It’s been awhile since we have done a “Quick Hits” post so we thought we’d do one now.
For those that are new to the blog, “Quick Hits” posts are where we take a look at some interesting news and stories that don’t have enough “meat” in them for a full post.
On top of that, we throw in a “Rule 5” picture to supposedly help increase viewing traffic and we end up with a post for the day.
The Georgia Better Business Bureau and the Georgia Power Company are warning customers of a scam that will rob the victims of their money.
The scammers call people and tell them that President Obama has passed a grant that will pay for the person’s utilities.
Investigators said the scammers ask for people’s Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers. The victims are then given a fake routing number to a bank and the money routed will go toward paying their utility bills.
The victims walk away thinking their bills have been paid while the scammers have access to the victims’ bank accounts.
We are posting this story as a public service, but also we were amazed at a quote by one of the victims of the scam:
“I didn’t think it was a scam because they are not asking for personal information,” Washington said.
A Social Security number isn’t “personal information?”
Stand proud Florida as two strip clubs are fighting in court as to which club will have the first ever stripping appearance of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman. (more…)
Here we are again with another in our series of “Quick Hits” where we try to shed some light on items of interest as well as have a “Rule 5” lass for the graphic.
We are sure that you remember the idea that there is no issue with voter fraud, or problems with the voter registration rolls, right? The Democrats have tried to say there is no voter fraud and have actively attacked any attempt to have voters be verified at voting polls. The site PJ Media sheds some light on this subject.
I have learned that Florida election officials are set to announce that the secretary of state has discovered and purged up to 53,000 dead voters from the voter rolls in Florida.
But surely people aren’t voting in the names of dead voters, the voter fraud deniers argue. Wrong.
Consider the case of Lafayette Keaton. Keaton not only voted for a dead person in Oregon, he voted for his dead son. Making Keaton’s fraud easier was Oregon’s vote by mail scheme, which has opened up gaping holes in the integrity of elections. The incident in Oregon just scratches the surface of the problem. Massachusetts and Mississippi are but two other examples of the dead rising on election day.
Remember: according to the Democrats, there is nothing to see here….just go about your business….
This next story is one that is just ripe for all sorts of puns. We will try and stay above them, but we can’t promise.
As part of the stimulus package, the Federal government gave grants to the University of California in the amount of $1.5 million dollars. Of the $1.5 million dollars, $1.2 went to study how to increase the truthfulness of study participants when they are asked about their sexual history. (more…)
Here we go again with some “quick hits” – stories of note that we want you to know about, but don’t flesh out into an entire post. And once again, our “Rule 5” lady reflects the start of the baseball season.
George Washington has been selected as the “greatest foe ever” of the British according to a headline in the Telegraph. Of course, the headline is somewhat misleading and one has to read the article to see the criteria:
To qualify, each commander had to come from the 17th century onwards – the period covered by the museum’s collection – and had to have led an army in the field against the British, thus excluding political enemies, like Adolf Hitler.
Personally, we think we would have chosen Napoleon Bonaparte as his desire was for to rule and conquer the British while George Washington simply wanted to break away from the British empire. However, when you consider the comparative resources at their disposal as well as the ability of Washington to take the field against the best army in the world while having mostly rag tag soldiers, we can see Washington being chosen.
That being said, we then started to think who would be chosen as “America’s Greatest Foe” under the same criteria.
Our first thought was President Obama, but as he has never led anyone, anywhere, much less onto a battlefield, he wouldn’t qualify. Then we realized that our first thought of our greatest foe is our current president.
That’s just depressing.
After a teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina broke up a fight between two middle school kids, one child was so grateful for the intervention of the teacher he gave her a hug.
Unfortunately, hugging a teacher is against school policy so the kid was written up and then suspended. (more…)
The start of the professional baseball season is here, and so our “rule 5” lady to the left reflects this time of the year. In case you have forgotten, our “Quick Hits” are short comments on stories that we believe are of note, but don’t work out to a full post.
The answer is “no.” This goes out to all the people who demand that Zimmerman be arrested (he was) and held in jail pending the outcome of the investigation. While the police have the right to arrest you (and once again, Zimmerman was arrested,) holding you and charging you are different things. In this country the government must have a legal reason to hold a person in jail.
Steve goes into the reasoning as to why the night of the shooting, the police had no such reason.
One of the things that always terrifies us about the government is how inefficient and sloppy it is. For those who always want the government doing more and more, we believe the government is rarely able to do anything correctly, and even worse, seldom cares whether it does or not.
Case in point is the tale of Anthony Garcia, a convicted murderer who received over $30,000 in unemployment checks while sitting in jail. Garcia, friends and family cashed checks for between 2008 and 2010, depositing a portion of the money in the prison account for Garcia, and splitting the rest amongst his girlfriend, his father and members of his gang.
[Spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Capt. Mike] Parker said the unemployment money was “used to benefit a criminal gang.”
“Theft, drug sales and violent crimes are an integral part of the gang culture,” Sgt. Kevin Lloyd of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau added in a statement. “We will continue to go wherever gang members and their associates commit their crimes. Our goal is to reduce violence and solve crimes and that is what we are doing. This investigation is continuing.”
Yeah. Why not continue to investigate how a guy sitting in jail is getting money from the taxpayers while you’re at it.
Speaking of being in jail, the city of Burnsville, Minnesota has managed to lock up the dangerous criminal Mitch Faber. Faber has since been released:
After two days locked up, a judge agreed Mitch should be released but required him to submit to electronic home monitoring. In Dakota County, that process requires participants — no matter what their crimes — to blow into a drug and alcohol device every time an alarm goes off.
If you are wondering what dastardly crime Faber committed, he was arrested for failing to finish installing siding on his house.
We decided to go in a different direction this week for our “Rock For The Ages” series and not cover a specific artist, but rather just put up a few videos of songs that we like from the past. We’ll take a look back at the artists themselves down the road, but after we got home from the radio show today, the phone has been ringing, the mailbox has been full and we just want to relax and post some music we like.
The first song is “Living in Living In Laodicea” by Steve Camp.
Years ago when we first heard this song we listened to it almost non-stop on a 900 mile trip. The cassette deck we had in our car had an “auto seek” feature that would allow you to jump ahead or back to the start of a song. We would listen to this song and hit “Rev Seek” and the song would start again. Over and over for 17 hours of travel.
When we got to our destination, the tape broke.
The second song is from Steven Curtis Chapman. His video of “The Great Adventure” was one of the videos people talked about not just for the song (which is awesome) but for the video itself.
At the 1:05 mark of the song, Chapman stands up from his bed and the walls around him fall to the ground. He goes from the cramped, dark surroundings of his room to beautiful, wide open spaces.
While it may seem quaint now, at the time it was revolutionary. Television shows had segments on how that effect was accomplished without lines, wires or any visible support.
Welcome to another edition of “Quick Hits,” a post that deals with a variety of issues that just don’t have enough “meat” in them to make separate post. This week, our “Rule 5” lady is none other than Annette Funicello, whose long career in movies, records and tv went from being on the “Micky Mouse Club” to starring in beach movies with Frankie Avalon.
We have to admit that the old “beach movies” are a guilty pleasure of ours. They have no real plot other than to put Fankie and Annette on the screen together at the beach where they can frolic and sing.
Those movies were made in a different time and for a different audience than today. In many ways, that is a shame, but time marches on.
The Board of Supervisors this week agreed to raise fines to up to $1,000 for anyone who throws a football or a Frisbee on any beach in Los Angeles County.
In passing the 37-page ordinance on Tuesday, officials sought to outline responsibilities for law enforcement and other public agencies while also providing clarification on beach-goer activities that could potentially disrupt or even injure the public.
The updated rules now prohibit “any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll” any object other than a beach ball or volleyball “upon or over any beach” between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Well, at least you can take the kids to the beach and dig in the sand and make sandcastles..
Here we go again with a series of “Quick Hits,” – items that are too short to make full post from, but are worthy of notice. At the same time, we have included the obligatory “Rule Five” image with a football theme for the upcoming Super Bowl.
And we’re off……
Maryland’s “Dream Act” is back in court. The “Dream Act” in Maryland requires the state’s colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition rates to those who are in the country illegally. The student must have attended a Maryland high school for 3 years and their parents must have paid Maryland State income taxes to qualify for the in-state tuition. Many people in Maryland objected to the new law and secured enough signatures to have the Dream Act placed on the November ballot. Proponents of the measure sued to have the measure thrown off the ballot claiming the signatures collected were not legal. That attempt failed when it became clear the opponents did have the required number of legal signatures.
Now the charge is the measure cannot be on the ballot because Maryland law does not allow referendums on government spending. Opponents of the measure say the Dream Act is a spending measure as the amount of money allocated to colleges depends on how many in-state students there are. Opponents claim the Dream Act applies to what the student pays, and not how the state funds the discounted rate.
The irony here is that the proponents of the measure have argued the lowered rates will not affect government spending or cost more in taxes. Now they are saying the referendum is illegal because it deals with spending.
We wish they would make up their mind.
Florida is looking at a law that would allow parents to fire teachers.
Two pieces of education legislation are on the table in Tallahassee. Under the Parent Empowerment Act, parents would have the power to fire school staff if they feel the school is not up to par. Under the Parental Involvement and Accountability in the Public Schools Bill, teachers would actually grade parents on their involvement in childrens’ schooling.
On the flip side, legislator has proposed a bill that would allow teachers to “grade” parents of elementary school children. (more…)
Another lovely day and another “Quick Hits” post (replete with the obligatory Rule 5 girl.) “Quick Hits” are where we take a look at items of interest that are comment worthy, but don’t have enough “meat” to be a full fledged post.
Our first stop is in Tampa, Florida:
A man convicted of three counts of manslaughter while driving under the influence is now suing the estates and families of the people he killed.
David Belniak had drugs in his system and never braked when he slammed into the back of a family’s car stopped at a red light on Christmas Day 2007. Three people died.
This seems to be a bad joke, but it isn’t.
The suit asks for the victims’ relatives to pay Belniak, 38, for his “pain and suffering … mental anguish … loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life” and the medical bills he got as a result of a crash he pleaded guilty to causing.
Authorities said Belniak was driving between 75 and 85 mph when his pickup smashed into the back of McWilliams’ Chevrolet Tahoe. The SUV crumpled. Gerard Bassi died at the scene. Denise Bassi died in surgery that day. Linda McWilliams was taken off life support a week later.
Authorities said Belniak had alcohol, Xanax and evidence of cocaine in his system.
This is a two-fer for us. First, we can’t wait for members of the Ron Paul Collective who say anything they do to themselves is fine and all drugs should be legal to defend Belniak’s actions. (more…)