Well if nothing else 3 straight issues in 7 days has allowed me to put a decent dent in my backlog of Parting Shot worthy subjects! Of course you’re probably getting as tired of seeing & reading me as I am of devoting all my spare time to working on DL/LL issues. Sure will be nice when the Dragon steps back into the harness won’t it?
A 50-something year old Muslim man arrived at his seat on a crowded flight and immediately didn’t want the seat. The seat was next to an elderly white woman reading her Bible.
Disgusted, the Muslim man immediately summoned the flight attendant and demanded a new seat. The man said “I cannot sit here next to this infidel.” The flight attendant said “Let me see if I can find another seat.”
After checking, the flight attendant returned and stated “There are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class.”
About 10 minutes went by and the flight attendant returned and stated “The captain has confirmed that there are no more seats in economy, but there is one in first class. It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an UNPLEASANT person, the captain agreed to make the switch to first class.”
Before the irate Muslim man could say anything, the attendant gestured to the elderly woman and said, “Therefore, ma’am, if you would so kindly retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn’t want you to sit next to an unpleasant person.”
Passengers in the seats nearby began to applaud while some gave a standing ovation.
I say, can I get a Damned Skippy to that!
Feel free to pass this one to others!
I’m not quite sure how I feel about this service as yet. While I agree it is a potentially useful tool I am a bit leery and concerned about providing a company with an unproven track record the ID and password to my credit card accounts. Before I made a decision I would have to discuss this with my credit card company(s). However seeing as I have only one and they already offer me this service for me personally its a moot point. Some of you however may wish to consider the service after asking your credit card company about your potential exposure risks.
BillGuard: Helps Alert You To Questionable Credit Card Charges
This excellent program will not re-leave you of your responsibility to check your credit card statement for errors or false charges, but www.BillGuard.com is a useful tool to alert you of possible issues.
It is fairly straight forward, you sign up on the site and provide the company with your ID and password to view your credit card account bills. The company says no one from there can charge anything from that information, it is basically the same information you provide to Mint.com to keep track of your finances.
The program then checks your bills against known scams and alerts you.
Last month I tried it out with my American Express bill and it got a clean bill of health.
BillGuard’s co-founder, Yaron Samid, told the New York Times “that the company estimated that the average American consumer lost $300 a year in unnecessary charges. Such charges are often “unwanted” or nuisance charges, like subscriptions people didn’t realize they had signed up for or charges for services they mistakenly thought were free. But “unauthorized” charges may also show up, resulting from misleading marketing or outright fraud.”
“One way BillGuard does this is by scouring the Internet for complaints, looking at sites like the Better Business Bureau, various complaint boards and, of course Twitter. “There is an unbelievable amount of people complaining constantly on Twitter,” he said. Data gleaned from that search, plus feedback provided by its own registered members, helps BillGuard come up with a “reliability rating” for each merchant. When you do business with that merchant, it notifies you — via e-mail — that you may want to scrutinize that particular charge.”
My plan exactly for burying Impish’s cremains, but I plan on using structurally reinforced nuclear containment vessel grade concrete. I’m not taking any chances of him returning for some Dragon version of the Zombie Apocalypse. He spends most of his time shuffling around aimlessly moaning for pie now, I don’t need him moaning “brain pie!” as he shuffles around. Beside the only SURE way to kill a zombie is to blow its brains out, got ANY idea how small a target that is on a Dragon, let alone on Impish?
A Few Thoughts The Ground Zero Mosque Debate
Yes I KNOW this one is somewhat of a moldy oldie and behind the times current events wise. What can I say so is the friend that sent it to me! The thing is this is by far the BEST treatment of this subject I have seen so far (and I have seen about 20 of them) and IMO that made it worth posting. Hope you agree.
I am truly perplexed that so many people are against a mosque being built at Ground Zero. I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. Thus the Mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.
That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, “The Turban Cowboy”, which would be gay, and the other a topless bar called “You Mecca Me Hot.”
Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called ” Iraq o’ Ribs.”
Across the street there could be a lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret,” with sexy mannequins with short burkas in the window modeling the goods.
Next door to the lingerie shop, a liquor store called “Morehammered.”
All of this would encourage the Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so the mosque problem would be solved.
If you agree with promoting tolerance, and you think this is a good plan, please pass it on. for the sake of tolerance.
That’s why I don’t complain about the number of naps Impish takes anymore!
Damn It! That happens EVERY time I let Impish get the mail!
Responses to Leprechaun Laughs #137 for 04/18/2012
If picture ID for voting is wrong, then why did I have to show my Illinois driver’s license to vote in the primary this year, and not only that, have a barcode scanner used on the barcode that is on it for that very purpose, to verify that I was to be allowed to vote from the residence I claimed. I should have been able to complain mightily about discrimination or mis-use of power or something, if others don’t have to show ID in order to vote. And I’m sure that a case could be made for racial discrimination if blacks and Hispanics don’t have to do the same since I had to and I’m white.
Tom, Tom ( I know your cousin Tom-Tom well btw)
I would have thought you’d have figured out what I did long ago, that in the modern era, from lets say the mid 70′s on up to the present, (unless you’re discussing women possibly) the only discrimination that TRULY exists is Reverse Discrimination!
Reverse discrimination is a term referring to discrimination against members of a dominant or majority group, including the city or state, or in favor of members of a minority or historically disadvantaged group. Groups may be defined in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, or other factors. This discrimination may seek to redress social inequalities where minority groups have been denied access to the same privileges of the majority group. In such cases it is intended to remove discrimination that minority groups may already face. Reverse discrimination may also be used to highlight the discrimination inherent in affirmative action programs.
The issue of reverse discrimination first reached the nation’s highest court in the 1970s, when a student with good grades named Allan Bakke accused a University of California medical school of twice denying him admission because he was white.
Strict racial quotas were unconstitutional, the court said — affirmative action was not. But that ruling far from decided what many considered the big-picture issue: Does protecting minorities discriminate against the majority?
More than 30 years, and scores of lawsuits later, the question remains unanswered. Meanwhile, more Americans came to believe that affirmation action is no longer necessary, and that instead of leveling the playfield for minorities, it unfairly punishes whites.
The law in some countries, such as the UK, draws a distinction between Equality of Provision and Equality of Outcome, recognizing that identical treatment may sometimes act to preserve inequality rather than eliminate it. We could damned well take a page from them on the issue IMO.
Just what constitutes reverse discrimination? In a 2009 case known as Ricci v. DeStefano, a group of white firefighters presented the U.S. Supreme Court with a case that challenges conventional notions of bigotry. They argued that the city of New Haven, Conn., discriminated against them in 2003 when it threw out a test that white firefighters passed at a 50% greater rate than blacks. Because performance on the test was the basis for promotion, none of the blacks in the department would have advanced had the city accepted the results.
To avoid discriminating against black firefighters, New Haven discarded the test. By making that move, however, the city prevented the white firefighters eligible for promotion from advancing to captain and lieutenant rank.
In April 2009, counsel for the firefighters argued before the Supreme Court in Ricci v. DeStefano that New Haven could have proven that the test directly related to work duties; instead, the city prematurely declared the exam unfit. During the hearing, Chief Justice John Roberts doubted that New Haven would have chosen to discard the test had the outcomes by race been reversed.
“So, can you assure me that…if…black applicants…scored highest on this test in disproportionate numbers, and the city said…we think there should be more whites on the fire department, and so we’re going to throw the test out? The government of United States would adopt the same position?” Roberts asked.
But the New Haven attorney failed to give a direct and coherent response to Roberts’ question, prompting the judge to remark that the city would not have discarded the test had blacks scored well and whites not. If New Haven only did away with the test because it disapproved of the racial makeup of those who excelled on it, the white firefighters in question were no doubt victims of discrimination. Title VII not only prohibits “disparate impact” but also discrimination based on race in any aspect of employment, including promotion.
The liberals and PC Posse have made sure that they have gone over board in the opposite direction to prove there exists no race based bias and appease their voter base to the point they and legislated white middle class into an unfair second class position! Not only that, but you have people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright agitating and pushing for further disadvantages for whites and to elevate Minorities above all others. We have things like Black Entertainment Television (BET), the ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Negro College Fund, Black History Month, the Southern Poverty Law Center. Can you imagine what would be said and the ruckus raised over WET, NAAWP. United Anglo-Saxon College Fund or White History Month? They’re ready to lynch a Latino in Sanford Florida because he shot a black. Can you see the same thing happening if the Black shot the Latino? How about if the Black shot a White? Can you in your wildest LSD fueled dreams conceive of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright crying out for the rights of a white for a nanosecond? NO? Then why aren’t they branded as racist instead of activist?
IMO, HALF to the problems we have with violent crime, drugs & welfare fraud as due largely to these over the top more than level the playing field before someone points a finger and accuses us of racism or discrimination policies. Those benefiting from such policies have learned to exploit the system in their favor, they are taught early on they do not have to work or learn to achieve it will be handed to them because of their skin color/country of birth or native language and quickly learn how to use this to their advantage in every aspect of everyday life to not only pervert the intentions of those laws but to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions. Worse yet from where I sit we have people like Sharpton, Jackson & Wright agitating for MORE opportunities for these people to do this and encouraging them to pervert the law in their favor while in at least the case of one of those 3 actively preaching violence against whites.
Does reverse racism exist? Not according to the antiracist definition of racism. This definition includes institutional power and not just the prejudices of a lone individual. As institutions which have historically benefited whites attempt to diversify, however, they sometimes favor ethnic minorities over whites. Their purpose in doing so is to right the wrongs of the past and the present against minority groups. But as institutions embrace multiculturalism, they are still forbidden by the 14th Amendment from directly discriminating against any racial group, including whites. Thus, while institutions engage in minority outreach, they must do so in a way that doesn’t unjustly penalize whites for their skin color alone.
However if you ask me the minute you take one step out side of definitions, theory and liberal Kool-Aid induced fantasy into the real world and yes Tom, reverse discrimination not only exists its thriving and strangling American society.
His Kung Fu was strong!
On the way home from a party, his wife said to her husband Impish Dragon: “Have I ever told you how sexy and irresistible to women you are?”
“I don’t believe you have dear,” Impish replied thinking he was being flattered.
“Then what ever gave you that idea at the party?”
An elderly lady was walking on the golf course on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. She slipped and fell.
Obama, who by chance was behind, helped her to get up promptly. She thanked him and he answered – “It was a pleasure to help you. Don’t you recognize me? I am your president. Are you going to vote for me in the next election?”
The elderly woman laughed and replied: ”You know … I fell on my ass, not on my head……”
Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July
LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Updated 06:02 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they’re infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won’t be able to connect to the Internet.
This undated handout image provided by The DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) shows the webpage. It will only take a few clicks of the mouse. But for hundreds of thousands of computer users, those clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing their connections this July. Photo: DNC Changer Working Group / AP
Most victims don’t even know their computers have been infected, although the malicious software probably has slowed their web surfing and disabled their antivirus software, making their machines more vulnerable to other problems.
Last November, the FBI and other authorities were preparing to take down a hacker ring that had been running an Internet ad scam on a massive network of infected computers.
“We started to realize that we might have a little bit of a problem on our hands because … if we just pulled the plug on their criminal infrastructure and threw everybody in jail, the victims of this were going to be without Internet service,” said Tom Grasso, an FBI supervisory special agent. “The average user would open up Internet Explorer and get ‘page not found’ and think the Internet is broken.”
On the night of the arrests, the agency brought in Paul Vixie, chairman and founder of Internet Systems Consortium, to install two Internet servers to take the place of the truckload of impounded rogue servers that infected computers were using. Federal officials planned to keep their servers online until March, giving everyone opportunity to clean their computers. But it wasn’t enough time. A federal judge in New York extended the deadline until July.
Now, said Grasso, “the full court press is on to get people to address this problem.” And it’s up to computer users to check their PCs.
This is what happened:
Hackers infected a network of probably more than 570,000 computers worldwide. They took advantage of vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system to install malicious software on the victim computers. This turned off antivirus updates and changed the way the computers reconcile website addresses behind the scenes on the Internet’s domain name system.
The DNS system is a network of servers that translates a web address — such as www.ap.org — into the numerical addresses that computers use. Victim computers were reprogrammed to use rogue DNS servers owned by the attackers. This allowed the attackers to redirect computers to fraudulent versions of any website.
The hackers earned profits from advertisements that appeared on websites that victims were tricked into visiting. The scam netted the hackers at least $14 million, according to the FBI. It also made thousands of computers reliant on the rogue servers for their Internet browsing.
When the FBI and others arrested six Estonians last November, the agency replaced the rogue servers with Vixie’s clean ones. Installing and running the two substitute servers for eight months is costing the federal government about $87,000.
The number of victims is hard to pinpoint, but the FBI believes that on the day of the arrests, at least 568,000 unique Internet addresses were using the rogue servers. Five months later, FBI estimates that the number is down to at least 360,000. The U.S. has the most, about 85,000, federal authorities said. Other countries with more than 20,000 each include Italy, India, England and Germany. Smaller numbers are online in Spain, France, Canada, China and Mexico.
Vixie said most of the victims are probably individual home users, rather than corporations that have technology staffs who routinely check the computers.
FBI officials said they organized an unusual system to avoid any appearance of government intrusion into the Internet or private computers. And while this is the first time the FBI used it, it won’t be the last.
“This is the future of what we will be doing,” said Eric Strom, a unit chief in the FBI’s Cyber Division. “Until there is a change in legal system, both inside and outside the United States, to get up to speed with the cyber problem, we will have to go down these paths, trail-blazing if you will, on these types of investigations.”
Now, he said, every time the agency gets near the end of a cyber case, “we get to the point where we say, how are we going to do this, how are we going to clean the system” without creating a bigger mess than before.
An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates.
Saint Peter checks his dossier and, not seeing his name there, accidentally sends him to Hell.
It doesn’t take long before the engineer becomes rather dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell.
He soon begins to design and build improvements. Shortly thereafter, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators.
Needless to say, the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day, God calls Satan and says with a sneer: So, how are things in Hell?
Satan replies: Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators.
And there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.
What! God exclaims: You’ve got an engineer?
That’s a mistake, he should never have been sent to Hell. Send him to me.
Not a chance, Satan replies: I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him!
God insists: Send him back or I’ll sue!
Satan laughs uproariously and answers: Yeah, right. And where are you going to get a lawyer?
Just imagine what all Impish had to remove to board his flights! WAIT! YOU BETTER NOT! Brain bleaching post imagining might be required!
One of our readers introduced me the the site of fellow blogger BreakfastPops over on Hubpages. I found Pops to be a kindred spirit in our views of politics and what is wrong with this country and read her offerings regularly. In fact I recently did a stint as an award presenter (not the good kind of award either) on her blog: http://breakfastpop.hubpages.com/hub/A-Cherry-Temple-and-the-PIP-POP-Awards
Recently BreakfatPops posted this absolutely brilliant spot on open letter to Obama with regard to his hypocrisy regarding “transparency in the political process” as a result of his shot at the heir presumptive to the Republican Presidential Candidacy, Mitt Romney and his failure to release his tax returns as yet.
I confess I am just a wee bit jealous that she wrote this and I didn’t. I want to share it here with you now
To President Obama,
You have been been pushing Mitt Romney to release several years of his tax returns to the public. You want to spotlight his wealth and make an issue of it to the voters. You pointed out that you, all in the name of transparency, released your tax returns for the last 12 years.
You made the following statement which I would like to repeat now. “I think it’s important for any candidate to be as transparent as possible, to let people know who we are, what we stand for, and you know, I think that this is just carrying on a tradition that has existed throughout the modern presidency.”
With all due respect, Mr. President, I wonder how, in good conscience, you could have made that statement. If transparency is so important to you why did it take you so long to produce your birth certificate? Why are there still questions about it’s authenticity and why do you refuse to address them? In the name of transparency why did you ignore all of us who were truly confused about your place of birth. Your grandmother vividly recalls your birth in Kenya. You say you were born in Hawaii. The Governor of Hawaii couldn’t seem to find your birth certificate. Suddenly, a certificate appears. Many, many people weren’t quite comfortable with this entire scenario. There really was nothing transparent about your response to legitimate concerns.
In the name of transparency, which you value, I think you should immediately produce your college transcripts. I think you should be prepared to answer questions about your college years. Who were your friends? Why is it no one seems to remember you?
What troubles me and so many others is the fact that you would rather keep us all in the dark than address these legitimate concerns. If you value transparency, sir, why would you continue to be so secretive about your past. It just doesn’t make sense, does it?
One more thing, Mr. President, if you don’t mind. Would you please face the nation and once and for all explain how you could have sat in a church for over 20 years and never heard Rev. Wright say one disparaging word about this country. Rev. Wright married you, Rev. Wright was your mentor and yet you don’t recall one word of his sermons. I for one would really like to hear you explain this. I am sure there are many others who feel the same way.
While you are at it, it would be helpful to hear you talk about others in your life who clearly influenced you and espoused radical points of view. Personally, I would like to hear you discuss why you returned the bust of Churchill to Great Britain. That move was insulting and unprecedented and I would like to understand why it happened.
In the name of transparency, Mr. President, would you do all of the above? There are so many more things I would like to know about, but let’s consider this the first step on the road to truth and understanding.
Thanking you in advance for your candid response, I am,
Very truly yours,
Thank YOU, Breakfastpop for such a wonderful letter, it’s just too bad it’s falling on deaf Democratic socialistic ears!
I too once again I’m detecting the stench of hypocrisy and suprise suprise, that reek appears to be emanating from Congress. Congress charged Roger Clements with perjury after if turned out that maybe he was not entirely truthful and forth coming in his testimony before Congress. Of course it didn’t matter that there was no legally valid and compelling reason for a Congressional Inquiry into pro-sports doping seeing as Congress has ZERO oversight of ANY pro-sport what so ever but certainly had other more serious and pressing matters they could have been devoting their time and our tax dollars to.
The comes along the 2 Federal Prosecutors that make a rookie lawyer Law 101 mistake by introducing tainted evidence that was inadmissible causing a mistrial after only the second day. More tax dollars lost.
Now were back for another swing at it and this time these blithering idiots AND the defense get overheard on open court mikes in the pressroom and the press gleefully publishes said conversation making Prosecutors again look like a couple of banjo playing schnooks of the first order. We won’t even mention the number of times the entire proceedings for jeered as irrelevant and inappropriate BY THE JURY POOL (who are the ONLY people in that court room exhibiting any signs of appropriateness or intelligence when it comes to the proceedings.
Basically my hypocrisy problem is this, Congress can lie to get elected, lie about the source of the funds they used to do it, not pay &/or cheat on their taxes bounce checks like the Harlem Globetrotters dribble basketballs, lie to us and each other while in Congress and before their own ethics (an oxymoron when used in relation to Congress) review panels, Presidents can and routinely lie before Congress as does the CIA, NSA (when you can get them to talk) the DoJ, FBI and well as the JCS and just about every Department head that comes before them to testify. HOWEVER they expect the regular folk, non Politicians that they drag before them to stick their hoping for a televised sound bite increase in vote noses into things they have no preview over to tell them the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth or they will be punished for it?
Anyone else smelling the same farcical stench of Democratic and Politics in general brands of hypocrisy Breakfastpop & I are now?
OK let’s all get the heck out of here for now before the barnyard stench of politics as usual in Washington overcomes us.