Thursday, May 26, 2011

Soup Du Jour "3D Universe"

BOSTON — Astronomers have created the most complete 3-D map of our local universe, revealing new details about our place in the cosmos.

The map shows all visible structures out to about 380 million light-years, which includes about 45,000 of our neighboring galaxies (the diameter of the Milky Way is about 100,000 light-years across).

This is just mind blowing, we're seeing out to 380 million light years!!! And finding 45,000 galaxies!!!! Go to this link for the whole story.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Soup to Nuts "Letter to the Editor"

Barbara Collins is fucked up like a soup sandwich!!! I wasn't going to write another letter to the editor but when someone posted a comment to the Rant and Rave (Thomasville Times) that said, "Thanks for telling the truth Barbara!!", I had to write something. Below is the letter from Barbara Collins and if you continue on down you'll find my response.

May 20, 2011
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government ignores needs of Americans

THOMASVILLE — The government is now calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlements” — even though most of us have paid for it all our working lives. Now when it’s time to collect, the government is running out of money.

Why did it borrow money from these two programs in the first place? Just because it borrowed money from them doesn’t make these benefits some kind of charity or handout!

Congressional benefits (aka free health care), outrageous retirement packages, weeks of vacation, numerous holidays, unlimited sick days — now that’s welfare, yet it has the nerve to call retirement benefits “entitlements.”

Wake up, America! Could someone please tell me what’s wrong with all the people who run our country? In the last few months, we have provided billions of dollars in aid to Haiti, Chile, Turkey and Pakistan (home of Osama bin Laden). Last year alone, we sent Pakistan more than $300 billion.

Here in our country, our retired senior adults live on a “fixed income.” They receive no aid and don’t get any breaks while our government and other organizations pour hundreds of billions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries. With gas prices sky high and food costs at an all-time high, it is difficult for senior adults to make ends meet.

In America, we have homeless veterans and our elderly going without needed medications and food. Right here in Thomas County, there are numeorus elderly people on a waiting list to receive “Meals on Wheels.”

Despite this, our government has benefits for other countries — ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding and medical supplies. Imagine if our government gave our own the same support it gives other countries.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in helping other countries in times of need, but I want to know that they get the help we so freely give. For example, what happened to all the money we gave Haiti? Where did it go, and who received it? This, as of now, has not been determined.

God, bless our country and help our leaders recognize the needs of our own citizens.

Barbara M. Collins

OK, it's my turn!

I truly don’t know where to start with Barbara Collins letter to the editor. It appears to be a regurgitation of an internet letter that has been going around for some time. I have found at least 5 internet sites which have almost the same verbiage. Very little in the internet letter or Barbara Collins letter is factual.
I’m not sure what to make of the opening paragraph; Social Security and Medicare are entitlements. An entitlement is something a person is entitled to by law. And we are all entitled to draw our Social Security, and use Medicare since we pay into these programs from our payroll deductions. The government does not put any money into these programs. Social Security taxes only the first $106,800 of a person’s total income. If Barbara is worried about the amount of money in the Social Security funds (there are two funds) might I suggest we raise the payroll ceiling. Let’s tax the first $500,000, or my personal favorite, raise the ceiling to tax the first million. For more factual information pertaining to Social Security I suggest the website,

After ranting about Social Security and Medicare Barbara turns to Congress and congressional benefits. Let’s be clear about this, Congress does not receive free health care. This is another inflammatory rumor that has been circulated on the internet. Members of congress are enrolled in the same Federal health care program that all federal employees have access too. Saxby Chambliss has the same health care program that any USDA inspector is enrolled in.

Barbara then goes on another rant about “retired senior adults” living on a fixed income and not receiving any aid. Social Security, Food Stamp Program, Medicaid are just some of the programs provided by our government to assist the elderly and needy. I for one am glad we have these programs. She also claims the US government provided billions of dollars to foreign countries including $300 billion to Pakistan. Really, $300 billion dollars to Pakistan! The actual figure is around $20 Billion. The Bush administration started this program in 2002; I don’t remember hearing Barbara or anyone else getting upset about the amount of money given to Pakistan under the Bush administration. There is a misconception among some Americans regarding the amount of money we give to foreign aid. In a recent poll people were asked how much of the federal budget goes to foreign aid, the median estimate was 25 percent. When asked what they thought an appropriate percentage would be the answer was 10 percent. Actually it’s only about 1 percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid. What does this money do for Americans? The U.S. was the largest single donor in a global campaign to wipe out smallpox. We also provided funding for a program to prevent river blindness in West Africa. 18 million West African children are free from river blindness because of our aid. The World Food Program feeds 104 million starving people in 81 countries; its budget is $3.2 billion. The cost of 2 B-2 bombers is $4.4 billion. For the cost of 2 bombers we could feed more starving people than the World Food Program.

Barbara Collins is entitled (there’s that word again) to her opinion, if she thinks all congressmen and congresswomen are low life bottom feeders then that’s her opinion. But what Barbara is not entitled to is to make up her own facts.

Soup Du Jour "Tin Foil Hats"

I hope the Democrats take Michael Moore's advice.

Appearing on MSNBC’s The Last Word on Tuesday night, filmmaker Michael Moore discussed the Republican’s plan to privatize Medicare and withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Moore suggested that Democrats should stick firm to their platform and tell Republicans that “we will negotiate when you take your tin foil hats off.”

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Soup Du Jour "The Rapture"

Ahhh Shit!!! The Rapture didn't happen. Well it was a bad idea anyway. I mean who wants to be Raptured on the Weekend. The weekend, really. There's too many cool things to do on the weekend. Cooking out, beer drinking, fishing, beer drinking,(I like beer drinking), who's got time for a Rapture. Now if we do this Rapture thing during the work week, I'm all over it. Yea, Wednesday is good for me.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Who's Afraid of the Dark

Stephen Hawking has come out bluntly to say there is no God.

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."

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Thanks Professor Hawking, for saying it direct and to the point!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011


Harold Camping has announced the day of the Rapture is May 21!! Google Rapture or Harold Camping and you'll get tons of crap about this guy and his goofy predictions. I've got ten grand says it aint gonna happen. Come on, somebody bet me. Please!!
My view, Harold Camping is Fucked Up Like a Soup Sandwich!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Show Me The Criteria!!!

I wrote this Letter to the Editor for the Cairo Messenger.
I would like to congratulate Bob Maige!!! I don’t think there could be any better proof for Dewitt Sheffield’s argument than Bob Maige’s letter to the editor. Why are people afraid of questions being asked about the Bible? Are they afraid of the answers? If anything I don’t think Dewitt goes far enough, I feel we should question everything in the Bible.
There are at present 38000 recognized denominations of the Christian religion, every one of them with their own interpretation of the Bible. And every one of those 38000 think they are the repository of the inerrant word of God. I have a suspicion that very few of them would entertain questions about their beliefs. Luckily good Christians can’t burn questioners at the stake anymore!
I do have a question for Dewitt. What is his criteria for a story? If the Garden of Eden is a story why isn’t the Virgin Birth a story? Is the criteria scientific evidence or is the criteria if something appears to be too magical and fanciful then it must be a story. There are six bible verses that mention unicorns. I’m fairly sure unicorns have never existed and are just fairy tales.
For Bob I don’t have any questions just some observations. In his letter Bob stated in a roundabout way that “modern knowledge” brought us many follies and errors. He uses two examples, the earth at the center of the universe and the flat earth. He seems to say that man’s knowledge was at fault. However I would like to point out the early church interpreted the Bible to say that the earth was the center of the universe and the earth was flat.

It was not until Galileo questioned the Christian Church with scientific evidence that we had a better understanding of our place in the universe. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that the Catholic Church apologized for its mistreatment of Galileo. The Church was behind the theory of the flat earth. Using many Bible verses that have the phrase “the four corners of the earth” and “unto the ends of the earth” the Church said the earth was flat. It wasn’t until Magellan questioned and his ships circumnavigated the world that man knew the earth was not flat.

We have to keep questioning everything. Especially religion, all religions. We should emulate Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ. Let’s keep pulling the curtain aside and looking behind everything. Soon we’ll find there is no Great Wizard. Just us.