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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Don't Mess With An Ex-Marine!

So, what's right with this picture? Okay, a guy goes into a gas station (sounds like a joke is about to come up, right? Nope. Real story), purchases a lottery scratcher and is scratching it off to see if he won. He feels this hand inside his front pants pocket. Thing is, he had just visited an ATM and withdrew 300 bucks which was residing in that very pocket.

Side note: The guy with the lottery scratcher and the pocket with $300 is 72 years old BUT is also an ex-marine and a Golden Gloves winner and a retired iron worker. Do not mess with this guy unless you want to come out of it with one less hand.

Back to the story. The guy with the offending hand is about to grab the contents of said pocket when the 72 year old takes the offending wrist, punching with his 72 year old fist into the face of the offender who happens to be 27 years old. The manager of the gas station got into the middle of it and stopped this but only after the guy with the hand got belted a few times with feeling.

So, the 27 year old now has a story to tell to his roomy in his cell. Well, maybe not. If it gets around that a 27 year old guy got defeated by a 72 year old guy, he might be the laughing stock of...well, the stocks, so to speak. After that, he might become an easy mark for anyone who wants to practice with a punching bag. Guy with hand in somebody's pocket equals punching bag.

Ummm, looks like that works. Oh yeah. The lottery scratcher was a bust too.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Just A Personal Note On The News

Every once in a while, the news just gets to me. Who doesn't remember Sept.11th? Who doesn't remember the pain of watching the Katrina and Rita tragedies? Don't you, once in a while, want to see something on the news that's good? Oh, the network news anchors all do a "feel good" piece every now and then but what I want to see is non-stop good news. Okay, that is probably fantasy island stuff, isn't it.

So, I do try to put some feel good posts on this blog. Look down a couple of posts and you will see my post called "Cat-astrophy In The Sewers". Not the most original title I realize but it does have a zing and there is a really nice ending to the story. I loved that one.

If you cannot find something good to write about from the news, just enjoy my little kitty story.

Cat-astrophy In The Sewers

What do you do when a kitten is in a sewer drain? Why, you get out the whole shootin' match. In Parkersburg, W.Va., a small kitten was in a storm drain and would not come back out. But the big story is what it took to get the tabby out. Ready? Two fire trucks, five firefighters, several animal rescue folks and roughly 250 gallons of water.

Apparently, they had been trying to coax the little kitten out with good words and food but tabby wasn't buying. Took about an hour and a half before they figured out what the cat knew in the beginning. She ain't comin' out, no how, no way!

So, firefighters got really creative....banged on the end of the pipe and flashed lights. Didn't work. But what did work was about 250 gallons of water flushed through the 10 inch pipe, just enough to get kitty's feet wet. Now yer talkin'. Kitten ran out of the pipe into the arms of a rescuer. And after that, tabby was resting comfortably at the local Humane Society.

But, that isn't the end of the story. No siree. Tuesday, a warm hearted person signed adoption papers. Tabby will have a home! Oh yeah!

Stem Cell Bill Veto'd

Lately, things haven't exactly been right in this country. But today, though you may disagree with me, I find that Mr. Bush putting a veto on that stem cell bill has to be one of the most right things done. I do know this is a hot topic. I know that lots of people believe that their lives will be better with stem cell research going forward. I might agree with that as long as the research includes the several ways that this can be accomplished without using an unborn fetus or an embryo grown specifically to do research.

For instance, researchers have found that the fluid from the umbilical cord is fertile with stem cells able to be used for all sorts of research. Why is it necessary to use unborn children? Why must we murder more children in the name of science? Frankly, I think those people who are so up in arms about using puppies and kittens ought to see that using children is far more devastating than using an animal. Don't get me wrong here. I do not believe in using the animals for frivolous reasons in research. You don't really need animals to do research on makeup.

Embryonic stem cell research is not ethical in any sense of the word when the embryo is raised specifically for research. That is a distruction of life. And I am certain I will step on toes here when I say that it works that way with killing the unborn children in an abortion. I am pro-life. I am always going to be pro-life. And by the way, the label is NOT **anti-abortion**. It's PRO-LIFE!!!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Judge Says Feds Overstepped Their Authority

Feds like to search emails of people they are wanting to prosecute. Unfortunately, they got a little ahead of themselves one too many times. They had no warrant. It's sort of like when they want to tap your phone line. Technically they are supposed to have a signed warrant from a judge before they can proceed. Guess the feds didn't think it was necessary for emails.

A Federal Appeals court ruled against the government today (Monday) in a fraud case where the the investigators overstepped their bounds and illegally searched the stored private emails. The case is being watched very closely by civil-liberties advocates because of the newly emerging internet privacy issues. A panel of three judges ruled that a citizen has the expectation of privacy in their stored email.

The government, of course, disagreed believing that though the transit emails are covered under wiretap laws, the same cannot be said for email that has been stored by the server. The court contends that this is a Fourth Amendment right.

Finally, judges that are standing up for OUR rights. Thank you!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Honesty In News Reporting

I have to admit that there are not too many really good things left in this world, not compared to what it was like when I was a kid, some 42 years ago and more. It was simply an easier life. However, now it is not easy nor is it cheap. Yes, I do know the old joke.

When I find someone who is showing that he or she is honest in reporting and in their lives, that's the person I am more likely to watch on the news. There is such a person. His name is Charles Gibson. From what I have seen of him on Good Morning America and on the World News Tonight, he gets all 5 stars from me for honesty in reporting, at least as far as I can tell.

Now, he has gone even higher in my opinion. He spoke at the Union College graduation in Schenectady, N.Y. During the speech, he urged grads to practice honesty and fairness all through their lives. He has established a scholarship fund in his father's name to be awarded each year for a student in need.

He stated that "It sounds old-fashioned, but I will tell you there are ethical imperatives in this life. Compassion. Honesty. Fairness. Trustworthiness. Respect for others. If those things are not the bedrocks of your life, you will suffer for their absence in time. And I would wager you won't much like yourself."

So, kudos to Charles Gibson!!! Thank you for reminding us that these are important values in our lives, much lacking in the country and world.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

New Blog Looks Great!

Had a comment from a person who read my blog. Thank you! I'm just a gal from Arkansas that has seen a few things that don't seem right. We need to comment on that sort of thing as much as possible.

Anyway, I took a peek at her blog which has a great look. I love that flash movie. Some posts are very informative as well. So, if you want to check out what looks like a relatively new blog, Forward Thinking is the one! This is a blog that deserves the category of What's Right With The World!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Grats To General Pace

My hat is off to General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who gave his stance on adultery and gay sexual acts which he called immoral. Thank you, General! America needs to hear this. It is not about spotlighting gays or the people caught in acts of adultery. This is about the moral values of the people of the armed services. This is about the idea that this country was brought together in the name of God. This is about honor. Too many people these days do not care about honor, morality or values.

It was rather classy of him to say that it was a personal opinion which someone asked of him. It was not a bashing of those who practice these things. There are so many who say to those of us who are against openly gay acts that we are homophobic or haters. I am NOT homophobic. I am NOT adultery-phobic either. I simply think that this is something that should be a private matter, not out there openly flaunted. In my opinion, it is up to the adult individual what they do with their lives but it is also up to them to be concerned about other people and their beliefs too. It is called RESPECT, something a lot of people do not have for others in this day and age.

So, do not bash General Pace for his open stance against these acts. Applaud him. He is exercising his right to speak out just as those who oppose him do and are still doing. This is still the United States of America and last I looked still free to voice an opinion, no matter how the other person sees it. Way to go!!

Grats To General Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon's top general said Tuesday he should not have voiced his personal view that homosexuality is immoral and should have just stated his support for the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in an interview that has drawn criticism from lawmakers and gay-rights groups.

The written statement by Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not apologize for his stance on homosexuality. In a newspaper interview Monday, Pace likened homosexual acts to adultery and said the military should not condone it by allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces.

After a flurry of condemnation Tuesday, Pace issued a statement acknowledging that the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays is a sensitive subject and said: "I should have focused more on my support of the policy and less on my personal moral views."

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Former NFL Vet Lives In Shelter

Once in a while, you find what is good with this country. Sometimes, you find that there are still decent people in the world. NFL veteran player, Donnie Green, fell on hard times. Green who played for the Buffalo Bills for six years, now 57 years old, has been living in a homeless shelter. A number of injures have made it impossible for him to work. Now, NFL greats are coming to his aid as part of their campaign to for those older, retired players. There's a great big thumbs up for these guys!!!!

Former NFL Vet Lives In Shelter

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Some NFL veterans are teaming up to help one of their own who now lives in a homeless shelter.

The Gridiron Greats are coming to the aid of Donnie Green, a former Buffalo Bill. It's part of the group's campaign to improve pensions for pro football's older, retired players.

Green, now 57, played for the Bills for six years before retiring and falling on hard times. Knee and back injuries have left him unable to do any strenuous work, and for the past four years he's made his home in a shelter in Maryland.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A Correction And A Happy Note

A few days ago, I mentioned the lady who threw the cup of ice into a car. She was facing 2 years in prison for the road rage action. At the time I believed that the sentence had already been set, that the judge had ruled in the case. All the stories I read led me to believe that. However, yesterday the lady was given her sentence. I am rather happy to report that she received probation instead of the 2 year sentence that I had reported before.

All I can say here is that I must give a great big thank you to the judge who has decided to be reasonable, totally unlike the prosecutor who should have recommended this in the first place or community work, which to me would have been the right thing to do as well.

The best thing is that the lady will now have her children restored to her. She will likely think twice about her actions in the future and her husband will be able to come home from Iraq to a wife and children instead of finding out that his family has been torn apart while he was gone serving his country.

That's it for the moment from What's Right With This Picture? Everything!!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Jet Blue or Jet Glue?

It seems that passengers on several Jet Blue flights a couple of days ago had to sit in the airplane, on the tarmac within sight of the terminal for a period of up to about 10 hrs. Even the pilots could not get through to the people who could do something about the mess. What was causing the problem? SNOW! Blizzard. It was terrible and terrifying.

Now, Jet Blue has a reputation for customer service and satisfaction. The CEO of Jet Blue backed that up by telling the passengers who had to sit for so long that it was unacceptable (meaning somebody or somebodies are going to lose their jobs which is only right considering what the customers had to go through with their decisions). Who in their right mind would let passengers in several planes sit for up to 10 hrs. within sight of the terminal? Whoever it was has received their walking papers by now, if the company keeps up their satisfaction policy.

Unfortunately for Blue, or possibly Glue at this point, the customers do not believe that "unacceptable" is enough. Well, seems the CEO agrees with that and is refunding the tickets and giving a round trip ticket to everyone involved. But that is not acceptable either says one passenger. She did not feel that it was enough. Okay, I can understand that up to a point. She sat in a plane for several hrs. with staff in the plane setting the toilets up as off limits when they got to overflow. Uh, where were the needy folks going to go after that, may I ask? I dunno either. Uh, did someone ever hear of portable stairs? Emergency deplaning? Did anyone have even half a brain with all this?

Well, since I did not go through what they did, it is hard to decide what is right and acceptable. However, I believe some kudos should be for Jet Blue because they are trying to work it out with folks. Isn't that worth something, at least? I know that it is the least they can do but it also shows that they cared enough to try to right a wrong done. Perhaps they could find a way to compensate these folks in other ways too.

Jet Blue or Jet Glued to the Runway

NEW YORK (AP) - JetBlue Airways Corp. tried to calm a maelstrom of criticism Thursday, after passengers were left waiting on planes at a New York airport for as long as 11 hours during a snow and ice storm. The airline said 10 incoming and outbound flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport were "significantly delayed" with customers on board during Wednesday's storm. Reasons included congestion, frozen equipment and an effort to keep planes ready to go in case the weather broke, said JetBlue spokesman Bryan Baldwin.

More than 250 of JetBlue's roughly 500 flights nationwide were canceled Wednesday, but "fairly normal" service resumed Thursday, he said. Calling Wednesday's delays "unacceptable," the airline planned to offer the affected passengers refunds and free flights.

And there you are. One more for the Are You Serious section!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Anti-American Cleric Flees Iraq for Iran

And just when you thought that things were getting worse...they get better. This so-called cleric flees to where? Iran. Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't Iraq and Iran in a really long war not too terribly long ago? And weren't the clerics, at that time, acting like they hated Iran? What has changed here? Well, guess this guy didn't like the hot kitchen so he got out. Translate that to..there was a security crackdown and he was afraid they would find out about him. One of his buddies says that he left weeks ago. Yeah, right.

Personally, I do think that many of the clerics and other "in power" type folks are really the enemies of Iraq getting back to a state of stability. That would be a major reason for all the bloodshed right now. I don't have too much more to say about this. I just thought it was a curious thing that this guy flees his homeland to a proven enemy. Wonder if he ever was funded by anyone over there? Who knows.

Anti-American Cleric Flees Iraq for Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fled Iraq for Iran ahead of a security crackdown in Baghdad and the arrival of 21,500 U.S. troops sent by President Bush to quell sectarian violence, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Al-Sadr left his Baghdad stronghold some weeks ago, the official said, and is believed to be in Tehran, where he has family. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss U.S. monitoring activities, said fractures in al-Sadr's political and militia operations may be part of the reason for his departure. The move is not believed to be permanent, the official said.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Magnet Schools...What Are They and Are They Good For Us?

What is a magnet school? That question came up in a nearby community in our state recently. And the stuff hit the fan. The big deal was that some folks did not want such things for their elementary school age children. Others were very much for this since this type of school focuses on particular curriculm rather than just cover the standard "readin, writin and rithmetic". So, I went looking to answer the question of what a magnet school is and a few more. Here is what I found:

1) A magnet school is one which functions in the traditional school setting, but with an emphasis on a few target areas of instruction to best prepare students for the future. South Beaver Elementary School

Or

2)A magnet school is a school or education center that offers a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different racial backgrounds. Magnet schools were conceptualized as one response to remedy racial segregation in school enrollment. As a desegregation strategy, magnet schools allow for the reassignment of children or faculty to reduce, eliminate or prevent minority group isolation in one or more K-12 schools of a local education agency. Magnet Schools Definition

I guess the problem I have with this second definition is the idea of setting up a school system that is there strictly for the purpose of desegregating schools. However, the second definition, while likely true to an extent, is not what I have found them, or at least one of the magnet schools, to be. Therefore, the first definition, granted it was for a specific school but relevant nevertheless, is the one that satisfies what I know to be true.

Since I live in Arkansas, I tried to discover what, if anything, was so special about a magnet school. I also wanted to know if such a school existed in our state. Frankly, I had only to look in my own family to find the answer. A member of our family attends a magnet school, an especially fantastic school at that. It is amazing in it's approach to teaching, incredible in it's skill in graduating superior students that go on to places like MIT. The last school year, 2005-2006 graduated 112 students (they usually house up to 150 students, junior and senior high). The grants and scholarships totaled some $10.2 million. That's 112 students that took home an average of $850,000 EACH. Did you see that? Now I call that a valuable school indeed.

Now, I cannot tell you what other magnet schools are like but I can tell you that this particular school is scholastically far above the national average. It is a very tough school to graduate from but the rewards are incredible. The classes are college level, sometimes beyond what is taught in a normal college. Certainly, it is far above most high schools.

So, what is the value of such a school? Friend, it's our future and it's about time we found a way to build more such schools because if we do not, our country will fall even farther behind than we are now. So yes, I am for magnet schools, at least that are like this one.

That's all for now from What's Right With This Picture?