Friday, May 30, 2008

Bugging Me

This picture of Michelle Obama.

Who or what does she look like?

What is up with the wild look on her face and the eyes?

Then I figured it out; She is a Klingon.

Friday's Quote.

"Not only do the people who put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us
deserve better, we all deserve better than to have our own security
undermined by those who undermine law enforcement".
-- Thomas Sowell (Article here)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stanley Cup Game 3

This is what you guys are shooting for:

Let's start getting it done!

Spending money?

What I did with the stimulus check so far.

1Ceiling Fan

2Ceiling Fan

3Optical Examination

4Gas Powered Weed Eater

5Paint Gun

6Medicine Cabinets x 3

7Eye Glasses


Since I am learning HTML I thought I would try tables. Templates are so much easier to use that than coding it yourself.

Keven Green Executed

JARRATT, Va. — Lawrence Vaughan didn't get to see his wife's funeral. But after nearly 10 years, he was able to see her killer take his last breaths.

Vaughan and his family watched Tuesday as Kevin Green, 31, was executed by lethal injection for killing Patricia Vaughan in August of 1998 when he robbed the store she and her husband owned in rural Brunswick County. Green was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center. (Source)

Justice was served.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Austin Wright gets 10 yrs. in officer’s death

In a prior blog post I wrote about Austin Wright here.

It is sad a night of revelry celebrating a Florida Gators Basketball victory would cost someone 10 years of their life, and the death of another.

Judge Peter Sieg entered the room at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12. His job was as simple as it was profoundly difficult.

He did not have to decide whether Wright went barhopping the night of April 2, 2007.

Nor did he need to determine whether it was Wright who drove a truck into Gainesville Police Department Lt. Corey Dahlem on University Avenue around 2 a.m. the morning of April 3.

Wright had already admitted he was behind the wheel that night. He’d had so much to drink that when police cars finally boxed him in after he had plowed through a barricade and sent Dahlem’s body flying across the street, Wright was unaware of what he had done.

His blood alcohol level was 0.271 n more than three times the legal limit.

Dahlem died the next afternoon.

Both Wright and the prosecution agreed on these facts. Now it was up to Sieg to punish him.

Depending on the judge’s discretion, Wright could walk out of court with his family that night and pay for his crime with community service. Or, he could spend up to 30 years in prison. (Source)

On the Color of Ink

English dandy Wilfred Gowers-Round (1845-1950) tabulated the traditional (Edwardian) significance of various writing-ink colors:
  • BLACK • the ink of gentlemen
  • DARK BLUE • the ink of schoolchildren
  • LIGHT BLUE • the ink of ladies of quality
  • BURGUNDY • the ink of country squires and clergymen
  • SCARLET • the ink of stock market and city men
  • TURQUOISE • the ink of ingenious and creative minds
  • GREEN • the ink of knaves and the insane
  • BROWN • the ink of tradesmen and clerks
I prefer Black ink myself.

H/T Pat.

In Dreams

BlackIsWhite posted a picture of Isabella Rossellini, she was born as Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini.

In the movie Blue Velvet she played a night club singer named Dorothy Vallens. She sang the song Blue Velvet. I enjoy hearing this recording of that song.

There was another song in that movie that is stuck in my head. It's Roy Orbison's song, In Dreams.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Stanley Cup Game 2

Pittsburgh Penguins

Memorial Day 2008

In the trying days of this year we are granted a day to remember those brave young men and women who gave all they had for a cause they believed in.

From the:
Revolutionary War,
The War of 1812,
The Civil War,
The Texas War of Independence,
The Mexican War,
The Civil War,
The Spanish American War,
World War One,
World War Two,
The Korean War,
Viet Nam War,
Bay of Pigs,
Persian Gulf War,
Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
The war on Terrorism,
War in Afghanistan
and Iraq War.
This includes any hallowed place where Americans have died. If they did not believe in it they would not have given their lives.

God Bless them and God Bless The United States of America.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Stanley Cup Time.

Time to dance in Detroit.

She only gets 20 years?

Brenda Sullivan is about 51. When and if she serves her 20 years she would be about 71 and may need some one to take care of her worthless ass.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for caging her teenage son after two of her other children's court testimonies shed light on their home life.

Brenda Sullivan learned her punishment after two youngsters took the stand and painted a disturbing picture for the judge, claiming they were duct-taped and caged.

Every night for a decade, Sullivan locked her adopted son in a cage. When state workers got to him, he was 17 and weighed less than 50 pounds.

Prosecutors and investigators said the case was one of the worst they’ve seen.

“These children suffered horribly for 10 years. There are no winners here today,” said prosecutor Julie Schelx.

In 2005, investigators went to Sullivan’s home after getting a tip of child abuse. Inside the woman’s home, they said they found her 17-year-old adopted son nearly starved to death.

Two other children were also found to be malnourished.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated child abuse.

Two of those children took the stand in Sullivan’s sentencing hearing on Thursday. Each described to the court how they were always hungry and denied food. They said they were forced to sleep in a crib that was converted into a cage.

One of the children, a young girl, described how Sullivan used to duct-tape her every night:

Prosecutor: Who put you to bed?
Daughter: My mom.
Prosecutor: And how would you get into your bed?
Daughter: They put me in bed because I would be duct-taped.
Prosecutor: Tell us about that. How would you be duct-taped?
Daughter: Head to my feet. My arms right here and to my feet.
Prosecutor: Do you know why you were duct-taped?
Daughter: No.
Prosecutor: Do you know how often you were duct taped?
Daughter: Every day.
Prosecutor: Would you sometimes be awake when you were in your bed cage?
Daughter: Yes.

A caseworker told the court that the girl told her Sullivan would bite her, and the employee said the child had bite marks.

Story by the Times-Union (Source).

Along with the taping of limbs and caging we hear about biting the children too?

Previous posts on this story found here and here.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday's Quote.

"Ubi concordia, ibi victoria" [Where is the unity, there is the victory.], ---Roman proverb.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Earl Wesley Berry Executed

Berry, 49, was convicted in 1988 of beating 56-year-old Mary Bounds to death. He kidnapped Bounds outside her Houston, Mississippi, church in November 1987, killed her and dumped her body in a wooded area. He later confessed to the crime.

He was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. local time at Parchman prison, said Tara Booth, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. (Source)

Justice was served.

Stolen Meme

Shamelessly stolen from OLD NFO

Here is what you are supposed to do,and try not to be lame and spoil the fun.
Change all the answers so that they apply to you.

1. What is your occupation? Slave.

2. What color are your socks right now? None, Bare Feet.

3. What are you listening to right now? Ceiling fan.

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Pork Stew. (Infidel!)

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes.

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Darling Daughters Teacher.

7. Do you like the person who tagged you? No one Tagged me for this one.

8. How old are you today? 46.

9. What is your favorite sport to watch? Hockey, Go Penguins!

10. What is your favorite drink? White Russian.

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes; Jet black.

12. Last time you hugged your child? Before we said our prayers.

13. Favorite food? Ice-Cream.

14. What was the last movie you watched? Ironman.

15. Favorite day of the year? January 7th; Since 1989.

16. How do you vent anger? My Indian Name would be "Yells A Lot".

17. What was your favorite toy as a child? Army Men.

18. What is your favorite season? Winter.

19. Ocean or pool? Ocean; Beach!

20. Cherries or Blueberries? YUCK. Neither.

21. Do you want your family & friends to participate? Open to all who want to.

22. Who is the most likely to respond? I think everyone is like; Way too busy.

24. Living arrangements? Married to the best girl, House, Casa Del JAXX

25. When was the last time you cried? When my Father passed away.

26. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes and empty luggage

27. Who is the family or friend you have known the longest that you are tagging? I don't tag normally.

28. What did you do last night? This is a child friendly blog.

29. Hawaii or Florida? Neither? Florida; You can alway go north to evade Hurricanes/Typhoons.

30. What inspires you? My Daughter.

31. What are you most afraid of? The Democrat Party.

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Hamburger with Jalapeños.

33. Favorite dog breed? Dead Ones.

34. Favorite day of the week? Friday.

35 How many states have you lived in? 4.

36 Do you like these questionnaires? Mostly.

37. What kind of car did your very first date drive? 1972 Chevy Camaro.

38. What is the Last book you read? The Devil in the White City: by Erik Larson

39. What are your hobbies? Blogging, Fish Keeping & mowing weeds.

40. Can you still make the Hula Hoop stay around your waist? Nope.

Book Meme

This is by way of RT. (Sorry it took so long but life interrupts yet again).

"Books are scarce in the world. They are illegal in some provinces. They are not easily replaced, if not impossible to replace if lost in many if not most circumstances. If you can replace a book or buy one, it is usually through the black market at astronomical costs that you cannot afford. Yet you have been able to maintain one of the best collections in the world. If your entire library was about to burn up and you could only have one book to take with you other than the Bible, what would that be and why?"

Simple Rules:

Answer the question.
Offer one quote that resonates with you.
Tag five people whose response is of genuine interest to you and inform him or her that they have been tagged.
*and it cannot be an entire series of something, that’s cheating.

The quote I offer is this one: (Huck was never one to know when to stop lying). This may seem a tad long but it is worth the read.

Well, Mary Jane she lit out the back way, I reckon; because nobody see her go. When I struck Susan and the harelip, I says:

"What's the name of them people over on t'other side of the river that you all goes to see sometimes?"

They says:

"There's several; but it's the Proctors, mainly."

"That's the name," I says; "I most forgot it. Well, Miss Mary Jane she told me to tell you she's gone over there in a dreadful hurry- one of them's sick."

"Which one?"

"I don't know; leastways I kinder forget; but I think it's-"

"Sakes alive, I hope it ain't Hanner?"

"I'm sorry to say it," I says, "but Hanner's the very one."

"My goodness- and she so well only last week! Is she took bad?"

"It ain't no name for it. They set up with her all night, Miss Mary Jane said, and they don't think she'll last many hours."

"Only think of that, now! What's the matter with her!"

I couldn't think of anything reasonable, right off that way, so I says:


"Mumps your granny! They don't set up with people that's got the mumps."

"They don't, don't they? You better bet they do with these mumps. These mumps is different. It's a new kind, Miss Mary Jane said."

"How's it a new kind?"

"Because it's mixed up with other things."

"What other things?"

"Well, measles, and whooping-cough, and erysiplas, and consumption, and yeller janders, and brain fever, and I don't know what all."

"My land! And they call it the mumps?"

"That's what Miss Mary Jane said."

"Well, what in the nation do they call it the mumps for?"

"Why, because it is the mumps. That's what it starts with."

"Well, ther' ain't no sense in it. A body might stump his toe, and take pison, and fall down the well, and break his neck, and bust his brains out, and somebody come along and ask what killed him, and some numskull up and say, 'Why, he stumped his toe.' Would ther' be any sense in that? No. And ther' ain't no sense in this, nuther. Is it ketching?"

I decided on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

It never fails to bring out my inner child. It seemed so much more of a simple time. I also enjoyed the dialect it was written in.

This is a very neat Meme, I don't tag people often, So I won't this time but if you would like to to let me know so I can see what you might read and why.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Tribute

A tribute to all our aging Veterans.

"Before You Go"

Thank you all for the Freedom we still have.


Mike the Marine created a slide show that tells it the way it is in Iraq.

I am inclined to disbelieve everything our dinosaur media reports. The only news I believe is from the men and women over there doing their duty every day.

Here is the link to 'RAQSTAR.

I thank those of you in the Military for your sacrifice and your service. God Bless You.

H/T Wyatt at Support Your Local Gunfighter & Old NFO.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Florida resumes Executions

Mark Dean Schwab is scheduled to be executed in the State of Florida on July 1st.

Schwab was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eleven year old boy. He is long overdue for his final reckoning.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a stay of execution of a man convicted of killing an 11-year-old boy, Gov. Charlie Crist ordered that the sentence be carried out at 6 p.m. on July 1.

Mark Dean Schwab was given a reprieve while the justices considered the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures in several states.

The court a month ago upheld the use of lethal injection in a similar Kentucky case. On Monday, they lifted the stay on Schwab's execution that was ordered six months ago.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Behind closed doors

This sends a shiver down my spine.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of a woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to locking her teenage son in a bed told a judge she is not the monster prosecutors make her out to be and urged him not to give her a long prison sentence.

Brenda Sullivan could receive up to 20 years on three counts of aggravated child abuse.

In the first of what could be a three-day sentencing hearing, Sullivan's stepson testified that she locked her teenage son in what he called a pedia-crib for his own protection.

"If he was uncontrollable and we couldn't control him.... When he calmed down he was let out," said Nathan Sullivan, who broke down at times on the stand.

Prosecutors said Brenda Sullivan's 17-year-old adopted son weighed 49 pounds when authorities removed him from the home in 2005.

A police report said the boy was starving and suffered psychosocial dwarfism -- a lack of physical and emotional growth caused by abuse. Authorities also say he was forced to wear a diaper.

Sullivan told a judge at the time that Ohio authorities told her to keep the boy, who had severe medical and emotional problems, in a crib.

Duval County Circuit Judge Mallory Cooper was shown photos of the boy when he was taken into state custody and what he looks like now, three years later.

Sullivan has insisted a doctor prescribed the crib to keep the boy she called "unruly" under control, something her sister-in-law explained in court.

Read the Article here.

A previous Blog post about this story here.

March of the Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins win Eastern Conference Title by
routing Philadelphia Flyers by a 6-0 final score.
Congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

They will await the winners of the Detroit Redwings / Dallas Stars series.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

12 Years ago

12 Years ago my Wife received her Associates Degree from Mesa Community College. It seems just like yesterday.

It has paid off more than I ever could have imagined.

They were just packing them in

Stories like these make we wonder about parents now days:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Department of Children and Families intends to revoke the license of Northside day care facility after employees took dozens of children on what authorities consider a dangerous ride during a field trip.

DCF spokesman John Harrell said 38 children from Kids Creation Child Care on Soutel were stuffed into a van that only seats 15 as they returned to the center after a visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s by Regency Square.

“This is a van that could seat 15 children comfortably, or at least sufficiently, but instead you have 38 children stuffed in that van,” Harrell said.

Harrell said the children, who are between the ages of 1 and 4, were sitting on other children's laps, some were sitting on the floor between the seats and others were standing in the van.

An employee at the kid-friendly restaurant, who saw the children piling into the van, called police.

Police ordered the day care to get a second van to transport the children. When it arrived, they found that neither driver was properly licensed. One driver only had a learner's permit and one had a criminal history. Source.

I always like to drop in on the class where my daughter goes to school. It keeps everyone honest.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Florida fails the test again

This is not going to curb violent crime. The animals that perpetrate these types of crimes only understand one thing; THE DEATH SENTENCE.

TAMPA - A 21-year-old Lutz man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the shooting death of a Marine who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jonathan Sanabria was trying to rob Cpl. Miguel Angel Suarez of his gold chain. Circuit Judge Ronald Ficarrotta seemed to be at a loss for words before he passed sentence today.
He asked Sanabria whether he had anything to say.
"Nope," Sanabria answered. "This was a horrible crime committed senselessly," Ficarrotta said. "A young man died over a gold necklace.

"In Florida, there is no parole. Replies I get

  • Deserves the Death Penalty
  • Criminal Mastermind:

    Stephon Busbee.


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If there was a dumb criminal charge under Florida state law, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said they know who would get it -- armed robbery suspect Stephon Busbee.

    Police recently arrested Busbee, who they said caught himself with the help of a cell phone camera he allegedly stole.

    Authorities said Busbee was involved in an armed robbery that took place outside the Tailgate Bar and Grill across the street from Jacksonville Municipal Stadium a few weeks ago.

    "He pulled a gun on us and told us he was trigger happy and to give us everything we had," said a victim who asked not to be identified.

    One of the things the robbery victim handed over was his cell phone. He said a few days later, when he bought a new cell phone, he noticed two new pictures had been downloaded.

    The pictures had been taken with the phone that was stolen.

    Police said Busbee used the phone he stole to take pictures of himself. In one of the cell phone pictures, Busbee was seen wearing the gold chain he allegedly swiped in the robbery as well.

    "His pictures were on the cell phone. He took pictures of himself -- petty idiotic," the victim said. Read the rest of the story here.

    I guess he is technologically impaired.

    Time to Dance 4

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008

    Dam Funny

    This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania This guy's response is hilarious, but read State's letter before you get to the response letter.

    SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County
    Dear Mr. DeVries:
    It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

    Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated &nbs p;
    The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2008.

    Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.

    We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.


    David L. Price
    District Representative and Water Management Division.

    Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

    Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

    Dear Mr. Price,

    Your certified letter dated 7/17/07 has been handed to me to respond to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania.

    A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood 'debris' dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials 'debris.'

    I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

    These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

    My first dam question to you is:
    (1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
    (2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

    If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued.

    (Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)

    I have several concerns. My first concern is, aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names.

    If you want the stream 'restored' to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

    In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

    So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2008? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.

    In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

    Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.



    H/T Mark C. In PHX.


    I don't know if this is true or not. I would hope Christianity is not this repressed.


    They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two
    students filing into the already crowded auditorium.
    With their rich maroon gowns flowing .... and the
    traditional caps, they looked almost ... as grown
    up as they felt.

    Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms
    freely brushed away tears.

    This class would NOT pray during the commencements--
    not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling
    prohibiting it.

    The principal and several students were careful to stay
    within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave
    inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one
    mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings
    on the graduates or their families.

    The speeches were nice, but they were routine.....until
    the final speech received a standing ovation.

    A solitary stu! dent walked proudly to the microphone.
    He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then,
    it happened.

    All 92 students, every single one of them,
    suddenly SNEEZED!!!!

    The student on stage.. simply looked at the audience
    and said, 'GOD BLESS YOU,
    each and every one of you!' And he walked off stage...

    The audience exploded into applause. This graduating
    class had found a unique way to invoke God's blessing
    on their future with or without the court's approval.

    Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends
    .........and GOD BLESS YOU!!!

    H/T Nancy J. in AZ.

    Monday, May 12, 2008

    Jacksonville needs some of these

    SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio car wash with bikini-clad buffers was shut down Friday afternoon as its certificate of occupancy was revoked by the city.

    The car wash was temporarily closed because of water violations, District 3 City Councilwoman Jennifer Ramos said.

    "Bikini-clad buffers?" That is an interesting description.

    Really, I guess anyone can find some clause/rule if they look hard enough to shut something down.

    "Typically, car washes have to have a specialized trap to catch the grease and oil that's washed off of cars," said Greg Flores, spokesman for the San Antonio Water System.

    If the business owners can rectify the water trap problem, the business will be allowed to reopen, something area residents hope doesn't happen, reported KSAT-TV.

    "Around school, it's around churches, it's around the fabric of our community," said Armando Cortez.

    Cortez, the president of the Mission San Jose Neighborhood Association, said while they want business development in the area, they don't want the eye-opening work apparel worn by the car wash's employees. Story Here.

    Saturday, May 10, 2008

    You're a Floridian if....

    1. Socks are only for bowling.

    2. You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes.

    3. A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

    4. Your winter coat is made of denim.

    5. You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

    6. You're younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.

    7. Anything under 70 is chilly.

    8. You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

    9. You could swim before you could read.

    10. You have to drive north to get to The South.

    11. You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

    12. Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.

    13. You've gotten out of school early on Halloween to trick or treat before it got dark

    14. You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

    15. You dread love bug season.

    15. You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances...but Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

    16. You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.

    17. You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

    18. You were twelve before you ever saw snow, or you still haven't.

    19. 'Down South' means Key West

    20. You think New York drivers licenses should only be valid in New York.

    21. Flip-flops are everyday wear.

    22. Shoes are for business meetings and church,

    23. but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

    24. Sweet tea can be served at any meal

    25. An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.

    26. You smirk when a game show's 'Grand Prize' is a trip or cruise to Florida.

    27. You measure distance in minutes.

    28. You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt

    29. You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

    30. A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

    32. You think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.

    33. You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

    34. It's not soda, cola, or pop. it's coke, regardless of brand or flavor, 'What kinda coke you want?'

    35. Anything under 95 is just warm.

    36. You've hosted a hurricane party.

    37. You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when to get on the best rides. (Space Mountain during the Electric Light Parade!)

    38. You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.

    39. You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Ichnatucknee and Withlacoochee

    40. You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than owning a boat yourself.

    41. Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include: various fish, NRA, NASCAR, Go Gators, and a confederate flag.

    42. You were 5 before you realized they made houses without pools.

    43. You were 25 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

    44. You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.

    45. You not only forward this but you understand it.

    H/T to "E"

    Friday, May 09, 2008

    Time to Dance

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Quiz time

    Looks like I spent too much time watching late night TV/Movies instead of chasing Girls/Women.

    H/T Wyatt by way of DeathLok

    Take the Sci fi sounds quiz I received 93 credits on
    The Sci Fi Sounds Quiz

    How much of a Sci-Fi geek are you?
    Quiz by SheGoddess: Quick Weight Loss

    Friday's Quote.

    Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country. ---Theodore Roosevelt

    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    The perils Teenage Motherhood

    These stories are getting much too common.

    I present Shantez Williams. She is only 17, 15 when her child was born.Photobucket

    Shantez Williams

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 17-year-old Jacksonville mother was recently taken into police custody and charged with child abuse in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son.

    According to a police report, Shantez Williams not only admitted to beating her child, she also told police it had happened several times before last week's trip to the hospital.

    "I just held him in my arms. Then, to get a call that he's gone -- it's hard. Anybody would take it the way I took it. It's a shock," said family friend Marcia Holloway.

    Holloway said she often cared for the child and had no idea he was being abused. She said the day before the baby was taken to an area hospital the toddler had been vomiting, but she thought he may have had a stomach virus.

    However, according to the police report, the baby was admitted to the hospital with an internal head injury. The report stated, "The child was unconscious and unresponsive with numerous fresh and old bruises and lacerations on his buttocks and body."

    Williams' 2-year-old boy later died. Story Here.

    You can never trust some people

    The bleach of choice by would be poisoners in Sierra Vista Arizona.

    Any wonder why he is an ex-boyfriend?

    SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — A Sierra Vista man is accused of lacing a drink he purchased for his ex-girlfriend at a movie theater snack bar with bleach.

    Sierra Vista police were called Monday afternoon to the movie theater at the Mall at Sierra Vista after a moviegoer became sick after consuming a beverage. Story Here.

    He should have to drink a quarter cup of bleach himself.

    Wednesday, May 07, 2008

    Scheduled Executions for May

    Earl Wesley Berry
    • Mississippi Death Row - Scheduled Execution 05/21/2008
    Kevin Green
    • Virginia Death Row - Scheduled Executions 05/27/2008
    Michael Dean Overstreet
    • Indiana Death Row - Scheduled Execution 05/30/2008

    Grim Reaper

    Georgia did not wait to get the executions started

    Georgia first out of the gate to serve up Justice.

    JACKSON, Ga. -- A Georgia man who killed his live-in girlfriend was executed Tuesday, the first inmate put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of lethal injections.

    William Earl Lynd was pronounced dead at 7:51 p.m., Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Mallie McCord told The Associated Press. It came less than an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected efforts to block it.

    The roughly three dozen states around the country that use lethal injection held off on carrying out any executions for more than seven months while the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the constitutionality of the three-drug cocktail that's used. It was the longest pause in U.S. executions in a quarter century. More Here.

    Justice was served.

    I guess I would live in North Florida then

    NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- One city commission wants to divide Florida into two states: North Florida and South Florida.

    This is a novel idea.

    The reason? The North Lauderdale City Commission resolution said it's not confident in state leaders when it comes to collecting and spending their own money.

    I was unaware anyone was confident how City/State/Federal agencies collect and spend our tax dollars.

    The resolution states it would be "in the best interests of the citizens and residents" to divide the state.

    This guy is a politician so I can't really believe his "in the best interests of the citizens and residents". I think it would be in his best interest to accumulate more power.

    Commissioner Rich Moyle said it was based on frustration with the state Legislature "ignoring the cities in South Florida." But he acknowledged the idea likely won't pass. Story Here.

    Dealing with the City/State/Federal agencies is all about frustration. Has this politician ever tried to call his city for information on anything. Press one for English please.

    Monday, May 05, 2008

    Mother of the Month

    Here at Mad, Mad, Mad World I strive to find the most maddening stories out there.
    And without further ado:

    Meet Angelique R. Vandeburg, this "Mother of the Month."

    A Sheboygan woman allegedly shot her 8-year-old daughter in the leg with a BB gun to win a $1 bet with her boyfriend, authorities said Friday.

    The woman, Angelique R. Vandeburg, 28, now faces up to three years in prison on a felony count of intentional child abuse issued Friday. The alleged incident occurred April 26 or 27.

    Her daughter, a local elementary school student, told police the shot initially hurt so much she was unable to walk, according to a criminal complaint. She said her mother and the mother’s boyfriend had been drinking heavily before the boyfriend offered Vandeburg $1 and handed her the gun, the complaint said.

    Vandeberg, of 2704 S. 17th St., made an initial court appearance Friday and was released on a $5,000 signature bond.
    According to a criminal complaint:

    Police began looking into the incident Wednesday after a school counselor reported it to police. The girl was shot three or four days earlier, but a circular bruise with a white-colored point in the middle remained visible on her thigh, the counselor said.
    What on earth Could be the reason for this cruelty?!?!?

    The girl said the shooting occurred in her mother’s bedroom. The girl estimated her mother had 10 to 12 beers.
    Oh; Alcohol. It still makes no sense to me.

    The boyfriend bet her mother $1 she wouldn’t shoot the child, after which the mother took the gun and shot the girl, who was wearing three pairs of pants. The bullet bounced off her leg and struck her 7-year-old brother, but he was not injured.
    What were they trying to prove; That they were drunken ballistic engineers?

    Vandeburg, in an interview with a police detective, said the girl was lying to get her in trouble. She said the injury occurred three weeks ago when the girl fell while riding her bike and was hit in the leg by the handlebar. Complete Article Here.
    This Mom is a real class act. Handlebars always leave "a circular bruise with a white-colored point in the middle."

    Friday, May 02, 2008

    Friday's Quote.

    "I have never advocated war except as a means of peace." -- General Ulysses S. Grant

    Thursday, May 01, 2008

    Buried Alive; the Sumner Murders

    Part 5, Tiffany Cole.

    Woman on Death Row.

    As the last of four people convicted in the kidnapping and murder of Carol and Reggie Sumner, Tiffany Cole is currently the only woman on Florida's Death Row.

    Like her co-defendants, Michael Jackson and Alan Wade, she was handed down two death sentences for the double murder. The fourth accomplice, Bruce Nixon, testified for the state against the others, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and got a 45-year prison sentence.

    During her trial, prosecutors said Cole had been a familiar face to the Sumners. She was a neighbor when the couple lived in South Carolina. Prosecutors called her the linchpin in the murderous scheme because they said she befriended the Sumners and then set them up. Story Here.

    Where are the Photo credits?

    I find most the images uncredited on random sites, but I will add credits if someone lets me know who the has the rights to the image.

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