Archive for July, 2009

Talk About a Cheap Meal!

Posted: July 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Microsoft, in conjunction with Feeding America, is trying to fight hunger through the “Browser for the Better” campaign. According to Microsoft’s press release, it works like this:

“For every completed download of Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft’s Browser for the Better campaign (running today through Aug. 8, 2009*) will donate the financial equivalent of eight meals to Feeding America’s network of 206 local food banks, which supplies food to more than 25 million Americans each year.”

Sounds great, right? Too bad it’s a major crock! Here’s the fine print:

“* Only complete downloads of Internet Explorer 8 through from June 8, 2009, through Aug. 8, 2009, qualify for the charitable donation to Feeding AmericaTM. Microsoft is donating $1.15 per download to Feeding AmericaTM, up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Meals are used for illustrative purposes only. Meal conversion is effective until June 30, 2010.”

I had to do a double take when I first read that. Microsoft, in their extraordinary generosity, has decided that the value of 8 meals is $1.15. WTF?!? That boils down to 14.375 cents per meal. Are you kidding?!? Where the hell can you get a meal for 14.375 cents? Fucking morons! With all the money that Microsoft has you’d think that they could at least donate the actual dollar equivalent of 8 meals, not the paltry $1.15 that they came up with. And seriously, how in the hell did they come up with that figure? I’d love to know. Anybody that bothers to read the fine print can see right through this bullshit. This is nothing more than Microsoft trying to get as many people as possible to download their crappy browser. A total publicity stunt. And a pathetic one at that.

Boston’s Finest?

Posted: July 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Here we go again. Another idiot cop does something blatantly racist, and then claims not to be racist. Justin Barrett, a Boston police officer, sent a totally moronic email to the Boston Globe and some fellow National Guards members in which he referred to Henry Gates, the Harvard professor, as “banana-eating” and a “bumbling jungle monkey.” His email was written to voice his displeasure at a column that Yvonne Abraham had written in the Boston Globe about Gates’ arrest.

In his email, the racist piece of shit said that if he had “been the officer he verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC [oleoresin capsicum, or pepper spray] deserving of his belligerent noncompliance.” Nice. Real nice. For someone who claims not to be racist, he sure did like to use the term “jungle monkey.” That term was used four times, three times to refer to Gates and once when he referred to Abraham’s writing as “jungle monkey gibberish.” He also called Abraham “a hot little bird with minimal experience in a harsh field,” and also “an infidel.” He then went on to say that she “should serve me coffee and donuts on Sunday morning,” continuing later with “I like a warm cruller and hot Panamanian, black. No sugar.” What a classy guy. So not only is he racist, but he’s a sexist pig as well. Fucktard.

As soon as he learned of this racist ranting, Commissioner Edward Davis placed Barrett on administrative leave. The slim possibility exists that the idiot may lose his job. He sure as hell should, but I’m not counting on it.

Everybody is entitled their own views and beliefs, but when you take a job as a public servant you damn well better treat everybody equally. If you can’t do that then get the hell out of the public sector. And really, in today’s day and age it’s beyond pathetic that this shit happens. It’s sickening!

Cry Me a River

Posted: July 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

Allen Stanford, the idiot accused of a $7 billion fraud (another Ponzi scheme), is complaining that the jail cell where he is being held has no air conditioning.  Obviously he should be moved to a jail that does have air conditioning.  Whatever, asshole!  You’re in jail.  You will not find all of the comforts of home while in jail.  You will, however, receive free room and board and three meals a day.

Seriously, what the hell is he thinking?  Just because someone is a rich asshole doesn’t mean they’re gonna get special treatment when they break the law.  Granted, they usually do receive special treatment. In this case, it’s apparently not gonna happen. Get over it! So there’s no air conditioning. Big fucking deal! There are a shitload of people who have no air conditioning and they seem to be doing just fine. I’m sure they’d all love to have air conditioning, but they don’t. If you didn’t break the law you wouldn’t be in jail and you would be home in your own air conditioned house. Get over yourself.

First, a little background. Luis Jiminez is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who was seriously injured by a drunk driver in 2000 in Florida. The drunk driver hit the van Jiminez was riding in, leaving him a paraplegic. He remained in a vegetative state for a year. Now he has the cognitive ability of a fourth grader. For three years the hospital provided care for him at a cost of $1.5 million. I think that’s worth repeating. The cost of his care (that he did not pay a penny of) was $1.5 million (the non-profit hospital is stuck eating this cost as there is no reimbursement for caring for illegal immigrants). The hospital couldn’t find a rehabilitation center willing to take him. Finally, the hospital received a letter from the Guatemalan minister of health saying that Guatemala would be able to care for him. A county judge then gave the hospital the OK to move him, so the hospital spent $30,000 on a chartered flight to return him to Guatemala.

Jiminez’s cousin and legal guardian, Montejo Gaspar, originally supported moving Jiminez back to Guatemala. Then he changed his mind. Now he’s suing the hospital for $1 million claiming “false imprisonment” when the hospital moved him back to Guatemala. It’s not enough that the hospital provided care for his cousin for three years at a cost of $1.5 million. No. Let’s try to get as much as possible out of the hospital. Greedy fuck!

Thankfully sanity prevailed, and the members of the jury ruled in favor of the hospital. Not pleased with the decision, Gaspar said, “I don’t know why that jury didn’t recognize the injustice of what was done.” Maybe they did recognize the injustice. However, the injustice wasn’t committed by the hospital. It was committed by an illegal immigrant and his cousin. Seriously, your cousin was provided with $1.5 million worth of care. And he was here illegally. Really, do I need to say more? You should both be thankful he received the care that he did. He received better care than a lot of the citizens of this country get.

Use the Crosswalk Next Time

Posted: July 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

A 19-year old in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was hit by a car and suffered minor injuries. He was trying to cross Quinpool Road and couldn’t be bothered to cross in a crosswalk. As a result of his failure to use the crosswalk he was charged with failing to yield to a vehicle. Constable Brian Palmeter said, “It’s unfortunate the person got hurt, but that doesn’t negate their responsibility for following the rules and crossing properly.” He continued, “If the pedestrian had been at a crosswalk, we would have charged the driver. In this case, the pedestrian — based on their actions — caused the accident.”

I have to admit that I got a kick out of this. It’s about damn time that somebody is charged with jaywalking. How many times have you been driving and some idiot decides to cross the street right in front of you, forcing you to stop for them? I know it’s happened to me more times than I can count. Crosswalks are there for a reason. Use them! And in places where there are no crosswalks, make sure there are no cars coming before you decided to step out into the street. Common sense people! I think this 19-year old might think twice before ignoring the crosswalk and stepping into the street into oncoming traffic. Or maybe not.

Scott Janke, a town manager in Florida, was fired at an emergency meeting because of his marriage to a porn star last year. Mayor Larry Kiker found out last Tuesday that Janke’s wife is a porn star and did what any rational human being would do – he called for an emergency meeting. The town council voted 5-0 to fire Janke “without cause”.

Kiker said, “At no time did we make a judgment call on the activities of Mr. Janke or his wife.” Seriously? Um, you just fired him because of his wife’s activities. Jackass. He then goes on to say, “It’s a matter of how effective he becomes after this situation. How much disruption there is.” Oh, right. His marrying a porn star will lead to ineffectiveness and disruption. Forgive me for pointing this out, but he married his wife last year. This isn’t a new marriage. One would think that if his marrying a porn star would lead to ineffectiveness and disruption it would have happened well before now. Try that again Mr. Mayor.

According to Kiker, Janke had not violated any rules or laws. Kiker also pointed out that Janke had done a good job for the town. But hey, he’s married to a porn star. Apparently that automatically disqualifies him from holding a public position. Unbelievable!

Cops Gone Wild

Posted: July 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

First up is Trooper Daniel Martin of Oklahoma. He decided to pull an ambulance over for a traffic violation (seriously…WTF?!?) Not giving a rat’s ass that there was a patient in the ambulance, he then proceeded to swear at one of the paramedics and ended up getting into a scuffle with him. What a classy guy. I guess he fits the definition of public servant now, doesn’t he? Fucking idiot! For his retarded actions, he was suspended a whopping five days without pay. He’ll also have to take an anger management class. Wow. What a punishment. Kevin Ward, Oklahoma Public Safety Department Commissioner, said that the “disregard for the welfare of the patient [justified] severe discipline.” I completely agree. So where the hell is this severe discipline that he mentions cause I sure as hell don’t see it.

Next up is Todd Waldron of Kasota, Minnesota, a Le Sueur County Sheriff’s investigator. He decided it would be a great idea to shoot and kill an unarmed 24-year old. Tyler Heilman and a few friends were heading home after a day of swimming. Apparently Waldron saw Heilman driving erratically and followed him to the apartment complex that the group was headed to. Once there, Waldron asked Heilman for his license without identifying himself as a deputy (Waldron was not in uniform and was driving an unmarked SUV). An argument broke out, and the two ended up wrestling on the ground. Heilman ended up on top on Waldron, and when he was getting up he apparently noticed Waldron’s badge on his belt. Heilman was putting his hands in the air as Waldron shot him twice in the chest (a third bullet grazed his right side). Nothing like shooting an unarmed person for no good reason. And there was no reason to suspect that Heilman was armed as he was only wearing swimming trunks. At that point it sure as hell wasn’t self defense either. Heilman was getting up off of him. Waldron is now on standard paid administration leave pending the investigation.

Last is Sergeant James Crowley of Cambride, Massachusetts. He has started quite the controversy with his pathetic behavior. This has been all over the news, and even President Obama has commented on this case. To sum it up, Harvard professor Henry Gates had returned home from a trip to China and found that his front door wouldn’t open. His driver tried to help him get the door open, but it wouldn’t budge. Gates then went to the back door, entered his house, and turned off the alarm. He tried opening the front door from inside but it still wouldn’t open. He went back outside and he and his driver managed to push the door in. Gates then called Harvard’s real estate office to report his broken door, and while he was on the phone with them Crowely showed up and asked him to step outside. Gates refused to step outside, telling Crowley that he lived there. Gates showed Crowley identification proving that he lived there. Then Gates asked if this was happening because he’s black. He asked Crowley for his name and badge number numerous times as Crowley was leaving the house, and when Gates followed him outside and accused him of racism he was arrested. The lame charge was disorderly conduct. Ok, first of all, the man was in his own house. As soon as he showed Crowley his ID proving that he lived there, Crowley should have left. No ifs, ands, or buts. And second, he was arrested for disorderly conduct in his own house! That’s fucked up! I hate when the race card is played, but I think the only reason this bullshit happened is because Gates is black. If it had been a white man who couldn’t open his door and had to break it in this never would have happened. He would have been able to show the police his ID and that would have been the end of it. God forbid a black man in Cambridge is unable open his front door. He must be a criminal! Forget the fact that he has ID to prove that he lives there. STUPID. FUCKING. IDIOTS. Thankfully someone with a brain intervened and the charges against Gates have been dropped.

Last we heard, nine people had tested positive for hepatitis C in the Kristen Diane Parker case. Now the count is up to nineteen. Also, Parker is now facing new charges. In addition to the three previous federal charges, she now faces 21 counts of tampering with a consumer product and 21 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit or subterfuge. The heartless moron had this to say to police, “I can’t take back what I did, but I will have to live with it for the rest of my life, and so does everyone else.” How considerate. Everyone else does have to live with it because of you, you stupid fucking moron! How about showing a little remorse and compassion for the poor people you infected you selfish fuckwad. Rot in hell!

Terminal Madness

Posted: July 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

Apparently there’s a lot of confusion in Minneapolis regarding two airport terminals. The two terminals, Humphrey and Lindbergh, are three miles apart and on separate highway exits. There is no road connecting the two. And apparently about 25,000 people each year go to the wrong terminal.

To rectify the situation, the commission that runs the airport wants to waste $2.2 million on new signs to point people in the right direction. Seriously, $2.2 million for a couple of signs?!? WTF? Some locals are a bit miffed about the cost associated with the change (and rightly so). They would like the commission to just add the airlines names to the existing signs. So the sign for Humphrey would have the names of all the airlines that fly in and out of that terminal, and the sign for Lindbergh would have its airlines listed. Ok, let’s think about that. Do you have any idea how big those signs would have to be? Either that or the writing would be awfully small. Apparently it can’t be done anyway because of state and federal guidelines that specify how much info can be crammed onto a sign.

Here’s where it gets even better. Since they can’t cram the names of the airlines onto the two signs, the commission has suggested creating new signs. The signs will be for Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and it will list all of the airlines for those terminals. The airlines associated with Lindbergh will be split over two signs. So there will be two signs for one terminal and one sign for the other. And since there’s a lot of info that has to be crammed on to those signs, they’ll be larger than your average exit sign. The cost will also be higher.

Apparently this is supposed to benefit people. I have a novel idea that will save the good people of Minnesota a shitload of money. How about you leave the damn signs alone. There’s nothing wrong with them. People flying into or out of the airport, or people dropping off or picking up passengers, can very easily go online to the airline’s website and check to see which terminal they need to be at. I checked out the page, and in less than two minutes I was able to see which airlines fly into and out of each terminal. Use your brain people!  It’s not rocket science.

Rave: What a Kid!

Posted: July 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

Zach McGuire, an 11-year old boy from Ohio, is selling his toys to help his family in these tough economic times. Zach’s father hasn’t worked since December of last year and the family’s bills are piling up. Says Zach, “You can’t live in toys, or eat toys. Even though they are fun, you don’t need them.”

Zach isn’t new to helping people out. In 2005 he sold Kool-Aid, raising $400 for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A few years later he helped the victims of the California wildfires by selling “Cocoa for California.” His dad says, “I am very proud of him. He is an 11-year-old boy not living the life of an 11-year-old.” Zach points out that everybody can do something to help others. “Even though they don’t feel like they could do anything, they could do a Kool-Aid stand, like me,” he said. “It’s what you’re doing that matters and how you’re helping people.”

What an amazing kid! And to think, he’s only 11-years old. If only there were more people like him in the world. Rock on Zach!