Archive | Misc RSS feed for this section

Thanksgiving Hypocrite Conservatives

28 Nov

I remember growing up looking forward to Thanksgiving. I would get to see family I had not seen in a long time. Stories were shared, fun times were had and live long memories were made. Family was the most important thing.

Today, all Thanksgiving is to most people is a day to eat more than normal (or maybe not) and to go buy material wares in a guise of “saving” money. For the shopping to happen and the “savings” to be available a store has to be open. And for a store to be open, employees will have to sacrifice a day designed to celebrate family away from theirs.

Every single person who claims to be a conservative should boycott stores whom are open on Thanksgiving. The stores need to be only filled with people who think less of family and others. That is not supposed to be conservatives. We spout all the time about “family-values” and their continued deterioration of them in this country, and the world. Yet when conservatives have a chance to make a real difference they put those convictions of “family-values” aside so easily for the all mighty dollar.

Some will try to make the counter argument of, “But not everyone wants Thanksgiving off. Some people want to work and make extra money!” And to those people I would say thank you for proving my point. The fact people are so focused on making more money, to buy and have more stuff, is the exact problem with our society, country and world I am speaking about.

So for everyone of you conservatives who goes shopping today for those “bargains” just remember they come at a price. Nothing in this world is free. The price being paid is the continued erosion of real family-values, which was one cornerstone which made this country so great.

I’m Offended at Those Who Are So Easily Offended.

8 Apr

People have different beliefs regarding faith, politics, family, etc. In the United States of America they have the right to express those different beliefs without persecution from the government, at least that was the idea in decades past. Now one cannot practice those beliefs if one, just one, person is offended. I’m sorry, actually no I’m not, it’s time for people to get over it.

No where in the founding of the United States is it written people do not have a right to offend one another. Quite the contrary. By having the right to freedom of speech, being offended by something is guaranteed to happen. Someone will at some point say something to offend someone. What has gotten out of hand is the ridiculous oppression of speech by those who are so easily offended.

I’m offended on a daily basis by what I hear some people say. I have two choices, let it go or get worked up over it. Sometimes I let it go and sometimes I get worked up. What I do not do is run to some slimy lawyer and sue the person. Only the weakest, wimpiest people on this planet do something like that.

I’ve had just about every thing about me made fun of in my life. And yet, I’m still alive and breathing. I’m working and contributing to society financially (even after having the government steal money from my paycheck) and in various other ways. I cannot imagine what posses people to be so worked up they go out and get some waste of space lawyer to sue someone for being offended.

It’s time for people to get their feelings off their shoulders and “man up”. Don’t like the way someone did something? That’s fine. Have an opinion and feel free to voice it. Just don’t get offended when not everyone agrees with you. Welcome to the real world. Welcome to reality. Welcome to planet earth. Life’s tough, wear a helmet.

Oh the Huge Manatee: Target Catches Unnecessary Grief for Color Label

5 Apr

Ah the PC police are at it again. Seems someone on planet earth was yet again offended by what another person did. Shocking isn’t it? Apparently Target, the step above Walmart retailer, had a plus sized dress for sale with the color description of “Manatee Grey”.

While on the surface this could appear to be a cheap shot at fat/overweight women and it seems someone got their feelings hurt by his knee-jerk reaction. The offendee? Susan Clemens (aka Twitter user @suZen). She found the discrepancy between the color label of the plus size version of the dress and the “regular” size version, which uses the color label “Dark Heather Grey”.

Continue reading

Friday Funny – Yankee Judging a Texas Chili Cook-off

15 Feb

Yankee Judging a Texas Chili Cook-off
Please note, Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Boston.

Frank: ‘Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing right there at the judge’s table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in. I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge #3.

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:

CHILI # 1 – MIKE’S MANIAC MONSTER CHILI

Judge # 1 — A little too heavy on the tomato. Amusing kick.
Judge # 2 — Nice, smooth tomato flavor. Very mild.
Judge # 3 (Frank) — Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that’s the worst one. These Texans are crazy.

CHILI # 2 – AUSTIN’S AFTERBURNER CHILI

Judge # 1 — Smoky, with a hint of pork. Slight jalapeno tang.
Judge # 2 — Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
Judge # 3 — Warning! Danger! Keep this out of the reach of children. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver. They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

CHILI # 3 – FRED’S FAMOUS BURN DOWN THE BARN CHILI

Judge # 1 — Excellent firehouse chili. Great kick.
Judge # 2 — A bit salty, good use of peppers.
Judge # 3 — Call the EPA. I’ve located a uranium spill. My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano. Everyone knows the routine by now. Get me more beer before I ignite. Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest. I’m getting shit-faced from all of the beer.

CHILI # 4 – BUBBA’S BLACK MAGIC

Judge # 1 — Black bean chili with almost no spice. Disappointing.
Judge # 2 — Hint of lime in the black beans. Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili.
Judge # 3 — I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it. Is it possible to burn out taste buds? Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills. This 300 lb. bitch is starting to look HOT … just like this nuclear waste I’m eating! Is chili an aphrodisiac?

CHILI # 5 – LISA’S LEGAL LIP REMOVER

Judge # 1 — Meaty, strong chili. Cayenne peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick. Very impressive.
Judge # 2 — Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato. Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement.
Judge # 3 — My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes. I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics. The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili may have given me permanent brain damage. Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher. I wonder if I’m burning my lips off. It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming. Screw them.

CHILI # 6 – VERA’S VERY VEGETARIAN VARIETY

Judge # 1 — Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili. Good balance of spices and peppers.
Judge # 2 — The best yet. Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic. Superb.
Judge # 3 — My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames. I crapped on myself when I farted, and I’m worried it will eat through the chair. No one seems inclined to stand behind me except for Sally. Can’t feel my lips OR my face anymore. I need to wipe my ass with a snow cone.

CHILI # 7 – SUSAN’S SCREAMING SENSATION CHILI

Judge # 1 — A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers.
Judge # 2 — Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment. **I should take note that I am worried about judge number 3. He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably.
Judge # 3 — You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. I’ve lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water. My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth. My pants are full of lava to match my shirt. At least during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed me. I’ve decided to stop breathing. It’s too painful. Screw it; I’m not getting any oxygen anyway. If I need air, I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

CHILI # 8 – BIG TOM’S TOENAIL CURLING CHILI

Judge # 1 — The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili. Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence.
Judge # 2 — This final entry is a good, balanced chili. Neither mild nor hot.. Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself. Not sure if he’s going to make it. Poor feller, wonder how he’d have reacted when we started tasting some really hot chili?
Judge # 3 – -No Report.

Friday Funnies – Misc

11 Jan

Match Game: Target Set to Match Amazon Pricing Year Round

8 Jan

Brick and mortar retailers are facing increased pressure from their online counterparts. More and more consumers are “showrooming”, the process of going to a physical store, touching and testing a product, then using their smartphones and some apps to find the lowest price available to purchase the product. Many times the lowest price is at on-line retailer. Not only have the brick and mortar stores lost sales, but they have to still pay all the expenses which go along with having a physical location.

Target has apparently had enough of this situation and is aiming directly at one of the on-line “big boys” in battle: Amazon. According to Target’s CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, “We know that our guests often compare prices online.” While going directly at on-line retailers, like Amazon, Target is also going after other brick and mortar companies as well by matching their on-line prices. Target will be matching prices from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Toysrus.com and Walmart.com.

The rules for the price match work when “a customer buys a qualifying item at Target and then finds an identical item for less in the following week’s Target circular or within seven days … Target will match the price.” Of course there are other specific rules a customer must follow, and this is where Target will be able to squeeze out of some of the price matches.

According to Target’s rules the “price guarantee states that the price-matched item must be the identical item, brand name, size, weight, color, quantity — and even model number.” The last part is where Target gets the out. There are times when an identical item is made but a retailer may have a different model number than another. This will leave Target a out by telling a customer the product they purchased is not the “exact” same as the one they found on-line.

The frustrated customer can then either try to return the item to Target, which is notorious for being very picky on returns and will store customer information with a third party for possible denial of returns in the future. Or the customer can keep the product, choose to not shop or greatly reduce their shopping at Target and use them as a showroom.

Of course Target could be very customer friendly and match the prices of products which are clearly the same but have the technical, purposefully changed model number. This would be very good customer service, which is another reason customers didn’t buy from a brick and mortar store. From the Market Watch article:

Among shoppers who say they engage in showrooming, 40% say that they actually never intended to shop online, but did so after experiencing poor customer service and support in stores, according to a recent survey by the Kellogg School of Management. Of the 1,900 shoppers surveyed, 59% say they received poor or average service in stores where they recently shopped.

So while matching prices is a big step, if a retailer, on-line or not, doesn’t treat its customers well, they will go elsewhere. Some additional food for thought and the retail business gets even more competitive in the coming year.

 

Source –
Target vows to match Amazon’s prices – Market Watch

Feeling Peppy: Prison Entrepreneurship Program

3 Jan

The United States, being a nation of laws, must enforce them to keep our relative peace. By doing so prisons were created to house the varying degree of law breakers. Some of them are there for “small” crimes others for things much, much worse. Over half of those who are released commit a crime and go back to prison. As noted in Wikipedia, “A 2002 study survey showed that among nearly 275,000 prisoners released in 1994, 67.5% were rearrested within 3 years, and 51.8% were back in prison.” [1]

The cycle habitual return to crime (ie. recidivism), is a problem for society as a whole. People who go to prison are rarely rehabilitated. This is a key to breaking the cycle of recidivism. Is there anything being done to creating the key? Enter the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, PEP.

PEP is a entrepreneurship program focused on refocusing the minds and hearts of men in prison. It takes the same basic business concepts they were using for their illegal businesses and refocuses them into creating legitimate business which actually contribute to their communities. From the About Us page on the PEP website [2]:

“… Former Wall Street investor Catherine Rohr founded PEP in May of 2004 when she toured a prison and noticed that executives and inmates had more in common than most would think. They know how to manage others to get things done. Even the most unsophisticated drug dealers inherently understand business concepts such as competition, profitability, risk management and proprietary sales channels. For both executives and inmates, passion is instinctive. …”

There is, of course, some initial and understandable skepticism of any program which claims to reform those who have been in prison. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program has the results to prove it is a legitimate and successful model. Some statistics from the Results page on the PEP site [3]:

3-Year Recidivism
Texas: Around 25%
PEP: Less than 5%

Employment
Within 30 days of release: 70%
Within 90 days of release: 100%
Average Starting Wage: $9.51/hour
Average Time to Find Job: 26 days

Entrepreneurship
# PEP Graduate Businesses: At least 106

Housing
# PEP Transition Homes in Houston: 2
# PEP Transition Homes in Dallas: 1
Total Capacity of Homes: 41 beds
% Grads Released to PEP Housing: 65%

Outreach in 2011
Family Members Visiting Prison: Nearly 400
Executive Volunteers in Prison: Over 400
Business Plan Advisors: Over 200

Where prisons are failing, PEP is succeeding. The Prison Entrepreneurship Program is setting a model for others to use and implement. It is also raising the standard for real rehabilitation of those in prison. The net results are more than financial. The healing of families and raising children with solid morals and values makes society better and stronger.

Not every person in prison is able to get into the PEP program. There will always be those in the prison system who are beyond rehabilitation and need to stay behind bars for the safety of society and themselves. But for those who truly want to change, who have the potential to give something back to a society they were harming, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program is a key to changing the game of repeat offenders.

I highly encourage everyone to look into the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and spread the word. If we, as a people, want to see real changes to those who have violated the laws of the land more programs like PEP are a very good place to start.

References –

  1. Incarceration – Wikipedia
  2. About Us – PEP Website
  3. Results – PEP Website