens as well as citizens. The tremendous downside is that citizens would pay into this an illegal aliens would not, nor would their be required to pay into it.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

MADD Mad About Female DUI Arrests on the Rise

MADD Speechless Over Female DUI Arrests

Recently a trend was noticed, recorded, and reported on in the national media: Drunken driving arrests on the rise -- for women.

Oh no Martha, say it ain't so!!!
nevada dui attorneyDUI arrests have rising by 28% from 1998 to 2007. This is according to the Transportation Department reports. For men DUI arrests have actually fallen off by 7.5% during that time. The numbers, however, for male arrests for DUI are simply staggering. In 2007 there were over 620 thousand DUI arrests for men, for women the figure is a mere 162 thousand.

Here's where it gets sticky. They sought a statement from MADD, mothers against drunk driving, an all female organization that lobbys to reinstate prohibition lawas against alcohol. MADD was very caught off guard by the reports, and very angry that the national news media outlets reported it. [ I assume the national media has to run everything by MADD these days? ]

When asked what did they make of the findings, they had this to say:
Laura Dean-Mooney, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told the Associated Press she could not explain the jump in arrests of women. “There's no hard data on that," Dean-Mooney told AP. "What you're hearing more is that women are under more pressure, they're now perhaps the breadwinner because of the unemployment rate.”
Riiiiiight! Last time I checked, 1998 wasn't back in the stone ages. We're talking about the last 10 years. There has been no tremendous change in female occupation stature in the last 10 years.

It is amazing that feminists will stoop to victimization tactics to explain away, criminal activity? Well, to you working bread winner moms out there, here's to you. MADD, might get their way and stop your choice to have any alcohol one day, but for now, this bud's for you.


Seriously, don't drink and drive... well at least not over the limit.

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Drinking Philosophy: A Study in America

Americas Puritanical Deprivation and Abstinence

I'd like to discuss in this post the habits of people in America who drink versus the European attitude.

First the American sensibilities were founded based on the puritanical philosophy, i.e. one must deprive oneself of all carnal lusts and temptations. This is further echoed in the protestant religions of the Bible Belt. And, it was canonized into the legal realm with the Blue Laws: no alcohol before a decent hour nor after a decent hour of the day; no alcohol on Sunday... etc. Also, the views of abstinence and puritanical eyes also falls into the same category: the naked body is an evil above all other evils to behold. All of this falls dangerously short in the area of violence. One can commit nigh heinous acts of violence for entertainment, but no drinking or smoking and definitely show no flesh.

All these prohibitions have led to one mindset: when i get a chance to drink, I will indulge myself to the fullest. In fact this philosophy is now accepted as the cool attitude towards drinking.

European Sensibilities Towards Drinking Alcohol

Let's quickly juxtapose this versus the European attitude toward drinking. It's actually a very archaic take on drink. During the bible age, i.e. the turn of the Julian calendar, one drank wine as much as one drank water. Of course, wine wasn't distilled to such a degree that four glasses would render you senseless and a buffoon, but it was as much a part of the meal as bread, and they ate a lot of bread. Consider one wheat stalk to make 12 loafs of unleavened bread [i made that up, I've never personally seen a wheat stalk], but you get the idea.

Now the modern European shares the same attitude as those ancient people. He eats his meal and drinks wine with it. Also if he wants to enjoy a liqueur he'll retire after the meal and have a nice discussion and a glass, not 5-10 and definitely not enough to render him stumbling. He knows he has to get on with his life, and can't be hampered by nursing a hangover. In fact it is looked down upon if one is drunk or can't handle the liquor. The attitude is, one shouldn't partake if one is going to be rendered drunk. This self same attitude of do not deprive oneself, is also seen in their view of nudity in public. One should be free to experience the world and be nude. There isn't then a rash of drunkards, nor and outbreak of rapists. In fact the Europeans are quite normal in their every day life.

Wish this familiarity with alcohol, from an early age, and exposure to nudity the European attitude is very nonchalant toward drinking. Compare that to Americans and we're seen as ravening beasts when we get our hands on alcohol. Also pubs, bars, lounges and such are hang outs for far more people overseas, so the club owner or bar owner doesn't have to greedily get everyone drunk in the place to make a profit. Imagine if 10 times more people come into your bar, there would be no need to encourage them to drink. You'd have your hands full serving alcohol anyway.
I don't have the statistics but when i lived in Europe I wasn't struck as it being serious nor heard of drunk driving as an issue at all. Iin fact, I don't believe I knew a homeless person or a drunkard.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

No Last Call

Drinking and Driving

Today I'd like to discuss drinking and driving. I feel it's especially appropriate for this holiday season. Specifically I'd like to discuss the city of Las Vegas.

Like New York, the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas has no "last call". Merry makers, party goers, boozers, bums and alcoholics alike can all indulge to their heart's content, and at all hours of the day. I do not have the statistics but Las Vegas boasts some of the highest rates of DUI in the nation. It is an incessant problem. These people crawl behind the wheel of a car and take their own and others' lives into their hands without a thought. They tell themselves they can handle it. They tell themselves they will never be caught. I have one acquaintance who says they drive "better" with a few drinks in his system.

Mayhaps they are not aware of the areas of the brain intoxicants can affect:

  • depth perception
  • reaction speed
  • near sightedness
  • far sightedness
  • vision in general
  • motor skills
  • inner ear
  • equilibrium

Just to name a few. The list is of course not comprehensive nor exhaustive. What's most bazaar is that Las Vegas has gamblers anonymous group and the casinos voluntarily assign a concierge or liaison to identify players with a problem, which is probably in their best interest, better to keep the fool working and playing than have him go broke today and not be able to return. But there is no prevalent push or awareness of hiring someone specifically to identify alcoholics. In fact the Gaming Board rarely convicts or punishes casinos who allow a clearly intoxicated player to over-leverage themselves. I mean there are cases, but walk around any casino on any given day and you can identify 20% of the place inebriated. And, yet still they let these same people to walk out the door and get behind the wheel of an SUV.

The Long Term Affects of Alcohol on the Brain and Body

Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. Large quantities of alcohol, especially when consumed quickly and on an empty stomach, can produce a blackout, or an interval of time for which the intoxicated person cannot recall key details of events, or even entire events.

Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use.

People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease.

For example, thiamine deficiency is a common occurrence in people with alcoholism and results from poor overall nutrition.

Most people realize that heavy, long–term drinking can damage the liver, the organ chiefly responsible for breaking down alcohol into harmless byproducts and clearing it from the body. But people may not be aware that prolonged liver dysfunction, such as liver cirrhosis resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, can harm the brain, leading to a serious and potentially fatal brain disorder known as hepatic encephalopathy
This post was just made as a short awareness post to bring attention to the problem.

In my next post I will discuss the reasons why in: Drinking Philosophy

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