28 August 2010

Internet down

Texting from my trusty iPhone. When my high speed server gets their issues fixed will post. Do have a lot of posts in draft - will see about getting those posted. Texting sure is the slowest way towrite when you are a 10 fingered typist! :). Everyone have agreat weekend and while you are waiting for new posts how about cruising thru the archives? There is a search box to search this blog. Take a test drive and see how you like it.

26 August 2010

Majority in Poll Say America Still Not Ready For Big Disasters

*** Our government has a long way to go to convince Americans it can handle large scale natural or man made disasters.






From Denny: It's no surprise that most of my fellow Americans believe our government is still not ready to properly handle a big disaster. Pushing the nasty politics aside that the Republicans dished out onto the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the largest American disaster ever, that definitely complicated matters - our government still suffers a lack of quality coordination and fast response times.

The truth is that Bush and Cheney had dismantled key components of FEMA and other agencies, preventing them from reacting in a timely fashion and on a large enough scale. President Obama has had so many fires on so many fronts because of how the Republicans have crippled our government from being able to operate that Obama's attention has yet to rest upon restoring key elements of emergency response for inside America.

It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina struck on 29 August 2005 and still this great country has yet to get its act together to handle severe emergencies. America is the only nation on this earth that has the most violent weather. With global warming that weather severity has increased. We are foolish not to address our infrastructure vulnerabilities and government responses.

And it looks like a lot of America agrees that America still isn't ready - even after five years and now an oil spill disaster. This oil spill just highlighted how much our government agencies have to learn and how much Congress needs to get busy reining in and penalizing Big Business for running such shoddy operations that risk the economy and the safety of the American people.

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center poll released today had these results where they surveyed equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and Independents:

* 57 percent say the country has not improved its disaster preparations

* 38 percent said the country is more ready than it was.

* 69 percent think progress has been made rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf (As a Louisiana blogger I can tell you that we have made great strides).

* People in the South - which includes Gulf Coast states - feel most strongly about it, with 75 percent saying progress has been made. In other regions, a combined 66 percent see progress.

* Only 63 percent of Democrats were convinced than Republicans and Independents, saying reconstruction has moved ahead.

* Pew conducted the poll from Aug. 19-22, interviewing 1,003 randomly chosen adults by telephone, including those on landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Poll: 57% Say U.S. Still Not Ready for Disasters
Five Years after Katrina, Just 38% of Respondents Think Country Is Better Prepared to Handle Natural Disasters


*** NASA Photo of Hurricane Katrina


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23 August 2010

Roundup of Late Night Funnies - 23 Aug 2010

*** Check out the latest jokes from late night comics this week, along with some of the most current cartoons and LOL funniest videos from the likes of Colbert and Stewart.






From Denny: It seems every time you turn on the TV news there is a revolting story about how bed bugs have suddenly multiplied 500 percent, ravaging Americans all across the country. Bed bugs are chomping on people at home, at restaurants, at hotels and second hand furniture stores. That will teach you to do dumpster diving for free furniture.

Of course, those of us who live in the South are experts on pest control compared to our Northern cousins who are downright neophytes. The truth is we cheer our local pest control guys as much as our football teams. It's the key to our success of being bed bug free. Try it sometime. It really works.

Enjoy some of the funniest video clips of late from the crazy minds of Colbert and Stewart.



Funny Videos Featured:


Funny Video: Campy Bed Bug PSA - Leave it to Jon Stewart to ferret out the campiest PSA done on bedbugs.

Funny Video: Colbert on America as 'The Straight Meat in a Big Gay Sandwich' - Outrageous Colbert labels America as the straight meat filling of a gay sandwich since Canada and Mexico legalized gay marriage.

Funny Video: Stewart Rips Fox News Lies About Ground Zero Mosque - Comics have endless material ripped from true headlines, like Fox News creating controversy to keep from sinking lower in the news ratings.




Bill Day



From Jimmy Kimmel:

President Obama was in Hollywood for a star-studded fundraiser. They raised a million dollars and converted him to Scientology.

The president's security left traffic in Los Angeles paralyzed. It took some people two hours to get home from work, when it usually only takes 96 minutes.

I don't understand why the president has to drive. He could just flap his ears and fly anywhere.



Henry Payne




Scott Stantis



After three weeks of jury deliberations, Rod Blagojevich was convicted yesterday on only one of the 24 counts against him. The one count he was convicted for? Transporting illegally silky hair across state lines.

He could get up to five years, though that's very unlikely. He'll probably do somewhere between Lindsay Lohan and Lil Wayne.

Can you imagine Rod Blagojevich in a prison jumpsuit? He'd look like a traffic cone with a Koosh ball on top.


Moderately Confused


President Obama had a 24-hour vacation on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Some Republicans are attacking him for not staying longer. They have a point. President Bush used to vacation for weeks at a time.

The president was there to promote tourism in the Gulf. He even jumped into the Gulf to prove it was safe. Unfortunately, he did a cannonball right onto a pelican.

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have reaching a custody agreement. Neither of them is allowed to say anything bad about the other parent or the other parent’s family in front of Tripp. So basically nobody is allowed to speak in front of Tripp.

Everyone is talking about Steven Slater, the flight attendant who cursed at a passenger, grabbed two beers, and slid down the escape slide, in what may be the best resignation ever. In fact he's so good at quitting, they're thinking about making him the next governor of Alaska.

It could be the first time in history that someone has been arrested for going down an inflatable slide.

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled that all Mexican states must recognize same-sex marriages registered in Mexico City. So men can now marry in Mexico, but they still can't honeymoon in Arizona.


Jerry Holbert



From Jay Leno:


According to the Wall Street Journal, there is a growing movement among Democrats to replace Joe Biden as VP with Hillary Clinton in 2012. Do you realize that if that happens, for the first time Hillary will be directly under a president.

Fertility clinics in England say they are facing a nationwide donor shortage and are looking for international sperm donors. Finally a job Levi Johnston is actually qualified for.

According to U.S. and Iraqi commanders, if the U.S. pulls out of Iraq, their borders will be vulnerable and they won't be able to stop anyone from entering their country. Well, join the club.

President Obama may be willing to meet with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. How does that make the governor of Arizona feel? The president won't meet with her, but a four-foot tall Holocaust-denier in a Members Only jacket? No problem.

The White House is defending President Obama's sports activities over the past week, saying that everyone needs leisure time. Thanks to these economic policies, 9.5 percent of Americans have all the leisure time they need.

The economy is so bad, the Obamas are thinking about taking their next vacation in the United States.

If anyone is looking for a job, there's an opening for a flight attendant at JetBlue. … Steven Slater, the famous JetBlue flight attendant, dropped so many F-bombs on that plane that he got a thumbs up from Joe Biden.


Those fallen sports heroes...


Jerry Holbert




Steve Kelley




Marshall Ramsey




Drew Sheneman




From Craig Ferguson:


In 'The Expendables,' Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger beat up Sylvester Stallone for convincing them to invest in Planet Hollywood.

Schwarzenegger was only in the movie for five minutes, but during that five minutes, he achieved more than in all his years as governor.

When Schwarzenegger heard the title 'The Expendables,' he thought it was in reference to California's teachers.




Chris Britt




From Jimmy Fallon:


Al-Jazeera's English-speaking channel was nominated for an International Emmy. On the red carpet, Joan Rivers will be like, 'Who are you wearing? And why is it ticking?'

Levi Johnston is running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. The current mayor said Levi Johnston should get his high school diploma and keep his clothes on if he wants to win. And then Levi was like, 'Dude, he just told me how to win. What an idiot.'



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Funny Video: Stewart Rips Fox News Lies About Ground Zero Mosque

*** Comics have endless material ripped from true headlines, like Fox News creating controversy to keep from sinking lower in the news ratings.





From Denny: Fox News has been on a desperate mission to pump up their news ratings as they are an abysmal last, trailing far behind the big networks. So, what to do? Well, start spouting racist garbage in an effort to galvanize what's left of their crazed base before they get exiled to retirement homes as far away from their kids as their kids can send them.

Stewart enjoys demonstrating to Fox News opining pundits just how contradictory they truly are by pulling their own news clips. Ridiculous is as ridiculous does. Stewart visited the bizarre debate in this country about the planned mosque building that is near not on Ground Zero.

Of course, Stewart's favorite to lampoon is really odd Glenn Beck who worries about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man spearheading the project: "We don't know what he's planning to do in that cultural center." Roll tape and there is Imam Rauf actually sitting on the Fox News couch saying the same thing.

Stewart turns to British comic John Oliver to get his take on the controversial construction. Oliver pointed out that it's not a question of "right" or "wrong," but of "can" and "should." For example, "You can build a Catholic church next to a playground - but should you?"



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Funny Video: Colbert on America as The Straight Meat in a Big Gay Sandwich

*** Outrageous Colbert labels America as the straight meat filling of a gay sandwich since Canada and Mexico legalized gay marriage.






From Denny: Just when you think Colbert can't get any more outrageous, well, here he is with his usual grinning ridiculous. He does so love to lampoon any sacred cow a society even thinks it might get to venerate. In this case that's the Republican conservative idea of marriage is only meant for men and women, not men and men or women and women.

So, what does a self-respecting comic do with controversial taboo subjects in a culture? Why lampoon them from every angle, like the newly legalized gay marriage laws in Canada and Mexico.

America is still struggling with the notion of affording gays full human status. It is amazing how less than one percent of the population can actually be a wedge issue politically but the Republicans keep beating the drum to keep their base engaged. That base has now dwindled down to the range of 17 to 20 percent of the country, from a high of 48 percent.

"Invasion Of The Country Snatchers," is where Colbert lays out his concerns about the "invasion" of our country by immigrants, saying "This land has not seen this big a foreign invasion since the May Flower landed."

However, Colbert admitted he's "more concerned about our own gay citizens fleeing to Mexico or Canada where gay marriage is legal. This makes America the straight meat in a big, gay sandwich." Such is the funny Colbert logic.

Colbert asks: "Who will we turn to when we need a second class group of citizens to marginalize? This mosque thing isn't going to last forever."



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Invasion of the Country Snatchers
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Funny Video: Campy Bed Bug PSA

*** Leave it to Jon Stewart to ferret out the campiest PSA done on bedbugs.






From Denny: This is a video clip of the segment called "Bed Bug & Beyond" from The Daily Show and Jon Stewart. Talk about strange. Famous Italian actress, Isabella Rossellini, stars in an avant-garde PSA that teaches us about the bed bug infestation. This PSA actually discusses bed bug sexual anatomy and fertility. Yeah, that's right. I told you this crazy video was campy.




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22 August 2010

Posts Roundup at Dennys Blogs - 22 Aug 2010

*** Check out news, political opinion, political humor and funny cartoons, recipes, science news, poetry, funny posts, photography, spiritual thoughts and great quotes.





From Denny: I tell ya, this summer heat index of 116 degrees Fahrenheit, along with the WikiLeaks nutjob child who thinks he's stalking me on this blog, you know it's a full moon out tonight. This poor kid has scrambled eggs for brains, taking a second and third run at me.

Guess it's time to go ahead and do another WikiLeaks post to explain to him and his silly little friends living in some gaming fantasy world in their heads that real life is not a computer game. It's much more serious because the people who are stalking them are out for a lot more than winning their props as a gamer.

As far as posts go I did manage to find some interesting health and science news and had some fun with some photo posts too. Take a look.



The Social Poets:


BP Screws Over Gulf Residents With New Claims Restrictions - BP continues to play the shell game of moving the pea with misdirection and sleight of hand, with the definition of "legitimate claims" an elusive target to hit for residents.

Economy, Afghan War, America, World Politics Cartoons - 21 Aug 2010 - This week's political opinion delivered through the national cartoonists.

Obama Family Photos and New Michelle Obama Portrait Unveiled - Enjoy the new First Lady portrait and a few other well done photographs of the First Family.

Scumbag WikiLeaks Founder Assange Charged With Rape in Sweden - Sweden charges WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, with rape and molestation.

Poetess Defies, Shocks Saudi Arabia - A brave woman in the Middle East dares to criticize her religion and her culture - through a live TV national poetry competition, the Arab world version of American Idol.

Funny Back to School Quotes and Cartoons - Cheeky Quote Day 18 Aug 2010 - Get a grin at some great cartoons and funny quotes about parents' favorite time of the year: when the kids go back to school.

Funny Video: Truth Is Bush Tax Cuts Are 30 Percent Of Our Deficit

Roundup of Late Night Funnies - 16 Aug 2010 - Check out this week's funny late night jokes and latest cartoons lampooning politics to American culture, with a funny side dish of funny video clips thrown in to keep you grinning.

Funny Video: Newt Gingrich Mocked by Colbert For Lack of Morals - Check out Colbert as he mocks the amoral Gingrich trying to make a political comeback for President.




The Healing Waters:


Lonely people: Under More Pressure Have Higher Blood Pressure - Be aware of how loneliness can impact your daily health.

How Can You Predict The Strength of Your Relationship? - Check out the latest study and new test devised to help you predict the strength of your relationship.





The Soul Calendar:


Check Out NASA Images of Devastating Pakistan Floods - These aerial view flood images of the entire country of Pakistan are mind-boggling in their scope of how the monsoon flooding is affecting the lives of millions.

New Tomb Uncovered in Egypt With Colorful Art - The fun side of archaeology is what you find in pristine condition after thousands of years.





Dennys Funny Quotes:

Funny Odd Hunh?! Cartoons - 21 Aug 2010 - Check out this week's grinners to soothe your work week stress.

25 Ridiculously Funny Celebrity Duck Face Photos - Laugh at celebrities posing for the camera, mocking sexy.





Dennys Food and Recipes:


4 Casseroles 4 School Night Dinners: Chicken, Tex Mex, Tamale, Shepherds Pie - Check out some family favorites, easy and quick to cook - and nutritious.

Muffin Monday: 5 Yummy Breakfast Muffins - Skip the coffee shop muffin, make your own, save some money and save a whole lot of calories too.





Beautiful Illustrated Quotations:

7 Quotes: Defining Joy in Our Lives - 7 quotes to consider about how we live our joy.





Visual Insights:


Raucous Tea Party Republicans Cartoons - 21 Aug 2010 - Check out what the cartoonists are lampooning about the Tea Party and the Republican idea of politics this time!

Dennys Photo Gallery: Beautiful Yummy Artichokes and 11 Recipes

Arts: Whimsical Fiber Artist Ed Bing Lee - This fiber artist has a sense of the whimsy while he explores new ways to use simple knotting techniques to develop his art.

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*** Coffee cup from Brazil photo by Quoquo at flickr


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BP Screws Over Gulf Residents With New Claims Restrictions

*** BP continues to play the shell game of moving the pea with misdirection and sleight of hand, with the definition of "legitimate claims" an elusive target to hit for residents.





The BP Claims Fund

From Denny: Remember that sweet deal the President made with BP about setting up the $20 billion claims fund? Everyone in America thought it was great and people would get compensated. Finally, we all could start rebuilding and move past this huge environmental disaster.

Then, a snag: Oh, by the way, BP never funded the claims fund in the first place. So, out comes the claims administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, begging BP in public to fund the claims so the checks he writes would not bounce. Then, no word on that front from BP or the government.

Latest changing definition of eligibility

Now, the latest in the long stalling tactic from BP is yet another insult to everyone's intelligence: suddenly new application guidelines appear on the horizon. The new rule is that if you live within one mile of the shore you are the only ones who will get compensated. Are they crazy?

This disaster has impacted all the way up the coast in Louisiana to Baton Rouge (capital city of the state), hundreds of miles away, where many businesses here supply the oil industry. In fact, many Baton Rouge residents work on the oil rigs - gone for weeks at a time. These guys commute, folks, hundreds of miles to work - yet they don't qualify for compensation???

Obama's oil moratoriums killed what was left of the Gulf coast economy

When President Obama enacted his first and then second oil moratorium the economy in Louisiana has now come to a standstill. Everyone is trying to keep treading the financial waters - and a lot of businesses have already gone under in this state. Now BP claims they won't process claims from any of these people who live beyond a mile from the shore?

Ken Feinberg hopes to bring sanity and decency to the process when he takes over the claims process

Ken Feinberg, a Washington lawyer, takes over BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility on Monday morning. He has been down here on the Gulf talking to residents and explaining the process. While people in this area can understand there are greedy opportunists across America claiming how they are hurt by this oil spill and you want to weed them out - why is the government and BP denying the truly legitimate claims?

"If you have documented your claim, you will be paid in 48 hours," Feinberg said at a public meeting Friday. That's the rub. BP keeps changing the definition of proper documentation.

Feinberg works to get out payments while Republicans in Congress sit on their hands refusing to help small businesses

Feinberg says he hopes to process individual claims within 48 hours and then the business claims within seven days. These people have already been waiting since April 22. Just how long do you think those small businesses can hold on? The Republicans have held up the legislation in Congress to help small businesses rebuild. The Democrats have yet to get this bill passed. Now that waits until September when Congress comes back to Washington after enjoying their vacations - while 20 million Americans are now foreclosed upon and homeless, out of work and desperate.

Feinberg faces a daunting task once he gets past the immediate necessity payments. He will have to assign some kind of dollar value to the damages which could exist for years to come. Feinberg has received claims from 48 states, far away from the Gulf coast and downright suspect of how much they were affected by the oil spill.

Who actually does qualify for immediate payments?

BP is calling the latest changing definition of "legitimate claims" as "emergency claims." People who live within a mile of the shore and make their living on the water are the only ones to qualify as eligible:

fishermen
shrimpers
oystermen
crabbers

Who will never get paid for a claim?

Remember all those businesses on the various Gulf coast beaches - like restaurants, hotels and small shops that lost tourism business? None of them are eligible to be compensated, not now or ever.

Others that will not be reimbursed, including claims for:

• loss of property value
• mental health claims
• loss of jobs due to drilling moratorium

What's the good news?

So, what's the good news now that Feinberg is taking over come Monday morning? He's getting rid of the BP claims workers who have lied to and harassed the claimants and replacing them with newly trained workers. That's a great start as their newly stated goal is to process claims efficiently, quickly and finally start answering questions when asked. All 35 offices will remain open.

What does a claimant give up when accepting some payment?

Some of the sticking points for receiving those payments? Claimants can receive from one to six month's worth of compensation without having to give up their right to sue. However, if you do file for and receive a lump sum payment later in the year they have to give up their right to sue. Feinberg still has not settled upon whether giving up their rights to litigate will involve only BP or will include the other companies like Transocean involved in the oil spill.

Feinberg's wants refiling of previous claims not yet paid

Now that Feinberg has taken over he is requiring everyone who has already filed a claim to file yet a new claim, though without resubmitting previous documentation. The reason for that? BP did a lousy job of keeping up with the paperwork. There were people who never filed claims yet received claim numbers. How did that happen?

Currently, BP "claims" they have already paid out $374 million in claims. Yeah? I'd like to see that paperwork since they can't seem to document anything else well.

BP is also making the "claim" that if the $20 billion fund runs out they will still continue to pay "legitimate claims." Their words are as hollow as ever to the people on the Gulf coast.

Gulf coast residents unhappy with the latest new rules imposed upon them

"The word 'happy' is not in the dictionary," said Feinberg. "Nobody can be expected to be happy. These citizens have suffered a great harm. Few will consider themselves happy over this."





Oil Spill Claim Guidelines Cause Uproar
Obama's Pick to Run BP's $20 Billion Claims Fund Says Businesses Far Away from Gulf Coast Might Not Get Paid

Feinberg plans to be more generous than courts in oil claims process

Gulf Claims Chief Says No-Sue Rule Was His Idea


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21 August 2010

Economy, Afghan War, America, World Politics Cartoons - 21 Aug 2010

*** This week's political opinion delivered through the national cartoonists.





From Denny: Collecting these cartoons every week really demonstrates the national mindset on an issue. I post the pros and the cons from the cartoonists - unless the opinion expressed is an obvious lie of propaganda manipulation or just plain hate. An honest opinion is acceptable even if a negative one.

In the end, opinion is contingent upon all the facts getting delivered. Much of what passes for opinion in America is actually manufactured by political strategists working overtime to confuse Americans away from solving the problems in this great country. For, if Americans quit fighting each other - like over this wedge issue of the mosque building near not on Ground Zero in New York City - we would clearly see who is manipulating us against ourselves and what they have to gain by doing so.

So, people like me plod on trying to get the weak minds in this country to stop screaming long enough to see how they are being manipulated against their own best interests. I'll let you know when - if ever - we get a "break through" in the uphill process. :)

As to the Iraq War supposedly is over, well, it sure does not look like it. Just because 50,000 or so combat troops were pulled out and sent over to Afghanistan doesn't look like mission accomplished. It is simply not convincing when generals go before the media cameras to announce how they will be ready to rush back into Iraq if the Iraqis botch their own security.

Either we are in or we are out, make a decision, Mr. President and stick to one side of the decision line. It's this kind of continual "hedging your bets" that Democrats do in public that hurts our party with the American people, making us easy targets for the Republican strategists to strike a bulls eye.

This ambivalence is unacceptable. It's this constant wavering and uncertainty that has all of America so uncomfortable in the first place: the economy, jobs, excessively high unemployment to the tune of 20 percent in some large cities and now this war that is only "half over." The only way for leaders to calm a large country in chaotic times is to be definite, be certain and act decisively.



Economy and Politics of Voting:


Scott Stantis




Walt Handelsman




John Sherffius




Gary Markstein




Jerry Holbert




Lisa Benson




Chip Bok




Gary Varvel




Chip Bok




Mike Luckovich




Steve Kelley



Jerry Holbert




Clay Bennett




Michael Ramirez




Michael Ramirez




Michael Ramirez




Chris Britt




Matt Davies




Steve Breen




Clay Bennett




Michael Ramirez




Scott Stantis




Chris Britt




Steve Breen




Clay Bennett




Robert Ariail




Chuck Asay




Lisa Benson




Chuck Asay




Moderately Confused




Robert Ariail




Jack Ohman




Jack Ohman




Marshall Ramsey




Jack Ohman





House Ethics issues never die for both sides of the aisle because politicians only think of themselves instead of the good of their party and the good of America:


Steve Benson




Walt Handelsman




Steve Kelley




Gary Markstein




Robert Ariail




Prosecuting slippery politicians is just that - slippery:


Bruce Beattie




Chip Bok




Jerry Holbert




Steve Benson




Chris Britt




Scott Stantis




John Sherffius




Dana Summers




Mike Luckovich




Mike Luckovich






The ongoing Afghan War and the "maybe we're done but maybe we're not" Iraq War:


Matt Bors




Steve Benson




Clay Bennett




Chris Britt




Steve Benson




Don Wright




Jack Ohman




Jeff Stahler




Jack Ohman




Steve Sack




Mike Luckovich




Nick Anderson




Gary Markstein




Jeff Stahler



The terrible flooding in Pakistan is the most effective, sadly, to change hearts and minds:


Steve Sack




John Sherffius




Rob Rogers




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Funny Odd Hunh?! Cartoons - 21 Aug 2010 - Check out this week's grinners to soothe your work week stress.

Raucous Tea Party Republicans Cartoons - 21 Aug 2010 - Check out what the cartoonists are lampooning about the Tea Party and the Republican idea of politics this time!



*** Bozo Sapien Award by I'm Fantastic at flickr



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