I started this page in November of 2004 but don't write a
whole lot. But every now and then something gets me
going and I have to express myself. Here are those
expressions. I have a continued beef against the
global warming people who are simply WRONG. There's
way too much evidence against the arguments they raise.
Read about that ongoing beef on the main page...
August 14, 2007 -
An Important History Lesson
There is a real good article written by Raymond Kraft
reminding us why we have troops in Iraq and what the
consequences are if we withdraw them. For answers, all
we have to do is look back at history and see the near
misses that could have led to disaster for America. It
compares World War I to the Iraq war and how America really
didn't want to join in "somebody else's" war. Good
thing we did or the world would most likely have been
overrun by Japanese Imperialism and German Nazism.
The article was written a while ago but is an excellent
reminder. Please read it!
I won't reprint the entire article here but rather
provide some links to the article. I provided several
in case some of them become dead links in the future.
August 7, 2007 -
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
I am against embryonic stem cell research. I am
not against stem cell research. There is a difference.
There are three basic types of stem cells--embryonic, fetal
and adult. Embryonic involves destroying an embryo to
retrieve the stem cells. This is the one I am against.
I am in full support of adult stem cell research.
There is little if any problem with ethics in adult stem
cell research. It's similar to drawing blood from
somebody--nothing is destroyed, and it is extracted with
consent of the adult patient. There have been
wonderful advancements in the area of adult stem cell
research. In fact we have found 76 categories in which
we can help people with this type of research. Yes, I
said categories, not just 76 therapies but categories
of therapies in which we help people. Categories
include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord
injuries, Parkinson's disease, eye diseases, etc. That
means hundreds and thousands of good things have come from
adult stem cell research. However, to date, there have
been zero therapies that have been developed from embryonic
stem cell research. That's right, ZERO.
Not even a single therapy has been developed let alone a
category of therapies.
What's more is that there really is no reason for
embryonic stem cell research as admitted by researchers
themselves. Let me give you a quote from an authority
on stem cell research, Dr. Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D.
"...adult stem cells are already closer to the kinds
of cells that patients already need. So there is really
no need to use human embryonic stem cells at all. This
has been acknowledged by major researchers, companies,
and massive numbers of medical research journal articles
recently published in this field."
The liberal media constantly loses sight of the
difference and lumps them both together calling it "stem
cell research." They would have you believe that
anybody who is against "stem cell research" is against
medical advancement. It's simply not true. In
fact, they have gone so far as to fake embryonic stem cell
research to make it look like there have been breakthroughs.
Here are some examples:
Another Stem Cell Fast One
Congress Overlooks Stem Cell Fraud And Futility
February 12, 2007 -
The Dixie Chicks, Really??
OK, here we go swinging the pendulum the other way.
The Dixie Chicks were rising stars a few years ago when one
of their idiot singers decided to get political and bash
President George Bush onstage. Their ratings dropped,
concerts were cancelled, and they struggled as musicians for
a while. I listened to interviews with them saying
they never should have said those things on stage.
Fast forward to the Grammy Awards on Feb 11, 2007 when
it's politically correct to bash Bush. Now they win 5
Grammy awards. Really? 5 of them? Why
didn't they win those awards before bashing President
Bush when their music really was popular?
Just another example of how the music industry doesn't
really give out awards for "the best of..." but rather "the
most politically correct at the time we want our agenda
pushed..." Don't worry Grammies, you're not alone.
The Academy awards will join you soon in promoting their
agenda with worthless awards too...
March 3, 2006 -
Teacher in Colorado Goes Awry
Here in Colorado, a fairly conservative state where I
live, we have a teacher who thinks he can say anything he
wants in the guise of freedom of speech. Jay Bennish,
a social studies teacher teaching geography at Overland High
School during this incident, has been put on administrative
leave pending an investigation. What started this
whole thing is that one of the students recorded his lecture
and his father complained to the principal of the school
(whom I happen to know). Then Mike Rosen played it on
his show on a prominent Denver news station and had the
student, Sean Allen, there in the studio with his father.
Sean often recorded lectures and took notes later from the
recordings. This particular day, the day after the
state of the union address from President Bush, February 1,
2006, he went on a tirade, saying things like capitalism is
bad, terrorists have rights to do what they do, and more.
At one point he even compared Adolf Hitler's comments to
President Bush's comments.
There are a few issues here. The first is that
along with free speech comes responsibility. People
forget that one. You will learn the lesson quickly if
you board an airplane and yell "bomb" or "hijack."
There are certain things that when said will provoke action
and change thinking.
Second, what the heck
is he doing talking politics in a geography class? I
know you can find reasons but it really doesn't belong here.
Maybe providing a countries dominant political views or
parties would be appropriate but Mr. Bennish went over the
Third, where is the opposing view? He did not
balance the story so that the students could make their own
decisions. He, undoubtedly, gave his opinion and
presented it as near fact. After listening to the
recording, it is clear what the intention was. Then,
at the very end he claims that these aren't necessarily his
Do I have a problem with a teacher making anti-Bush
remarks? No. But I have a serious problem if they are
not stated clearly as an opinion and are not balanced by the
And back off the comparison of Hitler and the United
States President. It's ridiculous that it was even
brought up. Even the worst presidents, and presidents
I really can't stand, never entered into the same category
On a side note, the teacher claimed how bad capitalism is
because all people want to do is make money. What a
moron. That is the very strength of capitalism,
that people spend their money on products and services that
benefit themselves. Those businesses who are in it
only for the money soon die off because it becomes
obvious when they don't care about the customer. Also,
there are numerous businesses that started out solely to
help people and made it a business only after the demand for
their services or product became greater. But let's
not get started on that...
The other thing that perturbs me is how the media can
spin this story. CNN headlines read, "Teacher on leave
for anti-Bush remarks." That's not at all what this
story is about but they try to make the general public
believe that if you say anything against President Bush, you
will be punished. HOGWASH!
CBS News Article
Denver Post Article
9 News Story
9 News video of the student protest and more
A Conservative's Blog (with lots of links to different
Listen to Jay Bennish's Lecture (
Here is an alternate link )
February 13, 2006 - Liberals!
There's been something nagging at me for a while.
Liberals are never happy. They would rather whine
about what the current administration does rather than
present solutions to fix what they perceive as being broken.
Specifically, here's what bothers me. Many liberals
complained that the Bush administration and FEMA were too
slow to act. Then they turn around and also criticize
President Bush for authorizing wiretaps on suspected
terrorists. They claim that there is already a system
in place and Bush tried to circumvent it because he wants to
"spy" on American citizens. The problem is that the
current system is too slow to act when fast-moving terrorist
activity takes place. Everybody agreed that FISA had
So which is it? Do you liberals want Bush to respond
quickly or do you want him to slow down? Quit your
More info on why Bush approved wiretaps (National Review
February 9, 2006 - The Islam Violence
Many people do not understand the power of a religious
force. I've heard people say many times that there
have been more wars fought over religion than any other
reason. So what would a religious person do if
somebody made fun of the godhead of your religion? How
about looking to the teachings of that godhead?
The violence in Europe right now over some political
cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper four
months ago containing images of Muhammad. Danish
embassies were burned down, and there was rioting across
Europe toward anything that was Danish. All because of
a few cartoons that weren't a big deal at the time but they
are now. The followers of the Islam faith, Muslims,
claim that the Islam faith forbids the use of any image of
Muhammad and that joking about religion is not allowed.
This simply isn't true. There are many works of art in
museums across Muslim countries that have been there for
years and even Muhammad himself forgave a poet who
constantly ridiculed him.
So this means that instead of looking inward at what the
true beliefs of Islam are, it has become a political force
rather than a religious one. Followers blindly follow
the leaders who shout for action rather than tell those to
pray and ask their god for guidance.
Is this any different in Christianity? No.
There are squabbles all the time between different
denominations within Christianity. Take the Baptists
and the Pentecostals for example. Or Catholics and
Lutherans. They bad-mouth each other all the time.
But don't they claim to worship the same God who declares
And what about the radical so-called Christians that kill
abortion doctors or bomb abortion clinics? As a
Christian, I hope others don't judge all Christians by the
acts of these radicals. We should not judge all
Muslims for the same reason. As Paul Harvey said on
the radio this morning, the radical few have found a way to
get the attention of the media. Most Muslims
disapprove of this behavior.
Yet, if you make fun of my God, I get offended. You
can call me any name in the book and I can let it go but
make fun of my God and we have a fight brewing. You
may disagree with my beliefs, or not even believe in my God
and it will not be in issue to me. But to lack respect
for my God is much more difficult for me to let go. I
certainly understand why the Muslims are doing what they are
doing but I in no way condone it. I must always look
to the words of the God I worship who declares this as sin.
A better action would be to sign petitions, or even
better yet, don't support those who show lack of respect.
For example, recently a television show appeared on NBC that
basically mocked Christianity. As one viewer describes
The so called pastor takes drugs,
smokes, drinks, takes the Lord's name in vain. He
supports homosexuality and drug use. He broke the law by
giving out prescription drugs to a Bishop. Two Bishops
were committing adultery. They mis-quoted the Bible. The
program portrayed our Savior in a joking way. There was
a corrupt Catholic priest. The maid smokes pot. The
Bishop drinks, the pastor's wife is a drunk and her
sister is a lesbian and the son is a homosexual. One son
sleeps around. I found this program very offensive to my
I sent a letter to several of the companies sponsoring
the program. They eventually dropped their sponsorship
because hundreds of thousands of people sent them mail and
soon "The Book of Daniel" was cancelled after only four
episodes due to lack of funding. This is the better
The power of a religious force, right or wrong, can be
An interesting article with examples of both images of
Muhammad and laughter at religion can be found at:
February 3, 2006 - State of the union
I was pleased with President Bush's speech last Tuesday.
I continue to have high respect for a president who governs
by principle and not popularity. We can count on Bush
doing what he says he will do, unless of course, congress
Diverting from the speech a bit, here are some criticisms
of Bush that I'd like to add my two cents worth:
- Bush nominated Harriet Myers to the US Supreme
Court. What a stupid thing to do. First
of all, not all supreme court justices have been judges
in the past. That's not the ONLY requirement.
But let's think about this a moment and just
speculate as to one possibility. Bush had already
nominated a white male. The democrats were calling
for a woman or a minority for the next nomination.
So Bush gets together with a close friend and asks her,
"Harriet, we've been friends for a long, long time.
Would you do something for me? Would you agree to
start the process of being confirmed to the supreme
court and then withdraw when it gets rough?"
Harriet agrees and then Bush can put in another VERY
qualified white male in Sam Alito. If the
democrats complain, Bush can say, "I tried to put
in a woman but you didn't like it!" I think that's
rather genius! Of course this is speculation on my
part but it certainly is a possibility. Kind of
takes away the "Bush is stupid" argument.
- Bush mismanaged Hurricane Katrina. Wow.
Does anybody REALLY believe this? For example,
FEMA had supplies ready to send into the superdome but
it was the Governor Blano of Louisiana who refused to
let them take control and disperse needed goods and
services. She didn't want to appear out of control
so she didn't federalize them, thereby stalling the
whole thing. The mayor of New Orleans, Nagin,
continues to show he's stupid on a stick and yet we are
to blame the federal government? I don't
think so. The governor and the mayor didn't even
get along so there was a constant power struggle there.
FEMA director Brown said his biggest mistake was in not
recognizing that Louisiana was dysfunctional.
Sure, there were some mistakes made but not to the
degree that it was all Bush's fault. Brown had
worked with many disasters up to that point so he knew
what he was doing. The processes that were in
place came from past administrations and they worked
find with disasters up that point. We've never had
to deal with this large of disaster before. We are
bound to take learnings away from something like this
regardless of who is in charge.
- Bush outsources everything to Halliburton.
Did you ever ask who else does the kind of work
Halliburton does? Halliburton is the ONLY company
that does some of the things they do. So do we
expect our government to spend US dollars on a foreign
company to do it just because Chaney used to be involved
with it? Chaney removed himself from all
operations before becoming Vice President and has done
NOTHING ethically wrong with Halliburton since he took
the office. If you think outsourcing to
Halliburton is because Bush is an oil man and he helps
his friends read the next point.
- Bush is an oil man and helps his oil buddies.
Okay, here's where the speech dispels that. Bush
said we are too dependent on oil and therefore he
proposed to move toward alternate energy methods such as
solar, wind power, and switch grass which is renewable
and is a high yield crop. Do you think his oil
friends were happy with that one? Quite a
statement from an oil man don't you think?
When it's all said and done, I believe Bush will go down
in history as one of the greats. Let's not forget
Abraham Lincoln. He was NOT a popular president at the
time. Yet we look at some of his accomplishments as
the greatest acts of all presidents. A free Iraq will
be an example to other countries in the middle east and
could really change the world. When Iraq finally
settles down and shows the world it can govern itself and
lets freedom reign, let us not forget who helped them get to
that point. Let us not forget the millions of people
who are not killed by their own leader any more. Let
us not forget that women have freedom. Let us not
forget that they can vote freely for their own leaders.
Let us not forget that an "unpopular" president helped them
get to that point.
January 31, 2006
- Alito is confirmed to the supreme court
I was very pleased to see another fantastic individual
make it to the supreme court. today. President Bush
nominated two very find individuals and both were confirmed.
The democrats have to be furious because they couldn't find
enough wrong with Alito to filibuster. In fact, they
tried and got only 25 of the necessary 41 votes. Even
many of the democrats couldn't find fault with Alito.
The dems complained that the two nominees would swing the
court to the right. DUH!!! Every president who
has ever nominated somebody has nominated somebody they
thought would swing to their side. Clinton did it.
But somehow it's sooooo bad if Bush does it. The truth
is, the democrats have to complain about something because
they don't have their act together.
July 1, 2005 - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day
My first thought was, "that's just great--make a stupid
decision like the eminent domain issue (below) and then
split" but then I realized she voted against it and actually
had some intelligent things to say about how the wealthy and
powerful can abuse the decision.
Now if we can just get those liberal clowns to retire...
June 28, 2005 - Justice Is Served!
The wrong way to fight the stupid supreme court decision
is to get vigilant and hold out with a gun while your
property is to be seized. There is a better way!
Seems that a hotel developer decided he wanted to take a
citizen's private property and build a hotel there.
The address would be 34 Cilley Hill Road, Weare, New
Hampshire. This just happens to be the home of David
Souter--one of the supreme court justices that voted FOR the
This is nothing short of brilliance! Hit these
liberals right where it hurts and get them to think a little
bit before making idiot decisions.
To add salt to the wounds the developer wants to name it
"The Lost Liberty Hotel." He will include such things
as the "Just Desserts Café" and a museum, which will be open
to all and have a permanent exhibit showing the loss of
freedom in America. Each guest of the hotel will
receive a booklet that exposes the lost freedoms even
If I ever visit Weare, New Hampshire I know exactly
where I'll stay...
June 23, 2005 - The Supreme Court Blunder
Today I am sad. I'm ashamed of our supreme court
that today ignored all references in the constitution that
gives individuals rights. Our constitution was
designed so that individuals wouldn't get trounced on by
government and for the most part that has been upheld
throughout our history.
The one area where individual rights are a little soft is
when it comes to eminent domain as outlined in the 5th
amendment. This means that if
the government feels something will benefit society more
than an individual they have the right to offer fair market
value for property to be used for government purposes.
An example might be when a road needs to widen and a house
sits too close to the current road. The government has
the right to offer fair market value for the house and force
the owner to vacate. This is a necessary law because
if we didn't have it, a person could stall an entire project
like a highway.
However, never has there been any rights to individuals
to do the same. So if I was a builder and wanted to
build a shopping mall where your house sat and you didn't
want to sell then I'm hosed--no shopping center.
But today the supreme court ruled that an individual
CAN take your property under the eminent domain law if
they can show that the taxes raised will be more than the
individual currently pays for that property.
This is simply WRONG on many levels. Let's supposed
that a builder does show that he can get several thousand
dollars a month when I only pay a thousand dollars a year
for the property. He takes my house after offering
fair market value and then goes bankrupt (gosh imagine a
builder going bankrupt--does that ever happen?). I'm
forced out of my home so the property can sit vacant.
Now, let's suppose he does get a shopping center built.
How much would my little chunk of land be worth NOW?
Instead of giving me fair market value at the time I
occupied the house, why not give me the value that it will
be worth once I vacate? I might just be WILLING to
leave if that were the case.
But no, the supreme court by a 5-4 vote will allow
individuals to force their business ventures down the throat
of individual property owners whether the owners like it or
My only hope is that if that really does happen the
community would not shop at those places.
May 12, 2005 - Update on Donnie Young
Come to find out, Donnie turned out to be quite a police
officer. He was awarded the highest honor that an
officer can get--the Medal of Honor, given to those who show
extraordinary acts of heroism. Add to that the
Distinguished Service Cross Award, 10 Official
Commendations, and 2 Commendatory Letters.
Video on Donnie's Distinguished awards (popup window)
They have identified the shooter of my friend Donnie
Young and the car he was driving. The suspect
confessed to his girlfriend that he was the shooter and the
car was found in Los Angeles where he has family. He
is a citizen of Mexico so the authorities think he might try
to flee the country.
Click Here to read about the shooter and see his
May 8, 2005 - My Friend Donnie Young Killed
I was watching the news tonight about the top story of a
police officer getting shot while providing security at a
baptism celebration for a family. I normally don't pay
too much attention to these stories because they happen all
the time in Denver. However, they put a picture on the
screen of the fallen officer. I immediately recognized
him as one of my friends from high school!!! His name
was Donald Young but in high school he went by Donnie.
He looked exactly the same in the recent photo as he did in
high school except back in the 70s he had a little longer
He was off-duty but in full uniform at the time according
to policy that mandates full uniform while working in an
establishment with alcohol. Apparently some attendees
left the party and came back but the Donnie and another
police officer wouldn't let them back into the party so one
of them got a gun and came back to shoot both of them in the
back. Donnie was shot in the back of the head and
back, and the other officer in the back but he had a
bullet-proof vest on so he survived.
I remember Donnie as a guy who got along with everybody.
He wasn't extraordinary in any way but he was friendly and
always had time to talk to you. He always seemed happy
and smiled a lot.
Donnie is survived by his wife and 13 and 5 year old
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May 2, 2005 - Maurice Clarett
The Broncos drafted
Maurice Clarett last weekend. He's the guy who
only played a year for
Ohio State and led them to a championship then sued the
NFL to enter the draft. He eventually lost the case
and spent two years away from football. His off field
problems made him a high risk but the Broncos picked him up
in the third round much to the dismay sports fans
everywhere. Denver currently has Tatum Bell who I
think will start this season. He is a very quick
runner but Maurice gets the 4 to 6 yards every carry.
That's what the game of football is all about. It's
rare to use the speed and break open for 60 yards. If
Clarett's off-field life is upstanding, I predict he will
eventually work up to a good enough player to either replace
Tatum Bell in a year or two or be traded for high value.
There's just not room for both.
April 1, 2005 - Terri Shaivo
The Terri Shaivo story got a lot of attention when her
husband decided to remove life support after what doctors
termed a persistent vegetative state. Terri's parents
offered to pay for all the medical expenses to keep her
alive and thus began a seven year legal battle for Terri's
This is one of those stories that is difficult to choose
who is right and who is wrong. After all, her husband
did promise "for better or for worse" didn't he? He
had been seeing another woman and they couldn't get married
because he was still married to Terri. Many say he
needed to move on because she would never recover.
Others said there have been lots of people in a worse state
than Terri was in and that they recovered. Never the
less, she is now dead--starved to death by removing the
feeding tube that kept her alive.
In Colorado we have had cases where an animal owner,
horses in most cases, have neglected the animals and they
are found malnourished. The animal owners get fined
and sometimes thrown in jail. Why is it OK to do it to
a human but not to animals? Some say that if she would
have had a living will she could have avoided all the
controversy by stating that she wanted to live or die based
on meeting certain criteria like so many years in a
vegetative state. But since there was no living will I
must ask, where is the paper that says she wanted to die?
Her husband claims this but remember, he wants to get
I had a family member in a similar situation. On
her wedding day, my aunt was involved in a head on collision
that left her mind in a limited capacity much like a child.
She saw all men and thought they were her husband. She
would throw temper tantrums like a child. I remember
my uncle hanging in there for years thinking she would snap
out of it and they could continue a normal life. It
never happened. He eventually divorced her, much to
the dismay of other family members, and remarried and had
kids. She died in a nursing home where she lived the
rest of her life after the divorce.
Where do I stand on this issue? The same as all
issues like this--LIFE IS PRECIOUS. I cannot even
begin to assume that I should decide if a person lives or
dies based on their quality of life. Not for
euthanasia, not for abortion, not for any reason. It's
a tough call but you must live by your values and I value
And before you want to marry and say "I do" think about
the what ifs. What if your wife ended up like Terri
Shaivo or my aunt? Would you still marry her knowing
that ahead of time? If you can't say yes, don't get
married. It took me a while to come to that conclusion
with my own marriage. Yes, my wife and I loved each
other but I couldn't bring myself to say that I would take
care of her no matter what for the longest time. I
remembered my aunt. When I could finally say I would,
I knew it was REAL love.
February 28, 2005 - Hollywood Politics
Yesterday was the Academy Awards or Oscar presentations
for the best in the field of big screen movies. Most
of the experts agreed on who would win and they ended up
being correct in almost every category.
I have never cared for the Oscars because it's Hollywood
voting for Hollywood. They aren't always in touch with
reality when it comes to what the public likes.
Without the public dollars, the actors would be nothing.
The People's Choice Awards holds much more weight in my
So I have a question: Where was "The Passion Of The
Christ" in the list of nominees for best movie? This
movie was a huge blockbuster and goes down as one of the
largest attended and money-making films of all time.
Why wouldn't it at least get nominated? Of course, we all
know the answer to that one--It's religious in nature!
It's clear that Hollywood, again, isn't in touch with the
general public. Surveys even show how the majority of
Americans believe there is a God and the largest religion in
America is Christianity. Yet Hollywood ignored the
impact it had on America last year around Easter. The
big movie executives didn't even go see this movie!
I have a friend who writes movie scripts and has
submitted several of them. His contact person told him
to stay away from religious scripts because nobody wants to
make those movies.
Do you think maybe Hollywood has an agenda?
February 23, 2005 - The Sport of Baseball Finally Gets
Recently, baseball has actually looked at banning
steroid use from its sport. Duh! Other sports
like American football have made steroid use illegal for
years. Why did it take baseball so long? The
controversy now is how we look at the accomplishments of the
athletes who have excelled at the game of baseball.
For example, Barry Bonds has the record for most home runs
in a season. No doubt he's been on steroids for many
of his seasons. But there are some who want to
discount the home run record because of steroid use.
After all, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris set home run records
without steroid use. Why should Barry Bonds be in the
Here's my take. I absolutely hate steroid use.
I also dislike Barry Bonds considerably because I think he's
a jerk. I don't like it one bit that he used steroids
to help achieve his goal. BUT HE STAYED WITHIN THE
RULES OF THE GAME TO ACCOMPLISH HIS RECORD!!!!
Bonds didn't cheat. He didn't cook the books.
He didn't use special equipment (here that Sammy Sosa with
your cork bat?). And he didn't just hit the ball over
the fence. He smacked the snot out of the ball,
sending it out of the ballpark in some cases. He
accomplished all this while teams wouldn't even pitch to him
by intentionally walking him to first base. But he
didn't do drugs, and he wasn't drunk on the field. He
simply used steroids which baseball allowed in their sport.
I can't discount his record because of this. I can
fault the overseers of the game of baseball who took so long
to make steroid use illegal in their game! It's
ridiculous that it took this long. What were they
February 23, 2005 - Cancer Surgery Anniversary
It was 12 years ago today I had surgery to remove a
cancer tumor. The doctor tried to frighten me when I
didn't go through a second surgery which would have removed
my entire thyroid. I decided not to do the second
surgery and look at me now--I'M ALIVE!!!!
February 9, 2005 - Party At HP
I work for a contract company at Hewlett-Packard and
early today they announced that the CEO of HP, Carly Fiorina,
was fired. It was a party atmosphere all day long.
People were high-fiving each other, singing "ding dong the
witch is dead" from the Wizard of Oz, and dancing in the
hallways. One guy even brought in a bottle of
champagne to work and shared it with everybody.
Another had a "Carly got fired" party after work hours at
As you've probably already guessed, Carly was not well
liked among the employees. She forced a merger with
Compaq and HP that nobody agreed with. Her bitter
fight with one of the co-founder's sons, Walter Hewlett, was
all over the news. She promised stock would go up but
instead it tanked and never recovered. The board kept
supporting her and covering their tracks even when it was
obvious they made a mistake. But they finally bowed to
stockholder pressure and fired the loser.
So what did she get out of the deal? 21 million
dollars in severance! Yes, they paid 21 million
dollars to get rid of her and they may still face a lawsuit.
Given her track record of losing money for HP I would say
that's a pretty cheap deal. Spend 21 big ones now to
save lots more later.
But how would I feel if I got fired and the entire
company rejoiced over my dismissal? I'll give you a
hint: $21,000,000 + over a $100,000 yearly pension.
I think I could live with the dislike.
February 4, 2005 - Ward Churchill
Here in Colorado the radio stations are buzzing with the
latest scandal involving the CU professor Ward Churchill who
compared the victims of 911 to Nazis in Germany saying that
it was partially their fault for the attack. Now the
CU board of regents are apologizing and contemplating firing
See related story.
So is it a violation of free speech if a professor gets
fired for saying what's on his mind? I say a
resounding "NO." Fire the guy.
Sure we have the right to free speech in this country.
The first amendment states:
"Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting
the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government
for a redress of grievances."
Along with rights comes responsibility. I learned a
long time ago that when you work for a company or represent
a certain group of people, speech isn't so free any more.
Mistakes in judgment come at some cost. I cannot stand
in front of an audience and denounce my employer and
elaborate how terrible the CEO is or degrade the company in
any way without expecting consequences. I wouldn't get
thrown in jail but I should be expected to be fired.
The professor will not go to jail for his comments but he
should be expected to be fired because as a representative
of his employer he put the university in a terrible light.
CU has already had its share of controversy over the last
year so this only elevates the black marks it has in the
We don't have absolute freedom of speech in this country
and we shouldn't. Try standing up in the middle of an
airplane flight and yell "Hijack" or say that you want to
kill the president while you're standing next to a secret
service agent. Those guys don't have a sense of humor.
You will find very quickly how "free" speech is defined.
January 28, 2005 - No Such Thing As Authentic Ethnic
OK, it's time to explain something that I've explained to
many of my friends (and they've been kind enough to let me
rant and rave). THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE WORD
AUTHENTIC WHEN DESCRIBING ETHNIC FOOD.
There are several Mexican restaurants in the town where I
live and it always kind of gripes me when somebody tells me
that I should try a particular Mexican restaurant because
they have "authentic" Mexican food. There are many
different tastes when it comes to Mexican food so which one
is authentic? Let's first examine the word
Authentic as found in the
Online Dictionary. There are several explanations
so I'll just show one:
"Authentic implies being fully trustworthy as
according with fact <an authentic account of the
perilous journey>; it can also stress painstaking or
faithful imitation of an original."
So the real question here is, "What is the original?"
How can you imitate something that is so diverse? If
my wife were to make meatloaf and my friend's wife also made
meatloaf, they would taste totally different. There
are all kinds of recipes for lasagna, spaghetti sauce, apple
pie, etc. There are even several ways to prepare a
simple hamburger but which one would you call authentic?
Is a McDonald's hamburger authentic? Do people in
Japan go to McDonalds and say, "this is authentic American
food?" What about Wendy's? Burger King?
And don't forget the mom and pop diner up the street (who I
always thing make the best hamburgers anyway). What
did the original hamburger taste like? How do
we know which of these restaurant chains "stressed
painstaking or faithful imitation of an original?"
There is just no such thing as authentic. My
mother-in-law and I have completely different tastes when it
comes to Mexican food. She has a Mexican heritage and
I do not. Does that make her an expert? Who
would be the expert on hamburgers? If I eat out with
my mother-in-law, either I like the food and have to hear
how bad it is from her, or I listen to how much she likes
the food while I'm choking it down (with LOTS of water).
I've learned to do two things:
1) Bite my lip real hard when somebody tells me a
restaurant has an authentic taste.
2) Don't eat at a Mexican Restaurant with my
January 28, 2005 - NFL is Greedy
What the heck am I going to do this weekend? There
are no football games! The NFL changed the rules a
while back and put two weeks between the last playoff game
and the Super Bowl. The ONLY reason for this is
simple--money! The networks will pay more money to get
stupid interviews about why a player chooses to wear a
particular kind of shoelace or what's a player's favorite
color, etc. DUMB stuff I couldn't care less about.
I hate that crap and it's all because there is now such a
waste of time that reporters have to dig up something from
As for the Super Bowl outcome I have conflicting things
going on between my head and my heart. I don't
dislike the Patriots but I like to see other teams in
the Super Bowl than those who have been in it several times
in the recent past. So I'm cheering on the Eagles and
hoping, just hoping that they can beat what my head calls
the next dynasty football team.
January 19, 2005 - First Entry - Anna Nicole Smith is a
Wow, I kind of forgot about this page with the Christmas
season and all. I got a real server up and running at
my house so I've been configuring it and having fun setting
up all the network permissions and file sharing stuff.
Anyway, I've been laughing at Anna Nicole Smith and her
"performance" at the 32nd annual American Music Awards.
As you may know, Anna Nicole Smith was Vicki Smith until she
posed for Playboy and after that Hugh Hefner told her to
change her name if she wanted to be famous. So she
did. Only thing is she's famous for all the wrong
reasons. She married a 90 year old multi-millionaire
to get his money. He died and left it all to her but
her late husband's children sued and now she gets nothing.
This gave the tabloids, bars, coffee houses and water cooler
visitors something to talk about. Then she gained a
ton of weight which always makes for good pictures in a
tabloid. But the American Music Awards night she was a
presenter. She wasn't up for an award but her
presentation wins in my book. She came out so drunk
that she made an entire fool of herself, yelling phrases
that have become popular in my household lately. She
lost weight so the first thing she does is get into a
seductive pose and ask, "Like my body?" At an awards
show!!! But what took the cake was when she started
ranting and raving about the guy she was presenting saying
that if she EVER records an album she'd want him to help her
produce hers and make "beauuuuuutiful duets" 'cause he's "freakin'
geennniouuuus!" Oh man, I almost fell out of my chair
laughing. She then stood there and the band had to
start playing to try and give her the hook.
So I ask myself. Did she do this on purpose?
Was it self-promotion? Everybody was talking about her
afterward. In fact, the host made fun of her the rest
of the evening saying he had warned her to stay away from
Snoop Dog's brownies and so on. Then I have to also
ask, "why do they keep asking her to appear at all these
events?" What else does she do? Is she good for
Oh well, at least it gave my family something to say
around the house for a few weeks. Very entertaining.
Click here to see the video of Anna Nicole Smith at the
American Music Awards, January, 2005.
November 19, 2004
Oh my gosh, am I getting tired of the low carb
(carbohydrates) products out there. Seems everywhere you
go you get blasted with the advertisements. It's such a
fad right now. My wife even felt pressure to cook low
carb food for our invited guests because one of them was on a
low carb diet (even though the guest told her not to worry
about it). Criminy. It's just a fad. I
remember the good ol' days when sugar was evil and the ads
touted low calories. I even understand the idea of low
fat diets more than low carbs although I once bought a bag of Twizzlers
and on the front of the bag it said "Contains Low
Fat." Yipes, what about all the sugar?
Truth is that carbohydrates provide fuel for the
body. We know that too much of certain kinds can lead to
diabetes, vascular disease or coronary heart disease but then
isn't that true for just about anything? Foods rich in
whole-grain carbohydrates can provide lots of vitamins &
minerals. Athletes watch their carbs and make sure they
have fuel before a big event but do I have to lower my carb
intake just to lose weight? I know that I'm overweight
because I eat more than I release (nice word for crap
huh?). I have a desk job so I don't exercise much which
makes my metabolism next to nothing. I don't eat a whole
lot but because I don't exercise it doesn't go away
easily. I'm not stupid and I don't blame anybody but
If you want to lose weight then exercise and eat less, for
crying out loud, and get your hand out of the potato chip bag!
Info on carbohydrates:
Harvard School of Public Health
Doctor's Medical Library
November 14, 2004
Ok, it's been almost two weeks now since the election and I'm
getting real tired of all the whining from the anti-Bush
people. I wish all the people who wanted to move to
Canada if Bush got re-elected would follow through and
LEAVE. I call that addition by subtraction.
A Denver radio station was collecting donations to send one of
those people on a one way ticket to anywhere but
America. Funny thing is everybody backed down when it
came right down to it. There was one guy who was serious
and the number of volunteers who called in and offered money
to send him away was enormous.
Oh well, I guess I understand what the whiners are going
through. I felt physically sick the entire day that
Clinton got re-elected so I understand their pain. Why
people can think he was a good president is beyond me.
His supporters always bring his presidency down to two
things--the economy and "it was only sex."
Truth is, the economy was driven by the explosive boom of the
internet startups. Money and investments were being
thrown at them in large quantities. Then when the
expectations of internet companies didn't live up to the hype,
they folded sending the economy in a sharp downturn.
Both the rise and fall of the economy happened on Clinton's
watch so if you attribute the boom you must also attribute the
bust to him. As for the second reason, I say it's not
about the sex as much as what he did after that.
Clinton lied before a grand jury which makes him a federal
criminal. He should have been thrown in jail and
stripped of his presidency for committing a federal
crime. Bush hasn't done anything even remotely similar