Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Key West SUP

Key West Blue Heaven Rendezvous

Key West Food and Beverage

No place is better. While the oil spill has me depressed, this needs to be shared.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Imagine a total economic meltdown

Imagine you can't feed your children. Imagine you can't take your wife or husband to the doctor. Imagine you can't pay your house note or for your car. Imagine you've lost everything generations of your ancestors worked to create.

The Bush economy - maybe but not this time.

We're talking about British Petroleum's oil spill. We're talking about the effect it will have on folks on the Gulf Coast from Louisiana all the way through Florida.

Millions of people depend upon the waters of the Gulf for their livelihood. They are the fishermen, the tour guides, the hotel workers, the bar and restaurant owners - but that's just the first level. Then you have the auto dealers, REALTORS, bankers, grocery stores, etc who sell to these people.

Finally, you have the tax base. If these folks can't earn a living, they can't pay taxes. Guess where the burden will fall.

British Petroleum, in one moment of poor management, has hurt us worse than any enemy attack. No one even has a way to guesstimate the billions of dollars lost.

But we're also talking about respect. I'm an American and I'm offended that any company believes it has the right to foul my resources. Who are they to do this and how stupid are we to allow it? It's as if they came into our living room and...well...soiled the carpet.

A great description of the damage comes from one of my favorite columnists Carl Hiassen. See it here and see more on BP's economics here. See a video of the damage here.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer really is a racist

Time to just put the cards on the table. Sure, the new immigration law might not target Latinos (wink, wink). It's just another plank in a law and order agenda. Naturally, some of us remember those from the past.

Now, the Guv said that most illegal immigrants carry illegal drugs.


That's amazing. However you stand on the issues of illegal immigration, you can't really believe this - unless, of course, you're one of those people who believe President Obama is Muslim.

Does the Guv have inside info? Have we been led astray with these stories of hard working folks? If so, who's working the fields now? I mean - if you're rolling in drug money, would you really be picking blueberries in Michigan?

Rumors are that Governor Brewer will release more incredible info next week. Expected to be on the list are revelations that African-American people have rhythm, Asians are good in math, and white people are screwing up the country.

Sorry - couldn't help myself on the last one.

BTW - Jan Brewer is a racist. Pass it on and get out the Latino vote in Arizona. If this goes on, we're going to petition Colorado to cut off their water.

Judge likes British Petroleum too much

A Yahoo News Report said that U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman - you know, the guy who overruled President Obama on the offshore drilling moratorium - has heavy investments in - quick, guess what - oil and gas companies.


Call me cynical, but I'm not. Surely a president has the right to say that we should wait a little while and reaccess our position on a subject. Apparently, that's only true if the judge doesn't lose money on the deal.

Gimme back my country!

British Petroleum is taking our jobs and destroying our economy. They're also destroying the one thing that each generation should pass on to their children - the environment.

Stand up. Sign the petitions and write your representatives. That's your beach they're destroying.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The British Petroleum oil spill - from the beach

It will cost billions of dollars. Folks and families are being destroyed. British Petroleum is out of control. What does it look like from the beach? Here's one short video from Destin Beach, Florida.

Folks, they're taking away some of the best our country has to offer just to power SUVs. Is it really worth that?

Monday, June 21, 2010

I want to ride my bicycle

Ever wish your bike was more flexible? Well, this video (thanks Bike Snob) shows one alternative.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

An open letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama:

I voted for you. I donated a lot of money. I've never been so happy as when you least over political things anyway.

I voted for you because you represented change. I voted for you because your predecessor ravaged the environment,  ignored the rights of minorities (particularly gay and lesbian minorities), and just generally acted in a way that made me, an American currently living overseas, want to tell people I was from Canada. Okay - I voted for you because McCain is a loser and Palin a pathetic, hating loser. Can't forget that.

I really wanted change.

Now, I feel like you're selling me out.

You always try to compromise with people who won't compromise. Make that mistake once or twice and no problem. Keep making it and I'm not so sure what you stand for.

You're soft on protecting wolves, whales, sea turtles, etc. You supported lifting the restrictions on off-shore drilling. You seem unable to move forward in Afghanistan or get out of Iraq.

You fiddle around on the GLT issue and nothing happens.

Oh, don't want to forget the economy. It sucks. Where are all those "green jobs" you promised?

I don't want this to sound wrong. Given the same choice we had last time, I'd vote for you again. But, I doubt I'd donate money to the campaign.

Do something. Tomorrow, allow gay and lesbian folks to serve openly in the military. It won't hurt anything and it will help a lot of things and people.

Sure, some folks will get out of the military over that issue - who cares? The military is meeting their recruitment goals anyway. Haters are replaceable.

Don't forget - anyone who gets out of the military over serving next to gay folks is a hater - do we really want them in combat?

Also, be serious - if you really loved your country and that was really why you were in the military, you wouldn't get out over this.

You could make that change with the stroke of a pen.

Then, support the whales at the IWC. Stop kissing up to Japan...hell, to a minority in Japan. We need to stand for something. It shouldn't be Sea Shepherd alone protecting whales - it should be the U.S. government.

Tell Salazar that wolves matter. They're a critical part of the ecosystem and we aren't hunting them en masse from helicopters, etc any longer. Leave the hate to Palin. She does it better anyway.

Make the next 2 years count. If you don't, there won't be another four - unless of course the Republicans keep apologizing to BP and other stupid Nazi tricks.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Get rid of which big government?

It's very popular for Tea Baggers and their ilk to condemn Big Government. After all, who could be for it? Hell, I work for the government and I'm not for it.

But, let their checks not come and the whole process of complaint changes. Perhaps the saying should be changed to Get Rid of Your Big Government - Not Mine.

Carl Hiaasen explains this very well here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New vehicle for men with er...shortcomings

With the loss of the Hummer, men with certain er, shortcomings faced new insecurities. Really, can a 4X4 Excursion cover their lack of confidence?

Well, relief is on the way.

No, it's not a new surgery that works or a certain extension device. There's a new vehicle that dwarfs the Hummer. So, if you can't be big enough in some places, you can compensate in others.

As for women who drive these, well, I know what you're wishing. But hey, they can provide it in Thailand.

See it here.

Guys...really...if you have this much concern, you need counseling.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Great shaggy dog and cop story

The camera work isn't the best but the story is awesome.