Friday Mile Marker

Today we should celebrate 1 million visitors to this site, in a little over ten months time.  What an accomplishment guys, thanks for your support.  I don’t think there is a blog out there that can lay claim to something like that.  It is simply incredible, and you guys helped make it happen.

Thanks a lot.

Friday already, where did the week go?  Just seems like it was the other day and it was Monday and now here I find myself, end of the week.  So what do we talk about?  Lottery sales in the USA are up, as the economy progressively erodes and times get bad, it appears that people are turning to the lottery as the possible solution to their problems.

Bad move.

Taking what precious few dollars they have left over and playing the lottery in the hope of winning instant deliverance from their economic woes isn’t going to cut it.

42 states are now reporting that lottery sales are on the increase and several states are considering another method of collecting revenue by starting up their own lottery games.  The lottery is nothing but a tax on people who are very bad at math.  Records are being set nationwide, a bad indicator of our dire predicament.  Take a moment here to day dream — What would you do with all that money?

Yeah I know, I will get some mail on that one.

I am reading where the government is going to try and buy back my old hoopie and that the cost is going to be roughly $5 billion per year for this program.  It is called the Old Clunker Program.  What amazes me is how we routinely look at “billions of dollars” as commonplace numbers.

Remember the old days, when it was just “millions?”  I can recall when that would be considered a WHOLE LOT OF MONEY but when you put it up against all this other crap, it just appears to be insignificant pocket change now.

Here is some more good news, talk about biting the hand that feeds you?

Detroit is now coming back for another pound of flesh, they want to raise the gasoline taxes in order to get the price of fuel up, to force you to buy one of their dinky marginally effective fuel stingy cars.  Nothing like spiking artificial demand for your product.  You can read more about it here.

Mesa Arizona – The city utilities department hired goats to clear weeds and brush from the slopes at its water treatment and reclamation plant. The 80 animals are under a six-month contract. Using machines is difficult at the site, and the goats are expected to do a better job in a more environmentally responsible way.  Finally someone with some sense emerges from the dust and chaos of 2008.

This is government that is progressive and a step in the right direction.

Another piece of news out of Phoenix – A group of lawmakers want to ban the use of speed enforcement cameras on state highways. The main sponsor, Republican Rep. Sam Crump, said the cameras are unfair and intrusive. Passage of the proposed law would shut down a program under which a contractor has already installed 69 of 100 planned cameras.  Personally I am all for this, you see, I got bagged by an airplane and a camera and it cost me about $175.

It was in Colorado and the cop when he asked me to sign the ticket said, “Doesn’t this bother you, this is pretty expensive.” I just smiled and said, “Nah, you ought to see what I got away with!”

(Why whine and cry about it, you are caught, right?)

In order to keep the peace and tranquility of my marriage I am often required to watch television that I do not support or agree with.  Such is the case of American Idol, twice this week I have been asked to sit and watch this spectacle of absurdity on Channel 25.  A lot of it sounds like a Basset Hound standing on his own ears and howling in the backyard to me.  I got nailed for two episodes of it this week.

And I thought Dancing With The Stars was bad?

One last note and then I will leave you to your day.  Austin Texas – The company that owns the TV show American Idol sued in federal court to stop a weekly Stripper Idol
contest at Palazio Men’s Club here. FremantleMedia North America also wants to seize Palazio’s profits from the event for amateurs. Palazio managers said they don’t plan to end the stripping contest because it bears no resemblance to the TV show.  Now being a man (as we all know who are basically pigs), I would gladly show up for a few episodes of this.

Sign me up!

I am now off to the doctors office.  It is that time again.  Same old routine.  The nurse starts with the basics.  “How much do you weigh?'” she asks. “200+,” I say.  The nurse puts me on the scale. It turns out my weight is 201.

The nurse asks, “Your height?”“5 foot 9”, I say. The nurse checks and sees that I only measures 5′ 8″.

She then takes my blood pressure and tells me it is very high.

“Of course it’s high!” I scream, “I have been forced to watch two episodes of American Idol this week and when I came in here I was tall and slender! Now I’m short and fat!

She put me on Prozac.