Tapped Out In Phoenix
The state could run out of money to pay its bills as early as next month and may have to borrow in the short term for the first time since World War II. An analysis by the state treasurer’s office shows that Arizona’s fund balance could dip to negative $50 million on Feb. 23 or by mid-March under a more optimistic scenario. Not long ago, California was reporting the same problem, no money in the till. It is amazing, they collect all of this money, tons of money, and they never seem to have enough.
One More Fallen Flag
Griffin Georgia – Spalding County officials said a textile plant that employs about 350 people is expected to close next month and move its operations to Brazil. The plant, formerly called Dundee Mills, manufactures towels and other textiles and was once the county’s largest employer. It is operated by Fort Mill, S.C. based Springs Industries. Will the last person to leave America, please turn off the lites.
What’s In A Name — Evidently big bucks.
When I registered http://www.BoxcarOkie.com it cost me $15, why? Because no one else had it, no one else wanted it, and I thought it up. Unfortunately for President Bush and his handlers, it didn’t work out that way. George W. Bush’s presidential library domain name has been retrieved after a Web developing company accidentally let it expire – and it apparently came at a high price.
Raleigh, N.C.- based Illuminati Karate paid less than $10 for the http://www.GeorgeWBushLibrary.com domain name and sold it back earlier this year for $35,000 to the library’s contracted Web developers, Yuma Solutions, said George Huger, lead Web developer for Illuminati Karate.
Like P.T. Barium was fond of saying, “There is a sucker born every minute.”
The George W. Bush Presidential Center – which will eventually include a library, museum and public policy institute – is being built at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Although it is built on the grounds of an institution of higher learning, it will be staffed with people who are not professors or scholars, but rather, government lackeys. I suppose most of the information contained will be of the “fiction variety.”
If you are a big Bush fan, come on back at Six O’clock we are going to have a doozy for you it is entitled … “It’s On The Tip Of My Tongue.” … Come early in order to get those choice seats up front, beat the rush, Six O’clock tonight.
Class Act – Pay Attention General Motors
Hyundai is allowing consumers with problems to return their cars to the dealers. If the purchasers have problems with their job (lose it) or undergo an adverse life occurrence such as physical disability or self employment bankruptcy. Now here is a class act, General Motors could learn a lot from these people, but of course, after losing market share to them anyway, I suppose they already have.
What’s On The Tube
Early converter purchasers for the new converter boxes that will hook everyone up to the new television network next month are finding that the picture is a lot clearer. Everything is becoming crystal clear and they are finding a nice surprise in the quality. About 93% of the nations 1,759 stations are now broadcasting in digital. Word has it there is hope that there might be an improvement in programming, and actually something worth watching on NBC, but reports on that are still kind of sketchy.
Turn it Off Save Some Money For Your Bail
A man in Port St. John Florida, was jailed for allegedly stealing electricity from Florida Power and Light. The house was decked out with Christmas lights on top of that. Neighbors said, at night, it was one of the brightest homes on the block and investigators said the man living there didn’t have to pay a dime for the power.
He is accused of stealing electricity for months for his home, by rewiring the inside of the meter and then closing it up and replacing a red tag to conceal the change from meter readers.
Electricity theft can cost power companies millions of dollars, passed on to other consumers, and they say re-wiring live power lines could end up costing you your life. Now as we understand it, he is being held in the County jail on charges of grand theft of services and petty theft. Not only does he have his power bill to pay, he needs $25,000 to bond out of jail.
Pow! Pow! Halt — It’s the Police.
Oakland California’s BART’s (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police chief asked for patience from the public on Sunday after video footage surfaced showing one of his officers fatally shooting an unarmed man who was on the ground on a station platform on New Year’s Day. This plea of compassion came after an attorney for the dead man’s family said he planned to sue the transit agency for $25 million.
After California police officers accidentally made the unarmed man lie face down on the floor and accidentally handcuffed him, and then one of them accidentally draws his gun and accidentally shoots the guy in the back. Bad Cop No Donut.
Georgia Crack Down
Atlanta soon could be the latest city to outlaw sagging pants. The City Council is set to consider the issue at its weekly meeting. Council members are proposing the new law, which would “make it illegal to expose one’s undergarments in a public setting.” The measure would be included in an ordinance already on the books which bans simulated acts of intercourse and exposing or touching one’s genitals or breasts.
Atlanta must be a fun place, eh?
If approved, anyone found in violation of the rule could be fined up to $100 and given eight hours of “work on the public streets of the city.” (most likely sweeping up old used condoms) Proponents have called the sagging pants, crack showing, snoop dawg droopy drawers issue “an epidemic” and “a major concern” as the issue has been debated nationwide and similar laws have been passed.
Critics say the law unfairly targets youths of color. Perhaps so, but the rest of us are sick of looking at yo nasty crack cause you are too lazy to hike up your pants. I say go for it and make the fine $500.
It is just not worth it
One in ten young people in Britain think life is not worth living, a report published today has claimed. Of 2,000 16- to 25-year-olds surveyed for the Prince’s Trust, 12% said their life was “meaningless”, while 14% thought “life has no purpose”.
One in five felt like crying “often” or “always” and nearly half (47%) felt regularly stressed. Which really reminds me of my sex life right now, but that is another post altogether.
The worst affected were those not in education, employment or training (In the U.K as I understand it, this group of people are called Neets). Thirty seven per cent of Neets polled claimed to be down or depressed compared to 27% of all those surveyed by the polling body
Further reasons for unhappiness included feeling no sense of community, not feeling safe to walk around at night and not having anything to do. Having a dead-end job was also cited as a major contributing factor. The findings revealed “an increasingly vulnerable generation.” However, over 70% of all those surveyed and 60% of Neets said they felt happy with life.
We now have more TV channels than you can shake a digital box at, all offering total crap, thereby proving that choice and quality in broadcasting are inversely proportional to each other. We have cell phones with cameras that have enabled juvenile thugs to go around filming each other attacking total strangers and sending the images to their equally reprobate friends via My Space, Utube.
We have removed the Pledge of Allegiance, God and Prayer from our schools.
Require that children in school speak a language other than their own; memorize instruction manuals written in Klingon by Martians who failed their high school course in intergalactic languages.
And any time they routinely bark at us, we give them every gadget, widget, and thing under the sun they desire … And we wonder why they are unhappy?
Well gotta run, time to mix my prescriptions and read Margaret & Helen.