Thursday, July 31, 2008

Anything Brett Favre Can Do I Can Do Better!

Ok, maybe not when it comes to playing professional football. However, the Milwaukee newspaper reported today that the Green Bay Packers might have offered Brett Favre $20 million over the next 10 years to stay retired, stay out of the newspapers, and stay out of training camp. Well I am here to say that I can be the man the packers are looking for. For the first time in my life, I can be as big of a stud as Brett Favre. 

So Ted Thompson (The GM).... I am your man. Pay me the $20 million, heck I will take half. And in return I promise to never show up for training camp, to not interfere with Aaron Rodgers new reign as QB, and to never question your authority in the public newspaper. 

I think that's a fair deal. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Talk is Cheap

Upon checking CNN today, I finally saw the amazing breaking news of the morning. The House of Representatives is going to formally pass a resolution that apologizes for slavery and the institution of the Jim Crow laws.   I am all for the sentiment, but this is just ridiculous. First of all, as nice (albeit questionable) the intent is for this resolution, it is really just a smack in the face of EVERYONE. Yes I said everyone.

For african americans, it really doesn't do anything. I mean there is no mention of reparations for the slaves' descendants, no change in the present laws that have blacks serving twice as long a sentence for crack as whites do for cocaine.......nothing that will truthfully help them as a race or community. So really what is the House of Rep doing? Its just a bunch of old guys, who have absolutely nothing to do with the atrocities that happened decades and centuries ago SAYING "I am sorry."  Also, aren't the laws and resolutions passed by the US government supposed to represent the American people (the majority that is). If so, this is a little crazy.....I didn't do anything wrong. I wasnt even alive. I like blacks.

For the native americans: Well when do they get their apology. I mean where is that one. How about a resolution that apologizes for contaminating the blankets given to them with smallpox. Sorry for pushing what's left of your tribe into remote areas of the country and abroad. Their "apology" was basically a law passed allowing casinos on indian reservations. I am sure some native americans have made bank from that, but if you go to any reservation you will see it is just pure despair. This was even the focus of an episode of 30 days. No jobs, no money, no food.......only the bitter release through alcohol. And the government funding heading towards these reservations is being cut every year as we fall further into national debt.

And as a Jew........when is the German nation going to pass a law to apologize to me and the other chosen people for the 8 million Jews who wiped out during the holocaust. I know this is not an issue for the House of Representatives, but while they are at it.....

And what about everyone else?!?!. In a country where close to 15% of the population is living near the poverty line, millions are living without medical insurance or access to medical care, homelessness and housing issues are on the rise, parents are losing their children to a war that might never end, clean drinking water is declining rapidly due to draught, and so much more.........TALK IS CHEAP.  Please please please.......No more talk, only action. I hate reading the news and seeing that one of the only recent successful resolutions and bi-partisan agreements is to give a verbal and written apology.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Second Star to the Right and Straight on Til Morning!

I love Disney. I love the parks, I love the movies, and I love how you never have to grow up while involved in their world.  However, when I turn off the movie or leave the park I definitely transition back to the same person I always am. I found an old blog of mine from myspace and thought I would share this guy and his website with you. Here is an example of a guy who just NEVER wants to grow up!!  Remember this one Todd?

Check this out:  

Thursday, July 24, 2008

When Condiments Become The New Currency - A story of thievery amongst us!!

I don't know if you have been to McDonald's, or any other fast food joint lately, but the unthinkable has happened......they are charging for extra sauce. 

This is an outrage and I don't think we, as a country, can afford to sit by and watch this happen. Now I admit,  I am more of a sauce guy than a ketchup guy and I know that puts me in the minority. I have a friend Adam who eats the the food prepared merely as a side dish to the ketchup he actually eats for every meal, like its the fifth food group. Luckily for Adam's sake, and many others, these corporate giants have not hit us where it could hurt the most......ketchup. These beautiful condiment packets are still given in handfuls to any soul who cares to approach the counter or the "2nd window, please pull around."  However, this does not mean that we can afford to be lackadaisical.

Sweet and Sour, Barbeque, Honey Mustard, Polynesian these are my fast food drugs of choice. How do you think I felt when I ordered my 10-piece nugget meal (which includes a large fry and drink), pull around to the counter to ask for extra sauce and was told that it would be an additional 35 cents per packet.   This is outrageous. I have never worked at a McDonald's but so far it seems the policy is to give 1 sauce for the six piece, 2 for the ten piece, and an amazing three sauce packets if you go for the twenty-piece (maybe back during my wrestling days).

Now let's break it down financially.....   I can not rememeber the full price of the combo meal but for argument's sake lets say it was an even $5.  So for my ten nuggets and and large fries I am given, included in the price, a mere two packets of sweet and sour sauce. This is not even close to enough. Have you seen the size of the dipping packet?? It is one nugget deep and two nuggets basically enough for two nuggets.  That means I should be getting at least FIVE packets and this doesn't even include the fries (oh no they never consider the fries). Now I admit, I am a very liberal dipper.  I eat sweet and sour sauce like Adam eats ketchup, but that should be my right as a consumer.  If I choose to purchase the amount of sauce that I additional 4-5 packets.....we are talking an additional $1.40 - $1.75.  Thats about 30% of what I paid for the meal alone!!!

I would continue my diatribe with some solution as to how to hit these corporate giants where it hurts, but the truth is that right now they have the power. Any logical solutions, such as buying some sweet and sour sauce from the supermarket, would be in complete contradiction to the convenience and primary reason why so many of us eat at a fast food restaurant. I am going to work on this.......find some way to take back the power......and I will let you know!